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 on: Today at 12:41:39 am 
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NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets are finally showing signs of learning how to play as a team, now that the games dont really count. Deron Williams had 19 points and 13 assists in fighting off the lingering effects of the flu, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 110-98 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The win was the Nets fourth in six games and it kept their microscopic playoff hopes alive with nine games left in the season. "We have been pretty good in this little stretch since the Utah game," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "We could very well be on a five or six-game streak at this point had that Kobe (Bryant) fellow not thrown in a 40-foot shot on us that hit the rim four or five times." Bryants late fourth-quarter, shot-clock dagger Tuesday gave the Lakers a late four-point lead and it helped snapped a season-high three-game New Jersey winning streak. With Williams sidelined Wednesday, the Nets dropped a decision in Portland but righted themselves on Friday night. Williams said the addition of Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline, the signing of D-League player Gerald Green in midseason and the play of rookies MarShon Brooks and Jordan Williams has been positive. Deron Williams also did not hesitate when asked how the team would be next season in Brooklyn with a healthy Brook Lopez at centre and him back at the point guard spot should he decide not to opt out of his contract. "Wed be a playoff team," Deron Williams said. "I think so." Against the awful Wizards, the Nets (20-37) looked very good. Wallace added 19 points and reserve Anthony Morrow had 17. Brooks, who saw a lot of action at point guard, chipped in with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists as New Jersey shot a season-best 56.3 per cent from the field. Before the game, the Nets said Lopez would be sidelined for the rest of the season because of injuries to his right foot and ankle. He played in five games. "He is one of our best players, a 7-footer who can score from anywhere, commands lot of attention, double teams and knows how to play the game," Williams said. John Wall had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Wizards (12-44), who have dropped five straight and 10 of 11. "We just dug ourselves a hole like we did last night and we let them do whatever they wanted," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We got what we deserved." Kevin Seraphin had 15 points and nine rebounds for Washington, whose futility showed when Chris Singleton missed a breakaway dunk early in the second half. "That was crazy, a fast break," Singleton said. "I dont know. I just started laughing. It was just one of those nights." Kris Humphries added eight points and 12 rebounds, and rookie Jordan Williams scored a career-high 14 points on 7 of 7 shooting. The Nets never trailed. They built a 15-point lead in the first quarter and only allowed Washington to get as close as seven -- and that was in the second quarter. "We came out and our main thing was to try to get ahead and try to take them out of the game before the jet lag settled in," Wallace said. Trailing 67-48 in the third quarter, Wall made a remarkable reverse dunk on an alley-oop pass in a 13-3 run that cut the Nets lead to 70-61 with 4:15 left in the period. Morrow hit a 3-pointer and a jumper early in a 13-5 spurt to end the quarter and the Nets walked into the final quarter with an 83-66 lead that only got larger until the final minutes. NOTES: Wearing goggles, Nets C Shelden Williams returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with an injury to his right eye. It was his 100th career start. ..The Nets announced on Wednesday that backup PG Jordan Farmar would miss the rest of the season with a groin injury. ...Wizards starting F Trevor Booker and C Nene remain sidelined with plantar fasciitis. New Jersey won the season series, 2-1 the first time theyve done that against Washington since 2007-08. <a href="http://www.authenticpackersjerseysteamshop.com/Eddie-Lacy-Packers-Jersey">Cheap Eddie Lacy Jersey</a>. Filion, from Laval, Que., and Montreals Benfeito finished third with 326.10 points. Ruolin Chen and Hao Wang of China won gold with 360.66 points and Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco of Mexico were second at 327. <a href="http://www.authenticpackersjerseysteamshop.com/Tramon-Williams-Packers-Jersey">Tramon Williams Jersey</a>. 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 on: Today at 12:39:24 am 
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(SportsNetwork.com) - While the Winnipeg Jets dropped a one-goal decision last time out to see their four-game winning streak came to a halt, the Toronto Maple Leafs had their longest string of victories this season snapped in lopsided fashion. The two clubs look to rebound with Saturday nights meeting in Winnipeg. Listen to the game live on TSN Radio Winnipeg 1290 or TSN Radio Toronto 1050 starting at 7pm et/6pm ct. You can also join the TSN 1290 Jets Game Night Chat and get interactive about the game. The Jets had matched their longest win streak of the season by winning their first four games under Paul Maurice, who replaced a fired Claude Noel as head coach on Jan. 12. Aiming for a fifth consecutive triumph, Winnipeg instead lost a 1-0 decision in San Jose. Ondrej Pavelec took the tough-luck loss, yielding a goal 6:48 into the third period and coming up with 31 stops overall. "They got the bounce and we didnt," Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "(Pavelec) certainly did a great job to keep us in it. We can take a lot of positives out of this game." One positive remains the defense as the Jets have yet to allow more than two goals in a game under Maurice. Pavelec has been part of that surge, giving up just eight goals in the five games since the coaching switch. However, Winnipeg was shut out for the second time this season and for the first time since a 3-0 loss at home to Montreal on Oct. 15. The Leafs might wish they had that kind of losing effort to build off, but they instead will look to rebound from a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Maurice was frank about facing a team that is coming off such a large defeat. "I wouldve preferred they won 7-1 coming in here fat and happy, but theyre not. Theyre going to be ready to play," said the former Maple Leafs head coach. Toronto had won six in a row, but yielded four second-period tallies and matched its largest margin of defeat on the season, having lost 6-0 to Columbus on Nov. 25. Nikolai Kulemin had a goal, but Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer combined to make just 21 saves. Bernier allowed three goals on 13 shots through 26 1/2 minutes, while Reimer didnt fare much better after getting bested four times on 15 shots faced in relief. "Weve got to find a way to pick ourselves back up," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle said. "We cant let this linger with our group." Forward Nazem Kadri assisted on Kulemins tally to give him five helpers in his past five games for a Maple Leafs club that concludes a four-game road trip tonight and is tied with the Canadiens for third place in the Atlantic Division with 59 points. Tonight marks the first of two meetings this season between the Jets and Leafs, who will host Winnipeg on April 5. The Jets have won two straight and four of the last six meetings overall and have claimed three of four over the Maple Leafs since relocating to Winnipeg. Pavelec has gone 7-4-2 with a 2.23 goals against average in 13 career starts versus the Maple Leafs. Reimer, who is starting for the Leafs tonight, is 3-2-1 with a 2.43 GAA in his career versus the Winnipeg franchise, making eight appearances with six starts. <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseysonline.net/nike-nfl-jerseys/">www.cheapnfljerseysonline.net/nike-nfl-jerseys/</a>. The Formula One circus has arrived in town and on this Thursday afternoon the teams crew members are setting up their equipment in the pit lane ahead of the three day race weekend. <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseysonline.net/nike-nfl-jerseys/">http://www.cheapnfljerseysonline.net/nike-nfl-jerseys/</a>. Ekblad led all defencemen with 23 goals and finished tied for fifth in scoring among blue-liners with 53 points in 58.UMass guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I mens basketball will inspire others. "There are a lot of kids out there in my situation, probably far worse situations," he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump." Earlier Wednesday, Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports. He said he gained confidence by seeing an NBA team sign Jason Collins, who became the leagues first openly gay player when he joined the Brooklyn Nets this season. "Right now Im happy. Im free just to live my life," Gordon told the AP. The sophomore was the Minutemens fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season. UMass reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998 and lost in its first game to Tennessee. He sat out the previous season after transferring from Western Kentucky to be closer to his family in New Jersey, where he played at high school powerhouse St. Patrick. Gordon said he told his parents he was gay March 30, informed UMass coach Derek Kellogg the next day and told his teammates two days later, which was last Wednesday. He said some of them probably have known since last summer. "They could sense it because I kind of separated myself from the team," Gordon said. "I didnt really hang out with them as far as going to parties and stuff. I really kind of kept to myself, kept quiet. We went on road trips -- Id sit by myself and they were always wondering why. I did it because I didnt want to put myself in a situation where maybe something happens and they end up finding out. Then what? 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 on: Today at 12:37:33 am 
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SOCHI, Russia -- Ukraine will compete in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi despite Russias military moves in Crimea. The Ukrainian Paralympic Committee decided against boycotting the games, announcing a few hours before Fridays opening ceremony that its athletes would stay. The decision came after discussions between Ukrainian officials and athletes over whether to pull out in light of the crisis back home and Russias military takeover of the Crimean peninsula. "We are staying at the Paralympics," Valeriy Sushkevich, president of the National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine, said at a news conference. However, he added that the circumstances were far from ideal. "I dont remember a situation when the organizing country during a Paralympics started an intervention on the territory of a country taking part," Sushkevich said, according to the R-Sport agency. "I dont know what to extent the team can focus on the result now." The Ukrainian official said the team would leave Sochi if there is any escalation of military conflict. "I declare should this happen we will leave the games," Sushkevich said. "We cannot possibly stay here in this case." He said he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday night to discuss the situation and request peace during the games. Suskevich said he did not receive any guarantees but it was important that Putin agreed to listen. Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach are expected to attend Fridays opening ceremony. Several countries have decided not to send political leaders or dignitaries to the ceremony in protest of Russias actions in Ukraine. Ukraines decision to compete in Sochi was welcomed by the International Paralympic Committee. "We want sport to prevail and a full complement of teams to compete in what we are confident will be a fantastic Paralympic Winter Games," IPC President Phillip Craven said. "All week the IPC has been working closely with the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee in an effort to keep them here in Sochi. The talking point of Sochi 2014 needs to be great sport and great athletes, not global politics." The IPC has appealed for Russia to recognize the U.N.s Olympic Truce, which asks warring parties to cease hostilities during the Olympics and Paralympics. About 575 athletes from 45 countries are due to compete in the 10-day Paralympics. Five sports are on the program -- alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. Ukraine has entered 23 athletes for the Sochi Paralympics. It finished fifth in the medals table at the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver in 2010, with a total of 19 medals and five gold. Ukrainian athletes chanted "peace to Ukraine" as they apparently walked out of a flag-raising ceremony in Sochi on Thursday night. That is now under investigation by the IPC as a possible breach of rules banning political protests. 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No problem.ORLANDO, Fla. -- With possibly two lottery picks in next years draft, the Orlando Magic clearly have an eye toward the future. They may already have their two building blocks now. Arron Afflalo scored 21 points, rookie Victor Oladipo added 15 points and eight assists off the bench, and the Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-102 on Sunday night to give them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season. Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in last seasons draft, also had five rebounds. "Hes pretty impressive and hes just starting this thing," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "You get a pulse from him and a sense from him that he wants to do something special." The Magic have shied away from giving Oladipo a specific role. "His versatility is why weve stayed away from saying hes a point guard or a shooting guard," Vaughn said. "Hes a basketball player, and theres nothing wrong with saying that." Afflalo is no newcomer to the NBA. He entered the league in 2007 with the Detroit Pistons. But in his second season with the Magic, hes emerged as a star player. His game-time status, due to a turned ankle Friday night, was uncertain. But Vaughn said he didnt hesitate to play Afflalo after the guard told him pregame that his ankle was fine. "As soon as a player tells me theyre ready to go, then Im ready to go," Vaughn said. "So no trepidation." Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Hawks in their second game without two-time All-Star Al Horford, who is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks were also coming off three straight, grinding overtime games, the latest of which was Saturday night at home against Charlotte.dddddddddddd While Afflalo and Oladipo led the way for the Magic, their victory was helped along by the kind of balanced team effort that would please any coach. All five Magic starters scored in double figures, as did two players off the bench. "Across the board, we had a lot of guys contributing," Vaughn said. "That all starts with guys sharing the basketball." The Magic overwhelmed Atlanta both inside and in transition, outscoring the Hawks 46-26 in the paint and 22-13 on fast breaks. The Hawks were coming off three consecutive overtime games, including one just the night before, at home against Charlotte. The Magic led most of the game, and held a 12-point lead several times in the second half. But the Hawks made a fourth-quarter run, eventually taking a three-point lead. But a 9-0 Magic run midway through the final quarter was too much for Atlanta to overcome. "I dont know when fatigue comes in," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Obviously, we had enough to come back and take the lead. I think you have to give Orlando credit more than anything. They made some plays and their defence picked up and we werent able to execute. We couldnt attack. They got deflections and steals." 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 on: Today at 12:31:57 am 
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BOSTON -- Daric Barton didnt bat and barely got on the field. He still made the game-saving play. Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run on an infield single with the bases loaded in the 10th and Barton, playing first, cut down the potential tying run at third in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics averted a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. "He made a terrific play," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Thats a gutsy play. Thats a play that if the runner gets over, they can win the game with a hit. A gutsy play." Bostons Will Middlebrooks opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on the hit when centre fielder Coco Crisp had the ball bounce away for an error. With Barton playing in, guarding for a bunt, Jackie Bradley Jr. bounced it to first. Barton fired to third, cutting down Middlebrooks. "My whole goal was obviously to get the guy at third whether it was a bunt or a ground ball to me," Barton said. "It feels good. Ive learned to be ready. Anything can happen at any time, but Ive learned to be ready when they call my name and go out there and do my job." Barton came in when Josh Reddick left with a sprained ankle in the ninth. Jim Johnson (3-2) then got Dustin Pedroia to bounce into a game-ending double play. Middlebrooks was somewhat surprised and impressed by the play. "I was breaking off the bat. I didnt know it was to his right, to his left or right at him. Unfortunately it was right at him," he said. "This is the big leagues. People are supposed to make plays like that. Normally you dont see a first baseman that far in, but he made a good play. Hats off to him." Oakland closed a 10-game road trip 5-5 and avoided its second three-game sweep in its last four series. The Athletics were swept at home by Texas April 21-23. "Barton makes a heck of a heads-up play to cut down Will going to third," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Theyre playing in. Hes got to trust in his abilities. He throws a strike across the diamond to cut down Will." A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who failed to reach .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. Jed Lowrie had a two-out double off Chris Capuano (1-1) and after the bases were loaded with an intentional and regular walk, Cespedes beat out a slow roller to third against reliever Burke Badenhop. Johnson also got a double-play grounder by Jonny Gomes to end the ninth. With the Red Sox trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Pierzynski homered into Bostons bullpen. It could have been worse for the Athletics when right fielder Reddick had trouble with pinch hitter Gomes fly ball in the wind. He was charged with an error, allowing runners to reach second and third with one out. But reliever Fernando Abad got Bradley Jr. out at first on his attempted safety squeeze and Luke Gregerson retired Pedroia. Boston starter John Lackey gave up two runs on five hits in six innings, walking three and striking out four. Oaklands Sonny Gray also pitched six, giving up two runs and six hits, walking two with three strikeouts. Cespedes gave Oakland a 2-1 edge in the sixth with an RBI double off the Green Monster. The Athletics grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Brandon Moss two-out RBI single. Grady Sizemores RBI double tied it in the fifth, but Gray escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam when Bradley bounced into a 1-2-3 double play. In the third, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts relay from shallow left cut down Donaldson trying to score. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a replay review to see if catcher Pierzynski was illegally blocking the plate. Replays showed he moved his foot and blocked the corner just before he caught the throw, knocking Donaldsons foot away as it attempted to reach home. The play was upheld. Melvin challenged a call on the first pitch of the game -- when Crisp was called out on a 5-6-3 grounder. Replays were ruled inconclusive. NOTES: Reddick limped off after grounding into a DP. ... Boston DH David Ortiz played in his 1,999th career game. ... The Athletics open a 10-game homestand Monday when left-hander Scott Kazmir (4-0, 2.11 ERA) faces Seattle right-hander Chris Young (1-0, 3.04). ... The Red Sox are off Monday before beginning a two-game series on Tuesday against Cincinnati when lefty Felix Doubront (1-3, 5.70) goes against the Reds Homer Bailey (2-2, 5.50). ... 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The True North Sports and Entertainment group announced on Tuesday that they have completed a deal to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg in time for the 2011-12 season. MIAMI -- Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets got the best of Andrew Heaney during the Marlins prospects major league debut. Wheeler tossed his first shutout and made David Wrights first-inning home run hold up in the Mets 1-0 victory over Miami on Thursday night. "He showed you exactly what weve been talking about all along -- plus stuff. Tremendous, great effort," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Wheeler. "He went after them. It was his night." Wheeler (3-7) outdueled Heaney in the longest outing of the Mets starters career. "It feels great, I know I can do it every time out," Wheeler said. "I know I have the stuff. It finally feels good to go out there and do it and be efficient with my pitches and get ahead of guys." New York, which won at St. Louis on Wednesday, has consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game streak from May 31-June 2. The Mets had dropped eight straight on the road before Wednesday. Wheeler, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft, struck out eight. He allowed three hits and one walk, and 70 of his 111 pitches were strikes. He pitched to only one batter over the minimum and was helped by three double plays. "Anytime somebody gets on, whether it be a walk or hit, you just try to make a pitch and get a double play. I was able to do that," Wheeler said. The 24-year old right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.96 in four starts against the Marlins. "He didnt miss over the plate much," Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He was really good with locating his pitches off the plate. He threw a lot of fastballs, like we expected, but he didnt leave anything over the plate. "Youve got to tip your cap to a guy who pitched a great game." Heaney (0-1) gave up four hits in six innings, allowing only Wrights home run. The 23-year old lefty, the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, struck out three and walked one. "He did a nice job, gave us a chance and kept us in the game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He gave up one pitch to a really good hitter for a home run and that was it. He executed his pitches, got hiis pitch count up high early, but then settled in.dddddddddddd "All in all it was a good start for him." It was a battle between two young starters that could see a lot of each other in coming years in the NL East. "Thats what the game is coming to," Collins said. "The game is changing where those big power arms are coming up in every organization, and theyre all young." Heaney allowed an infield hit to Eric Young, Jr. to begin the game, but got Daniel Murphy to bounce into a double play. Wright then hit his sixth homer of the season off the sculpture in deep left-centre field. No one else got into scoring position against Heaney. "I had no expectations, to be honest," Heaney said. "I just wanted to pitch well. I felt early on I didnt know how it was going to go. It was kind of on the edge with every guy. From that fourth inning on I got into a rhythm." Bryan Morris relieved Heaney in the seventh and faced a bases loaded situation, but he got Wheeler to ground out and end the threat. Wheeler, who made his much-anticipated debut a year and a day before Heaney, complimented his mound opponent. "I sat on the bench in between innings and just watched him, knowing that I was there not too long ago and knowing how he felt," Wheeler said. "He has a good arm, and I think hes going to do well." Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth in his season debut with Miami. He earned 61 saves for the Marlins in 2007-08. Reed Johnson singled in the ninth off Wheeler with two outs, but Rafael Furcal lined out to centre to end the game. Wheeler threw a 95 mph fastball on his final pitch. 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 on: Today at 12:30:21 am 
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MILWAUKEE -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated left-hander Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. Sanchez, 30, appeared in five games for the Pirates this season, and went 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA. He worked 2 1-3 innings Monday against the Brewers and allowed two runs on four hits, including two home runs. He was also suspended six games by Major League Baseball last week for hitting Allen Craig of the Cardinals with a pitch. That suspension is pending appeal. The Pirates signed the former Giants and Royals starter to a minor league deal in the off-season. Pittsburgh called up right-hander Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings. 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The 32-year-old Italian squandered a match point before losing the second set, but was in control in the third to pick up the win in the ATP 250 tournament in South Americas biggest city.PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Jessica Korda took the second-round lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, birdieing four of her last seven holes in high wind Friday for a 7-under 66. The 20-year-old Korda had an 11-under 135 total on Atlantis Resorts Ocean Club course. "We went from beautiful, sunny, slight wind to cloudy and hurricane wind," Korda said. "It was a tough day out there. I mean, a little mentally draining because you really had to put everything into every shot." The 2012 Womens Australian Open winner for her lone LPGA Tour title, Korda recently started working with swing coach Grant Price. She struggled with her swing last year and felt that it led to some injuries in her left shoulder and wrist. "It was just time for a change," Korda said. 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 on: Today at 12:27:12 am 
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two nights after ambling through one of their worst offensive outputs of the season, almost anything would have been an improvement for the Orlando Magic. That sentiment was not lost on them. Ryan Anderson hit seven three-pointers and scored 29 points, Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds, and the Magic held off the Phoenix Suns 103-93 on Wednesday night. Minus a few flat moments, the Magic were swift with the ball and they kept the Suns playing catch-up most of the night. But that fluidity was definitely tempered by their 17 turnovers, just two less than they had in a Monday night loss to Chicago in which they managed just 59 points. "We just wanted to play our game, no matter what the situation was or what we scored," said Magic point guard Jameer Nelson. "Whoevers out there, just go out and play to our capabilities so we could be good collectively." Orlando led by as many as 22 before the Suns surged with under five minutes to play. But the Magic, who were 11 for 23 from beyond the arc, were able to string together enough baskets down the stretch to hold on. The Magic snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in seven matchups with the Suns in Orlando. Jared Dudley had 17 points and Robin Lopez added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who lost their second straight game since a season-best, four-game win streak. Of Andersons performance, Dudley said the Suns "basically let him have shooting practice" and suffered from several defensive mishaps against Howard. "Thats how they want to play and Dwight had a smile on his face the whole time," Dudley said. "Anytime he has a smile and is not getting technical youre going to be in trouble." The Magic committed 59 turnovers in their previous three games but had just six in the first half, which made for a much more productive night in their half-court sets early on. But with 17 for the game, their turnover woes clearly arent yet over. After building a double-digit halftime lead, Orlando started slowly in the second half before pushing it to 22 with less than eight minutes to play. The Suns used a 15-4 run to cut it to 96-85 with 4:30 left before Nelsons basket and Andersons seventh 3 helped close things out. Anderson hit four three-pointers and had 15 points to help the Magic dominate the first half, building as much as a 14-point advantage Howard also had his way on the inside with 16 points and nine rebounds. Nine turnovers also contributed to what wound up being a 13-point halftime deficit for the Suns. Dudley and Victorias Steve Nash were the bright spots with 13 and 12 points, respectively. There were few after that, though, with centre Marcin Gortat managing just four points in his first visit to Orlando since being dealt in a blockbuster trade in December 2010 that also included the Magic dealing Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus for Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. To underscore just how odd the night was for Phoenix, Gortats three assists were one more than Nash had. "I probably gave him too much respect," Gortat said of Howard. "I should have played him a bit stronger in fighting for my position, but now its over. He basically destroyed me and the whole team so thats what happened. I try to hold up to him in the first half and then in the second half I kind of fell asleep and he started scoring like crazy." Orlandos turnover problems dont seem to have a particular theme. The Magic had five in the first quarter Wednesday, just one in the second and 11 the rest of the way. The giveaways were also spread throughout the rotation, with four of the five starters each having at least two and reserve J.J. Redick committing four coming in his 23 minutes. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said there were moments when he liked how his team looked -- and that is certainly a positive for a team that had been dragging for two games. "I thought for three quarters we made a really concerted defensive effort," Van Gundy said. "Then we got a big lead and shut down and didnt do a damn thing for three quarters. But for three quarters I thought our guys really, really tried." Notes: Howard posted his 39th double-double. ... Anderson connected on 4 of his first 5 3-point attempts, marking the first time since March 8 he had at least three in a game. ... The second-oldest player in the NBA, 39-year-old Suns F Grant Hill, was able to find some humour just a night after being involved in a violent collision with Miamis LeBron James that left James on the ground a few minutes and with a stinger in his elbow. "There was a collision and the middle-aged man got up first," Hill joked. <a href="http://www.jerseysnflwholesale.us.com/">wholesale jerseys</a>. 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"I truly appreciate the staff at the Trevor Project for allowing me to grow and educating me on the issues affecting the LGBTQ community," Culliver said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press. "I have learned so much and made some really great friends. I will continue my commitment to the organization and to their youths and stand firm with hope that one day that all individuals regardless of sex, race, or creed will be treated with dignity and respect from all." During Super Bowl media day in 2013 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Culliver responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldnt welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didnt have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave. 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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey has had surgery on his broken right thumb. The team said on Friday that hell wear a splint on the thumb for two weeks before being re-evaluated. The Pistons announced Thursday that Stuckey broke a bone in his thumb after catching it in a car door. He averaged 11.5 points in 76 games last season. <a href="http://www.jerseyseaglesshop.com/Womens-Nick-Foles-Authentic-Jersey/">Nick Foles Jersey For Sale</a>.S. -- Kelsey Rocque remains the only unbeaten womens skip at the Canadian junior curling championships. <a href="http://www.jerseyseaglesshop.com/Womens-Harold-Carmichael-Authentic-Jersey/">Harold Carmichael Jersey</a>. - Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob says the team is pushing back plans to build an arena on the San Francisco waterfront at least one year. <a href="http://www.jerseyseaglesshop.com/Womens-Wilbert-Montgomery-Authentic-Jersey/">http://www.jerseyseaglesshop.com/Womens-Wilbert-Montgomery-Authentic-Jersey/</a>.C. -- If this was Jabari Parkers last home game at Duke, what a farewell it was. <a href="http://www.jerseyseaglesshop.com/Womens-Casey-Matthews-Authentic-Jersey/">Casey Matthews Elite Jersey</a>. The Italian came from behind to overtake Jarlinson Pantano in the final 50 metres and edge out Dario Cataldo on the line after a climb to the sanctuary of Oropa, the scene of Marco Pantanis memorable victory in 1999. <a href="http://www.jerseyseaglesshop.com/Womens-Seth-Joyner-Authentic-Jersey/">Seth Joyner Elite Jersey</a>. The Spurs announced on Monday that they have re-signed Matt Bonner. VALENCIA, Spain -- Nicolas Almagro beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3 to make a successful start to his bid for a third title at the Valencia Open on Tuesday. The third-seeded Almagro, who won here in 2006 and 2007, reeled off winners to break Andujar five times and easily advance to the second round on the indoor hard court. Almagro said that he feels like he was rediscovered his winning form. "I have been playing well now after a period when I was a little lost and didnt really know what to do," Almagro said. "Thanks to the people supporting me I have found my way forward again. I feel strong, but I just need to focus on going match by match." Also, Bernard Tomic of Australia retired in the third set of hiss match with Mikhail Youzhny.dddddddddddd Tomic was losing 4-1 after splitting the first two sets. Giles Simon, seeded No. 6, was upset by Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-1, 6-0. Fifth-seeded Jerzy Janowicz hit 14 aces to dispense with Pablo Carreno 7-5, 7-6 (7), and Joao Sousa defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-5. Two favourites of the home crowd, Fernandez Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, both lost in straight sets. Qualifier Michal Przysiezny ousted Verdasco 6-3, 7-6 (1) after Julien Benneteau thrashed Lopez 6-3, 6-1. World No. 3 and reigning champion David Ferrer debuts on Wednesday against Gael Monfils, while John Isner plays Ernests Gulbis and second-seeded Tommy Has faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German match. <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys2015.us.com/">wholesale jerseys</a>  ' ' '

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NEW YORK -- Hockey rarely gets much attention in Norway, a skiing-obsessed nation that turns to soccer when the snow melts. Mats Zuccarello is changing that. Zuccarello is only the seventh player from Norway to make it to the NHL, and hes the first to make it to the Stanley Cup finals. Now, "Zucca" has Norwegians staying up late to watch New York Rangers games and checking the stats to see if he scored. "A lot of Norwegians have fallen in love with Zuccarello," says Roy Kvatningen, sports editor for Norwegian online paper Nettavisen. "First and foremost because hes successful at what he does. He won the scoring title in Norway, he won the scoring title in Sweden, and now hes playing on the biggest stage in the world. "Hes also got a cool name and a good personality: confident, but down to earth." Former teammates of Zuccarello and his mother are being interviewed by Norwegian media. Downhill skier Kjetil Jansrud and players on the national soccer team have sent him congratulatory messages. In his fourth NHL season, all with the Rangers, Zuccarello notched 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games. He added four goals and seven assists in 20 post-season games to help New York get to the finals for the first time in 20 years. "Some people, like my close family and friends that have been following me since I was young, are really excited," he said. "I told everyone its a huge opportunity for me to play, but at the same time nothing is won yet." The affable 26-year-old winger hopes his success will build up hockey at home, but he knows it will take a lot more than that. "I would love to be a role model for younger players back home and create some more buzz around hockey," he said. "Hopefully this can help. If I was Norwegian or not, I would be equally happy to play in the Stanley Cup finals." Norway finished last in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament. Zuccarello believes a greater commitment is needed within the country before success outside of it can be reached. "We have 25 rinks. There is no ice in the rinks during the whole summer," he said. "... How are you supposed to be a good hockey player when you go four months with no ice?" Zuccarello says Norway hasnt made a commitment to hockey since Oslo hosted the 1952 Olympics. "Nothing," he said in a frustrated tone. "We have one new rink in Norway that is not from 52. They have renewed it a little bit, but our main rink in Oslo was built in 52, and thats not good enough. Its got to start from the top. Its going to cost money, but the government has money. Youve got to use it to get new rinks, get people excited to go to a hockey game with new seats. Norway is considered the "little brother" in hockey circles to Sweden and Finland. Sweden has 10 times as many rinks than Norway, Kvatningen said. Zuccarello was fortunate to attend a hockey-centric high school and then played three seasons in Norways elite league. From there he went to Modo in Swedens premier league before signing a free agent deal with the Rangers in 2010. He watched the Stanley Cup finals as a youngster in the early morning hours. The first one he recalls was the Colorado Avalanches victory over Florida in 1996 when he was 8. The Avalanche, with Swedish star Peter Forsberg, was Zuccarellos favourite team. They won that series in a four-game sweep -- ending it with Uwe Krupps goal in triple overtime. "I remember waking up. I was going to school, I turned on the TV and Uwe Krupp scored the overtime winner," Zuccarello said. "I didnt think it was live. I thought it was taped." He might be about to create a lot of sleepless nights for grown-ups and kids alike back home once this series against the Los Angeles Kings begins Wednesday. 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 on: Today at 12:16:51 am 
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Carl Edwards thought the race was his to win. So did Tony Stewart. And Kyle Busch? Well, he didnt think he had a chance as the laps wound down at Richmond International Raceway. But a penalty on Edwards took him out of contention Saturday night, and a late caution flag for debris gobbled up Stewarts lead and gave Busch one last chance at another Richmond win. Busch pounced on the opportunity, got a strong final pit stop from his Joe Gibbs Racing crew to beat Stewart back onto the track, and sailed away for his first win of the season. "No catching Stewart without that caution," Busch said. The victory snapped a 22-race winless streak for Busch, and came a day after he went to Victory Lane for the first time as a Nationwide Series team owner. Kurt Busch drove his younger brothers car to its first victory Friday night. The win was also the fourth consecutive in the spring race at Richmond for Busch, who broke a tie with Richard Petty (1971-73) for consecutive win. "Its definitely pretty special any time youre tied for a record with Richard Petty or youre able to break a record with that guy," Busch said. "Hes just a class act." As he celebrated his first Sprint Cup Series win of the season, Stewart and Edwards both believed the win was taken from them. Stewart was upset because a caution for debris -- he claimed it was for a bottle of soda or water that wasnt an on-track hindrance -- erased his lead with 13 laps remaining. He led the leaders down pit road for a final stop, and Busch beat him back onto the track. Busch easily pulled away from Stewart on the restart with nine laps to go, and Stewart was also passed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. to fade to third. "When the caution is for a plastic bottle on the backstretch, its hard to feel good losing that one," Stewart said. "And we gave it away on pit road. So, we did everything we could to throw it away, got taken away from us." Edwards, who led a race-high 206 laps, thought the same thing after NASCAR penalized him for jumping the restart with 81 laps remaining. It capped a confusing sequence in what had been a calm, quiet race through the first 300 laps. But a caution after Jeff Burton hit the wall scrambled everything, and only 15 cars were shown on the lead lap when racing resumed. Edwards lined up next to Stewart for the restart, and his spotter had told the driver that he was the leader. But NASCAR said Stewart was the leader, and when Edwards sailed past him on the restart, NASCAR threw the black flag. Edwards questioned the call to crew chief Bob Osborne, and neither seemed to understand why Edwards was penalized. Told by Osborne it was for both passing the leader before the restart, and jumping the restart, Edwards said it was impossible to do both at the same time. NASCAR eventually clarified that Stewart was the leader, but Edwards left too early. Edwards, who ultimately finished 10th, watched a replay of the start before going to talk to NASCAR. He insisted his spotter had been told by NASCAR he was restarting the race as the leader. "I thought NASCAR made a mistake, they lined us up wrong, and I was at a disadvantage being on the outside," Edwards said. "So I thought, Im getting the best start I can get right now. I got the best start I could get, looks like Tony waited or spun his tires, so they black-flagged me. "I still dont understand why they black-flagged me." After meeting with NASCAR, he didnt seem to have a better understanding. "We had to just agree to disagree and thats the way it is," Edwards said. "They run the sport and they do the best job they can, and I drive a race care and do the very best job I can. Id rather not say what was said in there. This whole thing is very frustrating. I dont feel like we did the wrong thing." NASCAR vice-president of competition Robin Pemberton said nothing mattered except that Edwards jumped the restart, and Osborne also seemed to understand the ruling. "At the end of the day, it comes down to jumping the restart and thats pretty straightforward," Osborne said. "Our issue was the confusion about who was the leader and who wasnt the leader." The Edwards penalty and late debris caution got Busch back in the game. And he had some sympathy for Stewart, who led four times for 118 laps. Without the final caution, Busch said he didnt have a chance at the win. "Stewart was phenomenal," he said. "I hate it for him that we had a caution like that. He deserved to win the race. But I cant say enough about us just getting our lucky break there and getting a chance to win." Busch also credited his Joe Gibbs Racing team for a strong final pit stop. "Gave me a great pit stop, got me out front, gave me the lead so I could restart the race how I wanted to," he said. 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Platini told reporters he offered to leave the room Monday during talks about a "FIFA administration" proposal. A lottery will now decide which unseeded European team goes into Pot 2 -- sure to face two high-ranked opponents from Europe and South America. France, the loweest-ranked European qualifier, was the expected automatic choice because of a 2006 World Cup precedent.dddddddddddd On Tuesday FIFA said all nine unseeded Europeans would be in the lottery which opens the draw ceremony Friday. FIFA vice-president Platini says: "I am not the only Frenchman in FIFA." A Netherlands federation official said its lawyers had checked whether the FIFA decision was allowed. <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys2015.us.com/">wholesale jerseys</a>  ' ' '

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