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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:33:48 pm 
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MILWAUKEE - Yovani Gallardo readily calls this start the biggest of his career. Kevin Minter . Ian Kennedy hoped for any chance to pitch again this season. "Its definitely a whole different atmosphere," Gallardo said. "Anything can happen." The Arizona Diamondbacks look to complete their biggest rally of the season after being down 0-2 on Friday when they face the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 with a berth in the NL championship series at stake. Its a rematch of Game 1 starters when Gallardo bested Kennedy to keep his perfect record against the Diamondbacks intact. Milwaukee went on to win the first two games at Miller Park, where the Brewers had a majors-best 57 home victories in the regular season, before Arizona stayed alive by winning the next two in Phoenix. "I dont think anything in the past will carry over into Milwaukee," Diamondbacks centre-fielder Chris Young said. "Its pretty much a one-game playoff. Everybody talks about Milwaukees home record and our record on the road or whatever, but thats over an entire season. "We have to deal with this one game that we have coming up and the games really open to anybody." Gallardo retired 14 of 15 at one point, allowing one run on four hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory in Game 1. The 25-year-old right-hander is 6-0 with a 1.18 earned-run average in six career starts against Arizona, but acknowledges hes never pitched in an elimination game on any level. "I just try to stay as relaxed as I can. Im the same person no matter what. So its going to be a little bit tougher, but I just have to stay out there, relax, and just pitch my game and see what happens," Gallardo said. "I would say definitely it is the most important game in my career." Milwaukee used a five-run sixth inning to win 9-4 in Game 2, but the beastly offensive attack ended in Arizona, where the Diamondbacks won both games facing elimination. Kennedy, a 21-game winner, could do little but wait to see if hed even get another chance to pitch this season after being knocked out of the first game when Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the seventh. "When youre down 0-2 you just know every single game matters," Kennedy said. "I was willing to do anything, anything possible, just to help out in any possible way." Arizona battled back in every way back in Phoenix, including when Miguel Montero helped begin a celebration they coined "The Snake" to answer Milwaukees arms-raised bravado of "Beast Mode." "Its certainly caught on like wildfire, guys are doing it all over the place," Diamondbacks shortstop Willie Bloomquist said. "Thats Miggy keeping us loose and doing what he does best. It seems to help out because when guys kind of relax and just kind of do their thing when hes being himself." Bigger still was the way Arizona struck against Milwaukee with grand slams by rookie Paul Goldschmidt in the fifth inning of an 8-1 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday and Ryan Roberts first-inning effort in a 10-6 win in Game 4. The Diamondbacks joined the 1977 Dodgers as the only two teams to hit slams in consecutive playoff games after rallying for a major league-best 48 comeback wins in the regular season. "We dont panic when we do get down. Weve understood what were up against this whole series, especially when we got down 0-2, and things remain the same," Bloomquist said. "We cant lose. We need to go in there and get the W somehow, some way figure out a way to get it done." Arizonas unheralded offence includes all-star Justin Upton and hardly recognizable guys such as Goldschmidt, Young, Bloomquist and Roberts. The Diamondbacks hit .343 at home compared to .212 at Miller Park. "It hasnt been easy all season, so by no means did we expect the post-season get any easier," Young said. "Sometimes your backs going to be against the wall and you have to overcome some things to get to the next round. Understanding that, I think were pretty prepared." Milwaukees middle of the order — Ryan Braun, Fielder and Rickie Weeks — went 3 for 23 in Arizona in two games after going a combined 10 for 22 at Miller Park. Fielder said it would be special to be a star in a winner-take-all game. "But I dont necessarily have to do something," Fielder said. "I just want to win. I dont care who does it." It could also be Fielders last game in Milwaukee, a topic thats come up repeatedly over the past two years. He was the subject of trade rumours all last year and will hit free agency after this season. "Right now he is so focused on what we need to do and trying to win this game so that we can go on that I dont think thats going to come into play with him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Hes locked in on what we need to do. He knows his at-bats are going to be important. And hopefully with Ryan and the boys on in front of him, well see what happens." The two clubs chased each other after wrapping up division titles the final week of the season. Milwaukee clinched its first division title in 29 years by winning the NL Central while Arizona completed a worst-to-first turnaround to take the NL West. It wasnt decided who would get to host Game 5 until the final day, when Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh to ensure it would finish ahead of Arizona in the National League standings. "Thats why we got home-field advantage," Weeks said. "We went out there and played our butts off toward the end of the year. Were going back home where were pretty comfortable." Arizona hasnt been in a winner-take-all game since winning Game 7 of the World Series in 2001. Milwaukees last experience dates well before Braun, Fielder and Gallardo were born when the Brewers lost Game 7 of the 82 series to St. Louis. And Roenicke expects both teams to play their best games with the NLCS on the line. "I think momentum has shifted for them to where they think that theyve got a real good chance to win this next ballgame," Roenicke said. "But I dont think that takes away from what we feel. I think our guys are going to come out and play a good game. Were very confident where we are." John Brown . He can hide it with the helmet hell need now that hes back in the race car. Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, Ont., was cleared to drive Thursday by IndyCars medical team following a concussion Saturday in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Alameda Taamu . The Maple Leafs are three points behind Columbus for the last playoff spot in the East with only three games left on their schedule. You can listen to the game live on TSN 1050 starting at 7:30pm et/4:30 pm pt.LONDON -- A superb free kick from Oscar gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday while Fulham needed an equalizer 15 minutes from time to draw 1-1 with third-tier strugglers Sheffield United, who were down to 10 men. The Brazil midfielder scored in the 27th minute at Stamford Bridge with a curling 20-meter shot that ended in the top corner as Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic dived in vain. Dangerous on the break and dominant in midfield, Chelsea almost doubled its lead soon after when Oscar hit the post. Andre Schurrle also hit the woodwork after the interval with a shot from a tight angle as Chelsea kept creating the better chances. Samuel Etoo missed the target from close range after Ramires failed to convert Eden Hazards precise cross, but the home side had done just enough by the final whistle. Hugo Rodallega scored Fulhams equalizer with a low shot that spared his side more misery this season. The London club is just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League standings. Chris Porter put the hosts ahead in the 31st minute as he diverted a shot past David Stockdale. But the League One club had Michael Doyle sent off for a kick at Muamer Tankovic early in the second half and could not hold oon to its lead. Larry Fitzgerald. Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough praised his players for their grit after the 1-1 draw but said the referees decision to send off his player was a bit harsh. "There was some sort of contact, whether it was enough to warrant a red card Im not sure," he said. Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, whose priority is to keep his team in the Premier League next season, made 11 changes for the tie against a side that knocked out Aston Villa in the previous round but is facing a tough relegation battle in its division. On a waterlogged pitch, Sheffield United looked like it could hold on even after Doyles sending off, and even threatened to extend its lead when Ryan Flynn led a swift counterattack down the right only to see his low shot stopped by Stockdale. Both sides were denied penalties as Rodallega and Flynn appeared to be fouled in the area. Meulensteen admitted his side lacked the quality to prevail but was happy with his youngsters performance. "They gave it their all and got their noses in front," Meulensteen said. "If theres any positives to take from the game theres two things. Obviously were still in it, thats one, but the young boys we brought in did excellent." ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:31:11 pm 
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FLIMS, Switzerland -- Winnipegs Braden Calvert and Edmontons Kelsey Rocque are headed for the playoffs at the world junior curling championships after both Canadian teams won their final two games on Sunday, the last day of the round-robin portion of the tournament. Greg Toler Colts Jersey . Rocque and her rink of Keely Brown, Taylor McDonald, Claire Tully, alternate Alison Kotylak and coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre secured their spot in the Page 1-2 playoff against Korea after defeating both Scotland and Denmark to finish in second place. The Canadians needed an extra end to squeak out a 7-6 win over Scotlands Gina Aitken in their first game on Sunday. Riding a four-game winning streak into the final game of the round robin, Rocque scored a huge seven points in the eighth end to nail down a 12-7 victory over Denmarks Christine Svensen (0-9). "They had an unfortunate break in that end and we were fortunate enough to capitalize," said Rocque about the unusual score of seven. "It was the wrong side of the inch for Denmark with a lot of their stones in that end." The Canadian women enter the playoffs in second place with a 7-2 record behind South Koreas Kyeong-Ae Kim, also at 7-2, who defeated Canada in the round robin. Calvert and his junior mens team of Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch, Brendan Wilson, alternate Matt Dunstone and coach Tom Clasper are also off to the playoffs after wrapping up the round robin with two lopsided victories. The Canadians needed only six ends to dispatch American Jake Vukich 8-1 in a game that Canada controlled from the start. They scored three in the first end and had built a 7-1 lead by the fifth-end break. A steal in six put the game away. "We got off to another good start and had all the momentum the whole game, I think, and we were in control," said Calvert. In their final game of the round robin, Calvert and crew cruised to a 9-1 win over Sebastian Wunderer of Austria who came into the game with a 3-5 record. Canada scored four in the fifth and stole another two in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Norway will play Scotland in the mens Page 1-2 . Calvert finishes the round robin in third place with a 6-3 record and will play the winner of the tiebreaker between Italys Amos Mosaner and Switzerlands Yannick Schwaller in the Page 3-4 playoff on Tuesday. T.Y. Hilton Colts Jersey . "I am thrilled to sign a new contract with the Argonauts and be a part of this team as we make a run at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto next year," said Bradwell. Colts #10 Jersey . -- Ernie Els hardly ever catches a break at the Match Play Championship.As weve sat down in record numbers in front of our TVs or at our favourite soccer pubs and cafes to take in a thoroughly absorbing World Cup Finals it once again reminds us that soccer is in the midst of a unprecedented growth spurt right across the country. Over the last four weeks as Ive circumnavigated the Montreal soccer streets I have taken in matches from a variety of establishments. From the official England Supporters pub through to more unorthodox venues like an Iranian car wash for the crucial group stage game against Argentina. Early on it became abundantly clear that in comparison with South Africa 2010 there has not only been a considerable rise in the number of soccer fanatics in Montreal, but vitally their connection to the beautiful game has become more deeply rooted. Jersey apparel manufacturers and car flag distributors have never had it so good in La Belle Ville. If social media is any barometer then the worlds game is now firmly embedded within Montreals more traditional sporting and cultural landscapes. As a long term advocate for all things Montreal soccer - in all forms and at all levels - Id like to think our local soccer cause is the World Cup effect were currently witnessing. Id be a fool, though, not to admit it is the growing legions of Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League aficionados who are its foundation pillars. With this in mind, Montreals local soccer stakeholders need to feed off this frenzy. From players working as TV analysts, organizing a highly popular player FIFA2014 tournament right on through to the multicultural theme of the June 29 home match against the Houston Dynamo - the Impact have certainly done their part over this past month in successfully connecting and fusing their brand with the Brazil 2014 masses. When in attendance at the Burgundy Lion, the official England Supporters Club in Montreal, for the Uruguay game quite remarkably the language was less Anglo Saxon and far more French “Canadien”. It was wonderful to observe so many Francophones resplendent In England jerseys speaking their native tongue in amongst a backdrop of framed photos and artefacts eulogising all things 1966, the BPL, Johnny Rotten and Cool Britannia. It was more entertaining than the action on the large screens. The highly diverse and growing Montreal soccer base is certainly not lost on Mayor Denis Coderre. On the eve of MLSs Brazil 2014 sabbatical word came from City Hall that as part of Montreals 375th Anniversary celebrations a highly-positive meeting had taken place with Don Garber regarding Montreal hosting 2017s MLS All Star game. More recently Coderre guested on TSN 690 and discussed his deep and lengthy connection to soccer. As a politician this goes all the way back to 1999, when he was a member of the cabinet for the Federal Government as Minister for Amateur Sport. In his time Coderre has not only visited Clairefontaine, the home of French soccer, he has also held meetings with the two most influential figures in world football: Micchel Platini and Sepp Blatter. Erik Walden Colts Jersey. Montreals civic connection to soccer is expected to kick off as early as next year. Coderre disclosing: “We are working to have a Mayors Cup between two cities from MLS. We are working towards 2015 or 2016, where well play one game there and they will come here.” Not content with developing relationships with an enriched MLS family, Coderre is well aware of the highly valuable market for international friendlies. “The other thing is by 2017, what we are looking for is to get some European teams to come. Well work through Spain or Paris St-Germain. We will work towards getting some of the teams here. Im working with Joey Saputo” “With Joey we are working for what we will do through soccer for 2017. We already have the Under 20s this year and the Womens World Cup Finals next year. What we are building, is that mood for soccer.” “This is clearly a soccer city. Because of our diversity we can score big.” Coderre gave short shrift to the idea that two European powerhouses would suit up and face each other. Referring to the match at Olympic Stadium in the direct run up to South Africa 2010 between seven-time European Champions AC Milan and the Impact, Coderre stated: “I do recall when AC Milan came the stadium was packed.” “Id like to see my hometown team to play against these teams. The City of Montreal is willing to play its part” Fresh from co-signing a significant contract extension with Bernie Ecclestone, which will see Montreal stage the Canadian Grand Prix through 2024, Coderre knows full well of the substantial benefits and international exposure Montreal would reap by having PSG, Real Madrid or even Chelsea in town. The Mayor is a massive supporter for Canada staging a World Cup Finals, and even went so far as to question Qatars World Cup. “The bottom line is what will happen to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022? But clearly I am aiming at 2026. So we have two options.” “Remember in 2002 when the World Cup between South Korea and Japan was split? We could do the same thing with the States. We could have five cities from eastern Canada and five cities from the US. With the people that I spoke with it is truly feasible” As Montrealers take in Sunday afternoons World Cup Final the two football and soccer solitudes will come together in a significant outdoor viewing party at Parc Jean Drapeau - a venue more synonymous with rock shows and music festivals. Players from the Impact, representatives of the local committee for the FIFA U20s Womens World Cup and the Quebec Soccer Federation will mingle with thousands of Brazil 2014 hipsters. Theres nothing cooler though than supporting local soccer. Noel Butler can be reached at: Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter Catch Argentina vs. Germany in Sundays World Cup Final live on the TSN and TEAM Radio Network. Pre-Game show starts at 2pm et/11am pt with Kick Off at 3pm et/Noon pt. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:30:47 pm 
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ROME -- Mario Balotelli scored twice and also hit the crossbar but AC Milan still had to scramble for a 2-2 draw at promoted Livorno in the Serie A on Saturday. Jared Cook . Also, Napoli surrendered the lead twice in a 3-3 draw with Udinese and wasted a chance to pull level with second-place Roma. In Livorno, Balotelli put Milan ahead seven minutes in after redirecting a cross from Kaka then scored the equalizer in the 82nd with a splendid free kick over a Livorno wall. Balotelli nearly produced a winner in the 89th but his long-distance effort banged off the underside of the crossbar and bounced in front of the goal. Livornos Luca Siligardi made it 1-1 in the 26th with a shot from beyond the area and Paulinho put the hosts ahead in the 58th by finishing off a counterattack. Milan moved into eighth place while Livorno moved to fifth from bottom. Balotelli has scored four goals in his last three matches after a six-match scoreless streak in all competitions. "Ive always been fine. There were never any big problems like was written," Balotelli said. "We were just lacking some goals. ... And we need to be more attentive when our opponents go on counterattacks." Milans next match is versus Ajax on Wednesday at the San Siro in the Champions League. Napoli also has a key European match on Wednesday against Arsenal. At the San Paolo stadium, Goran Pandev scored for Napoli in the 38th and 41st. First, the Macedonia striker was set up by Federico Fernandez then for his second he took a pass from Gonzalo Higuain and shot between a defenders legs. Udinese pulled one back in the 45th with an own goal from Fernandez, who was attempting to block a header from Thomas Heurtaux, then Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes equalized with a long lob in the 70th that caught Napoli goalkeeper Rafael out of position. Blerim Dzemaili restored Napolis lead a minute later, knocking in a rebound of a shot from Higuain, and Dusan Basta took advantage as Napolis defenders stood idle to equalize in the 80th from close range. Napoli moved two points behind Roma, which hosts Fiorentina on Sunday. Lamarcus Joyner . John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev. Torry Holt . LOUIS -- The St.PHILADELPHIA -- Rajon Rondo is starting to feel like his old self -- and the Boston Celtics are starting to win again. Rondo had eight points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in his eighth game back from a serious knee injury, and Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter in the Celtics 114-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. "Its only a matter of time before we got on the same page," Green said about Rondo. "He puts me in my spots, gets it to me in the open floor. He sees the floor very well. Hes helping me get into a good rhythm. I have to continue to make sure I get open for him." Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics improved to 17-33, winning their second straight game after losing 19 of 22. Rondo had 19 points and 10 assists in Bostons win over Orlando on Sunday. "Im getting back to my old self," Rondo said. "Im not there yet but Ill take the progress." Brandon Bass had 18 points for the Celtics, 2-6 since Rondos return. Thaddeus Young had 20 points, and Tony Wroten added 18 for Philadelphia. The 76ers (15-35) have lost four straight and 14 of their last 17 games. They also have lost six in a row at home for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Spencer Hawes added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia and Lavoy Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sixers coach Brett Brown noticed the difference in the Celtics with an effective Rondo. "Hes their compass," Brown said. "Hes a great point guard and a leader." Green scored 13 straight points during a 2-minute stretch in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics their biggest lead to that point, 83-71 with 3:44 left. Boston coach Brad Stevens credited Rondo for helping Green succeed. "He made a lot of shots and Rondo found him a couple of times early," Stevens said. "His job is simplified with Rajon out there. Michael Sam. He pushed the tempo better than Ive seen him in the first eight games. He got us a lot of good looks. His greatest strength is he makes everyone else better and thats really shown true the last two games." Said Rondo: "Everybody needs easy buckets, especially a guy (Green) whos that talented and athletic. All he needs to do is see it go through a couple of times, get to the free-throw line. He gets hot quick." Wroten made a 58-footer at the buzzer to cut it to 88-82 entering the fourth. Philadelphia got as close as three points in the final quarter on Wrotens two free throws with 8:35 left but never got closer. The Sixers had a chance to get it to two points, but Evan Turner missed a baseline jumper with 1:13 left, and Sullinger converted a three-point play on the ensuing possession off an assist from Rondo with 59.4 seconds left to give Boston a 112-105 advantage. "He made a ton of good decisions and some huge plays late," Stevens said about Rondo. The Boston point guard, who is still getting into game shape, also got some help from his teammates. After going down at one point, Bass resuscitated a winded Rondo. "Nothing was wrong," Rondo said. "I was winded. He brought me back to life a little bit. Those guys pick me up. Whoever hits the floor helps each other up. Were a team and thats what they did on that particular play." The Sixers havent won since last Wednesdays buzzer-beating 95-94 win at Boston. Notes: Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams was selected the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January. It was the second honour for Carter-Williams, who also was recognized in November to join Allen Iverson as the only Sixers to earn the award multiple times. Carter-Williams averaged 16.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists last month. ... Sixers guard James Anderson (back contusion) left in the first half but returned after halftime. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:26:32 pm 
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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks will be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa for a second straight game when they host the Dallas Stars tonight. Titans #13 Jersey . Associate coach Rick Bowness confirmed after the morning skate the Canucks would go with the same defence pairings against the Dallas Stars as they did during their 1-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday night. Bieksa is listed as day-to-day. "We all know Kevin is one of the most fierce competitors in the league," said Bowness. "He battles hard every shift. So to give him a few maintenance days is the proper thing to do -- simple as that." Bowness declined to comment on the exact nature of Bieksas health problems, refusing to say whether he has an upper-body or lower-body injury. "Well just go with the whole body -- and mind," said Bowness. "Give him a mental break, too." Bowness also declined to offer an update on injured winger Daniel Sedin, who has been out since suffering a concussion March 21 on an elbow to the head from Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith. The head shot resulted in a five-game suspension for Keith. Reports have suggested Sedin is making good progress in his recovery and could be back in time for the playoffs. However, Bowness refused to confirm that he will be back soon, adding the winger remains day-to-day. Meanwhile, Canucks winger Aaron Volpatti, out since early December with a shoulder injury that required surgery, skated hard on his own before the teams morning workout. Volpatti, a 26-year-old Revelstoke, B.C., native, was expected to miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs, but Bowness said he could return ahead of schedule. "Hes progressed well," said Bowness. "You cant rule him out. Hes improved. We want to make sure his conditioning has improved. If hes ever given the green light, then we have him ready to go." Titans #82 Jersey . They may have found a suitable option in infielder Danny Valencia. Toronto acquired Valencia -- whos hitting .333 against left-handed pitchers in his career -- from the Kansas City Royals on Monday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz. Titans #1 Jersey . Rubio had six points, seven assists and six rebounds in 23 minutes, eliciting chants of "Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!" in the fourth quarter in homage to his Spanish roots. Michael Beasley scored 21 points and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams had 14 points for Minnesota in coach Rick Adelmans debut.MIAMI - Three NFL players are named in a police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime, authorities said Thursday. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Quinton Patton, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, were with the woman at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives, according to the Miami Police Department report. Police stressed that the report contained only unproven allegations at this point. "As far as whether there was a crime committed, its too early to say," said police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes. The account of the woman, who was not identified by police, is described in the report: The woman mixed drinks and gave the men shots, and the men told her "in order to drink the shots she had to hit the bong which contained marijuana." The four were watching a basketball game when the woman began feeling light-headed and went to lie down in a bedroom. Kaepernick came into the room, began kissinng her and undressed her completely. Titans #7 Jersey. The woman told police that they did not have sex, and that Kaepernick left the bedroom saying hed be right back. A few minutes later, the woman told police, the other two men "peeked" inside. She said to them, "What are you doing? Where is Colin? Get out." The report says the woman does not remember anything after that and later woke up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there. The woman told police she has had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past. Kaepernicks agent, Scott Smith, did not immediately respond to email and voice mail messages seeking comment. The 49ers and Seahawks issued statements saying they were aware of the incident but declined further comment. Kaepernick, 26, is one of the NFLs top quarterbacks, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season and the NFC championship game this past year. For his three-year career, Kaepernick has thrown for more than 5,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, and he has rushed for 937 yards and another nine touchdowns. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:19:13 pm 
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Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. Steve Young . This week they discuss the a Roy Halladay, a Cooperstown conundrum, Robinson Cano and a certain Washington football club. Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is up to the Washington football team with the racist name and the sitcom stylings, which continue to delight those who rightly root for it to fail. This week alone, there were reports that head coach Mike Shanahan was trying to get fired, Costanza-style, so he could collect his money and flee and that shameless expired peanut-selling owner Dan Snyder was unwilling to fire him, and that quarterback Robert Griffin III - who in true Dan Snyder-fashion once let fans buy him wedding gifts - was a pawn between them as he was benched for the season. What a swamp: backstabbing, greed, admissions of serial falsehoods, remarkable misuse of assets, and a toxic snowball of failure. Its clear, now more than ever: this is the team that Washington deserves. Steve Simmons, SUN Media: My thumb is down to the meaningless one-day contract Roy Halladay signed with the Toronto Blue Jays this week, thus announcing his retirement from baseball wearing Canadian colours. This is the same Roy Halladay who asked to be traded from Toronto, demanded it be to a contending team and even suggested that the team train close to his Florida home. If Halladay wanted to retire a Blue Jay, he could have done the simple thing and finished his career here. Dont get me wrong. Halladay had a marvelous career, Im not questioning that. But his last pitch was thrown for the Philadelphia Phillies, the team he threw a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for. Never mind ceremony, he retired as a Philly. Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is down to the MLB Veterans Committee for again excluding the late Marvin Miller from the Baseball Hall of Fame. While Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa are worthies, the legacy of the former Players Association executive director dwarfs that of any manager. Along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, Miller is part of the holy trinity of baseball titans. The despicable reserve clause, which bound a player to his team in perpetuity, was struck down on his watch. The average salary rose from $16,000 to $250,000 under Miller, who built the strongest union in the United States. Some owners still revile him, but Cooperstown truly is incomplete without him. Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is down to Robinson Cano – and to his poor choice of words. Specifically, one word … the word "respect". Cano claims he was driven to sign a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners because the New York Yankees showed him no "respect" with their offer. It was for only seven years at a measly $175 million. There isnt another human on this planet who would say that amounted to "disrespect". Cano should have thanked the Yankees for being willing to go that high so that the mariners felt the need to go higher and then he should have thanked Seattle for doing exactly that, and then he should have said nothing more about a lack of respect, unless he wanted to admit his own for the fans who are tired of hearing the complaints of spoiled, far too rich athletes. Perrish Cox . 1 draft picks on their roster but its a former St. Phil Dawson . There is some potential on offence but overall the roster doesnt have enough talent to get excited about in 2013. Maybe QB Jake Locker makes the leap in his third year in the league, but Tennessees fortunes are still tied more closely to Johnson at running back, who will need to return to CJ2K for the Titans to have any chance at the playoffs this season. NEW YORK -- San Diegos Andrew Cashner won and Clevelands Vinnie Pestano lost as pitchers split decisions Saturday in baseballs first salary arbitration cases in two years. Cashner will make $2.4 million rather than the clubs offer of $2,275,000 -- the smallest gap this year among cases that didnt settle. Pestano, among four Indians left in arbitration, will make $975,000 instead of his request for $1.45 million. Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley and right-handers Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin are among the 13 players left in arbitration from among the 146 who filed last month, and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 20. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago agreed Saturday to a one-year deal worth $5,345,000. He had asked for $6.2 million and had been offered $2,765,000 by the Cubs after going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last year, when he made $2,765,000. Cashner, a 27-year-old right-hander was 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 26 starts and five relief appearances last season, when he made $500,800. Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Elizabeth Neumeister and Robert Herzog made the decision a day after hearing arguments in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pestano, a rightt-hander who turns 29 on Feb. Eric Wright. 20, was 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 37 relief appearances last year and made $501,900. His case was decided by arbitrators Matt Irvings, Matt Goldberg and Steven Wolf. Cleveland had not been to a hearing since 1991, when pitcher Greg Swindell beat the Indians and infielder Jerry Browne lost. Baseball is having its first salary arbitration hearings in two years. Last year was the first time all cases settled without any hearings. No player had gone to a hearing since Feb. 15, 2012, when Pittsburgh outfielder Garrett Jones argued his case against the Pirates in a case won by the club the following day. Teams have a 292-215 advantage in decisions since arbitration began in 1974. Others with pending cases include Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, Boston left-hander Andrew Miller, Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey, Kansas City right-hander Greg Holland, Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen, Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick, San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt, Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak, Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland and Washington right-hander Tyler Clippard. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:17:48 pm 
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he will wait for all the facts to unfold, but that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will be disciplined for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence last week. Texans #76 Jersey . Goodell told reporters hes pleased Irsay is seeking help but that the leagues conduct policy applies to all league and team personnel. Irsay entered a rehabilitation facility after his arrest. Case Keenum Texans Jersey . Duquette signed a three-year contract on Sunday. He will be introduced to the media in a news conference Tuesday morning. The 53-year-old Duquette will attempt to bring the Orioles out of their run of 14 successive losing seasons. Texans #55 Jersey . In front of about 20 family and friends, some of whom he hadnt seen in a long time after his family moved away when he was 10 years old, Bolsinger delivered exactly what the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks needed.After a one-game respite, forward Patrick Sharp and defenceman Dan Hamhuis will be back in the lineup for Team Canada against Finland on Sunday. In their place, Matt Duchene and PK Subban made their Olympic debuts in a 6-0 win over Austria on Friday. Team Canada officials have yet to announce whicch players will be coming out of the lineup for what promises to be Canadas toughest test yet. Keshawn Martin Texans Jersey. Goaltender Roberto Luongo recorded the shutout against Austria and awaits word on whether he will get the start against Finland. Price made 19 saves in a 3-1 win over Norway on Thursday. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:16:05 pm 
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MIAMI -- Canadian Milos Raonic put up a fight but could not earn the upset as top seed Rafael Nadal recovered to win their quarter-final matchup in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback at the Sony Open Thursday. Texans #70 Jersey . The Thornhill, Ont., product cemented his return next week to the ATP top 10 as he won his first career set against Nadal after four losses in the series. Raonic rolled over slightly on his ankle as he dived for a return in the third set but appeared to shake it off near the end of the two-hour, 34 minute struggle. The Canadian was held to eight aces and one break for serve from just three chances. He had 28 winners to Nadals 26. Raonic and Nadal duelled for 52 minutes in a tight opening set. The only true opening came in the final game. Nadal lost his first career set against Raonic as he sent over a perfect stop volley which dropped dead near Nadals net, giving the 12th seed set point while leading 5-4. Nadal put over a nervous double fault to lose the opener, his first dropped set of the tournament. But the Raonic magic began to fade in the second set after he started to lose pace on his weak second serve, with Nadal going up a double break for 4-0. Raonic contributed a pair of costly double-faults to end both of his losing games as the Spaniard took control, gathering his trademark momentum. The 23-year-old Canadian saved a break point to start the third set as the contest started to peak. Nadal got a break for 4-3 after Raonic had rallied from 0-30 down but eventually hit the next with a backhand to drop serve for the third time. Nadal held for 5-3 and earned the victory two games later, sealing his move into the semifinals on a forehand winner down the line for the first of three match points. Case Keenum Texans Jersey . The White Sox gave him one. They staked Peavy to an early eight-run lead and he cruised for seven innings on Thursday night as Chicago rocked Cleveland 8-1 to split the four-game series against the AL Central-leading Indians. Andre Johnson Texans Jersey . Andy Dirks didnt play until the sixth -- and still had time to drive in four of his own.If Jaromir Jagr is trade bait going into the NHLs Mar. 5 deadline, it wont be by his request. The future Hall of Famer told the Star-Ledger on Monday that hes not keen on being dealt by the New Jersey Devils to another NHL club. "Im not going to ask for a trade if everything stays the same," he told the paper. "Ill fight to the end. I like it here too much. I would hate to go to some team just to help them. Id feel like a rented guy." Jagr returned to the league from the KHL two years ago with the Philadelphia Flyers and played stints with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins before signing with the Devils last summer. In 40 games this season, he has 13 goals and 34 points. The 41-year-old was tradedd prior to the Apr. Texans #3 Jersey. 3 deadline last season and helped lead Boston to the Stanley Cup Final. "Theyd use me the way they want to, not because they need me," he continued. "Theyd already be happy with their team. I dont think Id play the same way. I need my 18-19 minutes. I need to play a lot in the third period when the game is on the line and guys are getting tired. I hope I stay. Everything can change, but Ive had fun. I like the system we play. Even though its a more defensive system, I dont mind it at all." Jagr has won a Hart Trophy, two Stanley Cups, five Art Ross Trophies and three Lester B. Pearson Awards over 20 NHL seasons. He is also a seven-time First Team All-Star. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:14:45 pm 
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Houston Texans 1 (1) - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina; 2 (33) - Xavier Sua-Filo, OG, UCLA; 3 (65) - C. Jon Beason .J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa; 3 (83) - Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame; 4 (135) - Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh; 6 (177) - Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama; 6 (181) - Alfred Blue, RB, LSU; 6 (211) - Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn; 7 (216) - Andre Hall, CB, Vanderbilt; 7 (256) - Lonnie Ballentine, FS, Memphis Top Picks Analysis: Houston, was expected to address its muddled quarterback situation early in this draft but days one and two came and went as the Texans scored with value picks through the third round. Superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a no-brainer for the Texans at No. 1 overall once the organization couldnt extract a kings ransom for his services. After that, the Texans found plug-and-play starters at both Nos. 33 and 83, UCLA offensive guard Xavier Sua-Filo and Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix. And in between those two picks, Houston GM Rick Smith was able to garner one of the better two-way tight ends in the draft, C.J. Fiedorowicz of Iowa. Best Value Pick: There was no sense of urgency at the games most important position, leading many to speculate that Smith and new head coach Bill OBrien were honing in on Tom Bradys backup in New England, Ryan Mallett. In the end the 6-foot-7 Mallett may still end up in south Texas but if he gets there he will have some extra competition because Smith was able to provide OBrien another Joe Flacco-sized thrower by snaring the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Tom Savage in the fourth round. Barring Mallets arrival Savage will be competing against a triumvirate which includes veteran free agent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick as well as youngsters Case Keenum and T.J. Yates, who have both been given limited opportunities by the Texans in the past but have hardly set the world on fire. "Im just going to have to come in there and work and compete and thats all you can really ask for," Savage said. "I think I obviously have a lot to learn and I went 1,024 days without playing football and played one year at Pitt. I think I have a lot to improve. Im excited to just get in there and start working." Questionable Calls: If a deep quarterback draft, at least when it comes to prospects, it might have been more prudent for the Texans to address the position sooner with a more NFL-ready prospect. Summary: When you possess the No. 1 overall pick, you should do well and Houston did. Three likely starters and potential at the quarterback position point toward success. FINAL GRADE: A Undrafted rookie free agent signings: WR Nathan Slaughter, West Texas A&M; LB Max Bullough, Michigan State; K Chris Boswell, Rice; DE Cory Henry, Florida Atlantic; WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma; TE Anthony Denham, Utah; WR Travis Labhart, Texas A&M; OT Chris Martin, Central Florida; OT Matt Feiler, Bloomsburg; OG Kevin Forsch, Houston; OT Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State; WR Anthony McClung, Cincinnati; TE Chris Coyle, Arizona State; LB Chris McAlister, Baylor; LB Terrance Lloyd, Baylor; LB Chris Young, Arizona State; LB Jason Ankrah, Nebraska; DT Tyrone Ezell, Pittsburgh; DT Austin Brown, Miami-Ohio; CB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State; DT Julius Warmsley, Tulane; S Theo Alexander, Southeast Louisiana; DB Nick Addison, Bethune- Cookman Indianapolis Colts 2 (59) - Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State; 3 (90) - Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss; 5 (166) - Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State; 6 (203) - Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky; 7 (232) - Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State Top Picks Analysis: The Colts did not have a first-round pick because of general manager Ryan Grigsons ill-fated trade for disappointing running back Trent Richardson. Indianapolis badly needed help on the interior offensive line and used its first pick (No. 59 overall) on Ohio States Jack Mewhort, who played tackle on the college level but projects inside. Third-round pick Donte Moncrief is a big, raw receiver, who should add to what already is shaping up as a far deeper group of pass catchers for Andrew Luck (Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, Ty Hilton, DaRick Rogers). Best Value Pick: Seventh-round offensive tackle Ulrick John out of Georgia State has the frame and long arms to be something but needs to add strength. Questionable Calls: Dealing a first-round pick for Richardson, who showed no explosion as a runner while Ii Cleveland and even less with the Colts, is inexcusable. Summary: The T-Rich deal put Grigson in a bind and there wasnt much he could do to salvage this draft. FINAL GRADE: C- Undrafted rookie free agent signings: QB Seth Lobato, Northern Colorado; S Dewey McDonald, California (PA); CB Keon Lyn, Syracuse; G Marcus Hall, Ohio State; RB Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan; DE Tyler Hoover, Michigan State; DT Zack Kerr, Delaware; OL Eric Shultz, Utah State; DT Nnamdi Ubokwelu, Harvard; G Josh Walker, Middle. Tennessee State; WR Tony Washington, Appalachian State; WR Jordan Harris, Bryant; S Anthony Baskin, Carson-Newman; CB Qua Cox, Jackson State; K Cody Parkey, Auburn; WR Eric Thomas, Troy WR Greg Moore, Lane College; RB Brandon Oliver, Buffalo; CB Darius Polk, Kent State; C Jonotthan Harrison, Florida; CB Louchiez Purifoy, Florida Jacksonville Jaguars 1 (3) - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida; 2 (39) - Marqise Lee, WR, USC; 2 (61) - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State; 3 (93) - Brandon Linder, OG, Miami; 4 (114) - Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma; 5 (144) - Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State; 5 (159) - Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas; 6 (205) - Luke Bowanko, OC, Virginia; 7 (222) Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida Top Picks Analysis: The Jags sent Radio City Music Hall into a tizzy by selecting Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick and bypassing higher-rated talents like Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. Jacksonville was looking for the answer at the games most important position, after pulling the plug on 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert in the offseason, sending the former Mizzou star to San Francisco to be Colin Kaepernicks new backup. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds Bortles brings prototypical size to the table and many have compared him to Ben Roethlisberger, although it remains to seen if he shows the same kind if innate escapeability as "Big Ben." With Justin Blackmon suspended moving forward Jags GM David Caldwell added a pair of receivers for Bortles in the second round, USCs Marqise Lee and Penn States Allen Robinson. The third round brought interior offensive line help with Miami offensive guard Brandon Linder, a steady, if unspectacular prospect. Best Value Pick: Fourth-round cornerback Aaron Colvin of Oklahoma was likely going to be a Day 2 pick at worst if he didnt suffer a knee injury before the Senior Bowl. Jacksonville will have to redshirt him for a year but may have found a difference maker if he rehabs well. Questionable Calls: There is just no way you can consider Bortles one of the three best prospects in the is draft so there is no question that Jacksonville overreached a bit. The Jags did re-sign Chad Henne as a bridge and an insurance policy in the offseason, meaning they could have bypassed the position at No. 3 overall and looked for the answer in the second round with the 39th overall selection. Summary: Bortles future will not only define this draft for Jacksonville, it will also define the fates of both Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley in the Sunshine State. FINAL GRADE: B- Undrafted rookie free agent signings: WR Allen Hurns, Miami; QB Stephen Morris, Miami; G Tyler Shatley, Clemson; RB Terreance Cobb, Cumberlands (Ky.); TE D.J. Tialavela, Utah State; TE Marcel Jensen, Fresno State; OT Josh Wells, James Madison; FB Maurice Hagens, Miami; CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State; S Craig Loston, LSU; TE Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western; P Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech; DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Oregon; WR Brandon Wimberly, Nevada; LB Spencer Shuey, Clemson; K Jeff Budzein, Kansas State; DL DeAndre Coleman, California; DB Mike Jordan, Missouri Western; LB Marcus Whitfield, Maryland; S Craig Loston, LSU; WR Damian Copeland, Louisville; LS Trevor Gillette, Rice Tennessee Titans 1 (11) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan; 2 (54) - Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington; 4 (112) - DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State; 4 (122) - Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming; 5 (151) - Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky; 6 (178) - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU; Top Picks Analysis: With Michael Roos and Michael Oher on board, tackle wasnt really a need in Nashville but general manager Ruston Webster surveyed the landscape at No. 11 overall and decided Michigans Taylor Lewan was the best player available. Its hard to argue with that logic because Lewan has the prototypical length and athletic ability to play tackle in the NFL for a decade or so. Running back was a need for the Titans because the team moved on from Chris Johnson in the offseason and Washingtons Bishop Sankey will have every opportunity to become the bell cow. The second-round pick has a lot of Emmitt Smith qualities in that he is an all-around volume back who does everything pretty well. Best Value Pick: Tennessee wanted some competition for Jake Locker and they got it in the sixth round with former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has tremendous size and perhaps the best arm strength in this draft. A diluted urine sample at the scouting combine and some injury concerns pushed Mettenberger down the board. Questionable Calls: Linebacker Avery Williamson, the Titans fifth-round pick out of Kentucky, lacks the speed and athletic ability to be anything more than a two-down run stuffer. Summary: The Titans sandwiched this draft with Lewan, a very good choice, and Mettenberger, a potential steal. In between it was largely by the numbers, run-of-the-mill stuff. FINAL GRADE: B Undrafted rookie free agent signings: WR Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma; C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma; TE David Wright, Westminster; RB Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky; DB Gabriel Lynn, Oklahoma; DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech; WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State; WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech; K Travis Coons, Washington; OL Justin McCaray, Central Florida; DE Jamall Marell, Rutgers; S Hakeem Smith, Louisville; WR Derel Walker, Texas A&M; CB Rishard Anderson, Syracuse; OL William Poehls, Montana J.D. Walton . PAUL, Minn. Steve Weatherford . Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move.Restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello and the New York Rangers avoided arbitration on Tuesday when the Norwegian Olympian agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. The 26-year-old Norwegian Olympian was scheduled for a July 25th arbitration hearing and was reportedly seeking a deal in the $4.5 million-range. Zuccarello is entering his fifth season with the Eastern Conference champions after posting career-highs of 19 goals and 40 assists last season in 77 games played. He added five goalss and eight assists in the Rangers playoff run to the Stanley Cup final. Spencer Paysinger. The Rangers and Zucarello will continue to work towards a long-term deal for the player, but that cant be signed until January 1, 2015. With Zuccarello under contract, Glen Sather and the Rangers still have two restricted free agents headed to arbitration. Chris Kreider is scheduled for a July 23rd hearing, while Derick Brassards is five days later. Negotiations are ongoing with both players. ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:12:06 pm 
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SAN DIEGO -- Guard Chad Rinehart has agreed to a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers keeping him from the free-agent market. Earl Thomas III Womens Jersey . Rinehart joins safety Darrell Stuckey and linebacker Donald Butler as potential unrestricted free agents who are remaining with the team. The deal was announced on Monday. Rinehart joined the Chargers as a free agent last off-season. Including the playoffs, he started nine games at left guard and three at right guard. Michael Bennett Seahawks Jersey . -- Cam Newton began his NFL career on the same field where he ended his collegiate one and was spectacular. Jermaine Kearse Jersey . Geren replaces Chip Hale, who became Oaklands bench coach last week. In four-plus seasons with the As, Geren was 334-376, including 27-36 this year before he was fired on June 9.LONDON -- Underwhelming up front and uneasy at the back -- but England still signed off with a victory at Wembley Stadium before the World Cup. Only one forward contributed a goal in the 3-0 victory over Peru on Friday, with Daniel Sturridges deft strike in the first half breaking the dreary deadlock. But coach Roy Hodgson was still encouraged that his players managed to successfully exploit Perus inability to defend set pieces to extend their lead in the second half. From two corners in a five-minute span, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka both netted in Englands first friendly since the 23-man World Cup squad was named. "It didnt look as if it would be too comfortable in the first half, but as soon as Daniel scored that wonderful goal the game wasnt in doubt," Hodgson said. "To do it in front of 85,000 people was a great send-off, the atmosphere was a vote of confidence. "When you play against teams with 10 men behind the ball you have to be patient but I had no doubt we would win." England heads over the weekend to Miami to play friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras before flying onto Brazil. In the Florida sun, it will be Wayne Rooney in particular with a lot to prove after the striker failed to come close to scoring in north London. "We think we know where he is, how his fitness is being maintained or progressing," Hodgson said. "His attitude and commitment are first-class, even in a game of this nature. He has two more weeks to keep that going." Although England was in control in the first half, there were anxious moments due to sloppiness that provided openings for the ineffective Peruvians, who didnt qualify for Brazil. When Rooney conceded possessioon early on, Jean Deza was able to unleash a dipping shot that Joe Hart saved, one of several openings for the winger on his debut. Christine Michael Womens Jersey. And in the second half, defender Glen Johnson gave the ball away too easily inside his own half, allowing Andre Carrillo to break forward and release Deza to shoot. Peru goalkeeper Raul Fernandez at first had little to do, with the hosts taking until the 19th minute to come close to finding the target, with Sturridge dragging a shot wide. The match was so dreary that England fans made paper airplanes out of the cardboard used for a pre-match mosaic. But Sturridge produced a goal out of nowhere with Englands meaningful effort in the 32nd. A throw-in from Glen Johnson reached his Liverpool teammate, who placed the ball high into the net beyond Fernandez. That aside, throughout the first half Fernandez didnt have a save to make, while Hart was called into action just before the break, coming off his line to deny Luis Ramirez with his left boot. This wasnt the rousing send-off England fans had hoped for, with the creativity missing and anxious moments. But the pair of goals from defenders added gloss to the win. Cahill first met Jagielkas corner in the crowded penalty area, planting a header into the net in the 65th. Then Fernandez raced off the line to catch Leighton Baines corner but dropped the ball, which fell onto Cahills head and dropped for Jagielka to dispatch into the net. The victory was secure, but it will be far tougher on June 14 for the World Cup opener against Italy. "There wasnt the match sharpness as much as we would have liked," Sturridge said. "But it was great to be out there and we are happy with the result." ' ' '

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 on: September 11, 2014, 10:11:17 pm 
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have started the second week of their search for a head coach, and theres plenty of competition for time on their calendar. Tony Jefferson . The Vikings asked to interview Cincinnati offensive co-ordinator Jay Gruden, the younger brother of former NFL head coach and current ESPN game analyst Jon Gruden. But Jay Gruden told reporters in Cincinnati on Monday that Tennessee and Washington have also requested permission. A person with knowledge of the process, speaking on condition of anonymity because the teams have not made information about the search public, told the Associated Press that Detroit has inquired, too. The Vikings fired Leslie Frazier last week and will be making their third head coach hire in eight years, the first by general manager Rick Spielman. Though Houston and Tampa Bay have already filled their jobs, the Vikings still have four other teams interested in many of the same candidates. Spielman was in Arizona on Monday to meet with Cardinals defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles, according John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Bowles previously interviewed with Cleveland. Wooten also said Browns defensive co-ordinator Ray Horton was scheduled to meet with Spielman in Arizona on Tuesday. The Vikings and Redskins asked for interviews with San Francisco offensive co-ordinator Greg Roman, the NFL Network reported; 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed interest in Roman but declined to specify which teams. The Vikings were one of four teams, along with the Lions, Titans and Redskins, who requested interviews with San Diego offensive co-ordinator Ken Whisenhunt, according to a report by CBS Sports. The Vikings interviewed Seattle offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn over the weekend, ESPN reported. Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer is also expected to be on Spielmans list, now that the Bengals are eliminated. NFL rules allow assistant coaches on playoff teams that won wild-card games to be interviewed this week before being put off-limits again until those teams are finished. That includes the 49ers and Chargers, with Roman and Whisenhunt. Bowles and Horton are black. NFL teams are required to interview at least one minority candidate, known as "The Rooney Rule," a product of the push for diversity by Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, based in Washington, is designed to promote candidate development for coaching, front office and scouting jobs in the NFL. The FPAs strategic efforts include advocacy for and marketing of the hiring and promotion of minorities among NFL teams. Bevell, of course, was here before as the offensive co-ordinator under Brad Childress from 2006-10. Frazier decided not to keep him when he was given the job, hiring Bill Musgrave instead, but Bevell has shined in Seattle working with young quarterback Russell Wilson. Gruden has a productive record working with the Bengals, though theyve gone one and done in the playoffs in each of his three seasons there. Gruden said hed "assume" hell do all of the interviews requested of him. He said he wasnt sure about the Lions, however. "Every interview process I went on last year was different, and they all are a bit intimidating," Gruden said. "But you just have to have confident in who you are. My whole thing is Im always going to be myself. Im never going to try to be somebody else or pretend to be something Im not. And if that appeals to them, then great. And if not, Im quite happy where Im at." Troy Niklas . -- Chase Utley will miss the entire exhibition schedule for the second straight year and will not be in the Philadelphia Phillies opening-day lineup due to his injured knees. Matt Shaughnessy . The womens hockey star, who will carry the Maple Leaf into the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, says the idea that she and her teammates could be under any more pressure is absurd.LONDON -- Three-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan advanced to the doubles final of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after defeating No. 2 pair Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 on Sunday. The twins will take on David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco on Monday after the Spanish duo beat fellow debutants Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6 (10), 7-5. Michael Floyd. . The Bryans have already clinched the year-end No. 1 spot for a fifth straight year and a record ninth time. They have won 11 titles this season, including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. ' ' '

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