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NEW ORLEANS -- Darrell Henderson had two long touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, to lead Memphis to a 24-14 victory over Tulane on Friday night. Mike Bibby Grizzlies Jersey .Henderson turned a screen pass from Riley Ferguson into a 46-yard scoring play late in the first half to give the Tigers (5-1, 2-0 American) a 13-7 lead. Early in the fourth quarter he went off right tackle and cut to the sideline for a 45-yard run that made it 24-7.Jake Elliott, who became the Tigers career scoring leader a week ago, kicked three field goals and made his 171st extra point without a miss, the longest active streak in FBS. He has 381 points, and has 10 field goals from 50-plus yards on 14 attempts.Phil Mayhue caught a pass in his 22nd straight game, moving into a four-way tie, which includes former NFL great Isaac Bruce, for seventh on the Memphis list.Glen Cuiellettes 20-yard TD pass to Kendall Ardoin put the Green Wave (3-3, 0-2) ahead 7-3 but his pass was picked off at the Memphis 1 with 5:59 to play, one of three Tulane turnovers. Shareef Abdur-Rahim Grizzlies Jersey . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. Dillon Brooks Grizzlies Jersey . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. http://www.grizzliesbasketballpro.info/Kyle-Anderson-Grizzlies-Jersey/ .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. HOUSTON -- After having their offense smothered during a two-game interleague series against the Astros at Busch Stadium in mid-June, the Cardinals unleashed their balanced attack against the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.For a third consecutive game, all victories, the Cardinals (63-56) relied on multiple contributors, with left fielder Tommy Pham and third baseman Jedd Gyorko belting their ninth and 18th home runs, respectively, while center fielder Randal Grichuk recorded a pair of extra-base hits. Gyorko smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning for yet another crooked number by St. Louis during its modest streak.Grichuk blasted a grand slam as part of a six-run eighth inning against the Cubs last Saturday. In the series finale at Wrigley Field on Sunday, Stephen Piscotty and Brandon Moss homered while Grichuk doubled as part of a five-run eighth inning.You hate to throw it on one guys shoulders, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. Im happy with the fact that were spreading the wealth. It just keeps your team in it. In every game you know that if youre down a few youre two bloops and a blast from everything turning around and it seems like any guy can do it.All the way through our lineup weve got the ability with the long ball and thats a nice attribute for an offense to have.Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez (10-7, 3.34 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Astros and 10th interleague appearance. He is 0-2 with a 1.43 ERA against the National League.Martinez leads the NL with 25 double plays inducced and 1. Allen Iverson Grizzlies Jersey. 64 double plays per nine innings. He paces the Cardinals with 10 starts of at least seven innings, going 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA in those outings. He was charged with three runs over six innings while receiving a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs in Chicago on Aug. 11. Martinez is 16-7 with a 2.92 ERA on the road in 27 starts and 63 appearances.Right-hander Doug Fister (11-7, 3.61 ERA) will start for the Astros (61-58). Fister beat the Cardinals 5-2 on June 14, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings, his sixth victory in a seven-game winning streak.Fister is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four career games (three starts) against the Cardinals. Fister has just one victory in his last four starts.Fister isnt the only Astros starter idling. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel endured another rough outing on Tuesday, allowing six runs on six hits over five innings. He struggled early, allowed two runs in the first inning, recovered to retire 12 consecutive batters, and then crumbled again before being chased in the sixth.And while the sixth inning proved critical as St. Louis rallied from a 4-2 deficit en route to an 8-5 win, the early-inning woes have been a sporadic issue for Keuchel.I think getting into the game was tough for him, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.I dont know what its been the last three, four outings, the first inning has started off slow, Keuchel said. ' ' ' 
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RIO DE JANIERO -- The samba. Enzo Perez Argentina Jersey . Parade of Nations. Gisele. Fridays opening ceremonies had many themes and highlights. And the Twitterverse was following every moment. Here is some of the best of the night as the 2016 Rio Olympics are officially underway.From the president to the pope ...Politicians, Pope Francis and space explorers were all ready for the start of the Olympics:Ready to root on #TeamUSA! Our teams unity and diversity makes us so proud - and reminds the world why America sets the gold standard.- President Obama (@POTUS) August 5, 2016Tonight, the first-ever #TeamRefugees will also stand before the world and prove that you can succeed no matter where youre from.- President Obama (@POTUS) August 5, 2016Good luck to the athletes at #Rio2016! May you always be messengers of goodwill and true sporting spirit.- Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 5, 2016Secretary of State John Kerry was the U.S. dignitary in Rio:Got to meet the extremely impressive, four-time gold medalist @allysonfelix and wish her good luck at Rio #Olympics pic.twitter.com/pOAKGf4Xnp- John Kerry (@JohnKerry) August 5, 2016Best of luck to @TeamCanada at #Rio2016. We are behind you every step of the way! #35mstrong https://t.co/YDu7aPN96O- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 5, 2016In honor of the #OpeningCeremony tonight, heres an image of Rio from the @Space_Station: https://t.co/FdWpuXsbIt pic.twitter.com/7RiHZPJEn7- Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) August 5, 2016The official CIA Twitter handle posted quiz questions for each country during the Parade of Nations:#OpeningCeremony#AUS Australia has how many airports?- CIA (@CIA) August 6, 2016The Girl From Ipanema ...Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who is actually from Três de Maio, stole the show early, walking the whole length of the Maracana field to the iconic song:The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community. The unity that is felt is amazing and... https://t.co/iuvgCpkZ7J- Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) August 5, 2016Gisele just walked like half the 50km race walk course in 5 stilettos.- Adam van Koeverden (@vankayak) August 5, 2016The guy from TongaWe might have had an opening ceremonies first Friday night. Diverting from his countrys official outfit, Tongan taekwondo competitor Pita Nikolas Taufatofua walked in shirtless, covered in some kind of body oil. Discuss. Social media surely did.Stars who couldnt make itWhile track superstar Usain Bolt Snapchatted from the Olympic Village that he was choosing not to walk in the ceremonies (No movement for me, he reportedly said), other athletes who couldnt be at the Games tweeted from home:???? for ?? #OpeningCeremony- Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 6, 2016Wish I was there with you pic.twitter.com/7cItiTCtL5- Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 6, 2016I never had the chance to walk in open ceremonies, but it sure does feel good to watch #TeamUSA???? march out on TV. #Rio2016- Jonathan Horton (@J_Horton11) August 6, 2016Excited to kick off Opening Ceremonies at #837NYC pic.twitter.com/pkz5hcmWvv- Lolo Jones (@lolojones) August 5, 2016Team USAOne of the more anticipated moments was Michael Phelps carrying in the American flag for Team USA:Waiting for @MichaelPhelps to lead out the USA! What an honor. What a Champion! G.O.A.T- Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) August 6, 2016Were proud of you. Baltimore is proud of you. #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/Dlxsse8U4m- Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 6, 2016From 2000 to 2016 a new moment occurs tonight.@MichaelPhelps #OlympicGames #flagbearer pic.twitter.com/f7TFpvmyli- Debbie Phelps (@MamaPhelpsH20) August 5, 2016StylinCommentary on countries ceremony outfits is always a source of debate among fans, but some uniforms have more meaning than others:Baller Move: Australians Opening Ceremony blazer lining lists every Australian gold medalist (H/T @andrewsharp) pic.twitter.com/z0R6opoDZN- Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 6, 2016The athletesChe emozioneeeeeee!!! Rio2016 #Olympics #OpeningCeremony ?? pic.twitter.com/KbA6jQfG2L- Flavia Pennetta (@flavia_pennetta) August 5, 2016A bit of advice for our Olympians and that would be to digest, enjoy, savor and give it all in bringing back those Gold medals! Focus!!!- Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) August 4, 2016One of my most prized possessions! Go get another one, @usabasketball. ?????? pic.twitter.com/SlS3MeLeGv- Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) August 5, 2016An unbelievable experience being able to walk in the #OpeningCeremony with the rest of Team USA!!- Breanna Stewart (@bre_stewart30) August 6, 2016Im a Proud woman & footballer when you see Marta carrying the Olympic flag and the country erupts with pride when her name is said #Respect- Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) August 6, 2016Greatest moment of my life.- Kayla Banwarth (@KaylaBanwarth2) August 6, 2016So impressed by the stories behind @TeamRefugees and honored to participate alongside these athletes here in Rio #TeamRefugees- Tony Azevedo (@WaterPoloTony) August 5, 2016No words for that moment ???? #TeamUSA- Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) August 6, 2016Opening ceremony is one to remember! Blessed- IamTrayvonBromell (@TrayvonBromell) August 6, 2016An absolutely surreal moment tonight. @TeamUSA ????- Jack Sock (@JackSock) August 6, 2016And finally ...One of the biggest moments of the night was when the Refugee Olympic Team entered Olympic Stadium, drawing the biggest cheers outside of the home countrys entrance:The Refugee Olympic Team has entered the stadium led by flag bearer Rose Lokonyen Nathike. #RefugeeOlympicTeam pic.twitter.com/o0EqpI0H3U- Refugee Olympic Team (@RefugeesOlympic) August 6, 2016 Ezequiel Lavezzi Argentina Jersey . Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players wont be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury. Ever Banega Jersey . Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. http://www.argentinasoccerauthentic.com/Angel-Di-Maria-Copa-America-Jersey/ . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Which is the only football team to be relegated from the top division in England the same season they won the FA Cup?Weve upped the ante on this weeks quiz so you better know your stuff!Warning -- this test is for REAL sporting boffins. It is extremely hard and comprehensive, but 100% factual. Fernando Gago Argentina Jersey. No Google allowed.You might even learn a thing or two...Now share with your friends and see who is the biggest sports nerd! ' ' ' 
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RIO DE JANIERO -- The samba. Enzo Perez Argentina Jersey . Parade of Nations. Gisele. Fridays opening ceremonies had many themes and highlights. And the Twitterverse was following every moment. Here is some of the best of the night as the 2016 Rio Olympics are officially underway.From the president to the pope ...Politicians, Pope Francis and space explorers were all ready for the start of the Olympics:Ready to root on #TeamUSA! Our teams unity and diversity makes us so proud - and reminds the world why America sets the gold standard.- President Obama (@POTUS) August 5, 2016Tonight, the first-ever #TeamRefugees will also stand before the world and prove that you can succeed no matter where youre from.- President Obama (@POTUS) August 5, 2016Good luck to the athletes at #Rio2016! May you always be messengers of goodwill and true sporting spirit.- Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 5, 2016Secretary of State John Kerry was the U.S. dignitary in Rio:Got to meet the extremely impressive, four-time gold medalist @allysonfelix and wish her good luck at Rio #Olympics pic.twitter.com/pOAKGf4Xnp- John Kerry (@JohnKerry) August 5, 2016Best of luck to @TeamCanada at #Rio2016. We are behind you every step of the way! #35mstrong https://t.co/YDu7aPN96O- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 5, 2016In honor of the #OpeningCeremony tonight, heres an image of Rio from the @Space_Station: https://t.co/FdWpuXsbIt pic.twitter.com/7RiHZPJEn7- Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) August 5, 2016The official CIA Twitter handle posted quiz questions for each country during the Parade of Nations:#OpeningCeremony#AUS Australia has how many airports?- CIA (@CIA) August 6, 2016The Girl From Ipanema ...Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who is actually from Três de Maio, stole the show early, walking the whole length of the Maracana field to the iconic song:The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community. The unity that is felt is amazing and... https://t.co/iuvgCpkZ7J- Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) August 5, 2016Gisele just walked like half the 50km race walk course in 5 stilettos.- Adam van Koeverden (@vankayak) August 5, 2016The guy from TongaWe might have had an opening ceremonies first Friday night. Diverting from his countrys official outfit, Tongan taekwondo competitor Pita Nikolas Taufatofua walked in shirtless, covered in some kind of body oil. Discuss. Social media surely did.Stars who couldnt make itWhile track superstar Usain Bolt Snapchatted from the Olympic Village that he was choosing not to walk in the ceremonies (No movement for me, he reportedly said), other athletes who couldnt be at the Games tweeted from home:???? for ?? #OpeningCeremony- Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 6, 2016Wish I was there with you pic.twitter.com/7cItiTCtL5- Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 6, 2016I never had the chance to walk in open ceremonies, but it sure does feel good to watch #TeamUSA???? march out on TV. #Rio2016- Jonathan Horton (@J_Horton11) August 6, 2016Excited to kick off Opening Ceremonies at #837NYC pic.twitter.com/pkz5hcmWvv- Lolo Jones (@lolojones) August 5, 2016Team USAOne of the more anticipated moments was Michael Phelps carrying in the American flag for Team USA:Waiting for @MichaelPhelps to lead out the USA! What an honor. What a Champion! G.O.A.T- Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) August 6, 2016Were proud of you. Baltimore is proud of you. #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/Dlxsse8U4m- Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 6, 2016From 2000 to 2016 a new moment occurs tonight.@MichaelPhelps #OlympicGames #flagbearer pic.twitter.com/f7TFpvmyli- Debbie Phelps (@MamaPhelpsH20) August 5, 2016StylinCommentary on countries ceremony outfits is always a source of debate among fans, but some uniforms have more meaning than others:Baller Move: Australians Opening Ceremony blazer lining lists every Australian gold medalist (H/T @andrewsharp) pic.twitter.com/z0R6opoDZN- Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 6, 2016The athletesChe emozioneeeeeee!!! Rio2016 #Olympics #OpeningCeremony ?? pic.twitter.com/KbA6jQfG2L- Flavia Pennetta (@flavia_pennetta) August 5, 2016A bit of advice for our Olympians and that would be to digest, enjoy, savor and give it all in bringing back those Gold medals! Focus!!!- Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) August 4, 2016One of my most prized possessions! Go get another one, @usabasketball. ?????? pic.twitter.com/SlS3MeLeGv- Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) August 5, 2016An unbelievable experience being able to walk in the #OpeningCeremony with the rest of Team USA!!- Breanna Stewart (@bre_stewart30) August 6, 2016Im a Proud woman & footballer when you see Marta carrying the Olympic flag and the country erupts with pride when her name is said #Respect- Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) August 6, 2016Greatest moment of my life.- Kayla Banwarth (@KaylaBanwarth2) August 6, 2016So impressed by the stories behind @TeamRefugees and honored to participate alongside these athletes here in Rio #TeamRefugees- Tony Azevedo (@WaterPoloTony) August 5, 2016No words for that moment ???? #TeamUSA- Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) August 6, 2016Opening ceremony is one to remember! Blessed- IamTrayvonBromell (@TrayvonBromell) August 6, 2016An absolutely surreal moment tonight. @TeamUSA ????- Jack Sock (@JackSock) August 6, 2016And finally ...One of the biggest moments of the night was when the Refugee Olympic Team entered Olympic Stadium, drawing the biggest cheers outside of the home countrys entrance:The Refugee Olympic Team has entered the stadium led by flag bearer Rose Lokonyen Nathike. #RefugeeOlympicTeam pic.twitter.com/o0EqpI0H3U- Refugee Olympic Team (@RefugeesOlympic) August 6, 2016 Ezequiel Lavezzi Argentina Jersey . Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players wont be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury. Ever Banega Jersey . Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. http://www.argentinasoccerauthentic.com/Angel-Di-Maria-Copa-America-Jersey/ . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Which is the only football team to be relegated from the top division in England the same season they won the FA Cup?Weve upped the ante on this weeks quiz so you better know your stuff!Warning -- this test is for REAL sporting boffins. It is extremely hard and comprehensive, but 100% factual. Fernando Gago Argentina Jersey. No Google allowed.You might even learn a thing or two...Now share with your friends and see who is the biggest sports nerd! ' ' ' 
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While the Washington Wizards couldnt lure Kevin Durant back home, they checked several boxes on their offseason game plan. Vans Shoes Outlet .According to owner Ted Leonsis, the team went into the summer looking to lock up star guard Bradley Beal to a long-term contract; add another player on a max deal; sign a defensive-oriented big man; add skill and scoring at power forward; improve depth in the backcourt; and sign a draft pick playing overseas. Leonsis also said the team wanted to get bigger and younger.All of that happened except for the max deal, leading Leonsis to call this a very productive offseason.Most importantly, the Wizards agreed on a $128 million, five-year contract with Beal. They also signed big men Ian Mahinmi, Andrew Nicholson and Jason Smith, traded for guard Trey Burke, and inked 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky to a three-year deal.Add those players to the core of John Wall, Beal, deadline pickup Markieff Morris, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat and the Wizards are deeper than they were last season, when they went 41-41 and missed the playoffs.With the additions of myself, Ian, Andrew Nicholson, Trey Burke, its looking like its going to be a great year for us, Smith said on a conference call Monday. You have a tested core of young guys that have been in the playoffs, that have played big minutes in the playoffs and have gone deep into the playoffs into the second round. Wed like to get back to that this year.Signing Durant, who grew up in the D.C. area, wouldve pushed the Wizards into instant contender status in the Eastern Conference. Instead, Durant joined the Golden State Warriors team that beat his Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals.Durants former coach Scott Brooks has a challenge in piecing together this roster in Washington.Brooks said he likes the versatility on the roster created since general manager Ernie Grunfeld acquired Morris from Phoenix at the trade deadline, and continuing with the offseason acquisitions.We have a lot of important pieces that can move, and interchangeable parts, Brooks said last week after the Wizards summer league minicamp. Weve guys that can defend multiple positions. We want to be a defensive team that can score, not a scoring team that plays defense when it scores.The hallmark of a defensive team led the 6-foot-11, 250-pound Mahinmi, a strong rebounder and defender, to sign for four years and $64 million. The 29-year-old said he wanted to go to a team that plays hard defense and doesnt take nights off, and the Wizards fit that bill.Opportunity was a key for the 26-year-old Nicholson, who signed a $26 million, four-year contract, and 30-year-old Smith, who got a $16 million, three-year deal to be a reserve forward/center. Brooks presence is a nice incentive for Burke, acquired from the Utah Jazz for a 2021 second-round pick, given that he coached Russell Westbrook into stardom in Oklahoma City.Its the opportunity of a lifetime, the 23-year-old Burke said on a conference call Friday. I hear that he always brings potential out of young players. He pushes them. Hes looking for a competitive player with a chip on his shoulder, and I think he has a chip on his shoulder as well. Hes a great coach, so I definitely think we can relate to each other.The Wizards are a team with a collective chip on the shoulder after a disappointing 2015-16 season that led to the firing of coach Randy Wittman. The organization let 33-year-old Nene, 30-year-old Garrett Temple and 31-year-old Jared Dudley walk in free agency, replacing them with younger pieces. Washington hopes for a bigger contribution from swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. in his second NBA season.Adding Mahinmi, Nicholson, Burke, Smith and Satoransky isnt a Durant-esque splash, but Leonsis said on his website that the Wizards executed according to plan in their goal of returning to the playoffs.We entered free agency prepared to execute the plan that we conceived, developed and refined during a three-year period, and based on an anticipation of where the NBA salary cap might land, Leonsis said. While we came close, we werent able to land an additional star player to our lineup. So we then moved swiftly and smartly to execute the remaining parts of our plan and add to our returning core. Cheap Vans Shoes . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. Vans Old Skool Black .S. hockey team after paying his dues as an NHL general manager for more than three decades and giving up a lot of his free time to help USA Hockey. http://www.vansshoesclearancesale.com/vans-old-skool-sale.html . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams got a curtain call after the biggest swing of the game. Then the St. Louis Cardinals capitalized on the days biggest mistake. Jon Jay scored from first on a single after right fielder Giancarlo Stantons throwing error with two outs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. "Weve had a lot of close games like this that we couldnt quite pull off at the end," manager Mike Matheny said. "So, it doesnt matter to me. Just that we did." Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals after Adams pinch-hit, two-run homer tied it two innings earlier. Jay drew a full-count walk off A.J. Ramos (3-3) with two outs in the ninth and took third easily on Robinsons pinch-hit single, then scored without a play after Stanton hesitated before throwing a relay that skipped under Logan Morrisons glove at first base. "I was just trying to get the ball before it hit the ground," Morrison said. "I should have played it back or just let it go because it was on the line. "We should have won that game, no doubt about it, but we didnt and now its over and thats why we play every day." Stanton did not speak to reporters after the game. The Marlins got homers from Derek Dietrich and Morrison but their run of four straight series wins ended after dropping the first two against the Cardinals. Manager Mike Redmond was ejected for arguing a close play at the plate in the fourth, with replays indicating Adeiny Hechavarrias legs crossed the plate before catcher Tony Cruz tagged him on the shoulder. Redmond was already frustrated after an incorrect call at third base Friday ended up saddling the Marlins with an unusual double play in a 4-1 loss. He thought Hechavarria was "clearly safe" and wasnt certain that Cruz made the tag. "I knew that run was going to be big," Redmond said. "You can only take so much, right? I think of those guys in the dugout and theyre busting their butts. Youve got to stick up for those guys, too." Adams homer off Mike Dunn foiledd the Marlins switch from starter to a lefty-lefty matchup and tied it at 4. Vans Old Skool Black Sale. Adams has both of the Cardinals pinch homers this season and is 6 for 16 against lefties with two homers and six RBIs. "In that situation, I dont know if Id pull him for anyone," Matheny said. "Hes earned it. If were going to use him, were going to use him." Both starters reached season bests for innings, with Eovaldi going up three runs in 6 2-3 innings and Joe Kelly allowing four runs in six innings. Matheny gave Kelly the fifth spot in the rotation on June 22 but the Cardinals didnt need him until now because of three off days, and the right-hander was used just once in long relief on June 28 before facing the Marlins. Matheny said Kelly will get another start next week. Morrison has four homers in his last six games against the Cardinals. His fourth of this season put the Marlins up 3-1. Kelly singled for his sixth career hit in 38 at-bats and scored on Matt Carpenters triple in the third, a hooking drive that barely got past centre fielder Marcell Ozuna. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single before Matt Holliday grounded into his 21st double play, by far the most in the majors. Dietrich doubled with one out in the second and scored easily on Hechavarrias single. NOTES: The Cardinals are slotting ace Adam Wainwright ahead of rookie Shelby Miller on Tuesday, giving the 11-game winner two starts heading into the All-Star break but making him ineligible to pitch in the game. ... A second straight giveaway, this one for Holliday jerseys, attracted a second straight sellout with attendance of 45,475. Fans jammed entrances more than two hours before game time, to make sure they got the souvenir given to fans 16 and over. ... Cardinals SS Daniel Descalso had two throwing errors, a day after 2B Carpenter had a pair of errors. ... Cruz made just his eighth start of the season with Yadier Molina sent for medical tests on an injured knee. ... Cardinals starting SS Pete Kozma, in an 0 for 17 slump, did not play for the third straight game. ' ' ' 
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The Wests Tigers are embracing Jarryd Hayne-mania as they prepare to face Gold Coasts superstar recruit in his first NRL appearance in his childhood stomping ground. Hydro Flask Rea .Hayne has been named at five-eighth for the 10th-placed Titans, who will take on the ninth-placed Tigers on Saturday before close to a 20,000-capacity crowd at Campbelltown Stadium, a couple of kilometres from where Hayne grew up in Minto.I grew up as a Parramatta fan. Watching him when I was younger, I always looked up to him. Its pretty exciting to be coming up against him this week, said Wests Tigers five eighth Mitchell Moses.The Tigers spent much of Wednesdays training session anticipating an array of trick plays as they work to blunt Haynes unpredictable skills.However Moses said he was wary of placing too much emphasis on the code-hopping star.Hes just another face in the opposition. Thats how I look at it, Moses said.Well do a bit of video on that and see how we go. But hes a class player and he likes to play what he sees in front of him.Well be looking for a bit of ball being thrown around, but well be ready for it.While anticipation builds around Haynes first NRL game in Sydney since defecting to the NFL in 2014, a loss for either team could prove fatal for their finals chances.Both teams can also move as high as seventh with a win.Its a massive game for us, said Moses.Were just going to take the games week by week. Were coming ninth at the moment. Were going to have to look to have a good game this week and come away with a win.Brisbane currently sit in sixth spot on 26 points, however just one point separates Penrith, the Warriors, Tigers and Titans with four games remaining in the regular season.The Tigers have the most difficult run home of the four teams left in contention for the final two finals spots, including games against the Panthers, Warriors and 3rd-placed Canberra.Injured West Tigers halfback Luke Brooks is on the comeback trail after running separately from the team for the first time on Wednesday. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth . Coach Mike Munchak says Fokou stretched ligaments in his left knee Oct. 13 against Seattle, which could keep out up to five weeks even though the linebacker didnt need surgery. Hydro Flask Kaffe . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. http://www.sverigehydroflask.com/ . 24 Baylor in a Big 12 clash between teams trending in opposite directions. Andrew Wiggins made 10-of-12 from the foul line and scored 17 for Kansas (14-4, 5-0 Big 12), which capped a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents unscathed.ARLINGTON, Texas -- Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after the Texas Rangers released him from his minor league contract. The Rangers released Ramirez on Tuesday, just more than five weeks after he started playing for Triple-A Round Rock. "Based on our evaluation, there was not a spot for Manny on the club at this time," Rangers general Jon Daniels said. "We released him so he could pursue other opportunities if he so chooses." The 41-year-old Ramirez hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games for Triple-A Round Rock. All of his homers came in the first eight games. Ramirez never played for the AL West leaders, even after All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz was suspended last week by Major League Baseball for the final 50 games of the season. They have since acquired right fielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Soox. Hydro Flask Coffee. . A 12-time All-Star, Ramirez is a .312 career hitter and is 14th on the career home runs list with 555. He started out this season playing in Taiwan, where he hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs. Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test while with Tampa Bay, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012. He won two World Series with Boston. Ramirez hit 17 homers in the final 53 games of 2008 after being traded from Boston to Los Angeles, but he has just 28 since then because of injuries and the suspensions. He was 1 for 17 without a homer with Tampa when the second drug suspension hit two years ago. ' ' ' 
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PISCATAWAY, N. Hydro Flask Ombre Sale .J. -- Corey Sanders expression is a dead giveaway.Mention the name of freshman Issa Thiam and Sanders grins widely, his eyes lighting up. Sanders, Rutgers leading scorer last year, needs help, and Thiam may be the shooter the team needs. After all, the Scarlet Knights shot just 41.8 percent last year.He takes a lot of pressure off everybody, and that makes him very valuable, said Sanders, who averaged 15.9 points as a freshman. When were not having a good night, were going to look for Issa to hit those big-time shots and hes shown he can. We had a scrimmage against Monmouth and he was like, five-for-seven-from three. He shows it every day at practice. Hes a pure shooter.Rutgers fans get their first look at Thiam on Friday when the Knights begin anew with coach Steve Pikiell by hosting Molloy.The 6-foot-9 wing player can hit 3-pointers and make defenses have to respect Rutgers on the perimeter for a change.The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 7-25 season in which it was last in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, 13th in scoring (67.7 points) and 12th in 3-point percentage at 32 percent (161 of 503).A native of Senegal, Thiam was first seen by Rutgers assistant Greg Vetrone at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds at Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Florida, last season, and gave a commitment to Eddie Jordan in February. When Jordan was fired but Vetrone retained, Pikiell officially signed Thiam in May.If you saw Issa in the first scrimmage, you would say hes the best shooter in the gym, Pikiell said. Hes another worker who can shoot the ball. Thats been an area of concern here. Any time you get a 6-9 guy that can really shoot the ball, it just brings a different dimension. And hes high energy. Hes in the gym all the time and hes helped build a little bit of in-the-gym culture.Thiam, who speaks five languages and is still honing his English, prides himself on being a gym rat. He credits his father, Assane, for instilling that work ethic.My father tells me `Youre going work hard every single day, Thiam said. When I was a little kid I was working hard every single day. Id wake up at 5 a.m., go to the gym and work hard.Basketball is my life. Everything I do in my life, I only know how to work hard. I know working hard is what makes you better.What he did not learn from Assane, he picked up from watching Golden States newest superstar.I like Kevin Durant, hes doing all that stuff, working hard, Thiam said. I watch every move and he does everything over and over again. Kevins always played hard. I take that play-hard (attitude) from him, and keep trying to do even more.Thiams propensity for practice has not been lost on Pikiell, who sees the freshman in the gym on weekends, early in the morning, and late at night.I shoot every day, Thiam said. Im in the gym, shooting a lot of shots before I go home. And 5 a.m. comes, and I come here (to the gym) and shoot first because then I have to go to class.Thiam, however, does not wish to be known as a one-dimensional player who can just hit a jumper. He says he works equally hard on his defense and rebounding.A week ago I went baseline and shot a dunk on him and he blocked it, so that kind of stood out to me, Sanders said. He can block shots, rebound the ball. Hes got long arms and can play defense so well try to use him every way we can. Hydro Flask Coffee Sale . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. Hydro Flask 12 Oz Sale . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. http://www.hydroflasknzsale.com/ . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. Jason Day came up just short at the PGA Championship, but the worlds No. 1-ranked player is the early favorite at golfs next major, the 2017 Masters.On Monday, the Westgate SuperBook posted odds to win next years Masters, with Day listed as the 7-1 favorite. Jordan Spieth is next at 8-1, followed by Rory McIlroy at 10-1 and Dustin Johnson at 12-1.Jimmy Walker, who won the PGA Championship as a 125-1 long shot, is 60-1 to win the Masters. Walker closed out his first major with a 3-foot par putt on No. 18 on Sunday, besting Day by one shot.The SuperBook took eight small bets on Walker to win the tournament, and assistant manager Jeff Sherman said Walker was one of the books best results.Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is 15-1, followed by Adam Scott at 20-1 and Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose at 25-1. Hydro Flask 21 Oz Sale. Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is 30-1, and reigning Masters champion Danny Willett is 50-1.Tiger Woods, who for the first time in his career missed all four majors in a season, is listed at 60-1 to win next years Masters. Woods has not played in a PGA Tour event since finishing 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. He is rehabbing from back surgery and has said that he will not play this season. For Masters bets to be official, golfers must start the tournament.The 2017 Masters will be held April 6-9 at Augusta National Golf Club. ' ' ' 
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MONTREAL -- Qatars anti-doping laboratory has been suspended from working just 15 months after it was formally accredited. Elgin Baylor Lakers Jersey .The World Anti-Doping Agency says it stopped the labs work as a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.WADA says the decision took effect last week, though it was announced Monday on the eve of Doha hosting the annual assembly of national Olympic committees.The laboratorys website says it is an independent entity reporting directly to The Emir of the State of Qatar.It is the fifth of 34 WADA-accredited labs worldwide to be currently shut down.The others are: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid; Bloemfontein, South Africa.Labs in Rio de Janeiro and Beijing were also temporarily suspended this year. Shaquille ONeal Lakers Jersey . Oaklands loss to Seattle clinched the ALs best record for the Red Sox with one day to spare in the regular season. "I think everybody was kind of watching," catcher David Ross said. "Demp (Ryan Dempster) came out before he went to the bullpen and was just yelling that they lost. Kobe Bryant Jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. http://www.lakersbasketballshop.com/Byron-Scott-Jersey/ . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Carli Lloyds voice catches just briefly when she considers whether revealing the emotional scars of a longtime rift with her parents might someday bring her family back together.Its an ever-so-slight display off raw emotion from Lloyd, belying her usual no-nonsense exterior.Growing up my family meant the world to me. I would listen to every single thing they said. I would look forward to Christmases and Thanksgivings and just being with them, Lloyd said. And then to have this spiral, with not speaking to them, has really saddened me over the years.Its been hard because there have been so many joyous moments in my career and my life and they havent been a part of that. So you know, definitely down the road, Id love for things to work out and get back on track. Maybe this is a great opportunity for it to happen.Lloyd divulges that she has been estranged from her family since 2008 in her new memoir, When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World, which comes out on Monday.Although she is intensely private, she says the discord in her family has been part of her journey. She had to be totally honest with her co-author Wayne Coffey.I dont do fake, she said in an interview with The Associated Press, echoing a theme from the book.Lloyds rise culminated last year when she scored three goals in the World Cup final over Japan to win soccers biggest trophy. She was later named FIFA Womens World Player of the Year.But the 34-year-old midfielders career was peppered with setbacks. Lloyd was benched before the 2012 London Games by then-coach Pia Sundhage, who liked the combination of Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday. The demotion didnt last long because Boxx was injured in the opener.Lloyd started the rest of the way and scored both goals in the gold-medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium. Shes the only player to score winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals: At the Beijing Games in 2008, she scored in overtime for a 1-0 victory against Brazil.By her side for the past 13 years has been James Galanis, her mentor and coach. Lloyd considered quitting the sport after college but her father approached Galanis after a training session and asked him to help his daughter.Lloyd is fiercely loyal to Galanis, crediting him with making her the athlete she is today. He endearingly refers to her as Ms. Lloyd in emails.Shes also loyal to another friend, goalkeeper Hope Solo.When Solo was ostracized from the national team during the 2007 World Cup for comments she made following the semifinal loss to Brazil, Lloyd stood by her. Coach Greg Ryan had decided to play Brianna Scurry in goal rather than Solo and the United Statees lost 4-0. Custom Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys. Solo publicly questioned the decision.Hope and I werent actually close prior to this. We got into a little bit of an argument about a car situation when we were in residency in 2006. With her big personality and my strong personality, our egos clashed, Lloyd said, laughing. This 2007 moment, I didnt like what was happening. ... I thought to myself, `This isnt right.Solo has often been a lightning rod for controversy and is currently suspended from the U.S. team for six months after calling Sweden a bunch of cowards for their defensive tactics during the Rio Olympics. U.S. Soccer has said the suspension was the culmination of several missteps.Ive tried to wrap my head around the Olympics and just the way that we finished up, and Hopes comment, and her suspension, Lloyd said. Its weird. Its weird being in camp without her there, weird sitting on the bus and shes not across from me.I hope that in time after the suspension is over, after she settles down and U.S. soccer settles down, I hope that maybe they can come together and work it out.The United States was sent home from Brazil after the 1-1 draw with Sweden was decided by penalty kicks. It was the Americans earliest-ever exit from the Olympics after winning three straight gold medals.For now Lloyd is looking forward to the immediate future. First theres a book tour. In November shell marry high school sweetheart Brian Hollins.Ongoing are the collective bargaining agreement talks with U.S. Soccer. The teams current contract expires at the end of this year.The players are looking to bring their salaries more in line with those for players on the mens national team. Lloyd was among five players who drew national attention when they filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging the federation with wage discrimination.Things are moving along, she said about negotiations. Weve dealt with this before, where it gets down to the wire. Its not something to stress out about, its the nature of the business. We had a World Cup, we had the Olympics, so things have been pretty busy. But we do have some time before the new year.Beyond that, theres preparation for the 2019 World Cup in France and the 2020 Games in Japan. Lloyd will be 38 when the next quadrennial wraps up.I think the next three years of my journey is really all about enjoying the ride. Its going to be over in a blink of an eye, she said about her career. I owe it to myself, I owe it to James, and all of my support system, to just make the most of it. ' ' ' 
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Kevin Harvick wasnt in much of a mood to talk about his back-against-the-wall, clutch-race-winning ability on Sunday afternoon. Jurrell Casey Womens Jersey . Hed just completed a frustrating 500 laps -- make that 498 laps, two laps down -- at Martinsville Speedway, where he finished 20th.He has had worse finishes in Chase for the Sprint Cup races this year, but this marked the first time Harvick probably finished where he deserved. He had a speeding penalty early in the race, but that didnt impact his finish.The rare just-missed-it kind of day has put Harvick in a 16-point hole from the current Chase cutoff. Sure, Harvick has faced must-win situations and moved on in the past and Phoenix (where he has won five of the last six and six of the last eight) follows this weekends race at Texas, but how many times can he snatch wins and save his season?Harvick was asked about the challenge Sunday, how he views his chances of making up the points or earning the win necessary to be one of the four drivers with a shot to win the championship in a couple of weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway.I havent really looked at it, Harvick said. We will see.And then he walked away.Now heres what makes Harvicks challenge possibly even greater: He might not get much help from his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates. None of them comes off Martinsville feeling all that well and none has any momentum that Harvick can feed off of this weekend at Texas.Kurt Busch, who also is still alive in the Chase, finished 22nd and sits 18 points behind the current Chase cutoff.Tony Stewart finished 26th at Martinsville -- after appearing fairly stout in practice -- and remains 14th in the standings in his final season.Danica Patrick was 24th, and sits 23rd in the standings.We were slow all weekend, Harvick said about Martinsville. We could just never get the handle on it.If there is any good news for Harvick and Busch, its that nothing from the short-track Martinsville correlates for the next couple of tracks.Harvick said he will try to focus himself and not the other Chase competitors.Its really about being intense in our own little bubble, he said in a news release. I know, for us, it seems like there is more to navigate than there was last year just for the fact that weve had so many things go wrong up to this point.Weve been fortunate to win a couple of races, but it seems like every other week weve had to navigate something or work through something to get the best finish we can. Hopefully, we can clean all those things up and do a little better over the final couple weeks.Busch sounds a little less optimistic.I have no idea [how we bounce back], but we will figure something out, Busch said. We came all this way, we wont give up now.Harvick already has won two Chase races this year after round-opening frustrating events. He won at New Hampshire the week after losing a lap early at Chicagoland. And he won at Kansas after a Charlotte race where an oil pump seal came apart.Hell have to dig deep again now at Texas, where he started 22nd and finished 10th earlier this year. Busch was ninth.They most likely need top-5 finishes or other drivers to have trouble to enter Phoenix with a shot to advance by points instead of facing a must-win situation.They at least have the solace of knowing theyre not the worst off among the Chase finalists. Carl Edwards had a tire issue at Martinsville that relegated him to a 36th-place finish, and he sits 32 points behind the Chase cutoff.Were going to continue to give it our best and go after it, Busch said. A win would be wonderful. But still, at the same time, guys like Carl Edwards [also] had trouble last weekendMy teammate Kevin Harvick, we all struggled at SHR. But you never know whats going to happen when you go into the next race. You go business as usual, but [with] not too much stress. Corey Davis Womens Jersey . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Jeffery Simmons Youth Jersey . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. http://www.titansstoreonline.com/Black-64-Nate-Davis-Womens-Jersey/ .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. H2K Gaming can still reach the 2016 World Championship despite its loss against Splyce in the semifinals. For that to happen, it has to prevail against the Unicorns of Love in the third-place match, and have G2 Esports beat Splyce in the finals. If G2 wins, and if H2K clinch third place, it will go to Worlds with a point differential over Splyce.However, H2K may have to achieve that feat without its starting AD carry, Ales Freeze Knezinek, as he nurses the tendonitis in his right wrist. The timetable for recovery is usually six weeks, but because he aggravated it throughout the season, it may take up to two months or more.Freeze noticed the first warning signs before the summer split started, and booked a series of appointments with a doctor in Berlin. At the first appointment, the doctor told him that the tiredness in his hand was a result of his grueling schedule practicing in front of the computer. The hand was getting tired after playing 10 hours a day, Freeze said. But 10 hours was normal for a professional gamer.Things changed at the second appointment when Freeze started noticing pain, rather than tiredness.The second game [in the EU LCS], I could only play six [or] seven games because the hand started hurting, Freeze recalled. I would have to force myself to play more, which I obviously did because I wanted to practice harder. In the end, [that] wasnt the greatest idea.Freezes doctor ordered an X-ray and MRI to follow up. The X-ray showed nothing, but Freeze had to wait more than a month and a half for the MRI, which meant the pain in his wrist progressively intensified as he continued practicing and playing. In the meantime, he had taken matters in his own hands, visiting a physiotherapist daily at 8 a.m., a time that many players in esports might consider too early (most professional gamers stay up late to practice, which means their schedules can start as late as 1 p.m.).In the end, Freezes hand was overwhelmed by the stress.I did everything I could -- exercises, everything -- but nothing was helping, he said. Nothing was improving the situation. It kept getting worse to the point where I couldnt play anymore. At that point, I had to step down, which was very stressful for me.Freeze also endured stress from his performance slumps, which is customary with injuries. As time went on, he also cut down his practice and playing time drastically. Ten hours of practice, scrimmages and solo queue winded down to fivve, and that meant less time to work on mechanics and widening his champion pool. Derrick Henry Titans Jersey. . Alas, as is customary with slumping professional players, the vocal minorities on reddit and social media criticized him louder than ever before.It took him five weeks to overcome the noise his detractors made on social media, and it was no easy feat. Everything that happened to the team was basically my fault, which was a very big hit because everyones literally blaming me for everything, so I got to experience how that feels, he stated pensively. In the end, I managed to look for the constructive criticism and not the flaming, so that helped me. It took me four or five weeks, though, to get over it.In the process, he also discerned between fans and haters. When a player plays well, everyone says he plays well, stated Freeze, before thanking his fans. But when he is in a slump and struggle, then he realizes how [many] true fans he has because only true fans will keep supporting him even though he has been slumping.His mental toughness improved, but his hand did not. As the end of the split neared, he abstained from playing solo queue and focused solely on scrims. However unlikely, setbacks can unveil breakthroughs, and Freezes practice habits benefited heavily. Rather than grinding the ladder, he watched games from other regions and noted things he could improve. What made Bae Bang Jun-sik stand out in South Korea? What about Gu imp Seung-bin in China?Its a very different approach of learning and improving if you start watching five different players, [the] best AD carries, Freeze said. Then you start connecting the play styles and take the best from each and try to implement that into your own play.Despite the silver lining, he still ranks this split as his hardest. It was difficult enough that he opted to sideline himself starting in the ninth week of the EU LCS summer split. But it has improved his efficiency as a professional gamer for the long term.You never know when certain things are going to happen to you and youre just going to get over the obstacle and struggle. It definitely made me stronger, he said. Even though Im sad how it went, Im glad for it as well because it made me approach the game differently and made me realize how inefficient I was with my practice and the way I played. ' ' ' 
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MANCHESTER, England -- It took Swanseas new American owners less than three months to make their first managerial change, installing Bob Bradley in a bid to steer the club to Premier League safety. Brian Dawkins Youth Jersey .The U.S. businessmen in part-control of Crystal Palace have been in situ for nearly a year and now have their own coaching decision to take.Is it time to get rid of Alan Pardew?Pardews position as Palace manager looks increasingly fragile, with the team losing its last six league games and conceding goals at an alarming rate. The chaotic 5-4 loss at Bradleys Swansea last weekend saw Palace at its infuriating worst, unable to defend set pieces or a lead going into injury time.Pardew has reportedly held talks with Palace chairman Steve Parish, who along with American co-owners David Blitzer and Josh Harris will decide on the managers future. A home loss to Southampton on Saturday could drop Palace, which is currently fourth-to-last in the standings, into the relegation zone.They are very patient and loyal, Pardew said two weeks ago of his American bosses, adding: Theyre not looking for a short-term fix or a quick profit margin.Yet, the statistics dont make good reading for Pardew: Palace has the worst points-per-game record of all teams in Englands four leagues in 2016, has the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League (26 goals against in 13 games), and has conceded 13 goals from set pieces this season.Pardew joined Palace in January 2015 after quitting Newcastle, where he made headlines because of his frequent flare-ups in the coaches technical area -- including head-butting an opposing player as they jostled for a ball at a throw-in. He is calmer on the touchline now, while much of the arrogance some accused Pardew of having appears to have gone.Palace finished in a club-record 10th place in the Premier League in Pardews first season in charge, then started last season well before a drastic dip in form saw it narrowly avoid relegation. A run to the FA Cup final, where Palace lost to Manchester United, spared Pardew from more scrutiny.Palace broke its transfer record twice in the offseason to sign England winger Andros Townsend and then Belgium striker Christian Benteke. Scoring hasnt been a problem for the team nicknamed The Eagles, who are the fifth-highest scorers in the league, but they cant keep the goals out at the other end.The loss of Pape Souare, who broke his leg in a car crash in September, has deprived Pardew of his starting left back and the coach has been unable to improve Palaces defending at set pieces even though the team is spending more time on that area on the training ground. Three of Swanseas goals came via that route last weekend.Southampton, meanwhile, is buoyant after beating Arsenal 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the English League Cup.Also, second-place Liverpool begins a five-week spell without playmaker Philippe Coutinho in a match at Bournemouth on Saturday, when fourth-place Arsenal visits West Ham and Tottenham hosts Swansea.Defending champion Leicester is two points above the bottom three going into a match at last-place Sunderland.Here are some other things to know about this weekends games in the 14th round of the Premier League:---MANCHESTER CITY-CHELSEAThere was no hiding Pep Guardiolas appreciation of Antonio Conte when the Manchester City manager was asked who his major coaching rivals might be in his first season in English soccer.Conte is a master tactician, Guardiola said at his presentation news conference in July. A great signing for Chelsea.Guardiola has been proved correct. Chelsea arrives at Etihad Stadium on Saturday of the standout game of the round in first place, and on a seven-game winning run since switching to a three-man defense.Guardiola cannot seem to settle on his best formation, regularly switching from a four-man defense to three at the back -- even during games. City is third in the standings.It should be an intriguing battle between two of the most respected tacticians in soccer.---EVERTON-MANCHESTER UNITEDUnited captain Wayne Rooney will miss the game against his former club because of suspension after collecting his fifth booking of the season in the 4-1 win over West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday.Paul Pogba returns from suspension for United, however.There could be some spikiness on the touchline, with United manager Jose Mourinho unhappy that his Everton counterpart, Ronald Koeman, has publicly said he would like to sign Rooney and fellow United player Memphis Depay. John Elway Broncos Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Phillip Lindsay Youth Jersey . But when it comes to determining if Raymond will find a place on the Leafs roster when training camp concludes in a week, well, that decision will ultimately fall to the head coach. http://www.broncosrookiestore.com/Broncos-Dalton-Risner-Jersey/ . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf.Jason Gillespie is plotting triumph in all three forms of the county cricket season for Yorkshire after a busy winter. Yorkshire won the County Championship Division One title with a record points total last year, but the county failed to impress in the shorter formats.In the Natwest T20 Blast the Yorkshire Vikings failed to progress out of the North Division, winning just five of their 14 matches. Gillespie has been hugely successful at Yorkshire since taking the role of coach in 2011 and he told Sky Sports News HQ: We are hopeful that we can challenge in all competitions. We know it is going to be a very tough season in all forms.We under achieved last year in the T20, we would like to improve on that. We made some good strides in the 50 over competition so hopefully we can build on that.The former Australia fast bowler has strengthened the Yorkshire squad in the build-up to the new season.We have signed a couple of overseas players in Kane Williamson and [Australian] Travis Head, he said. [England all-rounder] David Willey has come up the M1 from Northants and he is a great addition to the squad.Im loooking forward to seeing these lads perform well for Yorkshire. Dalton Risner Broncos Jersey. CC Division One Preview As the County Championship gets underway on Sunday, we look at how the season might unfold in Divisi The County Championship season gets underway on Sunday, although Yorkshire do not start their defence of the title until April 17 against Hampshire.We had a really good year in the Championship but we are under no illusions, it is a tough challenge but we will just have to give ourselves the very best chance, he said.You can only net so much indoors and we have had a pretty long lead up outside now so I think everyone is ready to get cracking. Also See: County ins and outs ECB confirms coin toss change Hampshire first up for Yorkshire Live cricket on Sky ' ' ' 
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Arsenal will pay in the region of £30m for Borussia Monchengladbachs Granit Xhaka, Sky Sports News HQ understands - and the deal could go through before Euro 2016. Javier Pastore Argentina Jersey . Xhaka has agreed personal terms and taken the first part of his medical, and will complete the rest of that when he meets up with the Switzerland squad for this summers finals. Who is Granit Xhaka? We profile the midfielder, who his closing on a move to Arsenal Pictures emerged earlier this week of the player photographed in an Arsenal shirt. SSNHQ understands they were taken early so as he could join up with his national team - the pictures do not mean the deal has been done.It does now appear however to be a case of when - and not if - the 23-year-old will become an Arsenal player.Xhaka played the full 90 minutes in Switzerlands last international match - a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in March - and is expected to feature prominently for his country at Euro 2016. Xhaka could join Arsenal before Euro 2016 In February, Xhaka, once dubbed the young Bastian Schweinsteiger by former Bayern Munich head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, told Sky in Germany he was keen on a move to the Premier League.I think everybody has a dream, he said. Everybody has a childhood dream and thats my childhood dream. If my dream comes true, it remains to be seen. At the moment I cannot say how realistic it is. Also See: Transfer Centre Xhaka dreams of PL Arsenal close in on Xhaka PL season grades Federico Fernandez Jersey .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. Ever Banega Argentina Jersey . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. http://www.argentinasoccerauthentic.com/Carlos-Tevez-Copa-America-Jersey/ .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament.BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse. The 36-year-old Garcia is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles. Garcia can either accept the demotion or declare himself a free agent. Manager Buck Showalter says, "Freddy has a decision to make. He can stay with us and go to Triplee-A or do something else. Facundo Roncaglia Jersey. Hoping he stays." Garcia was optioned because the Orioles recalled rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman from Norfolk on Monday. Showalter said of Gausman: "Needed an arm today. Were short in the pen." The 22-year-old Gausman is 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in five starts with the Orioles this season. He pitched in relief during spring training. ' ' ' 
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