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JJ Smuts lashed nine sixes in his 107 off 58 balls in East London, where Warriors chased down a target of 217 with an over to spare against Dolphins. Cairo Santos Jersey Store . The result kept Warriors within two points of Titans, the table leaders.Warriors lost opener Clyde Fortuin for a duck in the first over of the imposing chase, but Smuts and Colin Ingram made light of that setback. They added 107 in nine overs before Ingram was out for 55 off 26, lbw to Imran Tahir. Colin Ackerman fell cheaply, but Christiaan Jonker made an unbeaten 36 off 20 balls in a partnership of 88 with Smuts to complete the seven-wicket victory.Smuts performance meant that for a second successive game Kevin Pietersen made a half-century in defeat. Pietersen had scored 79 in Dolphins loss against Cobras on December 4, and against Warriors he clobbered 81 off 46 with six sixes. His partnership of 145 for the second wicket with opener Morne van Wyk, who made 77 off 52, led Warriors to 216 for 5. Of the 14 bowlers used at Buffalo Park, only Smuts conceded less than 8.50 per over, finishing with figures of 0 for 23 in four overs for Warriors.A powerful batting performance at Supersport Park helped Titans beat Lions by 46 runs and open up a two-point lead at the top of the league. Opener Jonathan Vandiar headlined the show, smacking 67 off 41 balls, but the thrust that spurred Titans to 230 for 5 came from their middle and lower order. Heinrich Klassen made 26 off 15, Heino Kuhn 29 off 11, Albie Morkel 32 off 17, Farhaan Behardien 19 off 9, and David Wiese 17 off 5. Though Titans did not have big individual scores, their relentless hitting ensured that all the Lions bowlers, except for Bjorn Fortuin, went for over eight an over.Rassie van der Dussen got the Lions chase off to a cracking start, his 45 off 18 balls charging them to 53 before he fell in the fifth over. The chase fell away after that - only Temba Bavuma passed 30 - with batsmen failing to convert starts and score at the same intensity that Titans did. Malusi Siboto took three top order wickets for Titans, but it was Wieses spell of 1 for 21 in four overs that was the bowling performance of the match.Wayne Parnell led a Cobras bowling performance that set up victory against Knights in a low-scoring contest in Cape Town, after the 200-plus run fests in the other two games. Parnell took 3 for 20 in four overs, Kieron Pollard 2 for 18 in three, and Rory Kleinveldt 1 for 21 in four. Patrick Kruger and Theunis de Bruyn, who made 52, took Knights to 94 for 1 in the 12th over, but they fell away after that, losing 7 for 52 to finish with 146 for 8.Richard Levis 58 off 32 balls led the Cobras chase. He put on 78 for the first wicket with Wayne Parnell, who scored 34. Pollard smashed 39 off 12 balls to complete an eight-wicket victory with 32 balls to spare. Richard Bell Jersey Store .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Larry Jordan Jersey Store .C. United of Major League Soccer. United chose the defender in the second round of the 2013 MLS re-entry draft. https://www.chinacheapjerseys.net/paul-martha-jersey-store/ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2.Its being billed as the big rematch - a chance for Canadas Womens National Team to settle a score with the United States following their controversial loss against their neighbours at the London Olympics last summer. In reality, Sundays match at BMO Field is more about moving on than looking back. This game will give a sold out crowd the chance to show its appreciation for the bronze medal winners, and the battle will certainly spark many memories of the Old Trafford encounter last August, but most importantly, it is the next step on the road to the 2015 World Cup which will be hosted here in Canada. By the time 2015 rolls around, the squad will have a much different look to the one that played at the Summer Games, and the clash with the United States is the next stage in its evolution. While some faces are new many remain the same, including the star of the team, Christine Sinclair. The 29-year-olds achievements at the Olympics - where she finished as the tournaments top goal-scorer and carried the countrys flag at the closing ceremony – lifted her to legendary status amongst Canadian athletes. As the teams captain, Sinclair now has a slightly different role as a largely veteran squad gets a much younger flavour. "I think back when I was 16 coming into the national team and how some of the veteran players helped me," she told me when we met at the teams downtown Toronto hotel. "It is all about calming your nerves. Its your first time playing in front of large crowds, or first time playing at home. Its reminding them theres a reason why they are here, they are tremendous soccer players, and just go out and play as best you can. This is not the World Cup - its a learning step for us. We know come the World Cup if we want to win it we will have to beat the Americans and we need to learn how, and this is what Sunday is all about." Beating the Americans is easier said than done. Canadas squad of players for this game is not as strong as it was when the teams met in Manchester 10 months ago. Coach John Herdman has been very clear when talking about where this team is at. While beating the U.S. would be sweet revenge, Sinclair acknowledges the most important thing is to continue laying a foundation for the program from wwhich the team can build towards 2015 and beyond. Geoff Schwartz Jersey Store. "John is going to develop the youth. He wants there to be a streamline of youth players to the national team. The team that represented Canada at the Olympics was a veteran team and he blatantly said that there are going to be players on the London team that wouldnt be at the World Cup just because of sheer age. "Weve got a lot of young players in camp right now, the one who stands out is Kadeisha Buchanan who is just a tremendous player. I cant wait for Canada to get to see her play on Sunday. Its going to change. Weve got a couple of years before the World Cup actually happens and players will rotate in and well see who is playing the best in a couple of years." Despite the World Cup still being two years away, its not just matters of on-pitch preparation that have been in the spotlight lately. All matches in Canada will be played on turf pitches rather than grass. Its something the United States players have openly complained about with the loudest opponent being striker Abby Wambach. "I think everybody is entitled to their opinions," said Sinclair. "I would prefer every game of mine to be played on grass, it is how the game is meant to be played. However, FIFA wouldnt have offered Canada the opportunity to host the World Cup had the facilities not been up to standard. I know the CSA will do an incredible job. Both teams have to play on the fields. Ive played on many of the stadium fields we are going to play in and its going to be fine." While Sundays match at BMO Field is on a much smaller scale, it will give the players a taste of what is to come in 2015. The chance to play in a full stadium in front of the home fans will make it a special occasion. "Sitting here right now, Im just excited," she said. "It has been a long time since we have played at home in front of a packed house, not to mention bringing the Americans in. Im just excited to see a sea of red cheering for us and making the environment as hard for them as possible. We dont get this opportunity very often. It is going to be one of the few opportunities we have to bring, I think, the best team in the world to Canada, and we should embrace it." ' ' '
OWINGS MILLS, Md. Chiefs Super Bowl Jerseys . -- Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker agreed to a four-year contract Friday after being designated the teams franchise player.The Ravens and Tucker beat the 4 p.m. deadline in reaching accord on a long-term deal. If no agreement was reached, Tucker would have been forced to play in 2016 with the franchise tag or sit out the season.Baltimore announced the deal late Friday afternoon.Justin has become a cornerstone for our team, and we are happy to get this contract completed, general manager Ozzie Newsome said.The deal means that Tucker, holder Sam Koch and long snapper Morgan Cox are signed through 2019.Since joining the Ravens as a free agent in 2012, Tucker has made 130 of his 148 field goal tries -- an 87.8 percent success rate that is second-best in NFL history.He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after making 38 of 41 field goal attempts, including a 61-yarder that beat the Detroit LionsTucker has connected on 10 game-winning field goals for the Ravens, including three last season when Baltimore went 5-11.He was the sixth franchise player in team history.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Darwin Thompson Super Bowl Jersey . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Tyrann Mathieu Super Bowl Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Eric-fisher-chiefs-jersey/ . Varlamov made 33 saves and Ryan OReilly had a goal and scored in the shootout as the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night. YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi -- Lewis Hamilton says he is racing with double the power this weekend as he bids to win the title showdown in Abu Dhabi as a tribute to former McLaren doctor Aki Hintsa.Hintsa, who played a key part in Hamiltons early career with McLaren, lost a long battle with cancer last week aged just 58. Hamilton, whose best chance of claiming a fourth title this weekend is to win and hope Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finishes off the podium, flew to Switzerland after the Brazilian Grand Prix to spend time with Hintsa before his death.Hamilton felt a close bond with the Finnish doctor, who started working for McLaren in the late 1990s and spent 11 years as the teams doctor, one that even continued after he left for Mercedes in 2013.The last week was definitely a difficult week, Hamilton said. It wasnt the best week of sleeping for sure. Id known Aki since 2004 I think it was, so Id known Aki quite a long time. I was very close with him and his family and I was very, very fortunate to have been able to be there with him and his family in the last days and actually get to see him on the last day of his...On the Monday after Brazil I got to see him and spend time with him and we played music, get to see him smile, get to see the amazing man he was and proud to have known someone like that, and have someone like that in my life, who had been hugely... Incredibly helpful in my time.He was very instrumental in me getting that seat at McLaren in Formula One, as he had built a very strong relationship with Roon and Ron was kind of of the mindset that if Aki says you are ready then I believe you are ready. Sammy Watkins Super Bowl Jersey. Aki would take me through all of these tests and he would look at me deeply in my eyes and he would be like yes, youre ready I can tell.Hamilton smiled as he recalled memories of Hintsa, saying that he wants to do his friend proud this weekend by rounding off the season with a win.I have all these great memories with him. You dont know why all these things are sent... To all these wonderful people as welbout prisoners who have done the worst things, died happily in theil. You hear ar sleep and then you hear about someone like Aki, who would go to Ethiopia and help children and has helped so many people and affected everyone that he had met in a positive life to have finished his life so early, it was definitely tough to see.But coming here this weekend whilst I have that fighting spirit in my heart from the last races Ive done I come here with almost double the power and the sense that I want to win this race more so for him. We were texting every single race through his battle, and particularly at the last race on Sunday. Coming here this weekend, whilst its an emotional time, Im here to try and do him proud, do well for him as he helped prepare and drive with the belief that he had in me.Hamilton is running a tribute message to Hintsa on his helmet in Abu Dhabi this weekend: ' ' '
For months Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade believed he had a match-winning trio of tall forwards in Tom Lynch, Sam Day and Peter Wright. Carolina Hurricanes Pro Shop .Last weekend the AFL got its first taste of just how damaging the Suns lofty forward line can be.Key forward Lynch, swingman Day and teenager Wright combined to kick 11 goals as the Suns beat Fremantle by 24 points at Metricon Stadium.Its a plan that Eade has long hoped he could unleash on opponents, and Day says hes excited the trio can only get better over time.Its been building in the last few weeks, Day said.Its really starting to gel together now. Pretty exciting, not many teams can come in with three key defenders to shut us all down as you saw on the weekend.Lynch has long been the spearpoint of the Suns, developing in the past two seasons into one of the games elite key forwards.Days development has been a bit slower, with his versatility often forcing him to fill holes across the backline, in ruck or up forward to the detriment of his own game.His four-goal haul though was the highest of his career and he hopes just the start of a long stint in the forward line.Thats where Im most dangerous, the 23-year-old said.Just looking forward to developing there.The final piece in Eades puzzle is 2014 No.8 draft pick Wright.The 203cm teenager debuted in 2015 but has been a revelation in 2016, kicking 22 goals in 12 appearances including 11 majors in his past four matches.He says treading in the same path as Lynch towards becoming an elite player is his aim.Toms been terrific for me, just one thing is seeing how he goes about it, its a great opportunity for me to be around him day-to-day, Wright told AAP.He just sets standards with his competitiveness and effort around the ball. I look to try and emulate that where I can.TRIPLE THREAT - Gold Coasts three tall forwards:* TOM LYNCHAge: 23Height: 199cmGames: 97Goals: 179 (55 in 2016)* SAM DAYAge: 23Height: 197cmGames: 93Goals: 61 (10 in 2016)* PETER WRIGHTAge: 19Height: 203cmGames: 15Goals: 23 (22 in 2016) Carolina Hurricanes Gear . LOUIS -- St. Stitched Hurricanes Jerseys . Tevez, who has had conflicts with coaches in the past, has not been called up since Sabella was named coach in 2011. Argentina boasts Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria. https://www.cheaphurricanes.com/ . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR teams are running a decal on their cars at Daytona International Speedway to honor the victims of the mass shooting in nearby Orlando.The massacre led to the deaths of 49 victims at a nightclub.It was a terrible tragedy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday. Hurricanes Jerseys China. Im glad that the sport has got the stickers on all the cars. I think its a great way for us to show our support. ' ' '
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Weston Richburg Super Bowl Jersey . -- An historical day for Gator volleyball -- Kelly Murphy and Team USA vs. Aury Cruz and Puerto Rico in the Olympic Games -- did not disappoint. While Cruz led Puerto Rico in its first EVER Olympic volleyball match at Maracan?zinho, Murphy put on a show for Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world entering the Olympics, to lead the Americans to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-17) sweep over Puerto Rico to open group play.Murphy provided a spark in the first frame with a team-best six points, and finished the day tied atop the USA box score with 14 points on 13 kills and a block as Team USA hit a staggering .466 in the match. Puerto Rico challenged USA in the second with a 19-17 lead before Team USA pulled away en route to the eventual sweep. While Puerto Rico fell short, Cruz tied for second on the team with eight kills on the afternoon.Murphy and Cruz will be back in action Monday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, USA versus the Netherlands, while Puerto Rico squares off with Serbia.Cruz and Murphy have already made history as the first two Florida volleyball indoor Olympians in program history. Theyre among a staggering 30 University of Florida athletes competing in Rio, the most in the SEC.Every volleyball match in the 2016 Olympic Games will live stream online via NBC Olympics. Team USA will be live on NBC every match of the Olympic Games, while Puerto Rico will be live on the NBC family of networks denoted below, either in the matchs entirety or as part of group coverage each respective day.VOLLEYBALL NOTABLES Both Cruz and Murphy will play every other day in group play beginning Aug 6: Aug. 8, Aug. 10, Aug. 12 and Aug. 14 before the Olympic Quarterfinals get started August 16. Both Team USA and Puerto Rico are in Group B through pool playOn July 12, four-time Gator All-American Kelly Murphy reached the pinnacle of her career with the USA National Team when she was one of two opposites and just 12 players named to the USA Volleyball Olympic Roster. Murphy was a key cog as Team USA won the 2014 World Championship. She scored a team-high 157 points then and most recently guided USA to a silver medal at the FIVB Grand PrixCruz, the 34-year-old three-time All-American Gator Great on the brink of retiring from the Puerto Rican National Team, guided Puerto Rico to its first EVER Olympic berth and will play on the worlds biggest stage in Rio before hanging up her jersey after 18 years with her National Team Kyle Juszczyk Super Bowl Jersey . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Mike Person Super Bowl Jersey . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. http://www.49ersofficialfanshop.com/jalen-hurd-jersey.html . Its an influence in football and a big part of the game. Piers Morgan just couldnt resist having another dig at Team GB.The television presenter attracted criticism earlier this week for comments that Olympic medals other than gold dont matter.In a column for the?Daily Mail, Morgan hit out at the British public for its reaction to Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellows success in the mens sychronised 10m platform diving.He wrote that my home country reacted like hed [Daley] just landed on the Moon when he and his partner won a bronze.The ex-tabloid editor pointed to Michael Phelps -- who won his 22nd Olympic gold medal on Thursday night in Rio -- saying that coming second doesnt coount. Tarvarius Moore Super Bowl Jersey. organ continued to ruffle feathers after belittling Max Whitlocks achievement of claiming bronze in the mens all-round gymnastics final -- the first time a Briton has reached the podium in the event for more than a century.Whitlocks fellow British bronze medallists Sally Conway and Steven Scott then had their say on Morgans comments.But Morgan duly hit back again.And, possibly to no ones surprise, he later commented on Britains mens sevens team winning silver on Thursday. ' ' '
Arsenals new midfield signing Granit Xhaka has described his move to the Emirates as a dream come true. Michael Cage Jersey . Xhaka became Arsene Wengers first major signing of the summer transfer window earlier this week when he completed a switch from German club Borussia Monchengladbach. The Switzerland international is thought to have cost the Gunners around £30m - making him the third most expensive signing in Arsenals history. Xhaka has made over 100 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach The 23 year-old, who has made over 100 Bundesliga appearances for Monchengladbach, says he is delighted to have completed his move to the Premier League ahead of this summers European Championships in France.I feel good, now Im happy to be a Gunner, Xhaka told Sky Sports News HQ reporter Gary Cotterill following Switzerlands friendly defeat to Belgium on Saturday.Its been a big week for me but now its official and Im very happy. Arsenal is a big club. Ive seen the pitch, its unbelievable. It was a dream for me and Im happy now. Xhaka was speaking after Switzerlands 2-1 loss to Belgium on Saturday Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has backed his international team-mate to impress for Wengers side next season and insists the midfielder is well-suited to English football.Hes got the ability to play the Arsenal way; hes got this aggressiveness about him that will help him in the Premier League, said Djourou, who went on to compare Xhaka to Italys legendary midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Hear what Granit xhaka had to say about joining Arsenal Hes a great ball player and a ball winner so I think in the midfield he could help a lot.Hes got the ability to play very long balls and precise balls. He reminds me a bit of Pirlo, the way he plays. Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou backed his compatriot to succeed in English football Djourou also revealed that Xhaka had asked him about his own personal experience of playing at the Emirates and living in London.  He asked me a lot of things about London and the club and I could only say great things about it because I had a good experience there, said Djourou.I think the people at the club are just amazing so I think hes going to have a great time. Also See: Xhaka completes Arsenal move Fergie defends fantastic Wenger Arsenal video Arsenal stats Tom Meschery Jersey .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Art Harris Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. https://www.supersonicsjerseys.com/420s-dick-snyder-jersey-supersonics.html . 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Josh Hart is off to a stellar start as a member of the defending national champions.The 6-foot-5 swingman from Villanova will begin his senior season on The Associated Press preseason All-America team.Hart, the Big Easts preseason player of the year, received 53 votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.Grayson Allen of Duke was the top vote-getter with 61, four more than Ivan Rabb of California.Dillon Brooks of Oregon had 30 votes and Monte Morris of Iowa State had 24.Sophomore Thomas Bryant of Indiana and freshmen Markelle Fultz of Washington and Josh Jackson of Kansas all received 18 votes.Hart averaged 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for the Wildcats, who beat North Carolina in the title game on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Kris Jenkins.The last Wildcat to be a preseason All-America was Kerry Kittles in 1995-96, the first season the AP had a preseason team.The 6-5 Allen, a junior and one of four veterans on the Blue Devils roster which is loaded with freshmen stars, averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season, shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range and 88.7 from the free throw line.It hasnt been long since aa Blue Devil made the team as freshman Jahlil Okafor was on it in 2015-16. Vladimir Radmanovic Jersey. Morris is the second Cyclone in two years to make the team. He joins Georges Niang who was on it last season. The 6-3 Morris averaged 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists as a junior and Iowa State reached as high as No. 4 in the poll last season.Neither Cal nor Oregon has had a member of the preseason team. That changes with Rabb and Brooks, the second straight season there was two players from the same conference as Niang and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma were from the Big 12.Rabb, a 6-11 sophomore, averaged 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the field for the Golden Bears.Brooks, a 6-7 junior, averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Ducks, who finished fifth in the final poll.Hield was the only player last season to make both the preseason and postseason All-America teams. Joining the senior guard on last seasons preseason team were seniors Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga and Niang, junior Kris Dunn of Providence and freshman Ben Simmons of LSU. ' ' '
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Using his superior athleticism, St-Pierre cruised to a five round, unanimous decision victory setting up a much-anticipated title defence against number one contender Johny Hendricks. ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are planning a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, with the city providing the bulk of the funding.As part of the deal announced Tuesday, the Hawks agreed to an 18-year lease extension to remain at the city-owned arena through 2046.The city will contribute $142.5 million toward the project, which will most noticeably alter the look of the luxury boxes stacked on one side of the arena. There will be new amenities, a variety of different-size suites, improved sightlines for basketball, a state-of-the-art video system, and connected concourses throughout the 17-year-old facility.Philips Arena originally was built to host both the NBAs Hawks and the NHLs Atlanta Thrashers. The hockey team moved to Winnipeg in 2011.Mayor Kasim Reed had pledged to contribute to an arena renovation when the Hawks were in the process of being sold by former controlling owner Bruce Levenson, who gave up the team after revealing that he sent a racially insensitive email. Tony Ressler wound up leading a group that purchased the Hawks and operating rights to the arena.Ressler said all along that he preferred to remain downtown rather than pursue a new facility, as long as Philips Arena was upgraded.We knew that a key part of producing a winning team, providing a superior fan experience and being a civic asset to the city of Atlanta required a renovation of our arena and a meaningful improvement to the downtown area of this city, Ressler said. Todays announcement with the mayor is a significant step toward this goal, and we look forward to this exciting transformation that will ensure that we provide the best fan experience possible now and for the next 30 years.Reed said the renovation was part of a long-range plan to transform an unsightly tract of downtown adjacent to the arena and the new $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a retractable-roof facility set to open next year as home to the NFL Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team, Atlanta United.There have been talks about turning the area, known as the gulch, into a mixed-used development much like the highly successful LAA Live complex next to Staples Center in Los Angeles. Dre Greenlaw Super Bowl Jersey. . Reed said its part of a plan to connect the sports venues to popular tourist attractions around Centennial Olympic Park, as well as to one of the citys biggest development flops, Underground Atlanta.This is the first stake in the ground in transforming the critical corridor, Reed said. I want to thank Tony Ressler and the Atlanta Hawks ownership for committing to this deal that will keep the NBA in our city and help re-imagine downtown for the millions of residents, visitors and tourists who come to Atlanta each year.Its another huge commitment by the city to a sports venue, though Reed stressed that no money from the citys general fund will be used and no new taxes will be needed.About $110 million will come from extension of car-rental tax and the city will contribute $12.5 million from the sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University and a development company, a deal expected to close by the end of the year. The remaining $20 million from the city will come from a series of expected future land sales, the mayor added during a City Hall announcement.The renovation of Philips Arena comes on the heels of the city agreeing to spend at least $200 million -- and perhaps much more, some critics have argued -- for the Falcons new stadium, which will replace the 24-year-old Georgia Dome. In addition, suburban Cobb County put up some $400 million on public funding to build a new baseball stadium for the Atlanta Braves that opens next season.SunTrust Park, about 12 miles from downtown, will replace Turner Field even though that stadium is only two decades old. Georgia State plans to downsize the Braves former home into a 30,000-seat stadium for its football program.The renovations on Philips Arena will begin next summer and should be completed by the start of the 2018-19 season. The Hawks will continue to play at the arena during the overhaul, with much of the work being done over the next two offseasons. ' ' '
In 1977, Oklahoma and Ohio State met for the first time. Red Wings Jerseys 2021 . Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, just in his fifth season, had already won two national championships. Ohio State legend Woody Hayes was nearing the end of his historic run in Columbus.In Week 3 of that season, the third-ranked Sooners traveled to Ohio Stadium for a showdown with the fourth-ranked Buckeyes. After racing to a 20-0 lead, injuries to the Sooners allowed Ohio State to get back in the game, and eventually take a 28-20 lead. That set up one of the most dramatic finishes - and most memorable kicks - in college football history.As the two iconic programs prepare to meet again on Saturday, below is a behind-the-scenes look of that famed 77 game, through the words of the players and coaches who lived it.Uwe von Schamann, Oklahoma kicker (1975-78): We had never played Ohio State before, so this was a huge game.Barry Switzer, Oklahoma coach (1973-88): It was big. Woody Hayes had great teams. We were a great team. We were 41-3-2 since 1973. Had won a couple national championships, back-to-back. We were a really good football team.Jeff Logan, Ohio State fullback (1974-77): Woody wasnt exactly sure what to make of Barry Switzer. Switzer was young, brash. Woody was from another generation. It was an important game for Woody. He told us before that we were not only defending the honor of Ohio State, but the honor of the Big Ten Conference playing an opponent like this in our stadium.Zac Henderson, Oklahoma safety (1974-77): We had been in big games before. But this was like walking into the Cotton Bowl playing Texas. This was a team to respect.Dave Adkins, Ohio State linebacker (1974-77):We practiced against the wishbone all week. But when you go up against guys like Billy Sims and Kenny King, youre just not ready for their speed. It was tough there at the beginning.Jeff Logan: The team speed in that offensive backfield was absolutely incredible.Jerry Pettibone, Oklahoma assistant (1972-78): We get up big. Then Thomas Lott gets hurt, Billy Sims gets hurt. And we start turning the ball over, and Ohio State comes back.Barry Switzer: When we lost Thomas Lott, it turned to hell. We turned the ball over, made mistakes, couldnt get a first down. It was a different game. We played horrible. They had something to do it. But we were playing great until I got my guys hurt.Bobby Proctor, Oklahoma assistant (1973-91): It looked like we were going to blow them out. Then we lost our quarterback.Thomas Lott, Oklahoma quarterback (1975-78): My knee just gave out. We shouldve put (senior) Dean Blevins in at that time. But (freshman) Jay Jimerson had made some nice runs the week before. So the coaching staff put Jay in first. I never saw a guy get his butt handed to him like that.Jeff Logan: I had a severe ankle sprain and was doubtful, at best, for Oklahoma. But it was kept under wraps. That week, we moved Archies brother Ray Griffin from safety to tailback, and Ron Springs to fullback. It was the same veer, but all the timing in the backfield was off. Our offense was pathetic in the beginning. Woody came over and said, Whatever were doing out there right now isnt working. Can you go? I got some extra medical attention for the ankle. But it wasnt the shot or the medication, it was the excitement of that game. Im not taking credit for the turnaround, but the offense started clicking a little bit when I went back in. We were able to flip the switch.Dean Blevins, Oklahoma quarterback (1974-77): We were down (28-20) late in the fourth quarter, and counted out. We hadnt done anything offensively. But this was a team loaded with confidence. Not only had we won a couple championships those previous years, we had come back against Nebraska the year before in a huge game. It was a pretty proud team that was in the early stages of the Switzer Sooner Magic moments.Thomas Lott: Dean got the offense moving and we finally got back in the end zone.Dave Adkins: It had been a hard-fought game. We were exhausted. They were able to put a drive together, but we stuck them on the two-point try. We thought we had it won.Uwe von Schamann: I dont think Id ever tried an onside before in a game. I remember kicking a lot of extra points, because we were a scoring machine. Not an onside, though.Jerry Pettibone: Bobby Proctor had a hard time saying Uwes name, so he just called him Foot. Bobby said, Foot, which one of those guys can you hit?Uwe von Schamann: I didnt want to kick it to the end guy, because if he lets it go, it goes out of bounds. Whatever happened, I wanted it to be on the field of play. So I told Bobby Proctor, that guy second from the end, thats the guy. I drilled the ball, and sure enough it ricocheted off him.Jeff Logan: Our hands team, Woody used to call it Firetruck. But our hands people out there were backup quarterbacks and defensive backs, who hadnt played the entire game. Buckeyes fans always remember who didnt recover the onside kick. But Mike Strahine was a terrific teammate. It was an unfortunate situation for him to be there. But it was excellent execution by Oklahoma.Bobby Proctor: After that, it was a pretty good scramble for the ball.Bud Hebert, Oklahoma safety/holder (1976-79): Mike Babb was lined up next to me, and the ball bounced right to where he was. Mike was fighting for it with an Ohio State guy, but was able to wrestle it away. Mike was strong for a cornerback. Lucky for us, he was strong enough to pull it away.Barry Switzer: The couple of years before, we had issues with snapping. We had (receiver) Tinker Owens punting in 75 because we didnt have a damn center. I knew Tinker could catch anything that was snapped back to him because he had great hands. But he was the third-best punter on our team.Bud Hebert: We had a bad snap the year before in the Texas game, and it ended up in a 6-6 tie.Jerry Pettibone: We were playing Nebraska (in 1975) for the Big Eight championship and had a real high snap that Tinker barely got off. Thats when Switzer sprinted to where I was and screamed, Jerry Pettibone, you go find us the best deep snapper in America. I called a bunch of high school coaches. I heard from one that the son of Bill Lucky, the coach at Lamar Consolidated right outside Houston, was a great deep snapper. And he was. I called Switzer and said, I found our guy.Barry Switzer: Mark Lucky was a great snapper. We didnt have any problems after that.Dean Blevins: After the onside, we still had to get in range for the field goal. But we threw another stop route. Kenny King got a few yards. Then it was about positioning for Uwe.Barry Switzer: Uwe never missed an extra point in his career. He had an outstanding career, college and pro.Bud Hebert: Uwe and I were roommates in Columbus. That night before Id had a dream he kicked the game-winning field goal. We laughed it off that morning. After the timeout as were jogging back on the field, he turns to me and says, Im about to make your dreams come true.Uwe von Schamann: I was trying to focus, trying not to let the crowd bother me. When I heard the crowd chanting, Block that kick, I dont know why I did it, but I began leading it with my arms. It was spontaneous. I never did it again. I couldve looked pretty foolish.Thomas Lott: Uwe had ice-water veins. When I saw him leading that chant, I remember coach Switzer was down on his knee. I tapped him on the shoulder and said, You can get up. Hes going to make this.Barry Switzer: I knew hed make the field goal. Forty-one yards was nothing for him. Only thing I was worried about was it being blocked. I wasnt worried about Mark Lucky or the snap. I wasnt worried about the holder (Bud Hebert). But youve always got to worry about protection.Dave Adkins: Three or four inches higher, I couldve gotten that thing. It was a fairly low kick. I wasnt that far off from blocking it. It was a matter of inches.Bud Hebert: If the snap had been high or low at all, it wouldve offset the timing and he wouldve blocked it.Uwe von Schamann: I got a great snap, a great hold, and as soon as I kicked it, I knew it was good. Right down the middle.Barry Switzer: He couldve made it from 60. The ball cleared the uprights over the top.Uwe von Schamann: Next thing I know, Im underneath a pile of players. If it hadnt been for (offensive lineman) Karl Baldischwiler bracing everybody, I wouldve been crushed right there in Columbus.Bobby Proctor: I was one of the get-back coaches, along with Rex Norris. Next thing I know, Rex is on the damn pile like one of the players.Rex Norris, Oklahoma assistant (1973-83): Hey, I think Switzer was out there, too. I wasnt the only one. But yeah, I happened to be at the front of the herd.Jeff Logan: Just unbelievable we had come all the way back, to have it taken away at the end. Aaron Brown, our All-American nose guard, was motionless on the ground a full five minutes after the game. We had guys down on the field everywhere.Zac Henderson: Woody was a hero of mine growing up. As soon as the game was over, I was close to their bench. He wasnt very happy, but he did shake my hand. I think I was the only one from our side that got to.Jerry Pettibone: It was pandemonium. The week of the game, our managers had put this plan together, that if we won, they were going to run across the field and steal Woodys hat and bring it back to Norman. After the dog pile and all that stuff, Im trying to find our managers, to see if they were actually going to do it. Then I caught Woody stomping across the field, hot as he could be. The managers started toward him, but saw the look on his face and big-time chickened out. In the locker room, I said, You cowards, I thought you were going to get Woodys hat?Barry Switzer: Heres what happened. The game was over, everybody was on the field. Next thing I know, Im walking out there looking for Woody. Right in front of me, Doug Kennon, one of our managers, stuck his arm out, and Woody just back-handed him and knocked him out of the way. I said, Hell, I dont want him to forearm me, too. I think Ill just head on over to the locker room. Woody was a great guy, a great coach. But game day, he had his game face on, and he was all business. But I saw that all happen.Doug Kennon, Oklahoma trainer: Ive been accused many times by Switzer of that being me, but I was still 10 years old and was in Drumright, Oklahoma, at the time.Randy Helms, Oklahoma trainer: I think it was Larry Cox. But he wasnt a trainer, he was an equipment manager.Uwe von Schamann: Every player has one of those games where something - I dont know if its divine intervention - but everybody has one of those games where everything just goes right. That game for me was Ohio State.Bud Hebert: People in Oklahoma call it The Kick. But I like to refer to it as The Hold.Barry Switzer: Uwe has told me, Coach that was one of the biggest plays in your career. I say, Uwe, let me tell you, if Thomas hadnt gotten hurt, Billy hadnt gotten hurt, we were going to hang a half-a-hundred on them, and were not going to even need your damn field goal. But let me tell you, I was glad you were there when we needed you. Thats the way it is always with kickers. Youre glad you got em when you need em.Uwe von Schamann: The last 39 years, theres not one month that goes by where somebody doesnt bring up The Kick. Its just incredible to me. But I never get tired of talking about it. I like sharing it. 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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has recalled fast bowler Umar Gul for its ODI series against England and Ireland. Adrian Amos Super Bowl Jersey .The 32-year-old Gul last played a one-day international against Bangladesh in 2015. 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One of his attorneys, Kerry Sutton, also said Artis has passed a polygraph test about the February incident.Everything was completely consensual that happened that night, said a very composed Artis, who was sitting on a couch in his attorneys home flanked by his mother Stephanie Artis and an aunt Avis Artis. Thats the truth.The junior reserve linebacker, indefinitely suspended from the team, turned himself earlier this month on the misdemeanor charges. His next court date is set for Thursday.The arrest warrant stated Artis had sex with a female UNC student against her will when he should have reasonably known that the other person was mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.The warrant also states he pulled on her bra strap causing an indentation on her shoulder/back during the incident.The woman, Delaney Robinson, said earlier this month she had become intoxicated after being out with friends and unable to consent. The Associated Press typically doesnt identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Robinson held a Sept. 13 news conference, saying she had filed for the misdemeanor charges after police and prosecutors indicated there wasnt enough evidence to pursue felony charges.Artis said he was surprised, hurt, distraught and worried about his reputation being tarnished when he learned of the charges.I had cooperated with the police, been interviewed by them, and I was waiting on their process, for them to decide, and have justice come out that way and have the truth come out that way, Artis said. Then when that occurred and I found out there were charges, I was surprised.Artis said he had been drinking the night of the incident, but he did not see Robinson drinking. He said they met that night and that Robinson was conscious during consensual sex.Denise Branch, an attorney representing Robinson, issued a statement reiterating Robinsons allegation that sex was not consensual.On February 14, 2016, my client Delaney Robinson was raped and assaulted by Allen Artis, Branch said in an email to the AP. Rashan Gary Super Bowl Jersey. On September 13, 2016, she presented admissible evidence in support of her case to a magistrate. As a result, two misdemeanor warrants were issued for the arrest of Allen Artis. Any purported, and inherently unreliable polygraph test does not alter the fact that my client never consented to have sex with Allen Artis.Branch had released a photo showing what appeared to be bruises on Robinsons neck at the time, though Sutton questioned Tuesday whether it has been altered to appear darker.Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall told the AP on Tuesday that the case remains an ongoing investigation. He said he was aware of the polygraph report, and is also in communication with Branch and Robinson.I cant say when it will be complete, and I am personally involved in speaking with the UNC Department of Public Safety, Woodall said. We did not have a file, we were only advising them, and last week I got the full file. I have reviewed everything that we have to date in the investigation, and Im going to continue to review it.Branch has also criticized the way campus police handled a rape kit and the questioning of Artis, a native of Marietta, Georgia.Artis indefinite suspension was the result of an automatic university policy when an athlete is charged with a misdemeanor. Any reinstatement would come after a review from athletic director Bubba Cunningham, head coach Larry Fedora and school officials.Artis has played in 27 career games as a reserve and on special teams with 20 tackles. He last practiced Sept. 11, two days before Robinsons news conference.Artis said is attending classes with plans to graduate in May with a double-major in economics and management and society. He hopes to return to football.I want the truth to get out and I want to try and help fix my reputation, Artis said of the decision to speak to reporters.My last name I share with everyone in my family. And so thats really important to me, that my name means something and the people that I share that with -- my family -- arent hurt by that.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap and the APs college football site at http://collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
Coach Ange Postecoglou insists World Cup qualification remains in the Socceroos hands despite a decidedly poor display against minnows Thailand that leaves Australia on a rocky road to Russia 2018. Ken Casner .Tuesday nights 2-2 come-from-behind draw was a missed opportunity for Postecoglous national side to top Group B, instead slipping to third after allowing themselves to be outdone by a Thailand who were yet to claim a point in Group B.Two penalty goals from captain Mile Jedinak were the only thing to save the Socceroos from a humiliating defeat at a hot and sweaty Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, where Australias usual impetus was replaced by disconnect and profligacy.It is the Socceroos third consecutive draw after also being held by pacesetters Saudi Arabia and Japan last month.Now out of the automatic qualification zone, the pressure will be on to play-catch-up in next years vital fixtures.Still, a somehow buoyant Postecoglou was loath to call the showing anything other than a hiccup.I still think were in good shape, Postecoglou said.Weve got three home games next year and our performances, apart from maybe today, have still been strong.Were halfway, we havent lost yet.We had a disappointing result tonight but qualification is still in our hands.Though Jedinak slotted his first from the spot inside 10 minutes, the Socceroos rare 10-day training camp counted for little against an enthusiastic Thai team backed by an even more zealous home crowd.Opportunities galore gave early indications the scoreline could easily have blown out but the hosts capitalised on the little possession they had and, out of nothing, drew level with worrying ease.They stroked the ball around before charging through the middle, exposing the otherwise well-performing Brad Smith with a through-ball that allowed Teerasil Dangda to slot home off a neat cross.That changed the complexion of the game.Thailand started penetrating Australias defence with regularity, playmaker Chanathip Messi J Songkrasin forcing Mat Ryan into one of numerous fine saves.The Socceroos, meanwhile, failed to turn their possession into anything meaningful, their Jamie Maclaren-led line seemed to be on different wavelengths, simple passes were miscontrolled and offsides were plentiful.The manner in which Postecoglou stormed off at the break signalled a halftime lashing was coming, yet if it did it made little difference.It was all one-way traffic in favour of the winless hosts, and one foray forced early goal contender Mathew Leckie into an unnecessary challenge on Thai captain Theeraton Bunmathan.Almost as soon as Teerasil sent the subsequent penalty past Ryan for the lead, Postecoglou switched to a diamond formation, substituting Maclaren and Leckie for veteran Mark Milligan and forward Nathan Burns, who rifled a long-range bullet into the crossbar.The change brought an almost immediate effect as Siroch Chatthong fouled Jedinak and allowed him to restore parity with a penalty.But even after the in-form Jackson Irvine was brought on for Matthew Spiranovic, who left the field with a suspected quad strain, the Socceroos could not muster a winner.We just didnt control the game like we wanted to and ended up playing a game that suited them more than us, Postecoglou said.It was hard for us then to gain momentum, particularly on a night when they were up for it.We got careless in possession, particularly in the front third. Justin Canale . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. Pervis Atkins . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. https://www.cheapnfljerseyschina.co/paul-kittredge-jersey-for-sale/ . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. Nizamuddin Chowdhury, BCBs chief executive, has categorically rejected any talk of playing England at a neutral venue should they pull out of their scheduled tour of Bangladesh in October. Eoin Morgan, Englands limited-overs captain, said last week that neutral venues may be feasible if it came to that after the Gulshan attacks in Dhaka on July 1.We always believe this is never a solution, Chowdhury said. Cricket cannot stop in a country. We will make our best effort to fulfill the FTP commitment. The cricket operations of both BCB and ECB are in continuous communication regarding the England tour of Bangladesh in October. They are in discussion with the tour related matters, especially the logistics.Chowdhury said that the ECBs security visit will be held in the coming months. The security visit is a standard practice. Teams like England, Australia do this regularly. A security delegate from England was supposed to come last month, but as they have tour of India after Bangladesh, I think they will do the security inspection of the two countries together. We will get to know when they get confirmation from the two boards.Bangladesh has never needed to host a billateral series in a neutral venue, but Australia postponed their 2015 tour and pulled out of the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year due to their governments advice on security matters. Gary Roberts. Chowdhury said the ICC were to issue guidelines on security issues, but is banking on Bangladeshs track record of hosting major events despite volatile times in the country. In 2014, the BCB managed to host three high-profile international tournaments mere weeks after election-related violence had subsided. After Australias twin pull out, there was much concern about the Under-19 World Cup, but it was held in four cities in the country.The security issue has already been discussed at different levels in the ICC. There have been discussions on security protocol. A guideline will soon be given from the ICC, he said. We have very good track record of hosting successful international events with the support from the government and the law enforcement departments. We believe to get the same support in future for hosting cricket in the country. ' ' '
Former European Olympic Committees president Pat Hickey has been allowed to return home to Ireland following house arrest in Rio. Bobby Bell Jersey . A court in Brazil ruled the 71-year-olds passport should be returned to him allowing him to leave the country to receive treatment on a health problem.The Olympic Council of Ireland confirmed it has been informed of the development but remain in the dark as to when he is expected home. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Hickey was arrested during the Games on August 17, accused of being part of a ticket-touting ring based in Ireland, and spent time in the citys Bangu Prison before being placed under house arrest on August 30 amid concerns over his health.The former Olympic Council of Ireland president denies the charges but if found guilty could face a punishment of up to seven years in prison. 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This contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is an early AFC North matchup that pits the division favorites against one another.While the game takes place in Week 2 of a young NFL season, this game is bound to play a factor in the playoff picture. Both teams enter Heinz Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday with a 1-0 record, though one team escaped with a win in Week 1 while the other looked dominant.The Bengals come into this game off a one-point victory over the New York Jets last week. The victory was not the cleanest win in head coach Marvin Lewis career but his squad showed toughness, resiliency and urgency.Quarterback Andy Dalton, who hasnt won a playoff game in his career, played this highly contested event like he was in the postseason. Dalton threw for 366 yards and a touchdown, but where he showed his moxie was withstanding a ferocious Jets pass rush.Dalton was sacked seven times and was hit on numerous other dropbacks. This is clearly an area the Bengals need to shore up heading into Pittsburgh.The Steelers are also the opponent that knocked Dalton out for the season last year with a broken thumb. The Bengals playoff hopes rest in keeping their quarterback upright and in one piece this season.The one bright spot Cincinnati can take out of watching the Steelers tape versus the Washington Redskins is the lack of pass rush by Pittsburgh. The Steelers, in a 22-point win over the Redskins, had plenty of offense but the defense did not sack Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins at all.I thought we stopped the run early, but our pass rush has to be better, especially since were entering AFC North play, Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. If Im going to be out there I have to play a lot better, simple as that. The pass rush (stunk). I have to get to the quarterback.The key matchup in the game for the Bengals offense and the Steelers defense will be the pass blocking versus the pass rush.The Bengals offensive line, led by Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth, will need to take advantage of the aforementioned lack of the Steelers pass rush after a long day at the office versus the Jets. The banged-up defensive line and outside linebackers of Pittsburgh cant afford to allow Dalton all day in the pocket to find the likes of wide receiver A.J. Green. The team that wins this matchup will hold a major key in the outcome of the game.Cincinnatis offensive line not only struggled to protect Dalton but did not open up many lanes for running back Jeremy Hill. The Bengals rushing attack was held to 57 yards last Sunday, although Hill did score on the ground. The Steeelers, led by nose tackle Javon Hargrave and defensive end Stephon Tuitt, held the Redskins to similar rushing numbers (55 yards). Ed Budde Jersey. f Cincinnatis offensive line can win the battle in the pass blocking department, Dalton has shown the ability to pick apart defensive backfields. This does not bode well for a Steelers pass defense that ranked 30th in the NFL in 2015.While the Steelers did have two interceptions against the Redskins, both were by linebackers, and gave up large chunks of yardage to the wide receivers. If cornerbacks William Gay, Ross Cockrell and Sean Davis dont shore up their coverage responsibilities this week, all they may see is the back of the jerseys of wide receivers Green and Brandon LaFell.LaFell, a free-agent pickup this offseason from the New England Patriots, has become a nice complement opposite Green.Thats the thing we saw from Brandon, is hes got great body control. Hes a very accomplished NFL receiver and you saw him catching the ball going across the field, you saw him catching the ball on the sideline today, and he caught a couple deep balls. It was big, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said.The Steelers offense looked like they have been playing for years together. While this might be the case with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown, the rest of the unit was missing four starters and had backups and spot players step in throughout the lineup. Starting running back LeVeon Bell, fullback Roosevelt Nix, tight end Ladarius Green and receiver Markus Wheaton all missed the Redskins game.Running back DeAngelo Williams, wide receivers Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates and tight end Jesse James all filled in admirably. These four weapons combined with Roethlisberger and Brown helped the Steelers gain 447 total yards and score 38 points. How these four answer the bell heading into tough AFC North play will dictate the outcome versus the Bengals this week.The Steelers offensive line doesnt get a lot of accolades, but they opened seams for Williams to run through all game versus the Redskins.Center Maurkice Pouncey, and guards David DeCastro and Ramon Foster, will need to continue to open holes in the middle of the field against the Bengals. Domata Peko and Geno Atkins are one of the best defensive tackle duos in the NFL. This makes this a matchup to watch. While both teams have shown the ability to pass the football with success, winning in the trenches in the run game could swing the outcome. ' ' '
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