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Sky Sports has changed the channel line up ahead of The Open. Air Max Pas Cher Chine . On Monday July 11, Sky Sports 1 becomes Sky Sports The Open and Sky has also changed the order in which your sports channels appear.Sky Sports News HQ has moved to channel number 406 on your Sky electronic programme guide (EPG) with Sky Sports The Open on channel 401. Sky Sports Channel listings 11 July401         Sky Sports 1 (Sky Sports The Open)402         Sky Sports 2403         Sky Sports 3404         Sky Sports 4405         Sky Sports 5406         Sky Sports News HQ407         Sky Sports F1® Watch Sky Sports The Open to see if Rory McIlroy can win the Claret Jug for a second time This change will coincide with Skys coverage of the Open, where on Sky Sports The Open we are broadcasting ten days of programming including live coverage of all four days play and practice rounds, evening highlights of each days play plus a host of documentaries and shows exploring the unique allure of The Open.And the opening tee shot of The Open will be shown live for the first time as part of Sky Sports round-the-clock coverage of golfs pre-eminent Major.Dont forget you can still watch all of your favourite Sky Sports channels on skysports.com as well on Sky Sports for iPhone, Android and iPad.Later in the summer, Sky is launching a brand new sports channel - Sky Sports Mix - bringing a range of great moments from some of the worlds biggest sporting events to all its TV customers in the UK and Ireland at no extra cost.For the first time, millions more Sky customers will be able to watch a mix of live sport - including football, golf from Europe and the US, international cricket and much more - as part of their basic subscription packages.From the launch this summer, viewers can look forward to regular live football from competitions including La Liga, MLS, FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers, as well as a select number of Premier League and Football League matches.Sky Sports Mix will also bring Skys long-standing commitment to womens sport to a broader audience, with live womens golf, cricket and netball. These will appear alongside shows like Game Changers and sporting masterclasses that connect Sky Sports to the passion that kids have for learning about and playing sport.How to watch The Open on Sky Sports Here are all the ways to watch The Open with Sky Sports Also See: How to watch The Open on Sky Watch the British Grand Prix with Sky Sports Get Sky Sports Watch on Now TV Air Max Pas Cher France . 5 Trade Deadline isnt that far away and teams will be making decisions on whether to buy, sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Air Max Destockage .ca contributor Grant McCagg provides a look at some risers and fallers on the prospect watch.MONTREAL - The tightly cornered Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is a different track than most in Formula One, but dont expect the Mercedes AMG team to be any less dominant. The Mercedes duo of three-time Canadian Grand Prix champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has won all six races to start the season, finishing one-two in the last five. They will be the favourites again despite the close walls and hard braking on the 4.361-kilometre circuit. "I dont think it will be different from the other weeks before," a resigned Nico Hulkenberg of the Force India team said Thursday. The race weekend begins with practice on Friday, and qualifying on Saturday, before the grandstands on the island track across from downtown Montreal fill up on what is expected to be sunny, warm day for the 45th Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. It will be first experience for Canadian fans of the quieter, more fuel-efficient 1.6-litre turbo engines introduced this year, which have dropped the formerly dominant Red Bull team down the grid and raised Mercedes AMG to near-invincibility. In the opening six events, Rosberg has two wins and finished second four times to lead drivers standings with 122 points. Hamilton has four wins and one second to sit second with 118 points. Next closest is Ferraris Fernando Alonso, a two-time world champion, with 61 points. Sebastian Vettel, the F1 champion the last four years with Red Bull, is sixth with 45. Some felt the peculiar Gilles-Villeneuve track, which features long straightaways leading into sharp turns, a hairpin and some tricky chicanes, might close the power gap on Mercedes. No such luck, said Hamilton. "Ill be guessing, but I dont feel that will be the case," the 29-year-old Briton said. "Were particularly strong in the straights, the Mercedes are, but I dont know. "Maybe well be surprised this weekend, but the long straights do suit us very well. We have a very good power unit in our engines. Mercedes has done the best job with the engines, so Renault and Ferrari would have had to have done an exceptional job coming into this weekend in that area to be able to keep up with us on the straights." The Mercedes supremacy is drawing comparisons to 1988, when the McLaren Honda team of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won 15 of the 16 races on the schedule, with the Brazilian taking eight and Prost winning seven. "In a way Im honoured to hear those comparisons because that was an extremely high-level, big battle at the time,, but I leave it at that," said Rosberg. Air Max 97 Moins Cher. . "I dont really compare myself to that era. I want to do my own thing." It seems the only thing that can stop Mercedes may be infighting between Hamilton and Rosberg, but even the tension that was building between them looks to have abated since a blow-up at Monaco two weeks ago, when Hamilton felt Rosberg cheated him of a chance to claim pole position. Hamilton tweeted recently "we spoke and were cool, still friends #noproblem." The Hamilton-Rosberg duo already has Mercedes 141 points clear of Red Bull and 162 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors championship. Vettel has had bad luck in Canada in the past, but broke through last year when he cruised to win from the pole, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Alonso. Now hes grasping at any edge to stay competitive. "It will be difficult to match the Mercedes-powered cars down the straights," the German said. "There are also some corners here and weve been competitive in the past. "We were in a very good position in to win the race in 2011 and we won last year, so we have reason to be confident. But we know it could be a difficult weekend. "We know that the corners are very tricky and demanding here and you can make up a lot of time in the corners. Well try to do our best down the straights and try to do better than everyone else on the corners." Another leveller could be the infamous wall of champions, a concrete barrier at the chicane leading to the final stretch to the finish line. Over the years, some of the sports greatest drivers have crashed into it. Jenson Button of McLaren Mercedes is confident that even with the lighter back end on this years cars they should get through the turn OK. "Weve been driving these cars all year and if we can drive these cars around Monaco, I think well be all right around here," he said. The McLaren, Force India and Williams teams also use Mercedes engines, but none has put the package of engine and car together quite like Mercedes AMG. "In terms of the development of the car, it is working and were going in the right direction," said Button, the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix winner who has found himself battling just to get into the points by finishing in the top 10 this season. "Its tough. "When youve been fighting for wins and the team is used to fighting for wins, its difficult when you find yourself in this situation." ' ' '
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San Francisco ranks second in rushing defence, first in the NFC, heading into Sundays game against Kansas City.We just go out, try to compete and do what we do as a unit, Smith said. There are a lot of great running backs and a lot of great lines. We have another big challenge in front of us.Without Aldon Smith in the lineup a€” he has five games remaining on his suspension a€” Justin has managed to keep things together as much with his brain as with his brawn.Ian (Williams) is playing well. Glenn (Dorsey) is playing well, Smith said. Teams have been trying to run right at Ian, but hes strong at the point and fast at pass rushing. You can always pass rush better. Week in and week out, you look to take advantage of the protection were getting.Smith left Missouri after setting single-season school records for sacks (11) and tackles for a loss (24). As a rookie with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, he recorded 8 1-2 sacks, a career high he matched in 2010 with the 49ers.Hes currently ranked eighth among active sacks leaders, although numbers cant totally measure his value. Hes also a leader on the field and in the locker room. Teammates say he talks to everybody and lightens up tense moments.If I can get warmed up and moving around, he said, I feel fine.NOTES: OL Jonathan Martin, who also played for Harbaugh at Stanford, was asked about Deion Sanders latest comments about the rift in the 49ers locker room. My reality, day to day, is that this is one of the strongest locker rooms Ive been around, he said. .TE Vernon Davis said theres a small chance he will be able to play Sunday, though he did not practice Friday. Hes listed as questionable along with CB Tramaine Brock (toe), T Anthony Davis (knee) TE Vance McDonald (knee), S Eric Reid (hamstring) and NT Ian Williams (ankle). . 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"When something is as fresh as this is right now you always think theres going to be a lot of change," defenceman Cody Franson said on Wednesday, "and sometimes when time goes by a little bit and you sit back and evaluate [with] cooler heads I guess and, you know, there might not be as many changes as you think." "Weve learned our lesson," said centre Nazem Kadri, "and you almost want next season to start right now." Yes, it will be a long off-season in Toronto where the questions about the future are flying fast and furious right now, including in the dressing room.   The Leafs pending unrestricted free agents, include: Mason Raymond, Nikolai Kulemin, Paul Ranger, Dave Bolland, Jay McClement and Troy Bodie while four players are headed toward restricted free agency: James Reimer, Jake Gardiner, Carter Ashton and Franson. Meanwhile, management may look to shake things up via the trade route with Kadris name usually front and centre in the chatter. So do the players see big moves on the horizon? "Yeah, I mean, you would think so," said Gardiner, "but you never know whats going to happen. Management here expects a lot out of us and knows we can succeed, its just, I dont know what it was this year." REIMER ON THE WAY OUT Reimer certainly seems destined to leave town after watching Jonathan Bernier steal away the No. 1 job this season. It has been reported by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that Reimer plans on respectfully asking for a trade once the season ends.  Reimer let out a sigh of exasperation before breaking into a huge grin when questioned about that on Wednesday. "Lets wait a couple of days before we talk about that," he pleaded. "Obviously, its a fair question. Honestly, I know my agents been thinking about things and stuff, but I havent been thinking about it. Ive just been trying to get this team to the playoffs." The Leafs have two games left on the schedule: Thursday in Florida and Saturday in Ottawa. The players will likely clean out their lockers and have exit interviews on Monday. "Right now, I let my agent worry about those things and I worry about stopping that little black thing," Reimer quipped showing that while he may have lost the starting gig he hasnt lost his sense of humour. Reimer seems torn. He has so many good memories from his time in Toronto, but he believes he can be a starter and he wants that chance badly. "Just the atmosphere," Reimer said when asked what hes enjoyed most about life as a Leaf. "Its arguably the best franchise, best organization in the world so to have the opportunity and privilege to play, I mean, to put on that sweater its special, especially our run last year. Just the excitement and the buzz, thats why you play the game and it was a real honour." That sentiment is echoed throughout the dressing room. THIS IS MY DREAM COME TRUE "Its been great," said Franson, who was late arriving at training camp due to a contract dispute and now is once again facing some uneasy negotiations. Charles Barkley Rockets Jersey. "Toronto was my favourite team growing up. This is my dream come true so Im hopeful that I get to stay and that everything works out, but that is the business. At the end of the day, theyre going to do what they feel is best for the team and hopefully Im in that plan." "I love it," said Kadri, a player who craves the spotlight. "I love Toronto. I love our fans and how passionate they are. I love playing at the ACC for our home games. Ive cherished my time here and hopefully it continues." "Im happy to stay with one team for six years," said Kulemin, the longest-serving Leaf. ?"I like the team. I like the city, the fans, everything. Well see." The players seem to still be in a state of shock. On March 13, after an impressive win in Los Angeles, the Leafs appeared a safe bet to make the post-season. The rest, as they say, is history. Another collapse. The third in three years following the 18-wheeler driven off a cliff by Ron Wilson and last Springs Game 7 meltdown in Beantown. Teams that dont learn from mistakes are doomed to repeat them so, yeah, changes seem inevitable. But the players are pleading for patience. PLEADING FOR PATIENCE "We are a young team and this is an experience we can definitely learn from," said Kadri. "Its definitely leaving a bitter taste in our mouth. Its only going to help us, because this is an experience we never want to go through again." So why are the Leafs wilting when the season is on the line? Certainly, their slack defensive play seemed to be exposed down the stretch as the games and playoff races got tighter. But what about the theory that the pressure of playing in a hockey-mad market contributed to the demise? Reimer, who was embroiled in a controversy after head coach Randy Carlyle deemed a recent performance as "just OK," admits the so-called white noise created by the teams bloated media corps does indeed have an impact.  "Oh, 100 per cent yeah. Its something that you have to do," said Reimer, who almost always talks to reporters on game days, which is something many goalies will not do. "Its something you think about, but at the same time what you guys do creates such a hype around the game itself so there might be more pressure, because of it, but I think theres more excitement, because of it as well and playing hockey when there is that excitement, that atmosphere, thats what makes it fun. "Some days its tough, but at the same time the pros outweigh the cons." For Reimer, the issue with the team this year is the same one that all non-playoff teams deal with whether they play in a Canadian market or sunny ice-averse Florida. "As a guy and as a team you look in the mirror and you just have to accept that we werent good enough," Reimer reasoned moments after the Leafs were officially eliminated on Tuesday night in Tampa. "A wise man once said that the playoffs dont let you in unless youre good enough. You dont sneak in unless you deserve it." ' ' '
When James Shields throws the first pitch of the American League Wild Card game, two of Major League Baseballs longest active playoff droughts will end. College Jerseys China . Oakland Athletics first baseman Adam Dunn, acquired at the trade deadline from the Chicago White Sox, has played 2,001 regular season games without appearing in the postseason, while the Kansas City Royals have not escaped the regular season since their World Series title in 1985. Its what you work for your whole professional baseball career, Dunn said in the locker room after the Athletics clinched their place in the playoffs. Its going to be a fun ride. Dunn has also played with the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals over the course of his 14-year career, all franchises that have had success since 2000, but never during a time that the 34-year-old slugger was a member of the organization. That will change when he appears in the Wild Card game with the Athletics. Hes always done it the right way, said Athletics starter Jeff Samardzija, who also joined the team during the season in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Played every day, never complained, never whined. To have a guy like him on this team when we were going through what we were going through was outstanding. The Houston native will now pass the mantle of longest playoff drought to former teammate Alex Rios who has spent 1,586 regular season games in MLB without playing in the playoffs with his current team the Texas Rangers, as well as the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Bret Saberhagen retiring Andy Van Slyke in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7 of the 1985 World Series was the last time the Royals have contested a playoff game. Shields, who will get the iconic start for the Royals, is ready for the spotlight. When I came over here, I knew exactly what was going on, said Shields who has appeared previously in the playoffs with the Tampa Bay Rays. I knew that this citys been wanting a championship team for a long time, and a playoff team. Hopefully we did the city proud. Weve got a long way to go still, but were going to keep grinding. Only 15 of the 36 players that were on the Royals active roster when they clinched the playoff spot were alive when the Royals faced the Cardinals in the 1985 World Series. With their 29-year drought finally ended, the unfortunate distinction of having the longest playoff absence falls to the Toronto Blue Jays , who have not played in the postseason since capturing their second consecutive World Series title in 1993. AL-Wild Card Game Notes: Athletics at Royals a€“ 8:07pm et/5:07pm pt. -Athletics: won all 3 postseason meetings vs Royals (swept 1981 Division Series) -Athletics: 0-6 in winner-take-all games under GM Billy Beane (last win in winner-take-all game was Game 7 of 1973 World Series) -Athletics: lost 10 of last 14 postseason games -Athletics: FROM ELIAS - .433 post All-Star Break win percentage, worst by a team that made the postseason since 1933 (1st year of All-Star Game) -Jon Lester (OAK): 1.97 ERA (16 ER/73 IP) in 11 career postseason starts; 3-0 over last 3 postseason starts -Lester: 9-3, 1.84 ERA (18 ER/88 IP) in 13 career starts vs Royals; 3-0, 2.61 ERA (6 ER/20.2 IP) in 3 starts vs Royals this season -Josh Reddick (OAK): 3 HR, 5 RBI in 22 career AB vs James Shields -Royals: 1st postseason appearance since 1985 (won World Series) -James Shields (KC): 2-4, 4.98 ERA (19 ER/34.1 IP) in 6 career postseason starts; 11 ER allowed in 9 1/3 IP over last 2 postseason starts -Shields: 2.03 ERA (7 ER/31 IP) in last 4 starts vs Athletics after allowing 10 ER in 4 IP in final start vs them in 2011 -Royals: 6-9 in 15 home starts made by James Shields this season (15-4 in 19 road starts) Fake College Basketball Jerseys . Eller said the Oilers were a "junior team" that was "all over the place" before Edmontons 4-3 victory over Montreal on Tuesday night, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins took offence to Ellers comments and used it to motivate his youthful team. College Jerseys Black Friday . -- With his team down 16 points in the second quarter and headed for another blowout loss at home, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson yelled out to his players to keep shooting and keep fighting on defence.Medal standings at the world junior hockey championship since 1974 (in order of gold, silver and bronze; through 2014 tournameent):x — Includes 1993 bronze medal for Czech-Slovak team; y — Community of Independent States. Wholesale College Jerseys. ND ' ' '
Hull v Sheffield Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 1HD on Saturday 28th May at 5pm, is the next Fantasy Six-a-Side fixture, with a guaranteed £10,000 prize for our round winner. Wholesale Nike Air Max 270 . Hull v Sheffield Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 1HD on Saturday 28th May at 5pm, is the next Sky Sports Fantasy Six-a-Side fixture, with a place in the Premier League up for grabs and a guaranteed £10,000 prize for our round winner.All you have to do is select six players from the two sides, including your Elite Player from the four most valuable players, then sit back and keep track of your teams scores via our dedicated Match Centre, with regular updates powered by Opta, plus match stats and a live leaderboard. Unlike other fantasy games, your selected players are rewarded for every save, tackle, pass or shot, and you only have to wait for 90 minutes of action to be completed to see whether youve won the jackpot.Heres a guide for picking your Fantasy Six-a-Side line-up...Step 1: Pick your Elite PlayerChoose one Elite Player from the pool of four available. An Elite Player is best described as a player that is in-form and likely to have a significant impact on the game. Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez, Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper can be selected this round.Step 2: Pick five Team PlayersThe remaining five spots in the team must be filled from the other Team Players from the two clubs. There are no player values, formations or position requirements.Step 3: Pick a Power Play periodYour team will score double points during your chosen 15-minute Power Play period.Step 4: Predict the golden goal & submit your teamIn the event that two or more managers are tied on the same number of points at the end of the match, the prize will be awarded to the manager that has made the closest prediction for the minute of the first goal scored.Once your selection is confirmed, you can make unlimited changes to your team and Power Play period up until the Game Round deadline, which for this round is Saturday 28th May at 5pm.Scoring pointsFantasy Six-a-Side offers greater depth and appreciation for performances than any other Fantasy game, rewarding your selections with a more detailed point system.No longer will you be left pulling you hair out when your players put chances on a plate for their team-mates, only to see them hit row z.Pick your team now…good luck. Cheap Nike Air Max 270 . For the first time all night, as the Raptors were on the clock to make the 20th overall selection, no one had the slightest idea what was about to happen. No leaks, no whispers, nothing. Clearance Nike Air Max 270 . Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and Edmontons Barnett used a terrific second run to move up two spots, putting the Canadian duo in medal contention with the final two runs set for Monday (11:15 a.m. ET, streaming live at cbc. ST. JOHNS, N.L. -- The second period was costly for the St. Johns IceCaps on Saturday. Peter Mannino made 31 saves and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got goals from three different skaters as the Penguins edged the St. Johns IceCaps 3-2 in Game 1 of the American Hockey League Eastern Conference final. "We only had four or five shots in the second period and thats not enough," said IceCaps forward Andrew Gordon. "We need more zone time and offensive opportunities, (especially) second chance opportunities. We didnt create that in the second period. We were a little too easy to play against and not physical enough." Gordon had a pair of goals for St. Johns, while Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 shots. Chuck Kobasew, Conor Sheary and Tom Kostopoulos scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said his team lost its focus, ultimately costing St. Johns the game. "We got off our game in the second period, we made mental errors and didnt have the intensity you need to have in the conference finals," said McCambridge. "At the end of the day, the second period hurt us." No one was blaming Gordon for the loss. After the wingers two-goal effort on the night, coach McCambridge was left wishing the rest of the teamm had followed Gordons example. Fake Nike Air Max 270. "You have to make sure that when you have opportunities you capitalize, and when you put pucks to the net, you are looking for second and third chances. Andrew Gordon did a really good job on that," McCambridge said. "When we had good chances in the second period, we got away from that. Theres not a lot of space out there, (the Penguins) defend really well. " The Penguins opened the scoring 7:02 into the game, when Kobasew finished off a 2-on-1 in front with an easy tap-in from a perfect Brian Gibbons pass. Gordon tied it for the IceCaps at 13:42 of the first period, pulling the puck out front from behind the net before sniping it top shelf on the blocker side. Sheary put the Penguins ahead 2-1 when Hutchinson lost the puck on a wrist shot by the winger. Sheary continued to the net and tapped in his own rebound 2:32 into the second period. Kostopoulos took a pass while entering the zone and scored a quick wrist shot high blocker with 5:24 left in the second period to put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up by two goals. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Gordon scored his second of the game, one-timing a face-off win from John Albert, to pull the IceCaps within one 5:31 into the third period. ' ' '
SOCHI — Kevin Dineen has made up his mind. Royals Jerseys China . The Canadian womens Olympic hockey team head coach has decided on his starting goalie for the tournament opener. He even hinted that he has informed her. But whether the starter will be Charline Labonte or Genevieve Lacasse or Shannon Szabados against Switzerland at Shayba Arena on Saturday, the three will remain close teammates and continue to support one another. Theres no jealously here. They just want to win. “Weve been competing against each other since August,” Szabados said. “Were used to it. Its a competition. But its definitely a friendly competition. “We all want to be the one who plays. But were still good friends on and off the ice no matter who gets the call.” If you dont believe Szabados, check out the back of their masks. The three came up with a logo to represent their unity. The symbol is 312, with the numeral one situated slightly higher between the three and the two. Three-one-two may be the area code for Chicago, but for Labonte, Lacasse and Shannon it incorporates their sweater numbers of 1 (Szabados), 31 (Lacasse) and 32 (Labonte). “We have a great relationship,” Lacasse said. “We joke around a lot. Were competitors, but we like to have fun. “We also like to support each other. When one of us is struggling and not in the right place mentally we there with a tap on the pads in support. In the end its all about getting the gold medal.” The three come from different cities, different backgrounds and they each followed different paths to the national team. Mix of youth, experience in net Lacasse is the youngest of the three at 24. Her father was in the military. So she was raised in Fort Henry in Kingston. She became a goalie because her older brother Alex needed someone to take shots on. “I had my share of bloody lips and black eyes, but my Mom would put me up on the kitchen counter and fix me up and send me back out there,” Lacasse said. She earned a scholarship to Providence and has begun work on her MBA, which was put on hold this year in order to pursue her Olympic dream. Last season, Lacasse was brilliant in leading the Boston Blades to the Clarkson Cup championship in the CWHL. She was named goaltender of the year with a 1.26 goals against average. The 31-year-old Labonte is the most experienced of the three. Shes been with the national team for 13 years. Shes played with boys and against the boys with the QMJHLs Acadie-Bathurst Titan over two seasons when she was a teenager. Labonte of Boisbriand, Que. went to McGill University and led the Montreal school to back-to-back Canadian titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2010-11, McGill settled for bronze at the national tournament, but Labonte set a Canadian university record with an incredible 37 shutouts. She backed up Szabados in the gold-medal final four years ago in Vancouver. The latter had an outstanding game in blanking the United States. Szabados was raised in Edmonton and her idol was former Oilers netminder Bill Ranford, who had his name etched on the Stanley Cup as a player and as the goalie coach of the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings. Szabados has attended Ranfords hockey school and they still exchange text messages to this day. Shes been a key player on the national team scene since 2006, earning great reviews with a 3-0 shutout over the U.S. in her debut. She played last season for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology mens team and helped the Ooks to the their first provincial championship in 16 years. Each of the three have the credentials, but they know one will have to step up and shine if Canada has a shot at its fourth consecutive gold medal. Kansas City Royals Shirts . He left in the 4th inning of Saturdays game against the Tigers after experiencing tightness. Reyes and the team still hope that he will be ready for Opening Day in Tampa Bay in one week. Royals Jerseys 2020 .500. The Jets have now won nine of their last 11, and five of their last six road games. With the win they moved to within two points of Vancouver in the west, the Canucks holding down the eighth spot. Vancouver lost in Boston, while the other big game saw Dallas win in Phoenix.LONDON - Cardiff manager Malky Mackays job appears to be safe — for now at least — with the club assuring him of his future on Sunday and attempting to reconcile tensions. Mackays position at the Premier League club looked doomed earlier this week after Malaysian owner Vincent Tan sent the manager an email requesting him to stand down or be fired. But Mackay, who insisted he would not resign, has been handed a reprieve with the hierarchy wanting to heal the rift. "As things stand Malky is in charge for the foreseeable future and will be until something else happens," chairman Mehmet Dalman said on Sunday on the club website. "I dont want to go game by game on this, with people asking if he will be in charge." Fans reacted with fury to Tans attempt to oust Mackay, showing their support for the manager and disdain for the owner throughout a 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Saturday. Unsettled by the supporters reaction, Dalman appealed for a display of unity at the next Premier League game against Southampton on Thursday. "If I had one wish for Boxing Day, its that they dont hold up Tan Out or Malky In banners, but rather one that says Talk to each other," Dalman said. "The crisis for the time being is over. The emphasis as of today is for us to crreate space and dialogue. Fake Royals Jerseys. " Tan had already alienated some fans by changing the clubs colours from blue to red and adopting a new crest. Tan and Mackay clashed over the dismissal of head of recruitment Iain Moody in October, and the damage is yet to be repaired. "We managed to create space for everyone to work together back in October and we have to see if we can do that again in order to move forward," Dalman said. "At least we have a platform for dialogue, which gives us an opportunity to try to work our way through this. "If we wish to work towards a reconciliation, Vincent Tan has offered us that opportunity to move towards that. If it works, it works. If it doesnt, it doesnt ... lets see if we can fix it. We cant keep having the club under a cloud." In the unusually blunt and frank statement from a Premier League club, Dalman made it clear that replacing Mackay would be no problem, while denying he had approached potential replacements yet. "As chairman, (I) have not initiated any dialogue with anybody else," Dalman said. "Can we go out and get another manager? Of course we can." Mackay led Cardiff into the Premier League for the first time last season. The Welsh club is four points above the drop zone. ' ' '
SUNRISE, Fla. Seattle Mariners Pro Shop . -- Ben Scrivens made the most of his first start in goal for the Los Angeles Kings. Scrivens had 20 saves to record his third career shutout and the Kings beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Sunday. Jordan Nolan had a goal and an assist. Justin Williams and Daniel Carcillo also scored goals for the Kings, who won their third straight game. Scrivens, acquired in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs in June 2013, made his first start of the season as regular goalie Jonathan Quick, one of the best in the NHL, was given a rest. Scrivens last shutout was on Feb. 18, a 3-0 victory at Florida as a member of the Maple Leafs. "You cant give enough credit to the guys in front. They played extremely well, and all I had to do was focus on stopping the puck and seeing it well," Scrivens said. Two of Scrivens three shutouts have come against the Panthers. "Ive been fortunate that its worked out here in Florida. It (stinks) that Im in the West now, Im only out here once a year," Scrivens said. Jacob Markstrom had 26 saves for Florida, which has lost four of its past five games. Nolan put the Kings ahead 3-0 at 12:28 of the third with a tip-in off a pass from Jarret Stoll. "Fortunately I was able to get the puck and shoot it on net and it went in," Nolan said. "I was able to get a quick release and catch (Markstrom) off guard." The Kings went ahead 2-0 at 14:55 of the second. The Panthers tried to get the puck out of their zone but it was intercepted by the Kings. Williams passed to Anze Kopitar near the goal line to the right of the net, then Kopitar pushed the puck back out to Williams. His wrist shot got past an outstretched Markstrom. Kopitar has five assists in six games. Carcillos goal gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 8:46 of the second. Mike Richards passed from behind the net to Carcillo in the bottom of the right circle. His slap shot got past Markstrom. Richards has four assists in his last four games. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was pleased with Scrivens play and his team in general. "He was sharp early. He made some big saves and handled the puck well, which is what we needed him to do. He looked very good out there," Sutter said. "Kopitar continues to be a dominant player for us." After scoring six goals in Fridays home opener against Pittsburgh, the Panthers couldnt muster much of an offence against the Kings. "Theyre a very big, strong-bodied team," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "As the game wore on, we got wore down. The problem that we have is I think our hockey IQ dropped as well. We thought we could play a fancy game and you cannot play a fancy game against the Kings." The Panthers didnt think they caught a break by facing Scrivens instead of Quick. "We have no game where we can have a letdown," Panthers defenceman Brian Campbell said. "He played pretty good last year in Toronto." NOTES: Williams got his 500th NHL point with his second period goal. ... Kingsdefenceman Jake Muzzin was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... The Panthers faced a backup goalie in Scrivens for the second straight game. On Friday, the Panthers scored six goals against Pittsburgh rookie Jeff Zatkoff in a 6-2 win. ... Markstrom faced the Kings for the first time. Seattle Mariners Gear . Brassard and Coyotes defenceman Derek Morris were battling for position in the crease when a nudge from Morris sent Brassard on top of Smith late in the third period. Mariners Jerseys 2019 . Roy says he will know more about Duchenes potential playing status Sunday. Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29. Hes been skating on his own all week, before joining the team Saturday hours before a pivotal game in a series tied at 2.ATLANTA -- Jeff Teague was in no mood to talk after the Atlanta Hawks missed a chance to win their third straight game. "There was a letdown," he said. "We lost. We shouldve taken care of business." Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each had a double-double and the Detroit Pistons snapped a 10-game skid in Atlanta with a 102-95 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night. Atlanta has five games left in the regular season and a 1 1/2-game advantage over New York for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Paul Millsap had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks. Monroe finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Drummond had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who were eliminated from playoff contention when the Hawks won Sunday at Indiana. Detroit has won two straight after dropping five of six. Drummond has 53 double-doubles, most in the Eastern Conference this season. Monroe has 34. Atlanta trailed by three when Drummond blocked Millsaps jumper in the lane and tipped in Kyle Singlers missed fast-break layup to put the Pistons up 96-91 with 1:36 remaining. "Theyre just big on the inside," said Teague, who finished with 15 points and nine assists. "Theyre athletes, and its going to be tough to get layups. Weve just got to make our shots. We had some open looks." The Pistons were up by 13 twice in the second quarter, the latter coming on Peyton Sivas 3-pointer at the 8:47 mark, but Atlanta cut the lead to four on Kyle Korvers 3 in the final minute of the period. Detroit played without leading scorer Josh Smith, who was sidelined by patella tendinitis in his left knee. Stuckey replaced the former Atlanta star in the starting lineup and had 15 points in the first half. Korver overcame a turnover midway through the third bby hitting a 3 on Atlantas ensuing possession to force a 67-all tie. Stitched Mariners Jerseys. The Hawks took their first lead of the game on their next possession as DeMarre Carroll took on outlet pass from Teague and hit a fast-break layup at the 6:24 mark. But after three more lead changes, Detroit began the fourth ahead 81-78 and never trailed again as the Hawks failed to keep Monroe and Drummond from dominating in the paint. The Pistons outscored Atlanta 26-9 in second-chance points. "We just kept playing," Monroe said. "I just think we did what we needed to come back and take control of the game. Teams are always going make runs in this league. We took our hit and we came back." Atlanta gets another chance to pad its lead over New York on Wednesday when Boston visits Philips Arena. The Knicks next game is Friday at Toronto. "We were hoping to build off the (Indiana) game when we came out very focused and on fire with attention to detail," Korver said. "Tonight, especially on the defensive end, we werent very sharp. They had 35 in the first quarter." NOTES: The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 29, but was postponed because of a snowstorm. ... Smith missed his first game since signing a four-year, $54 million contract as a free agent. He has started 76 of 77 games. ... Detroit won in Atlanta for the first time since Feb. 12, 2008. ... The Hawks missed 26 of 35 attempts beyond the arc. ... Stuckey, who made his second start in 70 games, gave the Pistons their first double-digit lead by hitting a 3 to make it 40-29 with 10:20 left in the second. ... Hawks reserve G Lou Williams was in uniform, but he sat out for a second straight with a sore left hamstring. ... The Hawks dropped to 22-16 at home. ... Detroit improved to 13-27 on the road. ... John Loyer improved to 8-20 as Detroits interim coach. ' ' '
It appears Sidney Crosby wanted to make sure Jonathan Toews was good with him taking the captaincy for Team Canada in Sochi. Yeezy 700 Waverunner Kopen . According to CSNChicago.com, Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock said the Pittsburgh Penguins captain wanted the go-ahead from the Chicago Blackhawks captain before accepting Canadas captaincy for the upcoming Olympics. "When we were taking about it, Sidney wanted to make sure it was OK with [Toews], just for the fact he won a couple of Cups,” Babcock said after the Wings morning skate ahead of Wednesday nights game with the Blackhawks. "Hes held in high regard, to say the least, and hes a huge part of the reason why they win as much as they do." Toews, for his part, thought Crosbys gesture was a flattering one. "For Sidney to ask guys for approval, I dont think he needed to do that, but it shows the kind of guy he is," Toews said. Toews went as so far as to suggest that Babcock revealed this discussion just to be polite. "Everybody knows Sidney is the guy," said Toews. "Im just honored to be in the conversation for the captaincy. One way or the other, Im excited to accept a role like that. If its more of a leadership role, Im excited for the challenge." Babcock believes that Toews would have made for a deserving captain, as well. "Hes earned the right to be a captain with Canada: two Cups, Olympic gold," said Babcock. "I dont know what else hes won. It seems more than that. Hes a pro who does it right every day. Hes a 200-footer. To me, hes an impressive, impressive man." Toews and Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will serve as alternate captains for Canada next month in Sochi. Adidas Zx 9000 Kopen . This week they discuss Russias mens hockey team, the ineptitude of the IOC handling the Nicklas Backstrom situation, John Tortorellas many apologies, and Canadas strong showing in curling. Adidas Falcon Goedkoop . Bilbaos first victory in four rounds lifted it four points clear of Real Sociedad and kept it in command of Spains last Champions League berth for next season. In contrast, Betis was left 11 points from safety after a dismal performance that at times bordered on self-destruction amid some questionable refereeing decisions.PITTSBURGH - Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett says goaltender Mike Smith is "day to day" after injuring his right leg against the New York Rangers. Smith was hurt in the third period of Monday nights 4-3 overtime loss. He underwent tests Tuesday and will be evaluated when the team returns to Phoenix on Friday. Thomas Greiss will start in goal Tuesday when the Coyotes face the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. Smith left the game with 7:43 remaining in regulation after being bowled over by New Yorks Derick&nbssp;Brassard. Adidas Schoenen NMD. Smith is one of the major reasons the Coyotes are battling for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. He is 27-21-10 with a 2.64 goals-against average and three shutouts. The Coyotes have recalled goaltender Mark Visentin from the AHLs Portland Pirates. Visentin, who has never appeared in an NHL game, he was selected in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2010 NHL draft. The Coyotes currently sit in the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Dallas Stars. ' ' '
(SportsNetwork. Stitched Penguins Jerseys .com) - The sliding St. Louis Blues will try to earn some payback for a recent loss when they host the Colorado Avalanche in Mondays Central Division battle at Scottrade Center. The Blues are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season and the most lopsided defeat of the 0-3-1 stretch came Tuesday in Colorado, as the Avalanche pounded St. Louis by a 5-0 score. The drought has dropped St. Louis into a tie with Winnipeg for the third and final playoff spot in the Central. The Blues currently hold the tiebreaker with the Jets, who are hosting Minnesota tonight. Jarome Iginla, Ryan OReilly and Alex Tanguay each posted a goal and an assist on Tuesday for the Avalanche, while Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for the shutout victory, which was only Colorados second win in the past eight meetings with St. Louis. Tuesdays loss came in the finale of a three-game road trip that saw the Blues earn just one out of a possible six points. A return to the Gateway City didnt help end the slide on Saturday, when Dallas posted a 4-3 regulation win over the Blues. St. Louis fell to 12-4-1 as the home team this season and has won six of its last seven home encounters against the Avs. The Blues were tied 2-2 with Dallas after one period, but defensemen Trevor Daley and Jason Demers scored power-play goals in the second period to put the Stars up for good. Dallas went 2-for-5 on the power play, while St. Louis converted one of four chances with the man advantage. Vladimir Tarasenko netted his 21st goal of the season for the Blues, who are on their longest losing streak since an 0-6-0 slide to end the 2013-14 regular season. David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo also scored, and Jake Allen stopped 20-of-24 shots. Quite frankly, were not getting the job done. And thats everybody, said St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. While injured No. 1 goaltender Brian Elliott is nearing a return to the crease, Martin Brodeur will get the start tonight. Brodeur is 17-8-1 with a lifetime 2.24 GAA versus Colorado. Elliott, who has been sidelined since Nov. 25 with a lower-body injury, was back at practice on Sunday and could return to game action as early as Tuesday, when the Blues begin a four-game road trip in Nashville. The Avalanche posted a season-high winning streak with Tuesdays win over the Blues, but the streak was halted at three in Saturdays 5-2 home loss to Chicago. Patrick Kane tallied two goals and an assist as to lead the way for the Blackhawks, who overcame an early 2-1 deficit with four unanswered goals. Colorado allowed Chicago to score twice on four power-play opportunities, while failing to score on three chances of its own. Their power play was the difference in the game, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said. We had our chances to get back in that game, but we didnt manage the puck well. Nathan MacKinnon and Erik Johnson each lit the lamp for the Avs, while Calvin Pickard allowed four goals on 32 shots for the Avalanche. Varlamov expects to start tonight. He is 6-4-2 with a 1.75 GAA and three shutouts in his career against St. Louis. Colorado, which will begin a three-game homestand Wednesday against Philadelphia, is 6-6-5 as the guest this season. The Avs have won two straight on the road and own a 2-0-1 record over their past three away tilts. Pittsburgh Penguins Shirts . - For years William Gay kept quiet. Penguins Jerseys 2020 ., climbed from seventh to fifth spot in womens competition Sunday at the ISU world junior figure skating championships.DENVER - Carlos Gonzalezs fifth-inning base hit didnt land far from Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra, who held him to a single with a quick throw to second base. Trouble is, D.J. LeMahieu, running on the pitch, was about to score all the way from first. The relay from shortstop Chris Owings beat LeMahieu to the plate, but catcher Miguel Montero couldnt hang onto the low throw and LeMahieu slid across with the go-ahead run. Rockies manager Walt Weiss praised both LeMahieu and third base coach Stu Cole. "D.J.s got to give Stu the opportunity to wave him and thats what he did. He never slowed down and gave Stu the opportunity to make a gutsy call," Weiss said after Colorados come-from-behind 9-4 victory Saturday night. "It still seemed like we had the runner beat with the throw but we didnt hold on to it," manager Kirk Gibson lamented after the Diamondbacks fourth straight loss left them with a 1-7 record and their worst start in franchise history. "It was a pressure play they put on us. We didnt execute it." Gonzalez was as surprised as the D-Backs were when he looked back and saw LeMahieu huffing for home. "It was awesome, a heads-up play," Gonzalez said. "Parra kind of falls asleep in right field thinking that I was going to go to second base, throws the ball to second base, D.J. never stopped and that was the go-ahead run, that was what we needed. And once again, the bullpen did an amazing job tonight holding the opposing team and we just kept scoring runs." After falling behind 4-0, the Rockies scored the games final nine runs for their second straight blowout of the reeling D-Backs. Nolan Arenado homered twice for his first career multi-homer game, Michael Cuddyer went deep, rookie right-hander Tommy Kahnle picked up his first major league victory, Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 4, tying the Rockies franchise record with nine hits in consecutive games, and Colorado snapped Paul Goldschmidts 26-game hitting streak that was the longest in the majors. Yet, it was LeMahieus hustle play that truly epitomized the Rockies successful night. Custom Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys. Its the kind of aggressiveness on the base paths Weiss has been preaching about all spring that will be required of his team if the Rockies are going to have the kind of season their owner thinks they can. He predicted a 90-win season in the competitive NL West. Never looking back, LeMahieu didnt see where Gonzalez had hit the ball, "but I could kind of see by Stus body language that if something happened, if he bobbled it or whatever, that we could take an extra base there. It was a great call by him." Gonzalez praised both Cole and LeMahieu with his most improbable of RBIs. "He thanked me for my hustle and getting him that RBI," LeMahieu said with a chuckle. "It feels good as a teammate to pick up an RBI for a guy like that." That hustle also benefited Kahnle (1-0), who was selected in the 2013 Rule 5 draft from the New York Yankees. He pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of starter Jorge De La Rosa, who struggled through his second straight start. Brandon McCarthy (0-1) surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in six innings for Arizona. The Rockies fell behind 4-0 before scoring three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth to take the lead. De La Rosa allowed four runs, three of them earned, on four hits. He struggled through a 42-pitch, 21-minute first inning but only gave up one run on Martin Prados double into the left-field corner that scored Goldschmidt from first. He also gave up a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo, his fourth, in the third inning. Notes: Goldschmidt went 0-for-2 with two walks. ... Blackmons nine hits in two games tied the franchise mark set by Juan Pierre in 2002. ... Trumbo now has four home runs and 11 RBIs in five career games at Coors Field. ... De La Rosa threw 101 pitches, 30 more than McCarthy threw in six full innings. ... Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki took a designated day off. ... The series wraps up Sunday afternoon with the D-Backs sending LHP Wade Miley (1-1) against LHP Brett Anderson (0-1). ' ' '
Money Leaders Mens Earnings Rank Womens Earnings Mike McEwen $114,000 1 Jennifer Jones $72,855 Brad Gushue $83,298 2 Valerie Sweeting $69,950 Brad Jacobs $69,500 3 Rachel Homan $65,608 Steve Laycock $62,766 4 Eve Muirhead $47,024 Kevin Koe $60,201 5 Margaretha Sigfridsson $35,747 Brendan Bottcher $44,750 6 Silvana Tirinzoni $35,473 Glenn Howard $42,600 7 Heather Nedohin $35,250 Reid Carruthers $41,023 8 Sherry Middaugh $34,135 John Epping $38,750 9 Binia Feltscher $31,535 Tom Brewster $36,163 10 Alina Paetz $29,077 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals Jersey . -- Canadian womens amateur golf champion Brooke Henderson is a little less starstruck as she prepares for her second career appearance at an LPGA Tour major event. Andrew Stevenson Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla.Mark Warburton insists he will not buckle under pressure as the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic approaches. Adam Eaton Nationals Jersey . The Rangers manager refuted suggestions he will not be able to cope when the Glasgow rivals meet at Hampden on Sunday, April 17, live on Sky Sports.Former City trader Warburton believes he has faced plenty of tough and tense situations both in and out of the game, to prepare him for the encounter at the national stadium. You cant turn round and say you are ready for it but Im also somewhat bemused by people who say you wont be able to deal with it, said the former Brentford manager.The fact is weve dealt with it all season. Its another game of football. We understand the significance of it. Its a highly important game for the fans and its a semi-final. I get all of that. Warburton will go head-to-head with Celtic boss Ronny Deila for the first time But if you cant deal with that, dont be in the business. My background is one thats involved many pressurised situations in and out of football. If I cant deal with it, I shouldnt be doing the job, simple as that.Warburton was responding to comments from former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, who said that nothing will prepare Warburton for his first taste of the Glasgow derby.Lennon also suggested Rangers lack the physicality to get the better of Ronny Deilas side, believing Celtic will be too strong on the day. But Warburton insists he does not fear being outmuscled. If I cant deal with it, I shouldnt be doing the job, simple as that. Mark Warburtonn, Rangers manager As with all pundits, they are entitled to their opinion, he added. Washington Nationals Store. So whatever Neil or anyone else may think, that is down to them. Im not going to criticise that.Football is a game of opinions and thats the beauty of the sport, it incites so much opinion. But the fact is that we are very confident in our side and how we have fared this season. Our physicality in our minds is not in question.However, the match is not at the forefront of the Englishmans concerns at the moment, with Rangers tantalisingly close to securing their place in the Scottish Premiership. Rangers could have more cause to celebrate if they seal the Scottish Championship title on Saturday A win at Raith on Saturday, coupled with a defeat for Hibernian at St Mirren would confirm Rangers as Scottish Championship winners, and seal the clubs place in the top flight.Raith are on a very good run of form right now so we need to go there and deliver a performance, otherwise well get hurt, he said. The focus is very much on what we do. What happens away from us we cant control but what we can control is our own performance.On Saturday and Tuesday (against Dumbarton), the lads have the opportunity to take the club back to the top tier of Scottish football, so they are well aware of the significance and the expectations of the fans, the desire to get Rangers back to where they need to be.They recognise the opportunity but theyve got to enjoy it. We dont want to limp over the line. We want to finish in a convincing manner.  Also See: Rangers video Rangers fixtures Rangers stats Sky Bet Club ' ' '
Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. Skal Labissiere Blazers Jersey . This week they discuss the Philadelphia 76ers, Gregg Popovich, Royal and Ancient Golf Club and Bill Belichick. Bruce Arthur, National Post My thumb is up to the Philadelphia 76ers, proud possessors of a win streak for the first time since two weeks before the Olympics began. Any task worth doing is worth doing with commitment, and while you can argue whether tanking to get a good draft pick should be worth doing, thats the system, and the Sixers have been crafting a masterpiece. Before Saturday night they had lost 26 in a row, 29 of 30, and 36 of 39, and 27 straight losses would have a set a new record for consecutive defeats. But Saturday in Philly, the Sixers pulled one out, blowing out the hapless Detroit Pistons by 25 and getting a standing ovation. It was a raft in an ocean, a blip in the sky. But now, no matter what, they can say this: it could have been worse. Steve Simmons, Sun Media My thumb is up to Gregg Popovich, who just might be the greatest coach in the history of professional sport. And I dont say that lightly with terrific respect for the work done by Scotty Bowman and Phil Jackson and Bill Belichick, and yeah, certainly Vince Lombardi. Put your championships aside for a moment - this is the 15th straight season in which Popovichs San Antonio Spurs have won between 50 and 63 games in the NBA. To put that into perspective, thats the same number of 50-win seasons combined over that time that the Knicks, Celtics, Bulls, Warriors, Nets, Wizards, Pacers, 76ers, Bobcats, Hawks, and Raptors have won. Having Tim Duncan helps. But Duncan at 37 is slowing down. Heading to another 60 win season, Gregg Popovich doesnt seem to be. Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated My thumb is up to the R&A, for finally entering a new century. The 20th. The Royal and Ancient is urging its membership to allow women to become members of the venerable St. Andrews golf club in Scotland when it votes in September. This is a mere 260 years after the home of golf was founded, which qualifies as progress. Two other courses in the Open Championship rotation, Muirfield and Royal St. Georges, have yet to tiptoe down this perilous path to equality. By comparison, the nice gentlemen at Augusta National, which started accepting female members in 2012 - hello, Condoleeza Rice! - look like wild-eyed progressives. Dave Hodge, TSN My thumb is up to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, for making me seem less crazy than others think I am. I have been saying for years that the complexities of video review are confusing and unnecessary, and that a better system would be a very simple system that allows anything to be challenged. And no less an authority than Belichick is leading a push in this direction in the NFL. Never mind "this can be challenged under certain circumstances, but not that under any circumstances"--as Belichick says, "if a coach thinks his team has been victimized by a bad call, he should be able to question it, and its up to him to use the limited number of challenge flags with that in mind."  As I say, "challenges might actually be fewer--same with wrong calls--and replay rules would be simpler. You can challenge those assumptions, but Bill Belichick wont. Damian Lillard Jersey .C. -- The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday theyve signed free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year contract, helping rebuild a depleted wide receiving corps. Terry Porter Jersey . Starting from pole, the 26-year-old Vettel turned in a trademark clinical performance to win the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday and join F1 greats Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as just the third driver to win four consecutive championships.SAN DIEGO - The Pirates West Coast road trip has been filled with sunshine and smiles. Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez hit two-run homers to back Gerrit Coles solid outing and Pittsburgh beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Tuesday night. The Piartes have won the first two games of this three-game series after three of four in Los Angeles. The trip in New York, where the Pirates lost two of three to the Mets. "We didnt play our best ball in New York and we had to move on from there," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got some traction, got some starts we needed and the bullpen is working very efficiently and the offence continues to show up." Cole (6-3) limited the Padres to one run and four hits while striking out six in 5 2-3 innings as the Pirates went to 6-1 in his last seven starts. Pittsburgh won its third straight game and 10th in its last 14. Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save. Jesse Hahn (0-1) lasted 2 2-3 innings in his major league debut for San Diego. He allowed four runs on six hits, including the homers by Alvarez and Walker, striking out five with two walks. "It was just good to be out there," Hahn said. "Its what I worked for and its good to get the first one out of the way." The Padres lost for the third consecutive time and sunk a season-high seven games under .500. Cole breezed through the first five innings with only two Padres reaching scoring position. But with two outs in the sixth inning, consecutive singles by Chase Headley, Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso ended Coles night, with Alonso driving in Headley to pull the Padres to within 4-1. Jared Hughes relieved Cole and got Jedd Gyorko on a grounder to second to end the rally. "I had good stuff tonight and stuck around long enough to win but I wasnt very effective at all with a four-run lead," Cole said. "That was pretty frustrating and I uncharacteristically ran out of stuff at the end." He retired 10 straight at one point and only two Padres get into scoring pposition over the first five innings. Kent Bazemore Blazers Jersey. . Alvarez doubled the Pirates lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning, hitting a fastball over the right-field fence for a two-run homer. Alvarezs 11th home run on the year scored Russell Martin, after he opened the inning with a walk. Hahn gave up two more hits, to Jordy Mercer -- his sixth in seven at-bats -- and Josh Harrison, before being lifted for Jason Lane. Walker became the eighth different Pirates player to hit their last eight home runs when he connected in the third inning for his 11th of the season. Walkers two-run, opposite-field blast to left came off Hahns curveball. "It was easier the second time around to see what he wanted to do," Walker said Once Hahn exited, Lane worked 3 1-3 perfect innings in his first major league appearance since Oct. 1, 2007, and first as a pitcher. Lane switched to pitching after 497 games as an outfielder. "Jason did a great job," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Just what we needed." With Hahn and Lane making their major league debuts as pitchers, it was first time since Sept. 4, 1971 that two Padres did that on the same day. NOTES: Padres RHP Andrew Cashner could start as soon as Saturday against the Nationals. Cashner will test his mending elbow in a Wednesday side session before getting the OK for Saturday. . LHP Eric Stults was placed on bereavement leave after the death of his grandmother. He isnt expected to miss a start. . OF Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup but is expected to start on Wednesday; he struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. . Pirates OF Starling Marte, hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, didnt start. "Its been hard sledding for him," Manager Clint Hurdle said. Marte struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. ... RHP Stolmy Pimentel (sore right shoulder) will pitch three innings for Class A Bradenton on Friday. ... Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (4-6, 3.42) faces Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (1-5, 4.62) in Wednesdays finale of the three-game series. ' ' '
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