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MONTREAL -- The Columbus Blue Jackets ran rings around the Canadiens all night. Eric Young Jersey . Montreal took eight minor penalties and played almost an entire period shorthanded in their 3-2 loss to a speedy Blue Jackets team on Thursday night. "They were first on the puck, making us react to them, putting us on our heels a bit," said Lars Eller of a young and energized Columbus team in the heart of a heated playoff race. "When they do that, we take penalties." Montreal played more than 15 minutes down a man, including 50 seconds on a 5-on-3. Seven different players did time in the penalty box for hooking, tripping, holding, high-sticking and once for having too many men on the ice. Forwards Brian Gionta, Daniel Briere and Max Pacioretty saw their average ice time significantly reduced. "There were a lot of guys sitting on the bench for long stretches that should have been out there," said Eller. "Its not good for our rhythm. We want to be five guys on the ice." The undisciplined Canadiens began showing signs of frustration midway through the second period, taking several unwarranted penalties. Newcomer Thomas Vanek gave Columbus Artem Anisimov a slew-foot when he was beaten to the puck, and Ryan White hooked Ryan Johansen after the 21-year-old flew past him. In the third, P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec took back-to-back penalties for high-sticking. But as successful as the Blue Jackets were in drawing penalties, their power play was a bit of a dud. Columbus went 0 for 8 with the extra skater, and saw all 13 power-play shots turned away by Carey Price. "Wed love to get a power-play goal," said Columbus forward Brandon Dubinsky, whose teams power-play unit has not found the back of the net it its last 26 opportunities. "Its going to be important down the stretch. But we didnt earn all those power plays without playing the right way." Dubinsky scored the go-ahead goal at 6:53 of the second period, at even strength, to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead after burying a juicy rebound past an off-balance Price. "We skated, we were physical, we fore-checked hard," added Dubinsky. "I liked our tenacity. We created turnovers." One of those turnovers came on the game-winning goal. Johansen made rookie defenceman Jarred Tinordi pay for a giveaway at the Canadiens blue-line. Johansen intercepted Tinordis weak pass, and beat Price on a partial breakaway for his team-leading 27th goal of the year at 16:59 of the third period. "That doesnt feel good," said Tinordi, who had an otherwise solid game, blocking three shots in 15:29 of work. "Its a stupid play on my part. I put it on my backhand, trying to go through the middle. (Johansens) a quick player. I should have anticipated he was going to be there." The Blue Jackets (36-27-6) showcased their speed from the get-go, setting the tone after the initial faceoff by springing Cam Atkinson on a breakaway in the games first six seconds. Price, who stopped 37 shots for the Canadiens (38-26-7), got the better of him. But it was Prices counterpart, last seasons Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who got the better of the Canadiens in the end. Bobrovsky made 25 saves for the win, and has now started the last 16 games for the Blue Jackets as well as 23 of their last 24. The Habs beat Bobrovsky in the first period when Brendan Gallagher turned his stick into a baseball bat, hitting a puck out of mid-air at 14:53 to give the Canadiens the 1-0 lead. After an initial save, Gallagher took a swing at a waist-high puck, which floated above the net, landed on Bobrovsky chest and trickled past the goal-line. Columbus wasted no time finding their equalizer, scoring exactly one minute after the Canadiens. With the youngster Johansen in the box for cross checking, Derek MacKenzie scored a short-handed goal right off the faceoff. The Blue Jackets are now tied for third in the league with nine short-handed goals on the season. After the Canadiens killed off three straight minor penalties to start the third, Vanek made it 2-2 at 7:46 with a slapshot from the face off circle to Bobrovskys right. The Blue Jackets have now collected 15 out of a possible 20 points in their last 10 games (7-2-1). The team is holding on to the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus hopes to play post-season hockey for only the second time in the franchises 14-year history. In 2009, they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference quarter-finals. Notes: Brandon Prust (upper-body injury) was not in the lineup for the Canadiens. Prust was hurt in Tuesdays 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Ryan White got the start in his place. ... RJ Umberger was a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets. Rene Bourque and Douglas Murray sat out for the Canadiens. ... Max Pacioretty hasnt scored in seven games, his longest goal drought since November. Hes two goals shy of 100 with the Canadiens. ... The Montreal Impacts Marco Di Vaio, Patrice Bernier and Justin Mapp were in attendance. Matt Nokes Jersey . Hes had three top-10 results this season and feels ready to put it all together and finally hoist a trophy at the top level. Stitched Rockies Jerseys . Granada goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez saved Morenos first two headers from corner kicks taken by Sergio Garcia, but the defender beat him on his third try after Garcia found Moreno unmarked at the near post in the 78th minute.CLEVELAND - Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldnt reesume throwing until after the season. Colorado Rockies Store. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.Floyd is 72-72 with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and the Braves. His best season was 2008, when he went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 33 starts for the White Sox. ' ' '
DENVER -- Sometimes, its hard for the Colorado Avalanche to remember that Nathan MacKinnon is just 18 years old and only a rookie. Fake Jordan 1 . Because he keeps coming through in big moments. The speedy MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A. Parenteau tied the game late in regulation, helping the Avalanche rally for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. "The kids special," Parenteau said. "I know its cliche to say, but its pretty impressive to see. ... This is the kid we want on our side." MacKinnon is having quite the series, with two goals and eight assists. Surprised at the poise of his No. 1 pick? "We knew when we drafted him what kind of player we were drafting," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said as the series switches back to Minnesota for Game 6 on Monday. "He had a solid game." A memorable one, too. After all, its not every day a rookie scores an OT winner in the playoffs. MacKinnon corralled the puck and poked it past Darcy Kuempers glove with two defenders near him. Soon after, MacKinnon was mobbed by teammates. He deflected the credit, though, saying it should go to Paul Stastny or Gabriel Landeskog for their roles on the play. "Paulie forced the puck down in their end, Landy got it on the half-wall and I was screaming for it," MacKinnon said. "Definitely a good play by him." MacKinnons time in the spotlight was made possible by Parenteau, who scored with 1:14 left after Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 2:22 remaining. The strategy worked out again, just like in Game 1. There may have been some controversy on Parenteaus tying goal, though, with Stastny possibly being offsides on the play. At least, that was the Wilds take. "They missed the call and we paid for it," Minnesota defenceman Ryan Suter said. "No excuses. We have to play better in overtime. Weve got to get more pressure on the kid (MacKinnon) when he comes to the net." Wild coach Mike Yeo is hoping the breaks equal out. "I would say were due for, I dont want to say luck, but for stuff to go our way a little bit," Yeo said. "Im not going to dwell on what happened in the game." When his team trails, Roy has been rather liberal in pulling Varlamov all season long, preferring to send out an extra skater with plenty of time left on the clock. It worked in the series opener, as Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation and then added the OT winner. "We believe in ourselves more when were down a goal," Landeskog said. "Its exciting to be a part of. Its not something we want to make a habit of doing." Nick Holden and Cody McLeod also added goals for the Avalanche. Kyle Brodziak, Zach Parise and Matt Moulson scored for the Wild. Two of Minnesotas goals came after a Colorado defenceman shattered their stick and had to play without one. Parise tied the game at 2 early in the third when he glided down the left side and beat Varlamov with a shot over his glove. Nearly two minutes later, Brodziak gave the Wild the lead after defenceman Jan Hejda broke his stick and struggled to cover anyone. McLeod had a short-handed goal at 8:04 of the second period, when he redirected a pass from Ryan OReilly past Kuemper. The lead was short-lived as the Wild answered 1:13 later when Moulson tipped in a shot by Jared Spurgeon from the blue line. On the play, Maxime Talbot gave his stick to defenceman Andre Benoit after his broke and then Jamie McGinn passed his to Talbot, leaving McGinn without a stick. The Avalanche may soon have leading scorer Matt Duchene back in the lineup as he skated with the team Saturday morning. Duchene has been sidelined since hurting his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29. Expect Duchene back for Game 6? "Were going to take a serious look at it," Roy said. NOTES: The Wild were without suspended LW Matt Cooke for a second game after his knee-on-knee hit knocked Avs D Tyson Barrie out for at least a month. ... The Avs are 1 for 18 on the power play. ... According to the Avs, MacKinnon (18 years, 237 days) is the second-youngest player in Stanley Cup playoff history to score an OT goal. Don Gallinger was 17 years, 339 days when he scored an OT winner for Boston in 1943. Jordan 1 High China . Old times for a defence that has looked just plain old recently? "No," safety Ryan Clark said. "We used to be much better than that. Air Jordan 1 Black Toe White Mens . Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward who plays his first exhibition game on Wednesday against Pitt State, was the top prospect in the class of 2013. TORONTO -- Steve Tolleson is the only Toronto Blue Jay who will want to remember Wednesdays game. With his team trailing the Cleveland Indians by 13 runs in the ninth inning, the Blue Jays utility infielder came off the bench to make his big league pitching debut and secure the final out. "I wish the circumstances hadnt even been that way to get that chance but I guess any time you have a chance to go out and try to get an out in a major-league game thats a pretty special opportunity for anyone," said the 30-year-old Tolleson after the Indians pounded the Blue Jays 15-4 at Rogers Centre. "I didnt take it for granted," said Tolleson, who joked that he tried to stay "below the hitting speed" against the two hitters he faced. He yielded a double to Lonnie Chisenhall and got Mike Aviles to pop up. Tolleson, who said he pitched a couple of times late in blowout games in the minors in 2011 and 2012, said manager John Gibbons came up to him before the Cleveland ninth to see if he was willing to go in to pitch if needed. He relieved Neil Wagner, recalled earlier in the day from triple-A Buffalo, who had given up six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings. "He was battling out there and if I could save him a few pitches to help him get ready for his next appearance then thats what the team needed today," Tolleson said. Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes flipped the ball into the stands after the Aviles pop up but Tolleson said it was retrieved for him to keep as a souvenir. David Murphy was 5 for 6 with five runs batted in and Chisenhall was 5 for 6 with an RBI as Cleveland (19-21) had 22 hits off for five different Toronto pitchers before 14,068 fans. The Indians led 4-2 after six innings before pounding the Toronto bullpen to turn it into a laaugher. Cheap White Jordan 1. "We were in that game going into the seventh inning," Gibbons said. "Then, of course, it exploded on us. Get that one out of our system and come back tomorrow." Toronto (20-21) closes out a nine-game home stand against the Indians on Thursday night. Dustin McGowans struggles at home continued. The Toronto right-handed starter was touched for four runs in four-plus innings, including a two-run home run by Carlos Santana. McGowan (2-2), making his eighth start of the season, gave up a run in each of the second and fourth innings before being chased by three straight hits including Santanas two-run blast in the fifth. McGowan is now 0-2 with 16 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings and 9.10 earned-run-average over four starts at the Rogers Centre this season. On the road, hes 2-0 with six earned runs in 23 1/3 innings and a sparkling 2.31 ERA in four starts. "It was just one of those nights where they were waffling the ball," McGowan said. "Sometimes you have to tip your hat to them. "All my pitches were fine tonight. I just got hit hard." Former Blue Jay Yan Gomes had a three-run homer in the ninth off Wagner to cap the onslaught. Meanwhile, Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (4-3) had a solid outing. The right-hander retired the first 13 Blue Jays he faced and finished the night yielding two runs, four hits and a walk while striking out nine over seven innings. Adam Lind had two of the Blue Jays eight hits while Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, Juan Francisco and Josh Thole each drove in a run. After Thursdays game, the Blue Jays go out on the road for three weekend games in Texas before heading to Fenway Park for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox beginning on Tuesday. ' ' '
LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt. Jose Bautista Blue Jays Jersey . A person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said Mattingly is getting a raise from the $1.4 million he made last year. By comparison, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, entering his seventh season in New York, is starting a $16 million, four-year agreement after completing a $9 million, three-year deal. Mattingly had sought the stability of a multiyear deal. "I just want guys to know the organization has confidence in you is important to me as a manager," he said by phone from his off-season home in Evansville, Ind. Mattingly has a 260-225 record in his first three seasons with the Dodgers, who reached the NL championship series this year, automatically triggering an extension of his contract that was set to expire at the end of last season. He was runner-up for NL Manager of the Year last season. Last winter, the Dodgers declined to exercise Mattinglys option for 2014, a move he believed portrayed him as a lame-duck in the clubhouse. In an awkward October news conference after the Dodgers were eliminated by St. Louis in the playoffs, Mattingly said the organization put him in a difficult position by not exercising the option. The front office didnt clarify his status for 2014 that day, which frustrated Mattingly. "I knew my contract had vested. I thought that at least that would have been said that day," he said. "It kind of got left open and thats what got me going a little bit. If I had to do all over again, I would have preferred it to be in-house. I wish I had kept it inside and dealt with it face-to-face with those guys." The next day, the team didnt pick up the contract option of coach Trey Hillman, who was Mattinglys right-hand man on the bench. Shortly thereafter, Mattingly spoke with majority owner Mark Walter and team president Stan Kasten, who let him know they wanted him back. "I was comfortable with where it was going to go," Mattingly said. "I knew at that point wed get something done." General manager Ned Colletti said the deal was mostly done three weeks ago, but the club waited until after a flurry of off-season signings and the holidays ended to announce it. "Its well-deserved," he said. "The traits of the man are really work ethic and making sure he can be as successful as he can be and not leaving anything per chance. Thats one of the main reasons I hired him three years ago." Mattingly began his career with the Dodgers in 2008 as a hitting coach under Joe Torre, who mentored Mattingly and endorsed him as a successor after Torre retired. NOTES: Colletti has talked to the representative of star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and he said his camp is in a feeling-out process with all 30 MLB teams. The 30-day window to sign the 25-year-old Japanese right-hander ends on Jan. 24. ... The team has talked to the agent of NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who is eligible for free agency after next season. "Its our desire to sign him here for a very long time," Colletti said. ... CF Matt Kemp is out of the walking boot that was on his sprained left ankle at the end of last season, and hes starting to hit. The Dodgers expect him to be ready by the middle of spring training. ... Colletti would like to sign another infielder to give the team more versatility. ... INF Dee Gordon is playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. ... Pitchers Chad Billingsley and Scott Elbert wont return until midseason after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Pat Hentgen Blue Jays Jersey . Forward Iker Muniain scored the winner in the 70th minute after Bilbaos incessant pressure recovered the ball and sparked a counterattack inside Barcelonas half. Neymar was once again tagged to pick up Messis goal-scoring duties, but when he wasnt frustrated by slippery footing Bilbaos defence got the better of him. Doyle Alexander Blue Jays 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.Exactly a year ago Saturday world football gathered in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil in eager anticipation of the draw for this summer’s World Cup Finals. FIFA Secretary General Jér?me Valcke oversaw that momentous occasion. Call it a dress rehearsal Canada. Bright and breezy tomorrow morning Valcke will gather with CSA President, Victor Montagliani in the nation’s capital ahead of quite likely the most important lunch time date in the 100 plus year existence of organized soccer in this nation we are so very privileged to call home. The Canadian Museum of History, located right across the river from the Houses of Parliament, will be Montagliani and Valcke’s destination for the formal kick off to the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015?. Where beginning at noon eastern time tomorrow, the 24 competing nations will learn their group stage fate. Ever since back in early March 2011 when FIFA awarded Canada by proclamation the rights to host the tournament CSA President Montagliani has been pulling double duty as Chairman of the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015?. Make no mistake this is a watershed moment not just for soccer in Canada but for our entire nation. FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015? will be the very first time in our nation’s history we have hosted a prestigious sports event which stretches right out and across our plush and fertile lands. Earlier today by email Montagliani told TSN.ca, Canada will truly welcome the world on Saturday at the Official Draw for the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015. The whole world will be watching with anticipation, as will the 24 finalists who are eager to know their opponents on the road to the Final Match on 5 July. Qualification for next summer only concluded three short days ago. You want excitement, drama then we certainly got that in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday afternoon. When a minute into added time the highly unfancied Ecuadorians somehow managed to grab victory from what seemed for 90 minutes, an inevitable playoff defeat. Ecuador becoming one of those eager 24 nations Montagliani refers to ahead of the unveiling of the mysteries and surprises a draw for a World Cup Finals always conjures up. All we do know for certain is Canada will play in Group A and will open the tournament in exactly six months when on June 6th, 2015 they take the pitch at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton - which played venue in late summer 2002 for one of the most unlikely of runs ever in Canadian soccer history. When, and on the back of some incredible individual and team performances - including a 10 goal haul from Christine Sinclair - we came within an extra time winner of been crowned 2002 FIFA Under 19 World Cup Winners. I won’t tell you who beat us 1-0 in the final that day. I just ask you cast you minds back to Old Trafford, August 6th, 2012. From Moncton to Vancouver a total of six cities will host the tournament which will culminate in the final July 5th. Montréal which hosted the final of this summer’s FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup Canada 2014? will look to add to its legacy of FIFA success stories this summer. Montreal’s local organizing committee is again quarterbacked by Francis Millien. Olympic Stadium once more plays venue for a FIFA sanctioned event. No one in Canadian sport knows Olympic Stadium as well as Millien does. His time there dates back to his broadcaster role at the 1976 Olympics. He is fully aware of the challenges ahead, embrace them he certainly does from the Montreal offices and command centre located in Olympic Stadium tower which affords splendid views out across la belle ville. Experiences learned from this summer’’s U-20’s will serve Millien and his staff extremely well. Pat Gillick Jersey. Earlier today via email Millien told TSN.ca, Weve already had a few national teams visit our city through the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup Canada 2014 in August. Some of the national coaches were on hand for the Final Match, while throughout the competition they were in constant communication with the U-20 staff. Adding, There are activities planned in Montréal to help raise the awareness of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015?.” As Ottawa provides the backdrop to the draw, as you might expect Montreal will play the role of party hosts. “While the Official Draw takes place in Canadas capital region on Saturday 6 June, there will also be a draw party at the same time at the Bier Market in Montréal, Millien advised. Millien still beams with pride with the outrageous attendance at Olympic Stadium for the opening match of FIFA U20 World Cup Canada 2007? - where Poland shocked world football by beating a Brazil team which featured the likes of Marcelo, David Luiz and Willian. Players who have since gone on, and now play for Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea respectively. Carlo Ancelotti, who got married in Vancouver this past summer, was amongst the 55,800 in attendance at Olympic Stadium that late June 2007 day. Those nations who will be drawn Saturday to play group stage matches in Montreal will make the short trip to la belle ville following. Millien informing, After the Official Draw, some of the nations will also visit Montréal as part of a site visit on Monday. We want to make sure that these nations are welcomed properly and that they know what to expect when they arrive in Montréal to compete in the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015. Canada will play its third and final group stage match at Olympic Stadium. Ever since that football fateful Manchester Monday evening in early August 2012 under the guidance and most watchful eye of head coach John Herdman our women’s team have been planning, preparing and playing with one objective in mind. Before that though comes Saturday’s draw. Canada’s squad, having left southern California following a win and a tie in two closed door friendlies in late November against Sweden flew home to their base in Vancouver from where they will take in the draw. Minus captain Christine Sinclair who will be in the nation’s capital the entire squad, technical and medical team will meet for breakfast Saturday morning to watch and soak up the proceedings from the Canadian Museum of History at Vancouver’s Hillcrest Community Centre. Sophie Schmidt, who Herdman has rebranded this season from the more holding midfield type role to take a share of the goal scoring responsibility and load from Sinclair, has fully embraced what has been asked of her. With the women’s national team having concluded its schedule for the year Schmidt finished 2014 as Canada’s top goal scorer. That was then. The draw is now and something Schmidt spoke to TSN 690 about Thursday night. “Obviously I do not want to be in the group of death, if that could be avoided that would be great. You hope for easier teams going into it but I’m trying not to think about it as it stresses me out.” Seeded, Canada will avoid the football might of Brazil, France, Germany, the number 1 FIFA ranked, US and Japan – the current world champions in the group stage. Schmidt left us with this thought, “We are going to have to beat those teams eventually anyways.” That’s the Canadian fighting spirit we are renowned for. The team has well moved on from London 2012 and, as world football will find out about next summer all that matters now is Canada 2015. ' ' '
A cadre of attorneys and a flurry of lawsuits could certainly slow down the NBAs plan to force Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers over his recent racist comments, but legal experts say the league would likely prevail in the end. Cheap Air Jordan Online . And that goes for Sterlings wife, Shelly, who has said shed like to keep her stake in the team even if her husband is ousted. The NBAs constitution, which Donald Sterling signed as controlling owner of the Clippers, gives its board of governors broad latitude in league decisions including who owns the teams. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is pushing for a swift vote against Sterling, which requires a minimum of three-fourths of the other 29 controlling owners to agree. Silver also has imposed a lifetime ban on Sterling and a $2.5 million fine. The ban does not apply to Shelly Sterling. SI.com and ESPN.com, citing unidentified sources, reported Thursday that Sterlings lawyer, antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher, wrote a letter to Rick Buchanan, the NBAs executive vice-president and general counsel, threatening to sue the league and saying Sterling will not pay the $2.5 million fine. "Sterlings own signature will come back to haunt him," said Michael McCann, founding director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire. "You agree to certain basic understandings. Thats what makes a sports league different from other businesses." The key to the NBAs authority, attorneys say, is Article 13(d) of the leagues constitution. That section says that, whether Sterling intended to or not, an owner cannot "fail or refuse to fulfil" contractual obligations to the NBA "in such a way to affect the Association or its members adversely." Theres plenty of evidence Sterlings comments, revealed in a recorded conversation with a female companion, affected the league adversely. They provoked threats of a player boycott, led sponsors to withdraw support and created a racially charged image problem in the midst of the NBA playoffs that even President Barack Obama remarked upon. If Article 13(d) was violated, the legal experts say the board of governors has solid grounds to force Sterling to sell the team along with any other owners, in this case his wife. As long as the NBA meticulously follows its own constitution and rules regarding the Clippers sale, it will be difficult for Sterling to find a legal theory that would stand up in court, said Daniel Lazaroff, director of the Sports Law Institute at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "This is not an antitrust issue. This is not a First Amendment issue," Lazaroff said. "Its a question limited to the interpretation of the NBA constitution and bylaws, and whether those terms are met." Another question involves California family law. Its a community property state, meaning spouses jointly own property they acquired while married. The Sterlings were already married when he bought the Clippers in 1981. Although a potential divorce could complicate the Clippers sale, McCann said the couples joint ownership actually works to the NBAs favour because — legally speaking — they are a single entity. So if the NBA forced Donald Sterling to sell, even under a divorce scenario, Shelly Sterling would have to sell, too. They have been married since 1955. "The NBA is well positioned to ultimately prevail," McCann said. For his part, Donald Sterling has repeatedly said he does not want to sell the Clippers. In his recent interview with CNNs Anderson Cooper, he cast doubt on going to court if the NBA governors ultimately do vote to force him out. "People want me to hire a wall of lawyers and them to have to hire a wall of lawyers and go to war," Sterling said on CNN. "I dont think thats the answer." Sterlings longtime attorney, Robert Platt, declined to comment when contacted Wednesday. Shelly Sterlings attorney, Pierce ODonnell, did not respond to email requests for comment from The Associated Press. But he has previously said she wants to remain a passive owner of the Clippers even if her husband is no longer involved. For now, the NBA has installed former Time Warner and Citigroup chairman Dick Parsons to oversee the teams business operations. Parsons said this week that a prolonged legal battle "is in no ones interest." "I would hope we could avoid that," he said. If he is forced out, Sterling still stands to reap a huge financial windfall in a Clippers sale. He bought the team for $12.5 million in 1981, and Forbes magazine recently placed its 2014 value at $575 million, or No. 13 in the NBA. 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Captian Jason Jaffray scored on the power play with 44 seconds left in the second period, and Adam Lowry rounded out the IceCaps (26-15-3) offence by burying his eighth of the season three minutes into the game. Paul Postma assisted on all three St. Johns goals, and Jerome Samsoon helped on two as the IceCaps -- currently in second place in the Atlantic -- moved within 10 points of the Monarchs in the standings. Air Jordan Sale. Linden Vey had the lone goal for the Atlantic division-leading Monarchs (29-13-7), spoiling Michael Hutchinsons shutout bid at 1:27 of the third period. Nick Deslauriers was credited with the lone assist. Hutchinson made 28 saves while Manchesters Jean-Francois Berube stopped 18 shots in the losing effort. The IceCaps are 8-2 in their last 10 games. ' ' '
Despite being badly outshot in two of their last three games, the Leafs resorted to a familiar formula thanks to a pair of shootout wins to maintain a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Fake Jerseys For Sale . In this weeks Leaf Report podcast, James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel debate whether Toronto can continue their shootout dominance and discuss what Dave Nonis game plan should be heading into the trade deadline. Leaf Report podcast: Leafs shootout prowess, trade rumours Authentic Jerseys For Sale . The Reds will host the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in the opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park, and the debut matchup will feature a pair of pitchers whose recent resumes have included a fair number of bases-clearing hits. Jerseys For Sale Outlet . Ashton scored a hat trick -- giving him 13 goals in 16 AHL games this season -- to power the Toronto Marlies to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Lake Erie Monsters in AHL action on Sunday.Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Balanced scoring and a dominant fourth quarter helped the NBAs hottest team to another win on Sunday. Kyle Korver hit 5-for-7 from long distance and led eight Hawks in double figures with 19 points as the Atlanta Hawks toppled the Washington Wizards 120-89 for their eighth straight win. DeMarre Carroll gave 16 points with four steals, Al Horford netted 15 points and Jeff Teague had 11 with a game-high 10 assists for Atlanta, winners in 22 of 24 since a 7-6 start. Its great for us to be able to win at home like that, said Horford. Atlanta has a 3 1/2 game lead on Toronto and Chicago for best record in the East. It kicks off a stretch of four road games in five days in Philadelphia on Tuesday. John Wall paced the Wizards with 15 points and eight assists, but he committed eight of their 20 turnovers. Atlanta turned the ball over just nine times as a team. Washington coach Randy Wittman said the team put itself behind the eight-- ball with the turnovers. Cheap Jerseys For Sale. An 8-2 run early in the third quarter helped the Hawks turn a five-point halftime lead into a 64-54 advantage. Walls jumper near the midpoint of the period had Washington within two when three Carroll free throws sparked another Hawks run. Pero Antic and Carroll hit 3s on consecutive touches on the 13-2 flurry, which Thabo Sefolosha capped with a tip-in at 1:19. Sefolosha followed his trey four minutes into the fourth with a drive and dish to Mike Scott for a layup. His outlet pass to Scott on the next possession led to a transition jam, a 20-point Hawk lead and a timeout. The Hawks outscored Washington 33-12 in the fourth to create the lopsided final. Game Notes This was Atlantas fifth wire-to-wire win this season ... The Hawks are 12-1 in their last 13 home games versus Washington ... Washington is 3-4 in its last seven games ... Atlantas bench outscored Washingtons, 48-27. ' ' '
Orchard Park, NY - Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin suffered a fractured ankle during Thursdays game against the Miami Dolphins. Chase Winovich Jersey . Bills coach Doug Marrone on Friday said the team is still weighing its options on McKelvins status going forward with just six games remaining. McKelvin, the teams starting left cornerback and punt returner, has 48 tackles and a team-best four interceptions in 10 games this season. He has also averaged 8.7 yards on 21 punt returns. Selected by the Bills with the 11th overall pick of the 2008 draft, McKelvin has 11 career interceptions in 89 games. Babe Parilli Jersey . - The Cleveland Indians will place centerfielder Michael Bourn on the disabled list before their opener at Oakland on March 31. Jarrett Stidham Jersey .com) - Joique Bells touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Detroit Lions a 20-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.Oxford, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Following tough losses against two SEC West foes, Ole Miss let off some steam against an FCS opponent. Bo Wallace passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, and the No. 12 Rebels rolled to a 48-0 win over Presbyterian on Saturday. Wallace threw touchdown passes of 66 and 23 yards to Vince Sanders in the first quarter and rushed for a score during a 21-point second quarter as the Rebels (8-2) shook off losses to LSU and Auburn with their first win since Oct. 18. Mark Dodson rushed for 128 yards for the Rebels in the first half, almost all of it coming on touchdown carries of 65 and 62 yards in the second quarter. Jordan Wilkins added 10 carries for 171 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. Ole Miss suffered a heartbreaker against Auburn last week, losing on a goal- line fumble that also resulted in a season-ending broken leg to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. It dropped the Rebels seven spots from No. 4 to No. 11 in the College Football Playoffs rankings -- all but eliminating them from contention for one of the national semifinal spots. They are on a bye next week before ending the regular season with games at Arkansas on Nov. Lawyer Milloy Jersey. 22 and against current No. 1 Mississippi State on Nov. 29. Heys McMath was 9-of-17 passing for 59 yards for Presbyterian (5-5). The Blue Hose play in the Big South. Wallace and Sanders connected for a 66-yard touchdown on the second play of the first drive and a 23-yard score with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter to give the Rebels a 14-0 lead. Dodson dodged two tacklers on a 65-yard touchdown run up the gut early in the second quarter, and linebacker Serderius Bryants 22-yard interception return set up Wallaces 9-yard touchdown on a scramble that ended with his dive near the right pylon. The Rebels took a 35-0 halftime lead on Dodsons 62-yard touchdown run with 1:10 remaining before the break. DeVante Kincade threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Jones in the third quarter and Wilkins 73-yard run came in the fourth. Game Notes Ole Miss has won four straight and 10 of its last 11 games against FCS teams ... C.J. Moore blocked a punt for the Rebels in the first quarter. ' ' '
Bremen, Germany (SportsNetwork. Elieser Hernandez Jersey .com) - Franco Di Santo scored a goal in each half to lead Werder Bremen to a 2-0 home victory over Hertha Berlin, lifting the club out of the bottom three in the Bundesliga. Di Santo found the net for the first time at the end of the first half, and he doubled his total in the 69th to move Bremen three points clear of the relegation places, while Hertha stays just one point above the drop zone. Bremen took control of the match from the start, but had to wait until the 43rd minute to take the lead. Di Santo was making his first Bundesliga appearance for Bremen since Nov. 8 after sitting out with an injury, and he made an impact in his return by taking a pass from Theodor Gebre Selassie and scoring from a tight angle. Bremen goalkeeper Raphael Wolf was called into action early in the second half, but he had little to do the rest of the way and Di Santo doubled the lead with 20 minutes to play. Clemens Fritz was played to the end line and he pulled the ball back for Di Santo, who smashed home a volley to put the game away. Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft made a nice stop in the closing stages of the contest on Davie Selke to keep his side within two goals. Augsburg remained firmly in the hunt for a top-four spot by turning back Hoffenheim, 3-1, thanks to first-half goals from Halil Altintop and Tobias Werner. Roberto Firmino pulled one back for Hoffenheim just before halftime, but Raul Bobadillas goal in the 90th minute for Augsburg put the result beyond reach. Tony Saunders Jersey . -- Syracuse was dangerously close to letting another less talented opponent pull off the upset when C. Harold Ramirez Jersey .C. -- Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.TORONTO – Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is still waiting for his first win under Major League Baseballs new challenge system; the skipper is 0-3 in the regular season, 0-6 including Grapefruit League play. Still, hes a supporter. "I think in the long run it will be good," said Gibbons. Gibbons didnt challenge a play in Wednesday nights win over the Astros, which, upon further review, may have been overturned. Ryan Goins was picked off first base in the sixth inning but it appeared first baseman Marc Krauss glove swept the dirt and tagged Goins high on the shoulder after the runner had touched the bag. The Blue Jays didnt have access to all replay angles; the angles they had were inconclusive. Gibbons has previously expressed regret that the challenge system has sapped the intensity of manager/umpire arguments. Hes worried about the in-game delays and the effect on pace of play. Rather than just complaining, Gibbons proposes a solution. "Keep it the way it is but dont give the teams the benefit of being able to look at it behind the scenes," he said. "I think if, itd be like the old days, you could go out and argue if you think the guy missed it that bad you go out and argue. Of course theyre not going to look at it. This way, then they can say, Okay, you think I missed it that bad, check it out. I think what happens when you have the ability to look at it behind the scenes, you can go out there on every close play there is. "In a lot of ways youre guessing. I think that slows the game down. If youre that serious about a particular call and you think he missed it, roll the dice without the benefit of looking at it." Gibbons incorrectly challenged a call in the fifth inning of Thursday nights game against Houston when the replay system confirmed Melky Cabrera was out on a bang-bang play at first base. WAGNERS LONG DAY Neil Wagner threw two scoreless innings in Torontos 7-3 win over Houston on Wednesday night. It was the culmmination of a long day of travel for Wagner, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Kurt Abbott Jersey. Wagner was in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where the Bisons were getting ready to play the LeHigh Valley Ironpigs. He took an hour and a half taxi ride to the Philadelphia airport, flew to Toronto and arrived at the stadium 10 minutes before first pitch. "It was actually just kind of easy," said Wagner. "I just woke up, did my normal thing in the morning and then instead of going through the normal pre-game routine I was just travelling, got here and I was able to play a little catch." Wagner got his arm loose playing catch with left fielder Melky Cabrera at the start of each defensive inning. Casey Janssen and J.A. Happ are both expected to come off the disabled list sooner rather than later, which will create a logjam in the bullpen. Wagner is in his final option year, the reason he got sent down last month, and knows he could again fall victim to the business of the game. "Options are the one thing for free in this game that you dont want," said Wagner. "I cant control having them, I cant give them to other people so I have them and if I get optioned against at some point, so be it. Just keep doing what I do and hopefully at some point, be back." DELABAR RESTS Reliever Steve Delabar was in good humour one day after taking a line drive off the outside of his right leg, below the knee. The ball ricocheted to Edwin Encarnacion at first base, who stepped on the bag for the easy out. "That was the plan," said Delabar. "When I came out of the bullpen they said, if you get hit with a line drive make sure your leg is angled." Delabar is using the RICE treatment method with the bruising: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. While Delabar wont pitch on Thursday, he doesnt expect to miss any time. "I could go, yes," said Delabar. "But I think theyre going to be cautious with it." ' ' '
HALIFAX -- Canadas next tie in the Davis Cup against Colombia will be held on an indoor hard court in Halifax in September. Cheap Retro Jordan . The tennis matches between the two countries take place at the Halifax Metro Centre from Sept. 12-14. The last time a Davis Cup tie was held in Halifax was in 1998 when Canada defeated Mexico 3-2 in the first round of Americas Zone Group I. The Nova Scotia government and the city have both provided Tennis Canada with $65,000 in grants to bring the event to Halifax. The matches in September mark the first time a professional tennis event will be played at the Metro Centre, which will have about 4,500 seats plus limited premium box seating available for the tie. Canada played its first round tie on the road in February against Japan in Tokyo, losing 4-1 as two of its top singles players, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, were injured. Tennis Canada says the four Davis Cup team members to face Colombia will be selected at a later date. Canada must win in September to remain in the World Group for 2015. A loss would relegate Canada back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where they have not played since 2011. Cheap Jordan . Goins is the early favourite to win the starting job at second base. Pillar is an outsider to secure a role off the bench, which becomes an even more difficult spot to win if the number of back up jobs is reduced by one. That happens if the Blue Jays decide to start the season with an eight man bullpen. Air Jordan Sale . His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the one responsible for spoiling Brazils hopes of another World Cup victory at its home tournament.PARIS - Novak Djokovic easily beat 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in only 1 1/2 hours Sunday at the French Open to reach the quarter-finals for the 20th major tournament in a row. The second-seeded Djokovic needs a title at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam. He lost the 2012 final and in last yyears semifinals — both times to Rafael Nadal. Wholesale Air Jordan. Djokovic improved to 12-5 against Tsonga, including winning their last 10 matches and the past 15 sets theyve played. In the quarterfinals, Djokovic will face No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada, who beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. ' ' '
TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle did his thing on Saturday, allowing only one run in seven innings as he tried for a major-league leading 11th win. Yeezy Replica Cheap . Unfortunately for Buehrle, Shelby Miller did even better. The Cardinals starter pitched his first shutout of the season, and the second of his career, as St. Louis snapped the Toronto Blue Jays six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory. "He was tremendous," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Miller. "But theyve got a good pitching staff over there, as good as anybodys in baseball, top to bottom. He was on his game. We hit a couple of balls we thought had a chance but they flagged them down." Buehrle (10-2) wasnt at his best Saturday, but the left-hander pitched around five hits and five walks with his usual understated velocity that would not endanger fine china on impact. The only run he allowed in the game was Randal Grichuks first major-league homer on a first-pitch change-up in the fifth inning. It was enough to snap Buehrles streak of six consecutive winning decisions and give him his first loss since April 25 against the Boston Red Sox. "Buehrle was great," Gibbons said. "His command was off a little bit but he gutted it out for seven innings. He did what he does, he keeps you off the scoreboard but the story of the game was Miller. Hes got that sneaky fastball. He threw a lot of fastballs located it up, threw it in and out. He carved us up pretty good." Miller (7-5) held the Blue Jays to three hits and one walk while striking out five to snap a string of three losses in a row. "The biggest thing was getting ahead in the counts and mixing it up," Miller said. "Warming up in the bullpen I didnt feel good at all. Its crazy how the game works. Im a little speechless still. It was a lot of fun doing that." The Cardinals, who had lost their two previous games, scored four runs against Toronto relievers Aaron Loup and Steve Delabar in the eighth as they evened the three-game series against the Blue Jays with the rubber match on Sunday. Grichuk picked up his second RBI of the game when Delabar walked him with the bases loaded. While Miller was retiring his first 13 batters, the Cardinals (32-31) were threatening Buehrle. They loaded the bases with two out in the fourth on a one-out double by Jhonny Peralta, a walk to Oscar Taveras and a two-out infield that bounced off Buehrle. But Buehrle worked out of the jam when Tony Cruzs bouncer to third resulted in a force play at second. The Cardinals did score with one out in the fifth when Grichuk took homered to centre field. "It was changeup away, it was on the outside of plate, it may have been up a tad," Buehrle said. "I knew he hit it pretty good but I thought when he hit it that it was more of a pop fly so it kind of surprised me. It seems like we hit a few balls today that I thought were going to go out of there and they caught them at the warning track. He obviously hit it a little bit better than I thought he did at first." "He hammered that ball," Matheny said. "Thats the kind of power that excites you about him. Not many guys have that kind of juice to the centre of the field. The ball just absolutely jumps off his bat no matter what he does." The Blue Jays (38-25) did not have a runner on base until Adam Lind walked with one out in the fifth. Lind took second on a high chop by Brett Lawrie that first baseman Allen Craig snared adeptly before throwing to Miller covering first for the first out on a close play. Juan Francisco made the final out with a towering fly out to the wall in centre field. "The way we have been swinging the bats, for him to go out there and shut us out like that, its one of those things, tip your hat to that guy," said Buehrle, who threw a season-high 118 pitches. "He had it going today and kept us off the board." Jose Reyes lined a single to right with two out in the sixth for the Blue Jays first hit of the game and their second base runner. Melky Cabrera followed with a double that deflected off Craigs glove to put runners at second and third. But Jose Bautista struck out on a 97-mile-an hour fastball. Bautista, who hit a fly out to the centre-field warning track in the first, was 0-for-4 to snap a 12-game hitting streak. "He turned it up, no question," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Millers sixth-inning strikeout of Bautista. "Thats a huge part of the game right there, obviously, with one of the best hitters youre going to see." Left-hander Loup replaced Buehrle in the eighth and he was charged with four runs to snap his string of 15 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked Mark Ellis with the bases loaded to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead and allowed a two-run single by Cruz for a 4-0 lead before right-hander Delabar took over and walked his first two batters to force in another run. The rally started with Craigs one-out double to right that was followed by an intentional walk to Peralta and a single by Taveras that filled the bases. NOTES: Attendance was announced as 42,981. ...The Blue Jays have been alone in first in the AL East for 16 consecutive days, the longest since 1993 when they were first from June 24 until the end of the season. They won the World Series that year. a The interleague series ends Sunday with the Cardinals starting left-hander Jaime Garcia (1-0, 5.47 earned-run average) facing Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison (4-3, 3.50 ERA). Balenciaga Speed Trainer Cheap . The Yankees made the moves before Tuesdays game against Baltimore. Robertson was listed retroactive to Monday. Robertson posted two saves in three games as the replacement for retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera before getting hurt. Yeezy Boost 350 China . As future stars prepare to make the big leap to the professional ranks, TSNs Draft Week delivers wall-to-wall coverage of both the NHL and NBA Entry Drafts, highlighted by exclusive live coverage of both events. MIAMI -- LeBron James and the Miami Heat benefited from their three-day break, beginning a five-game homestand with a hard-fought win over a pesky opponent. James scored 25 points against his former team, leading the energized Heat to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Dwyane Wade added 24 points and Chris Bosh had 22 for the Heat, idle since a 90-84 loss Tuesday at Indiana. They squandered a 19-point third-quarter lead in this one and rallied from a two-point deficit with eight unanswered points late in the fourth quarter. "We were flying around throughout the whole game," James said. "Even though they made their run and slowed us down in the third quarter, you could tell how we were able to finish the game in the fourth quarter." Ray Allens two free throws with 2:16 remaining capped the run and put the Heat ahead 106-100. Mario Chalmers corner 3-pointer with 1:36 left increased the lead to 109-101. "Were a team that has the ability to take it up a notch," Wade said. "It helps because we were at home. It was between winning and losing, and we wanted to win." Bosh had a season-high 12 rebounds and James was one rebound and assist short of a triple-double. "I wanted to be more consistent with my rebounding and be in the right spot at the right time," Bosh said. Kyrie Irving scored 19 points, and Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters each had 16 for the Cavaliers, who played the second half without coach Mike Brown. He was ejected late in the second quarter after he stormed onto the court looking for a foul on Shane Battiers block of Thompsons layup. Referee Sean Wright gave Brown two technicals, resulting in an ejection with 3:14 remaining in the period. "When you come into their building, you know you are probably not going to get too many calls," Brown said. "I thought Tristan got hit when he went up to dunk the ball. He is 6-10 and he got bent backward like that. He doesnt bend backward because he missed a dunk. "I thought he got hit. I lost it there." The Cavaliers used Browns ejection as a rallying cry in the second half. "We lost our leader with Coach Brown going out," Irving said. Fake Air Max 270 For Sale. . "We pulled it together. We all believe in one another and that if we continue to fight and get stops we could tie it up and we did." The Cavaliers erased a 19-point deficit early in the third quarter and outscored the Heat 28-16 in the period. Jarret Jacks jump shot with 8:03 remaining in the fourth gave the Cavaliers a 93-91 lead and their first advantage since midway through the first quarter. Cleveland increased the margin to four on Dion Waiters layup with 7:24 remaining. "Getting down early, we could have folded our tent," Jack said. "But our guys put forth a tremendous effort in the second half." The Cavaliers began their comeback with a 19-7 third-quarter spurt and got to 78-73 on Irvings two free throws with 3:51 remaining in the period. Jacks jumper with 1:48 left narrowed Miamis lead to 81-78. Miami built a six-point first-quarter lead and had its first double-digit advantage, 52-42, on Boshs dunk with 5:15 remaining in the second period. The Heat had an 18-3 run in the quarter and led 68-52 after Wade scored 20 points in the first half. Bosh scored 13 in the quarter and his layup with 2:11 remaining gave the Heat their largest lead of the half at 62-45. "You need to credit the Cavs for staying with it, and they got second life and turned it into a heck of a basketball game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We were able to make enough plays on both ends and at the very end come away with a win, but thats something we certainly need to work on." Irving hit two early 3-pointers as the Cavaliers went 4 of 4 from behind the arc in the first 3:15 of the game. His second 3 with 8:15 remaining in the quarter put Cleveland ahead 15-14. NOTES: Allens first of two 3-pointers in the third quarter gave him 24,000 career points. ... Heat reserve forward Michael Beasley missed his fourth straight game because of a strained left hamstring. ... Clevelands bench scored 53 points following Friday nights 60-point performance in Orlando. ... Anderson Varejaos fourth-quarter block gave him 354 in his career, surpassing Jim Brewer for eighth place in Cavaliers history. ' ' '
ST. China NFL Jerseys . LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have been very rough on Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks. It hasnt helped the bottom line.Though Drew Stanton was carted off with a right knee injury, just like Carson Palmer was a month ago, the Rams couldnt get enough done on offence.At the end of the game they were down to their third-string guy, defensive end Chris Long said after a 12-6 loss Thursday night. Theyve got enough players that they made more plays than us.Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Cardinals overcame the loss of quarterback Drew Stanton with stifling defence, getting a sack and fumble recovery from Larry Foote.When people go down, we dont even ask how bad it is, Foote said. We just keep rolling. We definitely dont want our quarterback getting hurt. We just say on the defensive side, Lets hold them.Coach Bruce Arians said Stanton had a previous knee injury so will need an MRI exam to determine the extent of the damage. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald seemed to believe Stanton would be out a while, and added about Lindley, Were going to rally around him.Were a resilient group, Fitzgerald added. Weve got a great defence, too.The Rams (6-8) were held to Greg Zuerleins two short field goals and had five three-and-out series in the third quarter. Catanzaros 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter ended nine quarters of shutout defence by St. Louis, which beat Washington and Oakland by a combined 76-0 the previous two weeks.Our defence kept us in the game, tight end Jared Cook. We couldnt capitalize on them flipping the field for us.Its the third time this season the Rams were held to single-digit scoring, and first in five games since Shaun Hill recaptured the quarterback job.Just mental errors, which is the bad part, Hill said. Physical errors are going to happen. Were humans. But on a short week, we have to be dialed in that much more and not have the mental errors and the mental breakdowns.Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on rookie Aaron Donalds sack in the third quarter, but it didnt matter. Palmer sustained a season-ending knee injury during their 31-14 victory over St. Louis at home last month.The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the NFC and will clinch a playoff spot if Sundays Dallas-Philadelphia game doesnt end in a tie, or a Detroit loss combined with a Green Bay victory.I thought our defence played well enough for us to win, coach Jeff Fisher said, but quickly added a turnover would have been nice. In situations like this, when your offence is struggling, your defence has got to make a play. We were close.The Rams were eliminated from playoff contention.Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on a sack in the third quarter, but it didnt matter. The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury during their 31-14 home victory over St. Louis last month.Kerwynn Williams was the Cardinals offensive standout with 75 yards on 15 carries. Stanton was 12 of 20 for 109 yards and Lindley was 4 of 10 for 30 yards.The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the NFC and will clinch a playoff spot if Sundays Dallas-Philadelphia game doesnt end in a tie, or a Detroit loss combined with a Green Bay victory.Rams players had no apparent protests relating to unrest in nearby Ferguson. Two weeks ago, five players did the Hands Up, Dont Shoot pose coming out of the tunnel during pre-game introductions, and last week players wrote I Cant Breathe!!! on wrist bands and cleats.Rams rookie Tre Masons fumble gave the Cardinals a short field that set up Catanzaros first field goal. Frostee Rucker punched the ball free and Foote recovered at the St. Louis 27.It was the first score given up by the Rams since Nov. 23, when San Diego scored the winning touchdown with just over 8 minutes left in a 27-24 victory.Michael Floyd 49-yard reception set up Catanzaros 44-yard field goal that put the Cardinals up 6-3 midway through the second. Catanzaro made kicks of 51 yards and 46 yards in the second halfBoth teams had key defenders active coming off ankle woes. Arizonas Antonio Cromartie and St. Louis Chris Long had been questionable.Arizona committed five penalties on its first two possessions, twice wiping out big gains. Shaun Hill was 4 for 4 with completions of 21 yards to Benny Cunningham on a screen and Cory Harkey for 16 yards to set up Zuerleins 24-yard field goal in the first. Zuerlein missed an extra-point kick and two field goals inside the 40 last week.Last month, Arizona outscored the Rams 21-0 in the fourth quarter, with two defensive touchdowns, to come from four points down to win 31-14. After that game, St. Louis benched Austin Davis in favour of Hill.Notes: Fitzgerald was held in check against a team hes dominated with seven receptions for just 30 yards. Still, at 31 he became the youngest player to 900 career catches. In 22 games against St. Louis, he has 128 receptions and 16TDs, most against any opponent. ... The Rams led at halftime of their previous five home games this season, two of them losses. ... The Cardinals took the lead in the series, 36-35-2. ... Arizona is 7-0 at home and 4-3 on the road. ... The Rams entered with consecutive wins for the first time this season and are 3-4 at home.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL NFL Jerseys Sale ... maybe even more than that. Maybe all season I have to take a few blows. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys . DArnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catchers seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth. The 41-year-old Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing Wednesday against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win.Denny Morrisons silver medal performance in the mens 1,000 metre speed skating medal nearly didnt happen. After falling during the Canadian Olympic team trails, Morrison missed earning a place in the event. But on Tuesday, fellow Canadian Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the race, saying that to have Morrison compete would be "in the best interest of the team." "When he rang me, I thought he was pulling my leg," said Morrison, of Junios decision. "Why would he do it unless he was injured? The coaches knew but decided he was the one to tell me. "We were at Canada Olympic House with our families and when it came from the horses mouth, it was a moment I will never forget." As Morrison stepped onto the podium following the race, Junios decision must have seemed clairvoyant. Morrison skated against 500m champion, Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, and finished in a time of one minute 08.43 seconds. The Canadian slotted into second place, with six of the top skaters remaining. One by one, each of the remaining athletes failed to earn a podium spot. "I called it, so it feels good to be a prophet," Junio told CBC Sports. "A lot of kudos goes too this guy [Morrison] because he made it happen. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. " I feel like getting my medal and cutting it in half because he deserves it Morrison credits Junios help — not just in giving up the spot — but for his hard work as a training partner. "Hes been helping me with my openers for the last four years," said Morrison of Junio. "I opened 16.6 today. Its my fastest opener in six years time, and I never would have gotten this medal without having those openers, and guys like Gilmore and Jamie Gregg, and of course giving his spot up for me. "After what [Junio] did, it made it even more special. Giving up your spot is unprecedented. I feel like getting my medal and cutting it in half because he deserves it." Junio was watching from the stands as his friend and teammate took to the ice to race. Junio yelled even louder as subsequent athletes failed to beat Morrisons time. "I was literally shaking and couldnt stay focused," said Junio "I was definitely breathing hard, and I kind of lost my voice because I was cheering so hard. It was definitely worth it." Morrison will compete in the mens 1,500, Feb. 15, 2014. ' ' '
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