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On every path towards success come moments of trouble, trials in which those making the journey must overcome to help them continue down the road and believe they can reach the end. Custom Yankees Jersey China . In the 93rd minute of Wednesdays match in Russia, that moment for Manchester Citys Champions League journey took place. Having dominated the game for large patches, City found themselves holding just a one-goal advantage when CSKA Moscows talisman Keisuke Honda arrived at the back post unmarked to receive a ball that look destined to give City that sinking Champions League feeling once again. As the ball sat up perfectly for the Japanese international to swing his preferred left leg towards it, images of the clubs late loss at Real Madrid last season will have flooded the minds of City fans everywhere. That game at the Bernabeu was supposed to be the turning point. Under Roberto Mancini, City had failed to get out of their group in their first year of the Champions League, despite getting a respectable 10 points, narrowly losing out to giants Bayern Munich and the competitions pure entertainers in Napoli. In Madrid, they kicked off their second Champions League campaign as Premier League champions and had a swagger and belief that they now belonged on the top table amongst the biggest clubs in the game. Their second half performance that day was outstanding and they fully deserved the lead they took with five minutes left, through Aleksandar Kolarov, but their hearts were broken into bits when Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the last three minutes to send City home with nothing. City were shellshocked, their manager turned on goalkeeper Joe Hart for his open and candid comments after the game and they never recovered, failing to win any of their five remaining games and missing out on the knock out stages for a second straight year. Citys dismal performance in Europes top competition had to change and Manuel Pellegrini, who guided Villarreal and Malaga to surprising success in the Champions League, was earmarked as the man to do it. UEFAs ranking system in this tournament is strongly tipped in favour of teams who perform well in it. City, much like an out-of-town, rich gambler showing up to a casino where no one knew him, have to prove themselves to UEFA to help them become one of the elite clubs. They may be flush with cash but in the Champions League draw they are given no favours. Once again, they were ranked in pot three this season and faced a realistic possibility of being handed a third difficult group in as many years. Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen was certainly not an easy draw but, definitely, represented their best chance yet of reaching the knocking stages. A win in the Czech Republic against Plzen had City starting their campaign off in fine form but when they were outplayed by Bayern Munich at home, some questioned whether they were good enough at this level once again. The criticism was harsh, after all the German champions are the reigning European champions, but City knew if they were going to progress past the group stages they would have to do well in games three and four in the group. In the Champions League, teams play each other, home and away, on matchdays three and four and, by coincidence, it has been these games that City have struggled in during the past two years. Last year, in a group with Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, City had a chance to push for a knock out spot against the then Dutch champions who were struggling in the league at the time. Instead, City lost 3-1 in Amsterdam and drew 2-2 at home to end all chances of qualifying. In year one, they played Spanish side Villarreal and, although won both matches, were very fortunate in the first game when Sergio Aguero scored in the 93rd minute to give them a 2-1 win. Villarreal were a poor side and would get relegated from La Liga later that year. After two matchdays, this season it was clear that Bayern, having beaten CSKA and City, were the class of the group with the other two, each beating Plzen, having to battle for the final spot out of the group. That meant Citys game in Russia was arguably their biggest game of the season. With the quality at their disposal, City absolutely should be playing Champions League knockout matches this season. It is what Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarek demands, what Director of football Txiki Begiristain expects and what manager Pellegrini and his players need. When CSKA, against the run of play, took the lead on 32 minutes through former Manchester United man Zoran Tosic, it was a time for Citys top players to stand up and be counted. "At the moment, they are in serious trouble in this group," stated veteran commentator Martin Tyler. He was, of course, correct and the words definitely were all too familiar for City. Seconds later David Silva, the true space invader, found room between the lines to receive a pass from Kolarov before sprinting towards the box and attracting three defenders towards him. The Spaniard had one quick glance to his left, sent a ball into the six yard box for Aguero to run towards and he got the better of his defender to poke home the equalizer. Eight minutes later, the Argentine superstar headed City into a 2-1 lead, to cap off a fantastic week for him and an excellent first half for his side. City had to fight hard for their lead, had even given CSKA an opening goal, but, in truth, could have been out of sight, having squandered three excellent scoring chances in the first 45 minutes. The second half was a more measured, professional display from the visitors who showed calmness and maturity while leading and it appeared they were on their way to a comfortable win, despite what the scoreline suggested. Then the ball sat up perfectly and Hondas left foot connected perfectly. The ball blasted towards the goal, but instead of the net bulging and the home crowd erupting, another key left leg came into play as Hart, positioned brilliantly, performed a magnificent, instinctive save to rescue the game and secure three points. Three points. Endless ramifications. City had done it. Finally they won a key, difficult away match in the Champions League. They, now with six points after three group games for the first time in their history, are heading home for matches against CSKA and Plzen, which means they very much should secure qualification before their final match (away at Bayern.) Two home European nights that now give them a real opportunity to show Europe who they are. City are too talented to play a nervous, tentative style that has so often haunted them in the Champions League so far. In Moscow on Wednesday, they werent perfect - Vincent Kompany is almost irreplaceable when injured- but they were very good. Gone was the narrow, negative, passive style under Mancini when they were forever chasing a top two spot. They have got their swagger back, led by legitimate world class stars in Aguero, Toure and Silva, and now they are on the right path towards Champions League knockout qualification. As a likely group runner-up they will be the team no one will want. By then City will be where they finally belong, all thanks to Harts left leg. Jacoby Ellsbury Jersey . Minutes before the final whistle of Sporting Kansas Citys 3-0 victory over a shorthanded Montreal Impact squad on Saturday afternoon, Saputo tweeted: "Our fans deserve better. Derek Jeter Jersey Large . The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods niece, closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to 4 feet.TORONTO – When he lines up at centre ice, James van Riemsdyk has an idea of what he might attempt, but doesnt quite know for sure. Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move. He and the Leafs continue to find good fortune in the individual reality that is the shootout, now up to a league-leading nine victories following a 4-3 edging of the Sabres at the ACC on Wednesday night. "The shootout is a game in itself obviously," said head coach Randy Carlyle afterward, his team boasting a 9-4 record in such situations. "When you win them its a positive. When you lose them its a negative. Thats the bottom line. "Were fortunate this year that our record in the shootout is a real strong positive for our hockey club and its earned I dont know how many extra points." Still trying to establish who and what they are, the Leafs have needed each and every one of the nine additional points theyve gained from their success in the shootout. On a whole lot of nights, including Wednesdays against the league-worst Sabres, theyve struggled to find a complete performance only to emerge with a victory of sorts in the shootout. Carlyle assigns shootout selection duties to assistant coach Greg Cronin. His choices have narrowed recently around three shooters – van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul, and Tyler Bozak – each of whom has been better than 60 per cent on the season. Leaf shooters have actually been among the most accurate in the league this season after posting the worst mark in 2013. Led by Lupul, who has scored on six of seven attempts, including the winner against Buffalo, Toronto owns a 48.6 per cent success mark in the shootout – good for second-best in the NHL. Last season, a year in which they dropped every one of their five shootouts, the Leafs had the most futile shooters in the league – just 12.5 per cent on 24 attempts. Bozak, in fact, was the lone shooter to even score. Toronto boasts eight shootout victories since the start of November, owning just five in regulation in that same span. Now streaking with wins in three consecutive games, they sit seventh in the East with 53 points. "Theres been a lot of extra points gained by it," said Carlyle of the shootout, which sealed the season series with Buffalo. "If we can continue to find a way to get points, thats what our job is [to] get ourselves back [on track] and climbing into a playoff position." Five Points 1. Balance Rare is the night in which the Leafs have received offence from many different sources, but against the Sabres that was just the case. Each of the top three units accounted for a goal in victory, including Phil Kessels 22nd of the year, Nik Kulemins sixth and the second in the NHL career of Morgan Rielly, set up by generally quiet second unit (more on that below). "Its always an advantage if you can get three lines providing certain levels of offence," said Carlyle, who moved Peter Holland onto a third unit recently in hopes of spurring more of an attack. Toronto had scored eight goals in the previous three games, all of which came from a scorching top line of Kessel, van Riemsdyk and Bozak. "We need everybody contributing," Carlyle continued. "If you look at the teams that are having success theyve spread that offence around and theyve been able to get quality minutes from everyone in their lineup." Often over-dependent on that top unit – each member played more than 22 minutes vs. Buffalo – Wednesday marked just the 13th time in the past 35 games that the Leafs have managed three goals or more. 2. Second Line Slumber Aside from an occasional burst or odd contribution – the line had a hand in the third goal from Rielly – Torontos second line of Nazem Kadri, Mason Raymond and Joffrey Lupul has remained an infrequent source of offence. Kadri has just one goal in the past 16 games, Raymond has two goals in the past 21, and Lupul, the most effective of the group recently, has still gone pointless in 12 of the past 18 outings. A source of production for the trio earlier in the year, some of the trouble stems ffrom lacking success on the power-play. Jorge Posada Jersey. . Kadri has just one power-play point in the past 19 games, Raymond owns three in the past 21 and Lupul, just four in the previous 28 outings. 3. Reimers Night Making just his second start since Dec. 21, James Reimer showing some rust in yielding three goals on 30 shots to the Sabres, including an unlikely game-tying goal from Cody Hodgson. The first marker from Matt Ellis snuck through short side. The second goal, a Matt Moulson snipe from an odd-man Sabres rush, went post to post and under the bar, a slick shot from the former Islander. The final strike, a power-play marker from Hodgson, found an unlikely hole between Reimer and the post – one that still puzzled the 25-year-old afterward. "I still dont really know how it went in," said Reimer, who earned his first win since Dec. 19. "My foot was against the post. Thats my play. Thats what I do. Ill look at the video and see if it squeaked in somewhere where I can close it. I do that every play, every time and its never gone in." 4. Stacked Deck Jonathan Bernier has unquestionably grabbed hold of the Toronto crease in recent weeks, but theres also no doubting that Reimer has been handed a bad deck of cards. A look at the 25-year-olds five starts prior to Wednesday night and the poor performances which surrounded them: • Dec. 12 at St. Louis: 6-3 LReimers Night: 3 goals/15 shots*Post-Game Quote: "Tonight it looked like we were totally brain-dead in a lot of areas." – Randy Carlyle • Dec. 17 vs. Florida: 3-1 LReimers Night:  3 goals/23 shotsPost-Game Quote: "We simply got embarrassed." – Mason Raymond • Dec. 19 vs. Phoenix: 2-1 SOWReimers Night: 1 goal/35 shots.Post-Game Quote: "Thats the one thing we know we can count on Reims for is compete level and battle." – Joffrey Lupul • Dec. 21 vs. Detroit: 5-4 SOLReimers Night: 3 goals/12 shots* Post-Game Quote: "Obviously we didnt have a very good first period." – Randy Carlyle • Jan. 9 at Carolina: 6-1 LReimers Night: 6 goals/36 shotsPost-Game Quote: "We stood around for most of the hockey game tonight." – Randy Carlyle *Pulled after the first period 5. Riellys Progress Morgan Rielly is now 40 games into his NHL career, adding his 13th point against the Sabres. The 19-year-old has, according to Carlyle, "taken some steps and then has taken a few sideways", evaluated with a similar lens as his 23-year-old defence partner Jake Gardiner. "Our expectations for Morgan arent as high as they are for Jake at this point just being where he is in his career," said Carlyle. "Theyre both talented young players. We think that theres a future for those two guys to be a big part of our defence. We want to make sure were handling them the right way." Unlike Gardiner, who was pulled from the lineup last week, Rielly has played in every game since early December, when he sat for three consecutive games with World Junior speculation swirling. Stats-Pack 9 – Shootout victories this season, most in the NHL. 48.6 per cent - Effectiveness of Toronto shooters in the shootout this season. 1 – Goals in the past 16 games for Nazem Kadri. 5-6-0 – Record in the second end of back-to-back sets this season. 2 – Goals in the past 21 games for Mason Raymond. 3-1-1 – Record versus Buffalo this season. 4 – Consecutive games with a point for Phil Kessel. Kessel has two goals and eight points in that span. 23:33 – Ice-time for Kessel against the Sabres, most among forwards. Special Teams Capsule PP: 0-2Season: 22.1 per cent (5th) PK: 1-2Season: 77.5 per cent (27th) Quote of the Night "Youre in the same locker room then youre in the same bus, the same plane, the same hotel. The hardest part is trying to stop it from going through the entire team. Those guys have kind of been quarantined off and the rest of us have been just washing our hands and trying to stay away from it." -Joffrey Lupul, on stopping the spread of the flu bug through the Leafs dressing room. Up Next The Leafs host Montreal at the ACC on Saturday. ' ' '
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Trent Dilfer Jersey . - Though the playoff chase has eluded the Minnesota Vikings yet again this year, these final four games still serve an important purpose.As soon as rookie Teddy Bridgewater took over at quarterback, his development was always going to be as much of a priority as winning itself. Progress has been sporadic, but his performance on Sunday was one of those steps forward.I think Im better at just making quicker decisions, said Bridgewater, who posted season highs with a completion rate of 71.4 and a passer rating of 120.7 in the 31-13 victory over Carolina.Earlier in the year, I talked about getting rid of the ball faster. That wasnt the issue. I think I just made quicker decisions, and if Im able to make quicker decisions Im able to get the ball out faster.The Panthers are reeling, with only one win in their past 10 games, but Bridgewater was as sharp as hed been since his debut on Sept. 28.He threw two touchdown passes for the second game in a row, and for the fifth time in nine NFL starts he was turnover-free. He only went deep twice, but those throws were on target, which has been one of his struggles so far this season.Obviously hes going to get the brunt of everything because hes in the high-profile position, wide receiver Greg Jennings said. The way he bounces back, the way he performs, the way he leads without even audibly saying anything, hes a special kid to be around.Coach Mike Zimmers casual chats with his experienced players have turned up the same intel.I ask them about Teddy, What do you think of this guy? They all tell me that they love him, number one, and they have great confidence in him in being a great quarterback, Zimmer said.Because they watch him every day, just like I do, they appreciate the way that he handles his business, the way he prepares and studies, all of the things that people outside the rooms dont see. A lot of them have been on other teams and seen a lot of other great quarterbacks, too.The leader on defence in the most improved category?Cornerback Xavier Rhodes. He broke up three passes on Sunday to bring his season total to 14.I try to preach to these guys every day in practice: Dont let your guy catch the ball. I think that mentality is starting to show up a little bit with him, Zimmer said.I also think some of the toughness things are showing up with him, as well. I expect our corners to be tough guys and support the run, not come out of the games, things like that.The key for Rhodes, who also failed to stay healthy last year as a rookie, has been finding a way to play physical without being penalized for pass interference or holding.I found that happy medium. Now Im learning. I know how and when to let go and not be so aggressive at a certain point in the game, he said. Im learning the rules.As is with the case of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, development takes place at different rates.Zimmer said Patterson played only three snaps on Sunday because he missed so much practice time with the game plan this week. Patterson was absent on Wednesday and Thursday to attend a family funeral.Patterson, who has also been bothered by a knee injury, sounded frustrated after the game and said he was given no explanation for his limited use. But Zimmer again brushed aside any notion of a problem.I have high hopes for him. Im in his corner. I want him to be a good player, Zimmer said. It would help this football team, it would help me, it would help everybody around that he becomes a great player. It may be not right away.___AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Jim Plunkett Jersey . The senior threw for 319 yards and no interceptions in his final college game, leading No. Gino Cappelletti Jersey . -- What Anthony Jennings lacked in experience, LSU more than compensated for with a talented supporting cast in the Outback Bowl.NEW YORK -- Rangers centre Dominic Moore will be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of a strained oblique muscle sustained early in a win this week over the New York Islanders. Moore logged just over 4 minutes of ice time Tuesday and didnt play in the final two periods of New Yorks 3-2 win. The 33-year-old Moore, who played in the Rangers first 11 games this season, sat out Thursday night when New York hosted the Buffalo Sabres. Brandon Mashinter, a healthy scratch iin the Rangers previous three games, replaced Moore in the lineup. Tai Streets Jersey. Mashinters only game action this season was a four-minute stint against Philadelphia last week. The Rangers are already missing top forward Rick Nash (concussion) and captain Ryan Callahan (broken thumb). Callahan took park in the teams morning skate Thursday for the first time since he was injured on Oct. 16. He wore a non-contact jersey, but could return in a week to 10 days. ' ' '
My career has seen me do the strength and conditioning for some elite members of Team Quest, Reign MMA, and Black House. Patrick Willis Super Bowl Jersey . Its been a wild ride that has found me on the other end of the microphone and writing. Im now more of a media based personality that trains specialized clients, rather than a strength coach that does media from time to time. So when the opportunity came to do another fight camp, I jumped on it.  Well, not exactly a fight camp. I dont intend on sparring. This is me showing fans what goes into the physical prep of a fighter. Its something every fan should experience. Not just MMA fans, but all sports. I always say you cant boo an athlete until youve trained like one. Without the sparring and the training injuries, this still isnt the total experience. If you follow along and try adding some of the treadmill sprint work, different lifting techniques and of course, the stretching, youll soon come to realize that MMA is actually a whole new level of tough. Never mind the technical aspect, lets get an appreciation for the workouts. For this blog, I want to give you the full experience. That means, training with a coach.  Can I do it alone? Yes, Ive prepared some of the best of the best. I know that to get the best results, you need the best coaches. So I went where a few of my mentors and role models go. Troy Westwood is one of the fittest guys I know, hes the host of the Morning show on TSN 1290, Doug Brown played CFL and was one of the best of the best, Obby Kahn  makes the best shawarma in Winnipeg, He also happens to have come back from injuries and illness that would have crippled lesser men. They all go see Jeff Fisher at Elite Performance in Winnipeg.  So I knocked on the door. So far I have been through the testing day and I may be regretting the decision. Here is where the journey starts.  I had a full medical work up to ensure no mistakes or simple injuries were caused during training. The worst thing that can happen to any athlete is to lose technical and tactical days because a Strength Coach caused an injury in the gym.   A mistake that can be easily avoided with an understanding of the body and making a program designed for the athlete. I now have this thanks to Fish. The next step is finding the athletes starting point, and ensuring you never over train or take steps back.  My testing day set out to find my lactic threshold, anaerobic capacity, and over all muscle strength.  I did 17 beautiful chin ups. Not bad considering Im 63 and 228lbs. I was proud.Im getting my work done with a professional. If you dont have access to this type of total committed training, try doing this to find your starting point next time you are at the gym. (Always consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program) Work with a spotter/counter/timer Complete as many push-ups as you can without stopping. Rest 3-4 minutes and repeat. Same thing for Chin Ups. Plank once until failure. Run as far as you can in 12 minutes record the distance you go in METERS (not miles or kilometers). This is called the cooper test. Plug the numbers into this equation -  Basically I want you to subtract 505 from the meters you run. Then divide it by 45. Thats your VO2 max; feel free to compare it with the normal numbers that can be found on the internet. Its fun to know where you stand. Once you have your numbers, start to make them better. Ill retest at the end of this fight camp, a pro athlete would just get in the cage because the proof is in the punch. For us fans of the sport, we just get to train like a pro, and get better at being healthy. Join along; this will increase your respect for top pros.  My hope is to go out and visit a few of my friends competing in the World Series of Fighting and get training beside them. In the meantime, Im going to be grinding out workouts thanks to Elite Performance. Check it out on twitter #Relentless. Custom 49ers Super Bowl Jerseys . And former Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson certainly knows his pain. "Its pretty hard to coach there without allowing some of these things to kind of affect you," Wilson told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in his ESPN. Trent Taylor Super Bowl Jersey . The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt.Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at [email protected] On Sunday, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist scored what could very well be the goal of the year.  As he broke in on the net he was clearly held and the ref had his arm up to call a penalty, or penalty shot, but allowed Nyquist to continue on his breakaway first.  If a second infraction was committed on Nyquist, a trip or a slash for example, before he scored the goal, would both calls be wiped out or would the Red Wings be awarded the goal and a power play. Thanks for taking the time to read my question. Matt NimmoBrampton CLICK HERE to watch the play in question. Matt: After being fouled by Matt Carle on a breakaway, Gustav Nyquist demonstrated amazing patience, persistence and the hands of a surgeon in order to regain puck possession with both skates well below the goal line and then slide the disk into the net past Ben Bishop from what appeared to be an impossible angle.  Not many players, past or present, possess the skill and instinct required to spin and thread the needle at full speed to score a goal from that location on the ice. Your question, Matt, has several variables for us to consider. The assessment of a penalty shot is designed to restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul being committed by the offending team. On the initial part of this play all parameters of the rule were satisfied for referee Wes McCauley to impose a penalty shot once Gustav Nyquist was clearly fouled from behind by Matt Carle and denied a reasonable scoring opportunity. I am certain that McCauley intended to award a penalty shot to Nyquist had he not scored or other criteria were to develop during the delayed call. As Wes McCauley demonstrated, the referee must delay the call until the offending team gains possession of the puck. If during this delay, Gustav Nyquist or any other Red Wing player had regained a reasonable scoring opportunity (or opportunities) yet no goal resulted, the initial penalty shot call would revert to the assessment of a minor penalty. The next to impossible shot by Nyquist would not have qualified as him regaining a "reasonable scoring opportunity." A penalty shot would have been awarded if the puck had not gone in the net as specified in rule 24.8 (iii)—The fact that he (Nyquist) got a shot off does not automatically eliminate this play from the penalty shot consideration criteria. If the foul was from behind and he was denied a "more" reasonable scoring opportunity due to the foul, then the penalty shot should be awarded. Allow me to answer your direct question, Matt, and aalso play out some other scenarios that could result, with the understanding that if the foul for which the penalty shot was awarded was such as to normally incur a minor penalty, then regardless of whether the penalty shot results in a goal or not, no further penalty shall be served. Jimmy Garoppolo Super Bowl Jersey. . (Major, Match and Misconduct penalties would be assessed in addition to the penalty shot.) In addition, no penalty being served on the clock will expire when a goal is scored on a penalty shot. • If the penalty shot infraction committed by Matt Carle was such to incur a double-minor penalty (i.e. high-stick resulting in injury), the first minor penalty would not be assessed since the penalty shot was awarded to restore the lost scoring opportunity. The second minor penalty would be assessed and served regardless of whether the penalty shot results in a goal. It would be announced as a double-minor penalty and the player would serve two minutes only. (This would also be the assessment in the case where Nyquist (or Wings) scored prior to play being stopped to award the penalty shot resulting from a double minor infraction.) • If a Tampa player (or bench) was assessed an additional minor penalty on this play (separate from the hooking minor infraction to Carle that resulted in the penalty shot), the Tampa minor penalty would be served on the clock regardless of whether the penalty shot results in a goal. • Although it is not currently in the Officials Situation Handbook, conventional wisdom states (until further advised), if both of the above situations were to be satisfied (double minor plus a second minor penalty) one minor of the double minor infraction is eliminated to restore the lost scoring opportunity and the stand alone minor infraction is also assessed and served. A 5 on 3 manpower situation would occur regardless of whether the penalty shot results in a goal. (Presently no "Captains choice" extended in this scenario to allow for team option to play one man short for 4 minutes or two men short for 2 minutes). • Should two penalty shots be awarded to the same team at the same stoppage of play (two separate fouls), only one goal can be scored or awarded at a single stoppage of play. Should the first penalty shot result in a goal, the second shot would not be taken but the appropriate penalty would be assessed and served for the infraction committed. Thanks for the thought provoking question, Matt. I trust the answer pretty much covers all the bases for you. Cmon Ref extends Happy Birthday Wishes to Gordie Howe, who is 86 years young today. My bet is that "Mr. Hockey" would have also been able to score from the angle that Gustav Nyquist did last night in Hockeytown, USA. ' ' '
ST. Anthony Sherman Jersey . LOUIS - Vladimir Sobotka needed just a couple shifts to return to top form Thursday night. Back after missed the previous 12 games because of a left knee injury, Sobotka had a goal and two assists to help the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Thursday night. "I just kept it simple," Sobotka said after the fifth three-point game of his career. "It was about timing. As the game went along, I got a little faster and a little stronger." St. Louis has won six of seven overall and eight of nine against Edmonton. Alex Pietrangelo started a four-goal third period and Jaden Schwartz added two goals for the Blues, who outscored Edmonton 17-4 in sweeping the three-game season series. Pietrangelo, Schwartz and T.J. Oshie scored in 7:14 span at the outset of the third period to break a 2-2 tie, and Schwartz added his second goal of the period at 12:56. Ryan Miller made 23 saves to improve to 5-0-1 since joining the Blues in a trade with Buffalo on Feb. 28. Hes 7-0 against Edmonton. Sobotka scored late in the first period and then set up the winning goal 42 seconds into the third period. He stole the puck from Andrew Ference in the corner and found Pietrangelo wide open in the slot for a 3-2 lead. "We knew he was going to bring some energy and some bite back into our lineup," Pietrangelo said. "Whether he felt his best or not, it certainly looked like he didnt miss a beat. We kind of needed a little extra jump and he seems to have brought it." Pietrangelo felt he had to capitalize on Sobotkas hard work in the corner "It was a great pass, Id better bury it," Pietrangelo said. Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis, and Oshie added two assists. Miller has stopped 134 of 145 shots in six games with St. Louis and has yet to lose in regulation. He has a 1.82 goals-against-average and .924 save percentage with the Blues. David Perron and Mark Fraser scored for Edmonton. Perron spent six seasons in St. Louis and leads the Oilers with 25 goals. Edmonton tied it at 2 late in the second period on Frasers shot from close range. The Blues then took over with a near-perfect third period. "We played with tempo and we played with speed in the neutral zone," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We were really effective. We put a lot of pressure on people." St. Louis outshot Edmonton 14-11 over the final 20 minutes, peppering goalie Ben Scrivens from start to finish. "They capitalized on their scoring chances," Scrivens said. "But I needed to make more saves than I did." The Oilers appeared to have gained the momentum with Frasers tying goal. "I dont care how good they are, we were able to play with them for two periods," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "We certainly should be able to do it for another 20 more minutes." Notes: St. Louis D Barret Jackman left the game briefly late in the second period after colliding with Jesse Joensuu. Jackman returned for the third period. ...The Oilers have used six goalies this season. ... Ten of the Blues last 13 games have been decided by one goal. ... Edmonton C Sam Gagner had a five-game points streak snapped. ... The Oilers are 7-2-3 in their last 12 games, their best stretch since going 8-3 at the start of the 2011-12 season. ... Oshies two assists give him a career-high 36 this season. Harrison Butker Jersey . The Earthquakes (6-9-7) were coming off a 5-0 loss at home last Saturday to FC Dallas. Even with the draw, the Sounders (13-7-3) climbed back into a tie for both the Western Conference and overall top spot in MLS. Seattle, West co-leader Real Salt Lake and East leader Sporting Kansas City all have 42 points. Chiefs Super Bowl Jerseys .com) - The fading Ottawa Senators have a chance to make up some ground in the playoff race on Tuesday night as they play host to the New York Rangers.CENTURION, South Africa -- English golfer Ross Fisher secured his first European Tour title in four years with a three-shot victory in the Tshwane Open on Sunday. Fisher, who started the day with a five-stroke lead, saw off a challenge from Michael Hoey that briefly cut his advantage to one shot. Fisher responded with an eagle at the long 15th from 25 feet to see off the Northern Irrishman, who finished on 17 under for a share of second place with South Africas Danie van Tonder. Joe Montana Jersey. Spains Carlos Del Moral was a shot behind in fourth. Fisher, who now has five European Tour titles, said "Im just thrilled to get over the line. It was a testing day with the weather conditions and playing with Mike he put up a great challenge for me." ' ' '
In her first World T20 Diary entry, England Women’s Tash Farrant talks being mint and swanky hotels and reveals how her mother will play a key role in India… And so it begins - my first ever ICC world event. Rashan Gary Super Bowl Jersey .Sitting here by the pool at our hotel in Chennai it all feels slightly surreal but mostly Im just really excited about whats to come.It all started with the flight out to India from Heathrow - it was a newbies only car on the drive down to the airport from Loughborough (where I am currently in my first year at university) as I was joined by our physio, Susan, who is also making her World Cup debut. #FlyingTheFlag – here I am with Jenny Gunn (L) and Georgia Elwiss (C) with the England cricket supporters flag at Heathrow With some great tunes and some not so great singing we embarked on the long voyage, having donned our new mint green training kit. Im thinking about dropping the marketing guys at ECB Towers a note to suggest a new slogan to replace We Are England Cricket - Because were mint! (This obviously has to be said in Geordie accent at all times).With a fairly smooth journey we arrived in India. The only blip being when Katherine Brunt realised shed forgotten her caramel heels. Definitely not a normal item on her packing list, so she can be forgiven for this faux-pas, but needed to go with our TM Lewin Number 1s (England suits). Or at least I hope thats the only time she plans to wear them!Luckily my mum is flying out to support us once things get under way, so will come to the rescue, along with ferrying a few other essentials that we have forgotten as a team. Most importantly a sack full of Yorkshire tea bags, after quickly realising that the tea here isnt quite to some of the girls taste (a bit spicy). Because we’re mint!” – Danni Wyatt and I showing off our new “mint green” training kit The first bus journey from the airport is always a favourite touring moment of mine wherever we travel, and this time was no different being able to get my first taste of India through the bus window. Manic.As a team we feel we have definitely lucked out with our team room in the hotel. Its the Presidential Suite. Sounds very posh, I know, and posh it is! There are Jacuzzi baths, flat screen TVs and an enormous dining room table.The most exciting thing of all is the one-person rocket like lift which I guess is a bit unnecessary to go up one small flight of stairs, but nevertheless, it is quite the gadget! There will most definitely be a few movie and room service nights going on in there!With a couple of tough training sessions in the scorching heat here in Chennai we are champing at the bit to play our warm-up matches and to get some time out in the middle.Ill be reporting back after them!Until next time!Fazza (Natasha Farrant, England Womens cricketer) Also See: Womens cricket home Sportswomen Cricket fixtures/results Get Sky Sports ZaDarius Smith Super Bowl Jersey . 42 sitting next to the bench. The 57-year-old with greying hair couldnt box out or grab a rebound, but owner Ted Leonsis waved his red towel and egged on a cheering crowd that chanted "Free Nene!" The Wizards did just fine without the suspended Brazilian forward. Jimmy Graham Super Bowl Jersey .ca. The NHL Play of the Year showdown kicks off with some slick moves going head-to-head with a combination of soft hands and endless patience.The Netherlands can reach its second consecutive World Cup final with a victory over Argentina on Wednesday at the Area de Sao Paulo. Listen to the game live on TSN 1050, TSN 690, TSN 1200, TSN 1260 and TEAM 1410 at 4pm et/1pm pt. The Dutch reached the World Cup final in South Africa in 2010 after topping Uruguay, 3-2, but faced Spain in the final and fell 1-0. Louis van Gaals side will surely draw motivation for Wednesdays clash from that defeat, something not lost on midfielder Wesley Sneijder. "Sometimes you have to suffer to obtain success," he said. "The final in 2010 was very painful but the disappointment drives you on. "We feel we have more experience, a strong squad, some great players and now we know it is so close for us again. We have come through so much together and grown with the tournament. Now it gets even harder." The Dutch should be riding high on confidence after knocking off the tournaments Cinderella squad on Saturday, topping Costa Rica 4-3 on penalty kicks after the sides played to a scoreless draw in extra time. The Dutch controlled much of the match but only created their first real scoring opportunity in the 21st minute when Robin van Persie latched on to Memphis Depays through ball and fired a left-footed shot on target, but Keylor Navas was able to parry the attempt to the top of the penalty area. The clearance only went as far as Sneijder, who lashed the rebound back toward goal, but Navas was equal to the task once again. Navas denied Sneijder again in the 39th minute when the Galatasaray midfielder uncorked a brilliant free kick from distance that looked destined for the upper corner, but the Levante keeper pushed the shot aside to send the two sides into halftime scoreless. The Dutch continued to find scoring chances in extra time as Costa Rica looked absolutely exhausted. Sneijder hit the woodwork for a second time when he took a layoff from Jeremain Lens in the 119th minute and curled a superb effort toward goal with his favorite right foot, and a relieved Navas could only help but watch the strike come back into play off the crossbar. Heading into the penalty shootout, Van Gaal used his final substitution to replace goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul and the move was a masterstroke as Krul stopped two Costa Rica penalties to hand his side the victory. "In terms of team spirit and togetherness, this is the best group Ive worked withh. Tony Brown Super Bowl Jersey. I thought we had more quality than Costa Rica and deserved to win. I dont know how much ball possession we had, how many times we hit the woodwork and how many chances we had -- in the end its all about scoring," Van Gaal said. "We have practiced pens, I believe when youre used to a certain way of shooting youll be more comfortable taking that shot. We told Tim Krul that he would be the best goalkeeper for the penalties as hes bigger; we didnt tell Cillessen, as we didnt want to ruin his preparation and concentration. There is no question about who will start next game, it will be Cillessen. But we felt Krul was the better choice here -- and he proved that. He guessed the correct way for every penalty." Argentina heads into its first semifinal since 1990 hoping to earn a chance to play for its third Jules Rimet trophy, having already advanced further than their 2010 campaign when the side was thumped, 4-0, by Germany in the quarterfinals. Argentina also knocked off a potential Cinderella in the quarterfinals after earning a 1-0 victory over Belgium courtesy of a goal from Gonzalo Higuain at the Estadio Nacional. Through this World Cup, Argentinas performances have left plenty to be desired, but theyve gotten the necessary results and Wednesday represents an opportunity to put in a quality performance against a very good opponent. The goal came after just eight minutes as Angel Di Maria attempted to deliver a pass into the penalty area that was deflected by a Belgium defender. The ball fell kindly to the feet of Higuain and he hammered a first-time shot perfectly inside the left post. "Ever since the first game Ive been saying that I wasnt worried, that my first goal would come, and fortunately it came at a crucial time," Higuain said. "Its been a long time since Argentina reached the semifinals and Im happy its this group of players that managed it, because they deserve it. Now we want to keep going and reach the final." Alejandro Sabellas team will have a significant void to fill on Wednesday as Di Maria was forced off the pitch in the 33rd minute with a thigh injury 33rd minute, was replaced by Enzo Perez, and is unavailable for Wednesday. Despite the injury, Sabellas team will hope for more than just a semifinal appearance. "Weve achieved our minimum objective, which was to reach the last four, but we want more. Thats what weve come for," Sabella said. ' ' '
France will be expected to reaffirm their status as pre-tournament favourites when they come up against debutants Albania in Marseille on Wednesday. Emmanuel Moseley Jersey . After their narrow but merited 2-1 win over Romania on Friday, Didier Deschamps men could clinch a place in the last 16 depending on the earlier result between the Romanians and Switzerland.There is cause for concern, however, as they lost 1-0 to Albania when they met 12 months ago through an Ergys Kace free kick. Indeed, the French also had to come from behind to draw another friendly 1-1 in Rennes in November 2014, with Antoine Greizmann denying Albania their first win on French soil.Even with those recent results in mind, Deschamps will have confidence his team can succeed at the imposing Stade Velodrome. Dimitri Payets late goal gave France a winning start to Euro 2016 The hosts have lost just once in their last 11 matches at the venue - against Argentina in 2009 - and have won each of their last seven home internationals.Albania, on the other hand, will be bidding to avoid three consecutive defeats for the first time since October 2013.Team newsFrance are likely to keep the same starting line-up that beat Romania 2-1 in the Group A opener last Friday. Moussa Sissoko could be called into central midfield should any changes be made.Albania will be without captain Lorik Cana after he was sent off in their opening match against Switzerland after receiving two yellow cards, meaning Arlind Ajeti or Frederic Veseli could replace him in defence.Opta statsFrance have won four of the six matches played against Albania but have failed to win either of the last two meetings (D1 L1).Albania have never scored more than once in a game against France (three goals scored in six matches).Albania have never beaten Les Bleus in France, conceding nine goals across three games and scoring only once in return (D1 L2). Albania lost their opening match against Switzerland and had Lorik Cana sent off in the first half France have played at the Stade Velodrome twice in the European Championships, losing to Czechoslovakia in 1960 (0-2) but beating Portugal in 1984 (3-2). Both games saw them concede twice.France have won their last six games on home soil in the European Championships (5 in 1984, 1 in 2016).France have only kept two clean sheets in their last 17 games at the European Championships (against Romania in 2008 and Ukraine in 2012).Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud - who scored 24 club goals last season - has eight goals in his last six starts for France.Mersons predictionI was quite impressed with Albania in their opening defeat to Switzerland. Even with 10 men they had a right go but just could not stick the ball in the back of the net. However, France got better as their first match went on. The nerves started to disappear and they relaxed a lot more which will help them as the tournament goes on.PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0BettingWednesday nights clash represents the most one-sided clash of Euro 2016 according to Sky Bet, with Albania 14/1 outsiders for the victory. 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Rajon Rondo had 18 of Bostons season-high 38 assists and the Celtics committed just seven turnovers in a 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Jim Plunkett Jersey . -- Albert Pujols is thrilled to have a reason to forget about his first two disappointing seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone interviewed for the Chicago Bears job as did Detroit Lions defensive co-ordinator Teryl Austin.The team confirmed the interviews Tuesday.Marrone exercised an opt-out clause in his contract two weeks ago after leading Buffalo to its best finish in a decade, leaving some players stunned and unhappy with him. The Bills went 9-7 for their first winning season since 2004 but extended the NFLs longest active post-season drought to 15 seasons.They went 15-17 in two seasons under Marrone.A former NFL offensive lineman, Marrone was the Saints offensive co-ordinator from 2006-08 and worked with new Bears general manager Ryan Pace.Austin, who just completed his first season as Detroits defensive co-ordinator, turned a middle-of-the--road defence into one of the leagues best. Alex Smith Jersey. Only Seattle gave up fewer yards per game than the Lions, who went 11-5 before a bitter playoff loss to Dallas.The Bears made sweeping changes after finishing 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. They hired Pace out of New Orleans front office last week to replace the fired Phil Emery and are trying to fill the coaching job after letting Marc Trestman go.Chicago has also interviewed Seattle defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn, Denver offensive co-ordinator Adam Gase and Arizona defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles.The Bears made a change in their front office Tuesday, parting ways with director of pro personnel Kevin Turks.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
Canadas Alex Gough came up just short in her quest for an Olympic medal in womens luge on Tuesday. Darwin Thompson Super Bowl Jersey . Gough finished in fourth, 0.433 seconds behind American Erin Hamlin, who took the bronze medal at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rzhanaya Polyana. "I had great runs today and I knew it was going to be a long shot,"the 26-year-old slider from Calgary said. "It was tough to make a mistake on the first run, I knew I was going to have to fight back from that." Germanys Natalie Geisenberger captured gold with a combined time of 3:19.768, while defending Olympic champion Tatjana Hüfner finished with a silver medal, 1.139 seconds behind her German teammate. Geisenberger was the only slider to travel down the icy chute in under 50 seconds over the entire competition, setting a track record of 49.765 in her third run. Gough finished with a combined four-run time of 3:21.578, and was unable to win Canadas first medal in the sport. However, her fourth place set a new Canadian-best finish, which she hopes to improve upon as part of the Canadian squad in the team relay event, which starts on Thursday. "Im happy to have been here, I just wish I had done a bit better," Gough said. "Im going to come out and give my best for the team relay, thats always our best event." Calgarys Kimberly McRae, who said she was aiming for a top-10 finish, was happy with her performance after posting a combined time of 3:21.895 for fifth place. "Putting down consistent runs worked so well for me," McRae said. "Now Im going to keep working hard. I have a long summer ahead and well see what happens next year." Arianne Jones, also of Calgary, finished with a time of 3:23.183 for 13th place. Alex Okafor Super Bowl Jersey . -- Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen took the second-round lead Saturday in the Champions Tours Legends of Golf, teaming for a 6-under 48 in windy conditions on the par-3 Top of the Rock course. Marcus Allen Super Bowl Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with safety Brock Vereen and QB David Fales on four-year contracts.Allen Park, MI - The Detroit Lions placed defensive tackle C.J. Mosley back on the active roster after he completed serving a club-issued two-week suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. The Lions sent Mosley home during their recent trip to London for an undisclosed violation of team rules, which ESPN later reporting that the 10- year veteran was caught with marijuana in his hotel room and had disabled a smoke detector. Mosleys reinstatement was one of several roster moves the Lions made following their bye week. In addition, Detroit activated rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy from injured reserve/designated to return and brought back deefensive tackle Andre Fluellen while releasing cornerback Danny Gorrer. Xavier Williams Super Bowl Jersey. Van Noy, the Lions second-round pick of the 2014 draft, underwent surgery just prior to the start of the season to repair a core muscle injury. Head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday that the BYU product is expected to make his NFL debut in Sundays game against Miami. Fluellen, who played in 13 games with Detroit last year and has spent parts of each of the previous six seasons as a member of the Lions, was re-signed with defensive tackle Nick Fairley out indefinitely with a knee injury he sustained in the teams Oct. 26 win over Atlanta in London. ' ' '