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Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork. Doug Gilmour Jersey .com) - In the second half of the fourth-annual Crossroads Classic, the 21st-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will clash with the Purdue Boilermakers at Banker Life Fieldhouse. The Crossroads Classic serves to highlight basketball in the state of Indiana and will open on Saturday with the 23rd-ranked Butler Bulldogs taking on the Indiana Hoosiers. Mike Breys Irish have suffered just one defeat on the season, that coming back on Nov. 23 by a single point on the road at Providence (75-74). Since then, Notre Dame has reeled off six straight victories and moved to 10-1 on the year with last weekends 83-63 rout of Florida State in ACC action. Matt Painters Boilermakers are off to a solid start to their season as well. Purdue enters this game with an 8-3 overall mark, although it has split its last four games. The Boilermakers have also been idle for a week after last weekends 81-71 road loss at Vanderbilt. Notre Dame holds a narrow 21-20 series lead thanks to wins in each of the last two meetings with Purdue. The Irish came out on top in Indianapolis two years ago, 81-68. Purdue fell behind by 11 points at the half and just couldnt do enough over the final 20 minutes to prevent Vanderbilt from earning a 10-point win. The Boilermakers shot the ball at an efficient rate overall (.473), but Vandy hit nine 3-pointers in the game compared to Purdues three. Raphael Davis led four Boilermakers in double digits with 15 points. Isaac Haas finished with 13, while Kendall Stephens Bryson Scott checked in with 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Purdue has been solid at the offensive end this season, averaging a strong 76.7 ppg on .470 shooting. The team has also excelled on the glass, outrebounding foes by seven caroms per contest. Stephens isnt starting right now, but still leads the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg. Haas checks in at 11.5 ppg and is followed closely in the scoring column by Vince Edwards and his 10.7 ppg. The Boilermakers will need to stay sharp offensively on Saturday, as Notre Dame has shown plenty of firepower and efficiency at that end of the floor. The Irish are seventh nationally in scoring (84.9 ppg) and lead the nation in field-goal percentage (.557), including .409 from behind the arc. Scoring depth is apparent, as four of the teams five starters are averaging double figures, led by Jerian Grants 18.9 ppg. Grant has picked up where he left off after missing most of last season and is also the teams top facilitator, dishing out 6.0 apg. Zach Auguste can fill up the basket as well at 15.2 ppg, followed by Demetrius Jackson and Pat Connaughton with 13.3 and 12.7 ppg, respectively. Notre Dames 83 points against Florida State represented the teams most in an ACC contest since joining the league. The Irish were able to convert 51.7 percent from the floor and dominated down low with 46 points in the paint. Auguste was 11-of-15 from the floor and finished with a game-high 26 points. Grant and Jackson had big games as well, netting 18 points apiece. Dmitrij Jaskin Jersey . Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Dodgers in baseballs North American opener Sunday night. Brian Sutter Jersey .com) - Whew! North Dakota States reign as the three-time FCS national champion was pushed to the limit by South Dakota State on Saturday, but freshman R.EDMONTON -- Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly said Tuesday he will start Saturday against Saskatchewan, and dismissed suggestions the team rushed him back too quickly last week from a concussion. "Being a competitor and a guy that loves the game and tries to play with as much passion as you can, you dont ever want to come off the field," Reilly said after practice at Commonwealth Stadium. "But at the same time, Im not an idiot. Ive looked at what has happened to guys that have come back too early (from concussions). Ive seen the newspaper articles about guys committing suicide, having issues with concussions down the road. "As much as I love this game, Im not going to put myself in a bad position." Reilly was concussed on Sept. 28 when he took a pile-driving helmet-to-helmet blow to the back of his head against the Toronto Argonauts. Four days later, he was cleared to practice, and three days after that he was starting against the Montreal Alouettes, despite criticism from fans and media that he was being rushed back in a futile attempt to salvage a lost season. Those fears were stoked when the Eskimos ran essentially a Reilly-lite offence in the loss to Montreal, abandoning his successful scrambling style to keep him in the pocket to throw quick "one steamboat" passes and avoid contact. Reilly said he understood the skepticism, but said a battery of tests from Eskimo and third-party doctors convinced him he was OK. "It was just very difficult for people to really believe that within seven days I was ready to play," he said. "Im not going to put my career in jeopardy for one game. "But if Im ready to play -- and I knew that I was -- and all the proper protocols were passed and Im medically cleared to play, then Im not going to take myself off that field because that sends the wrong message about the way that I play. "It (also) sends the wrong message to my teammates and to the fans that weve given up -- and thats simply not the case. Tony Twist Jersey. " The 3-11 Eskimos need to win their last four games and have Montreal lose their last four to win a cross-over playoff spot. Reilly was 13 for 21 for 180 yards and two interceptions before he was pulled at halftime against Montreal, with the Eskimos down 31-3. After the game, both Reilly and head coach Kavis Reed admitted to reporters the playbook was altered to keep Reilly away from contact. "We wanted to be very careful in how we used him and managed the game that way," said Reed at the time. "Play-calling wise we wanted to make certain we didnt put him in a situation where he was exposed to protection breakdowns, like running the football and all those things." On Tuesday, however, Reed denied the game plan was adjusted to specifically keep Reilly out of harms way. "We made certain that we had a game plan that the ball was going to come out quickly from Mikes hand because we were playing a high-pressure defence," said Reed. "I said that we did things to get the ball out of (Reillys) hands quickly and to be responsible with our quarterback," he added when asked if he was misinterpreted by reporters. "That was the game plan. (It was) not because of concussion." Regardless, "One Steamboat" Reilly is no more. The quarterback confirmed from here on out the plan will be for him to roam, scramble and improvise. Football doesnt work any other way, he said. "If were going to design plays around the possibility of me getting hurt, I may as well just not play anymore," he said. "Every time you set foot on that field you understand youre at risk from an injury. But if youre playing with that in mind, you arent going to be effective in this league." Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork. Doug Gilmour Jersey .com) - In the second half of the fourth-annual Crossroads Classic, the 21st-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will clash with the Purdue Boilermakers at Banker Life Fieldhouse. The Crossroads Classic serves to highlight basketball in the state of Indiana and will open on Saturday with the 23rd-ranked Butler Bulldogs taking on the Indiana Hoosiers. Mike Breys Irish have suffered just one defeat on the season, that coming back on Nov. 23 by a single point on the road at Providence (75-74). Since then, Notre Dame has reeled off six straight victories and moved to 10-1 on the year with last weekends 83-63 rout of Florida State in ACC action. Matt Painters Boilermakers are off to a solid start to their season as well. Purdue enters this game with an 8-3 overall mark, although it has split its last four games. The Boilermakers have also been idle for a week after last weekends 81-71 road loss at Vanderbilt. Notre Dame holds a narrow 21-20 series lead thanks to wins in each of the last two meetings with Purdue. The Irish came out on top in Indianapolis two years ago, 81-68. Purdue fell behind by 11 points at the half and just couldnt do enough over the final 20 minutes to prevent Vanderbilt from earning a 10-point win. The Boilermakers shot the ball at an efficient rate overall (.473), but Vandy hit nine 3-pointers in the game compared to Purdues three. Raphael Davis led four Boilermakers in double digits with 15 points. Isaac Haas finished with 13, while Kendall Stephens Bryson Scott checked in with 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Purdue has been solid at the offensive end this season, averaging a strong 76.7 ppg on .470 shooting. The team has also excelled on the glass, outrebounding foes by seven caroms per contest. Stephens isnt starting right now, but still leads the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg. Haas checks in at 11.5 ppg and is followed closely in the scoring column by Vince Edwards and his 10.7 ppg. The Boilermakers will need to stay sharp offensively on Saturday, as Notre Dame has shown plenty of firepower and efficiency at that end of the floor. The Irish are seventh nationally in scoring (84.9 ppg) and lead the nation in field-goal percentage (.557), including .409 from behind the arc. Scoring depth is apparent, as four of the teams five starters are averaging double figures, led by Jerian Grants 18.9 ppg. Grant has picked up where he left off after missing most of last season and is also the teams top facilitator, dishing out 6.0 apg. Zach Auguste can fill up the basket as well at 15.2 ppg, followed by Demetrius Jackson and Pat Connaughton with 13.3 and 12.7 ppg, respectively. Notre Dames 83 points against Florida State represented the teams most in an ACC contest since joining the league. The Irish were able to convert 51.7 percent from the floor and dominated down low with 46 points in the paint. Auguste was 11-of-15 from the floor and finished with a game-high 26 points. Grant and Jackson had big games as well, netting 18 points apiece. Dmitrij Jaskin Jersey . Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Dodgers in baseballs North American opener Sunday night. Brian Sutter Jersey .com) - Whew! North Dakota States reign as the three-time FCS national champion was pushed to the limit by South Dakota State on Saturday, but freshman R.EDMONTON -- Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly said Tuesday he will start Saturday against Saskatchewan, and dismissed suggestions the team rushed him back too quickly last week from a concussion. "Being a competitor and a guy that loves the game and tries to play with as much passion as you can, you dont ever want to come off the field," Reilly said after practice at Commonwealth Stadium. "But at the same time, Im not an idiot. Ive looked at what has happened to guys that have come back too early (from concussions). Ive seen the newspaper articles about guys committing suicide, having issues with concussions down the road. "As much as I love this game, Im not going to put myself in a bad position." Reilly was concussed on Sept. 28 when he took a pile-driving helmet-to-helmet blow to the back of his head against the Toronto Argonauts. Four days later, he was cleared to practice, and three days after that he was starting against the Montreal Alouettes, despite criticism from fans and media that he was being rushed back in a futile attempt to salvage a lost season. Those fears were stoked when the Eskimos ran essentially a Reilly-lite offence in the loss to Montreal, abandoning his successful scrambling style to keep him in the pocket to throw quick "one steamboat" passes and avoid contact. Reilly said he understood the skepticism, but said a battery of tests from Eskimo and third-party doctors convinced him he was OK. "It was just very difficult for people to really believe that within seven days I was ready to play," he said. "Im not going to put my career in jeopardy for one game. "But if Im ready to play -- and I knew that I was -- and all the proper protocols were passed and Im medically cleared to play, then Im not going to take myself off that field because that sends the wrong message about the way that I play. "It (also) sends the wrong message to my teammates and to the fans that weve given up -- and thats simply not the case. Tony Twist Jersey. " The 3-11 Eskimos need to win their last four games and have Montreal lose their last four to win a cross-over playoff spot. Reilly was 13 for 21 for 180 yards and two interceptions before he was pulled at halftime against Montreal, with the Eskimos down 31-3. After the game, both Reilly and head coach Kavis Reed admitted to reporters the playbook was altered to keep Reilly away from contact. "We wanted to be very careful in how we used him and managed the game that way," said Reed at the time. "Play-calling wise we wanted to make certain we didnt put him in a situation where he was exposed to protection breakdowns, like running the football and all those things." On Tuesday, however, Reed denied the game plan was adjusted to specifically keep Reilly out of harms way. "We made certain that we had a game plan that the ball was going to come out quickly from Mikes hand because we were playing a high-pressure defence," said Reed. "I said that we did things to get the ball out of (Reillys) hands quickly and to be responsible with our quarterback," he added when asked if he was misinterpreted by reporters. "That was the game plan. (It was) not because of concussion." Regardless, "One Steamboat" Reilly is no more. The quarterback confirmed from here on out the plan will be for him to roam, scramble and improvise. Football doesnt work any other way, he said. "If were going to design plays around the possibility of me getting hurt, I may as well just not play anymore," he said. "Every time you set foot on that field you understand youre at risk from an injury. 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Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork. Bills Jerseys China .com) - Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday. The second-year linebacker broke his forearm in Sundays 14-13 win over Tampa Bay. DiManche played in all 12 Bengals games this season, making one start on defense. Between defense and special teams, he totaled 10 tackles and a forced fumble. A Southern Illinois product, the undrafted DiManche appeared in all 16 games for Cincinnati as a rookie in 2013. Authentic Adolphus Washington Jersey . -- Rodney Stuckey scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Detroit Pistons beat the New York Knicks for the first time in eight meetings, 92-86 on Tuesday night. Authentic Russell Bodine Jersey . - The New Orleans Saints have re-signed receiver Joseph Morgan for one year and have agreed to a four-year deal with free agent fullback Erik Lorig. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Coach Ron Rivera expects to have his starting backfield ready to play Sunday night when the Panthers host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back DeAngelo Williams and Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert practiced full on Friday and are expected to start. Williams is listed as questionable on the injury report; Tolbert is probable. Quarterback Cam Newton has been battling rib and ankle injuries but isnt listed on the teams injury report. Thats good news for unbeaten Carolina considering the Steelers (1-1) rank 29th in the league against the run after two games and allowed 157 yards rushing in a 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week. "The formula that we talked is being able to control the ball, control the clock and take the pressure off our quarterback," Rivera said. "Thats what were hoping for. Its great to have Jonathan Stewart back and Tolbert rolling and DeAngelo hopefully back out there." Third-string running back Fozzy Whittaker is doubtful with a quadriceps injury. While the running backs are getting healthy, Carolinas wide receiver position is a little more unsettled heading into Sunday. Rivera said there is some concern over starting wide receiver Jerricho Cotcherys status. Cotchery, who caught 10 TD passes last season for the Steelers, didnt practice Friday and is listed as questionable along with backup wide receiver Jaason Avant. Authentic Charles Clay Jersey. Both are struggling with hamstring injuries. Cotchery said Friday he ran in the pool instead going outside to practice and will be cautious with the injury, even though he desperately wants to play against his former team. "Im preparing for a long year," Cotchery said. "I came here to play to play ball in January and February. If I feel good on Sunday then I will go. But if not Im just looking forward to the long season." Rivera is anxious to get Williams back on the field. The 31-year-old running back sat out last weeks game against Detroit with a hamstring injury and the Panthers struggled moving the ball on the ground. Williams had a strong debut in the season opener, rushing for 72 yards on 14 carries against Tampa Bay. Stewart started in place of Williams last Sunday and ran for 37 yards and a touchdown against a Lions defence that repeatedly put eight and nine men in the box, forcing Newton to beat them with his arm. Tolbert missed practice earlier in the week with a bruised sternum after taking what he called the hardest hit of his NFL career last Sunday from Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Fairley came through Carolinas offensive line unblocked on a goal line play and levelled Tolbert, who was left gasping for air. The Panthers are looking for their first 3-0 start since 2003, the year they went to the Super Bowl. Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies JerseysCheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
Spokane, WA (SportsNetwork. Authentic Eric Rowe Jersey .com) - Kevin Pangos had 17 points and five assists and No. 6 Gonzaga cruised to an 88-57 win over San Francisco on Thursday night. Przemek Karnowski netted 16 points and Kyle Wiltjer added 15 points and five rebounds for the Bulldogs (15-1, 4-0 WCC), who have won eight straight games since their lone loss at Arizona on Dec. 6. Kruize Pinkins led the Dons (7-10, 1-4) with 20 points. The Dons never cut the deficit below seven in the second half. After Corey Hilliard hit a 3-pointer to trim the gap to 44-37 early in the second period, Gonzaga responded with an extended 18-4 run to put the game away. Domantas Sabonis three-point play preceded Pangos triple, which capped the surge and upped the Bulldogs advantage to 62-41 prior to the midway point of the half. Gonzaga, which led 37-27 at the break, was up by as many as 33 down the stretch. Game Notes Gonzaga shot 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the floor and hit on 12 of its 28 attempts from beyond the arc ... The Bulldogs held a 39-26 rebounding advantage and turned the ball over just seven times. Authentic Steve Grogan Jersey .com) - Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 11. Cheap Patriots Jersey . Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year. Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009.OKLAHOMA CITY - Tony Parker is dinged up again, and his status is unclear heading into the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs All-Star point guard did not play in the second half or overtime of the Western Conference finals-clinching win over Oklahoma City on Saturday because of a sore left ankle. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesnt know what shape Parker will be in for Game 1 on Thursday in San Antonio. "I have no idea," Popovich said Saturday night. "I dont know what the deal is." Popovich said Parker sprained the ankle in Game 4 and aggravated it in Game 5. Popovich considered starting Manu Ginobili at point guard in Game 6 against the Thunder because Parker was having trouble during pregame. At halftime, Popovich made the decision to hold him out. "He came to me about eight minutes on the clock (before the second half) and said he couldnt go," Popovich said. "He couldnt cut. He was limping on it. He couldnt cut sideways or forward really." Popovich said he thought playing Parker in the second half would have hurt the team in the long term. "I didnt want him to be a hero because he was 50 per cent or less, we thought," Popovich said. "Thats probably bad for the team if you think about it. It was a tough decision to try to figure out whether to play him, and if you lose the game and it affects him for Monday night, then youre going to feel like you made an unwise choice." Parker has been plagued by injuries this year. He averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 50 per cent from the field during the regular season, but he missed 22 games. He strained his left hamstring in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals aagainst Portland and did not return. Authentic Isaiah Wynn Jersey. The Spurs won that game easily to clinch the series. Once again, his teammates bought him some rest. Had the Spurs lost Game 6, they would have faced an elimination game at home Monday against the Thunder. "We didnt know how much Tony was hurt in his ankle," forward Boris Diaw said. "But we didnt want to go to Game 7, and we didnt know if he would be ready to play if we did or if he would be 100 per cent, so we tried to get it over with tonight." Still, the Spurs have proven all season they can win without key players, posting the NBAs best record despite a series of injuries. "We have to continue to play basketball regardless of who is on the floor and our reserves did a great job - Cory (Joseph), Patty (Mills) - they stepped in and continued to run the offence and push the pace and playing good defence on their guards as well," guard Danny Green said. Joseph started the second half of Game 6 against Oklahoma City and helped engineer a 37-point third quarter. "Cory was very good," Ginobili said. "I mean, its hard to play when you dont have many opportunities to play in close games and stuff. But he did very well in Game 3 and 4 here. He always brings the juice, aggressiveness, competitiveness. He attacks the rim well. I think he made a few key plays." The Spurs said they excel without their stars because they are about a system, rather than individuals. "We have been doing what we did the whole year, which is passing the ball to each other, getting some movement, getting pace and getting into a good rhythm," Diaw said. "Always trying to set up a good shot for a teammate." Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres JerseysCheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
BOSTON - Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he has been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on his use of chewing tobacco for about 30 years. Youth Jordan Lasley Jersey . Schilling discussed details on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. The former Red Sox right-hander announced in February that he had cancer but hadnt disclosed what kind. He has said he is in remission after seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and has lost 75 pounds. "Im not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing," he said. "It was an addictive habit. I can think about so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever. "And I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part. I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff. None of it was enough to ever make me quit." Schilling revealed the type of cancer two months after Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54 of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Use of chewing tobacco has been "a norm in the baseball culture," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "On the heels of the unfortunate passing of Tony Gwynn and now what Curts going through, you would think that this would be more of a current beacon for guys to take note and know that theres a price to be paid if youre one of the unfortunate ones that is stricken by cancer." Major League Baseball prohibits having smokeless tobacco in public view and imposes fines for violations. Minor leaguers cannot use it in games. Former Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester was coming back from treatment for anaplastic large cell lymphoma in 2007, Farrells first year as Bostons pitching coach. Lester, sent to Oakland at the trade deadline last month, was 4-0 that year and won the final game of Bostons four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. "Any time a public figure who is, unfortunately, diagnosed with cancer, is able to come out and speak about it — I know how hard that can be — it brings awareness," Lester said after Schillings disclosure, "and maybe sheds a little light or a little hope on somebody whos struggling." Before his team faced the Red Sox on Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the use of smokeless tobacco "is non-existent in the minor leagues during a game. ... You hope that the next generation will heed the mistakes of the prior generation." Schilling is a three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox. "Its a very serious issue," said Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Schillings manager with the Diamondbacks in 2000, the year before they won the World Series after Showalter left. Awareness "has gotten a lot better over the years through things like Curt is doing, but theres a long way to go." Schilling played from 2004-07 with the Red Sox, who won the World Series in his first and last seasons with them. "Hes elected to keep it very personal and I wouldnt want to betray that confidence," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who managed Boston from 2004-11. "Hes said what hes wanted to say, when hes wanted to say it." Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer said he tries to encourage young players not to use smokeless tobacco. "Anybody that thinks about it or wants to do it because its cool should realize its definitely not," he said. "Youre seeing these guys lives get put in jeopardy because of it. Young players and young kids should be aware of that. Its a disgusting habit." Schilling is being sued by Rhode Islands economic development agency after his video game company received a $75 million state loan guarantee and then collapsed. ___ AP Sports Writers Pat Graham and Janie McCauley and freelancers Patrick Donnelly and Paul Ladewski contributed to this story. Cheap Ravens Jerseys For Sale . -- C.J. Cron hit an RBI single on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, doubled his second time up and hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Cheap Ravens Jerseys Authentic .ca has you covered for whos in, whos out and what to expect from all 30 teams.Toronto FC kicked off its new era with a 1-0 preseason win over D.C. United on Wednesday night. Forward Bright Dike scored the games only goal in the 85th minute on a foggy night in Bradenton, Fla. Michael Bradley, the 26-year-old U.S. international who was acquired from Serie A side Roma in January for a reported $110 million transfer fee, made his first appearence as a starting midfielder. Cheap Stitched Ravens Jerseys. Dwayne De Rosario, making his return to the Reds lineup for the first time since he was traded to United in 2011, was also in the starting 11. Another highly touted transfer, Jermain Defoe, did not make his debut. Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
BOSTON - Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he has been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on his use of chewing tobacco for about 30 years. Youth Jordan Lasley Jersey . Schilling discussed details on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. The former Red Sox right-hander announced in February that he had cancer but hadnt disclosed what kind. He has said he is in remission after seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and has lost 75 pounds. "Im not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing," he said. "It was an addictive habit. I can think about so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever. "And I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part. I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff. None of it was enough to ever make me quit." Schilling revealed the type of cancer two months after Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54 of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Use of chewing tobacco has been "a norm in the baseball culture," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "On the heels of the unfortunate passing of Tony Gwynn and now what Curts going through, you would think that this would be more of a current beacon for guys to take note and know that theres a price to be paid if youre one of the unfortunate ones that is stricken by cancer." Major League Baseball prohibits having smokeless tobacco in public view and imposes fines for violations. Minor leaguers cannot use it in games. Former Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester was coming back from treatment for anaplastic large cell lymphoma in 2007, Farrells first year as Bostons pitching coach. Lester, sent to Oakland at the trade deadline last month, was 4-0 that year and won the final game of Bostons four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. "Any time a public figure who is, unfortunately, diagnosed with cancer, is able to come out and speak about it — I know how hard that can be — it brings awareness," Lester said after Schillings disclosure, "and maybe sheds a little light or a little hope on somebody whos struggling." Before his team faced the Red Sox on Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the use of smokeless tobacco "is non-existent in the minor leagues during a game. ... You hope that the next generation will heed the mistakes of the prior generation." Schilling is a three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox. "Its a very serious issue," said Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Schillings manager with the Diamondbacks in 2000, the year before they won the World Series after Showalter left. Awareness "has gotten a lot better over the years through things like Curt is doing, but theres a long way to go." Schilling played from 2004-07 with the Red Sox, who won the World Series in his first and last seasons with them. "Hes elected to keep it very personal and I wouldnt want to betray that confidence," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who managed Boston from 2004-11. "Hes said what hes wanted to say, when hes wanted to say it." Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer said he tries to encourage young players not to use smokeless tobacco. "Anybody that thinks about it or wants to do it because its cool should realize its definitely not," he said. "Youre seeing these guys lives get put in jeopardy because of it. Young players and young kids should be aware of that. Its a disgusting habit." Schilling is being sued by Rhode Islands economic development agency after his video game company received a $75 million state loan guarantee and then collapsed. ___ AP Sports Writers Pat Graham and Janie McCauley and freelancers Patrick Donnelly and Paul Ladewski contributed to this story. Cheap Ravens Jerseys For Sale . -- C.J. Cron hit an RBI single on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, doubled his second time up and hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Cheap Ravens Jerseys Authentic .ca has you covered for whos in, whos out and what to expect from all 30 teams.Toronto FC kicked off its new era with a 1-0 preseason win over D.C. United on Wednesday night. Forward Bright Dike scored the games only goal in the 85th minute on a foggy night in Bradenton, Fla. Michael Bradley, the 26-year-old U.S. international who was acquired from Serie A side Roma in January for a reported $110 million transfer fee, made his first appearence as a starting midfielder. Cheap Stitched Ravens Jerseys. Dwayne De Rosario, making his return to the Reds lineup for the first time since he was traded to United in 2011, was also in the starting 11. Another highly touted transfer, Jermain Defoe, did not make his debut. Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
The B. Alexander Steen Jersey .C. Lions announced on Monday that the team had come to terms with veteran quarterback Steven Jyles. "Steven has a lot of experience in our league as both a starter and a back-up and we expect him to provide a significant level of competition for the quarterbacks we have under contract," said Lions general manager and vice president of football operations, Wally Buono, in a statement. Jyles sat out the 2013 season after starting in nine games for the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2012 season. The 31-year-old Louisiana-Monroe product came into the league in 2006 with the Eskimos and also spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts. In 2010 as a Bomber, Jyles led the CFL with a 100.9 passer rating and set a personal best with 19 TD passes. He is expected to back up Travis Lulay. Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey .That means, of course, that John Wall beat the Spurs for the first time ever — within weeks of his first wins in head-to-head games against nemeses Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. Carter Hutton Jersey . As analysts we do the same thing, so here are some observations from week one. First there were two major upsets. I should say, major upsets in the eyes of the fans and prognosticators.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for Minnesota against Green Bay on Sunday night, while Josh Freeman will be inactive after being cleared to practice. Next weeks as-the-quarterback-carousel-turns episode has not been written yet, but the Vikings have their guy for the Packers game. Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed after practice on Friday that Ponder will start against the Vikings bitter rival. Freeman reported concussion-like symptoms the day after his rough performance Monday night in a loss to the New York Giants. He passed the NFLs required tests and went through part of the workout with the Vikings on Friday, but this was too late in the week for him to catch up with the game plan and get ready to play. Frazier said Freeman will be inactive on Sunday night, with Matt Cassel backing up Ponder. Frazier said the Vikings expect Freeman to fully participate in practice next week, which will create another mini-drama about who will take the next turn through this revolving door, particularly if Ponder plays well. For now, the focus is on the Packers. "Ive got to any way I can help Christian out there. He had an excellent week of practice. Hes dropping dimes left and right. I know everybody is excited about moving forward," Freeman said. Freeman said his film review of the game didnt pin down the exact hit that caused the concussion. He said he didnt start feeling bad until after the flight home. This was his first concussion in the NFL. "Ive really appreciated how the coaches have handled it," Freeman said. "Its been kind of, OK, all right, take your time, feel it out. It hasnt been, Hurry up and get back. Theyve treated it and handled this situation very professionallyy in allowing me to get back at my own pace, which is, with any head injuries a necessary step. Keith Tkachuk Jersey. " Conspiracy theorists were curious about the timing of the injury, given how poorly Freeman played. But he denied any exaggeration or fabrication of his condition. "All I can do is live in my truth," Freeman said. Frazier said Freemans inaccuracy was mostly due to mechanical issues, not for a lack of preparedness. "There were obviously some shots, looking back, I could hit in my sleep, but in the game they were maybe a little high. That made it hard on my guys," Freeman said. "Its definitely something that calls for improvement and definitely something that were working on day to day." After being benched for Cassel earlier this month, Ponder has the job again. The best game of his NFL career came against the Packers last year, a victory by the Vikings to finish the regular season and reach the playoffs. He also had a decent debut in 2011, at home against the Packers. Maintaining a positive attitude through the disappointment of losing the job after his broken rib was fully healed paid off for Ponder. "I wasnt sure if things they were telling me were true or not," Ponder said this week. "But I stayed focused. Like I said in previous weeks, I can control what I can control, and that was getting better on the field and getting healthy. Im healthy now. And, again, Im going to take full advantage of this opportunity." Tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, who has been an important blocker in the running game, missed practice again on Friday because of an ankle injury and wont play on Sunday night. Frazier said his absence is "a pretty big loss." Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies JerseysCheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
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He trained, prepared himself for his first home start of the season and got rid of some overdue baggage, finally shaving off his overgrown beard. It was three years to the day since he was the most expensive British signing in history. January 31st, 2011 changed the Gateshead lad forever. Playing and scoring goals for his boyhood club, Newcastle United, Carroll was enjoying the dream life - on the pitch. Off it was a constant battle. That Andy Carroll came with some serious baggage. Multiple assault charges finally saw him granted bail on the condition of him moving to a permanent residence, rather than a hotel. Newcastle teammate Kevin Nolan took him in and put a curfew on Carroll to help him stay out of trouble. "I said he could stay, I cleared it with the Mrs, of course, first, Nolan later reflected. She was down in Liverpool a lot of the time so we were like roommates. He was a pretty good cook. Pasta with tomatoes, chicken; things like that." On the field, Nolan wanted nothing changed and loved making runs from midfield to get on the end of a knockdown by the big striker. Back at the family home, issues around Carroll continued when his car was set on fire in the driveway and graffiti was written all over the garage door. The Nolan family stuck by him as the midfielder revealed to the Guardian, back in 2010: "Andy has got to be indoors for 10.30pm and he has got to be in bed by 11pm. Wed already got the kids on curfews, so its no trouble to enforce.What I have learnt about Andy, though, is that hes always asleep at the wrong time, like when I get him up early to do the school run with me. He gets up at 10 to eight and we leave at five past. We then have our breakfast at the training ground. I dont know if he likes it but thats the way it is." Carroll would later see the assault charges dropped and as he moved out of the Nolan household, he did with much less baggage. Nolan told the Daily Mirror in 2012: "When you look back on it now, it was bizarre him staying with us, but it worked. In our family, thats what we do for our friends. Ive been brought up like that by my mum and dad. "I know Andy was very grateful for what we did for him, thats why were so close. He has his family there for him but sometimes you need other people as well." Carrolls 35 million pound move to Liverpool in 2011 was called a dream move by Nolan, who was obviously delighted for his mate, but the dream soon turned out to be a nightmare for Carroll. It was not a move that came too soon for him. It was simply a move that should never have come at all. Liverpool captured the Englishman on the day they let Fernando Torres leave. The 35 million pound figure they paid was never what Carroll was worth. It was simply a number Newcastle, on the final day of the transfer window, would allow their goal scorer to leave for. Incredibly, Liverpool took the bait and Carrolls life changed forever. Sure, there were some good moments, such as scoring the winner at Wembley over Everton in the FA Cup semifinal, but there were some tough moments too and when Kenny Dalglish was replaced by Brendan Rodgers as manager, it was only a matter of time that Carroll would be moved on. Nineteen months after signing at Anfield, Carroll was reunited with Nolan, this time down south at West Ham, agreeing to a season-long loan. "He has learned so much. There is a different lad standing in that dressing room now. There is a man who can look after himself and do the right things on a daily basis," Nolan said. Carroll did enough last season to convince the Hammers to pay Liverpool 15 million pounds and hand the striker a new six year contract. Except, once again, Carroll came with baggage, this time in the case of a heel injury that he picked up on the final day of last season against Reading. The injury proved to be far worse than original thought and with Carroll out for months; West Ham struggled badly, causing mmany to panic, including the clubs co-owner David Sullivan. Cheap Jordan Whitehead Jersey. . "Had we known he would be out for this long, we would not have signed him," Sullivan told the BBCs Football Focus in December. "We are not a rich enough club to deal with that. You know any player can get injured, but we cant buy a player knowing he is going to be out for half the season. When we signed him we were assured by the medical staff that the very, very latest he would be back was September 1st. That would have meant he would only miss two league games." Sullivan has every right to look after his investments but it seemed a bizarre thing to say publicly. Even if he privately believed it, it is not as if the money spent on Carroll could have gone on another player who would have instantly changed the clubs fortunes. You only have to look at the long list of strikers bought for a lot of money, in the Premier League, to know many do not work out. Injury or no injury, that label is yet to be attached to the now 25-year-old Carroll. The jury still remains out on what he can actually become. On Saturday he started his second game of the season, at home to Swansea, and in the first half showed exactly why West Ham wanted to spend that amount of money on him. Carroll was magnificent, finding pockets of space to hold up the ball and supply wide men, choosing his battles in between Chico Flores and Dwight Tiendalli, to regularly win aerial duels, and then winning two significant headers that set up the games two goals, in a 2-0 West Ham win. The beneficiary? Nolan of course. Like Carroll, the 2013-14 season had been a season to forget so far for the Hammers captain but he had no injury to blame for his torrid campaign. Nolan scored 10 goals from midfield last season and had been expected to score regularly again this season but, heading into Saturday, the 31-year-old had as many league red cards as goals this season (2). After the second red card, against Fulham in December, manager Sam Allardyce had seen enough, fining him two weeks wages (100 thousand pounds), saying: "Our captain was irresponsible. Not just today but for the future because he is suspended. Hes let everyone down and himself. I just dont quite understand where hes lost his cool and why its happened." Nolan sat out seven games through suspension but on Saturday he was reunited with his mate, playing just behind Carroll, giving West Ham fans what they hope to be a glimpse at the partnership that can keep their team in the Premier League this season. Except, once again more baggage comes with Carroll. In the second half on Saturday he was sent off for extending a wild arm to Chico Floress head. Allardyce called it an injustice and plans to appeal against it but if that is unsuccessful Carroll will again sit out for three more games. Once Carroll returns he will have gone nine months without playing a full 90 minutes. He will have three months to not only play a pivotal role in saving West Hams season but also attempt to get on Roy Hodgsons England plane to Brazil. At the moment he appears to be completely off Hodgsons radar but in just 45 minutes on Saturday he showed why he should be more than just considered if he can play regularly. Carroll offers something completely different to the England manager, who has enough quick forwards looking to get in behind a defensive line. Carroll showed against Sweden in Euro 2012 that he can be a real handful for international defenders if the quality of the deliveries into the box is high. West Ham became the final Premier League team to score a headed goal this season on Saturday and if they can improve their crosses and get Carroll heavily involved down the stretch then do not rule out the forward making an unlikely late, successful attempt at the 23rd and final player seat on the plane to Brazil. Time is certainly running out but if Carroll can remove the personal baggage, he may well be packing his own baggage to the World Cup. Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers JerseysCheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
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He trained, prepared himself for his first home start of the season and got rid of some overdue baggage, finally shaving off his overgrown beard. It was three years to the day since he was the most expensive British signing in history. January 31st, 2011 changed the Gateshead lad forever. Playing and scoring goals for his boyhood club, Newcastle United, Carroll was enjoying the dream life - on the pitch. Off it was a constant battle. That Andy Carroll came with some serious baggage. Multiple assault charges finally saw him granted bail on the condition of him moving to a permanent residence, rather than a hotel. Newcastle teammate Kevin Nolan took him in and put a curfew on Carroll to help him stay out of trouble. "I said he could stay, I cleared it with the Mrs, of course, first, Nolan later reflected. She was down in Liverpool a lot of the time so we were like roommates. He was a pretty good cook. Pasta with tomatoes, chicken; things like that." On the field, Nolan wanted nothing changed and loved making runs from midfield to get on the end of a knockdown by the big striker. Back at the family home, issues around Carroll continued when his car was set on fire in the driveway and graffiti was written all over the garage door. The Nolan family stuck by him as the midfielder revealed to the Guardian, back in 2010: "Andy has got to be indoors for 10.30pm and he has got to be in bed by 11pm. Wed already got the kids on curfews, so its no trouble to enforce.What I have learnt about Andy, though, is that hes always asleep at the wrong time, like when I get him up early to do the school run with me. He gets up at 10 to eight and we leave at five past. We then have our breakfast at the training ground. I dont know if he likes it but thats the way it is." Carroll would later see the assault charges dropped and as he moved out of the Nolan household, he did with much less baggage. Nolan told the Daily Mirror in 2012: "When you look back on it now, it was bizarre him staying with us, but it worked. In our family, thats what we do for our friends. Ive been brought up like that by my mum and dad. "I know Andy was very grateful for what we did for him, thats why were so close. He has his family there for him but sometimes you need other people as well." Carrolls 35 million pound move to Liverpool in 2011 was called a dream move by Nolan, who was obviously delighted for his mate, but the dream soon turned out to be a nightmare for Carroll. It was not a move that came too soon for him. It was simply a move that should never have come at all. Liverpool captured the Englishman on the day they let Fernando Torres leave. The 35 million pound figure they paid was never what Carroll was worth. It was simply a number Newcastle, on the final day of the transfer window, would allow their goal scorer to leave for. Incredibly, Liverpool took the bait and Carrolls life changed forever. Sure, there were some good moments, such as scoring the winner at Wembley over Everton in the FA Cup semifinal, but there were some tough moments too and when Kenny Dalglish was replaced by Brendan Rodgers as manager, it was only a matter of time that Carroll would be moved on. Nineteen months after signing at Anfield, Carroll was reunited with Nolan, this time down south at West Ham, agreeing to a season-long loan. "He has learned so much. There is a different lad standing in that dressing room now. There is a man who can look after himself and do the right things on a daily basis," Nolan said. Carroll did enough last season to convince the Hammers to pay Liverpool 15 million pounds and hand the striker a new six year contract. Except, once again, Carroll came with baggage, this time in the case of a heel injury that he picked up on the final day of last season against Reading. The injury proved to be far worse than original thought and with Carroll out for months; West Ham struggled badly, causing mmany to panic, including the clubs co-owner David Sullivan. Cheap Jordan Whitehead Jersey. . "Had we known he would be out for this long, we would not have signed him," Sullivan told the BBCs Football Focus in December. "We are not a rich enough club to deal with that. You know any player can get injured, but we cant buy a player knowing he is going to be out for half the season. When we signed him we were assured by the medical staff that the very, very latest he would be back was September 1st. That would have meant he would only miss two league games." Sullivan has every right to look after his investments but it seemed a bizarre thing to say publicly. Even if he privately believed it, it is not as if the money spent on Carroll could have gone on another player who would have instantly changed the clubs fortunes. You only have to look at the long list of strikers bought for a lot of money, in the Premier League, to know many do not work out. Injury or no injury, that label is yet to be attached to the now 25-year-old Carroll. The jury still remains out on what he can actually become. On Saturday he started his second game of the season, at home to Swansea, and in the first half showed exactly why West Ham wanted to spend that amount of money on him. Carroll was magnificent, finding pockets of space to hold up the ball and supply wide men, choosing his battles in between Chico Flores and Dwight Tiendalli, to regularly win aerial duels, and then winning two significant headers that set up the games two goals, in a 2-0 West Ham win. The beneficiary? Nolan of course. Like Carroll, the 2013-14 season had been a season to forget so far for the Hammers captain but he had no injury to blame for his torrid campaign. Nolan scored 10 goals from midfield last season and had been expected to score regularly again this season but, heading into Saturday, the 31-year-old had as many league red cards as goals this season (2). After the second red card, against Fulham in December, manager Sam Allardyce had seen enough, fining him two weeks wages (100 thousand pounds), saying: "Our captain was irresponsible. Not just today but for the future because he is suspended. Hes let everyone down and himself. I just dont quite understand where hes lost his cool and why its happened." Nolan sat out seven games through suspension but on Saturday he was reunited with his mate, playing just behind Carroll, giving West Ham fans what they hope to be a glimpse at the partnership that can keep their team in the Premier League this season. Except, once again more baggage comes with Carroll. In the second half on Saturday he was sent off for extending a wild arm to Chico Floress head. Allardyce called it an injustice and plans to appeal against it but if that is unsuccessful Carroll will again sit out for three more games. Once Carroll returns he will have gone nine months without playing a full 90 minutes. He will have three months to not only play a pivotal role in saving West Hams season but also attempt to get on Roy Hodgsons England plane to Brazil. At the moment he appears to be completely off Hodgsons radar but in just 45 minutes on Saturday he showed why he should be more than just considered if he can play regularly. Carroll offers something completely different to the England manager, who has enough quick forwards looking to get in behind a defensive line. Carroll showed against Sweden in Euro 2012 that he can be a real handful for international defenders if the quality of the deliveries into the box is high. West Ham became the final Premier League team to score a headed goal this season on Saturday and if they can improve their crosses and get Carroll heavily involved down the stretch then do not rule out the forward making an unlikely late, successful attempt at the 23rd and final player seat on the plane to Brazil. Time is certainly running out but if Carroll can remove the personal baggage, he may well be packing his own baggage to the World Cup. Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers JerseysCheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
TORONTO -- Canadas Milos Raonic boasts one of the strongest power games on the mens tennis tour. Authentic Josey Jewell Jersey . On Friday night, his game was undone by an unseeded opponent who picked his style apart. Spains Feliciano Lopez eliminated Raonic from the Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 quarter-final victory in front of a surprised crowd at Rexall Centre. Raonic, the No. 6 seed from Thornhill, Ont., struggled early and was hampered by unforced errors on the stadium showcourt. Raonic hung in there despite his inconsistency but couldnt convert one of the nine break point opportunities he had in a pivotal 12-minute game midway through the deciding set. Lopez later picked up a break before closing out the win. "I just need to show in a few situations more courage and go for it a little bit more," Raonic said. "Not just that third set but all throughout the match." Raonics trademark rocket serve was still a weapon but his rhythm on the baseline was affected by Lopezs unique style. The crafty left-handed Spaniard mixed things up with cut shots, chip-and-chase strokes and a nice variety of drops and lobs. The change in pace seemed to handcuff Raonic at times. His ground strokes were still powerful but they were weakened when Lopez forced the Canadian wider on court or made him change his approach. The Spaniard said he went heavy on his second serves and was fortunate to hang in there in the third set. "I mean to save nine break points in the same game -- even though I played great (for) most of them -- I have to get a little bit lucky," Lopez said. He completed the victory in one hour 57 minutes to quiet the vocal near-capacity crowd. "Two mistakes, one break and thats it. This is tennis," Lopez said. Lopez will play Roger Federer of Switzerland in the semifinals on Saturday. The second-seeded Swiss star defeated No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the late quarter-final. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France also reached the final four with a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Britains Andy Murray. Tsonga will meet seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who outlasted South Africas Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6). Raonic relied on his powerful ground strokes but the results were mixed as he sprayed a number of shots and had several mishits. The 23-year-old right-hander didnt hide his frustration. At 2-2 and with serve in the opening set, Raonic shouted out in frustration after dropping the first two points of the game. His next shot went long and another mishit gave Lopez the first service break of the match. Raonic threw an exasperated look at his coach at the changeover and couldnt pull even, with Lopez sealing the set with an overhead smash. The Canadian came out strong in the second set by taking the first five points. He was still having trouble with the spin on some of Lopezs shots but the pace of the match started to open up with longer rallies. The players went back and forth with mini-breaks in the tiebreaker. Raonic converted his first set point when Lopez fired a ball long as he tripped while approaching the net. The Spaniard landed awkwardly on his wrist and could be seen trying to loosen it up before the third set. It apparently wasnt a bother as Lopez was steady on serve and consistent down the stretch. "He did a good job," Raonic said. "He stepped up and played well in the important moments, especially on his service game." Earlier, the 13th-seeded Tsonga picked up his second straight upset victory by knocking off the eighth-seeded Murray, who had won nine of 10 previous meetings against the Frenchman. Tsonga was coming off a convincing win over top-seeded Novak Djokovic. "This week is kind of rewards for me," Tsonga said. "To play like this, to beat two guys in the top 10. Its good and I hope it will continue." Tsonga, who had an 18-7 edge in aces over Murray, won 83 per cent of points when his first serve was in. "I was able to serve maybe 220 (km/h) all match and for me its something great when Im serving like this," Tsonga said. "Im able to play good tennis." Murray said it was a much faster-paced match than his tournament opener against Nick Kyrgios. The two-time Rogers Cup champ had reached the quarter-finals on a walkover when Richard Gasquet withdrew due to an abdominal injury. "Jo is a top player, hes a fantastic athlete," Murray said. "When his game is on, hes very tough to beat." In mens doubles play, the third-seeded team of Torontos Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia advanced with a 2-6, 6-3, 14-12 win over No. 5 Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France. No. 4 Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil beat seventh-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. The second-seeded duo of Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil defeated Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romanias Horia Tecau 7-6 (4), 6-4. Federer was the highest-seeded player left in the singles draw after three of the top four seeds were eliminated Thursday. He improved to 15-0 lifetime against Ferrer. Raonic, meanwhile, was coming off a tournament victory last weekend in Washington and fell to 2-2 against Lopez. He has six career wins on the ATP Tour but is still looking for his first Masters 1000 title. All three of his matches were three-set affairs at the US$3.78-million tournament. His focus now turns to the next hardcourt warmup event in Ohio ahead of the U.S. Open. "Im competing well and fighting well and I know I can play much better tennis," Raonic said. "The goal has always been get better each week to be playing my best tennis in New York, and thats what Im most looking forward to. "Cincinnati is the next step to getting better." Raonic reached the final at last years Rogers Cup in Montreal before losing to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is not back to defend his title due to a wrist injury.Authentic Paxton Lynch Jersey . Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Raptors have traded forward Steve Novak along with a second-round pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Diante Garrett - who will then be waived. Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey .Y. -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.Watford are one of a number of clubs interested in Lille forward Sofiane Boufal, Sky sources understand. The French club are believed to value the 22-year-old Morocco international at more than £15m.Boufal joined Lille from Angers in January 2015 and he scored 12 goals in 35 appearances last season, also securing his first Morocco call for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde. He is understood to be interested in a move to the Premier League club should Watford and Lille be able to agree a fee.Two players who could be on their way out of Vicarage Road are midfielder Almen Abdi and striker Steven Berghuis. Almen Abdi is being linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday Abdi was a regular in Watfords first team last season but he is being linked with a move down to the Sky Bet Championship with Sheffield Wednesday. Authentic Case Keenum Jersey. Berghuis joined the Hornets from AZ Alkmaar but all nine of his Premier League appearances came off the bench. Feyenoord are interested in taking the 24-year-old back to the Eredivisie. 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