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The Florida Panthers will have an array of options when it comes to the first-overall selection in tonights NHL Draft. Darryl Kile Astros Jersey . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Panthers are considering a number of trade options for the pick, including those from teams picking outside of the top 10 selections. Many of those offers are believed to be centred around current NHL players. Dreger adds that the Panthers do not plan on making their decision on whether to trade the top pick on the draft floor, and therefore will likely make a decision prior to the kick-off of the first round. The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers are also both content staying at second and third overall, respectively, according to Dreger. You can watch the draft live on TSN and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. Randy Johnson Jersey . Bobrovsky posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to help the Blue Jackets (35-26-6) gain five of a possible six points last week. He capped the week by making 32 saves and stopping 2-of-4 shootout attempts in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Justin Verlander Jersey . Wiggins, who had been seen as a contender for a podium finish in Paris, was one of about 20 riders caught near the back of the peloton with 38 kilometres to go in the 218-km flat stage from Le Mans to Chateauroux. INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck and Robert Mathis finally got the Colts out of their funk and back into their playoff groove Sunday. All they have to do now is keep playing this way. Luck threw two touchdown passes, Mathis broke the Colts single-season and career records for sacks by forcing a safety in the second half and the Colts rolled past Houston 25-3 in their best overall performance in two months. "We needed it," coach Chuck Pagano said. "We talked all week about coming back and even though we had clinched the division, we wanted to start building or gaining some momentum." Houston (2-12) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 12 and fell to 0-12 all-time in Indy. The timing for the Colts late-season turnaround couldnt be better. After losing 42-28 at Cincinnati last week, the Colts (9-5) learned on the bus trip home they had clinched the AFC South title when Denver beat Tennessee. At the time, it looked as if the Colts would be locked into the No. 4 seed and would have little to play for. But with Denver (11-3) losing Thursday night, New England (10-4) losing Sunday at Miami, Indy winning and Cincinnati playing Sunday night at Pittsburgh, the door has cracked just a bit -- if the Colts win their final two games. The problem, from November through Sunday, was that Indy had not played anywhere near well enough to string back-to-back wins together. Over those previous six games, Indy lost three times by at least two touchdowns and was outscored 114-24 in the first halves. Things suddenly changed dramatically. Luck went up-tempo right from the start and used a heavy dose of bubble screens to open things up down the field. It worked well. He finished 19 of 32 for 180 yards with the two first-half TD passes that gave the Colts a 20-3 halftime lead. Indy played without two starting offensive linemen, lost replacement starter Joe Reitz with a concussion on the opening series and lost running back Donald Brown with a stinger later in the first half. "We practice it," Luck said of the decision to go no-huddle early. "We have had some success with two-minute hurry up so its good to come out and do that." The defence forced punts and turnovers and got a safety on Mathis record-breaking sack. Punnt returner Griff Whalen even set up a score with a 51-yard return. Joe Smith Jersey. But the excitement was muted. They still settled for three field goals and Luck was picked off in the red zone when he tried to force a ball into coverage. "We looked like a team that lost 11 in a row playing a good football team," interim coach Wade Phillips said in his first game since Gary Kubiak was fired. "I thought we could compete with them, but we didnt do a good job of that." Most of Houstons problems were self-inflicted, again. Case Keenum was 18 of 34 for 168 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Andre Johnson, who needed five catches for another 100-reception, caught four balls for 18 yards. Ben Tate rushed 16 times for 72 yards and was fortunate not to lose a fumble. Houston also finished with 14 penalties, 10 in the first half. "That was bad today," said Keenum, whose fumble was recovered in the end zone by left tackle Duane Brown after Mathis strip sack. "My teammates deserve better, my coaches deserve better. Our fans deserve better." Luck opened the game by throwing a 14-yard TD pass to Whalen for Indys first opening-drive touchdown since Week 3. After Houstons Randy Bullock made a 49-yard field goal, Darius Butler picked off Keenum to set up Adam Vinatieris 37-yard kick. Luck made it 17-3 when he faked another receiver screen, then flipped the ball on a shovel pass to Trent Richardson for a 9-yard score. And after Butlers second interception, Vinatieri made a 43-yard field goal and Indy led 20-3. "We played good football today, kept the mistakes to a minimum and were just able to get after it," Mathis said. "A little bit of stuff here and there we can improve on, but for the most part, good football." Notes: Mathis, the NFL sacks leader, has 16 1/2 this season and 108 in his career. Longtime teammate and close friend Dwight Freeney held the Colts previous marks, getting 16 in 2004 and 107 1/2 in his career. ... Houstons 12-game losing streak is the citys professional football record. ... The Colts have gone 29 consecutive games without back-to-back losses. ... Hall of Fame running backs Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk joined Indys Ring of Honor at halftime. ' ' '
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Finally, good things are happening for the Thunder. Cheap NFL Jerseys China .Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, and Oklahoma City snapped a six-game skid with a 97-82 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Thunder, who shot 48 per cent. Five of the six losses during the skid were by seven points or fewer, and the Thunder were determined to avoid that result again.It felt really good to get a win, thats for sure, Thunder forward Nick Collison said. Weve been sticking with it. It was good to see us get rewarded for continuing to grind it out.Better days might be on the horizon, too. Kevin Durant (broken right foot) and Russell Westbrook (broken right hand) will be reevaluated in the next few days to see if they are ready to return. Durant, the reigning MVP, hasnt played this season, and Westbrook, a three-time All-Star point guard, has played just two games. Without them, the Thunder stumbled out to the worst record in the Western Conference. Now, at least, there is hope.The last couple of days in practice, they did some contact things on the court, so that was good, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. That has been progressing over the last couple of weeks.A return for Westbrook appeared more likely as the Thunder announced Wednesday night that they waived backup point guard Sebastian Telfair.Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and Enes Kanter and Trey Burke each added 16 for the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight and matched their lowest point total of the season.The Thunder shot 53 per cent in the first half and led 56-48 at the break, their highest point total before halftime this season. Jackson scored 14 points and Lamb had 13. Hayward scored 14 points in the second quarter to keep the game close.Ibaka made a 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left in the third quarter to give the Thunder a 66-58 edge, and Anthony Morrow drained one a few minutes later to push Oklahoma Citys lead to 13. The Thunder took a 74-62 lead into the fourth quarter.Kendrick Perkins missed a free throw, but he got the rebound and found Morrow for a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 95-75 with just under four minutes to play.I dont want to say they were desperate, but they clearly were hungry, and I dont think we were ready for that, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.TIP-INSThunder: F Mitch McGary (left foot fracture) and F Perry Jones (right knee contusion) both are still out. McGary has not played since the preseason and Jones missed his 11th consecutive game. ... Lamb scored eight points in the last 1:02 of the first quarter to help the Thunder take a 31-29 lead at the end of the period. ... F Collison was issued a technical foul for making excessive contact with Joe Ingles in the second quarter.Jazz: G/F Rodney Hood missed his 10th straight game with right foot inflammation. ... The Jazz squandered a 10-point lead in the first quarter. ... Hayward scored 16 points in the first half, and would have had more, but the 86 per cent free throw shooter missed 5 of 10 from the line before the break.SHORT-TERM MEMORYLamb, had made 11 of 37 shots the previous five games and had seen his minutes dwindle since Andre Roberson returned to the rotation. Lamb made 7 of 8 against the Jazz in 24 minutes before fouling out.PIVOTAL MOMENTThe Jazz cut the Thunders lead to nine on a layup by Derrick Favours with 6:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Lamb responded with a 3-pointer that sparked a 12-1 run for Oklahoma City.QUOTE OF THE NIGHTIts just the little things, Snyder said. Its missing free throws, turnovers and negative plays that we have talked about the whole year.UP NEXTOklahoma City: Plays host to New York on Friday.Utah: Plays host to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP. Authentic NFL Jerseys . Sterling was banned for life and fined US$2.5 million by the NBA on Tuesday for racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. Nash, who plays for the rival L.A. Lakers, spoke as a representative of current NBA players at a press conference assembled by Sacramento mayor and National Basketball Players Association adviser Kevin Johnson. China NFL Jerseys .5 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. Hatcher agreed to terms Thursday, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been signed. LOS ANGELES -- After being thoroughly outplayed for over 40 minutes, the Los Angeles Clippers fought back. Leading the way was a player not known for coming up big in the clutch. Darren Collison scored eight of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Clippers past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2. "Even though we didnt play well throughout the game, we were able to get a win," Collison said. "That feels more impressive than anything we did." Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibakas tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23. "It was a good look," Westbrook said. "Just didnt go in." Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 25 points, making 9 of 11 free throws. Jamal Crawford added 18 points. DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds, helping the Clippers win the boards, 45-43 -- the first time in 11 playoff games the Thunder were outrebounded. "We just willed this one. We found a way," said Chris Paul, who had 23 points and 10 assists. Kevin Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15 of 18 free throws, for the Thunder. "We let this one slip away," he said. "We could have took control of the series." Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. "We were almost on the mat and we got off of it. We didnt get pinned," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Theyre seething right now. They had an opportunity to go up 3-1 and now its an even series." It was the 14th comeback -- and largest yet -- by the Clippers this season after trailing by double digits. They rallied from 12 points down in the second quarter of Game 7 to oust Golden State in the first round. "This is one of the best ones yet," Paul said. "Darren Collison was amazing. You just got to love a guy like that who plays with so much heart and never gives up." The Clippers had no answer for Durant and Westbrook until midway through the fourth quarter. That dynamic duo drove the lane with abandon, drew fouls and made free throws in leading the Thunder to an early 22-point lead. Durants three-point play early in the fourth extended the Thunders lead to 15 points, and they were still up by 10 with 7:44 to go. But the comeback Clippers were not to be denied. "Everybody kept telling each other, Chip away, chip away," Griffin said. Cheap College Jerseys. "That was kind of our mentality for the rest of the game. We just kept fighting." The Clippers stole a page out of the Thunders playbook, switching to a smaller lineup that included Collison and Danny Granger, who helped disrupt the Thunders rebounding late. Paul willed his team back into it, scoring six straight points to get the Clippers within six. Griffin, who was saddled with five fouls, made three of four free throws before Collison got hot. "The whole time Im thinking, We cant be down 3-1, we just cant be down 3-1 going to Oklahoma," Collison said. With the game tied at 97, Collison scored the Clippers final four points on layups. Crawford passed to a streaking Collison for a fast-break conversion on the second one for a 101-97 lead with 32 seconds left. Westbrook scored for the Thunder, but after Griffin missed, Westbrook did too to end the game. "Did that really just happen?" a still stunned Crawford said. Paul missed all five of his shots in the third, when Griffin picked up three fouls to give him five, and Crawford and Jordan each got their third. Ibaka, who shot 9 of 10 in the Thunders Game 3 win, got his fourth foul, along with Westbrook in the third. The Clippers came as close as eight points before Reggie Jacksons 3-pointer beat the shot clock to keep the Thunder ahead 75-63 going into the fourth. The Thunder had the Clippers on their heels from the opening tip, with Oklahoma City shooting 65 per cent in building a 22-point lead. Oklahoma City outscored the Clippers 32-15 in the first; the fewest points theyve allowed in a quarter of a playoff game. NOTES: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million after recordings of him making racist comments surfaced, attended the game, sitting next to Magic Johnson. Johnson tweeted on April 26 that he would never go to a Clippers game again while Sterling remains the owner. ... Johnson and boxer Floyd Mayweather have each made noises about being interested in owning the Clippers. ... Dick Parsons, whom Silver appointed as interim CEO of the Clippers, will be in town Monday. ... Among the celebs were Rihanna, Justin Bieber (who got booed), Billy Crystal, Mark Wahlberg, former Clipper Baron Davis wearing a Dodgers hat and Kenny Lofton. ' ' '
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MIAMI -- The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. Fake China Jerseys . On one hand, hes the games best player. On the other, hes rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like 2013 -- when a spectacular wedding, a second NBA championship and a fourth MVP award were among the many highlights enjoyed by the Miami Heat star -- he still is, as he puts it, striving for greatness. Or, technically, more greatness, since his enormous list of accomplishments just keeps growing. James was announced Thursday as The Associated Press 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7). "Im chasing something and its bigger than me as a basketball player," James told the AP. "I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero ... those things mean so much, and thats what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I dont think this is the biggest role that Im going to have." Past winners include Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps. Serena Williams was the AP Female Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday. James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as NBA players to win the award. "I dont think Ive changed much this year," James said. "Ive just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player. Ive matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend." So far in 2013, with a maximum of three games left to play, James has appeared in 98. The Heat have won 78 of them. None of those was bigger than the four Miami got in the NBA Finals against San Antonio. In Game 7, James was at his best, scoring 37 points, including the jump shot with 27.9 seconds left that essentially was the clincher. "He always rises to the occasion when it matters the most," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Business-wise, James is booming. Some estimate his annual income around $60 million, less than one-third of that being made on the court. His wife has opened a juice bar in Miami, and David Beckham wants James to be part of the Major League Soccer team he plans on bringing to South Florida in the next couple years. Countless people want to align with James. Few make him listen. Beckham did. "You want to be a part of it, but it has to feel real to you," James said. "You dont want to do something that doesnt feel much to you, that youre just doing for the money. We all have money. For me, my time is more than money at this point in my life." James has another "decision" to make in 2014. He can become a free agent again this summer, though still smarting from the circus atmosphere that followed him during his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers four years ago, James is staying largely silent on what might happen. He insists he has no idea. "Im so zoned in on what my task is here this year that its hard to think about anything else," James said. "A guy the other day asked me what Im going to do for New Years, and I havent even thought about that." When asked if theres anything he doesnt like about Miami, James offered few complaints, other than the often-clogged street -- Biscayne Boulevard, or U.S. 1 -- that leads to the arena the Heat call home. "What is there not to like about Miami?" James said. "It is a home. My family is very happy; Im very comfortable. But U.S. 1? I wish that was a highway." Bear in mind, hes not always unhappy when that street is gridlocked. The last two years, hes been largely responsible for hundreds of thousands of people lining that road for Heat championship parades. And if he gets his way, theyll be back next June. China Jerseys Stitched .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Cheap Jerseys From China . LOUIS -- Russell Martin wanted a better fate for his starting pitcher and helped deliver a happier ending.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Peter Laviolette and his Nashville Predators, the only team in the NHL still unbeaten in regulation this season, believe they still can play better.James Neal showed he is just starting to get comfortable, too.Neal scored a natural hat trick, and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in the Predators 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.Its early in the season. Were a new group, its a new coach and a new system, and the guys theyre working hard at it, Laviolette said. Tonight was a good win.Last game I dont think we were at our best, so consistency would be one of the things you could easily throw out there. Tonight, the guys were on point.The two Central Division rivals came in as the only teams yet to lose in regulation. They played into overtime six nights earlier in Chicago with the Blackhawks winning 2-1, a game in which Nashville managed only 12 shots through the first two periods.That loss hurt more because the Predators were on the power play when Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed goal for the win.We didnt like the way we ended against Chicago last game, Neal said. We got a little redemption.The Predators earned points in their seventh straight game before a sellout crowd, continuing their best start since the 2010-11 season when they got points in each of their first eight.For Neal, it was the fifth hat trick of his career. Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in June, Neal has five goals in four games. Filip Forsberg had two assists.That was awesome, Rinne said of Neals hat trick. Its nice to see that kind of sniper. He has one of the better shots for sure in the league, and he used it tonight. Beautiful goals a couple of them, and obviously a huge game by him.Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago.With Chicago trailing 3-1, Shaw tipped a rebound past Rinne at 12:36 of the third. That gave Chicago fans making the trip down for the game a reason to get loud again.The Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Raanta for the extra attacker. Rinne gloved the puck out of the air with 1:18 lleft with Shaw trying to score. China Jerseys Cheap. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville took his timeout, but the Blackhawks couldnt beat Rinne despite outshooting Nashville 32-27.Quenneville called the third the Blackhawks best period by a mile.They came at us hard, and they get their turn in this building, Quenneville said. But you get down by two, and you put yourself in a tough spot.The Blackhawks left goalie Corey Crawford at home for this two-game road swing because of an upper body injury, and Raanta got his second straight start.The Predators outshot Chicago early with a flurry of action in front of Raanta. But Smith flipped a wrister over Rinnes outstretched leg off a rebound at 12:21 for a 1-0 lead for the Blackhawks.Nashville failed to take advantage of a power play when Marcus Kruger went to the box for high-sticking Colin Wilson, but defenceman Seth Jones found Neal with a nice cross-ice pass. Neal beat Raanta off his stick, tying it 1-1 in the final minute of the period.Chicago got its only man advantage at 13:07 of the second, and the Blackhawks took turns shooting at Rinne. He stopped drives from Toews and Patrick Kane, and a slap shot from Patrick Sharp in killing the penalty.We just couldnt find a way, Toews said. We only got one power play in the second period, and it just wasnt going for us. And it was the same story late in the third.The Predators broke the tie at 16:12 of the second when the puck squirted over to Neal just inside the left circle near the slot, and his slap shot beat Raantas glove. Neal completed his hat trick at 1:52 of the third from the side on a wrister.NOTES: Neals previous hat trick was Dec. 29, 2013, against Carolina while he was with the Penguins. It was Nashvilles first hat trick at home since Sergei Kostitsyn had one on Jan. 1, 2012. ... Predators forward Mike Ribeiro had an assist on Neals goal, giving him points in five straight. ... Neals third goal was the first allowed by the Blackhawks in the third period this season. ... Forsberg has a team-high six assists. ' ' '
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Middlesbroughs promotion hopes suffered a blow after they were denied victory at Birmingham. Michael Jordan Jersey Chicago White Sox . Boro drew 2-2 at St Andrews to move top of the Sky Bet Championship by a point, but they were left frustrated after Daniel Ayalas goal was ruled out for offside - video replays showing the defender in an onside position with the score locked at 2-2.Jordan Rhodes and Gaston Ramirez had given the visitors the lead after Stephen Gleesons opener, but David Davis fine strike earned Birmingham an entertaining draw. Middlesbrough thought they had scored a crucial winner against Birmingham Middlesbroughs future is still in their own hands as they face Brighton on the final day with the Seagulls a point behind in third and a win would end Boros seven-year exile from the Premier League.But they face an anxious wait until Monday when Brighton host Derby and Burnley, who sit second, welcome QPR. Both games are live Sky Sports.All three started the day on 87 points and Boro will count the cost of a host of missed chances. Reaction from Daniel Ayala and Grant Leadbitter after Birmingham and Middlesbrough drew 2-2 at St Andrews It took until the the 25th minute for them to carve out an opening - and it was a glorious one which Rhodes should have taken.Grant Leadbitter barged his way through in the middle and when the ball ricocheted to Rhodes, the Scotland international was left with just Adam Legzdins to beat but the goalkeeper made a superb sprawling save.Two minutes later the hosts almost took the lead when Dimi Konstantopoulos palmed Maikel Kieftenbelds drive away and then claimed Clayton Donaldsons tame follow-up. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett praised his players after the 2-2 draw with promotion chasing Middlesbrough The game suddenly opened up and Legzdins raced off his line to deny Rhodes again before Birmingham struck first after 33 minutes.Loanee Ritchie De Laet - who will earn a Premier League winners medal if Leicester win the title - could only clear as far as Gleeson and the midfielder was given too much time to steady himself and while Konstantopoulos got a hand to his 25-yard drive, he could not keep it out.Boro hit back almost immediately when Legzdins thwarted Albert Adomah but the keeper then undid all his fine work with a fumble five minutes before the break. Birmingham City keeper Adam Legzdins gifted Middlesbrough a first-half equaliser The visitors were awarded a free kick 25-yards out and Legzdins spilled Ramirezs strike straight to Rhodes who bundled in from four yards.The chances continued to flow after the break as Ryan Shottons header dropped just wide before Boro missed three golden chances in the space of 10 seconds. Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka gives his post-match reaction after his sides 2-2 draw against Birmingham First, Rhodes volleyed Leadbitters free-kick against the post, only to then block Adomahs follow-up and see Ramirez fire a third attempt over the bar, but Boro finally took the lead after 57 minutes with a goal of true simplicity.Adomahs deep cross found Rhodes peeling off at the far post and his header across goal was met by Ramirez to nod in from barely a yard. Birmingham Citys Jonathan Grounds and Middlesbroughs Albert Adomah battle for the ball Back came Birmingham, though, and Davis levelled 11 minutes later with a brilliant half-volley from the edge of the area after Ayala could only half clear.And an enthralling game continued to spark within 90 seconds when Ayala had a goal ruled out for offside having curled into the far corner from 12 yards.Boro then almost lost the game when Diego Fabbrini headed over and Konstanopoulos twice denied David Cotterill in the final 10 minutes.But Leadbitter nearly won it with two minutes left when Legzdins turned his rasping drive onto the bar. Tom Brady Jersey Super Bowl . But this time, the Gunners weathered the storm. Arsene Wengers team was on the ropes in the early stages of a lively FA Cup tie, until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal against the run of the play. Sports Jerseys . Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans opener against Ghana on June 16 and didnt play in their next two games. "We dont know how much because we need to see how hes going, but hes available," U.Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes believes women’s football must grow in this country before there can be a debate about equal pay in the game. The equal pay debate has been brought sharply into focus by the complaint filed by five senior members of the US Womens National Team against their federation for wage discrimination. The US Womens National Team attracted Americas highest football audience in history last year Despite four Olympic titles and three World Cup wins, including last years showpiece which was watched by 23 million people in America - the highest television audience for a football match in US history - the women earn less than half than their male counterparts. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday that the matter is far from straightforward and called for the debate to be taken very seriously.  Gianni Infantino wants FIFA to look into how much female footballers get paid. But Hayes - who guided Chelsea Ladies to the league and FA Cup double last season - says commercialisation of the womens game is key before we can have the similar conversations in this country.Its about taking one step at a time, she told Sky Sports News HQ. Chelsea Ladies Special One with the Womens FA Cup trophy at Wembley I think its a convversation that needs to be linked side-by-side with commercialising the womens game and if that happens, and there is growth and there are more revenue streams, Im sure there will be more pay for women in all sports. Sale Tom Brady Jersey. There has been huge progress post the 2012 Olympic Games. The lasting legacy of that is womens sport and I think we will continue to see more investment but it is step-by step.The important part is womens sport is here to stay and at a club like Chelsea that is very much the case. World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd is one of five US players who have file a wage discrimination complaint We have 22 full-time players here who are thriving and able to represent the club because of the opportunities that have been afforded to us and we are very grateful for that.Last week, Australias female cricketers were handed a pay rise by their board, with seven of those confirmed to take part in this summers inaugural Kia Super League in England. Australia won the Womens Ashes in England last summer New Zealand captain Suzie Bates will also play in the competition this summer but says the womens game must be better promoted in her homeland before female players can seek parity with their male counterparts.I guess we cant really demand too much until weve proven to be a success, she said. Suzie Bates says the womens game must develop before equal pay becomes a reality But I think once the womens game on its own starts attracting crowds and TV numbers then I think we will be able to demand more of that revenue.The more its on TV, and the more its promoted in the media, the more opportunities there are for that.I can see the argument but in New Zealand at the moment we havent done the work to promote the game to increase its profile, but in Australia and in England they have done that really well and they are getting people watching. Also See: SportsWomen Latest Show News Latest News SportsWomen Video ' ' '
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There are plenty of eye-watering tackles this week as Barrie McDermott and Terry OConnor pick their favourite hits from round 21 of Super League. Wholesale Celtics Jerseys . Hull KRs clash with Huddersfield certainly caught the eye of our legendary pundits. Four hits from that game make their list, including a powerful tackle from Adam Walker that resulted in a goal-line drop-out.There are also three from Warringtons win over Salford, Stefan Ratchford driving former team-mate Gareth OBrien back towards his own tryline and Junior Sau producing a similar hit on George King. But this weeks winner is James Segeyaro, who had an impressive debut in Leeds comeback win at Hull FC. The hooker put in a big challenge on Mahe Fonua, although the Tonga international still managed to offload the ball!There are three live Super League games on Sky Sports this week, starting with Thursdays derby between Hull FC and Hull KR at the KCOM Stadium.Fridays live game sees Super League leaders Wigan travel to bottom side Leeds, while Wakefield travel to Catalans on Saturday needing a point to clinch qualification for the Super 8s.Click on the video above to watch all the featured hits... Also See: WATCH: Top five Super League tries Segeyaro at Leeds until 2018 Inside the NRL Follow us @SkySportsRL Custom Boston Celtics Jerseys .C. - Canadian ice dancing, it seems, is in good hands. Celtics Jerseys 2019 .com) - The Ottawa Senators will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they face the Chicago Blackhawks who are trying to secure their place in the post-season.Philosophy: it shapes organizations. It dictates the direction a team wants to go. And the philosophy under new Winnipeg Blue Bombers acting general manager Kyle Walters appears to be a drastic shift in thinking from the former regime. “The way we feel now, talking Wade (Miller), Kyle (Walters), and myself, were going to bring guys in,” said head coach Tim Burke of the new acting CEO, GM, and himself. “In the future were going to bring guys in, free agents, who might get cut by another team — theres good guys who get cut by teams.” And it didnt take long for the new philosophy to set in as veteran kicker Sandro DeAngelis was shipped in and started immediately in place of Justin Palardy last week and five-year Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Bo Smith was inked to the practice roster early this week. Not to mention the firing of Gary Crowton and promotion of Marcel Bellefeuille into the offensive coordinator role. Everyone around Bombers camp has been careful with their words when speaking about the old philosophy compared to the way the new Miller-Walters-Burke trio will approach things, but they are definitely clear in the changes they want to make. “Were going to build our team and not just rely on bringing our own guys in. If somebody else finds them and develops them, thats fine with us,” added the head coach. “Were constantly looking for other people. If we can do anything to upgrade our team, we will.” Somewhat overshadowed by the change at OC and the perpetual carousel at quarterback, the Blue Bombers defence has also been troubled by the opposition - the air attack in particular. And while the roster appears experienced and talented on that side of the ball, the new philosophy is a welcome one to struggling coordinator Casey Creehan. “When you get injuries in this league its nice to have veteran players that can come and fill in. I mean, its good to get young talent but it takes a while to learn this game. Celtics Jerseys China. Its different than it is down south. Having to plug young kids in fast, early in the season like weve had to do a couple weeks, is tough.” Creehan, Hamiltons DC last season, is beyond pleased that his roster depth can now be supplemented with players that have competed professionally, like Bo Smith who has 56 CFL games under his belt. “Competition, in my opinion, is the best thing in the world. It makes us all better. It makes us better in any profession, so when theres a guy in here thats played at a high level, sure people are looking over their shoulders. And thats OK because its a results-based business and all of us have to perform.” Notes: Receiver Chris Matthews, who has battled a troublesome back since training camp, is out for 4-6 weeks after tearing ligaments in his foot. Doug Pierce will check in for him… Bellefeuille has swapped Clarence Denmark and Jade Etienne, with Etienne now lining up at wideout while Denmark moves back to the slot where he has found his most success over the past two seasons… Max Hall will make a consecutive start at quarterback as Bellefeuille continues to assess his options at pivot… Former Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice had some insightful comments on the CFL on TSN pregame show this week about the former general managers philosophy: ““I could talk a week about this… I didnt have a lot of interviews with Joe Mack besides about five introductory conversations. You dont hit every conversation through there, but when something comes up you have to trust people in their jobs and allow them to do their jobs (with) what has to be done. At times I believed in building a roster a certain way, and if there is a disconnect, thats going to tear apart your team. There was certainly a couple of times that we wanted to sign a couple guys that ( Mack) didnt want to because (he) wanted to go younger…” ' ' '
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Nice, France (SportsNetwork. Cheap Yeezy 350 Fake .com) - Top seed John Isner was sent packing, while second-seeded Ernests Gulbis secured a berth in the semifinals at the Nice Open, a final clay court French Open tune-up. Argentine Federico Delbonis knocked out the 6-foot-9 American Isner 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), while the Latvian Gulbis held off fifth-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) at Nice Lawn Tennis Club. Isner blew a 5-3 lead in the final set. Gulbis semifinal opponent will be reigning Nice champion Albert Montanes, while fourth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon will meet Delbonis in the other final four affair on Friday. The French Simon subdued Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-1, while the Spaniard Montanes overcame Argentine qualifier Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4. Montanes topped Frances Gael Monfils in last years Nice finale. Cheap Yeezy 350 Citrin .com) - On a night the Bulls played without Derrick Rose, it was time for Pau Gasol to take charge. Cheap Yeezy 350 v2 Zebra . Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone dismissed Tuesdays massive anti-government protest in Manama as "a lot of kids having a go at the police." "I dont think its anything serious at all," Ecclestone was quoted as saying in The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday.PARIS -- For once, not everything seems so obvious heading into the French Open. Yes, Rafael Nadal will still be favoured by most to win the clay-court Grand Slam tournament yet again. He is, after all, 59-1 for his career at Roland Garros, winner of a record eight championships, including the last four. TSN and TSN2 will have live coverage at Roland Garros throughout the French Open starting with Day 1 coverage on Sunday, May 25 at 10am et/7am pt on TSN2. Still, if the 2014 tennis season to date is any indication, there could be some surprises in store when play begins in Paris on Sunday. Cheap Yeezy 350 v2 Clay. So far, there already was one new major champion, Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open. And there has been a rather egalitarian feel to the spring clay circuit, with nine winners at nine tournaments. Then theres this: Nadals three losses on clay are the most hes had in a season since 2004. ' ' '
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Johny Hendricks bruised, bloodied and battered Georges St. Nike Air Max 720 Cheap China . Pierre last November, only to watch St. Pierre leave the UFC octagon with his welterweight title belt and a split-decision victory. With a second chance to claim the now-vacant belt when he faces Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 in Dallas on Saturday night, Hendricks refuses to let any frustration over that loss hinder him from finally climbing atop the 170-pound division. "As soon as the judges announced what they said, I had to put that in the back of my mind," Hendricks said. "Also, as soon as I got the fight with Robbie, everything else just disappeared. I have another great opportunity, and I dont want to waste it." Although Hendricks (15-2) wont get the chance to claim the title directly from St. Pierre, he hasnt showed much disappointment behind his bearded, bespectacled, aw-shucks Oklahoma persona. He didnt have time to stew: St. Pierre, the champion since late 2007, vacated his championship and stepped away from mixed martial arts right after that fight, leaving the UFC to match two top contenders for the right to be his successor. The choices were Hendricks and Lawler (22-9), a hard-hitting veteran who crashed out of the UFC before fighting his way back into title contention. Theyll meet at the American Airlines Center on a card also featuring Carlos Condit against Tyron Woodley in a bout that will likely determine the new champions next opponent. St. Pierres departure deprives the UFC of one of its biggest stars and pay-per-view draws, but the Quebecois champion left behind a division stacked with intriguing challengers. While Hendricks has been the class of the group, he also knows he could lose that spot by Sunday morning. "These other three guys, we all can make our own destiny," Hendricks said. "It doesnt matter if GSP is going to be here or not. Were all exciting. I think thats what makes the fans excited now, is that they dont know whats going to happen. They dont know if were going to knock each other out." Hendricks was an NCAA champion wrestler at Oklahoma State before picking up MMA, moving swiftly from smaller promotions to the UFC. He won 15 of his first 16 fights, including several against top-flight competition: Condit, Martin Kampmann, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and T.J. Grant. But he couldnt do enough to wrest the title away from St. Pierre, who took much more cosmetic damage in their bout. Hendricks would love a rematch with St. Pierre if the longtime champ ever returns, but he thinks the rugged Lawler is a tougher matchup. "Georges, he was going to throw a jab, a high kick, a low kick, and try to take you down," Hendricks said confidently. "Thats his game plan. Robbie, if you make a mistake, weve seen it time and time again that he can knock you out, so you really have to make sure that you stay focused. Thats a lot more dangerous fight. There are guys who can knock people out. Youre one punch away from losing, but those are also the more fun fights for me." Hendricks badly bruised his hands in the fight against St. Pierre, leaving him throwing punches at only a fraction of their usual velocity. He plans to get better hand wraps from his boxing coach for this bout. Hell need healthy hands against Lawler, a touted prospect who got dropped from the UFC back in October 2004 after three losses in four fights. After a series of wins in smaller-time promotions, he lost five of his eight bouts in Strikeforce before getting a chance in the UFC, where he has strung together three straight wins over Koscheck, Bobby Voelker and top prospect Rory MacDonald to earn this shot. "Ive gone through a lot of ups and downs," Lawler said. "Im just willing to get back up and grind every day to try to get better. Everything is clicking at the right time." Cheap Jordan Shoes Paypal Accepted . 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"Its something he worked on all spring, his fastball angle and pitching to the bottom of the zone, and you could see those guys beating it into the ground. Hes a mentally tough kid. He competes. He goes after hitters. Hes been great." Lyles (3-0), acquired in December from Houston in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler, allowed one unearned run and five hits in seven innings. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save in five chances. "As a visitor, it wasnt fun, knowing youre coming here." Lyles said. "Balls seem to carry a little further here but guys (pitchers) try to keep the ball on the ground and they cant hit it over if they hit the top of the ball. Thats my approach and just try to let our great infield do their job." The Rockies were also helped by a reversed call that produced their first run. The game was delayed briefly a couple of times when a squirrel wandered on and off the field. The animal was eventually corraled by groundskeepers and taken away. Kyle Kendrick (0-2) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits in a solid outing but could not avoid a seventh straight loss, dating to last Aug. 11. The last Phillies pitcher to have a losing streak of seven games or more was reliever Brad Lidge, who lost eight in a row over 57 appearances from April 18-Sept. 23, 2009. "Made a mistake to Morneau," Kendrick said. "That first run. It was a replay. I guess thats why we have it, but its frustrating when it doesnt go (your way)." Colorado got on the scoreboard when home plate umpire and crew chief Tim Welke ruled Nolan Arenado safe on a bang-bang play at the plate in the third after initially calling him out. Weiss asked Welkee to take another look at the play, and after viewing the replay, the umpire determined that catcher Carlos Ruiz had blocked the plate before he received the throw home in violation of new collision rules instituted this season to better protect catchers and base runners. Air Max 270 Clearance. Arenado scored from first on D.J. LeMahieus single that rolled through the right-centre gap. The reversal went into the books as a crew chief review rather than a managers challenge. "Its amazing how that one rule changes the game, kind of," Arenado said. "Fortunately enough, it benefited us and I guess when youre on the other side, its probably going to rub you the wrong way a little bit." Carlos Gonzalez opened the fourth with a single and Morneau drove a 1-1 pitch from Kendrick into the right field bleachers above the scoreboard for his third homer of the season to make it 3-0. The Phillies didnt get on the board until the eighth. Lyles gave up a leadoff single to Cody Asche and was relieved by Boone Logan. Pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. reached on Logans throwing error, with Asche moving to second. Logan then retired the next three batters, giving up a run on Jimmy Rollins grounder and striking out Chase Utley with Mayberry on second base to end the inning. Philadelphia has only scored three runs in its last four games. "Youre going to go through ruts in the season," Kendrick said. "You want to get out of it as quick as you can. Hopefully tomorrow we can swing it and score some runs. Things can turn quick." NOTES: The Phillies selected the contract of RHP Shawn Camp from Triple A Lehigh Valley, filling the roster spot of RHP Jonathan Pettibone, who was optioned to Lehigh Valley the night before. The Phillies will have to make another roster move when LHP Cole Hamels (left biceps tendinitis) is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list in time to start Wednedays game at Los Angeles. Hamels is one win shy of 100 for his career. ... Rockies OF-INF Michael Cuddyer missed a second straight game with a sore left hamstring. He remains day to day. ... Arenados leadoff single in the third inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games, matching a career best. ... RHP Roberto Hernandez (1-0) is slated to start Sundays series finale for the Phillies against Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (2-0). ' ' '
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. China Jerseys Cheap . -- Each time the Utah Jazz threatened Memphis lead, the Grizzlies responded with defensive stops. Utahs second-half effort pulled the Jazz even in the fourth before Memphis clamped down its defence and beat the Jazz 96-86 on Wednesday night. Zach Randolph scored 21 points, Marc Gasol added 20 as Memphis maintained its hold on a Western Conference playoff spot. "When we do things were supposed to, everything is easier. Its more us," Gasol said of holding off the late Utah threats. "When we start breaking down and not doing what were supposed to, things get ugly quick." Mike Conley finished with 18 points and seven assists, and Tony Allen scored 10 points. Memphis won its eighth straight home game and fifth straight game at home over the Jazz. Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke and Alec Burks each scored 16 points for Utah, while Enes Kanter had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Jazz lost their sixth straight and 11th of their last 12. "I love the way we fought in the second half," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We gave ourselves a chance, and we fought back in the game." Memphis weathered several runs by the Jazz before six straight points in the fourth quarter provided a sufficient buffer. The Grizzlies victory, coupled with Dallas overtime loss to Minnesota, moved Memphis into the seventh playoff spot by percentage points over the Mavericks. Utah kept making runs at Memphis and finally caught the Grizzlies near the midway point of the fourth. Memphis had carried its advantage to 12 early in the period, but Utah answered with a 16-4 run to tie the game at 84 with 5:38 left. The tying basket came after Memphis fourth turnover of the quarter, leading to a breakaway by Burks. Helping the Utah run was the Jazz hitting 10 of their first 12 shots in the fourth. But Memphis got inside for its next three baskets -- by Tayshaun Prince, Randolph and Conley -- to increase the lead to 90-84, enough for the Grizzlies to secure the game. After tying the game, Utah would commit four turnovers the rest of the way and missed nine of its final 10 shots, preventing the Jazz from threatening again. "I think we kind of settled too much, tried to just get the game over with instead of going out there and playing the style that got us the lead," Conley said. "Late in the fourth quarter, we finally got that back." As poorly as the Jazz played in the first half when they trailed by as many as 18, they reversed their fortunes in the third quarter. Hayward, who converted only one of eight shots in the first half, got untracked, helping Utah go on a 16-4 rally to get the Jazz close. "We just came out in the second half and played hard," said Jazz forward Derrick Favours, who was limited to six points on 3-for-10 shooting. "Gordon Hayward got going. We were just out there playing hard. We will get one of these games sooner or later." Utah would get within 3 in the third, but Memphis responded to run the advantage back to 13 before holding a 74-63 lead heading into the final period. Hayward scored eight in the quarter, while Richard Jefferson had nine for Utah, which made 13 of 22 shots in the third. "I think the second half we played pretty good, especially in the third quarter," Kanter said. "We got a really good run and we came back." Memphis, which led 48-32 at halftime, maintained its poise as Utah pecked away at the lead. Despite tying Memphis in the fourth, Utah never led in the game. "We stepped up our game, got three stops in a row, scored three times in a row and executed most of the rest of the way," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said of holding off Utah. NOTES: The Grizzlies, who hadnt played since Saturday remained undefeated (4-0) when coming off three days rest. ... Memphis native Ian Clark, a Utah rookie out of Belmont, did not play in the game. ... Utahs only win in their last 12 was over the Philadelphia 76ers. ... Memphis reserves shot 42.9 per cent, ending a streak of 14 games where the backups shot at least 50 per cent. Fake China Jerseys . Hes even holding a bat on one of his 2014 baseball cards. So far, hes playing like his picture. China Jerseys Wholesale . Belfort was originally schedule to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24, but a Nevada State Athletic Commission ban on testosterone replacement therapy forced the former light heavyweight champ to withdraw.STORRS, Conn. - National champion UConn is losing one junior star to the NBA draft, while another has announced he is staying with the Huskies. The school announced Friday that forward DeAndre Daniels has filed the necessary paperwork with the NBA and will forgo his senior season of eligibility. The school says guard Ryan Boatright will return next season. Daniels says he discussed thhe decision with his family and they all agreed it was time to turn pro. Cheap Jerseys From China. "To go out on top like we did makes it even better," the 6-foot-9 junior said in a statement. Daniels averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds, but 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds during the Huskies NCAA tournament run. Boatright averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists. ' ' '
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SAN DIEGO - Reliever Jose Valverde has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. Nathan Eovaldi Jersey .Valverde, who turns 37 on March 24, was most recently with the New York Mets, making 21 appearances before he was released May 26. He had a 5.66 ERA in 20 2-3 innings.Valverde also has pitched with Arizona, Houston and Detroit.He has a 3.27 career ERA, 288 saves and a 27-33 record. Eduardo Rodriguez Jersey . Marie rink got back in the win column at the Olympic mens curling tournament with a 7-4 win over the host Russian squad on Wednesday. Wade Boggs Jersey . "I could have been equipment manager but nooooo" from Lisa on Ice. Season 6, Episode 8.LONDON -- France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing its first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 2-0. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock home defeat against Bulgaria, Les Bleus lost to Ukraine for the first time in the first leg by a two-goal margin. That means the odds are indeed heavily stacked against Didier Deschampss team ahead of Tuesdays return game at the Stade de France. The French players display was so poor on Friday that it led the French media to question if the national sides performance had been the "worst in history." To turn around the result, France needs to rediscover its attacking potency as Deschamps - who won the 1998 World Cup and the European championships two years later as a player, must decide who to play up front against an extremely well organized Ukrainian side. "Well need to have that bit of folly that will make for an exceptional match," Deschamps said. "Its up to the players to get into that mentality. But we also have to realize they wont play with 10 players at the back. We have to put them under pressure from the start and show a lot of determination and keep the high tempo going until the end." Flourishing in the Premier League this season, Loic Remy had a poor game on the right wing in Kyiv and could be replaced with Karim Benzema, meaning that Deschamps could keep Olivier Giroud as his central sriker. Samir Nasri had a quiet game and may be replaced in the playmakers role by Mathieu Valbuena. Franck Ribery will also need to raise his game with the national team to prove that he fully deserves the FIFA Ballon dOr. Ribery who struggled to make any meaningful impact in Ukraine, has been tipped to claim the FIFA accolade after helping Bayern Munich to the Champions League. "Obviously, Ukraine knew how dangerous Ribery could be," Deschamps said. "They were very aggressive toward him. They made a lot of fouls that went unpunished. Ukraine eliminated Franck. He had very few chances to take on his opponent one-on-one. There was always a midfielder around to provide back-up." With Laurent Kosccielny suspended after his sending off, Deschamps has a major headache in defence and must decide who will play alongside Eric Abidal. Koji Uehara Red Sox Jersey. With Raphael Varane struggling with a sore knee, Deschamps must pick between the inexperienced Mamamdou Sakho and Bacary Sagna. Sagna plays at right back for Arsenal but has played centre half before. "We were shaken over there against a very committed team who played at a very high level while we were average," Deschamps said. "We took a slap and the situation is favourable for them. It wont be easy. Were obviously not in a good position. We have to reverse the trend and believe in this now." After winning the first round of his duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored the winner in Portugals 1-0 win over Sweden, Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful he can again steal the show at the Swedish national stadium on Tuesday night. While Ibrahimovic failed to impress in Lisbon, Ronaldo dived to glance in a left-wing cross for his 44th goal in 108 international appearances, and almost added another when he headed against the crossbar late on. Portugal, which beat Sweden at home for the first time in its history, missed automatic qualification for a major international tournament for the third time in a row after qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 through the playoffs. "It was an important goal and it gave us victory," Ronaldo said. "We could have scored one or two more goals but this advantage gives us confidence for the second leg. Nothing is settled yet. Its 50-50." All four return playoffs matches take place on Tuesday, with Greece in a comfortable position following its 3-1 win over Romania in the first leg and Iceland having kept alive its hopes of reaching a first ever World Cup with a 0-0 home draw against Croatia. Several friendly matches involving European powerhouses having already qualified for the finals in Brazil are also scheduled on Tuesday, with England facing bitter rival Germany in Wembley for the showcase match of the evening. The Germans will be missing Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer after coach Joachim Low decided to try "new tactical variations and personnel." ' ' '
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CLEVELAND - The crowds deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldnt hear his name announced. Air Max Scontate Online .Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench.Seconds later, James knew he was home.Cleveland fans welcomed the NBA superstar back with open arms and ear-splitting screams on Wednesday night as nearly 17,000 fans showed up to watch the Cavaliers hold their annual scrimmage, a glorified practice that provided a preview of what could become a spectacular season.Wearing the familiar No. 23 wine and gold jersey, the one he swapped for a No. 6 in Miami four years ago, James returned to the court where he took his first steps as a pro.As he waited on the bench to be introduced, James couldnt hear the announcer say, From Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, No. 23 ... So James began walking out.I really couldnt hear it, he said. The fans were really loud and the PA was a little down, so I really couldnt hear it. I was the last person sitting on the bench, so I guess it had to be my time. But the roar was very well received and Im grateful to be able to be in this position where the fans welcomed me back like that.This ovation was in stark contrast to the one he got following the last game James in played for Cleveland in 2010. Following a 27-point loss to Boston in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, a game in which he was oddly passive, James was targeted with boos and later questioned about his effort.Two months later, he announced he was signing with the Heat.But all has been forgiven, if not forgotten.For Cleveland fans, the sight of James once again on the Cavs home floor, soaring to the basket for a dunk or catching an outlet pass from new teammate Kevin Love, was something to behold.I cant believe this, said 19-year-old Alex Krocker from Bolivar, Ohio. Ive waited my whole life for a Cavs team like this, for a Cleveland team like this. Its crazy.Moments after the opening tip, James, who in a heartfelt letter declared he was re-signing with the Cavs on July 11, reminded Cleveland fans what theyve been missing. He was short with his first shot, a fade-away baseline jumper. But he grabbed his own rebound and calmly sank a 3-pointer.He followed that with a two-handed dunk and later drove the lane for one his signature slams, the kind of play that has elevated him to the worlds best player.The Cavs gave away 20,000 free tickets for the event and the team announced 16,723 showed up to watch the Wine squad beat the Gold 66-52. James scored 13 points, Kyrie Irving added 10 and Love had nine, but the numbers didnt matter.This was another first in a season of homecoming events for James.Before the Cavs took the court for pregame warmups, James gathered his teammates in a hallway outside the locker room and led them in prayer. He told them to play hard and play smart. Lets get better today.As they were about to exit the tunnel, James pulled a prank on unsuspecting rookies Joe Harris and Alex Kirk. James told the two youngsters to lead the team out, and when they started toward the court, the superstar held the rest of the Cavs back, leading to an embarrassing moment for Harris and Kirk.It was a good laugh, Harris said.While the Cavs were on the floor, first-year Cavs coach David Blatt was encouraged by the teams ball movement but knows the defence has a long way to go before its at a championship level.Overall the impression was positive, said Blatt, who started James, Irving and Love along with Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters but hasnt committed to his first five. For me, you have starters and second starters, thats what makes teams good.Blatt has James, and thats all that matters.A successful international coach, Blatt will face his former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday in the Cavs first official exhibition game. Its sure to be an emotional night for Blatt, who has witnessed Cleveland warmly wrap its arms around James again.Its a very special group of people who live here that appreciate things about people and about life that are admirable, he said. Im not surprised at all at how he has been received. Air Max Scontate Outlet .com) - Ryan Miller made 28 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and second in as many nights as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday. Air Max 270 Outlet . He also had some help Monday night.Hibbert scored a season-high 29 points to help Indiana beat the Utah Jazz 97-86 Monday night, ending the Pacers six-game losing streak. BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Traction remains hard to come by for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Wednesdays 0-0 Major League Soccer draw with Chicago at Toyota Park was the Whitecaps 11th of the season and fourth straight. Still Vancouver coach Carl Robinson, whose team is now 6-4-11, 29 points, wasnt entirely displeased with the effort. "Were disappointed because I think it was a game we could have won," he said. "(But) the boys showed a lot of blood and guts and thunder, they couldnt have given me any more effort. "Well take the draw because the performance, the effort was there and we move on." Each team managed just two official shots on goal, one in each half. For Chicago (3-5-12, 21 points) the draw was a league-leading 12th, just four away from the all-time MLS record of 16 shared by the Fire and New York Red Bulls. "I thought we did well tonight other than maybe winning the game, maybe the most solid weve looked," said Fire coach Frank Yallop, the former Canadian nationaal team chief now in his first year with Chicago. Air Max Outlet Italia. "We limited a pretty potent team to a couple of chances. (But) we didnt look as dangerous as I think weve looked at home at times." The Whitecaps had an opportunity in the 49th minute when a sprinting Erik Hurtado crossed directly in front of Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson but couldnt find a target. Hurtado had both of Vancouvers shots on goal. Fire forward Mike Magees free kick in the 64th minute following a yellow card on Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron was bottled up in traffic. Wednesdays game was only the fifth all-time meeting between the teams and third in suburban Chicago. The Whitecaps were coming off a record 30 shots while rallying to a 2-2 result with FC Dallas last Sunday. Vancouver hasnt won since a 1-0 decision over Seattle on July 5 and have just two victories since June 1. They remain winless in Chicago with a loss and two ties. Vancouver is idle until Aug. 10 when it hosts Sporting Kansas City. ' ' '
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