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Roy Hodgson faces a potential selection headache in midfield following the news that Jordan Henderson is a major doubt for Euro 2016 with a knee injury. Robert Parish Jersey . The England manager names his squad for the tournament in just under five weeks, with their opening group game against Russia a month later.It leaves Henderson, who faces six to eight weeks out after damaging his lateral collateral ligament against Borussia Dortmund, a short window to prove his fitness. Jordan Henderson suffered the injury playing for Liverpool against Borussia Dortmund The Liverpool midfielder had emerged as a key part of Hodgsons plans, starting Englands first six Euro qualifiers before injury, and returning in the 3-2 friendly victory over Germany in March.The impact of his injury on Englands hopes polarised opinion on Sky Sports social media channels, but where does his possible absence leave their midfield options?Recent startersHodgson used a version of the 4-3-3 formation in Berlin, but also experimented with a 4-4-2 diamond.Henderson had been earmarked as one of the two shuttlers in central midfield, using his energy to support attack and defence with Eric Dier in the holding role.The Tottenham midfielder is unlikely to be affected after impressing against Germany, and with few alternatives in defensive midfield, his place is likely assured. Eric Dier scored the winner for England against Germany in March His team-mate Dele Alli looked a good fit alongside Henderson at the Olympiastadion. Both pressed well, with Alli free to roam forward and Henderson and Dier on the cover.He could drop back now, but his best work for Spurs and England has been higher up the pitch. It would seem counter-productive to move him away from the oppositions goal, especially when it would likely limit his proximity to Harry Kane. Dele Alli is among the favourites to start for England at Euro 2016 So James Milner, who many feel most closely matches Hendersons work-rate, may be the biggest beneficiary.The Liverpool midfielder took his club-mates place against the Netherlands and Hodgson clearly values his leadership, handing him the captains armband at Wembley. Judging by recent team selections, Milner is a logical choice. James Milner captained England against the Netherlands at Wembley Meanwhile, those championing Danny Drinkwater may grow a little bolder. He slotted into the Dier position against the Dutch, winning his first cap, and the Leicester midfielder is another who may profit from Hendersons absence.He enjoyed the role against the Netherlands, even if it differed from his typical Leicester assignment, but he could now get the chance to play further forward if Henderson doesnt make it. Jamie Vardy, recipient of four Drinkwater assists this season, could find his case boosted too.Hodgson could always opt to reshuffle his attacking midfielders, leaving Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana possible contenders. Both have played there for their clubs, but so far Hodgson has preferred advanced roles for both. Danny Drinkwater won his first England cap against the Netherlands In contention…if fitIt looks like Jack Wilshere will be the big if for England. Henderson now joins the Arsenal midfielder and Fabian Delph on the list of players who must prove their fitness.All three have strong claims and were heavily involved in Englands qualification, and Hodgson has said a lack of game-time doesnt necessarily rule out a call-up. Jack Wilshere faces a race against time to prove his fitness before Euro 2016 He knows the strengths and weaknesses of all three players, and the trio may actually have been his first-choice midfield three - Delph, Wilshere and Henderson kicked off Englands qualification bid in the impressive 2-0 win in Switzerland.For me its all about the class of the player, Hodgson said when discussing Wilshere. If the Arsenal man takes the field before Euro 2016, he remains the hypothetical favourite to replace Henderson. Recent call-upsA look back at the midfielders capped over the last 12 months provides a snapshot of alternative options for the England boss.Jonjo Shelvey had ambitions of an England place when he moved to Newcastle in January.He must have fancied his chances too after he won five caps in 2015, but to date his hopes have gone the same way as Newcastles survival bid. The former Swan has not featured since an 11-minute cameo against France last year. Jonjo Shelvey was part of the England set-up in 2015 Many felt Michael Carrick fluffed his chance in the 2-0 friendly defeat by Spain in November, and he was overlooked in favour of Drinkwater for recent friendlies. But if Hodgson requires an experienced head, he could do worse than Carrick.Ryan Mason won his single England cap against Italy last March, but he has since slipped well down the pecking order. With just six Premier League starts to his name this season, the Spurs midfielder would be a left-field choice.Similarly Tom Cleverley, who has played just about half of Evertons league matches this season. He actually replaced an injured Mason for Englands June friendly against Republic of Ireland last year, but didnt get on. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make a late case for inclusion in Englands squad England right-back Alex Scott tipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the squad, and the injured Arsenal man famously impressed in a central midfield role against AC Milan four years ago last month.As recently as March, Hodgson seemed keen for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who featured four times for England last year, to return, and if fit his versatility could offer an extra option.Who do you think Roy Hodgson should take to Euro 2016? 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Experienced shooter Susan Pettitt will lead Australia on its mission to complete netballs grand slam when they vie to become holders of all four international tournaments at the Fast5sNetball World Series in Melbourne on October 29-30.The Diamonds trophy cabinet houses the recent Quad Series, Netball World Cup and is all but guaranteed to retain the Constellation Cup yet it has never featured the Fast5s silverware.Australia (2-1) will keep the trans-Tasman trophy on Thursday night in New Zealand, if not with a desired win in the fourth and final Test, but with an insurmountable 20+ goal differential.New captain Pettitt said Australia is hungry to win its first ever short-form title and complete netballs clean sweep.Fast5s is the one world series that has eluded us, Pettitt said of the tournament which Australia has competed at six times to be runner up in 2013, where she was co-captain and 2014, which she sat out for her wedding.Weve come close but the Silver Ferns have just nabbed us in the Grand Final the last two times, so were looking to go one better.Its not just the Kiwis to beat, Malawi and South Africa are also really strong in this format of the game. Its ggoing to be an interesting competition. Bill Russell Celtics Jersey. Well definitely be out there to win and were going to put some different tactics out there too.The competition features dynamic rules changes, with five players-a-side, shortened quarters, multiple point shots and power plays.Pettitt is set to join the new AFL-backed Giants netball franchise in 2017 and she tipped the short form of the game to help boost her goal haul next season.I have been practising (long bombs), probably more the two-pointers than the threes because Im probably more comfortable in that range, Pettitt said.Its going to help me with my normal netball and my confidence to turn and shoot those long shots.Australia will play host to the worlds top netballing nations; New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa for the first time in Melbourne and holds the tournament rights until 2018.The tournament will be broadcast on GEM during prime time as the first series under the breakthrough television deal with the Nine Network which saw minimum player payments double. 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WINSTON-SALEM, N. Dalton Risner Youth Jersey .C. -- Wake Forests guards did what theyre supposed to do -- make shots, take care of the ball and pass it to teammates who can score. The result: Another lopsided win to open the season.Keyshawn Woods scored 22 points with five of Wake Forests 13 3-pointers in a 94-74 win over Bucknell on Sunday.John Collins added 19 points and Mitchell Wilbekin had 13 to help the Demon Deacons (2-0) sweep a short, season-opening homestand, with this win coming less than 48 hours after a 21-point rout of Radford.Dinos Mitoglou finished with 11 points and Austin Arians had 10 for Wake Forest, which shot 50 percent both from the field and behind the arc, while matching a high for 3-pointers under third-year coach Danny Manning. The Demon Deacons also made 13 in a loss at Virginia Tech last January .Youre not going to shoot 50 percent from the 3-point line on a regular basis, Manning said. Were going to have to make shots throughout the course of the year to have success.Another stat may have thrilled him even more: Wake Forests four guards -- Bryant Crawford, Brandon Childress, Woods and Wilbekin -- combined for 16 assists and no turnovers. Eight of those assists belonged to Crawford.Ill take that every game, Manning said.Zach Thomas scored 16 points and Kimbal Mackenzie finished with 15 for the Bison (1-1), who shot 45 percent and clawed back into the game by turning 15 offensive rebounds into 22 second-chance points.Manning has said this is the best outside shooting team hes had in Winston-Salem, and it was hard to argue against that while the Demon Deacons made seven of their first nine 3-pointers to put Bucknell in an early hole.After the Bison pulled within single digits for the final time early in the second half, Wake Forest hit three more 3s in the span of four possessions -- including a four-point play by Arians -- to build a comfortable lead it wouldnt give back.Every time we made a mistake, and sometimes when we didnt, they made it, Bucknell coach Nathan Davis said.BIG PICTUREBucknell: Though they still havent beaten a team in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the time since 1961, the Bison showed signs that they will be a factor in the Patriot League race with a knack for getting to loose balls and turning them into buckets. But fouls were a problem for the Bison, who had two players pick up their fourth fouls in the first half. Davis said his team showed a lot of character in clawing back from 16 points down and had a chance to make it interesting.Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons took care of business this weekend with those two easy wins to get them prepared for even bigger challenges at the Charleston Classic -- where well surely learn more about what this teams ceiling ultimately is. Defending national champion Villanova likely awaits in a later round.STAT SHEETWake Forest was 23 of 29 from the free-throw line while Bucknell was just 5 of 9.TIP-INSBucknell fell to 11-52 against current ACC members with nine of those wins coming against Pittsburgh -- all before the Panthers joined their new league. ... This was just the seventh time under Manning that Wake Forest reached double figures in 3-pointers.UP NEXTBucknell: The Bison return home to face Robert Morris on Wednesday night before beginning play in the Las Vegas Invitational.Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons head to Charleston, South Carolina, for three games in the Charleston Classic, starting with a matchup with UTEP on Thursday.---Follow Joedy McCreary at http://twitter.com/joedyap---More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. DeMarcus Ware Youth Jersey . 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I am pleased and thankful that I have the complete cooperation and blessing of Kings management in this decision.The team says the games Miller wont be calling and who will replace him alongside analyst Jim Fox on Fox Sports West will be announced later. ' ' ' 
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves may not be finished with the dramatic overhaul of their rotation. A.J. Brown Youth Jersey .General manager John Coppolella told The Associated Press on Wednesday he hopes to add another starting pitcher, even after agreeing to deals with veteran right-handers R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon last week.Chicago White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale might be available in a trade. The Braves apparently would make top prospects available for Sale, an All-Star in each of the last five seasons who could be a trade target of many teams.The Braves have focused on young pitchers while trading such stars as Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Craig Kimbrel in recent years. Coppolella said hes considering all options, including a trade involving prospects, in his search for another starter.We would like to add another starter if possible, but that will be more a function of market factors than any other factor, Coppolella said in a text message.Sale, 27, would be the new top name for a rotation that includes Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter as the team moves into new SunTrust Park in suburban Cobb County next year.Sale was 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA for the White Sox in 2016. He will earn $12 million in 2017. His contract includes club options at $12.5 million for 2018 and $15 million for 2019.Dickey, 42, and Colon, 43, are short-term links to such young starters as Sean Newcomb, Kolby Allard, Max Fried and Touki Toussaint. Some other young starters, including Matt Wisler, Aaron Blair and Tyrell Jenkins, already have made their Atlanta debuts.The Braves one-year, $12.5 million deal with Colon and one-year contract with an $8 million guarantee with Dickey wont be official until the players pass physicals.The deal with Dickey, the first of the 158 free agents to switch teams this offseason, was reached last Thursday. The agreement with Colon came one day later.Sale has five straight seasons with double-digit wins. The Braves had no starter with as many as 10 wins last season. The hard-throwing Foltynewicz led the team with a 9-5 record.Teheran, a two-time All-Star, is the leader of the rotation. The search for other proven starters has been the top offseason priority for Coppolella.The Braves finished last in the NL East in 2016 but won 50 of their last 97 games, leading Coppolella to say the rebuilding effort was ahead of schedule. The promotion of rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson helped the team win 20 of its last 30 games, earning interim manager Brian Snitker the full-time job. Eddie George Youth Jersey . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. Bruce Matthews Youth Jersey . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. http://www.titansstoreonline.com/Black-64-Corey-Davis-Womens-Jersey/ . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Kevin Magnussen has confirmed he plans to race at next weekends Italian Grand Prix despite suffering a huge accident at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.Magnussen crashed on lap six of the Belgian Grand Prix as he crested Spas infamous Eau Rouge corner. His Renault appeared to unsettle as he rode the kerbs on the second apex of the corner, known as Raidillon, and he was unable to correct a slide on the exit.His Renault made heavy contact with the crash barriers, leaving the car in pieces but the safety cell in one piece. Jurrell Casey Jersey. Magnussen managed to walk away from the accident but was taken to hospital for precautionary checks and to treat a small cut on his ankle.After leaving the hospital, Magnussen tweeted a picture of his return home, saying he plans to race to take part in the Italian Grand Prix, which kicks off at Monza on Friday. ' ' ' 
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General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. http://www.officialcapitalsfanstore.com/customized/ .S. -- Nikolaj Ehlers registered a hat trick for the third straight game and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and five assists as the Halifax Mooseheads hammered the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-1 on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The cornerstones are crumbling, the faces of the franchise largely contributing to the New York Jets downfall this season.Theres plenty of blame to go around, and many fans and media have been busy pointing fingers.Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Brandon Marshall were all supposed to be leading the Jets on another run to playoff contention. Instead, Todd Bowles bumbling bunch is looking likely to land a top-5 pick in the NFL draft.Were 3-7, Bowles said. Were not even thinking playoffs. Were trying to get to four wins.In what is shaping up as a dismal season, high expectations have quickly given way to modest goals.We have a lot to play for: each other, pride, Wilkerson said. We just have to make sure we stay confident. We cant get down on ourselves here.The Jets are taking their bye-week break, and the sputtering squad can certainly use it. General manager Mike Maccagnan said this week that we all need to do better at our jobs in order to get things turned in a positive direction.That includes Bowles, who has been increasingly criticized for his in-game decisions and the growing perception things are going awry behind closed doors at the Jets facility. The fact he had to bench Wilkerson and Richardson for a quarter for being late to a team meeting has only increased the spotlight on the coach.I think Todd is going to be a very good head coach in this league, Maccagnan said, and I think hes doing a good job now.But the defense, Bowles bread and butter, is hardly dominant, with the line not performing up to lofty expectations and the secondary having trouble shutting down anyones passing game.Wilkerson got a five-year, $86 million contract in the offseason, but has just 2 1/2 sacks. The missed walkthrough practice and late arrivals for meetings arent a good look for a player expected to be a leader.The same goes for Richardson, who was the subject of trade rumors at the deadline. He has 1 1/2 sacks.Then, theres Revis, once the gold standard for shutdown cornerbacks. But now, Revis Island is no more , with age and injuries turning him from great to just OK -- a stunningly quick decline for one of the top players in franchise history.There are glitches in his play, but he has played very well at times this year, Maccagnan said. We hhave six games to go. Michal Kempny Capitals Jersey. Well see how the season progresses, and well evaluate it at the end of the season.The brunt of the blame, however, falls on the shoulders of Fitzpatrick.The veteran QB was re-signed on the eve of training camp to a one-year, $12 million deal that ended a long contract stalemate. After throwing for a franchise-record 31 touchdowns last season, Fitzpatrick appeared the perfect fit for New York as the would-be catalyst for a team coming off a 10-6 season, missing the postseason by one win.Instead, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 13 interceptions and has already been benched once. A sprained knee opened the door for Bryce Petty , and now Bowles is left with trying to determine which of the two will give the Jets a better chance to win.That seems inconceivable when less than four months ago, the organization was breathing a sigh of relief because of Fitzpatricks return . Now, its possible he has thrown his last pass with the Jets -- if they decide to give Petty a six-game audition for the job and look to the future.Thats not why any of us are here in the locker room, Fitzpatrick said. Were not here to think about anything other than winning football games. Were here to win.Marshalls production has fallen off in a big way as a result of Fitzpatricks struggles. He has also been affected by the loss of fellow wide receiver Eric Decker , whos out for the season after having shoulder and hip surgeries.Marshall set team records with 109 catches and 1,502 yards receiving while also tying the mark with 14 touchdown grabs. This season, he has 43 catches for 601 yards and two TDs, and hasnt gotten into the end zone since Oct. 9 against Pittsburgh.Frustration and failure have marked New Yorks first 10 games. The last six? Well, the Jets insist they wont crawl to the finish line.I think when you look at it, were not like, `Oh, gosh, the season is over, Maccagnan said. We have six games left. So, we have a little over a third of the season left to go. And were focused on trying to be as competitive as we can be and win as many games as we can. Thats the business were in.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
I wrote up a League of Legends World Championship power ranking before the tournament began two weeks ago. Chris Webber Kings Jersey . Now that were on the verge of the quarterfinals at the historic Chicago Theatre, its time to see how wrong I truly was and try to right some wrongs from the initial ranking. How are the teams stacking up heading into the playoff stage, and which teams left the tournament without a whisper?The teams are ordered by retroactive rank, with pre-Worlds ranking listed below.1. Samsung Galaxy (South Korea)Fionns pretournament ranking: 5th Samsungs group stage performance: 5-1 (1st, Group D)This might cause some debate between the ordering of the top two teams in the retroactive rank, but Samsung was nearly flawless in its second week of the group stages. It ran over two good teams in Chinas Royal Never Give Up and Europes Splyce in fewer than 25 minutes, and Samsung was also able to exact revenge against North Americas Team SoloMid from its only loss the week before. The scary thing about Samsung is that it feels like it hasnt reached its full potential, unlike the other two South Korean titans at Worlds. Lee Crown Min-ho has a chance to break into superstar status depending on how he fares in a favorable side of playoff bracket, and his play on champion Viktor should be on the top of the ban list for any team that encounters him in the upcoming rounds.2. SK Telecom T1 (South Korea)Fionns pretournament ranking: 3rd SKTs group stage performance: 5-1 (1st, Group B)Albus Nox Lunas star support Kirill Likkrit Malofeev said it best in an ESPN interview last week, so take it away, League Jesus:No one wants to face SKT! They always come to the tournament with people saying theyre not as good as they used to be and -- Likkrit starts clapping his hands furiously. [They] clap your face. I dont want to be that guy that gets clapped.Every tournament, SKT seems like the too-easy prediction to win. However, the team has issues in some areas. Ah, people then say, this will be the international tournament where the king might finally fall off. Nope. SKT T1 only dropped a single game the entire group stage, and it showcased a variety of styles across the first two weeks going into the bracket stage. Samsung Galaxy might have been the best team in San Francisco, but come Chicago and the best-of-five format, there is nothing scarier for an opposing team than seeing the trademark red jackets of T1 take the stage.3. H2k (Europe)Fionns pretournament ranking: 10th H2ks group stage performance: 5-2 (1st, Group C)There was never a question about H2k players individual talents, especially the bottom lane; the question was whether the European club could play well enough as a team to prevail on the international stage. Week one, it didnt look like H2k could, going 1-2 and possibly a single loss away from being eliminated. Instead of crumbling, the teams core strengthened during the off days, and H2k reeled off four straight victories, including two against group-favorite Edward Gaming to take the top spot leading into the quarterfinals.4. ROX Tigers (South Korea)Fionns pretournament ranking: 1st ROXs group stage performance: 5-2 (1st, Group A)What a weird group stage for the ROX Tigers. The South Korean domestic champion wasnt able to get its early game going until the last few games of the opening round; it was pushed to an elimination match against NAs Counter Logic Gaming before finally turning on the jets to clear out of the group as the first seed by beating CLG and then ANX in the first-place tiebreaker. The Tigers should feel more at home now in the best-of-five format, but their laning phase will need to drastically improve if ROX wants to make another deep run at Worlds. The stumblings might have not killed them in Group A, but these initial mistakes, if they persist, will be the death of them against the likes of Edward Gaming, ROXs quarterfinal opposition.5. Royal Never Give Up (China)Fionns pretournament ranking: 8th RNGs group stage performance: 3-3 (2nd, Group D)RNGs ranking at fifth is more of a statement about the weakness of the field than RNGs excellence through the first two weeks. Not to say Royal was bad -- it was able to get out of the most difficult group in the opening round -- but there were clear deficits in its play that will most likely be exploited by SK Telecom T1 in the quarterfinals. But honestly, thats the case for almost every team outside of Samsung, SKT T1 and possibly H2k who all came into Week 2 looking better than Week 1. Royal is a team that runs everything through its bottom lane, and its not as though even the players are keeping it a secret.I think the reason TSM lost against us is because they didnt pay too much attention to our bot-lane duo. For enemy teams, if they actually heavily focus on our bottom lane, itll give us a much harder chance to win. But [TSM] didnt do that, said RNGs AD carry Jian Uzi Zi-Hao in an interview.TSM didnt exploit that vulnerability. SKT, the two-time world champion, will.6. EDward Gaming (China)Fionns pretournament ranking: 2nd EDGs group stage performance: 4-3 (2nd, Group C)So if you read my Top 5 at each position articles (under Features - Top 5 on our landing page) leading into the tournament, I had EDG players littered throughout. When asked why I didnt have the team first over ROX in my initial ranking, since ROX had fewer players in the Top 5 for their respective positions, I answered by pointing out the one EDG starter that I didnt include: Chen Mouse Yu-Hao. As a serviceable top laner in the domestic summer season, Mouse has been exposed in the enforced one-on-one laning phase in the top lane against some of the best players in the world. Although he did come up big on Poppy in the second half of EDGs must-win game against ahq when facing elimination in Group C, his time in lane has been miserable.To put this in perspective, Mouse has a CS differential of -22 at 10 minutes.EDGs next opponent? ROX and top laner Song Smeb Kyung-ho. Good luck, Mouse and Edward Gaming as a whole.7. Albus Nox Luna (CIS)Fionns pretournament ranking: 16th ROXs group stage performance: 4-3 (2nd, Group A)I was wrong. I was wrong. I was super-mega-wow-I-need-to-give-this-team-respect wrong. I even ranked Albus below INTZ, the other wild-card team who advanced through the International Wildcard Qualifier, and ANX even looked better than the Brazilian side there. While no one could have expected ANX to do this well on the international stage -- even the ANX players themselves -- the CIS champion accomplished the historic achievement of being the first wild-card team ever to advance out of Worlds groups. It even has a chance of beating H2k and making the Cinderella run of all Cinderella runs to the semifinal.The team, although sporting a few crafty pocket picks, is not winning through gimmicky strategies. There isnt a single individual standing out; rather, its the rosters internal cohesion that shines. The team has been able to secure objectives with stellar macro play, and it was able to defeat ROX Tigers in an hour-long marathon that currently holds the title for best game of the tournament. ANX isnt unbeatable and can unravel quickly if things start to get out of control, but even as the underdog heading into Chicago, can we really bet against Likkrit & Co. in any circumstance?8. Cloud9 (NA)Fionns pretournament ranking: 9th C9s group stage performance: 3-3 (2nd, Group B)Its hard to rank Cloud9. On one hand, it did make it to the quarterfinal stage. Thats an accomplishment on its own. It played hard against SK Telecom T1 in Week 2 and could have upset the defending champion if a few less-than-decisive plays hadnt gotten in the way. On the other, the team was romped by Flash Wolves and had difficulty putting away an I May club that picked one of the weirdest compositions of the tournament and got stomped in the laning phase. C9 still has a chance to improve with a quarterfinal meeting with Samsung Galaxy, and yet, even the players know theyre coming in at the bottom of the totem pole of the playoff teams.My general thoughts on the group stage are kind of that we didnt deserve to get out of groups just on how we played, said William Meteos Hartman in an interview following the teams advancement into the bracket portion of the competition.9. Team SoloMid (NA)Fionns pretournament ranking: 4th TSMs group stage performance: 3-3 (3rd, Group D)This was a team that wanted to be in the Summoners Cup Finals, and it will now find itself watching the festivities from home without even having a shot at a best-of-five series. TSM was the only team to take a game from group juggernaut Samsung Galaxy, but it threw away its chance of making the quarterfinal with sloppy decisions and lackluster map play when it played SSG for a second time. It lost another game it was ahead in against RNG in the first week, and then was eliminated by the Chinese club after it gave three kills to Uzi at the start of the game which, for all intents and purposes, buried the North American champion six feet under.I have TSM as the best team not to make the bracket stage, but really, what does that mean to a team that wanted and practiced for so much more?10. Counter Logic Gaming (NA)Fionns pretournament ranking: 12th CLGs group stage performance: 3-3 (3rd, Group A)I have the three NA teams ranked in order from 8th to 10th, and if you look at all three fared, I feel like this is pretty fair. As a whole, NA had the second-best record after South Korea as a region in the group stages, but it didnt have a single team like Europes H2k Gaming stand out in front of the pack. All three had the ability to go from average to a contender, but each failed in its own special way.For CLG, its lack of success against wild-card teams was once again its death at Worlds. It went 1-1 against the ROX Tigers and 2-0 against G2 Esports, something any CLG fan would have been ecstatic about on paper going into the tournament. Alas, despite the success against the favorites in the group, it was Albus Nox Luna who took both games from CLG and sent them out of the group stage.11. Ahq e-Sports Club (Taiwan)Fionns pretournament ranking: 14th Ahqs group stage performance: 3-3 (3rd, Group C)Like TSM and CLG, ahq was one win away from the quarterfinals. Unlike the other two, however, ahq had a gigantic lead against its do-or-die opponent in the game it lost. Edward Gaming was on its deathbed and the Taiwanese second-place team couldnt close the casket. The team meandered around, played too passively when it had chances to finish, and was once again eliminated from the tournament by its Chinese big brother EDG.12. Flash Wolves (Taiwan)Fionns pretournament ranking: 7th FWs group stage performance: 2-4 (4th, Group B)Taiwan was the only region this year not to send a team to the bracket stage. The Flash Wolves were the hope of the League Master Series, and the team failed to live up to expectations. The Taiwanese champion was able to take a game off of SKT in Week 1, but its ineptitude and lack of understanding against Chinas eccentric I May sent them out of the tournament. The FW will keep wondering how it let a team that played with its starting mid laner as support and starting support as jungler kill their chances at advancing from the first round.13. I May (China)Fionns pretournament ranking: 11th IMs group stage performance: 2-4 (3rd, Group B)Even talking about I May makes my head hurt. Its only two wins of the tournament came from the Flash Wolves in two games that the Flash Wolves almost certainly should have won. The first was a throw in Week 1, and the second was a game where I Mays starting support Yun Road Han-gil was suspended and had to use a crazy makeshift starting five. The Chinese team that had always found a way to survive and advance was ultimately eliminated by C9 in a game where IM was once again on the cusp of pulling another gigantic comeback.14. SplyceFionns pretournament ranking: 14th SPYs group stage performance: 1-5 (4th, Group D)Although Splyce was only able to pick up one victory, it shouldnt feel too badly about its performance at Worlds as a rookie organization. It was in the Group of Death that lived up to the hype, and it was able to take a thunderous victory over RNG in a blowout that kept it from going home winless.15. INTZ e-SportsFionns pretournament ranking: 15th INTZs group stage performance: 1-5 (4th, Group C)Sure, INTZ did lose five in a row to close out the tournament; even though it wasnt a rosy end to the journey, the Brazilian champion will always remember its debut match on the Worlds stage where it knocked out EDward Gaming in one of the biggest upsets the tournament has ever seen.16. G2 EsportsFionns pretournament ranking: 6th G2s group stage performance: 1-5 (4th, Group A)Another poor performance by G2 on the international stage in 2016. It was able to win a game in its last match against Albus Nox Luna, but other than that, there was nothing to show for the back-to-back European champion. This team is better than its position on the ranking, and its sad we possibly may never see this starting five reach its full potential on the world stage. Nemanja Bjelica Jersey . Louis. To which I would say two things: 1. Where there is smoke, there is or perhaps has been a little fire. 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Im going to control what I can control and not lose sleep over it.Quinn sounded fairly nonchalant when recalling his trip to the hospital Monday morning, shortly after the Rams returned to California from a road victory over the New York Jets.Quinn said he has never experienced similar problems with dehydration. He said his doctors only gave one instruction: Drink more water.Im going to pay a little bit more attention to my hydration habits off the field, Quinn said.Quinn has started six of the Rams nine games this season, contributing two sacks and two forced fumbles on the Rams dominant defensive line.He led thee NFC with 19 sacks in 2013 and had 10 1/2 in 2014, but the sixth-year pro struggled with injuries last season, eventually having season-ending back surgery. Mike Bibby Kings Jersey. .Quinn is backed up by Eugene Sims, who also returned to practice Friday after sitting out earlier in the week with a concussion. Sims has filled in repeatedly for Quinn due to injuries over the past two seasons.The Rams also made a handful of roster moves Friday.Rookie receiver Nelson Spruce was placed on injured reserve without playing in a game for the Rams, who signed the Colorado product as an undrafted free agent. A calf injury has kept him out of action since the first half of Los Angeles first preseason game.The Rams also promoted defensive back Blake Countess from the practice squad to the active roster and signed defensive end Lenny Jones to the practice squad.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
ANAHEIM, Calif. Mike Modano Stars Jersey . -- Los Angeles Angels slugger C.J. Cron is having a medical procedure to relieve pain in his left thumb.Cron will need six to eight weeks of recovery time, the Angels announced Tuesday.After experiencing moderate pain recently, Cron had an examination by Dr. Steve Shin, who decided to perform an arthroscopic debridement at the base of his thumb.Cron should be fine for spring training.The first baseman and designated hitter batted .278 with 16 homers and 69 RBI in 116 games last season, setting personal bests in almost every statistical category during his third year in the majors. He missed six weeks of the season after his left hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch. Brett Hull Jersey . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. Tyler Seguin Jersey . Oyama had six birdies and two bogeys at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA Tour. "I have been having this neck ache thats been affecting my golf recently," Oyama said. http://www.thedallasstarshockey.com/mike-modano-hockey-jersey/ .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. From the Scottish lowlands to the pinnacle of world tennis is quite some trip -- one involving lots of planes, trains and automobiles, and thats even before you get to the miles on the court and on the dreaded VersaClimber.Or, to be a little more precise, its going from the artificial grass courts of Dunblane to becoming the first British man to hold the No. 1 singles ranking.But Andy Murrays Scottishness, or Britishness, isnt even the most interesting part of his elevation in status.Whats so compelling about Murray transformation into the alpha-dog of the courts -- from Monday morning he will officially be the best tennis player on the planet -- is the era in which he has accomplished it.Also marvel at the stage at which he has achieved this feat, just six months before he turns 30, a birthday which not so along was supposed to signal the beginning of end for a tennis player.For both those reasons -- the company he has been keeping, and becoming the oldest first-time No. 1 in his own lifetime -- Murrays ascent to top of the rankings should be seen as the ultimate act of perseverance. Murray is the 26th man to have held this office, but have any of the previous 25 toiled like he has?There couldnt have been a less fitting way for Murray to reach the top -- without having to swing a racket after Milos Raonics withdrawal from their semifinal at the Paris Masters.Clearly, anyone who elevates himself to the No. 1 ranking has achieved something extraordinary, and that even applies to those who have done so during a thin era, of which there have been a few.So to have propelled himself to the top in the same age as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal makes Murrays achievement all the greater, even if Federer and Nadal are plainly still no longer at the peeaks of their playing powers. John Klingberg Stars Jersey. .Such has been the competition from that trio over the years, many others would have wilted or folded along the way. But Murray hasnt.Remember some sniffed that there wasnt really a Big Four in tennis, only a Big Three and a Half. Well, you dont hear much from them now after the year Murrays had -- winning Wimbledon for the second time, retaining his Olympic title and putting himself at the top of the tennis tree.So Murray, at the age of 29 and a half, becomes the oldest first-time No. 1 since Australias John Newcombe held the position in 1974. Murray might say that this promotion has come a little earlier than expected -- he had thought his best chance would be in February or March next year when he wont have many points to defend -- but his rise has hardly been fast-tracked. For years, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have blocked his path. Well, for no longer.Nothing has come easily to Murray. Not winning Grand Slam titles, with a run of defeats in finals before he scored his first. And not making the jump from No. 2 in the rankings to No. 1. Consider that Murray was just 22 years old when he first held the No. 2 ranking. Has he been deterred? Hardly. Instead he has shown even greater levels of resilience and perseverance, and displayed even larger appetites for self-improvement and hard toil.Just to make this moment even more special for Murray, this completes a family double after his older brother held the doubles world No. 1 ranking earlier in the year. This hasnt happened before, with one brother achieving the top doubles ranking and the other going all the way to the summit in singles. ' ' ' 
LOS ANGELES -- Despite the fact that Clayton Kershaw?threw a light bullpen session Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers staff ace will not be in the clubs rotation when the second half of the season kicks off next weekend at Arizona. Wholesale China Jerseys .Kershaw will be eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday for the start of the second half, but Sundays 20-25 pitch bullpen session was the first time he threw from a mound since June 26 at Pittsburgh, so his return to action will have to wait. He played a light game of catch on flat ground last week.To see Clayton in a pen, throwing off a mound, is definitely encouraging, manager Dave Roberts said.Kershaw took the loss in his most recent start, giving up four runs and nine hits to the Pirates, the second-most he has allowed this season in each category. He did not reference an injury after the start, but he was treated for a lower back injury the following day.The Dodgers ultimately put their three-time Cy Young Award winner on the disabled list with a mild disc herniation. No timetable was given for his return.Roberts has lined up his second-half rotation without Kershaw in it the first time through the order. For the clubs three-game series at Arizona to open the second half, the Dodgers will pitch Bud Norris, Brandon McCarthy and Kenta Maeda, in that order. When the team travels to Washington, Scott Kazmir will open that series, followed by Hyun-Jin Ryu.The three right-handers to start, followed by the two left-handers, is a partial nod to matchups at Arizona and Washington.Yeah, there is a matchup component there, and there is also the rest, with the days off after we come out of the break and how that sets up, Roberts said. So there are a lot of variables that are baked in when we tried to make those decisions.Roberts was asked if it is possible that Kershaw could rejoin the rotation later in the trip, either at Washington or at St. Louis. The Dodgers embark on a nine-game, 10-day trip after the All-Star break.Im not sure, Roberts said. But Bud Norris will start the second half and then McCarthy, Kenta, Kaz and then Ryu. And everyone will stay in their turn. Jerseys Cheap Wholesale . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. Cheap Jerseys . -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. http://www.wholesalejerseysnfl.net/ . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. MONZA, Italy -- With a dedication to mentor Michael Schumacher, Williams driver Felipe Massa announced Thursday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.The 35-year-old Brazilian said he chose to make the announcement at the Italian Grand Prix because that was where Schumacher made his retirement announcement a decade ago, which cleared the way for Massa to remain at Ferrari.The only way for me to stay was for him to stop, Massa said. He chose to give me this option to stay. (Italy) is my second country that I love and I think this is an important place to do this.Massa made the announcement at a news conference alongside deputy team principal Claire Williams.Im more nervous now than all my race starts, Massa said. After 27 years of my racing career, since I started karting and with 15 years in F1, this will be my last season in F1. ... It will bee my last eight races in F1 that I will enjoy as much as I can. Cheap Jerseys From China. Massas contract expires at the end of this season.In 14 seasons in F1, Massa has claimed 11 wins, 41 podiums and 16 pole positions. He made his debut with Sauber in 2002 and moved to Ferrari in 2006, alongside Schumacher.Massa came agonizingly close to winning the drivers title in 2008, finishing one point behind Lewis Hamilton.His career was slowed by a serious eye injury during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.Massa is in his third season at Williams. Hes 10th in this seasons drivers standings.Apart from the talent and the speed he has on the track, hes a great guy, very easygoing, current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel said. So hes going to be missed. ' ' ' 
A look at the U. Kasperi Kapanen Jersey .S. team in the 41st Ryder Cup on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota. Players are listed in the order they made the team.DUSTIN JOHNSONAge: 32.Ryder Cup record (2 teams): 4-3-0.World ranking: 2.Career victories: 12.Majors: U.S. Open (2016).2016 victories: U.S. Open, Bridgestone Invitational, BMW Championship.Ryder Cup partners: Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar.Outlook: Johnson has emerged as the best American, if not the best player in the world, at the moment. He missed the last Ryder Cup, when he was sitting out for six months to seek help for what he described as personal challenges. He can win when hes not putting his best. Hes hard to beat when he is.---JORDAN SPIETHAge: 23.Ryder Cup record (1 team): 2-1-1.World ranking: 4.Career victories: 10.Majors: Masters (2015), U.S. Open (2015).2016 victories: Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Colonial.Ryder Cup partners: Patrick Reed.Outlook: Spieth has yet to win a singles match in his two appearances in a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. He is playing reasonably well; it just doesnt seem like it because last year was among the best. He and Dustin Johnson were formidable in fourballs at the Presidents Cup last year.---PHIL MICKELSONAge: 46.Ryder Cup record (10 teams): 16-19-6.World ranking: 14.Career victories: 45.Majors: Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), British Open (2013), PGA Championship (2005).2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: Corey Pavin, Jay Haas, Davis Love III, Tom Lehman, David Duval, Jim Furyk, David Toms, Chris DiMarco, Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley.Outlook: He is playing on his 11th straight team, an American record. And he has qualified for every one of them, a record that will be hard to beat. But which Mickelson will show up at Hazeltine? The player at Royal Troon who took Henrik Stenson to the wire? Or the guy who can miss fairways and short putts? Plus, he has taken on a big leadership role for this team and thus carries a little more of the burden.---PATRICK REEDAge: 26.Ryder Cup record (1 team): 3-0-1.World ranking: 8.Career victories: 5.Majors: None.2016 victories: The Barclays.Ryder Cup partners: Jordan Spieth.Outlook: Reed is tough in match play because he makes it personal. He whipped up the Scottish crowd by hushing them with his finger over his lips, and hes sure to whip up the home crowd. But it starts with good golf, and his golf was ordinary at the Presidents Cup. His only victory was fourballs with Spieth.---JIMMY WALKERAge: 37.Ryder Cup record (1 team): 1-1-3.World ranking: 16.Career victories: 6.Majors: PGA Championship (2016).2016 victories: PGA Championship.Ryder Cup partners: Rickie Fowler.Outlook: He was among the best rookies at Gleneagles last time, but he was only 1-3-0 at the Presidents Cup. His season was pedestrian until he put it all together to win the PGA Championship, and he showed more good form was on the way by contending at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Hes one of the better putters on the U.S. team.---BROOKS KOEPKAAge: 26.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 22.Career victories: 2.Majors: None.2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: The only American rookie in this Ryder Cup, he missed a month because of ankle injury, returned and sewed up a spot on the team with a tie for fourth in the PGA Championship. His results have been ordinary during the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he was one of three Americans who missed the Tour Championship.---BRANDT SNEDEKERAge: 35.Ryder Cup record (1 team): 1-2-0.World ranking: 23.Career victories: 8.Majors: None.2016 victories: Farmers Insurance Open.Ryder Cup partners: Jim Furyk.Outlook: Snedeker went from winning the FedEx Cup to playing in his first Ryder Cup in 2012. He was at his best the opening two months of the season. Driving and power are not strengths. Putting is what makes him dangerous. His only partners in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup -- Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson -- will not be at Hazeltine.---ZACH JOHNSONAge: 40.Ryder Cup record (4 teams): 6-6-2.World ranking: 27.Career victories: 12.Majors: Masters (2007), British Open (2015).2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: Chad Campbell, Scott Verplank, Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar.Outlook: He made the team on the strength of his British Open victory -- last year. Johnsons best finish this year is fifth place at Bay Hill, and he never really contended there. He switched golf equipment at the start of the year. But he is tough in match play because he keeps the ball in play and his strengths typically are the wedges and putter.---RICKIE FOWLERAge: 27.Ryder Cup record (2 teams): 0-3-5.World ranking: 9.Career victories: 6.Majors: None.2016 victories: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.Ryder Cup partners: Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker.Outlook: He has yet to win a match in the Ryder Cup, and his record in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup is 1-6-5. But he is popular with his teammates and is versatile when it comes to pairings. He wasted a good chance to make the team outright at The Barclays. This will be his first Ryder Cup on home soil.---J.B. HOLMESAge: 34.Ryder Cup record (1 team): 2-0-1.World ranking: 21.Career victories: 4.Majors: None.2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: Boo Weekley.Outlook: Holmes and Mickelson are the only American players who have been on a winning Ryder Cup team. Holmes is long and aggressive, but he can be shaky with the putter. His last victory was the Shell Houston Open in April 2015. He won the B-flight at the British Open by finishing third (14 shots behind Henrik Stenson).---MATT KUCHARAge: 38.Ryder Cup record (3 teams): 4-5-2.World ranking: 17.Career victories: 9.Majors: None.2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: Stewart Cink, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson.Outlook: Kuchar won the bronze medal at the Olympics, the highlight of his year thus far. He is reliable in match play, and easy to match based on having five partners in three Ryder Cups. His last PGA Tour victory was in April 2014 at Hilton Head. 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CANCUN, Mexico -- After getting off to a terrible start, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard knew the first possession of the second half carried extra significance.Zach Smith turned it into a highlight, game-shifting dunk and Anthony Livingston took over from there.Livingston had 28 points and nine rebounds, Smith scored 21 points and Texas Tech rallied to rout Utah State 75-51 Wednesday night in a consolation game of the Cancun Challenge.Texas Tech cut a 12-point first-half deficit to 32-30 at halftime when Beard drew up a play for Smith. Keenan Evans delivered a high pass toward the rim and Smith kept climbing. His emphatic slam brought the crowd to its feet.Hes a special player, with his athleticism. He can play in another part of the air space, Beard said. Sometimes a team will be playing good fundamental defense, but you throw the ball above a rim where other guys cant get it.It ignited a dominant 45-22 second half that included a game-ending 19-1 run.That was a well-drawn up play by the coaches. It got us going, Livingston said. The whole bench jumped up, the crowd got going and we feed off of that. We definitely needed that at the time.Livingston hit 5 of 9 3-pointers and Smith had four dunks on his way to hitting 9 of 10 shots. The Red Raiders (4-1) took third place in the Riviera Division despite finding out about an hour before tipoff that starter Aaron Ross (right leg) couldnt play.Ross scored 17 points Tuesday night in a semifinal loss to Auburn.Jalen Moore scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half for the Aggies (3-2), who raced to a 24-12 lead before fading in their second straight loss.I thought we had a great start. We played well on both ends of the floor and played with a lot of fight and played together, Utah State coach Tim Duryea said. But when the momentum swung at the end of the first half, we missed some shots and that mentality carried over to the defensive end.LIVINGSTON RESPONDSLivingston hit 10 of 16 shots after managing three points on 1-of-8 shooting a night earlier. Mats Sundin Maple Leafs Jersey. hat was probably one of the most disappointing nights in his playing career as was one of the most disappointing nights in my coaching career, Beard said. We had some real truth-telling sessions last night and this morning trying to get our team back on the same page and I thought Anthony really responded like a senior is supposed to.SECOND HALF DOMINANCETexas Tech shot 64.3 percent (19 of 28) in the second half while holding Utah State to 7-of-26 shooting.MOORE SLOWEDMoore started 3 of 4 from 3-point range before getting into first-half foul trouble. Beard said they changed to a more conservative defense in the second half.We changed our pick-and-roll coverages, Beard said. We had to stay on the shooter. Hes a pro.BIG PICTUREUtah State: Moore, a preseason all-Mountain West Conference selection, is clearly the go-to scorer and leader for Utah State. The Aggies collapsed offensively late in the first half without the senior on the floor and need to find other consistent options before conference play begins. Moore was also on the bench at the start of Texas Techs game-clinching 19-6 second-half run.Texas Tech: Poor starts and scoring droughts have to be concerning to Beard ahead of the SEC schedule. After a 12-minute dry spell Tuesday helped them fall behind by 19 points to Auburn in the semifinals, the Red Raiders went 8:14 without a hoop in the first half against Utah State. It took quite a while to adjust to Utah States zone, cut down on the poor passes and get better shots.UP NEXTUtah State: Will play in-state rival BYU next Wednesday in Salt Lake City.Texas Tech: Plays its next five games at home, starting Friday against Idaho State. The Red Raiders next road game is Dec. 17 at Richmond. ' ' ' 
WINNIEPEG -- If Nikolaj Ehlers was a soccer player in a Central American country, he would be signing up for the Witness Protection Program right about now. Babe Ruth Jersey .Fortunately for the Winnipeg Jets right winger, he plays hockey for a living. He has also been one of his teams best players of late so his personal safety will not be an issue after he inadvertently shot the puck past his own goaltender to score the overtime winner for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-2 loss on Friday night in Denver.The Danish-born forward and his teammates flew back home Saturday morning to get ready to face the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday afternoon at the MTS Centre.Ehlers already had two assists but few people remembered them after his errant pass -- made while he was battling against the boards with two Avalanche forwards deep in his own zone -- caught Michael Hutchinson by surprise and slipped between his pads instead of going to the intended target, defenseman Toby Enstrom.I thought I had two guys right by me and I just tried to throw it in the middle and get (our) two guys going, he told the Winnipeg Free Press.The silver lining is the single point moved the Jets (7-7-2) into third place in the Central Division with 16 points. The Minnesota Wild are one point behind but have four games in hand.The Kings come to Winnipeg on a two-game losing streak, having fallen to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday and the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday.Los Angeles is fourth in the Pacific conference with a record of 7-8-0.The Kings are hoping their captain, Anze Kopitar, is a fast healer. He left Fridays game because of an apparent injury to his left arm after taking a hit along the boards from Senators defenseman Marc Methot.Kings coach Darryl Sutter told the Los Angeles Times hes optimistic Kopitar will suit up against the Jets.Hes the kind of guy who is going to try to play, Sutter said.Sutter isnt sure whats wrong with goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who made his first start since Oct. 18 on Friday night, but pulled himself out of the game after the second period despite working on a shutout.Early indications are Zatkoff sustained a lower-body injury. He previously was nursing a sore groin. 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The matchup begins Thursday, with both teams still trying to earn home-field advantage.This is Franconas fourth season with the AL Central champion Indians, and he said he doesnt want this to be about him versus the AL East champ Red Sox.Well, the one thing I think I need to be cognizant of is the players have worked so hard, both sides, to get to this, Francona said before Saturdays game against Kansas City. I cant let my personal feelings ever get in the way of or take away from what theyve done. So, whatever my feelings are need to remain my feelings.Francona is a close friend of Red Sox manager John Farrell.Its tough when youre going to compete against one of your best friends, Francona said. Thats actually kind of hard, but Im so proud of him and happy for him and what hes accomplished. I kind of consider it an honor, actually to compete against him.Trevor Bauer will start the opener of the series against the Red Sox on Thursday and ace Corey Kluber will start Game 2 on Friday. 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Some of it will depend on who pitches tomorrow and how much.Francona said Salazar would not start against the Tigers, emphasizing he needs a simulated game first. ' ' ' 
Liverpool take on Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday looking to add to the clubs unrivalled record in the competition. Dell Curry Hornets Jersey . The Merseysiders have won the trophy on eight previous occasions, three more than Chelsea and Aston Villa have managed.The Reds have lost just three of their 11 League Cup final appearances, and they will be hoping to maintain that impressive record live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 4pm. If Jurgen Klopps men do emerge triumphant against City, then they will add to these other victories from down the years...2012 League Cup final - Liverpool 2-2 Cardiff City (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties) Highlights from the 2012 League Cup Final between Liverpool and Cardiff. In front of almost 90,000 fans at Wembley, Kenny Dalglishs men won the trophy for an eighth time, decided via a penalty shoot-out.The Reds had fallen behind to Joe Masons 19th-minute strike, before Martin Skrtel equalised on the hour-mark, the centre-back tucking home a rebound after Luis Suarezs header from a corner had hit the post.Both teams then spurned chances to win the game in normal and extra-time, meaning penalties were required to separate them.However, despite Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam missing with Liverpools first two efforts, the Championship side also hit the post with two of their first three spot-kicks, before Anthony Gerrard - cousin of Steven - failed to hit the target with the Bluebirds fifth penalty to hand Liverpool the win. Steven Gerrard holds aloft the League Cup trophy in 2012 2003 League Cup final - Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United Highlights from the 2003 League Cup Final between Liverpool and Manchester United. Liverpool beat old foes United in Cardiff to give their supporters something to smile about in what was an otherwise disappointing season for the club.Gerrard opened the scoring against the favourites when his well-struck drive from outside the area beat Fabien Barthez with the aid of a slight deflection off David Beckhams outstretched leg.However, the Reds were grateful to Jerzy Dudek after the Poland goalkeeper turned in an inspired second-half performance to keep United out, before a late breakaway goal from striker Michael Owen sealed the victory. Michael Owen beats Fabien Barthez late on to seal Liverpools 2003 League Cup final victory 2001 League Cup final - Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham City (Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties) Highlights from the 2001 League Cup Final between Liverpool and Birmingham. Gerard Houlliers side squeaked past First Division Birmingham on the way to winning a treble of cups that season, in the process becoming the first club to win the trophy via penalties.However, there was little sign of the drama to follow when Liverpool took the lead through Robbie Fowlers sublime 25-yard volley, especially as the game moved into injury time.Birmingham refused to accept defeat, though, and were awarded a penalty after Stephane Henchoz upended Martin OConnor in the box, with Darren Purse holding his nerve to force extra-time at the Millennium Stadium.In the ensuing shoot-out, after Martin Grainger and Dietmar Hamann had missed for each team, it was Andy Johnsons failure from the spot in sudden death that saw Liverpool win the competition for a sixth time. Sander Westerveld saves Birmingham striker Andy Johnsons penalty to hand Liverpool victory in 2001 1995 League Cup final - Liverpool 2-1 Bolton WanderersLiverpool won the trophy for a then record-breaking fifth occasion after seeing off Division One side Bolton thanks to a man-of-the-match display from Steve McManaman.The England winger scored either side of half-time, his second a brilliant solo effort that seemed to have seen off the challenge from Bruce Riochs men.However, a quick-fire response via Alan Thompsons thunderous left-footed drive set up a nervous finale for the Reds, who held on to hand Roy Evans his first trophy as Liverpool manager. Steve McManaman with the Alan Hardaker trophy for his man-of-the-match display in 1995 1984 League Cup final - Liverpool 0-0 EvertonThe first competitive all-Merseyside final was in the League Cup 32 years ago, when Joe Fagan headed Liverpool to Wembley Stadium to take on the Toffees.Liverpool were defending champions and would go on to win the league and European Cup that season, but were fortunate to earn a replay after Alan Hansen appeared to handle Everton striker Adrian Heaths goal-bound shot on the line.However, referee Alan Robinson controversially ruled in the Reds favour and after extra-time could still not separate the city rivals, a match of little noteworthy incident went to a replay.1984 League Cup final replay - Liverpool 1-0 EvertonThree days after the goalless draw, the two teams were at it again, although this time they met at Manchester Citys Maine Road ground on a Wednesday night.The encounter was another cagey affair and it needed a brilliant 21st-minute strike from Liverpool captain Graeme Souness to finally separate the teams.Playing a neat interchange of passes with Dalglish and Phil Neal, the Scotland midfielder then let the ball run across his chest, before unleashing a thumping 30-yard drive that flew past a helpless Neville Southall in Evertons goal.And that was that as the Reds held on for the win to make it a fourth consecutive League Cup triumph. Ian Rush, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen and Bruce Grobbelaar celebrate Liverpools 1984 replay win against Everton 1983 League Cup final - Liverpool 2-1 Manchester UnitedThe holders made it three successive League Cup final victories by getting the better of rivals United in front of 99, 304 spectators at Wembley.However, Liverpool once again made Paisley - in his final season in charge at Anfield - sweat after falling behind to Norman Whitesides 12th-minute goal, with the Irishman fending off the attentions of Hansen before coolly slotting past Bruce Grobbelaar.With 15 minutes to go, though, Alan Kennedy was again on hand to drill home a long-range equaliser as for the third year in a row the final went to extra time.And it took Ronnie Whelan just nine minutes to decide the contest with a memorable curling effort past Gary Bailey, the third time the Republic of Ireland midfielder had scored in a League Cup final. Ronnie Whelan beats Man Utd keeper Gary Bailey to win Liverpool the 1983 League Cup 1982 League Cup final - Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham HotspurLiverpool won the League Cup for a third year in a row by overcoming cup specialists Tottenham in front of 100,000 spectators at Wembley, although for large parts of the final the trophy looked to be heading to White Hart Lane.The then-European champions had beaten both Arsenal and Ipswich Town on the way to the final, only to find themselves trailing to Steve Archibalds 11th-minute goal.However, after riding their luck on several occasions, Whelan beat Spurs No 1 Ray Clemence with just three minutes to go to force extra-time.And it was Whelan who was on hand to put his side ahead with a close-range finish after 111 minutes, with Ian Rush ending the match as a contest minutes later after being set up by Sammy Lees defence-splitting pass. Liverpools players on the Wembley pitch after beating Spurs to win the 1982 League Cup 1981 League Cup final - Liverpool 1-1 West Ham UnitedLiverpool had lost to Nottingham Forest in their first-ever appearance in the final three years earlier, so were desperate to get their hands on the only domestic trophy the club had yet to win.Bob Paisleys team had seen off Swindon Town, Portsmouth, Birmingham City and Manchester City to get to Wembley, where they took on West Ham.Despite dominating the game, Liverpool could not find a way past Hammers goalkeeper Phil Parkes, before Kennedy finally broke the deadlock three minutes before the end of extra time.However, West Ham forced a replay thanks to Ray Stewarts last-minute penalty after Terry McDermott had pushed Alvin Martins goal-bound header onto the bar.1981 League Cup final replay - Liverpool 2-1 West Ham UnitedWest Ham struck first at Villa Park through Paul Goddards eight-minute strike, only for the Reds to respond with two goals in quick time.Dalglish grabbed the equaliser with a sweet volley from a tight angle after being set up by McDermott, before defender Hansen scored the winner after his header from a corner deflected off Billy Bonds knee and beat Parkes. Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish celebrate Liverpools 1981 League Cup final replay win Also See: Liverpool held in Augsburg Matip: The view from Germany How local is your club WATCH: Klopp nutmegs Firmino Dell Curry Jersey . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. Percy Miller Jersey . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. http://www.hornetsteamproshop.com/Cheap-Miles-Bridges-Hornets-Jersey/ . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As reporters encircled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at his locker, linebacker Clay Matthews hurried past and shouted out in jest perhaps the most important question of the week.A-Rod, are you playing? Matthews yelled.Oh yes, Rodgers plans to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears . He just didnt practice Wednesday to focus on rehabbing his leg injuries, a plan coach Mike McCarthy said will likely stay in place for the quarterback through Thursday.McCarthy said Rodgers told him not to hold anything back for the game plan against the Bears as Green Bay seeks a fourth consecutive victory as they chase a spot in the playoffs.Im very optimistic by nature. So we can always take things out. Its harder to add things back in, Rodgers said. So get everything in, and if theres anything weve got to take out on Sunday, well do that.The Packers (7-6) have won three straight heading into a three-game stretch to end the regular season against NFC North foes. Tied with Minnesota for second at two games behind Detroit, Green Bay needs help to return to the playoffs an eighth straight season.Rodgers hurt his left hamstring a few weeks ago against the Eagles. He hurt his right calf while throwing a 66-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams on the third play of the 38-10 victory last weekend over the Seattle Seahawks.Im feeling better. I appreciate the time to rehab. With an injury like this, its really about maximizing rehab time, Rodgers said Wednesday. So I got to get a couple extra hours there with the training staff. It was good.The leg injuries have limited Rodgers mobility. The two-time NFL MVP was still able to dissect the Seattle defense for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing before leaving early in the fourth quarter with his team up by four scores.Oh yeah, I mean, Aaron Rodgers is as tough as anybody Ive ever known, McCarthy said.He recalled one instance in Rodgers first season as the starter in 2008 when he sprained his right shoulder against Tampa. McCarthy wasnt sure how limited Rodgers arm might bee the next week against Atlanta. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jersey. Then late in the first quarter of the Falcons game, McCarthy called a deep shot to Donald Driver on third-and-1, briefly forgetting about Rodgers injury. Rodgers hit the pass, then finished 25 of 37 for 313 yards and three touchdowns.That was a big moment for him and hes done that so many times now, probably things that may not seem as big, McCarthy said. His focus, its extraordinary.TIE IT UPThe NFLs oldest rivalry will have its 194th meeting, but Sundays game could mark a milestone in the series.The Bears lead the series 94-93-6, including a split of two postseason games. A Packers win on Sunday would tie the series for the first time since 1933.While that would be nice, Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga dont need any extra motivation.I think the motivation is to win the game and keep ourselves in a good place with what we got going on here, Bulaga said. The overall record is what it is ... but its just about winning and playing good football and improving as a team.INJURY REPORTJared Cook was a full participant in practice after the tight end left the Seahawks game late in the second quarter with a chest injury. ... Matthews was a full participant for the first time in a couple weeks, a sign his shoulder injury might be improving. Matthews played mainly in pass-rush situations against Seattle. ... LB Nick Perry (hand) may not practice until Saturday, McCarthy said. The team leader with eight sacks, Perry missed the Seahawks game.TRANSACTIONThe team signed linebacker Jordan Tripp on Wednesday. A fifth-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2014, Tripp last played with Seattle, appearing in seven games with one start before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 3. He reached an injury settlement on Dec. 9. Tripp has 11 career tackles.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Genaro Armas at: https://twitter.com/GArmasAP ' ' ' 
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