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Hampshire 219 and 173 for 4 (Alsop 53, Gregory 3-26) trail Somerset 474 for 8 dec by 82 runsScorecard There was a heavy sense of sadness about this, the flattest of days, at the Ageas Bowl. Carmelo Anthony Nuggets Jersey . Played out in front of a smattering of barely 100 people, a crowd described by one seasoned journalist as the smallest he had seen here for at least a decade; bottom of the table, relegation-threatened Hampshire battled and blocked, nudged and nurdled and waited for the forecasted rain to fall.It is at times like these that a club needs its senior players. In Michael Carberry, Hampshire have one who stood up better than most to some of the fastest bowling in history when Mitchell Johnson ripped England apart in the 2013-14 Ashes. Shortly after that, perhaps harshly, Carberrys international career came to an end and Dale Benkenstein, the Hampshire coach, revealed it has not been an easy adjustment for Carberry to make. This season season his average hovers around the mid-20s.As part of Hampshires attempt to re-motivate Carberry they have shifted him down the order to No. 4 to give him a new challenge and the management will have been pleased with the fight he showed, closing on an unbeaten 37, alongside Sean Ervine in a 52-run stand before play was halted.We are trying to find some motivation for Carbs, explained Benkenstein. I think its tough when you dont have England anymore. You just lose your oxygen. When youve had one thing as your goal and suddenly it goes, and youve never really thought about anything else - youve always wanted to play for England. Ive seen that with a few senior players in my career as captain.Physically and skill-wise he could play for many more years, but at this level you have got to have a real hunger to play. Especially as a batsman you have to have that hunger for runs because you are getting a year older and guys are getting faster and better and they have ambition to play for England and you tend to see guys drop off quite quickly.Weve found he is actually playing quite well but keeps getting out, Benkenstein said of the move to bat him down the order. The new ball is always tough in England and we thought maybe its a chance to free him up a bit and take him away from the new ball. Just changing his role gives him a bit of a mini-challenge and we are hoping that stimulates him.Hampshire will hope Carberry can flourish in the second half of the season. Play began under a warming sun, but as the day wore on, the clouds thickened and darkened and like the looming threat of Hampshires relegation, they slowly closed in.When, at 3.18pm the umpires decided the light was too bad for play to continue Ervine and Carberry could hardly have left the pitch much quicker. Less than five minutes later it started to rain and the players never returned.More rain is forecast tomorrow and Hampshire could well escape this match with a draw but having been hoping for rain since mid-afternoon on day one, it will be with a heavy heart that they make the five hour drive to Chester-le-Street on Saturday.This pitch has been very slow, too slow to produce particularly intriguing cricket, and without the blanket of dark clouds under which they bowled on the first day, Somerset must have felt what it was like to bowl several overs in Hampshires shoes on day two as the hosts fought admirably against some accurate bowling.Unlike Somersets batsmen however, Hampshires were unable to convert strong starts into significant scores. All three of the wickets to fall were self-inflicted.Tom Alsop was the first to go when shortly before lunch he was caught at second slip having tried to cut a ball from Peter Trego that was too straight to do so to and angling in further still. Alsops wicket ended a stoic partnership of 89 - tellingly Hampshires best second-wicket stand of the season.That Alsop received a generous reception from Hampshires members for his 53 when he finally reached the pavilion, head bowed, bat hanging limply by his side and dragging along the turf, is perhaps emblematic of the clubs readjusted expectations. A good effort it was, but ultimately not good enough.After the interval Will Smith dragged on to Lewis Gregory and when Liam Dawsons limp push outside off stump ended up in the hands of second slip there was a possibility Hampshire were not even going to beat the rain, let alone Somerset.After an hour of thick, miserly rain, with darkness enveloping the ground and puddles forming on the covers, the floodlights were unceremoniously switched off. Ten minutes after that, with the ground practically deserted but for a lone member of the ground staff, the PA system echoed around the stadium confirming to no one but the assembled press that play had been abandoned.And with that the lonely groundsman trudged across the outfield and disappeared into the bowels of the stadium, the only sound he left behind him was the gentle patter of rain on the covers as a melancholy day crept slowly towards its end. Alex English Jersey . The Masters champion and winner of last weeks Australian PGA has a three-round total of 14-under 199 at Royal Melbourne. "Im in a really good position for tomorrow," Scott said. Tyler Lydon Jersey ., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., took sixth spot on Saturday in pairs at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition. http://www.nuggetsproshop.com/Carmelo-Anthony-Nuggets-Jersey/ . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter.Chris Ramsey and Chris Powell are pleased with the Football League’s recommendations that look set to see the implementation of a variation of the Rooney Rule in English football. Named after Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, the Rooney Rule was adopted in the National Football League in 2003, requiring all NFL teams to interview at least one Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidate once a head coaching vacancy becomes available.Last summer, Football League clubs voted unanimously in favour of recommendations that will see a range of open and transparent recruitment measures brought in, including making it compulsory for clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a UEFA B coaching licence. Speaking at a fundraising dinner for the inclusion campaign Kick It Out at Stamford Bridge, Ramsey told Sky Sports News HQ: Id like to see a version of the Rooney Rule.We cannot do it exactly the way it is done in the States but a version of it is timely. Chris Powell has believees recommendations represent progress for BAME coaches Former Charlton and Huddersfield boss Powell said: We know the Football League are looking to introduce a pilot scheme for the Rooney Rule next year which is progress and hopefully that will work in favour of trying to educate people to make sure they have a process that works for everyone. Gary Harris Jersey. I can see how the Rooney Rule works in America and hopefully it will be something that works in time over here. Lord Ouseley (left) with England manager Roy Hodgson Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley added: There are lot of Black and Asian coaches who want to climb the coaching ladder and what weve got to have is opportunities for them to progress.I think what has happened in terms of positive action through the Football League, starting with League One and League Two clubs, is an attempt to build that pyramid and get a mass coming through.Hopefully they will be considered in an open recruitment process where they get a fair crack to compete with others. ' ' '
CARMEL, Ind. Steven Matz Jersey . -- The idea was sound and made plenty of sense: wait a few weeks to make the captains picks to see if players who did not qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup team might get on a roll, turn some heads.With three of Davis Love IIIs four at-large picks looming on Monday morning, it is difficult to imagine the U.S. captain having much clarity at this point.Unless Love has made up his mind on one or more of the picks, regardless of how they played this week at the BMW Championship, those who are in contention for the picks are not making things any easier at Crooked Stick.With the help of vice captains Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk (who is also in the running for a pick) and Tiger Woods, Love is sorting through all the relevant information at this point.There are some things we are looking for, things that Tiger and Tom Lehman have said, look, lets take a look at this, see who is doing this in this group of players, Love said the day after the eight automatic qualifiers became official at the Barclays.I keep saying the statisticians are going to help us with this, but those eight players on our team and the four assistant captains, they are pretty good golfers. They know whats going on. They know the players. They know who they want to play with.But if were looking for one particular reason to choose between two guys, then were going to dive into the stats a little bit more. Are we looking for a great wedge player to match up with this guy? Are we looking for a great driver to match up with another guy?Our alternate-shot is a big part of how we pair, how we pick. So its going to be looking at Hazeltine, how it suits certain players. I think theres going to be two obvious picks and theres going to be two were going to have to waffle about a little bit, and the stats will help us narrow that down.The eight American automatic qualifiers are?Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson.Koepka is the only rookie, so that could give Love some options as far as picking someone new. Love will make his final pick on Sept. 25 after the Tour Championship ends. As the final round unfolds on Sunday, here is a list of potential candidates, how they are faring and what their prospects might be. Keep in mind that a few of these guys might already be part of Loves plans regardless of how they are faring.Bubba Watson, 9th in final points, T-17 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: He is ranked seventh in the world, finished ninth in the points, won at Riviera earlier this year, finished second at Doral and is a long hitter.Negatives: Has not contended since the WGC event at Doral in March. Has a poor Ryder Cup record that includes going 0-3 in singles. His only top-10 in his past 10 events was a tie for eighth at the Olympics.J.B. Holmes, 10th in final points, 3rd at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Long hitter who has top-5s in two major championships this year and was a solid performer in his previous Ryder Cup experience, a U.S. win in 2008.Negatives: In his past five events, he has three missed cuts and hasnt cracked the top 30. Hes trying to make a last-minute impression here.Rickie Fowler, 11th in final points, T-59 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Ranked ninth in the world, teamed well with Jimmy Walker at 2014 Ryder Cup, contended at Barclays.Negatives: Seems like a long time ago that he won in Abu Dhabi; has had two 54-hole leads since. And that Ryder Cup record of 0-3-5 is bizarre.Matt Kuchar, 12th in final points, T-5 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Going back to the Players Championship, has seven top-10 finishes, a consistent performer who has played in three previous Ryder Cups. His 63 to win a bronze at the Olympics was a big moment.Negatives: Hasnt won this year and is 4-6-2 overall in the Ryder Cup. He went 1-3 at Gleneagles in 2014, although he did win his singles match.Jim Furyk, 15th in final points, did not qualify for Crooked StickPositives: A respected and solid player who has earned the second-most Ryder Cup points since June, finished second at the U.S. Open and shot 58 at the Travelers Championship. Still finished 15th in points despite playing only 14 tournaments this year due to injury at the start of the season.Negatives: His 10-20-4 Ryder Cup record means he has lost the most matches in U.S. history, considered part of the old guard that has not fared well and didnt make the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.Daniel Berger, 16th in final points, T-12 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Won in Memphis in June, viewed as a young up-and-coming player who could be a future Ryder Cup player. Finished 16th due to missing a good bit of time due to injury.Negatives: Finished fifth at the Travelers Championship, where he held the third-round lead, is ranked 40th in the world with several others in contention ahead of him.Ryan Moore, 20th in points, T-62 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Won the John Deere Classic, has two top-5s in the playoffs, would seemingly be the hot player Love is looking for.Negatives: A veteran player, Moore could manage only 20th in points and has never played in the Ryder Cup.Kevin Na, 22nd in points, T-12 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Despite winning just once on the PGA Tour in his career, viewed as a gritty grinder who might get under the skin of the Europeans with his various quirks and slow-play tendencies. Good iron player and short game, too, plus he had three top-10s in his past seven starts.Negatives: Had a strong start to the season in the fall when the points did not count, then went into a lull before showing some life of late, but unable to crack the top 20 in points. Has never played in the Ryder Cup.Justin Thomas, 25th in points, T-48 at Crooked Stick after 54 holesPositives: Another young, up-and-coming player who might give the U.S. a spark. As a buddy of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, that friendship has helped him. Won in Malaysia last fall, also when the points didnt count.Negatives: Since winning in Malaysia, has just four top-10s in 24 starts and has not really contended. Does his promising future deserve a pick?So now what? If Love truly had his mind made up on a couple of picks, expect those to be among Fowler, Kuchar and Furyk. Fowler was a member of the Ryder Cup Task Force that helped pick Love in the first place and has made an effort by playing more to get on the team. Furyk is widely respected among U.S players and will be there as a vice captain, too. Kuchar is a veteran who is well-liked and has played well.But should that stuff really matter? Dont results count for something?Love would be well served to take perhaps one of those three players, then look to others who have showed at least some form of late, perhaps Moore or Holmes. And then look outside the box to someone like Berger or Thomas. Experience, especially in the case of the U.S., has proven to be overrated. Look at Patrick Reed, who as a rookie in 2014 proved to be the best performer.One thing is certain: nobody in the running has made such a compelling case that they should be considered an absolute lock. Travis dArnaud Mets Jersey . 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The German arrived at Anfield in October, replacing the sacked Brendan Rodgers, winning 13 of his 28 games in charge of the club while losing seven.Former manager Rodgers brought Brazilians Coutinho and Firmino to the club, but the pair were full of praise for the current boss ahead of the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1HD.  Coutinho told Sky Sports: At the moment, were in a good period with him. Its his first final and we hope to win. Each day, were learning more with him as players.We have to work more and of course its a new style for us and we are adapting to it. The last few games, we have played well.When the ball goes high up the pitch, were close to the goal and we make lots of chances. Its important that we adapt as quickly as possible. Coutinho with team-mates James Milner, Emre Can and Firmino Firmino, signed for £21.3m from Hoffenheim in the summer, has been in fine form in recent months under Klopp, and added: Hes one of the best, if not the best I have worked with. Were very happy with him since he arrived, he has changed the teams style of play and now were playing better.In Germany, this style of pressing happens a lot. I like his mentality. He brings his own philosophy, which is working for us. We are looking forward every day to improve.Firmino has five goals and three assists in his last eight appearances for the Reds, having been deployed predominantly in a centre forward or second striker role under Klopp. Klopp (R) arrived at Anfield in October, replacing Brendan Rodgers The 24-year-old insists he is enjoying his football alongside compatriots Coutinho and Lucas Leiva, and is settling into the city, despite the British weather.I am enjoying playing for Liverpool, said Firmino, alongside the Brazilians and rest of the team. I get on well with the players and am enjoying the city. Weve talked about the weather and I have adapted well and now I feel 100 per cent settled in and I just want to play footbball with this team. Keon Broxton Jersey. outinho added: Since I arrived here, I have made the most of the opportunity. It has been a dream for me to wear the shirt for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.  Coutinho was brought to the club by Rodgers in 2013, but has enjoyed his time so far under the German Every time I go out on the pitch, I try to improve, enjoy myself and help the team.A win at Wembley on Sunday would give Liverpool their first trophy since 2011, and would be Klopps sixth as a manager.Coutinho, whose only Wembley appearance came in last seasons FA Cup semi-final defeat by Aston Villa, is keen to set the record straight and get his first piece of silverware as a Liverpool player. Liverpools League Cup wins We look back at Liverpools record eight wins League Cup wins, ahead of Sundays final with Man City Last year in the semi-final, we lost the game. Were all excited for the final and full of anticipation for this big moment to arrive.We are very excited and I personally cant wait for the moment to come around. Its a big moment for our team and we fought hard to get here to the final. Coutinho (R) is at Liverpool alongside Brazilians Firmino (L) and Lucas Leiva Now we have to just put the icing on the cake as a reward for all the hard work we have put in.Firmino added: We all know what a great occasion this final is, I hope the team will be fully concentrated for the whole 90 minutes.But of course, its a big test for us and we have to give of our best but of course, getting the victory is the most important thing. Also See: Best Capital One Cup goals Sterling v Liverpool: Verdict Win can be catalyst for Klopp Liverpools League Cup wins ' ' '
Francis Saili is back in the Munster line-up for Sundays trip to Treviso while Ulster are boosted by the return of Ruan Pienaar and Nick Williams. Danny Rose Hotspur Jersey . Benetton Treviso v Munster (2pm GMT)Munster make six changes as they attempt to halt a two-game losing streak, while Treviso are seeking three wins in succession for the first time since October 2011. Francis Saili and Gerhard van den Heever come into the backline with Duncan Williams partnering Ian Keatley at half-back. Mike Sherry returns at hooker.Sundays game will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season, with Munster winning the previous three. Munster suffered a 27-24 defeat at Glasgow last weekend Benetton Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alberto Lucchese, 1 Alberto De Marchi, 2 Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 Filo Paulo, 5 Tom Palmer, 6 Marco Barbini, 7 Marco Mazzaroni, 8 Robert Barbieri.Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Cherif Traorè, 18 Filippo Filippetto, 19 Jeff Montauriol, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Andrea De Marchi, 22 Chris Smylie, 23 Tommaso Iannone.Munster: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams; 1 Dave Kilcoyne, 2 Mike Sherry, 3 John Ryan, 4 Mark Chisholm, 5 Billy Holland (c), 6 Jack ODonoghue, 7 Dave OCallaghan, 8 Robin Copeland.Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Mario Sagario, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Tommy ODonnell, 21 Cathal Sheridan, 22 Cian Bohane, 23 David Johnston.Edinburgh v Scarlets (2.05pm) A late penalty from Aled Thomas snatched a 22-21 win for the Scarlets over Edinburgh earlier this month James Davies returns at openside for the Scarlets trip to Murrayfield as they seek back-to-back away victories.The one other change to the side that beat Ulster last weekend also comes in the back-row where Maselino Paulino is named on the blindside.Edinburgh are on a four-game losing streak which includes a 22-21 loss at the Scarlets on February 12.They make two changes to the team beaten by the Ospreys in round 15 with 19-year-old Blair Kinghorn named at full-back and Damien Hoyland selected on the right wing.Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Sam Beard, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Sean Kennedy; 1 Allan Dell, 2 Neil Cochrane (c), 3 John Andress, 4 Anton Bresler, 5 Ben Toolis, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Cornell Du Preez.Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Grant Sheills, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Alex Toolis, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Dougie Fife.Scarlets: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Gareth Owen, 13 Regan King, 12 Hadleigh Parkes (c), 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Aled Davies; 1 Phil John, 2 Kirby Myhill, 3 Peter Edwards, 4 George Earle, 5 David Bulbring, 6 Maselino Paulino, 7 James Davies, 8 Morgan Allen. Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Dylan Evans, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Rory Pitman, 20 Will Boyde, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Steff Evans.Cardiff Blues v Ulster (2.30pm) Ruan Pienaar returns to the Ulster startling XV Ruan Pienaar returns at scrum-half as Ulster seek a return to winning ways at Cardiff Arms Park.Sammy Arnold partners Luke Marshall at centre for the first time while Nick Williams has recovered from injury and starts at No 8.Academy products Tomos Williams and Bradley Thyer make their first PRO12 starts for Cardiff while Tom James returns on the wing following his release by Wales.Ulster have not lost back-to-back league games since December 2014. Cardiff suffered a narrow defeat at home to Leinster in round 15 Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Aled Summerhill, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Tom James, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9Tomos Williams; 1 Brad Thyer, 2 Matthew Rees, 3 Salesi Maafu, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 James Down, 6 Josh Turnbull, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 8 Manoa Vosawai.Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Taufaao Filise, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Garyn Smith.Ulster: 15 Stuart Olding, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Sammy Arnold, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Paddy Jackson (c), 9 Ruan Pienaar; 1 Callum Black, 2 John Andrew, 3 Bronson Ross, 4 Pete Browne, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Robbie Diack, 7 Chris Henry, 8 Nick Williams.Replacements: 16 Johnny Murphy, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Ricky Lutton, 19 Roger Wilson, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Darren Cave, 23 Rory Scholes.Zebre v Leinster (3pm GMT, live on Sky Sports 3 HD) Zebre: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Kayle Van Zyl, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Fabio Semenzato; 1 Bruno Postiglioni, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 3 Guillermo Roan, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 5 Marco Bortolami (c), 6 Jacopo Sarto, 7 Federico Ruzza, 8 Johan Meyer.Replacements: 16 Gabriele Morelli, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Emiliano Caffini, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Maicol Azzolini, 23 Ulrich Beyers.Leinster: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Ben Teo, 11 Isa Nacewa (c), 10 Cathal Marsh, 9 Luke McGrath; 1 Peter Dooley, 2 James Tracy, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Ross Molony, 5 Mick Kearney, 6 Dominic Ryan, 7 Dan Leavy, 8 Jack Conan.Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Cian Kelleher. 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Colorado faces another big test in its bid to stay atop the South and two other teams face off to stay in the division race in the Pac-12 this week.Heres what to look for:---GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 21 Colorado at Southern California. The Buffaloes have been the surprise of the Pac-12, maybe all of college football. Picked to finish last in the Pac-12 South, they lead a division this late in the season for the first time since 2007, when they were atop the Big 12 North. Colorado gained a huge dose of confidence by beating Oregon and followed that with last weeks blowout win over Oregon State. Another big test awaits. The Trojans have been just as surprising as the Buffaloes, only in the opposite direction. Among the favorites to win the South, USC opened 1/3 for the first time since 2001. But the Trojans may have found something last week against Arizona State. In that game, all those talented offensive players got into a rhythm and USC won going away.BEST MATCHUP: UCLA at Arizona State. A game to stay in the Pac-12 South race. The Sun Devils and Bruins enter the game each at 1-1, a game behind Colorado. The winner will remain a game behind the Buffaloes or move into a tie if Colorado loses. The loser has a long road ahead in the division. The Sun Devills opened the season with four straight wins, but were blown out by USC last week in a game filled with big plays against their secondary. Christian Eriksen Jersey. Starting QB Manny Wilkins also injured his left foot and is questionable for Saturdays game, meaning redshirt freshman Brady White could start. UCLA opened conference with a loss to Stanford, but rolled over Arizona last week.INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Oregon has won 12 straight meetings against No. 5 Washington heading into Saturdays game. End the streak and the Huskies will start a season 6-0 for the first time since 1992. ... Arizona State K Zane Gonzalez needs to make two field goals to tie the FBS career record of 88 set by Florida States Dustin Hopkins from 2009-12. ... Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has 99 career victories entering Saturdays game against Arizona.IMPACT PLAYER: California QB Davis Webb. He leads the nation with 22 touchdown passes and 2,143 yards passing after throwing for 306 yards and four TDs in last weeks win over Utah. The Bears play at Oregon state.---Compiled by AP College Football Writer John Marshall---AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
On reaching 10,000 first-class runsAt this point of time I really, really want to cherish this moment. DeAndre Hopkins Womens Jersey . I made my debut when I was 20 back in 2000, and it has been a long journey. But it has all happened so fast, and sometimes it feels like a blur. I have had many failures during these 16 years. I can recall days when I just wanted to leave the game and kill myself. Many times I have thought about getting a nine to five job, but when I look back at all these difficulties, todays success feels sweeter. At this moment I also want to thank my family, my friends, who have had some role to play in shaping my career. I also want to share this moment with all my team-mates over the years.The key milestones before 10,000 runsI cherish my best first-class knock - my 250, which was against Mumbai in Mumbai. As part of the Tamil Nadu team, I reached three finals, and these moments are important to me. Later, I went on to play as a professional for Vidarbha, and in my first year we qualified for the knockouts. It was a new environment, and it was about stepping up as a leader.The first hundredIt came against Karnataka in 2000 at the IIT Chemplast ground in Chennai. It was my second Ranji match, and that hundred made me believe in myself and believe that I belonged to this level. In that match I opened with Rajat Bhatia in both innings. In the first match against Goa I had failed, and the team management asked me if I could open against Karnataka. I was like: Oh my god, I am asked to open in my second match in Ranji. I was scared if I dont open, I may not have a chance of playing in the XI. Hemang [Badani], Robin [Singh], who made a hundred in that match, and S Sharath were all at their best that time.As I went out to bat, I shook everything off and my mind was clear. I was watching the ball well and I was feeling good. As a batsman, I had always dreamed of getting hundreds. Another incident comes to my mind. I was actually saving this for maybe writing in my book. When I was playing a Karnataka offspinner, I went right back on the back foot to play a leg-glance. I just lost the balance and disturbed a stump with my leg. The bail had fallen down, and I simply continued running. I was in the 40s at that time, and Thilak Naidu, the keeper, started appealing. Other Karnataka players joined in the appeal, but the umpire said he did not see it, and gave not out. I knew I had deflected the stumps. I didnt walk, and ended up getting a hundred. I recall it being a very cheeky thing. The most memorable Ranji matchI cant look beyond Tamil Nadu beating Mumbai (draw with first-innings lead) in Mumbai in 2009. The match started at 9am, and by 11am TN were five down for just 50 runs. Mumbai were a champion team, and we went on to get 501. It resulted in one of the sweetest wins for Tamil Nadu. I clearly remember Tamil Nadu were struggling and I went on to hit a double. C Ganapathy, who came in at No. 7, hit a hundred. That was in fact Tamil Nadus first ever Ranji win against Mumbai in Mumbai. First ever. To be part of that was something tremendous.Favourite domestic batsmanI can say two: Wasim Jaffer and [S] Ramesh. Jaffer may not have been at his best last year, but when I was with Tamil Nadu he was at his best. He used to punish the Tamil Nadu seamers and spinners, and although I was in the opposition it was such a pleasure to see him bat. I could describe his batting as smooth as silk. Left-handers are always talked about being elegant. As a right-hander, Jaffer was right there. I was also lucky to share the dressing room with him at Vidarbha.I also adored Ramesh. When he was at his peak, he opened for India. The way he used to leave the ball, and the shot he played off the hips was whoa! The ball used to fly off the bat. I used to wonder how he can flick the ball so gracefully.Most challenging domestic bowlerI have not played a lot of cricket against L Balaji, who was my Tamil Nadu team-mate, but he was among the most difficult bowlers to face. He is also a source of inspiration to me. I played against him mostly in T20s. He was an intelligent bowler, who was always a step ahead of the batsman. He also had a lot of variations and read the mind of the batsman superbly.Pankaj Singh also comes to my mind. He was one bowler who was always at the batsman over after over. He is tall, gets extra bounce, and he bowls long spells. He is more like a bowling machine. I relished batting against these two, though. Tytus Howard Texans Jersey .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Andre Johnson Texans Jersey . 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Hirsch and to Chrome in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar this summer.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Chrome ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.07 and paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite in one of five Grade 1 stakes on the card with Breeders Cup implications in front of 18,563.Hes a challenging horse to run against because hes versatile on top of his talent, Espinoza said. He can run on the front end and can come from behind. If someone wants to try and run with us again, maybe Ill take back the next time. Thats the best part, he doesnt have to be up there on the lead.Espinoza was aboard Stellar Wind in the Zenyatta, winning by a neck to earn his third victory of the day. The 4-year-old filly claimed an automatic berth in the BC Distaff.Chrome earned an all-fees paid berth in the $6 million BC Classic next month on the same track. The victory also kept alive the 5-year-olds bid to earn a $1 million bonus for sweeping the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again and BC Classic.Chrome won the Pacific Classic by five lengths from the inside post last month.Two down, one to go.Each race seems a little bit better, its a little scary, said Art Sherman, Chromes 79-year-old trainer. I never had the ability to buy the most expensive horses. This is just like a gift from, I dont know where.Dortmund returned $2.20 and $2.10, while Win the Space was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.It was nearly a match race between Chrome and Dortmund, who dueled at the front while the other three runners lagged behind. Chrome pulled away from Dortmund approaching the final turn. 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Argentina-bred Vale Dori finished 11 3/4 lengths back in third.Beholder went to the lead, which wasnt the plan in the five-horse field.Nothing really went wrong except I was on the lead and a sitting duck once again, her jockey Gary Stevens said. I flat got out-run. Unfortunately, three losses in a row and its tough for a champion. Hopefully, we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders Cup.In other stakes:- Espinoza rode Gormley to a three-length upset in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes, giving the 2-year-old colt a berth in the BC Juvenile.Gormley ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.57 and paid $23.60, $9 and $3 at 11-1 odds. Hes owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, the same group that campaigned superstar mare Zenyatta.I like that when he got into that big gear he has, he didnt get too excited for a young horse and today he was all business, Shirreffs said.Gormley also won his career debut by 4 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Sept. 4.Klimt, the 1-5 favorite trained by Baffert, finished second. Straight Fire was third.Secret House, a 60-1 shot, was rambunctious in the starting gate and jockey Santiago Gonzalez stepped off before the gate opened. That triggered an inquiry by the stewards, who ruled Secret House was a non-starter and the track refunded all money wagered on him. 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So much discussion this week as we enter the second round of NASCARs playoffs has been about the effects the third and final race of this round on competitors. Charlie Lindgren Canadiens Jersey .That race, of course, is Talladega!No team wants to pin its hopes on a perfect restrictor-plate performance, because most know perfect doesnt exist at NASCARs largest track.Talladega can be summarized by this: 95 percent of the race is rehearsal and the last 5 percent is where the chess match is played, and settled.Because of this unique form of competition, there is an elevated urgency to capitalize at Charlotte and Kansas leading up to Talladega.Martin Truex Jr. demonstrated in May at this track how one can control their own destiny. A fast car, a precise pit crew, a focused driver guided by a very wise crew chief.It resulted in a dominant win.All of those same ingredients guarantee little at Talladega, where a spotter might actually become the key component in determining a drivers fate.Those considered the fastest of the fast, Truex, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, need to capitalize this week and next to avoid entering Alabama with the same mindset one would carry to Las Vegas.Who Wins??This will be a heavyweight match between Harvick and Truex.Both teams are peaking at the most critical time, both drivers are the envy of others because it seems as though the No. 4 and the No. 78 carry speed and authority to each track regardless of its size and personality.The 1.5-mile racetracks are the most abundant on the schedule, they make up half of the Chase races and they are the strength of Harvick and Truex.Harvick gets the nod, barely, in what I believe will represent a preview between the two drivers most likely to battle for the title at a similar track in Miami.Austin Dillon will be the surprise transfer to round three. 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Murray was even better: He won 21 of 22 points on his first serve and made only 10 errors in a 6-1, 6-3 win over 13th-seeded Lucas Pouille.Both players have said they feel energized this week after taking time off following the US Open.Djokovic hasnt played at all because of an elbow injury, pulling out of the China Open in Beijing last week. He said he used the time away to recover after a mentally exhausting summer, find more balance in his life, and rediscover his passion for the game.Djokovic said the rest and mental adjustments are already helping him on the court, too. Despite dropping serve once, he said he played a nearly complete match against Pospisil.I was very pleased with the way I have played from the first to last point, Djokovic said. I dont think I have dropped my level at all.Murray has played more in recent weeks, leading Britain against Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals and then capturing the China Open title. But he also had some downtime.My body felt so much better after taking like seven, eight days off of complete rest, which I hadnt had for quite a long time, Murray said. Im really, really happy and glad now that I did that. Its obviously working out well for me just now.Murray hasnt dropped a set in his last eight matches, going back to his victory over Guido Pella in the Davis Cup last month.US Open champion Stan Wawrinka didnt loook nearly as fresh, as the third-seeded Swiss player had 43 unforced errors in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Gilles Simon. Jonathan Drouin Jersey. Sixth-seeded Gael Monfils was knocked out of the tournament, too. He fell to David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.In other matches, Jack Sock notched another breakthrough in whats been his best season on tour, rebounding to beat Milos Raonic 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) and reach his first Masters-level quarterfinal. He saved two match points in the tiebreaker.It was also the Americans first win over Raonic since 2013; he had lost eight straight to the Canadian since then, many ending in tiebreakers.Weve had a lot of close matches, Sock said. It feels great to finally get one and win a tiebreak against him. Its been a couple of years.The highlight of Socks year came at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he won the gold medal in mixed doubles and bronze in mens doubles -- the only tennis player to win more than one medal in Rio. He also reached a career-high ranking of No. 22 and made the fourth round at the US Open.He next plays Simon for a spot in the semifinals.Alexander?and Mischa Zverev had a chance to put the brothers in the final eight, but only one brptjer prevailed.Mischa, ranked No. 110, beat Marcel Granollers 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 to become the first qualifier to reach a Masters quarterfinal this year. 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ST. Authentic Wholesale Nike Shoes . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ned Yost was relieved to see July end.The Kansas City manager hopes a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday is an indication of a better August ahead for the Royals following a brutal month.You just kind of put July in the rearview mirror, Yost said. Its kind of just a little bit of a reset button. Were in a new month, and lets just go out and play good baseball.July? July was a 7-19 month in which perhaps the only thing that went right for the Royals was starter Danny Duffy. In 26 games during the month, Kansas City went 5-0 when he pitched, 2-19 when he didnt.He was never as sharp as he was Monday, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning and striking out a franchise-record 16 batters. Duffy (7-1) wound up allowing one hit and one walk in eight scoreless innings.Duffy had everything going, obviously, Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game, which snapped a four-game winning streak for Tampa Bay. Electric fastball and a wipeout changeup, mixed in an occasional curveball.The Royals (50-55) seek to continue their momentum against a Rays team that dealt away three players at the trade deadline -- left-handed starter Matt Moore went to the San Francisco Giants, utility man Steve Pearce returned to the Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Brandon Guyer was shipped to the Cleveland Indians.Tampa Bay (42-62) got back only one major league player, former Giants third baseman Matt Duffy, who will take over at shortstop for the Rays once he has recovered from an Achilles injury.It was tough, Rays starter Chris Archer said of seeing Moore traded Monday. It was definitely emotional for me because Ive known Matt for a long time. And I wish him the best.Moore was due to start Tuesday against Kansas City. In his place, the Rays will use right-hander Matt Andriese, who has been stellar as a starter and reliever, posting a 6-2 record and a 2.75 ERA while splitting time between both roles.The Rays are in the midst of a raft of changes:--Desmond Jennings was activated from the disabled list Monday and came up with the Rays only hit, an eighth-inning double. He will replace Guyer as a reserve outfielder.--Tampa Bay is expected to shift Brad Miller -- who has set a franchise record for shortstops with 17 home runs, but also has a team-high 13 errors -- to first base and outfield, with Duffy taking his place at short.--Pearce was perhaps the Rays most consistent hitter, so his absence diminishes the offense.Tampa Bay played with only 23 players Monday, meaning two moves will be made to replace the departed players and fill out the roster.As the Rays try to establish a new identity after the trade deadline, they will begin those efforts Tuesday against Yordano Ventura. The Royals right-hander is 6-9 with a 4.88 ERA in an inconsistent season that saw him go 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in July. After mustering only one hit and two baserunners Monday night, Tampa Bay wont be hard-pressed to improve on its start to August. Cheap Nike Shoes From China . The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. Cheap Nike Shoes From China . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. http://www.cheapshoesnike.com/ . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers have signed forward Brandon Bass, who joins them after playing last season for the Lakers.Bass averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 66 games off the bench for the other NBA team that shares Staples Center with the Clippers. The deal announced Tuesday reunites him with coach Doc Rivers after they spent two seasons together in Boston.The 31-yearr-old has also played for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Dallas and Orlando in his 11-year NBA career. Cheap Nike Shoes From China. Hes averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists since being drafted by the Hornets with the 33rd overall pick in 2005 out of LSU. ' ' '
It’s 20 years since Sheffield Wednesday topped the Premier League and 16 years since they were even in the top flight. Swell Flaske Lilla . But one player from that period is still lacing up his boots and PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys is wondering where the time’s gone for the Owls… People always remember that first day of the 1996/97 season because David Beckham scored from the halfway line, Ritchie Humphreys tells Sky Sports. Thats a really iconic moment in Premier League history. But thats not why Humphreys remembers it.I also scored that day for Wednesday, he says. Its funny the way its coming around. When it gets to August, itll be 20 years since I first came on the scene. After winning those first four games, we were top of the Premier League. We did well that year. Humphreys in action against West Hams Scott Minto in January 1999 In the end, they finished seventh. Not that it was considered particularly out of the ordinary at the time. The Owls had won the League Cup in 1991, finished third in the top division in 1992 and then went to Wembley four times in a month the following year.Both cup finals were narrowly lost to Arsenal, the FA Cup after a replay, but the memory of a semi-final win over Sheffield United after extra-time has lingered long - particularly for a boyhood Blade in Humphreys.It was kind of weird for me because I had been released by Sheffield United, the team Id supported as a boy, he says. But to go to an FA Cup final at 15 was amazing. We got the opportunity to go down as part of the centre of excellence.Three years later, he was Wednesdays bright young thing, scoring in wins over Aston Villa and Leeds before netting a memorable Monday Night Football goal against Leicester - chipping Kasey Keller from long range.Absolutely brilliant, said former Owls boss Trevor Francis on co-commentary for Sky Sports. Absolute arrogance, replied Alan Parry in delight. Seen by some as the natural successor to Chris Waddle, Humphreys had arrived. It all started back then, he says. It will never leave me. I got an England Under-21 cap straight away off the back of those performances.He might not have hit the same heights since but its been a successful career spanning more than 700 appearances for seven clubs. At 38, hes looking to sign a new contract at Chesterfield and extend his stint as the PFAs chairman.I played in Chesterfields last reserve game, he recalls. We won 3-2 and I scored the first goal. Somebody pointed out that the first goalscorer - me - was older than the other two goalscorers put together. That did make me feel old. PFA chairman Humphreys is still playing for Chesterfield at the age of 38 Many of the Humphreys team-mates at Sheffield Wednesday are now in their fifties. They were seasoned internationals well before some of his current colleagues were born. They are the best players Ive played with, he admits.Chris Waddle, John Sheridan, Des Walker, Chris Woods, Dan Petrescu, Paolo Di Canio… What an upbringing for me? When we were YTS lads, pretty much the whole team were internationals. So you couldnt help but learn.There were also guys like Regi Blinker, Marc Degryse, Benito Carbone, Steve Nicol at the back end of his career. It doesnt seem that long ago but when you think of everything thats happened since… The richest game in football Sheffield Wednesday and Hull can expect an instant cash boost if they clinch promotion on Saturday. For Wednesday supporters if not Humphreys, much of whats followed has been a disappointment. Relegated from the Premier League in 2000 - top players had to leave because of the wages and stuff - the club dropped into the third tier by 2003.Id left by the time they went to League One but weve seen it happened to a few clubs in Yorkshire with Leeds and Bradford too, he adds. There was a play-off promotion in 2005 - against Humphreys Hartlepool - but the low point was yet to come.After dropping into League One again in 2010, the following season saw the lowest average attendance of the past 30 years - a still respectable 17,817 - as the team finished outside of the top 60 in the country. Now theyre one game away from returning to the games elite. Its been a long time. I hope they do it for the city. Ritchie Humphreys The prize is huge, worth an estimated £170m to the club. But its significance to Sheffield is more than mere money. Ive got friends in the city who are all Sheffield Wednesday and theyll all be there on Saturday, says Humphreys. Its a tremendous day.For a club of that size to be out of the top flight for as long as they have is a big deal. Its been a long time. I hope they do it for the city. Its got the fan base and its got the history. Hopefully theyll find their way back. Also See: The richest game in football How to win a play-off final Swell Flaske 500 Ml . And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates. From Pierre LeBrun While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact hes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie. Swell Flaske Marmor . LOUIS -- St. http://www.swelldrikkeflaskenorge.com/ . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentuckys mistake-filled start quickly gave way to the energetic effort the sixth-ranked Wildcats acknowledged was missing against UCLA. And their intensity soon put things out of reach for Valparaiso.Bam Adebayo scored 16 points, Malik Monk added 15 and scored 21 straight points in a first-half run to beat the Crusaders 87-63 on Wednesday night.Needing to rebound after Saturdays upset by then-No. 11 UCLA, Kentucky (8-1) turned a 4-all tie and seven turnovers in the first 4 minutes into a 29-9 lead behind that big run over 8:51, holding the Crusaders scoreless for 7 minutes during that stretch. The Wildcats eventually built a 34-point lead midway through the second half on the way to a feel-good performance that included 19 turnovers and nine blocks, the kind of effort theyre used to.I was kind of surprised (by the UCLA loss) because thats not us, said senior guard Dominique Hawkins, who had six points, four assists and three rebounds. We usually come in and put pressure on the ball and make the ball handler feel uncomfortable. ... When they did get in the lane, it was usually a blocked shot or you had to throw a half-floater over one of our bigs.Valparaiso (7-2) shot just 28 percent in the first half and finished 23 of 67 from the field (34 percent). It was the Crusaders second-lowest field goal percentage this season.Those struggles made it easy for Kentucky to outscore the Crusaders 46-32 in the paint and 18-2 on the fast break.Our game plan coming in was making sure we took good shots so they couldnt fly up the court, first-year coach Matt Lottich said. I thought in the first half we took a lot of quick shots, they sped us up a lot and really got out and got in good in transition.Derek Willis added 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 10 for Kentucky, which shot 46 percent after making just 41 percent against UCLA.High-scoring Valparaiso forward Alec Peters scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half for the Crusaders, who had their four-game winning streak snapped eight days after upsetting No. Swell Flaske Hvit. 21 Rhode Island. The nations second-leading scorer coming in (25.4 points per game) went to the locker room briefly in the second half with what Lottich believed was a leg cramp but returned to finish off his ninth 20-point effort in as many games.BIG PICTUREValparaiso: The Crusaders havent shot above 50 percent this season and for a while appeared headed to a season low from the field. They went scoreless for more than 2 minutes several times and couldnt slow Kentucky even with its reserves in the game, being outscored 34-15 in that area. Losing Tevonn Walker (eight points) to early foul trouble also hurt.Kentucky: Coach John Calipari sought defensive improvement after allowing 53 percent shooting by UCLA and got it for the most part after a sloppy start. Power forward Wenyen Gabriel started and had two of his career-best three blocks by halftime and had six rebounds. The Wildcats controlled the boards 48-41.POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky has another game on Sunday against Hofstra, but its Top 10 status appears safe after bouncing back from the UCLA loss.CONTAINMENTGabriel, Willis and later Briscoe guarded the 6-foot-9 Peters, a combination that forced him to miss his first six shots and seven of 10 in the first half. The Associated Press honorable mention All-America regrouped to make nine of his final 14 attempts, which didnt surprise Calipari.We were just trapping and going at him and making him think, so he couldnt get into a rhythm, he said. You saw the one he shot on Isaiah Briscoe, he turned and just shot. If he gets in rhythm, hes making baskets. Hes that good.UP NEXTValparaiso: Visits Missouri State on Saturday night.Kentucky: Travels to Brooklyn, New York, for an inaugural meeting against Hofstra on Sunday.---More AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org ' ' '
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