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LONDON – The numbers dont look promising for Milos Raonic when it comes to his semi-final showdown against Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Buy Adidas Superstar Online . Consider the following: * Federer has won 17 grand slam titles, including seven at the All England Club. Raonic, meanwhile, is playing in his first ever slam semifinal. * Raonic has lost seven straight matches against top-four players dating back to 2012. Federer is currently ranked No. 4. * Raonic has never beaten Federer in four tries and the most recent match, at the 2013 Australian Open, ended in straight sets. That was their only previous encounter at a slam. * Federer is the most successful active player on grass with a 130-18 career record and 14 titles. Before this tournament, Raonic had never made it past the second round at Wimbledon and had a sub-.500 record on grass. * Federer has never lost a Wimbledon semifinal in eight previous appearances. Did we mention Raonic has never played in any slam semifinal? So, it seems pretty bleak for the 23-year-old, right? Not so according to Raonic, who is aiming to become the first Canadian man to ever make a major final. Heres what he had to say when asked about facing Federer on a court where hes had the most success in his career - a career that may go down as the best ever. "Im going to step out there and Im not playing the seven-time Wimbledon champion. Im not playing a 32-year-old man. Im not playing the father of two sets of twins, which is a very low possibility bet to do. Im not playing the guy thats won whatever hes won, which I could probably list quite vividly. Im playing a guy that is standing in my way of what I want to achieve, and Ive got to focus on everything thats there, on the situation, how best to deal with it to give myself the best possibilities to achieve what I want." Raonic understands how big a win could be for him on Friday. It could be a career-defining moment. "It can be if I get the job done. I focus on what I need to do. Everything else is a ripple effect. Everything else is a reason. I have to create the cause for it by playing good tennis and giving myself the possibility to win." As for those four previous losses to Federer? "Hes gotten the better of me all four times, but I havent played him in more than a year, a year and a bit, so I think Im a different player," Raonic said. "Ive got in close with him in the past. Ive found a lot of those things [that will help me] sort of pull away. That gives me a lot of belief that I can do this. "So theres no point to talk about it. Ive got to step up and do it." Cheap Adidas Superstar Free Shipping . But last years runner-up Jarkko Nieminen crashed out despite winning the first set against Denis Istomin. Istomin fired 10 aces and won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 to even his career record against Nieminen at 3-3. Wholesale Adidas Superstar Cheap . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends.DETROIT -- If the rest of the Texas Rangers keep hitting like this, Prince Fielders injury may not be so hard to overcome. Alex Rios tripled and drove in three runs, and the Rangers rolled to another rout of Detroit, beating Justin Verlander and the Tigers 12-4 on Sunday. Texas took three of four in the series, scoring 35 runs in the process. The question now is whether the Rangers can possibly keep this up after learning Thursday that Fielder would likely miss the rest of the season because of a neck problem. "Weve got to continue to play baseball," manager Ron Washington said. "We miss Prince, and were not going to even dream that we dont need him in our lineup. We certainly would like to have him in our lineup, but we dont, so weve got to go with what weve got." The Tigers have lost six of seven, and even Verlander (5-4) couldnt come close to stopping the slide. The Detroit right-hander allowed nine runs -- six earned -- in 5 1-3 innings in one of the worst starts of his career. "Right now, Im not in a place where I can repeat my delivery every time, and thats what I need to fix. But Ill get it straightened out. Im not worried about that," Verlander said. "Its a rough patch, but this is a great baseball team. That hasnt changed." Michael Choice homered for the Rangers in the second, and Texas broke the game open with five runs in the fifth. Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Mitch Moreland had three hits and three RBIs for the Rangers, and Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos had three hits apiece as well. "Everybody on this team has contributed so far, has stepped up in one way or another," Moreland said. "I think this was just a big series for us overall, to kind of right the ship, get it going." Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera left the game in the seventh with a right hamstring cramp. Verlander has allowed 16 earned runs in his past three starts, and although the Tigers still have the best record in the American League, they have to wonder when this alarming stretch of poor pitching will end. Cheap Adidas Superstar Wholesale. Other starters have struggled too. In its past seven games, Detroit has allowed 57 runs. The nine runs allowed by Verlander equaled a career worst, and he gave up 11 hits. Verlander finished with only one strikeout, his fewest in a regular-season game since May 31, 2008, when he also struck out one at Seattle. "Its good to get him early," Rios said. "The earlier you get him, the better shape youre going to be in at the end of the game." Choice broke a 1-all tie with a second-inning homer off Verlander, and after a double by Chirinos, Rougned Odor dropped a bunt that Verlander threw away for an error, allowing a run to score. Texas led 3-2 in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a walk and went to third when Elvis Andrus grounder went past shortstop Andrew Romine for another Detroit error. Moreland and Beltre followed with consecutive RBI singles, and a two-run triple by Rios made it 7-2. Chirinos singled home Rios two outs later. The Rangers tacked on three runs in the seventh to make it 12-2 on RBI singles by Andrus, Moreland and Beltre. Cabrera came out of the game after singling in the bottom of that inning, and to make matters worse for Detroit, reliever Joba Chamberlain left in the eighth with a right ankle contusion. The Rangers finished with 17 hits, bringing their total for the last two games of the series to 36 -- with 14 for extra bases. NOTES: Even Sundays time of game was the same as the day before: 3 hours, 43 minutes. ... Choo, who left Saturdays game with a sore left ankle, was back in the Texas lineup a day later but as the designated hitter. ... Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The Tigers head to Oakland for a four-game series between the teams with the two best records in the AL. Detroit LHP Drew Smyly (2-2) faces Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (2-3) on Monday. ... Texas heads to Minnesota, with RHP Nick Tepesch (1-0) taking the mound Monday against Twins RHP Kevin Correia (2-5). ' ' '
BUFFALO, N. Wholesale Air Force 1 From China .Y. -- The "for sale" sign is up at the Buffalo Bills with the hiring of financial and legal advisers who may begin talking with prospective buyers within the next month. The announcement Wednesday of a transaction team that includes Morgan Stanley financial advisers and Proskauer Rose legal experts came a day after the Bills chief financial officer, Jeffrey Littmann, updated NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell about the sale process during league meetings in Atlanta. The Bills, whose long-term future became uncertain with the death of owner Ralph Wilson in March, were last valued by Forbes to be worth $870 million. The price tag is expected to approach $1 billion because NFL teams dont often come up for sale and numerous prospective owners may become involved in the bidding. The Cleveland Browns sold for about that much when Jimmy Haslam purchased the team in 2012. A new owner could be selected by Wilsons estate by the end of July and presented for approval at league meetings in October. Donald Trump and former Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly are among those whove shown interest in owning the Bills. Another prospective group could include Toronto-based businessmen Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and Edward Rogers, deputy chairman of Rogers Communications. Other names that have been circulating include Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and former owner B. Thomas Golisano. Amid fears a new owner could eventually relocate the team, Golisano said he would do all he could to ensure the Bills future in western New York. The family of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs also has said he would work to keep the Bills in Buffalo without saying whether he would bid for the team. Bills President Russ Brandon said in a statement that the transaction team would ensure that the sale complies both with NFL rules and the teams obligations to New York State and Erie County under a 10-year lease agreement that essentially locks the Bills into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season. Goodell this month said a new stadium would be the next step in securing the teams long-term future. Under the current lease, reached in December 2012, the Bills would incur a $400 million penalty by even broaching the prospect of moving during the leases term. There is a one-time exception that would allow the Bills to break the agreement for just under $28.4 million in 2020.   Air Force 1 Clearance . -- Pelicans coach Monty Williams does not expect guard Eric Gordon to play in any of New Orleans final five games this season. Air Force 1 Cheap Outlet . The American secured his first back-to-back ATP match wins since June to leave Tsonga relying on his performance at next weeks Paris Masters to clinch one of the final three places for the season-ending event in London. Tsonga would have moved up one spot to No. 6 with a win over Querrey at the City of Arts and Sciences, but his serve deserted him in the second set as the 116th-ranked American broke twice to reach the quarter-finals.SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - St. Johns IceCaps defenceman Will ONeill was suspended for one game by the American Hockey League on Monday. Its a result of ONeills match penalty for cross-checking in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last Saturday. Wholesale Air Force 1. ONeill will miss Game 6 on Tuesday. The IceCaps have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. ' ' '
ST. Discount Yeezy Boost 350 . MARYS, Ont. - Speaking during the media session for the 2014 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, former Montreal Expos star Tim Wallach believed early on in his career that the team would contend annually for the World Series. "The 1981 season when we made the playoffs, it was my first full year and such a great time," he said. "As good as we were, I thought that we would be in this position every year. But we never made the playoffs again. You never know, and thats what I tell my players now." Currently a bench coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wallach was one of four Hall of Fame inductees that included former Expos broadcaster of 32 years, Dave Van Horne, former New York Yankees, Expos and Cincinnati Reds general manager, Canadian Murray Cook, and the late Jim Ridley, also a Canadian native that scouted for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays for 29 years. Ridley also coached Team Canada at the 1988 Olympics, the Pan Am Games and the World Junior Championship. A five-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Wallach was drafted in 1979 by the Expos and played for the team from 1980 to 1992. He remains the franchises all-time leader in games played, hits, doubles, runs batted in and total bases. A California native, Wallach was known as a strong defensive third baseman, often compared to legendary third baseman Brooks Robinson. Following his time in Montreal, Wallach played three more seasons with the Dodgers and one with the Los Angeles Angels, retiring after the 1996 season. "With all of the great players that we had in Montreal, its pretty amazing that I am the all-time leader in all of the categories," he said. "It helped that I didnt like to miss games. Hopefully, someone gets the opportunity to break those records one day." Van Horne was the first English voice of the Expos in 1969 until 2000. A broadcaster with the Miami Marlins since 2001, Van Horne is known for his Up, up and away home run call and for his final call of the July 28, 1991 perfect game pitched by Dennis Martinez by saying El Presidente El Perfecto. "Many years later, I expected that people would be talking about Dennis Martinez and not my final call. It was a wonderful experience that day, much like most of time spent in Montreal," said Van Horne. A native of Sackville, New Brunswick, and current scout with the Tigers, Cook was a general manager with the Expos from 1984 until 1986. "Of the time spent in Montreal, I was most proud of how we acquired players and gave them second chances," said Cook. "We went out and got players like Dennis Martinez and Pascual Perez, who had several productive seasons in Montreal." Represented by his three children, Ridley was key in helping the Blue Jays establish a strong scouting presence in Canada from their inception. "My fathers passion was for teaching and helping players get better," said his son Shane Ridley. "His most proudest accomplishment was coaching Team Canada to a round robin win over Team USA at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games." The Saturday afternoon induction ceremony is the culmination of the annual three-day celebration of baseball in St. Marys, Ontario, the home of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This years festivities also attracted many former players, including National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and Canadian Ferguson Jenkins. Yeezy Boost 350 China Wholesale . Anderson is scheduled to have neck surgery April 8 to repair the injury, which occurred when he collided with the Celtics Gerald Wallace during a game in Boston on Jan. 3. The 6-foot-10 Pelicans forward, who had been averaging 19. Cheap Yeezy Boost 350 .com) - Devon Johnson ran for a school record 272 yards with four touchdowns and No.ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Archer has done all right for a guy who was cut from his seventh grade team and once told by a coach he would never be good enough to pitch in college, let alone the major leagues. The 25-year-old right-hander not only has a promising future with the Tampa Bay Rays, he will be paid well while trying to reach his potential. "Not making teams, being told I was never going to play college baseball, getting traded twice, and now Im sitting here in this seat where not many people ever get," Archer said Wednesday after finalizing a $25.5 million, six-year contract, the latest long-term deal the Rays have given to one of their young pitchers. "Having the ability to make my parents debt-free is huge for me right now. And just the willingness from the Rays to offer such a contract for somebody with under a year of service time is remarkable," Archer added. "It was definitely something I couldnt say no to. It was a smooth, easy process." The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million. Archer went 9-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts as a rookie in 2013. Hes scheduled to make his first start of the season Thursday against Toronto. "Its a contract, and its guaranteed money, but I think its just the beginning of six or eight great years," Archer said. Tampa Bay has one of the deepest pitching rotations in baseball, as well as a history of signing its best young players to long-term contract early in their careers. Left-hander Matt Moore, a 17-game winner a year ago, signed a $14 million, five-year deal after making just one regular-season start in the majors. Archer gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $500,000 this year, $1 million in 2015, $2.75 million in 2016, $4.75 million in 2017, $6.25 million in 2018 and $7.5 million in 2019. The Rays have a $9 million option for 2020 with a $1.75 million buyout, and if that option is exercised they have an $11 million option for 2021 with a $250,000 buyout. Rays executivve vice-president Andrew Friedman said Archer has the talent to "develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter," as well as the work ethic and character off the field to ensure the Rays are making a good investment. Cheap Yeezy Boost 350 China. "Its not only important to identify the talent of the player, but also who they are," Friedman said. "As much as were betting on his talent, were betting on who he is, as well." Archer was obtained from the Cubs as part of an eight-player trade that sent Matt Garza to Chicago in 2011. The new deal replaces a one-year contract agreed to in February that called for Archer to make $511,200 in the major leagues and $214,222 in the minors. The native of Clayton, N.C., was promoted from Triple-A Durham last June 1 and went on to lead AL rookies making a minimum of 20 starts in ERA, opponents batting average (.226), complete games (two), shutouts (two). He finished third in balloting for AL Rookie of the Year behind Rays outfielder Wil Myers and Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias. Talks on the new deal began during spring training. Archer said he consulted with a number of people during the process, including some players whove signed long-term deals early in their career and some who turned it down. "What came from it is never turn your back on your first fortune," said Archer, adding that he feels blessed to be in a position to make sure his parents become debt-free. "At the end of the contract, theres still room to sign another deal or extension or whatever it might be. From where I come from, this is more than I can ever ask for, to be honest." Archer thanked the Rays for trading for him after other organizations gave up on developing him. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2006 and traded to the Cubs in December 2008. "It seems like this was the first team that Ive ever really played for that really believed in me and was willing to wait an extra year or two for me to really turn into what I could possibly be," Archer said. ' ' '
It takes expert planning and a full-time job to take care of Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis away from the oche. Cheap Nike Sb Free Shipping . Ahead of the Premier League Darts play-offs on Thursday at 7pm, live on Sky Sports 2 HD, we asked Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle to lift the lid on the unheralded but vital job of the helper to a darts player.Who are these little-known folk? Michael van Gerwen Michael van Gerwen hits a 164 checkout against Phil Taylor Mardle said: He has a manager called Will, and you very rarely see Michael anywhere without him.Its a comfort blanket. Michael has reached sports superstardom because hes so good and so recognisable. His little bald head is never going to be mistaken, is he?Hes recognised left, right, and centre so Michael needs someone to say: Were just having a meal, can you come back later? Michael van Gerwen almost pulled off a nine-darter against compatriot Raymond van Barneveld Not everyone is in the mood to say yes for a photo. Sometimes, youre having trouble parking the car, you cant find the parking machine and theres a group of lads stopping you for an autograph. Thats what Will is for.It just takes a little bit of pressure off and allows Michael to be as good as he can possibly be.Phil Taylor Watch the winning leg as Phil Taylor defeated Barney Mardle said: Phil has Bob Glenn, who is more of a right-hand man than a manager. Its easier, if youre driving somewhere, to sleep than do the driving yourself so Phil lets Bob do it.Its the silly things. If Phil fancies a nice salad somewhere, Bob will find a nice bistro and sort it all out. Theres not much to worry about if you have one of these aides. Phil Taylor confirmed a play-off spot with a 7-2 win against Robert Thornton Phil likes to be somewhere three hours before he plays so, if theres traffic, Bob works that out accordingly.Bob doesnt care if hes there 10 minutes before the start, but he knows Phil might get agitated if he doesnt get perfect preparation.Bob has been friends with Phil for a long time, and its all about trust. Youve got to know that your man is in your corner.Gary AndersonMardle said: He has a manager and people around him but Gary looks after himself. He and his wife Rachel like doing things together as much as they can. Watch the moment Gary Anderson got his numbers horribly wrong! Hes more family orientated, but some other people need to be looked after. Lewis, for example, needs someone. Adrian LewisMardle said: Lewis has Keith Deller looking out for him, not just financially. Hes making sure that everything they do runs smoothly. Watch Adrian Lewis hit a nine-darter! 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Sasha Corbin, Hannah Joseph and Ella Clark are among the players who signed full-time agreements and have entered the summer training camp at Loughborough University.England netball will continue to hold talks with Geva Mentor, Jade Clarke, Joanne Harten, and Serena Guthrie, who are currently taking part in the 2016 ANZ Championships. Jess Shaw, Rebekah Airey, Summer Artman, Beth Cobden, Georgina Fisher, Leah Kennedy and Natalie Panagarry complete the list of players who will take part in the training programme. Coach Tracey Neville has welcomed new approach from the national side Roses Head Coach Tracey Neville is preparing for the inaugural Quad Series against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, to be hosted in Australia and New Zealaand in August. Cheap Wholesale Nike SB Shoes. She said: The facilities that are on offer for these athletes are absolutely world class and they will be provided with the optimum training environment in which to succeed.As a former England player myself, to see how far the sport has come and the potential of further improvement, fills me with great satisfaction and optimism. England aiming to be world class Tracey Neville sets world class target for England netball England Netball will continue to support Kadeen Corbin and Rachel Shaw as they continue their development in Australia and rehabilitation from injury respectively. Also See: Superleague team of season Superleague season review Tamsin: Surrey can seek treble England aiming to be world class ' ' '
(Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth and the Edmonton Oilers will try to win their sixth in a row for the first time in over nine years tonight when they visit the Los Angeles Kings. Zalando Saldi Scarpe Puma . Smyth might hear some boos from the Kings faithful tonight after asking for a trade out of L.A. after last season, but the veteran is more concerned with taking care of business on the ice. "Its a game against my former teammates and its going to be what its going to be, so just go out and hopefully get the win," said Smyth. The winger took care of business in last game, scoring twice in the Oilers 4-2 victory over the Blues on Sunday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the leagues Rookie of the Month for October, added two assists to give him five goals and six helpers over his first 11 games. Shawn Horcoff and Jordan Eberle also scored and Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves as the Oilers won five in a row for the first time since Dec. 3-11, 2009. They havent run off six consecutive victories since March 14-26, 2002. Edmontons hot start has it tied with Chicago and Dallas for the most points in the Western Conference, but Smyth knows that things can change in a hurry, especially with the Oilers set to begin a six-game road trip tonight. They are 1-1-1 as the guest so far. "Obviously, you are only as good as your last shift or your last game," said Smyth. "As a group, weve built a string of wins together, which is great, but now weve got to take it on the road." The game also marks a renewal of the budding rivalry between young stars Drew Doughty and Taylor Hall. Last January Doughty caught Hall with a hard hip check, and when the two met again a month later, Hall dropped Doughty with the butt-end of a stick to the face. "I was just trying to get body position and unfortunately I got him right in the face," Hall told TSN after the incident. "I didnt mean to or anything but I guess that a little bit of payback is nice. "I played against Drew in the OHL a lot," continued Hall. "Hes a great player and I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game, but were just competitors playing against each other." Edmonton will be thin at the blue line to start the trip. Andy Sutton was suspended for five games for an illegal hit to the head last Friday versus Colorado and isnt eligible to return until Nov. 11 after sitting out Sundays win. Also, defenseman Cam Barker was scratched before the Blues game with a sore shoulder and Ryan Whitney is already out with a knee injury, so Edmonton recalled Colten Teubert from the minors on Wednesday. Teubert could make his NHL debut tonight against a Kings club that dealt him to the Oilers on Feb. 28 of last year for Dustin Penner. Having dropped three of their last four, the Kings will try to avoid getting caught up in Smyths return and just try to get a win following Sundays 3-2 loss to the Avalanche. The decisive goal came early, when Colorados Matt Duchene beat Jonathan Quick, who had 13 saves. "He came down with a lot of speed. He made a great shot," Quick said. "He put it in a great spot. I dont think me or the defenseman could have played it any differently." Anze Kopitar and Scott Parse each had power-play goals for the Kings, while Jarret Stoll notched an assist to give him 299 career points. A bulk of those points came early on in Stolls career as he spent his first five seasons with the Oilers. Los Angeles will play six of its next seven on home ice and is slated to have winger Simon Gagne back in action after an injury held him out of Sundays game. He was able to return to practice this week. The Kings swept their four-game series with the Oilers last year and are 8-0-4 in the past 12 meetings, dropping all four contests in a shootout. Zalando Scarpe Puma Scontate . He made that dream a reality Wednesday night. Olt, who grew up in Branford, Connecticut, attended UConn and made a nearly 2 1-2 hour trek to Boston a handful of times to watch the Red Sox, belted a two-run homer, one of four hit by Cubs in a 16-9 rout that completed a three-game interleague series sweep. Puma Scarpe Sito Ufficiale .com) - James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late in regulation, and the Houston Rockets scored eight of their 13 points in overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 on Friday night.SAO PAULO - Doctors say Pele is expected to be discharged from a Brazilian hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after being admitted to treat a urinary tract infection.The Albert Einstein hospital said Monday the soccer great continues to improve and there are no signs of the infection that prompted his hospitalization on Nov. 24. The infection stemmed from surgery on Nov. 13 to remove kidney stones.Thee 74-year-old Pele spent several days in an intensive care unit to undergo hemodialysis to help support his only kidney. Puma Scontate Italia. The three-time World Cup champion had one kidney removed when he was still a player.Pele was transferred back to a private room on Saturday.A national hero and a worldwide soccer ambassador, Pele is regarded by many as the greatest player of all time. ' ' '
Ospreys have suffered a double blow ahead their European Rugby Challenge Cup debut due to injuries to Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron. Cheap Nike Tanjun China . The Welsh side kick-off their campaign at home against Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night.However, Hassler will miss all six Pool 2 matches after being ruled out for up to nine months with an Achilles injury sustained during the 46-24 thrashing of Cardiff Blues on Friday night. Ospreys No 8 Tyler Ardron (R) has undergone surgery on a thumb injury Fellow Canadian Ardron faces two months out and is doubtful for the first four rounds after dislocating his thumb in the 9-7 defeat to Ulster the previous week.Tyler suffered a dislocated thumb which required a small surgical procedure at the end of last week. His recovery will keep him out for up to eight weeks, confirmed Ospreys Medical Performance Manager, Chris Towers.Jeff sustained an Achilles tendon injury on Friday night and investigations over the weekend, and discussions with specialists, have confirmed the injury doesnt require surgery. However, he will be out of action for a prolonged period, with an initial prognosis of six to nine months.You can watch the Champions Cup, plus Premier League football and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Ospreys down the Blues Ulster snatch victory Cheap Nike Tanjun Shoes . 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Corderre wanted David Desharnais benched or traded or lynched in November, so Im not sure why hes allowed to make laws, but either way three extra hours of drinking do not bode well for a city of broken hearts already adept at drowning its sorrows until the wee hours.Reliving the PastIn the quiet aftermath of a series lost, one can be driven to madness through contemplation and consideration of responsibility and complicity. Im not talking about the players, or management, or coaching staff. Im talking about each fan, individually, wrapped in the curious superstitions of sport; adults who believe their habits and regiments supernaturally affect those of their team. For example, during game two of the Bruins-Habs series I had a cocktail with a woman who has no interest in hockey but may have interest in me. Did my shunning of the 1st period adversely affect the balance of the Habs universe? The other day, in anticipation of seeing my mother, I very discreetly and almost unnoticeably trimmed my beard. Did I bring on some bad juju? Ive watched the last two games on CBC. Had I watched RDS, would Price be okay? Would the Habs be up two games? Would Henrik Lundqvist be mortal? Well never know…No Nos AmoursAt no time is it more apparent that the Expos are gone than right after the Habs disappoint. And this summer, the cut runs a little deeper, a little more steeped in vinegar and salt, after a weekend in April of Expos nostalgia and games at the Big O. Sure it was just the Blue Jays and Mets, but it was as close to Major League Baseball as weve seen on the Island of Montreal in a decade. The tricolore hats were everywhere, and not just on Brooklynites in town for Osheaga. Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, Felipe Alou, and the 94 team spent the weekend. We were reminded of what once was, and for a moment gleaned hope that it could be again. But then the playoffs started, and we forgot all about it. Now on the precipice of an abrupt end to the postseason, what are we to do? Cheer for the Blue Jays? That kind of talk will get you kicked out of the bar at 4:45. Nike Tanjun Cheap Outlet. TouristsTheres a brief respite in the Montreal calendar in May and June. Its right after the students have left to their parents basements in Mississauga, a convoy of minivans heading west, Ikea skeletons ominously freckling the McGill ghetto, and the arrival of tourists. Its a peaceful time. A time for quiet contemplation, for being able to find a seat at Starbucks, for going through alleys looking for a new couch. But then the tourists settle in. Unwanted aliens in your favourite haunts, fratish bachelor party weekends, and F1 fans, who make Bruins fans look quaint. That late spring void is best when filled with Habs reverie, double overtimes, Boston-hate, and large crowds in early evening bars yelling at Glenn Healy. We had that for a while this spring. Not long enough.ResponsibilityEverything is forgotten during a Habs playoff run. Debts are excused. Infidelities are forgiven. Commitments are eschewed. As Montrealers we are focused on the mirth and minutiae of Les Glorieux. We live in the echoing resonance of Ginette Renos final notes. We are oblivious to all else. But, in the absence of that distraction, we are left to tend to the discard and detritus that is our lives. Have I filed my taxes? How long has that stain been on my pants? Have I paid my rent? Did Aunt Wreatha pass away? Are these evenmy pants? Was it Mothers Day recently? When the last time I showered? Did laundry? Ate a vegetable? The humbling truth of reality sets in, and it can be early August before weve trimmed our playoff beards, made amends for our indiscretions, and recovered from our revelry.Im still hopeful for a miracle. AsBarDowns Twitter feed noted, I am a glass half-full type of guy. Game three in New York could very well be where a legend is born, where a Humboldt, Saskatchewan native becomes this generations Ken Dryden, or Steve Penney, or Patrick Roy. And maybe Carey Prices knee recovers, and all of this worry, this fretting over what might have been returns to the hope of what just might be. And maybe spring stretches out a few more weeks. Until then there is only Dustin Tokarski and prayer. Or Peter Budaj. Frankly, I dont care who it is as long as they hold off summer just a little bit longer. ' ' '
TORONTO -- Lexie Lou will get a shot at winning Canadas most prestigious horse race. Vans Old Skool Scontate . Lexie Lou earned a commanding 4 1/2-length win Sunday in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks. In fact, Lexie Lous winning time of 1:49.77 was better than the 1:50.78 posted by Queens Plate favourite We Miss Artie in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes earlier. That left Lexi Lous handlers with the question whether to run her against the boys in the Queens Plate on July 6 or chase the remaining two legs of the Triple Tiara for Canadian-bred three-year-old fillies. Conditioner Mark Casse missed Sundays race while attending a horse sale in Florida. But the six-time winner of Canadas top trainer award said he spoke with owner Gary Barber and the decision was made to point the filly towards the Plate. "As long as shes healthy and happy that will be her next stop," Casse said in a telephone interview Sunday evening. Assistant trainer Kathyrn Sullivan represented Casse at Sundays race, however she was unable to call him afterwards with the good news. Thats because Sullivan lost both of her cellphones in the walking race prior to the race. "I havent talked to Kathryn yet," Casse said with a chuckle. "She did text me saying she was a nervous wreck. "But were fortunate to have a lot of great people working with us and I know she did a terrific job." Jockey Patrick Husbands had Lexie Lou, the 2/1 second choice, sitting second behind stablemate Wild Catomine for much of the race before surging into the lead and cruising for her fourth victory in 11 career starts. The $300,000 winners share boosted her lifetime earnings over $630,000. Wild Catomine, also trained by Casse, was second in the nine-horse field, with Llanarmon taking third. Paladin Bay, the 2/1 favourite, was fourth. "We took a good run at her, like we always do, but Lexie Lou found another gear out there, she just took off again," said Gerry Olguin, the jockey aboard Paladin Bay. "I thought I was going to be second . . . she got tired at the end." Sundays race was just Lexie Lous second since being purchased by Barber and first without blinkers. Husbands rode Lexie Lou to a third-place finish in the $150,000 Fury Stakes event May 10 and felt blinkers werent necessary. "The last time she never relaxed," Husbands said. "We worked her twice since the last race without blinkers, no problem. "In the post parade, she was relaxed." Only five Oaks winners have gone on to win the Queens Plate, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown and this countrys most prestigious horse race. The last was Inglorious in 2011. Sullivan said while Lexie Lou would give away size to the colts in the Plate, shed have the speed needed to compete. "Shes light and just floats on the track and theres definitely advantages to that," she said. "I think youd find some people would say thats the kind of horse youd want and youd find as many other people saying the other (bigger is better). "Shes put on a little weight and sort of filled out a little bit in the last month. Shes just got that big, long, beautiful stride." And theres the matter of Lexie Lou posting a faster time than We Miss Artie did in the Plate Trial, both races covering 1 1/8 miles. "Yeah, I know," Sullivan said with a smile. "Thats also a debate that will rage on." We Miss Artie was the overwhelming 1/5 favourite in the Plate Trial, and with good reason. The Todd Pletcher-trained bay colt was the Queens Plate Winterbook favourite this winter and finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby on May 3. Sundays race was not only We Miss Arties first since the Derby but first-ever at Woodbine. He found himself sitting third, boxed in along the rail at one point but jockey Javier Castellano patiently waited for an opening and when it appeared, he had more than enough horse to respond. "I think I rode the best horse in the race, I think I rode with a lot of patience," Castellano said. "I let him settle . . . when we turned for home we asked (for) a little bit and he give me a good kick." Assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale admitted being concerned about We Miss Arties dire standing late in the race. "There for a moment you get a little nervous but we knew he would come through in the end," she said. "Hes got a big heart and found an opening and went on. "Javier just kind of saved him at the wire a little bit." Sullivan was impressed with We Miss Arties late kick. "Hes a much nicer horse than he is on paper, weve always thought that," she said. "You could see at the top of the turn as soon as he got some room he was full of horse, full of run. "He will definitely be very tough to run against." Majestic Sunset was second in the seven-horse field, with Tower of Texas taking third. Vans Old Skool Offerte . Levante, which had lost five straight including a Copa del Rey game last weekend, fell behind at its Ciutat de Valencia stadium when Ionut Sapanura opened the scoring for Elche in the 26th minute. Old Skool Outlet Italia . Ryu (8-3) allowed a run and three hits in six innings and struck out six in his 13th start. In his first 13 starts last season -- his first in the major leagues -- the left-hander was 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA. This was the ninth time this year that Ryu has allowed fewer than three earned runs, and he is 7-0 in those games.Larisa Yurkiw believed she should compete with the best in the world in the Olympics, and shell get that chance Wednesday in the womens downhill at Rosa Khutor. When the best Canadian womens speed racers from the 2010 Winter Olympics soon retired and Yurkiw endured injury woes with after effects that extended into years, official Alpine Canada funding dried up. The dollars were targeted at the emerging women on the team, all technical specialists. Yurkiw poured tens of thousands of her own dollars into a bid to make the Sochi Olympics, and raised more than six figures from private individuals and businesses to back her quest. Racing as an independent under coach Kurt Mayr, Yurkiw earned Tier 1 qualification for Sochi with a pair of top 12 results this season, a seventh-place finish in the season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alta., and a sixth place at Altenmarkt, Austria last month. The Owen Sound, Ont., native was aiming to compete at the Vancouver Games but tore up her left knee in a crash in December 2009. Yurkiw didnt participate in a full season again until 2012-13, but didnt crack the top 20 in any races, which put her at a career crossroads at just 25 years of age. In what seemed like another cruel blow after all her hard work, Yurkiw went down in a training run in Sochi last week. But she recovered to post the ninth fastest time in the last training session. The contenders There wont be a repeat Olympic downhill champion as American ski star Lindsey Vonn of the United States underwent knee surgery, but 2010 silver medallist Julia Mancuso and bronze recipient Liz Goergl are competing in Russiaa. Vans Old Skool Vendita Online. Both are capable of getting back to the podium. Mancuso hasnt enjoyed great World Cup results this season, but now owns four career Olympic medals after earning a bronze in Mondays super-combined. The Hawaiian resident did so on the strength of a downhill that was nearly a half-second faster than the next best skier, Lara Gut of Switzerland. Goergls two World Cup wins this season (one downhill, one super-G) have come in the last month, while Gut, Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Austria and Slovenias Tina Maze also own downhill wins this season. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, with three, is the only skier with multiple downhill wins this season. The German veteran would have to be considered co-favourite along with Mancuso for the downhill, after winning her third career Olympic gold medal in Mondays super-combined. She is also the overall World Cup points leader. Dominique Gisin of Switzerland hasnt been on the World Cup podium since late 2011, but served notice she could be a factor with a winning training session earlier this week. Anna Wenninger of Austria and Elena Fanchin of Italy are also contender, each having been on the World Cup podium twice in downhill this season, though not yet in the top spot. Tina Weirather under normal circumstances would be considered a strong medal contender after racking up nine World Cup podiums this season, including four in the downhill. But the skier from tiny Liechtenstein, who suffered a serious injury that put her on the sidelines just days before the 2010 Olympics, is uncertain to compete after hurting her leg in a weekend training session. ' ' '
Euro 2016 might be in full swing but planning can start in earnest for the new Premier League season when the 2016/17 fixtures are released on Wednesday. Cheap Wholesale Shoes Free Shipping . Top-flight clubs across the the country will discover their curtain-raisers, run-ins, Christmas programmes and derby dates when the schedule is released at 9am - and you can follow it all with Sky Sports as we gear up for our biggest season yet of live Premier League action.Where will new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola start life in the Premier League? When will new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho come up against old club Chelsea? Will new boys Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull get tough or sympathetic starts? And which tussles could prove pivotal at the business end of the season? Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are the new men in the Manchester dugouts - but what have the fixtures got in store Heres all you need to know and how to stay up to speed, whether youre watching at home or on the move...When are the fixtures released?The Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 season will be published at 9am on Wednesday, June 15.Fans of Football League clubs will have to wait a little longer to mark their diaries; schedules for new Championship, League One and Two seasons will be released on Wednesday, June 22.Fixtures for all the Scottish leagues will be announced at 10am on Friday, June 17.When will Skys first live fixtures be announced?That’s still to be confirmed but we expect to bring you details of the first batch of Premier League fixtures - those to be shown live on Sky Sports in August and September - at the beginning of July.Sky Sports will strengthen its position as the home of the Premier League by showing more live matches on TV than ever before - 126 - and providing in-game goals and highlights to mobile users this season.  Leicester will be top seeds when the draw is made for the Champions League group stage When does the season start?The new Premier League season kicks off on August 13, 2016 and finishes on May 21, 2017.The Football League season starts a week earlier - on August 6, 2016 - and ends on May 6, 2017. Like the English Football League, the Scottish season kicks off on August 6 but while the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two seasons also end on May 6, the Premiership season concludes on May 20/21.Any other key dates? Burnley won the Championship title to clinch promotion and will be joined in the top flight by Middlesbrough and Hull (Mark Robinson/SkyBet) The draw for the first round of the EFL Cup will be made later this month and those fixtures are due to be played in the week commencing August 8, with kick-off in the Football League Trophy week commencing August 29.The group stage of the Champions League starts on September 13/14, while the Europa League group phase begins on September 15.How can I stay up-to-date with the fixtures?Whether youre on the move or watching at home, Sky Sports is the place for all the news and reaction.- Sky Sports News HQ - channel 401 - will bring you details of your clubs schedule as the clock strikes 9am, as well as reaction from studio guests and clubs up and down the country.- If youre out and about, our live blog will bring you details of all the fixtures, plus analysis, reaction and social media.- Fixtures by club will be available on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps.- Push notifications will deliver the news straight to your phone - download the Sky Sports Score Centre app, set your favourite team and subscribe to push notifications (fixture push notifications will be for Premier League teams only)Watch Sky Sports News HQ from 9am to find out your clubs fixtures or follow via our live blog from 7am. 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Once again, football clubs and media outlets have been trying to pull the wool over the eyes of supporters with pranks, tricks and jokes.Lyons blue pitch and the stadium ban for the Partick mascot didnt quite make the yellow ticker on Sky Sports News HQ, but did you fall for any of these? Southampton put an emoji on their badge Southamptons new club crest... apparently Southampton announced a rather odd club crest for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign - featuring a smiling Saintly emoji. The accompanying press release featured a quote from supporter Paul Inuleg, saying it would truly reflect the values of recent times.Hartlepool to play in fancy dressHartlepool announced they have been given permission by the Football League to swap their kit for fancy dress for the final game of the season at Plymouth Argyle. Chief Executive Russ Green said: As long as the outfits are absolutely identical, have the appropriate Football League logo on the sleeves and dont pose any safety risks to other players then theyre comfortable with it. Obviously well need to make sure it doesnt clash with Plymouths home kit either.Arsenal install sunroof at the Emirates A sunroof at the Emirates could feature positive messages for the players. Arsenal released a video claiming they were to install the worlds first retractable sunroof at the Emirates Stadium this summer. Project manager William daRoufe announced they would be able to project messages and instant replays onto the roof above the heads of supporters. They even interviewed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to find out how excited they were about improving their stamina by eight per cent.Jose goes skiing with Walter SmithScottish sports photography agency SNS Pix emailed their clients on Friday morning promising them images of Neil Lennon, Walter Smith and Jose Mourinho dry slope skiing on Glasgows busy Buchanan Street. The photocall with the former Celtic, Rangers and Chelsea managers was timed for midday and the images were free to use any time on April Fools Day...Cricket ClasicosSpanish newspaper AS claimed bosses at Real Madrid and Barcelona are planning to launch professional cricket teams - and the two Spanish football giants would play cricket Clasicos - or Cricketos, as they would be marketed over the summer at the Bernabeu and the Nou Camp. Cristiano, Messi, Benzemma, Neymar and their team-mates have already been learning the ropes of the game, reports the newspaper, with an hour set aside after every football training session to play cricket. Discount Shoes Online Free Shipping. Zlatan signs for Bayern basketball team This is Zlatan signing for Bayern Munich. No, really... Bayern Munich sent out a Tweet claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic had signed for their official basketball team. They included an image of a not very realistic Zlatan look-a-like at his official unveiling.Villa fans charged for leaving earlyThe Sun reported that Aston Villa fans would charge their fans £5 for leaving matches early with plans to add on a £1-a-minute surcharge for those who leave in the first half. The tabloid claimed early exits were a health and safety issue because stewards were still finishing their half-time cuppas.Lyon paint their pitch blue Could Lyon play on a blue pitch for the rest of the season? Lyon tweeted their followers on Friday morning, claiming the pitch at the Parc Olympic Lyonnais would be painted blue for the remaining games of the season. The terrible attempt at Photoshop may have lessened the concerns for their supporters...Kingsley the Mascot faces stadium banPartick Thistle claimed their mascot and worldwide celebrity phenomenon Kingsley was set to be cited by the Scottish FA in relation to a tweet aimed at Scotty Cup, the Scottish Cup mascot. The tweet read: Who does Scotty Cup think he is?! A few Scottish Cup matches and he thinks hes the only mascot in town. Just wait until I see him - Ill show him! Thistle claimed he could receive a stadium ban over the incident.Chairman signs himself for Welsh Cup semi-final Mike Harris. Apparently he has a good touch for a big lad. The New Saints of Oswestry Town claimed their Chairman Mike Harris had decided he would start as the sole striker in Saturdays Welsh Cup semi-final against Connahs Quay. After a week training hard, I am sure I can help the side and I am confident I can also score a hat-trick tomorrow, having found the back of the net with ease this past week, he said. Also See: Ollies predictions Mersons predictions ' ' '
BALTIMORE -- Wei-Yin Chen allowed four hits over seven innings, Chris Davis homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the struggling Boston Red Sox 6-0 Wednesday night at soggy Camden Yards. Air Max 90 Scontate Uomo . Nick Hundley had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who yielded only one run in winning two of three from the defending World Series champions. Chen (7-2) did not return after rain delayed the game for 1 hour, 38 minutes in the middle of the seventh. The Taiwanese left-hander had a season-high seven strikeouts, walked none and was aided by three double plays. Rubby De La Rosa (1-2) needed only 15 pitches to dig himself and the Red Sox a 3-0 hole. Steve Pearce walked and scored on a double by Adam Jones before Davis went deep into the right-field seats. After play resumed in the seventh with Baltimore ahead 4-0, the few fans remaining watched Darren ODay and Zach Britton each pitch an inning to complete the four-hitter. Dustin Pedroia had two singles for the Red Sox, who have lost seven of nine. Boston (29-36) has been blanked six times this season, twice in this series. It was the 10th home run of the season for Davis, the defending major league home run champion. The slugger took extra batting practice before the game in an effort to break out of a 3-for-19 skid. Chen retired the first 11 batters, six by strikeout, before Pedroia lined a single into the right-field corner with two outs in the fourth. He was thrown out by Nick Markakis trying to stretch it into a double. After Baltimore went up 4-0 in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Hundley, a replay wiped out the innings second run. Hundley was called safe at second base on a fielders choice as Jonathan Schoop scored, but Boston manager John Farrell asked for a replay and Hundley was subsequently ruled out. In the eighth, Red Sox reliever Chris Capuano walked Schoop and Markakis with the bases loaded. NOTES: The Orioles 10-game homestand continues Thursday with the opener of a four-game series against AL East-leading Toronto. Mark Buehrle (10-2) starts for the Jays against Kevin Gausman (1-1). ... Boston sends Jon Lester (6-7) to the mound Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against Cleveland. ... Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (knee) is scheduled to go five innings Friday night for Triple-A Pawtucket in a rehab start against Charlotte. ... Pedroia went 2 for 3 against Chen and is 14 for 27 lifetime against the lefty. ... Orioles 3B Manny Machado, whos appealing a suspension that was supposed to start Tuesday, went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. ... On the day he turned 26, Bostons Brock Holt had his 10-game hitting streak end and failed to reach base for only the second time in 20 starts as Bostons leadoff hitter. Air Max 90 Offerta . "Youre next." Hardly. 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Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row. The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreus fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead. Johnson (1-1) allowed only a single, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Texas also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same. "Youre either effectively wild or effectively lucky," Ventura said. Semien had a career-high four hits, including a bases-loaded trip in a strange sixth when Ross struck out the last two batters he faced on non-routine plays. Semien was hitting leadoff with Adam Eaton getting a couple of days off to rest some nagging leg issues. Ross final batter was Alejandro De Aza, who was called out on a third-strike check swing, right after Alexei Ramirez reached because of a wild pitch on the third strike. Ventura unsuccessfully challenged, claiming the ball hit De Aza or the bat. The ruling from umpires in New York was that the call on the field stood -- that the batter was out on a checked swing. De Aza said the ball hit both his hand and the bat. The ball appeared to change direction for some reason. "Im not even going to check (replay). I know what happened," De Aza said. "Im just in shockk, thats all I can say. Air Max 90 Outlet Italia. ." Ventura got no real explanation on the final decision. "Its another one of those vague it just stands," he said. "Theyre saying they dont have any evidence that it hit the bat." Reliever Shawn Tolleson got the third consecutive strikeout in the inning before the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Danks. Semien then tripled off the base of the left-centre field wall to make it 8-2. "Thats a little fire, it gives you a little fire when you see that happen right in front of you," he said. "Im glad I got the result and we as a team got the result." Tyler Flowers, who had three hits, had a leadoff single in the fifth, then went to third on Semiens one-out grounder when third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a throwing error while trying to start a double play. Conor Gillaspie had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before Abreu homered. Ross, a converted reliever, had a career high eight strikeouts with no walks in his 5 1-3 innings after not allowing an earned run his previous two starts. The lefty gave up seven hits and seven runs, four of them earned. "If you hit your location, and throwing strikes is never detrimental, just missed his location on a few of them," manager Ron Washington said. "And then we didnt make a play behind him. That opened things up for them." Ronald Belisario threw two scoreless innings before Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom each worked an inning for Chicago. Flowers had a leadoff single in the third before Danks first homer. Josh Wilson drew a leadoff walk and scored on a sac fly by Shin-Soo Choo in the Texas third, which ended when Leonys Martin got tagged out trying to score on pitch that ricocheted off the backstop. Elvis Andrus walked to start the fourth, then went to third on a stolen base and errant throw by catcher Flowers before scoring on a wild pitch. NOTES: Rangers INF Luis Sardinas became the youngest player to appear in the majors this season when the 20-year-old made his major league debut. He came into the game at shortstop for Andrus and then got an infield single his first at-bat. ... Kouzmanoff was 0 for 3, ending his 10-game hitting streak to start his Rangers career. ' ' '
MELBOURNE, Australia -- One by one, Serena Williams is matching the feats of tennis greatest legends. Cheap Air Jordan 4 . Her next challenge comes at the Australian Open, which starts Monday with Williams seeking her 18th Grand Slam title -- an accomplishment that would match Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. "It would mean a lot to be on the same level as such great players," Williams said in a pre-tournament news conference Saturday, quickly adding a dash of humility. "I still have a lot of work to do. I obviously want to reach that level, but Im not there yet." "Hopefully, Ill get there," she added. The No. 1-ranked, No. 1-seeded player is entering the new season after a spectacular year. In 2013, Williams won 78 of her 82 matches including the French Open and the U.S. Open. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for womens tennis. At 32, an age where most professional players are in decline, Williams is playing the best tennis of her career, says Navratilova, who predicts that Williams will win in Melbourne and go on to eclipse Steffi Grafs 22 major titles in the Open era. "If she can stay healthy, theres no doubt she can go into the 20s. The sky is the limit," Navratilova said earlier this week. In terms of Grand Slam titles, no woman playing professional tennis today comes close. In a distant second place is Williams big sister, Venus, who won seven major titles during a career that is now waning because of age, injuries and an autoimmune disease that saps her energy. Venus last Grand Slam win came at Wimbledon in 2008. No. 2 Maria Sharapova, a four-time Grand Slam winner, is coming back after playing just one post-Wimbledon match in 2013 due to hip and shoulder injuries. She sat out the last two months of the 2013 season and says she is still nursing her shoulder with "precautionary" anti-inflammatories at times. "Im happy to be back playing a Grand Slam," said Sharapova, who tore her rotator cuff in two places in 2008, requiring surgery that kept her off the tour for nearly a year. "Im happy to get myself back in form and really start well here." The player who is considered the greatest threat to Williams is No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open defending champion. Williams has defeated Azarenka in 14 of their 17 matches -- but Azarenka has excelled more recently in Melbourne where Serena has won five titles but none since 2010. Asked why she has stumbled in Melbourne in recent years, Williams half-joked: "I just wasnt able to stay on two feet. Literally." Last year, Williams tumbled to the court in her first-round match after turning her right ankle. She was then upset in the quarterfinals by Sloane Stephens. "Ive been doing a lot of exercises for my ankles and trying to make sure that theyre pretty stabilized," said Williams. Williams got a strong start to the new season, with back-to-back wins over Sharapova and Azarenka earlier this month in Brisbane. She beat Sharapova in the semifinals and overcame Azarenka in the final. In Melbourne, Williams will only get the chance to play one of them. Azarenka and Sharapova are on the opposite side of the draw from Williams and could end up playing each other in the semifinals. Sharapovas first-round match is against Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Tuesday, when Azarenka faces Johanna Larsson of Sweden. Williams starts her Australian Open campaign Monday against Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty and has 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur and two-time Australian finalist Li Na in her half of the draw. Barty, who is 17 and ranked 153rd, is bound to have rowdy home crowd support as she steps onto centre court against the worlds top player. "Obviously theyll want Ashleigh to win, (and want) her to do well," Williams said. "Under any other circumstances. Id probably be rooting for her as well." Air Jordan 4 Discount . Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he wont receive any money as part of the settlement. "This will help a lot of people that really do need that help," Kluwe said. Air Jordan 4 Sale Cheap . Its great to be back for another season in Banditland, and Im looking forward to another competitive season with my teammates, said Tavares.Despite making the playoffs for the first time since joining Major League Soccer, Montreal Impacts 2013 season ended with a massive letdown. It wasnt just the 3-0 loss at Houston in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round that hurt; it was the manner of the defeat and the total loss of discipline. As the team prepares to head to Orlando for the final stage of their training camp, there is a different feel around the Impact squad following the appointment of new head coach Frank Klopas to replace the fiery Swiss manager Marco Schallibaum. "Frank is settling in. He has put certain messaging and systems in place," Impact sporting director Nick De Santis said on TSNFC this week. "We made the right decision to move forward and go in a different direction and up until now, we have a very good relationship with Frank. We know what he wants and he knows what we want." "If we go back to that game in Houston, the result, the actions by certain players can give you an idea of what went on for the last two months, the last 10 games of the season. It was very frustrating." "In my position and in Joeys (Impact president Joey Saputo) position, the easiest thing to do was to reconfirm Marco because we set out our objectives at the beginning of the season and we met those objectives – being in the playoffs, winning the Canadian Championship – but when you are making decisions of what is best for the club going forward and whats best for the players, we felt that we needed to go in a different direction." With just over three weeks until the Impact open up the 2014 season, and after a quiet offseason in terms of player signings, De Santis says the club is still looking to add "one or two pieces" to the team. It seems the club is close to announcing the signing of young Uruguayan striker Santiago Gonzalez, who De Santis first met in Argentina on a scouting trip in November. "I managed to see him in my last trip to Argentina and watched him live," De Santis told TSNFC. "Hes a young player but a player with certain qualities that I think can help our team get better up front. Air Jordan 4 Wholesale. Were still dealing with a few issues but were hoping that is something that can get done, hopefully even before we get to Orlando on the weekend." While Montreals squad hasnt seen as many additions as most teams across MLS, De Santis believes some of the players they have retained from last year will be in a better position to produce top quality performances on a consistent basis. "Hernan Bernadello played half a season last year and I think now you can say that hes basically a new addition because the first six months was an adaptation period. With him now being with the team from day one, he will bring a lot more to the table. We have Nelson Rivas healthy and hopefully we can manage him well and he can give us a good amount of games because when he is on the field feeling well physically and with his head in the right place, he can be a dominant defender in this league." On Monday, the Impact announced the return of Argentine midfielder Andres Romero, who joins the team on loan from Brazilian club Tombense for the second successive season. Romero showed glimpses of his ability in 2013, scoring two goals in 30 regular season appearances, but De Santis expects there is much more to come this season from the former Argentina U20 international. "Were happy that Romero is back because he is another player that showed very good signs in certain moments," said De Santis. "When his wife gave birth to twins, she went back to Argentina and thats when we saw his consistency level had gone down. We just want to make sure now that hes in the best environment for him to be as consistent as possible." With other teams getting much stronger during the offseason, the Eastern Conference will be a fierce battleground in 2014. Repeating the accomplishment of making the playoffs will be a difficult task for Montreal, but with the core of a squad that led the East on a number of occasions throughout the first half of the 2013 season, the Impact feel they are well positioned to hit the ground running when their season opens in Dallas on March 8. ' ' '
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