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December 31, 2016

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HOUSTON – Klay Thompson had a great night offensively on Saturday.More impressive, though, was his work on defence as he limited NBA leading scorer James Harden to just 11 points.Stephen Curry and Thompson scored 27 points each and the Golden State Warriors used a huge third quarter to roll to a 131-106 win over the Houston Rockets.Thompson was asked if he takes pride in building a reputation as someone who can be dominant on both ends of the floor.I do. I really do, he said. I just want to continue to prove that and get better every game.Coach Steve Kerr raved about Thompsons work on Harden, who went 4 of 15, including 0 of 4 on 3s, to finish well below his average of 27 points a game.Klay did a great job, Kerr said of the guard, who had a career-high five blocks. I thought Klay did a good job of avoiding fouls and then contesting late.Golden State rebounded from a loss to Oklahoma City on Friday night that snapped an eight-game winning streak.Anytime you get a bounce back win and finish a four-games-in-five-nights stretch 3-1, thats big, Curry said.The Warriors led by five at halftime and used a 38-point third quarter, with 15 points from Curry, to take a 22-point lead into the fourth.Dwight Howard, who missed the first two games against the Warriors, led Houston with 23 points and 10 rebounds.The Rockets got five straight points from Kostas Papanikolaou to cut the lead to 110-94 with seven minutes left, but Golden State scored nine quick points after that, led by Currys five, to make it 119-94 and cruise to the win.It is Golden States NBA-leading 24th double-digit victory and its third win over Houston this season. Its the first time the Warriors won a season series against the Rockets since 2006-07.They finish the series on Wednesday at Golden State.A 3-pointer by Josh Smith cut Golden States lead to 10 with three minutes left in the third quarter. But the Warriors capped the quarter with a 12-0 run, with eight points from David Lee, to go up 102-80 entering the fourth quarter. Houston had four turnovers to help the Warriors build the lead.That third quarter was ridiculous, coach Kevin McHale said. We couldnt get a stop, we turned it over and we just lost all of our fire. We had nothing.The Warriors scored the first five points and the second half to push the lead to 69-59. The Rockets used a 7-1 run, with four points from Howard, to get within 70-66 a couple minutes later.Curry, who had 11 assists, got Golden State going again after that, making an off-balance layup as he was fouled. He tumbled backward and landed on top of a cameraman on the sideline before falling to the court.He made the free throw and those three points were the start of a 10-2 run that extended the advantage to 80-68 midway through the third quarter.The lead had changed 11 times and it had been tied 11 other times before Houston used a 7-0 run to make it 59-55 with about two minutes left in the first half.Kerr called a 20-second timeout and the Warriors regrouped and finished the half with a 9-0 spurt to a take a 64-59 lead into halftime.Our guys did a great job the two minutes of closing the quarter and getting a couple of hoops and re-establishing ourselves and I think that carried over to the third quarter when we really went on a good run, he said.TIP-INSWarriors: Andre Iguodala got a technical foul in the second quarter. … Its the first time Golden State has swept a road series against the Rockets since 1975-76.Rockets: Howard received a technical with about 10 minutes left in the first quarter for arguing an offensive foul. … Golden States 64 first-half points were the second-most Houston has allowed before halftime this season. … Golden States 38 points in the third were the most the Rockets have allowed in a quarter this season.KERRS QUIPKerr rested Andrew Bogut and Iguodala on Friday night against the Thunder and was asked before the game if he has a better handle on when to give players time off since he played for 16 seasons.My coaches often rested me when I was fine, he deadpanned. So Im not sure if really have a handle on it or not.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Nuggets Monday.Rockets: Host Pacers Monday. Justin Tuggle Browns Jersey. Hernandez (3-0) struck out 11 and shut down Oakland for the second time in a week, becoming the first Mariners pitcher to win three times in the first nine games of a season. With the usual “Kings Court” for Hernandez home starts expanded to a “Supreme Court” encompassing the entire stadium with yellow shirts and “K” cards, Hernandez gave up four hits in the 28th double-digit strikeout game of his career. Joel Bitonio Browns Jersey.com) – The Vancouver Canucks will try to win two straight games for the first time since mid-January on Monday night as they play host to the struggling New York Islanders. http://www.brownsauthenticproshop.com/Youth-Christian-Yount-Browns-Jersey/.com) – Colorado may be ahead of the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference standings, but they are a club that the Avalanche may want to avoid in the playoffs. Cleveland Browns Jersey. As deep as their roster is, they need their superstar. Rose scored 23 points in his return from a five-game absence due to back pain, and Chicago hung on to beat the struggling Atlanta Hawks 90-79 on Monday. Buster Skrine Browns Jersey. — Damian Lillard couldnt believe when he got a clear look at the rim.PORTLAND, Ore. — The Golden State Warriors were thrilled to have Klay Thompson. Thompson, returning after a one-game absence to attend his grandfathers funeral in the Bahamas, scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 113-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 37 points for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter to snap a two-game skid. Golden State also moved 1 1/2 games behind Portland for the Western Conferences No. 5 playoff spot. “Thats as good a win as weve had in three years,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “It would have been very easy to fold our tent and hang our heads. Klay and Steph were spectacular.” Damian Lillard finished with 26 points and Nicholas Batum had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Portland also played without injured All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his second game with a lower back contusion. Batum had a chance to tie the score with 5.8 seconds remaining, but missed the second of two free throws. The Blazers got the rebound but failed to get another shot off. Curry dedicated the victory to Thompson, who had to take three different flights to get from the Bahamas to Portland and didnt arrive until the wee hours Sunday morning. “We wanted to get this one for Klay,” said Curry, who made 11 of 24 shots, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. “Hes been through a lot this week, put on a lot of miles, and obviously ben through a lot. “For him to compartmentalize a little bit for two hours and come out and play was big for us. It says a lot about how much hes committed to whats going on here.” Thompson didnt show any fatigue, especially in the second half when he connected on 8 of 14 shots, including three 3-pointers. “Yeah, three flights, but I slept on most of them,” Thompson said. “I actually felt fresh when I stepped on the court. You might not believe me, but I warmed up before the game and felt good.” Robin Lopez finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews and Dorell Wright had 13 points each for the Blazers, who led by 18 points twice, the second time at 72-54 with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter. “We have to put that game away,” Matthews said. “With guys like Steph and Klay, they can get hot and thats what they did. We still gave ourselves a chance, but were at the point now where if we have a team down 18, we have to put that game away.” Golden State pulled to 85-77 going into the fourth quarter and took thhe lead with 6:01 to play after Thompson blocked Lillards shot at one end of the court and got fouled on a drive to the basket at the other end while Portland coach Terry Stotts was also assessed a technical foul.dddddddddddd Curry made the technical free throw and then Thompson made 1 of 2 foul shots to put the Warriors in front 97-96 — their first lead since 31-29. From there, the lead changed four times and there were two ties before Thompsons 3 from in front of the Portland bench put the Warriors in front, 110-107, with 53.8 seconds left. After a dunk by Lillard pulled Portland to 110-109, Curry turned the ball over. Lillard was then fouled driving to the basket and made both free throws to make it 111-110 with 20.7 seconds remaining. Thompsons third 3 of the game gave the Warriors the lead for good. “Hes a big-time player,” Jackson said of Thompson. “Hes as cool as they come. It does not bother him making and missing shots. Hes not afraid to take the next one.” David Lee had 16 points and Jermaine ONeal added eight points and four rebounds off the bench for the Warriors. “Disappointed to lose another close game,” Stotts said. “Curry got hot in the second half. We have to figure out ways to close out games and realize when we have a 16-, 18-point lead, we cant take our foot off the gas.” Portlands Mo Williams, expected to miss two weeks with a strained right hip muscle, returned after missing only two games and had 12 points, four assists and two steals. NOTES: Batum matched his season high with five 3-pointers and became the first player in franchise history to record consecutive games with 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and four or more 3-pointers. Hes also the first NBA player with 22 or more points, 14 or more rebounds, and four or more 3-pointers in back-to-back games since Minnesotas Kevin Love on Jan. 1-2, 2012. … Jackson said before the game that the Blazers are a different team without Aldridge, who was averaging team highs of 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds when was injured in the third quarter of Wednesdays 103-90 loss at San Antonio. … The Blazers came in second in league scoring at 107.3 points a game and had scored 90 or more points in 20 consecutive games. The last time Portland was held to fewer than 90 points was in a 98-81 loss at home to Memphis. … Jackson lobbied for eighth-year centre Andrew Bogut as a candidate for the NBAs all-defensive team. “Hes the anchor to our defence,” Jackson said. “Hes a guy who changes, alters, blocks a lot of shots at the rim, protects the paint, and rebounds the basketball. 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a conference all-star the past two seasons

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have narrowed their general manager search to four candidates, including Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning and Senators assistant GM Tim Murray, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not revealed their list of candidates to succeed Darcy Regier, who was fired in November. The search is led by newly hired team president Pat LaFontaine. The finalists are still being interviewed, and no timetable has yet been set for when the position will be filled, the person said. The two other finalists were not revealed. Candidates linked to the job include Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill and Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle. Benning, a former NHL defenceman, spent 12 seasons as a Sabres scout, including eight as the teams director of amateur scouting before being hired by the Bruins in 2006. In Buffalo, Benning had a hand in the Sabres drafting the core of the team that lost the Eastern Conference finals in 2006 and 07. It was a group that included goalie Ryan Miller, forwards Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville and defenceman Brian Campbell. Murray is in his seventh season as the Senators assistant general manager. He began his NHL scouting career with Detroit in 1993, and is the nephew of Senators general manager Bryan Murray. Murray has also spent time as a scout with Florida, Anaheim and the New York Rangers. LaFontaine has been patient in conducting his search since taking over after the Sabres fired both Regier and coach Ron Rolston. The purge happened after the Sabres got off to a franchise-worst start and stuck at the bottom of the NHL standings with a 4-15-1 record. LaFontaine was initially offered the GMs post by Sabres owner Terry Pegula, but instead turned it down because he felt he didnt have enough experience. LaFontaines first move was bringing back former Sabres coach Ted Nolan to serve as interim coach with the chance to retain the job once a new general manager is in place. Under Nolan, the Sabres (12-26-4) have gone 8-11-3 and have won five straight at home entering their home game against Carolina on Tuesday night. Though still last in the standings, the Sabres general managers job is considered attractive because the team has stockpiled high draft picks as part of a youth movement that began under Regier last season. The Sabres could have as many as two first-round and three second-round selections in this years draft. The Sabres also have a solid group of prospects in their farm system. They include defencemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, who were both drafted in the first round in June. The next Sabres general managers most immediate priority will be determining whether to re-sign Miller, who is in the final year of his contract. 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Custom Falcons Jersey.Boston beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Tuesday night and celebrated consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month.WINNIPEG — If a labour dispute does derail the start of the CFL season, new Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Drew Willy says hes “100 per cent behind the players” and knows just what to do. He was with the New York Jets in 2011 when the NFL locked out their players after they failed to agree on a new contract. Willy went undrafted but was given a look by four NFL teams before heading north. “If there was something to happen, Id make sure we were getting the guys together in Winnipeg . . . getting our work in, obviously not in the building but somewhere around Winnipeg,” he said Wednesday as the Blue Bombers rookie camp got under way. Thats what quarterback Mark Sanchez did with the Jets during the four-month NFL lockout in 2011. “Whoevers in the area, well make sure we get all the leaders, a lot of guys that are in the area.” Not that Willy, 27, is looking forward to running a makeshift camp as he prepares to take the field for the first time as a starting quarterback in the CFL, after spending two seasons as a backup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “Being a first-time starter, I need all the reps I can get but also I understand it is a business and I back the players,” he said. Things still remained very much up in the air Wednesday as the clock ticked down and talks resumed. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players ends Thursday at midnight ET, and a possible strike looms before the start of main camp Sunday. Willy said he was looking forward to throwing his first passes as a Blue Bomber on Investors Group Field as rookie camp got rolling Wednesday evening. “Quarterbacks, we dont get hit in practice, so Ive always loved practice.” He had already spent a couple of days in the teams quarterback school with the Bombers other three pivots, Robert Marve, Brian Brohm and Max Hall, the only active quarterback from last season the team elected to keep on their roster. Brohm was signed last season but went straight to the injured list. Hall took over mid-season and finished as Winnipegs most consistent quarterback in 2013, starting nine of Winnipegs 12 final games. But the team still floundered and finished at 3-15 in thhe CFL cellar.dddddddddddd Offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille is also back after taking over last August when Gary Crowton was sacked, and he has been putting the teams quarterbacks though their paces. “We pretty much started with what coach Bellefeuille expects from us as a unit, as individuals. Just mentally doing the right things, watching a lot of film,” said Willy. “You get towards the installation period where we put in different aspects of the offence.” The one good thing that came out of last season was the ability to pick second in the CFL draft (behind expansion Ottawa, which traded its pick to Calgary), and the Bombers also announced Wednesday that they had signed their top 2014 pick, offensive lineman Matthias Goossen. The team is hoping Goossen might even be able to start this season, perhaps at centre. The six-foot-four, 294-pound lineman was a conference all-star the past two seasons at Simon Fraser and was also on the world team that defeated the U.S. for the first time ever at the 2012 IFAF International Bowl. After his first practice Wednesday, Goossen said it was exciting, tiring and also the first time the Vancouver-area native has lived away from home. Hes bunking in a University of Manitoba dorm. “You only have one first practice and it was a lot of fun, very fast and very physical,” he said after lining up at centre, although he said he isnt necessarily counting on winning that spot. “Im just trying to do my best every day. Im going to try and get better and contribute to the team in any way possible.” Coach Mike OShea was happy Goossen made it for the start of camp and sounded a lot more positive about his chances. “We drafted him at that spot for a reason because we like him a lot,” said OShea. “Hes going to be just fine.” The Bombers are hanging a lot on Willys shoulders as they prepare for their second season in a new $200-million-plus stadium that carries a hefty mortgage they must pay. But Willy isnt short on confidence. “Ive been around some good coaches and players. I just need to take everything Ive learned here and there, put it all together and go out there,” he said. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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LOS ANGELES — Jordan Farmar is moving down the hall at Staples Center, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the Clippers, who have also signed centre Spencer Hawes. Farmar averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 41 games for the struggling Lakers last season. The free agent guard won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010 with the Lakers, who drafted him out of UCLA in 2006. The deal allows the 27-year-old Los Angeles native to stay home and become the backup to Chris Paul after UCLA alum Darren Collison chose to leave and sign with Sacramento. Farmar was bothered by a torn left hamstring and a strained right groin that cost him half of last season. Hawes averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 80 games with Cleveland and Philadelphia last season. The 26-year-old big man has also played for Sacramento during his seven-year career. The team announced the moves Wednesday night, hours before free agents could begin signing contracts on Thursday. Xavier Sua-Filo Texans Jersey. The redshirt freshman finished the regular season with nearly 3,500 passing yards, and 35 touchdowns with another three on the ground while leading the Seminoles to the top of the BCS Rankings. DeAndre Hopkins Texans Jersey. Calgary finished atop the CFL standings with a 14-4 record and earned the right to host the West Division final at McMahon Stadium on Nov. http://www.nfltexansteamstore.com/authentic-vince-wilfork-texans-jersey/. Louis Blues just continue to roll — especially against the Nashville Predators. Shane Lechler Texans Jersey. – Anthony Beauvillier had the winning goal in the third period as the Shawinigan Cataractes edged the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2-1 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play. Will Fuller Texans Jersey. — Kael Mouillierat scored three times and set up one more as the St.Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron, Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris and defenceman Marc Methot, as well as Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa have all accepted Hockey Canadas invitation to play at the 2014 World Hockey Championship. Oilers forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have all been asked to join the team and are still determining if they will participate in the tournament. Perron has appeared in 77 games this season for the Oilers and has 28 goals and 29 assists. He also hhas 86 penalty minutes and a minus-16 rating.dddddddddddd. Turris has played 80 games for the Senators this season and has contributed 25 goals and 31 assists, he is also a plus-22 rating. Methot registered six goals and 17 assists through 73 games this season. Bieksa, in 75 games this season for the Canucks, has four goals and 20 assists. Last month, Hockey Canada named Los Angeles Kings executive Rob Blake as general manager of the World Championship team. The 2014 World Hockey Championship will take place in Minsk, Belarus from May 9-25. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle did his best to ignore the doubters when the Pittsburgh Pirates took a $5 million flier on Edinson Volquez. “Thats why they call it noise,” Hurdle said. Funny, its quiet now. The resurgent right-hander continued his career resurrection on Tuesday night, limiting the Detroit Tigers for six effective innings in a 4-2 victory. Volquez (10-7) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out five against two walks. His best play, however, wasnt a pitch but a slick behind-the-back grab of a chopper by Victor Martinez in the first inning that kept the Tigers from extending an early 1-0 lead. “The ball got me,” Volquez said. “I got lucky on that one.” Maybe, but Volquez isnt ruling out karma either. There were times over the last five years when that ball would find its way to centerfield and Volquez would crumble. Not this time. The former All-Star turned reclamation project has been one of the few constants in a pitching rotation thats seen top end starters Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole spend significant time on the disabled list. “Hes been fun to watch,” Hurdle said. “From the time we got him he showed up wanting to get better and wanting to learn.” Travis Snider went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Pirates. Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis added RBI doubles and Jordy Mercer chipped in a run-scoring single. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, one-out jam for his 22nd save as Pittsburgh improved to 5-3 without star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, who is on the disabled list with a rib injury. Alex Avila hit his ninth homer of the season for Detroit. Robbie Ray (1-2) gave up four runs in five-plus innings while making a spot start for the weary Tigers. Detroit has lost six of seven as it battles surging Kansas City for the lead in the AL Central. “Weve got to make our own opportunities,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “Weve got to take advantage of those opportunities and were not doing that.” Detroits best chance came in the first. Ian Kinsler drove home Ezequiel Carrera with an RBI-single in the first and Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Martinez smashed a grounder up the middle that Volquez somehow grabbed with his glove while reaching behind his back. Kinsler was tagged out in a rundown between third and home and the big inning was avoided. It was the only reprieve Volquez needed. Sanchez and Snider delivered consecutive RBI doubles in the second off Roy to put the Pirates in front. Mercer drove home Josh Harrison in the third to make it 3-1. Avila hit a long home run to centre to pull Detroit within one but pinch hitter Ike Davis doubled to the gap in right-centre to score Starling Marte and push the lead to 4-2. TRAINERS ROOM Tigers: Officially placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9 with a right pectoral strain and recalled left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy from Triple-A Toledo. An MRI on Cy Young winner Justin Verlanders sore shoulder on Tuesday revealed no major structural damage, though Ausmus called it “unlikely” that Verlander would make his next scheduled start on Sunday against Seattle. Pirates: The team continues to take a cautious approach with Cole, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a right lat injury. The former No. 1 pick will start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Hurdle said the team would like to see Cole get one more start under his belt without any setbacks before making his return. Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walkers bad back kept him out of the lineup on Tuesday, though Hurdle said Walker is making significant progress. ON DECK The interleague series between the two clubs moves to Detroit on Wednesday. Rookie Buck Farmer will make his major league debut for the Tigers. The fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft went 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 18 starts for Class A West Michigan and went 1-0 in two starts with Double-A Erie. Vance Worley (5-1, 2.30 ERA) will start for Pittsburgh. Worley is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last four starts. Earnest Byner Redskins Jersey. The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. Kory Lichtensteiger Redskins Jersey. 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Griffin scored 13 of his 31 points in the final 7:05 and Dudley got 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter, leading the defending Pacific Division champions to a 112-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. “Dud is a shooter.SAN FRANCISCO – Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting Lets go!The right-hander from Venezuela certainly has found his swagger this October as a lights-out long man who delivers in the clutch game after game, inning after inning.He did it again Saturday night for the San Francisco Giants, pitching three scoreless innings of relief against the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory that tied the World Series at two games apiece.Petit came oh-so-close to tossing a perfect game in 2013 — now hes a perfect 3-0 this post-season. He entered in the fourth inning of Game 4 with the Giants trailing 4-2 and held Kansas City in check while his teammates rallied.The unsung star of the San Francisco pitching staff keeps adding memorable moments to a breakout season thats made him one of the games most versatile arms.Even if much of the baseball world might struggle to pronounce his first and last name (use-MARE-o peh-TEET), hes sure making a name for himself this month.Ryan Vogelsongs short night meant a long one for the San Francisco bullpen. And it worked out, thanks to another gutsy performance by Petit and his fellow relievers.Petit has thrown 12 scoreless innings of relief over three post-season outings this year. 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Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have signed running back Michael Bush on Tuesday. Bush, 30, has not played in the NFL this season after being released by the Bears on March 10. He rushed for 608 yards and eight touchdowns in two seasons with Chicago after a productive four-year stint with the Oakland Raiders. In his six-year career, Bush has 3,250 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, adding 104 catches for 1,010 receiving yards and two scores. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released running back Kerwynn Williams. Williams was signed by the Cardinals off their practice squad on Nov. 1 and played in one game with Arizona but did not receive any carries. Williams also played in one game for the Colts after being drafted by Indianapolis in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft from Utah State. Arizona also released tackle Kelvin Palmer from their practice squad. T.J. Ward Broncos Jersey. On Tuesday, the star questioned whether that was still the case. Speaking to reporters at a charity event, Johnson said: “I just kind of wonder sometimes: Is this still the place for me?” Johnsons comments came after he was asked why he recently skipped a voluntary minicamp. Vance Walker Broncos Jersey.Y. — When the New York Islanders lead was cut in half in the opening minute of the third period, the sense of impending doom began wafting through Nassau Coliseum. http://www.broncosproauthentic.com/Black-Friday-Matt-Paradis-Jersey/. – The Carolina Panthers believe Steve Smith lost “top-end” speed, a big reason the franchise parted ways with its all-time leading receiver. Shaquil Barrett Broncos Jersey. – The Jacksonville Jaguars are leaning more toward playing injured quarterback Blake Bortles against Tennessee on Thursday night. Custom Broncos Jersey. Joining him in this years class were Switzerlands Patrick Huerlimann and Norways Eigil Ramsfjell. The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China. Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today that veteran infielders Rhyne Hughes and Yurendell de Caster have been placed on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting their unconditional release. Hughes, 30, has encountered some health problems that will prevent him from playing this season. “Its unfortunate ffor Rhyne that he cant join our ball club, but his health is the No.dddddddddddd 1 priority and we wish him a quick recovering,” Forney said. De Caster, 34, is once again starting the season in Mexico. The Goldeyes now have 25 players on their training camp roster, including 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins centre Mike Pouncey claims to have no regrets about last seasons incidents in a bullying scandal in which an NFL-sanctioned investigator identified him and two teammates as principals involved. Pouncey talked to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the Ted Wells report implicated him, left guard Richie Incognito and right guard John Jerry as being behind alleged hazing and harassment of tackle Jonathan Martin. “No, not at all,” Pouncey said when asked if he had any regrets. “Weve moved on from that. Im not worried about anything in 2013, honestly, its all about 2014 for me.” On October 28, three days before the Dolphins played Cincinnati, Martin abruptly left the team after storming out of the cafeteria, and never returned. It wasnt until the Wells report was released that Pounceys name was directly attached. The NFL is waiting for him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before issuing any discipline. Pouncey said he does not need such an evaluation. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin stood behind Pouncey during his news conference after the practice. Philbin confirmed that he and the team will be in constant communication with the league regarding any discipline for Pouncey. “The one thing thats without question about Mike Pouncey which is important is he wants to be a great football player,” said Philbin, who invited Pouncey to a dinner with free agent left tackle Branden Albert before the team signed him. “He wants to make a valuable contribution to the Miami Dolphins, and hes not unlike any other player that we have in terms of theres an educational process every player goes through. But I love the effort and energy that he brings and that hes put forth into this off-season and todays Day 1. Its a long, long process, but hes off to a good start.” New offensive co-ordinator Bill Lazor also expressed confidence in Pounceys leadership. “Mike and I walk into this professional relationship with a real clear picture,” Lazor said. “I spoke with him on the phone and I laid out what I was looking for. He was very excited to do it and I think hes the right guy to do it.” Pouncey didnt help matters last month after Miami drafted Tennessee right tackle JaWuan James in the first round when he tweeted he was looking forward to the gifts James would have to deliver to the veterans. The 2011 first-round pick insisted he was joking, reiterating that he believes he is the type of leader his teammates want him to be. Incognito, Jerry, Martin, Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie all started alongside Pouncey on the offensive line at times last season. Now, only Pouncey remains. In addition to signing Albert and veteran guard Shelley Smith, the Dolphins drafted James and guard/tackle Billy Turner in the early rounds. All of them were aware of the issues that plagued that unit in 2013. Philbin knew that would have to be addressed. “We didnt really say an awful lot,” he said. “We want them to make their own decisions. When they walk into the building, when they feel the energy, the excitement that the coaching staff has in working with these guys every day, when they see the way these players are treated by our equipment staff, by our security staff and by our medical staff, I dont really have to say a whole lot. “The people that come to work here every single day create an outstanding atmosphere … and again I think the players feel that. If you have to talk about that, then you probably dont have one.” NOTES: WR Brandon Gibson was back to work after recovering from a torn patellar tendon that cost him the last nine games of 2013. … Former star defensive end Jason Taylor was on the field Tuesday as a special guest coach. … Koa Misi worked at middle linebacker, with Danell Ellerbe joining Philip Wheeler on the outside, which was a switch from previous lineups. Mitchell Schwartz Chiefs Jersey. The team made the announcement after Saturdays 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Kenny Giles will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Adams spot on the roster. Allen Bailey Chiefs Jersey. Patrick Deslisle-Houde and David Rose each scored in the second to give the fourth-seeded Redmen a 3-1 lead after Jean-Philippe Mathieu scored in the first. http://www.kcchiefsfansclub.com/Black-Jamaal-Charles-Chiefs-Jersey.html?cat=867. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 42 shots through overtime and three more in the shootout to pick up his third shutout of the season for Rimouski (31-15-7). Zachary Fucale made 28 saves for Halifax (34-17-3) in the loss. Travis Kelce Chiefs Jersey. No such luck. Wiggins owned the end of Parkers impressive homecoming. The Kansas star scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, outplaying Parker down the stretch and helping the fifth-ranked Jayhawks knock off No. Ron Parker Chiefs Jersey.com) – Nicklas Backstrom scored a pair of goals and Alex Ovechkin notched a highlight-reel tally, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at the Prudential Center.Playa del Carmen, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – Charley Hoffman shot a final-round, 5-under 66 and a bogey on the final hole was good enough to give him a 1-shot victory over Shawn Stefani at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Hoffman finished the week at 17-under-par 267 to secure his third victory on the PGA Tour. Hoffmans last win came at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. Heading into the final hole one shot up on Stefani, Hoffman tripped to a bogey, but Stefani also made a mess of No. 18 and dropped a shot. Stefani fired a 2-under 69 and he finished the week at 16-under 268..dddddddddddd. Danny Lee made a ton of noise on the front nine, but he struggled down the stretch. Lee shot a 4-under 67 to finish tied for third at 15-under 269 with Andres Gonzales, who also shot a 67 at El Camaleon Golf Course. Jerry Kelly ended three shots back at 14-under 270 after a final-round, 3- under 68. Third-round leader Jason Bohn struggled on his way to a 3-over 74 and he finished tied for seventh with Tony Finau (65) at minus-12. Defending champion Harris English finished with a 1-under 70 and he ended tied for 37th at 7-under 277. MORE TO FOLLOW. 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VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten to start the Major League Soccer season, but rookie head coach Carl Robinson knows his club is still very much a work in progress. After thumping the New York Red Bulls 4-1 in their home opener on March 8, the Whitecaps secured a pair of road draws the last two weeks — 1-1 against Chivas USA and 0-0 against the New England Revolution. Catch the action live on TSN2 at 7pm et/4pm pt. Points away from home are always a bonus in MLS, but Robinson wasnt happy with certain aspects of the games as goalkeeper David Ousted was forced to bail out his teammates on a couple of occasions. With that in mind, the Whitecaps spent time this week getting back to basics in preparation for Saturdays home date against the Houston Dynamo. “We havent played enough football in the last two games that I wouldve liked,” said Robinson. “We tried to break it down into segments of building from the back at the right times with a midfield player, breaking lines in the midfield and transitioning quickly. “The boys took the concepts very well.” Robinson will hope the lessons stick as Houston (2-0-0) comes to town rested, having not played since a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact on March 15. “A very tough game,” said Robinson. “I said to the guys in the changing room that theyre always in the playoffs, theyre a very strong team, well coached … and its going to be a stern test for us.” Vancouver is 2-2-0 against Houston all-time in MLS play, including a 3-1 home victory over the Dynamo at B.C. Place Stadium back in 2012. “Its always been a fortress for us,” Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit said of his teams home field. “Throughout the years weve been able to pick up good results and well look to continue that. We know we have a tough opposition this week.” Robinson, who was promoted to the top job in December after former head coach Martin Rennie was fired, has tempered expectations as he attempts to put his mark on the club and return the Whitecaps to the post-season. “I was never getting too carried away after the first game and Im not getting too down after two difficult away games,” said the former Welsh international. “Its important we try and put our stamp on the game. Because were a young team with new players, its important we manage games better.” That begins at the opening whistle, where the Whitecaps struggled the last two weeks to assert themselves early on the road. “A lot of teams in Major League Soccer play very well at home,” said Robinson. “Its difficult to go on the road and play. The successful teams manage to find a way to win on the road. Were very good at home. We know that, and if we want to be competing for the playoffs weve got to be very good at home.” One player the Dynamo will have to pay close attention to is Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks, who has two assists this season, and three goals in two career games against Houston. “Mattocks is a fast guy,” Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie told the clubs official website. “As long as we stick together as a back line as weve been doing and just kind of eliminate space in behind, I think we can nullify them throughout the match.” DeMerit said the Whitecaps have had past success against the Dynamo because their style suits the matchup. “That means getting the ball down, getting our link play up and our combinations up front to create chances in our final third,” said DeMerit. “The way you beat them is to pick them apart, and weve been able to do that most of the time.” The Dynamo — who will face their first road test of the season — have yet to concede a goal this year, while striker Will Bruin already has three of his own to go along with an assist. “Strong team,” said Ousted. “Good crosses and big guys up front that are good in the box, so we need to study up on those guys and be ready for it. Hopefully we can go in and dictate the play a little more than we did in the two away games.” DeMerit will draw back into the lineup for Vancouver after a week of rest. Another change comes out of necessity, with Gershon Koffie expected to replace Nigel Reo-Coker in the centre of midfield. Reo-Coker suffered a bizarre injury on Sunday when he tripped over a bike rack in Vancouver and suffered a concussion and cuts to his face. Koffie, who has started 77 games for the Whitecaps since 2011, subbed in for Reo-Coker for the final 20 minutes against the Revolution for his first action of 2014. “Its always learning when youre on the bench,” said Koffie. “Its not easy to be on the bench … but also you have to learn from the bench.” Robinson said hes pleased with Vancouvers unbeaten run to kick off the campaign but stressed its far too soon to be looking at the standings. At this point, the process is what concerns him. “We started off very well. Weve still got obviously a long way to go. Were unbeaten in three but its early stages,” said Robinson. “Its important we progress every game and along the way well win games and well lose games. “But as long as were progressing in the right way and trying to put the style of play I want in the team, then were moving in the right direction.” Note: The Whitecaps will honour Y.P. Lee before Saturdays game. The famed South Korean defender joined Vancouver in 2012 after a lengthy career in Europe and the Middle East before retiring in October. Follow @JClipperton on Twitter Franco Harris Steelers Jersey. Nothing pretty. But this is 1/4 World Cup. Usually plays out this way. Mel Blount Steelers Jersey. He even addressed his group of relievers Sunday morning. Dustin McGowan made those worries a nonfactor, at least for a day. 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The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday night that they had acquired Versteeg and forward Philippe Lefebrvre from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen. “We are excited to bring Kris back to Chicago and are pleased to add a player with his experience and versatility to our lineup” said vice president and general manager Stan Bowman. “Kris is well respected within our organization and will be able to make a seamless transition to our team because of his familiarity with many of our players and with Coach Quenneville. TThis move strengthens our team depth and Kris skill is a great complement to our current roster.dddddddddddd” The Panthers will retain half of Versteegs salary as part of the trade; about $2.2 million for the next three seasons. Versteeg had seven points in 18 games with the Panthers this season. Versteeg won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs the following season. 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December 29, 2016

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker understands not everybody is going to be a fan of Major League Baseballs expanded replay system, which threatens to slow down a sport that already struggles to be played with any sort of urgency. Funny, there werent many critics to be found on Monday at PNC Park. Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning, and the Pirates benefited from an overturned to call to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0. The Pittsburgh native turned on a Villanueva changeup and sent it sailing over the Clemente Wall in right field for the first walk-off of his career and the first by the Pirates on opening day since Bob Bailey homered off San Franciscos Juan Marichal in a 1-0, 10-inning victory in 1965. “This one feels pretty special,” Walker said. “This is a special day for this team, this organization. Weve come a long way.” So has the game. After spending decades fighting the advances of technology, Major League Baseball has embraced the concept. Many calls can be challenged this season under an expanded system, and both teams wasted little time putting umpires to work. The Cubs made history by initiating the first review under the new guidelines. Chicago manager Rick Renteria challenged a double-play call in the top of the fifth following a demonstrative “safe” call by Jeff Samardzija following a poorly executed sacrifice bunt attempt. First base umpire Bob Davidsons decision was confirmed on replay. “It was a combination of Samardzjias reaction and what we were looking at,” Renteria said. “Were still trying to figure out what clear and compelling evidence is. Its a work in progress.” Chicagos luck with replay didnt get any better later. A safe call on a pickoff attempt by Bryan Morris (1-0) with one out in the top of the 10th was reversed after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle requested a replay, sending Chicagos Emilio Bonifacio back to the dugout after a delay of 2 1/2 minutes. “Most of the time on pickoffs, its got to be very noticeable for the umpire,” Morris said. “Those bang-bang plays are always going to go to the runner. I guess thats why its good to have replay.” The largest regular season crowd in PNC Parks 14-season history (39,833) roared its approval. The din only grew louder when Walkers drive to right field finished halfway up the seats. That capped a giddy day for a team freed from two decades of losing after a breakout 2013 in which it won 94 games and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. Former Pittsburgh star Barry Bonds presented centerfielder Andrew McCutchen with the NL MVP award that McCutchen earned last year. Bonds received mixed reviews, though the vitriol that accompanied his late career visits to Pittsburgh while playing for San Francisco was noticeably absent. Bonifacio went 4 for 5 for Chicago, but the Cubs were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and wasted a fine start by Samardzija, who scattered five hits over seven innings. “I was happy with the way I kept the ball down in the strike zone,” Samardzija said. “It helped to get the double plays because they made the overall outing look a little better than it really was.” Travis Ishikawa had two of the six hits by Pittsburgh. Starter Francisco Liriano tied a team record shared by three other pitchers for most strikeouts on opening day by fanning 10 in six innings. While he struggled with his command — needing 104 pitches to get 18 outs — he was sharp when he needed to be and Pittsburghs bullpen did the rest. NOTES: Pirates C Chris Stewart took batting practice and says he is coming along ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. Stewart believes he can beat the timetable of late April for his return. … Chicago OF Brian Bogusevic was unavailable because of ankle soreness. He is expected to be ready to play Wednesday. … The teams are off Tuesday. Chicagos Edwin Jackson faces Pittsburghs Charlie Morton on Wednesday night. Casey Hayward Chargers Jersey. A police inspector told The Associated Press the crane operator is not yet suspected of any wrongdoing but is considered a key witness to the accident at the Arena Corinthians. Caleb Sturgis Eagles Jersey. 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The NFL creates a unique interest of not who is “the best”, but much more who is “the best this week”.VANCOUVER, BC – Thursday night in St. Louis, Alex Edler will play his 500th National Hockey League game. Cynics would suggest the big Swedish defenseman has played 250 good games for the Vancouver Canucks and has had 249 tough ones with no middle ground. That’s not entirely accurate although it does speak to the inconsistency that has plagued Edler’s nine years in the NHL – from shift to shift and from season to season. So it is safe to say that while Edler will reach the 500-game milestone tomorrow, questions remain about what is possible for the 28-year-old with the tantalizing combination of size, skill and skating ability. Throughout his career, Edler has teased the Canucks and their fans with glimpses of the kind of blueliner who can control games at both ends of the ice. When living up to his potential, he clearly has the ability to play with remarkable efficiency making quick and effective decisions with the puck. Edler has also brought a physical edge to his game leaving his mark on opposing forwards in open ice, in front of the net or in battles along the boards. But last season, Edler was none of those things. He was a shell of his former self enduring a disastrous season in which anything that could go wrong did – and far too often. Perhaps it was a new coach or a new system, maybe it was confusion caused by an early season suspension in which he was penalized for being a touch too aggressive or it may have been the weighty expectations that accompanied his six-year $30 million dollar contract extension which kicked in last season. Whatever the reasons, Edler’s 2013-14 was a write-off with just 22 points all the while saddled with the embarrassment that goes along with a league-worst -39. Paired with reliable partner Chris Tanev from the outset of training camp and in Willie Desjardins’ up-tempo system in which defenseman are encouraged to jump into the rush, Alex Edler finds himself in a situation to thrive. However, the early season results are mixed. He has a ggoal and two assists and leads all Canucks defensemen in scoring, but there have also been a handful of the kind of miscues that dogged him last season.dddddddddddd Edler doesn’t have to be a super hero for the Vancouver Canucks, but given the amount he plays and the situations he finds himself in he certainly has to be an offensive contributor and a 40-point season shouldn’t be out of the question. But for his offensive numbers to matter, he has to be significantly better in his own zone than he was a year ago. The Canucks would love to see Edler take charge out on the ice, but for that to happen the soft-spoken Swede needs to ramp up his intensity. Far too often, he looks indifferent and at times as if he doesn’t really care. That’s probably an unfair criticism, and yet because he shies away from the media and isn’t heard from often, it’s hard to get a read on what’s going on in Edler’s mind. Reaching the 500 game mark is an accomplishment for any NHLer – and, in this day and age, to do it with the same organization makes it that much more significant. Edler’s is a remarkable story of a kid from a small town near the Arctic Circle making the big time and earning all the trappings that come along with it. But the big question is – and it’s a fascinating one – have the Vancouver Canucks already seen the best Alex Edler has to offer? Or is there still room for growth in his game? While unlikely to ever enter the Norris Trophy discussion in an era of so many elite defensemen, Edler possesses the tools to be an All-Star. But in recent years there have been too many nights where you wondered if he had forgotten how to play the game. This is a new season and Alex Edler’s trying his best to wipe the slate clean as he tries to recapture the talent he has displayed at times throughout his NHL career. Thursday in St. Louis is a milestone to be sure. The Canucks have to be hoping that it’s also a stepping stone to the best hockey the big defenseman has ever played. Cheap NFL Jerseys China ‘ ‘ ‘

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have re-signed versatile backup linebacker Garrett McIntyre. McIntyre became a free agent last month after he was not tendered an offer by the Jets as a restricted free agent. The team announced the deal Wednesday, but did not release terms. McIntyre was signed by the Jets in 2011 after stints in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. He has 5 1/2 sacks, 72 tackles and two forced fumbles in 42 games, including 10 starts, with New York. An undrafted free agent out of Fresno State in 2006, the 29-year-old McIntyre has also spent time with Seattle, Arizona and Tennessee. Devin Street Patriots Jersey. Klein went undrafted in the NFL last year following his senior season with the Wildcats. He was invited to the Houston Texans rookie camp, but was not offered a contract. 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It was the kind of surreal moment that made life playing at home all the more real. “That never wouldve happened in Anaheim, California,” Holland, a native of Caledon, told the Leaf Report with a chuckle. “That was pretty cool.” No longer on the west coast with the Ducks, the 22-year-old enjoyed the biggest night of his NHL career in front of the hometown crowd on the Saturday night stage. With his parents and childhood skills coach (Joey Simon from Powerhouse Hockey) in the stands, Holland scored twice and added a helper as Toronto stunned the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 at the ACC. It was the clubs first win in regulation since Nov. 19 and third in the past 20 games. Moved up in the lineup onto a unit with Joffrey Lupul and Mason Raymond – David Clarkson was serving the first of a two-game suspension – Holland scored his fourth this season and first of the game on an early power-play, notching his second on a tic-tac-toe feed from Lupul and Raymond. He would add an assist on the second of two goals from Lupul. “Theyve given me a good opportunity here and I think that as long as Im playing my game I think I have the ability to play at this level,” said Holland, acquired from Anaheim in mid-November. “Obviously playing with guys like Lupul and Raymond is going to help me stick around too.” A first round pick of the Ducks in 2009, Holland nearly doubled his season output with the standout performance against Chicago, now at five goals and seven points in 16 games this season. With injuries plaguing the Leafs at centre ice – Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak are both sidelined – opportunity is there for someone like Holland to grab hold of. To this point, he had offered only brief glimpses of the skill his pedigree would infer. But with more opportunity – a career-high of over 19 minutes – he was able to show it off in a big way against the Blackhawks. “Im just kind of approaching it like its a job and it is a job,” Holland said. As to the chance to play at home, after bouncing between outposts in Syracuse, Norfolk and Anaheim, Holland said its been more comfort than distraction. “If anything I think it almost relieves pressure,” he said. “Youve got more of a support network around you. Its a thrill to play in front of them every night. Going back to minor hockey when your parents came to every game, driving you there and stuff, and now they can come to every home game here. Its a good feeling.” Five Points 1. Response from St. Louis Only two days before shocking the Blackhawks at home, the Leafs were embarrassed on the road by the Blues. It was their eighth loss in 10 games and among the worst efforts of the year. “Off our performance in St. Louis we could not have anything close to that again,” said Randy Carlyle following the win against Chicago, the leagues top team again this season. “They werent very proud of our performance. They knew that we didnt do a lot of things that we set out to do. “I thought that our hockey club responded the way they needed to respond,” he continued. “They took responsibility for our actions and thats a good sign. But the most encouraging thing for us tonight was our work ethic and we stuck to our system and played it.” Trekking through their most arduous portion of the schedule – which has included the Sharks, Bruins, Kings, Blues, and Blackhawks – the Leafs now face another top team in Pittsburgh on Monday. “It doesnt get any easier,” said Lupul, who had four points on Saturday, “but certainly winning a game against the top team in the league gives you a little bit of confidence so hopefully we can run with it.” 2. Cycle Offence Though they generated the bulk of their offence off the rush, the Leafs did manage to sustain bursts of the cycle game Carlyle has been pleading for. The fourth goal of the evening, and fourth this season from Nik Kulemin, found its way into the back of the net off such an attack. “Weve been striving for that,” said Carlyle. “And in the games that we are effective it seems that we have more of that in the hockey game. Thats really what were trying to do is were trying to eliminate a one-dimensional rush team.” That rush game was certainly effective, notably the line of Holland, Lupul and Raymond. “When you start to wear teams down, if you play more in their zone, your rush game becomes more effective,” Carlyle said. “The players will tell you, they never get tired playing in that zone. Theyre not receiving the game. When youre attacking and youre creating more offensive zone time its a better feeling.” The Leafs also benefited on this night from scoring beyond their top unit. Phil Kessel would score the seventh and final Toronto goal, his 17th this season, but the remainder of the offence came from the second and third lines. Pegged to slow down the Blackhaawks imposing top trio of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa, the third line of Kulemin, Jerry DAmigo, and Jay McClement scored twice while holding their opponents off the scoresheet.dddddddddddd “They did a heck of a job for us,” said Carlyle. 3. Playing at Home In addition to the unlikely meet and greet with the fan on the GO Train, Holland said the second surreal moment of playing at home came when he put on the Leafs jersey for the first time, one he wore as a fan growing up. “I kind of let that sink in for a couple seconds there because that was a dream come true for sure,” he said. Holland often made it down to Leafs games as a kid, mostly at the old Maple Leaf Gardens. “Some of my fondest memories were actually at the Garden,” said Holland. “I was in there bleeding blue and white with the fans growing up.” 4. Defensive Confusion A frequent frustration for Carlyle in recent weeks has been the rising tide of goals scored against from the critical areas or the zone surrounding the goal. “Its taking care of the front of your net before anywhere else,” John-Michael Liles said of such improvement, prior to Saturdays game. “Ultimately, most teams are trying to draw you out of those critical areas so they can get the puck into those critical areas. Its no different than any other sport.” Liles compared the tactic to soccer or basketball (where quality outside shooters draw defenders from the basket), noting the desire of an offence to space the defence out and away from the respective goal. “Its that movement (of) trying to confuse,” he said. Defensive improvement stands high atop the Leafs priorities. During their ongoing struggle, theyve allowed three goals or more in 13 of 20 games, losing all but two of those games (including on Saturday). “Were trying to implement a defensive zone coverage that we can hang our hat on,” said Carlyle. “Once you play better defensively then you start to become more of a team that (attacks) versus receiving the game. Thats really what has happened with our hockey club, I would say specifically in the last 15 games, is weve been receiving more than weve been attacking.” 5. Shake-Up For the first time all season neither Paul Ranger nor Mark Fraser was in the lineup for the Leafs. A new-look third pairing of some speed and some skill saw John-Michael Liles paired with Morgan Rielly. The adjustment appeared an early success. “I thought they did a good job from a standpoint of we played our system and we moved the puck pretty much worrisome-free other than about five or six minutes in the second period,” said Carlyle of the group. The Toronto defence has been a source of instability all season. Only one pairing has remained a constant from start to present: Carl Gunnarsson and Dion Phaneuf (save for Phaneufs recent two-game suspension). Asked prior to Saturdays game if he would consider splitting the two as he did last season – and thus balancing the group –Carlyle said no. “Its been an experiment that we felt it failed,” said Carlyle. “We werent happy with that. I would say at this point we think that theyre our go-to pair. Right now, I dont think thats a possibility for us … But coaches change their minds.” Searching for balance, Carlyle split Gunnarsson and Phaneuf for the first 28 games last season with Phaneuf playing alongside Korbinian Holzer and current Blackhawk Michael Kostka. By mid-March though he abandoned the plan and reconnected the teams usual top pairing. Bonus Point – Bolland Update A bit of positive news amid a difficult stretch for the Leafs saw Dave Bolland off crutches this week and walking around the Air Canada Centre on Saturday morning. “The update is that hes progressing along at the expected rate,” said Carlyle without offering any concrete timeline. “Theres no great difference in where hes at versus where we thought he was going to be. Hes not ahead of schedule, hes right on schedule right now.” Stats-Pack 7 – Goals for the Leafs against Chicago, a season-high. 3 – Points from Peter Holland, a career-high. 4 – Assists for Mason Raymond against Chicago, a career-high. Raymond also surpassed the 22 points he had in 46 games last season. He now has 24 points in 34 games. 19:22 – Ice-time for Holland, also a career-high. 5 – Points for Jake Gardiner in December. He had six points combined in October and November. 1 – Career NHL goal for Jerry DAmigo. DAmigo also added an assist against the Blackhawks. 2 – Goals from the Leafs third line, who also held Chicagos top unit scoreless. 9 – Games without a goal for Joffrey Lupul prior to a two-goal outing on Saturday. Lupul hadnt scored since Nov. 9 in Boston. Special Teams Capsule PP: 2-4Season: 24.3% (3rd) PK: 1-2Season: 76.7% (27th) Quote of the Night “You guys cant see it, but Im just going crazy inside right now.” -Jerry DAmigo, moments after scoring his first career NHL goal. Up Next The Leafs travel to Pittsburgh for a Monday date with the Penguins. Cheap NFL Jerseys China ‘ ‘ ‘

December 22, 2016

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