December 31, 2016

and new rinks from Nunavut and Yukon

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LONDON — Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney led Manchester United to a convincing 3-1 victory at Fulham and their teams first back-to-back wins in the Premier League under coach David Moyes on Saturday. Goals from Antonio Valencia, Van Persie and Rooney put the game beyond Fulhams reach with just over 20 minutes on the clock at Craven Cottage. After a series of knocks and perhaps an eye on Tuesdays Champions League game with Real Socieded, the commanding lead also allowed Moyes to make wholesale changes at halftime — with Rafael, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley being replaced by Chris Smalling, Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini. Alexander Kacaniklic pulled a goal back for Fulham with a shot that deflected in off Rooney in the 65th minute. But there was little prospect of a comeback in a game that will keep the pressure on Fulham manager Martin Jol, whose side was beaten by second-tier Leicester in the League Cup in midweek. For Moyes, it was an encouraging fourth consecutive win in all competitions. United spent the early stages looking clumsy — but not quite as ponderous as Fulhams Swiss defender Philippe Senderos. A through ball from Van Persie caught out the centre-back and found Rooney, whose squared ball from the left was directed home by Valencia. The hosts soon hit back and only a fine challenge by Rafael denied them the chance of an equalizer. Scott Parker sent a superb ball to former United striker Dimitar Berbatov, only for the Brazilian right-back to thwart the Bulgarian as he prepared to pull the trigger. Fulham duly paid for the missed opportunity. Parker looked to have been fouled by Adnan Januzaj but the referee allowed play to continue. The teenager played through Van Persie and, despite looking to have been offside, continued to lash the ball past countryman Maarten Stekelenburg. Two minutes later, United moved even further ahead. This time Fernando Amorebieta was the guilty offender, with Van Persie getting behind his man and squaring for Rooney to slot home from close range. Fulham looked rejuvenated after the restart, with Pajtim Kasami drilling a shot just wide as the Whites pushed for a goal that came in the 65th minute. After Fellaini headed into the side-netting at the other end, Kacaniklic, four minutes after coming on, saw his strike from the edge of the box turned past David De Gea by Rooney. Januzaj saw a penalty appeal waved away seven minutes later, before Smalling headed away an effort from Berbatov. Kacaniklic scooped the ball over the top as the match entered the final 10 minutes, with chants of You dont know what youre doing from disgruntled Fulham aimed at Jol after he replaced Parker with Darren Bent. The on-loan striker soon hushed those fans up with a header that hit the crossbar, while Adel Taarabt forced De Gea into a late save and Kieran Richardson headed just wide. Alfonzo Dennard Patriots Jersey. HABS HEADED TO CONFERENCE FINAL The Montreal Canadiens scored early in Game Seven, built a lead and protected it well on their way to a 3-1 series-clinching win over the Boston Bruins. While this game or series isnt necessarily a referendum on the value of fourth lines, the Canadiens certainly benefitted from production lower down their forward depth chart. Tarell Brown Patriots – Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist both scored in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings denied the Minnesota Wilds comeback bid with a 5-4 win on Tuesday. The star receiver certainly isnt celebrating it with the Texans mired in a franchise-record 13-game skid. Dane Fletcher Patriots Jersey. Paire broke Giraldo twice and lost his serve once in both sets to wrap up the win in 1 hour, 10 minutes. He will next face Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, who advanced when Jurgen Zopp of Estonia retired with an injury at 5-5 in the first set. Akeem Ayers Patriots Jersey. — Jerel Worthy and his Michigan State teammates charged across the field, holding four fingers in the air while celebrating another sweet victory over their biggest rival.KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Its one game Kevin Koe never looks forward to playing. “This one, you dont get a lot of enjoyment out of,” the Alberta skip said, after beating younger brother Jamie Koe from the Northwest Territories-Yukon 8-3 in eight ends Monday at the Canadian mens curling championship. “Its never fun beating them because Im always cheering for them every year theyre here,” he said. “That being said, we needed a win.” Alberta improved to 3-1 at the Tim Hortons Brier, at least until the evening draw, when he was set to face unbeaten Manitoba and Jeff Stoughton. The Territories fell to 1-3. “Its good that its early in the week so hopefully both of us win the rest of our games,” he added. “Theyre obviously better,” Jamie said of the encounters with his brother. “Were going to have to play our best and hope for some breaks but its a fair battle.” Jamie Koe has represented the Territories four out of the last five years but when Kevin has been there he has always won the brother-vs.-brother tussle. Monday also saw New Brunswicks James Grattan score his first win this year against Greg Balsdon of Ontario 9-6. Grattan gave Stoughton a fight Sunday as well and said it felt good to get a monkey off his back with the win. “When we went to bed last night we felt pretty good about it,” he said of the Manitoba game. “The team in the last two games has really shown up.” He says getting used to the ice has been an issue. They lost their first game 13-5 and the second 10-1. “We come from an area of the world where the ice is fairly straight all the time . . Coming out here and all of a sudden youre taking the 122-foot to get to the lid and its a different ball game.dddddddddddd” Its also important to win games at the Brier if you want a reserved spot in the future. A new system is coming into place that will force the bottom finishers to compete for the right to return. Its being brought in to keep the field the same size with the addition of a Team Canada and new rinks from Nunavut and Yukon, instead of just one Territories team. P.E.I.s Eddie MacKenzie also grabbed a share of second place as he climbed to 3-1 after beating Quebecs Jean-Michel Menard. But, that could change after the evening draw. MacKenzie has already matched his combined record at his first two Brier appearances for Prince Edward Island , in 2011 and 2013. “Its definitely better than 0-5 or 0-6 like we were the last couple of times,” he said. “Id say being here the last three out of four years helps for sure, playing on arena ice a little more.” Saskatchewans Steve Laycock also sat at 3-1 after beating still winless Nova Scotia 5-3. “We kind of figured 3-1 or 4-0 was where wed want to be after this stretch because we do have some of the favourites coming up,” he said. Nova Scotia skip Jamie Murphy isnt too thrilled at the Canadian Curling Association for the changes coming in 2015 that could see Nova Scotia have to fight for the right to play in the Brier. “Were firm believers that messing with traditions such as the Brier doesnt seem like a smart decision,” he said of the new system, popularly known as relegation, although it seems anything but popular. “Were obviously biased when we say that because were probably going to be in the relegation pool.” Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

one week before Manning and Denver eliminated

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PHILADELPHIA — Phoenixs locker room was turned into a makeshift cheese steak shop, Phillys favourite sandwich in the stall of every Sun. Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, city natives, handled the catering for teammates that begged them for the tasty postgame feast. “Every time I come out, Ive got to make sure I take care of those guys,” Markieff Morris said. “Ive got to show em what Philly is about.” Philly sure did get a taste of what the Suns are about — a high-energy offence that ran at full force for 48 minutes. Gerald Green scored 30 points and Goran Dragic had 24 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 124-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. There was no need for a Suns comeback in this one. They led wire-to-wire over the hapless Sixers, one night after rallying from an 18-point halftime deficit to win at Cleveland. “We were just trying to pick up where we left off in the second half,” said Green, between bites of his cheese steak. “We just told ourselves today, we wanted to start off quicker than we have the last few games.” Did they ever. The Suns made their first six shots and 10 of 11, racing to a 16-point lead. Green hit his first seven shots until he botched a fast-break dunk. Markieff Morris scored 13 points and had four blocks. The Suns blocked a season-high 12 shots. Green and Dragic, Phoenixs starting backcourt, combined to make 19 of 25 shots and the Suns shot around 60 per cent for most of the game. “Sometimes the guys come out and theyre tired or dont have the energy,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We had a lot of energy.” The Suns (26-18) matched their season high for points and surpassed last seasons win total. They also improved to .500 on the road at 11-11. Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and 11 assists for the Sixers, who have lost 10 of 12. The Suns picked up where they left off in Cleveland, when they held the Cavaliers to six points in the third quarter and outscored them 56-29 in the second half. They attacked the Sixers from all over the court, scoring in bunches on dunks, floaters and three-pointers. Sixers coach Brett Brown called a timeout 25 seconds into the game. Whatever he didnt like out of the Sixers, he couldnt fix. Green hit a three and Dragic connected on a 19-footer for a fast 36-20 lead. “We didnt come out the way we intended,” Brown said. “We want to end this middle third being a better defensive team. We talk about it, we drill it, we show it. Weve got to find a better way to get that done.” The Suns and Sixers were both expected to finish near the bottom of their conferences. After a 3-0 start, the Sixers crashed back to reality and are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The surprising Suns have withstood the loss of Eric Bledsoe (knee) and positioned themselves as a playoff team in the Western Conference. The Suns took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter and held off a minor Sixers run that whittled the score down to single digits. Green settled the Suns with a three-pointer that stretched the lead to 113-100 with 3:10 left. His fourth three of the game (on four attempts) sealed the win and the Suns cruised toward their fourth win in five games. Green could only laugh off the missed dunk that would have kept him flawless, at that point. He made 10 of 12 shots and had three blocks. “I like to make plays like that for a team,” Green said. “That right there gives us juice. I thought that could have been a turning point in the game.” Turned out, the blooper didnt really matter in the final score. Miles Plumlee had 14 points and 13 rebounds against a Sixers team that entered allowing an NBA-worst 109.5 points per game. P.J. Tucker scored 15. Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young both scored 21 points for the Sixers. “They came out and just made tough shots,” Young said. NOTES: Young, Turner and Brown were all whistled for technical fouls. … Former Temple star Dionte Christmas returned with the Suns. Christmas, a Philadelphia native, left about 50 tickets for friends and family. … The Sixers have allowed 100-plus points in seven straight games. .. The Sixers went 25 of 26 from the free throw line. Jay Ajayi Elite Jersey. Lowry and the Raptors officially announced a four-year US$48 million dollar deal Thursday. The deal was reported last week but couldnt be made official until Thursday, when the moratorium on signings was lifted. “They were real factors. I did my homework. Jordan Phillips Dolphins Jersey. Messis 75th-minute goal answered some of the criticism the clubs all-time leading scorer had received for his lacklustre performances in the teams recent losses in the league, Champions League and Copa del Rey final. Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series. Jamil Douglas Dolphins Jersey. Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over 54th-ranked Istomin of Uzbekistan. “It wasnt as easy as the scoreline indicates,” said Djokovic, who has won in Dubai on four occasions. Ryan Tannehill Dolphins Jersey. — Fantasy football owners and Denver Broncos fans can rest easy: Peyton Manning is back.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – No Brady vs. Manning XVII this post-season. Now its Brady vs. Luck IV. Translation: After 16 matchups with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady will face Andrew Luck for the fourth time when the star quarterbacks lead the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. At stake in this budding rivalry is a spot in Super Bowl XLIX (thats 49) — one year after Mannings Broncos beat Bradys Patriots in last seasons AFC championship game. The Patriots (13-4) are much more familiar with Manning. But his struggles in Denvers 24-13 AFC divisional game loss against Indianapolis on Sunday accentuated his recent decline. The Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 35-31, overcoming two 14-point deficits as Brady threw for three touchdowns and ran for one Saturday. The steadily rising Luck is more of a puzzle than Manning even though the Patriots are 3-0 against the third-year veteran with every win by more than 20 points. Still, their lack of experience against him — and his growth as a quarterback — could mean extra time for defenders in the film room and on the practice field getting ready for the strong-armed Luck and the Colts (13-5). In the National Football League you just prepare for your next opponent, Patriots defensive co-ordinator Matt Patricia said Monday. I dont think you worry about who is hard (to prepare for) or whos not. The Patriots prepared for both quarterbacks in the regular season. And they beat both by 22 points in consecutive games. They routed the Broncos 43-21 on Nov. 2 in Foxborough with Manning throwing for 438 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The loss dropped him to 5-11 against Brady. After a bye, the Patriots went to Indianapolis and beat the Colts 42-20 on Nov. 16. Luck threw for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck, both of them present very difficult, extreme problems that you have to defend, Patricia said of the top picks in the NFL draft, both by the Colts,, in 1998 and 2012.dddddddddddd The Brady-Manning rivalry began with the Patriots second-year quarterbacks first NFL start, a 44-13 win over Mannings Colts on Sept. 30, 2001. Luck was a rookie when he first faced Brady on Nov. 18, 2012. And he played like one in New Englands 59-24 win. He threw three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns covering 87 and 59 yards. He also lost a fumble one play before Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with a 34-yard touchdown pass. Theyre good enough, Luck said after the game. They dont need those gifts. In his next game against the Patriots, he threw four interceptions in a 43-22 AFC divisional playoff loss last season, one week before Manning and Denver eliminated New England. Before this seasons loss to the Patriots, Manning said, You know youd better not be going three-and-out, turning the ball over, trying to figure out what theyre doing on defence. Because you know Brady & Co. are capable of putting up a lot of points and youre going to find yourselves behind, especially up there. Luck learned that quickly and repeatedly. Im just disappointed in myself, he said after the Patriots beat the Colts two weeks later. Its up to us to fix what we did wrong and move on. They did that, winning five of their remaining six regular-season games, albeit against a weak schedule, before beating Cincinnati and Denver in the playoffs. That last game ruined chances for another Brady-Manning reunion. The NFL is a very competitive league, Brady said Monday during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio. Peyton is an incredible player. Andrew Lucks a great player. Weve got one of the great young quarterbacks coming into our stadium, so weve got to be able to figure out a way to slow those guys down. The Patriots did that well enough to beat Manning 11 times in Bradys career. Now theyll try to go 4-0 against Luck. Its the National Football League. Its the playoffs, Patricia said. Every game is very difficult. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

December 29, 2016

a backhander for the Blues third short-handed goal

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NEW YORK — LeBron James understands it will take time, but he wants Donald Sterling out of the NBA. And he said Sunday that players believe nobody in Sterlings family should be able to own the Los Angeles Clippers if hes gone. Sterling has been banned for life for making racist comments and Commissioner Adam Silver has urged owners to force Sterling to sell the franchise. While Silver has said no decisions had been made about the rest of Sterlings family, NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement Sunday night clarifying the leagues authority in the matter. “Under the NBA constitution, if a controlling owners interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owners interests are automatically terminated as well,” Bass said. “It doesnt matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.” Shelly Sterling, Sterlings estranged wife, said she intends to keep her 50 per cent of the franchise. “As players, we want whats right and we dont feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team,” James said after the Miami Heat practiced for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Brooklyn. But Shelly Sterling told ABC News Barbara Walters that she doesnt believe she should be punished for what her husband said. “I will fight that decision,” she said in the interview. “To be honest with you, Im wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and theres 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?” James was one of the first and strongest voices to speak out after a recording of Donald Sterlings remarks to V. Stiviano were posted on TMZs website last month, saying the comments were unacceptable and that there was no place in the league for Sterling. The league is trying to act quickly to remove him. Dick Parsons has been installed as the Clippers interim CEO, and the owners advisory/finance committee has held conference calls each of the last two weeks to discuss that process and timeline for a forced sale. That would require a three-fourths vote of owners. But Donald Sterling, who bought the team in 1981 and is the NBAs longest-tenured owner, could choose to fight those attempts by the league. “At the end of the day, this is going to be a long litigation when it comes to that,” James said. “This guy whos owned the team since the 80s is not going to just give the team up in a day. So we understand its going to be long, but we want whats right.” In his first public comments since being banned, Donald Sterling apologized Sunday for the racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a “terrible mistake.” “Im not a racist,” Sterling told CNNs Anderson Cooper in excerpts posted from an interview taped Sunday and set to air Monday. “I made a terrible mistake. Im here to apologize.” Sterling said years of good behaviour as an owner should count toward his future. “Im a good member who made a mistake,” Sterling said. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? Its a terrible mistake, and Ill never do it again. … If the owners feel I have another chance, then theyll give it to me.” As each game passes (each has played close with the exception of last night) it becomes clearer just how evenly matched these two teams are and how one mistake, or one bad inning, is likely to sway the result.” The game can be seen live on TSN starting with Monday Night Countdown at 6:30 p.m et/3:30 p.m. pt. The Patriots, who had a bye in Week 10, will look to continue the offensive success they had a week earlier when New England scored 55 points and racked up 610 yards of total offense in a 55-31 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made the comment at a media availability Saturday prior to Game 2 of the Boston-Montreal playoff series when a Quebec reporter said there is sentiment in Quebec that the NHL looks more favourably on Seattle than Quebec City when it comes to future expansion. 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Though theyre still learning what type of player Miller can be, it took no time at all to pick up on the calming influence projected from the man in net. “His disposition and the way he carries himself has a professionalism to it that I think over time just rubs off on everybody,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Coaches, players — from the time he comes into the building, the way he carries himself has a positive effect on everybody.” Alexander Steen got the go-ahead goal early in the third period in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Miller, who got a huge ovation during player introductions, made sure it stood up in his first home start since the Blues acquired him from Buffalo. “I dont think it was just another game,” Miller said. “My sports psychologist will probably get mad at me for saying its just another game. “It was special. Its nice to get the win at home.” T.J. Oshies short-handed goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steens 29th of the season for the Central Division leaders. Patrik Berglund started the comeback with his third goal in two games and Vladimir Tarasenkos empty-net score cinched it with a half-minute to go. Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson gave Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a St. Louis native and former Blue, an early cushion against an opponent thats had to come from behind in all four games since the Olympic break. “I would have liked to have done a little better,” Bishop said. “Its one of those things where its nice to play in front of family and friends, and it would have been nice to get the W.” Miller made his second career appearance in St. Louis and faced just 17 shots against a team playing on the road for the eighth time in 10 games. He made a nice glove save on Martin St. Louis with just under two minutes to play. The Blues also rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Phoenix 4-2 on Suunday.dddddddddddd Theyre 19-4-2 against the Eastern Conference, including 11-0-1 at home. Tampa Bay is 3-7 in its last 10 games and was 1-3 on a four-game trip. “We had multiple-goal leads in three of the four games and we led in every single game, but if youre going to sit here and take 16 shots in one game, 17 shots in another game, 21 shots in another game and expect to win games, its not going to happen,” coach Jon Cooper said. “Unacceptable.” Oshie slipped past St. Louis in front of the net and then beat Bishop with a backhander for the Blues third short-handed goal of the season at the midpoint of David Backes minor slashing penalty. Backes dropped his gloves preparing to fight after trading hacks with Hedman. But Hedman backed off and the Blues captain was cordoned off by a linesman before skating off in anger. Backes threw his helmet down the corridor on his way to the locker room, and didnt play the rest of the period while getting medical attention from a blow to the jaw. “He might have me by 30 pounds and Ive had my nose fixed before, but at that point in the game I was trying to get a little bit of a spark and try to get the guys going,” Backes said. “I dont really want to take a two-minute penalty there, but to get a short-handed goal on that sort of penalty makes you feel a little bit better.” Killorn capitalized on a giveaway by defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk in the St. Louis zone for his 15th goal. Johnson scored on a power play for his 18th of the season and first in eight games with Brenden Morrow off for high-sticking at 14:49. 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Robert Upshaw made a putback jumper

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PITTSBURGH — Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he sat awake in his hotel bed Saturday night, thinking about his bullpens recent problems. He even addressed his group of relievers Sunday morning. Dustin McGowan made those worries a nonfactor, at least for a day. McGowan pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam and Melky Cabrera added a two-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2. “We had to have that one,” Gibbons said. McGowan (2-1) allowed one run, striking out five and throwing 101 pitches. It was the second consecutive quality start for McGowan, a diabetic who started wearing an insulin pump on the mound in his last start. “My blood sugar still gets erratic sometimes,” he said. “But thats part of the game for me. With the adrenaline going and everything, it does what it wants to do. I cant control it sometimes.” McGowan eclipsed the 100-pitch mark for the first time since June 27, 2008. “Thats two outings wearing that pump,” Gibbons said. “Maybe theres something to that.” It was just the fourth win in 13 games for Toronto, which prevented the Pirates from completing their first series sweep of the season. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and first base coach Rick Sofield were ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson at the end of the fourth inning for arguing a called third strike on Jordy Mercer. The strikeout stranded two runners and ended the inning. “I think it was pretty apparent that the low strike wasnt going to come into play,” Hurdle said. “But the fact of the matter was it got to a point where I felt a pitch that hadnt been called a strike all day got called a strike in, for me, a very pivotal at-bat for us.” Rasmus connected in the second inning for his fourth career slam. He also doubled and singled. The Blue Jays held on to this early lead. Toronto wasted a 5-3, ninth-inning edge in the series opener and a 5-0, fourth-inning advantage on Saturday night. Josh Harrison hit two triples for the Pirates. Edinson Volquez (1-3) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He also allowed six earned runs in his last outing April 21 against St. Louis. Volquez pitched himself into a jam in the second inning before Rasmus stepped to the plate, issuing walks to Edwin Encarnacion and Juan Francisco to start the inning. Brett Lawrie reached on an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Rasmus hit a full-count curveball about 10 rows deep in the right-field seats for his seventh home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. Rasmus said he was not necessarily looking for an offspeed pitch in that situation. “I was just trying to be out over the plate and throw my hands at anything because hes got a good changeup, good curveball and a good two-seamer, and he already tried to thumb me a couple in,” he said. “I was just trying to be ready to put something in play.” The slam negated an early lead the Pirates built on Neil Walkers groundout, scoring Harrison after his triple. Harrison also tripled in the eighth and scored on Andrew McCutchens sacrifice fly. Torontos Jose Bautista walked in the fifth to reach base in his 31st consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors. But he went hitless, snapping a career-best 13-game hitting streak. Cabrera had three hits, and extended Torontos lead to 6-1 with a two-run homer off Volquez in the fifth. Rasmus scored another run in the eighth on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro. NOTES: Highly regarded Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman made his big league debut, allowing one earned run and one hit while getting two outs. The Blue Jays selected the 23-year-old Stroman Triple-A Buffalo and optioned OF Anthony Gose. … The Pirates plan to recall LHP Jeff Locke to start against San Francisco on Monday night. An All-Star last year, Locke struggled in the second half of 2013 and did not make the Pirates opening day roster. … J.A. Happ (0-0, 4.15) is scheduled to pitch for the Blue Jays at Philadelphia on Monday night. Tony Twist – The Carolina Hurricanes hope to remain perfect at home in January on Friday night as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to PNC Arena. Jonathan Drouin Team North America Jersey. — Stacy Lewis shot 7-under 65 to lead the LPGA Tour team to the championship of the 3Tour Challenge on Tuesday. Over the course of his career Glenn is 79-71-1 in 151 starts for a .526 career winning percentage. 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December 22, 2016

I prepared to leave the restaurant

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DALY CITY, Calif. — Stacy Lewis matched playing partner Lydia Ko with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 and added another on the 17th to take a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Lewis and the 17-year-old Ko first played together two years ago, developing an on-course friendship features fist bumps and lots of chatter. “Weve played a lot of golf together,” said Lewis, 12 years older than her counterpart. “I was impressed with her then. I think the best part of her game is the maturity.” The third-ranked Lewis and fourth-ranked Ko each shot 4-under 68 at Lake Merced. Winless since the Womens British Open in August, Lewis had a 10-under 206 total. Ko won the Canadian Womens Open as an amateur the last two years and took the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December in Thailand in her second start as a professional. She has five victories in pro events. Lewis and Ko first played each other in the final round of the 2012 Canadian Open, when the then 15-year-old became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. “We both play fast and we got into a good rhythm,” said Lewis, who has five runner-up finishes since her victory at St. Andrews. “Its nice to play with someone who is playing well. I think it made both of us elevate our game.” Lewis matched shots with Ko, who celebrated her birthday Thursday, throughout the day to retain her edge. “Its fun watching Stacy play,” Ko said. “She does make me feel like I have to play better. I always knew she was good. Her rankings and scores show that. Its really good for me, as a rookie, to play with a player like Stacy. Its a great opportunity for me to learn from another great player.” Theyve played together through the first three rounds. “Its fun to be in the last group,” Lewis said. “I know the crowd got into there. I think they were tired of us making pars, so we both went on a run there and made a few birdies for them.” Lewis played bogey-free on a difficult course that was hit hard by rain Friday. “This is probably the worst Ive hit the ball all week,” she said. “This course is so hard you can make a bogey real quick. I was putting good, so when I hit a couple of good putts for par, I got some momentum going.” Jenny Shin was four strokes back at 6 under. She also shot 68. “My whole life I hit my putts short,” Shin said. “Hitting it past the hole was my main goal this year. I had some long putts that fell in that helped turn it into a better round.” Hee Young Park also shot a 68 to move into fourth at 5 under. “It was freezing and rainy yesterday and the win was always changing,” she said. “Today the weather was perfect. That was the big difference.” Michelle Wie, the winner last week in Hawaii, was tied for 13th at 1 under after a 71. 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November 28, 2016

five-minute major power play with Dubinsky sent off

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SAN ANTONIO — With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili sitting late, the San Antonio Spurs needed Tony Parker to come through again. Parker had 25 points and nine assists and San Antonio escaped a late rally to beat the Utah Jazz 109-105 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to six games. The Spurs appeared destined for a relatively easy night after Parker, Duncan and Ginobili led them to an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter. Everything came unraveled as the Jazz closed the game on a 21-9 run to pull within a basket in the final minute. With Parker guiding a hybrid lineup, San Antonio held on to hand Utah its sixth straight loss at the AT&T Center. “(Parker) pulled us through it again,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “They did a good job coming back and always been a gritty, physical group. They never give in. They did a good job coming back and then they were fortunate enough to make some shots, some tough shots that got them back in the game. All three (Parker, Duncan and Ginobili) of those guys did a great job, but then in the fourth Tony saved it for us, really.” Duncan, Marco Belinelli and Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points each, and Ginobili had 13 in his first home start of the season for San Antonio (31-8). Utah was without Gordon Hayward for the third straight game with a strained hip flexor. Even without their leading scorer, the Jazz didnt have any problems putting up points and placing a scare in the West-leading Spurs. Enes Kanter had 25 points off the bench for Utah (13-27). Burks scored 20 points, Derrick Favours had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Trey Burke added 17 points and former Spurs forward Richard Jefferson had 15 points. Duncan and Ginobili both re-entered the game for the final 4.3 seconds, but they were essentially bystanders as San Antonio collapsed down the stretch. Duncan exited with 2:40 left in the third quarter and the Spurs leading 74-60 and led 86-73 when Ginobili left with 10:02 remaining. Parkers 16-foot jumper put San Antonio ahead 102-88 with 3 minutes left when things started to fall apart. “(Pop) thought it was probably over,” Ginobili said. “Tim was already stiff, so he probably thought it was over and then it got complicated. Once you sit for so long, especially at 37 (as Duncan is), its harder to get back in.” Burke hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to cut the Spurs lead to 105-102 with 17.7 seconds left. Following a pair of free throws by Belinelli, the rookie from Michigan hit another 3 to pull the Jazz within 107-105 with 4.3 seconds remaining. “It just shows who (Burke) is,” Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. “There is not a moment that is too big for him. He relishes in those moments. We are going to need him to continue to grow in those moments.” The Jazz were forced to foul with time running out and Belinelli closed the scoring with a pair of free throws. Parker scored seven points in the final quarter, including four in the final 3 minutes. “Its just Pops calling my number lately,” Parker said. “Since the beginning of the season, hes playing everybody, and lately hes been calling my number.” Parker only had six points at the half, matching his new starting partner in the backcourt, Ginobili. Ginobili did not start the second half, but that mattered little as the other two members of the teams Big 3 stepped up. Duncan and Parker combined to score the teams first 12 points of the quarter for the Spurs first double-digit lead at 64-52. “The Spurs will make you pay for the mistakes you make,” Favors said. “We did not play basic defence and got beat backdoor a lot in the third quarter.” Duncan and Parker were a combined 9-for-12 shooting in the third quarter while scoring 20 points. “Its great just watching (Parker) play,” Leonard said. “You know what time it is on the clock, he knows when its time to take over and he does it.” NOTES: Hayward took part in pregame activities, but was still bothered by a left hip flexor that sidelined him the previous two games. … Ginobili stood up preparing to run through his teammates during pregame announcements, but shrugged his shoulders in surprise when Ayres was announced instead. … Duncan is four double-doubles shy of tying Hall of Famer Bill Russell for sixth on the career list. Duncan is the active leader, accumulating 781 double-doubles in 1,213 games. … A bespectacled David Robinson received a loud ovation during the second quarter when the team honoured those who served in the military. “The Admiral” served in the Navy prior to winning two NBA titles during a Hall of Fame career with the Spurs. Federico Dimarco Jersey. His actions are much louder on the Fenway Park mound. De La Rosa had another strong home start, going seven solid innings to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Juan Pablo Carrizo Jersey.Mihajlovic was sent off minutes from the end of Thursdays 2-0 win over Brescia and has been punished for using a disrespectful expression toward the fourth official and throwing the contents of a bottle of water at him, thus assuming an intimidating attitude. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Wild team that has a nice mix of proven veterans along with young, inexpensive talent on the rise. When the Wild signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, making a big splash in the summer of 2012, it set the franchise on a path to being more competitive, but a big reason that they have been so competitive is the contributions of young players who still have more to give. Nemanja Vidic Jersey. — A year ago, Flavia Pennetta was close to retiring from tennis. Geoffrey Kondogbia Inter Milan Jersey. Gaborik was acquired in a trade with Columbus on Wednesday and skated on the top line with centre Anze Kopitar and right-winger Justin Williams. “We created some things,” said Gaborik, who logged 16:38 of ice time.COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Anaheim Ducks overcame the loss of Saku Koivu to cool off the Columbus Blue Jackets. Corey Perry scored with 2:25 remaining in the third period on Sunday night and Anaheim edged Columbus 4-3, ending the Blue Jackets three-game winning streak. An intended pass by Columbus Dalton Prout to his defensive partner caromed hard off the back boards into the slot to Perry, who wristed a shot over a sprawled Sergei Bobrovsky. “It was just one of those ones where it takes a weird hop and came right to me,” Perry said, converting his sixth season of the season. “If it didnt go in I probably would have had to hear about it from the bench.” The Ducks lost Koivu late in the second period on a hit that resulted in the ejection of Columbus Brandon Dubinsky. Koivu, who had just passed the puck crossing into the Columbus zone, took a blow and had to be helped from the ice. He did not return. Dubinsky said he didnt have any malicious intent and was just trying to read the play. “I think my shoulder and elbow were tucked,” he said. “Its a fast game. Im not a dirty player. I think I play the game honest. I went out there to try to make a body check, not injure Koivu or make a dirty hit.” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wanted to see the play in slow motion before getting too emotional. “Im sure it will be discussed by a lot of people,” he said. “It does me no good stating thoughts and things like that. Well see what happens.” Artem Anisimov scored twice, rebounding from a hard first-period check by Francois Beauchemin, and Blake Comeau scored his first of the season for Columbus, which finished a four-game homestand at 3-1. Bobrovsky, last seasons Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 28 of 32 shots. Ryan Getzlaf, Peter Holland and Emerson Etem scored for Anaheim. Anaheim is playing the fourth of an eight-game road trip. The Ducks improved to 2-2 on the trip after starting the season winning seven of their first eight games. Roookie Frederik Anderson made 18 saves to improve to 3-0 on the season.dddddddddddd Tied at 2, the Ducks began the third period on a five-minute major power play with Dubinsky sent off. Anaheims struggling power play ranked last in the league took advantage with Etem stuffing home the rebound of a Teemu Selanne shot at 1:51 of the third for his second of the season. “We did absolutely need it because I thought that was going to be a complete game changer if we didnt score on that power play,” Boudreau said. Columbus kept plugging away and Anisimov made it 3-3 with his fourth of the season at 8:24, redirecting James Wisniewskis point shot. “(Losing Dubie) definitely hurt us but other guys stepped up,” Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno said. “They scored on the power play and we found a way to get one. It seemed like the game was headed to overtime.” Comeau opened the scoring at 12:56 of the first period. Anaheim pulled even 19 seconds into the second period with Getzlaf, on a nifty behind-the-back pass from Perry, zipping a low shot from the right dot for his fifth of the season. Holland made it 2-1 at 6:59, throwing an off-angle shot from near the left end line that squeezed inside the near post past Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets, who didnt register their first shot of the period until midway through, scored a short-handed goal for the second game in a row to get back in it. Cam Fowler bobbled the puck and Dubinsky stole it and sent Anisimov on a breakaway. He deked Anderson to make 2-2 at 12:12. “The guys stuck together and battled right to the end,” Etem said. “It was a huge win.” NOTES: Columbus next game is Friday at Pittsburgh to start a home-and-home series with the Penguins. … The Ducks continue their road trip Tuesday in Philadelphia. … Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and Teemu Selanne played together on Team Finland at the 1991 Canada Cup tournament. … Anaheim is 6-0 in one-goal games. Cheap NFL Jerseys China ‘ ‘ ‘

November 13, 2016

Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane came up big when it counted

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( – Having lost consecutive starts for the first time this season, Toronto hurler Mark Buehrle watched on Tuesday as New York rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka passed him for the major league lead in victories. Buehrle will now try to join Tanaka in the 11-win club on Wednesday and even the Blue Jays three-game series with the AL East-rival Yankees. The resurgent Buehrle picked up his 10th win of the season on June 1, but followed up with a tough-luck 5-0 setback to St. Louis six days later as he was charged with just one run over seven innings. The lefty then struggled a bit in a 4-2 setback to Baltimore on Thursday, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk in 6 1/3 frames. The loss dropped Buehrle to 10-3 on the year with a 2.28 earned run average. “There were times I made a lot of mistakes, and they made me pay for them,” Buehrle told Torontos official website, “and then I made a few good pitches, and they put the ball in play and got some base hits.” Buehrle will need to avoid the mistakes tonight given his history with the Yankees. The 35-year-old has made 16 prior starts against them, going a mere 1-10 with a 6.02 ERA. Tanaka secured his major league-leading 11th victory with last nights 3-1 victory, settling down from allowing a solo homer to Jose Reyes on the games first pitch to shut down the Blue Jays for the rest of his six-inning performance. Tanaka struck out 10 batters and moved in line for the victory following Brett Gardners two-run homer off Toronto hurler Marcus Stroman in the third inning. Tanaka lowered his ERA to an AL-best 1.99 and he is second in the league with 113 strikeouts. “What hes done is remarkable,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of Tanaka. “He has been a big part of our success this year and continues to grind out starts, make adjustments and give us distance. He wins.” Derek Jeter and Kelly Johnson each had two hits and a run scored to help New York halt a two-game skid with its fifth victory in seven games. The Yankees also moved to within 3 1/2 games of the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. With Tanaka leading the charge, Toronto hitters fanned a total of 15 times on the evening en route to their 14th consecutive defeat at Yankee Stadium, the longest active streak by one team at a particular venue. Stroman allowed just two runs, but lasted only 3 2/3 innings while throwing 98 pitches in Torontos seventh loss in 10 games. “We had some good at-bats, we hit some balls hard early on, and then it just disappeared,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons remarked. “(Tanaka) pretty much shut us down. But hes good. Theres a reason hes doing what hes doing.” New Yorks 14-game home winning streak over the Jays is the longest by one team over another since Toronto topped Baltimore 16 straight times at Rogers Centre from 2009-11. The Yankees hope to extend that run tonight behind Chase Whitley, who takes the mound four days after his 25th birthday. Whitley opened his major league career with four straight no-decisions, failing to pitch longer than five innings in any of those outings. However, the righty has improved on that in back-to-back wins, logging seven frames to beat Kansas City on June 6 before pitching 7 2/3 innings in a 6-3 win over Seattle on Thursday. Whitley held the Mariners to a pair of runs on five hits while striking out six to zero walks, giving him a 2.41 ERA heading into his first ever meeting with the Blue Jays. Toronto is expected to have center fielder Colby Rasmus back in the lineup tonight for the first time since May 12 as he returns from a strained right hamstring. Rasmus, hitting .222 with nine homers and 19 RBI in 37 games, made his sixth and final rehab appearance on Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo. Daley Blind – The surprising Calgary Flames host the winless New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Netherland Soccer Jersey. Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane came up big when it counted, tallying two goals and an assist. He scored the game-winner with 4:45 remaining in the third period, stopping on the right hashmarks, carrying the puck up through the top of the Kings zone, then firing a wrist shot from the top of the circles past Jonathan Quick, who had his view obstructed by Andrew Shaw. 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The Sabres were slammed 7-1 in Colorado on Saturday

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes have named former Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier as senior vice-president and assistant general manager. He replaces Brad Treliving, who became the Calgary Flames general manager in April, and will work under Coyotes GM Don Maloney. Regier spent 17 years as Buffalos general manager, the longest tenure in the franchises 44-year history. He helped lead the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup final and the Eastern Conference final four times. The 58-year-old oversaw all aspects of Buffalos hockey operations and for the franchises AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Wholesale Jerseys Chinese. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the deal will pay Schenn $2.25 million in the first year and $2.75 million in the second year. In 82 games with the Flyers in 2013-14, Schenn scored 20 goals and added 21 assists. CHeap Jerseys USA. The hard-serving 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., became the first Canadian to be ranked in the Top 10 on the ATP World Tour thanks to his runner-up performance at Rogers Cup in Montreal. City has reached new heights under manager Manuel Pellegrini as they transition from big spending/immediate impact to perennial contender. Yaya Toures seeming discontent Tuesday may complicate that, as does the little issue of Financial Fair Play. Cheap NFL Jerseys China. 22. Wade averaged 26.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals while leading the Heat to a 3-0 record. The 31-year-old shot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range en route to his 17th weekly honor. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. Everton Preview West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been around the game long enough to not get too high when things are going well and not get too low when they arent.After a record-setting performance in a shutout win last week, Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers came crashing back to earth Saturday in Boston. The Oilers will try to get back in the win column on Monday when they continue a four-game road trip with a battle against the Buffalo Sabres. Edmonton won its third straight game last Wednesday against visiting San Jose, beating the Sharks 3-0 as Scrivens stopped 59 shots to set an NHL record for saves in a regular-season shutout. Scrivens was busy again on Saturday and he managed to stopped 37-of-41 shots in his clubs 4-0 loss in Boston. He kept the game close by stopping 21-of-22 shots through two periods, but the Bruins scored three times on 19 shots over the final 20 minutes. Scrivens, who was acquired in a trade with Los Angeles last month, fell to 2-3-1 in five games with the Oilers after Saturdays loss. The 27-year-old is sporting a 2.21 goals against average and .944 save percentage since the trade. The Oilers were shut out for the seventh time this season on Saturday, but it was the first time they were blanked since a 6-0 setback to St. Louis on Dec. 21. Edmonton, which will also face the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on this trip, is just 8-19-4 as the visiting team this season. The Oilers have dropped eight of their last nine on the road. This evenings game at First Niagara Center pits the last-place teams from each conference against each other. Edmonton occupies the baasement in the West with 42 points and only the Sabres have fewer points in the NHL with 38.dddddddddddd Buffalo will try to put its most recent effort in the rearview when it takes the ice tonight. The Sabres were slammed 7-1 in Colorado on Saturday, losing for the eighth time in 10 games. Matt DAgostini registered the lone goal for the Sabres in the lopsided loss. Starter Ryan Miller was yanked after yielding five goals on 27 shots. Jhonas Enroth finished up by allowing two scores on 12 chances and he expects to get the start tonight. Millers backup has never faced the Oilers in his career. Colorado seized control by scoring three times in a span of just over five minutes in the opening period and the Avs would push the lead to 5-1 by the end of 40 minutes. “They got that early jump, went up 3-0 in the first and never looked back,” noted Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. “We were out there looking around. Its not a good feeling getting beat like this. There was nothing good about it.” Buffalo is at home for two straight before playing its final game before the Winter Olympic break Thursday in Ottawa. The Sabres have lost six straight on home ice and are 9-15-5 as the host this season. The Sabres and Oilers havent faced each other since Buffalo grabbed a 4-3 home win on Jan. 3, 2012. Buffalo has taken six straight in this series and the Oilers have lost three in a row in Western New York. Wholesale Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

November 11, 2016

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And by all indications, the team is expected to select phenom Connor McDavid with their selection. The Buffalo Sabres, who were knocked down to the second overall pick after finishing with the worst regular season record, are expected to take the other generational player in Jack Eichel. NFL Jerseys China. LOUIS — The Atlanta Braves used a two-run rally in the ninth to end their road trip with a win. The Nuggets leading scorer, Lawson is characterized as day to day by the team. Hes averaging 17.9 points and 8.9 assists. Lawson suffered the injury late in Denvers win Sunday at Sacramento. Wholesale Jerseys. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward and Nashville Predators goaltender highlighted Mondays waiver transactions, with Calgarys Chuck Kobasew and Edmontons Philip Larsen also being placed on waivers. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to arrive in Boston in time for a workout on Tuesday afternoon. Much of Mondays discussion focused on Bostons lineup considerations as the series progresses, specifically when the venue shifts to St. MIAMI — LeBron James caught an alley-oop flip from Dwyane Wade on a fast break, threw down a dunk and then headed up court with his arms spread like some superhero. James can look the part, whether hes wearing a clear mask or a black one. Switching to a clear protective cover at the NBAs request, James had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists Saturday to help the Miami Heat earn their seventh consecutive victory by beating the Orlando Magic 112-98. James dispensed with the black mask he wore Thursday when playing for the first time since he broke his nose. “He was a clear-mask guy tonight,” teammate Chris Bosh said. “He was just a regular dude, a regular citizen of Gotham.” Wade scored 24 points and Bosh 20 for the Heat, who shot 58 per cent. Eleven players scored for the Heat, and their bench totalled 39 points. James said league officials wanted him to wear something that would allow opponents to see his face. The newer mask seemed to bother James more than the black one did, and he frequently took it off when the clock was stopped. “Its not comfortable,” he said. “Having something on your face isnt comfortable, but it is what it is.” While the mask was a nuisance and James nose remained tender, neither hindered his performance. “Its another challenge for a great player,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “His game is an aggressive, attacking game, and theres going to be contact. But coming off the injury, he has been as aggressive as he was before.” James streak of five consecutive games with more than 30 points came to an end, but he took just 12 shots and played only 31 minutes. “When you come out and take care of business, thats a reward,” he said. After sitting out a week because of his broken nose, he avoided another injury when he went stumbling into the third row after making a fast-break layup and settled in an unoccupied seat. The Heat improved to 10-1 since Feb. 1, and theyve won their past four games by an average of 19 points. “Defensiively were flying around and were communicating,” James said.dddddddddddd “And offensively, obviously were playing at a high level.” The Heat completed a sweep of the four-game season series against their in-state rivals. “Theyre an efficient team, the most efficient team in the NBA,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Thats done with LeBron setting up people, and youre getting shots that you want. Youre not rushing.” The game was the first for the last-place Magic since they broke a 16-game road losing streak at Philadelphia on Wednesday. Tobias Harris led Orlando with 20 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 18. With the Heat taking the lead for good early in the second quarter, Bosh played only 18 minutes, his lowest total since Nov. 16. “I got a bunch of night-off jokes tonight,” Bosh said. “I enjoyed it. Guys filled in and did their job.” Among the contributors off the bench was Greg Oden, playing his 11th game after being sidelined by knee trouble for 3 1/2 years. He went 3 for 3 for eight points with four rebounds in 13 minutes. “Im happy to be on the team,” Oden said. “When I get a chance to play, I just dont want to mess up.” Heat guard Mario Chalmers had the highlight play of the first half, fetching a loose ball while seated at midcourt with his back to his basket, then flipping a pass over his shoulder to James to set up a fast-break basket. The Heat also got to the rim often out of their half-court offence. “They do a good job moving the ball, driving, kicking,” Vucevic said. “They make plays for each other. Theyre very unselfish.” NOTES: Orlandos Arron Afflalo missed his fourth consecutive game. He was out with a sprained ankle and is now recovering from a brief illness. … At 42-14, the Heat have tied their best start through 56 games. They had the same record a year ago, when they went on to win their second consecutive NBA title. … The Heat improved to 15-0 at home when leading at halftime. Wholesale Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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Injured Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos said hes feeling better after taking a day off from practice on Monday because his leg didnt feel right. Stamkos took to the ice at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday morning – where the Lightning prepared to face the Toronto Maple Leafs – wearing a regular blue jersey and skated for about 20 minutes. “It felt a lot better today,” Stamkos said after the skate. “Just pain in certain areas. The bone is really strong, the x-rays look good – its more soft tissue issues.” Stamkos added that he still hopes to get games under his belt before the Olympic break and also discussed the possibility of playing in Sochi even if he doesnt play an NHL game first. “The objective is to play a game (in the NHL), that would be something I would really love to do,” he explained to the large scrum of reporters. “But if thats not the case, theres going to be another discussion about whether or not Im still going to be on that team if I cant play a game. Weve had brief discussions about that, its more or less been Well cross that bridge when (if) we need to.” Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman just happens to be his NHL general manager in Tampa and Stamkos is prepared to have a discussion with him on all of his options. “If we have to sit down a couple of days before we have to leave for the Olympics, we can be honest with each other,” Stamkos said of his eventual chat with Yzerman. “If I say that Im at the level I think I need to be at to compete at the Olympics, I think hes going to have the trust in me that I can go over there and play at that level. But at the end of the day, I have to be honest with him. If I say Im not ready, obviously Im not going to go.” When asked about Stamkos comments that going to Sochi without playing an NHL game was a possibility, Yzerman confirmed its among the different options, again very much depending on where he is physically. “Were not going to rule anything out,” Yzerman told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun over on the phone Tuesday. “We dont really have to jump to any conclusions yet. Its one step at a time. A week ago he had the X-Ray at the 10-week mark and the doctors advised him to increase the intensity of his workouts on and off the ice and see how he responds to that. So thats what hes done for the last week. Hes still hopeful to play at some point next week but we dont know yet if thats realistic or not. “Once he gets home from the trip hell meet again with the doctors and see what they come up with at that point. But until hes cleared for a game, whether its prior to leaving or not, theres not much really to say, but were going to keep all the options open and make the appropriate decisions when the time comes.” Stamkos fractured the tibia in his right leg in a Nov. 11 game against the Boston Bruins and underwent surgery the following day. He had 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before the injury. The Lightnings final game before the Olympic break is Saturday, Feb. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings. – Matt Duchene picked up the deciding goal early in the third period and added an assist, as Colorado escaped with a 4-3 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center. — Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks. — Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick shot a second-round 69 to take the lead after 36 holes and former LPGA great Annika Sorenstam and Chad Pfeifer, who lost his left leg above the knee serving in Iraq, are among several players in contention in the American Century Championship tournament on Saturday. – The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is set to ask a judge to throw out allegations that she lied to a grand jury. — Pelicans coach Monty Williams does not expect guard Eric Gordon to play in any of New Orleans final five games this season.NHL hockey nears a return and Scott Cullen weighs in on what happened during the Olympics and how it will affect players and teams going down the stretch. Notes on Zetterberg, Tavares, Ovechkin, Kessel, Granlund, Crosby, Kunitz, Price and more. 1. Its been a big enough challenge for the Detroit Red Wings this season, battling injuries as they sit in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but as they return from the Olympics, they do so with the knowledge that star LW/C Henrik Zetterberg is out for at least the next eight weeks following back surgery. For the record, there are about seven weeks left in the regular season, so expecting Zetterberg for the first drop of the puck in the playoffs sounds a tad optimistic. No big deal. Zetterberg merely leads the Wings, with 48 points in 45 games and, at 20:33 per game, is one of two Red Wings forwards (Pavel Datsyuk, at 20:45 ATOI is the other) to play more than 18 minutes per game. Hes a puck possession star who plays tough minutes, so the Wings are going to be hard-pressed to replace Zetterbergs contributions. Certainly, if Datsyuk is healthy enough to play — and he was healthy enough to put up six points in five games for Russia at the Olympics — then that will help matters, but the Wings are still going to depend heavily on their young forwards that have been playing an increasing role as the season has progressed. That means the crew of Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Darren Helm all have to raise their games if the Wings are going to survive Zetterbergs absence. The other option is that the Red Wings could use some of their organizational depth to acquire more immediate help. 2. The New York Islanders are, understandably, not thrilled about the prospects of spending the rest of the season without C John Tavares, who suffered a knee injury against Latvia but, provided he has a full recovery, there isnt much downside for the Isles. The Islanders, 12 points out of a playoff spot, werent going to contend for the postseason this year and are already preparing to move LW Thomas Vanek prior to the March 5th trade deadline. Under those circumtances, there will be some opportunities available for other Islanders, rookies Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson among them, to play more prominent offensive roles. Additionally, the loss of Tavares ought to ensure a higher draft pick for the Islanders. While the Islanders would prefer a healthy Tavares, if his absence results in picking a couple of spots higher in the summer, then thats not the worst thing in the world. If someone is potentially going to take a hit without Tavares, it could be RW Kyle Okposo, who has been having a career year playing primarily with Tavares and Vanek and will be rolling with new linemates over the final quarter of the season. 3. Rangers RW Mats Zuccarello, the teams leading scorer with 43 points in 58 games, suffered a broken hand while playing for Norway at the Olympics and is expected to miss the next couple weeks. While Zuccarello is out, that could offer more power play time for Blueshirts wingers, maybe even captain Ryan Callahan, who has been an afterthought in that respect, ranking eighth among Rangers forwards in power play ice time per game (1:47). Callahan has ranked first or second among Rangers forwards in power play time over each of the past three seasons. 4. Penguins D Paul Martin has endured a difficult campaign, missing 25 of 58 games already mostly due to a fractured tibia, and now he could miss another month with a hand injury. Since the Penguins are already going without Kris Letang, in the aftermath of his stroke, they are going to need to lean heavily on young defencemen. 19-year-old rookie Olli Maatta has been a revelation, scoring nine points (3 G, 6 A) in his past 11 NHL games and adding five points (3 G, 2 A) in six games for Team Finland at the Olympics. But the Penguins will need more than Maatta and Matt Niskanen. It could be an opportunity for Simon Despres, who hasnt been able to stick full-time with the Penguins, but has 22 points in 34 games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 5. Capitals RW Alex Ovechkin took plenty of heat for Team Russia coming up short on home ice, and with one goal and two points in five games, Ovechkin was due for criticism. At the same time, he had 24 shots on goal in five games (4.8 per), the kind of shot volume that would typically lead to more than one goal. It just so happened that, in this tournament, it didnt. Ive defended Ovechkins play in the NHL this season already, so theres no need to get too far into his Olympic performance. Could he have been better? Sure, but he was hardly alone in his performance and, considering the number of shots he generated, theres little reason to think he wont be able to continue scoring goals when Washingtons season resumes. Ovechkin wasnt the only Russian superstar to struggle. Penguins C Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists in five games, despite putting 20 shots on goal. Two goals on 44 combined shots (4.5%) from Malkin and Ovechkin is a difference-maker, in the wrong direction. In the NHL this season, Ovechkin has scored on 13.4% of his shots and Malkin on 12.6% of his shots, so if they managed to hold form on those 44 shots, that would have given them an expected 5.7 goals. But, sometimes in short series or tournaments, the pucks dont go in and the result was disastrous for home team Russia. 6. One of the stars for Team USA in Vancouver was Zach Parise, who had eight points in six games, including that late tying goal in the Gold Medal Game. It didnt quite work that way in Sochi, for Parise, however, as he was held to one goal and 11 shots in six games. Considering Parise has put up 3.91 shots per game for the Wild this season, his best rate since 2009-2010, and had nine points in seven games upon returning from injury prior to the Olympics, his lack of production was surprising. 7. If the Wild might be concerned about Parises Olympic showing, they have to be even more encouraged by the play of second-year C Mikael Granlund. Finland was shorthanded down the middle, with injuries to Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Valtteri Filppula and, early in the tournament, Aleksander Barkov, thinning out the middle of the ice. No matter, as Granlund rose to the challenge, finishing with seven points (3 G, 4 A) in six games. The poing production is nice, and not completely out of line with his production in Minnesota, which includes three goals and 13 assists in the past 22 games, the last 15 of which have come while playing more minutes in the absence of Mikko Koivu. Whats more interesting about Granlund, however, is the 20 shots on goal he registered, the 3.33 shots per game a far cry from the modest 1.51 shots on goal per game hes averaged through his first 73 NHL contests. In the last handful of games before the break, Granlund had put up 20 shots on goal, so maybe there is some change coming to his game, and if hes generating chances more consistently, then its change for the better and Granlund may start living up to the hype that preceded his arrival in North America. 8. No player entered the Olympic break on the kind of roll that Maple Leafs RW Phil Kessel was, putting up 32 points (14 G, 18 A) in 21 games since Christmas and Kessel didnt miss a beat at the Olympics, leading the tournament with five goals and eight points, while playing a modest 15:20 per game for the Americans, which ranked sixth among U.S. forwards. Theres nothing to say that scoring in the Olympics will make Phil Kessel more legit in the NHL, but its encouraging to see that he was still a dangerous offensive threat against Olympic competition and the Leafs have to figure that Kessel and LW James van Riemsdyk (1 G, 6 A in 6 Olympic games) will be poised to lead them down the stretch as they battle for playoff position. 9. Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane took some heat for his lack of production (0 G, 4 A in 6 GP) for Team USA, but it only highlighted that Kane had been in a bit of a slump before going to the Olympics. In his past 18 NHL games, Kane has four goals and six assists and while Kane exploded in December, for 23 points and 55 shots on goal in 14 games, hes come back down a level from that peak production. 10. Islanders LW Thomas Vanek didnt do much for Team Austria, managing one assist and 10 shots on goal in four games, but the national team captain was also criticized in reports that noted Austrian players were drinking until 6 a.m. the night before their eliminationn game against Slovenia.dddddddddddd Its not going to affect Vaneks NHL trade value, because hes still one of the premier offensive players available as the trade deadline approaches, but its understandably disappointing for an Austrian team that had three NHL forwards on the roster. Islanders RW Michael Grabner (5 G, 1 A in 4 GP) and Flyers LW Michael Raffl (1 G, 2 A in 4 GP) were others. 11. Kings D Drew Doughty was spectacular for Team Canada, scoring four goals and six points in six games, prompting the question: is he reined in too much in Los Angeles? It may just be small sample stuff — Doughty had a very productive 2012 NHL playoff too (4 G, 12 A in 20 GP) — but its puzzling to see a player who had 59 points in 82 games as a 20-year-old continue to linger between 35 and 45 per season since. With 30 points in 59 NHL games, Doughty is on pace for 42 points this season, which would be his most since that 59-point season in 2009-2010. 12. The same question might be asked of Kings RW Jeff Carter, who had his selection questioned in some circles prior to the tournament, but Carter was clearly one of Canadas best forwards, using his speed to play strong defensively, backchecking and killing penalties, in addition to scoring three goals and five points in six games. Since the start of the 2008-2009 season, Carter ranks sixth with 182 goals but, as he showed for Team Canada, hes capable of more than merely scoring goals. 13. Penguins C Sidney Crosby was a story, particularly early in the tournament, as the narrative about him being so difficult to play with angle gained more legs. Crosby didnt produce much throughout the tournament, finishing with three points (1 G, 2 A) in six games, though his lone goal was both crucial and an impressive individual effort to give Canada a 2-0 lead in the Gold Medal Game. And, truth be told, Crosby created a bunch of chances in the semifinal against USA, even though he wasnt rewarded on the scoresheet. There has been research done on the subject that indicates playing with Crosby isnt such a daunting task, but when the Crosby line wasnt producing, the tendency was to pin blame on those with whom Crosby played which, in some respects, is letting Crosby off the hook. On one hand, there are legitimate arguments to make about player selection and coaching decisions about who gets to play with No. 87, but some of it has to fall on Crosby too. Its tough to be universally considered the best player in the world in a team sport — and he is — yet simultaneously difficult for anyone to play with. 14. Which brings us to one of the most criticized selections for Team Canada, Penguins LW Chris Kunitz, with the chrous perhaps reaching a crescendo during the 1-0 semifinal win over USA, when Kunitz had an altogether decent game, but missed several quality scoring chances that would have obviously helped provide insurance in such a close game. On Twitter, I wondered if Kunitz, an undeniably solid NHLer, whose next NHL goal will be No. 200, has his reputation raised because of the fact that he rides shotgun with Sidney Crosby. Team Canada brass made it clear that Kunitz was selected on the merits of his own play and that sounds reasonable enough for a player that has 107 points (49 G, 58 A) in 106 games since the start of last season. Of course, we could also compare that to someone like Oilers LW Taylor Hall, who has 106 points (36 G, 70 A) in 108 games over the same time period, and then consider that Hall is doing it with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as his centre, and not Crosby, and thats where the water gets murkier. Players are valued on more than points alone, obviously, but there is an inherent challenge in figuring out the impact of a players linemates on their production. Trying to identify an individuals contribution is the challenge of player evaluation and one that is ever-evolving and its hard to separate Kunitzs production from the fact that its coming alongside the best player in the world. The thing is, for all the criticism of his inclusion among Canadas best 13 forwards, Kunitz is the kind of wonderful story that is easy to get behind. He was undrafted out of Ferris State, hardly a hockey factory, and didnt stick in the NHL for keeps until he was 26-years-old after being waived by the Atlanta Thrashers. Hes a hard-working two-way winger who had won a couple of Stanley Cups, a Gold Medal at the Olympics and is having the most productive years of his NHL career as he approaches his mid-30s. After scoring his only goal of the tournament to seal the Gold Medal win, Kunitz wont have to listen to the criticism and he and Crosby can prepare for a stretch run and potentially a new winger before the trade deadline. 15. Canadiens G Carey Price was excellent (0.59 GAA, .972 SV% in 6 GP) behind Canadas spectacular defensive effort, and now returns to a Montreal team that has been decidedly unimpressive defensively. The Canadiens are allowing 30.6 shots against per game, which ranks 21st, and their puck possession numbers have been declining steadily since the start of the season, so if those trends dont reverse, a lot of Montreals playoff hopes (or even getting to the playoffs), will depend on their goaltender. Hes been great this year, posting career-high .925 save percentage in 48 games, but the Canadiens need every bit of that greatness. 16. 43-year-old Ducks RW Teemu Selanne, whose role has decreased in Anaheim — he has 20 points (7 G, 13 A), with 13:57 ATOI in 47 games — turned up the heat for a brief run and was named MVP of the tournament, scoring four goals and six points in six games for Finland on their way to a bronze medal. It wouldnt be reasonable to expect Selanne to rise up for a big finish to the season, just based on some short Olympic tourney success, but it does leave open the possibility that perhaps he could be a productive complementary player for the Ducks in the postseason. 17. The Czech Republic team was in disarray at times, but Oilers RW Ales Hemsky had a strong showing, with three goals and an assist in five games, despite averaging only 12:01 per game (some of that disarray was in how ice time was allocated). Combined with his lesser role in Edmonton, theres a decent argument to be made in favour of Hemsky as a trade deadline acquisition who has some upside if plugged into a role alongside skilled players and allowed to play significant minutes. As noted in the Kunitz portion, it matters who you play with. 18. Sweden reached the final with an injury-depleted roster, but there were some odd decisions in their blueline deployment. Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson was glued to the bench for five of the final six periods of the tournament and averaged 9:43 per game, while Blackhawks D Niklas Hjalmarsson played 18:20 per game. This was also a team that left Lightning D Victor Hedman at home, so there is a definite disconnect between the Swedish team and the esteem with which some its players are held in the NHL. 19. Speaking of Swedish defencemen who are held in high regard, Senators D Erik Karlsson was a dynamo on the big ice, as might be expected with such an exceptional skater. Karlsson had four goals and eight points, tying Phil Kessel for the tournament lead in points. 20. Switzerland played an extremely buttoned-down game, scoring a total of three goals in four games, but NHL goaltenders Jonas Hiller (Ducks) & Reto Berra (Flames) turned in strong performances, combining to stop 96 of 99 shots faced. Certainly, there is some credit due to the Swiss defence, led by NHLers Mark Streit, Raphael Diaz and Roman Josi, for allowing just 99 shots in four games. 21. Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin is out for 2-3 weeks after suffering an ankle injury. He ranks third on the Columbus defence in time on ice (21:34 per game), so someone will have to take on more minutes, potentially Nikita Nikitin, whose ice time has decreased quite a bit to 17:12 per game thsi season after playing 24:35 per game for the Blue Jackets in 2011-2012. 22. Panthers C Aleksander Barkov suffered a knee injury at the Olympics and is out indefinitely. The Panthers were shallow enough down the middle this season that 18-year-old Barkov has been their No.1 centre. If the Panthers trade veteran centre Marcel Goc, that could really change the minutes available for the likes of Nick Bjugstad, Drew Shore and Shawn Matthias. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. 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