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RIO DE JANEIRO -- South Korea claimed the first taekwondo gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday, restoring some pride to the country that invented the sport. Cheap Air Max 95 Wholesale .Seventh-ranked Sohui Kim defeated Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia in a tight final where both fighters struggled to find their form. Kim won 7-6.I never expected to be the Olympic champion, Kim said. I feel like Im on cloud nine.South Korea took only a single gold at the London Olympics and is hoping for a better performance in Rio. At the end of the first day of competition, it already had a gold and a bronze -- won by Taehun Kim in the mens 58-kilogram division.To chants of Korea in the stadium, Kim scored first against Bogdanovic in the 49-kilogram final with a roundhouse kick before cementing her lead in the second round with a head shot. She was penalized for avoiding the fight in the last seconds of the match, and a video replay contesting whether she had scored another head kick -- that was ultimately unsuccessful -- delayed her celebrations.Kim said that because taekwondo is a Korean sport, there is additional pressure to deliver.I feel proud that I can win (this medal) for Korea, she said.Bogdanovic dominated most of her fights on Wednesday and knocked out two-time defending Olympic champion Jingyu Wu of China. The Serb said she was disappointed not to win the gold and disputed whether the scoring was accurate.The womens bronze medals were won by Patimat Abakorova of Azerbaijan and Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand.In the mens 58-kilogram division, eighth-ranked Shuai Zhao of China beat Tawin Hanprab of Thailand 6-4 to claim gold.The two fought in an acrobatic final marked by Zhaos almost continuous stream of head kicks -- made all the more colorful by the yellow trousers he was wearing in a nod to the Olympic officials decision to allow competitors to add a single color to the traditional all-white taekwondo uniform.Hanprab tried desperately to counterattack by using spinning kicks but didnt quite manage to connect.The 21-year-old Zhao won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships this year. The mens flyweight category was left wide open after the first round on Wednesday morning, when the divisions top two seeded fighters went out in their first matches of the day; another leading medal contender had to pull out because of injury.The mens bronze medals were won by Luisito Pie of the Dominican Republic and Taehun Kim of South Korea. Nike Air Max 95 Sale . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Cheap Nike Air Max 95 Mens Trainers . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. http://www.redohou.com/ . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- When the season began, No. 17 Purdue knew it had two of the nations best big men in 6-foot-8 sophomore power forward Caleb Swanigan and 7-2 junior center Isaac Haas.What the Boilermakers did not kmow was what kind of production they would receive from their perimeter players. After this weeks Cancun Challenge, coach Matt Painter may have found the answer.Swanigan had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman guard Carsen Edwards added 19 points, leading Purdue to a 79-68 victory over NJIT on Saturday.Swanigan was a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line, and Edwards scored 15 second-half points to help Purdue (5-1) pull away from a 37-34 halftime lead.Swanigan was the MVP of this weeks Cancun Challenge, and Edwards scored a career-high 21 points in Wednesday nights victory over Auburn in the championship game.Were still turnover prone (16 on Saturday), and thats a problem, but we are doing some good things with our zone offense, especially when we are posting our big guys in those sets, which some teams dont do, said Painter, who got 25 points from guard Dakota Mathias in Tuesdays victory against Utah State in Cancun.I also like our focus at the start of second halves. We are able to mix and match lineups, and were still getting some of those nice second-half runs. Carsen was a big part of that today.Edwards helped Purdue maintain a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.I am just kind of picking my spots, Edwards said. I am just playing off my teammates. I am playing the game and letting it come to me. I try not to lose confidence at all.Damon Lynn had 20 of his 33 points in the second half for NJIT (3-4), which also got 12 points from Chris Jenkins.Highlanders coach Brian Kennedy appreciated his teams effort.Obviously, Purdue is a Top 25 team with two of the best big men in the country, and those two guys arent going anywhere, Kennedy said. So, I told our guys from the beginning that we had to fight, fight and keep fighting, which is what NJIT basketball is all about. We may not get the top recruits in the country, but we are going to compette and fight as hard as we can. Air Max 95 Cheap. The momentum swung completely in Purdues favor with 9:12 remaining when Rob Ukawuba fouled Swanigan and also was whistled for a technical foul. Swanigan made four consecutive free throws for a 61-47 lead.I just grabbed the rebound, walked away and the guy called the foul, Swanigan said. (Ukawuba) started walking after me, and I just kept walking away. I was surprised they called a technical so quickly. Ill take it.BIG PICTURENJIT: With Lynn, the Highlanders have a proven scorer (22.5 points a game) and never backed down from a Purdue team that came in averaging 83 points and shooting 51.9 percent from the field. Beginning with Dec. 30, 2014, NJIT is 39-22.Purdue: The Boilermakers were sloppy with 10 first-half turnovers in their first game since winning the Cancun Challenge, but with Carsen Edwards, Mathias and Vince Edwards beginning to complement big men Swanigan and Haas, Purdue is assembling a really nice blend of interior and perimeter scoring options.POLL IMPLICATIONSHaving beaten Utah State, Auburn and NJIT by a collective 57 points this week in addition to capturing the Cancun Challenge championship by beating Auburn by 25, look for the Boilermakers to climb in the next poll.BIG NUMBERSThrough six games, Swanigan is averaging 18.8 points and 12 rebounds, having made 35 of 57 field goal attempts and 38 of 51 free throws.HIGH PRAISEPainter is impressed by the way NJITs Lynn plays the game, making 10 of 18 field goal attempts Saturday, including 8 of 13 from 3-point range.He is just such a tough cover, Painter said. He is a little different in the way he shoots it, but even if he is out there 25 to 27 feet from the basket, you cant give him a step or two.UP NEXTNJIT: The Highlanders will play host to St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday night.Purdue: The Boilermakers will travel to No. 10 Louisville on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said wide receiver A. Air Max 2018 Womens .J. Green has a strained hamstring and has been declared out Sunday against the Ravens.Lewis did not give a timetable for Greens return, but said he should be back by the end of the season.The only positive news regarding Greens injury, Lewis said, is that the hamstring isnt torn.If there was any positive news, it would be that, he said. I think hes moving today maybe better than even expected, so thats good.Green was injured Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, when he hit the ground trying to make a catch on the second play of the game.Lewis also confirmed running back Giovani Bernard has a torn left ACL. Lewis said Bernard is currently exploring his options, but will likely have surgery.Bernard was in the Bills game until the last minute, and when he got hurt is unclear. Teammate Rex Burkhead said he believes Bernard got hurt on a play on 1st-and-10 with 1:20 left, when guard Clint Boling fell on top of him after he made a catch.This is the second time in his career that Bernard has torn an ACL. He also tore his right ACL in 2010 while at North Carolina, but came back to rush for 2,481 yards and 31 touchdowns in his two seasons at UNC.Bernard and Green lead the Bengals in receptions.Theyve accounted for a lot of what weve done this year, Lewis said. But weve got other guys that have to step up and get going.Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, safety Shawn Williams and long snapper Clark Harris were also injured. Kirkpatrick, who injured his knee, said he was all right, but still experiencing pain and that its up in the air if he plays on Sunday.Theyre kind of all day-to-day, Lewis said of the other injured players. Well see how they come through the week. ... But it was obviously the most significant day weve had as far as injuries go in one game.Green was around the facility on Monday afternoon and briefly stepped out of the training room into the locker room, but didnt comment on his status. Bernard was not present during the open locker room period. Cheap Air Max 2018 .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. Air Max 2018 Sale .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. It was obvious that something was about to happen, even to the referees because the fourth lines were on to start. http://www.airmax2018onlinestore.com/ . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.Charlie Nicholas takes on Phil Thompson in this weekends Fantasy Six-a-Side head-to-head for Manchester United versus Leicester. The Foxes will be looking to complete the most unlikely of triumphs in claiming the Premier League title on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD.However, Charlie and Thommos focus will be on landing £1,000 for their charity of choice in their winner-stays-on Soccer Saturday pundit battle.Charlie ended Matt Le Tissiers four-match winning streak last weekend as his VI, consisting of four defenders and a goalkeeper, racked up more than twice as many points as Le Tiss in Sunderlands 0-0 draw with Arsenal.With no player values, formations or position requirements in Sky Sports Fantasy Six-a-Side, the pundits can pick whoever they want except for only one of the four Elite Players.Heres who the pundits have selected for the Old Trafford clash…Phil Thompsons teamRiyad Mahrez - Im sure Charlie will go for him as well as hes obviously the main man, with more goals and assists combined than any other Premier League player this season.Marcus Rashford - Im backing him to score this weekend in my Sky Bet tip because hes proved that the big occasion isnt something that fazes him. Riyad Mahrez will be looking to toast his PFA Player of the Year award with another fine dispaly at Old Trafford Anthony Martial - Hes Uniteds best attacking player and will provide a real test for Danny Simpson, one youd expect him to get the better of.Danny Drinkwater - Hell have lots of time on the ball from a deeper role so Im expecting him to guarantee me plenty of pass completion, tackling and interception points.Michael Carrick - Hell be at hub of everything and with United likely to have the majority of possession hell probably see the ball more than anyone else.Wes Morgan - Hell win every header and is always a threat from set-pieces. Buy Cheap Nike Air Max. Fantasy Six-A-Side points scoring breakdown Charlie Nicholas teamNGolo Kante - Thommo will be expecting me to pick Mahrez but Im going to go against the majority and pick a player who is guaranteed to land me a healthy points total with passes, tackles and interceptions.Anthony Martial - He might not have scored as many goals as United fans might have hoped but hes scored important ones, so I think hell be relishing the occasion on Sunday.Wes Morgan - Im always a believer of scripts in football and it would be fitting to see him score another important winner at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial fired United into the FA Cup final last weekend Robert Huth - Hes an even bigger threat from set-pieces and I think Leicester have a chance of getting a clean sheet.Timothy Fosu-Mensah - This lad is going to be a star and is an absolute athlete. He goes in as my third defender so hopefully another low-scoring affair will help me see off Thommo.Michael Carrick - Ive always been a big far of Carricks and you can guarantee hell complete more passes than anyone else.  Fantasy Six-a-Side Who makes your VI? Pick your team to win £10,000 here. Also See: Premier League video Fixtures Table Live on Sky Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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MONTREAL -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has extended the period in which athletes testing positive for meldonium can escape sanctions. Zach Strief Jersey .Under WADAs new guidelines, athletes who test positive for a low concentration of meldonium between March 1 and Sept. 30 can be cleared based on a no fault finding.WADA extended a policy that had previously covered the period from Jan. 1-March 1.The agency updated the rules following further studies that showed the drug takes much longer to be cleared from the system than previously thought.The guidelines cover athletes who maintain they took meldonium before Jan. 1, the date the drug was officially placed on the banned list.Hundreds of positive tests have been recorded since then. Many athletes said they had stopped taking the substance long before Jan. 1 but the drug had remained in their system for weeks or months.The WADA guidelines do not apply in the case of Maria Sharapova, who tested positive for the drug at the Australian Open in January and has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation. The Russian acknowledged taking meldonium after Jan. 1. She is appealing her sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.WADA said no fault findings apply in cases where less than 1 microgram per milliliter of the drug is detected. Anything above that should be handled as a doping case.We are pleased that the necessary urinary excretion studies have now progressed, and that the guidance we are now able to provide our stakeholders to help them manage meldonium cases is clear and scientifically robust, WADA President Craig Reedie said.The Latvian-made drug, which is typically prescribed for heart conditions, was widely used as a supplement by athletes in Eastern European countries. The drug increases blood flow, which improves exercise capacity by carrying more oxygen to the muscles. Custom New Orleans Saints Jerseys .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. Tyeler Davison Jersey . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. http://www.authenticfootballshopsaints.com/Youth-Marcus-Williams-Elite-Jersey/ . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has begun the mind games with grand final opponents Melbourne, opting not to reveal his final line-up for the NRL decider.Flanagan said he had made up his mind on who would take the field, ruling out Joseph Paulo, but failing to disclose whether Sam Tagataese would return in place of rookie Luke Capeewell. Vonn Bell Jersey. In my mind, I have (decided). We got another training run on Saturday. But Joseph Paulo definitely wont play. Ill make my mind up on the other two later as the week goes on, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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MONTREAL -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has extended the period in which athletes testing positive for meldonium can escape sanctions. Zach Strief Jersey .Under WADAs new guidelines, athletes who test positive for a low concentration of meldonium between March 1 and Sept. 30 can be cleared based on a no fault finding.WADA extended a policy that had previously covered the period from Jan. 1-March 1.The agency updated the rules following further studies that showed the drug takes much longer to be cleared from the system than previously thought.The guidelines cover athletes who maintain they took meldonium before Jan. 1, the date the drug was officially placed on the banned list.Hundreds of positive tests have been recorded since then. Many athletes said they had stopped taking the substance long before Jan. 1 but the drug had remained in their system for weeks or months.The WADA guidelines do not apply in the case of Maria Sharapova, who tested positive for the drug at the Australian Open in January and has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation. The Russian acknowledged taking meldonium after Jan. 1. She is appealing her sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.WADA said no fault findings apply in cases where less than 1 microgram per milliliter of the drug is detected. Anything above that should be handled as a doping case.We are pleased that the necessary urinary excretion studies have now progressed, and that the guidance we are now able to provide our stakeholders to help them manage meldonium cases is clear and scientifically robust, WADA President Craig Reedie said.The Latvian-made drug, which is typically prescribed for heart conditions, was widely used as a supplement by athletes in Eastern European countries. The drug increases blood flow, which improves exercise capacity by carrying more oxygen to the muscles. Custom New Orleans Saints Jerseys .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. Tyeler Davison Jersey . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. http://www.authenticfootballshopsaints.com/Youth-Marcus-Williams-Elite-Jersey/ . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has begun the mind games with grand final opponents Melbourne, opting not to reveal his final line-up for the NRL decider.Flanagan said he had made up his mind on who would take the field, ruling out Joseph Paulo, but failing to disclose whether Sam Tagataese would return in place of rookie Luke Capeewell. Vonn Bell Jersey. In my mind, I have (decided). We got another training run on Saturday. But Joseph Paulo definitely wont play. Ill make my mind up on the other two later as the week goes on, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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NFL Nation reporters answer the biggest fantasy questions -- provided by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay?--?across the league for Week 9. Clearance NFL Jerseys .?AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC WestAFC EASTBuffalo BillsAt what point this season (if any) do you expect Percy Harvin to make a significant offensive impact?I dont see him making a significant offensive impact, especially when?LeSean McCoy returns and the running game once again becomes the main focus of the Bills offense. On Tuesday, general manager Doug Whaley strongly indicated that the Bills dont expect to use Harvin until after their bye week, giving them effectively three weeks of practice to work him into shape. At some point, his time could be limited by the potential return of Sammy Watkins from injured reserve. -- Mike RodakMiami DolphinsDeVante Parker has been heavily involved in the offense, but he has yet to make that second-year leap. Is there any hope for a second-half emergence?Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said this week that Parker is still bothered by his hamstring to some degree and is learning how to play at less than 100 percent. Christensen said Parker is doing the right things and expects him to have more big games in the seasons second half. Miami is now a run-first offense, which means Parkers targets wont be high. Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry will get his share of targets, regardless, but Parker must take advantage of each opportunity. -- James WalkerNew England PatriotsChris Hogan has been a near-every-down player but has only 11 targets in four games with Tom Brady. Is there any hope for a boost in target volume?I wouldnt count on it from Hogan, as this offense is going to continue to spread around the ball on a weekly basis. That said, Hogan has emerged as the Patriots top vertical threat (who saw that coming?), so while the volume might not increase, the big-play potential is something fantasy owners should also keep in mind. -- Mike Reiss Cheap New York Giants Jerseys . With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. It was a victory that ended a decade of frustration for Parker and a talented French generation, which lost the final against Spain two years ago and took bronze in 2005. Cheap Cleveland Browns Jerseys . Darren Helm scored on Detroits sixth attempt in the shootout and then Jonas Gustavsson stopped Andrew Shaws shot, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. http://www.clearancejerseys.com/ . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. ATHENS, Ga. -- Nick Chubb said seeing Isaiah McKenzie making big plays early in the game was a great sign that Georgia was headed for a win.McKenzie scored on big plays the first two times he touched the ball, including a punt return that set a school record, and Georgia beat turnover-prone Louisiana-Lafayette 35-21 on Saturday.McKenzie scored on a 55-yard run on Georgias first play and added another touchdown on an 82-yard punt return midway through the first quarter. McKenzie, a junior, set a school record with his fifth career punt return for a touchdown. He set another mark with his sixth touchdown on all kick returns.I enjoyed it, said Chubb of McKenzie. Every time he plays well, we wind up getting the victory. Hes a big part of our offense.It was McKenzies first return for a touchdown this season. He said he knew he needed one more for the school record but was starting to think time was running out this season.Ive been thinking about that since I heard about being close to breaking it, McKenzie said.Chubb ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Eason in the fourth quarter.Georgia (7-4) has won three straight and avoided a letdown after last weeks upset of then-No. 8 Auburn.Louisiana-Lafayette (4-6) was hurt by four turnovers. Anthony Jennings threw three interceptions, all in the first half. He ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns.Georgia led 35-7 after Chubbs scoring catch. The Ragin Cajuns closed the deficit on Jennings touchdown runs of 1 and 13 yards late in the game.Seeing his backups struggle late sapped some of the joy out of the win for Georgia coach Kirby Smart.It was frustrating to walk out with that feeling, Smart said. You feel like you should walk out of a game and feel good about what you did. The guys we put in the game just didnt play real well on either side of the ball.Jennings 64-yard pass to Al Riles set up his 9-yard scoring run late in the first half.Louisiana-Lafayette cooach Mark Hudspeth said McKenzies early touchdowns were too much to overcome. Wholesale China Jerseys. We dug ourselves a hole early in the game, Hudspeth said. ... We just gave them a little too much too early.Easons 9-yard scoring pass to tight end Isaac Nauta gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.Georgia wore black jerseys for the first time since 2008.THE TAKEAWAYLouisiana-Lafayette: The Ragin Cajuns fell far short of the clean game they needed to beat Georgia. McGuires 124 yards rushing helped move the offense, but the turnovers were too much to overcome. The Ragin Cajuns must win their last two games to become bowl-eligible.Georgia: The Bulldogs, perhaps motivated by a flat performance in a narrow win over Nicholls early in the season, showed good focus. The defense delivered three fourth-down stops. Chubb has back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time this season.C FOR CAJUNSLouisiana-Lafayette defensive back Tracy Walker said his team couldnt afford to fall behind 21-0.Early in the game, we played a C-plus game and against a SEC opponent like Georgia, we have to play an A game, Walker said. We cant just come out here and play them like they are just like any other team.NEXT UP, SEC MARKSMcKenzie is third on the Southeastern Conference records for punt and overall kick returns. Javier Arenas of Arkansas returned seven punts for touchdowns from 2006-09, and Kentuckys Derek Abney had eight total returns for scores from 2000-03.UP NEXTLouisiana-Lafayette: The Ragin Cajuns return to Lafayette to play Arkansas State in a Sun Belt Conference game next Saturday.Georgia: The Bulldogs will close their regular season against state rival Georgia Tech next week in Athens. The Bulldogs have won six of the last seven in the series.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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If England fail to win this series and, as a consequence, do not make it to No. Cheap Boston Celtics Jerseys . 1 in the Test rankings, they will surely look back on the second day of this match and rue the three chances they put down in the field.All sides drop chances. Even the best. And a couple of these, not least one to James Anderson in the slips offered by Asad Shafiq when he had scored just 7, were tough.But England have now dropped 14 chances in this series. Not half-chances - like the sort that flew over Alastair Cook and Joe Root in the slips off Asad Shafiqs bat (on 57) or even the sort that was edged between Root and Anderson from Misbah-ul-Haq (on 6), on Friday - but clear, catchable opportunities. Some have been, by the standards of international cricket, straightforward. The chance put down by Alex Hales here, off the first delivery bowled by Chris Woakes, certainly fits in that category. Pakistan, by contrast, have dropped 11 comparable chances.And when a team has dropped that many chances, they cannot keep dismissing the problem as an aberration. They have to accept that they have a problem and find a way of confronting it.One area the England team might like to look at is employing a full-time specialist fielding coach. While Chris Taylor will work with the limited-overs sides from time to time, it seems odd that, in an age when England have taken professionalism to such a level that it would seem amiss if dietary advice and psychologists were not provided as a matter of course, that such a fundamental part of the game - the part of the game that all players will have to do more than anything else - is so overlooked.England used to have a full-time fielding coach. But, over the last couple of years, it was decided that the two main coaches (Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace) could absorb the extra work and cut down on the number of people in and around the dressing room. It wasnt a cost-cutting measure - the ECB is one of the richest cricket boards in the world - as much as a well-intentioned attempt to ensure the environment remained calm, controlled and player-centred. Quite reasonably, they wanted to cut down the number of voices getting in players heads.A couple of years later, however, it seems reasonable to conclude that the approach is not working. England are dropping too many chances. They may be getting away with it most of the time at present but, in India and Australia, such errors will cost them series. As Farbrace, the assistant coach, put it: If we are serious about being the No.1 side in the world - and we are but we are a long way off at present - then you have to take your chances and keep the opposition under pressure. Farbrace took exception - his words - to the suggestion that the England coaching set-up requires specialist assistance when it comes to fielding. As well as defending his own efforts, he made the reasonable observation that several other members of the support staff - not least the batting coach Mark Ramprakash and the bowling coach Ottis Gibson - also helped out as required.I dont think it comes down to the level of coaching, he said. We work very hard on it. Trevor has always worked with international teams: Sri Lanka and England. We do have an awful lot of coaches and there are enough people to work on fielding. There have been [specialist] coaches in the past, but Trevor wants to take it on and we spent a lot of time on it.There is no doubting the hard work and good intentions of Bayliss and Farbrace. Their fielding sessions are lively, enjoyable and tough. But can these coaches be expected to have the specialist skills required to help players with all the problems they face? Can they, as well as helping the batsmen and bowlers (and the England team does not have a full-time spin coach, either), help provide the specialist assistance to coax the best out of men fielding at cover, gully, the slips or short leg? Can they be reasonably expected to be experts in all these positions and have the range of drills - or the time to implement them - designed to improve the players performances in each of them?The evidence to date suggests not.You would expect Julien Fountain to agree with that view. He is a specialist fielding coach, after all, and has previously worked with West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh and, briefly, England. But he makes some interesting points about the value of much fielding practice and the value of specialist coaching.There are various reasons why catches go down, Fountain told ESPNcricinfo. There may be technical issues - though there shouldnt be too many at international level - and there may be tactical issues, such as a bowler not communicating when a slower ball or bouncer is coming.But the main problem tends to be concentration. While replicating match conditions is tough in terms of improving concentration - time constraints rarely allow it - every player should have a pre-delivery trigger, just as they do when batting, in the field.The best ways to improve are, according to Fountain, overload training and underload training. In underload training a player will be given a vast number of relatively simple catches, generally at low pace, to help groove their technique. With that done, they will have a period of overload training which might include reducing the distance between fielder and bat, increased velocity, distractions and perhaps the introduction of visual impairment, such as wearing goggles. Generally, though, all the training will come back to ensure that pre-delivery trigger is engrained so the fielder is ready - mentally and physically - should any ball come their way.Fountain believes there is a fundamental undervaluing of the worth of fielding in cricket. While baseball provides statistics to account for the cost of any miss, cricket offers only the most basic information: the number of catches or stumpings completed. There is no info on the number dropped or the cost of them.Equally he believes that the basis of most slip-catching practice - a coach edging a ball to a cordon - fails to replicate common match conditions. For while most coaching practice sees the ball guided off a horizontal bat, many of the actual opportunities come off a vertical bat with the ball travelling at a different trajectory. Fountain uses a slab of granite and a baseball bat (the ball is thrown on to the granite and edged towards the cordon off the baseball bat) in an attempt to replicate match conditions.It all amounts to the same thing: fielding, despite its immense importance, is an undervalued facet of the game.Perhaps there is another side to this. All too often in English cricket, dissenting voices are kept on the periphery because they threaten the comfortable existence of some of those in positions of influence. Not with the England team, so much, but at development level and at Bluffborough in particular.Take Gary Palmer, for example. He has now worked with Alastair Cook for 18 months - a period that coincides with his return to form - but remains unemployed by the ECB. If Palmer is good enough for the highest run-scorer in Englands history, why would he not be made available for other batsmen? Why would the ECB not want to employ him and use his skills, alongside other batting coaches, for the development of young players?Similar things may be said about Ian Pont (the fast bowling coach) and even Fountain.But perhaps because they threaten to undermine the opinions of some of those working in Loughborough, those who have built their reputations on deciding how coaching should look and feel, their expertise seems strangely underutilised.England will have to take their fielding more seriously - not just spent time on it, but examine the science and statistics - if they are to fulfil their potential. Wholesale Football Jerseys . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Cheap Paul Pierce Jersey . Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday. The fine is the fourth this season for Goldson. He was fined $30,000 for a hit on the New York Jets Jeff Cumberland in Week 1. http://www.authenticchinajerseys.com/ . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. "Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. (STATS) -- What its often like playing on the FCS level is evident with Portland States road trip this week.The Vikings, who beat two FBS programs last year, are off to play another one, but they will come to know the way to San Jose (State) by bus -- all 1,340 miles round-trip.The bonding experience on such a trip is part of Portland States success under second-year coach Bruce Barnum, the 2015 STATS FCS Coach of the Year. But its still a potentially taxing ride for a 16th-ranked Vikings squad (1-0) that is leaving campus on Thursday to have its players fresh come kickoff at San Jose State on Saturday afternoon.Its the first of two straight FBS matchups for the Big Sky Conference team, which also will travel the so-called BarnyBus for a much-shorter trip to the University oof Washington in Seattle for their Sept. China Jerseys Store. 17 matchup.The Vikings are riding an FBS winning streak after beating both Washington State and North Texas in a 9-3 season last year. They hope to continue the magic in their first-ever meeting with San Jose State (0-1).Were going to run the football until they stop it. Thats our M.O., Barnum said. Take that, go down there, try to find some holes. A couple new tweaks with the run game -- very minor. Were not going to change us.That includes choice of travel. As is customary with road trips on the BarnyBus, the Vikings have some movies lined up. 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SAN JOSE, Calif. Youth Air Max 2017 . -- Didier Drogba hardly felt like celebrating his goal given the MLS All-Stars missed multiple late scoring chances that cost them their all-star game against Premier League power Arsenal.Chuba Akpom scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute from close range on a nice cross from the left side by Nacho Monreal, and Arsenal topped the MLS All-Stars 2-1 in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Thursday.Once Arsenals young substitutes got going after entering midway through the second half, the opportunities came.Moments before halftime, Montreals Drogba scored on his third try following two deflections in one quick sequence for MLS to notch it at 1.The goal that I score and we lose, it doesnt count. ... Its a bit disappointing for me, Drogba said. Once again, I hate losing.Drogbas first attempt ricocheted off goalkeeper Petr Cech then the next off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before he converted with a shot to the right upper corner of the net in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half. Giovani dos Santos jumped on Drogbas back afterward.Joel Campbell scored on a penalty kick in the 11th minute for Arsenal following Jelle Van Dammes yellow card.Campbell converted the penalty kick with his left-footed shot to the left of a diving Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union.There was a scare for the MLS team in the 22nd minute, when Dallas star Kellyn Acosta collided with Francis Coquelin. A trainer came out as Acosta grabbed at his right ankle but he got to his feet and stayed in the game.Blake stopped a free kick in the sixth minute for the MLS group, which regularly pushed into its offensive half.San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski received a roaring ovation when he entered to play on his home field in Avaya Stadium in the 73rd minute, when Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey also came into the match.This is the most talented MLS team weve put together, said MLS coach Dominic Kinnear, also the Earthquakes coach. I would have loved to have won the game and made this experience a little more positive.Wondolowski had a shot soar over the crossbar from just inside the 18-yard box in the 82nd minute.Landon Donovan, a 14-time MLS All-Star and former San Jose great, was on hand and posed for photos with MLS Commissioner Don Garber.State-of-the-art Avaya Stadium, in its second season, is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium boasting the largest outdoor bar in North America behind one goal -- a huge hit before the game with fans clad in Arsenal gear.Arsenal, managed by Arsene Wenger and preparing for the English Premier League season following a second-place finish last season, had huge sections of fans among the sellout crowd of 18,000 on a hot Bay Area day.I believe what is important for us in this kind of event is to analyze what aspect of our game we do well, said Wenger, who liked how his team applied what it has worked on in training and balanced its runs and maintaining possession early. For me it is a good opportunity as well to see many young players.One of those is new defender Rob Holding, who made his Arsenal debut.Five MLS players were back from the 2015 All-Star team.MLS teams are 9-4-1 and have outscored opponents 25-23 in the leagues summer showcase event, including a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur last year in Colorado.I would say overall its less aggressive, Wenger said of the All-Star Game. These players come for a show, theyre happy to be together. Its not life or death. ... The contacts are less strong. Its a more friendly game.The privately funded, $100 million stadium broke ground in October 2012 and is known for its technological capabilities and other unique elements such as food truck options for concessions with an expansive grassy area for kids to play or watch a game on the huge video board.The seats are also three different shades of blue with a few red ones mixed in to honor the colors of past Bay Area soccer teams. The steep seating provides an increased noise level and keeps fans closer to the action. There is also an all-standing section behind one goal. White Air Max 2018 . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap Air Max 2018 . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. http://www.airmax2018black.us/ . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. Haas boss Guenther Steiner has revealed the team suffered a GPS failure during a crucial point of the British Grand Prix which left it unable to communicate with either driver.Esteban Gutierrez finished 16th at Silverstone, with Romain Grosjean retiring after just 17 laps. It was around the time of Grosjeans retirement that Haas power problems started, which left the team in a panic on the pit wall.For the midfield runners the switch to intermediates and then slick tyres were crucial in determining the running order but Haas pit wall problems meant Gutierrez did not come in at the ideal moment for his second stop.?When put to him it wasnt the race Haas was hoping for, Steiner replied: Thats an understatement! Absolutely not. There are a few things which happened that put us in this position. It was a no-no day for us, today, starting from when we went to wet to intermediates -- we double stinted and we shouldnt have done.Then we had a problem with our electricity -- everything went down, we had no data, nothing available to the engineers because everything went down. The panic comes in then, you cannot concentrate on the car anymore but you try to fix to get your telemetry back.We losst a bit of time there because Esteban then came in a lap late for going to dry [tyres], because it was [during] that period. Cheap Mens Air Max 90. We couldnt speak properly, we had no GPS, we didnt know where he was and the call came late. We then had a transmission failure for Grosjean.Steiner is confident the team understands how to avoid similar failures in future.It was just an electricity problem, maybe we need to do it a bit different. Its one of those things that we dont know why it happens. Im not an electrician but I dont think it had anything to do with the wet. It just happened. It was a bad day anyway, well fix it and not think about it anymore as I think the electricians found the root cause of it.Steiner, who said the problem occurred for six to ten laps, thinks this is a natural part of growing for F1s newest addition to the grid.These days, we knew they would happen. Its never nice when they happen but you learn out of mistakes, you can do a lot by experience but some things you need to learn and make better. It was a tough race for a lot of people. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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SAN JOSE, Calif. Youth Air Max 2017 . -- Didier Drogba hardly felt like celebrating his goal given the MLS All-Stars missed multiple late scoring chances that cost them their all-star game against Premier League power Arsenal.Chuba Akpom scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute from close range on a nice cross from the left side by Nacho Monreal, and Arsenal topped the MLS All-Stars 2-1 in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Thursday.Once Arsenals young substitutes got going after entering midway through the second half, the opportunities came.Moments before halftime, Montreals Drogba scored on his third try following two deflections in one quick sequence for MLS to notch it at 1.The goal that I score and we lose, it doesnt count. ... Its a bit disappointing for me, Drogba said. Once again, I hate losing.Drogbas first attempt ricocheted off goalkeeper Petr Cech then the next off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before he converted with a shot to the right upper corner of the net in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half. Giovani dos Santos jumped on Drogbas back afterward.Joel Campbell scored on a penalty kick in the 11th minute for Arsenal following Jelle Van Dammes yellow card.Campbell converted the penalty kick with his left-footed shot to the left of a diving Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union.There was a scare for the MLS team in the 22nd minute, when Dallas star Kellyn Acosta collided with Francis Coquelin. A trainer came out as Acosta grabbed at his right ankle but he got to his feet and stayed in the game.Blake stopped a free kick in the sixth minute for the MLS group, which regularly pushed into its offensive half.San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski received a roaring ovation when he entered to play on his home field in Avaya Stadium in the 73rd minute, when Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey also came into the match.This is the most talented MLS team weve put together, said MLS coach Dominic Kinnear, also the Earthquakes coach. I would have loved to have won the game and made this experience a little more positive.Wondolowski had a shot soar over the crossbar from just inside the 18-yard box in the 82nd minute.Landon Donovan, a 14-time MLS All-Star and former San Jose great, was on hand and posed for photos with MLS Commissioner Don Garber.State-of-the-art Avaya Stadium, in its second season, is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium boasting the largest outdoor bar in North America behind one goal -- a huge hit before the game with fans clad in Arsenal gear.Arsenal, managed by Arsene Wenger and preparing for the English Premier League season following a second-place finish last season, had huge sections of fans among the sellout crowd of 18,000 on a hot Bay Area day.I believe what is important for us in this kind of event is to analyze what aspect of our game we do well, said Wenger, who liked how his team applied what it has worked on in training and balanced its runs and maintaining possession early. For me it is a good opportunity as well to see many young players.One of those is new defender Rob Holding, who made his Arsenal debut.Five MLS players were back from the 2015 All-Star team.MLS teams are 9-4-1 and have outscored opponents 25-23 in the leagues summer showcase event, including a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur last year in Colorado.I would say overall its less aggressive, Wenger said of the All-Star Game. These players come for a show, theyre happy to be together. Its not life or death. ... The contacts are less strong. Its a more friendly game.The privately funded, $100 million stadium broke ground in October 2012 and is known for its technological capabilities and other unique elements such as food truck options for concessions with an expansive grassy area for kids to play or watch a game on the huge video board.The seats are also three different shades of blue with a few red ones mixed in to honor the colors of past Bay Area soccer teams. 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It was around the time of Grosjeans retirement that Haas power problems started, which left the team in a panic on the pit wall.For the midfield runners the switch to intermediates and then slick tyres were crucial in determining the running order but Haas pit wall problems meant Gutierrez did not come in at the ideal moment for his second stop.?When put to him it wasnt the race Haas was hoping for, Steiner replied: Thats an understatement! Absolutely not. There are a few things which happened that put us in this position. It was a no-no day for us, today, starting from when we went to wet to intermediates -- we double stinted and we shouldnt have done.Then we had a problem with our electricity -- everything went down, we had no data, nothing available to the engineers because everything went down. 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It was a bad day anyway, well fix it and not think about it anymore as I think the electricians found the root cause of it.Steiner, who said the problem occurred for six to ten laps, thinks this is a natural part of growing for F1s newest addition to the grid.These days, we knew they would happen. Its never nice when they happen but you learn out of mistakes, you can do a lot by experience but some things you need to learn and make better. It was a tough race for a lot of people. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mercury News of San Jose, California, apologized Friday for an insensitive headline about U. Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 97 1 .S. swimmer Simone Manuel.The 20-year-old Stanford University student became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event when she tied for first with Penny Oleksiak of Canada in the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night.After the race, the San Francisco Bay Area newspaper omitted Manuels name in a headline reading Olympics: Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American.The Mercury News, which covered Manuels collegiate career at nearby Stanford, tweeted an apology, saying the headline was insensitive.It was posted on the newspapers website about 9:45 p.m. and quickly removed and replaced with one carrying Manuels name with Phelps. The headline was not printed in the newspaper.Readers took to social media sites almost as soon as the offensive headline was posted to complain about the gaffe.This is a terrible headline, Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami posted on Twitter while the headline was still live. Its my paper. I might get in trouble for saying it, but its a terrible headline.Executive Editor Neil Chase said no one will be fired because it appears there were no bad intentions in writing the headline.Instead, Chase said there will be a tough conversation to determine exactly how the headline came to be written and published without any staffer raising concern. He said a couple different people saw it before it was posted.We made a mistake, he said.---This story has been corrected to say no one will be fired over the headline instead of no one disciplined, and to fix the spelling of the columnists name to Kawakami instead of Kawakwami. 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Sammy belted 59 off 35 balls, including five sixes and two fours, to lift St Lucia Zouks, coming off three successive losses, to a 35-run victory and knock St Kitts & Nevis Patriots out of contention for the knockouts.Coming in at the fall of Michael Hussey at a precarious 83 for 4, halfway into the 12th over, Sammy set to work by launching a straight six off legspinner Samuel Badree. He then hit Jonathan Carter for two boundaries in the following over. David Miller was bowled by a Krishmar Santokie cutter for 11 off 19 balls, but the dismissal hardly dented Sammys momentum.Sammy carted Santokie for back-to-back sixes before raising his first half-century off the tournament off 32 balls, with a drilled four down the ground. Sammy celebrated the landmark by kissing the turf and bowing to the crowd. He top edged fast bowler Alzarri Joseph to long leg in the final over, but by then Zouks had passed 160. Joseph finished well with three wickets off the last four balls of Zouks innings.Joseph had started positively as well, taking a tumbling catch at third man off Sheldon Cottrell to dismiss Andre Fletcher in the second over. He then struck with his first ball to limit the contribution of Johnson Charles, who has a stand named after him at this ground, to 25 off 14 balls. Carter got rid of the Australian paair of Shane Watson and Hussey, but Sammy ensured his side ended with a competitive 174. Offerte Scarpe Nike Air Max 97. That total began to look bigger when Patriots openers - Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis - fell within the Powerplay in the chase. JJ Smuts (30) and captain Faf du Plessis (48) counter-punched, but the scoreboard pressure was too much for the visitors. They lost their last five wickets for 13 runs and ultimately fell short by 35.Left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Patriots with figures of 3 for 37, while Sammy pitched in with the wicket of wicketkeeper Devon Thomas. The ticket prices had been slashed by 50% to celebrate the first game at the ground, and the crowd lapped up Sammys all-round show.The night had begun with Sammy and Charles walking through a guard or honour, and it ended with Sammy bagging the Man-of-the-Match award. The win dragged Zouks up from the bottom of the points table. They face Barbados Tridents next at the same venue on Saturday and Guyana Amazon Warriors on Sunday. Patriots have a week-long break before taking on Trinbago Knight Riders at Lauderhill on July 29.It was a big day for Darren [Sammy] and it was important for the guys to get the win... It has been a frustrating campaign for the Zouks, and we have had rain, we played out games with breaks between games, it was tricky, Morne Morkel, who took 1 for 29, said after the match. As a bowling unit, we rely on a lot of rhythm. Hopefully, with us playing at home with back-to-back games, we will get that sort of rhythm. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The giant video screen in Ohio States indoor practice facility ran a loop of MMA fighters beating each other senseless, coach Urban Meyers way of reminding players that they have one swing to knock out Michigan State this week and keep their championship dreams alive. Cheap Air Max 2017 .With all the playoff talk swirling after a seismic college football Saturday that saw three teams ranked higher than the Buckeyes lose and an odd tiebreaker situation that could see them advancing to the playoff without even playing in the Big Ten Championship game, the idea is to shut out the noise and keep the team focused on the immediate task.Meyer said its difficult to keep players from looking ahead and worrying about things that are out of their control. Ever since the Oct. 22 loss at Penn State , schedule boards in the football complex were covered up and the program renewed its focus on just winning the next game.Im debating right now what to do with that, Meyer said Monday when asked about the amped-up playoff chatter. I did not cover it yesterday. I havent covered it throughout the year. In the past I have. I dont know yet. But the focus is obviously Michigan State.It may help that there is a revenge element when it comes to the Spartans, although that angle was mostly downplayed by players on Monday. But remember, it was Michigan State that came into Ohio Stadium last year and ended the Buckeyes chances of repeating as Big Ten and national champions .Theres a little bit of human element that comes into the game, especially with them ruining senior night for us last year and ruining the season we were supposed to have last year, guard Billy Price acknowledged. Its in the back of your head, absolutely.Like last year, the championship hopes of No. 2 Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) will be erased with a loss to Michigan State (3-7, 1-6), a program that has fallen on hard times this season.They always have a chip on their shoulder when the Buckeyes are in town, and its going to be the same way this Saturday, Ohio State center Pat Elflein said. The records dont matter.Because of the loss to Penn State, and Michigans loss at Iowa on Saturday, Ohio State could be kept out of the conference title game by the tiebreaker system , even if the Buckeyes beat Michigan State and then Michigan on Nov. 26. Then the question becomes if the playoff committee will install Ohio State in the top four without a conference championship on its resume.At least one player said what many people around college football likely are thinking.I see it like this: If we win out all our games, Big Ten championship or not, you not going to put us in? quarterback J.T. Barrett said incredulously. Like youre going to leave Ohio State out? That doesnt make sense to me.NEVER MICHIGAN: Buckeyes fans were put in the distasteful position of needing Michigan to beat Iowa.If Michigan had won, and Ohio State took care of business against Michigan State and Michigan, that would have given Ohio State the East Division crown in the tiebreaker and a spot in the conference championship game. As it stands now, Penn State will win the tiebreaker if the Nittany Lions win out.But Buckeyes players werent rooting for Michigan. Thats just never going to happen.No, not at all, Price said.No, I dont root for them, linebacker Raekwon McMillan said.You dont ever want to root for those guys, Elflein said.---More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 .---Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacy Air Max Sneaker 2017 . 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I know Cleveland fans are mad at me right now, but my decision had zero to do with the quality of their team. On Monday, Lucroy was moved to the Texas Rangers with reliever Jeremy Jeffress as part of a deadline trade that included several minor league prospects. Here, Lucroy discusses the failed Cleveland deal and the moments before and after his trade to the Rangers -- a move he hopes will deliver him to his first playoff appearance in five years.When youre traded, youre never sure what to expect. Id never been dealt before, so this was a new experience for me. After our game on Saturday, against the Pirates, I was called into an office. Something was going down. The general manager, David Stearns, told me Id been traded. David said he couldnt say who got me because medical stuff needed to be cleared before it could be announced. I figured it must be a team that wasnt on my no-trade list, just because of everything that goes into that. Based on what Id seen online and what I heard from my agent, I knew the Mets, Indians, Dodgers and Rangers had shown interest. Cleveland was the only one of those teams on my no-trade list, so I ruled that out.It was already pretty clear there wasnt going to be much of a future for me in Milwaukee. Theyre in rebuilding mode, and they wouldnt want to pay to keep me there. I had a team option for 2017, and then that was it. Its the reality of the situation. I grew up in the organization, spent nearly 10 years with it. I love the fans, but this is all part of the game. You hear -- baseballs a business -- but it really is. They were figuring out their roster for the future, and I wanted to win now. Thats the landscape, and its something you have to deal with. So I got the news I was traded, and I was excited to know where I would play next. I knew itd be a competitive situation. I like being part of something bigger, like a cog in an engine. In Milwaukee, I didnt feel part of that because we werent winning. With a trade, Id be on a team that was working toward the playoffs.My agent, Doug Rogalski, found out it was the Indians that traded for me. I was surprised, but I wanted to keep an open mind. Great team. Competitive team. Theres a real chance to win. Doug called Chris Antonetti, the Indians president. There was one thing we wanted to know: What was my future with the Indians? We knew Cleveland already had a good catcher, Yan Gomes, whos injured right now. Hes getting paid more than me, and hes younger than me. We knew theyd probably want him catching almost every day next year. Heck, if I were the general manager in Cleveland, Id want Gomes catching every day.We were right. Antonetti told Doug that the Indians couldnt make any promises on me catching next season. There was no way theyd drop the team option, either, because Im pretty inexpensive in 2017. I dont blame them. I would have been mostly at first base and designated hitter. In the end, that was the deal killer. Doug called me. He said, Youre not going there.Cleveland fans dont like that part, but its nothing against them. It wasnt personal. If anything, I have even more respect for the Indians because of Antonettis honesty. He could have lied to my agent and said Id play catcher every day next season. But he didnt. He told the truth. Im thankful for that. My decision not to go to Cleveland had nothing to do with the team, but it had everything to do with my future in this game. It was an economic decision. Period. I have to look out for my familys best interests and my interests as a catcher whod be going into 2018 not having played my position the previous year. I am a catcher. Ive been catching since I was 12 years old. I love being behind the plate, being involved in the game from that perspective. I love every part of that. Im not changing positions for anybody. I dont care who it is. My value is as a catcher, and I know it.So we blocked the trade. And then we waited.Things werent dead. I knew I could still be moved. I was in a good position. If I were traded, it would be to a team that was in the playoff race. That was obvious. Doug knew there would be teams that would try to re-engage with the Brewers. I was hoping the Rangers were still interested. Dallas was our No. 1 target. My wife is from Louisiana, I went to college in Louisiana, and we still live in that state, so this was really close to home for us. If we could pick a perfect spot to go as a family, and for competitive baseball,, the Dallas area was the place. Wholesale Air Max Shoes. They know their sports in Texas. Great fans. Great facilities. Great team. We have a lot of friends there. We were hoping the Rangers were still interested.My manager, Craig Counsell, put me in as a pinch hitter on Sunday. It was a day before the trade deadline, and no one knew if I was wearing a Brewers uniform for the last time. I got a standing ovation, and it meant a lot to me. I dug into the batters box, and I was in limbo. I figured if this is my last at-bat here, its my last at-bat. If not, well see what happens. I flied out. It wasnt much of a storybook ending.Afterward I felt a little sad, a little excited. Honestly, I was scared because I didnt know what was going to happen next. I was thinking about my wife, Sarah, and our young daughter, Ellia. If I got traded, how would it impact them? How would we get our stuff to our new city? Theyd be by themselves, sorting things out, and I wouldnt be there to help. But I had to keep going like nothing was going to change in our lives. My general manager had told me I wasnt going to be dealt unless the team liked what it was getting in return. They werent just going to give me away.I decided to take a flight out of Chicago for San Diego, because thats where the Brewers were playing next. It was Monday, just before the trade deadline. If I wasnt traded, Id have to be in San Diego, ready to go. I was in a parking lot at OHare International Airport when Doug called. It was 2:50 p.m. Central time. Ten minutes before the deadline. Doug said Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Id been traded to the Rangers. I was totally calm about it. I said, Ill stay here and wait for confirmation from David. Five minutes later, I got the call. It was really straightforward: Hey, we just traded you to the Rangers. Its official. I left Chicago and headed for Miller Park.I called my wife and told her what was happening. Shed been a nervous wreck leading up to this point, and now I heard the excitement in her voice. I called my parents. I called my agent. Jon Daniels, the Rangers general manager, called me and said he was glad I was joining the team. Less than an hour earlier, I didnt know what was happening, and now I wound up getting traded to the team with the best record in the American League. You can say anything you want about what Ive said in the past about wanting to get traded to a winner and then blocking the trade to Cleveland. Well, guess what? I did get traded to a winner.Finally, I got back to Milwaukee and went into the Brewers clubhouse. I grabbed some catchers equipment. It was royal colored. I grabbed some spikes that matched, and I got some clothes. The Brewers would have to box up the rest of my locker and ship it to me. David knew I was at the park, so he came down and met me at one of the stadiums entrances. We shook hands. Then I was gone. I went home, kissed my wife, grabbed some more clothes. My daughter was off playing with friends, but I had to leave. Texas was playing in Baltimore on Tuesday, and I had to get to the airport. I kissed my wife again and said, Ill see you in a couple weeks. Thats the life of a baseball player.The last time I was in a playoff race was 2014, but we fell apart in mid-August and blew it. The last time I was in the playoffs was 2011, my first full season as a major leaguer. I still remember Mark Kotsay, one of our veterans, standing up and telling us we didnt understand how hard it was to make it to the playoffs. He told us that guys played their entire careers without making it to the postseason. He said it might not happen for any of us again. I heard that, and I was like, Cmon. No way thats happening. I thought we could go every year. I was spoiled. I was also dead wrong. I learned a lesson from that. Dont take things for granted.Texas made a sacrifice to bring me in. They gave up some good prospects. By making that sacrifice, theyre telling me they need me here to win. When a players on a team, wherever it is, you want to have that wanted and needed feeling. It makes you feel like youre part of something. We arent in the playoffs yet, but we have all the pieces. Im already falling in love with this roster. We have two players in our lineup who are Hall of Fame guys: Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran. Those two dudes are unbelievable. Im honored to play with them, and I know Im going to be a better baseball player being around them. Ive only played on the road for Texas, but I cant wait to play a home game.When I step to the plate there, Im going to take it all in. Im going to take all of this in. I know I had nothing to do with the Rangers getting to where they are now, but I want to have a lot to do with finishing the job. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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