PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin woke up Sunday morning, texted Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and told him he was good to go after missing nine games because of an ailing left leg. Elgton Jenkins Super Bowl Jersey . Sure looked like it. The Russian star scored twice and added an assist, helping the Penguins rally past Winnipeg 6-5 to extend their home winning streak to 12 straight. James Neal added two goals and Jussi Jokinen scored for the third time in the last two games as Pittsburghs second line kept the Penguins in it until Matt Niskanens slap shot with 7:22 remaining won it. "Its always a big boost when you get a guy like (Malkin) back," Neal said. "Myself and Jussi were obviously excited. We try to feed off that. It looked like he didnt miss a beat out there. He was his normal self." So were the Penguins after an atypical start. Pittsburgh trailed by two early but came roaring back to remain unbeaten at home since Nov. 13. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, including three sprawling saves in the final minute. Bylsma won his 232nd game with Pittsburgh, moving into a tie with Eddie Johnston for the most victories in franchise history. "They got up on us," Bylsma said. "But there has been with this team, finding a lot of different ways to win hockey games." The Penguins almost always do against Winnipeg. The Jets have lost each of their last 13 trips to Pittsburgh. Evander Kane had two goals and an assist for Winnipeg. Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who remained winless in Pittsburgh since 2006. Al Montoya made 33 saves, but couldnt make an early 2-0 lead stand up. "Thats one of the most talented teams in the league," Winnipegs Olli Jokinen said. "You cant try to outscore them. You have to try to find a way to play the good defence and make sure you get the puck on their goal line and on a few goals they made us look pretty bad." Malkin did his part, hardly looking rusty in his first game in three weeks. His 10th goal of the season put Pittsburgh on the board and his 11th tied it at 5 midway through the third period as the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins extended their home dominance. Pittsburghs 12-game run at Consol Energy Center matches that 12-game run the club put together between Feb. 22-March 30, 2013. This one, however, was harder than most. The Jets, less than 24 hours removed from a dismal 4-1 loss to Boston, hardly looked like a team overwhelmed by Pittsburghs home-ice advantage or the return of Malkin and Penguins defenceman Kris Letang, who missed 10 games with an elbow injury. Winnipeg took the lead just 1:47 into the game as Trouba pounced on an Olli Jokinen rebound and flipped it into the open net. Troubas fourth goal of the season also stopped a streak of 438:19 of game time in which the Penguins had been either in the lead or tied at home, a streak that dates to Nov. 27. Pittsburgh had a chance to even it late in the first period when Sidney Crosby was interfered with on a breakaway. His penalty shot was knocked out of harms way by Montoya, leaving Crosby without a penalty shot goal during his career (0 for 4). Scheifele made it 2-0 with just 4 seconds left in the first on a knuckler that Fleury couldnt get a handle on. All it did was set the stage for a furious second period in which the teams combined to score seven times on just 24 shots. A Winnipeg turnover led to a nasty wrist shot from Malkin for his first goal since Dec. 14. Neal followed by scoring twice in 34 seconds to give Pittsburgh the lead. The Jets, however, would not go away. Kane beat Fleury twice, beating Fleury with a beautiful backhand on a breakaway then emerging from a mad scramble to flip the puck over Fleury with 17 seconds left in the second to put Pittsburghs home streak in serious jeopardy. For a few minutes anyway. Malkin tied it at 5 by stuffing in a rebound 8:29 into the third period and Niskanen put the Penguins in front for good with a one-timer from the point that eluded Montoya. Fleury made a pair of big stops in the final minute, including getting a glove on a wrist shot by Scheifele with 3 seconds remaining to push his win total to an NHL-best 24. NOTES: Bylsma is 232-104-26 in four-plus seasons with the Penguins. Johnston went 232-224-80 in two different stints with Pittsburgh. ... The Penguins begin a three-game trip through Western Canada on Tuesday in Vancouver. ... The Jets finished their three-game East Coast swing 0-3. ... Crosby finished with one assist to extend his home point streak to 16 games. Adrian Amos Super Bowl Jersey . The Redblacks are taking on the Edmonton Eskimos in their second regular season game Friday night. Catch the game live on TSN as the back end of a doubleheader starting at 10pm et/7pm pt. Corey Linsley Super Bowl Jersey . -- Thirty years ago, the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime, a game that remains the highest scoring in NBA history.ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Phil Mickelson surged up the leaderboard with a 9-under 63 to put himself in second place after the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, while Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction that dropped him into a tie for fourth. Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. Lee shot a 69 for a 12-under 204 total. "I just love the fact I am in contention and have an opportunity in my first tournament of the year here in Abu Dhabi," Mickelson said. "The biggest thing for me is that each day as the tournament has progressed I have felt a lot sharper and sharper." McIlroy thought he was alone in second place a stroke behind Lee after finishing his round, but tournament officials then ruled that he had taken a drop incorrectly on the second hole and adjusted his score to a double-bogey 7. That gave him a 70 for the round to sit one stroke behind Mickelson and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (66). McIlroy had to take relief on the second hole when his ball ended up on a gallery crosswalk and went on to par the hole, but was later told by the caddy of playing partner Ricardo Gonzalez that he had his left foot on the white line marking the drop area, meaning he had not taken "full relief" according to the rules. Tournament officials reviewed the situation after McIlroy completed his round, with the golfer going back to the spot to show where he stood when he took the shot. "I didnt even know my foot was on the line,"t; McIlroy said. Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl Jersey. "We went back to see it again there and see where my divot was, and it was clear that I couldnt have played the shot with my feet anywhere else. I guess I was so much into the shot I didnt even realize. ... Theres a lot of stupid rules and this is one of them." To make matters worse, McIlroy said his drop had actually given him a bad lie and that he would have benefited from dropping again. "If anything, it was a disadvantage," McIlroy said. McIlroy had finished the round without a bogey, making his fourth birdie of the day on the 18th. "To a spectator it may feel like I have been unduly punished, and thats what it feels like to me, but its a rule of the game. I do feel like I have been hard done by but its nothing that a fast start tomorrow cant fix." Mickelson shot his lowest score since a 63 on the opening day of the Deutsche Bank Championship in September, falling one shot short of the Abu Dhabi course record. The American birdied four of his opening six holes, eagled the eighth and then also birdied five of his inward holes, including sinking a 50-foot birdie putt at the par-5 last. That came after he tried to reach the green in two shots but ended up beneath some trees to the left and needed a pitching wedge on his third shot. "(I) gave myself a 45 to 50 footer that you dont really expect to make too often but I had a good kind of feel on that one and it just rolled right I," Mickelson said. "But then I was getting a little tired mentally those last few holes and I could tell it was early in the season so I just wasnt as sharp mentally." ' ' '
The New Jersey Devils have fired head coach Peter DeBoer. Frank Oliver . New Jersey currently sits seventh in the Metropolitan Division with a 12-17-7 record. DeBoer had been with the team the past three seasons. After taking the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, his first year with the team, DeBoer and the Devils missed the playoffs the next two seasons. A successful junior coach, DeBoer broke into the NHL with the Florida Panthers, where he spent three years. Four years ago the Devils fired then-head coach John MacLean two days before Christmas. Pervis Atkins . -- Kevin Stadler might be playing in the Masters for the first time, but hes already showing his old man a thing or two. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes hope to remain perfect at home in January on Friday night as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to PNC Arena.Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis have been confirmed as Englands pairing for the upcoming World Cup of Darts. The Stoke duo will team up for the fifth successive year and enter next months £250,000 competition in Frankfurt, Germany, as the defending champions.Last years runners-up Scotland will be No 2 seeds and are represented by Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton, while No 3 seeds the Netherlands feature Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld. You can watch live on Sky Sports from June 2-5. Michael van Gerwen will represent the Netherlands Fourth seeds Northern Ireland will be represented by Brendan Dolan and Daryl Gurney, while Gerwyn Price will compete for Wales alongside Mark Webster as the No 5 seeds.Seeded Nations1 - England - Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis2 - Scotland - Gary Anderson & Robert Thornton3 - Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld4 - Northern Ireland - Brendan Dolan & Daryl Gurney Kim Huybrechts teams with his brother Ronny for Belgium 5 - Wales - Mark Webster & Gerwyn Price6 - Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson7 - Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts8 - Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John RodriguezUnseeded NationsCanada - John Part & Ken MacNeilChina - Yuanjun Liu & Wenge XieCzech Republic - Michal Kocik & Pavel DrtilDenmark - Per Laursen & Daniel JensenFinland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele Max Hopp is one to keep an eye on Germany - Max Hopp & Jyhan ArtutGibraltar - Dyson Parody & Manuel VilerioGreece - John Michael & Ioannis SelachoglouHong Kong - Ting Chi Royden Lam & Scott MacKenzieHungary - Nandor Bezzeg & Patrik KovaksItaly - Daniele Petri & Michel FurlanisJapan - Keita Ono & Haruki Muramatsu Gibraltars Dyson Parody and Manuel Vilerio New Zealand - Warren Parry & Cody HarrisNorway - Robert Wagner & Cor DekkerPhilippines - Gilbert Ulang & Alex TagaraoPoland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Mariusz PaulRepublic of Ireland - William OConnor & Mick McGowanRussia - Aleksandr Oreshkin & Boris KoltsovSingapore - Paul Lim & Harith LimSouth Africa - Devon Petersen & Graham FilbySpain - Cristo Reyes & Antonio AlcinasSweden - Magnus Caris & Daniel LarssonThailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntawong & Attapol EupakareeUSA - Darin Young & Larry Butler Also See: Sky Bets darts odds On Sky TV Schedule/Results Features Get Sky Sports ' ' '
Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe was named MLS Player of the Week on Monday. Cheapest Vapormax . The England international had both goals in TFCs season-opening 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The 31-year-old continues a remarkable run that has seen him score in his debut with every club hes played for in West Ham, Bournemouth, Tottenham, Portsmouth and the English national side. Defoe was also named in the MLS Team of the Week, alongside fellow Toronto designated player, midfielder Michael Bradley. TFCs Jonathan Osorio was named to the teams bench and Ryan Nelsen was named its coach. Vancouver Whitecaps winger Kekuta Manneh, who scored the lone Vancouver goal in the teams 1-1 draw with Chivas USA, was also named to the bench. Yeezy 350 Store . Mission accomplished. Now the Royals will take the field on Saturday with a World Series lead for the first time in team history when they play Game 4 of the Fall Classic against the Giants at AT&T Park. Fake Yeezy 350 V2 . Though the 26-year-old said he was able to participate, coach Dwane Casey kept Johnson out as a precaution.A superb individual goal from Jesus Manuel Corona was enough for Mexico to secure top spot in their Copa America group as they drew 1-1 with Venezuela. They had appeared to be heading for defeat after falling behind to defender Jose Manuel Velazquezs overhead kick 10 minutes into the match in Houston.That was after Mexican manager Juan Carlos Osorio had left most of his first-choice players on the bench ahead of the quarter-finals given they only needed a point to secure first place in their section. Substitute Corona spared his blushes as he picked up the ball around 40 yards from goal before bursting forward, beating five men and showing great footwork to finish with 10 minutes left.Coronas goal meant the sides finished on seven points each, with the 2001 runners-up having a greater goal difference.Mexico consequently face defending champions Chile next in the last eight, while Venezuelas failure to get past their opponents in the standings means they will take on Argentina. Corona scores Mexicos equaliser after going on a mazy run and beating five men Before kick-off there was a minutes silence in memory of the people who died at the weekend in the nightclub shooting in Orlando.The Mexicans went into the game having won their last 11 fixtures but that run came to an end, with Osorio defending his decision to rotate his team afterwards.He said: Rotation is part of life when you have a squad of players, We give opportunities to all players because we believe that they are all important. We selected a good group to compete against Venezuela.Mexico seemed for so long to be heading for a quarter-final clash with the Argentines as they fell behind then struggled to draw level with a team who had knocked out Uruguay in their last game. Jose Velazquez scores an acrobatic overhead kick to put Venezuela ahead The Venezuelan goal came when Alejandro Guerra swung a curling free-kick into the box and Christian Santos rose at the far post to head back across the face of goal.Velazquez was falling away but twisted his body acrobatically to hook in a wonderful volley that flew into the roof of the net past Mexico goalkeeper Leobardo Lopez.Mexico dominated the rest of the first half but were unable to find a breakthrough as their makeshift starting line-up struggled to gel. Fake Air Max 270. Corona is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the goal which ensured Mexico topped their group Venezuela were lucky not to concede a penalty when Wilker Angel looked to have handled in the area after Hector Morenos header.Mexico looked galvanised after the break, with Corona shooting wide and Jesus Molina doing the same soon after.Venezuela squandered a good chance to go 2-0 up when substitute Josef Martinez went clean through only to shoot tamely at Corona and that was the cue for Coronas incredible equaliser.In the groups other match, Uruguay finished their tournament with a 3-0 victory over Jamaica in Santa Clara. Hulls Abel Hernandez scored Uruguays first goal. Pictures courtesy of Premier Sports. You can see all matches live on Premier Sports They went ahead through Abel Hernandez in the 21st minute, doubled their lead on a Je-Vaughn Watson own goal in the 66th minute then sealed victory through Mathias Corujo.The result meant Jamaica signed off having lost all three of their games in the USA without scoring a single goal. Also See: Peru dump Brazil out of Copa 10-man USA hold off Paraguay Messi hits hat-trick on return WATCH: Handball knocks Brazil out ' ' '
BEREA, Ohio -- Jason Campbell didnt get passed over a second time. Adrian Amos Super Bowl Jersey . Hes all Cleveland has left. Campbell is finally getting a chance to start at quarterback for the reeling Browns, who are turning to the veteran to settle things down and save a season thats beginning to spin out of control. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski benched ineffective starter Brandon Weeden and will go with Campbell on Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell is the third QB to start for Cleveland already this season and the 20th -- the most in the NFL -- since 1999 for the Browns, who have spent their entire expansion era searching for an on-field leader. Campbell started just one game last season and knows he may have some rust to knock off. "Go get some 40-W, EW-40 or something like that," Campbell joked, searching for the name of the well-known lubricant. "I just want to go have fun and play, and well see what happens." With Weeden coming off poor performances in losses to Detroit and Green Bay, Chudzinski decided to switch to Campbell, who was leapfrogged earlier this season by Brian Hoyer. When Weeden sprained his right thumb in Week 2 against Baltimore, Chudzinski picked Hoyer, who was No. 3 on Clevelands depth chart, over Campbell to start against Minnesota. Hoyer led the Browns (3-4) to wins over the Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals before his season ended in the first quarter Oct. 3 against Buffalo. But Weedens struggles, coupled with a perceptible loss of faith by Clevelands offensive players, left Chudzinski with little choice but to start Campbell. "Its a tough decision," Chudzinski said. "I believe that this is in the best interest of the team, ultimately, and gives us the best chance to win. Im excited to see what Jason will do with this opportunity." Campbell is pumped, too. But talk about a brutal assignment. The undefeated Chiefs not only have one of the NFLs top defences -- they lead the league with 35 sacks -- but play in rowdy Arrowhead Stadium. "They are No. 1 in third down, No. 1 in the red zone and No. 1 in points allowed, so it is definitely a challenge," said Campbell, who signed with the Browns as a free agent in March. "Arrowhead is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, and that means even more we need to be on the same page." Weedens fate was sealed after Sundays 31-13 loss against the Packers. He completed just 17 of 42 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception, a 48.6 rating. He dropped to 0-4 as a starter. His 66.5 rating is 30th overall, and hes 32nd in completion percentage. The second-year QB, who must have known his demotion was coming after Chudzinski failed to offer his support Monday, politely declined to speak with reporters at his locker. "Im not going today, guys," he said. Now, the question is whether Weeden, barring an injury, will ever play for Cleveland again. Chudzinski said his decision to switch to Campbell was based on "consistency and production." The nine-year veteran has made 71 career starts. The coach would not commit to the 31-year-old Campbell beyond this week. "I think that looking at Jason and the things that he brings to the table, leadership, his experience, hes been productive and hes been successful in the league," Chudzinski said. "I think when you look at his arm strength and you look at his mobility and some of those things, and tie it into as far as a game plan standpoint, its what we feel like we need for this game and gives us the best chance." Cleveland fans have been clamouring for Weeden to be pushed aside, but Chudzinski said the lack of support was not a factor in making another change. While Weedens demotion didnt surprise many Browns players, wide receiver Davone Bess said blaming him for the teams struggles isnt fair. "Thats the easiest thing to say, that something had to be done and we had to pretty much make a switch," he said. "We know weve got a lot of work to do and its not just one person, starting with Brandon. We all have some accountability to own up to, and thats the nature of this business." NOTES: According to STATS, the Packers and Patriots have had a league-low three starting QBs since 99. The league average is 11.3. ... WR Josh Gordon has grown tired of trade rumours. With the deadline set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Gordon wishes it was past. "I honestly wish if it was going to happen, I wish it would happen already instead of dragging on," he said. "If a trade offer came in and thats what the Browns want to do, so be it. If not, then let it be known this is where Im going to be." ... Browns S Tashaun Gipson said he texted Packers TE Jermichael Finley, who suffered a bruised spinal cord in Sundays game on a hit by Gipson. "I just wanted to keep him in high spirits, wish him well, wish him a speedy recovery," Gipson said. JK Scott Super Bowl Jersey .Y. - Major League Soccer is prepared to start its season this weekend even if there isnt a labour deal with its referees and other on-field officials. Darnell Savage Jr. Super Bowl Jersey . The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists detailed in a report how Russian and international journalists have been harassed and prevented from covering sensitive stories in Sochi such as the abuse of migrant workers and environmental issues. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats are getting used to big nights from Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Now, they have Gary Neal to throw into the offensive mix. The newly acquired Neal came off the bench and scored 19 points as the surging Bobcats won their seventh home game in a row, defeating the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Monday night. Jefferson led all scorers with 26 points and Walker scored 24, but it was Neals work off the bench that may have made the biggest difference with Gerald Henderson out with a strained right calf muscle. "It was a huge to get a win at home and protect our homecourt, especially with the standings the way they are," said Neal, who was playing in his only his seventh game with the team since coming over from Milwaukee in a trade on Feb. 20. "I felt good in the (Monday) morning shootaround and had a good individual workout before the game," Neal added. "Then, the first couple shots fell and I got in a good rhythm." Neal actually made his first six field-goal tries as the Bobcats, currently in position to grab the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs, improved to 30-34. Three of those baskets by Neal were 3-pointers. The Nuggets, who fell to 27-36, were led by Ty Lawsons 24 points -- 15 of which came in the fourth quarter as he tried to rally his team. "They were without Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal stepped in and did what he needed to do," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "We have to learn to respect everyone, whether hes a starter or coming off the bench." Jefferson made 10 of his first 14 field-goal attempts, and also contributed a game-high 13 rebounds. Walker added seven assists for the Bobcats. Jefferson scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first quarter, after which the Bobcats led 25-22. But they actually extended their lead to 12 in the second quarter, as Neal scored nine points. "That boy can score. He made plays, thats all," Jefferson said of Neal. "If he can play like that, its going to give a big lift to the second unit. With him hitting 3s like that, thatts just going to open up the paint for guys like me who like to attack it. Jaire Alexander Super Bowl Jersey. " Josh McRoberts added 15 points for Charlotte, including a key 3-pointer with 6:15 left at the shot-clock buzzer to extend Charlottes lead to 90-82 after Denver had cut it to five. Denver also got 15 points from Kenneth Faried, 16 from Aaron Brooks, and 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds from J.J. Hickson. After Faried led a brief Denver comeback to cut Charlottes lead to 51-45 at the half, Walker and Jefferson hit the first two baskets of the third quarter to push the Charlotte advantage back to 10 and the home team never trailed in the second half. Denver did pull to within 101-96 in the final minute, but Walker, who made all 12 of his free-throw attempts on the night, hit a pair with 55.6 seconds left and then Jefferson hit a jumper after a defensive stop to seal the Bobcats victory. "We hung in there and fought hard," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "It wasnt our best game. We made a lot of mistakes in the fourth quarter. But its a good win and an important win for our team." Clifford said Neal, who has now scored in double figures in six of the seven games hes played for the Bobcats, is providing the kind of instant offence that he had hoped for when Neal was acquired from the Bucks along with backup point guard Luke Ridnour. "He played great," Clifford said. "Forget the 7-for-9 (field-goal shooting). He made two big plays out of the pick-and-roll when we were struggling. They blitzed Kemba and Gary Neal hit CDR (Chris Douglas-Roberts) for a big 3 and he started the ball movement on another pick-and-roll that led to a Kemba jumper. Hes the one who kind of got our offence back on track." NOTES: Clifford said Henderson, who missed Mondays game and has been out a week with a strained right calf muscle, might attempt running during Tuesdays practice. He hopes Henderson will be available to resume playing in games soon. Clifford said that likely wont occur until next week, however. ... The Bobcats have 18 home wins, three more than all of last year. ' ' '
With the NHL regular season in the books, thirteen of the 14 teams that failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft. Marlon Brown Jersey . Catch the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery exclusively on TSN and TSN GO live NOW. TSNs coverage is also available live on TSN radio stations across the country. You can also take part in TSN.cas live chat as the draw takes place, with the chance to discuss and debate both the draft order as well as topics from around the league. The live blog includes all the latest news, top prospect rankings, and video highlights at TSN.ca/DraftCentre. During the 30-minute TSN original production, Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie will unveil his consensus Top 10 prospects and TSNs Director of Scouting Craig Button projects how the first 13 picks will unfold. Representatives from each of the five teams most likely to win the Draft Lottery will be joined by NHL on TSN host James Duthie in the TSN Studio as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly reveals the draft order. The club selected in the lottery will be awarded the first overall pick for the 2014 NHL Draft, which takes place on TSN on June 27-28 in Philadelphia. The top-seeded Buffalo Sabres (25.0 per cent) have the best chance of winning the lottery, followed by the Florida Panthers (18.8 per cent), Edmonton Oilers (14.2 per cent), Calgary Flames (10.7 per cent) and New York Islanders (8.1 per cent). The Vancouver Canucks (6.2 per cent), Toronto Maple Leafs (3.6 per cent), and Winnipeg Jets (2.7 per cent) complete the group of five Canadian teams with a chance to choose first overall. The Ottawa Senators first-round pick is property of the Anaheim Ducks, who acquired it in a trade for Bobby Ryan. The Devils will receive the 30th overall pick regardless of their final standing as penalty for cap circumvention in signing Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils will still be included in the lottery drawing with the same odds that would have normally been assigned to the club. In the event the Devils win the lottery, a re-draw will be conducted to select a different recipient of the first overall selection in the first round. The New York Islanders may not have a first-round pick, as they must surrender either their 2014 or 2015 first-round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres as part of the trade that sent Thomas Vanek to New York. The Islanders decide which pick to surrender prior to the 2014 NHL Draft. Jeff Blake Jersey . The Detroit Tigers star had microfracture surgery Friday to repair the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee. "I dont want to say it was a surprise," team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. Priest Holmes Jersey .75 million contract for the 2014 season and avoided arbitration. The team announced the agreement on Tuesday.Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Make it 13 in a row for Navy. And the momentum in the 115th edition of the Army-Navy Game shifted with a last-second timeout. Keenan Reynolds ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and threw for another as the Midshipmen defeated the Cadets 17-10 on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Up 7-0 during the latter stages of the second quarter, Army was faced with a 4th-and-1 at the Navy 30. Cadets quarterback Angel Santiago kept the ball on a quarterback sneak and appeared to pick up a first down, but Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo signaled for a timeout right before the ball was snapped and the play was whistled dead. After the stoppage, Santiago had trouble with the exchange and was stopped shy of the marker on another sneak attempt. The Midshipmen (7-5), whose offense failed to move the chains on each of their first three possessions, found the end zone on their ensuing touch when Reynolds rolled right and found Jamir Tillman for a 9-yard touchdown in the front part of the end zone to tie the score. Navy carried that momentum into the second half, where it pulled away. Reynolds was 6-of-8 for 77 yards and picked up his 100 yards on the ground on 26 carries for the Midshipmen, who will face San Diego State in 10 days in the Poinsettia Bowl. Chris Swain posted 47 yards on nine totes and Noah Copeland added 30 on 12 rushes in the triumph. Navy, which has outscored Army 417-142 during the winning streak, ran for 205 yards as a team. Larry Dixon ran the ball 14 times for 90 yards to lead the Cadets (4-8), who havent beaten the Midshipmen since Dec. 1, 2001 when they recorded a 26-17 victory. Navy held a 17-7 advantage with 3:47 remaining before Reynolds fumbled an exchange and Joe Drummond pounced on the ball for Army. The miscue led to a 52-yard Daniel Grochowski field goal, making it a one- score game, but the ensuing onside kick with 1:51 to play was recovered by the Midshipmen. The Cadets opened the scoring following Navys initial offensive sequence when Josh Jenkins blocked a punt annd Xavier Moss returned it for a touchdown. Peter Boulware Jersey. . Navy was unable to sustain a drive until the early stages of the second. It moved the chains for the first time following a 10-yard Reynolds run on a 3rd- and-2.The Midshipmen went on to pick up two more first downs prior to punting. Dixon broke several tackles on a 3rd-and-6 sprint draw play for an 8-yard pickup and Joe Walker gained 18 along the left sideline off an option pitch to take the ball to the Navy 39. The failed Santiago sneak came four snaps later. The Midshipmen capitalized quickly on the turnover on downs when Reynolds fired a 39-yard strike to Tillman over the middle on a post pattern. The game- tying score came five plays later, knotting the score at 7-7. Ryan Williams-Jenkins returned the second-half kickoff 41 yards to midfield. Andrew King sacked Reynolds for a 6-yard loss on a 3rd-and-8 at the Army 22 to push a field-goal attempt further back, but Austin Grebe made it anyway, connecting from 45 yards out to give Navy the lead. Grochowski hooked a 49-yard field goal wide left on Armys next touch and Navy went up by double figures with an elongated 15-play trek. Reynolds picked up a pair of 3rd-and-shorts with 4-yard runs sandwiched around Copelands 4-yard carry to convert a 3rd-and-3 and Reynolds capped the 69-yard march with a 1-yd quarterback sneak for a 17-7 margin. Paul Quessenberry forced an A.J. Schurr fumble on Armys next drive and Will Anthony pounced on the loose ball to give the ball back to the Midshipmen midway through the fourth. Game Notes Three of the last four meetings between the teams have been decided by a touchdown or fewer, although Navy tallied a 34-7 victory a year ago ... Niumatalolo became Navys all-time winningest coach with the victory, passing George Welsh. Niumatalolo is also the first Midshipmen coach to win his first seven games against Army ... Navy wound up picking up 16 first downs, outgained Army 282-235, and was 9-of-15 on third down. ' ' '
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Oakland Athletics brought Jim Johnson into their bullpen when they lost All-Star closer Grant Balfour in free agency. Damien Wilson Super Bowl Jersey . Two weeks into the season, Johnson is 0-2 with an 18.90 ERA and one blown save in five appearances for the Athletics. Manager Bob Melvin couldnt afford to wait while the former Orioles closer got into a groove, removing him from that role on Thursday. Melvin will proceed with a closer-by-committee approach. "Theres no timetable," Melvin told As beat writers before the team played their series finale against the Minnesota Twins. "Lets just get him straightened out. And we have plenty of options. Thats the good thing about our team, our versatility. Well play it by ear based on how the games going, whos available on that particular day." Hes allowed at least two runs in three of his five appearances, his seven total runs allowed is tied for the most in the AL among relievers. Hes allowed more walks and hits than any other reliever in the league. Its a far cry from the dominant reliever who saved 50 games for the Orioles last season, tied with Atlantas Craig Kimbrel for the most in the majors. The As were in the market when Balfour, who had 38 saves last year to help Oakland win its second straight AL West title, signed with the Tampa Bay Rays over the winter. Johnson is making $10 million and will be a free agent at the end of this season, but the As can take heart that he has recovered from similar funks before to post solid seasons. Last year, he was charged with three losses and four of his nine total blown saves during a tough six-game stretch in the middle of May. He allowed 12 runs over five innings in that stretch, but posted a 1.52 ERA in his other 69 appearances. Oakland will use Dan Otero, Ryan Cook, Luke Gregorson and Sean Doolittle in save situations, depending on the matchup. Martinas Rankin Super Bowl Jersey . The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had a 9-under 135 total at Emirates Golf Course in the Ladies European Tours season-ending tournament. Derrick Nnadi Super Bowl Jersey . The Toronto Argonauts (11-7) look for an opportunity to repeat as CFL champions when they host the surging Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) on Sunday.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Through their first two preseason games, the best performance from Minnesotas first-team offence has been by rookie punter Jeff Locke. The Vikings havent done much well in these exhibition games yet. Each incompletion by Christian Ponder or three-and-out series by the unit has only heightened concerns whether this team can be balanced enough to build off last years playoff appearance. Even when the wins and losses dont matter, decent showings will somewhat appease the fans, soften the skepticism of the analysts, and most importantly give the coaches and players confidence in a chemistry carry-over to the regular season. "Yeah, there would be some reason for concern if we dont do certain things that weve set out to get accomplished in this ballgame, or any ballgame," coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. The Vikings are at San Francisco on Sunday, and most of the starters are expected to play into the third quarter. But before this becomes an anxiety-raising, must-thrive event, theres a critical fact to point out about the way the offence bumbled through the first two games. "I was coming off the sideline saying, Oh, my gosh, what are we doing?" wide receiver Greg Jennings said. "Like, we were struggling. And then I saw this guy on the sideline that had this 28 jersey on, and he wasnt dressed, and Im like Oh, yeah. I forgot. We dont have a big part of our offence out here that draws a lot of attention. So this week will be a lot better." Assessing a team without the leagues rushing leader and Most Valuable Player is hardly worth it, especially considering the way the Vikings revolve around their star running back Adrian Peterson. Derrick Thomas Super Bowl Jersey. This week against the 49ers, the plan is for Peterson to be on the field. "If youre an offensive player, we definitely want to take some steps forward," Peterson said. The Vikings have averaged only 14 first downs and 276 yards over the first two games, though that includes all of the time logged by backups and long shots trying to make the team. Ponder is 6 for 14 for 68 yards and one interception. His passer rating is 28.3. So this next exhibition will be a valuable opportunity for Ponder to continue trying to establish a rhythm with Jennings, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson and the rest of his receivers. Dont expect a polished product either, Jennings said. "Kinks will never completely be ironed out," he said. "There will always be a new wrinkle that we put in that were going to be trying to perfect. Just our relationship, our chemistry, were going to try to perfect that forever." NOTES: The finalists for the punt returner role are incumbent Marcus Sherels and fellow CB Bobby Felder, according to special teams co-ordinator Mike Priefer. The Vikings have been grooming Patterson for that job, too, but theyre trying to narrow his focus for now. ... DT Sharrif Floyds minor left knee operation went fine, Frazier said, and hes expected to be ready for the first week of the regular season. ... In addition to Floyd and FB Jerome Felton, whos out for the rest of August recovering from an appendectomy, the only other significant player held out of practice Wednesday was WR Jarius Wright (concussion symptoms). ' ' '
RENTON, Wash. Bart Starr Super Bowl Jersey . -- So much for concern that running back Marshawn Lynch would be absent from the Seattle Seahawks minicamp. Shortly after the first day of minicamp began for the Super Bowl champions on Tuesday, Lynch strolled from the Seahawks locker room with his No. 24 jersey pulled over a hooded sweatshirt. Lynch was just a spectator, spending most of his day chomping on sunflower seeds and chatting with teammates. But he was in attendance, avoiding the potential of being fined nearly $70,000 for skipping the mandatory team workouts. "We expected him to be here and he was here," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Reports surfaced last week that Lynch might consider not attending the practices in hopes of getting a higher salary for the 2014 season. Lynch signed a four-year contract before the 2012 season. He is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary this season plus per-game roster bonuses. Carroll declined to discuss any conversations with Lynch about his contract. "There is nothing in our conversations about that, the business side of it that well talk about," Carroll said. "There is no reason to. We havent talked about other guys in that regard so were not doing that now." Lynch was not available to speak as he sat out the practice with a sore ankle, according to Carroll. Lynch had not been present for Seattles organized team activities and because of a sore ankle, Carroll said it would be unlikely his running back would be on the field during minicamp. Seattles plan is to make sure Lynch is healthy for the season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 4, which will be a very light load of carries during training camp and the preseason. Even though the Seahawks staff at various times during the off-season has expressed getting more carries for reserves Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, Carroll reiterated that Seattles run game begins with Lynch. Lynch has rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of the past three regular seasons. Hes gotten at least 285 carries in each of those three seasons and last season during Seattles title run finished the year with 366 carries combined between the regular season and playoffs. That was the fourth-most combined carries for any running back since 2009. "We have rested him a lot in the off-season. He takes a big pounding during the year. It takes him a long time to get his body back to where he doesnt feel the rigours of the season thats past," Carroll said. "In this case its unique but he is a unique player and he has a unique role on our football team, so we have to do what we have to do to take care of him." Lynch could have faced significant fines if he decided not to attend minicamp, but he has shown previously he does not enjoy losing money through fines. Last season, Lynch begrudgingly began speaking to the media during the playoffs in an effort to avoid hefty fines from the league. That included memorable sessions during Super Bowl week where he answered questions for about 20 combined minutes during three days of league-mandated media availability. "Marshawn has really been the guy for us and we love everything about the way he plays and what he brings to this team. Hes never taken a step backward at any time for us in all the years hes been here," Carroll said. "From the day we went after him and got him we had sights on him becoming the player that he has become and he has never disappointed us. Hopefully hell be really healthy and ready to go at the season start and if we have accomplished that with this off-season that will be very successful for him and for our team." NOTES: LB Bruce Irvin, who had hip surgery in early June, was the only player not in attendance. ... Rookie WR Paul Richardson was a full participant after being limited in recent off-season workouts with a sore shoulder. ... Veteran DT Kevin Williams was a full participant one day after signing his contract with the Seahawks after spending his entire career with Minnesota. Josh Jackson Super Bowl Jersey . The Hockey Canada Foundation is donating $50,000, with Hockey Quebec contributing $15,000. Hockey Canada also announced it will hold a skills camp for all levels of minor hockey in Lac-Mégantic during the 2013-14 season. Representatives from Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Quebec were on hand Tuesday night at a meeting of the AHM de Lac-Mégantic to make the announcement and presentation. Preston Smith Super Bowl Jersey . -- The Windsor Spitfires were left with just one goaltender Tuesday after having their starter walk out on them midway through Game 3 of their Ontario Hockey League playoff matchup with the London Knights.BEREA, Ohio -- For the first time at Browns training camp, the spotlight wasnt on Johnny Manziel. LeBron James stole it. The NBA megastar got his football fix Thursday, showing up with his two sons to watch Manziel and the Browns practice. James spent an hour watching a morning workout as the team prepares for Saturdays exhibition opener in Detroit. It was James first public appearance -- the practice was open only to media and corporate VIP guests -- since re-signing with the Cavaliers last month, and his entrance caused quite a commotion. Browns players couldnt wait to meet him after practice, and several had their photos taken with the four-time MVP, who is noticeably thinner after shedding some weight during the off-season. Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert ran into the locker room to grab his phone before returning to the field to shake hands with James. "Its awesome having him out here," Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas said. "Hes obviously the best player in our generation in the NBA. To have him back in Cleveland is awesome." James spoke for several minutes on the sideline with Browns coach Mike Pettine and safety Donte Whitner. He chatted outside the locker room with Manziel, his close friend and business partner. "He just asked how camp was going," Pettine said. "You could tell that hes into it and loves football, a big Browns fan. He said hell be at the games when its warm, and when its cold hell be watching in his basement." Forced to keep one eye on his sons as they tossed around a football, James later walked off the field holding hands with LeBron Jr. and Bryce. He declined comment, saying "Ill see you tomorrow" to reporters as cameramen surrounded him. James homecoming to Northeast Ohio is being celebrated with an event in Akron on Friday night. Pettine also got his photo taken with James, who towered over every group. "I do know Im going to be father of the year now," Pettine said. "I got my daughter a picture with LeBron. She could care less about a picture with me." Pettine has had quiite a week, meeting Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown for the first time at a practice. Bryan Bulaga Super Bowl Jersey. "When I got hired, somebody very quickly brought it up to me that I might have both of those opportunities," he said. "Two things off the bucket list." James and his sons were presented with No. 23 Browns jerseys that the boys put on. James took more photos with members of Clevelands coaching staff and general manager Ray Farmer. James return has given Cleveland fans hope they may one day celebrate a championship. Its been 50 years since the Browns captured the NFL title, the last Cleveland team to win it all. Pettine believes all three teams can feed off each other. "Its hard to explain when it happens, but I think it kind of gets fed through the fans with the teams," he said. "I dont know how many of them are actual connecting with each other, but I think when the city gets revved up, I think you can have momentum from season to season." Whitner grew up here and is well aware of the areas sports misery. But Cleveland -- at long last -- isnt such a joke and suddenly an epicenter of excitement. "Stuff like this doesnt happen. Thats why its time for a change," he said. "Were from here in Northeast Ohio: LeBron is from Northeast Ohio; we get Johnny here. Its a lot of excitement, man, and I think we pretty much deserve it. I think that a lot of people kick us around a lot, talk a lot of trash about us, but we deserve it." NOTES: Practice ended with defensive and offensive linemen squaring off in an extra-point competition. Defensive end Armond Bryant made the first attempt and Thomas, who punted and kicked in high school, booted one through with a straight-on approach before an out-of-character celebration. "There were some very unique styles," Pettine said. ... Manziel will not play with the starters in Detroit, Pettine said. ... Gilbert is "nicked up" and will likely be held out against Detroit. TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and DE Billy Winn (hamstring) did not practice. ' ' '
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I wondered how NHL coaches would feel about a playoff schedule that allowed them to open a best-of-seven series on the road, which many claim to favour, yet still gave them the precious home-ice edge for a seventh game.CALGARY - Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk hasnt changed a thing since being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes.What has changed is hes playing in meaningful hockey games.Zach Parise scored the only goal and Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots he faced Thursday night as the Wild picked up an important two points with a 1-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.The win moves Minnesota (22-20-6) within five points of the Flames and the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.Its fun to play important games, said Dubnyk. I was happy with the way my game was in Arizona so I wanted to really concentrate on sticking with the same things I was doing there that was helping me be successful there.Dubynks best stops came in the third period as the Flames — who lead the NHL with eight wins when trailing after two periods, generated several dangerous chances in trying to pull out yet another comeback win.Six minutes in, Johnny Gaudreau got around Jared Spurgeon and fired a dangerous wrist shot at the top corner that Dubnyk caught with his glove. With six minutes left in the period, Dubnyk thwarted Paul Byron on a clear breakaway.Then, as the final couple seconds ticked off the clock, he jabbed out his pad to rob Mikael Backlund at the side of the net.After the game, Dubnyk was asked which chances stood out.I think the breakaway is the obvious one, he said. They kept trying to stretch guys and finally got one. I got a toe on the puck with about two seconds left at the side of the net. I guess that probably turned out to be the most important one.The 2004 first round draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers was acquired from the Coyotes on Jan. 14 in exchange for a third round draft pick. Minnesota is his fourth team in the past two years.Dubnyk provided the stability in net that the Wild were not getting from Darcy Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom. With five out of six points so far, Minnesota wraps up its four-game road trrip Sunday in Vancouver. George Mira Jersey. I think we owe a lot to Dubnyk tonight. He bailed us out on a lot of different breakdowns we had. He was really good, said Parise. Weve got a long ways to go but playing against these guys tonight, like we said this morning, five looks a lot better than nine had we lost this game. Its a good start to the trip.Calgary (26-20-3) falls to 1-1 on a six-game homestand, which continues Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.Close, man, said Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano. (Jonas Hiller) played awesome. Their guy played awesome. One bad mistake — I made a bad one in the first there — and they get a goal. At the end of the night, thats the mistake that cost us.The goal, Parises 20th goal of the season and sixth in his last six game, came at 8:59 of the first period.Attempting to send a cross-ice pass from his own corner, Giordanos pass was knocked down by Thomas Vanek and immediately picked up by Parise all alone in front, who quickly tucked a shot through Hillers pads.It was the first time Calgary has been shutout this season after going 71 games since last being blanked.Hiller, spectacular at times himself, finished with 31 stops to fall to 14-14-2.It was one of those nights — I thought Dubnyk played well and we didnt get the bounces. It happens, said Hiller. We have to stay positive. I thought we played well. If we play like that every night, we have a chance every night and thats what we need.Notes: Just called up from Iowa (AHL), Minnesota D Matt Dumba played in his hometown for the first time in his NHL career. His parents and brother were in attendance... Dumba took the spot of Christian Folin, who along with Erik Haula were healthy scratches... Byron has gone 28 games without a goal while LW Brandon Bollig has no goals on the season in 41 games... The Flames have scored 59 third period goals, tied with Tampa Bay for most in the NHL. Theyve only given up 32. ' ' '
OAKVILLE, Ont. Chad Henne Jersey . - The RBC Canadian Open will return to Glen Abbey Golf Club next year, marking the 27th time that the national open championship will be played at the Oakville, Ont., course. Brandt Snedeker was victorious when the tournament was last held at Glen Abbey in 2013. "Glen Abbey has challenged the worlds best on 26 occasions and played host to many of the most memorable finishes in Canadian Open history, including Brandt Snedekers exciting victory last summer," Golf Canada chief executive officer Scott Simmons said Thursday in a release. "The Abbey and Canadas national open golf championship share a special connection and we are pleased to continue that legacy in 2015." The PGA Tour event will be played July 23-26, 2015. This years tournament is set for July 24-27 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Ile-Bizard, Que. Glen Abbey hosted 22 Canadian Open tournaments between 1977 and 2000, as well as 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013. Patrick Mahomes Jersey . 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Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills added 14 each and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio (42-16). "Im really proud of how they hung in and realized it was a 48-minute game," coach Gregg Popovich said. "Manu didnt have a good game for a while, but down the stretch he came through. He and Timmy, they executed well; Patty really well (and), obviously, Marco was a big help. Overall it was a hell of a win against a very good basketball team." Al Jefferson scored 20 points and former Spurs guard Gary Neal added 15 for Charlotte (27-31), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Gerald Henderson scored 12 and Kemba Walker 11. San Antonio had 19 turnovers, but only one in the final 6 minutes of the game. That helped the Spurs overcome a 14-point deficit in the first half. "Fourteen points in this league is nothing," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "Especially against a team like that, that shoots the ball like that. I think the way you look at it, to me, is you want to have a chance on the road at the end of the game to win, which we did." There were three ties and two lead changes in the final 7 minutes as the Spurs celebrated Military Appreciation Night with camouflage uniforms. Ginobili blocked Walkers layup attempt and drew a charge on Jefferson on consecutive possessions. Duncan followed with a 15-foot jumper that gave San Antonio an 82-80 lead with 1:43 remaining. Duncan then fired a pass to Belinelli in the right corner for a 3-pointer over Neal that gave the Spurs an 85-80 edge. "We know (Neals) a bad defender. All he wants to do is shoot," Duncan said, smiling afterward. "We took advantage of that. Gary was great tonight, actually. He played hard, played well." Neal said he knew that play was coming off an inbounds set, but Duncan simply executed it well. "Ive made a couple of 3s like that from Timmy over the 207 games I played here," Neal said. "Tim is a Hall of Famer. He made a great play. Thats what he does. Thats why the Spurs are so successful." Duncan had six assists and shot 6 for 12 from the field, including 4 of 4 in thee second half. Kendall Fuller Jersey. Ginobili later completed a three-point play after rolling in a left-handed layup from the right side of the rim just beyond the reach of Jefferson and Henderson to put San Antonio up 88-80. The rally helped the Spurs wipe away a second straight sluggish start at home. "Its frustrating at times that were not able to come out of the gates and play the way we want to play night in and night out," Duncan said. "To play through the ups and downs and find a way to win a game like that is good for us." Charlotte led throughout the first half, extending its cushion to 34-20 with 8:26 remaining on three free throws by Anthony Tolliver. Showing the type of ball movement the Spurs are normally known for, the Bobcats had 15 assists on 19 first-half baskets. San Antonio had only three assists early in the game, missing all but five of its first 17 shots while shooting 30 per cent. "Its hard to watch, isnt it?" Popovich said, laughing when a reporter responded that the game was ugly. "Appreciate your honesty. The turnovers are how we dug a hole for ourselves in the first half. The only thing that kept us in the first half is we hit five 3s." Charlotte built its advantage with little help from Walker, the teams second-leading scorer. He had only three points, going 1 for 8 from the field in the first half. Ginobilis 3-pointer gave the Spurs their first lead at 51-49 with 5:21 left in the third. His second 3 gave San Antonio a 64-57 advantage and brought a loud cheer from the sold-out crowd, which began buzzing in anticipation before he even released the ball. "We made too many mistakes and we got away from our defensive principles," Jefferson said. "The one thing we know about San Antonio is you have to play 48 minutes because they are not going to stop what theyre doing." NOTES: With his 12th rebound, Duncan passed Hakeem Olajuwon (13,748) for 12th on the NBAs career list. At 13,753 rebounds, Duncan is 16 shy of tying Wes Unseld for 11th. "Obviously, I watched (Olajuwon) growing up playing and played against him for a little while," Duncan said. "I respect what he did throughout his career. Its an honour." ... Neal and Duncan shook hands and hugged following a timeout with 4 minutes remaining after Duncan glared at his former teammate before giving a sly smile. ... Spurs point guard Tony Parker sat behind the teams bench as he continues to recover from a series of leg maladies that began before the All-Star break. ... Charlotte C Brenden Haywood (broken left foot) and F Jeff Taylor (ruptured right Achilles) sat out. ' ' '
ORCHARD PARK, N. Dallas Stars Store .Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will honour late owner Ralph Wilson with a public celebration and remembrance at the teams fieldhouse on April 5. The event will feature memorabilia, exhibits and a guestbook to allow fans to pay tribute to the Hall of Fame owner, who founded the former American Football League franchise in 1959. The 95-year-old Wilson died Tuesday at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. A private funeral service will be held in Detroit on Saturday. The Bills will also hold a private ceremony for staff, players, coaches and NFL personnel. The date has not been set. Cheap Stars Jerseys . -- Deshorn Brown scored twice, the first coming 13 seconds into the game, and the Colorado Rapids beat the undermanned Seattle Sounders 5-1 Saturday night. Stars Jerseys 2021 . -- Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night.PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A dented chocolate football created by a Pennsylvania candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriots Deflategate scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity.The ball created by Sarris Candies of Canonsburg was auctioned off Friday on KDKA radio to benefit the Dollar Energy Fund, which provides utility assistance for poor residents.A local car dealer bid $5,000 for the chocolate ball, and that price was matched by candy maker Bill Sarris, whose business is about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh. The utilities that help support the Dollar Energy Fund then matched that $10,000.What started out as an internal little joke ended up picking up momentum and excitement, Sarris said Friday. Its going to a good cause, so thats the best thing.The chocolate football was moulded with a dent to make it appear deflated. Sarris posted it on Facebook as a joke and initially didnt intend to sell it.Instead, Sarris named the ball the Bradie ball — a reference to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady but with a different spelling to avoid legal issues. Dallas Stars Gear. A caption on the Facebook photo was a tongue-in-cheek reference to allegations that New England cheated by using underinflated footballs in winning the AFC Championship game, which put the team in Sundays Super Bowl.The pictures caption read, Net weight 13 lbs ... Oops! We meant 11.2 lbs.Actually, the chocolate ball weighed about 2.5 pounds, and Sarris sweetened the deal by including two more regular shaped chocolate footballs and two chocolate helmets to make the Deflategate auction package worth about $500.Richard Bazzy, who owns Shults Ford, spent 10 times that much to win the package — and was more than happy to call more attention to a scandal involving one of the Pittsburgh Steelers rivals.It doesnt get any better when you can poke fun at an AFC rival while knowing that you are also helping families in need, Bazzy said. We expect to display the football in one of our dealerships with pride. ' ' '
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork. Carlos Beltran Jersey .com) - Patrik Elias reached 1,000 career points with a goal and two assists and the New Jersey Devils beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday night. Elias scored his 399th career goal in the first period and picked up assists Nos. 600 and 601, becoming the 82nd player in NHL history with at least 1,000 points. Jordin Tootoo, Travis Zajac and Mike Cammalleri also scored for the Devils, who won the last two games of a three-game homestand for their first back-to-back victories since Nov. 11 and 14. Cory Schneider made 20 saves in his NHL-leading 37th start of the season. Mikhail Grigorenko scored for the Sabres, who have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth surrendered three goals on 27 shots in the loss. Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Ottawa 1 (SO) Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wayne Simmonds netted the tying goal in the third period before adding the shootout winner, as Philadelphia snapped a five-game skid with a narrow 2-1 decision over Ottawa on Tuesday. Steve Mason came up with 41 saves and halted four of the Sens five breakaway chances for the Flyers, who dropped the final batch of games on their season-long eight- game road trip. Mike Hoffman tallied and Craig Anderson made 33 saves in defeat for the Senators, who have dropped five of their last seven. Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 2 Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Johnson scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Brett Connolly and J.T. Brown also scored, while Ben Bishop made 20 saves for the Lightning, who have won six of their last seven. Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who had a six-game winning streak broken. Carey Price allowed all four goals on 36 shots in the loss. Final Score: Nashville 3, Carolina 2 Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Roman Josis game winner was the last of three goals in the third period, and Nashville claimed a 3-2 victory over Carolina at Bridgestone Arena. Ryan Ellis and Mike Fisher also lit the lamp in the final 20 minutes for the Predators, who have reeled off seven wins in their last 10 outings. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves to back the Central Division frontrunners. Eric Staal and Justin Faulk scored once each for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward stopped 23 pucks in defeat. Final Score: San Jose 4, Minnesota 3 (OT) St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the winner again, burying a slap shot with 1:52 remaining in overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Sharks snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center when Vlasics shot from above the left circle near the boards flew past Darcy Kuemper on the near side. The defenseman also gave San Jose a dramatic 3-2 win on Monday in Winnipeg, scoring with 4.5 seconds left in regulation. Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored three consecutive goals to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the third period, but Jason Zuckers second goal of the game tied it for Minnesota. Zucker added an assist for three points and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who fell to 2-4-4 in their last 10 games. They were coming off a 7-1 loss in Dallas on Saturday. Alex Stalock made 28 saves for San Jose and Kuemper stopped 22 shots for the Wild. 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Day 6 in 100 words or less There is a demand from the Brazilian public when it comes to their national team. Yeezy Boost 350 Fausse . Entertain and win. So far, Brazil are struggling to tick either box. There will be many negative words written about Brazils performance but Brazil are not in the World Cup to convince now. They are in it to win it on July 13th. The result of the game may not be what the public wanted but the competitiveness of the match was exactly what this Brazilian team needed. Brazil 0-0 Mexico - Through two games at the 2006 World Cup there were very few people picking Italy to win it. Four points from a possible six will do that. Through two games at the 2010 World Cup there were very few people picking Spain to win it. Three points from a possible six will do that. Through two games at the 2014 World Cup fewer and fewer people are picking Brazil to win it. Just last Thursday, prior to the tournament kicking off, their bandwagon was full. Now people are jumping off it very quickly. - Of course, they need to be better and there are questions about the hosts, mainly around how they can change a game when it isnt going their way. Bernard for Ramires, Jo for Fred, Willian for Oscar; different piece, same puzzle. It was a game that screamed for a playmaker from a central area to link up with the front three. A man who can play as a third midfielder and match up against opponents in defence but ignite an attack with penetration and vision going forward. A Kaka in his prime, for example. - However, Kaka is only in Brazil as a fan. This team is what it is and Luiz Felipe Scolari seems very hesitant to move away from a disciplined 4-2-3-1 shape. He is a stubborn man with belief and faith in what got him here and he loves stability. - It is a shape that will likely find a high gear against minnows Cameroon in their next match but in arguably their biggest test of the group stages they became too predictable. - Mexico were magnificent. It took until Bernards run inside, in the 76th minute, before a ball was played in behind their defence and Jo poorly shot wide. - Their back five were compact and extremely organized. Their shape meant they had outlets all over the field with technical players demanding the ball. Many of their players excelled and for the second straight game their trio in central midfield of Jose Vazquez (#23), Andres Guardado (#18) and Hector Herrera (#6) impressed, making a number of ball recoveries to start transitions stats powered by Opta - No one was better, however, than goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who made a number of brilliant saves highlighted by his stop from Neymars thunderous header in the 26th minute. Weve been given many gifts by this World Cup and that was one of the greatest saves you will ever see. - Mexico have given many people a lesson in Brazil, including those who put a lot of faith in qualification processes months ago. Miguel Herreras team are night and day different to the way they played last year and is it really a surprise? Finally they have a coach who has a gameplan, a system he has stuck to and players he believes in. On the biggest stage, so far, it has worked out for them and theyll only need a point vs Croatia to get to the last 16 once again. Belgium 2-1 Algeria - With twenty minutes to go, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots had laid all of his cards on the table. He was all in. The sexy upstarts were in trouble, down a goal to the organised Algerians, and with the world watching now was the time to deliver. - The past 25 minutes, since half-time, had been a much needed improvement from a slow, predicable style in the opening half of the game. - Wilmots has been successful with Belgium because he has leaned heavily on depth - half of their goals in qualifying came from subs - and he was at it again in Brazil. Off came Nacer Chadli at half-time, a disciplined wide player with little creativity, not needed when you are chasing a game. Dries Mertens, unlucky not to start, provided some width and an increase in tempo that the attack needed. Yet it remained 0-0. - Off came Romelu Lukaku for young 19-year-old Divock Origi on 65 minutes. And yet five minutes later they still trailed. - Off came Moussa Dembele, inserting a more attacking threat, in central midfield, with Marouane Fellaini getting his chance. Wilmots was done. It was up to the players. - Kevin De Bruyne, so crucial to their system, linking up centrally between the defensive-minded six and the three forwards, then took over. His delivery into the box for Fellaini to head into the net was one of the finest crosses so far in a tournament full of fine crosses. - It has also been a tournament of counter attacks. Algeria attacked and De Bruyne produced a brilliant tackle to start a transition, led by the creative guile of Eden Hazard and finished off with the power from the right foot of Mertens. - It was far from an ideal performance but Wilmots learned quite a bit about his team in the game at Belo Horizonte. They trailed for 46 minutes, seven more than they did combined in the two years it took to qualify to get there. Just like against Croatia early in qualifying, his players answered back and will gain a lot of confidence from it. - Question marks remain, of course, about just how good they are. Some minor changes can be made, such as Mertens for Chadli, possibly, against Russia on Sunday but there are some deficiencies that can not be solved. - Playing four centre-backs is his only real choice at this tournament but the wide men across the back four got exposed in the buildup to Algeria winning their first half penalty. - Initially the back four look like they are in a good position to deal with an attack..... - Then left midfielder Riyad Mahred makes a move inside that causes Toby Alderweireld to follow him, just as centre-backs often do... - This leaves a gap on the left side for Faouzi Ghoulam to run into... - He gets the better of De Bruyne to cross into the box and by now left back Jan Vertonghen isnt quick enough to get back, instead looking in front of him for the threat, rather than behind. - The cross comes in and Vincent Kompany, centrally, puts his arms up thinking it will be easily dealt with but Vertonghen has fallen asleep and allows Sofiane Feghouli to get goalside, forcing him to foul him and giveaway the penalty. - If a fairly limited side like Algeria can expose Belgium in this area expect future opponents to concentrate on exposing the positioning of their full-backs. Russia 1-1 South Korea - It was far from a classic. If you missed it all you need to know is Igor Akinfeev had a Rob Green howler moment midway through the second half to ensure Fabio Capellos World Cup started with a very similar 1-1 to four years ago. - The Italian manager responded by finally placing his ace goalscorer Aleksander Kerzhakov on the field and within five minutes he had leveled the game, bundling home the rebound inside his office, the six yard box. - The commentator gave Capello credit for the goal but it was clearly a bizarre decision by not playing the Zenit striker from the start. - Russia were many peoples picks to advance from this group but based on todays display the slot to go through with Belgium is very much alive for all three other members of Group H. - It will not help that Russia play Belgium next and they will have to be much better. Man of the day Nominees Kevin De Bruyne – The former Chelsea man took over the game in the second half for Belgium and two moments of brilliance swung the game his teams way. Axel Witsel – The central midfielder was clearly the most consistent performer on the day and looks poised to have a very good World Cup. Sofiane Feghouli – The Valencia man won the penalty, dusted himself down and scored the countrys first World Cup goal in 28 years. Neymar – Brazil were frustrated many times with Mexico but we were still fortunate to watch a few special moments from ‘Mr Box Office as he dribbled his way around his opponents. Guillermo Ochoa – Yesterday many people looked up the Wikipedia of John Brooks. Today that man was the Mexican goalkeeper. The winner… Guillermo Ochoa – The Wall of Ochoa dominated day six. He had his moment, brilliantly denying Neymar in the first half but he produced three more magnificent saves and fully deserved his clean sheet. He is on the look out for a new club team and I think his agents phone has been very busy today. What comes next? Australia vs Netherlands (12pm/9am), Chile vs Spain (3pm/noon), Cameroon vs Croatia (6pm/3pm). Burning question for tomorrow What will Spain do differently to keep themselves alive in this tournament and prevent a loss to Chile? Key stat of day 5 Through 17 games the teams that have scored first have only eight wins, drawing once and losing six times. Fausse Yeezy Pas Cher . Left back Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected shot rolled past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Striker Teofilo Gutierrez poked in Colombias second goal from a deflected corner in the 58th and James Rodriguez capped it off with a low shot in stoppage time after a slick backheel flick from Juan Cuadrado. 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MONTREAL - Slovakia will be Canadas next opponent in its bid to reach the World Group in Federation Cup tennis. Air Max 270 React Reverse Logo Pas Cher . The International Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that Canada will play host to Slovakia in a World Group playoff series April 19-20. Canada will get to choose the venue and playing surface, which will be announced later. "We are excited to have reached this stage in the competition and are already looking forward to playing another home tie, this time against Slovakia, " Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau said in a statement. Canada put itself one win away from a first berth in the World Group when Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak, Sharon Fichman and Gabriela Dabrowski posted a 3-1 win over Serbia on Sunday at the Claude Robillard Centre. The World Group includes the top eight on the planet. Slovakia, led by world No. 13 Dominika Cibulkova and No. 30 Daniela Hantuchova, reached the World Group semifinals in 2013. In their only previous meeting, Canada lost 5-0 to Slovakia in 1997 Canada is 11th in Fed Cup rankings and Slovakia is fifth. Other playoff ties have Argentina at Russia, France at the United States and Poland at Spain. The four playoff winners advance to the World Group in 2015, while the losers play in World Group II. Air Max 270 React Noir Pas Cher .com) - The Toronto Raptors are paying Rudy Gay a visit on Wednesday night when they head into the Sleep Train Arena to take on the Sacramento Kings. Air Max 270 Femme Rose Pas Cher . Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Habs at 7:30pm et/8:30pm at.FIFA announced on Thursday that it had rejected the suspension appeal of Uruguay and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. On June 26, FIFA banned Suarez for nine international matches for his bite to the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguays June 24 1-0 group stage win over the Azzurri. Additional to the international ban, Suarez was suspended from all footballing activity for four months. The ban effectively prevents Suarez from taking part in the 2015 Copa America in Chile and has derailed, at least for the time, a proposed transfer to Barcelona. This is the fourth major suspension for Suarez, 27,, over the course of his career, having been twice previously suspended for biting an opponent (once at Ajax and once at Liverpool) and once for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Air Max 270 Ultramarine Pas Cher. To compensate for Suarezs absence, Liverpool is expected to sign Benfica winger Lazar Markovic and Standard Liege Belgium international forward Divock Origi in the coming days. The team has already secured the services of Southampton pair and England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, as well as German under-21 midfielder Emre Can of Bayer Leverkusen during this transfer window. ' ' '
Hugo Lloris says Tottenham are no longer living in the past and are instead looking forward to a bright future. Tarvarius Moore Super Bowl Jersey . The French international goalkeeper is involved in the Premier League title race for the first time since he joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012.Spurs have four games left to play, starting with West Brom at home on Monday Night Football, but the gap to leaders Leicester is now eight points following the Foxes 4-0 win against Swansea. Lloris says that whatever happens it will be a really good season and thinks the building blocks are in place for Spurs to consistently challenge for silverware in the coming years.I remember my first two seasons in Tottenham when I used to speak with people at the club or the fans, Lloris told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday.They used to live in the past through great players like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Dimitar Berbatov or Robbie Keane. Now, they are talking about the whole team, about the present and the future.We can feel we are improving step by step. We are focused on this season but we have to think about next season as well because we want to be consistent challengers for years. Its not about one good season, its about being consistent. To play Champions League football would be a good step for the club, the players and the fans, and in the next few years the new stadium will be coming, so its all positive for Spurs.While Lloris has been an integral player for Spurs over the last few seasons, he says much of the credit for the teams success is down to head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who took charge in 2014.The manager deserves a lot of credit for what the club is doing, said Lloris. He has changed a lot of things on the training ground, tactically and technically, he has his philosophy, and all the players are the right profile for him. On the pitch we are doing well, but the manager and the staff prepare us in the best way. We are focused on this season but we have to think about next season as well because we want to be consistent challengers for years. Its not about one good season, its about being consistent. Hugo Lloris We know what the manager expects, his tactical decisions and where he wants us to play. After two years, we know exactly what we have to do on the pitch. We try to be pro-active, try to get possession, win every challenge, be aggressive, play in the opponents half and create chances.Our philosophy is to be really pro-active and not wait for the opponent to make mistakes, but push them into making mistakes. We enjoy the way we are playing.Following their clash with West Brom on Monday, Spurs finish the season with trips to Chelsea and Newcastle, either side of a home game against Southampton. Hugo Lloris kept a clean sheet last time out as Spurs beat Stoke 4-0 In three of their four games they play after Leicester, but Lloris said: The key is to be focused on ourselves. We know if we are consistent until the end we can be rewarded, of course its not just up to us, but Leicester should drop points, if not then they deserve the trophy.We are in a good position and situation and it is a great chance for us. So we need to carry on and we will see what happens at the end of the season. Nobody can guess what will happen.We need to be consistent and not think about what is happening around us. We are strong together. We know where we want to be at the end and we try to work hard and prepare as well as possible.We are very motivated because we have a chance to do something great for the club.Watch Tottenham v West Brom on Monday Night Football. Coverage starts from 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD. 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I think the players did very well in the different organization (after the sending off).Doumbia, who came on in the 66th minute as the tactics changed, scored from close range after a pass from Bony. Toure was the one who starrted the move. Nick Mullens Super Bowl Jersey. We bounced back. Its a good point for us, Toure said.Guinea had taken the lead in the 36th minute when Ibrahima Traore crossed to Mohamed Yattara, who slipped the ball into the net. Traore then had a chance to double the lead in the 61st but his shot hit the crossbar.Were not happy, because we know we could win this game, Traore said. Were going to keep working hard. At the end we will win and we will qualify, because as I said we are not afraid of anyone.Cameroon and Mali are also in Group D but have yet to play.Both teams had other opportunities to score, with Gervinho and Bony having back-to-back chances stopped early in the first half, but it was Guinea that got the first goal.At this time its a feeling of frustration because we were leading in the game, Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said. We were controlling the game. Its a feeling of frustration, but now its a good result. ' ' '