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PHILADELPHIA -- Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs and had five RBI to help the Los Angeles Dodgers extend their lead in the NL West with a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Authentic NFL Jerseys China .Justin Turner also homered and Joc Pederson reached base four times for the first-place Dodgers, who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants, who lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Los Angeles took over sole possession of the division lead for the first time since May 10.With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Gonzalez lined a 3-1 fastball into the seats in right-center field for a three-run homer. Turner singled and Josh Reddick walked to lead off the inning.Gonzalez followed that up with a two-run homer in the seventh after Corey Seager led off the inning with a double.It was the first basemans first multi-homer game of the season and the 20th of his career. Gonzalez, who has 12 homers, extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is 18 for 40 in that span.Turner hit his 22nd home run after Seager singled in the fifth, pushing the Dodgers ahead 5-1.Scott Kazmir (10-6) allowed eight hits and two earned runs in five-plus innings to pick up his first win in four starts and improve his road record to 6-0. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and reliever Grant Dayton got out of another bases-loaded jam in the sixth after Kazmir allowed a leadoff homer to Tommy Joseph followed by three straight singles.Making the third start of his career, Jake Thompson (1-2) surrendered just one hit through the first three innings before allowing five runs, four hits and three walks over the next two to get chased after five.Chase Utley went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts in his second game back in Philadelphia since the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers last August. In his emotional return a night earlier, the Dodgers second baseman homered twice and received two curtain calls from the adoring Philly fans. Utley, a six-time All-Star who helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series, was greeted to another long standing ovation leading off Wednesdays game.Shortstop Freddy Galvis went 2 for 4 and had an RBI double in the second to stake the Phillies to a 1-0 lead. Joseph went 2 for 4 with a double and a homer.After going 2 for 4 with a walk, Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has reached base in a career-high 23 straight games.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: RHP Aaron Nola was transferred to the 60-day DL, ending his season. Out since Aug. 3 with a right elbow strain, the 23-year-old was 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA in 20 starts.The Phillies announced Wednesday that Nola was replaced on the 40-man roster by RHP Frank Herrmann, while Elvis Araujo was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Herrmann made his first major league appearance since 2012, pitching a scoreless inning Wednesday.Dodgers: The Dodgers plan to activate LHP Adam Liberatore (2-0, 1.62) on Friday. The reliever made his second rehab appearance Tuesday night, striking out two in a scoreless inning for Triple-A Oklahoma City.UP NEXTThe Phillies and Dodgers conclude their three-game series Thursday night with Philadelphia RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.82) opposing RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.07).Wholesale Jerseys China . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. Hockey Jerseys China . -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. http://www.nflauthenticchinawholesalejerseys.com/ . Cuban testified Thursday that he was upset when the companys CEO told him news that would reduce the value of his shares, for which hed paid $7.5 million. But he said he did nothing improper when he sold those shares over the next two days. Derbyshire 165 (Napier 4-28) and 213 for 5 (Godleman 100) trail Essex 530 for 9 by 152 runsScorecard Billy Godleman staged a one-man roadblock but Essex remain on course to boost their promotion chances after Derbyshire were forced to follow-on in the Division Two match at Derby. The former Essex batsman frustrated the bowlers for 55 overs to score 100 and Wayne Madsen completed 1000 Championship runs for the season but the home side closed day three facing defeat on 213 for 5, still trailing by 152 runs.Essex would have fancied their chances of wrapping up victory with a day to spare after Graham Napier, with 4 for 28, and Ravi Bopara had polished off Derbyshires first innings before lunch.The home side had showed fight from the first ball of the morning, with Alex Mellor and Matt Critchley taking their seventh wicket stand to 70 in 25 overs before Napier broke through. Mellor had been dropped by Tom Westley at second slip in the previous over but failed to add to his 44 when he edged a ball that moved away enough to give James Foster the first of two victims before lunch.Napier produced an unplayable inswinging yorker to bowl Tom Milnes first ball but Critchley negotiated the hat-trick ball before he steered Bopara to gully. When Bopara defeated Callum Parkinsons defenssive push, Essex had run through Derbyshire in less than 66 overs but they encountered greater resistance after enforcing the follow-on with a flat pitch and cloudless skies assisting the home sides rearguard. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. Godleman and Ben Slater negotiated a tricky five overs before lunch and then batted well into the afternoon before Napier, who switched to the City End, had Slater taken low at second slip by Westley. But Essex had to wait another 30 overs for their next success as Alex Hughes joined Godleman, who cut Jamie Porter for four to reach 50 and then drove Westley over long-off for six.Hughes concentrated on survival, facing 99 balls for his 23, before he chased a wide one from Paul Walter, and the wicket Essex most wanted came three overs later. Godleman cut Walter for three to reach his third hundred of the season but, in the next over, he was lbw to Napier and Essex struck two more blows in the closing overs.Madsen had pulled Bopara for four to reach his milestone but was squared-up by Will Rhodes and snared at third slip for 37 and, without addition to the score, Bopara forced Neil Broom to play on for 13 in the penultimate over. 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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CHICAGO -- With the Chicago Cubs in desperate need of a win, manager Joe Maddon put Jason Heyward in right field for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night. Cheap Baseketball Jerseys 2018 .Its the first start for the slumping Heyward since he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series at Los Angeles. The 27-year-old Heyward, who signed a $184 million, eight-year contract with Chicago last winter, did not play in the World Series opener at Cleveland and entered each of the last two games as a pinch runner before staying in to play right.The Cubs trailed 2-1 in the best-of-seven series heading into Saturday nights game at Wrigley Field.The Indians also made a couple of intriguing changes with ace Corey Kluber on the mound, putting Rajai Davis in left and moving Carlos Santana to first base. That meant Mike Napoli was out of the starting lineup for the first time in the postseason after playing a key role in Clevelands run to the AL pennant.With Kluber pitching, Id like us to have a good defense out there, manager Terry Francona said. I labored back and forth on our first baseman. I hated like crazy not playing Napoli. I physically hate it. But Naps going to play tomorrow against the lefty, and we may put Santana back in the outfield tomorrow again. Well see. I just thought tonight it would serve us better, even having Nap out of the lineup, to have a defense in there and with Rajai playing.Heyward is 2 for 31 with nine strikeouts in 12 playoff games this year, continuing his struggles from the regular season. He hit .230 with a career-low seven homers in 142 games.For right now pretty much just go play without overthinking it right now, Maddon said. Just go play and just contribute to us winning somehow. But absolutely its something that needs to be addressed and he will address it in the offseason. I have a lot of faith in him going into next year.Maddon also moved second baseman Javier Baez down one spot in the order to eighth. The 23-year-old Baez, the co-MVP of the NLCS with pitcher Jon Lester, went 0 for 4 in Chicagos 1-0 loss on Friday night, striking out with runners on second and third to end the game.The last couple nights maybe shows that he is 22 or 23 years of age, Maddon said. Maybe finally he demonstrates that. Again, what that requires more than anything is just talking to him. Having him getting back to the approach that made him so successful for the last two series in the latter part of the season. Thats it.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap Wholesale Jerseys For Sale . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. China Jerseys For Sale . 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Head coach Andy Reids team can assure itself of at least a spot in the six-team postseason field with one more victory in the remaining three games.Every game is important as you go down the stretch, Reid said. Nothing has been declared yet, so youve got to keep the pedal to the metal.The 7-6 Titans will arrive in Kansas City with their postseason chances still alive. They share first place in the AFC South with the Houston Texans. Tennessee is coming off a 13-10 victory over Denver on Sunday in Nashville.The man that leads the offense says the Titans will have quite a task dealing with the Chiefs defense at Arrowhead and in the cold.I think they have a great defense, quarterback Marcus Mariota said. They have a bunch of playmakers across the board. They find ways to get turnovers and when they do, theyre really good at turning it into points. Up front they do a great job of doing different things, causing some identification problems and just doing things in terms of communication for an offense. You have to make sure everyones on the same page and doing the same thing.Mariota comes off his least productive performance of the 2016 season last Sunday against Denver. He threw for only 88 yards, completing just six of 20 passes, a completion percentage of 30 percent and an average of 4.4 yards per attempt.That doesnt jive with his play in November, when he was named the AFCs Offensive Player of the Month with 11 scoring throws, two interceptions, a completion percentage of 66 percent and an average of 8.7 yards per attempt.Reid has been very impressed by Mariotas overall performance this year.His ability to throw the football and read the defenses have come a long ways, Reid said.. China Cheap Jerseys. Things have slowed down for him. The addition of the run game has also helped their football team. You can see that hes more comfortable now then he was when he first came in. Hes healthy now too, which helps.Kansas City is coming off a mini-bye after winning last Thursday night. That 21-13 victory over the Raiders was the third for the Chiefs in 12 days, with two of those on the road -- including a 75-minute overtime decision against Denver. That was three victories by a total of 12 points.It was a gritty, gritty performance, Reid said. Thats a tough thing to do with that many games in that short period of time and to play at a high level against really good football teams. I think credit is due there.But in the NFL, thats considered old news and promises nothing for the coming Sunday.The games just get bigger every week when you are in this situation, Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith said. Its so close right now, you cant start counting the games and doing the math. You cant let yourself go there. We have a team coming in thats really playing good and we have to take care of our business.For another victory, the Chiefs defense must handle a strong Titans running game that put up 180 yards against the highly ranked Denver defense. Tennessee is also the NFLs top offense in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on 71.4 percent of its 42 trips inside the 20-yard line. The Titans are the fourth-best third-down offense, converting 46 percent of their chances.In the seasons first 13 games, head coach Mike Mularkeys team has been in the mix for victory every week. Tennessee has not lost by double digits, and it has won four games that were decided by six points or less. The Titans also are 3-3 on the road.Every one of these games, weve had a chance to win, Mularkey said. Theyve all been close. Weve won some of them. Weve lost some of the close ones. I think the experience has been great for (the players.) 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While you probably rocked your best Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump mask over the weekend, some of your favorite athletes (and their children) also got into the holiday spirit with some pretty creative costumes. Homer Bailey Jersey .And if youre looking for some (very) last-minute inspiration for tonight, please enjoy the photos below.Skylar Diggins got her ARGHHHHH on as a pirate.Maria Sharapova killed it as Pippi Longstocking.Pippi really getting wild over here #halloweenA photo posted by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) onOct 30, 2016 at 8:26pm PDTAlicia (Sacramone) Quinn dressed her adorable daughter as a turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving.Victoria Azarenka and her baby bump went as a Ninja Turtle.Mutant ninja ?? x Mickey ?? x Kei Nishikori x ?? x Coca Cola x Irish Brit x missing Harry Potter ?? Happy Halloween everyone xA photo posted by Victoria Azarenka (@vichka35) onOct 29, 2016 at 9:16pm PDTAmy Rodriguezs children coordinated perfectly as a fire fighter and Dalmatian.Lastly, actress Nina Dobrev got into the sporty spirit by hilariously dressing as swimmer Ryan Lochte.Had a blast in Rio. Oh, and we also won some Gold Medals. #GoUSA??????????#RyanLochte #JimmyFeigenA photo posted by Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) onOct 29, 2016 at 9:20pm PDTHappy Halloween, all!See something entertaining on social media that you think deserves to be shared? Let me know on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn. Brandon Phillips Reds Jersey . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. Billy Hamilton Jersey . Hamelin, who triumphed in the 500 on Saturday, edged out Victor An of Russia by 0.021 seconds to maintain his lead in the World Cup standings. Russias Vladimir Grigorev was third. In the relay, Canada took control six laps from the finish line to beat Russia and the Netherlands. http://www.redsapparelsshop.com/hoodie-c-2/ .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner.Who needs Champions League football more - Manchester United or Manchester City? That was just one hot topic on the Sunday Supplement, ahead of the Premier League finale.City are in the driving seat to clinch the fourth and final Champions League place and need just a point at Swansea to ensure incoming boss Pep Guardiola will lead his new side into Europes top club competition next term. Louis van Gaal knows his side must win and hope for a favour from their arch-rivals Manchester United must win and hope City slip up if they are to snatch a spot that would be a huge boost to Louis van Gaals hopes of remaining at the Old Trafford helm. Jay Bruce Reds Jersey. .So what does the Supplement panel think? Hit the video to see the debate and follow the final days action on Sky Sports... Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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MUNCIE, Ind. Kansas City Royals Hoodie . -- Anthony Maddie threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Northern Illinois picked up its first win with a 31-24 victory over Ball State on Saturday.Maddie threw for 298 yards and rushed for 160 yards including a 75-yard sprint for a touchdown that gave the Huskies (1-4, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) a 10-3 lead with 1:08 left in the first quarter. Joel Bouagnon added 153 yards and a score rushing and Christian Hagan kicked a 41-yard field goal.Northern Illinois led 24-17 at the break but Ball States James Gilbert ran for a score early in the fourth quarter to even it up.Then Maddie hit Kenny Golladay for a 22-yard touchdown to put the Huskies back on top, 31-24, with 11:14 to play and they hung on for the win.Riley Neal threw for 276 yards for the Cardinals (3-2, 0-1). Gilbert had 119 yards and three scores rushing. Alcides Escobar Royals Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Kendrys Morales Jersey . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. http://www.baseballroyalsofficial.com/yordano-ventura-jersey-c-14/ . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011.Romain Grosjean compared Haas sixth-placed finish at the Australian GP to a race victory as the new team impressed on their F1 debut. The US-owned outfit had targeted points coming into the grand prix and although Esteban Gutierrez crashed out, Grosjean was able to make the most of the red flag following that accident on lap 18.The Frenchman, who ran the medium tyre for the rest of the race, held off the challenge of Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India to come home with eight points. A jubilant Grosjean exclaimed this is a win for us guys on the team radio before telling Sky Sports F1: It feels like standing on the top step of the podium for us. Its been an amazing race and an amazing weekend. Australian GP report Nico Rosberg claims victory in Melbourne Theres been so much work behind the scenes from day one - this cars got huge potential but we needed a good result. There are plenty of areas where we can improve and we know it, but that result is a morale boost for everyone.Staying on those tyres for 39 laps wasnt easy but we got it right and we made it.Haas meanwhile tweeted Mission Accomplished after their fine debut. Their point-scoring finish was the best performance from a team making their debut since Brawn in 2009, and they were the first brand new team to score points since Toyota in 2002.Team owner Gene Haas said awesome return for us before joking: Well do better next week!Australian GP driver ratingsThe newcomers have been assisted by Ferrari but it wasnt all good news in Melbourne, as one of thhe benefactors from that technical partnership Gutierrez, a reserve driver with the Scuderia last year, was forced to retire. Bo Jackson Royals Jersey. Gutierrez and Fernando Alonso were lucky to escape unharmed after being involved in a high-speed at Turn 3 after the McLaren driver looked to get round the outside. The impact propelled the Spaniards car into the barriers but neither driver suffered serious injury. McLarens Fernando Alonso and Haas Esteban Gutierrez collide in the Australian Grand Prix leading to the Spaniard being sent airborne and the race to be r Dont miss the F1 Report for all the reaction and analysis from the Australian GP. Natalie Pinkham is joined by David Brabham and former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley on Wednesday at 8:30pm on Sky Sports F1. Also See: Ferrari error hands Nico win Every 2016 race live 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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Australia 217 for 4 (Bailey 90*, Finch 55, Pathirana 3-37) beat Sri Lanka 212 (De Silva 76, Hastings 6-45) by 6 wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball detailsWho needs a world-record ODI total? There was plenty of breathless action in Dambulla without one. Jakub Kindl Panthers Jersey . Aaron Finch smashed the equal fastest ODI fifty by an Australian. John Hastings took six wickets. Angelo Mathews limped off with a calf injury while batting. Dhananjaya de Silva entertained with a breezy 76. And Sachith Pathirana was briefly unplayable, collecting three wickets in five balls early in Australias chase.It all made George Baileys unbeaten 90 off 85 seem tame by comparison, although he initially joined the party by scoring his first 20 off five balls. But in the end, Baileys cool head - not to mention Travis Head, too - ensured an Australian victory in the series. Chasing 213, Australia raced to their goal within 31 overs, the six-wicket win meaning they would go to Pallekele for the fifth and final match with an unassailable 3-1 lead.The contrast between the two innings of this match was stunning. After 10 overs, Sri Lanka were 32 for 3. After 10 overs, Australia were 109 for 3. Same number of wickets, but they were about as neck-and-neck as an emu and a hummingbird. Sri Lanka laboured on and eked out 212 from their allotted overs - the final wicket fell from the last ball of the 50th over. Their total would have been good for a T20, and Finch batted like he thought it was one.One of the most remarkable things about Australias innings was that it started with a maiden, as Thisara Perera tested David Warner. But next over Finch launched 17 runs off Amila Aponso, including four fours, and he added a further 18 off Thisara in the over after that, including one huge straight six. It led to the ridiculous situation of Australia having 35 for 0, and Finch having all 35 runs. Warner was still on 0 from six balls.Warner got in on the action with a couple of boundaries of his own, but had no chance of keeping pace with Finch, who used the field restrictions to make a mockery of Sri Lankas attack. He got to 49 from 15 balls and thus had the perfect chance to equal AB de Villiers record of the fastest ODI fifty, from 16 deliveries, but Finch missed the next one, then found a fielder, and had to settle for an 18-ball half-century, equalling the Australian record shared by Simon ODonnell and Glenn Maxwell.Finch brought up the milestone with a fearsome six swept off Pathirana, but next ball was adjudged lbw trying another sweep; he asked for a review, and Hawkeye showed the ball just kissing the outside of leg stump. Finch was gone for 55 off 19. Usman Khawaja, dropped from the Test side earlier on this tour and now playing his first ODI of the trip, walked out and was lbw to Pathirana for a second-ball duck. Hawkeye showed the ball missing leg, but Finch had used the review.Next came Bailey, who punched two off Pathiranas last ball and then plundered three fours and a six off the next over from Dilruwan Perera, sweeping and reverse sweeping with ease. But as soon as Pathirana had the ball again in the next over, he had Warner deceived in flight and bowled for 19 off 16. Australia were flying, but were they be about to crash back down to earth? Pathiranas next few overs were key, and while he beat the bat several times, there were no more wickets.There should have been - Dilruwan bowled Head for 13 off a no-ball - but Bailey eased his tempo, Head assisted, and their 100-run partnership put Australia on the brink of victory. Dilruwan eventually did remove Head, lbw for 40, but by then it was too late. Australia needed only 16 more runs and got them with ease, the winning strike a Matthew Wade six over long-on off the bowling of Dilruwan. Home with 114 balls to spare.Australias batting completely overshadowed the earlier achievement of Hastings, who used the slowish surface to his advantage and collected 6 for 45. In 45 years of ODI history, he was just the seventh Australian to claim at least six wickets in an innings, after Gary Gilmour, Ken MacLeay, Glenn McGrath, Andy Bichel, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, who has done so twice. Here, Starc had to settle for one wicket - in the first over, as usual.Starc trapped 18-year-old debutant Avishka Fernando lbw with a quick inswinger with the fourth ball of the game, and Sri Lankas start went from bad to worse when their two best batsmen of the series to date - Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal - fell cheaply. Mendis was caught behind on review off Hastings for 1 and Chandimal was caught behind for 5, beaten by a little extra bounce from Scott Boland.Despite the wickets, de Silva remained keen to entertain, driving and flicking off his pads, and dominating the Sri Lankan scorecard. At the other end, Mathews was battling along slowly having been struck on the helmet by a Boland bouncer. But on 28, Mathews was forced to retire hurt, hobbling off after injuring his right calf while taking off for a run. Not only did it hurt Sri Lankas batting, but he was one of only two seamers in their attack, and could not bowl.De Silva moved to his half-century from 62 deliveries but fell when he pulled Hastings to midwicket. He had taken risks throughout his innings and finally one had not paid off, but Sri Lanka could still be pleased that they had found an opener after the retirement of Tillakaratne Dilshan.The rest of the innings rather petered out. Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera gave their wickets up limply to the spin of Adam Zampa and Head respectively, and although a few lower-order contributions pushed Sri Lanka above 200, Hastings finished off the remaining four wickets. The last of them was Mathews, who had limped back to the crease at the fall of the eighth wicket in an effort to pinch a few more boundaries.Mathews was out for 40, skying the last ball of the innings, a Hastings cross-seamer. He had added 12 since retiring hurt, and it was tempting to wonder if those 12 runs might be the difference in the match. As it turned out, Finch negated them with the first three balls of his innings. From then on, the match was in Australias grasp. Florida Panthers T-shirts . 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Obviously we would discuss that with players. We have begun that process, but were a long way from done.The players have always maintained their desire for continued Olympic involvement, but the leagues initial offer likely wont get players all too excited, according to sources, given how eager they are to reopen the CBA and negotiate a limit on escrow, an amount withheld from players until the end of the season. A source said the NHLPA has already started to seek feedback from players on the leagues Olympic offer and will continue to do so.The CBA expires in September 2022, but both the NHL and NHLPA can choose to opt out in September 2020. The NHLs offer is to extend the CBA three years to 2025, two sources confirmed, in exchange for Olympic participation.In the meantime, the clock is running on an Olympic decision for 2018 in South Korea.We had continuing discussions on the Olympics, Fehr told reporters after Wednesdays meeting. 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As Don said, were in constant touch and thats how well continue.The NHL has participated in the Olympic Games since 1998 in Nagano, Japan, but that has come under threat after the IOC said it no longer wanted to cover certain costs such as players travel and insurance on player contracts.IIHF president Rene Fasel, however, says hes come up with the money to cover those costs, which he relayed in Wednesdays meeting.It was a good meeting but there is still work to do, Fasel told ESPN.com in a statement via email. 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ANAHEIM, Calif. San Diego Padres Jersey . -- Clete Thomas homered and hit an RBI double, then robbed pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta of a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Monday night and hand Joe Blanton his major league-worst 13th defeat. Samuel Deduno (6-4) allowed two runs, four hits and five walks over seven innings while striking out five on the anniversary of his first big league victory. The 30-year-old right-hander faced a lineup missing cleanup hitter Josh Hamilton because of stiffness in his right ankle. Casey Fien gave up two hits in the eighth and was replaced by All-Star closer Glen Perkins. Pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill greeted the left-hander with an RBI single, and Iannetta drove the next pitch on a high arc toward the left-field fence, where Thomas made a leaping grab. Perkins escaped with his 24th save in 26 chances, extending his scoreless streak to 19 1-3 innings after striking out Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick in the ninth with two on. The Twins began a seven-game road trip with their fifth victory in six games, following a 1-12 slide that increased their deficit in the AL Central from six to 12 1/2 games. They trail division-leading Detroit by 11. Blanton (2-13) threw 90 pitches in 3 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and nine hits. The beleaguered right-hander, who has allowed a major league-worst 157 hits, is 0-5 with a 5.46 ERA in 10 starts at Angel Stadium after signing a two-year, $15 million contract in December as a free agent. His only victories have come against the Royals and Astros, who are a combined 38 games under .500. The Twins grabbed a 4-2 lead with a pair of fourth-inning runs. Thomas put them ahead with his fourth homer and the 24th allowed by Blanton, who leads the majors in that department. Left fielder J.B. Shuck threw out Aaron Hicks at the plate as he tried to score from second on Brian Doziers single, but Doug Bernier doubled on the next pitch for his first major league hit, driving in Dozier. Bernier, the Twins 33-year-old shortstop, was playing in his fourth big league game and making his first start in the majors since June 19, 2008, with Colorado. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on July 14, more than 11 years after signing his first professional contract. The Angels opened the scoring in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Deduno walked his first two batters, both advanced on a hit-and-run groundout by Pujols, and Howie Kendrick drove in Shuck with a sacrifice fly. Minnesota took a 2-1 lead in the second on two-out RBI doubles by Thomas and Hicks, the eighth and ninth hitters, but the Angels tied it in the third with an RBI single by Mike Trout that extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. NOTES: Blanton, pitching for the first time since his angry dugout confrontation with Iannetta and pitching coach Mike Butcher during a 4-3 loss in Seattle on July 14, had Hank Conger as his batterymate this time. "Hank works pretty good with Joe right now, and we have to do everything we can do to get Joe on board," manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. ... In Blantons five starts with Conger behind the plate, he is 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA and seven home runs allowed. In his 15 starts with Iannetta flashing the signs, Blanton is 2-10 with a 5.90 ERA and 17 homers allowed. ... Hamilton was the only player on the Angels roster who had faced Deduno before Monday. ... The Angels wasted a leadoff triple in the seventh by Conger, as Deduno struck out Erick Aybar and Shuck before retiring Trout on a grounder. ... The Twins have given up 81 runs in the first inning, more than they have in any other. ... 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That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. On December 13, 2014, one night after Carla Esparza was crowned the inaugural womens strawweight champion in Las Vegas, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha battled to a paper-thin split decision on the undercard of a UFC card in Phoenix.It was a back-and-forth battle, with Jedrzejczyk dropping Gadelha with an uppercut in the final seconds of the first round. According to FightMetric, Gadelha landed more total strikes, 59-47, but Jedrzejczyk did better with significant strikes, 38-27. Gadelha also completed seven takedowns on 16 attempts, but two of the three judges saw the fight in favor of the Polish kickboxer.Fast forward to now: Jedrzejczyk is the 115-pound champion after dominating Esparza last March to win the title before successfully defending the belt twice. Gadelha has fought once since, a victory by way of a unanimous decision against Jessica Aguilar in August.Their paths met yet again as coaches in the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter, which is where the rivalry between the two really ramped up. Looking back on their journey from the prelims nearly two years ago to the main event of Fridays TUF Finale in Las Vegas, ESPN.com spoke with the top two fighters in the strawweight division about their first fight, the rematch and their relationship.Your first fight was very close, with Jedrzejczyk getting the split decision. Regardless of what the judges said, why do you feel you won that fight?Gadelha: If you watch the fight, youre going to see me grinding Joanna in the first round. The whole time, I took her down. I got to her head first, move to the mount, side control. The last 10 seconds of the first round, she got an uppercut and knocked me down. But then if you stop and see the last two rounds, I was grinding her the whole time, taking her down, keeping her in the wall. She didnt really do anything.If you really talk about the striking part, I was putting pressure on her, fighting her back the whole time. The only thing that she did was the knockdown in the last 10 seconds of the first round. The fighting kind of went by the round. I really think I won the last two rounds.Jedrzejczyk: You know that my first fight with Claudia Gadelha was close but I know that I won that fight and so many people who watched that fight, they said that I won that fight. [But] you never can discuss with the judges, you know? You must step into the Octagon and do your best. When I was waiting for the announcement for the decision of that fight, I was like talking to myself that I did my job. Joanna, you did great. You came here as an underdog. You dropped Claudia on the end of the first chance, and you won that fight. Its all up to the judges how they saw the fight. And they were right.They gave me the decision, I won that fight. It was a split decision but still, I won that fight. Claudia shouldnt complain about it anymore. She can blame just herself. When you step into the Octagon, you must make sure that youre going to do your job and thats all.In what ways are you a better fighter since the first bout?Gadelha: Im a whole different fighter. If you watch my last fight with Jessica Aguilar, I showed that I was different but now its even a lot more. Now its almost two years since we fought the first time and Ive been working so hard to get this fight and to show everybody who really won the first match. So I think everything I do, everything I did in this fight I can do better now. Im way better. And Ive proved a lot withh my striking. Rickey Henderson Jersey. Jedrzejczyk: I became a champion. I became a different fighter after the fight with Claudia Gadelha. I fought three times. I fought for 11 rounds. Claudia Galdelha has just one fight. With Jessica Aguilar, she fought three rounds. She has been talking that she became a better fighter, that she is more complete than she was last time. You know you can be the master and the champion of the kick back, you can be the champion of training session, you can be the champion of the sparring. All of what you can prove and what you should prove is the fight.How has the experience taping The Ultimate Fighter affected your relationship?Gadelha: Being with her, around her, dealing with her on The Ultimate Fighter was good to see how she is. Because I knew she was very disrespectful, now Im sure she that she is disrespectful. I grew up under the BJJ philosophy under martial arts, I learned how to respect people, to respect my opponent, coaches, kids, adults -- everybody. Thats what I learned under the philosophy of martial arts. And Joanna, she didnt care about that, she was disrespectful. She disrespected me a lot. She was trying to bully me the whole time and I didnt even pay attention. I caught her trying to disrespect my coaches. She really showed it as she was not only playing around trying to play mind games, she was being disrespectful. Thats how she is.Jedrzejczyk: I saw Claudia every day. We had some better and worse days, but I just did my job. Sometimes you accept one person more, others less. Definitely, Claudia is a person who I dont like but I respect her as a fighter because shes very, very good, lots of skills, lots of experience and she can fight really tough.After the first fight you appeared to be very respectful to each other. Was there a specific moment when that changed?Gadelha: When she got the belt. She got the belt, she put like a mask on her face. She tried to do things she never did before. I know that she has always tried getting into her opponents mind but she started to be very disrespectful with everybody once she got the belt. So I think that the belt was a mask for her face to show who she really is.Jedrzejczyk:?She cannot handle it, that shes not the champion. She would like to be in my spot. We had a really slow first fight. She feels that she could be in my spot but she didnt do enough for this. Okay, maybe she deserves to fight for this title. She is No. 1 in the rankings but she cannot forget that there is a champion and I am that champion. She cant handle it [that] she didnt do enough, she didnt do enough. There are so many girls who I suppose should get the chance to fight for the title, but OK, Claudia Gadelha deserves it. Lets do thi
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Welcome back to my NBA League Pass Rankings for the 2016-17 season. Ryan Kesler Ducks Jersey Authentic .For Part 1 and all the rules, click here.Now, back to the rankings:15. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (31)We got exuberant slotting these guys into the No. 3 slot last season, so it feels appropriate that theyve settled into the middle -- despite funny, smart mic work from Joel Meyers and David Wesley. (Im still lukewarm on the giant pelicans shaded inside each 3-point arc.)Anthony Davis can get you only so far, especially when he shares the floor with paint-bound centers who block his path to lob dunks on the pick-and-roll. He also needs someone to reliably deliver the ball, and the Pelicans are leaning on Tim Frazier for that with Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans out. Frazier finished last season strong, but March and April are garbage time; can he do this against starters in the meat of the season?Alvin Gentry has made noise about sliding Davis to center more, and the Pellies should have the wing depth to pull that off once Evans and Quincy Pondexter get healthy. And yet, there is something endearing about Omer Asik. He sweats a lot, he looks exactly like Chef Linguini from Ratatouille, and we normal lugs can relate to any NBA player who struggles just to hold onto the ball. (New Orleans needs to load Asik up with wristbands so his hands dont get sweaty.)Terrence Jones can dribble and pass, and Im excited to see if he can bounce back after a lost season in Houston. Lance Stephenson would have boosted the teams comedy score if he were a safer bet to make the team. Fingers crossed.14. DALLAS MAVERICKS (31.5)Any team with Dirk Nowitzki and Rick Carlisle is going to leverage every ounce of shooting, passing, and old-man savvy to manipulate opposing defenses -- even if no one on Dallas can, like, dribble. And its unclear if any of the Mavs starters can; Deron Williams looks uncomfortable below the foul line, Wes Matthews hung beyond the arc in his first year back from a catastrophic injury, and Harrison Barnes looks as mechanical in Dallas as he did as the fifth Beatle in Golden State.Nowitzki still draws help in the post, but, holy cow, he and Andrew Bogut might form the slowest frontcourt combo in the league.And you know what? The indefatigable Mavs will make it work: Enter it to Bogut on one elbow for a hand-off, run a cutter off a Dirk flare screen on the other side, and, boom, youve bent the defense without bouncing the rock a single time. The Mavs just magic up points.J.J. Barea and Dirk form the all-time pick-and-roll odd couple, and Justin Anderson brings some modernity off the bench -- especially amid the switchy small-ball groups Carlisle uses when Nowitzki rests. Andrew Boguts subtle brutality is always fun. Hes like a water polo player doing unholy stuff below the surface, where referees cant see.Dwight Powell has some bounce, and Salah Mejri deserves a second look as a shot-blocker who can rim-run through an uncluttered lane. And theres this: Is Nowitzkis one-legged fallaway banker the prettiest trademark shot in NBA history?13. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (31.5)POINT GIANNIS!! A shocking number of people around the league think POINT GIANNIS! was a late-season gimmick that worked against checked-out lottery bunk. Pish posh! Antetokounmpo is twitchy fast, 7 feet tall, and expert at criss-crossy gyro-steps that get him to the rim in two strides. Hes so much taller than most perimeter players, he doesnt even really need to get by them in order to create a crisis at the basket and draw help that leaves shooters open.Ah, the shooters thing. The Bucks dont have nearly enough of them with Khris Middleton potentially out all season. Antetokounmpos positional versatility can paper over a lot of things -- he can defend the wings Middleton would, for instance -- but he cant conjure shooting from thin air. Michael Beasley is never the answer to any basketball question, Jason Terry is ancient, and the youngsters are youngsters.Heres a lineup puzzle Milwaukee coaches are staring at: Try to get all three of Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Mirza Teletovic (and Teletovics pristine gelled hair) on the floor at the same time. Slot a center with that trio, and youre playing super-big, with two of Parker/Antetokounmpo/Teletovic forced to defend wings. Downsize, and one of those three has to guard the opposing center. Milwaukee is confident all three can handle that in limited doses against some center types, and those smaller groups have a chance to be really exciting. (They could also be fatally awful at rebounding.)As Jason Kidd works through that, expect Milwaukees front office to chase wings; theyve called the Kings about the ghost of Ben McLemore and are open to moving either Greg Monroe or Michael Carter-Williams in the right deal, league sources say.Can we talk about Parker for a second? The POINT GIANNIS hoopla has obscured how important it is for the Bucks to figure out exactly what they have in Parker -- whether he can shoot 3s, control the acceleration on his herky-jerky drives and cuts, and defend any position. He was a glorified mooch before taking on more ball-handling duties late last season -- including fun big-big pick-and-rolls -- and the Bucks will feed him a bit more with Middleton gone.If Parker makes a leap and Antetokounmpo is a true franchise star already -- probably a bit much at 21 -- the Bucks should be able to hang in the playoff race.12. SACRAMENTO KINGS (32)The Kings remain active in trade talks, and now that Darren Collison is officially out for the first eight games, I wouldnt be shocked if they dealt for a point guard before the season, perhaps as part of a larger trade. The team badly wants to chase a playoff spot as it enters a new arena, which, by the way, includes a wonderful new floor with the teams updated logo:When DeMarcus Cousins is rolling, there is nothing in the NBA like his rampaging drives that end in implausibly soft layups. When hes tantruming, he makes for mesmerizing reality TV -- even if you tire of the sulking, sniping at teammates who have done nothing wrong, and lazy transition defense. It will be fun watching Cousins and Rudy Gay pretend to tolerate each other before the Kings inevitably trade Gay. (You almost have to admire how openly Gay disdains his current employer.) When things get really bad, as they tend to in Sacramento, the sharp-tongued broadcast duo of Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds arent afraid to shred the team on air.Picking Cousins frontcourt partner presents Dave Joerger with some thorny choices. He has talked up small ball, but the Kings have stocked the roster with centers who work in Cousins real estate. The Cousins-Willie Cauley-Stein duo showed more promise than expected on offense last season. During his appearance on my podcast, Joerger sounded enthralled with Skal Labissiere.Plus, the Kings are going to put Cousins and Matt Barnes on the floor together -- maybe a lot!11. DETROIT PISTONS (32)Now that theyre decent, they check every box: solid team that should grow together; fun centerpiece player (Andre Drummond); top-notch broadcasters; uniforms that pop; and a candid, foul-mouthed coach who radiates rumpled anguish at all times. They originally finished No. 8, but we docked them a few points once it became clear Wednesday that Reggie Jackson will miss significant time.Theyve even buffed up the court. Lets play some Hocus Focus, and see if you can spot the subtle improvements from Detroits old court ...... to its new one:Theyve added Boban Marjanovic, a 7-foot, 3-inch giant with a soft touch and an array of fakes that juked poor Jahlil Okafor out of his shoes last season.The legendary George Blaha is entering his 40th season as Detroits play-by-play man. He is a catchphrase factory, only his favorites -- Off the high glass! Floats it up, fills it up! -- emerge so organically, you barely notice them.Jackson and Andre Drummond ran more pick-and-rolls than any other pairing last season, and they should get more dangerous with experience. Jackson has a gorgeous floater, and Drummond is a dunk machine. It somehow looks even cooler when Drummond barely even grabs the rim, and just shoves the ball through the basket in a flash.Drummonds free throw yips depress Detroits rating a bit, since party poopers will smash him instead of letting him slam.10. HOUSTON ROCKETS (32.5)This is Houstons highest-ever finish. Free throws are boring. Well rarely get 90 seconds of uninterrupted Rockets basketball as long as Houston pairs James Harden with a center who cant shoot free throws -- first Dwight Howard, and now Clint Capela.But there is high art in Hardens game, and Mike DAntonis system might dig out the prettiest stuff more often. Harden is a brilliant passer, and he sets up diagonal bouncers with dribble moves, head fakes, and weirdo half-lunges designed to nudge defenses a hair off-balance and pry open specific passing lanes. You might think Harden is eyeing the rim as he jab-steps up top, but hes really peeking at that defender leaning away from the corner, waiting for just the right moment to whip the ball to a shooter there.Watch the trajectory on some of Hardens passes. He uses angles and spins to squeeze the ball through limbs, along shifting pathways that should be navigable only for magic loogies and ping-pong balls. If he has to, hell release the ball near the ground, almost skipping it along the floor like a rock on a lake.The game bogs down when Harden goes into an aimless east-west dribble routine at the foul line, prelude to some brutal fadeaway. DAntoni will encourage him to be more decisive going north-south, and with better shooting around him, Harden might deliver the ball earlier. He might get to the line less playing that way, but the Rockets could generate a ton of 3s and find a more watchable happy medium.Im a sucker for an angry Nene baseline spin-and-dunk, the K.J. McDaniels chase-down block, and Pablo Prigioni sneaking steals on inbounds passes. The new red court is a huge upgrade, and Craig Ackerman, now the play-by-play guy on road games, figures to tamp down the shrill anti-ref homerism that ruins most Houston broadcasts.9. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (32.5)All hail the long overdue return of Kevin Calabro to a permanent play-by-play spot! With that, all the frills in Portland are perfect.The Blazers are a younger, more vibrant version of Dallas on offense, which makes sense, given the imprint Terry Stotts left in Dallas before taking the head job in Portland. They work the elbows, shift the ball side-to-side, and set more off-ball screens than anyone in the league. They keep all five guys involved, and make all five defenders run. They got faster and more versatile when Al-Farouq Aminu bumped up to power forward, and they will start a version of that lineup from jump street this season.When the fancy motion doesnt work, they just give the ball to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Lillard is cold-blooded shooter who lives for late-game drama. McCollum is a jitterbug with a Hermione-deep bag of finishes from all ranges.Stotts has to fit Meyers Leonard, settle the starting small forward spot, and figure out how many minutes Evan Turner should play with his two lead ball-handlers -- happy work for any lineup tinkerer. (Also, Evan Turner: Unblock me on Twitter! What did I do? You were a Luke Walton All-Star last season!)8. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (33)They should be higher, and they have only themselves to blame. Their court is boring, their uniforms are ugly, and their blah logo looks like it belongs on a Doritos bag. Their announcers puff their chests with an insular Thunder-against-the-world attitude, which is too bad, because they are pretty damned good when they just talk straight hoops.Otherwise, give me all of this: the Russell Westbrook Show, the Stache Brothers, Steven Adams accidentally angering bystanders, Kyle Singlers hair, Mitch McGarys over-enthusiastic running (unless and until the Thunder cut him), Andre Robersons 3-point prayers, and so much more.Hopefully, Westbrook is getting all the Rondo-level overpassing out of his system in preseason, so that he can inflict holy hell on the league when the games start to count.7. BOSTON CELTICS (33.5)I can hear the eyes rolling: more hype for a team that has won zero playoff series since busting up its championship nucleus. (Hey, did you know Boston never lost a series when Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins were all healthy? Have you heard that before from anyone? Its true!) Oh, sure, Horford dribble hand-offs and tenacious team defense are going to have people leaping from their couches.Well, sorry. Brad Stevens motion-heavy offense is fun to watch, and Horfords jack-of-all-trades game is going to make it sing. Isaiah Thomas brings the holy crap, rewind that! highlights -- the meanest hesitation dribble on Earth, circus floaters, unconscious off-the-bounce 3s, and insane passes he has to thread over and around much larger humans. Short guys are fun to watch because of all the contortions required for them to do stuff 6-7 wings pull off standing still. Remember this pass from last season?Like, what even is that?Stevens prefers an aggressive defense, and Horford gives him a big man comfortable trapping dudes 30 feet from the hoop. Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and Marcus Smart disregard your personal space. Only two teams forced more turnovers than Boston last season, and they might snare more this time around -- thefts that generate needed transition chances for a team that can get a little cramped in the half-court.We havent even talked about the background: parquet floor, best jersey set in the league, the sonorous tones of Mike Gorman, and the hammy combination of Tommy Heinsohn and Brian Scalabrine cutting promos.6. TORONTO RAPTORS (33.5)Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan breathe life into a pretty vanilla and sometimes sloggy offense. Lowry heaves the highest-degree-of-difficulty triples outside of Stephen Curry and Lillard, and he is always on his toes, always in motion. Exhale for a half-second after he kicks the ball up top, and, zoom, he has dusted you with a give-and-go cut along the baseline. With Curry and Kevin Durant cannibalizing MVP votes, Contract-Year Lowry could be a stealth MVP candidate if the Drakes exceed expectations. (Note: This is an extreme long shot.)DeRozan attacked the rim with a new ferocity last season. His midrange touch comes and goes, but hes good at wriggling into that weirdo floater territory inside the foul line for closer shots. Jonas Valanciunas shot a tidy 48 percent on post-ups last season and became an angrier rebounder. He also boasts the most implausibly convincing slow-mo pump fake in the league.Valanciunas room for improvement on defense looms as one of two wild cards that could inch this team within hailing distance of the Cavs. The other is DeMarre Carroll, who barely played last season and has never looked as comfortable defending bigger wings (i.e., LeBron) as you would expect. If hes healthy, Carroll brings a 3-and-D combination Toronto doesnt have anywhere else on the roster, plus a knack for random off-ball cuts that surprise defenses fixated on Torontos All-Stars.He also unlocks promising small-ball groups; the lineup of Cory Joseph, Lowry, DeRozan, Carroll and Valanciunas logged only 36 minutes last season, and it could emerge as one of Dwane Caseys crunch-time fives.The new court and logo look great, and the broadcast team is a joy outside the two weeks they spend incessantly lobbying for Lowry and DeRozan to make the All-Star team.5. NEW YORK KNICKS (34)Look, the Knicks just kind of break the League Pass Rankings system. A mediocre team shouldnt finish this high, but the Knicks are in the top 10 every year. Maybe we need to create a Mediocre Knicks Exception.They have Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier, the Madison Square Garden court with that spotlight-style lighting, and three must-watch stars (for very different reasons) in Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and Derrick Rose. How many wrong pronunciations will Clyde use for Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Guillermo Hernangomez? Will he just give up after 15 games? How annoying will Sasha Vujacic be, just in general? What is the state of Kyle OQuinns beard?Watching the Knicks figure out how in the hell they want to play offense is a big enough storyline to sustain viewer interest over the first 20 games. Jeff Hornaceks comments out of training camp have been inscrutable. They want to use the triangle, but maybe not as often, or not at all sometimes, and, hey, that spread pick-and-roll thingie everyone does seems to work really well!The novelty of that dilemma will wear off, but if the Knicks stay healthy (stop laughing) and hang in the playoff race, they will be a fun watch all season. No one cooks from the triple-threat position like Anthony when hes toying with dudes, and Porzingis is one of the most exciting players in the league -- even more so when the Knicks shift him to center.4. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (35)Were all going to regret this, but for now, its fun to get carried away with Wolves Mania. Thibs is back, flapping his penguin wings and bellowing in that unmistakable baritone: ICE, ICE, ICE!! Thibs teaching Zach LaVine defense stands as one of the greatest educational challenges in modern world history.This team is thinner than the hype train realizes, particularly on the wing, but the nucleus of Ricky Rubio, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins inspires legit butterflies. Can we not be in such a rush for the Wolves to trade Rubio, by the way? There isnt much evidence their offense can subsist without him, the few teams that need point guards dont have a ton to trade, and his backups might not be ready for major NBA minutes.Subtle fundamental brilliance underlies Rubios passing flash. His dimes hit teammates in the hands, and he releases them at the precise moment a defender is leaning away from his target. He holds the ball a beat longer than most point guards, and that half-second matters.But the flash is high-wattage. Rubio is the leagues no-look king; he literally laughs (ask him!) at fools who throw those bogus no-lookers where they stare down their target, throw the ball, and only then jerk their head in the opposite direction. (His favorite: the fake no-look where the passer turns his head toward a side of the floor where there is no teammate to even catch a theoretical pass. Will Barton does this all the time.)Towns can do almost everything well already. The Wolves have to figure out what sort of front-court player theyd like to pair with Towns, and they are a little overloaded with center types as things stand now. Dont rule out a trade.The butterscotchy court is still hideous, but Dave Benz and Jim Petersen bring the heat -- and the numbers -- to every broadcast. If Cole Aldrich starts flinging up duck-and-cover hook shots again, maybe the Wolves can justify this ranking after all.3. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (35)Same old Clippers, with their scripted precision. You can recite the steps: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin run a pick-and-roll with J.J. Redick curling up the weak side; Paul hits Griffin on the short roll; DeAndre Jordans defender slides up to help; Griffin lobs to Jordan for a dunk.Its like putting together a piece of prefab furniture: Each step is pretty clear, the final product looks nice, and it doesnt survive quite as long as youd hoped. With Griffin back, hopefully Paul spices it up by relinquishing the controls so Griffin can go to work as a point forward in semi-transition; Griffin was tearing up the league before injuries hit last season.The Clips are perpetually one wing short, but a fully engaged Griffin-Jordan combo playing to exhaustion at least gives them a chance to poke at Golden States weak spots.God forbid they are starting Luc Richard Mbah a Moute again when the playoffs arrive. The logo is an embarrassment, the court looks as if it were designed by a child with access to too many colors of paint, and Michael Smith, their analyst, adores every little thing about the Clippers so much, its sickening. I do love a good Ralph Lawler Bingo! though.2. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (37)Well spend eight months watching the next two teams circle each other, so lets be brief here: The Cavs have LeBron James, one of the five (at worst) greatest players ever, and even when they get lazy during the doldrums, they have the collective talent to find the sublime at any moment.Also, the new court might be their best ever:1. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (42)Duh. The Warriors have now topped this list in three of the past four seasons, and even the haterz concede there is no other option for the top spot. Now, lets get to the stinking games already. Simon Despres Ducks Jersey .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. Anaheim Ducks Jerseys . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. http://www.hockeyducksauthority.com/mason-raymond-ducks-jersey-c-21/ .J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Amelia is in the graveyard located in the woods of Dale Earnhardt Jr.s property in North Carolina, where he collects ruined race cars.The beloved Chevrolet failed Earnhardt in the Daytona 500 and again at Talladega. He thought hed drive Amelia to another victory in both races -- after all, shed won four times in six restrictor-plate starts over a 13-month period -- but he crashed in both superspeedway races this season.After the Talladega wreck, he retired Amelia and added her to his eclectic graveyard.So when NASCARs most popular driver races Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, it will be in a new Chevy built by Hendrick Motorsports that wont have a name.Were not going to be naming cars anymore, Earnhardt said Thursday. I knew as soon as we did that, it sort of took off and put a lot of pressure on that car and the team. These cars just dont stick around long enough to get names. You used to race cars for years and years and they would show a personality.These days, you only keep a car for maybe a year before its unrecognizable or its cut out of the herd.In fact, Earnhardt believes Amelia probably outlived her worth. In hindsight, he doesnt think he should have raced her at Daytona or Talladega.There are newer ideas and theories and better ways to do things that that car didnt have, he said. We assumed, hey, it was doing so well, why wouldnt it keep going? It seems like over the offseason theres so much improvement and gains made by every organization that you cant afford to rest on what you did the year before.While its true that a driver is only as good as his car, Earnhardt has proved to excel at restrictor plate races. Of his 26 career Sprint Cup victories, Earnhardt has won 10 times at Daytona and Talladega. Hes the defending race winner here at Daytona, and he won an exhibition race in February. Counting non-points events, Earnhardt has won 11 times at the famed speedway.Hes done it with an aggressive driving style that he possibly inherited from his late father, Dale Earnhardt, who won 13 points races at Daytona and Talladega before he was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.Youve got to get yourself out therre and put yourself in some pretty compromising situations that are touch and go, Earnhardt said. Sam Steel Ducks Jersey Authentic. . If you want to go up there and win the race, youve got to put yourself in some situations that are really sketchy.Sometimes in plate racing its as hairy as you can stand. Its about as much excitement and nerve-wracking anxiety as you can stomach.Earnhardt will likely drive that way on Saturday night when he seeks his first victory of the season. He sits 12th in the standings -- only behind teammate Chase Elliott among drivers inside the top 16 still looking for a win.But 12 drivers already have wins this season with 10 races remaining to set the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. A win should essentially lock a driver into the Chase -- unless there are more than 16 winners.So Earnhardt isnt very comfortable with his current position, especially since there have been eight different winners in the last eight races. He admitted being frustrated over his May races -- he didnt have a finish higher than 14th -- but is encouraged by what speed crew chief Greg Ives has seemed to find.Where we are in points is very frustrating, he said. It creates a lot of anxiety between me and Greg. I think that we both are not happy with where we are in the points. We are wondering and worrying about trying to make the Chase -- it shouldnt be something that this team is concerned with.I think we are way better than where we are.He lamented that success came easier in years past. He noted the number of accidents hes been in is uncharacteristic but said his team is giving him good cars.Hopefully, we just get to Richmond and we dont have a lot of pressure about trying to make the Chase, he said. Hopefully, we can put a string of races together that will give us a good cushion between us and the next guys fighting for those last few spots. Obviously, we need to get a win to put all that to bed, but nothing is guaranteed. If we dont get a win going into the Chase we are going to have to do well in these next 10 races and just be real consistent. 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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