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TORONTO - Phil Kessel believes the Toronto Maple Leafs are well-positioned to avoid the late-season tailspin that cost them a playoff spot last spring. Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey .After losing 12 of their final 14 games, the Leafs have had an off-season of change, from the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president to changes on Randy Carlyles coaching staff.On the ice, the team will look different with the additions of defencemen Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak and forwards David Booth, Petri Kontiola, Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli and the returns of Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin. Its the front offices hope that reshaping the roster will help the Leafs return to the playoffs, but Kessel said they werent far off.I think we had a good team, Kessel said after a ball-hockey game on centre court at Rexall Centre, site of the Rogers Cup. We were there last year. We had a bad stretch.We dont have that stretch, were right in it. This year we made some good additions and I think we improved as a team, and were going to be ready to go.Kessel, who tweeted a photo of himself playing ball hockey with tennis legend Roger Federer, said the difference to preventing a major losing skid is just finding a way to win close games.Weve got to be prepared for the long season, and we wont go through one of those again, Kessel said.With a deeper set of bottom-six forwards, the Leafs may not have to rely so much on Kessel and first-line left-winger James van Riemsdyk, who played big minutes last season. Kessel, who was often double-shifted, finished with seven points in the final 14 games. Marcell Ozuna Jersey . The Swiss won on the fastest run-time tiebreaker after the four-racer teams tied 2-2. Wendy Holdener and Reto Schmidiger won their final heats against Julia Mancuso and Tim Jitloff, respectively. Jeff Locke Jersey .com) - The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed recently-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration.RALEIGH, N.C. -- Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty was confident he can play for the U.S. in the Olympics after sustaining a lower-body injury against Carolina on Saturday night. Pacioretty collided with the goal with 7:30 left in the first period after being checked by Carolinas Brett Bellemore in the teams final game before the Olympic break. After the game, Pacioretty said it was precautionary for him not to return. "I went in pretty hard and I got the wind knockeed out of me," said Pacioretty. Christian Yelich Jersey. " I think the team wanted to play it safe and I think it was a good decision." A native of New Canaan, Conn., Pacioretty will leave for Sochi, Russia, on Sunday to join the American team, which opens play Thursday against Slovakia. The 25-year-old Pacioretty has played 49 games this season. He has 26 goals and 11 assists. Pacioretty had his second hat trick of the season Thursday in a 5-2 win over Vancouver. NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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ST. Alfred Blue Jersey . LOUIS - Brian Elliott had to work overtime Saturday night and was up to the challenge.Elliott made 27 saves in his 100th game with St. Louis and stopped all three shootout attempts to lift the Blues over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 for their fourth straight victory.We didnt want to win in a shootout, but we got it done, Elliott said. Its two big points and some more momentum to try and keep us going.Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for St. Louis. Tarasenko has six goals, including five in his last three games. He had his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win over Dallas on Tuesday night.Tarasenko had dinner the night before with Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov, his teammate on the Russian Olympic team. Although Tarasenko earned some bragging rights with his two goals, he was quick to point out that Varlamov had his moments as well.I was happy to score against him, but he made a good save on me in the shootout, Tarasenko said.Joakim Lindstrom scored in the shootout for St. Louis.Lindstrom played 16 games with Colorado in 2011-12 and was also familiar with Varlamov. He figured a quick shot was his best chance and he was able to beat Varlamov through the legs with a wrist shot.Hes such a good goalie, Lindstrom said. Hes so good laterally, I figured I wanted to have a quick shot instead of trying to deke him.Ryan OReilly and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have points in six straight games (2-0-4). But the Avalanche were looking for more than a point.I think we played a heck of a hockey game, Matt Duchene said. It (stinks) just to be coming out of it with one point. This ones going to sting.Eric Johnson had two assists for Colorado against his former team and Varlamov stopped 27 shots.St. Louis appeared to have the game under control when Tarasenko redirected Alex Pietrangelos shot past Varlamov for his second goal 46 seconds into the third period to give the Blues a 2-0 advantage.But just 6 seconds later, Magnus Paajarvi went off for holding and OReilly made the Blues pay by putting home the rebound of MacKinnons shot on the ensuing power play to cut it to 2-1 at 2:19 of the third.Ian Cole then went off for cross-checking and the Avalanche tied the game with another power-play goal at 5:13 as MacKinnon walked in front and beat Elliott with a wrist shot.In that third, we certainly felt like we had our backs against the wall, Colorados Gabriel Landeskog said. We had to go; we didnt really have the choice to sit back and wait. We had to go and we did and the power play came out big.NOTES: OReillys goal snapped a shutout streak of 118 minutes, 52 seconds by St. Louis. ... Colorado, ranked second in the NHL in penalty killing, has killed 20 straight penalties, including three on Saturday. ... St. Louis was happy to see the calendar turn to November. The Blues are 20-5-3 in November the last two seasons. Zach Cunningham Jersey . Fifth-seeded Cilic gained his fourth title in Zagreb and became the third Croat overall to win at least 10 career titles. Cilic also lifted his career record in Zagreb to 22-4, winning 20 of his last 21 matches at the event. Ka imi Fairbairn Jersey . The 24-year-old Raley was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA for Chicago in his first two career starts after being called up from Iowa on Aug. 7. He was optioned to Iowa on Monday after losing 3-0 to Cincinnati in Chicago on Sunday.ARLINGTON, Texas - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain and Detroit Lions guard Travis Swanson didnt return for the second half of Sundays NFC wild-card game.McClain was seen sitting on the bench talking to a trainer and doctor in the second quarter. The Cowboys said after halftime that the linebacker wouldnt return because of illness and dehydration.Swanson left before halftime wiith a knee injury. Joel Heath Jersey. After his return was initially announced as questionable, an update after halftime said he was done for the game.Swanson, a rookie who has started at guard, centre and tackle for the Lions, had started in place of Larry Warford at right guard. Warford was out with a knee injury.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL NFL Jerseys WholesaleWholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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WINNIPEG - Mark Scheifele laughed as he described how his Winnipeg Jets teammates tried to help him score a hat trick on Tuesday night. Sean Mannion Jersey .Instead, the second-year centre scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Jets halted the Buffalo Sabres four-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory.I know (Mathieu Perreault), I think every time he had the puck he was looking around, looking for me, so it was pretty funny, Scheifele said. But at the end, the boys wouldnt even let me get off (the ice). Id look over at the bench and theyre like, stay, stay, so it was pretty cool.The goals were Scheifeles fifth and sixth of the season. It was also his second career three-point game. He had a goal and two assists in last weeks 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado.Michael Frolik and Evander Kane each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg (16-10-6), while Chris Thorburn also scored. Froliks goal was short-handed, while Kane scored on the power play.Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves in his 300th career start as Winnipeg outshot the Sabres 36-28.Buffalo (13-17-2), which got a power-play goal from defenceman Nikita Zadorov, was coming off a 5-4 shootout win at home over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.Michal Neuvirth stopped 31 shots in net for the Sabres.We just made too many mistakes, Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. We hurt ourselves tonight, whether its odd-man rushes or giveaways that lead to those chances (for the Jets). We hurt ourselves.Clearly, thats what you want to limit. You give teams in this league that many chances, theyre going to make you pay.The win was the first for the Jets in their four-game homestand. They lost 4-1 to Anaheim on Saturday and will host Boston on Friday and Philadelphia on Sunday.The Jets pulled out the victory on the same day head coach Paul Maurice announced at the morning skate that second-year defenceman Jacob Trouba is out until February with an undisclosed upper-body injury.Maurice said it was a pre-existing condition, but wasnt related to the neck injury Trouba suffered last season.While Trouba went off the roster, defenceman Grant Clitsome went back on after missing five games with an upper-body injury and assisted on Scheifeles first goal.Winnipeg is still without defencemen Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian, while forward Dustin Byfuglien has been moved back to the blue-line to help out.Pavelec was impressed with the way the team is responding to those injuries.You have to battle through those injuries and we are able to do it so youre really happy, Pavelec said.Sabres coach Ted Nolan was asked if his club looked tired midway through the game.Maybe not physically, but mentally, Nolan said. We just made a couple of crucial mistakes at bad times.I liked our first period, and then all of a sudden a couple of big mistakes and we had to play catch-up the rest of the game.Buffalo scored the only goal in the first period, but Winnipeg responded with three goals in under five minutes in the second to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.The Sabres didnt get their first shot on net until 10:32 into the game before having three power-play opportunities in the period.Buffalo made good on a scoring chance with 44 seconds left in the period. With Winnipeg winger Blake Wheeler in the penalty box for slashing, Zadorovs shot from the bottom of the circle got past Pavelec, who had Sabres winger Chris Stewart in front of him.Scheifeles first goal was scored at 9:31 as Zadorov left the penalty box for delay of game.It was then Scheifeles turn to go to the box for a questionable goaltender-interference penalty, but it didnt prove costly.Buffalo turned over the puck and 11 seconds later Jets defenceman Jim Slater made a pass across the front of the net to Frolik, who also sent a high shot past Neuvirth for his seventh goal of the season.Perreault set up Scheifeles second goal when he made a pass through Buffalo defenceman Tyson Strachans feet and Scheifele scored at 14:17 for a 3-1 lead. The assist extended Perreaults point streak to five games, with one goal and four assists.Winnipeg carried a power play into the third period from Andre Benoits slashing penalty and it led to Kanes fifth goal of the season at 1:11, with Wheeler and Scheifele drawing assists.Thorburn used a rebound from teammate Anthony Pelusos shot to send a backhand shot past Neuvirth at 12:39.Notes: Sabres centre Mikhail Grigorenko made his season debut. The 20-year-old Russian was Buffalos first pick (12th overall) in the 2012 NHL entry draft.Note to readers: This is a corrected version of an earlier story. 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(SportsNetwork. Douglas Santos Brazil Jersey .com) - Tom Brady had the same bewildered look on his face as he did seven years ago in Glendale, Arizona. It almost happened again. Except this time it didnt. Trailing 28-24 with just over a minute remaining in Super Bowl XLIX, Jermaine Kearses miraculous 33-yard catch set the Seattle Seahawks up with a 1st-and- goal at the Patriots 5-yard line. Russell Wilson lofted a jump-ball pass along the right sideline and New England rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler leapt and tipped the ball into the air with his left hand. The fluttering pass came down and bounced right into Kearses lap as he slid on his back. He bobbled it twice while spinning on his back and finally corralled it on the third attempt. I couldnt believe it, Brady said of the catch during the Lombardi Trophy presentation. It was the David Tyree helmet catch all over again, but Butler didnt hang his head. He would turn deflation into complete euphoria just two plays later. After Marshawn Lynch barreled for four yards to the 1, Seattle elected to throw the ball on second down. Butler immediately broke on Wilsons slant toss intended for Ricardo Lockette and intercepted it to seal New Englands victory. Redemption. And a joyous Brady couldnt contain himself, raising his arms triumphantly and jumping up and down continuously on the Patriots sideline. Unbelievable play by Malcolm, Brady said. We needed a great play at the end and we got it. An unbelievable play it was, especially for an undrafted 24-year-old rookie out of West Alabama. Butler had just three passes defensed and 15 tackles in 11 games during his rookie campaign. I just had a vision I was going to make a play and it came true, Butler said. Im just blessed, I cant explain it right now. Seven years ago in Super Bowl XLII, Tyrees life changed forever in the Valley of the Sun when he hauled in Eli Mannings 32-yard desperation downfield heave on a 3rd-and-5 with 59 seconds remaining. He pinned the ball against the top of his helmet as he was being tackled by Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. The play set up Mannings go-ahead 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress four snaps later, sealing the New York Giants improbable 17-14 upset of the then-undefeated Patriots. New England wouldnt have been in a position to win its fourth Super Bowl in franchise history -- and first since 2004 -- had Brady not led his team down the field for the go-ahead score a possession prior to the Butler pick. Brady, who finished 37-of-50 for 328 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, was 8-of-8 for 65 yards on the decisive march. He connected with Julian Edelman from three yards out to put the Patriots in front with 2:02 remaining. It was the 37-year-olds 13th career Super Bowl touchdown pass, setting a new benchmark that was previously held by his boyhood idol Joe Montana, who tossed 11 in Super Bowls. Brady also tied Montana and Terry Bradshaw with his fourth Super Bowl win. He was asked after the game if hes the greatest ever to play the quarterback position. I never put myself in those discussions, thats not how I think, Brady said. Fair enough, but its becoming hard to make a case against him. Philippe Coutinho Jersey . Case in point: LeBron James vs. Ben McLemore. James was driving to the rim in the first quarter and McLemore decided to try to take the charge, which was quite admirable and predictably futile. Jonas Jersey . -- New York Yankees centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI Thursday of his ailing right calf, which was negative.SAO PAULO - Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar said Tuesday he arrives for the World Cup at home a lot more prepared than he was four years ago, when his mistake played a part in the teams elimination in South Africa. Cesar said the difficulties he went through after the 2010 World Cup helped him become "a better professional" and made him "more focused" on his career. He admitted that he took things for granted before the World Cup in South Africa, when he arrived considered the worlds top goalkeeper. The 34-year-old Cesar said he joined Toronto FC because it was the only team that wanted him, but said his preparations were not affected by playing in a less-traditional league. He called his time with Toronto "excellent" and said he is "100 per cent" ready. "I arrive a lot more prepared than I was four years ago," Cesar said at Brazils training centre in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro. "During bad times you have to try to find some positive things, and I did. It wasnt only the elimination against the Netherlands, I also had to deal with problems at Inter Milan and then at Queens Park Rangers. I needed to find a lot of strength to come back." Cesar failed to clear a cross during Brazils quarterfinal against the Netherlands in 2010. That led to the equalizer for the Dutch, which eventually went on to beat the South Americans 2-1. Cesar said he thought about quitting football at the time, and things only got worse after he faced problems both at Inter Milan and then at Queens Park Rangers, where he was sidelined and played sparingly. Lucas Lima Jersey. "I became a better professional after the 2010 World Cup," he said. "When things are going your way, you end up relaxing a little bit more. I was very confident in 2010 because of everything that had happened until then, and I think that too much confidence can hurt. Now I can say that from personal experience." Although Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named Cesar the World Cup starter long time ago, many still consider the goalkeeper the weakest link in Brazils squad, especially because of his lack of play in recent months. "I dont think there is pressure," he said. "I know many people are questioning me and why I was selected, but the coaches have the confidence in my game and I know that I can add a lot to this group." 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CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls went right inside to Pau Gasol on their first possession, and just kept feeding the big man. Taylor Moton Jersey . There was no reason to go anywhere else.Gasol had a career-high 46 points to go along with 18 rebounds, and the Bulls bounced back from two ugly losses with a 95-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.He wasnt going to let us lose tonight, coach Tom Thibodeau said.Gasol was 17 for 30 from the field and 12 for 13 at the line in his 20th double-double of the season. He became the first player to record at least 46 points and 18 rebounds for Chicago since Michael Jordan had 69 points and 18 rebounds in a 117-113 overtime victory at Cleveland on March 28, 1990, according to STATS.You start making your first couple of shots, your teammates start looking for you, and I was able to find good spots and get in rhythm, the 34-year-old Gasol said. I give a lot of credit to my teammates. They made a lot of plays for me and looked for me a lot of times.Kirk Hinrich added 16 points for Chicago, and Jimmy Butler had nine points, a career-best 10 assists and eight rebounds in the opener of a three-game homestand.The Bulls were coming off a pair of bad losses to Utah and Washington, when they shot a combined 36 per cent from the field. They werent much better against Milwaukee, finishing at 40 per cent (35 for 88), but Gasols big performance was enough to hold off the Bucks.He was very comfortable right from the first shot of the game, Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. He was very comfortable and you could see that. We have to do a better job at making him feel uncomfortable.Brandon Knight scored 20 points for Milwaukee, which had won its last five road games. Jared Dudley had 15 points, and fellow reserve O.J. Mayo finished with 12.Milwaukee trailed for the entire first half, but moved in front with a 12-2 run to begin the third quarter. Knight had two jumpers in the surge.The Bulls responded with a 10-0 run of their own for a 60-51 lead with 4:43 to go. Butler capped the surge with two free throws after he drew a foul on Khris Middleton while shooting a 3 as the shot clock expired.Gasol then helped the Bulls close it out in the final period. He had a driving layup that made it 87-75 with 4:01 remaining. He finished with four straight free throws, surpassing his previous career best of 44 points for Memphis against Seattle on March 28, 2006.We kept trying, but we never could get stops when we wanted to, Knight said. They were able to keep the lead in a comfortable position for them.The Bulls played without starters Derrick Rose and Mike Dunleavy. Rose, who missed much of the last 2 1/2 seasons due to a series of injuries, was sidelined by left knee soreness, and Dunleavy missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle injury.Dunleavy had an MRI and was scheduled to see team physician Dr. Brian Cole on Saturday night. Rose also was expected to meet with Cole, and the point guard also could be headed for an MRI depending on the result of the examination. Thibodeau said after the game that he had no update on either player.MISSINGMilwaukees visit to the United Center was supposed to be Jabari Parkers first NBA game in his hometown, but the rookie forward is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last month.STARTING ASSIGNMENTBulls guard Tony Snell had two points, six rebounds and two assists in his first start of the season. He made 12 starts during his rookie year last season.I thought Tony gave us really good minutes defensively, Thibodeau said.TIP-INSBucks: F Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) missed his 10th straight game, but Kidd said he will make the trip to London for Thursdays game against the Knicks. The plan is for him to play there, Kidd said. Well see. ... Knight tweaked his right ankle while guarding Butler with 10:46 left in the third, but stayed in the game. ... F Kenyon Martin left his second game with Milwaukee with a chest contusion.Bulls: Gasol had 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting at halftime. ... The Bulls improved to 10-2 in their last 12 home games.UP NEXTBucks: Play the New York Knicks in London on Thursday.Bulls: Host Orlando on Monday night.___Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap Brenton Bersin Jersey .twitter.com/xBTpoAKLJk — Daryl Zerr (@darylzerr) May 29, 2014 @BarDown I give to you the @SquirrelsNCHL aka the Fighting Squirels. Trai Turner Jersey . As each game passes (each has played close with the exception of last night) it becomes clearer just how evenly matched these two teams are and how one mistake, or one bad inning, is likely to sway the result.Regina, SK - The first week of the 2014 CFL regular season draws to a close tonight when the defending Grey Cup Champion Saskatchewan Roughriders take the field against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Mosaic Stadium. Watch the action live on TSN and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. This is a replay of the 101st Grey Cup from November, when the Roughriders delivered a convincing 45-23 thrashing of Hamilton in front of nearly 45,000 fans. The Riders, led by head coach Corey Chamblin, would like nothing more than to get off to the same type of start that they had a year ago when they rattled off five straight victories and captured eight of the first nine outings overall. The team did stumble slightly down the stretch with back-to-back defeats to close out the regular season and suffered a four-game slide during the month of September, but the club proved to be resilient, finishing 11-7 overall, but taking home the Grey Cup when all was said and done. The third-leading passer in terms of yards last season with 4,154, Darian Durant is back under center for Saskatchewan as it begins the quest for back- to-back titles, something that has happened only once in the last 15 years. Durant, who has been with the Riders for his entire nine-year CFL career, tossed a personal best 31 touchdowns and finished with an efficiency rating of 95.7. In 2013, Durant had a trio of top-notch receivers who he relied heavily on, but one of those, Weston Dressler has since signed with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, leaving Chris Getzlaf and Taj Smith to carry more of the load this time around. All three posted at least 1,000 yards through the air, with Dressler leading the way with nine touchdowns. However, Getzlaf and Smith both landed in the end zone seven times and the former averaged a hefty 16.6 yards per catch. Another major change for the Riders is the departure of running back Kory Sheets, the most valuable player of the Grey Cup, as he signed with the NFLs Oakland Raiders. Sheets was second in the league with 1,598 yards and tied for the lead with 12 rushing scores, which means theres a huge void to be filled in the backfield for the club. A couple of newcomers, Keith Toston and Anthony Allen will be tasked with producing on the ground moving forward. Saskatchewan has to be pleased with the fact that they owned the toughest scoring defense in the CFL a year ago, allowing only 22.1 ppg, but that wont be easy to duplicaate after losing Alex Hall. Matt Kalil Jersey. . The defensive lineman placed second in the league with 16 sacks, but like many successful CFL performers, he too has latched on with an NFL squad (the Carolina Panthers) for the time being. On other side, the Tiger-Cats were the opposite of Saskatchewan through the first month of last season, winning just a single game in five tries. But the group did finish strong with four wins in five opportunities before, putting up a 10-8 mark, before defeating Montreal and Toronto in the playoffs. Kent Austin, the head coach, general manager and vice president of football operations for Hamilton, does have a major issue to clear up this time around with respect to his quarterback. Last year he watched Henry Burris tear up defenses for a league-best 4,927 yards, but this time around he will have to find a leader in either Zach Collaros, Dan LeFevour or Jeremiah Masoli. Collaros has the most experience of the three after spending a couple of years with Toronto, but he is still a major work in progress. LeFevour finished with almost as many rushing yards (317) as passing (394) with the Cats last year while Masoli attempted a grand total of just two passes for the program in 2013. At least for this week, it doesnt help that receiver Andy Fantuz is on the injured list, because he was one of the top pass catchers in the game with 65 grabs for 896 yards. That leaves Bakari Grant as the primary focus down the field after he posted 69 receptions for 947 yards, but a mere two touchdowns a year ago. Running back C.J. Gable is capable of adding another dimension to the offense, having gained 782 yards and scored seven times on 130 carries in his first CFL campaign, but the squad will have to be careful not to run him into the ground too early. 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CLEVELAND -- The Portland Trail Blazers kept it real simple with the game on the line. Andrew Whitworth Jersey . Just get the ball to Damian Lillard, and get out of the way. No need for any fancy calls when Lillards on the court. The point guard made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting Portland to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. "There is no explaining it," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "Damian had it going, so we ran it through him." Lillard had a career-high eight 3-pointers while scoring 36 points. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year also had a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give Portland a 111-109 overtime victory over Detroit on Sunday. "That was cold-blooded," Cleveland guard Dion Waiters said. "We knew Lillard was getting the ball. That was a big-time shot." Anderson Varejaos tying basket for Cleveland with 7.1 seconds left prompted a Portland timeout. Lillard took the pass at mid-court, dribbled to the top of the key and buried the winning shot over Alonzo Gee from about 26 feet out. "Hes more capable of dribble-driving by you and finishing," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "Their last game he drove by somebody and shot a pull-up. So you pick your poison." Lillard had enough time to drive to the basket, but he decided to shoot from beyond the arc. "I didnt want to get in too deep because theyve got some giants in there," Lillard said. "And Alonzo Gee is a great athlete, so I didnt want to drive on him. I gave him a move to get him off balance, and I wanted to be ready when I froze him." Portland (22-4) has the best record in the NBA and is 11-0 against the Eastern Conference. The Blazers have won five straight and are 12-2 on the road. Kyrie Irvings bid for a tying 3-pointer from about 35 feet bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer. Irving and Waiters scored 25 points apiece for Cleveland. LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds for Portland. Lillards 3-pointer with 5:47 remaining gave Portland a 104-101 lead. Lillard then found Wesley Matthews for another 3, and Aldridges jumper pushed the lead to 109-101 with 4:16 to play. Matthews made a 3-pointer and Aldridge scored to make it 114-104 with 2:15 remaining. Irving then scored nine straight points for the Cavaliers, including a three-point play with 33.8 seconds left that cut the lead to 116-114. After Aldridge missed in the lane, the Cavaliers called timeout with 16.5 seconds remaining. Irving drove into the lane and found Varejao, who tied the game. "That was an offensive shootout by both teams," Stotts said. "They made a great comeback to tie the game, but we keep finding a way to win. Obviously, Damian was fantastic." Waiters scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. He missed the morning shootaround after banging knees with teammate Tyler Zeller in practice Monday. Lillard hit three 3-pointers within a span of 1:09 in the third quarter as the Blazers scored nine straight points to overcome a 69-61 deficit. The Blazers began their four-game trip with a 35-point win in Philadelphia on Saturday in which they hit 21 3-pointers and followed that with two dramatic victories. They went 15 for 33 from long range against the Cavs. Cleveland scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take a 97-92 lead. Six points by Waiters and a 3-pointer by Earl Clark accounted for the run. The game featured two of the hottest players in the league. Irving was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 29 points in three games last week. Aldridge was named the Wests top player for the third time this season after averaging 25.5 points in the Blazers four wins last week. Cleveland has lost to Miami and Portland by a total of 10 points in its last two games. NOTES: Tuesday marked the second career matchup between Irving and Lillard. 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"Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. Shinkaruks minimum recovery time gives him a chance to return in mid-May for the Memorial Cup tournament, if his Medicine Hat Tigers qualify by winning the WHL championship. But the odds of him coming back quickly appear long, given that hip problems usually rank among the most serious and require extended rehabilitation periods. Shinkaruk was chosen 24th overall in this years NHL draft and was among Vancouvers last pre-season cuts. The Medicine Hat captain was invited to Team Canadas selection camp for the world junior hockey championships, but was released for the second straight year after travelling to Sweden with the club before the tournament started. "Hes got a slightly torn labrum," said Gillis. "But it doesnt matter if its slightly or more torn. He suffered it early on in the season, tried to play through it and wanted to have an opportunity to make the world junior team. Clearly, his play dropped off fairly considerably after the injury. Sean Mannion Jersey. "He gave it his best effort and the plan all along was that this (decision to have surgery) was going to happen regardless, so it happened a little bit earlier." Gillis said the injury contributed to Shinkaruk, a 19-year-old Calgary native, not having the best opportunity to make Team Canada. The surgery will be performed in Vail, Colo., by Dr. Marc Phillipon, who specializes in repairing hip disorders. Shinkaruk was among two first-round choices selected by Vancouver this year. The Canucks took London Knights centre Bo Horvat with the ninth pick, which they acquired in a draft-day trade from New Jersey for goaltender Cory Schneider. Gillis expects Shinkaruk to be healthy in time for Vancouvers training camp in the fall. "We think hell make a fully recovery and that hell be fully cleared to try and make the hockey club in September," said Gillis. Shinkaruk has recorded five goals and 11 assists for 16 points with the Tigers this season. His junior team is also optimistic that he will bounce back from the ordeal. "We wish Hunter all the best for a successful surgery and a full recovery," said Medicine Hat general manager and coach Shaun Clouston in a release. NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys WholesaleCheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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HOUSTON - The Houston Texans took care of business against two bad teams. Raphael Varane France Jersey .Now they are moving on to face much tougher competition, starting with Sundays trip to Indianapolis, a place where theyve never won.Coach Bill OBrien doesnt have to say anything to his team about its history in IndianapolisWere well aware that we have not won there, OBrien said.The Colts are in first place in the AFC South, two games ahead of second-place Houston with three games left in the regular season. The Texans have already won five more games than they did in last years 2-14 season, but are still aiming higher.OBrien and the Texans dont talk about their possibilities for the post-season because they know theres no way theyll get there if they dont focus on each opponent.This game right here is a playoff game, OBrien said. As far as thats concerned, as far as our team, this is a big game.Houston lost to the Colts 33-28 in the first meeting this season after falling behind 24-0 in a disastrous first quarter. The Texans were forced to punt on their first three possessions in that game and the Colts recovered an onside kick to build the big lead.OBrien doesnt like to talk about the past, but he is reminding his team about its struggles in that one.The thing that happened in the last Indianapolis game cannot happen, OBrien said. If it does, we have no chance ... we cant get down like that to a really good football team and expect to win, especially on the road.The Texans have won two games in a row for the first time since the first two weeks of the season and OBrien believes his team has grown since the last game against the Colts. Houston trailed 13-10 at halftime on Sunday before rallying for a 27-13 victory over Jacksonville.I thought our guys came in at halftime and really had a resolve about them that they were going to go out and win the game and that they were going to play better over the last half of the game, OBrien said. I think that has improved over the year.The Texans could have to face Indianapolis without Andre Johnson after the receiver suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Sunday. OBrien said Johnson will have to go through the concussion protocol and that hell be listed day to day this week.If he cant go the Texans could rely more heavily on slot receiver Damaris Johnson, who has 250 yards receiving and a touchdown in limited action this season.That slot position is a very important position for us, OBrien said. We certainly want it to be more involved probably than it has been this year.Houstons defence was bolstered by the return of cornerback Kareem Jackson, who had missed three games with a knee injury. Its a unit that has been led all season by defensive end J.J. Watt, who had another big game on Sunday.He had three sacks against the Jaguars to give him 14 1/2 this season, which is third in the NFL. He returned a fumble by Andrew Luck for a touchdown and had two sacks the last time Houston played the Colts.OBrien knows that theyll have to try and slow down Luck if they hope to be successful on Sunday.Theyre a very, very good team, OBrien said. They have a great quarterback, great coaching staff. Its a big challenge for us. Our guys know that theyre going to have to put a lot into this week in order to go up there and meet that challenge.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Karim Benzema Jersey . -- Terry Francona likened the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to a playoff game in October. Yohan Cabaye France Jersey . Riethers apparent stamp on Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj during Saturdays Premier League match at Craven Cottage was missed by the match officials. A three-man panel of former referees reviewed the incident and all agreed that it was a sending-off offence.Hes the fourth-ranked prospect for this years CFL draft but Jim Barker firmly believes Tyler Vargas football future lies south of the border.Varga, from Kitchener, Ont., ran for 31 yards and two TDs on four carries and added three catches for 39 yards in leading the North to a 34-13 win over the South in last weekends Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala. That performance, combined with Vargas solid showing during the week of practice, further solidified Barkers belief the Yale running back will draw serious NFL consideration during its draft in April.He certainly didnt hurt himself (for the NFL draft), Barker said. The thing about Varga is hes a very good running back but he can do so many more things like catch, block and play special teams.Hes got a lot of versatility and I certainly think thats something people down there will notice and like about him.Varga practised at both fullback and tailback in Mobile. Bleacher Report, an American digital media company, listed the five-foot-11 224-pound Varga as one of its big winners from the Senior Bowl.He is one player who certainly made the most of every opportunity by showing he could deliver key blocks, catch the football and break tackles against NFL prospects, it said. In short, this kid flashed the versatility and toughness that generally will make an NFL roster as member of the special teams.Varga enjoyed a stellar senior season at Yale (8-2) with 1,423 yards rushing and a school-record 26 TDs. Twice he had five touchdowns in a game — inncluding the winning three-yard score in a 49-43 overtime win over Army — and ran for a season-high 204 yards and two TDs in a 45-42 victory over Brown. Patrice Evra France Jersey. That secured Varga the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy Leagues offensive player of the year and a first-team all-star nod. He also received second- and third-team All-American honours from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network respectively.Also of note, Varga had no fumbles among his 245 touches this season.Varga is also coveted by the CFL. The leagues scouting bureau ranked Varga fourth among the top 15 prospects for this years draft and the first skill-position player after offensive linemen Brett Boyko (UNLV) and Alex Mateas (UConn) and defensive lineman Daryl Waud (Western).That would make Varga a bona fide first-round prospect in Canada. However, if hes taken in the NFL draft or signed as an undrafted free agent, hed almost certainly fall from the first round as CFL officials looked at him as more of a future selection whod come north after an NFL tryout or tenure.Vargas NFL odyssey continues next month when he participates in the leagues annual combine in Indianapolis, which will attract over 300 of the top U.S. college prospects.Notes: Receiver John Chiles, who was scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 10, was released Tuesday by the Argos. Shortly afterwards, the Chicago Bears announced theyd signed Chiles. 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Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork. Nicklas Backstrom Jersey .com) - James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel each had one goal and an assist in the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Joffrey Lupul, David Booth and Nazem Kadri also lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who have won six in a row. Jonathan Bernier stopped 40-of-42 shots. Sami Vatanen and Ryan Kesler scored for the Ducks, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped. I dont think we deserved to lose by that much, said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano. I thought we had most of the play. We gave them easy goals at the end of the game, but we held most of the play. Frederik Andersen made his 19th straight start and allowed four goals on 20 shots before being pulled in the third period. Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 5- of-7 shots in relief. The Maple Leafs took a 3-1 lead on Booths first goal of the season at 4:37 of the third when his wraparound attempt deflected off Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner and snuck past Andersen. Kadri scored from the left circle less than a minute later. Kesler pulled the Ducks within two at 8:35 when he tipped in Kyle Palmieris pass, but Kessel and van Riemsdyk scored at 15:23 and 18:17, respectively, to secure the victory. Bozak jammed home a loose puck in front at the 15:12 mark of the first period and Bernier turned away all 17 Anaheim shots to preserve the advantage. Lupuls shot from along the left boards gave Toronto a 2-0 lead at 1:31 of the second. Vatanen put the Ducks on the board with a shorthanded goal at the 13:13 mark. He took a pass from Kesler and beat Bernier from the right circle. Game Notes Toronto improved to 14-0 when scoring first this season ... The Maple Leafs have won six straight against the Ducks. Custom Washington Capitals Jerseys .One day after winning her record 63rd World Cup race, Vonn posted to her Facebook account Tuesday that she was happy Woods surprised her by coming to the race, and that she felt terrible that his tooth got knocked out. Ilya Samsonov Jersey .C. United on Saturday night and boost the Unions playoff hopes. Nick DeLeon scored in the 36th minute for United (3-23-6), which had ample opportunities to build on its lead but went its 10th straight match without a victory.Manchester United slumped to a third consecutive loss for the first time in nearly 13 years when Sunderland added to manager David Moyes troubles by winning the first leg of their League Cup semifinal 2-1 on Tuesday. The setback against the Premier Leagues last-place team completed a hat trick of 2-1 losses at the start of 2014 for Moyes, in his first season as Alex Fergusons successor. United, which won the Premier League by 11 points last season before Ferguson retired, trails leader Arsenal by 11 points after losing to Tottenham on New Years Day. And the FA Cup quest ended at the first hurdle on Sunday when Swansea won their third round meeting at Old Trafford. "(The fans) know we are going through a difficult time," Moyes said. "They have probably never seen it as bad as this for a long time. But I am determined to put it right, Im sure we will." The Red Devils can still reach the League Cup final at Wembley if they overturn the deficit at Old Trafford on Jan 22. Sunderlands victory was secured from the penalty spot in the 65th minute by Fabio Borini after United midfielder Tom Cleverley tripped Adam Johnson. Sunderland took the lead when 40-year-old United veteran Ryan Giggs inadvertently bundled the ball into his own net just before halftime when under pressure from Phil Bardsley. Nemanja Vidic headed United level seven minutes into the second half before -- according to Moyes -- United was thwarted by a poor decision by referee Andre Marriner in awarding the penalty. "I feel we are having to play the opposition and the officials at this moment in time," Moyes said on Uniteds in-house television station. "Maybe Ive got to understand thats what happens at Man United. But if we do, we certainly arent getting much in our favour at this moment in time." The outlook isnt completely bleak for the Scot, with his team still in the Champions League and facing Olympiakos in the round of 16 next month. The 72-yearr-old Ferguson continues to loom large over his successor, watching at the Stadium of Light in his role as a United director on another miserable night for the club he managed for more than 26 trophy-laden years. Tom Wilson Jersey. With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney injured, Moyes was relying on Danny Welbeck for goals. However, the striker was shackled by a defence including former United defenders Wes Brown and John OShea. "If we can get them (Van Persie and Rooney) back for the second leg that would be great," Moyes said. United was the first team to have the ball in the net, but Adnan Januzajs effort was ruled out on the ground where he scored twice on his debut in October because Giggs was adjudged to be in an offside position. Sunderland sprang into life as the first half was ending, with Bardsley driving a low shot at United goalkeeper David de Gea before the hosts went in front. Seb Larsson whipped in a free kick that was met at the far post by Brown, who squared the ball across the goalmouth before Giggs turned it into his own net. Having dominated before the break, it seemed United would stage a comeback when it equalized early in the second half. Vidic soared above former teammates OShea and Brown to head home Cleverleys corner. But shortly after De Gea blocked Larssons sliced strike, the United goalkeeper found Borinis spotkick unstoppable as it went high into the net. The players, like Moyes, blamed the referee. "Its getting laughable now the decisions arent quite going for us," Giggs said. For Sunderland, the focus is now on topflight survival with the northeast England club four points from safety. "Whatever it is we need to bring it into the league very quickly," said OShea, the Sunderland captain. "The players know we have plenty of quality, its just making sure we use it at the right times." The first leg of the other semifinal between Manchester City and West Ham is on Wednesday. NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Garnett scored 10 points in his first game in more than five weeks to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 Saturday night. Jalen Reeves-Maybin Womens Jersey . The 37-year-old Garnett missed 19 straight games since Feb. 27 because of back spasms. The Nets went 14-5 over that span. Garnett was back in the starting lineup and was sharp from the start. He scored on an alley-oop in the first quarter, made his first four shots, and had a nasty block on Michael Carter-Williams layup attempt that knocked the rookie guard to the ground. Garnett also passed Alex English to move into 14th on the NBAs career scoring list. Coach Jason Kidd limited Garnetts minutes and the veteran centre did not play in the fourth quarter. Deron Williams had 19 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Nets. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points. The Sixers, who had won two of four after losing 26 straight games, sliced a 21-point hole down to two after Henry Sims put back Carter-Williams miss on his second free-throw attempt. With a chance to tie the game at 96-all on the next possession, Carter-Williams made 1 of 2 with 1:05 left. Mirza Teletovics first bucket of the game was a 3-pointer with 48.4 seconds left that gave the Nets some breathing room. With starters Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Garnett on the bench, Williams helped the Nets seal the win from the line Garnett was loose and all smiles in the pregame layup line, slapping hands and offering encouragement to his teammates. Pierce took on Garnett in a brief 1-on-1 battle, and yelled "Welcome back!" as he blew by him to toward the basket. Garnett is the no longer the dominant All-Star of his Minnesota and Boston days, averaging 6.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 21 minutes in 49 games this season. But the layoff may help boost the life left in his legs that will be needed if the Nets are going to make any type of playoff run. Garnett and Pierce turned back the clock on consecutive scores in the second -- Garnetts big dunk was followed by Pierces 3-pointer for a 13-point lead. The Nets led by as many as 21 before the Sixers made their run late in the fourth. Garnett and Pierce had a seat on the bench during crunch time. That allowed the Sixers to pounce. Carter-Williams went rim-to-rim off his own defensive rebound and finished with a one-handed dunk over Andrei Kirlenko. He helped the Sixers stay within 10 points of the Nets. The Sixers closed within three when Williams was fouled on a 3-pointer with 3:08 left. He made the free throw for a 94-87 lead. Williams made all six of his free-throw attempts in the game. Holis Thompson scored 18 points for the Sixers and Sims had 11 points and 11 rebounds. NOTES: 76ers C Byron Mullens (sprained left ankle) was inactive. ... 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Asked to compare the physicality of the well-drilled Kings to the three teams the Rangers have beaten in the playoffs to date, New York coach Alain Vigneault neatly summed up the challenge before the Blueshirts. "Philly was a physical team and they played on the edge," he said. "Pittsburgh played more of a skill game, but they also had quite a few players that played on the edge. Montreal was a real structured team. So they were three different opponents. "This one here is structured. Theyve got skill. Theyre physical. So makes it a pretty big challenge." You can add battle-hardened to that list. In the dog-eat-dog Western Conference, the Kings have come to the final the long way. They have had to run the gauntlet of San Jose, Anaheim and Chicago -- teams that finished 15, 20 and 11 points, respectively, ahead of New York in the regular season. And they did it without home-ice advantage. "Were a team thats just never going to go away," said Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford. "Doesnt matter what the score is, were going to play our hardest and do what we do best." The Kings, who clawed their way back to dominate the second half of Wednesdays game, have already given the Rangers plenty to chew on. The New Yorkers, nestled in a five-star cubbyhole on the beach, had the day off Thursday to ponder the challenge. "To be able to be away from the game is a good thing, but at the same time I think if you ask every guy on our team, where were at mentally right now is were at the rink still," said forward Derek Stepan. "Guys are evaluating their own games, getting ready to make adjustments and get ourselves ready for Game 2." That comes Saturday, and Vigneault wasted little time challenging his players to up their game this time. "One thing is real evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is were not going to beat this team if we do not all bring our A game," Vigneault said. "It is that strong of an opponent that were playing against. "We had Hank (goalie Henrik Lundqvist) that brought his A game last night. We had a couple guys. I dont want to name who, I think brought their A game. But our B game wont do it. Were not goingg to win if we bring our B game to the table. Detroit Lions Jerseys. "Theyre one of the best teams Ive seen in a long time. Areas to exploit, they dont jump out at you. Were going to have to be better than we were." Unlike in the Eastern Conference final series against Montreal, where Vigneault and Habs coach Michel Therrien poked and prodded each other verbally, Vigneault has been all business so far in the final. He seems to be staring at the Kings, like a career bank robber pondering how to take down a state-of-the-art safe. The Rangers coach says his team knew going into the series what was needed to win. "Its something that we discussed -- how good the opponent was. And thats a challenge. At this time of the year to win, you got to bring your A game. Thats each and every player. 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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shin-Soo Choo is already having a positive influence at the top of the Texas Rangers lineup. Matt Duchene Jersey . Adrian Beltre has been clutch for them since 2011. For the second night in a row, they played big in a winning ninth-inning rally. Choo drew a bases-loaded, game-ending walk against Jonathan Papelbon as the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday to clinch the season-opening series. "Its really special for us," said Choo, who signed a seven-year free-agent deal with the Rangers this winter. "Thats why you play nine innings, and thats what we do every night is play nine innings," manager Ron Washington said. "In the end, we did what we had to do. We got focused and put some good at-bats together and made things happen." Beltre, whose ninth-inning single Tuesday night drove home Choo with the winning run, started this three-run rally with a leadoff single. After Mitch Morelands double, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci had an RBI infield single and Leonys Martin singled home the tying run. Donnie Murphy walked on four pitches before Choo got to full-count pitch before walking. Adduci reached on a slow roller down the third-base line with one out before Martin grounded a single through the drawn-in infield. "The whole inning was kind of just one of those innings. You get a cue ball down the third base line. Then you get a double-play ball, which you think is the game-ending double play. Its not," said Papelbon, who gave up four hits and two walks while retiring only on batter. "My whole focus was get a ground ball, get a double play and get us out of the inning." Seth Rosin (1-0) worked two scoreless innings for his first major league victory. Moreland had a triple in the seventh and scored on Martins two-out single. "Its a nice way to start the season," Moreland said. "We really came together these last couple of games." Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and Kyle Kendrick allowed only one run over seven innings for the Phillies, who still havent won a road series since Ryne Sandberg took over as their manager last August -- first on an interim bases before getting the full-time gig. The Phillies lost 24 of 32 games over their final 10 road series last season. They split four games against the New York Mets last August in Sandbergs first series on the road -- but had dropped the previous five series away from home, and then lost the last four. They won this years season opener 14-10 before consecutive ninth-inning losses. Texas left-hander Robbie Ross struck out seven over five innings in his first major league start after 123 relief appearances the past two seasons. He allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks. Howards homer made it 3-0 in the third. It was his first homer since July 5, when he went deep in his final game last season before going onto the disabled list because of left knee inflammation. After Philly got an unearned run in the first after centre fielder Martin bobbled the ball for an error, Texas failed to score in the bottom of the inning after two hits and two errors by the Phillies. Choo got caught in a rundown and tagged out between third base and home after Kendrick initially dropped a grounder. NOTES: The Phillies were a player short after SS Jimmy Rollins returned home to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. ... Texas said ace RHP Yu Darvish will make his season debut Sunday at Tampa Bay. He was put on the disabled list because of neck stiffness. ... Rangers INF Adam Rosales cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. ... Both teams are off Thursday before road games Friday. 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I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. So if you want to, look at that as encouraging." While young pitching prospects Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman continue to be in high demand – Anthopoulos isnt opposed to moving either if the deal is right – its the Jays big bats that are attracting the most attention. "The one thing we have on this team is power," said Anthopoulos. "Theres not a lot of power out there on the market or the free agent prices dont work for some of the clubs so weve been approached by clubs asking for some of our position players that have power." Anthopoulos then moved quickly to deny a Toronto Sun report that Colby Rasmus had been offered to two teams in the search for starting pitching. "With respect to rumours and some of our position players, I would say just to kind of bury some of those. With all our players well be open-minded if people want to approach us but I can say as we sit here today I feel pretty confident that most, if not all, our position player core will be with the club to start the year," he said. The Blue Jays havent ruled out signing Rasmus to a long-term extension. The 26-year-old is coming off his best season since his breakout campaign in 2010 with the Cardinals. Limited by injury to 118 games, Rasmus authored a slash line of .276/.338/.501, and lifted his OPS to .840 from .689 the previous season. Anthopoulos is leaving the door open to a long-term extension with Rasmus, who will be a free agent for the first time after this season. In fact, only Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays starrting outfielders is signed beyond 2014. Erik Johnson Jersey. Citing Edwin Encarnacion as a player given a long-term commitment in the middle of a breakout campaign, Anthopoulos said hes willing to wait on Rasmus in order to "gather more information," even if the centerfielder continues to perform at a high level and a deal becomes more costly. "We feel time is on our side in the sense of we dont feel the need to necessarily have to do it so early," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "Weve got more resources from a payroll standpoint." Jose Bautistas and Edwin Encarnacions team-friendly contracts – Bautista has two years left at $28 million with a club option for 2016 at $14 million while Encarnacion is signed for two more years at $19 million with a club option for 2016 at $10 million – make Rasmus a logical choice to be moved out of the group of power bats. Given this years offseason market for outfielders – Jacoby Ellsbury signed for $153 million over seven years with the Yankees and Shin-Soo Choo is expected to receive a similar figure in free agency – Anthopoulos has a difficult decision to make on Rasmus value. WEBER HEADS TO KOREA The Blue Jays will enter Thursday mornings Rule 5 draft with 39 players on their 40-man roster. Right-hander Thad Weber has been sold to NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization. MOTTOLA NEARING DEAL WITH RAYS Former Blue Jays hitting coach Chad Mottola and the Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing the paperwork on his contract to become the clubs new minor league hitting coordinator. Mottola served in the same capacity for the Blue Jays in 2009 before spending three seasons as the hitting coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Mottola and Dwayne Murphy, who retired, are the two members of last seasons coaching staff that wont be returning to Toronto. Kevin Seitzer, who was the hitting coach in Kansas City when manager John Gibbons served as Royals bench coach, was hired last month to replace Mottola. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Jerseys From China Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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