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After Michael van Gerwen was crowned Premier League champion, we asked Sky Sports experts to pick a player who could force his way into next years line-up. Camilo Vargas Colombia Jersey . The world No 1 enjoyed a triumphant season as he finished top of the 10-man table and then defeated Phil Taylor in the final to claim the title for the second time at The O2.But can a new contender emerge to challenge Van Gerwen next year, or should a past challenger be welcomed back to the 2017 competition? We asked Mighty Mike, our Sky Sports pundits and the PDC chairman to reveal their Premier League picks...Michael van Gerwen: Vincent van der Voort It would be Vincent van der Voort or Simon Whitlock. Vincent is my best mate of course and I would like to have him in the Premier League. Hes a good darts player.As for the rest, I dont really care, I like to beat everyone.Wayne Mardle: Stephen Bunting I would love to see Stephen Bunting back in. I just feel that he let himself down when he was in it. I would like to see Bunting there, because the way he plays, the speed he plays, and how he plays, would suit the Premier League. Wayne Mardle It wasnt a year too soon, I just think he found it tougher than he thought he would. Youve got to be ready mentally.I would like to see Bunting there, because the way he plays, the speed he plays, and how he plays, would suit the Premier League. You see something in players where you think theyre so good, they just need to believe they are.Rod Studd: Alan Chuck Norris This is Alans second year in the PDC and he moved across after coming runner-up in the BDO World Championships. He ran into Stephen Bunting in the final, who was playing at his absolute best. Alan Norris produced an 11-dart leg in win over Robert Thornton at the PDC World Championships He had a really good debut year in the PDC, reached the quarter-finals of the Worlds at Ally Pally, where it looked like he had the beating of Jelle Klaasen until the Dutchman reeled off three brilliant legs on the trot to knock him out.He throws quick, hes aggressive, hits a lot of 180s and would be good entertainment for the Premier League.   John Part: Vincent van der Voort I like Vincent van der Voort. He has electric fast play and when hes playing well hes just about as good as anybody.Obviously there are consistency issues and Im not sure he could necessarily handle the Premier League. The talent level can be discouraging sometimes if you dont get off to a good start, but that would go for anybody coming into the Premier League. Vincent van der Voort defeated Phil Taylor in first round of 2015 World Grand Prix Hes got enough experience now that I think, given the opportunity, he might do fairly well. I wouldnt say he would come in and win it, but he could possibly put on a good show for much of the season.   Rod Harrington: Benito van de Pas I would go for one of the newcomers, because I believe the game relies on them. One person who is standing out - his form has been brilliant over the last year - is Benito van de Pas. There could be a good bit of rivalry there and I think Benito will become the second best player in Holland. Rod Harrington Big Ben from Holland, he hacks it with the big boys, and has beaten Michael van Gerwen on two or three occasions. There could be a good bit of rivalry there and I think Benito will become the second best player in Holland.Dave Clark: Jelle Klaasen I would like to see Jelle. Hes got the panache, hes got the style, and would get the crowd going. Hes got all the attributes, hes playing great darts at the moment, and could be a real threat. Klaasen could do some damage next year. He could handle the big stage, hes proven that already. Dave Clark If they went back to Rotterdam, he would get a red-hot reception too. He could handle the big stage, hes proven that already.PDC Chairman, Barry Hearn PDC chairman Barry Hearn (left) with Premier League runner-up Phil Taylor There are two or three out there. I think Jelle Klaasen is right up there. I like Benito van de Pas, hes playing well and is a young man with a lot of potential who is improving all the time. I like Gerwyn Price from Wales and I like Daryl Gurney from Ireland.Its probably getting to the time when these kids have got to have a chance and see what they can do on the big stage.  Watch more live darts action from the World Cup of Darts, starting at 7pm on Thursday June 2, on Sky Sports 1. Also See: WATCH: Story of Play-off night Mardle: MVG on another level MVG wins Premier League Taylor: MVG is like AJ Luis Muriel Jersey . Szabados joined the Southern Professional Hockey League team last week. The 27-year-old goaltender from Edmonton backstopped the Canadian womens hockey team to Olympic gold Feb. Frank Fabra Jersey . has left the San Jose Sharks to become the Boston Bruins director of player personnel.Skiffle has been supplemented for Fridays Investec Oaks at Epsom after pleasing trainer Charlie Appleby in a Saturday morning workout. After finishing a promising third on her Ascot debut at the start of the month, the daughter of Dubawi raised her game to win the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood, a race won by the brilliant Snow Fairy before she secured Oaks glory six years ago.Appleby said: She had a quiet week after Goodwood, as we said she would, and shes in good form. She did a routine piece of work this morning and we were very happy with her, so she will be supplemented for the Oaks.Shes a nice filly, shes done nothing wrong and if we can run into a place Ill be delighted.Skiffle was the only supplementary entry and is among 11 possibles for the fillies Classic following the confirmation stage.They are headed by Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Minding. Runner-up in last weekends Irish 1,000 Guineas, she is one of five remaining entries from the Aidan OBrien stable despite the absence of Ballydoyle.OBrien can also call on Even Song, How High The Moon, Seventh Heaven and Somehow.There is another potential Irish challenger in Jim Bolgers Turret Rocks, who was sixth behind Minding at Newmarket.The list is completed by Hugo Palmers Architecture, the Ralph Beckett-trained Diamonds Pour Moi, Harlequeen from Mick Channons stable and Australian Queen who David Elsworth is hoping can cause an upset.The Newmarket handlers last runner in the Epsom Downs Classic, Something Exciting, finished second to Eswarah in 2005, while he also sent out Mighty Flutter to be third at odds of 66/1 in the 1984 Derby.Australian Queen, a Lingfield Park maiden winner in February, has made two appearances on turf, coming home eighth in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on May 1 and fifth, one place behind Harlequeen in the Group Two Musidora Stakes at York 11 days later.Elsworth commented: I thought Australian Queen ran well in the Musidora Stakes. It was only her second start on turf and she is mentally a big, backward filly - she is a slow learner.So Mi Dar won by four lengths that day andd we were just over five lengths further back. Yerry Mina Colombia Jersey. She fell out of the stalls and got involved coming up the straight. She will come on a ton for that, but she needs to. Something Exciting was a lot more precocious whereas this filly was very backward. We ran Australian Queen on the All-Weather to teach her to race and she didnt handle the bend when she won at Lingfield Park - she nearly went over to the jumps course.In the Pretty Polly Stakes, we dropped her in and they didnt go a great gallop. She travelled well for most of the race but was found wanting when they kicked for home because she wasnt switched on mentally.She is a good filly, who is improving rapidly, and there is only one Oaks, so we are going to give it a go.Elsworth and owner Jeff Smith are also set to be represented at the Investec Derby Festival by Australians Queen illustrious half-sister Arabian Queen, who is due to run in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup (Sponsored by Investec) on Investec Derby Day.The four-year-old filly beat last years Investec Derby hero Golden Horn when a 50/1 chance in the Group One Juddmonte International at York in August and went down by a length to Usherette on her seasonal return in the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on May 1.Elsworth added: I thought Arabian Queen ran a storming race in the Dahlia Stakes.We felt that she might improve 7lb to 10lb for the race but she ran so well that I am not sure if she can improve that much!She goes round Epsom, having won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes there last year, and Postponed will frighten a few off. 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INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Dixon insists that Ganassi Racing wasnt trying to bamboozle anybody. Sydney Leroux Jersey . After struggling last week and failing to put a car in the fast nine for qualifying, the team led by defending Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan staged a rally on Carb Day. Kanaan was left atop the leaderboard Friday with a lap of 227.838 mph, while Dixon was next-fastest at 227.773 mph. "We definitely didnt do it on purpose," said Dixon, who will start in the middle of the fourth row Sunday. "We would like to roll out straightaway and be quick. I think we are normally." Kanaan will start on the inside of the sixth row as he attempts to become the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves in 2003. Teammate Charlie Kimball will start in the ninth row. "We feel good about it," Kanaan said. "We worked pretty hard together to make up for our Saturday qualifying. We have great people back in the engineering office at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and it really showed a little bit after qualifying and today." The turnaround by the Ganassi stable brought back memories of 2012, when the team struggled throughout the month of May. But by the time Carb Day rolled around, Dario Franchitti had posted the fastest lap of the day, and Dixon was close behind in second. That was how they would finish on Sunday. Franchitti went on to win his third Indy 500, and Takuma Satos last-lap spin into the Turn 1 wall allowed Dixon to finish second. Townsend Bell, three-time winner Helio Castroneves and rookie Mikhail Aleshin joined Kanaan and Dixon among the five fastest laps Friday. Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti were next on the speed chart, while Juan Pablo Montoya was ninth-quickest. Kurt Busch stepped into Andrettis backup car and climbed to 15th on the chart. Busch wrecked his primary car in practice on Monday, forcing his team to convert a car that Andretti had planned to use at Detroit from a road-course setup to an oval setup. "Just had to get back on my horse," said Busch, who will attempt to run the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on Sunday. "As the NASCAR guys always say, Got to thank my crew, but honestly, this is a thank-the-crew moment from Andretti Autosport." On a busy Carb Day at Indianapolis, here are five more things that happened: ANOTHER DOUBLE: As Busch becomes the fourth driver to attempt double duty, theres been speculation more NASCAR drivers may someday try the grueling feat. Buschs younger brother, Kyle, has said hell make an attempt if he ever wins a Sprint Cup championship. "I dont know why more NASCAR guys dont do it," former IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay said. "You only live once. Its two of the biggest races in the world, so why not do it?" BLOCKING RULES: An unofficial poll of drivers indicated very few want to be the leader in the closing laps of Sundays race. But Dixon and Kanaan believe murky rules mean the leader could potentially block attempts at a pass for the win without risking a penalty from race control. "We havent gotten clarification on that. You can defend now," Dixon said. If blocking occurs, Kanaan hopes it is fair. "I dont think its fair enough sometimes to be the leader that hell be exposed and hes going to lose the race because he was in the lead. It does not make any sense," Kanaan said. "There is a certain amount of defending that should be allowed." INDY IN (SLOPE)STYLE: Olympic snowboarder Nick Goepper, who took home the bronze medal at the Sochi Games, stopped by the speedway to check out the festivities. Goepper grew up near Cincinnati in Lawrenceburg, just on the Indiana side of the state line, and plans to watch Sundays race from the infield pagoda. "I remember the movie Rush that came out, the whole racing atmosphere. These guys are incredible drivers," Goepper said. "They have so much composure. Its amazing." GETTING COMFORTABLE: Paul Tracy still wants to be in a race car, but his time appears to have passed. Now, the popular Tracy has landed a part-time gig with NBC Sports Network. The original deal called for Tracy to work in the booth for six races, but it was expanded to include NBCs limited coverage of preparations for the Indianapolis 500, as well as two additional events later this season. Tracy said he struggled initially, and but "Ill get it figured out." Allie Long Jersey .com) - Graeme McDowell opened up with a first- round, 5-under 67 on Thursday and he holds a 2-shot lead at the WGC - HSBC Champions. Sam Mewis Jersey . His head snapped back from the impact and hit the floor. The All-Star power forward was all right afterward, a relief for the Minnesota Timberwolves.Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Maroon netted the game-winning goal and the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Kyle Palmieri tallied the other marker, Ryan Kesler supplied two assists and Maroon also added a helper for the Ducks, who were coming off a 4-3 shutout win over Vancouver on Thursday. Frederik Andersen turned aside 26 shots in the win. Keith Yandle lit the lamp and Mike Smith made 28 saves for the Coyotes, who defeated the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday. After a scoreless first, Palmieri opened the scoring with 5:52 remaining in the middle stanza. Smith fell down trying to settle the puck behind the net. Kesler gathered the puck and dished it to Palmieri, who wristed a shot into the vacant net. Maroon made it a 2-0 game after he deposited the rebound of Sami Vatanens point blast into the back of the net with 2:40 left in the second. Martin Erat sent a slick backhanded ffeed from below to Yandle, whose wrister from the slot ended Andersens shutout bid and whittled the deficit to just one goal with 11:04 to play. Carli Lloyd Jersey. Smith shut the pads to deny Hampus Lindholms backhander on the breakaway to keep the Coyotes in it with 8:08 left. The Coyotes pulled Smith with just under a minute to play and Francois Beauchemin took a cross-checking penalty with 37 seconds left, but the Ducks held on for the win. Game Notes It was Anaheims first regulation win since a 3-2 decision over Colorado on Nov. 2 ... Ducks forward Rene Bourque made his debut with the club after being acquired from Montreal for defenseman Bryan Allen on Thursday ... The Ducks improved to 10-0-4 when scoring first ... Lindholm played in his 100th NHL game ... 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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Third-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final of the ABN Amro tournament. Yerry Mina Colombia Jersey . Berdychs play was more consistent, especially on his serves, though Gulbis was often better -- if unpredictable -- in the rallies. In the first set, Berdych won a 15-shot rally to set up a single breakpoint, which he also won. The pair exchanged words after Gulbis issued a late challenge as to whether Berdychs return was in. Gulbis failed to capitalize on the one breakpoint he had in the match, during the fourth game of the second set. Afterward the Latvian appeared to lose concentration, failing to win a single point in his following service game. The match lasted just an hour and five minutes. "Probably it looks on paper that it was easy, but it definitely was not," said Berdych. Gulbis had won two of their five previous meetings, ousting Berdych from Wimbledon in 2012. "I was more calm, more focused, and that was my advantage today," Berdych said. Later Saturday, Dutch wildcard Igor Sijsling plays Marin Cilic of Croatia in the other semifinal. The last time a Dutch player reached the final was 2003. But Cilic is the man in form, having won the Zagreb indoor last week and beating two top-10 players - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray, on route to the last four in Rotterdam. Jose Izquierdo Colombia Jersey .com) - Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with just 12. Custom Colombia Jerseys . "Its amazing to do this coming from such a small island, where tennis isnt necessarily recognized as one of the main sports," Puig said. "Im just happy Im able to be here playing tennis not only for myself, but for my country too.ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the Japanese right-hander tentatively is set to start against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka will throw another bullpen session before the start. "Hes pitching if hes OK," Girardi said before Tuesday nights game against Tampa Bay. "Well see how he holds up." Tanaka will have a limit of 70 to 75 pitches against the Blue Jays. He has been sidelined since July 9 because of a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If Tanaka doesnt have any setbacks, he would get a second outing during the Yankees season-ending seeries at Boston. Jose Fernando Cuadrado Colombia Jersey. Tanaka thinks a couple of starts can be used to determine whether he can avoid surgery. "I think so, if Im able to go out there and have a strong outing," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I feel it would give some good confidence." Tanaka threw 65 pitches during five scoreless innings in an instructional league simulated game Monday, allowing six hits and striking out four. New York agreed in January to pay the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japans Central League $20 million over 18 months for right to Tanaka, then gave the pitcher a $155 million, seven-year contract. He started 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA in his first 14 appearances and is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts. NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo China Jerseys ' ' '
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SAN DIEGO - As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseballs winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star and the Chicago White Sox adding a closer. David Silva Spain Jersey .In the first swap of the four-day session, the Athletics sent first baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss to Cleveland for minor league infielder Joey Wendle. That followed Oaklands trade last month of third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto.The White Sox agreed to a $46 million, four-year contract with David Robertson, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal had not yet been announced.Chicago also acquired right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa from Oakland on Tuesday for right-hander Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley, first baseman Rangel Ravelo and infielder Marcus Semien. Samardzija had pitched for the crosstown Cubs before he was traded to the Athletics in July.Big-name moves among free-agent starting pitchers are taking more time to percolate. Traded from Boston to Oakland last summer, Lester was sought by the Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs.Athletics general manager Billy Beane is watching the bidding without getting personally involved from his position with the low-payroll As.That ones more just for my industry curiosity as much as anything, he said. Like Arthur Miller being married briefly to Marilyn Monroe — thats who we are. Were the Arthur Miller in Lesters career.Max Scherzer and James Shields appeared content to wait for Lester to reach a deal first. And trade talks for top pitchers seemed secondary.Almost any move thats made has some kind of domino effect, some more pronounced than others, said Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers new president of baseball operations. But obviously when youre talking about the bigger guys coming off the board, theres a more pronounced trickle-down effect.Lester helped Boston go from worst to first and win the 2013 World Series, and then was part of a purge as the Red Sox again dropped to last in the AL East.Were still optimistic that hell be in a Red Sox uniform. Theres a lot of history between the Red Sox and Jon, Boston manager John Farrell said. We obviously have a strong desire to bring him back. And yet, hopefully, this is coming to a little bit of a head here.The perennially woeful Cubs got a player back at the less pricey level, agreeing to a $20 million, two-year contract with right-hander Jason Hammel — a pitcher Chicago traded to the As last summer. That deal was confirmed by a person familiar with those talks, who also spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because the deal had not been announced.Arizona completed its $68.5 million, six-year contract with Yasmany Tomas, a 24-year-old Cuban defector the Diamondbacks may move from the outfield to third base.Initially, youve got to believe that thats a lot of money to be passing out on any player, new Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said. And in this day and time when a player has not played here, hes not proven yet here, that makes it even a little bit uncomfortably. But once you get the right information and youve checked the right sources, it makes it a lot easier to make the move.Cleveland obtained the 31-year-old Moss, who hit .234 with 25 homers and 81 RBIs in 2014. He batted .268 with 21 homers in the first half of the season to earn his first All-Star selection, but a nagging hip problem cut into his production over the final months.On Oct. 21, Moss had a hip operation. Moss said Dr. Thomas Byrd was prepared to perform microfracture surgery, but all he needed was a labrum repair and cartilage cleanup.Its a really difficult market to acquire offence, whether thats in free agency or the free-agent market, but we thought the deal for Brandon made sense because we felt we were getting one of the better power hitters in the game, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said.As the meetings began, the doors to baseballs Hall of Fame remained shut to this years Golden Era committee candidates.Nine players and one executive whose primary contributions were from 1947-72 all failed to receive the 75 per cent of the vote needed for election.Dick Allen and Tony Oliva came closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 per cent needed for election. Jim Kaat appeared on 10 ballots, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight.Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant each received three or fewer votes, as did the late Cincinnati Reds general manager Bob Howsam.The results today are a reminder that election to the Hall of Fame is incredibly difficult and the highest honour an individual can receive in baseball, Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark said.___AP Sports Writers Howie Rumberg and Bernie Wilson contributed to this report. Alvaro Odriozola Spain Jersey . Louis Cardinals. He was 48. The commissioners office said Bell died in his home state of Ohio. Bell had not been feeling well over the weekend and had been scheduled to see doctors later Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. Gerard Pique Jersey . Lauzon rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries for the Vert et Or (2-3) while quarterback Jeremi Roch completed 19-of-32 passes for 251 yards and one interception. Alexandre Aube scored the other touchdown for Sherbrooke.ST. LOUIS - It was the perfect way for the St. Louis Blues to glide into an extended All-Star break. Lots of positive energy with nine days between games.Weve been rolling and we wanted to keep it going, forward Alexander Steen said after the Blues dominated at both ends of a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Tonight I think was probably our best game this year, from goalie out.Jaden Schwartz had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott needed to make just 17 saves, although he had to be sharp at times. Elliott leads the NHL with a 1.86 goals-against average and is fourth with a .930 save percentage.You try to be big, big in net and get us through the first little wave, Elliott said. And the guys take care of the rest. As you saw, the second and third period we did the things we always do and thats a good sign.T.J. Oshie also scored and defenceman Carl Gunnarsson got his second goal of the season for the Blues. St. Louis has scored in a season-best eight consecutive games, going 7-0-1 in that stretch.Theyre two points behind Central Division-leading Nashville, although the Predators have played two fewer games. They dont play again until wrapping up a seven-game homestand against Nashville on Jan. 29.Steen had two assists, giving him 18 points during a 10-game points streak, the longest by the Blues this season. Ken Hitchcock got his 153rd win with St. Louis, tied with Brian Sutter for second on the franchise list.The Blues have won eight of nine at home against Colorado, including a 3-0 shutout by Martin Brodeur on Dec. 29 in which the Avalanche were held to 16 shots. Theyd taken 21 or more in each of the 10 games since that loss.Matt Duchene scored for the Avalanche, who finished 1-2-2 on a five-game rooad trip. Koke Jersey. .They outplayed us, theres no question, forward Jarome Iginla said. Once they get the lead theyre a good defensive club and theyre playing well right now.Schwartz scored his third goal in five games on a power play at 32 seconds of the second period to snap a 1-all tie. He got the puck right back and beat Semyon Varlamov after his first attempt deflected off the skate of Colorado defenceman Erik Johnson.Kind of a lucky bounce, Schwartz said. It came right back to me and Varlamov was cheating from the first shot, so it felt good when it went in.Oshie did some nifty stick-handling to set up his 13th goal at 10:40 off assists from David Backes and Steen to close the scoring.Gunnarsson gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with his first goal since Nov. 13 when his point shot deflected off the stick of Alex Tanguay. Hed totalled three assists in the previous 19 games.A giveaway by Kevin Shattenkirk led to Duchenes 13th goal with 6:58 left in the opening period, as the puck ticked off the stick of Blues forward Paul Stastny.Its always tough to win the last one but at the same time we knew it would be a good test, a good challenge, coach Patrick Roy said. Ill give them credit, they played a good game.NOTES: Steen has seven goals and 11 assists during his point streak, but his goal streak ended at five games, one shy of his career best last season. ... The Blues have an NHL-best plus-37 goal differential. ... The Blues are 17-1-2 leading after two periods. ... Attendance of 19,187 was the Blues ninth sellout and fourth in six games of a homestand that concludes against Nashville Jan. 29. ... 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MILWAUKEE - The Charlotte Hornets may have found the formula for success —turning up the defensive pressure. Taison Brazil Jersey . It worked against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night and led to their fourth straight victory.Kemba Walker scored 27 points and Gerald Henderson added 16 as Charlotte took advantage of 20 turnovers to hold off the Bucks 108-101, extending the Hornets winning streak to a season-high of four games.We just turned the ball over too many times and then we didnt get stops, said Bucks coach Jason Kidd. That was pretty much the game.Brandon Knight had a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who were prevented from matching last seasons victory total of 15, the lowest in franchise history.The Hornets won despite being outscored 25-2 in points off the fast break and being outshot 47.6 per cent to 43.9 per cent from the field.They beat us in transition. But, in the fourth quarter, when they needed to be, our defence was good, said Hornets coach Steve Clifford.Charlotte outscored the Bucks 34-24 in the third quarter — making 11 of 17 shots — to take an 88-80 lead into the final period. The Hornets extended the lead to 96-84 as the Bucks went 3:39 without scoring.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored on a put back to put the Hornets up 102-91 with 2:46 left, but Knight scored Milwaukees next eight points, pulling the Bucks within 103-99 on a 3-pointer with 25.9 remaining.The Hornets held on with five free throws down the stretch as the Bucks fell to 4-12 when allowing 100 or more points.We just got stops, said Walker, who has scored 20 or more points in each of his last four games against the Bucks.It was a point where both teams really didnt score. We continued to get stops and we stuck with the game and at one point we were able to score and continue to get stops.In addition to the turnovers, the Hornets also attempted a season-high 36 free throws, making 28, while the Bucks were 15 of 20 from the line.Were making progress and, in this league, thats what good teams do, Clifford said. The last three or four games weve been moving the ball well.The Bucks opened a 49-43 lead with 4:57 left in the half on a jumper by Jerryd Bayless, but Walker scored nine consecutive points, capping the run with a 3-pointer to put the Hornets up 52-49. Knight scored the final five points of the half to put Milwaukee back in front 56-54.The Bucks, coming off a split of a four-game West Coast road trip, held a players-only meeting for 50 minutes after the game.Just trying to figure things out, said Bucks forward Khris Middleton. Nothing drastic. No fights, no arguments. Just in there talking trying to get better.____TIP-INSHornets: With Tuesday nights win, Charlotte has beaten Milwaukee seven consecutive times.Bucks: Injured rookie forward Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, said no date has been set for surgery on his injured left knee. Theres no timetable because I have to get the swelling off before I get surgery, Parker said prior to Tuesday nights game. Parker, mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate prior to his injury, started the first 25 games, averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game.UP NEXTHornets: Friday night at Oklahoma CityBucks: Friday night at AtlantaPRE-GAME PROTESTDozens of demonstrators marched around the BMO Harris Bradley Center prior to the game to protest the death of Dontre Hamilton, who was fatally shot by a Milwaukee police officer in April. Protests have escalated following the decision Monday by the Milwaukee County district attorney not to charge the former police officer involved in the shooting. Law enforcement personnel shielded arena entrances, allowing ticket holders to enter. The organized demonstration consisted mostly of chants directed at police. There were no reported physical confrontations and protesters dispersed just prior to game time.MASKED MANBucks forward Ersan Ilyasova returned after missing nine games and wore a plastic mask to protect his broken nose, suffered Dec. 2 at Cleveland. Ilyasova played 16 minutes, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting and had four rebounds. Roberto Firmino Jersey .S. Basketball Writers Association. McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketballs fifth-leading scorer, accepted the honour from Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson at AT&T Stadium, site of the Final Four. Paulinho Brazil Jersey . Eller scored the midway through the third period after Dallas scored twice to tie it, leading Canadiens to a 6-4 win over the Stars on Thursday night.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers not only ended the New England Patriots seven-game winning streak, they also replaced them as the top team in the NFL.The Packers beat the Patriots 26-21 on Sunday in a matchup of two of the NFLs best.Chapter 1 of the long-awaited Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady duel goes to Rodgers in a thriller at Lambeau, Newsdays Bob Glauber said.Cant help but think there could be a rematch Feb. 1 in Phoenix (at the Super Bowl).The Packers (9-3) received 11 of 12 first-place votes Tuesday in the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league.Facing Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau just doesnt seem fair to opposing defences, Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune said.The Patriots (9-3) got the other first-place vote. New England will look for its 10th win with another tough road game, facing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.Last Sundays close loss to Green Bay did nothing to hurt New Englands standing as the AFCs best team, Foxsports.coms Alex Marvez said.The Chargers (8-4) jumped from No. 17 to 11 after rallying past the Baltimore Ravens 34-33 on Sunday.A huge win over Baltimore keeps San Diego in the playoff conversation, ESPNs Herm Edwards said.The Denver Broncos (9-3) stayed at No. 3 after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 29-16 on Sunday night.Broncos showing balance on offence; solid defence, Fox Sports John Czarnecki said.The Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) and the Seattle Seeahawks (8-4) moved to Nos. Fred Jersey. 4 and 5.The Seahawks climbed from No. 7 after their 19-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving.Impressive vs. SF, but tough December schedule, NBC Sports Tony Dungy said.The Indianapolis Colts (8-4), Arizona Cardinals (9-3), Detroit Lions (8-4), Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1) and Dallas Cowboys (8-4) rounded out the top 10.The Cardinals have dropped two straight, and their lead in the NFC West has been cut to a game.The Cardinals have scored one offensive touchdown during their current two-game losing streak, said Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News.The Eagles beat the Cowboys 33-10 on Thanksgiving to grab first place in the NFC East. 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The first baseman hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Mets to a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. I spent the past weekend at the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. It was my fifth straight year attending and, as always, there are many interesting matters discussed as it pertains to the use of statistics in sports. While analytics if the focus of the conference, there are always some discussions that are more wide-ranging in nature, so Ill try to cover as much as I can, with this write-up providing a more general overview of the conference before I post the second part, which will focus more specifically on the hockey content. NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was impressive in a one-on-one interview with Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell grilled Silver and, for the most part, he was forthcoming with his responses. Now, when Gladwell hammered away at the greed of some NBA owners, foremost among his concerns was the Dolans in New York, getting tax breaks as they arent required to pay property taxes on Madison Squate Garden, one of the most valuable pieces of land in Manhattan. For as much grief as Gladwell takes in some quarters for the pop science in his books, he was a great choice to interview Silver because he wasnt afraid to ask the commish difficult questions, yet did so, with follow-up queries, without the interview getting uncomfortable or contentious. Some of that goes to Silver, who was forthcoming in his responses or, when defending the tax positions of billionaire owners, was clearly speaking from the commissioner playbook. There are times its transparently difficult to defend the indefensible. BASKETBALL ANALYTICS Silver talked about the removing disincentive for teams to win and this was a big topic at the conference. It speaks to the situation in which the NBA finds itself this year, with a handful of teams competing for the title and perhaps twice as many aiming for a top lottery pick. Houston Rockets GM, and Conference Co-Chair, Daryl Morey plainly stated that the NBA has to find a way to eliminate tanking incentive. New Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive joked with Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, on a panel about Ownership Perspective, that Silver said the Celtics were tanking, to which Grousbeck quickly replied, "And what you are you doing?" The Kings are currently 23rd in the NBA standings, the Celtics 27th. Former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo even caused a stir when he admitted to tanking. "I tried to tank a couple of years ago," he said on the In-Game Innovations panel. "It didnt work." Colangelo made it clear that he never told player or coaches not to do their best to win but, as anyone seeing how teams are constructed would understand, management can put together a roster that is less likely to win games. Former coach Stan Van Gundy is not a fan of the tanking. He ripped the Philadelphia 76ers, with Sixers GM Sam Hinkie in the audience, saying, "What the 76ers are doing is embarrassing. Cant put out that lineup and think they can win." Boston Celtics Assistant GM Mike Zarren, a panelist every year at the conference, has proposed a wheel format that would replace the current draft and its a fascinating theory, definitely one that would remove the incentive for tanking, but there are practical issues at play too. Silver loved the idea initially, but acknowledged that there will be some hurdles to overcome if that kind of solution is going to happen in reality. Silver also mentioned how NBA players have approached the league about a mid-season break for all, noting how All-Stars dont get a break and the grind of the season can be taxing on the leagues best players, logging more than 30 minutes a night, night after night. This was particularly interesting, given all the recent complaints in NHL circles about the Olympic break. The most shocking admission from Silver was that he acknowledged how gambling and point spreads increase interest in games that might otherwise be mismatches. This is no secret to the world at large, but the nature of all league commissioners has been to dismiss out of hand the benefits that the league might receive from gambling. When discussing how much teams ought to be spending on analytics, Colangelo put the range between $250,000 and $500,000 per year. When you consider the size of contracts in professional sports, its not unreasonable to think that an analytics department could lead to decisions that would save at least that much. One of the great developments in terms of NBA statistics is the emergence of SportVu data. Among the countless things tracked by the SportVu cameras, they can track how far a player has run -- Trail Blazers SF Nicolas Batum is up to nearly 160 miles for the season -- and Grantlands Zach Lowe, moderating the Basketball Analytics panel, wonders if that kind of data will really prove to have value in terms of injury prevention. The detail of this tracking data is so new that its difficult to know, but its easy enough to see how, someday, knowing the specifics as it relates to a players workload could result is more efficient usage in order to reduce the chances of injury. To counter, Van Gundy vehemently disagreed with playing time limits because he felt it was a lot of guesswork and cited the Washington Nationals decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg in 2012 as a random determination. "How did they come up with 160 innings," asked Van Gundy. "Why not 170?" Van Gundy insisted that professional sports come with a risk of injury and that not playing obviously reduces that risk, but only because no one will get hurt when they arent actually participating. As the old-school NBA guy, Van Gundy also insisted that there is no substitute for watching film, and that the only numbers he trusts are ones that his own people keep. The trouble with this approach, of course, is that if the only statistics that matter are kept by internal sources, then biases are more apt to creep in than if it is a league-wide measurement. No one pointed this out to Van Gundy, but it could also be said that the value of statistics isnt so much in learning more about your own team. It can certainly help, but helping to provide value and context for players throughout the league is where statistics can provide much more information. As ESPNs Director of Production Analytics Dean Oliver noted on another panel (re: college football playoffs), "A human can see a game better than the numbers can, but the numbers can see every game." While I use some of Van Gundys comments to echo a point made by Steve Kerr, the former Suns GM, who noted that getting buy-in from some coaches remains an issue, its not as if Van Gundy is a total dinosaur and its enitrely possible that a coach views the game differently than those tasked with building long-term. As Van Gundy stated, "When youre coaching, youre coaching to your personnel, not to an analytics philosophy," and theres some measure of truth in that, because theres no point in having an analytics stategy that doesnt fit your personnel. As part of the In-Game Innovations Panel, George Karl was quite progressive in his thinking, but acknowledged that he had a track record that allowed him more flexibility, contrasting with younger coaches who can get crucified (by media, fans) for trying to be innovative. Misaligned goals is a common problem for professional sports teams and its part of the reason that there was a panel at Sloan this year entitled Inside the War Room: Building Alignment from Front Office to Field. It featured Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and Heach Coach Mike Smith and its an issue that is pervasive when it comes to applying analytics to professional sports. Its one thing to have Mark Cuban as your owner and the organization falls in line because the owner takes a clear position and its another to have a general manager trying to keep his job and a head coach trying to keep his job and they arent necessarily pulling in the same direction to achieve their respective goals. Furthermore, as Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens noted, "We live in a day and age with so much more information," he said. "The challenge is communicating that information to the team." Stevens admitted that some players, like Rajon Rondo, would devour the analytics because thats the way hes wired ("He could be here," Stevens joked.), but that other players arent wired that way, so it falls on the coaches to try to get their point across in a way that will appeal to players on their terms. Its not easy to get players to buy into stats. On my flight home from Boston, I happened to read a feature on Tom Brady during which Brady made a couple of seemingly contradictory statements, one of which was, "I would say I perform at a much higher level as a player now than I did when we won Super Bowls." The other was: "Theres one stat that matters, and thats wins." When youre a player, wins are what matter; thats the objective. What analytics will tell us, though, is that Brady is precisely right that he is playing better now than he did when New England was winning Super Bowls, the last of which came after the 2004 season. That his team hasnt won the championship does not mean that Bradys individual performance has declined, a position that is taken altogether too often when evaluating the performance of individual players. A lot that iss beyond the control of one individual goes into whether a team wins or loses a game, let alone a championship. Mark Andrews Ravens Jersey. As the Godfather of Analytics, Bill James offered a measured response for coaches, particularly as it applied to in-game innovation. James said that coaches are control freaks, but chaos can be useful, so the best coaches learn to appreciate the chaos. This was followed by Morey telling a story about when Jeff Van Gundy was the coach in Houston and Morey had printouts for all the plays that the Rockets would run, with measures for efficiency and Morey didnt recognize the code for the most effective play, so he asked Van Gundy. "Thats Random," said the coach, "when the (called) play breaks down." Sometimes all the analysis and planning goes out the window and you just have to let the players play. BASEBALL ANALYTICS Stepping aside from the NBA for a bit, it comes as no surprise that baseball would be well-represented at a sports analytics conference. After all, baseball brought us the aformentioned Mrl James and Moneyball -- the kind of objective analysis that is at the core of modern analytics. The baseball panel, which was likely the best panel of the conference -- at least the best I saw, using my Panel Analytics -- was moderated by MLB Networks Brian Kenny and that set the right tone. Kenny favours an analytical approach and the panel included Vince Gennaro, Bill Squadron, Rob Neyer, Nate Silver (of 538 fame) and Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. To no ones surprise, a panel full of analytics-oriented people had an interesting conversation about advances in analytics. Even at a point when Kenny ventured towards the idea about whether there would be a way to actually measure chemistry, he did so with some obvious skepticism and I was in full agreement with Neyers point that there are plenty of teams with great chemistry that dont win and teams with horrible chemistry -- citing the Oakland As and New York Yankees of the 1970s -- that won a lot. My take is that chemistry is the kind of thing that gets awarded to winners after the fact. Sure, the Red Sox won the World Series because they had great clubhouse chemistry, but would that chemistry have been any different if they didnt win? Luhnow later said, "There is no correlation between being a nice guy or a good person and being a good baseball player." The character issue is a tricky one when it comes to sports. No one wants to work with someone that is a pain in the butt, but if that person can help you win, sometimes the decision isnt so easy. Neyer also noted how economics havent quite caught up with analytics. "Does anyone get paid for pitch-framing," he asked, addressing one of the hottest evolutions in defensive data -- the catcher who saves his team by drawing more called strikes. Neyer asked if anyone was paying for Jose Molina saving a team 20 runs with pitch framing and while the flat answer is no, there are some players that have major league jobs because they are adept at pitch framing. Of course, their value will be eliminated once the robot umpires take over but, in the mean time, its an area in which players can gain an edge. One of the ongoing memes between those in analytics and old-school people is the idea that the spreadsheet nerds need to watch the games. Of course, no one has ever suggested teams not watch games; the real value comes in using new data and applying it while watching games. For example, Luhnow said that the Astros incorporate information from their scouts in their "best in class" projection system. He also said that the Astros have five analysts with advanced degrees and they have all spent a lot of time in the clubhouse. Baseball isnt merely about analytics for teams, though since, with all teams using them, there are fewer advantages available; they also use them to increase fan interest. Squadron noted that predictive analytics can increase fan engagement, including for use in fantasy sports. Taking a page from Adam Silver, Ill also acknowledge that predictive analytics increase the engagement of the gambling audience too. One of the pieces of new technology that MLB Digital Media showcased, was this tracking technology that would provide data on the routes run by fielders to get to batted balls, designating a straight line as 100% efficient and comparing a fielders actual route taken. With more information, there will be better ways to evaluate fielders and provide a more comprehensive value to players overall. There is so much potential with the player tracking data in the sports that are willing to use it. MORE CONFERENCE NOTES New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft: "Statistical analysis in football primarily takes place in the offseason." Kraft also told a 2000 Draft Day story about how, in the fifth round, Bill Belichick was holding Tom Bradys name card and asking how the Patriots could pass him over, saying he provided too much value, but the Patriots had Drew Bledsoe, didnt need a quarterback, so they used their two fifth-round picks that year on TE Dave Stachelski (one catch for five yards in his career) and DT Jeff Marriott, who never played in the NFL, before relenting and letting Belichick have his guy in the sixth round. Both Kraft and Calgary Flames President Brian Burke (more on him in the hockey edition) talked about how important it was, in capped leagues, to get useful contributions from players on entry-level contracts. Former Bulls and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson: "(Rodman) had an engine that never stopped...but it took him to the bars after too." Jackson also said that the Bulls had to change the guards on Michael Jordan every practice, to build them back up, and cited Warriors PG Steph Curry as a current player that would thrive in his Triangle Offence. Dean Oliver, ESPNs Director of Production Analytics: "We dont under-estimate the intelligence of the sports fan." Some might argue the World Wide Leaders programming decisions, particularly with respect to this statement, but having a department of Production Analytics shows the kind of effort being made behind the scenes to get accurate and reliable information to the fan. Oliver was speaking on a Big Data panel with tennis great Mary-Jo Fernandez, who was emphatic in her desire to use data to provide better analysis for tennis viewers. Fernandez showed some interesting plot data on serves by Serena Williams and how when its compared to others, that Serenas dominance on the serve (and how she achieves it) can be presented in an easy-to-understand visual format. They also use heat maps showing where a player spends most of their time in the match. In the example Fernandez cited, Serena barely left the baseline the whole match. John Hollinger, who was hired away from ESPN, by the Memphis Grizzlies as their VP of Basketball Operations: "The most important part of basketball analytics is salary cap optimization." This goes back to the point about how much teams ought to be spending on analytics. In a capped league, especially, saving money on the cap affects future moves and what possibilities are open to teams. To think that analytics cant help that process is beyond my comprehension. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff echoed Hollingers sentiments, saying that you cant separate economics from analytics in sports. During a golf presentation, there was a an interesting measure of strokes gained and lost, per shot. Presented, in part, by swing coach Sean Foley, the data showed strokes gained and lost for every shot (eg. +0.3 strokes on the tee shot, +0.1 on approach, -0.2 first putt etc.) and it revealed that its the long game that makes the bigger difference on tour. Foley also used the data to help build up Justin Rose, who was beating himself up over what he thought was a struggling approach game, only to have Foley show him the stats that said Rose was gaining more strokes on his approach than anyone on tour at the time. On this years sports betting panel, moderator Jeff Ma expressed his doubts that The Sports Boss, panelist Patrick Donovan, was using a seriously analytical approach when he started talking about getting a feel for a teams emotional level. Any time youre at an analytics conference and someone heads down the road discussing emotion, psychology etc. there are going to be a certain number of eye rolls because no one knows how to quantify that information. My experience has been that kind of thing gets awarded retroactively (ie. winners are determined to have played harder, with more emotion, etc.) Las Vegas Hotel Superbook Manager Jay Kornegay: "You guys might be very disappointed if I told you how we came up with some of these lines." Kornegay said that they dont use a complicated computer algorithm to determine lines. They have a group of handicappers in-house and they come up with the line as a group but, basically, its on feel. As Kornegay noted, "We (bookmakers) get paid for being close." More Kornegay: The Super Bowl line is geared toward public money while the rest of the year is against the sharps. Check back soon for my piece on Hockey at the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference! Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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Cleveland coach Mike Brown wasnt ready to give one player credit for the rally. "For us to come back and keep our composure -- thats what championship teams do," he said. "Dont get me wrong, we are nowhere near that level, but to see these signs of life is a great thing as a coach." The Pistons werent done. Josh Smith dribbled himself into trouble and missed a desperation shot as the 24-second clock expired, but Kyle Singler knocked the rebound off Waiters to give the Pistons another chance. Jennings ran the clock down to 3.2 seconds, but missed a jumper to give Cleveland a chance to win. Thats when Brown and Pistons coach John Loyer matched up in a duel of wits, calling four straight timeouts before the ball was put in play. "We knew they were going to call one of two or three plays at the end, and the first time, they ran the play we expected, so we called time out," Loyer said. "The last time, they ran one of the other plays we had discussed, so we were ready." Unfortunately, for the Pistons, so was Waiters. He took Luol Dengs pass in the right corner and calmly knocked down the winning 20-footer with Jennings hand in his face. "Luol told me that he was going to come to me, so I needed to get separation and be ready," Waiters said. &quuot;I got the separation, and I knew it was good as soon as I let it go. Julian Brandt Germany Jersey. Thats the best feeling in the world." Rookie Matthew Dellavedova led Cleveland with a career-high 21 points, while Waiters had 18 and Jack 17. "I was just trying to bring some energy and keep us going," Dellavedova said. "We knew if we could just get a couple stops and put a run on them, we were going to have a shot at the end." Smith finished with 24 for Detroit, which has lost 16 of 21 since Loyer replaced Maurice Cheeks as coach. "Our guys played their hearts out, and it is tough when you are one shot away from winning the game," Loyer said. "But we didnt do the little things that it takes to win these games. " Detroit dominated early, and looked ready for a rare blowout victory. They led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, but it didnt last. The Cavaliers rallied after three Pistons starters picked up two quick fouls, and Detroit needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Singler to lead 51-50 at the intermission. Singler and Jennings both had 11 points in the half, while Anderson Varejao came off the bench to get eight points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers. The Pistons got off to another quick start in the third, once again controlling the game with Varejao on the sidelines. Smith and Greg Monroe combined for 18 points in the quarter, as the Pistons were able to pound the ball inside, and Jennings hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to give Detroit the 16-point lead going into the fourth. 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OAKLAND, Calif. Jerome Baker Dolphins Jersey . -- Brandon Moss had grand slam on his mind. It felt as good as he thought it might. Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning, Josh Donaldson had two home runs and four RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 on Friday night. "Ive never come close to one," Moss said after his first career slam. "I came close-ish once last year when I flied out to the wall. It was on my mind, not that I was trying to hit one. I just thought it would be cool to do it. And it felt good, for sure." Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run for the As, who have won three of five since a four-game losing streak. Moss, who left the game later with right calf tightness, came to the plate ready to swing. "He had just thrown six balls in a row and I was looking for one pitch in one spot," he said. "He needed to throw a strike. He has good stuff and you never know if the first pitch will be the best one you see. He missed twice and then threw a pitch in a good spot." Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout added a solo shot for the Angels, who lost for only the seventh time in 21 games. C.J. Cron also drove in a pair of runs. Drew Pomeranz (5-2) pitched a season-high 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and four hits. He walked three and struck out five. Pomeranz had not allowed a run at home in 17 innings before the Angels struck in the fourth. Garrett Richards (4-2) had not allowed more than two runs or five hits in his first six starts on the road before giving up five runs on five hits in the first inning. "That was embarrassing," he said. "I didnt show up for us tonight. I put us in a hole early. I couldnt find a feel for the two-seamer and couldnt make the adjustment." He did get an out prior to Moss slam and loaded the bases again before getting his second (and final) out. Richards walked Crisp to force in a run and was replaced by Wade LeBlanc. "When you know a fastball is coming, its easier to hit," Richards said. "Wade threw a heck of a game to keep us in it. Im disappointed, but I cant let one outing ruin my progress." Donaldson homered in the second and singled home a run in the third before the Angels answered with three runs in the fourth on the homers by Kendrick and Trout. Donaldson added a two-run shot in the fifth to put the As up 9-3. Cron responded with a two-run double in the sixth. "Ive been seeing good pitches for a while now," Donaldson said. "Its a matter of squaring them up or not. I was preparing for Richards and then its completely different with LeBlanc. He left a couple of mistakes over the plate and I was able to take advantage." Moss got his 19th extra-base hit of the month, setting an Oakland record for May. Donaldson reached base safely in his 45th straight game as a third baseman, the longest such streak in franchise history since at least 1914. LeBlanc pitched 6 1-3 innings in relief. He gave up four runs and six hits, striking out four. NOTES: The As sent 10 batters or more to the plate in an inning for the sixth time this season, which leads the majors. ... Angels OF Josh Hamilton was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a strikeout in his first game of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Oakland LHP Eric OFlaherty threw 20 pitches in a simulated game at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. ... LHP Tyler Skaggs (4-2, 3.97 ERA) is the Angels scheduled starter Saturday. He set a season high with eight strikeouts in his last start. LHP Tommy Milone (3-3, 3.50) goes for the As. He is 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA over his last four starts. ... Trout extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The As improved to 21-3 when scoring first, best in the majors. Mike Gesicki Jersey . Tepesch, back from the minor leagues, earned his first major league victory in more than 10 months and the Rangers edged the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday. Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey . The third-seeded Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., was coming off a semifinal appearance at the French Open. She took the opening set before the unseeded American came back for the 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey - The New York Jets will continue a three-game stretch against NFC North foes when they welcome Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears to MetLife Stadium for a Monday Night Football matchup. You can see all the action on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, and TSN GO beginning at 8:15pm et/5:15pm pt. A week ago, both the Bears and Jets were involved in dramatic comebacks. Chicago erased a 17-point deficit en route to ruining the San Francisco 49ers regular-season debut at Levis Stadium and ending a 30-year hex against the Niners in Northern California. Jay Cutler tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the game to Brandon Marshall as the Bears rallied for a 28-20 victory. San Francisco opened up a 17-0 second-quarter lead, but Chicago outscored the 49ers 28-3 from the one-minute mark of that second frame on to win its first game on the road against the 49ers since 1985. The Bears had dropped eight in a row in San Franciscos former home of Candlestick Park by an average margin of 34-6 prior to the Week 2 tilt. "The defense did a great job giving us short fields, causing turnovers and keeping it close enough so that we could get back in it," Cutler said. New York, meanwhile, was on the other end of a big comeback as it watched the Green Bay Packers storm back from a 21-3 hole en route to dropping a 31-24 decision at Lambeau Field. Jets second-year QB Geno Smith finished 16-for-32 for 176 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and also had 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Rex Ryans club, which opened its season with a home win over Oakland. Eric Decker caught the touchdown pass before leaving with a sore hamstring while Chris Ivory ran in one touchdown in the loss. "We did a lot of good things but its all about winning," said Smith, who has two passing TDs and one rushing in 2014. "Weve got to get better and weve got areas to improve on. I trust my teammates and coaches and know that were going to prepare hard this week to go out and win on Monday night." Perhaps the most disappointing part of the Jets loss in the Badger State was the fact that Smith hooked up with Jeremy Kerley on what looked like a 36-yard TD pass with about five minutes left which would have deadlocked the game pending the extra point, a development rendered moot because offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was signaling for timeout just before the snap. Jerome Baker Jersey. "As a team, you go and you learn from this," Ryan said. "Ive seen some teams that, when you have a game like this, it can turn your season on a positive note. Thats certainly the way I hope we respond to this game." Mornhinweg admitted he did yell for the timeout, prompting defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to get the officials attention, something which shouldnt have happened because NFL rules state the head coach is the only one on the sideline who is allowed to call timeout. Nevertheless Mornhinweg, perhaps best known for refusing the ball after winning an overtime coin toss while the head coach in Detroit during a 2002 game against Chicago, accepted blame for the fiasco. "First of all, I want to make it crystal clear everything that goes on offensively is my responsibility, period," Mornhinweg said Monday. "Ive got to do a better job of communicating and trusting Big Geno. Ive got to trust Geno to get everything fixed before the 40-second (play) clock. Thats the scenario." Mornhinweg also shielded Richardson, the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. "Sheldon needs to take no accountability for that," Mornhinweg said. "He was only trying to help. Its just that simple. And I want to make sure everything that goes on offensively is my responsibility, so Ive got to do a better job with the communication." Chicago leads its all-time series with the Jets by a 7-3 margin, including a 38-34 triumph the last time the two teams tangled back on Dec. 26, 2010. Bears running back Matt Forte rushed for 113 yards and a TD in that one while Cutler threw for 215 yards and three scores. Both franchises are under water while appearing on "Monday Night Football," with Chicago amassing a 27-35 mark and New York compiling a 20-27 record over the years. NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo China Jerseys ' ' '
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NEW YORK -- Canadian speedskater Anastasia Bucsis, who announced she was gay via Twitter earlier this month, is joining the fight against Russias anti-gay laws. Mike Gesicki Dolphins Jersey . She is teaming with Athlete Ally, an advocacy group focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports. The organization has denounced the anti-gay laws recently passed by the Russian government and is circulating a petition that urges world leaders to put pressure on the Russians to eliminate the law, which prohibits promotion of "non-traditional" sexual relations. The law has drawn harsh criticism since it was passed in June with some activists calling for a boycott of next winters Sochi Olympics. Bucsis is one of only a handful of openly gay Olympic-calibre winter athletes around the world. While her family knew she was gay, Bucsis came out publicly during Calgarys gay pride parade in early September. "Im proud to be from Calgary, Im proud to be an athlete, and Im proud to be gay," she tweeted. On Wednesday, she said taking on an advocacy role "seems natural" because she is proud of who she is. "I started speedskating at the age of four, and wasnt aware of any other gay skaters when growing up," she said in a statement. "During my coming out I was very anxious and lonely because I lacked having an out athletic role model. I didnt have any other gay athletic friends, or any mentors that I could readily turn to for advice or support. I am ready to help any athlete out there who is considering coming out of the closet. Its the best decision I ever made." Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has also joined Athlete Ally. "One of the reasons I came out was because I wanted people to find inspiration in me coming out globally," she said. "It was important for me to show in-the-closet gays and lesbians that theyre supported and loved all over the world." Bucsis and Brockhoff join New Zealand speedskater Blake Skjellerup and American figure skater Johnny Weir as the only Olympic-calibre winter sports athletes in the world who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual, according to Athletes Ally. "Four athletes is actually a record number," said Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally. "Belle and Anastasia showed great courage when they came out in response to Russias gay propaganda laws, and now they are exemplifying the leadership necessary to help change the world." Both Brockhoff and Bucsis hope the number of out Olympic hopefuls will grow with awareness and support. "Having more LGBT athletes come out before the Sochi Olympics will help promote the positive message of acceptance and equality within sport," said Bucsis. "Sport is a human right and everyone deserves the ability to participate and play; I believe and support the Olympic Charter and the idea of the Olympic Spirit. Having more LGBT athletes come out during the lead-up to Sochi will promote acceptance, awareness and education regarding gay athletes and their contribution to sport." Jerome Baker Dolphins Jersey . Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over 54th-ranked Istomin of Uzbekistan. "It wasnt as easy as the scoreline indicates," said Djokovic, who has won in Dubai on four occasions. Minkah Fitzpatrick Dolphins Jersey . There are practical ideas, like this Chewbaca inspired Star Wars jerseys. Star Wars themed jerseys for the Toledo Mud Hens. COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Chicagos Juan Luis Anangono pushed a header wide in the 76th minute and the Fire settled for a 0-0 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night. Anangono broke free of Colorado defender Shane ONeill and goalkeeper John Berner couldnt recover in time to defend his goal. But with a wide open net. Anangonos header went just outside the left post. "I thought it was a scrappy game, Chicago coach Frank Yallop said. "We had a great chance with Juan. All in all really happy with the point." Chicago (2-3-8) had its MLS-leading eighth tie. Dillon Serna hit thee crossbar in the final seconds of added time for Colorado (6-4-4). Dan Marino Dolphins Jersey. . "Id like three points. Id like $100 million. Id like a lot of things," Colorado coach Pablo Mastroeni said. "The most important thing from this is the effort we had and the attitude." The Rapids had their two-game winning streak snapped. They have three scoreless ties. "We had a couple of good chances, and one very good chance in the first half," Colorado defenceman Drew Moor said. "Other than that I didnt think we had that killer instinct. We didnt score." NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo China Jerseys ' ' '
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TSN Baseball Insider Steve Phillips answers several questions each week. Niklas Sule Jersey . This week, topics include the "bean wars" between the Red Sox and Rays, Blue Jays draft pick Jeff Hoffman, Justin Verlanders struggles, and surprising all-star voting results. 1) In light of the “bean wars” between Tampa Bay and Boston, what should the league do to reduce the number of retaliatory on-field incidents? Are the suspensions enough of a deterrent? Major League Baseball has reduced the number of on-field violent confrontations in a pretty significant way from the 1980s and before.  The issuing of warnings to teams after a potentially intentional beaning has reduced the number of retaliatory responses.  As we saw in the Rays/Red Sox series, boys will still be boys but it is better now than it used to be.  Baseball also has a “heads up” program where umpires are alerted prior to a series about any bad blood that exists between the teams.  Umpires can issue warnings before a game if they believe the lingering animosity could surface.  This pregame warning serves as a deterrent and puts players on notice that at the first sign of monkey business there will be action taken.  There are two changes that I would make to further address this issue.  Firstly, I would encourage umpires to eject the instigator in a bean ball situation.  Too many times the pitcher who strikes first suffers no penalty.  Rays pitcher Davis Price hit Res Sox slugger David Ortiz with a pitch that may have been intentional.  The umpire chose to only issue a warning to both teams. That was done with the intent of heading off possible retaliation against the Rays. That warning didnt work and Brandon Workman, Red Sox pitcher, was later ejected for throwing a pitch behind Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. If Price had been ejected, then the Red Sox would not have felt as compelled to bean Longoria for payback.  Price didnt get a suspension at all. Second, I would institute a “no third-man in” policy.  If there is a fight on the field, no other player can leave his position on the field or in the dugouts and bullpen.  If they do then they face an automatic 10-game suspension. This should serve as a team deterrent that will keep all-out brawls from occurring. Thirdly, I propose that penalties become stiffer for the initial combatants as well.  If you fight, you know you will serve at least a five-game suspension for a position player and relief pitcher and a 15-game suspension for a starting pitcher.  It would be great to end all on-field violence.  It wont ever happen but these changes would get us a bit closer. 2) The Blue Jays used the ninth-overall draft pick on Jeff Hoffman on Thursday; a player who just underwent Tommy John surgery. What does this say about the Jays development strategy, especially in light of Alex Anthopoulos drafting habits in the past? The Blue Jays have been drawn to the high-ceiling type players in the first round under Anthopoulos.  They have shot for the moon.  They want impact from their first round pick.  Nowadays, many teams like predictability in first round selections.  They will take less impact and a lower ceiling for a greater likelihood that the player will get to the majors.  Not the Jays. Jeff Hoffman was thought to be one of the top three picks in this draft prior to injuring his arm and undergoing Tommy John surgery.  This selection makes a statement on so many levels.  First, the Jays believe that Hoffman is an extraordinary talent.  Why else would any team take a baseball player whose injury prohibits him from doing what he does best?  Secondly, the Jays believe in Tommy John surgery.  It isnt quite as predictable as getting ones tonsils removed but the track record of success is very good.  The Jays fully expect Hoffman to be 100 %.  Thirdly, the Jays are saving money.  Hoffman is a value because they took him with the ninth pick when many thought he could go as high as second overall.  With the injury, the Jays will likely save some money but they are also assuming some level of risk and that has dollar value. With multiple first round selections, the Jays gave themselves the financial flexibility to get their picks signed this year. The fact that Hoffman is a college pitcher means that he is a bit more advanced in his development than if he were a high school pitcher and therefore missing some playing time now should not set his development back much at all.  3) Justin Verlanders 2014 numbers have been less than inspirational. Hes 6-5 on a first-place club, has an ERA over 4.00, is presently sporting the worst WHIP of his career, and hasnt logged a complete game since 2012. Should the alarm bells be going off for the Tigers? The Tigers should be alarmed about Justin Verlander.  He is still a good pitcher but the dominant overpowering ace from a few years back is no longer on their roster.  Verlander has thrown 1,885 innings in eight and a half years, which includes seasons of 251, 240, and 238 innings pitched in individual seasons. He has thrown the most pitches in baseball this year. In fact, he has thrown the most pitches in baseball since 2009. He has led the league in pitches thrown every year but one from 2009-2014. In 2010 he finished four pitches behind Dan Haren for second most. Verlander is a workhorse. He loves to go deep in the game and he loves to strike out hitters.  He has been an amazing pitcher. The fact that he has such great stuff is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because he has won a ton of games for Detroit.  It is a curse because he has been so good that he works deep counts since he strikes out so many hitters.  And he has always been a better option for the manager than anyone in the bullpen, so he pitches deeper in the game. All of this has taken a toll.  He is wearing down a bit.  We have seen CC Sabathia fall off over the past couple of years because of the same reasons.  The arm only has so many bullets and they have both used their fair share.  Verlander can still be successful, but he is going to have to make adjustments.  Command has to be more important than velocity for him.  He used to regularly run his fastball into the high 90s.  He no longer can pitch there.  If he tries to generate too much velocity from delivery, his command suffers.  Verlander needs to try and retire hitters on three pitches or less with well-located pitches.  Velocity cant matter.  This will allow him to be more efficient now and give him more years on the back end of his career.  4) The most recent All Star vote tally had some very interesting results.  Torontos Melky Cabrera, is ranked third among AL outfielders in voting.  Orioles designated hitter, Nelson Cruz, passed Red Sox slugger David Ortiz for the top DH.  Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is in a close race in the NL outfield as well.  Why are these results so significant?  All three of these players have served suspensions for performance enhancement drugs. Yet, the fans seem to be putting that aside as they consider their performances this year.  The fans believe that what they are seeing on the field is legitimate and real. They dont think it is enhanced.  It is just good ol fashioned baseball.  The All Star balloting has long been a popularity contest.  The fans votes dont always coincide with the players votes or the stats.  If the fans like a certain player, he has a shot to be an all-star regardless of his numbers.  What is even more amazing is that the fans arent holding grudges like they have in the past.  It had seemed that fans wanted to send a message to cheaters that their actions were unacceptable.  One of the few ways they could do that was with their voting.  But that feeling seems to be waning.  Fans are either forgiving the players for past wrongs or just accepting of what has happened to the game. Either way, we all win. I have learned that giving forgiveness is not for the other person but it is for me.  When I forgive someone they may react in any number of ways.  But when I give forgiveness it releases a burden on me. I no longer feel pain and resentment.  Baseball fans are showing healthy growth by surrendering their anger to baseball players.  It shows growth.  It shows a certain trust in the drug policy.  It shows compassion and understanding. My hope is that baseball writers will take the lead of the fans.  Writers feel duped by players.  They feel like they were made fools of for celebrating home runs and record-setting accomplishments.  They resent it and dont ever want to get burned that way again.  My hope is that the writers will move to a place of forgiveness of the players as well.  It is time to move forward.  The writers need to look at the steroid era as just that, an era.  It wasnt done to them.  It was just what happened and they were there to document it.  So they should document it.  Vote steroid users in the Hall of Fame.  Lets appropriately remember what happened so we dont repeat our mistakes.  The writers should make history by passing that history forward.  It is time to heal. 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The 21-year-old Tomic was a runner-up in Sydney last week. Nadal captured his lone Aussie Open title in 2009 and was the runner-up here in 2012. He missed last years edition due to injuries. Up next for the 13-time major champion will be 17-year-old Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis. Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded and three-time Aussie Open runner-up Murray made short work of Japans Go Soeda, routing him 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, while a sixth- seeded Federer dominated Aussie James Duckworth 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour, 46 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. Murray, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last years Melbourne finale, will face Frenchman Vincent Millot on Thursday. The Swiss legend Federer, who owns a mens-record 17 major titles and is appearing in a record 57th straight Grand Slam event, is looking to win for a fifth time in Melbourne and for the first time since 2010. He was also a runner-up here to Nadal back in 2009. Asked how he handled the heat on Day 2, the 32-year-old Federer said: "Im here. Im speaking. Actually, its not crazy. Im feeling OK right now. "It was very dry, just hot, stinging sort of sun. Depending on where you come from it has a bigger effect on you, this type of heat. So its very personal, and it can become just a very mental thing -- you just cant accept that its hot." The former world No. 1 Federer, who has reached the semifinals or better in Melbourne every year since 2004, will meet Slovenian Blaz Kavcic in his next outing. Last weeks Sydney champion, fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, was a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 winner over American Rhyne Williams. Up next for the former U.S. Open champ will be Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Former Aussie Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded 10th this year, cruised past Italian Filippo Volandri 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, while 11th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic downed Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Wiinning the Auckland title last week may have taken too much out of 13th- seeded John Isner. Antonio Rudiger Jersey. . The highest-seeded American lost the first two sets to Slovak Martin Klizan, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), before retiring because of a foot injury on Tuesday. Isner did not appear in last years Aussie Open due to a bone bruise in his right knee. Fans sat through temperatures that reached well over 100 degrees and watched local favorite Lleyton Hewitt fall to 24th-seeded Andreas Seppi, who saved a match point before winning 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5 in a grueling 4-hour, 18-minute affair. The former No. 1 Hewitt was making his 18th straight appearance in the event, where he finished as a runner-up back in 2005. Sixteenth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan outlasted Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in 3 hours, 41 minutes. 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