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The Traveller's Lounge / Waino, you just hate to have to be on the edge
« Last post by krstking22 on May 19, 2015, 10:27:54 AM »
MONTREAL - A Carey Price shutout and a game-winning goal on a penalty shot made for an uplifting end to the Montreal Canadiens regular season. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . Captain Brian Gionta, who was handed the Jacques Beauchamp trophy as the teams unsung hero before the game, scored on a penalty shot 2:04 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Price made 41 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and the Canadiens (46-28-8) ended the campaign with an even 100 points. "Were definitely proud of our season," said Price. "We put lot of effort in all year long. "We stayed fairly consistent all year. And now the fun begins." The Canadiens will face Tampa Bay in the first round of playoff. They moved one point past the Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division. However, Tampa Bay can still claim home ice advantage with a victory on their final game Sunday afternoon against Washington. Price and his teammates expect to watch the game, but wont be upset if the Lightning win or lose. "I think were pretty comfortable no matter where were playing," said Price. "Obviously, wed like to play here in front of our home crowd, but were comfortable playing in any rink." The Rangers (45-32-5) knew before the game they will have home ice for their first round series against the rival Philadelphia Flyers. They rested some veterans, including Martin St. Louis, but still had the better of the play for two periods as they outshot Montreal 39-25 in regulation time and 41-27 overall. "We didnt mail it in," said New Yorks Brad Richards. "We could have won the game. But to be honest with you, were going to turn this page. Were excited to get this week going." Despite the OT defeat, New York ended the year with an Eastern Conference leading 52 points on the road. It was a goaltending battle between Price and Cam Talbot, who had shut out Montreal in his first meeting with the Canadiens in November. "Our goaltender gave us a chance," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. "This game didnt mean anything for us at the end of the day, but we talked about coming here and playing well. "Thats what I thought we did tonight." The decisive moment came in overtime, as Gionta poked the puck past former Canadien Raphael Diaz at the blue-line, then was tripped by the defencemen as he tried to get free for a breakaway. Gionta deked to the backhand to beat Talbot on the penalty shot. "Its something I go to a lot on penalty shots or shootouts," said Gionta. "Hes a good young goalie. He holds his ground well. He played well against us." Coach Michel Therrien was beaming after the game. "It doesnt happen often that your regular season ends on a penalty shot," he said. "Giontas our captain, our leader, our unsung hero. It couldnt finish on a better note." The Canadiens will get back together on Monday to begin preparing for the playoffs, where they hope to redeem themselves after a first-round exit last spring at the hands of the Ottawa Senators. An area of concern is the power play, which went 0-for-23 over the last eight games. While Giontas was their only goal in the final two games, they finished the season on an 11-3-1 run. The Rangers owned the scoreless opening period, building a 10-2 shot advantage by the 10-minute mark, but couldnt get one past Price. The Canadiens only woke up somewhat in the second, but Price needed to be even better to keep the Rangers from scoring. He got help from his posts as Derek Dorsett hit one after Price played the puck up the middle, and Diaz hit both posts with a blast off a rush down the right side. "For the most part, we kept their shots to the outside and didnt allow second and third rebounds," said Price. "We pride ourselves on blocking shots and teams, at this point of the season, are just throwing everything at the net. "Shots on goal arent necessarily a reflection of scoring chances." The Canadiens got two injury scares, as David Desharnais went flying from a Dorsett knee in the first period and Brendan Gallagher came up limping from an open ice collision with Dan Carcillo. Both players finished the game. "They play hard — I dont think either of those were on purpose," said Gallagher. In the third, Montreals Francis Bouillon got two minutes for kneeing Mats Zuccarello, but the player known as The Hobbit was not hurt. The last time the Rangers lost a game on an overtime penalty shot was Dec. 5, 2002, when the Flyers Michal Handzus scored in Philadelphia for a 3-2 win. Notes — Lars Eller missed a third game with a flu for Montreal, while Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi and George Parros sat out. Forward Michael Blunden was returned to AHL Hamilton after the game. . . New York rested veterans St. Louis and Ryan McDonagh. Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider and Ryan Haggerty were also out of the lineup. Cheap Jerseys From China . Mata had already been dropped from Spains squad once this season and with the country blessed with so many playmakers, he was in real danger of being overlooked for the trip to Brazil to defend their title. Cheap Jerseys . Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Ausmus interviewed on Monday. The Tigers need a new manager after Jim Leyland stepped down following the teams loss to Boston in the AL championship series.ST. LOUIS -- Jhonny Peralta went deep twice, ending the St. Louis Cardinals 366 at-bat homerless drought. The first would have been plenty for Adam Wainwright. Wainwright became the majors first five-game winner and Peralta had two home runs and four RBIs in a 7-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. "Im really having more fun pitching right now than I ever have," Wainwright said. "Its just such a chess match. "I feel Im right where I want to be and so Im going to work extra hard to stay there and not get complacent." Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina also had RBIs for the Cardinals, who totalled five runs in their previous four games. St. Louis took two of three from the Pirates, shutting them out in both wins. "We got some big hits today, gave him a little bit of room to breathe," manager Mike Matheny said. "Even though weve got all the faith in the world in Waino, you just hate to have to be on the edge all the time." Edinson Volquez (1-2) gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings for Pittsburgh, which has dropped five of six. His day unraveled after the Pirates appeal of a potential double-play ball was denied and first baseman Ike Davis foot was ruled off the bag in the sixth inning. Davis was on the dirt stretching for the relay and was adamant replay got it wrong, contending he had contact with the base for "at least a half-second" after gloving the relay from second baseman Neil Walker. "I knew I was on the bag. You can look at the video yourself and you would think I was on the bag, too," Davis said after the game. "But I guess it wasnt a close enough view." Craigs two-out bloop single made it 2-0 the next at-bat, his first RBI in eight games. Peralta followed with a three-run homer on a full count for a 5-0 lead that chased Volquez, whos 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA in 12 career starts against St. Louis. Manager Clint Hurdle said if the umpires had called it a double play, he didnt think Matheny would have prevailed in a challenge. "You saw how it changed the complexion of the game," Hurdle said. "I dont think it does anything mentally, youvee got to play through it. Cheap NFL Jerseys. "Weve been playing through calls we didnt like for 128 years, so that part of it is not going to change." Peralta also homered leading off the fifth, the Cardinals first since Craig on April 16 at Milwaukee. He has six homers, the most ever by a Cardinals shortstop in the opening month of the season and one more than Edgar Renteria hit in 2000. "The first one, I knew it was gone for sure," Peralta said. "The second home run, I didnt know for sure if was gone. He threw me a pretty good change-up." Wainwright (5-1) allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings and hasnt allowed a run in 25 consecutive innings. He stayed on turn after tweaking his right knee trying to cover first in his last start at New York and had seven strikeouts with two walks. Wainwrights only loss came April 6 at Pittsburgh when he allowed two runs in seven innings but lost 2-1 in another matchup with Volquez, with the win going to reliever Tony Watson. On Sunday, Wainwright retired nine straight before hitting Jose Tabata with a breaking ball with one out in the sixth. Pedro Alvarez singled with two outs, but Wainwright got Neil Walker on a called third strike. Hes the fourth St. Louis pitcher to win five games in the opening month, joining Darryl Kile (2000), Bob Tewksbury (1994) and John Denny (1977). "You cannot make a lot of mistakes," Volquez said. "Hes unbelievable. Hes a superstar." Matt Adams tripled off Jeanmar Gomez in the eighth and scored on Molinas sacrifice fly. NOTES: The Pirates have lost five consecutive series. ... Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.10) opposes Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 1.42) Monday in the opener of a three-game series between the Cardinals and Brewers. ... The Pirates have a day off before opening a two-game series at Baltimore with Charlie Morton (0-3, 4.35) opposing Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.38). ... Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina received Silver Slugger awards in a pregame ceremony. ... Peralta has eight career multihomer games, the previous on July 29, 2012, at Toronto. ... Holliday had an RBI in all three games of the series. wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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The Traveller's Lounge / unfurled on the ice. After the puck was dropped
« Last post by krstking22 on May 19, 2015, 10:25:17 AM »
WASHINGTON - The NHL almost could not have scripted the 2015 Winter Classic any better. Cheap New England Patriots Jersey .From the time the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks took the ice at Nationals Park, through a fly-over by F-16 fighter jets, an Alex Ovechkin goal and the drama of a late winner by Troy Brouwer, Thursdays game was a showcase of top-of-the-line hockey.Its a celebration of our game, Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen said.It was a celebration of the good and the bad. The only thing that hurt the majesty of the afternoon was a series of late penalty calls that contributed to the Capitals 3-2 victory and left a sour taste in the mouths of Blackhawks players.A questionable hooking penalty on Jonathan Toews in the games final minute paved the way for Brouwers goal with 12.9 seconds left.I dont know how much that play deserved a call there, how much it had to do with maybe us getting a few more opportunities on the power play previously in the game, Toews said. Its not a good feeling especially with the excitement, the hype and the energy that surrounded this whole thing leading up to this game.For more than 55 minutes, this was a game so well played it wouldve been a thriller no matter the setting. Sun played a role on at least one goal, but the ice was so good the teams were able to race up and down like a track meet.Washington waited four years since the Capitals visited the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic to host this event. Despite concerns about sun glare, it began on time because captains Ovechkin and Toews and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford gave the thumbs up during pre-game warm-ups.For us, the primary issue, if there was to be an issue, was player safety, commissioner Gary Bettman said. Once we were comfortable that that wasnt going to be an issue, everyone decided, I decided, it was time to go and play on time.Unlike past Winter Classics, there wasnt a sloppy feeling-out period. Eric Fehr scored on a breakaway early, his third outdoor goal in his second Winter Classic to become the NHLs leader in that category.The teams switched ends at the 10-minute mark of the first period to make it fair given the sun glare. Not long after that, Ovechkin scored on a rebound and Patrick Sharp answered for the Blackhawks on a power-play goal that Braden Holtby couldnt see because of the sun.Even if that goal, and perhaps Brandon Saads in the second period that came after an odd bounce off the end boards, would only have happened outdoors, thats part of the deal in games like this.When the elements werent a factor, the facts of hockey came into play. The Blackhawks got 1:31 of a five-on-three power play in the second period, but Duncan Keiths stick broke at the blue-line and they got zero shots on net in their best chance to take control.The mentality today was just shoot the puck and things happen, but on a five-on-three, its not the same mentality, which probably didnt help us, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. When you dont score on five-on-threes, you generally dont win and that ended up being the result.A late penalty on Niskanen, a borderline boarding call, gave Chicago another opportunity. There were two seconds left on that power play when Toews got his stick across the body of Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom.I dont really think at any point in the game the refs are looking to give an easy one to a team, Washington defenceman Karl Alzner said. Its bad timing for them, good timing for us.When Saad slashed Ovechkin on the ensuing penalty kill, the puck was free for Brouwer to turn around and fire it past Corey Crawford. It wasnt picturesque, but the former Blackhawks winger will take it.Im not sure where it even went in, but I heard the noise of the crowd, heard the noise of the guys on the ice, Brouwer said. It was one of those where you know the time, you know the score, and youre just trying to get a puck on net, and thankfully it went in.For the Blackhawks, it was hard to take.Regardless of what happens, you never want to lose in the last minute of a game or you never want to be scored on in the last minute of a period, forward Ben Smith said. Its tough to swallow, for sure.Brouwer was playing with a heavy heart 11 days after Clint Reif, an assistant equipment manager for the Blackhawks and a friend, was found dead at his home. Brouwers father, who had a stroke two years ago, was also among the 42,832 in attendance and sent him a congratulatory text message after the goal.The Vancouver product won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 and scored a late winner during the Capitals memorable playoff series against the Boston Bruins in 2012. This was still special.Ive had some good moments in my hockey career, but this one, with all the intangibles, that played a part in it, Brouwer said. My parents being able to come into town, playing against my former team, this being the first goal that I scored against my former team and the dramatic fashion at the end of the game of how everything played out, its going to be a memorable day, a memorable event.There were plenty of memorable images, including before the game when players entered around a replica of the U.S. Capitol Building and a giant American flag was unfurled on the ice. After the puck was dropped at 1:30 with a perfect temperature of just over six degrees, there was Ovechkin jumping into the glass to celebrate his 18th goal of the season.But by the end, Capitals fans added another by tossing their seat cushions in the air to celebrate Brouwers goal. Its a local tradition that dates back to a Washington Redskins NFL playoff game in 1991 down the street at old RFK Stadium.The Capitals became just the second home team to win a Winter Classic, joining the Bruins, who needed overtime to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 event at Fenway Park.You definitely want to win a home game like this, said Fehr, a native of Winkler, Man., who has become something of a Winter Classic hero after scoring twice in the 2011 game. You dont want to let your fans down.Even if Blackhawks fans walked to the exits with their shoulders slumped a bit from a stinging loss, Smith said it was an honour just to be a part of the Winter Classic. Bettman was, as usual, satisfied with how the event turned out, and he had reason to given the level of play.I know they get compared one outdoor game to another: theyre all unique, theyre all different, theyre all special in their own way, Bettman said. I dont know what peoples expectations were for our event here today, but the Winter Classic here in Washington couldnt have been better from a fan experience and an entertainment standpoint.Barry Trotz was coaching his first outdoor game and sure seemed to enjoy the whole experience. That extended to his post-game news conference.Ive got the first question, Trotz said. Did anybody have any fun? Yeah, Im having a lot of fun right now.Notes — Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury and did not return. Quenneville said Versteeg could be out for a bit but said the team would know more Friday. ... Capitals defenceman Brooks Orpik not only played but led the team in ice time (24:44) just three days after suffering what looked to be a scary knee injury. Orpik had been considered a game-time decision. ... Billy Idol performed before the game, Gavin DeGraw during the first intermission and then Lee Greenwood during the second.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter. Cheap NFL Jerseys . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan swapping places. The Rangers Get: RW Martin St. Cheap Jerseys From China . The Predators announced that Rinne had been cleared for the next step of his recovery after meeting with doctors earlier Monday. Coach Barry Trotz said a meeting was planned for later Monday to set a weekly plan for Rinne.Bell Medias TSN and RDS have reached a comprehensive new media rights agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) that extends the networks long-term partnership with the USGA - making TSN and RDS the exclusive Canadian broadcasters of the U.S. Open through to 2022. The expanded partnership was announced before TSN and RDS begin their exclusive Canadian coverage of the 114th U.S. Open on Thursday. Beginning in 2015, the new eight-year agreement includes extended Canadian coverage across TSN and RDS platforms for the U.S. Open, U.S. Womens Open, and U.S. Senior Open Championships, as well as the USGAs national amateur championships. The new expanded deal includes the following: - Every U.S. OPEN round broadcast on TSN and RDS - A comprehensive suite of digital assets for TSN, RDS, and Bell Media platforms - Radio broadcast rights for TSN Radio and Bell Media Radio stations "The U.S. OPEN is one of the preeminent golf championships in the world and has been a key component to our coverage of the biggest events in sports," said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN.  "Were thrilled to work even closer with the USGA executive team on this new and expanded partnership as we elevate Canadian coverage of USGA events across all of our platforms." "We are truly excited about extending and expanding our relationship with TSN and RDS and are eager to work more closely with them to showcase and promote the game of golf in Canada," said Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA. The agreement further solidifies TSN and RDS as the home of golfs marquee championship events, with a slate that includes all four of golfs Majors - The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship, as well as the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, as well as a series of PGA TOUR events. 114th U.S. Open on TSN The 114th U.S. Open returns to the historic Pinehurst No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, NC with a star-studded field that includes defending champion Justin Rose, 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, and Canadas Graham DeLaet. TSNs live coverage of all four rounds begins Thursday at 9 a.m. ET and concludes with the Final on Fathers Day, Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. TSN subscribers can also watch live streaming and on demand coverage of every round from the U.S. Open via TSN GO. TSN Digital platforms deliver bonus online coverage from the U.S. Open - coverage that goes beyond the television broadcast. 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PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers have completed a buyout of the contract of veteran forward Danny Granger, enabling the veteran forward to sign with any team assuming he clears waivers by 5 p. Rob Ninkovich Patriots Jersey .m. on Friday. Granger was acquired from the Indiana Pacers last Thursday for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, but never played a minute for Philadelphia. The 76ers also received a 2015 second-round draft pick in the deal. "Given Dannys future goals and his desire to pursue them, we worked to fulfil his requests and have come to a resolution that we feel is mutually beneficial to both Danny and our organization," Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said in a statement Wednesday night. "We wish Danny the best in the next phase of his career." Granger has averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in his nine seasons, all of which were with the Pacers. Danny Amendola Patriots Jersey . Van Riemsdyk scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin picked up the game-winner as Toronto snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Maple Leafs (12-7-1) placed the newly acquired Holland on its top line between Phil Kessel and van Riemsdyk. Tedy Bruschi Jersey . Could this be the first no-hitter in the New York Mets 51-season history? Then Dan Uggla worked out a 10-pitch walk, and Atlantas Freddie Freeman singled cleanly to right on the next pitch.Maybe this year really will be different for Team Canada. Essentially since the 2000 Olympic games, Canadian basketball has not been a pretty scene. A lack of talent, a lack of a national developmental system and, well, a lack of Steve Nash has kept the national basketball team on the fringes of the international game. This morning, though, Canada clinched a trip to the second round of the Tournament of the Americas by defeating Cuba and going 2-1 in the tournament so far. Pre-tournament, Canadian head coach Leo Rautins insisted that an injury-free club would be able to make a mark even without Canadas biggest stars, and in the early going he may just have been proven right. This has not been an overnight development, however. Developing a Canadian basketball infrastructure has been a years long process that is just now beginning to bear fruit. European basketball legend Maurizio Gherardini (currently the vice president and assistant GM of the Raptors) brought stability to the Canada Basketball program by taking over as managing director in December of 2008. The experience that he brought to a fractured and disorganized program has been invaluable, and his willingness to improve just a little bit each year has helped keep expectations manageable and achievable, which has led Canada to the point that they are at today. However, it was the decision to keep Rautins on as head coach that has perhaps made the biggest impact thus far. Rautins has taken a fair share of criticism for the lack of success this club has achieved since he was hired in 2004. He famously dismissed Sam Dalembert from the team after Dalembert pulled a prima donna act in 2008, depriving the team of their lone NBA-level talent. He went winless in 2010 at the World Championships, with the team often looking vastly outmatched by their international counterparts. Hes had a difficult time winning over fans but the program stuck behind them and their faith may just have been well-placed as Rautins finally looks to have gotten his team playing up to the standards he insisted they were capable of meeting. Rautins has been steadfast in his approach that Canada is not going to win games based on talent, though, and that may have been his shrewdest admission. He knows that his squads have not had the kind of over-the-marquee names that are employed with USA, Spain, Argentina, France and Germany. Instead he has demanded an energy and an effort that can trump the talent of opposing squads. While Team Canada still lags too far talent-wise for that strategy to gain them serious medal consideration, their hustle has carried them through both Cuba and the Dominican Republic (a squad that features three NBA players) this summer, and got them within spitting distance of beating Brazil last Wednesday, too. For a club that is just looking for a chance to compete in next summers Olympic games, being 2-1 through three games is a respectable position to be in. Two big factors have helped Canada get to where they are this week. Chandler Jones Jersey. The first has been preparedness. Team Canada has come out at the start of each game looking like they are completely in tune with their plan of attack. Again, without an excess of talent, every other area takes on greater importance, and being prepared for each opponent is a great place to start. Canada significantly disrupted how the Dominican Republic wanted to play on offense, forcing Al Horford into a 5-16 shooting night and the team as a whole into a 33.8 per cent shooting performance. The team has been smothering on defense all tournament, holding opponents to 37.5 per cent by never relenting in their pursuit of ball pressure in the half court and utilizing Joel Anthony in the post as a defensive stopper to great effect. Credit goes to Rautins for being unrelenting in his expectations of his players (a tone set three years ago with the Dalembert incident) but also in his and his coaching staffs ability to provide the players with a potent strategy each and every game. The other big factor that has helped Canada is improved guard play. The addition of point guard Cory Joseph to the club has been tremendous. His stats look positively pedestrian for a starting point guard, but unlike fellow guards Andy Rautins and Jermaine Anderson, hes a true point that controls the tempo of the game, makes smart plays and keeps the club under control. In years past this team has seen tremendously erratic guard play sabotage some truly impressive defensive efforts. The former Texas guard and Spurs draft pick, though, has brought a much more poised demeanor to the floor, impressive for a player that has yet to turn 20. His presence has allowed both Rautins and Anderson to come off of the bench for this iteration of the club, which helps keep their wilder elements in check somewhat, but both players have also brought a more composed personality to the court this summer. Rautins in particular, while still an unapologetic gunslinger, has been forcing things a lot less this week, demonstrating a greater sense of the needs of the game, but is still able to light it up when hot as his five threes against the Dominican Republic showed on Thursday evening. What comes next for Team Canada is anyones guess. In their own way theyve already achieved more than some thought they would in the tournament. Theyve come out and proven that they are no longer a doormat to the basketball fraternity. There is a lot of room for growth (securing the elusive services of Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Myck Kabongo would help, as would Nash and Matt Bonner), but for the first time in a long time there is a reason to believe that the team is moving in a positive direction. Hopefully for Team Canada their journey ultimately secures them a spot in London next summer with a chance to show the world how much theyve improved. wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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The Traveller's Lounge / Crawford made 28 saves to lead the Blackhawks
« Last post by krstking22 on May 19, 2015, 10:18:51 AM »
LOS ANGELES -- The puck was sitting underneath Sharks goalie Alex Stalock when Justin Williams whacked at his pads and the narrow space between them. Jose Enrique Liverpool Jersey . Like a magic trick, the puck popped out behind Stalock in the San Jose net. While Sharks coach Todd McLellan decried the legality of the tiebreaking goal, the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their latest, greatest escape yet. Down 0-3 just a few days ago, the Kings squeezed through that minuscule opening and emerged in Game 7. Williams scored the go-ahead goal with 8:04 to play, and the Kings beat the Sharks 4-1 in Game 6 on Monday night, rallying all the way back from a daunting series deficit. Williams and Anze Kopitar each had two goals and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the Kings became just the ninth team in NHL history to force a seventh game after losing the first three. "We certainly didnt want to go away quiet," Kopitar said. "Were only thinking about one more step now. Were going to have to play our best game of the series up there." Just three teams in NHL history have rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win a series, and Los Angeles has earned a shot to join them. The winner of the California rivals third playoff meeting in four years will face the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in the second round. After watching three Kings goals and several violent scrums in the final minutes, Los Angeles fans roared with an intensity that likely hadnt been reached since the Kings Stanley Cup run two years ago, sending their team back to the Shark Tank on Wednesday night. A tie game turned when Williams whacked home Robyn Regehrs shot at Stalock, using the opportunistic scoring sense that has made the two-time Stanley Cup champion into a clutch playoff performer. "Maybe we got a break, maybe we didnt," Williams said. "But nobody blew the whistle." San Joses bench loudly protested the call, saying the puck should have been blown dead under Stalock, but it was upheld on video review. "We got cheated," McLellan said. "Simple as that. I was told that you could see the puck laying behind his feet the whole time." McLellan said the Sharks couldnt see the puck on video review. Kings coach Darryl Sutter thought replays showed the puck was loose. Kopitar followed with two goals 1:15 apart for the Kings, who have outscored San Jose 13-4 in the last three games after San Jose dominated the first three by a combined 17-8. Stalock stopped 26 shots in his first NHL playoff start, and James Sheppard scored on a double deflection in the second period for the spiraling Sharks. After utterly dominating the first two games, San Jose has scored just one goal against Quick in the last 128:24 in the series. "In my mind, if it gets to Game 7, it doesnt matter how it gets there," Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "It gets there, and youre going for one game. We played all year for the home ice. Im sure our building is going to be loud. Weve got to turn this thing around and win that game." McLellan changed starting goalies after Stanley Cup winner Antti Niemi was pulled from each of the last two losses. McLellan took a risk on Stalock, whose NHL experience consists of 27 regular-season games and 57 minutes of scoreless relief in this series. Drew Doughty had two assists for Los Angeles, which lost the first three games of the series in discouraging fashion before rallying with resounding victories at home in Game 4 and at the Shark Tank in Game 5 on Saturday night. Doughty set up the Kings first goal with a sharp pass to Williams, who has four goals in the Kings last two home games. San Jose got a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:38 early in the second period, but the Kings killed it off. The Sharks finally tied it moments after a third fruitless power play when Sheppard deflected Justin Brauns slap shot out of midair and off Regehr. After Williams go-ahead score, Kopitar got loose on a 2-on-1 rush with Williams, who set him up perfectly. Kopitar added a power-play goal. The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the three teams to accomplish what the Kings hope to do, rallying from three games down to beat Boston in 2010 with a roster including current Kings forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. The Sharks played without key defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who left Game 5 early with an upper-body injury. The Canadian Olympic gold medallist was replaced by Matt Irwin, while streaky forward Marty Havlat also was in San Joses lineup for the first time in the series, replacing Mike Brown. NOTES: Los Angeles lost D Willie Mitchell to an undisclosed injury during the second period. ... The Sharks hadnt changed their starting goalie during the playoffs since 2001, when Miikka Kiprusoff took over for Evgeni Nabokov during a series. ... Vlasic had played in all 84 possible playoff games since joining the Sharks for the 2006-07 season. Toni Kroos Real Madrid . Yet, when he walks out on the field he has a huge smile on his face as he stops to say hello. Dusan Basta Lazio Jersey . Stephens, who beat Serena Williams en route to the 2013 Australian Open semifinals, won nine of the last 10 games in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues in the womens singles before Isner beat Daniel Munoz-de La Nava 6-3, 6-4.CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks dominated much of Saturday nights game against the Buffalo Sabres. When they got into a bit of trouble at the end, Corey Crawford was there to carry them to the finish. Crawford made 28 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the winless Sabres. Ben Smith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who swept a pair of weekend home games, edging the Islanders 3-2 on Friday. Drew Stafford connected with 8:11 left in the third, spoiling Crawfords bid for a shutout. The Sabres (0-5-1) put together several tough challenges in the second and third periods after a slow start. "Its never an easy game," Crawford said. "They kind of hung around there. "Their goalie kept them in it, made some big stops. And they gave us a test there at the end." Ryan Miller had 38 saves for Buffalo, which has been outscored 16-6 in its worst start since 1999-2000, when it was 0-5-2. Millers performance kept the Sabres in the game, but the Blackhawks were in position for a bigger night on offence. "The finish, what it takes to score in this league, maybe we need to be a little greasier around the net," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Hang around, put it in the back of the net. "Weve missed the net, which is our biggest problem scoring goals right now. The second chances are the ones that go in in our league." Buffalos offensive futility is making life more difficult for Miller, the 2010 Vezina Trophy winner and a two-time U.S. Olympian. "It puts a lot of emphasis in the backside and you cant make any mistakes," Miller said. "Weve got to try to find a way to earn our goals and find a way to score." The Blackhawks outshot the Sabres 20-6 in the first period, but only had a 1-0 lead at intermission. Chicagos puck possession and territory dominance was aided by three power plays. But Smiths even-strength tip-in for his first goal of the season at 9:26 was the only score. Brent Seabrook wristed a shot from just inside the blue line at the top of the slot. Smith, one of four playeers parked in front of the net, then deflected the puck over Millers glove. Michelangelo Albertazzi AC Milan. Despite continued pressure in the second period, the Blackhawks didnt get their second goal until Kanes power-play score with 24.9 seconds left. Kane was open low in the right circle, and whipped Patrick Sharps cross-ice feed past Miller before he could slide across the crease. Chicago had plenty of chances early on. A quick reaction by Buffalo defenceman Tyler Myers prevented what appeared to be a sure goal. Miller got a piece of a close-in shot by Marian Hossa, but the puck continued toward the upper left corner of the net. Myers swatted the puck out of midair with his stick before it crossed the goal line. The Sabres finally began to test Crawford in the second with a flurry and several prime chances, but he stopped them all. His best stop came on a point-blank attempt by Steve Ott with 6:50 left in the period. Staffords goal completed a 3-on-2 rush. After taking Cody Hodgsons quick pass, Stafford slid a low shot past Crawford from the left circle. The Sabres outshot Chicago 13-3 in the third and tested Crawford in the final minutes. Crawford stopped Thomas Vaneks slap shot and then Hodgsons point-blank rebound attempt with just over four minutes left to preserve the lead. "If you look at the chances, we were even or better 5-on-5," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "We ran into some problems early with too many penalties." "I thought we had more chances from more lines, not just our top line," he added. "We havent had that the last couple of games, so thats a positive for us." NOTES: Chicago C Brandon Pirri made his season debut following his recall from Rockford of the AHL. Pirri led the AHL in scoring last year with 75 points in 76 games. ... Veteran Blackhawks C Michal Handzus, who had the winning goal in the victory over the Islanders, got the night off. ... Sharp played in his 600th NHL game. ... 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BARCELONA, Spain -- Diego Costa scored his Spanish league-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday, extending its club record with an eighth straight win to start the domestic campaign. Cheap NFL Jerseys . The win at its Vicente Calderon Stadium kept Atletico level on points with Barcelona at the top of the table and five points ahead of Real Madrid after both rivals won on Saturday. Diego Costa was born in Brazil but holds a Spanish passport, and his latest performance will surely give Spain coach Vicente del Bosque even more reason to stick to his plan of calling him up to join the world champions for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Diego Costa made up for a missed penalty by tapping in Filipe Luis cross three minutes before halftime and he added another goal with a move that combined finesse and power in the 62nd. His double gave him two more goals than Barcelonas injured Lionel Messi and three more than Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. "I dont like missing penalties. Thats normal. The good thing is that I had the chance to score the other goals," Diego Costa said. "I dont think about my number of goals. I just want to go step by step and hope I can keep scoring. The important thing is that we win, not who scores." Diego Costa also added that he was ready to play for Spain, a country that had "given him everything" professionally during the past five years. Celta substitute Manuel "Nolito" Agudo halved the deficit in the 71st and the forward threatened to grab the equalizer late, but a tiring Atletico held on to the three points. Elsewhere, Valencia drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla edged Almeria 2-1 at home, and Getafe beat visitors Real Betis 3-1. Valencia went in front through Ever Banegas 43rd-minute penalty after Sofiane Feghouli was fouled in the box by Aymeric Laporte, but Bilbaos Mikel Rico equalized in the 76th to leave both teams four points behind fourth-place Villarreal. Ivan Rakitic headed in Marko Marins short cross in injury time to give Sevilla the dramatic win over last-place Almeria, which remained the only winless team in the first division. Getafe eased to its third win in a row thanks to Pedro Leons two goals and a third from Adrian Colunga. Leon caught Betis goalie Guillermo Sara off his line expecting a cross from his free kick, with the attacking midfielder instead lobbing the ball over the keeper and into the net to open the scoring before he headed in a second goal. Atletico coach Diego Simeone and his players may insist they are not contemplating a challenge for the league title with their mantra of "just going forward game by game," but Celta coach Luis Enrique is one of many who considers them a contender. "Its not for me to talk about them, but they are the most dangerous opponent we have faced so far," Enrique said. "If they keep playing at this level it would be silly not to consider them for the title." While Diego Costa continued to impress, his strike partner David Villa had a game he will likely want to forget. Celta goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez turned back a number of his shots before Villa wasted a pass from Diego Costa that had left him alone with only the goalkeeper to beat. The 31-year-old Villa aggravated a case of arthritis in his left ankle just before the miss and immediately asked to be substituted in the 58th. Atletico also lost captain Gabi Fernandez to a left knee sprain late, leading to the debut of French midfielder Joshua Guilavogui. Rodriguez was particularly outstanding in the 25th when he blocked two clear opportunities following teammate Hugo Mallos foul of Filipe Luis in the area. Diego Costa stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but Rodriguez smothered his shot and was quick enough to retreat to his far post to swat away Villas attempt to poke in the rebound. But Rodriguez could do nothing when Celtas Alex Lopez knocked the ball back into his own area where Filipe Luis squared for both Diego Godin and Diego Costa to push the ball in. The goal was awarded to Diego Costa. Diego Costas second goal came when he neatly chested down a long pass, used one arm to brush off last defender David Costas, and fired the ball under Rodriguez. "Costa is our soul," said Simeone. "He played a great game. He is constantly growing and can get even better." Both Atletico and Barcelona can match Madrids record start of nine consecutive wins to start the season in 1968 in the next round after the international break. Cheap NFL Jerseys UK . -- Amid stories about Jeremy Lin and the upcoming all-star game, the Detroit Pistons have quietly become one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Cheap Jerseys UK . They also designated outfielder Kenny Wilson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. The 30-year-old Gillespie has played in 34 games with Seattle this season, recording a .CORNER BROOK, N.L. - Corryn Brown led her B.C. rink to the championship round of the Canadian junior curling championships on Monday with an 8-3 win over Carina McKay-Saturnino of the Northwest Territories in womens Pool B play.B.C. improved to 5-0 with the win, and erased the hurt of missing the national championships in 2014, a year after winning the Canadian title.I really think that was kind of the huge driving factor for us, definitely. That was a crushing defeat, for sure, said Brown, referring to losing in the provincial final a year ago. And it really made us want it more, to be honest. The first year we won it, we didnt really have any past experience, but having won it and then losing it? That was a huge crushing disappointment, especially being defending Canadian champions.Nova Scotias Mary Fay (3-2) improved her hopes of moving on to the championship round with a 6-4 win over Prince Edward Islands Veronica Smith (2-4), while New Brunswicks Justine Comeeau (3-2) stole three in the 10th end for an 8-6 win over Newfoundland/Labradors Sarah Hill (0-5). Cheap Jerseys. In Pool A, Albertas Kelsey Rocque (5-0) is moving on after a bye on Monday night. Also clinching a position in the championship round was Ontarios Chelsea Brandwood (5-1), who beat Manitobas Beth Peterson (2-3) 8-3.In mens action, both pool leaders locked up their spots in the championship round. In Pool A, Quebecs Felix Asselin ran his win streak to five games with a 6-2 triumph over Nova Scotias Matthew Manuel (1-4).In Pool B, Albertas Karsten Sturmay also improved to 5-0 with an 8-2 win over the Yukons Joe Wallingham (2-4), while New Brunswicks Rene Comeau (4-1) clinched his championship round berth by beating Matthew Miller of the Northwest Territories (0-5) 10-5. Saskatchewans Jacob Hersikorn (4-1) had the bye on Monday night.In the other mens Pool A game, Newfoundland/Labradors Greg Smith (2-3) beat Nunavuts Kane Komaksiutiksak (0-4). wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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NEW YORK -- In what seemed like an ultimate grudge match, players on both sides of the Columbus Blue Jackets-New York Rangers rivalry stepped up to inflict damage on their former team. Julian Edelman Patriots Jersey . Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and assist, and the Blue Jackets edged the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout on Monday night. Former Blue Jackets star Rick Nash -- acquired in the deal that sent Dubinsky to Columbus -- did his best to lift the Rangers, but his two power-play goals were only enough to get New York even. He and Mats Zuccarello were stopped by Sergei Bobrovsky in the tiebreaker. "It wouldve been nice to get that other point," Nash said. "Weve got to come out a lot better, and we cant keep making mistakes that end up in the back of our net." Bobrovsky made 40 saves through overtime in his first action in over a month to backstop Columbus win at the end of a 2-2 road trip. "This was a good two points for us," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "Bob was great with big save after big save. Dubinsky was really big for us. He played a strong game." Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen scored against Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout. "Im happy we got a point. We played well for 60 minutes," Lundqvist said. "The difference is I didnt stop the breakaways and (Bobrovsky) did -- one in the second and in the shootout. I have some work to do." Lundqvist had the night off Saturday when backup Cam Talbot won 7-1 at Toronto. Lundqvist is 2-1-1 since sitting for three straight games in late December. Nash had tied it 3-3 with his second of the night, and ninth of the season, at 6:55 of the third period as David Savard served a penalty for delay of game. Defenceman James Wisniewski also had a goal and assist, and Cam Atkinson scored on a second-period breakaway to help the Blue Jackets win. "Always good to end road trips on a high note," Wisniewski said. "Weve been coming together as a team more and more." Bobrovsky shined in his return from a 14-game absence caused by a strained groin. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner had been out since Dec. 3 but showed no rust in a matchup with Lundqvist -- the Vezina winner in 2012. The Rangers came away with a point because of Nash, acquired from Columbus in 2012. Brian Boyle cut the deficit to 3-2 at 4:53 of the third, and Lundqvist made 36 saves through overtime for New York, which had won three of four before returning home. The game took a noticeable turn 21 seconds into the second when Rangers forward Chris Kreider drove Columbus defenceman Fedor Tyutin into the left-wing boards with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit that left Tyutin down on his stomach. Dubinsky skated over to challenge Kreider, but a fight didnt ensue. Kreider was given a major penalty for boarding and was ejected. Dubinsky received a minor for roughing. Tyutin left soon after and didnt return to the game. "I looked at the replay. He tried to stop just before," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of Kreider. "It seemed like he stopped, and sort of a follow-through from their player. Anytime a guy gets pushed into the boards the way he did, the referees dont have much of a choice." Vigneault doesnt expect Kreider to be suspended. Richards, who said the team will know more about Tyutins status on Tuesday, called the injury "more of a charley horse than anything else." With the teams skating 4-on-4, Atkinson stole the puck from defenceman Anton Stralman at the New York blue line, and raced alone the other way. He received little resistance from Stralman and beat Lundqvist to restore Columbus lead at 2-1. Columbus didnt take further advantage of the three-minute power play. Just 27 seconds after Columbus killed a penalty, Dubinsky made a perfect pass from the left-wing boards across the Rangers zone to a streaking Wisniewski on the right side. Wisniewski fired a rising shot that got in under the crossbar to make it 3-1 with 3:13 left in the second. Bobrovsky stopped 15 shots in each of the first two periods. He denied Brad Richards at the right post with his pads when Richards took a pair of whacks at a loose puck. Benoit Pouliot was stopped earlier in the period on a breakaway. Nash tied it 1-1 when he snapped a rising wrist shot from the left circle that caromed in off the left post with 52.8 seconds left in the first. Dubinsky had staked Columbus to a 1-0 lead with 2:53 remaining when Wisniewskis shot hit him in the leg and deflected in. NOTES: Newly acquired forward Daniel Carcillo didnt make his Rangers debut. ... Boyle scored for the second time in two games after going 27 games without a goal. ... Dubinsky has a goal and two assists in three games vs. New York. ... The 43 shots were the most allowed by Columbus this season. Danny Amendola Jersey . Tevez scored on the half hour mark, although Torino will feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a late penalty when Omar El Kaddouri appeared to be tripped by Andrea Pirlo. "It was a penalty on El Kaddouri," Torino coach Giampiero Ventura said. Brandon LaFell Patriots Jersey . -- Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France on Saturday to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.Make sure to stay tuned for Part 3 of our feature, which will involve the "What If" teeams of hockey, such as the Hartford Whalers and HC Dynamo Moscow. Rob Gronkowski Jersey. wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Following a pair of lopsided losses in San Jose to begin the Western Conference quarterfinals, the Los Angeles Kings will aim for a better showing in front of the home crowd Tuesday at the Staples Center. Cheap Jerseys . Down 2-0 in the series, the Kings host Game 3 against a Sharks team that simply dominated them in the first two meetings of the best-of-seven series at SAP Center. Los Angeles trailed 5-0 en route to a 6-3 loss in Game 1. On Sunday, the Kings actually led 2-0 before San Jose scored seven unanswered goals to post a 7-2 blowout win and take a two-game lead in the series. Although losing by wide margins in Games 1 and 2 did not look good, the Kings and Sharks both know this series is far from over. Last spring, L.A. managed to come back from down 2-0 to win its first-round series in six games against the St. Louis Blues. In the next round, the Kings won all four of their home tilts to outlast San Jose in seven games. Of course, the Sharks also went 3-0 at home in that series and hold home-ice advantage in the 2014 rematch. Including the playoffs, Los Angeles has won eight straight and 10 of its last 11 home games against the Sharks. If the Kings fail to extend that home streak tonight, the club will face a do-or-die Game 4 on home ice this Thursday. All told, The Kings went 23-14-4 on home ice during the regular season. San Jose was 22-15-4. Kings forward Justin Williams did his best to sum up his teams situation following Sundays setback. "It obviously stinks sitting here, talking after another lopsided loss," said Williams. "But they did what they set out to do and now its response time. Were going back to our arena. We won the first two in our arena last year and they came back and won the next two in theirs. So were looking to repeat that, but we need to start with one." Joe Pavelski collected a goal and two assists to lead the way in San Joses Game 2 victory. Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture added a score and a helper each for the Sharks, who managed to score more in the first two games of this years series (13) than in all of last years seven-game loss to the Kings (10). Mike Brown, Raffi Torres, Joe Thornton and Justin Braun also recorded tallies, while Antti Niemi shook off a shaky first period to record a 24-save victory. "Its just been a couple of great nights for us offensively," Braun said. "Shored up a few things defensively, Niemi has bailed us out a few times. But you cant be that disappointed with that many goals in two games. Its been good so far at home." Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis provided first-period scores for the Kings, but L.A. failed to score over the final 50 minutes, 27 seconds of the game. "I dont really know if its one thing in particular," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Again, we gave up a lot of odd-man rushes. Even in the first (period) when we were up 2-0, they had a lot of good chances. We need all 20 guys to be on top of their game." Jonathan Quick was left in net for all seven goals on 40 shots. The Conn Smythe winner when L.A. won the Stanley Cup in 2012, Quick has a dreadful 7.22 goals against average and .824 save percentage in the first two games of this set. He was pulled from Game 1 midway through the third period, but Kings head coach Darryl Sutter didnt blame his goaltender for Sundays setback. "I thought he was fine tonight," Sutter said of Quick. "Hell tell you that he struggled in the first game." The 28-year-old Quick entered this postseason with a career playoff line of 29-21 with a 2.03 GAA and.929 save percentage. Quicks GAA now stands at 2.19 through 52 career playoff games and his save percentage has dipped to .924. Cheap Jerseys UK . Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans ended up with the bigger problem. Cheap NFL Jerseys UK . The team representing the Territories lost twice at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Monday -- both by a score of 9-3 after eight ends -- to Team Canadas Rachel Homan in the afternoon and Quebecs Allison Ross in the evening. BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Phillip Danault and Zack Phillips headline the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues roster for the upcoming Subway Super Series versus Russia. The six-game series features teams from each of the three major junior leagues hosting a team of select Russian players in a tuneup for the world junior hockey championships. The Canadian players chosen are all age-eligible, born in 1992 or later, to play in the tournament starting Dec. 26 in Edmonton and Calgary. The Super Series opens Nov. 7 in Victoriaville, followed by a game in Quebec City on Nov. 9. The Ontario Hockey League then hosts the Russians for two games in Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie before the Western Hockey League closes out the series in Regina and Moose Jaw, Sask. Huberdeau, Beaulieu and Phillips are all Saint John Sea Dogs taken in the first round of this years NHL draft. Danault, another first-rounder, plays for Victoriaville. Huberdeau, Beaulieu and Danault attended the Canadian junior teams summer camp in August. The Sea Dogs, the defending Memorial Cup champions, will be represented by a league-high four players with defenceman Pierre Durepos alsso on the Quebec team. Cheap NFL Jerseys. The QMJHL says Drummondville forward Sean Couturier will play in the series if hes released by the NHLs Philadelphia Flyers. Acadie-Bathurst Titan forward Zach OBrien, who leads the league in scoring with 34 points in 17 games, is also on the QMJHL roster. Tigres head coach Yanick Jean will be behind the bench in Victoriaville. Remparts coach and general manager Patrick Roy will take over in Quebec City. The rosters were chosen by Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast, QMJHL executive vice-president Marcel Patenaude and director of hockey operations Pierre Leduc, as well as the Roy, Tigres GM Jerome Mesonero and Titan GM Sylvain Couturier. The OHL and WHL rosters will be announced at a later date. Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm will handle coaching duties in the OHL. Hell be an assistant coach to Canadian team head coach Don Hay at the world juniors. Hay will coach the WHL squad in the series. Russias roster is expected to be announced next week. The CHL won every series from 2003 to 2009 before the Russians won four of the six games last year. All six games will be televised on Sportsnet and the QMJHL games will also be shown on TVA. wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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BERLIN -- Injury-hit Augsburg ended Bayern Munichs record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory Saturday and Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . Sascha Moelders scored in the 31st minute for Augsburg to hand Bayern its first league loss since a 2-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Oct. 28, 2012. "Thats football, thats sport," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. "You cant always win. There was going to be a loss sooner or later." It was Augsburgs first victory over its larger Bavarian rival after five league and three German Cup defeats, and Bayerns third successive game without a win in all competitions since it won the Bundesliga title with seven games to spare. Guardiolas side drew 3-3 against Hoffenheim last weekend and then 1-1 at Manchester United in the Champions league quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday. With one eye on next Wednesdays return leg, the Spaniard fielded a weakened side in Augsburg, with seven changes to the side that lined up in Manchester. Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm were left out of the squad, while David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Mario Goetze, Dante and Thomas Mueller all started on the bench. "The Bundesliga is over for us. Our target is the Champions League," Guardiola said in the run-up to the game, before opting to give Mitchel Weiser, Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi their starting debuts. Deputy goalkeeper Tom Starke was also supposed to start but he tore a ligament in his right elbow in training on Friday. A mistake from Weiser led to the goal. The Bayern midfielder was easily dispossessed by Daniel Baier, who set Moelders through on goal in front of Manuel Neuer. The Augsburg striker fired hard and high to give the Bayern No. 1 little chance. The lead was deserved, with Bayern unusually passive and disorientated in the face of the home sides harrying and quick passing game in the first half. "The lead was super for us. We could be more compact and rely on the counterattack then," said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl, who missed three injured regulars and suspended top-scorer Andre Hahn. "It all went very well." Neuer denied Alexander Esswein in the 52nd, and though Bayern improved -- David Alabas effort crashed back off the post in the 68th -- Augsburg managed to hold on, and even struck the post through Moelders in the 89th. "We accept it and now we have to prepare as quickly as possible for the Manchester game," Guardiola said. "Next Wednesday we have a final. Its about life or death." Marco Reus scored one and set up another for Dortmund in the late game, denying Wolfsburg the chance to go fourth. Ivica Olic fired the visitors ahead on a rebound in the 34th, and might have scored again six minutes later, when he struck the crossbar and then hit it again with the rebound from his first attempt. Robert Lewandowski equalized in the 51st with a header from Reus corner, and a mistake from Wolfsburg keeper Max Grun on his 27th birthday, when he dropped the ball after colliding with a defender, allowed Reus to swoop for the winning goal in the 77th. Dortmund next hosts Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, when it hopes to overturn a 3-0 away defeat. "I havent given up in any case," Reus said. "Nothing is impossible in football." The result meant Borussia Moenchengladbach stayed fourth on goal difference from Bayer Leverkusen after a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Nuremberg. Juan Arango scored with a deflected free kick that gave Nuremberg keeper Raphael Schaefer no chance in the 18th, and Max Kruse made sure of the result with a penalty in the 79th. "It was close, but the result is not undeserved," Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre said. Also Saturday, Schalke drew 1-1 at Werder Bremen, Stuttgart beat fellow relegation candidate Freiburg 2-0, and Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Mainz 2-0. Bremen striker Franco Di Santo scored from a narrow angle in the 15th minute, but Leon Goretzka equalized in the 33rd for Schalke. Ibrahima Traore did brilliantly to create Stuttgarts breakthrough in the 69th, eluding three defenders on the right and playing a one-two with Christian Gentner before crossing for Maxim Alexandru to score. Martin Harnik sealed the win in the 89th, as Stuttgart climbed above Hamburger SV on goal difference and out of the relegation zone. "Its only a little step," Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens said. Goals from Joselu in the 52nd and Alexander Meier in the 85th were enough for Frankfurt. Leverkusen earlier sacked Sami Hyypia as coach with Champions League qualification anything but assured. Cheap Jerseys . Lowry led the Raptors to a 3-1 week, averaging 25.0 points per game, 8.0 assists and 2.3 steals. Cheap Jerseys From China . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City defensive specialist Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of a left calf injury. The 6-foot-10 forward had an MRI on Friday, a day after the Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers and advanced to the Western Conference finals against the Spurs. Game 1 is Monday night in San Antonio. Thunder general manager Sam Presti called it a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris, which takes time to heal and strengthen because of a high re-injury rate. Ibaka was injured during the third quarter Thursday night. "I just want to express our disappointment for Serge, who, as we all know, is an elite competitor and someone that has proven to be a tremendous teammate," Presti said. "He was playing great basketball throughout the season. Hes had a huge impact on our season to date." Last year, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was knocked out of the playoffs with a torn ACL in the first round against Houston. The Thunder rallied to win that series before losing to Memphis in the next round. Presti believes the Thunder can rally and be ready for the Spurs. "We have had tthis group together for a while, and theyve been through some ups and downs, and this is just another one that hopefully is only going to make us better," Presti said. Cheap NFL Jerseys. Ibakas athletic ability and mid-range jumper have been keys for the Thunder. He averaged 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 13 post-season games. During the 2013-14 regular season, he had career highs with averages of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds while leading the league in total blocks for the fourth consecutive season with 219. During his emotional MVP acceptance speech, Kevin Durant singled out Ibaka for stepping up and erasing many of the teams mistakes while Westbrook recovered from his most recent knee surgery. While Westbrook was out, the Thunder went 20-7, and Ibakas numbers jumped to 15.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks with 57 per cent shooting from the field. "For us, we as an organization have been in some situations in the past, and how we respond to those has always been the measure of the teams that weve had in Oklahoma City," Presti said. "Our expectation going forward is that well respond admirably." wholesale jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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The Traveller's Lounge / The kid had come through when it mattered most
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Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava wont be heading to Baltimore after all. Silvestre Varela Portugal Jersey . According to the Baltimore Sun, the 50-year-old turned down the Orioles offer to become the clubs general manager on Tuesday. LaCava said that his decision stemmed from the fact that he wanted to remain with the Blue Jays. "This was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles were classy in everything they did, and I think they are going to go down the right path," LaCava told The Baltimore Sun. "For me, it was how much I love the Toronto Blue Jays and I really, really treasure my relationship with my general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him. He created a great atmosphere to work up there, along with president Paul Beeston, and it is very hard to leave them." With the free agent period starting in one day, the Orioles are the only team in baseball that does not have a top baseball executive in place, after Andy MacPhail stepped down in October after over four years as president of baseball operations. LaCava, who was a finalist in the past for GM jobs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, seems to be content where he is at this point in his career. "I am working in a great place, a job that I love," LaCava said. "Its just as simple as that." Luis Neto Portugal Jersey . LUCIE, Fla. Pepe Jersey . Providing even one proved elusive, until Friday night. The slumping Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Mets past the Miami Marlins 4-3.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Eighty yards to cover, little more than two minutes left, no timeouts to help. Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates faced his biggest challenge as he lined up for the snap. With savvy and a scramble, he pulled it off. Yates led the biggest drive in Texans history on Sunday, one that put them in the end zone and the playoffs. He threw a six-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left for a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that sent the expansion team into the playoffs for the first time. "Its pretty crazy," Yates said. "A lot of people in this organization have waited a long time for this. This is a special day for this team and this organization." In the span of a few wild minutes, everything broke their way. With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of the playoffs. They hugged on the field then headed to the locker room, where they huddled around a television set and watched the final minutes of Tennessees game play out. They needed a Titans loss to clinch the AFC South. When time ran out on the Titans, preserving New Orleans 22-17 victory, the Texans screamed, hugged, and donned black championship caps and white T-shirts. Injured receiver Andre Johnson, who didnt play because of a strained hamstring, got a game ball for his part in turning the team into a winner. "Words really cant describe it," Johnson said. "Its something Ive been waiting for for a long time." Since their inaugural season in 2002, the Texans have been little more than a tease. Theyd come close to reaching the playoffs, only to fade and fumble in the big games. They couldnt quite get that breakthrough win. An unlikely rookie took them the last step. Yates, a fifth-round draft pick, got his chance when Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart suffered season-ending injuries in consecutive weeks. Making only his second start, Yates led the Texans on their biggest comeback of the season. With everything on the line for both teams, the Bengals (7-6) couldnt stop him. "A rookie quarterback beat us today," safety Chris Crocker said. "He did it with both his arm and his feet. I dont even know what to say. Wow." Wow, indeed. Yates scrambled 17 yards on third-and-15 to keep the drive going. A pass interference penalty on Adam "Pacman" Jones put the ball at the 6-yard line with 12 seconds left. Afterr an incompletion, Walter lined up wide right, cut to the middle of the field and was uncovered at the goal line. Fabio Coentrao Jersey. Offensive tackle Duane Brown ran to Yates and repeatedly slapped his helmet in celebration. The kid had come through when it mattered most. "Hey, were champs!" receiver Jacoby Jones said. "All my years Ive been playing, Ive never been on a team that got over the hump." Only 41,202 fans -- the second-smallest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium history -- showed up to watch the Bengals turn themselves into a long shot for the playoffs. Theyd lost three of their last four, including a 35-7 drubbing in Pittsburgh last week that essentially eliminated them from the AFC North race. Now, theyre going to need help getting the final wild card berth. "As far as the team goes, they are very disappointed and Im going to have to pump some air in them," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Before this game, we controlled our own destiny, and now I cant tell you what is going to happen." The Texans have kept winning while losing quarterbacks. They took the final step into the playoffs without Johnson, who was inactive Sunday because of a strained left hamstring. Yates and a solid defence pulled them through. Yates went 26 of 44 for 300 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and five sacks. Houstons defence was the stingiest in the AFC, and came through after the Texans fell behind 16-3 at halftime. Andy Dalton was sacked and fumbled, setting up Yates 6-yard touchdown pass that got the Texans some momentum early in the third quarter. "It did not look like we had any chance of getting out of here with a win," coach Gary Kubiak said. "But we have a young quarterback who believes in what hes doing." Notes: The Bengals managed 81 yards in the second half. Cedric Benson carried eight times and lost a yard overall in the half. ... Houston had one sack, leaving it one shy of the club record of 37 in 2005. ... Cincinnatis Mike Nugent kicked field goals of 22, 47, 49 and 28 yards. ... RG Bobbie Williams hurt his right ankle in the second quarter and didnt return. ... The crowd was smaller than one of the University of Cincinnatis two games at Paul Brown Stadium this season. The Bearcats drew 48,152 fans for a game against West Virginia on Nov. 12. Their game against Louisville on Oct. 15 drew 40,971. wholesale jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier could miss a month because of a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. Cheap New England Patriots Jersey . Lecavalier has already missed three games due to back spasms. He leads the Flyers with five power-play goals and has scored nine times overall. He is tied for fourth on the team with 14 points in 22 games. Lecavalier signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract in the off-season. Lecavalier, a 6-foot-4, 208-pound centre, spent 14 years with Tampa Bay. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . -- Free agent running back Tim Hightower has re-signed with the Washington Redskins. Cheap Jerseys From China . LOUIS -- Walking Billy Hamilton to start the ninth inning was a bad sign for Trevor Rosenthal.UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders have been on the losing end of many roller-coaster finishes this season. So Lubomir Visnovskys overtime goal lifting them to a wild 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs was especially satisfying. The veteran defencemans unassisted tally 1:55 into extra time ended a see-saw contest Thursday night in which the teams combined for five goals in an 8 1/2-minute span of the third period. The winner came after Anders Lee scored two tying goals for the Islanders in his first game of the season. Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for New York, which improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight games against Toronto. "Our singular focus is the task at hand, one period at a time and one game at a time," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose squad will be without top scorer and captain John Tavares for the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered at the Olympics. "That team is big and strong. I like the fact we kept moving forward tonight." Joffrey Lupul put Toronto ahead 4-3 with just over six minutes left in the third before Lee knotted the score at 17:20 with his second of the game. Lupuls 18th of the season at 13:54 came just over a minute after Lee tied it at 3 with his first goal. Lees power-play goal came after Dion Phaneuf had put Toronto ahead 3-2 at 11:26. Phaneufs sixth goal of the season came less than three minutes after Paul Ranger tied it at 2. "You cant win in this league giving goals as gifts," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "They tried to grind and we tried to outskill them. They did a better job." After Torontos Phil Kessel opened the scoring at 6:53 of the first with his 32nd goal of the season, New Yorks Michael Grabner scored two short-handed goals 48 seconds apart late in the period. The Islanders held that lead entering the third before the outburst by both teams. Kessel, who scored five goals for Team USA in Sochi, took a pass in the high slot before whipping the puck past Nabokov. Only Washingtons Alex Ovechkin has more goals than Kessel. Grabner answered for the Islanders with his first short-handed score at 15:53 off an assist from Casey Cizikas. The Austrian forward then took advantage of a misplay by Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, intercepting an attempted pass by the netminder in the crease and sliding the puck into the empty net att 16:41. Cheap Denver Broncos Jersey. The goal was the 11th of the season for Grabner, who tied Kessel in goals at the Olympics. "Its a game of mistakes, but at least we got a point out of it," Bernier said. The last Islanders player to score two short-handed goals on the same power play was Ziggy Palffy, 53 seconds apart on April 17, 1999. "We kept coming and obviously had a big shift to score that tying goal," Grabner said. "Everyone fed off each other tonight. We still have a lot of games left. Hopefully we can keep it up." The Islanders (23-30-8), had lost seven of eight games heading into the Olympic break. They were also without forwards Frans Nielsen (hand) and Matt Martin (lower body). Both had played all 60 previous games this season, while Tavares had missed only one contest. The Islanders earlier this week recalled the entire top line from AHL Bridgeport: Lee, Ryan Strome and Mike Halmo, who made his NHL debut. Lee played two games for the Islanders last season with one goal and one assist. Strome, who assisted on Lees second tying goal, has one goal and four assists in 16 games with the Islanders this season. Nielsen, who has a career-best 18 goals, ended his streak of 189 consecutive regular-season games played. He suffered a hand injury in New Yorks last game before the break on Feb. 8. Martin had played 121 straight games and also was hurt in the Feb. 8 home loss to Colorado. The Maple Leafs (32-22-7) came in 11-2-1 before the break. Toronto is battling Montreal and Tampa Bay in the closely packed Atlantic Division as the Leafs trying to reach the playoffs for the second straight season after missing every year since 2004. The Leafs had won three straight and four of their last five at Nassau. But Nabokov was strong throughout, stopping Troy Bodie with his glove four minutes into the second and denying James Van Riemsdyk -- who had three assists -- in front midway through the middle period. NOTES: The Islanders are just 9-14-8 at home this season. They had lost six straight at Nassau Coliseum, including the last two before the break against Calgary and Colorado. ... It was the third and final meeting between the teams this season and the only contest at Nassau Coliseum. The teams split two games at the Air Canada Centre. ... The Islanders are 20-7-3 when they score at least three goals, and are 3-23-5 when they do not. wholesale jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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