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CINCINNATI -- Round 1 was a raw affair in Pittsburgh on Nov. Cheap Nike Shoes Ireland. 1, when the Bengals rallied to win after a week of long-distance name calling.The rematch on Dec. 13 at Paul Brown Stadium was even nastier, starting with a pregame brawl at midfield and ending with Pittsburgh pulling away after Andy Dalton broke a thumb.The trashy trilogy was completed in the first round of the playoffs. The Bengals rallied for a late lead, fumbled the ball away, and the Steelers pulled off an improbable 18-16 victory. Vontaze Burfict committed a personal foul by hitting receiver Antonio Brown in the head after an incompletion, and Adam Pacman Jones got an additional 15-yard penalty for bumping an official, moving the Steelers in range for the winning field goal.Theyre not finished. The Ohio River rivals have kept up the stream of bad-mouthing on social media in the offseason.Its not surprising, especially the way the game ended and just emotions running high and all that stuff, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said. Its not stuff that we would want to lag on like that, but given the circumstances, I guess its not surprising.The rancorous rivalry will be at the top of the list of things to watch in the AFC North this season. The Ravens will try to get it together after a season scuttled by injuries, and the Browns will be starting over again with a new head coach and quarterback -- sound familiar?But that Steelers-Bengals rivalry is the most riveting dynamic. It resumes with the Bengals playing in Pittsburgh during the second week of the season; Burfict will be serving a three-game suspension from the league for his hit on Brown. Theyll meet again in Cincinnati on Sunday night Dec. 18, with the playoffs most likely on the line.No other division has sent as many teams to the playoffs lately: The North has gotten 17 teams into the playoffs in the last eight seasons. Its had multiple playoff teams in seven of the last eight seasons.Some things to watch in the AFC North this season:PLAYOFFS AND BUST: The Bengals won the division and tied the club record with 12 victories, but frittered away everything with the one of the worst meltdowns in postseason history. They havent won a playoff game in 25 years, sixth longest such stretch in league history. Theyve lost a first-round playoff game in five straight seasons, an NFL record. And coach Marvin Lewis fell to 0-7 in the playoffs, also a record.Only two other teams have longer active streaks of playoff appearances. New England and Green Bay have gone seven straight seasons. Denver also had made it five straight. The difference: Those other teams have reached the Super Bowl.Were pleased with what we have accomplished, owner Mike Brown said. We are fully aware there is one more step to go.MIA STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger missed significant time last season with a knee injury. LeVeon Bell tore up his knee in that first game against Cincinnati on a tackle by Burfict. Brown missed a playoff loss to Denver because of the hit by Burfict. Tight end Heath Miller retired after the season. Receiver Martavis Bryant was suspended for 2016 for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy. Bell got a three-game suspension for missing multiple drug tests. Tight end Ladarius Green was signed to replace Miller, but has been limited by ankle surgery. The NFLs third-ranked offense has a lot of questions.The key is always staying healthy, Roethlisberger said. Weve had a hard time doing that the last few years. But if we can stay healthy and be a selfless team, I think weve got a chance.HEALED RAVENS: Baltimore fell to 5-11 -- its first losing season under coach Jim Harbaugh -- with an avalanche of injuries. Eight starters and 20 players overall went on injured reserve, including quarterback Joe Flacco with a left knee injury. Linebacker Terrell Suggs missed most of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. Some players were still working their way back during camp, including receiver Steve Smith and linebacker Elvis Dumervil.I think you always want to play at full strength, Flacco said. But in the NFL, thats not a reality. You go out there, you play your best, and do your best with what youve got.BROWNS RETOOL (AGAIN): Cleveland hired Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as its eighth head coach since 1999, when the Browns returned as an expansion team. They cut ties with Johnny Manziel and brought in Robert Griffin III, Clevelands 25th starting quarterback in the last 17 years. During that span, the Browns have had two winning seasons.I like challenges, Jackson said when he arrived in Cleveland. And boy, what a challenge.---PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: Steelers, Bengals, Ravens, Browns.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Nike Free Ireland Online. It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Nike Free Ireland. -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. http://www.nikefreecheapireland.com/. It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. AUBURN, Ala. -- Kamryn Pettway is returning to Auburns backfield just in time for the biggest challenge of the season.The 16th-ranked Tigers 1,000-yard rusher is expected to play Saturday against No. 1 Alabama after missing the past two games with a left leg injury, coach Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday.The status of quarterback Sean White remains uncertain with a right, throwing shoulder injury. Jeremy Johnson replaced him as the starter against Alabama A&M, with John Franklin III also playing. Malzahn said he didnt expect to make that decision until after practicing Tuesday and Wednesday.Pettways expected return supplies a big boost to the Southeastern Conferences top rushing team, especially facing the nations No. 1 run defense.The 6-foot, 240-pounder has run for 1,106 yards despite missing three games and failing to log a carry in the opener.Hes one of our impact players, Malzahn said. Hes one of the best running backs in all of college football and one of the best in our league. Any time you have a guy like that back, it changes things. It changes things in a good way for us.He said he wasnt sure if Pettway would be 100 percent. Pettway pulled up with the injury at the end of a 60-yard run against Vanderbilt.Kerryon Johnson, who has been nursing an ankle injury, shouldered much of the load in his absence. With 823 yards, hes also closing in on 1,000.H-back Chandler Cox also returns from a leg injury to block for the two backs.Now, Whites status is the big question. He was leading the SEC in passing efficiency before reinjuring his shoulder against Georgia and remaining in the game, struggling to a 27-yard passing day. Nike Free Ireland For Sale. Jeremy Johnson, who opened last season as the starter, passed for 147 yards and rushed for two touchdowns against FCS Alabama A&M. Franklin has seldom been used as a passer but has averaged 10.5 yards on 38 carries.Alabama coach Nick Saban said he doesnt see a whole lot of difference among the three quarterbacks.Theyre all a little bit different, but all very effective in terms of their style and how they play, Saban said. Sean White probably was the most effective guy throwing the ball consistently to go with their running game but also pulled the ball on some quarterback runs and made plays and was very efficient and effective.The other two guys are very athletic and very capable of running at any time, scrambling at any time, making plays with their feet at any time.Jeremy Johnson started last years Iron Bowl while White was hobbled with a left knee injury. He passed for 170 yards and a touchdown.Malzahn said the first task in choosing a quarterback is to make sure White is healthy enough, then to figure out who gives Auburn the best chance of winning.Kerryon Johnson said the team has believes all three candidates can get the job done.Whoever it is -- Sean, Jeremy or John -- we all have faith in them, he said. We just have to let it play out and see what happens.---More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. ' ' ' 
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PHILADELPHIA -- Hit or no hit, Maikel Franco was just happy the Phillies won. Cheap Yeezy 350 UK Free Shipping.Franco drove home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning on a play that eventually was ruled a single to give Philadelphia a 5-4 victory over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.Ryan Howard homered among his three hits and Cameron Rupp also connected for Philadelphia. Franco finished with three RBI, including one on the unusual sequence that ended the game.With the bases loaded and one out, Franco lined what appeared to be a clean single into right-center field. But young teammate Aaron Altherr, who was on first base, got so excited about the Phillies winning that he rushed out to right field to congratulate Franco without ever touching second base.Giants catcher Buster Posey noticed the blunder and took a throw at second from right fielder Hunter Pence -- and second base umpire Dale Scott signaled that Altherr was out. Franco did indeed cross first base, though, so Tommy Joseph scored easily from third and the Giants had no chance at an inning-ending double play.When I saw (Hunter) Pence run out to center field to get the ball, I was like, `Whats going on here? Altherr said. Then when I saw him throw to second I was like, `Oh, (no). I feel terrible about it. Im just thankful we still got the win.Altherr said he would buy Franco dinner if the mistake cost his teammate a hit, but after a long delay following the game, the official scorer credited Franco with a single.Its more important that we won the ballgame, Franco said before the ruling. I got my RBI, we win the ballgame, thats what this game is all about.Posey singled, doubled and drove in three runs for the NL West leaders, who have lost 13 of 17 since the All-Star break. Denard Span had three hits.George Kontos (2-2) started the 12th by hitting Joseph with a pitch. He went to second on Luis Garcias sacrifice bunt and Philadelphia had runners on first and second with one out after Kontos walked Cesar Hernandez.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called on Jake Peavy for his first appearance since being demoted to the bullpen when the team acquired left-hander Matt Moore from Tampa Bay on Monday.Peavy induced a grounder by Altherr, but he reached to load the bases when third baseman Eduardo Nunez bobbled the ball for an error.Franco then drove the next pitch from Peavy into right-center.Anytime you win in extra innings, its a great win, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. When you lose, its terrible.Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, capping an impressive performance by Philadelphias bullpen. Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings while allowing two hits.That was difference in the game, Bochy said. Their `pen shut us down completely.The teams combined to use 14 pitchers in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.Franco hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth off Giants starter Johnny Cueto to tie the score at 4 and complete Philadelphias comeback from a 4-0 deficit.FOR STARTERSGiants: Cueto was cruising along until giving up a pair of homers in the seventh and Francos hit in the eighth. He was lifted after allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings while recording his 12th career double-digit strikeout game by fanning 10 Phillies. He gave up seven hits and walked one.I felt normal, Cueto said through a translator. I made all my pitches. The only thing I can say is they beat me.Phillies: Phil Klein recovered from a shaky first inning in an emergency start and lasted five innings, giving up four runs and eight hits. Philadelphia scratched scheduled starter Aaron Nola 4 hours before the game and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow.Prior to Wednesday, Klein made eight relief appearances for Texas this season and had pitched 36 games in his big league career. He was a 30th-round selection by the Rangers in 2011.Klein was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.NOLA SIDELINEDNola (6-9, 4.78 ERA) said he felt discomfort after his most recent start on Thursday in Atlanta.But I really didnt think it was anything, he said. It just kind of got sore a little bit. It kind of prolonged for the next couple of days and I told the (Phillies staff).The 23-year-old righty has been struggling for nearly two months and has a 9.82 ERA in his last eight starts. The Phillies skipped him once in the rotation before the All-Star break, but Nola said his struggles have had nothing to do with his health.No, no, I never felt any pain or any soreness, he said. I guess it just kind of flared up in that one game.Nola hopes to return this season, though the Phillies could be cautious with a young pitcher who is considered one of the key cornerstones in their rebuild.UP NEXTThe teams conclude their three-game series Thursday afternoon when Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.32 ERA) opposes Moore (7-7, 4.08). Wholesale Yeezy 350 UK. -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. Yeezy 350 UK Sale. LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. http://www.discountyeezy350uk.com/. The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. CHICAGO -- A Northwestern University basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA in federal court, claiming the associations transfer regulations violate antitrust laws.In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, John Vassar said Northwestern harassed him and made other efforts to force his transfer and take away his athletic scholarship. Vassers lawsuit is seeking class-action status and wants the NCAA to change rules preventing players from transferring to other Division I schools without losing eligibility to sit out for a year.Vasser said he received offers but only if he could play right away, which he couldnt due to NCAA rules.Vassars attorney, Steve Berman, called the current NCAA transfer rules a destructive double standard, saying that students who arent athletes are eligible for new scholarships when they transfer without waiting a year. Berman said coaches often transfer schools with pay raises.The NCAA needs to level the playing field for these thousands of kids who face undue punishment under its senseless bylaws, he said.Northwestern Vice Presidennt for University Relations Al Cubbage said the school doesnt believe Vassars lawsuit has legal merit. Cheap Yeezy 350 UK Outlet. We will defend the university vigorously, Cubbage said in a statement Tuesday. The NCAA didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.This isnt the first lawsuit against the Indianapolis-based NCAA alleging it violates antitrust laws by forcing non-graduate players in sports including football and basketball to sit out a year after transferring schools. Former Weber State football player Devin Pugh sued in November 2015 and former Northern Illinois punter Peter Deppe sued in March. Both said the NCAAs transfer rules violate federal antitrust laws.In August 2015, the National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern football players to become the first in the nation to unionize. The board said the prospect of union and nonunion teams in college could lead to different standards at different schools. ' ' ' 
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PHILADELPHIA -- Hit or no hit, Maikel Franco was just happy the Phillies won. Cheap Yeezy 350 UK Free Shipping.Franco drove home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning on a play that eventually was ruled a single to give Philadelphia a 5-4 victory over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.Ryan Howard homered among his three hits and Cameron Rupp also connected for Philadelphia. Franco finished with three RBI, including one on the unusual sequence that ended the game.With the bases loaded and one out, Franco lined what appeared to be a clean single into right-center field. But young teammate Aaron Altherr, who was on first base, got so excited about the Phillies winning that he rushed out to right field to congratulate Franco without ever touching second base.Giants catcher Buster Posey noticed the blunder and took a throw at second from right fielder Hunter Pence -- and second base umpire Dale Scott signaled that Altherr was out. Franco did indeed cross first base, though, so Tommy Joseph scored easily from third and the Giants had no chance at an inning-ending double play.When I saw (Hunter) Pence run out to center field to get the ball, I was like, `Whats going on here? Altherr said. Then when I saw him throw to second I was like, `Oh, (no). I feel terrible about it. Im just thankful we still got the win.Altherr said he would buy Franco dinner if the mistake cost his teammate a hit, but after a long delay following the game, the official scorer credited Franco with a single.Its more important that we won the ballgame, Franco said before the ruling. I got my RBI, we win the ballgame, thats what this game is all about.Posey singled, doubled and drove in three runs for the NL West leaders, who have lost 13 of 17 since the All-Star break. Denard Span had three hits.George Kontos (2-2) started the 12th by hitting Joseph with a pitch. He went to second on Luis Garcias sacrifice bunt and Philadelphia had runners on first and second with one out after Kontos walked Cesar Hernandez.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called on Jake Peavy for his first appearance since being demoted to the bullpen when the team acquired left-hander Matt Moore from Tampa Bay on Monday.Peavy induced a grounder by Altherr, but he reached to load the bases when third baseman Eduardo Nunez bobbled the ball for an error.Franco then drove the next pitch from Peavy into right-center.Anytime you win in extra innings, its a great win, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. When you lose, its terrible.Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, capping an impressive performance by Philadelphias bullpen. Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings while allowing two hits.That was difference in the game, Bochy said. Their `pen shut us down completely.The teams combined to use 14 pitchers in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.Franco hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth off Giants starter Johnny Cueto to tie the score at 4 and complete Philadelphias comeback from a 4-0 deficit.FOR STARTERSGiants: Cueto was cruising along until giving up a pair of homers in the seventh and Francos hit in the eighth. He was lifted after allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings while recording his 12th career double-digit strikeout game by fanning 10 Phillies. He gave up seven hits and walked one.I felt normal, Cueto said through a translator. I made all my pitches. The only thing I can say is they beat me.Phillies: Phil Klein recovered from a shaky first inning in an emergency start and lasted five innings, giving up four runs and eight hits. Philadelphia scratched scheduled starter Aaron Nola 4 hours before the game and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow.Prior to Wednesday, Klein made eight relief appearances for Texas this season and had pitched 36 games in his big league career. He was a 30th-round selection by the Rangers in 2011.Klein was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.NOLA SIDELINEDNola (6-9, 4.78 ERA) said he felt discomfort after his most recent start on Thursday in Atlanta.But I really didnt think it was anything, he said. It just kind of got sore a little bit. It kind of prolonged for the next couple of days and I told the (Phillies staff).The 23-year-old righty has been struggling for nearly two months and has a 9.82 ERA in his last eight starts. The Phillies skipped him once in the rotation before the All-Star break, but Nola said his struggles have had nothing to do with his health.No, no, I never felt any pain or any soreness, he said. I guess it just kind of flared up in that one game.Nola hopes to return this season, though the Phillies could be cautious with a young pitcher who is considered one of the key cornerstones in their rebuild.UP NEXTThe teams conclude their three-game series Thursday afternoon when Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.32 ERA) opposes Moore (7-7, 4.08). Wholesale Yeezy 350 UK. -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. Yeezy 350 UK Sale. LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. http://www.discountyeezy350uk.com/. The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. CHICAGO -- A Northwestern University basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA in federal court, claiming the associations transfer regulations violate antitrust laws.In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, John Vassar said Northwestern harassed him and made other efforts to force his transfer and take away his athletic scholarship. Vassers lawsuit is seeking class-action status and wants the NCAA to change rules preventing players from transferring to other Division I schools without losing eligibility to sit out for a year.Vasser said he received offers but only if he could play right away, which he couldnt due to NCAA rules.Vassars attorney, Steve Berman, called the current NCAA transfer rules a destructive double standard, saying that students who arent athletes are eligible for new scholarships when they transfer without waiting a year. Berman said coaches often transfer schools with pay raises.The NCAA needs to level the playing field for these thousands of kids who face undue punishment under its senseless bylaws, he said.Northwestern Vice Presidennt for University Relations Al Cubbage said the school doesnt believe Vassars lawsuit has legal merit. Cheap Yeezy 350 UK Outlet. We will defend the university vigorously, Cubbage said in a statement Tuesday. The NCAA didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.This isnt the first lawsuit against the Indianapolis-based NCAA alleging it violates antitrust laws by forcing non-graduate players in sports including football and basketball to sit out a year after transferring schools. Former Weber State football player Devin Pugh sued in November 2015 and former Northern Illinois punter Peter Deppe sued in March. Both said the NCAAs transfer rules violate federal antitrust laws.In August 2015, the National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern football players to become the first in the nation to unionize. The board said the prospect of union and nonunion teams in college could lead to different standards at different schools. ' ' ' 
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PHILADELPHIA -- Hit or no hit, Maikel Franco was just happy the Phillies won. Cheap Yeezy 350 UK Free Shipping.Franco drove home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning on a play that eventually was ruled a single to give Philadelphia a 5-4 victory over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.Ryan Howard homered among his three hits and Cameron Rupp also connected for Philadelphia. Franco finished with three RBI, including one on the unusual sequence that ended the game.With the bases loaded and one out, Franco lined what appeared to be a clean single into right-center field. But young teammate Aaron Altherr, who was on first base, got so excited about the Phillies winning that he rushed out to right field to congratulate Franco without ever touching second base.Giants catcher Buster Posey noticed the blunder and took a throw at second from right fielder Hunter Pence -- and second base umpire Dale Scott signaled that Altherr was out. Franco did indeed cross first base, though, so Tommy Joseph scored easily from third and the Giants had no chance at an inning-ending double play.When I saw (Hunter) Pence run out to center field to get the ball, I was like, `Whats going on here? Altherr said. Then when I saw him throw to second I was like, `Oh, (no). I feel terrible about it. Im just thankful we still got the win.Altherr said he would buy Franco dinner if the mistake cost his teammate a hit, but after a long delay following the game, the official scorer credited Franco with a single.Its more important that we won the ballgame, Franco said before the ruling. I got my RBI, we win the ballgame, thats what this game is all about.Posey singled, doubled and drove in three runs for the NL West leaders, who have lost 13 of 17 since the All-Star break. Denard Span had three hits.George Kontos (2-2) started the 12th by hitting Joseph with a pitch. He went to second on Luis Garcias sacrifice bunt and Philadelphia had runners on first and second with one out after Kontos walked Cesar Hernandez.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called on Jake Peavy for his first appearance since being demoted to the bullpen when the team acquired left-hander Matt Moore from Tampa Bay on Monday.Peavy induced a grounder by Altherr, but he reached to load the bases when third baseman Eduardo Nunez bobbled the ball for an error.Franco then drove the next pitch from Peavy into right-center.Anytime you win in extra innings, its a great win, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. When you lose, its terrible.Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, capping an impressive performance by Philadelphias bullpen. Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings while allowing two hits.That was difference in the game, Bochy said. Their `pen shut us down completely.The teams combined to use 14 pitchers in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.Franco hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth off Giants starter Johnny Cueto to tie the score at 4 and complete Philadelphias comeback from a 4-0 deficit.FOR STARTERSGiants: Cueto was cruising along until giving up a pair of homers in the seventh and Francos hit in the eighth. He was lifted after allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings while recording his 12th career double-digit strikeout game by fanning 10 Phillies. He gave up seven hits and walked one.I felt normal, Cueto said through a translator. I made all my pitches. The only thing I can say is they beat me.Phillies: Phil Klein recovered from a shaky first inning in an emergency start and lasted five innings, giving up four runs and eight hits. Philadelphia scratched scheduled starter Aaron Nola 4 hours before the game and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow.Prior to Wednesday, Klein made eight relief appearances for Texas this season and had pitched 36 games in his big league career. He was a 30th-round selection by the Rangers in 2011.Klein was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.NOLA SIDELINEDNola (6-9, 4.78 ERA) said he felt discomfort after his most recent start on Thursday in Atlanta.But I really didnt think it was anything, he said. It just kind of got sore a little bit. It kind of prolonged for the next couple of days and I told the (Phillies staff).The 23-year-old righty has been struggling for nearly two months and has a 9.82 ERA in his last eight starts. The Phillies skipped him once in the rotation before the All-Star break, but Nola said his struggles have had nothing to do with his health.No, no, I never felt any pain or any soreness, he said. I guess it just kind of flared up in that one game.Nola hopes to return this season, though the Phillies could be cautious with a young pitcher who is considered one of the key cornerstones in their rebuild.UP NEXTThe teams conclude their three-game series Thursday afternoon when Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.32 ERA) opposes Moore (7-7, 4.08). Wholesale Yeezy 350 UK. -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. Yeezy 350 UK Sale. LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. http://www.discountyeezy350uk.com/. The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. CHICAGO -- A Northwestern University basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA in federal court, claiming the associations transfer regulations violate antitrust laws.In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, John Vassar said Northwestern harassed him and made other efforts to force his transfer and take away his athletic scholarship. Vassers lawsuit is seeking class-action status and wants the NCAA to change rules preventing players from transferring to other Division I schools without losing eligibility to sit out for a year.Vasser said he received offers but only if he could play right away, which he couldnt due to NCAA rules.Vassars attorney, Steve Berman, called the current NCAA transfer rules a destructive double standard, saying that students who arent athletes are eligible for new scholarships when they transfer without waiting a year. Berman said coaches often transfer schools with pay raises.The NCAA needs to level the playing field for these thousands of kids who face undue punishment under its senseless bylaws, he said.Northwestern Vice Presidennt for University Relations Al Cubbage said the school doesnt believe Vassars lawsuit has legal merit. Cheap Yeezy 350 UK Outlet. We will defend the university vigorously, Cubbage said in a statement Tuesday. The NCAA didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.This isnt the first lawsuit against the Indianapolis-based NCAA alleging it violates antitrust laws by forcing non-graduate players in sports including football and basketball to sit out a year after transferring schools. Former Weber State football player Devin Pugh sued in November 2015 and former Northern Illinois punter Peter Deppe sued in March. Both said the NCAAs transfer rules violate federal antitrust laws.In August 2015, the National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern football players to become the first in the nation to unionize. The board said the prospect of union and nonunion teams in college could lead to different standards at different schools. ' ' ' 
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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby would like some clarity from College Football Playoff officials on the importance of conference championship games and strength of schedule, he told ESPN on Sunday after the selection committee put 11-1 Ohio State?in at No. Nike Air Force 1 Canada For Sale. 3 despite the Buckeyes not winning the Big Ten East Division or their conference title.Obviously I acknowledge the difficulty of the task, but Im not sure what I advise my members right now, because weve been telling them that nonconference schedules matter, and one of the four has an exceedingly weak nonconference schedule, he said, referring to No. 4 Washington, which notched wins over Rutgers, Idaho and FCS Portland State. And weve been telling them the 13th data point matters, and we added a conference championship game because of that. Weve always heard that conference championships matter and division championships matter, and now its confusing.He added, Ill have some questions to ask when the time is right.In 2014, after TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final rankings for the first year of the playoff, the Big 12 went through more than a year of discussions and debates and even hired data consultants to help determine whether it needed to add a conference championship game to best position the league for the playoff. In June, the Big 12 decided to bring its title game back in 2017 and announced in October that the game would pit the leagues top two teams against each other instead of going to divisions.At that time, Bowlsby said, Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration.Now hes not so sure.Im just looking for clarity, Bowlsby said. We didnt have a team that was a likely participant in the playoff, and so from that standpoint it doesnt make a lot of difference to us this year, but Id just like to know what were supposed to advise our members. Does the 13th data point make a difference, or does it not? Does the conference championship game make a difference, or does it not? Are they only used as tiebreakers, or is it other metrics?In TCUs case, they fell out of the playoff. They had a great year and had a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and won by 50 points on the last day of the season, but we were told the reason they didnt get in, the reason they fell, was they didnt have a 13th data point and they didnt have a championship. Now I think its reasonable to seek clarity on that, and when the time is right, I will ask those questions.After Baylors abysmal nonconference schedule had been called into question in each of the first two years of the playoff, the Big 12 also issued a scheduling mandate throughout the league to help boost strength of schedule. The Big 12s current scheduling policy is that schools arent allowed to play more than one FCS opponent and they have to play one other Power 5 opponent.Weve told our schools you shouldnt be surprised if you dont get in if you play a weak nonconference schedule, and then somebody with a weak nonconference schedule does get in, Bowlsby said. Its just another case in which we need to seek clarification.They have a difficult job to do, he said of the 12 members on the selection committee. We just need to know what the rules are. Clearance Nike Air Force 1 Canada. McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Wholesale Nike Air Force 1 Canada. -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. http://www.nikeairforce1outletcanada.com/. Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. MINNEAPOLIS -- With two goals in the second half by star midfielder Oscar, Chelsea beat AC Milan 3-1 in an International Champions Cup friendly Wednesday night, the first event at sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the NFL season for the Minnesota Vikings.Bertrand Traore scored in the first half for Chelsea, a goal answered about 15 minutes later for AC Milan by Giacomo Bonaventura. Lets Go Crazy, the 1984 dance anthem performed by the late musician Prince, played over the sound system after each score.The announced attendance was 64,101, the largest crowd to watch soccer in Minnesota. Natural grass was laid on top of the artificial surface for the match inside the towering, translucent $1.1 billion stadium.The International Champions Cup, in its fourth year, is a series of exhibitions serving as a preseason tour for several of the worlds top clubs. This summer, the ICC is spread over four continents for 17 teams. Five of the 10 venues in the U.S. are NFL stadiums, and four of them are major college football stadiums.Minneapolis was an ICC host two years ago, when a crowd of about 34,000 was announced for the Olympiacos-Manchester City match.With a Major League Soccer expansion franchise recently awarded, pending state legislative approval of the stadium financing plan across the river in St. Paul, the Twin Cities area has steadily flourished into a hot spot for the sport. Chelsea fan club memberss helped pack the place with their blue jerseys, and there were plenty of red-and-black AC Milan shirts inside, too. Cheap Nike Shoes Canada. The fans took only 20 minutes to start the first wave in U.S. Bank Stadium history, a rolling roar that wasnt quite as loud as the reaction to the Blues taking the lead. In the 24th minute, a shot by Victor Moses glanced off the hands of diving AC Milan goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma. Traore was right there for the rebound header.In the 38th minute, Bonaventura tied the game with a booming free kick that bent left and tucked into the corner of the net.Chelsea has a lot of work to do in the upcoming season to restore itself among the English Premier League elite, coming off a 10th-place finish. New coach Antonio Conte, fresh from the Italian national team, has taken over the proud franchise. French midfielder NGolo Kante, a recent purchase from EPL champion, received a loud ovation early in the second half when he subbed in for Traore.AC Milan, on tour without stars Carlos Bacca and Mattia De Sciglio, is also trying to re-establish itself as a European power after finishing seventh in Serie A.In earlier ICC play last month, Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 and lost to Real Madrid 3-2. AC Milan beat Bayern Munich 4-3 by shootout and lost to Liverpool 2-0. ' ' ' 
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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby would like some clarity from College Football Playoff officials on the importance of conference championship games and strength of schedule, he told ESPN on Sunday after the selection committee put 11-1 Ohio State?in at No. Nike Air Force 1 Canada For Sale. 3 despite the Buckeyes not winning the Big Ten East Division or their conference title.Obviously I acknowledge the difficulty of the task, but Im not sure what I advise my members right now, because weve been telling them that nonconference schedules matter, and one of the four has an exceedingly weak nonconference schedule, he said, referring to No. 4 Washington, which notched wins over Rutgers, Idaho and FCS Portland State. And weve been telling them the 13th data point matters, and we added a conference championship game because of that. Weve always heard that conference championships matter and division championships matter, and now its confusing.He added, Ill have some questions to ask when the time is right.In 2014, after TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final rankings for the first year of the playoff, the Big 12 went through more than a year of discussions and debates and even hired data consultants to help determine whether it needed to add a conference championship game to best position the league for the playoff. In June, the Big 12 decided to bring its title game back in 2017 and announced in October that the game would pit the leagues top two teams against each other instead of going to divisions.At that time, Bowlsby said, Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration.Now hes not so sure.Im just looking for clarity, Bowlsby said. We didnt have a team that was a likely participant in the playoff, and so from that standpoint it doesnt make a lot of difference to us this year, but Id just like to know what were supposed to advise our members. Does the 13th data point make a difference, or does it not? Does the conference championship game make a difference, or does it not? Are they only used as tiebreakers, or is it other metrics?In TCUs case, they fell out of the playoff. They had a great year and had a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and won by 50 points on the last day of the season, but we were told the reason they didnt get in, the reason they fell, was they didnt have a 13th data point and they didnt have a championship. Now I think its reasonable to seek clarity on that, and when the time is right, I will ask those questions.After Baylors abysmal nonconference schedule had been called into question in each of the first two years of the playoff, the Big 12 also issued a scheduling mandate throughout the league to help boost strength of schedule. The Big 12s current scheduling policy is that schools arent allowed to play more than one FCS opponent and they have to play one other Power 5 opponent.Weve told our schools you shouldnt be surprised if you dont get in if you play a weak nonconference schedule, and then somebody with a weak nonconference schedule does get in, Bowlsby said. Its just another case in which we need to seek clarification.They have a difficult job to do, he said of the 12 members on the selection committee. We just need to know what the rules are. Clearance Nike Air Force 1 Canada. McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Wholesale Nike Air Force 1 Canada. -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. http://www.nikeairforce1outletcanada.com/. Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. MINNEAPOLIS -- With two goals in the second half by star midfielder Oscar, Chelsea beat AC Milan 3-1 in an International Champions Cup friendly Wednesday night, the first event at sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the NFL season for the Minnesota Vikings.Bertrand Traore scored in the first half for Chelsea, a goal answered about 15 minutes later for AC Milan by Giacomo Bonaventura. Lets Go Crazy, the 1984 dance anthem performed by the late musician Prince, played over the sound system after each score.The announced attendance was 64,101, the largest crowd to watch soccer in Minnesota. Natural grass was laid on top of the artificial surface for the match inside the towering, translucent $1.1 billion stadium.The International Champions Cup, in its fourth year, is a series of exhibitions serving as a preseason tour for several of the worlds top clubs. This summer, the ICC is spread over four continents for 17 teams. Five of the 10 venues in the U.S. are NFL stadiums, and four of them are major college football stadiums.Minneapolis was an ICC host two years ago, when a crowd of about 34,000 was announced for the Olympiacos-Manchester City match.With a Major League Soccer expansion franchise recently awarded, pending state legislative approval of the stadium financing plan across the river in St. Paul, the Twin Cities area has steadily flourished into a hot spot for the sport. Chelsea fan club memberss helped pack the place with their blue jerseys, and there were plenty of red-and-black AC Milan shirts inside, too. Cheap Nike Shoes Canada. The fans took only 20 minutes to start the first wave in U.S. Bank Stadium history, a rolling roar that wasnt quite as loud as the reaction to the Blues taking the lead. In the 24th minute, a shot by Victor Moses glanced off the hands of diving AC Milan goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma. Traore was right there for the rebound header.In the 38th minute, Bonaventura tied the game with a booming free kick that bent left and tucked into the corner of the net.Chelsea has a lot of work to do in the upcoming season to restore itself among the English Premier League elite, coming off a 10th-place finish. New coach Antonio Conte, fresh from the Italian national team, has taken over the proud franchise. French midfielder NGolo Kante, a recent purchase from EPL champion, received a loud ovation early in the second half when he subbed in for Traore.AC Milan, on tour without stars Carlos Bacca and Mattia De Sciglio, is also trying to re-establish itself as a European power after finishing seventh in Serie A.In earlier ICC play last month, Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 and lost to Real Madrid 3-2. AC Milan beat Bayern Munich 4-3 by shootout and lost to Liverpool 2-0. ' ' ' 
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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby would like some clarity from College Football Playoff officials on the importance of conference championship games and strength of schedule, he told ESPN on Sunday after the selection committee put 11-1 Ohio State?in at No. Nike Air Force 1 Canada For Sale. 3 despite the Buckeyes not winning the Big Ten East Division or their conference title.Obviously I acknowledge the difficulty of the task, but Im not sure what I advise my members right now, because weve been telling them that nonconference schedules matter, and one of the four has an exceedingly weak nonconference schedule, he said, referring to No. 4 Washington, which notched wins over Rutgers, Idaho and FCS Portland State. And weve been telling them the 13th data point matters, and we added a conference championship game because of that. Weve always heard that conference championships matter and division championships matter, and now its confusing.He added, Ill have some questions to ask when the time is right.In 2014, after TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final rankings for the first year of the playoff, the Big 12 went through more than a year of discussions and debates and even hired data consultants to help determine whether it needed to add a conference championship game to best position the league for the playoff. In June, the Big 12 decided to bring its title game back in 2017 and announced in October that the game would pit the leagues top two teams against each other instead of going to divisions.At that time, Bowlsby said, Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration.Now hes not so sure.Im just looking for clarity, Bowlsby said. We didnt have a team that was a likely participant in the playoff, and so from that standpoint it doesnt make a lot of difference to us this year, but Id just like to know what were supposed to advise our members. Does the 13th data point make a difference, or does it not? Does the conference championship game make a difference, or does it not? Are they only used as tiebreakers, or is it other metrics?In TCUs case, they fell out of the playoff. They had a great year and had a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and won by 50 points on the last day of the season, but we were told the reason they didnt get in, the reason they fell, was they didnt have a 13th data point and they didnt have a championship. Now I think its reasonable to seek clarity on that, and when the time is right, I will ask those questions.After Baylors abysmal nonconference schedule had been called into question in each of the first two years of the playoff, the Big 12 also issued a scheduling mandate throughout the league to help boost strength of schedule. The Big 12s current scheduling policy is that schools arent allowed to play more than one FCS opponent and they have to play one other Power 5 opponent.Weve told our schools you shouldnt be surprised if you dont get in if you play a weak nonconference schedule, and then somebody with a weak nonconference schedule does get in, Bowlsby said. Its just another case in which we need to seek clarification.They have a difficult job to do, he said of the 12 members on the selection committee. We just need to know what the rules are. Clearance Nike Air Force 1 Canada. McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Wholesale Nike Air Force 1 Canada. -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. http://www.nikeairforce1outletcanada.com/. Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. MINNEAPOLIS -- With two goals in the second half by star midfielder Oscar, Chelsea beat AC Milan 3-1 in an International Champions Cup friendly Wednesday night, the first event at sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the NFL season for the Minnesota Vikings.Bertrand Traore scored in the first half for Chelsea, a goal answered about 15 minutes later for AC Milan by Giacomo Bonaventura. Lets Go Crazy, the 1984 dance anthem performed by the late musician Prince, played over the sound system after each score.The announced attendance was 64,101, the largest crowd to watch soccer in Minnesota. Natural grass was laid on top of the artificial surface for the match inside the towering, translucent $1.1 billion stadium.The International Champions Cup, in its fourth year, is a series of exhibitions serving as a preseason tour for several of the worlds top clubs. This summer, the ICC is spread over four continents for 17 teams. Five of the 10 venues in the U.S. are NFL stadiums, and four of them are major college football stadiums.Minneapolis was an ICC host two years ago, when a crowd of about 34,000 was announced for the Olympiacos-Manchester City match.With a Major League Soccer expansion franchise recently awarded, pending state legislative approval of the stadium financing plan across the river in St. Paul, the Twin Cities area has steadily flourished into a hot spot for the sport. Chelsea fan club memberss helped pack the place with their blue jerseys, and there were plenty of red-and-black AC Milan shirts inside, too. Cheap Nike Shoes Canada. The fans took only 20 minutes to start the first wave in U.S. Bank Stadium history, a rolling roar that wasnt quite as loud as the reaction to the Blues taking the lead. In the 24th minute, a shot by Victor Moses glanced off the hands of diving AC Milan goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma. Traore was right there for the rebound header.In the 38th minute, Bonaventura tied the game with a booming free kick that bent left and tucked into the corner of the net.Chelsea has a lot of work to do in the upcoming season to restore itself among the English Premier League elite, coming off a 10th-place finish. New coach Antonio Conte, fresh from the Italian national team, has taken over the proud franchise. French midfielder NGolo Kante, a recent purchase from EPL champion, received a loud ovation early in the second half when he subbed in for Traore.AC Milan, on tour without stars Carlos Bacca and Mattia De Sciglio, is also trying to re-establish itself as a European power after finishing seventh in Serie A.In earlier ICC play last month, Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 and lost to Real Madrid 3-2. AC Milan beat Bayern Munich 4-3 by shootout and lost to Liverpool 2-0. ' ' ' 
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Authentic Adidas Running Shoes NZ. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have released special teams ace Montell Owens after seven seasons. The Jaguars want to get younger, so the move was hardly a surprise. Owens, a two-time Pro Bowler, is the latest veteran to leave the rebuilding Jaguars, joining a list that includes cornerback Rashean Mathis, linebacker Daryl Smith and fullback Greg Jones. The team filled one of two open roster spots by signing first-year centre Dan Gerberry, who tried out during a voluntary veteran minicamp last month. Owens made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2006. He played in 104 games and owns the franchise record for special teams tackles (118). His career totals also include 56 carries for 292 yards and three touchdowns as well as 12 catches for 132 yards. Wholesale NMD NZ. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. NMD NZ On Sale. -- The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged. http://www.nmdoutletnz.com/. The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. South Africas silly season starts on Friday and not just because its the final of the franchise T20 competition. December 16 is a public holiday and its timing - nine days before Christmas - allows it to serve as a marker for the start of the festive break. Its when summer is at its sexiest with blue skies, braais and temperatures touching 30 degrees throughout the country.From next year, if all goes to plan, it will be the day South Africas new city-based, eight-team T20 extravaganza concludes. The franchise twenty-over trophy will still exist but could lose profile, so the Titans and the Warriors have the chance to make the last big splash.They ended first and second on the table respectively - although Warriors had to win a playoff to secure their spot in the final - and according to Titans coach Mark Boucher, it will be a fitting end to a hard-fought tournament. Whichever way it goes, whoever picks up a trophy tomorrow, both sides will say they are the deserved winners. Both teams have played good cricket over the whole competition, he said.Heres how things shape up:The teamsTitans are under a new coach after Rob Walter left for New Zealand, but the transition to Boucher was seamless. They top the first-class points table at the halfway stage and finished top after the group stages of the T20 Challenge, with seven wins from 10 matches. They have a good mix of experience, led by Albie Morkel, Farhaan Behardien and Tabraiz Shamsi, and exciting youngsters to complete a well-balanced line-up. The successful teams that I was privileged enough to play in, the teams sort of ran itself with a strong core of senior players. Thats no different in this dressing room. Its no use having one captain in the side, youve got to have a couple of guys who are playing leadership roles and thats something thats a strength of ours, Boucher said.Warriors, on the other hand have underwhelmed for several seasons. Theyve struggled to hold on to big-name players but have started to find some consistency in Malibongwe Maketas second full season in charge. They lie third on the first-class points table - a focus for them because Maketa believes if you nail your four-day skills, you can always transfer them to the other competitions, and had big wins in the T20 competition to finish second, with six wins. Its exciting. Its almost like the first final exam with the work weve put in over the last 18 months. There will be pressure because its a final but we trust our skills and our processes, Maketa said.The captainsAlbie Morkel was asked to captain the Titans in T20s last season and Boucher has kept him in that role. Morkel has performed his usual all-round role in the side, provided crucial lower-order runs and has been one of their most dependable bowlers.JJ Smuts took over from Colin Ingram for this season, and it seems the captaincy brings the best out of him, according to Morkel. Smuts leads the competitions run-charts with 355 runs at 44.37, including a hundred and a fifty.The coachesBoucher is from the Eastern Cape and began his career at Border - one of the two provincial sides that feed into the Warriors franchise - but his only coaching experience is with Titans. They head-hunted him for the post and so far, he seems a natural fit. Ive always said that I want to try and be a coach the players would like to have. If I was a player, I would like to be the coach that I would like for myself, Boucher said.Maketa played his cricket at Border but began his coaching career at Titans. He served as assistant coach to Richard Pybus and Matthew Maynard. He was also coach of provincial side Northerns and took them to a List A and T20 cup, before returning to his home team. For Maketa, reaching this final is about coming full circle. Ill always be grateful for the opportunity I was given here. Cheap Adidas Shoes NZ. To come here and win would be really special for me in the sense that my coaching was grounded here, he saidTop performersBehardien has been the Titans stand-out batsman and lies fourth overall in the run charts with three fifties. Morkel said he has never seen him bat better than he is now. Ive always known he has got that talent. He is a guy that strikes the ball cleanly and he gets good opportunities now. When he plays for South Africa, he often bats at No. 7 where it might be a little bit low and you just see glimpses of what we can do. Here with us, he has got a real senior role, batting at No. 5. He closes out games and he has taken that responsibility.Titans bowling successes have been shared between their fairly young trio of Malusi Siboto, Junior Dala and Lungi Ngidi. Their collective effort has pleased their coach: Their skill levels are pretty high. They are also completely different bowlers and offer different variations. Their attitudes have been fantastic. With a bit of attitude and a little bit of talent, you can go a long way, he said. Apart from Smuts, Warriors also have Ingram and Christiaan Jonker in the top ten run-scorers and have entrusted their more experienced players with the responsibility of securing wins. Weve had a good culture change under Malibongwe. The Warriors have always had players in the top batting and bowling statistics, but weve probably not finished games off as senior players. This year what weve stressed is for senior players to go out there and win the game for the team, Smuts said.They also have the second highest wicket-taker in their ranks, Andrew Birch, who missed out on the qualifier to make room for Kyle Abbott. How to make room for Birch will be their biggest conundrum ahead of the final. To leave out a player of Birchs calibre is heartbreaking but I have to balance the team and that was the best-balanced team we could take on the field with our international players available. Thats how the cookie crumbled, Maketa said, but hinted Birch may be brought back. Ive looked at his record and hes put on some special performances at this ground.The conditionsRuns aplenty predicted the home captain, Morkel, who played down any advantage his team may get from a flat Centurion track. In terms of home ground advantage, I dont think it will play such a big role anymore. Players play so many games around the world and in different conditions so for me, home ground advantage is sort of something that has gone out of the window, he said.Head to HeadBoth teams split their two games in the group stages. Warriors were victorious in their first meeting on December 2 at SuperSport Park, chasing down 148 with seven balls to spare. Andrew Birch took 5 for 16 and the two Colins - Ingram and Ackermann - scored a half-century each. Titans got their own back in the final league match on Sunday , which was reduced to a five-over shootout. Farhaan Behardiens 55 off 15 balls saw them pile on 80. Warriors made a good fist of the chase but fell short by just six runs.HistoryTitans are the most successful outfit in the system with 11 trophies - two shared - and are the defending champions of this tournament. They regularly produce national players, the latest being new Test squad member, Theunis de Bruyn whose career started with the Titans before he moved to Knights.Warriors only successes in the franchise system came in both limited-overs competitions in 2009-10, under current national coach Russell Domingo. The following summer, 2010-11, they reached the T20 final but have waited five seasons before reaching another. This season, they have operated primarily without international stars. ' ' ' 
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Heres some good news for all those teams that might finish 5-7 in the regular season: A few of them will probably play on. Discount Puma Schuhe Schweiz.For a second straight season, it looks like sub-.500 teams will be needed to fill all the bowl slots.There are 64 teams that are now bowl eligible, leaving 16 more spots to fill. But only 18 bubble teams are left, so unless a very high number of them reach six wins, bowls will have to look at 5-7 teams. Those teams are prioritized according to the most recent Academic Progress Report scores.Kentucky (6-5) is one of a handful of teams that become bowl eligible this past week. The Wildcats beat Austin Peay 49-13 to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2010 season.Army (6-5) routed Morgan State 60-3, but the Black Knights arent bowl eligible yet because one of their wins over an FCS opponent doesnt count for eligibility purposes. Army has one more regular-season game, Dec. 10 against Navy, but by then, bowl matchups will likely be set. So for now, the Black Knights are in a situation similar to what 5-7 teams will face -- theyre waiting to see if there are any open spots.The road ahead for the 18 teams -- not counting Army -- that can still become bowl eligible:Akron (5-6): At Ohio on Tuesday.Arizona State (5-6): At Arizona on Friday.Boston College (5-6): At Wake Forest on Saturday.Indiana (5-6): Hosts Purdue on Saturday.Louisiana-Lafayette (4-6): Hosts Arkansas State on Saturday, at Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 3.Maryland (5-6): Hosts Rutgers on Saturday.Miami (Ohio) (5-6): Hosts Ball State on Tuesday. (Miami started the season 0-6 but has won five straight in a remarkable turnaround.)Mississippi (5-6): Hosts Mississippi State on Saturday.N.C. State (5-6): At North Carolina on Friday.North Texas (5-6): At Texas-El Paso on Saturday.Northwestern (5-6): Hosts Illinois on Saturday.SMU (5-6): Hosts Navy on Saturday.South Alabama (5-5): At Idaho on Saturday, hosts New Mexico State on Dec. 3. (The Jaguars have two victories over FCS teams. The second of those wins -- against Presbyterian on Saturday -- was scheduled because South Alabamas game against LSU that day was canceled when LSU needed to reschedule its game against Florida. South Alabama has received a waiver to count both FCS wins toward bowl eligibility. If the Jaguars finish 6-6, they would be placed ahead of the 5-7 teams on the priority list -- but behind teams that achieved bowl eligibility by reaching six victories.)Southern Miss (5-6): Hosts Louisiana Tech on Friday.TCU (5-5): At Texas on Friday, hosts Kansas State on Dec. 3.Texas (5-6): Hosts TCU on Friday.UTSA (5-6): Hosts Charlotte on Saturday.Vanderbilt (5-6): Hosts Tennessee on Saturday.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 .---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Puma Schuhe Schweiz China. -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Puma Schuhe Schweiz Online. -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. http://www.schweizpuma.ch/. "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers?spent significantly more time this week making sure his ailing left hamstring was strong than he did running through the plays for Sundays game against the Houston Texans.What Rodgers did in the portion of Thursdays practice that was open to reporters was the extent of his on-the-field work.?He took about half the drills during that 32-minute unit period.Aaron looked good, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. We had a set number of reps for him to take in the unit period. That went well. Then he focused on the rehab part of it. Everything went as expected.The Packers didnt practice Friday but will be on the field Saturday, when McCarthy indicated Rodgers could do a little more work.Were going to do more Saturday, McCarthy said. We basically had taken a period or two out of Thursdays practice and put it in Saturdays.Rodgers was officially listed as questionable for Sundays game.In the half-speed period Thursday, Rodgers threw mostly from the pocket, which is the norm for that drill. Backup Brett Hundley took the rest of the reps in what he called his most extensive in-season practice. Puma Schuhe Schweiz Günstig. Rodgers came up limping in the third quarter of Monday nights win over the Philadelphia Eagles. After trainers taped his left leg, he finished the game but did not scramble.The other area of concern for the Packers (5-6) is at linebacker. Clay Matthews (shoulder), Jake Ryan (ankle) and Blake Martinez (knee) all were limited so far this week. Of the three, Matthews, who separated his left shoulder on what he called a cheap shot block from Eagles lineman Allen Barbre, appeared to do the most during the open portion of practice.Looked good, same thing [as Rodgers], McCarthy said. Just in the portion of practice that you were in there for, the intensity didnt get much higher than that the rest of the way. He did everything. Jake Ryan did what he was supposed to do. Blake did more. So well see how he comes through today. Tomorrow will be key for all those guys. ' ' ' 
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Lewis Hamilton is setting his sights on a top ten finish at the Belgian Grand Prix in the belief that the podium will be out of reach in a normal race without any safety cars or stoppages. Discount Nike React Ireland Online.Hamilton is due to start from the back row of the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix after incurring a 55-place grid penalty over the course of the weekend for multiple engine changes. With title rival Nico Rosberg starting from pole position, Hamilton faces a battle through the field to try to minimise the damage to his 19-point championship lead on Sunday.Its going to be a very, very hard race and if I had a choice of tracks where you had to start dead last and overtake, this is definitely not in the top three for me as an overtaking circuit, he said. While you can have a good tow up Eau Rouge, with it being this hot its going to be hard to follow and being in the traffic its going to be very unlikely that I get to my [pit] stop target or go longer than the guys that are in front of me.So I envisage tomorrow is going to be hard to get into the top ten with the tyres the way they are, but I hope that I prove myself wrong and I am pleasantly surprised! I hope to be able to take the experiences that we have had over the years, and me as a racing driver, take those things into consideration and apply myself tomorrow and be better and stronger. I cant predict what is going to happen tomorrow, but I hope its going to be a clean race. Time will tell.Hamiltons concerns about tyre life are based on the levels of performance degradation all drivers have been experiencing in the hot conditions at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. The unusually high temperatures combined with Pirellis high tyre pressure prescriptions -- a precautionary measure following two blowouts at Spa last year -- have resulted in the tyres overheating and blistering, which in turn reduces their performance life considerably.The last time Hamilton started at the back of the grid -- in China -- he fought back to seventh place, but he suspects Spa will present an even tougher challenge, especially with the added difficulty of managing tyre temperatures and pressures while racing in traffic.Its completely different to China. In China we didnt have failures the previous year and they [Pirelli] didnt put the pressures up to a ridiculous number. That is the case here, they had the failures last year and then there was the failures this year, so they put the pressures up to 23 or 24 PSI or whatever it is, which is so high.Ive never seen pressures like that in my whole racing career, so that doesnt help. Plus, its so hot that with those pressures we will get blisters and in China the tyres went a lot longer and it was cooler, so the tyres behaved more like normal tyres. But here there was not really much you could do to stop the tyres from blistering and overheating, so its definitely a much harder race than China ever was.Although Hamiltons strategy options are likely to depend on how well he is able to manage the tyres, he has the clear cut option of starting the race from the pit lane or the back row of the grid. Mercedes is set to analyse that decision ahead of Sundays race, but Hamilton is already firmly against the idea of not starting on the grid.I never like to start from the pit lane. It means you have to wait for them to come past the pit lane exit, and by the time I get round the corner they will be halfway down the hill and the last car will almost be going into Eau Rouge, and it means I then have to catch up.There is the possibility of me crashing in Turn 1 and you avoid that [with a pit lane start], but there is also the possibility that theres not and then I just give up eight or seven seconds or whatever it is. I cant afford to lose any time, so my plan is to start on the grid. Cheap Shoes Ireland. Third-seeded Murray had the easiest path to victory on New Years Eve, barely breaking a sweat during his 6-0, 6-0 win over 2,129th-ranked Qatari wildcard recipient Mousa Shanan Zayed. Cheap Nike React Ireland Free Shipping. -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. http://www.nikereactoutletireland.com/. -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Cindy Dukes father went to Georgia. She has a daughter currently at Georgia. Shes been a Georgia football fan for her entire life.But when Georgia opens its season in Atlanta -- where she lives -- on Saturday, Duke wont be there.Shell be at her first Miami game instead.Mark Richts hiring at Miami, after his successful 15-year run at Georgia came to an end last fall, has already brought something that the Hurricanes werent necessarily expecting. Theres a slew of new Hurricane season-ticket-holders from the Peach State now, people who apparently decided that they can simultaneously be Richt fans and Bulldog fans.Since Mark Richt came to Georgia, Ive been a fan of his, Duke said. We saw so many changes in the way the program was handled and just were really impressed with the way he straightened it out. Making things more about the players and the students as a whole person, not just football players. To watch him handle things the way he has, its been very impressive.For his part, Richt seemed flattered to hear that plenty of people from Georgia bought Miami tickets in the weeks and months after his hiring. His debut as the coach of his alma mater -- Richt graduated in 1982 -- is Saturday night, when the Hurricanes play host to Florida A&M.He got plenty of calls and letters from Georgia fans wishing him well after his move back to Coral Gables, and was warmly received when he appeared at a team end-of-season event after his departure from Athens and subsequent hiring by the Hurricanes.Its not impossible to be a Georgia Bulldog fan and a Hurricane fan, Richt said. Its two different leagues. How many times has Miami played Georgia in the last 25 yyears?That would be none -- and none for the 25 years before that, either. Nike React Ireland Shoes. The last Miami-Georgia game was in 1966.There may come a day when we play each other and hopefully itll be a significant moment, Richt said. I think a lot of people appreciate how I went about my business at Georgia. You have a fan base, alumni, you get attached to your team, to your people. You take a personal interest in them.Duke said she chatted with Richt from time to time, and that they would sometimes attend the same church in Athens, Georgia.Hes the real deal, Duke said. Its about more to us than just Georgia football. I wasnt real happy about the way things ended at Georgia, but Im happy for him ... to be able to go back to his alma mater. So we just want to keep following him and be supportive of him.Richt isnt just bringing in new fans. Hes bringing some old ones back as well.Chris Novack held the school record in the 5,000-meter run for 27 years, from 1986 through 2013. He was a scholarship runner at Miami, graduating in 1988. He spent most of his life living in South Florida, though he now calls Savannah, Georgia home.On Saturday, for the first time in years, hes going to a Hurricanes game. He had season tickets when Miami played home games at the Orange Bowl and now has them again.I cant underestimate how the loss of the Orange Bowl hurt so many people, Novack said. Mark coming in, and the new stadium, I think its rejuvenated the program. I can tell you theres people in Georgia, my co-workers, who are now Miami fans because of Mark Richt. ' ' ' 
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