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WASHINGTON -- Brian McNamee finally got to name names in front of the jury. Michael Wilhoite 49ers Jersey . Andy Pettitte. Chuck Knoblauch. Mike Stanton. Roger Clemens accuser also apologized for the medical condition that caused him to take frequent breaks. He came across as a sympathy figure in the final moments of some 26 hours on the stand, a small counterweight to three days of brutal cross-examination. The governments case got a needed boost as it hit the homestretch Monday in the sixth week of the perjury trial that will determine whether Clemens lied to Congress in 2008 when the 11-time All-Star pitcher denied using performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee, Clemens former strength coach, is the only person to claim firsthand knowledge of Clemens using steroids and human growth hormone, and his integrity and credibility were attacked relentlessly last week by Clemens lawyer. The government embarked on a rehabilitation job with its key witness during follow-up questioning Monday, then moved on to a beer expert who put a date on the infamous Miller Lite can that became a key piece of evidence and a witness who placed Clemens at a pool party at Jose Cansecos house in 1998. Lawyers indicated to the judge that the government might wrap up its case this week, even though Tuesday will be a day off because of a conflict with U.S. District Judge Reggie Waltons schedule. Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin then said he would need seven or eight working days to present the defences case. Both sides are working to finish before June 8, when further conflicts with Waltons schedule could cause the trial to go on recess for a month. Before Monday, McNamee had not been allowed to say that he provided former Clemens teammates Pettitte and Knoblauch with human growth hormone, or that he helped ex-Clemens teammate Mike Stanton obtain HGH from drug dealer Kirk Radomski. The judge had ruled that such information could prejudice the jury against Clemens. But Hardins grueling cross-examination tipped the balance in the other direction, prosecutors argued. Hardin suggested before the jury last week that McNamee had solely or primarily targeted Clemens, and that no one had been charged in connection with McNamees accusations, raising the issue of McNamees credibility. Walton therefore ruled that McNamee could name Knoblauch and Stanton as receiving HGH in 2001 when they were with the New York Yankees, and Pettitte in 2002 when he was with the Yankees. The judge instructed the jury that the names could only be used to help establish McNamees "credibility as a witness" and cannot be used to "infer Mr. Clemens guilt." The government took full advantage, with prosecutor Daniel Butler using all three names repeatedly. McNamee said he was present when all three players used their HGH. Pettitte already has testified that he used HGH in 2002, so now the jury knows that McNamee was the source. Butler also worked in quick time to build all the sympathy he could for McNamee. The jury had heard last week that McNamee has a medical condition that he wanted to keep secret, but now he revealed what it is: He is a Type 1 diabetic who uses an insulin pump, particularly when under stress. He then looked at the jury and apologized for the extra breaks. McNamee also said "I lost my job, lost my clients" after he and Clemens were cited in the 2007 Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball. McNamee said he was led to believe that the report would not contain names when he began co-operating with its investigators. He cited his lack of work, saying the only athletes he trains now are two college students who dont pay him. McNamee also said his marriage is over, in part due to the fallout from the Clemens case. He is going through a contentious divorce, and he said he sees his children only twice a week and that it will be "rocky road" to rebuild his relationship with them. While the defence got McNamee to acknowledge that parts of his story have changed over time, he has not deviated from the core of his testimony -- that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing substances in 1998, 2000 and 2001. With McNamee finished after five-plus days on the stand, prosecutors called a Miller-Coors manager to testify about the beer can McNamee says he used to store waste after an alleged steroids injection of Clemens in August 2001. The witness, Anthony Manuele, looking at markings on the bottom of the can, was able to confirm that it would have been on shelves between August 2001 and Nov. 15, 2001 -- coinciding with McNamees timeframe. Hardin, on cross-examination, jabbed prosecutors by asking Manuele: "You dont sell these beer cans to keep needles, do you?" The judge sustained a government objection, but not before Manuele could answer: "No, sir." One of the charges against Clemens is that he obstructed Congress when he stated in a deposition that he "was not at Jose Cansecos house on or about June 9, 1998." Thats the date McNamee says he saw Clemens and Toronto Blue Jays teammate Canseco talking to a mysterious third person at a pool party at Cansecos Florida home, a person McNamee said he felt had a connection to steroids. McNamee said he first injected Clemens with steroids a few days later. So the government called Alexander Lowrey, who said he was at the party as a starry-eyed 11-year-old boy and posed for photos with both Clemens and Canseco. Prosecutors showed jurors the photos: One shows the boy on the deck of the pool, next to a smiling Clemens standing in the shallow end of the water. The former pitchers hair is bleach-blonde, which is how Lowrey, now 25, said he recalled it. Clemens lawyer tried to play with the potentially faulty memory Lowrey might have of a party that happened 14 years ago. Lowrey couldnt remember some details and said he had to estimate the times he arrived and left, but he said he had a clear memory of meeting the two major leaguers. Clemens, in his congressional deposition in February 2008, said: "I never was at the party." Later in the deposition, he said: "I wasnt here at this -- at a party that he had. I could have gone by there after a golf outing. So -- but I was not at this party." The days final witness was FBI fingerprint expert Elizabeth Fontaine, who testified she couldnt identify Clemens fingerprints on the waste associated with the beer can. But she also said that doesnt necessarily prove that Clemens never handled the evidence. ------ Associated Press writer Frederic J. Frommer contributed to this report. Ahmad Brooks 49ers Jersey . -- The Golden State Warriors have created space behind them in the crowded Western Conference standings and are showing no signs of slowing down their surge up the standings. Frank Gore 49ers Jersey . -- A few moments after Kyle Palmieris shootout attempt hit both Montreal posts and skittered along the goal line without going in, Andrei Markovs shot left no doubt about an impressive win for the Canadiens. BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics overcame Detroits dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season. Rajon Rondo had 18 of Bostons season-high 38 assists and the Celtics committed just seven turnovers in a 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. "When one guy has it going as far as passing the ball, its contagious," said Rondo, who also scored 11 points and didnt turn the ball over. "We scored a bunch of points tonight. We kept on pushing. We played free and just had fun." Jeff Green scored 27 points, Kris Humphries had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk added 18 points off the bench for the Celtics in their second-highest scoring output of the season. Jerryd Bayless had 15 points and Jared Sullinger 14 for the Celtics, who got at least one assist from every player that entered the game. "I think we do have a pretty unselfish group moving the ball. We missed a couple of extra passes, but not very many," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "Its good to see the body movement and the ball movement. I think weve been pretty active on that end of the floor." Josh Smith had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons and was one of three Detroit players with double-doubles. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds and Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and 14 boards. Will Bynum added 18 points off the bench for the Pistons, who have lost seven of eight and 10 of their last 12. "I think that our effort level needs to be a little bit harder," Bynum said. "I think maybe we need to play with a sense of urgency. We are trying to make the playoffs." Detroit controlled the game inside, outrebounding Boston 54-39 and outscoring the Celtics 64-44 in the paint. However, the Pistons committed 16 turnovers and could not cool off the Celtics once theyy started hitting shots. Jerry Rice 49ers Jersey. Boston shot 15 for 22 in the third quarter, including eight 3-pointers, in its highest scoring game since beating Orlando 120-105 on Nov. 11. "Sometimes we close out hoping they miss and I thought down the stretch of the game, we closed out trying to make them miss," Detroit coach John Loyer said. "We dared them to shoot the basketball and they had a very good shooting night, but youve got to adjust as the game goes on and guys are shooting the ball." Boston beat the Pistons for the first time in three meetings this season. Detroit had rallied from 21-points down to win in Boston on Dec. 18, but the Celtics were able to hold off the Pistons each time they rallied down the stretch this time. After going 2 for 14 from 3-point range in the first half, the Celtics made five from beyond-the-arc in the first 6 minutes of the third quarter. Smith pulled Detroit to 69-63 on a 3-pointer with 7:27 left in the period, the Green made back-to-back 3s followed by another from Bayless to stretch Bostons lead to 78-63. The Celtics finished the period with eight 3s and led 95-84 entering the fourth. Monroes three-point play with 9:28 remaining cut Bostons lead to 97-89, then Bynum pulled up for a jumper on a fast break to get the Pistons within six. Detroit stayed within reach and pulled to 113-109 on two free throws by Bynum, but the Pistons had to foul and Humphries sealed it by making two from the line. The Celtics shot 50 per cent in the second quarter and led by 13, but Detroit closed the half on a 9-2 run to pull within 57-49 at the break. NOTES: Drummonds 45 double-doubles are most for a Detroit player since Isiah Thomas had 47 in 1985-86. ... Humphries previous high this season was 19 points. ... Rondo reached 4,101 career assists, passing Bill Russell (4,100) for fifth place in team history. ... Boston finished with just seven turnovers. ' ' '
dengdai Jul 24
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant says the Los Angeles Lakers early-season schedule has been every bit as brutal as they expected, forcing them to learn coach Mike Browns system on the job rather than in practice. http://www.nflcardinalsus.com/Elite-Larry-Fitzgerald-Mens-Jersey-Arizona-Cardinals-11-Autographed-Lights-Out-Black-Nike-NFL-16.html . Although the Lakers dont have everything down after 10 games in 15 days, theyre still winning anyway. Bryant had 26 points and nine assists, Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 90-82 Sunday night for their sixth consecutive home victory. Matt Barnes scored 15 points and Pau Gasol had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won six of eight after an 0-2 start while matching Oklahoma City for the NBAs busiest early-season schedule. Although the Lakers acknowledge they still dont always know where to be on the floor, their half-court defence and rebounding were enough to beat the Grizzlies. "Its tough. Weve got to learn it through the games," Bryant said. Although they havent lost at Staples Center since their season opener on Christmas, the Lakers had little jump in their steps while committing a season-high 27 turnovers and failing to pull away from the injury-depleted Grizzlies. Los Angeles wont even get consecutive days off for another week, with five games coming in the next eight days. "This is tough. Youd rather not talk about it," Gasol said. "Were tired, and were going to stay tired. Thats just the way its going to be. ... We knew it was going to be a challenge. We knew we were going to face adversity at first. Were all making an effort, and we know its going to pay off at the end. ... Two days off? Itll be a shock to our bodies." Rudy Gay scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for Memphis, which wrapped up a three-game road trip with an unimpressive fourth quarter. The Grizzlies have lost two straight after winning their first two games following Zach Randolphs serious knee injury. Memphis was unable to combat the seven-foot tandem fielded by the Lakers, who outrebounded the Grizzlies 53-34. "When they have both (Gasol and Bynum) in the game, thats when they control the game," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We dont have one of our best post-up players. Even when we go into the post with Rudy, theyve got another extra big (man) thats running at him, so it was difficult." The Grizzlies were among the few NBA teams who could match the Lakers talent in the low post, but long-term injuries to Randolph and Darrell Arthur have compromised their depth. Memphis had its usual success against the Lakers in transition, but couldnt score consistently in half-court sets. "They were poor turnovers that led to a lot of fast-break points," Brown said. "It was a controlled, methodical game -- a game that we should excel at if we can take care of the basketball." Marreese Speights scored 17 points, O.J. Mayo had 15 and Quincy Pondexter added 14 for the Grizzlies, who had beaten Los Angeles in two of the last three meetings, including a blowout win in the Grizzlies last trip to Staples. Memphis schedule hasnt been nearly as taxing as Los Angeles slate, with just one back-to-back set to date, but the Grizzlies havent overcome Randolphs absence yet. "We definitely settled for jump shots a lot more than we usually do," Gay said. "You know its hard to win like that. Everyone knows theyre not only tall, but theyre the longest team in the league. Its tough playing against this team. They frustrate a lot of people." Barnes, who joined the Lakers starting lineup last week, energized the club for the second straight game with strong defence in the fourth quarter, including a dramatic block of Speights layup attempt with 3:34 to play. Bryant had just four points in the fourth quarter, failing to score 30 points for the first time in four games. Los Angeles managed just 12 points on 5-for-18 shooting, but the Grizzlies had only 14 points of their own, never getting closer than four. At least the Lakers awful three-point shooting improved, with Steve Blake hitting three of their six threes. Los Angeles led by 14 points in the second quarter, repeatedly scoring inside against the Grizzlies patchwork frontcourt with playmaking by Bryant and Pau Gasol. Memphis scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to trim the Lakers lead to 78-74. Los Angeles missed its first seven shots of the final period, but the Grizzlies never got closer. NOTES: Lakers F Josh McRoberts missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained left big toe. He intends to return within a week. ... Pau Gasol rarely guarded his younger brother, Marc, who managed just two points on 0-for-9 shooting. The Spanish brothers, traded for each other in early 2008, went to dinner on Saturday night in their usual tradition. ... Fans near courtside included Rihanna, Bradley Cooper, David Arquette, Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards and Anthony Kiedis, who had a walking boot on his right foot. Antonio Cromartie Cardinals Jersey . Gee shook off the rough patch in an otherwise strong outing, Lucas Duda backed him with a homer and single to drive in four runs, and the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Saturday night. John Carlson Cardinals Jersey . According to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Vokoun practiced with the Penguins on Wednesday and declared himself ready to compete.PHILADELPHIA -- Motivated by a lopsided loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Philadelphia Flyers ignored fatigue and rebounded nicely. Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored goals, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and the Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night. Jakub Voracek had two assists, and Giroux also had an assist to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak and extend their home winning streak to six games. They were coming off a 2-3-1 trip in which they finished 0-2-1, including a 7-2 loss at Chicago on Wednesday night. "Its good to see we can put things behind us and move on," Giroux said. "Guys were pretty excited to play home again. Our fans give us a boost. That was one of our best 60-minute performances." Mason shut out the Canadiens for 59 minutes before Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left to cut it to 2-1. The Canadiens have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1. They followed a 6-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with another offensive clunker. "We were definitely slow in the first," captain Brian Gionta said. "Its tough when you start late to try and get back into the game. We made a good push, but it was just a little too late." The Flyers didnt show any ill effects from a 13-day trip. Despite playing three games in four nights, they looked fresh from the start. "I was happy with the way we skated," coach Craig Berube said. "You never know after a long trip how youre going to be. They were ready to go. I think theres a lot of character in the room. They werent happy about the loss in Chicago because they wanted to show they can play with that team." Raffl gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the first period with his second NHL goal. Voracek set it up with a perfect pass from behind the net to Raffl in the slot. He wriisted a shot over goalie Carey Prices glove into the top corner. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals Jersey. Raffl didnt score in his first 17 games, but has two goals in three games this week. "I know when he has the puck, hes going to protect it and find me. I just have to be open," Raffl said of Voracek. Another crisp pass from Voracek set up Philadelphias second goal. Brayden Schenn took the puck up the middle, and he passed it to Voracek skating down the left side. Voracek sent a crossing pass to Giroux coming down the right wing, and he beat Price with a slap shot. Danny Briere, a fan favourite during six seasons with the Flyers, returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his contract was bought out last July. Briere got a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period and he waved to the crowd from the bench. "It was weird playing against Danny," Giroux said. "Me and Danny are pretty close. We lived together. Hes one of my good friends. But on the ice, its a different story." The Canadiens had a goal disallowed in the third period because Gionta pushed it in with his hand while sliding headfirst into the crease. "I am very disappointed. Disappointing performance, honestly," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "I thought especially with the game we played at home, I thought we were going to be on fire, and I am disappointed." NOTES: Mason had 10 shutouts for Columbus when he was the NHLs top rookie in the 2008-09 season, and 10 more in the last five seasons. ... The Flyers scored first for the fourth game in a row. They were 0-2-1 in the other three. ... Giroux has five goals in 13 games after getting one in the first 19. ... Canadiens D Alexei Emelin was ejected for elbowing Steve Downie late in the second period. ... Canadiens lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 1-2. ' ' '
dengdai Jul 24
TORONTO -- Veteran forward Jay Pandolfo, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils, announced his retirement Thursday. Brent Celek Green jersey . Pandolfo, a native of Burlington, Mass., spent 15 seasons in the NHL, registering 100 goals and 126 assists in 899 career games with New Jersey, Boston and the New York Islanders. The 39-year-old also accumulated 11 goals and 22 assists in 131 career playoff games. "I was very fortunate to live my dream of playing in the NHL," Pandolfo said in a statement issued by the NHL Players Association. "I was lucky to be part of three great organizations and would like to thank the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. "I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches and staff for all the memorable experiences together. Id especially like to thank my family for all the support they have given me throughout my career." Bennie Logan Green jersey . Vincent Lecavalier - whose Philadelphia Flyers host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night - told reporters after the morning skate that it does make him think twice about the subject, but stopped short on saying if it should be taken out altogether. Alejandro Villanueva Green jersey . Canada improved to 2-0 with the win after shutting out Finland 3-0 in the tournament opener two days earlier. Matheson opened the scoring against the Italians by converting a cross in the 33rd minute.TORONTO -- Canadas tennis ranks are getting some reinforcements, but possibly not in time for a high-profile Davis Cup match against Spain. A Tennis Canada spokesman has confirmed that Jesse Levine is applying to tennis authorities to represent Canada rather than the U.S. The 25-year-old Levine, currently ranked 104th in the world, was born in Ottawa but moved to the U.S. when he was 13. The ATP lists his residence as Boca Raton, Fla. "Hes been on our radar for a while," said Louis-Philippe Dorais, Tennis Canadas director of communications and marketing. "But now its pretty much for sure hell be representing Canada from now on." Levine has petitioned the International Tennis Federation to represent Canada. "Its just a matter of timing," Dorais said. "As far as will he be eligible to play Davis Cup for us in February, probably not. But for the rest, its pretty much a formality that hell be representing Canada from now on. Todd Herremans Green jersey. " Canada, seeded 12th, hosts top-ranked Spain in Vancouver Feb. 1-3 in a first-round World Group match. Based on current rankings, Levine would be the countrys second-ranked player behind Milos Raonic (No. 13). Vasek Pospisil is currently No. 2 with a ranking of No. 125. Levine is headed to the Australian Open in January after winning a wild card by defeating Robby Ginepri 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in a U.S. Tennis Association playoff. He teamed up with Michael Shabaz to win the junior doubles title at Wimbledon in 2005, when he reached a career-high No. 14 in the junior rankings. Levine turned heads in one year at the University of Florida before moving to the pro ranks in 2007. That year he spent 10 weeks training in Dubai with Swiss star Roger Federer, according to the ATP. The five-foot-nine 150-pounder has won US$264,222 this year on the ATP Tour and $867,967 over his career. His career-high ranking was 69th in January. ' ' '
dengdai Jul 24
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Ernie Sims Blue Jersey .J. -- Rex Ryan was fired up. Bill Belichick was ticked off. Everyone else was, well, a bit confused. After a newly instituted rule gave New England a penalty and Nick Folk another chance, he booted a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime to give the New York Jets a 30-27 victory over the Patriots on Sunday. "I was like, You know what? Its about time we got a break," Ryan said, smiling. "Thats really what I was thinking. It just worked out." Folk was wide left on a 56-yarder, but the miss was negated when New Englands Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on a 15-yard penalty that had never before been called in an NFL game. Referee Jerome Boger explained in a pool report that Jones was called for pushing his teammate "into the opponents formation." Umpire Tony Michalek threw his flag "almost instantaneously as he observed the action," Boger said. "We just enforced it as he called it." Belichick disagreed with the application of the rule. "You cant push in the second level," Belichick said. "I didnt think we did that." New York (4-3), given new life, ran the ball three times to set up Folks winner and send the green towel-waving fans at MetLife Stadium into a frenzy. "It was something that we talked about probably in camp and stuff, and it just skipped out of my mind," Jones said. "It was my mistake and nobody elses. Ive just got to man up to it and fix it next time." Folk thought the Patriots (5-2) might have been called for 12 men on the field. So did a few other Jets. "I think I heard the whole stadium saying, Please be on them," Ryan said. Then folk won it. "Folk Hero was the man he always is, kicking game-winner for us," Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said. "It was a great win across the board." It also kept Folks consecutive kicks streak intact, giving him 16 straight to start the season. "Yeah, were not going to talk about that right now," he said, smiling. Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley and ran for another as the Jets topped Tom Brady and the Patriots, who tied it at 27 with 16 seconds left in regulation on Stephen Gostkowskis 44-yard field goal. New England had defeated New York in six straight regular-season meetings, and saw its 12-game winning streak against AFC East opponents end. "Everyone has to look at themselves and do a better job," Brady said, "because what were doing now isnt good enough." Brady opened overtime with a 16-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, making his season debut. But the Jets stopped forced New England to punt. Gronkowski almost made a one-handed grab late in regulation when he had a clear lane into the end zone. Gronkowski, who missed the first six games after having off-season surgery on his back and broken left forearm, had eight catches for 114 yards. "Im still mad about that one," Gronkowski said. Brady threw a 17-yard TD pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left to beat previously unbeaten New Orleans last week -- leaving defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan grimacing on the sideline. This time, Robs twin brother walked off the field celebrating a win. It was the second time in three games Brady was held without a touchdown pass, both losses. Brady finished 22 of 46 for 228 yards and had an interception returned 23 yards for a touchdown by Antonio Allen. "That was huge," Smith said. Smith, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a Week 2 loss at New England, was 17 of 33 for 233 yards. He had a first-quarter interception returned 79 yards for a touchdown by rookie Logan Ryan that appeared to set the tone for an ominous afternoon for Smith. Smith rebounded and gave the Jets a 24-21 lead in the third quarter on an 8-yard run that left the crowd chanting "GEE-NO! GEE-NO!" "Im never going to crumble," Smith said. "No matter what happens. You know, thats just not in me." On third-and-14 from the 24, Smith took off left and was met by Marquice Cole, who slammed into the quarterback. But Smith reached out as he was going down and got the first down. He again had all receivers tied up two plays later when he sprinted to his right, faked out Cole with a nice shake move and dived into the corner of the end zone. The Jets, in a 21-10 hole, opened the second half by immediately putting pressure on Brady and getting a score out of it. Brady threw for Gronkowski and Allen stepped in front. He did a diving somersault into the end zone just 33 seconds into the third quarter. Stevan Ridley had given the Patriots a 21-10 lead with a 17-yard run on which he bounced outside right tackle and scored untouched. The drive was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Julian Edelman. NOTES: Brandon Bolden had a 1-yard TD run for the Patriots. ... Kerley caught eight passes, six of them for first downs on third-down plays. ... Chris Jones and Chandler Jones each had two sacks for the Patriots. ... Logan Ryans INT marked the 34th straight game in which New England has forced a turnover, the longest active streak in the NFL. DeMarco Murray Blue Jersey . -- Kris Blanks birdied his final five holes Thursday to move past Canadian rookie Matt McQuillan and finish with an 8-under-par 63 and grab the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic. Daryl Johnston Blue Jersey . He might have spoken the least while perhaps saying the most, fittingly for a player who was subtly spectacular on the ice. ORLANDO, Fla. -- In a preseason tuneup against Orlando, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich limited his veterans minutes and paved the way for the Magic to pull out a close victory. It was a feel-good moment for first-year Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn, a former Spurs assistant, to best his former mentor in their first meeting. That was the preseason. This time the teacher showed his pupil no mercy. Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and the Spurs earned their fifth straight win, racing past the Magic 110-89 on Wednesday night. Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes, and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists. "Were just playing basketball the way weve been playing it," Duncan said. "Whoever is put in front of us, thats how were playing. Weve been playing well for a couple of games here and we hope to continue it." The Spurs posted their eighth consecutive victory on the road and have now beaten the Magic in five of their last six meetings. Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 16 points, followed by Jameer Nelson with 14. The Magic struggled from the field, connecting on just two of their 15 3-point attempts. Orlando has lost two straight and concludes its season-high, five-game homestand Friday against Brooklyn. San Antonio ends its six-game road trip Thursday in Miami. Using a barrage of outside shooting and easy transition baskets, San Antonio opened up a 20-point lead minutes into the fourth quarter and was able to coast down the stretch as its field goal shooting hovered near 50 per cent. "I dont know if it takes a perfect effort," Nelson said. "Weve got to put forth more of an effort as a team and eliminate some of the mistakes we had out there and some of that uncertainty, and be more decisive offensively." Popovich said he wanted to try to limit Duncans minutes as they wound down the long road trip. As it turned out, the veteran didnt have to push himself against the Magic. When he was in the game, Orlandos frontcourt players had difficulty containing him or any of San Antonios other big men in the half court. That included Tiago Splitter, who had nine points off the bench. For the game the Spurs connected on 44 of 88 field goal attempts, or 52 per cent. "Its early. Well lose our share, but right now were playing pretty well, I guess," Popovich said. "Its our second road trip this montth. Sean Lee Blue Jersey. . Six days and then 10 days, and this one, so I think they do deserve credit for keeping their focus all that time." In contrast, Wednesday marked the second time this season the Magic starters failed to attempt a single free throw. No Orlando player attempted a free throw until there were less than five minutes to play in the game. For the night, Orlando was just 41 of 95 from the field. "We cant let shots dictate the rest of the game," Vaughn said. "A shot cant dictate transition defence, a missed shot cant dictate our ability to box out and not give up second-chance points ... shots have nothing to do with that." The tone was set early with the Spurs controlling most of the first half, getting easy looks from both the inside and outside as they built a 14-point halftime lead. The Spurs "Big Three" were all beneficiaries, led by Duncans 13 points, followed by Ginobili and Parker with 12 apiece. Ginobili got hot from beyond the arc early, and was responsible for four of San Antonios six 3-pointers in the half. That opened up the paint for Duncan, who had several makes inside of 5 feet. Parker was equally adept at getting to the rim and also had a pair of three-point plays. Meanwhile, Orlando couldnt find the touch from deep, going 1 for 8 from the 3-point line. The Magics starters struggled overall from the field, going 11 for 26 collectively. Parker said in a way, being away from home so much early this season has been the best medicine for a team that didnt find the cohesion it was seeking in the preseason. "Weve been sharing the ball. Our offence has been clicking," Parker said. "At home we were a little bit out of sync. Weve been using this road trip to jell and try to get the groove we had last year." Popovich said he did leave the court feeling a little sympathy for the challenge Vaughn has going forward. "Of course I do," he said. "No coach steps in anywhere, and puts in a system with new players and new faces and gets everything right, very quickly. Its going to take time...But he has the discipline, the work ethic, and the respect that he engenders with people that those qualities will get it done." Notes: The 3-pointer Duncan hit at the end first half was just his second make beyond the arc in three seasons. ...The Magic have now had at least 15 turnovers in each of their last eight games. ' ' '
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CHICAGO -- To White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, Brent Lillibridges power is a bonus. John Riggins Redskins Jersey . Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers and Chicago romped past the Texas Rangers 10-0 Sunday. After Juan Pierre reached on an infield single in the third, Lillibridge followed with his shot to left field. It was Lillibridges 11th home run, matching slumping slugger Adam Dunns output in 197 fewer at-bats. Dunn has been sitting against left-handers in favour of Lillibridge. "I think this kid is a very strong kid. I never thought hed hit 11 because I didnt think hed have that much opportunity to play," Guillen said. "Im more impressed the way he helps us every time we need him. Right field, infield, and first base now," he said. Chicago took two of three from the AL-West leading Rangers and finished a nine-game homestand at 5-4. The White Sox had their first winning homestand since June 3-12. Floyd (11-10) coasted with a big lead. He allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked one. He left after giving up a leadoff hit in the eighth. The Rangers have dropped three of four after winning the first six games on their 10-game road trip. "We had a good road trip. Didnt end the way we wanted it to end, but we had a good road trip. Thats a pretty good team over there, too. Their record may not show it, but theres days they can go out there and play baseball as well as anybody, and today they played better than we did," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Derek Holland (11-5) lost for the first time in five decisions since the All-Star break. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings. After Holland issued back-to-back walks with two outs in the third, Alejandro De Aza split the gap in the left-centre for a two-run double that put the White Sox ahead 4-0. "I thought I was pretty pathetic. I came out and had good stuff in the first two innings, then the third inning things just kind of fell apart. I wouldnt consider it one of those big innings like everybody tries to talk about. I lost feel for my fastball, and with me, I have to pitch with my fastball," Holland said. Chicago added on in the fourth. Gordon Beckham broke an 0-for-14 slump with a single and Lillibridge chased Holland with a single. Paul Konerko, who has been Chicagos designated hitter because of a sore calf, greeted reliever Scott Feldman with an RBI single, leaving him one hit shy of 2,000 for his career. Pierre added a two-run single with the bases loaded off Feldman in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. Rios homered in the eighth. White Sox right-fielder Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup after he injured his left shoulder making a diving catch during Saturday nights win. X-rays came back negative and an MRI result showed a sprain. He was listed as day-to-day, and hoped to be back in two or three days. "Were not 24 hours out yet, so I have to remind myself that it hasnt been that long since it happened," Quentin said. Josh Hamilton was given the day off by Washington, despite being 6 for 10 lifetime against Floyd. Hamilton is hitting .173 in day games this year and .339 at night. Floyd pitched around an error by Lillibridge in the second inning. Floyd had Mike Napoli picked off, but Lillibridge missed Floyds throw at first. The ball bounced off the camera well fence and Napoli went into third. Floyd stranded Napoli at third by striking out Mitch Moreland and Yorvit Torrealba. "I felt good. I just tried to carry in what I felt the past couple of games as far as focus," Floyd said. Along with giving up a two-run home run to Rios in the eighth, Feldman gave up an RBI single to De Aza. Washington stayed with Feldman for the rest of game, despite giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of relief. NOTES: After an off-day Monday, the White Sox begin a five-game road trip against the Angels on Tuesday. LHP Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start for the White Sox. Buehrle is 3-1 with a 2.29 ERA in his last five starts. ... The Rangers begin a four-game series against the Red Sox on Monday. LHP C.J. Wilson, Mondays scheduled starter, is 5-1 with a 3.99 ERA in 12 starts at home this season. ... Texas 3B Adrian Beltre (left hamstring) will see Dr. Keith Meister on Monday. Texas hopes he will be cleared to resume running the bases. Ryan Clark Redskins Jersey . As well as "Dolla Bill" and "Sheriff Gonna Getcha." Clinton Portis was released by the Washington Redskins on Monday, ending a charismatic and sometimes contentious seven-year stay that, for a while at least, made him the face of the franchise. Trent Williams Redskins Jersey . -- Marcus Thornton and the Sacramento Kings had little trouble surging past the Boston Celtics in the second half on Friday. STILLWATER, Okla. -- Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points to help Baylor beat No. 8 Oklahoma State 76-70 on Saturday and end a five-game losing streak. Rico Gathers scored 14 points, Gary Franklin scored all 11 of his points in the second half and Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (14-7, 2-6 Big 12), which greatly improved its fading NCAA tournament hopes. The Bears had scored fewer than 70 points in four straight games, but shot 52 per cent from the field and outrebounded the Cowboys 32-26. Markel Brown scored 24 points and made 6 of 8 3-pointers, LeBryan Nash scored 19 points for Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4), which lost to rival Oklahoma 88-76 on Monday night. Marcus Smart added 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Cowboys, but he made just 3 of 14 field goals. Oklahoma State had rallied from a nine-point deficit to take the lead in the final five minutes before Franklin, who had scored just two points all game, drained three contested 3-pointers in just under three minutes to put Baylor in control. After the third triple, Royce ONeal stole the ball and took it in for a dunk to give Baylor a 74-67 edge with 37 seconds to play. Baylor led 21-15 in the first half before Brown hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Cowboys a jolt. Kamari Murphy, who averages 5.8 points per game, scored three baskets in 2:20 to help the Cowboys tie the score at 27. Gatthers converted a 3-point play, then dunked to give Baylor a 32-29 edge. Sean Taylor Redskins Jersey. Oklahoma State had a chance to take the lead at halftime, but Smart was called for his second foul on a post-up with 3.9 seconds left in the first half, and Baylor led 32-31 at the break. Oklahoma State shot 52 per cent in the first half but was outrebounded 17-12, missed four of nine free throws and committed nine turnovers. The Cowboys finally took the lead on a pair of free throws by Brian Williams in the opening minutes of the second half, but Baylor gained it right back on a 3-point play by Austin. Smart bounced the ball off a players back while inbounding, caught it, then scored and was fouled. The free throw gave the Cowboys a 41-40 lead. Baylor responded with a 6-0 run, including two baskets by Jefferson, to take a 46-41 lead, and the Bears extended that edge to 55-46 on a baseline jumper by Jefferson with just over 10 minutes to play. Oklahoma State continued to battle. Smart stole the ball and went for a layup, but Baylors 6-foot-8, 270-pound Gathers hit him hard on the way to the hoop and was called for a Flagrant 1 foul. Smart made both free throws with 7:09 remaining to cut the Bears lead to two, then on the extra possession, Smart found Brown on a lob for a two-handed dunk to tie the score at 57. Smart finally gave the Cowboys a 64-63 lead on two free throws with just over four minutes to play. ' ' '
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ST. Jason Witten Blue Jersey . LOUIS -- Friends, family, teammates and members of the community filled a church to say goodbye to former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. He was remembered Saturday morning for his religious beliefs, sense of humour, physical presence and his lifelong desire to play in the NFL. His casket was Cowboys grey with the teams star logo on the inside. His No. 53 Cowboys framed jersey and pictures from his life bracketed the casket, along with a signed helmet from the Indianapolis Colts. Brown, who was signed to the Dallas practice squad in October after being cut from Indianapolis, died when the car he was riding in flipped after hitting a curb. The driver, Josh Brent a teammate with the Cowboys and at the University of Illinois, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. More than a dozen of his teammates from Illinois and high school attended the service. The Cowboys, who held a service on Tuesday in Dallas, will wear a "53" decal for the remainder of the season to honour Brown. "Im sad, but when I think about Jerry I just think about the happy Jerry," said Jason Davis, who helped recruit Brown to play at the University of Illinois. "He was so humble. He was so funny. He was so good at football." Brown, who was signed to the Dallas practice squad in October after Indianapolis cut him, died when the car he was riding in flipped after hitting a curb early morning Dec. 8. The driver, Josh Brent a teammate with the Cowboys and at Illinois, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. Browns youth coach remembered a player so competitive he never seemed pleased. He told about approaching Brown after a game the team handily won and asking the boy why he was crying. "Hes crying these big ol tears and he said, I. I . I didnt touch the ball enough," the coach recalled to a roar of laughter and nodding heads. Several relatives chose to speak to a small media gathering prior to the service. Each said Brown died far earlier than he should but they trusted it was his time. Many also said they believed the funeral would help bring closure to the close-knit family. Andrea Bosquez was the final person to offer condolences during the service. She is scheduled to give birth to a daughter, already named Mya, in February. "I love you," she said looking at the casket. "He was the love of my life. He was my fiance. He was my best friend." The cause of his death was only brought up once in passing, until the ministers began speaking in the second half of the funeral. The four who spoke talked about the evil affects alcohol played in the death but each reminded the gathering that whatever led to Browns death did not diminish the lives involved. "I have no answer for why this happened," one said. "But we live with the decisions - good, bad or otherwise." Tony Dorsett Blue Jersey . CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving didnt need any reminders he was closing in on his first career triple double Friday night. He got plenty of help anyway. "I was trying to not think about it too much, but my teammates were hollering at me to get one more rebound, Coach (Mike) Brown was telling to get one more rebound, a couple of fans were yelling at me that I need one more," Irving said. Anthony Hitchens Blue Jersey . Tottenham put aside speculation about the manager Tim Sherwoods future and the early mistake to produce a comfortable victory at White Hart Lane to stay in the hunt for a European place. Tottenham gifted Sunderland the opener as Vlad Chiriches collected a poor return ball from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and played a terrible square ball straight into the path of Lee Cattermole, who slotted home his first Sunderland goal. TORONTO -- Kevin Pillar had a chat with slugger Jose Bautista as they practised their swings shortly before the Toronto Blue Jays took on the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Bautista offered some words of encouragement for the backup outfielder and told him to be aggressive at the plate. It proved to be sage advice. Pillar hit a one-out flare to right field off Casey Fien that drove in pinch-runner Erik Kratz with the winning run to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 walkoff victory at Rogers Centre. "It was a slider off the plate and I was just able to nestle it in somewhere," Pillar said. "And it feels good." Earlier in the inning, Pillar made a miscue in left field by diving for Kurt Suzukis sinking liner. He couldnt come up with the ball and it rolled by him, allowing the Twins to move within a run. Eduardo Escobar followed with a blooper off closer Casey Janssen that landed just inside the left-field line and brought Suzuki home with the tying run. "Baseball is a weird game," Pillar said. "You get a chance to make up for a mistake that you made maybe in the previous inning or early in the game. I was fortunate enough to make that happen." Edwin Encarnacion had staked Toronto (39-26) to an early lead with a three-run homer in the first inning off Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco. Jose Reyes added a solo homer in the fifth inning for the Blue Jays, who lead the major leagues with 91 home runs. With the win, the Blue Jays remained 5 1/2 games ahead of second-place Baltimore in the American League East division standings. The Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-0 Monday. It was Torontos 16th victory in its last 20 games. "Weve been playing good baseball but you still need to win some of those games like that," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "For the longest time, everything has been going our way. Tonight things didnt go our way but we still managed to come out and pull out a nice win." Minnesota (29-33) scored a pair of quick runs off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey before many fans had taken their seats on a glorious spring evening. Danny Santana hit his first career leadoff home run and Brian&nnbsp;Dozier followed with a rainbow shot just inside the foul pole in left field. Brandon Weeden Blue Jersey. Dickey settled down after that, retiring 11 straight batters at one point before Josh Willinghams triple in the sixth inning. The Twins loaded the bases but Dustin McGowan came on and got Trevor Plouffe to ground into a double play to end the threat. Janssen (1-0), who blew his second save of the season, gave up three hits in the ninth inning. With the crowd deflated after the Twins tied the game, Minnesota pitcher Matt Guerrier (0-1) walked Dioner Navarro to open the bottom of the ninth. Kratz came in to pinch-run, moved to second on a Reyes single and then scored with room to spare. "You walk the leadoff guy, you give yourself pretty much a mess and anything can happen after that," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Pillar, who entered the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement for Melky Cabrera, said his defensive miscue was on his mind when he came to the plate. Thinking about his chat with Bautista, Pillar swung and missed the first two times before making contact. "Its a huge roller-coaster of emotions right there," he said. "I guess thats baseball. Theres a lot of ups and downs. You have to find a way to get back centred and deal with the task at hand." Notes: Encarnacion leads the Blue Jays with 20 homers this season. Reyes now has four homers this year. Dozier has 13 home runs while Santana has gone deep twice. ... Dickey allowed five hits, two earned runs, two walks and had three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. ... Nolasco allowed seven hits, four earned runs and a pair of walks. He had six strikeouts. ... Morales signed a one-year, prorated contract Sunday. The Cuban slugger hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs with Seattle last season. ... The Twins have hit four leadoff home runs this season. ... Toronto southpaw J.A. Happ is scheduled to start Tuesday night against right-hander Kevin Correia. ... The teams will wrap up the series Wednesday with an early afternoon game. ... Bautista has reached base safely in 62 of 65 games this season. ... Announced attendance was 19,428. The game took two hours 53 minutes to play. ' ' '
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There was no change in the Top 3 of TSN. Kurt Warner Blue Jersey .cas CFL Power Rankings as the Calgary Stampeders remained on top for another week followed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions each jumped the Montreal Alouettes for the only moves of the week. See the full Power Rankings at TSN.ca/CFL Aaron Donald Blue Jersey .com) - The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday that they have placed wide receiver Ryan Broyles on season-ending injured reserve. James Laurinaitis Blue Jersey . The Ottawa team of Homan, lead Lisa Weagle, second Alison Kreviazuk and third Emma Miskew, defended the Canadian womens curling championship they won last year in Kingston, Ont.PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Ennis took the inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds left and dribbled up court, weaving through Pitts defence. He had the option of shooting or passing to Trevor Cooney. The Syracuse freshman guard decided to shoot. It was the right decision. Ennis made the 35-footer at the buzzer and No. 1 Syracuse remained unbeaten with a 58-56 victory over No. 25 Pitt on Wednesday night. "I saw someone ran over to Trevor and I just had to beat one guy," Ennis said. "I knew they werent going to let Trevor get it. I just had to get some space. I knew I could get open for a second." Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) and Wichita State are the lone undefeated teams in Division I. Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, hit two free throws after being fouled on a layup attempt to give the Panthers a 56-55 lead before Ennis winner. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon called a timeout after the free throws to set his defence. That also allowed Syracuse to draw up a play designed for its fearless freshman. "We guarded it about as well as you could guard it," Dixon said. "He made about a 40-footer. We did what we were supposed to do. If we had to do it again. ... We did the right things. "They were going to get a shot off. He made it, and he made a tough one. We knew hed have the ball and would be the guy. We had two guys on him. He hit the shot. Our guys defended, and he hit a shot." It was Pitts first loss at home to a top-five team in the 12-year history of the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against teaams ranked in the top 10. William Hayes Blue Jersey. . C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 14 points. Pitt had a 54-48 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining, but Fair made a 3-pointer with 1:40 to go. He then hit a jumper to make it 54-53 with 51 seconds left. After Pitt missed on the other end, Ennis made two free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Orange the lead. "C.J. hadnt hit a 3 all game. He hadnt hit the rim, and he makes a 3 and then he hits a pretty tough pull-up to give us a chance," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "Those were big plays and you have to be a special player to make those plays." Pitt led 27-24 at halftime and built its lead to nine in the early stages of the second half when Lamar Patterson made a 3-pointer to make it 37-28 with 15 minutes remaining. Syracuse stormed back with a 17-8 run and tied it on Trevor Cooneys 3-pointer with 6:53 to go, but Pitt regained control after Zanna converted a three-point play and freshman Jamel Artis sank two free throws for a 50-45 lead. But it was all Syracuse after that. Pitts only points in the final 1:59 came from Zannas two free throws, and the Panthers were outscored 10-3 in the final 1:59. Syracuse had to play without backup centre Baye Moussa Keita, who sat out with a sprained knee. That forced sophomore forward Jerami Grant into duty as the backup centre behind Rakeem Christmas. Pitt had injury issues of its own. Senior forward and leading scorer Lamar Patterson had the thumb on his right hand wrapped for a second consecutive game. After going 1 for 9 in his previous outing against Virginia Tech, Patterson scored 13 points. ' ' '
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SAN DIEGO -- It took a quarterback of Peyton Mannings calibre to pull off this kind of comeback. Dan Williams Cardinals Jersey . After the Denver Broncos slogged through a nightmare of a first half, Manning showed that hes still one of the NFLs best. Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to shock the San Diego Chargers 35-24 on Monday night. "It sure was special considering what was on the line," said Manning, a Super Bowl winner and four-time NFL MVP whos in his first season with the Broncos. Manning was 13 of 14 for 167 yards in the second half for the Broncos (3-3) who tied the Chargers (3-3) atop the AFC West. It tied for the fourth-biggest regular-season comeback in NFL history. Manning had been 1-5 in his last six games against San Diego, all with Indianapolis. Rivers was intercepted four times -- three in the fourth quarter -- and lost two fumbles. The four pickoffs and six turnovers were both career-highs. A week earlier, the Chargers blew a 10-point lead in the third quarter in a 31-24 loss at New Orleans. "When you lose its rough, especially in a game where you had a big lead and so much at stake," Rivers said. The Broncos seemed finished after an awful first half in which Manning served up an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown by Quentin Jammer and two special teams fumbles led to 10 points for the Chargers. "I thought we had a good plan. It was so disappointing to have these special team mistakes," Manning said. Manning began the comeback when he hit Demaryius Thomas on a 29-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the second half. On the ensuing San Diego possession, Elvis Dumervil stripped the ball from Rivers and Carter ran 65 yards for a touchdown, holding up the ball in celebration as he approached the end zone. Denver then sacked Rivers to force a punt and Manning capped the next drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker to pull to 24-21. Mannings 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley gave Denver its first lead of the game, 28-24 with 9:03 left. Stokley outleaped defensive back Marcus Gilchrist to catch the ball, and then got both feet down before tumbling out of the end zone. That score was set up by Carters interception. Harris sealed the victory with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:05 left. It was his second pick of the game. "This was as good a second half of football as Ive been involved in," Broncos coach John Fox said. As for Manning, "Hes real high on my list," the coach said. "He performed very well and has performed well in the last four games. Hes going to keep getting better and better." Manning finished 24 of 30 for 309 yards with one interception. "Regular-season game, I think this is the best," said Stokley, who was a teammate of Mannings with the Colts. "The second half was unbelievable. We needed to win big-time and to perform like he did, it was awesome." Fox said there "were no mystery words of wisdom at halftime. "Given how poorly we played in the first half, we just said we could play better in the second half and we broke out of it." Manning agreed. "We came out in the second half, everybody was accountable and professional," he said. "We had 30 minutes and I thought it was important to get off to a good start with that first drive. Hitting DT for the touchdown really set the tempo for the second half." Jammer intercepted Manning and returned it 80 yards for his first career touchdown, and Antonio Gates caught his second TD pass of the game in the second quarter, extending the Chargers lead to 24-0. Before Jammers TD, the Broncos appeared on their way to their first score of the game with Mannings 55-yard pass to a wide-open Decker. But Decker tripped himself at the Chargers 40, got up and was tackled at the 30-yard line. Manning clapped both hands to his helmet in disbelief, one of several times the star quarterback expressed frustration. "A piece of grass made a nice tackle," Manning joked. "Those kind of plays happen. You do kind of wonder, is this not meant to happen? Obviously Decker was sick about it. "Its about playing 60 minutes. Theres no quit in this team," Manning said. Three plays later, Manning threw a pass straight to Jammer. Rivers was 25 of 41 for 242 yards. "Weve got to go play a complete game," San Diego coach Norv Turner said. "Weve shown through three quarters of a game what we can do." NOTES: Both teams are heading into their bye weeks. ... Gates had TD catches of 15 and 11 yards and Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal for San Diego in the first half. ... Decker had six catches for 98 yards while Gates had six catches for 81 yards. Lyle Sendlein Cardinals Jersey . And in that time span, the Tampa Bay Lightning have remained near the top of the Eastern Conference without star forward Steven Stamkos. Logan Thomas Cardinals Jersey . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick.ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and number two Andy Murray both crashed out at the ABN Amro Friday, leaving Tomas Berdych as the only seeded player to reach the semifinals. Ernests Gulbis of Latvia upset defending champion Del Potro 6-3, 6-4. . The Argentine is recovering from a wrist injury and it wasnt clear whether it may have been bothering him. He took a medical time-out after the first set, but decided to continue. However, his service appeared to suffer: in the first set, he served five aces to Gulbis six. In the second, Gulbis had six more while Del Potro had none. "Its nice to have beaten the defending champion, but actually it doesnt matter to me who won last year or 10 years ago," Gulbis said. "Im through to the semiifinals, and thats the most important. http://www.nflcardinalsus.com/Elite-Larry-Fitzgerald-Mens-Jersey-Arizona-Cardinals-11-Autographed-Lights-Out-Black-Nike-NFL-16.html. " Cilic beat Murray 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 11 minutes, making it look easy in what was his second win over the Scottish Wimbledon champion in their 11 meetings. After Murray failed to hold serve in the fifth game of the second set, he had four chances to break back in the sixth -- but failed to capitalize. Third-seeded Czech Berdych survived a difficult first set, including a tiebreak in which he had five set points. He regrouped and went on to win 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4 against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. Berdych and Gulbis will meet in one semifinal. In the other, Cilic will play the winner of Fridays final match, between hometown favourite Dutchman Igor Sijseling and Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. ' ' '
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CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeders re-signed non-import receiver Arjei Franklin on Wednesday. Kris Adams Giants Jersey . Franklin played nine games in 2011 and recorded six receptions for 68 yards. He was on the nine-game injured list from Weeks 4 through 12 after suffering a rib injury. "Arjei has proven his value in this league over the past six seasons," Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. "He has been a great leader among the receiving corps on this team. Its great to have a veteran like Arjei helping our young receivers including Anthony Parker, Johnny Forzani and Landan Talley." Franklins best season with the Stampeders came in 2010 when he caught 42 passes for 523 yards and two touchdowns. The 29-year-old from Toronto started his CFL career in 2006 as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 2008, Franklin caught 49 passes for the Bombers and had 566 receiving yards and a touchdown. Zack Bowman Giants Jersey . The trio are being recognized as "pioneers of winter sports." A native of Barrie, Ont., Burke won four gold medals at the Winter X Games and was the first female skier to land a 1,080-degree spin (three full rotations) in competition. Eli Manning Giants Jersey . - After publicly asking management to trade him a few days ago, Josh Smith gave the Atlanta Hawks too many reasons not to on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings.SOCHI, Russia -- Britain advanced to the semifinals of the mens Olympic curling tournament by beating Norway 6-5 in a tiebreaker on Tuesday. British skip David Murdoch made a superb double takeout with the final shot in the 10th end to leave two British stones nearest to the button for the win. Britain will now face Sweden in the semifinals on Wednesday, while Canada plays China. Norwaay and Britain came out of the preliminary schedule with 5-4 records, forcing a tiebreaker. Spencer Paysinger Giants Jersey. Britain lost a tiebreaker at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, where Norway won the silver medal. Norways elimination leaves the tournament without its biggest crowd-pleasers, with Thomas Ulsruds rink earning global recognition for wearing flamboyant pants during games. ' ' '
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CHARLESTON, S. Tyrone Crawford Blue Jersey .C. -- Eugenie Bouchard won five of the last six games to upset Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Family Circle Cup quarter-finals Friday. The 20-year-old Canadian beat the second-seeded Jankovic to reach the semifinals at a WTA tour event for the second time this season and fifth in her career. On Saturday, she plays 14th-seeded Andrea Petkovic as she seeks her first title -- something Bouchard thinks shes more than ready for. "Every time I go into a tournament now and every match, I always believe I can win," she said. Even when she falls behind, as happened in her past two matches. Bouchard trailed in the third set against Venus Williams on Thursday and Jankovic this time before rallying to victories. "I feel confidence in myself," she said. Jankovic, a Serb once ranked No. 1, was the latest familiar name to be ousted before the weekend. The 2007 champion joined Serena and Venus Williams and past winners Sabine Lisicki and Sam Stosur. Jankovic was the highest-ranked player left in the field at No. 8. No. 3 seed Sara Errani was also upset in the quarterfinals, falling to 17-year-old qualifier Belinda Bencic. Bencic, who had to win twice last weekend simply to make the field, took over in the final two sets for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over the 26-year-old Italian. Bencic hadnt made it past the second round in two previous WTA events this year and wasnt expecting to advance to her first tour semifinals "I was hoping for it and I was believing in me that it would come," she said. "Yeah, Im just really happy it came this week." Bencic is the first qualifier to advance this far at the Family Circle, an event where at least one of the top four seeds has reached the semifinals the previous 10 years. On Saturday, shell face unseeded Slovakian Jana Cepelova, who pulled off a final surprise when she easily beat 12th-seeded countrywoman Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-1. Cepelova had defeated world No. 1 and two-time defending Family Circle champion Serena Williams on Tuesday night to start off a week of upsets. Either Bencic or Cepelova will be the first unseeded player in the finals since 2011 when Elena Vesnina lost the championship to Caroline Wozniacki. Errani looked confident and in control in the first set before getting overwhelmed by Bencic, who won 12 of the final 15 games. Errani talked to herself and even threw down her racket as Bencics crisp shots clipped lines and moved out of reach. Petkovic topped ninth-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. The 26-year-old German, ranked 40th in the world, had struggled in recent events. So Petkovic was pleased to shake off Safarova in the final set and advance to weekend play. "Im used to winning at least two, three matches and then losing to the top players, but it was a really tough few weeks for me in the past," she said. "So now Im just really, really happy and kind of relieved." Cepelova said the win over Serena Williams gave her a boost of energy shes carried throughout the work. "Playing against Serena I really learned so much and every match gave me more confidence," she said. Bouchard made it to the Australian Open semifinals this year, losing to eventual champion Li Na. In her only WTA final, she lost to Sam Stosur in Osaka in October. Bouchard trailed 2-1 in the final set. She then dug in to win the next three games and take control. Her steady, strong groundstrokes wore down Jankovic. "It was the third set and your concentration goes down a little bit if youre getting tired," Jankovic said. "It was so close. It could have went either way, if I was a little bit tougher out there and played certain points a little smarter." The two also met in the quarterfinals last year, and Jankovic won 6-2, 6-1. Bouchard was ranked No. 114 then, but shes 20th now. "Well, I didnt want it to be Groundhog Day today, for sure," Bouchard said. "Same tournament, same round, same opponent." Not the same result. Roger Staubach Blue Jersey . While there is a lot that Sundin has liked in the tournament so far, the performance that Russia put forth against Finland in the quarterfinals left a bad taste in his mouth. "I was almost disgusted by their performance when they played Finland," said the 43-year-old who played 18 seasons in the NHL. Deion Sanders Blue Jersey . With that command, 20,000 roaring Philadelphia 76ers fans gave AI the standing ovation he earned by stamping himself as one of the franchises all-time greats.NEW YORK -- Rick Nash is back in the New York Rangers lineup after the star forward missed 17 games because of a concussion. Nash passed his final test Tuesday when he skated with his teammates before the game that night against the Boston Bruins. Nash has being skating -- mostly on his own -- the past two weeks after his symptoms subsided. Watch the game on TSN, tonight at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. "Im going to go tonight," Nash said after the morning skate at Madison Square Garden. "Last night, I just thought it would be the best thing, moving forward, talking to everybody. Im excited, its kind of controlled emotion. Its been a long six weeks so Im excited to get in there. "I think the first everything is going to take awhile, whether its a hit, a shot or a pass, making different plays. Its a long time off, so its going to take some time." Vigneault plans to use Nash as he normally would before the injury -- his second concussion in eight months -- but he will talk to him throughout the game to see how hes feeling. "He is going to play a regular shift and he is going to play some power play," Vigneault said. "I would like to be able to keep him in that 15--minute range. Mackenzy Bernadeau Blue Jersey. He hasnt played for quite some time. Its almost for him like going through training camp again." Nash skated for several consecutive days and then practiced with the team last week, first in a noncontact capacity. He underwent tests Thursday. Nash logged just under six minutes of ice time the night he was hurt in the first period. It was the only game of the three he played this season in which he failed to record a point. He received just more than 15 minutes of ice time in the season opener and just under 18 minutes in the second game -- one day before he was injured. "I think well just guide it as we go along," Nash said. "Im sure (Vigneault) has had a lot of time with players coming back from injuries, so I leave that up to him." J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch from Tuesday nights lineup. The Rangers had already sent down forward Brandon Mashinter to Hartford of the AHL on Monday. He was cleared to return Sunday and told coach Alain Vigneault the next day he was ready to go. Nash hasnt played in a game since he was injured on a hit from San Joses Brad Stuart on Oct. 8 in New Yorks third game of the season. ' ' '
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