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(SportsNetwork. cheap jerseys .com) - Tuukka Rask had a first-hand look at how important Tim Thomas was to the Boston Bruins franchise. Rask and the Bruins will face their former teammate on Thursday night, when Thomas is expected to start for the Florida Panthers against visiting Boston. Thomas, a former ninth-round pick by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 draft, signed as a free agent with the Bruins in 2002 and made his NHL debut with the club that season, appearing in four games. He eventually became the No. 1 goaltender with the Bruins and went 196-121-45 in 378 regular-season games with the club. The 39-year-old also posted a postseason record of 29-21 in 50 games with the Bruins, logging a 2.07 goals against average and .933 save percentage. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2011 after helping lead Boston to its first Stanley Cup title since 1972. Thomas, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, played one more season with the Bruins before sitting out the lockout-shortened campaign. He became a free agent this past offseason and appeared in training camp with the Panthers on a professional tryout before signing a one-year deal just before the start of the season. Thomas has made three appearances with the Panthers, allowing nine goals on 60 shots faced. However, he has not played since exiting last Tuesdays game versus Philadelphia early with a groin injury. He is expected to play tonight, per Floridas official twitter account. "All those years shooting on him in practice and what not, I think itll be fun to finally shoot on him in a game and Im sure hes looking forward to it as well," said Bostons Milan Lucic. "Im sure hes happy to be back in the NHL playing and hes found a new home here in Florida." Thomas year off allowed Rask to grab hold of Bostons starting goaltender job after he spent the majority of his career backing up the former since being acquired from Toronto on June 24, 2006. Rask went 19-10-5 with a 9.29 GAA in 36 games last season, helping the Bruins get to the Stanley Cup Finals. "I never thought that we would play against each other. But Im glad that he made his comeback and proved people wrong again, and I hope he does well," said the 26-year-old Rask, who is 7-1-0 with a 0.86 GAA, .972 save percentage and three shutouts lifetime versus the Panthers. Boston will play three straight on the road after opening the season with four of five at home and lost for the second time in its past three games with Mondays 3-2 setback to Detroit. Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic tallied for the Bruins, while Rask made 24 saves. "Were really struggling with our finish right now. The chances are there but goals are not coming easy," noted Bruins head coach Claude Julien. The Panthers, meanwhile, begin a six-game homestand and have lost five of seven to begin the season. They were last in action on Tuesday, a 4-3 setback to Nashville. Jonathan Huberdeau, Marcel Goc and Matt Gilroy netted goals in the loss, while Jacob Markstrom surrendered all four goals on 30 shots. "We did some good things tonight with our forecheck and creating turnovers," said Huberdeau. "We can look to build on that for our next game and get some of our mistakes straightened out." The Bruins won all three of their meetings with the Panthers a season ago, outscoring them 11-2. They have won nine of the last 11 encounters overall and six of the past seven in Florida. cheap jerseys from china . A day after Trevor Linden becomes president of hockey operation with the Canucks, Brendan Shanahan one-ups him and become president - period, it looks like - of the Maple Leafs. Why this title, and why this guy? Bob McKenzie: I think thats the critical thing. cheap nfl jerseys . -- Tim Thomas wanted back in the NHL. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidds shirt read "GOLF," which he said was more random wardrobe choice than upcoming itinerary. He has plenty of time for that hobby with his first season as an NBA coach over, but it wont be all fun for the Brooklyn Nets this off-season. Not with the potential for surgery for Deron Williams and decisions to make for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who infused the Nets with a winners mentality when they came from Boston last summer. The Nets and their roster worth nearly $200 million in salaries and taxes couldnt reach their lofty expectations, falling to the Miami Heat in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. But they surpassed where it appeared they were headed after a 10-21 start and the season-ending loss of All-Star centre Brook Lopez. So even facing some big questions, they like where they sit. "I do think weve got Brooklyn being a place where players want to play and weve got a coach that players want to play for," general manager Billy King said. "I think we play a good style, so I dont look at it as the sky is falling as much weve got some assets and things to do and well work at it." Pierce will be a free agent and showed he can still provide a team with scoring punch at 36. Garnetts game is further gone as he prepares to turn 38 next week. He remains a strong defender and team leader, but averaged a career-low 6.5 points in 54 games, missing a large chunk of the season with back spasms and playing just 20.5 minutes per game as Kidd tried to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Garnett has a year and $12 million remaining on his contract, and the Nets want him back. King said he told Garnett to take some time when they spoke on the plane ride home from Miami, but Kidd realizes Garnett will have to consider walking away from guaranteed money, just as he did when he retired last season. "Hes done it for a long time at a very high level and the biggest thing and concerns that Ive talked to him about is you dont want to leave with someone carrying you off the court," Kidd said. "I mean, its 19 or 20 years thhat hell been playing and also being judged on what youve done, or some people holding you to where if you were 25, which can be unfair at times. wholesale jerseys. But thats just part of the gig, so hes got to make a decision, but the big thing is we want him back because we understand the importance that he brings to this franchise." Neither Pierce nor Garnett spoke when the Nets met with reporters at their practice facility. Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche and Alan Anderson all have player options on their contracts. Shaun Livingston will be a free agent, having to decide if hes found a home with the Nets, or if he can get the lucrative payday that once seemed a cinch but never came after the former No. 4 overall pick wrecked his knee in his third NBA season. Then theres Jason Collins, who became the NBAs first openly gay player when he signed with the Nets in February. He said he doesnt know what his basketball plans are, but he will have far better and more influential options than being a 35-year-old backup centre. "My goal right now is to empower others and also support those like Derrick Gordon, Michael Sam, Robbie Rogers, and over the next months, years, whoever else joins that list of out, active players," Collins said. Williams plans to have an MRI on his ankles that have slowed him the last two seasons and he may end up surgically repairing them in hopes of relocating his game and his confidence. "It just took a beating on me," the two-time Olympian said. "Just couldnt do what I wanted to, cant finish the way I want to finish. You just start thinking about things. So that was just the main thing. Confidence-wise, its hard to get back to where I was." If he gets back to form, Lopez does as well after surgeries on his broken right foot and left ankle, and Pierce and Garnett return, the Nets believe they will be fine next season. After two years of roster and coaching changes, King thinks the Nets biggest need might just be continuity. "Next season, we pick up right where we left off!" owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. ' ' '
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Canadas world junior team takes to the ice this morning for the first of three pre-competition games when they take on Finland. Saints Jersey From China. The game is currently delayed due to poor ice conditions. The teams are targeting an 11am et/8am pt puck drop. When the action resumes, you can catch it live on TSN and get in-game video highlights on TSN.ca and TSN Mobile. Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zac Fucale, a 2013 draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, gets the call in net for Canada with Saginaw Spirit netminder Jake Paterson, who was on last years team, backing him up. Team Canada coach Brent Sutter still needs to cut three players from his 25-man roster (two defencemen and a forward), and these three exhibition games could prove critical as to which bubble players make it past the final cut. Injuries, of course, will also play a factor into Sutters decision. "Theyre not easy decisions, but the reality is weve got a couple-or-three guys banged up and were not exactly sure," said Sutter earlier this week. While Mooseheads star and Canadian alternate captain Jonathan Drouin has practiced with the team, hes not expected to play in Fridays matchup. Drouin was concussed in a game on Dec. 6 against the Quebec Remparts when he was hit from behind into the boards by Adam Erne. The Finns will provide a stiff test for captain Scott Laughton and the rest of Team Canada. The Finnish camp features six returning players from last years tournament, as well as 10 players already selected in the NHL Draft, including a pair of Nashville Predators goaltending prospects in Janne Juvonen and Juuse Saros, both taken in this past Junes draft. Just as Canada is lacking four of its five eligible players from the NHL (Minnesota Wild defenceman Mathew Dumba being the only of the quintet at the selection camp) the Finns are missing their two qualified players in Florida Panthers forward Alexsander Barkov and defenceman Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The player to watch on Finland might just be the son of a former NHL All-Star. Kasperi Kapanen, son of Sami Kapanen, is currently the top-ranked European skater for the 2014 NHL Draft. The KalPa forward is a highly regarded goal scorer with good hockey sense. After Fridays matchup, Canada next does battle with Sweden on Sunday before finishing up the exhibition schedule with a Monday game against Switzerland. Cheap New Orleans Saints Jersey .cas NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with a battle between two forwards creating unbelievable goals. Saints Jersey China . The South Course at Torrey Pines is playing about as tough as it did for the U.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Home favourite Hennie Otto surged into a three-shot lead with a 7-under 65 at the third round of the South African Open on Saturday as Retief Goosen and Ernie Els both stumbled. Otto hit seven birdies and an eagle to go 14 under at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Serengeti course. The South African, who grew up nearby in eastern Johannesburg, leads from a four-way tie for second made up of Goosen, Swedens Magnus Carlsson, Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy. Goosen (71) couldnt capitalize on a blistering start where he birdied his first three holes. He had bogeys at Nos. 9, 13, 17 and 18 for his worst round at the 1 million euro (US$1.38 million) European Tour tournament this week. Defending champion Els took a nine on the par-5 No. 16 after he hit his tee shot into the water and then his second drive into a bunker. He was on the green in six and three-putted and tumbled down to a tie for 53rd with his 4-over 76. Carlsson carded a 6-under 66 to move to 11-under and break up a run of six South Africans in the top seven. Aiken had a 4-under 68, spoilt only by a double-bogey on No. 9. Last weekends Alfred Dunhill Championship winner, Mulroy recovered from four bogeys in his front nine to make four of his six birdies on the way home. Playing alongside Els, Otto bogeyed his first and then dropped another shot at No. 5. But he picked up eight shots from No. 7 to take him within reach of his second European Tour title and the first since the Italian Open in 2008. "I havent won it yet. Its a new day tomorrow," said Ottto, who has recently appeared calmer on the course after once throwing his clubs into a river during a tournament on the local Sunshine Tour. Cheap Saints Jersey. "Im not a guy who gets all nervous," Otto said Saturday. "Maybe angry, not nervous." Goosens late slide came as a surprise after the two-time South African Open winner began sublimely on the pacey greens. He had five birdies overall, but four bogeys as well, including back-to-back dropped shots to finish. His slip allowed Carlsson to play alongside Otto in Sundays final match, where the Swede will bid to become only the eighth non-African winner in 101 versions of the South African Open. Carlsson also needs a top-two finish to retain his tour card for 2012. "Im not going to think about it (retaining his card)," Carlsson said. "Im not going to make stupid decisions." Merrick Bremner (72) and Jaco Ahlers (65) were tied for sixth on 10 under, a shot ahead of a group of eight players. Englands Richard Bland (66), Spaniard Alvaro Velasco (66), Austrians Markus Brier (67) and Bernd Wiesberger (70) and second-round leader Steven OHara of Scotland (74) were all five shots off the lead and in with a chance of a rare foreign win at the tournament. Els disaster at No. 16 came after the five-time winner was twice forced to step away from his tee shot because of fans taking photos on their cellphones while he was lining up. "They should ban the guys and get them to hand in their cellphones." playing partner Otto said. "It gets to you." ' ' '
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(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies can win a series and get back to . cheap jerseys free shipping .500 today when they close out a three-game weekend set with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. The Rockies edged even in game two of the matchup on Saturday night, as Chris Iannetta knocked in a career-high six runs to back Juan Nicasios impressive major league debut in a 15-4 rout. Nicasio (1-0) went seven innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts for the Rockies, who snapped a four-game slide with an offensive output of 18 hits. Iannetta had a pair of two-run homers and finished with four hits while Ryan Spilborghs was also a big part of the offense with four RBI on three hits. Allen Craig had a two-run single for the Cardinals, who suffered their third loss in eight games. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia (5-1) was handed his first loss of the season in a rough outing. He was pounded for 12 runs -- 11 earned -- on 11 hits and four walks with six strikeouts. The win lifted Colorado within three games of the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National Leagues West Division. The first-place Cardinals, meanwhile, maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central. Venezuelan righty Jhoulys Chacin makes his 11th start of the season for Colorado and looks for a third win in four decisions. Chacin began the year with consecutive defeats of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Chicago in his initial three starts, but lost two in a row before coming back for a victory at Arizona on May 4. He beat Philadelphia, 7-1, on May 19 before dropping a 5-2 verdict at home to the Diamondbacks on May 24, allowing five hits and five runs in seven innings. Chacin picked up a no-decision in one career start against St. Louis. For the Cardinals, veteran righty Kyle Lohse aims for a third consecutive win and a seventh in 11 starts for 2011. The California native was beaten by Pittsburgh in his first mound trip of the year on April 4, but has won six of seven since, including wins against Houston and San Diego on May 18 and 23, respectively. In those victories, Lohse allowed a combined 11 hits and two runs in 16 innings, dropping his season earned run average to 2.08. Hes 1-3 lifetime against the Rockies in seven starts. The Rockies swept a three-game set at home versus the Cardinals last year, and last nights win was their eighth in their last 10 games at home against St. Louis. cheap jerseys from china ." Before that, Alex Karras played the equally lovable Mongo in "Blazing Saddles," uttering one of the movies best lines when he declared: "Mongo only pawn in game of life." Hes 76 now, and suffering from dementia. cheap jerseys . -- Matt Garza pitched eight impressive innings for his first victory in six starts and the Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Saturday night.MIAMI -- LeBron James says he will be joining fellow NBA all-stars Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony for a game in Baltimore on Tuesday. "Im in," James said Sunday. The game is perhaps the biggest yet in a series of summer exhibitions featuring players who are waiting for the NBA lockout to end. Durant has been at the centre of many of those matchups, sscoring 66 points one night at New Yorks famed Rucker Park and later leading Washingtons Goodman League to a 135-134 victory over the Drew League from Los Angeles.dddddddddddd James, Paul and Anthony are all scheduled to be on the same team Tuesday. Anthony is a Baltimore native, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to charities that the New York Knicks star is involved with. ' ' '
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The Grizzlies, who play in the Pacific Coast League and are the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will wear special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles baseball jerseys according to their Facebook page. Saints Jersey From China . Weve seen many great minor league baseball gimmicks over the years, but this one may take the cake or take the pizza if youre a Ninja Turtles fan. More details about the promotion will be unveiled today on a local radio station, but from the looks of those jersey mock-ups, this promotion will be totally radical, dude! The Ninja Turtles are no strangers to baseball. Here they are dancing with their friend the Phillie Phanatic. Saints Jersey China . Karim Benzema marked his first start back from injury with a 35th-minute headed goal at the far post from Cristiano Ronaldos perfect cross. Malaga withstood the hosts numerous second-half chances before Cazorla curled the ball over the defensive wall and into the far corner beyond goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the second minute of added time. Cheap New Orleans Saints Jersey . The Philadelphia Phillies won another division crown, and Pence is along for his first post-season ride. Roy Oswalt threw seven dominant innings, Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam and the Phillies clinched their fifth straight NL East title with a 9-2 victory over the St. (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox shoot for their fifth straight win this afternoon, as they get back to the American League portion of their schedule with the first of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The Red Sox completed their interleague slate this weekend by completing a three-game sweep of the hapless Houston Astros. On Sunday, Kevin Youkilis bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth forced in the deciding run, lifting Boston to a 2-1 win. Jacoby Ellsbury notched a pair of hits and Drew Sutton scored the deciding run for the Red Sox, while Josh Beckett (7-3) fanned a season-high 11 batters over eight solid innings, in which he allowed five hits and one run. Jonathan Papelbon turned in a scoreless ninth with three strikeouts to post his 17th save. Ellsbury and Beckett, along with Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz, were named to the AL All-Star team on Sunday. Today the Red Sox turn to struggling right-hander John Lackey, who has lost his last two starts. Lackey lost in Philadelphia on Wednesday, allowing two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, as he fell to 5-7 on the year to go along with a 6.81 ERA. Lackey beat the Blue Jays back on June 11, but is 5-6 lifetime against them with a 5.12 ERA in 17 starts. Toronto, meanwhile, got a big day from its All-Star representative on Sunday to salvage the finale of its three-game set with the Philliess. Cheap Saints Jersey. Jose Bautista hit one of three Blue Jay home runs in the eighth inning off of Cliff Lee, propelling his team to a 7-4 win. It was the major league-leading 27th home run for Bautista, who prior to the game was named a starting outfielder for the AL in this years All-Star Game, as he received more votes than any player in the game. Jo-Jo Reyes settled down after giving up four runs in the second inning and kept it close long enough for Octavio Dotel (2-1) to earn the win in relief. Dotel recorded the final five outs to snap Torontos three-game slide. We could have come in flat, could have come in knowing we were going up against a guy throwing 30-plus scoreless innings...but we chipped away and felt a little momentum, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. I think today was an example of the competitiveness that we continue to show. Getting the call for the Jays this afternoon will be hard-throwing right- hander Brandon Morrow, who is 4-4 with a 4.56 ERA. Morrow defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, as he allowed a run and four hits in seven innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters. He has fanned 91 batters in 75 innings this season. Morrow was on the wrong end of the decision against Lackey and the Red Sox four starts ago and is 0-2 in 12 games (four starts) with a 9.00 ERA. Boston has won six of nine against the Blue Jays this season. ' ' '
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Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won gold in the mens 5,000-metre speed skating race to lead a Dutch sweep Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. cheap jerseys . Kramer posted an Olympic-record time of 6:10.76.  Jan Blokhuijsen took silver with a time of 6:15.71 and Jorrit Bergsma followed with 6:16.66 for bronze. Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., finished 22nd with a time of of 6:35.77. wholesale nfl jerseys . Maybe, on a glorious night in the Pacific Northwest, Safeco Field was the place. “Awesome,” said Johnson, who won just his second game of the season and first since June 23, the last game of the Blue Jays seems-so-long-ago 11-game winning streak. cheap jerseys from china . The Washington Nationals manager called a brief meeting to give his mildly slumping club a confidence boost and Strasburg responded with another brilliant performance to lift the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates on Thursday. VANCOUVER -- Steve Yzerman can add another honour to his impressive resume. The former Detroit Red Wings captain was named to the Order of Hockey in Canada on Wednesday along with former womens national team captain France St-Louis and legendary university coach Clare Drake. Yzerman, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, won three Stanley Cups during his 22-year playing career. Now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Yzerman won gold with Canada as a player at the 2002 Olympics and served as the executive director of the gold-medal winning mens team at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. The 48-year-old has the same post heading into next months Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "It was an extremely pleasant surprise for me and really a thrill," Yzerman said during a conference call with all three recipients. "Ive loved being a part of Hockey Canada as a player and (in) management throughout my career in the game." The Ottawa native played five times for Canada at the world championships and was part of the countrys bronze medal-winning team at the 1983 world juniors. As a manager, he has also led Canada to three world championship medals -- two gold and one silver. Yzerman sits sixth all-time in NHL scoring with 1,755 points, ninth in goals (692) and seventh in assists (1,063). "Steve Yzermans career was unbelievable," said Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, who was on hand to make the announcement. "One of the best to ever play the game." Yzerman was nominated for the award by New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather, who coached him on the gold medal-winning 1984 Canada Cup team. "When he spoke about Steve, (Sather) was just saying that Steve was really a mentor for young general managers coming into the league," said Nicholson. "You just watch how hard he works, how he communicates to other general managers and how he communicates to his players." St-Louis, meanwhile, won five world championship gold medals in the 1990s and was the captain of Canadas silver medal-winning team at the 1998 Olympics. "When you receive a call from Bob Nicholson it might be good or bad news," St-Louis said with a lauggh. wholesale jerseys. "I was very happy to hear this announcement. "I realize how fortunate I am to be part of such an impressive group." Nicholson said the 55-year-old from Laval, Que. -- who will serve as Canadas assistant chef de mission in Sochi -- is revered in hockey circles in her home province. "(She) was such a leader," said Nicholson. "In Montreal shes seen as the Jean Beliveau of female hockey." Drakes credentials are equally impressive. The winningest coach in Canadian university hockey history with 697 career victories, he led the University of Alberta to six national titles. Drake also coached in the NHL and WHA, as well as internationally with both the mens and womens program. "Ive followed the work of Hockey Canada and I know the effort so many people have put into the game -- and I guess Im considered one of them," said the 86-year-old native of Yorkton, Sask. "I feel humble about that and its just a very big honour for me. Im very pleased about it." Nicholson said Drakes contribution to coaching in Canada cant be understated. "He was involved in the Olympics in 1980 but at the University of Alberta he really mentored Dave King, George Kingston, Mike Babcock, Ken Hitchcock, Tom Rennie ... the list just goes on an on," said Nicholson. "His record at U of A was something special." Drake was inducted into Canadas Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013. "Our teams have always been quite consistent," said Drake of the national program. "Weve won quite a bit and weve lost occasionally, but weve never been one of those teams or organizations that were up for two or three years and down for two or three years." Yzerman, St-Louis and Drake will be honoured at a ceremony in Vancouver in June. The class of 2014 joins previous inductees Jean Beliveau, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Gordon Renwick, Paul Henderson, Dave King and Mark Messier. Candidates for the Order of Hockey Canada are chosen "on the basis of their outstanding contributions or service to the growth and development of the sport of hockey in Canada." ' ' '
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CLEVELAND -- Will Smith celebrated his first major league win by taking four showers. cheap jerseys from china . Two by teammates dousing him with beer and two more to rinse off the suds. "Im very clean," he said, "and very happy." Smith survived a shaky start and pitched six innings for his first win and Mike Moustakas had a career-best four RBIs, leading the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night., bouncing the Indians out of first place in the AL Central for the first time in 28 days. Moustakas hit a two-run homer off Justin Masterson (2-4) in the first inning and singled in two runs in the second as the Royals built a 7-2 lead for Smith (1-1). That was more than enough support for the left-hander, who allowed two runs and four hits and rebounded nicely after being thumped by the New York Yankees in his big-league debut last week. Afterward, the humble 22-year-old was stunned by the moment. "Its just awesome," said Smith, who was in the clubhouse for the final three innings. "An amazing feeling. You think of what it will be like your whole life. Just getting to the big leagues, and then to win? Its a dream come true." Humberto Quintero added two RBIs as the Royals, despite three errors and 12 strikeouts, improved to 15-11 on the road. Masterson, who beat Detroit ace Justin Verlander in his previous start, allowed seven earned runs in six innings. The Indians have dropped four of five since sweeping the Tigers last week. Following the game, Indians manager Manny Acta opened his remarks by commenting on his teams flat performance. "I must confess, that had to be the most boring game I have ever been part of," he said. "That second inning just sucked all the energy out of us." Smith took the mound with a 2-0 lead but quickly found trouble, walking the first two hitters he faced before giving up a single to load the bases. Smith limited the damage to two runs and gained strength as he went along. After he allowed two singles in the third, the only Cleveland player to reach -- on a throwing error by third baseman Moustakas -- was erased on a double play. Smith walked two and struck out five. "I just got mad and went after them," he said. "It sure helps when your offence puts up some runs. I cant thank them enough." Royals manager Ned Yost said he nearly pulled Smith in the first. "It was real shaky, so much so that I had (Vin) Mazzaro warming up," Yost said. "If it gets to four (runs), Im getting him. I didnt want to do it. Then he got after it. Getting the lead helped him regain composure and he pretty much said, Enough of this. And he went right after people." Masterson trailed 7-2 after two innings but, like Smith, the right-hander found his groove and finished with no walks and eight strikeouts, his most since fanning 10 on Opening Day. "Its always one inning," Masterson said. Most of the pregame discussion centred around Cleveland closer Chris Perezs gesture toward Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson in the ninth inning of Mondays series opener. Perez, who irked the Royals with comments earlier this season, celebrated a strikeout of Dyson by waving his hand -- "You cant see me" -- in front of his face. Dyson was annoyed by Perezs antics and was looking forward to getting even with the right-hander. That matchup never materialized as the Royals built a large lead and rolled. Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went 1 for 4 as the DH after missing three consecutive games with a tight hamstring. By the end of the second inning, Moustakas already had his four RBIs and was looking for more. After connecting for his eighth homer in the first, his two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second off Masterson as the Royals opened a five-run lead. Kansas City used small-ball tactics -- a single, hit batter and sacrifice -- to set things up before Quintero, Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella delivered RBI singles. Moustakas just missed hitting a three-run homer -- the umpires left the field to review his shot to right -- before his base hit made it 7-2. Moustakas was batting just .115 (3 of 26) on the road trip before his homer in the first. With Giavotella on with a fielders choice, Moustakas drove Mastersons 3-1 pitch over the wall in right-centre to make it 2-0. Moustakas could have accepted some of the credit for getting Smith his first win, but he passed the praise off to his young teammate. "Its a big night for Will," he said. "Thats what today is all about. It was a lot of fun watching him get his first major league victory." The Indians tied it in their half on RBIs by Jose Lopez and Michael Brantley, and Cleveland seemed to have Smith reeling. But the smooth lefty, who lasted just 3 1-3 innings in his debut at Yankee Stadium, retired Aaron Cunningham on a pop out before striking out Lonnie Chisenhall. Notes: The Indians had at least a share of first since April 22. .... Smith was originally signed by Angels scout Tom Kotchman, father of Indians 1B Casey Kotchman. ... Royals LHP Danny Duffy has had his Tommy John elbow surgery postponed indefinitely because he has strep throat. Duffy, the third Kansas City player to have the procedure, had been scheduled to have the operation on Thursday in Los Angeles. ... Indians OF Grady Sizemore, still recovering from back surgery, was impressed with Brantleys incredible catch a few days ago in Chicago. "Great catch," Sizemore said of Brantleys leaping over-the-wall grab. "Its one of those things I used to be able to do." ... Royals LHP Jonathan Sanchez, sidelined since May 8 with biceps tendinitis, pitched 5 2-3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha. cheap nfl jerseys .com) - The Vancouver Canucks recovered from a fluke goal early last time out to knock off one of the top teams in the league. cheap jerseys . During the morning loop on TSN, SportsCentre presents Purple Hearts, a TSN Original feature on Daron Richardson, daughter of former NHL defenceman Luke Richardson, who took her own life at the age of 14.BOSTON - With Game 6 looming, Fenway Park a quiet calm before a New England crowd fills it and creates a raucous storm, were down to the nitty-gritty in this American League Championship Series. The hometown Red Sox, leading 3-2 and a win away from a trip to the World Series; the visiting Tigers, facing the daunting task of having to win twice on the road to wrest away the American League pennant. The prospect seems doable, however, considering presumptive Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer is due to hurl Game 6 and, should Detroit win, former Cy Young award Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch Game 7. These teams are grinding. A series which started on the strength of pitching has morphed into an offensive battle. The Red Sox are hitting only .206 as a group in the ALCS, the Tigers .259, but the two clubs have combined for 41 hits in the last two games after teaming up for only 35 total in the first three. The Tigers are hurting, namely their star third baseman Miguel Cabrera and catcher Alex Avila. Cabrera, sapped of his ability to drive the ball to the opposite field by a leg injury which also has further depleted his already limited range at third base, will continue to chug along as best he can. Cabrera is 5-16 (.313) in the series but his lone extra base hit is a Game 2 home run, more the product of a mistake curveball hung by Clay Buchholz than Cabreras ability to get his damaged lower body to leverage his swing through the baseball. There has been next to no discussion, except in whispers, to removing Cabrera from the starting lineup. Manager Jim Leyland couldnt do it, hed be skewered publicly if he did and the Tigers were eliminated, and from a logistical standpoint his replacement options are limited. Hernan Perez? Thats not happening. What about some combination of Jhonny Peralta and Jose Iglesias on the left side of the infield and the insertion of Andy Dirks or Don Kelly in left field? Sounds like a better plan but, really, despite Cabreras Game 5 base running foible, costly error and poor at-bats, a Miggy at 60-percent (or less) remains the best option. If hes willing and able to play, play him. "It kind of breaks your heart, to be honest with you," said Leyland of the state of Cabreras health. "Hes tough as nails. I have so much respect for him. Everybody is conscientious these days about people earning their money. You talk about somebody who is earning their money, this guy feels like he owes it to the Detroit Tigers and our fans to be out there." As for Avila, hes reaffirming the notion that catchers play one of the most difficult positions in pro sports. Hes fouled a pitch off his right toes, strained the patellar tendon in his left knee in a home plate collision with Bostons David Ross, had Ross foul a pitch squarely off his face mask, and left a game early dazed and in pain, all in the last 72 hours. Avila is willing and able to play and hes the man with whom Leyland must go. "The main thing from a managers standpoint, the one thing you dont want to happen is when youre dealing with an injury - and I think Alex is fine now - the one thing you dont want to happen is start the game and take him out in the second or third inning," said Leyland. "Thats the one thing I try to guard against as a manager." Meantime, Prince Fielder has a hit in four of the five games so far. It feels, however, as if hes done nothing outside of doubling and then scoring in the sixth inning of Game 2. The plate approach is being questioneed, even Leylands referred to Fielders attempts to slap the ball to left field, but Fielders one of the horses which brought Leyland to the rodeo. wholesale jerseys. Hes not coming out of the lineup and nor should he. The only lineup move of significance Leylands made has been to drop Austin Jackson from the lead off spot to the eight-hole. The Tigers bullpen has allowed seven earned runs in 11 innings pitched against the Red Sox (5.72 ERA) but the damage has been limited to just two of the games, although one is most certainly memorable. Five Detroit relievers each allowed a run in Game 2, the "Big Papi Grand Slam" game, and Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit each got nicked for a run allowed in the Tigers Game 4 win. Regardless of the numbers and how you break them down to determine the true extent of their ugliness, the relievers Leyland has are the guys hell have to live with - maybe die with - the rest of the way. No doubt Leyland is hoping Scherzer and Verlander, if necessary, can get him very deep into these remaining games. Boston, despite hitting a paltry .150 in the first three games, has an opportunity to book its third appearance in the World Series since 2004. The bats have awakened, with 22 hits combined in Games 4 and 5. The catalyst hasnt been David Ortiz or Dustin Pedroia but Mike Napoli, whose seventh inning home run off Justin Verlander in Game 3 accounted for that games only run. It also propelled Napoli, previously slumping, and including that home run hes since 6-10 with two home runs and a double. "As we talked about the other day, when it was thought because of his struggles or the way things were going in this postseason do you look to sit him and that was never contemplated, other than Game 2 where we thought there might be a better matchup with Mike Carp and the left hander," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "When he gets into that upswing he can carry us and not just because of the home run he hit (Thursday) night, you see the other things hes very capable of doing." Farrell has found magic in the back end of his bullpen. Koji Uehara has four saves in as many playoff opportunities but its been the work of Junichi Tazawa (2 1/3 innings - one run) and Craig Breslow (2 1/3 innings - no runs) that has solidified Farrells late game approach. The key has been Uehara. "Hes not doing something this year that is so out of the norm for him," said Farrell. "Hes been a very successful pitcher, whether its been in Japan or here.  But the fact hes the closer here, hes gained the notoriety that he deserves." Farrell, by the way, deserves credit for the handling of his pitching in Game 5. Sensing that Jon Lester was losing control of his outing, a 4-0 lead had been trimmed to 4-2 with one on and one out in the sixth inning, Farrell called for Tazawa and initiated his plan, which asked for Tazawa, Breslow and Uehara to get the final 11 outs of the game. The plan worked and even if it hadnt, it would have been unfair – flat out wrong – to question Farrells strategy. Farrell also deleted the slumping Will Middlebrooks from the starting lineup and replaced him with 21-year-old Xander Bogaerts, whos responded with two doubles, two runs scored and a walk (2-4) in five plate appearances. However this series concludes, the winner will be lauded and the loser will be second-guessed. What weve seen in this series, for the most part, is great pitching and good baseball. The best could be yet to come. ' ' '
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SAO PAULO - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is worried the street protests that are planned during the World Cup could hurt his teams chances of winning the title. cheap jerseys from china . Scolari says that although Brazilians have the right to complain about the government and demand improvements, perhaps the protests wont be coming at the "right time." He said the protests "could, big-time" affect his players performance during the World Cup, although he will not prohibit them from talking about the subject during the tournament. In an interview with Globo TV late Sunday, Scolari also said Brazil should have done a better job in its preparations for the World Cup, and said he has already made up his mind on 21 of the 23 players of his squad. Violent anti-government protests erupted across Brazil last year as people took to the streets calling for better services and questioning the billions being spent on hosting the World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. The protests have since diminished in size, but they are widely expected again in the run-up to this years football tournament. "I think the protests can happen," Scolari said. "If they are peaceful, then thats democracy. Everyone has the right to protest. But I dont know if its the right time." The coach had already tried to distance the national team from the protests during last years Confederations Cup, when the largest public demonstrations in a generation broke out at the start of the warm-up tournament. Protests happened in all six host cities at the time, although matches and teams were not directly affected as Brazil went on to win the title. The players openly talked about the protests last year and the coach said they will be allowed to do it again during the World Cup. "They are national team players and they are on a mission," he said. "They can express themselves and say look, I also want a better Brazil, but I dont want it to be something that causes problems to our environment." Scolari also criticized Brazils preparations for the World Cup, saying that the country wasted time and should have done more to get things ready more quickly. "We could have done a better job to take advantage of these seven years that we had to prepare everything that was going to be needed, from airports to roads to education," he said. "But we lost time and we now we are out of time." Scolari last week confirmed nine players who will make Brazils squad — David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Paulinho, Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva, Fred and Neymar — and on Sunday he said there are only two spots remaining in the team. "We are still making observations, there are a lot of things we are still looking at," he said. Scolari will announce the official 23-man squad on May 7. Seven possible alternates will be announced later. Brazil will play friendlies against Panama and Serbia just before the World Cup opener against Croatia on June 12. cheap jerseys free shipping . Spains victory rendered Frances 3-0 win against Finland meaningless as Spain needed just one point to secure passage to Brazil. Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema scored either side of Joona Toivios own-goal as France advanced to the playoff among the eight best second-place finishers. cheap jerseys . Good decision. LeBlanc went six innings for his second career victory at the homer-friendly ballpark, and the San Diego Padres scored four runs off an ailing Dontrelle Willis for a 7-3 victory Sunday that avoided a sweep by the Cincinnati Reds.WACO, Texas -- Kansas coach Bill Self knows most people look at how Andrew Wiggins plays as a barometer for what to expect from the eighth-ranked Jayhawks. Dont make the mistake of overlooking the other players around the Big 12s top-scoring freshman. Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run before halftime, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night. "Weve just got to be a team that its going to be a different guy most every night," Self said. "And (Tharpe) stepped up when we needed him to step up." Early on, there were three ties and nine lead changes. Tharpes short jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half broke a 25-all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay. The tiebreaking shot was Tharpes third basket in a 14-3 spurt over the final 5 minutes of the first half, and he added a 3-pointer with a minute left. He then made another 3 on Kansas opening possession after halftime. Wiggins, a native of Vaughan, Ont., finished 4-of-13 shooting and didnt make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime for a 35-27 lead. "Well, we ran that play for him at the end of the first half to get him going," Self joked of Wiggins, who finished two points off his season average. "It was big. It gave a great momentum push going into halftime," said Perry Ellis, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. "It was great that he knocked that down. It got him going." Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak. Its the longest home drought since dropping six straight in 2005. The Bears, coming off a win at then-No. 8 Oklahoma State that snapped their overall five-game losing streak, was trying to set up for a final shot before halftime when Kenny Chery threw an errant pass that Wiggins intercepted. "Round 1 is over in the league. We have to do betteer in Round 2," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.dddddddddddd "The good thing is I believe we can win every game, but with the Big 12 being like it is we can lose every game. 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They still had a share of their ninth consecutive Big 12 title, but that loss kept them from winning it outright. Baylor was within 49-44 midway through the second half and Wiggins had just shot and missed the rim. But the Bears missed three free throws on the same possession. Then, with Baylor students chanting "Air Ball!, Air Ball!", Wiggins swished a 3-pointer from the right wing. Wiggins scored again on the next possession to push the lead to 54-44, and had the next basket as well with a dunk with 7:49 left. Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers, but didnt score again after his last gave Baylor a 22-21 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. "We were just playing him behind his numbers. We were running behind him," Tharpe said of second-half adjustments on Heslip. "We just knew that he got a lot of good looks off in the first half, and we couldnt let that happen again." ' ' '
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