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INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck took the next step in the concussion protocol Wednesday by returning to full workouts at the Indianapolis Colts headquarters. Axel Witsel Jersey .If he is cleared by an independent doctor following practice, Indys franchise quarterback could start Monday night against the New York Jets.Luck missed his first game of the season last Thursday after complaining of concussion-like symptoms after a win Nov. 20 against Tennessee.He entered the leagues mandated protocol, but didnt have enough time to clear all of the steps before the Thanksgiving night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.When Luck returned to the team complex Monday, he told reporters he felt 100 percent. But he still had to complete a full practice before being cleared.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Youri Tielemans Belgium Jersey . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. Thomas Vermaelen Jersey . Jane Virtanen scored two, and Alex Roach and Elliott Peterson rounded out the offence for the Hitmen (40-15-6). Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. http://www.belgiumsoccerpro.com/Kevin-De-Bruyne-Belgium-Jersey/ . "Were just throwing s--- at the wall hoping something sticks," said Tortorella about the possible line combinations for Fridays game against Columbus. The Canucks have lost five straight games and six of their last seven, leaving them in a logjam in the Pacific Division, currently sitting fifth - good for ninth in the Western Conference. Darius Boyd has hailed Brisbane centre Tom Opacics defensive impact and says the rookies stunning breakout NRL season has taken him by surprise.Opacic, 21, is coming off arguably the best game of his seven-match career, in which he scored two tries in the Broncos 26-16 win over Melbourne.But it was more his work in defence - and in his victorious one-on-one battle with Maroons and Kangaroos star Will Chambers - that caught the eye of Boyd and his teammates.I didnt know a lot about Tommy when he first came into the team, Boyd said.I played a bit with him in the Nines over in New Zealand at the start of the year and he did a good job there.Hes really calm for his age and I think his defence speaks for itself, some of the ddecisions hes made there next to Milf (Anthony Milford) and Oatesy (Corey Oates). Yannick Carrasco Belgium Jersey. I notice it at training myself. Hes really good at reading (the opposition).There were a couple of times on the weekend he came in when he really needed to and solved it for us. As a young kid, its all you can ask for.Opacics form has caught the attention of rival clubs, but the Broncos have extended his contract at Red Hill to keep him until at least the end of 2017.Brisbane face the Sydney Roosters on Thursday night at Suncorp Stadium, and need a win to keep their chances of a top-four finish alive. ' ' ' 
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Tyler Flowers Braves Jersey .J. -- The New York Giants are so short of players in the secondary that rookie coach Ben McAdoo had to have a couple of his receivers play safety in practice.McAdoo would not identify the guys who got shifted on Thursday nor would he say whether any of them might be used Monday night when the Giants (2-1) face the Vikings (3-0) on the road.Who knows? Imagine Odell Backham Jr. back there! He did it in the Pro Bowl.The truth is the Giants need some bodies in the secondary, and its not just safety. They are hurting at cornerback, too.Lets start at safety. Rookie starter Darian Thompson missed last weekends game with a foot injury. He is still wearing a boot. His backup, Nat Berhe, is in the concussion protocol after being hurt this past week against the Redskins.Second-year safety Mykkele Thompson went on injured reserve on Sept. 20 with a knee injury.That leaves starter Landon Collins, Andrew Adams, who was signed off the practice squad late last week, and veteran cornerback Leon Hall, who has shifted to the back line.Janoris Jenkins is the only healthy starting cornerback. Dominique Rodgers Cromartie (groin) and first-round draft pick Eli Apple (hamstring) had to leave Sundays game. They did not practice on Thursday although they worked outside with the teams trainers.If neither cant go, veteran backup Trevin Wade and rookie Michael Hunter are next up.The only good thing for the Giants is that the Vikings are 31st in the league in offense and 28th in passing.The plan is the faces change but the expectations remain the same, McAdoo said when asked about who would start with Collins at safety.Adams would seem to be next in line, but he has very little experience. Hall is a nine-year veteran who says he could make the adjustment.Beckham would not mind a crack at safety.I wouldnt mind hitting someone, said Beckham, who has gotten his fair share of fines for illegal hits as a receiver. Theres a lot less rules when youre on defense. They expect the defense to be the aggressor. I think as an offensive player, when you come out here and are very aggressive its a little different from what they usually see.Collins, who started all 16 games as a rookie last season, never worked with Adams in training camp. Adams was at the lower end of the depth chart and was among the final cuts. He was signed to the practice squad and was elevated to the roster last week with the injuries to both Thompsons.Collins said that he, Adams, and Hall need a crash course on communicating.He is agile, he is quick, he is fast, Collins said of Adams. He knows what he is doing and he is assertive.Adams had an unsettling NFL debut. He was called for a fourth-quarter unnecessary roughness penalty that wiped out a punt block that would have given New York the ball at the Washington 18, trailing 26-24.In the days after the game, Adams wondered whether the mistake would cost him. Not only did he stay, he now has a chance to start.Im just grateful for the opportunity and I am going to make the best out of it, he said. Thats what I have been waiting for. This is what you play football for. I didnt come here to watch. Im here to play. Thats my mentality.Hall just as easily could play opposite Collins.Being next to him, of course, he is going to know what he needs to be doing because he has played the game for so many years and he knows exactly what he has done, Collins said.Apple, who got his first start last week, said he felt better than the day before. He said he jogged a little, but refused to say he felt good.Rodgers-Cromartie, who has never had a groin injury, insisted on Wednesday that he would play on Monday night.Wade, who played in all 16 games last season with three starts, is ready to step in.You just have to be ready and make the most of the opportunity, Wade said.Game notes RB Rashad Jennings (hand) was limited at practice. He missed last weeks game. ... DE Olivier Vernon (wrist) was a full-go at practice. ... OT Marshall Newhouse (calf) did not practice. ... McAdoo on the Vikings new U.S. Bank Stadium: Its going to be loud. Im sure its not going to be much louder than the Metrodome. ... DT Robert Thomas is over the illness that sidelined him the first three games. He has refused to say what it was.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Nick Markakis Braves Jersey . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey . -- Sergey Tolchinksy scored his second goal of the game 3:56 into overtime as the Sault Ste. http://www.baseballbravesproshop.com/darren-oday-braves-jersey/ . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. NSW centre Josh Dugan could be set for another stint on the sidelines after suffering a jaw injury in the Blues 18-14 win in State of Origin III.St George Illawarra star Dugan, who missed games one and two with an elbow injury, left the ANZ Stadium clash on Wednesday night midway tthrough the second half. Dansby Swanson Braves Jersey. It could be serious, Blues coach Laurie Daley said when asked about the injury in his post-match press conference. ' ' ' 
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MADRID -- Looking desolate, Lionel Messi sat on the ground and slowly began rolling down his socks, knowing his night was over. swell Bouteille France . Barcelona fans in the stands could not hide their apprehension, sensing the teams biggest star was in trouble.Messi had just pulled a muscle in Barcelonas 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, and tests showed he will be sidelined for three weeks with a groin strain.Although the injury leaves Barcelona facing the difficult task of playing without the star midfielder, it has no need to panic. The Catalan club has coped extremely well recently when playing without Messi, who was out for nearly two months last year with a knee injury.In the nine games he missed from September through November, Barcelona won seven, drawing one and losing another -- a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla. Coach Luis Enriques team outscored opponents 21-6 as Neymar and Luis Suarez stepped up to make up for their teammates absence. The two scored 18 goals between them with Messi sidelined.Last year, Messi had an even longer injury and we overcame it, said Luis Enrique, whose team still went on to win the Spanish league.Messi wont play in at least three games -- at Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo in the Spanish league, and at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League. He is certain to miss Argentinas World Cup qualifiers against Peru on Oct. 6 and Paraguay on Oct. 11.We try to take care of him, but its complicated with this calendar, Luis Enrique said.The coach said Barcelona will remain strong enough without Messi but admitted that he will have to look for different solutions.The midfielder, who got hurt while sprinting for the ball in the 58th minute, was replaced by Arda Turan, who will be the likely starter in the next three games. Turan had also played when Neymar was away with Brazil during the Summer Olympics.Luis Enrique could also replace Messi with midfielder Rafinha, giving more freedom up front to Neymar and Suarez, or with newly signed forward Paco Alcacer, which would change the teams tactics. The coach may also pick between midfielders Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes.Barcelona trails Real Madrid by three points after five rounds in the Spanish league. It leads Group C in the Champions League thanks to its 7-0 rout of Celtic in the opener on Sept. 13 -- a game in which Messi scored three goals.If Messi recovers within the timeframe given by the team, he will be back in time for the highly anticipated Champions League match against Manchester City on Oct. 19.Messi had already endured similar injury problems earlier this season. He hurt a muscle while playing for Barcelona in the Spanish league and had a groin problem that kept him from playing for Argentina in a World Cup qualifier.He has scored eight goals with Barcelona this season.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tales-azzoni swell France . Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. S Well Bouteille Paris . -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. http://www.swellbouteille.fr/ . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR.TORONTO -- Humming along through five innings, all it took was two mistakes to ruin R.A. Dickeys Sunday afternoon. The veteran right-hander had his knuckleball dancing until the top of the sixth, when Tampa Bays Luke Scott and Kelly Johnson hit back-to-back home runs on successive pitches to propel the Rays to a 4-3 victory and a three-game sweep of Toronto. "That seems to have been my bane this year. Its not all the time that you make a mistake with one and it gets hit out of the park. Its just this year its been the case," said Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner. "You make a mistake and they pop one out." With the score tied 1-1 and James Loney on board with a single, Scott belted his ninth home run of the season just over the wall in right to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. "His knuckleball is a great pitch, its really tough to square up," Scott said. "It should be illegal to throw that pitch. Theres a reason why he won the Cy Young last year. Its a real good pitch." The Rays (58-41) had barely finished celebrating the two-run bomb when Johnson hit a towering drive into the second deck in right for the former Toronto second basemans 15th home run of the campaign. Johnsons homer marked the fourth time Tampa Bay has gone back-to-back in 2013, including twice against Toronto (45-52), and the sixth time the Blue Jays have surrendered back-to-back home runs this season. "We needed a little bit better pitching performance than (what) I gave us today," said Dickey, whose team has lost four straight. "We needed a big one out of me today and I was hopeful to go into the seventh. I felt really good -- could have easily gone back out and its just frustrating that the results were what they were." Evan Longoria also went deep for the Rays, who hit seven home runs in the weekend series. Toronto scored two in the ninth to cut Tampa Bays lead to one when Jose Reyes doubled home Josh Thole and Brett Lawrie, but Rays closer Fernando Rodney struck out Jose Bautista and got a ground balls from Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera to pick up his 24th save. "Tough one. We had our opportunity to at least tie the game," Reyes said. "It is what it is and its a tough one. Disappointing." Dickey, who has not won since Canada Day and is now tied for the major league lead for home runs allowed with 23, agreed with fellow Toronto starter Mark Buehrles assessment after Saturdays loss that the Blue Jays, who were expected to contend, might be "overrated." "Its hard to see it any other way ... because of our record. I think the capability that this team has is still very, very good," said Dickey (8-11) after giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight. "We obviously still havent put all the pieces together and hopefully were going to be able to do thhat. Bouteille swell a Vendre. This is a team thats not just built for (one) year." Rays starter Chris Archer (5-3) had a stellar outing for Tampa Bay, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings. The 23-year-old right-hander also walked four and struck out one batter for the Rays, who have now won five straight games, 13 of their last 14 and 17 of 19 to climb into second place in the American League East. "Ive realized where my potential is and Im striving for that every time out," Archer said. Toronto, which occupies the AL East basement, had a chance to get back in it in the bottom of the sixth after Scott and Johnson went deep, but Lawrie popped out to second with the bases loaded for the third out. A large section of the sun-soaked but frustrated crowd of 41,247 at Rogers Centre, which watched the home team waste a number of similar opportunities in Saturdays loss, voiced its displeasure with a smattering of boos. "Right now were not playing good enough baseball to win a lot of games. Thats just basically what it comes down to. They outplayed us in all three games ... theyre on a nice little roll," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Theyve got a good ballclub, great pitching. Thats just the way it is." Toronto opened the scoring in the second when Tholes ground rule double to left brought Cabrera home from third. Longoria tied it in the top of the fourth when he took Dickeys first pitch of the inning to the opposite field in right for his 20th home run of the season. Dickey got in trouble in the top of the fifth when Tampa Bay put runners on second and third after two singles and a passed ball, but the 38-year-old struck out both Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist to keep the score tied 1-1 before things unravelled the following inning. "The buck always starts with the guy in front of the camera. If I turn in a few more outings that are better outings we might be at .500. I think it starts with our pitching and me in particular," said Dickey, before adding: "We are all just spokes in a big wheel and everybody plays a part." Notes: Prior to the game, the Blue Jays added former slugger Carlos Delgado to the clubs Level of Excellence. Delgado joins former players Dave Stieb, Roberto Alomar, Tony Fernandez, Joe Carter and George Bell, along with former manager Cito Gaston, former general manager Pat Gillick, late broadcaster Tom Cheek and current president and CEO Paul Beeston in being honoured. ... Dickey only gave up 24 home runs all of last season. ... The Blue Jays activated Cabrera (left knee tendinitis) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Neil Wagner to triple-A Buffalo. ... The Rays activated Loney off the paternity list and optioned infielder Ryan Roberts to triple-A Durham. ... The Blue Jays open an interleague series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Rogers Centre on Monday, while the Rays travel to Boston to take on the Red Sox. 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BEREA, Ohio -- The Browns have personal compassion for Josh Gordon. Michael Jordan Womens Jersey . Theyre done with him professionally.A day after the troubled wide receiver said hes entering rehab for an unspecified condition, Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Friday that the team intends to move on from Gordon.What we need to do is just close that chapter right now, Jackson said. Hes doing what he needs to do, and we need to do what we need to do, which is continue to move forward.One of the NFLs most talented young players, Gordon, who has been suspended for 30 of the Browns past 35 games, announced Thursday that hes stepping away from football to focus on getting his life together. The 25-year-old was scheduled to return from his latest four-game suspension next week and possibly play on Oct. 9 against New England.However, Gordon has chosen to put his career on hold to work on an unidentified addiction.Jackson, who said he talked to Gordon several times about his decision to enter rehab, grew tired of the questions about the former Pro Bowler. Jackson said his sole focus needs to be on taking care of the players that are here and the players that are practicing and working.What is best for our football team is that we move forward and move on, Jackson said. He is not going to be with us. We wish him well, but we are moving forward.Just last week, Jackson defended Gordon and talked at length about how well he was doing during his suspension. Gordon was only permitted to attend team meetings during his latest four-game ban for another violation of the NFLs substance abuse policy.When pressed on his level of disappointment in Gordon, Jackson said he was through addressing the topic.Again, none of that matters right now, he said. Im not going to answer anymore Josh Gordon comments or questions. Im done with it. Im going to coach our team that is here. That is what I want to do.The Browns stood by Gordon as long as they could, showing support as he tried to quell his demons. But just as they did with quarterback Johnny Manziel, the team reached a breaking point despite his immense talent and potential.Still, Gordons departure is painful for his teammates, who have been impressed with how hard hes worked, and wished him the best.This is bigger than football, said wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Hes a friend of mine, someone me and a lot of guys in this locker room care about, so this is important for him. Im happy for him that he took this step. Hopefully, its the first step in the right direction and the first of a lot of good things to come for him.Gordons situation has touched Hawkins deeply.Hawkins sister, Lucia Young, died of a heroin overdose in June and hes still dealing with his grief. She was 30 years old, a recovering addict trying to help others.She had been clean for two to three years, doing an incredible job, Hawkins said. Talked to her regularly, but the one relapse cost her her life. It was something I didnt see coming and it kind of opens your eyes up to what addiction is like. Its not a black-and-white situation. Its not cut and dry and its important for Josh to take this step and try and figure it out.Its a hard road and he understands that. But football isnt important right now.Hawkins said Gordon had made major strides and had been accountable during his suspension. And as much as he would like to line up alongside Gordon, who led the league in yards receiving in 2013, Hawkins wants his friend to get better.The personal side is more important, said Hawkins. I love football as much as anybody else and Josh is one of the best talents, up there with the best talent that Ive ever seen up close and personal, but its still secondary. Him being a good receiver isnt going to save his life 20 years from now. Him coming back to help the Cleveland Browns in 2016 isnt going to help him in 2025 if hes still dealing with these same issues. So Im sincere in what hes doing is important.I pray for the best for him and Im here for him no matter what.Game notes CB Joe Haden (groin) was limited in practice and is questionable for Sundays game at Washington. ... Starting RG Alvin Bailey apologized for his arrest on OVI suspicion last week. Ive got to own up to it, and hopefully well be able to work past it, he said. Bailey could be benched as discipline from the team.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Renell Wren Youth Jersey . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. Drew Sample Womens Jersey .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. http://www.bengalsrookiestore.com/Bengals-Jessie-Bates-Iii-Jersey/ . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from.The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with forward Nick Spaling, agreeing on one-year, $1.5 million deal on Sunday. Spaling, who was a restricted free agennt, had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday. Drew Sample Bengals Jersey. Last season, Spaling scored nine goals and added four assists for 13 points in 47 games. ' ' ' 
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kenny Hill has been named the starting quarterback for No. Max Scharping Texans Jersey . 13 TCU.Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said Thursday that Hill, the former Texas A&M transfer, will start his TCU debut Sept. 3 at home against South Dakota State after competing with sophomore Foster Sawyer for the starting job. Trevone Boykin was the starter the past three seasons.Hill sat out last season after transferring from Texas A&M, where he succeeded Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as the Aggies starter.As a sophomore in 2014, Hill threw for 2,649 yards with 23 touchdowns. He was 5-3 as A&Ms starter before getting suspended for two games for violating team rules and athletic department policies. He set a single-game school record with 511 yards passing in his starting debut at South Carolina. DeAndre Hopkins Youth Jersey . Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team took control of the game early. Max Scharping Jersey . -- Ty Montgomery had 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and fifth-ranked Stanford held on to beat No. http://www.officialhoustontexanspro.com/Kahale-warring-texans-jersey/ .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. Brisbanes horrific AFL year has blown a $1.78 million hole in their bottom line.The Lions have blamed some of the big net operating loss on having to pay out sacked coach Justin Leppitsch.Declining membership and crowd numbers also hurt, and the club they say they pumped an additional $500,000 this season into their football department.Only Essendons makeshift team saved the Lions from this seasons wooden spoon.They sacked Leppitschh, replacing him with Chris Fagan, and also lost Pearce Hanley to Gold Coast. Tytus Howard Womens Jersey. Chief executive Greg Swann said Brisbane continued to work with the AFL to boost their finances.As a club, we want to become relevant again - that involves a lot of hard work and we are up for the challenge, he said. ' ' ' 
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NEW YORK -- Odell Beckham Jr. Maury Wills Jersey . was fined $12,154 for verbal abuse/excessive profanity toward an official following the Giants 24-14 loss at Pittsburgh last weekend.The fine wasnt related to Beckhams postgame comments to reporters when he described an unsettling exchange with one official, complained about several non-calls and suggested referee Terry McAulays crew shouldnt work any more Giants games.It was the same crew that worked New Yorks game against Carolina last season in which Beckham and then-Panthers cornerback Josh Norman repeatedly drew flags for their confrontations.Three Jets players were each fined for unnecessary roughness during a 41-10 loss to Indianapolis. Cornerback Buster Skrine, D-lineman Sheldon Richardson and right tackle Breno Giancomini were all docked $9,115.Oakland punter Marquette King was fined $12,154 for picking up an officials flag and using it as a prop after being roughed by the Bills and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree was docked the same amount for taunting.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Ross Stripling Jersey . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Justin Turner Dodgers Jersey .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry. http://www.dodgerssale.com/dodgers-a-j-pollock-jersey/ . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Megan Rapinoe, one of the most senior players on the U.S. womens soccer team, has criticized Hope Solos disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans early departure from the Rio Olympics.Solo called the Swedes a bunch of cowards for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.Rapinoe told NBC Sports on Thursday she was really disappointed about Solos comments.Lets inspire, lets be badass, lets be fierce, lets be competitive. But were gracious and were humble, and we play the game a certain way, whether we win or lose, Rapinoe said.And weve been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves on the other side, we need to handle that graciously, and unfortunately that wasnt the case.Sweden ousted the U.S. 4-3 on peenalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal match. Fernando Valenzuela Dodgers Jersey. Sweden coach Pia Sundhages strategy was to play defensively and try to keep the offensively adept Americans from scoring.The tactic worked, but it angered Solo, the goalkeeper.We had that style of play when Pia was our coach. I dont think theyre going to make it far in the tournament. I think it was very cowardly, Solo said after the match. But, they won. Theyre moving on. And were going home.Sundhage used the same tactic in a semifinal match against Brazil, again advancing 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw. Sweden plays Germany on Friday in the gold-medal match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio. ' ' ' 
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ATLANTA -- Thomas Koufie became the first player in Louisiana-Monroe history to rush for five touchdowns in a game as he led the Warhawks to a 37-23 win over Georgia State on Saturday. Tyler Clippard Indians Jersey .Koufie rushed for 201 yards on 31 carries.The teams were locked in a defensive battle in the first half, with ULM (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) leading 9-7 at the break. Conner Manning, who finished with 422 yards passing and three scores, gave the Panthers a 13-9 lead when he hit Robert Davis on a 58-yard scoring strike. The Warhawks took the lead for good when Koufie broke in from the 1 with 6:23 left in the third.Davis became Georgia States career leader in receiving yards amassing 3,203 yards after pulling in five for 114 yards in this game. The Panthers (2-8, 1-5) had three receivers top the 100-yard mark as Glenn Smith had 123 yards and Jawan Nobles had 103 yards. Eddie Robinson Indians Jersey . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. Carlos Carrasco Jersey . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars. http://www.indianssale.com/indians-manny-ramirez-jersey/ .S. -- Nikolaj Ehlers registered a hat trick for the third straight game and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and five assists as the Halifax Mooseheads hammered the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-1 on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. With a week in the books, lets bounce around some of the good and bad of the early NBA season:1. Thabo Sefolosha, showing outFew NBA things make me happier than an emphatic, streaking Thabo Sefolosha dunk. Hes already crammed twice this season, and hes flying all over the court for an Atlanta second unit that is just obliterating people.The Hawks are plus-62 in the 84 minutes Sefolosha has played so far. That is unfathomable -- without fathom! He is shooting 61 percent from the floor, and swiping 3 steals per game in just 21 minutes -- one yoink for every seven minutes of floor time. He looks healthy, and unburdened, and it is awesome.We are about 19 months removed from Sefoloshas arrest by New York City police officers outside a club for obstructing the administration of government and resisting arrest. During his arrest and detainment, Sefolosha suffered injuries that include a broken fibula and ligament damage to his ankle, keeping him out of the 2015 playoffs. Leading up to his trial, Sefolosha rejected all plea deals, even one that would have resulted in a full dismissal of charges after a single day of community service, and fought for his good name. He was acquitted by a Manhattan jury in October 2015. I dont care how rich you are, or how airtight your case is. That takes guts.In April of this year, shortly before the end of the regular season, he also filed a federal lawsuit against the city and five NYC police officers, alleging false arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution.Sefolosha will plateau, and the Hawks bench has to prove it can sustain against better competition. (Mike Budenholzer will help, as usual, by keeping at least one key starter on the floor at all times to serve as a fulcrum on offense.) But we should rejoice in Sefoloshas play.2. Jusuf Nurkic, wrecking stuffThe Bosnian Bear is back, baby!!After a lost season, Nurkic is in shape, and tossing his giant body around to muck things up on both ends. Hes shooting 50 percent, snarfing down every rebound in sight, and earning heaps of foul shots.Hes nimble again on defense, though the results are spotty; the Nuggets have been worse on that end when Nurkic plays, and opponents have hit 57 percent of their shots at the rim with Nurkic nearby, per SportVU data -- a feast. He has been hit-or-miss switching onto little guys, though it looks great when he keeps a waterbug in front him.But the Nuggets are thrilled with all three of Nurkic, Nikola Jokic, and Kenneth Faried so far; Faried has played some of his best defense in a new bench role he doesnt want. Finding the right pairings and minutes distribution will be tough, especially since Danilo Gallinari needs time at power forward. The slowish Jurkic-Jokic starting combo has bled points, and smaller lineups with Faried at center -- the only way to get Denvers three highest-paid players (Gallo, Faried, and Wilson Chandler) on the floor at once -- have been uneven.Regardless: The NBA is way more fun with Nurkic bulldozing fools, and shouting so loudly around those basket mics that you can make out every Bosnian curse word. It doesnt always go like this, by the way. Nurkic spent last season injured and sulking. Some with the Nuggets were worried the team might lose him. Nurkic deserves credit for digging himself out. Michael Malone and his staff have found a way to be both demanding and inclusive; they have the Nuggets working hard, and pulling in the same direction.3. Golden State, keeping their hands cleanThe Warriors probably started the normalization process when Stephen Curry went supernova in the third quarter against Portland Tuesday night. Klay Thompson and Dwyane Wade havent switched bodies; Thompson, just 3-of-28 from deep so far, will rain fire soon. Theyve won three straight, and theyve now rebounded about 74 percent of opponent misses -- 24th in the league. Thats not great, but its also in the realm of good enough -- and only two percentage points worse than their mark last season. (The revamped Death Lineup is at 71 percent after Tuesday.)Even the panic over rim protection is probably a hair overblown; its not as if Andrew Bogut played 30 minutes per game. He was a valuable security blanket -- a guarantee Golden State would defend at a historically great level for at least 15 minutes a night, and an elbows-out jostler who spared Draymond Green and others some taxing dirty work.The Warriors -- especially Green -- defended with more spunk after halftime in Portland. All those weird blips of miscommunication carry the whiff of nonchalance -- of a team easing its way into the fall, confident of how good it can be when it matters.All that said, the Warriors are going to have to get dirty to reach the apex again. They wont just flit through four playoff rounds, bombing 3s, grinning trash talk, and blowing away teams.Watch Kevin Durant just chill in the right corner as his man, Maurice Harkless, skates in for an easy put-back:There has been way too much of that over Golden States first four games -- from Durant and others. Their centers just arent good enough, or big enough, for the perimeter players to half-ass rebounding. Its easy to say theyll just play harder in the postseason; Durant played the best defense of his life in that seven-game epic against Golden State just six short months ago.But great teams -- teams that come ready for the postseason hothouse -- form habits now. They dont take shortcuts, no matter how much talent they have.4. Fast-break stoppersThe NBA needs to end this scourge now. You know the play: team snags a turnover, starts an exciting fast break, and then some heady defender just standing in the way wraps up the ball-handler -- or clotheslines him -- before the fun really starts. It doesnt count as a clear path foul, since that heady defender knows there are plenty of players behind him to nullify that rule.Anecdotally, it feels like Ive seen more of this Euro-ball import over the first week of the season than ever before. It is not a basketball play. Its a wrestling move. Its awful. The NBA has an easy solution: just punish these intentional fouls with the clear-path penalty. Yes, that would have unintended consequences; some players would disguise their hacks with reach-ins that look like normal steals, and dare officials to make a judgment call -- one that could require replay.Still: An extreme penalty might deter the lamest offenses. Its worth a shot. Good news: League officials are monitoring the issue, and theyve already fielded occasional complaints from GMs, per league sources.5. Phillys red alternatesThe Sixers: looking great in losses since 2013! Did you see those shiny red duds Philly broke out for their Tuesday defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory pratfall against Orlando? The red is brighter and glitziier than typical NBA jersey red. Larry Doby Indians Jersey. All the details are perfect: the red stars that run down each side, with thin blue stripes bordering them, and especially that white mini alternate Sixers logo -- a circle made of stars -- at the belt buckle area.6. Dewayne Dedmon, no longer with hooves for handsTwo years ago, one GM explained his lack of interest in Dedmon as a cheapo backup with this zinger: He can block shots, but he has hooves for hands.The Spurs paid for a hand transplant, apparently:Salary-dumping Tiago Splitter to free up room for LaMarcus Aldridge was a no-brainer; Splitter is already injured again in Atlanta. But before last season, R.C. Buford, the Spurs GM, told me he was quietly fretting that the moves left San Antonio without a single big man capable of rolling hard to the basket and making plays -- Splitters speciality. Tim Duncan was aging fast. All three of Aldridge, David West, and Boris Diaw prefer hanging around the perimeter.It seemed like nitpicking from an over-worrier, but Buford was onto something. The Spurs needed more ways to pressure the rim, and suck in help defenders.They took a flier on Dedmon to fill that role, and through five games, he looks like a nice addition to their rotation -- the shot-blocking rim-runner type they havent had in a while. The Spurs expected all Dedmons hoppy activity, but if he starts easing in soft-touch bunnies around the rim, even San Antonio higher-ups will be shocked. That is found money.Dedmon is rebounding at a career-best rate, and he and David Lee have formed a shockingly effective backup big partnership.7. The Magics clogged toilet spacingOrlandos spacing is as bad as advertised. Where in the hell is Evan Fournier supposed to go on this pick-and-roll, with defenders sagging off Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Elfrid Payton?Gordon looks nothing like Paul George, as the Magic promised he might; hes 0-of-6 out of the pick-and-roll across four games, per Synergy. The offense has cratered with Bismack Biyombo on the floor; the Biyombo-Vucevic double-center look has predictably been a disaster, and the vaunted Biyombo-Ibaka combo hasnt worked -- yet.Neither of those two can post up, so teams are fine switching smaller guys onto them if it neuters a Magic pick-and-roll. They arent natural playmakers on the move. By the time they spot a crease for a pass or drive, its already closed.Its early, and the Magic have faced solid defensive teams. They will figure some things out. But all the worries about their lack of shooting have manifested. When youre playing C.J. Watson in crunch time to generate some spacing, and going offense-defense with Gordon, youve got issues.8. Jae Crowder, getting better every seasonThis is what happens when a smart, hard-working player comes in contact with an open-minded coach who lets allegedly one-dimensional guys stretch themselves:The Mavs never imagined Crowder could make plays like this when they tossed him into the catastrophic Rajon Rondo deal. The Celtics probably couldnt, either, but without much playmaking around Isaiah Thomas, they needed everyone else to at least try and keep the machine moving when Thomas swung the ball.Crowder has made the sort of incremental game-by-game progress you barely notice unless you watch Boston a lot. At first, he launched too many contested 3s, or paused just long enough before driving for his defender to close out on him and regain balance.At the start of last season, youd see flashes of a new decisiveness; Crowder would catch the pass, and instantly start his drive -- wrong-footing a defender scrambling back toward him on the perimeter. By midseason, hed finish those drives with the occasional canny pass to the next open man. By the end of last season, he was arguably Bostons best all-around player.Today, you see a few plays like this every game. Crowder has become the do-everything third and fourth banana every team wants alongside its stars. Hell never initiate the offense, but he can slice into a scrambled defense when someone else has done the heavy lifting -- and guard three positions on the other end.9. The Kristaps Porzingis carousel.Yes, yes, yes! More of this trickery, please!This is a genius use of Carmelo Anthony as decoy. The Knicks run Anthony off a standard pindown, and they know most teams will expect Anthony to jack. But Anthony circles right back around, and smacks Zingers man with a nice screen.This set also launches you down the rabbit hole of determining exactly how much pure triangle offense Jeff Hornacek is running. This isnt quite the triangle; its a cool set that pops up around the league. But it also emerges out of something like the spacing setup that kicks off a lot of pure triangle possessions.The triangle soap opera will proceed as long as Phil Jackson hangs around, peeping in on coaches meetings and making a show of tutoring guys in specific triangle actions. But on some nights -- their weekend win against Memphis, for instance -- the Knicks run very little of the real thing.10. A design upgrade in HoustonWhat an upgrade -- from this......to this:Houston took the no-paint look to an extreme, and they were the last holdout after everyone else -- Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Portland -- refilled their painted areas. What we had -- it worked back then, but looking at it today, it just looked kind of blah, said Jose Lopez, the Rockets creative director.Houston experimented with dozens of designs starting last fall, including some that featured much more black along the baselines and sidelines. They concluded red was their primary identifier, and demoted the black to the 3-point lines and other markings. This is red nation, Lopez said.They toyed with shading Houstons skyline into the bottom half of the floor, as both the Cavs and Nuggets did last season. But this isnt New York and Seattle, with iconic buildings where you can tell what everything is, Lopez said. Its a nice skyline, but its not as recognizable.One thing they didnt consider: scrapping that R logo, with those gorgeous jets of smoke dripping from the bottom, in favor of a more literal representation of a rocket. The days of garish space-aged cartoons appear to be over, even though the Rockets know fans are lukewarm on their current mark. We are not changing the logo, Lopez said.Youll also notice Houston ditched the two-toned style in which the wood inside the 3-point arc is a different shade than the wood elsewhere. That was not planned; Houston is not sure how the two-toning vanished from the final product. That was an accident, Lopez said.Its better this way. The court is sharp and clean, and that red looks great. ' ' ' 
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ATLANTA -- Thomas Koufie became the first player in Louisiana-Monroe history to rush for five touchdowns in a game as he led the Warhawks to a 37-23 win over Georgia State on Saturday. Tyler Clippard Indians Jersey .Koufie rushed for 201 yards on 31 carries.The teams were locked in a defensive battle in the first half, with ULM (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) leading 9-7 at the break. Conner Manning, who finished with 422 yards passing and three scores, gave the Panthers a 13-9 lead when he hit Robert Davis on a 58-yard scoring strike. The Warhawks took the lead for good when Koufie broke in from the 1 with 6:23 left in the third.Davis became Georgia States career leader in receiving yards amassing 3,203 yards after pulling in five for 114 yards in this game. The Panthers (2-8, 1-5) had three receivers top the 100-yard mark as Glenn Smith had 123 yards and Jawan Nobles had 103 yards. Eddie Robinson Indians Jersey . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. Carlos Carrasco Jersey . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars. http://www.indianssale.com/indians-manny-ramirez-jersey/ .S. -- Nikolaj Ehlers registered a hat trick for the third straight game and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and five assists as the Halifax Mooseheads hammered the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-1 on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. With a week in the books, lets bounce around some of the good and bad of the early NBA season:1. Thabo Sefolosha, showing outFew NBA things make me happier than an emphatic, streaking Thabo Sefolosha dunk. Hes already crammed twice this season, and hes flying all over the court for an Atlanta second unit that is just obliterating people.The Hawks are plus-62 in the 84 minutes Sefolosha has played so far. That is unfathomable -- without fathom! He is shooting 61 percent from the floor, and swiping 3 steals per game in just 21 minutes -- one yoink for every seven minutes of floor time. He looks healthy, and unburdened, and it is awesome.We are about 19 months removed from Sefoloshas arrest by New York City police officers outside a club for obstructing the administration of government and resisting arrest. During his arrest and detainment, Sefolosha suffered injuries that include a broken fibula and ligament damage to his ankle, keeping him out of the 2015 playoffs. Leading up to his trial, Sefolosha rejected all plea deals, even one that would have resulted in a full dismissal of charges after a single day of community service, and fought for his good name. He was acquitted by a Manhattan jury in October 2015. I dont care how rich you are, or how airtight your case is. That takes guts.In April of this year, shortly before the end of the regular season, he also filed a federal lawsuit against the city and five NYC police officers, alleging false arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution.Sefolosha will plateau, and the Hawks bench has to prove it can sustain against better competition. (Mike Budenholzer will help, as usual, by keeping at least one key starter on the floor at all times to serve as a fulcrum on offense.) But we should rejoice in Sefoloshas play.2. Jusuf Nurkic, wrecking stuffThe Bosnian Bear is back, baby!!After a lost season, Nurkic is in shape, and tossing his giant body around to muck things up on both ends. Hes shooting 50 percent, snarfing down every rebound in sight, and earning heaps of foul shots.Hes nimble again on defense, though the results are spotty; the Nuggets have been worse on that end when Nurkic plays, and opponents have hit 57 percent of their shots at the rim with Nurkic nearby, per SportVU data -- a feast. He has been hit-or-miss switching onto little guys, though it looks great when he keeps a waterbug in front him.But the Nuggets are thrilled with all three of Nurkic, Nikola Jokic, and Kenneth Faried so far; Faried has played some of his best defense in a new bench role he doesnt want. Finding the right pairings and minutes distribution will be tough, especially since Danilo Gallinari needs time at power forward. The slowish Jurkic-Jokic starting combo has bled points, and smaller lineups with Faried at center -- the only way to get Denvers three highest-paid players (Gallo, Faried, and Wilson Chandler) on the floor at once -- have been uneven.Regardless: The NBA is way more fun with Nurkic bulldozing fools, and shouting so loudly around those basket mics that you can make out every Bosnian curse word. It doesnt always go like this, by the way. Nurkic spent last season injured and sulking. Some with the Nuggets were worried the team might lose him. Nurkic deserves credit for digging himself out. Michael Malone and his staff have found a way to be both demanding and inclusive; they have the Nuggets working hard, and pulling in the same direction.3. Golden State, keeping their hands cleanThe Warriors probably started the normalization process when Stephen Curry went supernova in the third quarter against Portland Tuesday night. Klay Thompson and Dwyane Wade havent switched bodies; Thompson, just 3-of-28 from deep so far, will rain fire soon. Theyve won three straight, and theyve now rebounded about 74 percent of opponent misses -- 24th in the league. Thats not great, but its also in the realm of good enough -- and only two percentage points worse than their mark last season. (The revamped Death Lineup is at 71 percent after Tuesday.)Even the panic over rim protection is probably a hair overblown; its not as if Andrew Bogut played 30 minutes per game. He was a valuable security blanket -- a guarantee Golden State would defend at a historically great level for at least 15 minutes a night, and an elbows-out jostler who spared Draymond Green and others some taxing dirty work.The Warriors -- especially Green -- defended with more spunk after halftime in Portland. All those weird blips of miscommunication carry the whiff of nonchalance -- of a team easing its way into the fall, confident of how good it can be when it matters.All that said, the Warriors are going to have to get dirty to reach the apex again. They wont just flit through four playoff rounds, bombing 3s, grinning trash talk, and blowing away teams.Watch Kevin Durant just chill in the right corner as his man, Maurice Harkless, skates in for an easy put-back:There has been way too much of that over Golden States first four games -- from Durant and others. Their centers just arent good enough, or big enough, for the perimeter players to half-ass rebounding. Its easy to say theyll just play harder in the postseason; Durant played the best defense of his life in that seven-game epic against Golden State just six short months ago.But great teams -- teams that come ready for the postseason hothouse -- form habits now. They dont take shortcuts, no matter how much talent they have.4. Fast-break stoppersThe NBA needs to end this scourge now. You know the play: team snags a turnover, starts an exciting fast break, and then some heady defender just standing in the way wraps up the ball-handler -- or clotheslines him -- before the fun really starts. It doesnt count as a clear path foul, since that heady defender knows there are plenty of players behind him to nullify that rule.Anecdotally, it feels like Ive seen more of this Euro-ball import over the first week of the season than ever before. It is not a basketball play. Its a wrestling move. Its awful. The NBA has an easy solution: just punish these intentional fouls with the clear-path penalty. Yes, that would have unintended consequences; some players would disguise their hacks with reach-ins that look like normal steals, and dare officials to make a judgment call -- one that could require replay.Still: An extreme penalty might deter the lamest offenses. Its worth a shot. Good news: League officials are monitoring the issue, and theyve already fielded occasional complaints from GMs, per league sources.5. Phillys red alternatesThe Sixers: looking great in losses since 2013! Did you see those shiny red duds Philly broke out for their Tuesday defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory pratfall against Orlando? The red is brighter and glitziier than typical NBA jersey red. Larry Doby Indians Jersey. All the details are perfect: the red stars that run down each side, with thin blue stripes bordering them, and especially that white mini alternate Sixers logo -- a circle made of stars -- at the belt buckle area.6. Dewayne Dedmon, no longer with hooves for handsTwo years ago, one GM explained his lack of interest in Dedmon as a cheapo backup with this zinger: He can block shots, but he has hooves for hands.The Spurs paid for a hand transplant, apparently:Salary-dumping Tiago Splitter to free up room for LaMarcus Aldridge was a no-brainer; Splitter is already injured again in Atlanta. But before last season, R.C. Buford, the Spurs GM, told me he was quietly fretting that the moves left San Antonio without a single big man capable of rolling hard to the basket and making plays -- Splitters speciality. Tim Duncan was aging fast. All three of Aldridge, David West, and Boris Diaw prefer hanging around the perimeter.It seemed like nitpicking from an over-worrier, but Buford was onto something. The Spurs needed more ways to pressure the rim, and suck in help defenders.They took a flier on Dedmon to fill that role, and through five games, he looks like a nice addition to their rotation -- the shot-blocking rim-runner type they havent had in a while. The Spurs expected all Dedmons hoppy activity, but if he starts easing in soft-touch bunnies around the rim, even San Antonio higher-ups will be shocked. That is found money.Dedmon is rebounding at a career-best rate, and he and David Lee have formed a shockingly effective backup big partnership.7. The Magics clogged toilet spacingOrlandos spacing is as bad as advertised. Where in the hell is Evan Fournier supposed to go on this pick-and-roll, with defenders sagging off Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Elfrid Payton?Gordon looks nothing like Paul George, as the Magic promised he might; hes 0-of-6 out of the pick-and-roll across four games, per Synergy. The offense has cratered with Bismack Biyombo on the floor; the Biyombo-Vucevic double-center look has predictably been a disaster, and the vaunted Biyombo-Ibaka combo hasnt worked -- yet.Neither of those two can post up, so teams are fine switching smaller guys onto them if it neuters a Magic pick-and-roll. They arent natural playmakers on the move. By the time they spot a crease for a pass or drive, its already closed.Its early, and the Magic have faced solid defensive teams. They will figure some things out. But all the worries about their lack of shooting have manifested. When youre playing C.J. Watson in crunch time to generate some spacing, and going offense-defense with Gordon, youve got issues.8. Jae Crowder, getting better every seasonThis is what happens when a smart, hard-working player comes in contact with an open-minded coach who lets allegedly one-dimensional guys stretch themselves:The Mavs never imagined Crowder could make plays like this when they tossed him into the catastrophic Rajon Rondo deal. The Celtics probably couldnt, either, but without much playmaking around Isaiah Thomas, they needed everyone else to at least try and keep the machine moving when Thomas swung the ball.Crowder has made the sort of incremental game-by-game progress you barely notice unless you watch Boston a lot. At first, he launched too many contested 3s, or paused just long enough before driving for his defender to close out on him and regain balance.At the start of last season, youd see flashes of a new decisiveness; Crowder would catch the pass, and instantly start his drive -- wrong-footing a defender scrambling back toward him on the perimeter. By midseason, hed finish those drives with the occasional canny pass to the next open man. By the end of last season, he was arguably Bostons best all-around player.Today, you see a few plays like this every game. Crowder has become the do-everything third and fourth banana every team wants alongside its stars. Hell never initiate the offense, but he can slice into a scrambled defense when someone else has done the heavy lifting -- and guard three positions on the other end.9. The Kristaps Porzingis carousel.Yes, yes, yes! More of this trickery, please!This is a genius use of Carmelo Anthony as decoy. The Knicks run Anthony off a standard pindown, and they know most teams will expect Anthony to jack. But Anthony circles right back around, and smacks Zingers man with a nice screen.This set also launches you down the rabbit hole of determining exactly how much pure triangle offense Jeff Hornacek is running. This isnt quite the triangle; its a cool set that pops up around the league. But it also emerges out of something like the spacing setup that kicks off a lot of pure triangle possessions.The triangle soap opera will proceed as long as Phil Jackson hangs around, peeping in on coaches meetings and making a show of tutoring guys in specific triangle actions. But on some nights -- their weekend win against Memphis, for instance -- the Knicks run very little of the real thing.10. A design upgrade in HoustonWhat an upgrade -- from this......to this:Houston took the no-paint look to an extreme, and they were the last holdout after everyone else -- Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Portland -- refilled their painted areas. What we had -- it worked back then, but looking at it today, it just looked kind of blah, said Jose Lopez, the Rockets creative director.Houston experimented with dozens of designs starting last fall, including some that featured much more black along the baselines and sidelines. They concluded red was their primary identifier, and demoted the black to the 3-point lines and other markings. This is red nation, Lopez said.They toyed with shading Houstons skyline into the bottom half of the floor, as both the Cavs and Nuggets did last season. But this isnt New York and Seattle, with iconic buildings where you can tell what everything is, Lopez said. Its a nice skyline, but its not as recognizable.One thing they didnt consider: scrapping that R logo, with those gorgeous jets of smoke dripping from the bottom, in favor of a more literal representation of a rocket. The days of garish space-aged cartoons appear to be over, even though the Rockets know fans are lukewarm on their current mark. We are not changing the logo, Lopez said.Youll also notice Houston ditched the two-toned style in which the wood inside the 3-point arc is a different shade than the wood elsewhere. That was not planned; Houston is not sure how the two-toning vanished from the final product. That was an accident, Lopez said.Its better this way. The court is sharp and clean, and that red looks great. ' ' ' 
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One report claims Wilton Speight broke his left collarbone and is done for the season. Craig Hartsburg Stars Jersey .Another states the Michigan sophomore quarterback is week-to-week.As for coach Jim Harbaugh, he says his star signal caller is questionable when the No. 4 Wolverines host Indiana in Big Ten play on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).Speight suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of last Saturdays 14-13 loss to Iowa. News of the injury began circulating on Monday, but Harbaugh declined to confirm the seriousness of the injury or discuss any other details related to Speight.Harbaugh was a little more forthcoming Tuesday during a Big Ten teleconference, but he still refused to confirm whether the collarbone is broken.I never really get into that talk; Im not a doctor, Harbaugh said. Id hate to be the third person talking about these things. He remains questionable for Saturday and well reevaluate after that.Speight isnt practicing this week and all indications point to junior John OKorn drawing the start against the Hoosiers (5-5, 3-4).OKorn has previous starting experience at Houston and waged a tight battle for Michigans starting job before being beaten out by Speight during fall camp.OKorn passed for 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns against 10 interceptions as a freshman in 2013. He lost the starting gig at Houston the following season when he passed for 951 yards and six touchdowns against eight interceptions.He sat out last season as a transfer and has served in the mop-up role this season. OKorn has completed 13 of 18 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, but the offensive players have seen enough of him in practice sessions to feel he will be more than a capable fill-in.If Johns number is called, were fully confident in him; weve seen what he can do since he got here, senior tight end Jake Butt said. Hes been a hard worker, a great note taker, a great leader and hes got everything you need to get the job done.OKorn also will be stepping into a must-win situation. The Wolverines (9-1, 6-1) have no margin for error after the loss to Iowa.After the Indiana contest, Michigan will face what is basically an elimination game in terms of the national championship picture when it plays Ohio State.All we can do is control the future, and so thats the only thing were focused on, senior safety Dymonte Thomas told reporters. It allows us to see how strong we really are. This allows us to see how were going to bounce back and respond.Every team is going to face adversity throughout the season. So, the best teams are the ones who can overcome adversity.Indiana certainly doesnt have the greatest timing to have to visit Ann Arbor one week after Michigans pivotal loss.Making matters worse: The Hoosiers have lost 20 straight games against the Wolverines. In fact, Indiana has won just once (in 1987) in the past 36 meetings.Weve got a great challenge, great opportunity, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. I know the kids are looking forward to it. It will be a big week as we move into this one.The Hoosiers had a chance at an upset last Saturday against No. 10 Penn State but let a 10-point, third-quarter lead get away and allowed 31 points in the final 16-plus minutes to fall 45-31.Junior running back Devine Redding rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns while notching his fifth 100-yard outing of the season. Redding has 901 yards and five scores.Junior quarterback Richard Lagow has been turnover-prone, with 13 interceptions, while passing for 2,866 yards and 17 touchdowns.Defensively, the Hoosiers allow 28.4 points per game. Junior middle linebacker Tegray Scales has a team-leading 94 tackles and is tied with sophomore defensive end Nile Sykes for the team lead with four sacks.The Wolverines continue to lead the nation in scoring defense (11 points per game), total defense (244.7 yards per game) and passing defense (131.6). Michigan is also sturdy against the run, ranking 13th nationally (113.1).Sophomore outside linebacker Jabrill Peppers has spurred the season-long domination and has a team-best 14 tackles for loss. Cornerback Channing Stribling has a team-leading four interceptions.Michigan will be looking to bounce back from the Iowa loss, but the Hoosiers feel they are in a similar predicament after missing out on the upset against Penn State.We get another shot to go up north and play another, great Top 10 team, senior guard Jacob Bailey said. We have a chance to redeem ourselves. We have a second chance, and those do not come around often in life. Custom Dallas Stars Jerseys . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. Radek Faksa Stars Jersey . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. http://www.thedallasstarshockey.com/brian-bellows-hockey-jersey/ . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Sri Lanka 504 and 102 for 4 (Karunaratne 54*, Gunaratne 6*, Mumba 3-31) lead Zimbabwe 272 (Chari 80, Ervine 64, Williams 58, Herath 5-89) by 334 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details In isolation, the final session on day three was among Zimbabwes best in the series. They attacked, and bowled with purpose and intensity to take four Sri Lankan wickets. But having conceded a 232-run first-innings lead due to a series of injudicious shots against spin, they were left to play catch-up yet again. Sri Lanka, who went into stumps on 102 for 4, had opened up a 334-run lead with two days remaining.Barring spells of torrential rain, Zimbabwe will be faced with yet another uphill battle to save the Test. That 108.1 overs are the most theyve batted in the fourth innings in their Test history indicates the magnitude of the task that awaits them. With 180 overs left in the Test, they have a chance to break that record, but it seems unlikely, given their travails against Rangana Heraths left-arm spin.Batsman after batsman played for turn when there was none. While some, like Craig Ervine and Brian Chari, were out lbw, others, like Malcolm Waller and Graeme Cremer, were beaten in flight and out to expansive drives. One wicket was all it took for doubts to creep into the batsmens minds as a measured approach at the start of the day gave way to attempts to throw the bowlers off.Herath was the biggest beneficiary of Zimbabwes indiscretions, finishing with 5 for 89 to become just the third bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn to pick up five-wicket hauls against all Test oppositions. But the other bowlers chipped in too - offspinner Dilruwan Perera exploited the rough to pick up three wickets, while right-arm seamer Suranga Laakmal took two. Tyler Seguin Stars Jersey. All the bowlers were supported by an agile slip cordon that hung on to tough chances.The day had begun with much promise. With the surface at its best for batting, Zimbabwe, resuming on 126 for 2, had an opportunity to grind Sri Lankas bowlers and eat into the deficit. Instead, they provided a demonstration of how not to play spin. Once the 117-run stand between Ervine and Chari was broken, early on the third morning, Zimbabwe collapsed in a heap, losing their last five wickets for 19 to be bowled out for 272 midway through the second session.Sri Lanka started their second innings shakily against a fired up attack. Carl Mumba showed significant recovery from a knee trouble that forced him to hobble off the field early on the first day. He bent his back and hustled the batsman for pace, the reward for which came in the form of Kusal Mendis, who top-edged a pull to mid-on. He also dismissed opener Kaushal Silva and first-innings centurion Dhananjaya de Silva with juicy full tosses. Upul Tharanga, fighting to stay in contention for a middle-order berth for South Africa after a century and half-century here, played all around a Cremer delivery that spun back in to trap him leg before wicket.Dimuth Karunaratne, guilty of frittering away a start in the first innings, overcame patches of discomfort against the away-going deliveries, to bring up a half-century. He helped Asela Gunaratne, coming off a maiden Test ton in the first innings, see off a nervous last 20 minutes as Sri Lanka forged ahead despite a top-order wobble, courtesy the efforts of their 38-year old captain. ' ' ' 
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OLUMBIA, Mo. Martin Brodeur Devils Jersey . - The Mizzou soccer team used goals from freshman Sarah Luebbert (Jefferson City, Mo.) and junior Jessica Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) to notch a 2-0 win over Alabama Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. With the win, the Tigers improved to 9-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Southeastern Conference action, while the Crimson Tide fell to 7-6-1 and 2-4-1.The Missouri defense and sophomore keeper Kelsey Dossey (Plainfield, Ind.) recorded its third shutout of the season, all of which have come in SEC play.Mizzou peppered the Alabama defense with pressure and shots from the opening whistle but could not break through until the 28th minute when Luebbert and Johnson combined to put the Tigers on the board.With the ball on the endline, Johnson cut back and sent a cross to Luebbert, who was stationed six-yards in front of the net. The freshman one-timed a shot over the Crimson Tide keepers head for her team-leading seventh goal of the season and a 1-0 Mizzou advantage. Luebbert now ranks seventh on Mizzous all-time freshman list in both goals (seven) and points (17).Johnson tallied a goal of her own, her second of the season, in the 85th minute to put the game away for the Tigers. She received the ball from sophomore Bethany Coons, who danced around a defender and found Johnson wide open in front of the net. Johnson sent a right-footed strike to the left of the Alabama goalie and a 2-0 Tiger lead. With her point and assist on the day, Johnson now is tied for the team-lead with five assists and ranks third on the squad with nine points.Overall in the match, Mizzou owned an 18-10 edge in shots and a 9-5 advantage in corners.Dossey notched four saves in goal in the win.The Tigers return to the field on Friday, Oct. 14 when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Senior Night at 6:30 p.m. CT at Walton Stadium. Jesper Bratt Jersey . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Mirco Mueller Devils Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. http://www.devilssale.com/authentic-blake-coleman-devils-jersey/ .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida-Georgia rivalry begins a new era this weekend, with Kirby Smart making his head coaching debut in the neutral-site game.It will have a familiar feel for the men in charge.Smart and second-year Florida coach Jim McElwain became close friends while spending four years together at Alabama (2008-11). Between meals, meetings, practices, late nights, long hours and road trips, they forged a bond that extends well beyond the football field. Winning helped, too. With Smart and McElwain as coordinators, the Tide went 48-6 and claimed two national championships.Smart and McElwain will reunite in Jacksonville on Saturday as the Bulldogs (4-3, 2/3 Southeastern Conference) try to salvage their season against the 14th-ranked Gators (5-1, 3-1).This will be a great chess match, McElwain said.Smart and McElwain know each other well enough to predict every move. Of course, that wasnt always the case.When McElwain arrived in Alabama in January 2008 to help Nick Saban get the Crimson Tide back to national prominence, he had never heard of Smart. The former Georgia safety was coming off brief stops at Valdosta State, Florida State, LSU and in the NFL before following Saban to Tuscaloosa and being put in charge of the defense.I didnt know anything about him before I got there, McElwain recalled. And yet he was one of the first guys to welcome me in the door, which tells you what kind of guy he is. When you work together like that in an environment like that, you get to know each other pretty well. Our wives know each other.I mean, it becomes a family.With McElwain drawing up plays and Smart trying to stop them, they made practices intense and raised the bar in Tuscaloosa.All that success helped McElwain land his first head coaching job at Colorado State and eventually make the move to Florida. Smart remained with the Tide another four seasons -- picking up 50 additional wins and two more national titles -- before leaving for his alma mater.He had a bunch of opportunities along the way, obviously, McElwain said. I think he did a great job of being patient andd taking the one that he had his eyes on. Mirco Mueller Jersey. Smart downplayed how much the coaches common background will be a factor this weekend, saying itll be mostly meaningless after kickoff.I dont know that it does provide advantage, because for every advantage I might have, they have the same, Smart said. I think you can overthink these things.We know what we do, and the players got to go make the plays.The Bulldogs havent made enough plays lately. They have dropped three of their last four games , including an embarrassing home loss to Vanderbilt two weeks ago.Freshman quarterback Jacob Easons inexperience has been obvious at times. The running game, even with Nick Chubb healthy, has been inconsistent behind a mediocre offensive line. The defense has been decent, no surprise given Smarts background. But special teams have been downright awful.I want to play our best game in all facets of the game, being able to be balanced on offense and being able to control the line on scrimmage on defense and play well in the kicking game. Thats the part that weve got to be able to do all three, and some of them have hit on all cylinders at all different times. We need them to hit all the same time.Even though the Gators sit atop the Eastern Division, they have been far from perfect. Floridas vaunted defense was gouged in the second half against Tennessee, and the offense has been hit and miss because of quarterback Luke Del Rio s limitations and a lack of playmakers outside receiver Antonio Callaway.McElwain and Smart have spent the last two weeks dissecting every aspect of the matchup. When they see each other on the field before the game Saturday, theyll be able to relax -- for a few minutes.Well get together and laugh about some stories, and thats always fun, McElwain said. And yet it doesnt matter. When you kind of blow the whistle, its your guys against their guys and see who comes out (on top).---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' ' 
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