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Imagine leaving your house, well aware that youre about to be robbed, and not being able to do anything about it. Thats the feeling that eight Canadian Football League teams are experiencing right now in advance of the expansion draft to stock the Ottawa Redblacks. Each team will lose three players in the process, with each club knowing it will in all probability lose at least one player of substance. Good news for the Redblacks, bad news for the club teams. (draft rules explained at end of article) For the Toronto Argonauts, general manager Jim Barker has been preparing for this event since it was announced the league would return to the nations capital. The process to come up with a protection list hasnt been easy. &quot;It will be interesting to see what Ottawa chooses to do, whether they choose to take some older guys,&quot; Barker told TSN 1050. &quot;For us, that factors in to who we decide to protect. We dont know what Ottawas plan is. Will they decide to take a guy who maybe only has a year or two left (in his career), or are they going to take the younger players and try to build it for more of a long-term thing? We dont know what their philosophy is and we wont until they actually draft the players.&quot; Theres the rub. The Argos wont know what the Redblacks plan is until its too late. So teams around the league can try to project what Ottawas strategy will be, but Barker says the Argonauts wont be playing that guessing game. &quot;We cant really do it that way,&quot; said the GM. &quot;What well do is protect the players we feel are most likely able to help us long term. We try to take all the scenarios.&quot; As an example, the Argos wont likely be able to protect both Jeff Keeping and Joe Eppele. Keeping, a finalist for the leagues Outstanding Offensive Lineman this season, is a 31-year old with nine seasons under his belt. Eppele, the second-overall draft pick in the 2010 draft, is five years younger than Keeping, and has far fewer city miles on his bodys odometer. Barker says the choice comes down to trying to replace whichever player the Redblacks snap up. &quot;If we protect Joe and expose Keeping,&quot; reacted Barker to the hypothetical scenario, &quot;If they take Keeping how would we replace him? If we went the other way and they took Eppele how would we replace him? We have players in our pipeline who are not eligible to them. We have Matt Sewell (OT at McMaster) who we drafted in the first round last year, we have (first-overall pick in 2010, LB) Cory Greenwood who has been hurt all year with Detroit (NFL), and we have Natey Adjei (3rd round 2013), who broke his leg at the University of Buffalo and didnt get to play much this year, but hes a guy that we think has a lot of ability as a wide receiver, so those things all factor into it too. When Sewell went back to school it was a good thing for us in terms of (the draft) because hes not eligible.&quot; While fans will see some of the bigger names on the import lists, the key to Ottawas success will be what happens in the non-import draft. &quot;The biggest thing is that you have to do is try not to lose too much depth,&quot; said Barker. &quot;You can change the ratio when you have depth, if you dont, its difficult to do that.&quot; &quot;The six non-import protections are the most vital,&quot; continued the GM. &quot;Theyre the hardest to replace, theyre what you take the longest time to build. When teams are struggling normally its because the Canadian talent base is depleted. When you look at teams that are struggling thats normally the situation.&quot; Another difficult decision comes at the safety position. Matt Black is a five-year veteran who started at safety for the first time this year, while Jermaine Gabriel was the Argos second-round pick in 2013 and at some point will start. Who do the Argo protect in this case? &quot;You hate to lose young players and both of these guys are guys who just started to do well,&quot; said Barker. &quot;Matt Black has been in the league for a while and has been a great special teams player. Jermaine Gabriel this year was one of the best ST players in the league. Hes what you look for in a safety, hes very physical, this is his natural position. &quot;Matt is more of a corner that moved in to play free safety. Hes a very savvy player. If youre Ottawa and you want to win right now, you prefer that we expose Matt Black. If youre building for the future you hope we expose Jermaine Gabriel. Can you protect both of them? Its very difficult.&quot; The selection process is not an easy one. So how do they decide who is on the list. &quot;Well have some heated debates between Scott (head coach Milanovich) and myself and the coaching staff in terms of who it is on the final list,&quot; Barker admitted. &quot;The first five are pretty easy, the sixth Canadian is very difficult to pick. With the Americans the first 7 are pretty easy the last three are very difficult.&quot; Whether it comes to consensus, pulling rank, or a good old game of rock, paper, scissors, the Argos will submit a protection list to the CFL. Then the waiting game begins before we find out which players the Redblacks receive as early Christmas presents. Draft rules: The first stage of the event is the import draft. Each team will protect ten players, including no more than one quarterback, then the Redblacks begin the poaching process. Each current team will then have one player selected from the available imports, with Ottawa being able to take up to two QBs. Then its over to the non-import draft. Each team protects six non-imports. If the Redblacks picked one of their quarterbacks in the import draft, then they get to protect eight non-imports. If Ottawa took a kicker or punter, the current team can protect seven non-imports. After the first round of the non-import draft is over, the current teams can protect six more non-imports (unless the team lost a QB or a kicker, then it can protect eight more) before the Redblacks choose another non-import. So at the end of the draft the Redblacks will have 24 new players, 16 of whom are non-imports. <a href="http://www.michaelkorsboxingdaycanada.com/totes/" target="_blank">Michael Kors Tote Canada</a> .J. -- Kevin Gilbride retired Thursday as offensive co-ordinator for the New York Giants. <a href="http://www.michaelkorsboxingdaycanada.com/" target="_blank">Michael Kors Canada Boxing Day Sale 2014</a> . Penguins assistant Tony Granato, who stepped on the top of the side boards and in between the two head coaches, was also fined $2,500. 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The average annual value of the deal is $4.833 million. &quot;Justin has proven to be among the best young defensemen in the league as confirmed by his selection to the U. <a href="http://www.michaelkorsboxingdaycanada.com/" target="_blank">Michael Kors Boxing Day Sale</a> .com) - Ottawas Kyle Turris, Bostons Patrice Bergeron and St.LOS ANGELES -- When Blake Griffin soared past Stephen Curry and hammered home his one-handed rebound of Danny Grangers missed jumper, the slam emphasized everything thats so impressive about the Los Angeles Clippers nine-game winning streak. The Clippers are on this roll against good teams, at a perfect time for their playoff preparations -- and just like Griffins mind-blowing dunk, theyre doing it with style. Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Granger added 18 points off the bench, and the Clippers surged past the Golden State Warriors 111-98 Wednesday night. Chris Paul had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who split their four-game season series against their Pacific Division rivals with an impressive finish to a tight game. &quot;This is the time of year when you want to be playing your best,&quot; Griffin said. &quot;Our fight has been great. Whoever is on the court ... up 10 or down 10, I think weve come to a point where it doesnt really matter. We stick together and try to pull it out.&quot; Griffin was in top form on both ends of the court, punctuating his latest monster performance with that rebound slam with 8:18 to play. The four-time All-Star has scored 20 points in 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the NBA this season. Los Angeles has the third-longest winning streak in club history and the teams best record after 66 games (46-20), but the Clippers dont seem satisfied by their five-game lead over Golden State in the division standings. &quot;Its impressive, because for the most part, weve been playing good teams,&quot; Granger said after his fifth game with the Clippers. &quot;You really want to peak at this time going into the playoffs, because if a team is hitting on all cylinders, you look up and youre in the finals.&quot; Klay Thompson scored 26 points and David Lee had 20 for the Warriors, whose five-game winning streak ended with their fourth straight loss to the Clippers at Staples Center. Curry had just 13 points and 11 assists before sitting out the final minutes. Golden State got an impressive game from Thompson, but its normally reliable bench went 3 for 25, struggling mightily for most of the second half. &quot;WWeve been playing great basketball against some good teams, and we thought we could come in here and play very well and get a win,&quot; Curry said.dddddddddddd &quot;It didnt turn out that way, but one loss isnt going to stop us. Were going to continue that momentum, that rhythm.&quot; Los Angeles held Golden State to just one field goal in a 9:40 stretch spanning the final two quarters. The Warriors stayed in it with defence and free throws, but Darren Collison scored six quick points down the stretch in the fourth quarter, and Matt Barnes 3-pointer with 1:25 to play essentially sealed the win. The California clubs completed their series with another demonstration of the reasons they might have the West Coasts best current rivalry, although both teams agree they need playoff stakes to develop true enmity. &quot;All four games this year have been very competitive games,&quot; Lee said. &quot;Both teams took care of their homecourt. I think were two pretty evenly matched teams that have big plans for the post-season, so we look forward to seeing what happens the rest of the season. These last three games weve played felt like playoff-style games.&quot; Granger kept the Clippers in it during a rocky first-half stretch, making his first six shots without a miss in about 11 minutes. Los Angeles rolled off a 15-3 run to close the third quarter with an 84-79 lead, scoring nine straight points capped by Pauls 3-pointer on a crosscourt assist from Griffin with 0.1 seconds left. NOTES: Paul missed eight of his first nine shots and struggled all night under tight defence from Thompson. Paul went back out on the Staples Center court after the game with an assistant coach to work on his shot after his 5-for-15 effort. ... Clippers G Jamal Crawford sat out for the fifth time in six games with a strained left calf. Jared Dudley returned from a three-game absence with back spasms, but played just one minute. ... Griffin grabbed his 3,000th career rebound late in the first half. He is the third player in NBA history to have 6,000 points, 3,000 boards and 1,000 assists in his first four full NBA seasons while also making 50 per cent of his shots, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley. 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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco stepped into the batters box with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning. His team led the Miami Marlins by a run, and he had a golden opportunity to put the game out of reach. After taking two pitches out of the zone, he fouled one back behind the third-base dugout. The next was hit foul down the left field line. Polancos third cut did the trick as he laced left-hander Brian Flynns 2-2 offering to his opposite field for a two-run single that gave the Pirates a three-run lead. The rookie finished 2 for 4 and drove in four runs, Edinson Volquez pitched one-hit ball over seven innings, and Pittsburgh beat Miami 7-2 Thursday night. &quot;I was just trying to see the ball and not hurry with my swing,&quot; Polanco said. &quot;He was throwing really good. Thats why I was fouling off so many balls.&quot; Polanco is showing he can handle left-handers early in his big league career. &quot;I think thats the third time hes shown that ability to hit a ball into left field off a left-hander,&quot; Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. &quot;When theyre throwing down and away, he stayed out over the plate and covered it.&quot; Marlins reliever Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Jordy Mercer in the seventh. Miami manager Mike Redmond said Jennings had his eyes open and was responding to questions when he was on the mound. After the game, the Marlins announced that a CT scan on Jennings was negative and that he was diagnosed with a concussion. He was kept in a hospital overnight for observation. Jennings momentarily stumbled before going to his knees after the play. He stood up to get in a cart and held up a hand to acknowledge the crowd as he was driven off the field. Volquez (9-7) didnt allow a hit until the fifth, when Donovan Solano singled with one out. Volquez struck out seven batters and walked three. Flynn (0-1) was chased before he got an out in the fifth. Mercers leadoff double started a three-run fourth. Polancos two-run single made it 3-0. Mercer and Gaby Sanchez added RBI singles in the fifth. Mercer finished with three hits and scored twice, and Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. Polanco hit a two-run double in the eighth. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 27th homer of the season, a two-run drive in the ninth for the Marlins. &quot;Its just one of those nights,&quot; Redmond said. &quot;Weve got to be able to swing with these guys and we werent able to do it.&quot; TRAINERS ROOM Marlins: 1B John Baker was held out of the game after fouling a ball off his foot Wednesday night. Pirates: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) missed his third straight game. Hurdle said the reigning MVP is adding to his recovery routine but it is still in a &quot;wait-and-see&quot; situation as to whether he will go on the disabled list. ... Second baseman Neil Walker (back) sat out for the fourth time in five games. ... Infielder Clint Barmes (groin) is nearing a return, with baserunning being the only obstacle in the way of a plan to come off the DL. UP NEXT Marlins: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.22 ERA) starts for the Marlins against RHP Mike Leake (9-9, 3,46 ERA) on Friday night as Miami continues its six-game trip in Cincinnati. Eovaldi makes his second career start against the Reds. He pitched seven innings and allowed a run on two hits in Miamis extra-inning win Saturday. Pirates: Pittsburgh opens a three-game set with San Diego at home as RHP Vance Worley (4-1, 2.43 ERA) faces RHP Ian Kennedy (8-9, 3.59 ERA). Worley has allowed just one run in his last two starts, which included his first career shutout on July 28 in San Francisco. GETAWAY DAY STRIKE ZONE Of Volquezs seven strikeouts Thursday night, four were called third strikes. After Volquez one-hit the Miami Marlins for seven innings, Redmond thought the Pirates right-hander received aid from the umpire, &quot;He got some help back (behind the plate) too,&quot; Redmond said. &quot;He got some strike calls there. A lot of them.&quot; 2. He reps the 4-1-6The insecurity of Canadian basketball fans is not what it once was with the home grown talent making its way to the big leagues, but it is still nice to see the local kids remembering where they come from once they make their way south. While on an official trip to North Carolina during recruiting season last season, Wiggins broke out an old school Raptors lid that just so happened to match perfectly with his shirt. He wore a similar one which visiting Florida St.– and the ladies seemed to love it. Was he forgetting about the Raptors purple? Of course not. Who could ever forget the purple.3. He makes Yeezus smileYe is a polarizing character to those that listen to the words that he actually says, rather than chalking it up to insanity. Rarely does he flash the pearly whites, but apparently the pride of Thornhill brings something to the table that few others do. Kanye looks genuinely happy, and we can only assume its because hes standing next to the future. 4. He reminds you to not jumpThere are some players that you simply should never try to jump with. Nothing good can come from the situation. You might get knocked over, you might get the Shawn Bradley treatment or you will forever be known as the guy on the poster. This kid onPittsburgh St. thought that he had a chance, but of course he didnt.West Virginia guard Eron Harris was wise to stay firmly planted on the ground and just let Wiggins soar past him. 5. He has some styleWe can thank the likes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for ushering in a generation of players with some style.It takes some skill to rock the white tux, but Wiggins pulls it off with ease.More white pants? Check. Raptors lid? Check. Crisp Royal House shirt? Check.Camo Pants. Slick shades. Fresh belt and two chains. This kid knows what he is doing.6. He makes it look easySome athletes have a blessing that they can make it look so easy and effortless that people often question how hard they are truly trying.dddddddddddd. Wiggins is buttery smooth and can glide through the lane with a couple steps and a soft finish at the rim.He picks it up at the three point line and before you can blink – he finishes with a soft finger roll. First college game, first college possession, first college bucket. The skills that he puts on display here are awe inspiring if you slow it down and realize how much happens in such a short period of time. 7. He supports his familyWe have all heard the stories of his athletic roots, but Andrew is as supportive of his family as they come. His brother plays for unbeatenWichita St., and he was sure to let people know that he has his families back no matter who they play for. Ridin to Wichita to kick it w/ my bro @Wiggys_WORLD15 — andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) September 20, 2013He was flanked by his parents when he signed with Kansas, and thanked them repeatedly for their support.8. He blazed his own trail – and said no to Coach CalFor the better part of the past decade, the smoothest pipeline from the college ranks to the NBA ran through Lexington, Kentucky and Coach Jim Calipari. John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins – and prior to that he had Derrick Rose at Memphis. How could anyone say no?Well Wiggins decided to blaze his own trail and head to Kansas to do so. 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WASHINGTON -- Washington coach Randy Wittman isnt content with getting back to .500 and doesnt want the Wizards to be either. At 25-25, Washington is on track for its first playoff berth in six years. After an uninspiring 93-84 win over the Sacramento Kings, however, Wittman made it clear he expects more. &quot;I dont want them to be satisfied,&quot; Wittman said. &quot;Were back to .500. Were better than .500. I want them to believe that. They believe that.&quot; Over its last 14 games, Washington has been within a game of .500. Its flirtation with a winning record has been a source of ridicule. Quality wins over Miami, Oklahoma City and at Golden State were countered by home losses to Detroit, Boston, and Cleveland. As Washington frittered away most of a 17-point lead against Sacramento, Sundays game bore some of the earmarks of those unfocused defeats. &quot;I wont accept the way we played,&quot; Martell Webster said. &quot;We should have won by 30 points.&quot; There were some positives for Washington. Bradley Beal scored 16 points, hitting two 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes. Marcin Gortat added 17 points and eight rebounds. Nene scored 18 points and led a strong defensive effort, limiting DeMarcus Cousins to 14 points on 3-of-16 shooting. On a key sequence in the fourth quarter, Nene made a jumper, then followed with a block of Cousins. Nene took little credit for shutting down the NBAs ninth-leading scorer. &quot;You know his average,&quot; Nene said. &quot;We did our job.&quot; The Kings outrebounded the Wizards 49-38, but made only 35.4 per cent of their field goal tries, went 2 of 11 from 3-point range, and committed 18 turnovers leading to 26 Washington points. &quot;That was not an offensive performance we were hoping for,&quot; Sacramento coach Michael Malone said. &quot;Very hard to win on the road when you turn the ball over that many times. We talked about it going in that this is a team that does a great job turning their opponents over and scoring.&quot; Sacramentos Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and had eight assists, but he had little help. Rudy Gay, one of three Kings who averages more than 20 points per game, had five points, hitting two of 11 shots. Rookie Ben McLemore scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, helping the Kings reduce the 17-point deficit to four. But Beal answered with 3-pointers from the same spot in the left corner to steady the Wizards. &quot;We wish we could have had at least 10 more wins, but at the end of the day, we really cant complain where we are at,&quot; Beal said. &quot;Were in a solid position playoff-wise, but we still have a lot of moves to make.&quot; Washington took command in the first half with a lift from its reserves. After Webster hit a 3-pointer, Kevin Seraphin made hook shots to close and open the quarters and added a jumper. When Garrett Temple retrieved a loose ball and scored a transition three-point-play, the Wizards had a 39-26 lead. Washingtons lead swelled to 17 points in the third quarter, but Sacramento went on a 14-2 run that bridged the quarters, the surge touched off by Quincy Acy, who scored on a put-back slam. It wasnt the resounding win the Wizards were looking for. Afterward they faced another round of questions about a sore subject - their .500 mark. &quot;I dont want to answer that. I dont care about .500,&quot; Nene said. &quot;We need everything we can. Thats the mentality. If youre going to think small like that, its fine, just stop right there. If you want to go for the gold, the championship, make the team better, you need to think forward.&quot; NOTES: Kentucky coach John Calipari attended the game, visiting with former Wildcats Cousins and John Wall. ... With a 22.9 scoring average entering Sunday, Cousins ranks ninth in the NBA and is the only player in the top 15 who was not selected to play in the All-Star game. ... Rudy Gay (illness) and Marcus Thornton (hip) returned to the starting lineup after missing Fridays loss at Boston. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have signed Canadian defensive tackle Stefan Charles to their 53-man roster. The Bills made the move Wednesday. 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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With pinpoint passing and precision, the Detroit Red Wings displayed why they are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves, and the surging Red Wings stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Detroit scored three times in the first period, when the Red Wings peppered goalie Jhonas Enroth with 18 shots, and went on to win for the 11th time in 13 games. The only losses came on a West Coast swing that helped them change their ways. &quot;We made a decision when we went out west not to be a mentally soft team,&quot; Howard said. &quot;We want to be mentally tough. This game is full of mistakes, so its how you respond after making them. Weve gotten a lot mentally tougher since then.&quot; The Red Wings were particularly strong in the second period when they killed three straight penalties and maintained a 3-0 lead. &quot;They had some opportunities to get back into the game in the second and get a goal,&quot; Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. &quot;But Jimmy really stepped up for us.&quot; Jakub Kindl, Johan Franzen, and Valtteri Filppula scored the first-period goals for Detroit (16-7-1), which last won seven in a row in March 2010. Pavel Datsyuk pushed the lead to 4-1 by scoring into an empty net with 1:17 left. &quot;We feel we have a good team when we play with tempo and we play right,&quot; Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. &quot;We have a lot of good players with a lot of experience, and have a good calmness about us. We dont get too high or too low, we just keep on playing. We think we have a chance to be a good team, but only time will tell.&quot; Howard, making his 17th straight start, was steady throughout. In the second period he robbed Jason Pominville, who was left alone in the slot. He then stopped Nathan Gerbe on a breakaway in the third. Jochen Hecht spoiled Howards shutout bid with 6:13 remaining. &quot;The confidence in the room right now is great,&quot; Howard said. &quot;And in hockey, confidence is everything.&quot; Enroth, making his ninth straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller, made 32 saves for the Sabres (13-11-1), who have lost three of four. Miller was in uniform for the first time since sustaining a concussion nearly three weeks earlier, and served as Enroths backup. Miller might start Saturday at Nashville against the Predators. &quot;That first period showed how a top team plays in the NHL,&quot; Sabres defenceman Robyn Regehr said. &quot;We have to be a lot sharper right off the bat. We have to work much harder and be harder on the pucks. Once (Detroit) gets the puck, they make very disciplined decisions.&quot; After a four-game winning streak at the beginning of November, the Sabres are on a 3-6-1 slide. &quot;Weve got to win a game, thats the bottom line,&quot; Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek said. &quot;Weve got to make a run here.&quot; Hecht made it 3-1 after converting a 2-on-1 break with Pominville with a shot from the left circle. Kindl staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead 8:50 into the game when his wrist shot from the left point got past a partially screened Enroth. Franzen made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 6:22 left in the first, and Filppula pushed the lead to three goals 63 seconds later. NOTES: Red Wings RW Chris Conner played in his first NHL game since April after being recalled Wednesday from Grand Rapids of the AHL. ... Detroit will play 10 of its 15 December games on the road. ... Buffalo D Joe Finley made his NHL debut and became the ninth rookie to play for the Sabres this season. Philadelphia leads the league with 10. ... Filppula has five goals during his current five-game point streak. ... The Sabres also got LW Tyler Ennis and RW Patrick Kaleta back in the lineup following injuries, but they are still without five regulars. Kaleta, though, left in the second period when he aggravated an undisclosed lower body injury. ... Gerbe left with 7 1/2 minutes remaining after he was clipped in the face by a skate after a faceoff. DOHA, Qatar -- A chest injury prevented Darren Clarke from teeing up in his 500th European Tour event at the Qatar Masters on Wednesday. Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. 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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Carolina Panthers can now say they have that signature win everybody has been waiting to see: on the road, against the reigning NFC champions, in November. While facing one of the NFLs brightest young quarterbacks, to boot. Carolinas swarming, opportunistic defence stopped Colin Kaepernick in his tracks. Drayton Florence intercepted a pass by Kaepernick in the final minute to seal a 10-9 victory Sunday to snap the San Francisco 49ers five-game winning streak and give the Panthers their fifth straight win. So much for the idea that Carolina hadnt beaten any team of consequence thus far. &quot;I dont think it really bothers us, it gives us the opportunity to step up to the challenge. We did,&quot; said wide receiver Steve Smith, who had six receptions. &quot;A win like this can boost us, a win like this can continue to give us life throughout the season, and make us feel like were working for something, and we are.&quot; Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining that held up as the Panthers (6-3) twice shut down Kaepernick on last-ditch drives with swarming defence. DeAngelo Williams broke two tackles for a 27-yard touchdown run late in the first half that pulled Carolina within 9-7. Gano missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal in the third period, but came through later. San Francisco (6-3) got the ball back with 5:25 left at its 1, then again with 1:02 to go. Phil Dawson kicked a season-best 52-yard field goal among his three for the 49ers, who lost tight end Vernon Davis and rookie safety Eric Reid to concussions. Carolina fumbled twice in the closing moments, but recovered each time. First, Jonathan Stewart fumbled and Mike Tolbert pounced on the ball. Cam Newton recovered his own bobble. This was hardly the highly touted showdown between 2011 No. 1 overall pick Newton and Kaepernick, the sixth quarterback drafted that year, in the second round. They roomed together during the scouting combine. For Newton, the numbers hardly mattered. &quot;This game is a maturity jump for us, because in the past what Ive been a part of, weve been somewhat uncertain of how we will turn out in these types of games,&quot; Newton said. &quot;We needed that type of game, just to be in a dog fight, in somewhat of a barnburner, to show what type of team this really is.&quot; Kaepernick went 11 for 22 for 91 yards with an interception and was sacked six times for a 42.0 passer rating. Newton was only slightly better, going 16 of 32 for 169 yards, an interception and four sacks for a 52.7 rating. For two teams that have been putting up points at a prolific pace for the past month, the defences dictated this one. &quot;As the game went on, it got more and more intense,&quot; Smith said. More than losing the game, the 49ers losses of Davis and Reid could be troublesome for the reigning NFC champions as they hit the road next week for New Orleans, then go to Washington. &quot;Well do what we do, bounce back, regroup, refit and reorganize and come back this week,&quot; coach Jim Harbaugh said. Davis didnt return after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter, then Reid went down on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Mike Tolbert in the third. Earlier, Reid recovered a fumble to give him five takeaways in an already-stellar rookie season that also includes three interceptions. Frank Gore had 16 carries for 82 yards, accounting for most of San Franciscos 151 total yards. &quot;For the most part, I dont really think they did anything that necessarily confused us,&quot; 49ers centre Jonathan Goodwin said. &quot;They only gave up nine points. Its hard not to give them credit. We expected it to be a physical game. Did we expect to only score nine points? Nah.&quot; Dawson put San Francisco ahead on a 52-yard field goal on the teams opening drive, then kicked second-quarter field goals of 43 and 25 yards. But Kaepernick could never get his team in the end zone in its first game since a bye on the heels of a win over Jacksonville in London. 49ers pass-rushing specialist and 2012 All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith played limited snaps after missing five games to undergo treatment for substance abuse. Wide receiver Mario Manningham started and had three catches in his season debut, nearly 11 months after a serious left knee injury that required surgery. Carolina got going after managing only minus-7 yards passing and 12 total yards in the first quarter. The Panthers finished with 250 total yards. &quot;This one really did come down to the way the defence played,&quot; Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. &quot;Any time you put yourself in a position where you can force the other team to kick field goals, you get a chance to win.&quot; Notes: The 49ers also lost TE Garrett Celek to a hamstring injury in the first quarter, while DT Ray McDonald hurt an ankle. ... Panthers LB Chase Blackburn did not return in the second half because of a foot injury. BELLEVILLE, Ont. - The Erie Otters scored four unanswered goals to beat the league-worst Belleville Bulls 4-1 in the lone Ontario Hockey game Monday. Dylan Strome, Connor Brown, Dane Fox and Andre Burakovsky each had a goal for Erie (37-9-2). 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Canada will try to end a five-year drought at the world junior championship in Montreal and Toronto. Here are 10 memorable Canadian moments from past tournaments:A GOLDEN TURN OF EVENTSThe Canadians needed a lot of help to win gold in 1990 — and they got it. Back when the format was a straight round robin, Canada had to beat Czechoslovakia and hope that Sweden could hold the Soviet Union to a tie. Canada was up 2-1 on the Czechs when the players got word that the Swedes had come back from a two-goal deficit to draw the Soviets 5-5. Both results stood and Canada brought home gold.HALISCHUKS OT HEROICSSweden tied the 2008 gold-medal game against Canada late in regulation to force overtime. The Canadians appeared to be on the ropes until Matt Halischuk stepped up in the extra period, swatting home a shot in front to give his country its fourth straight world junior title.THE PUNCH-UP AT PIESTANYA bench-clearing brawl in the final game of the 1987 tournament between Canada and the Soviet Union in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, resulted in the disqualification of both countries. Canada was up 4-2 in the second period when the melee broke out. Officials turned off the lights in the arena to try to stop the fighting that went on for 20 minutes before the game was abandoned. The Soviets had already been eliminated from medal contention, but the disqualification cost Canada at least a bronze.OWN GOAL DISASTERCanada was up 3-2 in the third period of the 2004 gold-medal game against the United States when disaster struck. After Ryan Kesler had tied it for the Americans, Canadian goalie Marc-Andre Fleury cleared a puck off a teammate and into his own net to hand the U.S. the lead and the gold medal.HAT TRICK HEROICSCanada was down 3-0 to the United States less than eight minutes into a memorable New Years Eve round-robin finale in Ottawa in 2009 when John Tavares took over. He scored goals 48 seconds apart to bring the score to 3-2 before Jordan Eberle added another a few minutes later to send the teams to the locker-rooms tied 3-3 after 20 minutes. Canada would go on to win 7-4, with Tavares completing his hat trick into an empty net.SLANEY SENDS SASKATOON INTO A FRENZYCanada needed to win its final round-robin game in 1991 to claim gold on home soil. Tied 2-2 with the Soviet Union in the third, John Slaney grabbed a loose puck off the boards a ripped a shot from the point to send the crowd in Saskatoon into a frenzy and Canada to the top of the podium.DEVEREAUX SPARKS DRIVE FOR FIVECanada was down 2-1 to Russia in the semifinals at the 1997 tournament when Boyd Devereaux scored twice in the third to send his team to the final. Devereaux then opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory over the United States as Canada won its fifth straight gold medal.CANADIAN COLLAPSECanada led Russia 3-0 after two periods in the 2011 final in Buffalo, N.Y., when things went completely off the rails. Russia stunned Canada with five straight goals in the third period to win gold, a bitterly disappointing result that came a year after lost another final in overtime to the United States.TOEWS SHOOTOUT MAGICJonathan Toews introduced himself to the hockey world at the 2007 tournament. Canada and the United States were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime in the semifinals. After the first three shooters went for each team, players were allowed shoot again. Toews scored on all three of his attempts for Canada, which eventually beat the U.S. 2-1 before downing Russia for gold.EBERLES HEROICSCanada trailed Russia 5-4 late in their 2009 semifinal in Ottawa when Jordan Eberle scored arguably the most memorable goals in tournament history. In a furious final minute of action, the puck found its way to the front to Eberle, who scored on a backhand to tie it with just 5.4 seconds to go in regulation. Overtime solved nothing, but Eberle scored the shootout winner for Canada, which would go on to thump Sweden 5-1 in the final. It marked the second time Canada had won five straight world junior titles, and is the last time the country won gold. MONTREAL - It was a tough two-week, seven-game road trip for the Vancouver Canucks, but a special moment awaited at the end.The Canucks got to take part in remembrance ceremonies honouring Canadiens great and hockey legend Jean Beliveau, who died last week at 83.The team attended Beliveaus public visitation at Bell Centre on Monday, and there was a pre-game ceremony planned for their road trip-ending game on Tuesday night.Theres been so many ceremonies over the years that I dont get personally affected by them, but this will be a pretty special one, said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. Throughout the course of my career there are a few special ceremonies that I think Ill remember when I retire.Im sure this will be one of them. Having a chance to walk down the rink and pay respects to the family was a pretty special moment. Itll be sad in some respects, but also its a celebration of his life. He was obviously a pretty tremendous man. Ive got to know a lot more about him in the last couple of days just from hearing stories and reading about him.Forward Daniel Sedin agreed it was not like most pre-game ceremonies.This is special because of the man he was, how big he was in this community and for this organization, said Sedin. As a player, you go through ceremonies pretty much every time you play in Canada, but nothing like this.The Canucks left home on Nov. 28 on their longest trip of the season, which included wins in Columbus, Washington and Pittsburgh, losses in Detroit and Toronto and an overtime defeat in Ottawa on Sunday.Its a difficult road trip, added Bieksa. Its good from a perspective of getting together with the guys, bonding, having some team dinners.Wins can be galvanizing, moreso on the road, but its also been a long trek.The Canucks (18-6-5) have been one of the surprise teams in the early part of the NHL schedule. And once the road trip is out of the way, they can look forward to a break. They begin a four-game homestand Saturday night against the New York Rangers and play nine of their next 11 at home, where they are 7-3-1 this season.Coach Willie Desjardins said an extended trip can be good for the team in the long run.You get these stretches, well get another (five-game trip) in March, and if youre ever fortunate enough to get to tthe playoffs, you get it again, said Desjardins.dddddddddddd Its a good way for your team to learn and be prepared for that, because in the end youve got to find a way to win every night. It doesnt matter what the situation is.Asked to assess the trip, Desjardins said: Parts of it have been good. The Toronto game (a 5-2 loss on Saturday night) I thought we played hard. We didnt play good in the Ottawa game, but the Toronto game we played hard. I thought we played hard in the Detroit game (a 5-3 loss). Youre not happy about losing, but at least we had good effort in those games.The trip has been memorable for rookie Bo Horvat, who found it longer than any he went on in junior hockey with the London Knights. Its awesome, he said. I only got to see three or four NHL rinks over the past years, so to be playing in all these rinks and seeing the different cities, its pretty special.To visit all these cities and to come close to home and have all the family there, its pretty cool.The 19-year-old Horvat said he has been given no indication whether he will be loaned to Team Canada for the world junior championship in Montreal and Toronto. NHL teams have until the Dec. 19 roster freeze to decide whether to loan out junior-age players. He hopes to stay with the Canucks.The low point of the Canucks trip came in Toronto, when centre Shawn Matthias left the game in the second period after taking an elbow to the head from Maple Leafs defenceman Stephane Robidas.Matthias, who missed the next game in Ottawa, took some line rushes in the game-day skate in Montreal but was uncertain to play.Im just kind of being cautious, said Matthias, who was not pleased that Robidas was not disciplined by the NHL for the hit. It was a pretty vicious hit to the head.The point of contact was my head. But I dont want to be looked upon as a complainer, so Im not going to complain about the hit. Im going to move on from it. Im not happy about not hearing anything about it, but my main focus now is to get ready to get back into the lineup and try and get to 100 per cent.He added that he felt good after the session.I thought I had a good skate, he said. I have to do some more testing and see how it goes. Im not sure when I’ll be back in. 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TORONTO a€“ The disappointment was evident all over his face. Attempting a re-launch of his NHL career this fall, Petri Kontiola, the former Blackhawks draft pick, was plainly dejected after his second exhibition game with the Leafs on Wednesday night. Kontiola, a 29-year-old who spent the past five seasons in the KHL, knew that what hed offered so far probably wasnt good enough. a€?Im not doing that well right now and I know it,a€? he said gloomily. a€?Thats about it.a€? Kontiolas biggest challenge in making the leap back to the NHL, as per Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, was his ability to keep up with the pace of the game. And thats been precisely the struggle for the Finnish forward. His long, choppy stride appears just a step too slow for the high speeds of the NHL game, evident even at this early stage of the exhibition season. He teamed uncomfortably with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk on a de facto top line against Ottawa, finishing without a shot on goal in about 13 minutes. a€?We try to use these games as assessment periods and sometimes people play themselves into situations and play them out of situations,a€? Carlyle said, not mentioning Kontiola specifically. a€?We tried to put people in situations where they can have the best possible chance for success and then thats when the evaluation process starts.a€? The evident fact of Kontiolas struggle, early as it may be in training camp, has made Torontos once uncertain centre dynamic become pretty clear pretty quick. With Kontiola seemingly out of the mix a€“ hes not getting faster overnight a€“ the final two centre spots would appear safely in the hands of Peter Holland and Mike Santorelli, an unproven duo in different regards. Given Carlyles stated intention of three a€?scoringa€? lines, Holland would seem the probable choice for third line centre duties beyond Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri. Just 23, the former first round pick has offered hints of promise in 68 NHL games a€“ albeit inconsistently a€“ including five goals and 10 points in 39 games with the Leafs last season. Making clear that he was just a rung above the American League in the spring, he went on to thrive with the Marlies in the playoffs, boasting 15 points in 11 games. But can he fulfill his potential with the increased NHL opportunity likely to come his way? That will indeed be the question. Santorelli could certainly push him for some of those offensive minutes, but appears better suited (of the two) to absorb the difficult minutes left by Jay McClement, a Carlyle favourite whom the organization let walk in the offseason. Under the direction of since-deposed Vancouver head coach John Tortorella, Santorelli was utilized in challenging defensive situations, also killing penalties along the way. And he fared okay, posting positive Corsi numbers at even-strength. If Carlyle can find in him a player to handle those difficult assignments in the coming year he could alleviate some of the burden carried by Bozak and the teams top trio, which was often overloaded against top lines a year ago. a€?Hes going to get opportunities,a€? Carlyle said of Santorelli. a€?We brought the player in feeling that he could make a contribution.a€? Unlike McClement, who scored just four goals in 81 games, Santorelli also offers some offensive potential. Averaging nearly 19 minutes, he scored 10 times in 49 games with his hometown Canucks, adding a 20-goal campaign to the resume in Florida a few years earlier. a€?I think as a player you want to come in and help with the team any way you can and thats all Im looking to do here,a€? said Santorelli, who also won 51 per cent of his faceoffs. As for Kontiola, his fight to remain in the race for a job with the Leafs hangs by an apparent thread. Though the transition to North American-sized rinks would seem a challenge, even for a player who spent two seasons over here, he refused to touch it after Wednesdays game, brushing it off as an excuse. a€?No, a good player can play wherever,a€? he said. The team wasnt quite as dismissive. a€?Were watching him very closely,a€? Peter Horachek, the Leafs assistant coach, said before the game, a€?as we are with a couple of the other centremen and seeing where they stand because theres some questions to be answered for our team coming through training camp.a€? One at least appears increasingly closer to a solution. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Ugg Boots Green Monday 2014</a> . - The numbers keep climbing — and this time the rise was anything but gradual. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Green Monday Ugg Boots Sale</a> . Now the brothers from West Vancouver hope to be teammates for Canada at the world junior championship. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/</a> .com) - Rudy Gay posted a game and season-best 40 points along with eight rebounds as Sacramento picked up its first win of the year with a 103-94 triumph over Portland on Friday night. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Ugg Boots Green Monday Sale 2014</a> . Luongo will not get the start when the Canucks host the Ottawa Senators in the Heritage Classic at BC Place Stadium on Sunday. &quot;I dont want to start going through this whole thing again,&quot; said Luongo, who has yet to start for the Canucks since returning from the Olympics. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Ugg Boots Green Monday</a> . Mario Balotellis 54th-minute penalty secured a 2-1 win for Italy over the Czech Republic to seal first place in Group B, while Robin van Persies second-half double in a 2-0 win at Andorra guaranteed the Dutch top spot in Group D.A meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin is usually big enough on its own. The fact that the Pittsburgh Penguins can post the longest home winning streak in franchise history only adds more intrigue to tonights matchup with the Washington Capitals. Catch all the action live on TSN2 at 8pm et/5pm pt. The Penguins return home from a 2-0-1 road trip out west having won 12 straight as the hosting club. That matches the record set between Feb. 22- March 30 of last season. Pittsburgh also comes in well rested, having been off since winning a 2-1 decision in Calgary on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury came up with 27 saves and both Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen had goals. The Penguins, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, had scored 18 non- shootout goals in their previous four games while allowing 15. &quot;It was nice to have a nice, low-scoring game,&quot; said Fleury. &quot;The last few games were a little crazy. We have a lot of guys who can score goals, but if we want to be successful we have to do well defensively.&quot; Pittsburgh will play its next three at home, where it has not lost since Nov. 13 and is 19-3-0 this season. The Pens also get some rest after this contest as their next game isnt until Monday versus Florida. Even with the recent days off, Penguins forward James Neal is day-to-day and questionable for tonight with an upper-body ailment that has held him out of practice the last two days. Neal has 17 goals and 36 points in 27 games this season and notched a goal and an assist in Pittsburghs 4-0 win over hosting Washington on Nov. 20. Fleury recorded an 18-save shutout, improving to 14-7-2 with a 2.49 goals against average in his career versus the Capitals. Pittsburgh bested Washington for the fifth consecutive game and the Capitals have lost tthree straight in the Steel City following an eight-game series road win streak.dddddddddddd Crosby and Paul Martin also had a goal and an assist in the November victory, while Ovechkin was held to just two shots. Crosby leads the NHL with 67 points and is second with 42 assists. He has logged eight goals and 25 points over a 16-game home point streak and has tallied five goals and 22 points in 12 career home meetings with the Capitals. The former Hart Trophy winner has 45 points in 26 career games versus Washington, while Ovechkin has 22 goals and 40 points in 32 career games against the Penguins. Ovechkin notched his league-leading 33rd goal of the season in last nights 2-1 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks. However, Ovechkin, Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom all failed on their attempts in the tiebreaker, while San Joses Patrick Marleau had the lone shootout goal. &quot;It was a good test for us. A good team. Theyve been together for a long time,&quot; said Ovechkin. &quot;I think we had good chances to win the game in (regulation), in the third period, but we got the point.&quot; Rookie Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves as he started for the 12th time in Washingtons past 17 games. He is 6-2-5 with a 2.06 GAA and .936 save percentage in 14 games (12 starts) this season. Though Washington has now followed up two straight wins with back-to-back shootout losses, the point moved the Capitals into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Both teams trail Pittsburgh by 16 points for the top spot. Washington will play three straight and eight of its next nine on the road, where it is 8-8-4 on the season. 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NEW YORK -- Yankee Stadium is already a home run haven for Wil Myers -- whether he hits the ball over the fence or not. Myers had an inside-the-park homer, his latest big blow against the New York Yankees, and drove in four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays battered an ineffective CC Sabathia in a 5-1 victory Sunday. Erik Bedard earned his first win as a starter since last June, and Evan Longoria had an early RBI double to help the Rays finish 5-5 on a trying trip that included a doubleheader sweep Thursday in Boston and a 14-inning win Friday night in New York. &quot;One of the best weve ever had,&quot; manager Joe Maddon said. &quot;We talked about the possibility of getting a little bit of a bump from the three games in Boston. Apparently, we have.&quot; Desmond Jennings, who homered in his previous three games, had three hits and Logan Forsythe scored twice. Tampa Bay has taken consecutive series for the first time this season, and won eight of its last 10 games in the Bronx. Myers knocked in three runs with his homer off the top of the centre-field fence and then chased Sabathia with a ringing RBI double in the fourth. Asked if he remembered the previous time he hit an inside-the-park homer, Myers said: &quot;I dont know. Not since I was 8?&quot; The struggling Sabathia (3-4) gave up 10 hits and five runs in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest start since lasting 2 2-3 innings on Oct. 2, 2009, at Tampa Bay. He was late covering first on a potential double play and got booed during an outing that raised his ERA to 5.75. &quot;I would have booed myself today, too. I wouldnt want to come to the ballpark and watch that,&quot; Sabathia said. Peyton Manning and his brother, Eli, showed up to watch buddy Derek Jeter play one last time during his final season. The star quarterbacks sat in Jeters suite along the first base line but didnt see much of a show -- a slumping Jeter went 0 for 4 and stranded four runners. He was 4 for 30 (.133) on New Yorks 3-5 homestand and is hitless in 13 at-bats. Bedard (1-1) pitched six-plus effective innings for his first win as a starter since June 26 for Houston against St. Louis. He had been 0-9 in 15 starts since, though he did win in relief on Sept. 4 against Minnesota. &quot;I didnt realize how long its been,&quot; Bedard said. &quot;But yeah, its nice.&quot; Forsythe, the first batter Sabathia faced, doubled off the wall in left and scored on Longorias ground-rule double to right. &quot;He was out of sync from the get-go,&quot; Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. &quot;He didnt warm up particularly well. I was kind of watching to see what we could do, but there wasnt much.&quot; With runners at first and second in the third, Myers sent a long drive to right-centre beyond the reach of Jacoby Ellsbury. The ball hit the top of the wall near the 385-foot sign, caromed off a leaping Ellsbury and rolled away along the warning track. Last seasons AL Rookie of the Year jogged out of the batters box, then turned it on while rounding first base. He scored standing up without a play after second baseman Yangervis Solarte couldnt handle a one-hop throw from right fielder Carlos Beltran, who was late backing up. &quot;Off the bat, I thought it was gone,&quot; Myers said. &quot;Wasnt stoppin. Wasnt stoppin.&quot; It was Tampa Bays 11th inside-the-park homer and first since Ben Zobrists against Toronto at Tropicana Field on Sept. 25, 2011. The previous player to hit an inside-the-park home run at Yankee Stadium was Jeter against Kansas City on July 22, 2010, according to STATS. Myers also homered Saturday and had a tiebreaking single in the 14th inning of the series opener Friday night. He has hit safely in all 13 of his games at Yankee Stadium, the longest streak to start a career at the new or old versions of the ballpark. Myers is batting .375 with four homers and 14 RBIs in seven games against New York this season -- compared to .202 with no homers and four RBIs against everyone else. Seven of his 17 career homers have come against the Yankees. Solarte tied it at 1 with a sacrifice fly in the second, but it was all Rays after that. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Grant Balfour finished with scoreless relief. &quot;We didnt really hit at all,&quot; Yankees cleanup man Mark Teixeira said. &quot;That was a pretty lacklustre performance all the way around.&quot; Alfredo Aceves, called up from the minors Saturday, relieved Sabathia and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way, saving New Yorks bullpen. NOTES: Maddon rested the slumping Zobrist to give him consecutive days off, including Mondays off day. Tampa Bay opens a six-game homestand Tuesday night against Baltimore. ... Longoria made his first start of the season at DH, with Forsythe replacing him at third base. ... 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In 18 games with the Kings this season the 27-year-old Martinez has scored two goals and added five assists.MONTREAL - If its not a must-win game, the Montreal Impacts home opener is certainly one they would very much like to win. After opening the Major League Soccer season with two tight losses on the road, the Impact will play host to the Seattle Sounders before more than 25,000 at Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It will be a first home game for new coach Frank Klopas, the first time Brossard, Que., native Patrice Bernier will play at home as team captain, and the last that star striker Marco Di Vaio will sit out from the three-game suspension he got for wading into a skirmish in the playoffs last October. &quot;Its the third game of the season, but we need to start getting some points,&quot; former Chicago Fire boss Klopas said this week. &quot;Its good to be home. &quot;We definitely felt that we should have picked up some points on the road, but thats the game.&quot; The Impact opened the season March 8 with a 3-2 loss in Dallas marked by a harsh penalty awarded to the home team. They followed a week later with a 1-0 defeat in Houston. There was a feeling the team played better in the second game — that the defence was sharper, that better chances were created and that Di Vaios replacement Andrew Wenger looked more comfortable up front. &quot;We have some momentum even if were 0-2,&quot; said Bernier, who replaced the departed Davy Arnaud as captain. &quot;Its not like we played bad and got cleaned out. &quot;We felt we progressed last game from the first game and now were coming home. We have to defend our home and weve been very good at home the last two years. This is a game that could send us in the right direction and give us a positive boost.&quot; They are up against a Seattle side (1-1-0) with a formidable attack, but which is coming off a 2-1 loss at home to Toronto FC on former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoes pair of first-half goals. The Sounders, old foes of the Impact from their A-League and United Soccer League days, have not beaten Montreal in MLS play. The Impact won 4-1 in Montreal in 2012 and opened the 2013 campaign with a 1-0 win in Seattle. But Seattle has been among the better away sides in MLS, with a 29-28-24 road record since they entered the league in 2009.dddddddddddd Di Vaio and midfielder Andres Romero, both with three game suspensions, wont see action until a March 29 game in Philadelphia. In Di Vaios absence, winger Justin Mapp and attacking midfielder Felipe Martins have led the offence. The veteran Mapp was among their best players last season, but Felipe looks to have rebounded from a mediocre campaign and is looking more like the energetic playmaker he was as a rookie in 2012. He has yet to score, but leads the team with eight shots. &quot;I had a few chances,&quot; he said. &quot;But the hardest thing is to create chances and were doing that. &quot;The only thing is we have to put it in the net, but that is going to come. Its not after one or two games you have to figure out whats going on. Its just soccer, no? One time a goal goes in and after that it comes natural.&quot; Klopas likes what hes seen of the Brazilian. &quot;He missed the beginning of the season with injury last year and that was one reason his fitness level and sharpness werent the same,&quot; the coach said. &quot;Hes a guy that sometimes doesnt get the points, but he helps the team in so many ways without the ball, with his work rate and stuff like that. &quot;Ive been very pleased with him and I know he has a lot more room to grow.&quot; Bernier, coming off knee surgery, missed the season opener but got in 72 minutes in Houston. The team is still waiting for Bernier, Felipe and designated player Hernan Bernardello to all be at peak form to see what the centre of their midfield can do. Bernardello was injured shortly after signing last summer. The Impact are to play their first three home games at the Big O before moving outdoors to Saputo Stadium. Klopas coached Chicago against the Impact in Montreals first MLS game at Olympic Stadium in 2012, a 1-1 draw. &quot;Its amazing that two years ago I was on the opposite side in the first game here, with a tremendous atmosphere,&quot; he said. &quot;I hope its the same, only now theyre cheering for me and our team.&quot; ' ' ' <a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys2017.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> cheap jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapnflchinajerseys.co/" target="_blank">Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic</a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> cheap nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl shop </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> wholesale jerseys </a>

HOUSTON -- Houston running back Arian Foster will miss Sundays game against Arizona with an injured back. The Pro Bowler didnt practice all week after injuring his back on Houstons first series against Indianapolis last week. He also missed most of Houstons previous game with a hamstring problem. The team hasnt disclosed exactly whats wrong with Fosters back. Interim coach Wade Phillips said Friday that Foster had visited specialists about the problem and will likely seek more opinions. Ben Tate, who is still recovering from four broken ribs, is expected to start in his place. Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim, who were both signed last week, will play behind Tate. Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Marlins made it official Friday, inking infielder Jeff Baker to a two-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed, but previous reports from the Miami Herald had the deal worth $3.7 million. A nine-year veteran, Baker appeared in 74 games with the Texas Rangers last season, batting .279 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. &quot;We are very excited to add such an experienced player in Jeff Bakker,&quot; Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.dddddddddddd &quot;Offensively and defensively, we like the options that his versatility will provide (manager) Mike Redmond.&quot; Baker is a career .267 hitter with 48 homers and 199 RBI over 617 games with the Rockies, Cubs, Tigers, Braves and Rangers. The Marlins designated outfielder Jimmy Paredes for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. ' ' ' <a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys2017.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> cheap jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapnflchinajerseys.co/" target="_blank">Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic</a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> cheap nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl shop </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> wholesale jerseys </a>

BARCELONA, Spain -- Osasuna beat Getafe 2-0 at home on Sunday to move four points clear of the Spanish leagues relegation zone, while substitute Humberto Osorio scored twice as Valladolid came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Elche. Also, Real Sociedad was held 0-0 at its Anoeta Stadium by Levante and the inspired form of its goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. Osasunas Oriol Riera opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Francisco Silva spotted his run behind Getafes disjointed defence with a long pass that the striker expertly used one touch to lift over goalkeeper Miguel Moya. Roberto Torres capped the win in Pamplona on the break with two minutes to play. The closest Getafe came to scoring was Angel Lafitas header off the upright in the 34th as it remained winless in eight rounds. Elche went ahead on the waterlogged pitch at Valladolids Jose Zorilla Stadium through goals by Ferran &quot;Coro&quot; Corominas in the 34th and Manuel del Moral in the 66th. Valladolid coach Juan Ignacio Martinez sent on Osorio in the 69th and the forward responded by scoring in the 71st and 78th. Valladolids comeback was undermined when newcomer Jeffren Suarez, recently arrived from Sporting Lisbon, was injured with 10 minutes to play and his team had no substitutions to make. The draw left Valladolid in the drop zone, three points from safety. Levante keeper Navas denied Sociedad forwards Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann on two occasions each in the first half before stretching to palm Gonzalo Castros shot over his bar in the 69th. Sociedad stayed in sixth place. It hosts Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals on Tuesday looking to overturn its 2-0 loss in the first leg. &quot;We did enough to win, but Levantes defensive discipline was too much,&quot; Sociedad midfielder Markel Bergara said. &quot;Now we have to think about Barcelona. We know it will be tough, but we will give it our all.&quot; Later Sunday, Barcelona visits Sevilla looking for a win that would take the defending champions into a three-way tie for the league lead with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. PHOENIX -- Goran Dragic scored 40 points, his second career high in three games, and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104 Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Dragic was a game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesdays loss at Utah, but played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemires 44 on March 19, 2010. Anthony Davis, also a game-time decision because of a sprained left shoulder, matched his career high with 32 points for the Pelicans, who lost their sixth in a row. Markieff Morris added 18 points and twin brother Marcus 15 for Phoenix. Eric Gordon scored 21 for New Orleans. Dragic, who had expressed some doubt after the morning shootaround that he would be able to play, had a career-best 36 in the Suns loss to Houston on Sunday. He hurt his ankle in the home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. He had 15 points in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth, surpassing 30 points in a game for the eighth time this season. Phoenix took control with a 17-1 fourth-quarter run. Dragic banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, then sank an 18-footer to cap the outburst and put the Suns ahead 105-92 with 4:33 left. Phoenix looked to be in trouble late in the third quarter. The Pelicans used a 15-1 run to go up 77-67 on Austin Rivers two free throws with 2:59 left in the period. But Phoenix outscored the Pelicans 14-4 the rest of the quarterr.dddddddddddd Marcus Morris scored the first seven in the run, Dragic sank a 3, then made a driving layup to tie it at 81-81 entering the fourth quarter. New Orleans took a four-point lead early in the fourth and was up 91-88 on Brian Roberts driving layup with 9:47 remaining. Phoenix, though, scored the next six. Dragic scored on a drive, then Markieff Morris made consecutive layups and the Suns led 94-91 with 8:13 left. Neither team led by more than seven points in a first half bereft of defence, with the Suns up 56-54 at the break. New Orleans shot 58 per cent in the half (22 of 3<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" />, Phoenix 56 per cent (20 of 36). In the second quarter, nobody led by more than four. Al-Farouq Aminus two free throws put the Pelicans up 50-47 with 2:14 left in the half, then the Suns scored seven straight, P.J. Tuckers 3-pointer giving Phoenix a 54-50 lead 52.9 seconds before the break. Gordons layup at the buzzer was ruled no good and the call was upheld on review, preserving Phoenixs two-point edge. NOTES: New Orleans Tyreke Evans was a late arrival after getting stuck in the hotel elevator. He arrived about an hour before the opening tip. ... The Suns Leandro Barbosa missed his fourth straight game with a sprained toe. ... Phoenix avoided matching its longest losing streak of the season at four games. ... Suns G Eric Bledsoe, coming back from knee surgery, participated in 3-on-3 drills and could resume full practice next week. ... The Pelicans longest losing streak of the season is seven games. 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