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WINNIPEG -- Despite the heated womens soccer rivalry between Canada and the United States that has developed since the London Olympics, coach John Herdman says its important not to make too much of their meeting next week in Winnipeg. &quot;I know for the U.S., at times, they just look at it as another game and they come into the game nice and light and bright, whereas our girls often see it as something bigger than it is,&quot; he said Thursday from Vancouver, as the Canadian roster for the exhibition game next Thursday was announced. &quot;Were looking at some new strategies to try and retain the passion but remove the psychological burden.&quot; For Winnipeg-born midfielder Desiree Scott, the pressure will be even greater than he suggested. It will be the first time her parents have ever seen her play live. &quot;Its a massive thing for Desiree and weve all got a big smile on our faces,&quot; Herdman said. But he says part of the teams job will be to help her focus on doing what she does best and ignore the added pressure. This is a good chance to see how much development has taken place since Herdman started to refocus the team on the kind of game he says they need to play to be competitive at the 2015 World Cup, being held in cities across Canada, including Winnipeg. &quot;This is where your true gap analysis comes in and you get a great sense of how far youve come along the line towards success at the World Cup,&quot; he said. &quot;Theres a certain style and approach we want to go with. . . Its more about in this game the attacking processes of managing the ball better under the sort of pressure the U.S. put you under, as well as being a lot more clinical in those key moments, that transitional moment where we are getting chances but not converting.&quot; Canada, currently ranked seventh, lost to the No. 1-ranked Americans 1-0 in Texas in their first meeting this year and hasnt managed to beat the Americans since 2001. Then there was the bitter semi-final loss to the Americans at the 2012 Olympics, where a controversial call by a referee left Canadian fans, and players, outraged. One player from that heartbreaker will be returning for this match. Striker Melissa Tancredi is back after taking a couple of years off to return to school. &quot;Shes close to returning back to professional football in the NWSL and to be back full-time with Canada so shell come into this squad a little bit behind the eight-ball but Melissas presence is always felt.&quot; He says shes not going to be able to play 90 minutes after being off for two years, but shes a tough competitor with the kind of spirit and grit that can rub off on young players. One player Herdman would have liked still hasnt recovered enough from an ACL injury to play, natural left-footer Lauren Sesselmann, and hes also missing those who play for Swedish teams because of the travel time and a short turnaround. It provides a chance for Herdman to introduce some young players such as 16-year-old Jessie Fleming and 17-year-old Sura Yekka. <a href="http://www.michaelkorsboxingdaycanada.com/" target="_blank">Michael Kors Canada Boxing Day Sale 2014</a> . He was 45. 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He knows his football lineage doesnt hurt him, but hopes that his work as a four-year starter for the Aggies is what really wows the scouts. &quot;Its always been a little something to think about,&quot; Matthews said of his famous last name. &quot;Its a special situation. Now that I finally have my shot Im just looking forward to going out and proving it doesnt matter what my name is, what matters is that I can play and Im capable. And I hope teams get that from me and not just going off my name.&quot; Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, did position drills at A&amp;Ms pro day on Wednesday. Afterward, he met with officials from the St. Louis Rams, who have the second overall pick in the draft. Matthews and Auburns Greg Robinson are considered to be the best offensive tackles available in the draft and most believe the Rams will choose one of them. 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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers showed off their new home in style Thursday while quietly making a move to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernicks blindside. After an extravagant ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Levis Stadium, the 49ers announced left tackle Joe Staley has signed a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2019 season. The 29-year-old Staley, who had wanted a new deal this off-season, was among the players at the event. &quot;We both felt it was time to get something done, and what Im most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er,&quot; Staley said later on a conference call with reporters. &quot;That was one of my goals that I set out to do as a rookie coming into the NFL -- make an NFL roster, become a starter, win a Super Bowl and play my whole entire career with one team. &quot;So very excited for the opportunity to do that and really grateful for the 49ers allowing me that opportunity. Now its really just time to go work on that Super Bowl.&quot; Staleys extension is the latest move in a busy off-season that has seen some of San Franciscos biggest offensive contributors get new deals -- and others take strong measures in hopes of getting one. Last month, the 49ers rewarded Kaepernick with a six-year extension worth up to $126 million. Tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone, though, have held out of the teams voluntary off-season workout program and mandatory minicamp despite two years left on their current contracts. Rather than sit out this summer, Staley participated in the teams off-season activities. He believed all along that the 49ers would recognize his efforts -- and they did. General manager Trent Baalke said in a statement that Staleys &quot;commitment and professionalism have been great assets to our team and our community. This extension reflects our philosophy of investing in our core players.&quot; Staley stressed that every players situation is different. He called Boone and Davis great talents, especially noting what Boone has brought to San Franciscos offensive line, and said he hopes both report to training camp next week. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Staley has come a long way since San Francisco selected him with the 28th pick in the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan. He has earned Pro Bowl honours the past three seasons while guarding Kaepernicks back and helping to anchor San Franciscos power running game. &quot;To protect his blindside for the years to come is something I take great pride in,&quot; Staley said. Also Thursday, the 49ers placed eight players on procedural injury lists. Running back Marcus Lattimore, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, centre Marcus Martin, fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser and guard Brandon Thomas went on the active/non-football injury list. 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The Londoner was set to meet Fury in Manchester to contest the European belt and the vacant British title on Saturday night but the fight will now be rescheduled with a new date to be announced shortly.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings werent playing their best hockey before the league went on break during the Winter Olympics. You can see the action on TSN2 at 10pm et/7pm pt. Given some time to sort things out, the Kings hope to get on track Wednesday night as they visit the Colorado Avalanche. Los Angeles had lost four straight and nine of 10 before picking up a home victory over Columbus in its final game before the hiatus. That gave the Kings a four-point edge over the Phoenix Coyotes for third place in the Pacific Division and an automatic playoff berth. A number of Kings skaters saw action during the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, including forward Jeff Carter and defenseman Drew Doughty for gold medal- winning Canada. It was a great tournament for Doughty, who scored four goals and had six points. The trip may have been less enjoyable for goaltender Jonathan Quick, who backstopped a Team USA that was bested by Canada in the semifinals before losing to Finland in the bronze medal game. Quick yielded 11 goals in five games during the tournament, posting a .923 save percentage. Those involved will now need to put the highs and lows of the Olympics behind them. &quot;We understand the position that were in,&quot; forward Mike Richards told lakingsinsider.com. &quot;Weve got 23 games left and even though we didnt play very well, were still in the same position as we were before. So we just have to look to not repeatt things.dddddddddddd.&quot; Like the Kings, the Avalanche sit in third place in their division, but own a 10-point edge over the Minnesota Wild in the Central standings. Colorado also is just five points back of division co-leaders St. Louis and Chicago. Colorado went 2-0-2 on a four-game road trip before the break and has won five of its last seven overall. The Avs return a pair of medal winners to the ice in Canadian Matt Duchene and forward Gabriel Landeskog, who claimed silver with Sweden. Colorado will be without defenseman Erik Johnson for the first two contests of a three-game homestand after he picked up a two-game suspension ahead of the break. He received the ban for a two-handed slash of New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on Feb. 8. Johnson also will sit out Fridays game versus Phoenix. Colorado also learned it will be without veteran forward Alex Tanguay for the rest of the season after he underwent hip surgery. Tanguay sat out 36 games from Nov. 6-Jan. 21 with a hip injury, opting for rehab instead of surgery. He made his return to the lineup on Jan. 24, but was unable to play Colorados final five games before the Olympic break due to a knee issue caused by his hip injury. 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ST. LOUIS -- Getting drafted second overall has got to be a heady feeling. Greg Robinson checked any ego at the door, learning quickly how to fit in with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams plan on Robinson beginning his career at guard instead of tackle, where he starred at Auburn. The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson has been a willing convert at a position he last played in high school in Thibodaux, Louisiana. &quot;Everything happens faster,&quot; Robinson said. &quot;I can get my hands on them faster, so its something that I think I can grow into. Sooner or later, its going to come.&quot; Running back Tre Mason ran behind Robinson on Auburns national championship runner-up team last year and has loads of confidence in his fellow rookie. The Tigers totalled 64 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons and the Rams anticipate Mason will be a change-of-pace option behind Zac Stacey. &quot;When hes lead blocking for me, we love it,&quot; Mason said. &quot;I know he can play anywhere on that O-line. Really, you could line him up at quarterback.&quot; Robinson could eventually move outside, given left tackle Jake Long is in the final year of his contract. Long is rehabbing from knee surgery and said Tuesday he expects to be ready for the opener. Robinson can draw on the experience of teammate Rodger Saffold, also a left tackle in college and at the start of his NFL career, too. &quot;Yeah, he told me it was hard for him at the beginning, but something he got accustomed to,&quot; Robinson said. &quot;Its something Im really going to have to work on and really learn in and out. Im sure theyre not going to play anybody thats not ready.&quot; Saffold started at three spots last year and will be the right guard, joking &quot;at least I know where Ill be.&quot; The Rams re-signed him to a free-agent deal after he failed a physical in Oakland related to a shoulder injury, and hes comfortable playing guard for the foreseeable future. &quot;Yeah, cant fight it,&quot; Saffold said. &quot;Just got to roll with the punches. The goal is the same, its just one slot inside.&quot; Besides the physical factor, Robinson is adjusting to a much deeper playbook with even more wrinkles inside than at tackle. Robinson said Auburn perfected a &quot;select few&quot; plays. &quot;Its a lot for him, but the good thing is hes listening to everybody,&quot; Saffold said. &quot;We expect a lot out of him and hes coming along.&quot; Long, the first overall pick in 2008 by the Dolphins, has been doing a lot of individual work this week plus &quot;stuff inside that you dont see,&quot; coach Jeff Fisher said. The Rams anticipate hell be a full participant by the middle of training camp. &quot;Every week we try to introduce something more,&quot; Long said. &quot;Im really excited and happy with how Im progressing.&quot; The 29-year-old Long said hes been rehabbing five or six hours a day for several weeks with the exception of a 10-day trip with his wife to Paris and Barcelona. &quot;I wanted to do it and didnt want to do it at the same time,&quot; Long said. &quot;The trainers told me I had to get out of the room for a few days. They were long days and they still are, but Im glad to do it.&quot; NEW YORK -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has had his appeal heard of a two-game suspension for stomping on an opponent. Art Shell, jointly appointed by the league and the players association to hear such cases, has conducted a conference call Thursday, but set no timetable for making a decision. The 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year was penalized and ejected from a Thannksgiving Day loss to Green Bay for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.dddddddddddd On Tuesday, the league handed down the two-game suspension and Suh immediately appealed. The Lions are playing Sunday in New Orleans and the league expedited Suhs hearing so the team could know about his availability for that game. Shells decision could come Friday. ' ' ' <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>

MONTREAL -- Somewhere among all the cheering, there were probably a few sighs of relief. Montreal Canadiens fans spilled out of the Bell Centre downtown Tuesday evening in high -- yet cautious -- spirits after the Habs downed the New York Rangers in an action-packed 7-4 win. The victory staves off elimination one more time for the Canadiens, who head to New York for Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference final on Thursday. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 but Habs fans werent dwelling on that Wednesday night. &quot;Go Habs, Go,&quot; chanted an exuberant Fil Mardakis as she headed to a nearby subway station with a friend. &quot;All the way.&quot; She raised her eyebrows beneath her cowboy hat -- which had a Canadiens logo on the front -- when asked what she thought were the sweetest moments of the contest. &quot;Oh my God, certainly not the penalties we got, but the final three goals were awesome.&quot; Her friend Niki Pollis was hard-pressed to contain her joy at the win. &quot;I was so happy that they won,&quot; she gushed. &quot;I cant believe it. It was awesome, we played awesome.&quot; And she tipped her own hat to goalie Dustin Tokarski who has had to pinch hit since Carey Price was sidelined with a knee injury. &quot;Hes No. 1,&quot; Pollis said. &quot;No. 1. Tell him. He saved us.&quot; Her view was shared by Stephane Rivest. He also pointed to right winger Rene Bourque, who scored three goals which prompted fans to send hats fluttering onto the ice to celebrate the achievement. &quot;Mr. Bourque was great,&quot; Rivest said. &quot;Mr. Tokarski was great as well for a kid coming in but who knows. Its a great series and well see who wins.&quot; Fans didnt linger too long outside the Bell Centre or on nearby Ste-Catherine Street to celebrate the win. Some groups hooted and chanted in small groups and in front of TV cameras outside the arena. A busker playing a clarinet version of the signature &quot;Ole Ole Ole&quot; song that has become a staple of games got cheers as throngs -- many in Habs jerseys or with their faces painted in the teams red, white and blue colours -- headed past to the subway. On Ste-Catherine Street, fans were mainly well-behaved amid the heavy presence of Montreal police, who seemed ready to do a little stickhandling of their own if crowds got too rowdy. Lines of helmeted police stood on street corners and across storefronts, watching as the upbeat mobs trundled past on the commercial artery which has been hit by post-game riots in past years. A quick glance on side streets also revealed busloads of additional officers ready to move in if needed. One fan who high-fived anyone who passed him as he walked down the street found himself waving into empty air as he came to the police line at one point. He stared surprised with his hand aloft in front of a baton-gripping female officer, who smiled politely and suggested her hands were otherwise occupied and unable to return the greeting. Other officers further down the street smiled and gave a quick palm slap when someone offered one. In the end, there would be no trouble. Some fans lined up outside a popular strip joint not far from the hockey temple while others simply looked for some food or headed home to bask in the win. &quot;It was a great comeback because it was close until the final minute,&quot; said Serge Lapierre as he walked to a subway. &quot;The Rangers have done a lot but I think were ready.&quot; Ready enough to win the Canadiens first Stanley Cup since 1993? &quot;I always think so.&quot; FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have re-signed veteran defensive lineman Andre Carter He had 10 sacks for the Patriots in 2011, his only season with them, and was chosen to his first Pro Bowl. He played for the Oakland Raiders in 2012, his 12th NFL season, but has been a free agent since being released Aug. 31. The Patriots have been without starting defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. Wilfork went on season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 3 with a torn right Achilles tendon. Kelly has missed the last two games with a knee injury. &quot;This place holds a special meaning,&quot; Carter said. &quot;Not just for as far as what I did, but just the camaraderie I had here in 2011, the town of Foxborough, the state.&quot; The Patriots also made two practice squad moves Wednesday, signing defensive tackle Sealver Siliga annd releasing cornerback Travis Howard.dddddddddddd. On Monday, they waived defensive tackle Andre Neblett. Carter said it is up to coaches whether he plays Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but added he felt good during Wednesdays practice and is beginning to re-acclimate to a defence that has changed a bit since he left. &quot;As far as the scheme and stuff, theres a few tweaks, but thats the NFL in general,&quot; he explained. &quot;You cant always run the same schemes year after year. Youve got to constantly modify it because thats the only way youre going to get better and make plays. 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ST. LOUIS -- Just like the last two postseasons, Jonathan Quick had the St. Louis Blues number all night. &quot;He was good,&quot; St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie said. &quot;It seems like hes always good.&quot; In addition to air-tight goaltending, the Los Angeles Kings also got something unexpected. Trevor Lewis scored his first two goals of the season early in the third period to key a 4-1 victory on Thursday night. &quot;We have developed a little bit of a rivalry over the last couple years,&quot; Quick said. &quot;But at the end of the day it counts as two points. &quot;You dont get extra points because its St. Louis.&quot; Jake Muzzin scored in the first period and Jeff Carter added an empty-netter for the Kings, who snapped a five-game road losing streak in the opener of a five-game trip. Quick had 28 saves as Los Angeles improved to 16-4 in their last 20 meetings with St. Louis, including a pair of playoff series wins the last two seasons. In 2012, the Kings swept the Blues in the second round en route to the franchises first Stanley Cup and they took four straight after spotting St. Louis two wins in the first round last spring. &quot;They were much better than us,&quot; Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. &quot;Depends on what we do with it. Im kind of getting sick of watching it.&quot; Oshie scored his first career goal on a penalty shot in the second period for the Blues, who snapped a five-game home winning streak. Oshie has 11 goals on the season and has five goals and four assists in his last six home games. The Blues dropped to 18-4-2 at home and lost for just the second time in 10 games. Lewis scored the tiebreaker at 2:04 of the third, just 4 seconds after the Blues killed off Ryan Reaves roughing penalty resulting from a large scrum at the end of the second. Lewis shot from the right boards was stopped by Halak but the rebound deflected into the net off the skate of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz. Lewis then got his second goal of the season on a short-handed wraparound at 4:21, capitalizing on goalie Jaroslav Halaks stick-handling goof to make it 3-1. Halak couldnt get the puck away from the boards, then didnt want to play it inside the trapezoid for fear of a two-minute penalty and also thought a defenceman had the net covered. &quot;Ill take the blame for this one,&quot; Halak said. &quot;We lost because of me.&quot; Lewis was the Kings first-round pick in 2006 but entered with one assist in 38 games and had only five goals last season, the last March 28 at St. Louis. He got multiple points for the first time since March 16 when he had two assists against the Sharks. &quot;He does all the details within our game, within our system,&quot; linemate Jarret Stoll said. &quot;A lot of stuff doesnt get noticed when youre writing articles or seeing us on TV. &quot;Hes a great teammate so its good to see him get rewarded.&quot; Oshie has been the Blues best in shootouts, going 4 for 6 this season with a variety of jukes and changes of speed. After getting pulled down by Muzzin on a breakaway, Oshie dispensed with the fakery and drilled a shot between Quicks pads to tie it at 1 at 5:55 of the second. &quot;I think the last time I went in on him I deked to my forehand,&quot; Oshie said. &quot;I was hoping he was expecting me to do another deke or something fancy and fortunately I squeaked it between his legs.&quot; Oshies 11th of the season also gave him the Blues last three goals. The Kings scored on their first shot with Muzzin getting his third of the season past a well-screened Halak at 2:31, and carried play most of the first period. Justin Williams hit the goal post on a power play just past the mid-point. NOTES: The Blues are 2 for 2 on penalty shots this season, with Alexander Steen connecting against Florida on Oct. 5 and have made their last four overall. ... Muzzin was scoreless and minus-2 the previous 14 games. ... Oshie has five goals and four assists his last six games at home. ... The game drew standing room attendance of 19,374. NEW YORK - Jason Kreis quit as coach of Real Salt Lake, three days after losing Major League Soccers championship game, and will become coach of the expansion New York City FC team that starts play in 2015. Kreis, who turns 41 on Dec. 29, played for Salt Lake from 2005-07, then became coach. He led the team to the 2009 MLS Cup championship, becoming the youngest coach to win the title. 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With Wednesdays news of his release, Zach Collaros has become available to the highest bidder earlier than expected. The Toronto Argonauts released the impressive sophomore quarterback a little more than two weeks before he was scheduled to hit the free agent market on February 15, perhaps sending teams interested in the 25-year-olds services into a mad dash to finalize their pitches. There are a number of teams that could certainly use Collaros talents in one capacity or another, but which team do you think will end up signing him? The favourites, at least in the media, appear to be the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers have yet to do anything this off-season to upgrade their talent at the position after struggling through a 3-15 season in which four different quarterbacks saw game action. Max Hall emerged as the teams frontrunner at QB but its unclear if new head coach Mike OShea is sold on the former NFLer. And that of course, is another connection between the Bombers and Collaros. OShea should know Collaros talents first-hand after serving as the Argonauts special teams coordinator during the two years Collaros was with the team. While the Bombers may be the favourites, theyre likely not going to be the only team to make overtures to Collaros. Contract talks between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Henry Burris have been awfully quiet leading up to the free agency deadline. They may be looking for a younger option for the team to grow with, if they arent sold on Dan LeFevour or one of their other young options behind centre. The Ottawa Redblacks have their quarterback of the present in Kevin Glenn, whom they acquired in last months expansion draft, but could be interested in giving Thomas DeMarco some competition for the role of quarterback of the future. And in Montreal, the Alouettes are faced with the unenviable task of replacing the face of their franchise, Anthony Calvillo. While Troy Smiths play late last season warranted him getting a longer look, the team may want more options for the daunting task of filling Calvillos shoes. A quarterback of Collaros potential could be used by all nine teams in the league. The Rouge asks: Which team will he end up with? As always, its Your! Call. WASHINGTON -- After his last start, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg said his mechanics werent right. Tuesday night he was finely tuned. Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7 2-3 strong innings, and Jayson Werth had two doubles and three RBIs in the Nationals 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. &quot;I just tried to execute pitches better. I wasnt trying to reinvent the wheel,&quot; he said. &quot;I think I wanted to go out there and just trust myself, and just have a little bit finer focus. . I feel like I was able to keep the ball down a little bit.&quot; Anthony Rendon added a two-run double for Washington, which has won four straight. Strasburg (7-6) tied his career high by allowing seven earned runs in 4 2-3 innings in his last start -- a loss in Milwaukee -- and was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA over his last three. Tuesday night he struck out eight and walked one while giving up one run. The Rockies didnt get a runner past second until DJ LeMahieus homer in the eighth. &quot;I think strike one is probably the biggest difference,&quot; manager Matt Williams said. &quot;He got ahead of a lot of hitters tonight. His curveball was effective, his changeup was effective. Went deep in the game. He threw a lot of pitches, but he was in command.&quot; Strasburg was lifted after walking Corey Dickerson with his 111th pitch. Tuesday night also was a bounce back game for Werth, who was 7 for 52 in his last 13 coming in. He doubled home two runs in the first, another in the fourth and walked twice. &quot;(I) was here late last night watching video with Rick Schu, our hitting coach,&quot; Werth said. &quot;Today, had a pretty good mindset going into the game and we made a minor adjustment, just kind of shorten (my swing) up a little bit.&quot; Washington has scored seven runs in three straight games, albeit the last two against the pitching staff with baseballs worst ERA. Bryce Harper went 1 for 5 in his second game back from the disabled list, and every Washington starter hit safely except Ian Desmond. &quot;Theres not an easy out one thru eight,&quot; Strasburg said. &quot;Its our job as pitchers to go out tthere and keep it close and let our (hitters) go out there and win the game.dddddddddddd&quot; Christian Friedrich (0-3) allowed five runs in 3 1-3 innings for Colorado, which has lost 13 of 15. &quot;Every day you cant worry about what happened yesterday,&quot; Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau said. &quot;Youre not going to change it. If you start thinking that way, thats when you get in trouble. When you can put today behind us and come back and try and win a game tomorrow and start over, thats what good teams are able to do.&quot; Friedrich was making his third start since being called up June 21 and struggled once again, allowing five hits while walking four and striking out four. 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Blackmon grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ... Rockies LH Brett Anderson (broken finger), on the DL since April 13, is scheduled to make his first rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The Nationals, after allowing 19 unearned runs in March/April and 13 in May, set a new club record by allowing just two in June. ... Colorados LH Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.24) opposes RH Doug Fister (6-2, 2.83) in Wednesdays series finale. 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PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames for a third-round selection in the NHL draft. Bollig agreed to a three-year contract extension in March. He had seven goals and seven assists while playing in 82 games this season, and then had an assist in 15 playoff games. The Blackhawks used the draft pick, No. 83 overall, to take forward Matheson Iacopelli. The right wing had 41 goals and 23 assists last season for Muskegon of the USHL. The 27-year-old Bollig has 201 penalty minutes in 125 career games with Chicago over three seasons. NEW YORK -- Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to East Regional final. The fourth-seeded Spartans (29-<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" /> will play Connecticut (29-<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" /> on Sunday with a Final Four berth at stake. The seventh-seeded Huskies beat third-seeded Iowa State 81-76 earlier Friday. Michigan State overcame a horrible start to the second half and then withstood a late run by the Cavaliers (30-7) to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time since 1999 -- all under coach Tom Izzo. Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogden both had 17 points for Virginia, which became the second No. 1 seed to be eliminated, joining Wichita State. Adreian Payne had 16 points for Michigan State and his 3-pointer with 1:29 left gave the Spartans the lead for good at 54-51. After a miss by Brogdon, the 6-foot-10 Payne turned point guard, finding Dawson with a line drive lob pass for a dunk with 52 seconds to go. Harris hit a 3 with 39 seconds left to bring the Cavaliers within 56-54. Payne found another way to help the Spartans, making two free throws with 32 seconds left for a 58-54 lead. Brogdon hit a 3 with 1.1 seconds left to bring Virginia within 60-59. Gary Harris made one of two free throws to make it 61-59 and Virginias last attempt was well off the mark. Michigan State came up with a defensive effort that Virginia is known for. The Spartans held the Cavaliers to 35.1 per cent shooting (20 of 57), well off the 45.7 per cent they shot during the season and nowhere near the 54.3 per cent they shot in the two NCAA tournament games. Dawson, who averages 11.0 points per game, has scored in double figures in six straight games and he had a career-high 26 points in the third-round win over Harvardd.dddddddddddd Michigan State started the second half by missing seven of its first eight shots and committing five turnovers. Virginia took advantage to turn a 31-27 halftime deficit into a 38-34 lead. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run to go up 49-42 with 6:10 to go. Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament champions, answered with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 51 with 1:51 left and then Payne accounted for Michigan States next seven points. Michigan State, which has become one of the favourites for the national championship since it has finally become healthy, shot 44.7 per cent from the field (21 for 47) and was able to score just over the 55.5 Virginia had allowed all season in leading the nation in that statistic. The Spartans, who started the season 18-1 and spent three weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, shot 52.3 per cent in their last four games. The Spartans started the game doing what teams just dont against Virginia -- make shots. Michigan State made eight of its first 12 from the field in taking a 21-11 lead with 9:46 left in the first half. The Cavaliers allowed teams to shoot 38.6 per cent from the field for the season. The Spartans finally started to miss -- making only one of their next eight shots -- and Virginia took advantage with a 12-0 run that gave the Cavaliers a 25-23 lead with 3:30 to go. Joe Harris and Brogdon hit 3s in the run -- Virginia only had three in the first half -- and reserve Anthony Gill contributed three points and brought a hustle spark to the Cavaliers. Gary Harris dunked and Dawson scored on a drive to break a 27-all tie and give the Spartans a 31-27 halftime lead. These were the first NCAA tournament games played at Madison Square Garden since 1961. ' ' ' <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>

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- John Elway led Denver to the Super Bowl faster as a front office executive than he did as a quarterback. On Wednesday, the Broncos extended his contract, which was set to expire after this year, through 2017 and added general manager to his title of executive vice-president. Team President Joe Ellis lauded the work Elway has done so far, saying hes &quot;demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role, assembling a championship calibre team and positioning it for sustained success.&quot; Elway, who will speak publicly on Friday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, said in a statement that he was grateful for the opportunity and &quot;we remain relentlessly committed to delivering a world championship&quot; to Denver. The Broncos are coming off their first AFC title in 15 years but they were blown out 43-8 by Seattle in the Super Bowl, a result that was eerily similar to the first three of Elways five Super Bowls before he capped his Hall of Fame playing career with back-to-back titles in 1998 and 99. Asked at his end-of-season news conference last week how long it took him to get over those losses, Elway said, &quot;Im not over them yet. I just added this one to it.&quot; The Broncos have gone 37-17 since Elway rejoined the team on Jan. 5, 2011, when owner Pat Bowlen brought him back to rescue a franchise reeling from a nosedive under Josh McDaniels that bottomed out with a 4-12 season, Denvers worst in four decades. Elways first order of business was hiring coach John Fox, who has led Denver to three straight AFC West titles and is expected to sign his own long-term extension soon. Next on Elways to-do list was changing the losing culture that had enveloped his beloved Broncos while he was away honing his managerial skills by running restaurants, car dealerships and an indoor football league franchise. That began with a roster makeover. &quot;I think No. 1, we had to clean up the locker room. We had to get to get the locker room right,&quot; Elway said last month. &quot;... that is really the life bread of what the organization is all about. How that locker room fits is the most important thing.&quot; Although its early to render a verdict on his draft acumen, Elway has unquestionably hit the jackpot in free agency, first by luring Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012 and then last year by signing Wes Welker and Louis Vasquez, who in 2013 became the NFLs only free agent signee to earn All-Pro first-team honours. Other free agents -- notably Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Terrance Knighton and Shaun Phillips -- helped Denvers defence weather an injury epidemic in which six starters missed significant playing time. &quot;Its been my goal to really continue what Pat Bowlen created in the fact that people want to play here,&quot; Elway said last month. &quot;So players will come here late in their career when they know they have a chance to win a world championship.&quot; Manning has thrown for 100 touchdowns and 11,336 yards in his two seasons in Denver and this season won his fifth MVP award. He is planning to play in 2014 and perhaps another year after that. Elway has said he doesnt want to just win now, but from &quot;now on,&quot; and how backup quarterback Brock Osweiler performs whenever Manning retires will go a long way in determining whether Elways long-term vision will pan out as well as his short-term fixes have. The Broncos ended a six-year playoff drought in 2011 when they went 8-8 with Tim Tebow at quarterback, beating Pittsburgh in the playoffs before losing to New England. Elway lured Manning to Denver that spring and traded away Tebow the next day. &quot;Tim Tebow was so popular, John Elway is the only one who could have pulled that off,&quot; wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said. The Broncos went 13-3 in 2012 but a crushing loss to Baltimore in the playoffs left a scar that drove them to another 13-3 season last year. This time, they beat San Diego and New England in the playoffs to reach their first Super Bowl since Elway was leading them from the huddle. Elway has made more than 600 transactions since rejoining the Broncos, and he acknowledged some difficult decisions await as he shapes the roster for 2014. Although the Broncos came up way short in the Super Bowl, Elway promised to navigate this off-season with the notion that this loss will drive Denver to do something no team has done since Buffalo in 1993 -- reach the Super Bowl the year after losing it. &quot;The bottom line is were going to work as hard as we worked this year, if not harder, and continue to do that with the mindset that we want to be world champions,&quot; Elway said, &quot;and were going to do everything we can to get there.&quot; MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan will play preseason games in the United States. Inter Milan, AS Roma and Olympiakos also will be part of what is billed as the Guinness International Champions Cup, to be played from July 26 to Aug. 4, with the final at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens. 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KENT, Wash. - Mathew Barzal scored 3:47 into overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds downed the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League playoff action. Scott Eansor had a pair of goals in regulation for the Thunderbirds, who lead the first-round matchup 3-0, and Branden Troock added a single goal. Patrick Bajkov scored twice for the Silvertips, Mirco Mueller had a goal and an assist and Manraj Hayer assisted on all three of his clubs goals. Taran Kozun made 28 saves for Seattle while Everetts Austin Lotz turned away 25-of-29 shots in a losing cause. The Thunderbirds can clinch the series on Friday when the Silvertips host Game 4. --- OIL KINGS 4 RAIDERS 3 PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Riley Kieser broke a 3-3 deadlock at 17:28 of the third period as the Oil Kings edged Prince Albert to go up 3-0 in their first-round series. Griffin Reinhart, Edgars Kulda and Brett Pollack also scored for Edmonton, which trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. Jayden Hart, Chance Braid and Leon Draisaitl supplied the scoring for the Raiders. Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots for the Oil Kings while Prince Alberts Cole Cheveldave turned away 33-of-37 shots in defeat. --- BRONCOS 3 TIGERS 1 SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Eetu Laurikainen stopped 30-of-31 shots as the Broncos took Game 3 of their first-round matchup against Medicine Hat. Julius Honka, Nathan Burns and Jake DeBrusk scored for Swift Current, which still trails the series 2-1. Cole Sanford scored the lone goal for the Tigers. Medicine Hats Marek Langhamer made 36 saves in a losing cause. --- ICE 5 HITMEN 4 CRANBROOK, B.C. — Jaedon Descheneau scored the winner with 52 seconds remaining in regulation as Kooteny slipped past Calgary to even its first-round series at two games apiece. Luke Philp, Zach Franko, Sam Reinhart and Levi Cable also scored for the Ice. Kootenays Mackenzie Skapski allowed four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Wyatt Hoflin, who stopped all 20 shots he faced in 26 minutes of relief. Ben Thomas, Greg Chase, Jake Virtanen and Pavel Padakin scored for the Hitmen while Chris Driedger kicked out 27 shots in defeat. --- WINTERHAWKS 6 GIANTS 3 VANCOUVER — Brendan Leipsic had two goals and two assists as Portland doubled up the Giants in Game 3 of Round 1 action. Derrick Pouliot, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Taylor Leier each had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks, who lead the series 3-0, and Paul Bittner added a single goal. Vancouver got goals from Joel Hamilton, Trent Lofthouse and Alec Baer. Portlands Brendan Burke made 25 saves for the win as Payton Lee turned away 28-of-34 shots for the Giants. --- AMERICANS 4 ROCKETS 3 KENNEWICK, Wash. — Eric Comrie stopped 52 shots, including 34 through the first two periods of play, as Tri-City downed Kelowna to take Game 3 in Round 1 play. Philip Tot, Justin Gutierrez and Brian Williams each had a goal and an assist for the Americans, who led 3-0 heading into the third period, and Jessey Astles scored once. Marek Tvrdon, Myles Bell and Justin Kirkland scored third-period goals for the Rockets, who lead the series 2-1. Kelownas Jordon Cooke made 33 saves in a losing cause. --- Clarke MacArthur is staying in the nations capital. The Ottawa Senators announced on Tuesday the club agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $4.65 million with the veteran forward. The total value of the contract is $23.25 million, broken down to $4.5 million in each of the contracts first two seasons and $4.75 million in each of the final three seasons. MacArthur scored 24 goals and added 31 assists in 79 games during his first season with the Senators in 2013-14. The 29-year-old signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Senators in 2013 free agency after spending his previous three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. &quot;Obviously our happiness with his performance last year was a big reason to give him the term that we did,&amp;&quot; general manager Bryan Murray said Tuesday on a conference call.dddddddddddd &quot;Obviously were quite happy with what he did,&quot; Murray said. &quot;Hes in that 20-to-25 goal range on a somewhat consistent basis and hes a real complement to the young players who will end up playing at some point with him. Kyle Turris and him seemed to fit like a glove. &quot;Whoever plays on the right side I think will really benefit from playing with Clarke and Kyle. To me, it really solidifies a good pair that ... will make our team be a consistent contender.&quot; In 482 career games with the Senators, Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers, he has scored 117 goals and 268 points. 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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- FIFA plans to pay out $200 million in total bonuses to its national members and confederations from its World Cup revenue of an estimated $4.5 billion. Each of the 209 member countries will get $250,000 this month and should get a further $500,000 early next year, FIFAs finance director Markus Kattner told the governing bodys congress Wednesday. The six continental bodies will get $2.5 million this month and $4.5 million more next year. Kattner said the bonuses must be approved by independent audit panel chairman Domenico Scala, but that there is no reason to think the extra payments wont be made. The planned bonuses are a $200,000 raise compared to the payments made after the 2010 World Cup when each FIFA member got a total of $550,000. Then, the six confederations received a total of $5 million each. FIFA expects improved revenue of $4.5 billion for the four-year commercial cycle tied to the 2014 World Cup. It had budgeted to earn $3.8 billion. Kattner said FIFA expects to earn $5 billion in the cycle leading to the 2018 World Cup. A total of $2.7 billion should come from broadcasting rights sales, and $2.3 billion from sponsors and licensing. FIFA has budgeted to spend $4.9 billion through 2018, with $100 million added to its reserves. FIFAs reserve fund is currently more than $1.4 billion. MIAMI -- Lance Lynn pitched himself into big trouble, then got the biggest out of his young career. Lynn struck out Mike Stanton with the bases loaded to seal his first major-league save, Lance Berkmans second double of the game brought home Albert Pujols with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 on Friday night. Called upon because regular closer Fernando Salas was unavailable, Lynn gave up a hit and two walks in a 24-pitch roller-coaster of a ninth, and held on anyway. &quot;A little out of control,&quot; Lynn said. &quot;I was able to regroup and get it done.&quot; Pujols doubled off Florida starter Anibal Sanchez (6-5) to lead off the eighth, and Berkman drove Sanchezs final pitch of the game into centre field to put St. Louis on top. Matt Holliday hit his 18th home run for St. Louis and Mitchell Boggs (1-3) threw a scoreless seventh for the win. &quot;I was excited. Something for Lance, something for Boggs, his first win, mostly our team and the excitement of the moment,&quot; Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. &quot;Youre facing the next young superstar in our league with the bases loaded and nowhere to go with him and you end up getting a punchout, thats a dramatic moment.&quot; Stanton had three hits, including a triple, and stole a base for the Marlins, who had a serious chance in the ninth. Joe Thurston, selected earlier in the day by Florida from triple-A New Orleans and back in the majors for the first time since 2009, singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and the Marlins had runners on first and second after Dewayne Wise drew a one-out walk. But Lynn -- called on to close after Salas needed a combined 51 pitches in appearances Tuesday and Thursday -- struck out Emilio Bonifacio on a 95 m.p.h. fastball, then, after walking Greg Dobbs on four pitches to load the bases, got Stanton swinging. Sanchez gave up eight hits and three runs while striking out seven in 7 1-3 innings, and it still wasnt enough to snap what now is a 10-game winless streak for the right-hander. He batted in the seventh, the Marlins clearly thinking he had one more inning of work left against the heart of the Cardinals order. The move backfired after Pujols and Berkman doubled two batters apart, and the Marlins lost for the sixth time in their last eight home games. &quot;Albert got the better of him in that situation,&quot; Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. &quot;When you get in those situations you cant let the big guys hurt you. Findd a way.dddddddddddd&quot; St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, throwing 106 pitches on the steamy 31-C night to help take some burden off a weary Cardinals bullpen. The Marlins are already ailing up-the-middle defensively, with second baseman Omar Infante going on the disabled list Friday with a broken finger and shortstop Hanley Ramirez still dealing with a sprained left shoulder -- and another blow came Friday, when centre-fielder Mike Cameron sprained his left hand. Cameron was shaken up trying to make a diving catch, appearing to twist his wrist in the turf and writhing in pain for a few moments. Cameron remained in the game until the bottom of the sixth, when he was replaced by pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen. Cameron was 2 for 2, raising his average to .177 for the season, .219 in 21 games with Florida. &quot;It got to the point where I didnt want to make myself look like a fool swinging with one hand,&quot; Cameron said. &quot;It just got kind of worse over the course of the game. I just decided not to take any more chances.&quot; Florida opened the scoring in the third when Stanton -- batting third for the first time in his career, just as Logan Morrison debuted in the cleanup spot -- hit an RBI triple to the gap in right-centre to score Dobbs. Morrison nearly made it 2-0, but Pujols ranged to his right to snare a sharp grounder that he flipped to Westbrook covering the bag to end the inning. St. Louis took the lead in the fourth on Hollidays leadoff homer, a double by Berkman and a run-scoring single two batters later by Gerald Laird. Buck pulled Florida into a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the home half of the fourth. Notes: Cardinals 3B David Freese said he was feeling a bit better Friday, one day after taking a pitch to the helmet and getting a mild concussion. The Cardinals dont anticipate placing him on the DL, and Freese could be back in the lineup in a couple days. ... Florida RHP Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start against St. Louis for the seventh time in his career Saturday night, still seeking his first win against the club. Nolasco is 0-3 with a 7.06 earned-run average all-time against the Cardinals, giving up 10 hits and seven runs over five innings in each of his last two outings against them. ... RHP Chris Carpenter starts for St. Louis on Saturday. The Cardinals are 10-13 in his 23 appearances this season, matching the number of losses they had in Carpenters 35 starts a year ago. He hasnt beaten the Marlins since Aug. 29, 2005. 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