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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - With his team coming off a bye, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman continues to look for answers to his teams struggles.Trestman on Monday said hes seen little evidence of any locker room tension within the team as practices began for Sunday nights game in Green Bay.The support in this building has been outstanding, Trestman said. Thats all I can say. Everybody upstairs has been extremely supportive of the way were handling things.Our team has been unbelievably compliant in doing everything that we, as coaches, and myself have asked them to do. Thats evident on the field. Its evident in the locker room.Trestman said he sees no drop in effort during practices or meetings.What we havent seen is the production on Sundays, he said.Bears coaches spent a week self-scouting to pinpoint flaws after giving players off Tuesday through Sunday during the bye.I think that it came down to a number of things, Trestman said. It comes down to play selection. It comes down mental errors. It comes down to penalties. It comes down to those things that really are the result of things that you can control.Thats what we have to assess in our assessment — what are the things that we can control to be more consistent. Theres a litany of things. I gave you just a few that every team has to do well for them to start faster.In last place in the NFC North and three games behind the Detroit Lions, the Bears have played only one division game and lost 38-17 to Green Bay.Everything that we want is still ahead of us, safety Ryan Mundy said. Coach Trestman pointed out two examples of teams who were at similar starts as us.In 2012, the Redskins, I believe started out 3-6 and won their division. And then last year, the Eagles started out 3-5 and ended up winning their division. We have a lot of football left and every game is a critical game for us right now. Theyre all NFC opponents and theyre all division games, so theyre all must wins for us.The Bears also have five of their final seven games at home, although that hasnt been a positive this season as theyre 0-3 in Soldier Field.Getting players back healthy could benefit them.Linebacker Lance Briggs is expected back from a rib injury after missing three straight starts. Safety Chris Conte had a week off after suffering through shoulder sprains and concussions in the first half. And rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller had a week off to rest three injuries, including a broken hand.The offence will go into the workweek trying to decide on a replacement for injured left guard Matt Slauson, who went on injured reserve. Michael Ola appears to be the candidate of choice at this point. Theyve also considered moving right tackle Jared Mills to left guard, but Ola played the last game at left guard after Slausons season-ending pectoral injury.The defence sees a need to become more physical, with Briggs and the entire linebacker group expected back after the top four linebackers were out at one point in the first half.Weve got to outhit our opponents and weve got to do that for however long that game goes, Young said.Trestman called Briggs a key to the defence recovering after giving up 51 points to New England in the previous game. Briggs normally calls defensive signals and changes.We want him to bring his best, Trestman said. Having him out there being the vocal, the leader part of it is certainly a huge part of it, getting people lined up, and then just playing as hard and as fast as hes capable of playing, as he did when we started the season.NOTES: Defensive end David Bass was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace defensive end Lamarr Houston, who went on injured reserve due to a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament suffered in a post-sack celebration. Bass has 20 1/2 tackles, a sack and 2 1/2 tackles for loss in his two-year NFL career. ... T Jason Weaver was signed to the practice squad.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract, giving them insurance for rookie Kolten Wong. In a conference call after the deal was announced Monday, the 36-year-old Ellis said he had some multiyear offers but chose the Cardinals because he wants to win a World Series. Ellis played for the Dodgers in the NL championship series last fall against St. Louis, which won the Series in 2011 and lost in six games to the Red Sox in 2013. &quot;I am fully fine with one-year deals at this point in my career,&quot; Ellis said. &quot;There were some good opportunities, very good teams and very good organizations. I felt like this was the perfect place for myself and my family.&quot; The contract calls for an additional $125,000 at 250 plate appearances and for every 25 plate appearances after that up to 475 plate appearances. &quot;Nothing was promised,&quot; Ellis said. &quot;Ive pretty much been an everyday player my whole career. Im going to prepare this off-season like Im going to play 162 games.&quot; Ellis is a lifetime .265 hitter for three teams. He hit .270 with six home runs and 48 RBIs for the Dodgers last season, and is considered a strong defensive second baseman. Hes had only spot duty at other infield positions during his careeer, but was open to that option, noting he played third base two years in college and was a shortstop growing up.dddddddddddd &quot;Im not so stubborn I have a huge ego that I have to be the second baseman,&quot; Ellis said. &quot;I dont care. I want to do whatever it takes to win a World Series.&quot; Wong, a first-round pick in 2011, made his major league debut last year and is expected to get the starting shot at second base in 2014. Matt Carpenter moves to third base following the trade of David Freese to the Angels and Ellis provides a right-handed hitting option, plus hes open to a mentor role. Before learning of Carpenters position switch, Ellis hadnt thought the Cardinals would be a good fit. &quot;Mark is a player we identified early-on as being an ideal fit for our team,&quot; general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. &quot;His experience and steadiness, both in the field and at the plate, certainly enhances our overall roster makeup.&quot; Ellis has appeared in 22 post-season games and batted .240 in the NLCS last fall with a double, triple and stolen base. Ellis has hit 20 or more doubles nine of the past 10 years and is a career .276 hitter with a .348 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching. He was a ninth round pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1999. 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JEREZ, Spain -- Both his former team Mercedes and the current Formula One world champion sent messages of support during Tuesdays preseason testing to German great Michael Schumacher as he continues in coma a month after a skiing accident. Mercedes included a message for Schumacher on the side of its new Formula One car, while four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel said he was praying for his friend and countryman. Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg unveiled Mercedes silver-and-turquoise W05 before the first session of the preseason began at the Jerez track. The upper part of its chassis just behind the drivers seat carries the Twitter hashtag #KeepFightingMichael. Rosberg was Schumachers teammate for three seasons before the seven-time world champion retired from F1 for a second time at the end of 2012. &quot;We want to show as a team that we are thinking of him and hoping for the best every day,&quot; said Rosberg, while Hamilton added that Schumachers accident was &quot;tragic.&quot; Vettel, who drives for rival Red Bull, says that he &quot;was as shocked as anyone else in the paddock.&quot; &quot;I have known him for a long time and have been looking up to him all my life,&quot; said Vettel. &quot;I got to know him obviously when he did his comeback a little bit more and became his friend. &quot;Its horrible, especially for his family and close friends not knowing whats going to happen. In that regard, as I said, Im still shocked as everyone and obviously I pray and hope a miracle will happen and he will come back and be the person he has always been before.&quot; Schumacher suffered severe head injuries when he hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps on Dec. 29 and has been in an induced coma since. He remains in a stable condition. Preseason testing continues in southern Spain until Friday. The next tests will be held in Bahrain on Feb. 19-22 and Feb. 27-March 2. The season opens with the Australian Grand Prix on March 16. The Chicago-based band will be hitting the road with Touché Amoré in the months ahead in support of their newest effort. YYou can see if they will be in your city here.dddddddddddd In the meantime take a listen to the entire album here: Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' <a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Wholesale Cheap Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap Jerseys From China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> supply authentic cheap Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> wholesale jerseys </a>

PARIS -- In what could be a preview of the Sochi Olympics, world figure skating champion Patrick Chan will face budding Chinese star Yan Han at the Trophee Bompard this weekend. Chan is a three-time world champ and won Skate Canada last month. The 17-year-old Yan, the 2012 junior world champ, won the Cup of China this month. Other contenders include Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, European runner-up Florent Amodio of France, Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic and Jason Brown of the United States. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek of the U.S. is still sidelined by a hip injury. Japanese skaters Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda lead the standings and skipped the event. Takahashi and Oda finished first and second respectively at the NHK Trophy last week. In the womens competition, the field will be weaker as Kim Yu-na of South Korea, Mao Asada of Japan and Carolina Kostner of Italy are missing. Kim pulled out of the Trophee Bompard because of a right foot injury. The Olympic champion will return to competition next month at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia, where she will display her 2014 Olympic programs for the first time. Olympic silver medallist Asada tops the standings and has already qualified for the Dec. 5-8 Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan by winning Skate America and the NHK Trophy. European champion Kostner will try to clinch a spot for the GP Final at the Cup of Russia next week after finishing third at the Cup of China. The main contenders for the gold medal in Paris will be Anna Pogorilaya, Ashley Wagner of the United States and Adelina Sotnikova of Russia. The 15-year-old Pogorilaya landed seven triple jumps in her free skate to win the Cup of China. Wagner won the 2012 Trophee Bompard and finished second at Skate America last month while European runner-up Sotnikova took the silver medal at the Cup of China. In pairs, Olympic runners-up Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China will compete against world bronze medallists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada. Duhamel and Radford look to rebound from a flawed free skate that made them slip from first to third at Skate Canada last month. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia are skipping the event. The world champions have already qualified for the Grand Prix Final by winning Skate America and the NHK Trophy. In ice dance, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada are the heavy favourites as their American rivals, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, are not participating. Davis and White won Skate America and the NHK Trophy to book a spot in the GP Final. Virtue and Moir are the Olympic champions and took the gold medal at Skate Canada. Outsiders include Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France and Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia. The French duo won the the European championship in 2011 and 2012 and took the gold medal at the Cup of China this month. Ilinykh and Katsalapov are the 2013 European runners-up and finished fourth at the NHK Trophy. The Trophee Bompard begins on Friday with short programs and short dance. The Cup of Russia next week in Moscow will be the last chance for skaters to qualify for the GP Final, which will feature the top six skaters in each category. Ugg Boots Green Monday . To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game.His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers included President Barack Obama to Pearl Jam to athletes from all over the sports world. Ugg Boots For Womens On Sale . - The CJ2K era is over in Tennessee, just the latest step by the Titans in their franchise makeover. http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/ . It looked like being another miserable day for Moyes when Ashley Westwood put Villa in front from a 13th-minute free kick. But Rooney headed United level seven minutes later, and the striker netted his 16th of the season for the struggling champions from the penalty spot before halftime. Ugg Boots Green Monday 2014 . Notable pairings include Weyburn, Saskatchewans Graham DeLaet with Trevor Immelman and Oliver Goss at 12:31pm et on Thursday, and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ontario with Matt Every and Roberto Castro at 9:02am et. Ugg Boots Green Monday Sale 2014 . Chris Johnson is ready to help the Titans snap a three-game losing streak if Tennessee and its new offensive co-ordinator can get him the ball more often. &quot;If the running game gets going, I can make plays in the running game and I think we can win these last three games,&quot; Johnson said.The Calgary Stampeders locked up a part of their offence on Friday. The team announced theyve re-signed wide-receiver Jabari Arthur to a new contract. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Arthur, 31, would have become a free-agent on Feb. 15. He saw his role increase when Nik Lewis suffered a season-ending leg injury on Aug. 17. &quot;Jabari has been a valuable member of the team for a number of years and he proved his worth this season in particular when injuries depleted our receiving corps and he was asked to take on a larger role,&quot; said head coach and general manager John Hufnagel. &amp;quoot;Im pleased that he has chosen to remain in Calgary.dddddddddddd&quot; He played all 18 games this season, including the Western Final, compiling career highs in receiving yards with 510 and touchdowns with three. The Montreal native has played his entire six-year career in Calgary, recording 86 catches for 1, 068 yards and four touchdowns over 57 regular-season games. &quot;Im extremely excited to stay with the Stamps,&quot; says Arthur. &quot;I knew that Calgary is where I wanted to be. 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TORONTO -- Randy Carlyle had plenty of chances to hold his breath. At one point his Toronto Maple Leafs gave up the lead on a breakaway and another time had a power-play goal waved off. But when goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped Reid Boucher in the shootout, the coach and players got a chance to exhale with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Sunday night at Air Canada Centre that snapped their losing streak at four. &quot;Well, we can breathe,&quot; Carlyle said. &quot;Theres been a lot of gasping going on, and even in this game there was a lot of gasping going on (with) how tight it was. ... Hopefully this relieves a little bit of the stress thats involved for our hockey club.&quot; Plenty of stress had been building up for the Leafs (22-20-5), who hadnt won since the Winter Classic. They still have just two regulation victories in 26 games dating to Nov. 21 and arent yet back in a playoff spot, but the sound of their victory song -- &quot;We Cant Stop&quot; by Miley Cyrus -- brought with it some relief. &quot;Well take any points we can get right now,&quot; defenceman Cody Franson said. &quot;Weve had some tough bounces lately, and weve put in some efforts that couldve went either way, and fortunately tonight we were able to get a couple points due to a shootout. You try and manage your emotions with shootouts not getting too high, but for us its a little bit of weight off our shoulders.&quot; Bernier made 36 saves on 38 shots in regulation and overtime and stopped all three he faced in the shootout to do his part to end the skid. James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak had the Leafs goals, and van Riemsdyk scored in the shootout to beat a fatigued Devils team playing its third game in four nights. &quot;I think under the circumstances, that team over theres desperate (and) we were coming in here short-handed and under a tough schedule,&quot; New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said. &quot;I thought we gave them everything they could handle. Theyre probably pretty fortunate they got two points and we feel a little bit robbed, but thats the game and weve got to pick up and move on to Montreal.&quot; Adam Henrique and Ryane Clowe scored for the Devils (19-19-9), who fell to 0-7 in shootouts this season. Jaromir Jagr, Clowe and Boucher were all unsuccessful this time. &quot;The way weve been in shootouts, lets get it out,&quot; Henrique said with a laugh. &quot;I mean, they try things with shootouts, I think everyone has different opinions on it.&quot; Opinions varied during the game, too, especially on the call by referee Ghislain Hebert that negated Bozaks power-play goal at 6:23 of the third period. Hebert ruled that van Riemsdyk interfered with Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Carlyle said it was one of those plays it was hard to agree with the official after looking at it on the replay. Van Riemsdyk agreed. &quot;I was very surprised,&quot; said van Riemsdyk, who scored his 17th goal of the season in the second period. &quot;I looked at it after on video in between periods and Im still kind of wondering. He gave me his thought and I asked him if he could watch it after the game and maybe next time we have a game he can apologize or something because that was pretty brutal.&quot; It would have been Bozaks second of the night and eighth of the season. Instead, it represented another roadblock for the much-maligned Leafs to overcome. Carlyle estimated his team had 15 scoring chances leading up to that point. &quot;For the next 12 minutes we didnt get any,&quot; he said. &quot;So it just shows the mental state and how, I guess, fragile we were at that point.&quot; But the Leafs didnt cave. Earlier on in the night they withstood a 7-1 shot deficit and gave up a breakaway goal to Clowe -- his first of the season -- 27 seconds after van Riemsdyk scored to give them the lead. In managing to push the game to overtime and then a shootout, Toronto left things to chance. But players were happy to get tangible evidence of the improvement they saw in a loss at Washington on Friday night. &quot;Our job is to win games,&quot; captain Dion Phaneuf said. &quot;We know that the points just keep getting bigger and bigger, and I felt that we stuck with it tonight against a team that played very well.&quot; DeBoer was more than satisfied with his teams effort, saying players competed their butts off. &quot;The shootout doesnt take away from the effort that we gave tonight,&quot; DeBoer said. Schneider, who made 23 saves on 25 shots, said it was a bit upsetting not to come away with the victory. On Saturday night, the Devils beat the Florida Panthers with two seconds remaining in overtime but couldnt pull off a similar trick against the Leafs. That wouldve been a crushing result for Torontos players, who needed something to go right. &quot;We needed this bad,&quot; Bernier said. &quot;We found a way. If thats what it takes to go into a shootout and get points and move on like this, it feels good for the confidence.&quot; NOTES -- Five Leafs players -- Bozak, winger Jerry DAmigo, defencemen Tim Gleason and Mark Fraser and goaltender James Reimer -- missed Sundays morning skate with illness. All but Fraser were in the lineup. ... Schneider started for the Devils despite making 29 saves in an overtime victory Saturday night at home. Coach Peter DeBoer said its &quot;always a decision&quot; because of franchise goaltender Martin Brodeur but elected to go with Schneider because of his strong performance against Florida. Ugg Boots Green Monday 2014 . -- Montee Ball acknowledges he was &quot;a little bit&quot; intimidated by Peyton Manning last year, something he says contributed to his slow start. Ugg Boots Green Monday . -- Golden State Warriors backup centre Jermaine ONeal is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist Friday. http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/ . The photos, published on at least one sports website, were taken during batting practice before the Dodgers 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Ugg Boots For Womens On Sale . Sitting five points out of a playoff spot with only 10 games left on their schedule, the Canucks are in danger of missing the postseason in their first campaign under head coach John Tortorella. Ugg Boots Green Monday Sale .The Knicks fell 101-91 to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, giving New York its longest in-season skid in the proud franchises 69-year history.SHERBROOKE, Que. - Frederik Gauthier had a four-point game as the Rimouski Oceanic demolished the Sherbrooke Phoenix 7-1 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play Saturday. Gauthier scored two and had two assists for the Oceanic (10-1-1), who pulled away with five unanswered goals. Anthony DeLuca, Peter Trainor, Simon Bourque, Michael Joly and Beau Rusk added singles for Rimouski, while Alex St-Pierre made 28 saves in net. Jean-Francois Plante had the lone goal for the Phoenix (3-9-2), and Gabriel Parent allowed all seven goals on 22 shots. --- DRAKKAR 7 TIGRES 0 At Victoriaville, Que., seven players each scored as Baie-Comeau crushed the Tigres. Frederic Gamelin, Nicolas Meloche, Denis Gorbunov, Bokondji Imama, Dominic Poulin, Gabriel Verpaelst and Valentin Zykov had singles for the Drakkar (9-4-2). Philippe Cadorette made 22 saves in net for Baie-Comeau. At the other end, Brandon Whitney and Steven Veilleux combined to stop 24 shots for Victoriaville (8-4-1). The power play was tough on the Tigres at both ends of the ice — they went scoreless in six opportunities, while allowing the Drakkar to score three on 10 attempts. --- ISLANDERS 3 SAGUENEENS 0 At Charlottetown, Eric Brassard made 34 saves to help the Islanders shut out Chicoutimi. Brassard was especially good in the third period, when the Islanders were outshot 17-11. Matej Beran, AAnthony Cortese and Bradley Kennedy each scored for Charlottetown (10-2-1).dddddddddddd Domenic Graham stopped 40 shots for the Sagueneens (7-8-0). --- HUSKIES 5 MOOSEHEADS 3 At Halifax, Maxime St-Cyr scored twice to put Rouyn-Noranda ahead for good. Jean-Sebastien Dea, Marcus Power and Justin Guenette also scored for the Huskies (7-4-2). Darcy Ashley scored twice for the Mooseheads (9-7-0), and Max Lindsay also had a single. Rouyn-Noranda goaltender Carl Hozjan made 35 saves, while Kevin Darveau stopped 16 shots for Halifax. --- REMPARTS 5 SEA DOGS 2 At Saint John, N.B., Callum Booth made 35 saves and got lots of help from Quebecs offence for the win. Fabrice Herzog, Jason Houde, Adam Erne, Kurt Etchegary and Anthony Duclair scored for the Remparts (6-5-3). Spencer Smallman and Jason Cameron replied for the Sea Dogs (5-7-1). Sebastien Auger stopped 23 shots for Saint John. --- OLYMPIQUES 3 ARMADA 1 At Gatineau, Que., the Olympiques stifled the league-leading Armadas offence. Robert Steeves needed to make just 12 saves for Gatineau (9-5-0), while Vincent Dunn, Emile Poirier and Vaclav Karabacek each scored. Philippe Sanche had the only goal for Blainville-Boisbriand (10-1-1), and Etienne Marcoux stopped 19 shots. Neither team recorded double-digit shots in any period, and the Armada were held to just three shots in the third. 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BIRMINGHAM, England -- Former England midfielder Joe Cole signed a two-year deal with Aston Villa on Tuesday, giving him a chance to prolong his career with another Premier League club. The 32-year-old Cole joined the Birmingham club on a free transfer after being released by West Ham at the end of the season. &quot;Im as excited now as I was as a 16-year-old lad going into my first season with West Ham,&quot; said Cole, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea and earned 56 caps for England. Cole played a small part for the Hammers during his 18-month stint at the east London club. His last Premier League start was in a 3-3 draw against West Bromwich Albion in December. Prior to his return to West Ham, he had a successful loan spell at Lille after struggling to reignite his career with Liverpool in 2010. &quot;Ive been lucky enough to have a really good career but theres still a lot more I want to achieve,&quot; Cole said. &quot;This is a massive club and theres a massive opportunity for the club to push on. That was the main factor.&quot; Cole is the second major signing this summer for manager Paul Lambert, who is trying to bolster a squad that has been on the verge of relegation the past two seasons. Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos joined Villa last week. Cole expects to play in central midfield for Villa, where he hopes help strikers Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann boost their production. &quot;Having those fast players in attack and around me, I feel like I can supply them with the bullets and get them the ball in the final third,&quot; he said. MONCTON, N.B. -- The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada are soaring atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings. Frederic Bergeron scored twice as the undefeated Armada shut out the Moncton Wildcats 4-0 on Thursday for their ninth straight win. Ryan Tesink and Nikita Jevpalovs also scored for league-leading Blainville-Boisbriand (9-0-0), while Etienne Marcoux made 22 saves. Alex Dubeau allowed all four goals on 19 shots in net for the Wildcatss (4-7-0).dddddddddddd --- TIGRES 2 OLYMPIQUES 1 GATINEAU, Que. -- Victoriaville kept pace one point behind the Armada atop the standings by edging the Olympiques. Maxime Pelletier and Luke St-Amand each scored in the first period for the Tigres (7-3-1). Emile Poirier also scored in the first for Gatineau (6-4-0). Brandon Whitney made 20 saves for the Tigres, while at the other end Robert Steeves stopped 17 shots for Gatineau. Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' <a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Wholesale Cheap Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap Jerseys From China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> supply authentic cheap Jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> wholesale jerseys </a>

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers have dug themselves an awfully deep hole, but at least there has been some upward movement of late. Jordan Eberle scored twice as the Oilers won their third game in a row for the first time this season, getting past the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Thursday night. Sam Gagner and David Perron also scored and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three assists for the Oilers (7-15-2) who improved to 3-7-0 at Rexall Place this season. &quot;Weve got some confidence back and some swagger,&quot; Nugent-Hopkins said. &quot;It is definitely nice. You obviously cant get too high, but when you are losing a lot of games in a row some guys can get down. You need to stay positive and it is easy to do that when you are winning.&quot; Edmonton was 2-9-1 in its previous 12 games before embarking on the winning streak. &quot;Winning games does so much for the confidence of the team, especially when you are playing well and winning,&quot; said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. &quot;Thats a double bonus. We are getting great goaltending and it seems like our special teams is the engine that is driving us right now. We are getting a lot of confidence off of that.&quot; Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been very sharp of late. &quot;He seems really focused early in the games,&quot; he said. &quot;When our team was struggling, we werent focused early and he was part of that. I find him very focused to start games now. Then he gets into the rhythm and gets a little swagger back there. He has been excellent for us of late, and when your goalie is excellent the wins start piling up.&quot; Eakins added it has also been a good thing to provide the home fans something to cheer about. &quot;Its always nice when you are coming off the ice and they are clapping and not yelling You suck,&quot; he said. Scottie Upshall responded for the Panthers (6-13-4) who saw a season-high two-game winning streak come to an end. &quot;Our starts have been hurting us. Weve had a handful of games where were behind the eight-ball right away and in this league, its hard to catch up,&quot; said Panthers defenceman Tom Gilbert. &quot;They came out strong and we just werent ready to match that. &quot;We had our opportunities, it was just a matter of trying to get the second goal, trying to get some momentum, trying to get some energy going for us and we just never got that. Florida head coach Peter Horachek said his team just didnt seem to be going the same speed as the Oilers. &quot;The key was the energy, we didnt have any,&quot; he said. &quot;Thats the key to the game, if your energy is better and you go out with a workman attitude, everything improves, the whole game improves from our standpoint. &quot;I thought at the beginning of the game, you could see the work ethic wasnt there, the legs werent there, the compete level wasnt there. That made it a struggle.&quot; The Oilers picked up right where they left off in Tuesdays 7-0 drubbing of the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring a power play goal just 57 seconds into the contest. A Nugent-Hopkins point shot deflected into the air and Eberle was able to bat it past Florida goalie Tim Thomas for his seventh of the season. It was Edmontons 12th straight unanswered goal stretching back to a four-goal third-period explosion in Saturdays 4-2 win over Calgary. Edmonton had 12 first period shots to Floridas six on Dubnyk. The Oilers made it 2-0 six minutes into the second period as Nail Yakupov did a good job waiting out traffic on a three-on-two break, sending a nice pass to a trailing Gagner who beat Thomas high to the glove side for his first of the season. Edmonton took a three-goal lead just past the mid-mark of the second frame with another power play goal as Perron was able to tip in his eighth of the season off of a one-timer from the top of the circle by defenceman Justin Schultz. Florida finally got on the board with three-and-a-half minutes to play in the second period as the Panthers caught Edmonton scrambling with defender Corey Potter without a stick and Upshall somehow snuck a bad-angle shot between Dubnyk and the post to make it 3-1. The Panthers had three power plays in the third period, but were unable to get anything past Dubnyk. Eberle scored his second of the game into an empty net to put the game away. The Panthers wrap up a five-game road trip in Calgary on Friday night. The Oilers are off until Monday, when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Notes: The game was the second of two meetings between the teams this season. Edmonton won the first game 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 5 when rookie forward Mark Arcobello scored the first two goals of his NHL career, including the overtime winner. Arcobello was a healthy scratch for the rematcha After the loss to the Oilers, the Panthers fired head coach Kevin Dineen, replacing him with current bench boss Peter Horacheka The Oilers put bruising forward Steven MacIntyre on waivers for the purpose of reassignment to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma Citya Panthers defenceman Mike Weaver missed the game with an illness, while forward Scott Gomez missed his eighth game with a groin injury. Defenceman Ed Jovanovski (hip) is officially off injured reserve, but has still yet to play this seasona Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the Heritage Classic Game in Edmonton, the NHLs first-ever outdoor match-up. Among those in attendance was a 12-year-old Taylor Hall to see the Oilers face the Montreal Canadiens. There are six outdoor games scheduled this season in the NHLa Oilers centre Boyd Gordon was an impressive 15-2 in faceoffs in the game. When the Canadian womens rugby team won the Nations Cup shortly after he took over the program last year, head coach Francois Ratier held a post-tournament meeting with his players. He asked them what they wanted the teams identity to be and the players had the answers he was looking for. Ratier then chipped in himself by writing down the number of days left until the IRB Womens Rugby World Cup final. What can we do every day to make it happen? he recalled asking his players. And now, we are here. Ratier was dreaming big at the time. Canada had never even reached the podium -- never mind the championship game -- in the six previous editions of the tournament. Now his team has a shot to win it all on Sunday against England at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris. We have the passion, we have the rage, we want it, Ratier said. But then we just have to execute and do it. It has been an impressive run by the Canadians, who have finished fourth on three occasions and were coming off a sixth-place showing in 2010. England, meanwhile, is a 2010 runner-up and has never finished lower than third, winning it all in 1994. The 2014 Canadian squad has surpassed expectations and theyve done it by grinding down the opposition. Canada opened the tournament with comfortable wins over Spain and Samoa before fighting England to a 13-13 draw. Next up was an impressive 18-16 victory over France in front of a sellout crowd that nearly boosted the host side to a comeback win. The Canadians held strong though, with Magali Harveys try standing up as the difference. The Canadian team is a tough, united side that believes it belongs in the mix with the worlds best. Canada has proved that by playing a fast, physical brand of rugby and using a team-first mentality. It takes Ratier back to that meeting a year ago after Canadas 27-13 win over England to win the Nations Cup for the first time.dddddddddddd It was a victory that he said started the players on their current journey. He still remembers the terms the players used to describe the teams identity. They came back with really simple words, he said. One of them was Fearless. Which is great, because thats what they are. Canada also defeated England 29-25 earlier in that tournament in Denver. England got some revenge a few months later by easily dismantling Canada 32-3 at The Twickenham Stoop in the final game of Canadas European tour. Harvey and captain Kelly Russell, both recently shortlisted for the womens player of the year award, have continued their strong play in France. Both have been leaders for the Canadian side. Weve put in the work, so were happy to be where we are, Russell said of her squad. We have one more goal to achieve here and thats winning it. England lost to New Zealand in the last three finals, but the Black Ferns failed to advance from the pool stage this year. Its a cliche, but we really have taken it one game at a time, said England coach Gary Street. If you had said to us at the start of the tournament that we would have the opportunity to play France or Canada in the final then of course, we would have taken it. Were massively looking forward to (the final). England advanced with a 40-7 rout of Ireland, who will play France in the third-place game before the final. A packed house is expected and with Frances archrival providing the opposition in the championship game, there should be plenty of local support for Canada this time around. We are not nervous, Ratier said. We just trust ourselves and were going to play our best rugby. Well see it at the end if its a win or a loss. But for sure were going to leave everything on the field. 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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers scored early and then played enough defence to hang on. Scottie Upshall scored a short-handed goal and had an assist to lead the Panthers over the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night. Nick Bjugstad, Drew Shore and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots, and Ed Jovanovski had two assists. &quot;We had chances tonight early in the game and they went in,&quot; Florida coach Peter Horachek said. Thomas Vanek and Colin McDonald scored for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin made 22 saves. The win was the first for Florida over the Islanders in five games, dating to the 2011-2012 season. The Islanders lost for the first time in five games and had a seven-game road winning streak snapped. Florida took a 4-0 lead on the short-handed goal by Upshall in the second. He took control of the puck as it slid away from New Yorks Andrew MacDonald at the blue line and skated in on Poulin, beating him on the stick side at 15:54 for his second short-handed goal of the season and first goal since Nov. 30 against Pittsburgh. &quot;Anytime you get a flip up to a D-man who has trouble with bouncing pucks, youve just got to get on him,&quot; Upshall said. &quot;It was one of those plays that I was lucky to poke it past him and stick with it and make a move.&quot; New York had come from behind in five straight road games to pull out a win, but a 4-0 deficit proved too much to overcome. &quot;We talked about it before tonights game, that we wanted a better start,&quot; McDonald said. &quot;Obviously, we didnt do that and got ourselves in a deeper hole than in the last couple games. Going down four, its just too tough to come back.&quot; The Islanders scored with 31 seconds left in the second. Matt Martin passed from behind the net in front to McDonald, who poked the puck past Thomas to make it 4-1. New York closed to 4-2 on Vaneks goal in the third. Vanek took a pass from Frans Nielsen behind the net and beat Thomas at 2:38. Thomas faced 15 shots in the third period but was able to keep the Islanders in check after Vaneks goal. &quot;Its rare in the NHL to have that kind of cushion,&quot; Thomas said. &quot;It was nice, but at the same time its a challenge, too, because you dont want to let the other team back into it. They were right on the brink of coming back there after they got the second goal.&quot; The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first, the first time they had scored three goals in a period since a 4-2 win over Dallas in the season opener on Oct. 3. Florida scored just 32 seconds in for its fastest goal this season. The Islanders turned the puck over at the blue line and Brad Boyes passed to Barkov low in the right circle. His wrist shot beat Poulin. &quot;Early on we made some tough mistakes that cost us goals right away,&quot; Vanek said. Shores goal made it 2-0. Shore was the last Panthers player to touch the puck before it went off the skate of defenceman Brian Strait and into the net at 15:34. The goal was Shores first of the season. Bjugstad stretched the lead to 3-0 when his shot from in front beat Poulin on the left side with 36 seconds left in the first. Even though he gave up four early goals, Poulin made some good saves to prevent the game from turning into a rout. &quot;Thats my job, I guess. To give the team a chance to win and thats what I tried to do tonight and every night Im in,&quot; Poulin said. &quot;It wasnt an easy game tonight.&quot; The Islanders killed off a 5-on-3 penalty for 1:14 in the first period. The Panthers power-play drought extended to 0 for 22 in the past seven games. NOTES: The Panthers will host the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise from June 26-27. ... Jovanovskis two assists were the first points for the Panthers captain since returning to the lineup from hip surgery on Jan. 4. ... Thomas faced New York for the first time since he left the team as a free agent in July. He was traded to the Islanders from Boston in February but never played a game for them. ... Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, on injured reserve since Jan. 6, has resumed skating but is still inactive. Michael Kors Tote Canada . Los Angeles won for the 14th time in 16 games and moved 10 games ahead of second-place Oakland in the American League West with 16 games to play. Aybar homered against Nick Martinez (3-11) in the second inning to put the Angels ahead 2-1. Michael Kors Boxing Day Sale 2014 . That battle continues on Wednesday on TSN2 and TSN.ca with four matches all beginning at 2:45pm et/11:45am pt. On TSN2, David Moyess current club hosts his old one as defending champions Manchester United - unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions - welcome Romelu Lukaku and surprising Everton. http://www.michaelkorsboxingdaycanada.com/ . Stadler, who sits atop the leaderboard at 9-under-par 204, entered the day up by three shots, but the rest of the field could not shoot low enough to catch the American. Stadler is seeking his second win on the European Tour. Michael Kors Canada Boxing Day Sale 2014 . -- Joe Mauers return to the Minnesota lineup has been set for Friday. Michael Kors Boxing Day Sale Canada .C. -- Kemba Walker said the most notable transformation between this years Charlotte Bobcats and teams of the past is now they expect to win games.ST. LOUIS -- Derek Roy needed less than 2 minutes to redeem himself Thursday night. After taking what he called a &quot;stupid&quot; penalty, the St. Louis centre scored a power-play goal to start a four-goal blitz that led the Blues to a 5-1 win over the struggling New York Islanders. St. Louis won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have lost eight straight overall (0-6-2) and eight in a row on the road. David Backes, Jay Bouwmeester, Magnus Paajarvi and Brenden Morrow also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-1-2 at home and tied Boston (12-3-2) for the most home wins in the NHL. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves and upped his record to 15-4-2. Andrew MacDonald scored for the Islanders, who are 2-11-2 in their last 15 games. Roy took a tripping penalty that led to MacDonalds tying power-play goal at 5:19 of the second period. &quot;I was pretty mad about the penalty,&quot; Roy said. &quot;And they ended up scoring on it. When I got out of the box, I wanted to redeem myself -- and luckily I got the chance to.&quot; Roy pounced on the rebound of a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to give the Blues a 2-1 lead at 7:02. &quot;I think he felt better about himself,&quot; St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said of Roy. &quot;His goal seemed to energize us.&quot; Just more than 2 minutes later, Backes scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the top of the circle. Paajarvi increased the advantage to 4-1 with his second of the season, capping a three-goal burst in 7:57. &quot;It was a huge period for us,&quot; Paajarvi said. &quot;The whole team really came back to its game.&quot; St. Louis was 3 for 6 on the power play after managing one goal in its previous 10 chancees.dddddddddddd &quot;The power-play goals really put us in a hole,&quot; New York centre John Tavares said. &quot;Its the same thing again. (Were) just not good enough.&quot; St. Louis power play struggled in back-to-back losses to San Jose and Los Angeles, the teams first two-game regulation losing skid of the season. Shattenkirk, who assisted on two man-advantage goals Thursday, said the club made it a point to shore up the unit. &quot;We just got back to simple things, getting pucks to the net and working on winning the battles,&quot; he said. &quot;We got back to what we do best: shooting pucks and getting bodies out in front.&quot; New York goalie Anders Nilsson lost for the first time in regulation in his third start of the season. He made 21 saves. &quot;We all know in the locker room that we have to step it up,&quot; Nilsson said. &quot;Everybody has got to look in the mirror and see what you can do better.&quot; The Islanders, who are 3-10-0 on the road, have given up a league-high 27 power-play goals. &quot;Its tough what were going through,&quot; Tavares said. &quot;The only thing that is going to get us out of it is better execution.&quot; NOTES: The Blues are 11-0-1 when leading after the first period. ... Islanders G Evgeni Nabokov, who is out with a groin injury, practiced Wednesday and could rejoin the team in a week. ... New York started a five-game road swing that will end Dec. 12 in Phoenix. ... Paajarvi was back in the lineup after missing the previous game with the flu. ... St. Louis won the previous meeting between the teams 5-1 on Feb. 16, 2012. ... The Blues killed off 15 successive penalties at home before MacDonalds power-play goal in the second period. 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It was Canadas night at the NBA Draft on Thursday as four players from north of the border were selected. Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nik Stauskas went eighth overall to the Sacramento Kings, Tyler Ennis was picked 18th overall by the Phoenix Suns and Dwight Powell was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round, 45th overall. The Milwaukee Bucks selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the second pick while the Philadelphia 76ers picked Kansas centre Joel Embiid third. The Toronto Raptors selected Bruno Caboclo with the 20th overall pick and Xavier Thames with the 59th pick. Iowa States Melvin Ejim and Khem Birch along with Arizona States Jordan Bachynski all had a chance of being selected. Joe Philbin missed two days of practice this week to attend his fathers funeral in Massachusetts. While the Miami Dolphins said the workouts went smoothly, they felt the absence of their coach, a notorious stickler for detail.Its different not having him here, defensive tackle Jared Odrick said. In practice he makes sure everybodys dotting their Is and crossing their Ts, and that shoelaces arent untied. Its a small thing, but as much as you may laugh at it, thats like the first sign of readiness, having your shoes tied. People who are less ready for practice usually have their shoes untied.Philbin also missed two days of practice last week to be with his father. The Dolphins then beat San Diego 37-0 to improve to 5-3, and they take a three-game winning streak into Sundays game at Detroit.Its probably better that Im not around, Philbin said with a smile. You know how that goes.RED FLAG ON RED FLAGS: First-year head coach Jay Gruden has yet to win a replay challenge.Gruden is 0 for 6 with the Washington Redskins, including a failed effort to get officials to turn in incomplete pass into an interception in last weeks 29-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.The referees have got a tough job, but I dont know what the deal is, Gruden said. I thought that for sure was an interception. All I can do is challenge them, man.Im going to start begging here pretty soon, he added with a laugh. Please just reverse one for me, good golly, but I thought for sure that was an interception.PUNTING PUNTS: The Green Bay Packers own an unusual record in the punting department. Rather, a lack of punts.Green Bay has been involved in two games this season in which there was no punt by either team. It happened Oct. 26 in a 44-23 loss to the Saints, and Sept. 28 in a 38-17 win over the Bears.Prior to that match, there was only one other regular-season game in NFL history that concluded without a punt, a Sept. 13 1992 affair between Buffalo and San Francisco.For the Packers, the dubious mark is in part a reflection of this season. The defence is worst in the league against the run, giving up more than 153 yards per game. The up-tempo offence led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been unstoppable at times.Green Bay and Chicago meet again Sunday at Lambeau Field.Both teams executed pretty well last time with no punts — which for us is kind of old hat, Rodgers joked Wednesday, eliciting laughs.JUST PLAIN TOM: Fans see Tom Brady as a great quarterback with plenty of money and a supermodel wife.The three-time Super Bowl champion for the New England Patriots sees another side.I feel like Im still the kid from Portola Drive, the street where he grew up in San Mateo, California, Brady said. I know probably from the outside in its different, but from the inside out, its the same.No matter how many magazine covers hes on or high-profile events he attends with wife Gisele Bundchen, developing relationships with teammates remains a big part of playing this game, he said.We see each other at our most vulnerable moments. When you lay it on the line like that, you develop a really special bond with those guys. Thats nothing that I think about. Its just probably part of who I am, and its probably why I love the game so much and its why its a really natural thing.Some things have changed for Brady as the years have gone by. With three children, he doesnt have the freedom that younger players do in deciding how to spend his bye week. The Patriots resume play on Nov. 16 at Indianapolis.My life is a lot different now than when I was 24, the 37-year-old Brady said. Like on a bye week, I couldnt wait to get out of town — where were we going and there are all these things to do. And now I see all my tteammates doing the same stuff and I say, Go enjoy it because youre going to be married with three kids someday and its going to be a lot different.dddddddddddd RECOVERING CASSEL: Matt Cassel knew he was the bridge to Teddy Bridgewater, the trustworthy veteran chosen to start at quarterback for Minnesota while the first-round draft pick developed. It turned out to be an abrupt transition, when Cassel broke multiple bones and sprained a ligament in his left foot in the third game of the season.The 32-year-old Cassel, under contract with the Vikings through 2015, might have lost his last chance to be a starter. But hes kept his spirits up, relishing the extra time with his family and becoming even more of a mentor to Bridgewater. To stay sane and continue contributing to the team, Cassel has asked coaches for analytical projects he can take on, for example a review of recent plays inside the 20-yard line.Cassel has had wires sticking out of his foot to help the bones heal; he wears a boot and uses a cart to get around. Soon, hell be able to resume walking and return to the sideline for games to serve as another aid for Bridgewater and the offence.Then hell start throwing again. Full recovery was estimated at three months.It was definitely crushing at first, especially because of all the hard work that went into this off-season, the battle so to speak, Cassel said. Winning the job and then having it all taken away from you with an injury in the third week of the season. But you deal with it. You know, thats part of the culture of football.INTERN MATTHEWS: Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews spent his off week answering the call to serve as an intern at Sledgehammer Studios.A video game junkie, Matthews got a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the wildly popular Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game. Matthews traded his uniform for trying on an exoskeleton suit, one of the accessories that goes with the game.Matthews saw everything, from the animation and special effects needed to create the game to taking a turn at the voiceover work done in the game by actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey plays the egomaniacal leader of a private military corporation in the single-player story mode of the game.Its much like football, where people only see the finished product on Sunday, Matthews said. They take for granted all the work that goes into it. Its much of the same with video games.Matthews started playing video games on Nintendo as a kid and never stopped even as he became one of the top linebackers in the NFL.You wouldnt find this work interesting unless you enjoyed playing as well, he said of his one-day intern stint. Ive loved video games since I was a little kid, especially the Call of Duty series. This is awesome for me.Im sure some of my teammates and fellow gamers are going to be a little jealous, Matthews said.Matthews said Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore and safety Chris Banjo are the most enthusiastic Duty gamers on the team.I make sure to team up with them, he said. We have similar schedules, so its always fun to be on the same team and start playing.Matthews was back to his day job this week with the Packers. They host the Bears on Sunday night. Perhaps when hes done, Matthews will unwind by playing the latest version of the blockbuster franchise.These people have been working on the game for countless years, he said. With all the pride they put into it, its great to see the final product.___AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Dave Campbell, and Sports Writers Howard Ulman, Steven Wine, Joseph White, Genaro C. 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Mark Visentin made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Niagara IceDogs blanked the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 3-0 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday night. Visentin, who made 11 saves in the third period, had a relatively quiet night as his team played a near perfect game in front of him. The IceDogs improved to 10-9-2. Goaltender JP Anderson made 41 saves for Mississauga (11-7-4) in the loss. Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Peterborough 4 Belleville 1; Plymouth 5 Windsor 4 (OT); Kitchener 3 Sarnia 2; Barrie 5 Sudbury 3; and Saginaw 3 Brampton 2 (SO). At St. Catharines, Ont., Billy Jenkins opened the scoring for Niagara in the final minute of the second period, firing home his second goal of the season from the slot. Dougie Hamilton increased the IceDogs lead to 2-0 just 48 seconds into the third with his tenth goal of the season on a snap shot from the top of the circle on a nice cross-ice feed from David Pacan. 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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Andrew Wiggins layup with two seconds left lifted No. 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont., finished with 19 points and Joel Embiid matched his career high with 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2). The victory for Kansas gave them 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season and 11 or more conference wins for 20th-straight year. Texas Techs Robert Turner sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Red Raiders up 63-62 but Kansas brought the ball up and got it inside to Wiggins for the win. Jordan Tolbert scored 16 points and Dejan Kravic added 13 to lead Texas Tech (13-13, 5-<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" />. The win gives the Jayhawks a two-game lead in the Big 12 after Texas fell 85-76 at Iowa State on Tuesday night. The score was tied nine times and the lead changed 13 times. Kansas held a 10-point lead early in the game but Texas Tech started hammering the ball inside to make the game tight throughout. Tolbert hit a bucket as the shot clock expired with 2:51 left to put the Red Raiders up 59-55. But Wayne Seldon, Jr. hit a clutch 3-pointer to pull within 59-58. Turner answered with a bucket and Embiid sank two free throws to make it 61-60 with 1:22 left. On the Red Raiders next possessiion a scrum for the ball led to a jump call and Kansas ball.dddddddddddd Embiid dunked it to put the Jayhawks up 62-61. Thats when Turner hit his free throws and Kansas called a time out to draw up the play to Wiggins for the win. Kansas scored 22 points from the free throw line, while Texas Tech got just nine. Texas Tech came out after halftime and hit four of its first five shots, while Kansas got only one bucket in four attempts, allowing the Red Raiders their first lead since early in the game, 37-32. Jordan Tolbert capped Texas Techs 8-2 run before Kansas started playing offence. But the Red Raiders effective defence against the Jayhawks also brought foul trouble. With more than 13 minutes remaining, Jaye Crockett, Kravic and Kader Tapsoba each had three fouls. Texas Tech sent the Jayhawks to the line often in the second half. Five free throws -- by Jamari Traylor and Wiggins -- on three possessions pulled Kansas within 46-45 with about 11 minutes remaining. But the Jayhawks regained the lead for the first time in 11 minutes, 52-51, on a pair of free throws by Naadir Tharpe with 7:14 remaining. But with Kravic back in and after a turnover by Tharpe, the 7-foot senior tied the score at 53 on a layup with 5:34 left. 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BOISBRIAND, Que. - The Drummondville Voltigeurs handed the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada just their second loss of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season on Thursday. Georgs Golovkovs and Guillaume Gauthier each had a goal and an assist in Drummondvilles 4-1 win over Blainville-Broisband. Nikolas Brouillard and Christophe Lalancette also scored for the Voltigeurs (13-6-1). Emil Aronsson spoiled Louis-Philip Guindons shutout bid at 8:16 of the third period. Guindon finished with 25 saves for Drummondville. Armada (15-2-2) goalie Etienne Marcoux handled 14-of-18 shots, and also got a slashing penalty. --- WILDCATS 8 SEA DOGS 3 MONCTON, N.B. — Ryan Penny scored in every period to lead the Moncton Wildcats to a rout of the Sea Dogs. Conor Garland opened the scoring for Moncton (10-12-1) 54 seconds into the game, while third-period goals by Cameron Yarwood, Christophe Lalonde, Ivan Barbashev and Will Smith put the game out of reach. Matthew Highmore, Noah Zilbert and Jeremy Doucet scored for the Sea Dogs (6-13-2). Doucets goal, with under four minutes left, was his first of the season. Alex Dubeau made 35 stops for the Huskies, and Antoine Landry made 31 saves Saint John. --- ISLANDERS 5 TITAN 3 BATHURST, N.B. — Antoine Bibeau made 42 saves and Charlottetown rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals. Acadie-Bathurst (8-11-2) opened the scoring in the first period with goals from Christophe Boivin and Scott Oke. The Islanders (11-7-2) tied the game before the period was out with goals from Jack Nevins and Alexandre Goulet. Kameron Kielly put Charlottetown in front with a power-play goal at 3:44 of the second period, and a few minutes later, Alexis Pepin made it 4-2. Spenser Cobbold scored his first of the season in the third period for the Islanders, before Alexandre Gosselin closed the scoring for Acadie-Bathurst. Mason McDonald stopped 23 shots for the Titan. --- HUSKIES 4 TIGRES 1 ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — Antoine Waked opened the scoring for the Huskies, who built a 4-0 lead en route to the win. Liam OBrien and Francis Perron scored in the second period, and Quinn OBrien closed the scoring for the Huskies (12-6-2) in the third. Victoriavilles (9-10-1) Jan Mandat spoiled Alexandre Belangers shutout bid at 14:44 of the third period. Belanger finished with 20 saves, while Tigres goalie Brandon Whitney turned back 34 shots. --- Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer. The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the World Series in six games to Boston. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, while generally good fielders, are light hitters. The deal was expected to be worth more than $50 million. &quot;We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals,&quot; general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. &quot;Jhonny is among the games top offensive shortstops, hes a steady defender and he has experience playing for a contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and versatility to our everyday lineup. &quot; But the move drew a different reaction from a couple other big leaguers. &quot;It pays to cheat... Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use,&quot; Arizona pitcher Brad Ziegler tweeted. &quot;Apparently getting suspended for PEDs means you get a raise. Whats stopping anyone from doing it? (hashtag)weneedtomakeachange,&quot; free agent pitcher David Aardsma tweeted. The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended 50 games last season as a result of Major League Baseballs investigation in the Biogenesis case involving perrformance-enhancing drugs.dddddddddddd He returned to the Detroit Tigers in late September and played in the post-season, both in left field and at shortstop. Shortly before Peralta was penalized, the Tigers acquired young shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade. Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games during the regular season, then batted .333 with one homer, four doubles and six RBIs in 10 playoff games. The two-time All-Star is a career .268 hitter with 156 homers and 698 RBIs in 11 seasons with Cleveland and Detroit. The NL champion Cardinals have been busy since the season ended. A few days ago, they sent third baseman David Freese, a hometown product and the 2011 World Series MVP, to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos in a four-player trade. The Cardinals cut about $45 million off last seasons payroll, and wanted to plug a hole at shortstop. St. Louis lost All-Star Rafael Furcal in spring training for the whole year because of elbow surgery. Detroit did not extend a qualifying offer to Peralta, meaning there would be no compensation draft pick involved in his move from the AL Central champions to the NL Central winners. Earlier this off-season, the Tigers traded first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler in a swap of All-Stars with rich contracts. 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