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Welcome to a very unique UFC Fight Night breakdown. This event is going down May 10th in Cincinnati. The main event is a welterweight fight that will give the winner a huge step on the path to a title shot. This weeks Takedown pits me, Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) against 11 year-old Gabriella McAlpine (@WebSodaGirl) on the picks. Gabriella (Gabzilla) McAlpine is one of the biggest fans of MMA out there. Creating a name for herself online by interviewing some of the biggest stars in MMA, shes someone to watch as she hits the mats and learns the sport herself. We invite you to get on twitter and join the battle. #TeamGabZilla or #TeamJC. Wed love to hear your picks and argue our decisions. Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva JC: Well, Im a fan of experience. That means in this one Ive got to go with Matt Brown. Hes 18-11, and on a six-fight win streak. Silva is 3-3. I believe Silva has the advantage when it comes to the ground game, but not when you take into account the striking. I dont see this going all five rounds. Matt Brown will get his KO. Gabzilla: I think Erick Silva will take the win. He is evenly matched as a striker but on the ground be is more technical and has finished more fights using grappling. Lorenz Larkin vs. Constantinos Philippou JC: Costas Philippou is one of those &quot;never out of the fight&quot; fighters. He hits a ton, and has the ability to stay on his feet. Lorenz Larkin is an excellent all-round fighter, but with the striking edge and toughness going to Philippou I think this night will end mid-second round with Philippou getting a solid KO. Gabzilla: I believe that Lorenz Larkin will take the win. This is an evenly matched fight that is so close on paper, but I have to give a slight edge to Larkin. Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch JC: Erik Koch and Daron Cruickshank should be a barn burner of a fight. Im actually a huge Koch fan and he gets the wins any way he can. Hes a great all-around athlete and if his striking isnt working he can take this to the ground. Cruickshank is an aggressive fighter. I think its going to be his downfall. Im expecting Koch to end this in the third round with a submission. Gabzilla: This is another very evenly matched fight. But my pick is Cruickshank, the Detroit Superstar, because of his striking, aggression and takedown defence. Neil Magny vs. Tim Means JC: Tim Means should end this night with a decision win over Neil Magny. I dont see this one ending before we reach the end of three rounds, but Means has the experience and striking skill to make sure he wins this one. Gabzilla: I will have to give it to Tim Means because of his record. He is so much more experienced in MMA with a 20-5-1 record as opposed to Magny with only a 9-4 record. Means has great hands and I think that will dictate the fight. Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts JC: If you have been watching heavyweight MMA then you know that the Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei is the real deal. I never count a fighter out, however, Ruan Potts just does not have what it takes to survive a Palelei striking onslaught. Expect an aggressive first round KO. Gabzilla: Hands down I think that Soa Palelei will win by KO. Based on experience, his striking capabilities and aggression. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Ugg Boots Green Monday</a> .The list of nominees was reduced Thursday to 15 from the modern era, one senior and two contributors. A finalist must receive at least 80 per cent of the votes from the 46-person selection committee to be elected. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Green Monday Ugg Boots Sale</a> . Federer, who only arrived in Australia on Wednesday after a grueling U.S. Open semifinal loss, began slowly on the grass court at Royal Sydney Golf Club before taking the the second-set tiebreaker and then breaking Hewitt in the first game of the third. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/</a> . It sure looked as if it was going to be a long night for the Houston Rockets. Then everything changed in the third quarter. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Ugg Boots Green Monday 2014</a> . Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series. A Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter showing a green substance on Lesters glove. <a href="http://www.greenmondayshoesboots.com/" target="_blank">Ugg Boots Green Monday Sale 2014</a> . The three-year deal was finalized on Monday and fundamentally changes the way Japanese players are acquired by MLB clubs. Now, if an NPB Club wishes to make one of its players available to Major League Clubs, they will notify the MLB Commissioner of the players availability and the release feethat must be paid to the NPB Club in order to secure release.BOSTON - This series played the maximum number of games (five) possible without a team facing elimination. Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. Boston needs one win, either tonight or tomorrow, to punch its ticket to the big dance. Both clubs have made a habit of appearing in the World Series over the last decade. Boston has been twice, beating St. Louis in 2004 and Colorado in 2007. Detroit has been twice, too, but has lost on both occasions, to St. Louis in 2006 and to San Francisco in 2012. Four of the five games have been decided by one run and theres no reason to believe we wont continue to watch close games between the two best teams in the American League. GAME SIX PREVIEW: PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RHP Max Scherzer (Regular season: 21-3, 2.90, 0.970 WHIP; Playoffs: 3G/2GS: 2-0, 2.25, 0.875 WHIP in 16IP) Game 2 vs. Boston: ND, 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 13 K, 0.571 WHIP. Scherzer was dominant a week ago but exited the game after seven innings and 108 pitches. We all know what happened next (Tigers bullpen + Meltdown + David Ortiz grand slam + Jarrod Saltalmacchia walk off = Red Sox win.) When Tigers manager Jim Leyland was questioned for his decision to remove Scherzer, Scherzer came to his skippers defense saying he was &quot;spent.&quot; As for a pitch count in Game 6, Scherzer offered this: &quot;You know how your arm feels within the pitch count, when you reach 80 pitches, 90, 100, 110 pitches. But when you have a win or go home type game, youre going to pitch as long as you can physically execute pitches. I have to be smart enough to know when that limit is. That wont be a number. That will be something Ill be able to tell Skip when I have reached that limit.&quot; Detroit closer Joaquin Benoit, whos given up a run in each of his last two appearances in this series (Ortiz grand slam included,) says he isnt spooked by the Red Sox and remains confident in himself and the entire bullpen. &quot;I think everybody has contributed and I think we going to be all right. I think we got a great group of guys and we have come in and out of tough situations pretty good.&quot; LINEUP CONSIDERATIONS: Miguel Cabrera, who in Game 5 made a base running mistake resulting in him being thrown out at home, committed a costly error at third base and who grounded into a double play with runners at the corners and nobody out to quash a seventh inning threat as Detroit was attempting a comeback, will continue to play through the groin/leg injury which has rendered him limited. Cabrera has only two home runs in the playoffs but one came off Bostons Game 6 starter, Clay Buchholz, in Game 2. Both home runs, the other off Oaklands Sonny Gray in Game 5 of the ALDS, were mistake pitches left up in the strike zone, which allowed Cabrera to clear his hips through the ball and drive it out to left field.dddddddddddd The injury has rendered Cabrera unable to drive the ball to the opposite field. As long as Buchholz pounds the outer half of the strike zone, even cheats an inch or two off the plate and doesnt make a mistake, he should be able to contain Cabrera as a power threat. Meantime, Prince Fielder is still looking for his first RBI of this postseason. He heard boos from the hometown crowd after grounding out to end the eighth inning of Game 5. Catcher Alex Avila, who fouled a ball off his right foot in Game 4 and left Game 5 with a strained tendon in his left knee following a home plate collision with David Ross, is questionable for Game 6. Jose Iglesias will get the start at shortstop. Jhonny Peralta will be bumped to left field, his bat too valuable to remove from the lineup. Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (Regular season: 12-1, 1.74, 1.025 WHIP; Playoffs: 0-0, 6.17, 1.542 WHIP in 11.2IP) Game 2 vs. Detroit: ND, 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 6K, 1WP, 1HBP, 1.141 WHIP. Buchholz seemed to hit the proverbial wall in the sixth inning of Game 2. Through five innings, hed held the Tigers to a run on three hits. But, after retiring Torii Hunter to lead off the sixth, he hung a curveball to Miguel Cabrera, who promptly deposited the pitch over the Green Monster. Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez followed with doubles and, two hitters later, Alex Avila hit a two-run home run. After Omar Infante singled, Red Sox manager John Farrell came to get Buchholz. Farrell showed in Game 5 his willingness to go to his three best relievers for extended work. He yanked Jon Lester after only 5 1/3 innings and relied on right-hander Junichi Tazawa, left-hander Craig Breslow and right-handed closer Koji Uehara to record the games final 11 outs. Farrell knew he had an off day before Game 6, so he leaned heavily on the three he trusts most out of his bullpen. Will he have a quick trigger for Buchholz if a similar situation crops up on Saturday night? Detroits the team in the must-win situation but Boston surely doesnt want the prospect of facing Justin Verlander in a winner-take-all Game 7. Manage with the intention of winning Game 6 and worry about the ramifications of Game 7 later, I say. LINEUP CONSIDERATIONS: Jarrod Saltalamacchia will draw back in at catcher. Xander Bogaerts will make his second consecutive start at third base. Will Middlebrooks will be on the bench. GAME SIX PREDICTION: From the beginning, this series had seven games written all over it and it has shaped up to be a series well talk about for a long time. Scherzer outduels Buchholz and the Tigers score enough to give their rickety bullpen some wiggle room late in the game. The Tigers win, 5-3, and we play a seventh game on Sunday night at Fenway Park. 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DETROIT - Former major league catcher Brad Ausmus has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers managers job. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Ausmus interviewed on Monday. The Tigers need a new manager after Jim Leyland stepped down following the teams loss to Boston in the AL championship series. Ausmus works in San Diegos front office as a special assistant to the GM. He also managed Israels team for the World Baseball Classic. Ausmus played in the majors from 1993-2010. He played for the Tigers for part of the 1996 season, and again from 1999-2000. Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon have also interviewed for the Detroit job. OAKLAND, Calif. -- Catcher Yan Gomes finds no issues in making a long-term commitment to the Cleveland Indians. He is confident the franchises strides in a turnaround 2013 season will carry over to future success starting this season. Gomes and the Indians completed a $23 million, six-year contract Monday after his breakout performance last season. &quot;It goes into what it means to be in this organization. Youve got younger guys like ourselves just wanting to be here,&quot; Gomes said. &quot;Were potentially signing a big amount of our careers. Theres not another place I would want to be with, especially from the top to the bottom here. Its the organization you want to be with.&quot; That feeling is mutual, even if Gomes provided a small sample size of the impact he can make behind the plate and with the bat. Assistant general manager Mike Chernoff and others in the front office are impressed with Gomes constant work to better learn Clevelands pitchers so they all find a comfort zone together. Gomes deal includes club options for 2020 and 21 that could bring the total to $42 million over eight years -- or even $48 million with escalators. &quot;This is the organization I want to be with, that actually made it pretty easy,&quot; Gomes said before the scheduled opener in rain-soaked Oakland. &quot;Im so thankful for that. My wife and I are excited to be Cleveland Indians for a while now. ... We got a little taste of the post-season last year. Thats what we play for.&quot; Gomes hit .294 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 88 games last season, his first with the Indians. The Indians went 49-30 when Gomes started, and manager Terry Francona went with Gomes during crucial games down the September stretch. &quot;Its kind of been the motto of my career -- Ive always had to battle. Its not going to stop,&quot; Gomes said. &quot;This is a huge blessing getting a contract like this, but now were talking about taking this team to another level.&quot; His new deal supersedes a previous one-year contract for 2014. The deal replaces a contract he agreed to in early March calling for a $513,000 salary in the majors and $281,000 in the minors. Gomes receives a $500,000 signing bonus, payable within 30 days of the contracts approval, and salaries of $550,000 salaary this year, $1 million in 2015, $2.dddddddddddd5 million in 2016, $4.5 million in 2017, $5.95 million in 2018 and $7 million in 2019. Cleveland has a $9 million option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout, and if that is exercised the Indians would have an $11 million option for 2021. The options may escalate by up to $3 million each based on MVP voting, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and All-Star appearances. &quot;Hes shown us that hes worth this contract,&quot; Francona said. &quot;We have that much faith in him, and thats pretty amazing for a young kid with that kind of track record, or lack of track record, for us to buy in that much. So thats a pretty good compliment to him.&quot; Negotiations began during spring training. The deal with Gomes will keep Clevelands young core together for years to come. &quot;You hope that these deals are win-win deals,&quot; Chernoff said. &quot;They all want to be here. Its an environment, a culture, that people want to be a part of.&quot; The 26-year-old -- the first Brazilian-born player in the majors -- began last season at Triple-A Columbus, but after being brought up in April he stayed the rest of the year and was a major contributor as the Indians made the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Gomes was acquired from Toronto on Nov. 2, 2012. &quot;He is the guy that, in spring training as were having these talks with him about a long-term contract, hes putting in more and more time to try to get to know the pitchers to build on where he was last year,&quot; Chernoff said. &quot;Hes also a great organizational story. Our scouts worked really hard to identify Yan with Toronto and find a way to get him in a deal.&quot; Gomes was set to start and bat ninth in the season opener. Francona expressed his gratitude for the process. &quot;I got a chance to maybe have a little bit of a front-row seat and it was kind of cool,&quot; he said. &quot;Because those things just dont happen, in todays game especially, with the amount of dollars were talking about. ... To see them kind of work through it was really interesting. Its kind of a proud moment for our organization, because we got a guy that we really think a lot of tied up for a long time. 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TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs didnt make it easy on themselves, but their losing streak is over. Again they were badly outshot and a late penalty almost did them in, but Trevor Smith scored in overtime as Toronto beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night at Air Canada Centre to end the skid at five games. Relief was the primary emotion after giving up 50 shots and winning for the first time since Nov. 23. &quot;Im happy we won because there seems to be a lot of pressure on our group, and hopefully this helps flush some of the things that are going on out there that we can feel a little bit of room to breathe what we went through,&quot; coach Randy Carlyle said. &quot;By no means that we think were out of the woods, but it feels good to win a hockey game.&quot; The Leafs (15-11-3) won in large part because goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves, including six in overtime before Smith beat Kari Lehtonen with 42 seconds to go before a shootout. Bernier conceded this did feel like a night during which he saw 50 shots and that it made him tired. All in a days work for a Leafs goaltender given that this was the 10th consecutive game they were outshot. Bernier called being outshot -- this time 44-22 in regulation and 50-24 total -- this teams &quot;style.&quot; &quot;My job is to go out there and give my team a chance to win,&quot; Bernier said. &quot;I thought my last couple of games I wasnt very good. I needed to come here and play the way I can play and go shot-by-shot.&quot; Bernier earned first-star honours for his play, but his performance didnt shock Carlyle or his teammates. &quot;Im not that impressed any more because hes done this night in and night out,&quot; said centre Nazem Kadri, who scored twice. &quot;Its almost expected of him now. Hes been a great contributor to this team even throughout those tough stretches when they had us pinned in our end. Our goalie needs to make a couple big saves for us to get the win, and thats exactly what happened.&quot; Bernier earned praise from Stars coach Lindy Ruff. &quot;I give their goalie a lot of credit. I give their team a lot of credit. They found a way to win,&quot; Ruff said. &quot;Kudos to them.&quot; But even Bernier wasnt perfect. Erik Cole beat him with a goal on the rush early in the third period when the Leafs got caught on a bad line change, and then former Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff tipped a shot in on the power play to tie the score late in regulation. Horcoff almost had a similar goal at the 9:42 mark of the third when he redirected a power-play point shot past Bernier. But the referees waved it off right away and video review upheld the no-goal call. &quot;I was hoping theyd count it, but I felt like it was a little bit high,&quot; Horcoff said. &quot;I knew the next one was OK.&quot; When Kadri scored his two goals of the night, there was no doubt. His first came thanks to some sharp passing from linemates Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk 58 seconds into the second period. Kadri added another, his ninth of the season, 6:58 into the third. He didnt grab that puck but did call Thursday night a &quot;memory&quot; because the game was dedicated to his late grandfather, who died earlier this week. &quot;Its definitely something that he wouldve loved to see,&quot; Kadri said. &quot;In the last couple years there hasnt been a game hes missed. Hes going to be dearly missed by our family.&quot; Kadri had no other choice but to return to hockey after missing Tuesday nights loss to the San Jose Sharks to attend his grandfathers funeral in London, Ont. When he came back, he was on the first line between van Riemsdyk and Kessel because Tyler Bozak is out indefinitely with an oblique strain. Another player who has made the most of his opportunity is Smith, who scored his fourth goal of the season 4:18 into overtime. Smith, who was named captain of the AHLs Toronto Marlies, was playing on what could be called the Leafs second line against the Stars (13-10-4). On a team thats lacking in secondary scoring and has grown accustomed to being outshot, Smith put two on net in regulation and then scored the winner. &quot;Overtime, thats a lot of fun,&quot; Smith said. &quot;Real exciting looking up at the crowd after scoring.&quot; It probably shouldnt have gotten to overtime. With the Leafs clinging to a 2-1 lead, their best penalty-killer, Jay McClement tripped up Tyler Seguin, who was returning after missing two games with a concussion. Horcoff scored with four seconds left on that penalty. It was the ninth power-play goal Toronto had given up in its past six games, including at least one each night. &quot;Its a big part of when youre struggling and things not going your way as far as handling pucks and pressure,&quot; Carlyle said. &quot;We were four seconds away, but we still had two chances to clear the puck. It would have been over. But that little bit of adversity hurt us for a period of time.&quot; Had the Stars managed to score again in regulation or overtime or win in a shootout, it would have hurt more. The losing streak was starting to take its toll. &quot;We had to break it,&quot; Smith said. &quot;We havent been playing well, and I dont think we put together 60 minutes at all tonight. But with Bernier playing over his head for us and giving us a chance to win, thats all we can ask for.&quot; Led by Bernier, Smith and Kadri, the Leafs go to Ottawa for Saturday nights rivalry game against the Senators unburdened by the pressure of this skid. &quot;Hopefully they feel good in there and we can flush whats been going on because theres been a lot of things going on,&quot; Carlyle said. &quot;And we just think that its time for this group to take a deep breath and lets go to work tomorrow and get ourselves ready for Saturday.&quot; NOTES -- The Leafs held a pre-game moment of silence to honour the death of Nelson Mandela. His name along with his dates of birth and death were put on the scoreboard along with a profile photo of the South African leader. ... Winger Jerry DAmigo, called up earlier in the day as the Leafs placed Bozak and enforcer Colton Orr on injured reserve and Jerred Smithson cleared waivers, made his NHL debut playing on the fourth line and finished with 4:02 of ice time. Stars defenceman Trevor Daley left the game with a lower-body injury after getting tangled up with van Riemsdyk on the play that led to Kadris first goal. Daleys left leg got caught up with the Leafs winger, and he slid into the boards. ... Defenceman Morgan Rielly was a healthy scratch for the Leafs as Cody Franson returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, falling to Julia Goerges 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday. The former top-ranked Dane led 4-2 in the second set before Goerges regained control to close out the match in just over two hours. &quot;I didnt play my best game today,&quot; Wozniacki said. &quot;Made way too many unforced errors, and Julia took advantage of that.&quot; Goerges will face Agnieszka Radwanska in the final Saturday after the Polish player defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 in the first semifinal. Wozniacki said she struggled with her serve throughout the match, while Goerges never let her find her rhythm once the ball was in play. &quot;I felt I had all the opportunities in the world today and didnt take advantage of them. If you dont take your chances, there is no way to win,&quot; Wozniacki said. &quot;Its easy to say I should have done this and could have done that. But, you know, as well for Julia she took her chances. If I came with a weak shot she was there straight away and she punished me.&quot; Goerges now has a 3-2 head-to-head record against the former No. 1. &quot;It was a pretty tough match. I mean, its never easy playing her,&quot; Goerges said. &quot;Its always a lot of balls, a lot of rallies. We played over two hours for two sets.&quot; Goerges overcame Russias Svetlana Kuznetsova, Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in the previous rounds. Dellacqua replaced top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, who pulled out of the toournament with an ankle injury on Wednesday before she was to play her opening match against Goerges.dddddddddddd &quot;You never expect being in the final when you have seen the draw before,&quot; Goerges said. &quot;I mean, it started with a tough first round, expecting another big match in the second round, which unfortunately didnt happen. &quot;But, well, its nice to be in the final with so many great players in the draw.&quot; Radwanska and Goerges last met in Melbourne last month, when the Polish player beat the German 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. &quot;Well, its going to be a tough one again,&quot; Goerges said of Saturdays final. &quot;I mean, she killed me in Australia. Well, tomorrow is a new day, new match, and starts from zero again.&quot; The fifth-seeded Radwanska jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set against Jankovic before winning it in 33 minutes. The 22-year-old Polish player faltered in the second when her Serbian opponent broke twice, but then regrouped and wrapped up the win without losing another game. Radwanska said she regained her confidence by breaking early in the third set, causing the eighth-seeded Jankovic to lose focus. &quot;Actually she just start to play much better in the second set. I was really in trouble,&quot; Radwanska said. &quot;But in the third set, I was just trying to be focused on my game and just fight until the end. &quot;I think also the second game of this third set was the key in this match. 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Switzerland has lost forward Sven Baertschi for the rest of the World Championship after the Calgary Flames prospect suffered a fractured rib during a game on Friday against Russia. Baertschi was hurt in the third period of a 5-0 loss and will be out of action for several weeks. The 21-year-old appeared in 26 games for the Flames this season and 41 with Abbotsford of the AHL. To replace Baertschi, the Swiss added forward Benjamin Pluss, who plays for Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss A league. BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Jarred Tinordi scored with 30 seconds left in overtime, and added an assist in regulation, as the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs came from behind to defeat the Binghamton Senators 5-4 in American Hockey League action on Saturday. Gabriel Dumont also had a goal and an assist for Hamilton (21-22-4), while Maxime Macenauer, Mike Blunden and Christian Thomas also scored. Sven Andrighetto chipped in with two assists. Mike Hoffman scored twice for the East division-leading Senators (29-15-4), Andre Petersson had a goal and an assist, and Shane Prince added the other. Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer made 36 saves for the win. Nathan LLawson started in net for the Senators, but lasted only 20 minutes before giving way to Andrew Hammond.dddddddddddd Lawson stopped 6 of 7 shots he faced, while Hammond gave up four goals on 33 shots for the loss. Binghamton opened the scoring with three straight goals in the first period before Blunden connected with a power-play goal at 18:48 of the first. Hamilton responded with two more goals to tie the game by the midway point of the second period. Peterssons power-play goal at 19:02 of the second gave the Senators the 4-3 edge, but Thomas replied with his seventh of the season at 15:16 of the third to force the extra frame. ' ' ' <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>

SHERBROOKE, Que. - Brandon Gignac had the only goal in the shootout as the Shawinigan Cataractes edged the Sherbrooke Phoenix 4-3 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Gignac also scored in regulation time for Shawinigan (19-38-9), as did Alex Pawelczyk and Sebastien Gauthier. Daniel Audette, Mathieu Laverdure and Jean-Christophe Laflamme supplied the offence for Sherbrooke (16-41-9). Marvin Cupper made 43 saves and turned aside three skaters in the shootout for the win. Francis Desrosiers stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping one shootout attempt. --- SCREAMING EAGLES 2 SEA DOGS 1 SYDNEY, N.S. — Kyle Farrells short-handed goal in the second period stood as the winner as Cape Breton held off Saint John. Raphael Corriveau also scored in the second for the Screaming Eagles (36-26-4), while Zachary Fortin made 22 saves. Oliver Cooper gave the Sea Dogs (19-42-5) a 1-0 lead in the first. Sebastien Auger stopped 44 shots in net. --- OCEANIC 2 SAGUENEENS 1 CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Loic Leduc scored the winner with 6:49 left in the third period as Rimouski edged the Sagueneens. Jimmy Oligny had a power-play goal for the Oceanic (44-15-7) and Olivier Tremblay made 25 saves for the win. Scott Carrier was the lone scorer for Chicoutimi (27-38-1), while Julio Billia turned aside 34 shots. --- TIGRES 6 REMPARTS 3 QUEBEC CITY — Jean-Francois Plante scored his 52nd goal of the season and set up three others as Victoriaville toppled the Remparts. Angelo Miceli had a goal and two assists for the Tigres (33-25-<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" />, while Yan Pavel Laplante, Jonathan Diaby, Samuel Blais and Carl Marois chipped in as well. Francois Tremblay made 37 saves for the win. Nick Sorensen scored and added two assists Quebec (38-17-11), while Francis Lambert-Lemay and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mikhail Grigorenko had goals as well. Francois Brassard stopped 11 of 15 shots in 28:48 of work, while Callum Booth turned aside 13-of-15 shots in relief. --- Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Columbus Crew SC announced on Friday the club has completed a deal to acquire Democratic Republic of the Congo international attacker Cedrick Mabwati. Commonly known as simply Cedrick, Mabwati arrives in Columbus from Spanish side Real Betis. Per club and MLS policy, details of the deal were not disclosed. Cedrick will be added to Columbus roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa. The 22-year-old attacker has spent his entire professional career playing in Spain. He will spend the remainder of the current European season with second- division side Osasuna, where he is on loan from Betis, before joining the Crew SC this summer. Ceedrick is a young, versatile player with international experience who can make an impact at any of our four attacking positions, sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement.dddddddddddd He is another player with considerable potential identified by our international scouting network and we look forward to him joining our team this summer. The midfielder will join Crew SC with top-flight experience in La Liga after spending the 2013-14 season with Real Betis, where he made 23 league appearances. Cedrick also spent four seasons playing in Spains Segunda Division for CD Numancia and Osasuna, registering 13 goals and 12 assists, including a nine- goal campaign in 2010-11. ' ' ' <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>

MONTRÉAL (December 20, 2013) – RDS and the Montreal Canadiens announced today they have reached a new 12-year regional broadcast rights agreement that will make RDS the official broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens through the 2025-2026 season. As part of the agreement, RDS parent company Bell also retains naming rights to the Bell Centre through 2028. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new agreement includes broadcast rights for 60 regular-season games as well as additional pre-season games each season in the teams designated broadcast region. &quot;Montreal Canadiens games have been a cornerstone of RDS programming for the past two decades and our commitment to covering the team and the league has never been stronger,&quot; said Gerry Frappier, President of RDS. &quot;This agreement with the Canadiens is a testament to the great spirit of partnership we have built with the team over the years, and to the industry-leading coverage our world-class broadcast team delivers on a daily basis.&quot; &quot;We are very proud to extend our long time partnership with RDS and Bell Media for the forthcoming future. For many years the Canadiens, Bell, and RDS have enjoyed a successful working relationship and we definitely feel that it will continue to be beneficial to all parties involved and to all Montreal Canadiens fans. 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INDIANAPOLIS -- The next chapter in the Peyton Manning saga could take a decidedly defensive turn. Indianapolis hired Baltimore Ravens defensive co-ordinator Chuck Pagano as its new coach Wednesday and will introduce him at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Its the third time Jim Irsay has turned to a defensive-minded coach since replacing his father as team owner in 1997, first hiring Jim Mora and then Tony Dungy as Moras replacement in 2002. &quot;I like it,&quot; Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis wrote on Twitter. The hiring of Pagano is certainly good news for the CFLs Montreal Alouettes. The Colts reportedly interviewed Als head coach Marc Trestman for the job. The Colts are hoping the change produces better results after Indy went 2-14 last season, its worst record in two decades. But there are questions about how this decision will impact the future of Manning and his teammates. The 51-year-old Pagano had been a career assistant until Wednesday. He had coached previously in the NFL at Oakland and Cleveland and also worked extensively in college with stops at Miami and North Carolina. Hes the fourth Ravens defensive co-ordinator to get a head coaching job in less than a decade. The others were Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Jets coach Rex Ryan and former 49ers coach Mike Nolan. Those who have worked closely with Pagano believe hes ready for the promotion. &quot;Chuck has a leadership quality about him. Hes humble but he also knows when to take the reins and take charge,&quot; Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger said. &quot;He doesnt try to dominate you in every meeting. Hes just a coach that knows exactly how players are and what direction they need.&quot; But Pagano is taking over a team in transition. Irsays dizzying array of moves this month has essentially cleaned house. It began with the firings of the father-son front office tandem of Bill and Chris Polian on Jan. 2, the day after the season. The next week, Irsay hired 39-year-old Ryan Grigson as the new general manager. Last week, coach Jim Caldwell was fired after his third season because he won only two games while Manning sat out with a neck injury and now, eight days later, Indy has his replacement -- with more changes to come. Quarterbacks coach Ron Turner, receivers coach Frank Reich and offensive linee coach Pete Metzelaars all have been let go, too.dddddddddddd That leaves offensive co-ordinator Clyde Christensen, running backs coach David Walker and tight ends coach Ricky Thomas among those with fates yet to be determined. Back in 2002, when Mora was fired, Irsay hired Dungy but kept most of the offensive staff intact. The off-season moves are taking a toll on the teams morale. In an interview published Tuesday by The Indianapolis Star, Manning called the complex not a &quot;very good environment&quot; for healing. Irsay must pay Manning a $28 million bonus by March 8 or the four-time league MVP, who turns 36 in March, could become an unrestricted free agent after having three neck surgeries in 19 months. The Colts have the No. 1 pick in this years draft, which most expect to be used on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Either way, Pagano should have a solid foundation on offence. And with his defensive pedigree, the Colts are hoping for a big jump from a unit that ranked near the bottom of the league. &quot;What makes him good? He relates to the players a whole lot,&quot; Baltimore defensive end Cory Redding said. &quot;Hes almost like a player in a D-co-ordinators position. The guy has so much fun with us. He treats you like more than a player. Its like were his sons. He wants us to do well. He keeps it fresh. 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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks hit the road for crucial back-to-back games this week knowing full well that their season likely hangs in the balance. With just nine contests left on the schedule and the club sitting four points adrift in the Western Conference playoff race, the Canucks have no margin for error. &quot;Everybodys looking at the standings. We are too,&quot; head coach John Tortorella said after Tuesdays practice at Rogers Arena. &quot;All we can do is control what we have. &quot;Were going to keep on trying to battle away here and find points.&quot; That begins Wednesday in Minnesota against the Wild before another tough test the following night against the Colorado Avalanche. Both teams are all but locked into playoff positions, something the Canucks can only dream of at this point. While the standings dont look all that daunting at first glance — the eighth-place Phoenix Coyotes were four points up with a game in hand on Vancouver heading into Tuesday — the math tells a different story. The website www.sportsclubstats.com, which calculates teams playoff chances, currently gives the Canucks just a 2.3 per cent shot at making this years post-season. Its a stunning slide for a club that has become accustomed to battling for division titles in recent years, not its playoff life. Vancouver has won its last two games over the punchless Nashville Predators and the Buffalo Sabres to stay above water, but the Wild and Avalanche should pose a much tougher test in what could be two season-defining contests. &quot;Weve been a very resilient group. Weve been on the outside looking in for a while now and weve climbed right back up there,&quot; said Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa. &quot;Weve had some tough losses for sure. Theres no hiding that, but we keeping fighting. &quot;Were still here. Were still standing.&quot; They might not be after this week. Apart from the Coyotes, the Dallas Stars also stand in the way of the Canucks playoff hopes. Dallas was three points up on Vancouver with two games in hand heading into Tuesday. But if Vancouver can survive the trip to Minnesota and Colorado, the club could have some life with six of its final seven games coming at home. &quot;Im just trying to take it day by day here,&quot; said goaltender Eddie Lack, who is expected to make his 14th straight start Wednesday. &quot;I know (Phoenix and Dallas) have a really tough schedule left. We have a lot of home games too so hopefully we can take advantage of that and just do our part here and well see if its enough or not.&quot; Canucks forward Zack Kassian said the players are aware of the out-of-town scoreboard each night, but added that the daunting task makes his preparation easier. &quot;We know theres only nine and we know that every one of those games is going to be very important for our hockey team,&quot; he said. &quot;You definitely look (at the scores) as a team when youre not playing and youre seeing how other teams are doing that youre trying to chase. &quot;At the end of the day if we dont take care of our business and win hockey games it has no effect on us.&quot; Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said he cant help but pay attention to other teams results when every point is so critical. &quot;I think you have to right now. 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NEW YORK -- Hard to imagine one day on the job was truly enough for new Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson to make much of a difference. It only looked that way. Juan Lagares drove in two runs, Vic Black gave the bullpen a boost and New York finally managed some timely hits Tuesday night in a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. &quot;We were hoping wed have a good homestand,&quot; Mets manager Terry Collins said. &quot;Weve played well. We just havent hit and driven in the big runs. To have a game like tonight I thought was important.&quot; Daniel Murphy doubled twice and No. 8 batter Ruben Tejada reached base all four times up to help the Mets win for only the fourth time in 13 games. The victory came one day after batting coach Dave Hudgens was fired and replaced by Johnson, who had been New Yorks minor league hitting co-ordinator. Black (1-0) got four big outs in his first major league outing this season, and Jenrry Mejia pitched two innings for his fourth save. With a runner on, Curtis Granderson made an outstanding catch in the right-field corner for the second out of the ninth. Mejia then walked Andrew McCutchen and retired Mets nemesis Gaby Sanchez on a game-ending grounder. &quot;We lined out multiple times. Some nights, thats just the way it is,&quot; Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. Starling Marte hit a two-run single for the Pirates, hurt by four wild pitches in losing for the second time in seven games. With the score 2-all, Tejada drew his second walk to start the sixth. He advanced on two wild pitches by Jeanmar Gomez (0-2) and scored when Lagares flicked a single over a drawn-in infield. Murphy followed with an RBI double to make it 4-2. &quot;Lagares had a great at-bat,&quot; Murphy said. &quot;Got some timely hitting and I think some really good baserunning out there as well, too, so its a good win.&quot; Black struck out Sanchez with runners at the corners to end the seventh. Pittsburgh had first and third again in the eighth when Mejia got pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez to ground into an inning-ending double play. &quot;Now Im ready for any situation,&quot; Mejia said. Handed a 2-0 lead, Mets starter Jonathon Niese let it slip away. Normally a fast worker, Niese slowed his pace considerably as he walked three batters in the sixth. Martes bases-loaded single tied it, but Black struck out pinch-hitter Ike Davis with the bases loaded to end the inning. It was a matchup that pitted two players against their former teams. Black was acquired from Pittsburgh last August, and the Mets traded Davis to the Pirates last month. Black was expected to be in the Mets bullpen at the start of the season, but was shipped to the minors after a rough spring. The right-hander got called up as the roster addition for Sundays doubleheader against Arizona, then sent back down immediately after the games. He went to meet Triple-A Las Vegas in El Paso, Texas, but quickly turned around when the Mets recalled him late Monday to replace reliever Jose Valverde, who was released. Functioning on little sleep, Black took an early flight back to New York on Tuesday and showed up at the ballpark ready to pitch. &quot;Vic got out of it for me and he did a great job,&quot; Niese said. &quot;The way it started off, I felt like I could go seven or eight today, kind of save the bullpen. Thats why I was angry with the sixth.&quot; Pirates starter Edinson Volquez walked five and threw two wild pitches in five innings, extending his struggles on the road. &quot;Thats what youre supposed to do, keep the game close. But I know walks killed me tonight,&quot; Volquez said. Murphy doubled in the third and scored on Bobby Abreus two-out single. Tejada and Lagares both doubled off the wall in left field in the fourth to make it 2-0. 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It may not be a storybook ending, but at least Jeter and the Yankees would get a win, right? Wrong. Closer David Robertson proceeded to give up a two-run homer to Adam Jones and a solo shot to Steve Pearce, all with two outs, to tie the contest heading into the bottom half of the inning. Cue Jeter. With one out, Jeter walked to the batters box for the final time at Yankee Stadium with thousands of flashbulbs and cell phone cameras going off simultaneously. “The Captain” lined the first pitch he saw to right fight and scored pinch-runner Antoan Richardson to win the game and send the crowd into a state of bedlam. Sort of an out-of-body experience, Jeter said after the game. Even if you never rooted for Jeter - or the Yankees - that moment is one any sports fan would appreciated to its highest degree. -- The Greatest Finish We will Never See By Shane McNeil The Giants’ 2014 World Series title will be largely remembered for Madison Bumgarner being nearly unhittable in three appearances. 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The whole call was at a normal tone, he did not go ballistic like some other homer broadcasters would. It was like any other game, which made the experience that much more pleasurable in a way only Scully could produce. Or maybe Scully knew that for someone as magnificent as Kershaw, a no-hitter is basically “any other game”. -- The Jays and Tigers Play a Marathon By Mike Beauvais Baseball commentators like to joke about extra-innings games, calling them “free baseball” for fans. It’s highly doubtful that players view them in that manner. The Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers had one of those games on Sunday, August 10. The match-up appeared to be going the Tigers’ way. With newly-acquired starter David Price on the hill, the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings and were cruising, but the Jays would chip away. Dioner Navarro hit a two-run home run in the sixth to make it 5-2. The following inning, the Jays pulled within one at 5-4. Then, in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Reyes would single again to score Anthony Gose to deadlock the game at 5-5…where it would stay for 10 more innings. When it was all said and done, both teams had used eight pitchers each. The Jays used 22 players of their 25-man roster. The teams were beyond gassed. After 19 innings and six hours and 37 minutes, the Jays would claim a 6-5 victory when Jose Bautista singled off of Rick Porcello to score Munenori Kawasaki and mercifully end matters. It was the longest game in Toronto Blue Jays history. It was only one game over the course of 162, but on that hot afternoon in Toronto, the Blue Jays and Tigers waged a war of attrition that drowned out the outside world. 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LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, Alexi Amarista homered and Jesse Hahn pitched six solid innings, leading the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Hahn (5-2) allowed a run and three hits, struck out six and walked four in his seventh major league start. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 1.46 ERA over his last six outings since Pittsburgh beat him 4-1 on June 3 in his big league debut at Petco Park. Padres right-hander Blaine Boyer took over for Hahn, giving up a leadoff double to Drew Butera and a walk to Carl Crawford. That ended Boyers season-opening string of 26 consecutive plate appearances by right-handed batters without a hit or a walk -- the longest such streak since STATS LLC. began tracking data in 1974. First-time All-Star Yasiel Puig chased Boyer with an RBI double, the first run off him this season in 14 innings. Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly against Alex Torres, but Quentin turned it into an inning-ending double play by throwing to third baseman Chase Headley for the tag on the over-aggressive Puig after Dee Gordon crossed the plate. Joaquin Benoit escaped an eighth-inning jam, striking out Juan Uribe and Miguel Rojas with runners at second and third and retiring Crawford on a fielders choice grounder with the bases loaded after a full-count walk to pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances. Quentin, who entered Friday batting .165 with 14 RBIs in 42 games, hit an RBI double in the fifth off Dan Haren and extended the Padres lead to 6-1 in the sixth with a bases-loaded two-run single against Jamey Wright. The three RBIs gave the Padres left fielder two more than he had in his previous 34 at-bats combined. The Dodgers third loss in four games, coupled with San Franciscos 5-0 win over Arizona, dropped the defending NL West champions into a virtual tie with the Giants for the division lead. Haren (8-6) gave up four runs and six hits in his third start against the Padres and second loss to them in three weeks, throwing 102 pitches in four-plus innings. He came in 4-1 with a 2.96 ERA in his eight previous home starts this year. Matt Kemp opened the scoring in the Dodgers first with an RBI single, but the Padres responded in the second with Amaristas third home run after Will Venable reached on a strikeout-wild pitch past Butera. Haren has allowed 19 homers -- tying the Padres Eric Stults for second-most in the NL behind the 27 served up by Milwaukees Marco Estrada. The Padres increased the margin to 4-1 with two runs in the fifth. Headley, whose homer in Thursdays series opener ended Clayton Kershaws string of 41 consecutive scoreless innings, drove in Seth Smith from first base with a double. Quentin followed with another double on Harens 103rd and final pitch. NOTES: Former Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng was the eighth candidate interviewed by the Padres to replace fired general manager Josh Byrnes. Ng, currently the senior vice-president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, is attempting to become the first female general manager of any major pro sport. Dodgers vice-president of amateur scouting Logan White also was interviewed for the job. So was Padres senior vice-president of baseball operations Omar Minaya, the former Mets and Montreal Expos GM. ... Haren has allowed at least one home run in 11 of his last 12 starts. But none of the last 30 home runs hit against him have come with more than one man on base. ... The Padres rotation has a 1.74 ERA over the last 11 games. 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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Anthony Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash. The 26-year-old pitched 42 innings in 24 relief appearances this year, compiling a 5.36 ERA with no decisions. He also was 4-6 with a 5.45 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Tucson. Bass made his big league debut in 2011 and has 4-8 career record with a 4.09 ERA in 18 starts and 57 relief appearances. The trade was announced Wednesday. Houston also will get a player to be named or cash. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumes Monday after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to receive the conclusions of a panel of one psychologist and three psychiatrists who were instructed to assess whether the double-amputee runner was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of his act when he shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home on Valentines Day last year. The assessments of a panel at a state psychiatric hospital could determine whether he should be held criminally responsible and affect the judges deliberations on a verdict or, in the event of a conviction, the severity of the sentence, according to legal analysts. The evaluation came after a psychiatrist, Dr. Merryll Vorster, testified for the defence that Pistorius, who has said he feels vulnerable because of his disability and long-held worry about crime, had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. He testified that he opened fire after mistakenly thinking there was a dangerous intruder in the toilet. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has alleged that Pistorius, 27, killed the 29-year-old model after an argument, and has portrayed the Olympic athlete as a hothead with a love of guns and an inflated sense of entitlement. But he requested an independent inquiry into Pistorius state of mind, based on concern the defence would argue Pistorius was not guilty because of mental illness. Pistorius defence team could get a boost if the hospital evaluation roughly aligns with the conclusions of Vorster, the defence witness, said a llegal expert observing the trial.dddddddddddd Kelly Phelps, a senior lecturer in the public law department at the University of Cape Town, said a diagnosis that Pistorius has an anxiety disorder could add weight to his account and compel the judge to consider the question: &quot;Is it more likely that he is telling the truth about what occurred on that night?&quot; Even if the judge rules that Pistorius is guilty despite any disorder that he is suffering, Phelps said, the diagnosis could be a mitigating factor when he is sentenced. &quot;That is the area of law that is often referred to as diminished responsibility,&quot; she said. Other possible conclusions in the psychiatric evaluation are that Pistorius is not suffering from any anxiety disorder, which could undermine his defence. Alternatively, it might be found that he was incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong or acting in accordance with that understanding, which could lead to a verdict of not guilty because of mental illness and referral to state psychiatric care. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder, and could also face years in prison if convicted of murder without premeditation or negligent killing. He is free on bail. Once Judge Masipa receives the conclusions from the mental health experts, the defence will be in a position to call its few remaining witnesses, prior to closing arguments and Masipas deliberation on a verdict. If, however, the experts who observed Pistorius are not unanimous in their conclusions, the judge can call them to the stand to clarify their findings. Pistorius was evaluated as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. He has been staying at the upscale home of his uncle. ' ' ' <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>

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