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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Lael Collins Stitched Jersey . -- Tom Brady isnt interested in answering any questions about Donald Trump.The Patriots quarterback was asked at the end of his weekly news conference Wednesday about how he would respond if his kids heard Trumps version of locker room talk.Brady smiled and said only Thank you guys, have a good day before walking away.Trump made headlines recently after a 2005 video of him surfaced in which he is recorded making crude comments about women. He has since apologized for the comments, referring to it as locker room talk.Several current and former athletes have spoken out about that characterization, with many saying that locker room comments dont rise to the level the presidential candidate described.Last year Brady was spotted with one of Trumps Make America Great Again hats in his locker. The quarterback walked back a comment he made that he thought it would be great if Trump won the election. He had also joked about Trump possibly putting a putting green on the White House lawn. Troy Aikman Stitched Jersey . In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. Terrance Williams Stitched Jersey . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. Anthony Davis is toiling on his own while putting up gaudy numbers to start the season for the New Orleans Pelicans.The superstar forward averages 30.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game for the 2-9 squad. He is shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, impressive for a high-usage player such as Davis.Davis, after a year dealing with injuries and his teams own struggles, is reclaiming his spot atop the league as one of the most unique and singular talents.Again though, the Pelicans injury issues and his teams struggles are holding his stardom back.New Orleans, which picked up its second victory of the season Monday night at home against the Boston Celtics, has only two other players averaging at least 10 points. The fourth-highest scorer, Lance Stephenson, was cut a week ago. The team is still hurting to score, averaging 98.9 points per 100 possessions.Davis takes a lot of attention, but he needs help. The good news is he may very well get it soon.Wednesdays game in Orlando may very well be the last one for Davis without former All-Star guard Jrue Holiday running alongside him. Holiday has been out the entire training camp and preseason to be with his wife, U.S. Womens Soccer star Lauren Holiday, after the birth of their child and surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.The Pelicans announced Tuesday that Holiday will return to the team for Thursdays practice and play Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Holiday has been working out twice pper day and appears in great shape as he rejoins the team. Taco Charlton Stitched Jersey. It is something the Pelicans desperately need.It will probably take him a couple of games to get back, but as long as he is on the floor its going to be good, Davis told the New Orleans Times Picayune. When you are missing one of your guys and they come back around, its always a happy feeling.Holiday averaged 16.8 points per game and 6.0 assists per game in 65 games last year for New Orleans. Adding him back to the lineup will be a major benefit and support to Davis and the Pelicans fledgling offense.Until he returns, they can take solace in playing another team that is struggling as much as they are.The Magic (4-7) scored only 69 points against the Indiana Pacers in a 19-point loss Monday. Their 33 percent shooting continued to crater their league-worst 41.0 percent shooting this season. Like the Pelicans, the Magic rank near the bottom of the league in points per 100 possessions.We had a few games now where we just cant score, we cant find a rhythm offensively, Magic center Nikola Vucevic told the Orlando Sentinel following Mondays game. I dont know the exact reason for it. Were getting good shots. Maybe we can get better shots.Magic coach Frank Vogel called his teams performance Monday very disappointing, especially after scoring 119 points in Oklahoma City the night before in an emotional victory. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '

In the bowels of the AAMI Park gymnasium, Melbournes Jack Viney attacks his weights with the same vigor he hunts down opponents on the field. Wholesale Bruins Jerseys .The explosive midfielder -- who is pound for pound definitely the best lifter at the Demons, according to the clubs strength and conditioning manager Robert Jackson -- takes the same approach to every gym session as he does on game day.Its just the way he is.Viney has played a pivotal role in the Demons resurgence in Paul Roos final year as coach. In many ways, the 22-year-old personifies his clubs rise up the ladder this season.Taken at the bargain selection of pick No.26 in the 2012 national draft, Viney has this year transformed himself from hard trier to one of the premium midfielders in the competition. League-wide, hes ranked 13th in contested possessions per game, eighth in tackles, and 13th in clearances per match.He was at his ferocious best in Melbournes drought-breaking win against Hawthorn in Round 20, collecting 39 touches (16 contested) at 82 percent efficiency, eight tackles, seven clearances and five marks. Aside from his statistics, his physical intent set the tone as Melbourne beat Hawthorn for the first time since Round 8, 2006.A career-high 16 tackles against the Western Bulldogs in Round 8 was another highlight, along with the 23 contested possessions -- another career-high -- racked up in Round 5 against Richmond.In fact, if it were not for a brainfade in Round 10 that saw him cop a one-week suspension, Viney could be a Brownlow Medal chance as season 2016 draws to a close -- which highlights his incredible improvement.Aside from his natural footballing ability, Vineys work ethic at Melbourne is legendary.When hes down in the gym, hes there to beat anyone, Jackson tells ESPN. He competes with everyone and even himself. Hes very aggressive in the way he attacks his weights, attacks his training and is always looking at a way to get an improvement.The other thing he does which is quite unique is hes always researching what other people do and trying to mimic professional approaches. He does his research, he comes with questions and I couldnt ask for more to be honest.Those who know Viney often shake their head in admiration at the son of former club great Todds absolute commitment to improve.Whenever Viney fearlessly burrows into packs, often emerging with a hard-won Sherrin, or locks his arms around an opponent in a vice-like tackle, those behind the scenes nod knowingly.Melbourne veteran Lynden Dunn, for one, isnt surprised by his elevation into the top bracket of the AFLs best inside midfielders.Hes grown up loving the club - Todd, his old man captained the club, so he [Jack] has always being around the place and the players, the defender told ESPN. He is ultra-competitive, he always means business, hes courageous, tough, hard.He can come across a little bit arrogant to some people but knowing him now, hes just very confident in his preparation and performances on game day.Ive got no doubt hell be All Australian and a multiple best and fairest winner by the end of his career. Its not luck - he takes ownership of his career and works so hard.Before being drafted, Viney spent time at Melbourne as a 17-year old in 2012, receiving permission to train with the club and play for its VFL affiliate Casey. Mark Neeld was the Demons coach that year, and in 2013 before being sacked midway through the season.Neeld, now game performance manager at Essendon, said he knew from an early stage that Viney would become a star midfielder.Hes a beauty. He comes from really strong family, and the things I saw with Jack as a young player - his work ethic and determination - are the things everyone is seeing on the footy field now, Neeld told ESPN.He was always in a hurry, Jack, but hes everything you want in a player in terms of determination, work ethic, leadership, the want to get better ... hes got it.Im not surprised hes become one of the premier midfielders in the competition.Jackson is also unsurprised at the midfielders rise. The strength and conditioning boss has regularly been wowed by Vineys intensity in the gym.Jacks very aggressive in his pursuit of becoming excellent, he said.If you look back to his early years before he was even playing TAC Cup, he was already going to see a sprint coach at the Hawthorn Football Club who is now the high performance manager at Richmond, Peter Burge. He was always trying to find an edge.Hes an intimidating person. 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Manchester City did their heavy lifting during the week by qualifying for the knockout round of the Champions League. marcus williams stitched jersey .Now they try to string together consecutive Premier League victories for the first time in nearly two months Saturday against Burnley at Turf Moor.The Citizens (8-3-1) ensured they would be in the round of 16 in Europes most prestigious club tournament for the fourth straight year with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday. David Silvas goal in first-half stoppage time canceled out a marker by Raffael and ensured City would finish second to Barcelona in Group C with one match to spare.I am so happy to be there (in the knockout phase), manager Pep Guardiola told Citys official website. The first part of the season is so important, to qualify for the next round. We did it -- and now we can focus on the Premier League.I am so satisfied for all the games. I was a trainer here in Germany and I know how difficult Gladbach are. But we did it, which is why it is big congratulations to the team.About the only downside to their qualification is that City will face one of the eight group winners in the first knockout round. But after reaching the semifinals last year -- their deepest penetration in club history -- Guardiola thinks his team can cause problems of their own.We know that in Europe every team you play can cause you problems, he told The Mirror. But were improving. We have to improve in Europe and I believe we can do that. … In the finals, all the teams will be really tough.Manchester City would like to resume being tough domestically.After starting the season with six wins on the trot, they have claimed just two in their last six league matches (2-3-1) and are in third place, one point behind Chelsea and trailing Liverpool on goals scored.But they are coming off a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in which Yaya Toure made his long-awaited return. Reportedly banished because his agent got into a row with Guardiola, the Ivorian international bagged a brace in his first playing time of any sort since Aug. 24, and he could wind up being a key player for Citys Premier League title hopes since he was left off the Champions League roster by Guardiola.The last two months he was amazing in the training sessions. His behaviour was absolutely perfect, Guardiola said of Toure, whose style doesnt make him a perfect fit for Guardiolas fast-paced ball movement.His teammates love him. Hes another guy who will help us with the rotation in the team.Burnley (4-2-6) slipped to 12th in the table after absorbing their heaviest loss of the season, 4-0 at West Bromwich Albion on Monday. The Clarets continued their struggles on the road, having taken just one point from five matches while being outscored a staggering 13-1 in those contests.They were fully deserving of everything and we simply werent, manager Sean Dyche told Burnleys official website. Me as a manager, because I know my own team, I thought it just doesnt look like us. There was not enough energy, enough fight actually. We were outgunned on every level, more or less.The lack of offence continues to be a concern for the Clarets. Their 11 goals are better than only new boys Middlesbrough and Hull City, and the team seems to be overly reliant on Welsh forward Sam Vokes, who has four of them. But if there is a positive to be had, returning to Turf Moor -- where Burnley have claimed all but one of their 14 points with a 4-1-2 mark -- could signal a fightback.We need to pick ourselves up. Its a massive game and hopefully we can get some points from that, winger and Iceland international Johann Gudmundsson said. (City) are a fantastic team. But we have shown against good teams we can play really well, so we will do that next weekend, definitely.The Clarets got the better of City in their last season in the top flight in 2014-15, taking four points off the Citizens. 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When you think of grit in the NBA, you probably think of big men setting hard screens and battling for position in the paint, or players hitting the ground to secure a loose ball.A lot of times its being ugly, not pretty, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts says.Your mind immediately goes to Memphis, adds Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick, referring to the grit n grind moniker the Grizzlies have adopted to describe their defensive-minded style of play.You probably dont think of two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry making 3-pointers for the Golden State Warriors. But based on the research University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Duckworth has done on the topic, maybe you should.I think the word grit sounds like when you grit your teeth, Duckworth says. I think its less about that than the day-in, day-out dedication and resilience.If you look at Steph Currys career, there were lots of times where you could have counted yourself out. Weak ankles. Whos going to be the best player in the league on 3-point shots? Theres nobody in the league I can think of thats grittier than him.Redefining gritA former consultant for McKinsey & Company, Duckworth became intrigued by the notion of grit when she was working as a math and science teacher and trying to figure out why talented students didnt always succeed and seemingly less-talented kids sometimes did.Duckworths answer, eventually arrived at while working toward a graduate degree in psychology, was grit. Her version of the term, summarized in her recent New York Times bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, isnt quite the same as the one used traditionally in sports. Instead, Duckworth defines grit as passion and perseverance for long-term goals.The concept gained scientific rigor when Duckworth tested West Point cadets using the grit scale she created. Despite not having a relationship with academic achievement in high school or SAT performance, grit proved a better predictor of which cadets would drop out of grueling basic training.The definition translates well to sports, where all athletes are going to have to persevere through setbacks at some point in their careers because of their passion to compete.I do think that sometimes the narrative with athletes is we want this linear [progression], says Redick, who read Duckworths book during training camp. It doesnt always work that way -- and not only on the outside and kind of what the public sees and the media talks about, but the internal battles that every athlete faces. There are obstacles and maybe even moments of self-doubt.Its little surprise, then, that Duckworth hears regularly from coaches interested in how they can use her research. While the concepts of hard work, dedication and resilience that are encapsulated in Duckworths version of grit are nothing new for coaches, her research into how grit translates in other fields of high achievement, how to measure it and how to build it provide helpful coaching tools.She gave a greater clarity to the word grit for me, says Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, who invited Duckworth to speak to his young team. I think that through her examples of what her version of grit was, it resonated with me more clearly.Both of my parents are schoolteachers, and her examples of different practices in different school systems and the different economic situations relative to some of her areas that displayed the most grit -- and the people who were able to overcome different socioeconomic barriers or boundaries or obstacles and still persevere -- that interested me a lot, as well as the coaching side of it.Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics?is one of a handful of coaches, including Pete Carroll of the NFLs Seattle Seahawks, who have built more lasting relationships with Duckworth. She spoke to the Celtics last season before a game in Philadelphia, and Stevens endorsement appears on the back of her book, alongside those of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell.One of the aspects Stevens likes about grit is that it can apply equally to a player or team that has experienced success and one that has dealt with adversity.Ive always felt like the best players have these attitudes and the best players are able to bounce back from a tough night, he says. The best players are able to handle success. Certainly the best players always get better.I learned it at Butler when we went to the national championship twice. Obviously we were hurt because we didnt win it all, but a lot of people treated us like we had. It was fun to watch those kids just move on to whats next and try to do it again and try to be a little bit better next time and not rest on what was already achieved. I think thats a big part of mindset or grit, just as recovering from a tough day is.That sounds a lot like an MVP and champion coming back even better the next season.A new grit paragonTelevision writer and producer Michael Schur, the co-creator of Parks and Recreation and the creator of new NBC sitcom The Good Place, has spent enough time thinking about grit that he calls it one of my favorite topics.Under the pseudonym Ken Tremendous, Schur wrote about baseball -- and more specifically about writing about baseball -- on the influential blog Fire Joe Morgan. One of the blogs favorite hobby horses was how writers lionizedd the grit of white players who had average or poor statistics, like former St. clay harbor stitched jersey. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein. (Later, Schur paid tribute to this relationship by giving a law office on the show Parks and Recreation the name Fwar, Dips, Winshares, Gritt, Babip, Pecota, Vorp & Eckstein.)Grit is a catch-all term for any baseball action writers deem hard-nosed, or physical, or dogged, Schur observed in an email. Grit is crashing into walls, sliding hard, hustling on an infield grounder, diving for a line drive. Grit is Aaron Rowand breaking his nose on the wall, or Dustin Pedroias always-dirty uniform, or Paul ONeill smashing a water cooler after a strikeout. Which reminds me -- grit is also nearly always a term used to describe white players.In 2014, Deadspin parsed online NFL draft scouting reports, allowing readers to look up how frequently different terms were applied to white and black prospects. Grit or gritty appears nearly twice as frequently in scouting reports for white players (1.9 times per 10,000 words) as black players (1.1 per 10,000).In the NBA, there may not always be the same element of racial coding. After all, African-American Tony Allen coined the grit n grind moniker that has come to define the Grizzlies run of contention in the Western Conference, as well as their relationship with a diverse Memphis fan base. Still, even grit n grind reinforces the notion that grit is the domain of less-talented athletes.I think partly it indicates that a guy is playing hard to compensate for having less natural ability than other guys, Schur writes. Which is not to say those players actually do have less natural ability -- just that they are perceived as having less natural ability.In the common usage, players can be either talented or gritty. By Duckworths definition, players can -- and should -- have both traits.One thing that surprised me when I started doing this research, she says, is if youre really talented, why arent you the hardest-working, longest-trying player? Because rationally speaking, youre getting so much out of every moment on the court. You should be the one! Why wouldnt you be the one to show up early and stay late because every moment youre there, youre getting this huge return?Ive wondered whether its partly because to pass some threshold of good enough, you can kind of trade off talent with grit. If youre trying to get to a threshold, you can be talented or gritty. I think one of the things about the players that I most admire is theres no ceiling on what they want to do.I dont know that Steph Curry goes to bed and says, Ive reached it. [If Im Curry] I just want to continually get better. If thats true, rationally, analytically, then you dont trade them off against each other. You just try to maximize both.I think Steph is gritty, Redick concurs. I would put him in that category. As many superlatives as you can talk about with him, hes definitely gritty.Currys progression demonstrates how he has epitomized grit in multiple ways. As a prep player, he had to ignore doubts about his ability to overcome a small frame to be a contributor in college -- famously not getting a scholarship offer from an ACC school -- let alone in the NBA. Having established himself as an NBA player, Curry subsequently had to deal with the setback of recurrent ankle injuries, resulting in surgery that limited him to 26 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.All the while, Curry kept improving his shooting, ballhandling, finishing and defense. As I noted during the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry has developed more late in his career?than any other superstar in league history.Even after hed reached the pinnacle as a champion and MVP during the 2014-15 season, Curry came back better in 2015-16. Last year was Currys sixth consecutive season of improving his win shares per 48 minutes, according to, tied with role players Jay Humphries, Thabo Sefolosha and Sedale Threatt for the longest streak ever to start a career.During the media conference honoring Curry as MVP last season, Warriors coach Steve Kerr highlighted Currys work ethic.I think what makes you special, Steph, is obviously youve got a lot of God-given talent, but its the determination, its the love for the game, Kerr said. There is no agenda, and every day you come in and you work.Later in the media conference, Currys advice to kids hoping to learn from him sounded a lot like Duckworths definition of grit.Find what youre passionate about in this life, Curry advised. Everybodys given a certain skill set, a certain talent, a certain passion. To hold on to that and work as hard as you can to being the best that you can at what you feel like your place in this world is and what your role is.I learned at an early age that basketball is something Id love to do every single day. But like every single person -- theyre a great journalist, theyre a great commentator, there are great doctors -- everybodys great at something, just to find that and to work as hard as you can.I dont think its as simple as that, but its something that you can hold on to. Find what youre passionate about in this life and just work at it. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '

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Tigers sports information director Michael Bonnette told ESPN that?Delahoussaye needed stitches and suffered burns to his legs.LSU later released a statement that said Delahoussaye suffered minor injuries and had been released from the hospital.The sheriffs department said the car lost control on wet pavement, left the road and struck a tree. Speed appears to have played a role in the crash, according to the department, which added that the incident remains under investigation.Foltz and Sadler had been serving as student instructors at Kohls Kicking Camp in Wales, Wisconsin, according to a camp spokesman.Sam and Mike each had amazing careers as student-athletes in the Big 10 Conference, but more importantly, they were tremendous men off the field, camp director Jamie Kohl said in a statement. We are so grateful for the opportunity we have had to know these men and their families.Nebraska coach Mike Riley, quarterback?Tommy Armstrong Jr., linebacker?Josh Banderas and wide receiver?Jordan Westerkamp will not participate in Big Ten media days scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Chicago, Nebraska announced.Nebraska players held a vigil in honor of Foltz on Sunday afternoon outside Memorial Stadium. The stadiums scoreboard displayed Foltzs initials. Community members dropped flowers at the foot of the statue that memorializes fallen quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash 20 years ago this April.Riley was away from Lincoln when he learned the news of Foltzs death. His first call went to place kicker Drew Brown, who was in Wisconsin with Foltz over the weekend. Riley and Brown talked several times Sunday as both traveled toward Lincoln before the Cornhuskers met as a team with their coach in the evening.Armstrong offered poignant comments, Riley said Sunday night in a session with media after a team meeting.My main focus is just seeing [the players] as much as what I say to them, Riley said. Its impossible for me to say anything to make [them] feel better. That is not the purpose of this. It is just to be together. I wanted to see them and just let them [know] that everybody understands their grief.The Big Ten Network tweeted condolences to the families of Foltz and Sadler. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and Riley posted their thoughts on Sadler and Foltz, respectively.In a statement in which he expressed sympathy to the Foltz family and Nebraska, Dantonio added, Mike impacted so many people, not only as a football player but also from an academic standpoint and in the community as well. The world has lost a rising star who dreamed big and was accomplishing those dreams, one after another. He was one of those people that brightened your day. I always say to try and be a light, and he truly was a light in this world.We will all miss him dearly. Once again, we find out that life is so fragile. The world will be a sadder and lonelier place without Mike Saadler in it. Jonathan Casillas Jersey. May he rest in peace.Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany expressed his condolences to those affected by the punters deaths in a statement Monday.While we are deeply saddened by their untimely loss, we also recognize the impact they had and the success they achieved as students, athletes, citizens and representatives of their respective communities and institutions, Delany said. On behalf of the Big Ten, we greatly appreciate the enduring contributions made by these two young men, and our hearts go out to their families during this difficult time.Foltz, 22, punted for Nebraska the past three seasons. He won the Big Tens punter of the year award last fall and was on the Ray Guy Award watch list for the best punter in the country this summer. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt last season and had 50 career punts of 50 yards or longer.Riley said he felt thankful to coach Foltz for one year. The coach had looked forward to Foltzs senior season in 2016 and to watching him [go] on to play forever because he would have.Ive had three or four punters make it to the NFL, Riley said, and this guy was really good.Foltz won Nebraskas Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016 and was a four-time member of the universitys scholar-athlete honor roll.Our prayers of love and support go out to Sams family during this difficult time, and we will do all that we can to help comfort them in this time of sadness, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. Sam was truly a tremendous young man who represented everything that a Nebraska student, athlete, teammate and friend should strive to be. While his loss is devastating, his impact will be felt forever. Along with Coach Riley, our focus is on providing Sams family, teammates and friends with the critical support and love that they need at this time.Foltz, a former walk-on, epitomized the spirit of Nebraska football, according to Riley, from his small-town roots to achievements at a high level.Thats him, Riley said. Hes proud. He was really proud of it. He was really proud of being a Nebraska football player.I told our team he just proved to me why its so much fun to coach because he was a really, really fun guy to be around. [He was] very uniquely special in how he approached what he did and so good at it and loved it and did it all with enthusiasm.LSU coach Les Miles said in a statement,?Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. We grieve for them. This isnt supposed to happen to young people who have so much to live for. We are so thankful that Colby will be able to return home to his family and friends.Sadler, 24, was a four-year starter at Michigan State from 2011 to 2014. He finished his career ranked second in school history in punts, punting yards and punting average. Sadler was a 2013 Ray Guy Award semifinalist and earned first-team All-America honors that season.He was the first Spartan in school history to earn Academic All-America honors four times, and he was named to the 2014 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. Sadler intended to attend Stanford Law School this fall.Information from ESPNs Dan Murphy, David Ching, Mitch Sherman and Jesse Temple contributed to this report. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It turns out that Iowa might have a say in the Big Ten title race after all. Cheap Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys .By stunning Michigan 14-13 on Saturday, the Hawkeyes made it possible for a two-loss team to represent the powerful East division in the conference championship game -- and for the once-unthinkable prospect of a playoff without the Big Ten.It can no longer be assumed that the annual rivalry game between the Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) and Ohio State (9-1, 6-1) will determine the leagues playoff representative.Thats because Penn State (8-2, 6-1), which beat the Buckeyes two weeks ago, has joined Michigan and Ohio State atop the East.If Michigan wins out, including beating Ohio State in regular-season finale in two weeks, the Wolverines move on to the Big Ten title game. If Ohio State and Penn State win out, the Nittany Lions would win the East, leaving the Buckeyes out of a chance to win the conference title while likely being the Big Tens highest ranked team.A loss by Penn State to either Rutgers or Michigan State in the next two weeks is what Ohio State needs to regain control of the East.That seems unlikely, but so was the idea of Iowa (6-4, 4-3), a 24-point underdog, finding itself it time to stun Big Blue.Give Iowa credit. They tackled. They blocked. They played a very good football game. So, congratulate them and we move on, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.Thats exactly what Michigan needs to do, because if it wins out, it should be in the playoffs.But the Wolverines resume still took a hit on Saturday.Overshadowed by all of its big wins was the fact that Michigan didnt have a single significant road win. Michigan State and Rutgers, the only teams Michigan had beaten away from Ann Arbor, had yet to win a Big Ten game until the Spartans throttled the Scarlet Knights on Saturday.On a windy and chilly night in Iowa City, the Wolverines wilted.The nations top-ranked scoring defense allowed Iowa to score a touchdown on fourth down on a perfectly timed screen pass.On the biggest play from scrimmage, it let Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard run for a first down that set up the game-winning kick -- after a facemask that gave Iowa 15 free yards.Michigans offense, which had scored 49 points against Penn State, 78 against Rutgers and 59 against Maryland, gained just 201 yards. Wilton Speight missed a litany of deep balls, going just 11 of 26 passing and throwing a pick to true freshman Manny Rugamba late in the fourth quarter.Theres absolutely no excuse. Weve got to be a lot better than we (were Saturday), tight end Jake Butt said.Iowas performance kept it alive in the West race, though just barely.Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2), by virtue of its win over Nebraska (8-2, 5-2), is in position to face whatever team the East sends to Indianapolis for the title game. The Badgers might also be in position to steal a playoff spot, should they win out and see more upsets like the ones that occured on Saturday further shake up the postseason picture.But Iowa answered for one of its worst losses in years, a 41-14 wipeout at Penn State, with a win that was more about culture than talent.Youve only got two options. You surrender and mope and feel sorry for yourself, or you do something about it, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. Dont think that we werent thinking about that on Saturday night coming home. But its more about just the way we operate and what our response is going to be. 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The reasons for such a ploy could be an acceptance of the possibility of the pitch cracking too soon or to account for the extra bounce at Wankhede, for that allows the horizontal bat shots to be played more often.The well-behaved Wankhede pitchThe pitch at Wankhede is one of its kind in India, for the soil used to prepare it is red in colour and that offers more bounce. In addition to that, the red soil tends to break quicker than the black soil. The first signs of what to expect from this pitch surfaced on the fourth ball of the eighth over, for there was a puff of dust where the ball landed. It is worth mentioning here that there is an even covering of grass on the 22 yards and therefore it will not start misbehaving too soon.Englands clear intentEngland have come out with a clear intent to be a little more aggressive in this Test. There has been a clear intent to keep the score board ticking, even if it meant playing slightly out of character. Alastair Cook is not known to go down the track and attempt aerial shots early in the innings but he did that here. Jennings also used the sweep shot effectively to rotate strike.Limited margin of errorThe best part about the red-soil pitch at Wankhede is that the game moves really fast. The extra bounce off the pitch allows the batsman to put the ball in gaps easily and the same bounce ensures that edges (outside and inside) carry to the fielders. As a bowler you cannot err in length, for unlike other Indian pitches, here runs are easily available off the back foot. Batsmen must also be decisive in judging the length correctly, for they cannot just plant their foot and adjust afterwards.The familiar trap against MoeenFollowing Moeen Alis dismissal in the first innings of the Test in Mohali, Indian seamers tried the bouncer trap against him at Wankhede too. 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BELLEFONTE, Pa. Kirk Gibson Jersey . -- Lawyers for a former Penn State assistant football coach urged a judge and jurors Thursday to find the university liable for how it treated him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.Mike McQueary is seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other damages, saying he was defamed by a statement the school president released the day Sandusky was charged, retaliated against for helping with the Sandusky investigation and misled by school administrators.Sandusky, a former defensive coach at Penn State, was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. He maintains his innocence.In closing arguments Thursday, Penn State attorney Nancy Conrad emphasized that McQueary had said he was damaged by public criticism that he did not to go to police or child-welfare authorities when he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001. Instead he reported it the next day to then-head coach Joe Paterno.Mr. McQueary was not damaged by any action of the university, Conrad argued. Mr. McQueary, as he testified and as he recognized, if he was harmed, was harmed by national media and public opinion.McQueary testified he has not been able to find work, either in coaching or elsewhere, but Conrad blamed that on an inadequate network of contacts and the lack of a national reputation.The jury was handed the case Thursday afternoon and left the courtroom.Judge Thomas Gavin will decide the whistleblower count, a claim that McQueary was treated unfairly as the school suspended him from coaching duties, placed him on paid administrative leave, barred him from team facilities and then did not renew his contract shortly after he testified at Sanduskys 2012 trial.McQueary was not allowed to coach in the schools first game after Paterno was fired, a home loss to Nebraska.That sends a very clear signal to those in your network that the university doesnt want you to be supported, Strokoff said. `Stay away, youre a nonperson.Penn State has argued it put McQueary on leave out of safety concerns, as threats were fielded by the university.Strokoff said there was no evidence of multiple death threats against his client, and called McQuearys treatment outrageous.He should not have been the scapegoat, Strokoff said.Jurors will decide the defamation claim and a misrepresentation allegation that two administrators lied to him when they said they took his report of Sandusky seriously and would respond appropriately.Conrad insisted they did take steps to inform McQueary about the actions they were taking, which included meeting with Sandusky and an official from the childrens welfare charity he founded, and telling Sandusky to stop bringing children into team facilities.No one told Mr. McQueary, `You cannot go to the police, Conrad said.The defamation claim involves a statement issued by Penn State then-president Graham Spanier expressing support for the two administrators, then-athletic director Tim Curley and then-vice president Gary Schultz, when they were charged with perjury in November 2011 for allegedly lying about what McQueary told them in the weeks after the 2001 incident.The perjury charges against them were dismissed earlier this year by a state appeals court, but Curley, Schultz and Spanier still await trial in Harrisburg on charges of failure to properly report suspected child abuse and endangering the welfare of children.McQueary lawyer Elliot Strokoff said Spaniers statement could have led people to conclude McQueary was a liar.If the charges are groundless, then the grad assistant lied, Strokoff said. 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They won 7-2 in 15 innings Tuesday night in a game that featured Javier Baezs grand slam and three relievers playing left field alternately.There was more wackiness in the finale.Rizzo drove in three runs in the first inning off left-hander Cody Reed (0-2) with the Cubs first inside-the-park homer since 2011, when Tony Campana circled the bases against Cincinnati. Duvall cut in front of Hamilton but couldnt get to the ball, which deflected off Hamiltons cheek.Rizzo couldnt remember the last time he circled the bases that way.Maybe Little League? he said. Nothing like that. Ill take it.Hamilton left the game to get tested for a concussion. He missed a week earlier this month after suffering a concussion when he slid into third base and got hit in the head.We both called for it at the same time, Duvall said. I thought we were going to collide. I didnt take my eye off the ball, but I mightve flinched a little bit. It hit him pretty good. It ended up rolling pretty far.Reed gave up nine hits and seven runs in four innings of his third major league start. Hed expected some rough times as he got accustomed to the majors.I didnt think about it, but I knew it would happen, Reed said. Its a learning curve, nothing I cant handle.Kyle Hendricks (6-6) gave up Duvalls 22nd homer and went 6 2/3 innings, throwing 117 pitches to rest a bullpen worn out from pitching and playing the outfield. He also drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. had solo shots for the Cubs, who hit 10 homers during the series. Baez had three more hits on Wednesday. Rizzos homer gave him a 10-game hitting streak during which hes gone 17 for 36.The Cubs have the major leagues best record at 51-26. Theyre 9-1 against the Reds this season and have won 12 of their last 13 against their NL Central rival.The Cubs 27 runs in the series matched their second-highest total of the season for a three-game stretch.They also turned in more good defensive plays. Right fielder Ben Zobrist threw out Joey Votto at the plate as he tried to score from second on Jay Bruces single in the third.SLAMMEDResearch into Baezs 15th-inning slam found that it was the latest by inning in Cubs history. Also, it was only the third in baseball history to happen in the 15th inning or later. New Yorks Tino Martinez hit one in the 15th in 1996, and Bostons Clyde Vollmer hit one in the 16th inning in 1951, according to STATS information provided by the team. The Cubs hadnt scored five runs so late in a game since 1927.TRAINERS ROOMCubs: Cubs manager Joe Maddon gave LHP Travis Wood the day off after he played left field and pitched in relief Tuesday night.Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips was in the lineup despite getting hit in the ribs and taking a foul off his left ankle Tuesday night. He had a single in four at-bats.UP NEXTCubs: RHP John Lackey (7-4, 3.29 ERA) opens a four-game series at New York against the Mets. Hes coming off his worst outing of the season, when he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings of a loss at Miami last Saturday.Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (3-6, 3.83) opens a four-game series at Washington. He has lost his last two starts, giving up seven earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. The Reds dont play at home again until July 15.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: Domata Peko Jersey . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. 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HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn didnt look pretty in beating Boston University, but after a rough start to the season the Huskies werent looking for style points.Freshman Christian Vital scored 13 points and UConn, down to just eight scholarship players because of injury, held off BU 51-49 on Wednesday night.Kentan Facey added eight points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (3-4), who picked up their first home win in three tries, despite shooting just 32 percent from the field.Eric Fanning led all scorers with 21 points for BU (4-3), which shot 31 percent and was just 3 of 19 from 3-point range.We just needed one stepping stone, and getting this win is hopefully going to lead us on to greater things, said UConn center Amida Brimah, who finished with nine points and three blocked shots.UConn led for more than 27 minutes, but never by more than eight points.A free throw by Jalen Adams made it 51-48 with three seconds left and UConn fouled guard Kyle Foreman in the backcourt with just under two seconds left to prevent the Terriers from attempting a 3-pointer. He missed his second free throw on purpose, but Facey was able to pull down the rebound.The teams combined to hit just 14 of the 54 shots taken in the first half and UConn led 21-17 going into the break.Rodney Purvis hit a shot from behind the arc that began a 9-3 second-half run that put UConn up 44-36, but the Huskies couldnt pull away.Fanning scored the next five points.His layup brought the Terriers to within three points at 46-43, by Tyler Scanlon missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game.I dont care if we win by a point or 15, well take all the wins we can get, Facey said.BU hasnt beaten the Huskies since 1986. UConn leads the series 43-12.THE BIG PICTUREUConn: The Huskies will be short-handed the rest of the season. The team announced Tuesday that freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will miss the rest of the season and freshman forward Mamadou Diarra will redshirt this season to undergo treatment for a painful knee condition known as patellofemoral syndroome. Shaquil Barrett Jersey. UConn already had lost starting swingman Terry Larrier, who tore the ACL his left knee in the Huskies loss to Oklahoma State in Hawaii on Nov. 21.We just have to try and get better, coach Kevin Ollie said. Weve got eight guys and were going to continue playing with those guys. Were not making any excuses. But I was very happy with the win and were finding ways to win.Boston University: BU showed it will struggle when it cant hit from behind the arc. The Terriers came into the game making an average of more than nine 3-pointers per game. They were shooting more than 26 3-pointers a game and were making almost 36 percent of those.I think sometimes we settle for the 3, when there are other things that we are capable of doing that were not doing, said BU coach Joe Jones. Getting the ball inside, driving the ball to the basket more often is some of the things that we are kind of missing in the diversity of how we play.While UConn dresses just eight scholarship players, the Terriers have had 11 players reach double figures this season. They have a streak of 628 games with at least one made 3-pointer.REBOUND TURNAROUNDBU Outrebounded the Huskies 26-16 in the first half. UConn turned that around, grabbing a 26-18 advantage after the break.FAST BROKENOllie wants the Huskies to be a running team. But UConn put up just two fast-break points on Wednesday, despite forcing 16 BU turnovers. Ollie said Adams, who will run the point in Gilberts absence, must do a better job.Jalen has to get the ball and command it, especially when we hold a team to 31 percent we have to get those long rebounds and push it up and down the court, he said.UP NEXTUConn: The Huskies travel to Madison Square Garden on Monday to face an old nemesis in No. 22 Syracuse before visiting Ohio State.BU: The Terriers visit North Carolina State on Saturday, before returning home to play Canisius.----More AP college basketball: and Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '

Strength of schedule is one of the biggest variables in fantasy football, but its one that is utilized significantly more often during the regular season than it is on draft day. Ryan Murray Jersey .Thats especially the case when it comes to factoring in the defenders who each wide receiver will see in coverage. Thanks to a new age of player tracking, we have a better handle than ever before on these wide receiver/cornerback matchups and, with a little leg work, can apply them to season-long fantasy leagues (as opposed to just DFS). Boone Jenner Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, Its another day and here we are looking at another dubious hit to the head. In this case Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky elbowed Saku Koivu in the head about a second after he dished off the puck to a teammate, knocking him unconscious. Jordan Schroeder Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. . A big centre with all the tools to be an elite player, Johansen paced the Blue Jackets with a standout game Saturday night. He had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points as Columbus beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to snap a five-game losing streak.Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher think Manchester Citys title chances may have gone, following the 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham. Manuel Pellegrinis side remain six points behind Leicester and four adrift of both Tottenham and Arsenal - who beat the Premier League leaders in Sundays early kick-off.City have lost two home games to title rivals following the announcement that Pep Guardiola would replace Pellegrini next season, but Sky Sports pundit Henry does not think thats an excuse for their form. And he felt City failed to perform to their potential before Harry Kane scored a controversially-awarded penalty in the 53rd minute at the Etihad.I dont think so, said Henry when asked if City would win the title.This league is so crazy and they could go on a run. I might see you in four weeks and youll tell remind me of what I said four weeks ago, but it looks like its going to be very difficult for them. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed his dismay over referee Mark Clattenburg They went on a run away from home of not winning for six league games [September to December]. That has nothing to do with Pep Guardiola coming. No one knew he was going to come at that time.Today the penalty actually made them play. They started to play at that particular moment.They can only be upset with themselves right there. Yes, the decision wasnt the right decision but they started to play at that particular moment.Its a bit too late - and its nothing to do with Pep Guardiola. Vincent Kompany returned to the Man City team Fellow Sky Sports pundit Carragher agrees Cityy will struggle to catch all three of the sides now above them in the Premier League. Artemi Panarin Jersey. dont think they can, he added.The gap is still six points and it was that before the game, but its the fact two teams have got four points on them and Leicester have got six on them.Its not the biggest gap in the world, but you are looking at three teams to drop points and capitalise.City won the title under Pellegrini in 2014 - but Carragher now feels the team is too old and slow to sustain a title push. Patrick Davison is joined by Niall Quinn at the Etihad Stadium to discuss the biggest talking points in Tottenhams 2-1 win This is a Man City team who have been fantastic over the last four or five years, he said.Last season we said at times it looked like an old team coming to the end of its cycle. Kevin De Bruyne is a massive miss; he provided the energy, assists and goals that they look like they are lacking.This is something weve seen before towards the end of seasons and I dont think its Pellegrini. We saw it at the end of Roberto Mancinis time.Even though they have been a great side they can be lethargic at times, and slow. Tottenham today were quick in their passing and their closing down, everything they did. Get Sky Sports Alerts Breaking news, line ups and goal alerts from your football club - direct to your mobile Also See: Man City 1-2 Tottenham As it happened Kane happy with win Leicester played like champions Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '

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