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It has been a pretty good week for French horseback riders. Ecco Shoes Online Sale . In Rio de Janeiro, Astier Nicolas, Thibaut Vallette, Mathieu Lemoine, and Karim Florent Laghouag collected Olympic gold medals in the team competition of three-day eventing, while Nicolas added a silver medal in the individual event category.Meanwhile, in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, a mini-Olympics of sorts will convene on Saturday at Arlington Park, where the 34th running of the Arlington Million tops a juicy 10-race program. French is very much on the menu.Hot-handed Florent Geroux (from Argentan, in Normandy), Flavien Prat (from Melun, 70 miles east of Paris), and veteran Brice Blanc (from Lyon) each have mounts in the $700,000 Beverly D. at 1-3/16 miles on turf. Advantage Geroux in this one aboard Sea Calisi for Chad Brown and Martin Schwartz, although Pretty Girl and Blanc deserve more than a glance, trained as she is by Mikel Delzangles, who knows how to take his game on the road.Prat would be overlooked in the Beverly D. if it wasnt for the outfit hell be wearing atop the French filly Marypop, trained by Mike Stidham. She is owned by Richard Duchossois, the Arlington Park chairman who first presented the Arlington Million in 1981 and then added the Beverly D. seven years later to honor the memory of his wife. Any jock who wins this race for the boss gets the keys to a couple of cities.Geroux, 30, and Prat, 24, have developed a friendly rivalry that transcends the time zones. They communicate often, trash-texting in French, and keep close track of how the other guy is doing. This season, the answer is theyre doing just fine.Prat leads the Del Mar standings with 20 wins through Wednesdays card. His mount earnings of $6.9 million put him 11th in the national standings, while Geroux is sailing along in fifth with $9.4 million.(It should be mentioned that Julien Leparoux, 33, and the third of the three young French musketeers, sits in ninth with $7.5 million and would have been at Arlington on Saturday had he not fractured his wrist in a fall at Saratoga last Sunday.)In the $450,000 Secretariat, at 1-1/4 miles on grass, Geroux is live once again for Brown with Beach Patrol, while Prat rides Arlington Classic winner Surgical Strike for trainer Ben Colebrook. Last time out, the two colts were third and fifth in the Belmont Derby, separated by half a length.The $300,000 American St. Leger, open to all comers at 1-1/16 miles, is led by Geroux and Da Big Hoss, the winner of the lengthy Belmont Gold Cup. Prat is riding Billabong, a 7-year-old with baffling form that includes his most recent race in Qatar, in February, for trainer Pascal Bary. It was Bary who put the 16-year-old Prat on a ton of winners in France as an apprentice, however, so perhaps there will be some magic at work for their reunion.Finally, it will be no surprise that Geroux is in with a big chance in the Million itself. He won the race last year aboard The Pizza Man -- who is back to defend under Mike Smith -- but now goes for two straight aboard World Approval for Mark Casse. World Approval won the American Derby over the course last year and most recently took the United Nations at Monmouth Park.With John Velazquez otherwise occupied at Saratoga, Prat has picked up the ride on Man o War Stakes winner Wake Forest in the Million. If things turn out well, someone might want to mark the day since this will be Prats first ride for Brown.Ive been impressed with his riding from afar, particularly on the turf, Brown said. And he was available.Which doesnt always happen when a jock is leading a meet. For Brown, Prat and agent Derek Lawson were quick to save the date.As of Thursday morning, Prat had yet to knuckle down and study the form of Wake Forest, a German-bred 6-year-old who split the field in last years Million for Andreas Wohler and was then sent to Brown. In addition to his win for Brown in the Man o War on very firm turf, Wake Forest was second in the Pan American and third in the United Nations. Wake Forest is in stall 10 of 13 entered, just inside of World Approval and the likely favorite, Godolphin Racings Tryster.The horse is pretty straightforward, so I wont tell Flavien too much, Brown said of Wake Forest. Just try to work out a good trip from a challenging post.Prat missed a chance to make his debut on the big stage last fall at the Breeders Cup while recovering from fractured vertebrae. He rode Hoppertunity to a solid third-place finish for Bob Baffert in the Dubai World Cup in March, and it appears as if he will be riding Dortmund for Baffert against California Chrome and Beholder in next weeks Pacific Classic.Its what we are looking for, to ride for the big trainers, Prat said. You dont want to feel pressure, no matter who you ride for. But it is exciting, and it is an honor to ride for Chad Brown. I hope we do well.Like Rick said to Louis Renault in foggy Casablanca, it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Ecco Shoes Sale Outlet . Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night. Discount Ecco Shoes Online . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. http://www.wholesaleecco.com/ . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration.NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will try to wrap up a deal Monday allowing NHL players to compete in the Sochi Olympics. He says the league will meet in New York with the players association, the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. Bettman spoke Thursday after a session with the Board of Governors. Ecco Shoes Clearance Sale. He says the board has given him the authority to finish the deal. Bettman said "thats something we will try and conclude an agreement with." Having the NHL players compete in the games would mean a break in next years NHL regular season of about two weeks in February. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' ' 
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Scarpe Scontate Nike . -- Dedric Lawson and Craig Randall scored 21 points each for Memphis in a 99-86 victory over Savannah State on Saturday.Lawson also grabbed 10 rebounds for his 20th double-double. K.J. Lawson, Dedrics older brother, and Markel Crawford added 14 points each.Savannah State (1-3) threw up 48 3-point attempts. They made 16, matching their nationally leading average. Memphis (3-0) attempted 29 from the arc, making just seven, but dominated in the paint, outscoring Savannah State 54-22.Casey Well, 8 of 13 from the arc, led Savannah State with 24 points. Dexter McClanahan added 16.Savannah State virtually matched its average of 85.3 points per game, though it came in giving up an NCAA-worst average of 107.3.Memphis built an 18-point lead by the 12:42 mark of the second half. Savannah State cut it to nine before being outscored 10-2 in the four-minute span to trail by 17 with a minute to go. Scarpe Nike Italia . 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. Scarpe Online Uomo Scontate . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. http://www.scontatescarpe.it/ . Miller reached right to deflect Mikhail Grabovskis attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation, and then made two more saves in the shootout Sunday to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Whether Travis Cloke plays for Collingwood against Carlton this weekend or not has been a major AFL talking point all week and the Blues have two plans for the Pies - one with Cloke, one without.Brendon Boltons men take on Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday night and will be looking for their first clean sweep of the Pies since the 2012 season.In-form defender Sam Docherty says his teammates have studied their round-seven win over Collingwood, but that Nathan Buckleys side are a different proposition now.Cloke, who is in danger of being dropped for a third time this season, didnt play in that game and Docherty admitted he was unsure if he would line up for the Pies this time around.You plan for both ... it is a bit of a mystery whether he plays or whether they go for a bit of a different mix, Docherty said.Weve just got to plan for all outcomes and as it gets closer, well really nut down to whos playing and how we can defeat them.On the injury front, skipper Marc Murphyy is still three weeks away from an AFL return, with his ankle injury healing slower than expected. Scarpe Nike Scontate. urphy strained ligaments in his right ankle early in the Blues round-10 upset win over Geelong and it was initially hoped he would miss two to three weeks.But the club confirmed this week that he will miss another three games, which would put him in the frame to return in round 18 against Sydney at ANZ Stadium.Murphs still out with his ankle ... hes progressing OK, a little bit slow, but hes still another three weeks away before hes ready to go, football chief Andrew McKay told the clubs website.Carlton will also be without Dennis Armfield for another two weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a ruptured testicle.Irishman Ciaran Sheehans run of bad luck continued with hamstring surgery ruling him out for the rest of the season. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' ' 
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GENEVA -- Michel Platini plans to speak at the UEFA presidential election to replace him next week, despite his current FIFA ban from soccer politics. Montee Ball Jersey .A spokesman for his Paris-based lawyers said Wednesday that Platini had been invited to the Sept. 14 meeting in Athens by UEFA, and wanted to address delegates as part of a handover of the final two and a half years of his presidential mandate.However, it is unclear if Platini is allowed to attend under the terms of his four-year ban for conflict of interest, over a $2 million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA.A spokesman for FIFAs judging chamber said: This would have to be decided by Mr (Hans-Joachim) Eckert as chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. However, so far, he has not yet received a respective request by UEFA.UEFA also invited its outgoing president to European Championship matches in June and July since his final appeal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed to overturn the ban.Platini did not attend any Euro 2016 games in his native France despite FIFA ethics committee advice that he could go to stadiums but not discuss business with former colleagues.The election is a head-to-head between UEFA vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Slovenian soccer federation leader Aleksander Ceferin. Angel Maria Villar of Spain withdrew from the race on Tuesday.England backed Van Praag on Wednesday, though it is a rare public endorsement for the 68-year-old former Ajax club president compared to public pledges for Ceferin among the 55 UEFA members.English Football Association vice chairman David Gill said Wednesday that Van Praag would be able to provide the strong and credible leadership European football requires at a crucial moment for the global game.Van Praag is the right choice to bring all aspects of the European game closer together, said Gill, who is also a UEFA vice president.France and Germany have backed Ceferin, who was little known before the campaign but has also attracted support in eastern Europe and Scandinavia.Polands federation -- led by Zbigniew Boniek, a former teammate of Platini at Juventus -- also came out for Ceferin on Wednesday.Tensions between the two candidates have risen ahead of attending meetings on Thursday with voters in Copenhagen.Responding to a Norwegian magazines investigation into Ceferins alleged alliance with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Van Praag wrote on Twitter that UEFA did not need a power hungry politician.Denmarks federation, which hosts the candidates on Thursday, had welcomed Ceferins candidacy in June in a joint letter with regional neighbors Sweden, Finland and Norway. The four nations are also preparing a co-hosting bid for the 2024 European Championship.Still, the Danish federation and national league made a joint statement Wednesday that they also want to discuss UEFAs recently agreed changes to the Champions League for the 2018-21 seasons.The deal guarantees more entries and tens of millions of dollars in prize money to clubs from the top four-ranked leagues -- currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy -- at the expense of mid-ranked countries like Denmark.The Danish soccer bodies said they shared great dissatisfaction with the process.The process was wrong, the result is wrong, Danish league CEO Claus Thomsen said. A fundamental change of the format has been rushed through UEFA and the ECA (European Club Association) even though a new UEFA President will be elected in a weeks time and even though there are no publicly elected leadership in UEFA.Van Praag and Ceferin both say they oppose Europes top clubs breaking away to form a Super League. However, Danish officials say they fear a de facto Super League created within UEFA in partnership with elite clubs.Influential clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid, were seen to have exploited the absence of Platini, the UEFA president since 2007, to pressure the European soccer body this year for a more favorable deal.---AP Sports Writers Rob Harris in London and Samuel Petrequin in Paris contributed to this report Donta Hightower Jersey . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. Patrick Chung Jersey . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which is off to its best ever start. http://www.patriotsauthenticshop.com/Patriots-Kyle-Van-Noy-Draft-Jersey/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets signed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on Thursday to add depth to their receiving corps. Massaquoi was cut by Jacksonville on Monday after signing a two-year deal in April. He had two catches for 15 yards in the Jaguars preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday night. "A tough guy who has been in this system just a little bit," offensive co-ordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "I think hes quite familiar with at least some of our terminology, so that will be a good thing for him. So theres a lot of things. Were (also) nicked up just a little bit at that spot." The Jets also waived wide receiver Titus Ryan and tight end Mike Shanahan on Thursday. Massaquoi was drafted by Cleveland in the seconnd round out of Georgia in 2009. Jeremy Hill Jersey. Massaquoi had 118 catches for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the Browns. The signing by the Jets on Thursday comes as Braylon Edwards has sat out of practice all week because of a leg injury. Coach Rex Ryan wouldnt rule out Edwards against the Giants, but said the signing of Massaquoi adds competition to the position. "Its not a traditional signing at this stage of the game because youre getting a veteran player, the fact (that) hes had his moments in this league," Ryan said. "He is a good player, and kind of reminds me of Jerricho Cotchery. When he came out, he was a tremendous person and a good football player. Hopefully well see that from him here." 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GENEVA -- Michel Platini plans to speak at the UEFA presidential election to replace him next week, despite his current FIFA ban from soccer politics. Montee Ball Jersey .A spokesman for his Paris-based lawyers said Wednesday that Platini had been invited to the Sept. 14 meeting in Athens by UEFA, and wanted to address delegates as part of a handover of the final two and a half years of his presidential mandate.However, it is unclear if Platini is allowed to attend under the terms of his four-year ban for conflict of interest, over a $2 million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA.A spokesman for FIFAs judging chamber said: This would have to be decided by Mr (Hans-Joachim) Eckert as chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. However, so far, he has not yet received a respective request by UEFA.UEFA also invited its outgoing president to European Championship matches in June and July since his final appeal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed to overturn the ban.Platini did not attend any Euro 2016 games in his native France despite FIFA ethics committee advice that he could go to stadiums but not discuss business with former colleagues.The election is a head-to-head between UEFA vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Slovenian soccer federation leader Aleksander Ceferin. Angel Maria Villar of Spain withdrew from the race on Tuesday.England backed Van Praag on Wednesday, though it is a rare public endorsement for the 68-year-old former Ajax club president compared to public pledges for Ceferin among the 55 UEFA members.English Football Association vice chairman David Gill said Wednesday that Van Praag would be able to provide the strong and credible leadership European football requires at a crucial moment for the global game.Van Praag is the right choice to bring all aspects of the European game closer together, said Gill, who is also a UEFA vice president.France and Germany have backed Ceferin, who was little known before the campaign but has also attracted support in eastern Europe and Scandinavia.Polands federation -- led by Zbigniew Boniek, a former teammate of Platini at Juventus -- also came out for Ceferin on Wednesday.Tensions between the two candidates have risen ahead of attending meetings on Thursday with voters in Copenhagen.Responding to a Norwegian magazines investigation into Ceferins alleged alliance with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Van Praag wrote on Twitter that UEFA did not need a power hungry politician.Denmarks federation, which hosts the candidates on Thursday, had welcomed Ceferins candidacy in June in a joint letter with regional neighbors Sweden, Finland and Norway. The four nations are also preparing a co-hosting bid for the 2024 European Championship.Still, the Danish federation and national league made a joint statement Wednesday that they also want to discuss UEFAs recently agreed changes to the Champions League for the 2018-21 seasons.The deal guarantees more entries and tens of millions of dollars in prize money to clubs from the top four-ranked leagues -- currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy -- at the expense of mid-ranked countries like Denmark.The Danish soccer bodies said they shared great dissatisfaction with the process.The process was wrong, the result is wrong, Danish league CEO Claus Thomsen said. A fundamental change of the format has been rushed through UEFA and the ECA (European Club Association) even though a new UEFA President will be elected in a weeks time and even though there are no publicly elected leadership in UEFA.Van Praag and Ceferin both say they oppose Europes top clubs breaking away to form a Super League. However, Danish officials say they fear a de facto Super League created within UEFA in partnership with elite clubs.Influential clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid, were seen to have exploited the absence of Platini, the UEFA president since 2007, to pressure the European soccer body this year for a more favorable deal.---AP Sports Writers Rob Harris in London and Samuel Petrequin in Paris contributed to this report Donta Hightower Jersey . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. Patrick Chung Jersey . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which is off to its best ever start. http://www.patriotsauthenticshop.com/Patriots-Kyle-Van-Noy-Draft-Jersey/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets signed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on Thursday to add depth to their receiving corps. Massaquoi was cut by Jacksonville on Monday after signing a two-year deal in April. He had two catches for 15 yards in the Jaguars preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday night. "A tough guy who has been in this system just a little bit," offensive co-ordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "I think hes quite familiar with at least some of our terminology, so that will be a good thing for him. So theres a lot of things. Were (also) nicked up just a little bit at that spot." The Jets also waived wide receiver Titus Ryan and tight end Mike Shanahan on Thursday. Massaquoi was drafted by Cleveland in the seconnd round out of Georgia in 2009. Jeremy Hill Jersey. Massaquoi had 118 catches for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the Browns. The signing by the Jets on Thursday comes as Braylon Edwards has sat out of practice all week because of a leg injury. Coach Rex Ryan wouldnt rule out Edwards against the Giants, but said the signing of Massaquoi adds competition to the position. "Its not a traditional signing at this stage of the game because youre getting a veteran player, the fact (that) hes had his moments in this league," Ryan said. "He is a good player, and kind of reminds me of Jerricho Cotchery. When he came out, he was a tremendous person and a good football player. Hopefully well see that from him here." 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Premier League referees Martin Atkinson, Mark Clattenburg and Anthony Taylor were unavailable for selection at the weekend as they attended a Euro 2016 pre-tournament workshop in Paris. Franck Kessie Jersey . During their absence their were a number of controversial decisions with referee Jon Moss making the headlines following his decision to send off Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in the 2-2 draw with West Ham.Moss also awarded Leicester a last-gasp penalty which prompted Hammers striker Andy Carroll to accuse the official of trying to even it up. Jamie Vardy reacts after being sent off Jonathan Moss The Yorkshire-based official is expected to continue as referee for Arsenals match with West Brom on Thursday and will be on duty as fourth official for Saturdays FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.Over the next four days in France the referee teams will train together, undertake fitness tests and review the application of technical instructions for the final tournament.Twelve Premier League officials in total will feature in the Euros; Clattenburg and Atkinson as referees, while Taylor will feature as an assistant referee.In total 112 match officials are at the four-day workshop, at the referees tournament headquarters at the Hôtel du Lac, in Enghien-Les-Bains.  A total of 94 will then return to France on 6 June for the tournament itself.Sky Sports understands the English referees will be back in time to officiate Premier League matches next weekend. Also See: Ref watch: Moss wrong on pen Vardy charged by FA Carroll: Penalty was harsh Bilic sympathises with ref Gabriel Jersey . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. AC Milan Jerseys . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. Forward Eduardo gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable in the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield. http://www.authenticshopacmilan.com/c-52-matteo-gabbia-ac-milan-fc-jersey.aspx . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have picked up needed depth at catcher after acquiring Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno on Monday at the start of the general manager meetings.First and foremost, Carlos brings us a veteran presence with outstanding leadership qualities and a winning pedigree, Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. His combination of strong on-base skills, situational awareness and game-calling ability are a welcome addition to the Mariners.As part of the trade, the Mariners exercised the option on Ruiz for the 2017 season worth $4.5 million.The acquisition of Ruiz fills an immediate need for Seattle after the Mariners declined the option on Chris Iannetta for 2017. Ruiz, who will turn 38 before the start of next season, hit .264 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 62 games last season with the Phillies and Dodgers. Jose Sosa Jersey. Ruiz was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in August.Ruiz also gives Seattle three options behind the plate heading into spring training along with Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre. Zunino started last season at Triple-A but became Seattles primary catcher for the second half of the season, appearing in 53 of the final 67 games of the season. Zunino hit .207 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI.Nuno appeared in a career-high 55 games last season for Seattle, with one start, and was 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA. Nuno has been used as both a starter and reliever in his time with the Mariners. Nuno was acquired from Arizona during the 2015 season and has appeared in 126 career games with 42 starts. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' ' 
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Premier League referees Martin Atkinson, Mark Clattenburg and Anthony Taylor were unavailable for selection at the weekend as they attended a Euro 2016 pre-tournament workshop in Paris. Franck Kessie Jersey . During their absence their were a number of controversial decisions with referee Jon Moss making the headlines following his decision to send off Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in the 2-2 draw with West Ham.Moss also awarded Leicester a last-gasp penalty which prompted Hammers striker Andy Carroll to accuse the official of trying to even it up. Jamie Vardy reacts after being sent off Jonathan Moss The Yorkshire-based official is expected to continue as referee for Arsenals match with West Brom on Thursday and will be on duty as fourth official for Saturdays FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.Over the next four days in France the referee teams will train together, undertake fitness tests and review the application of technical instructions for the final tournament.Twelve Premier League officials in total will feature in the Euros; Clattenburg and Atkinson as referees, while Taylor will feature as an assistant referee.In total 112 match officials are at the four-day workshop, at the referees tournament headquarters at the Hôtel du Lac, in Enghien-Les-Bains.  A total of 94 will then return to France on 6 June for the tournament itself.Sky Sports understands the English referees will be back in time to officiate Premier League matches next weekend. Also See: Ref watch: Moss wrong on pen Vardy charged by FA Carroll: Penalty was harsh Bilic sympathises with ref Gabriel Jersey . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. AC Milan Jerseys . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. Forward Eduardo gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable in the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield. http://www.authenticshopacmilan.com/c-52-matteo-gabbia-ac-milan-fc-jersey.aspx . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have picked up needed depth at catcher after acquiring Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno on Monday at the start of the general manager meetings.First and foremost, Carlos brings us a veteran presence with outstanding leadership qualities and a winning pedigree, Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. His combination of strong on-base skills, situational awareness and game-calling ability are a welcome addition to the Mariners.As part of the trade, the Mariners exercised the option on Ruiz for the 2017 season worth $4.5 million.The acquisition of Ruiz fills an immediate need for Seattle after the Mariners declined the option on Chris Iannetta for 2017. Ruiz, who will turn 38 before the start of next season, hit .264 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 62 games last season with the Phillies and Dodgers. Jose Sosa Jersey. Ruiz was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in August.Ruiz also gives Seattle three options behind the plate heading into spring training along with Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre. Zunino started last season at Triple-A but became Seattles primary catcher for the second half of the season, appearing in 53 of the final 67 games of the season. Zunino hit .207 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI.Nuno appeared in a career-high 55 games last season for Seattle, with one start, and was 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA. Nuno has been used as both a starter and reliever in his time with the Mariners. Nuno was acquired from Arizona during the 2015 season and has appeared in 126 career games with 42 starts. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' ' 
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STEAM CORNERS, OHIO -- Road racing has become the bread and butter of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the open-wheelers headline one of Americas top summer road racing festivals this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Josh Donaldson Jersey .?The Honda Indy 200 weekend features not only the IndyCar Series, but the full Mazda Road to Indy lineup as well as multiple classes in the Pirelli World Challenge, creating three days of dawn-to-dusk action.?While oval tracks like Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway struggled to fill the seats this summer, business was booming for IndyCar in June on its return to the Road America road course in Wisconsin after a nine-year absence. The Honda Indy Toronto also demonstrated a substantial increase in attendance this year as well, and Long Beach, St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park continue to perform well for IndyCar at the gate.?Boosted by the presence of the Columbus-based Truesports team and driver Bobby Rahal, open-wheel racing built a substantial crowd base in Ohio when the CART-sanctioned IndyCar Series raced there from 1983-2003. After dropping off the calendar in the latter years of the IndyCar split, Mid-Ohios crowds have grown every year since 2007, the year the modern IndyCar Series made its debut on the 2.38-mile road course located -- logically enough -- midway between Columbus and Cleveland.?The IndyCar event, known as the Honda Indy 200, succeeds almost in spite of itself. Mid-Ohio was built in the early 1960s, updated and expanded in the early 80s, and it is still state-of-the-art 1983. Thats part of its charm, but its also frustrating to think just how much potential the venue would have if track owners Kevin Savoree and Kim Green would make the same kind of investment that has resulted in Road America maintaining its old-fashioned allure while providing modern amenities to spectators and competitors.?At Mid-Ohio, its the facility itself that continues to draw people. The hilly, wooded terrain is perfect for camping and hiking, and the race track that winds through the land is a gem for spectators, compact enough to walk most of a lap and watch from almost all of the 14 corners in an hour.?Its a favorite among drivers too. Youll often hear words like technical, challenging, and physically demanding come up in discussion.?The corners range from the 50-mph hairpin known as the Keyhole to the fearsome Turn 1, an off-camber, 90-degree left-hander taken flat in fifth gear more than 100 mph faster. Theres hard braking into the Keyhole and the unique banked Esses, and many good qualifying efforts have been thrown away when a driver failed to properly negotiate the Carousel that ends the lap.?Its a course that really has a bit of everything, observed Chip Ganassi Racings Charlie Kimball, who earned his only Indy car win with a dominant drive in 2013. Tight corners, flowing corners, elevation changes -- it can be challenging, for sure.?More than any other team, Ganassi Racing has gotten a handle on Mid-Ohio and its quirks. Ganassi drivers have won six of the last seven Indy car races at Mid-Ohio, with a total of 10 wins since 1996.?Four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon is responsible for half of those victories, taking the honors in 2007, 09, 11, 12 and 14. There have been times when the New Zealander has been simply peerless, such as in 2009 when he won by nearly 30 seconds.?Dixon arrives at Mid-Ohio this year not only needing a win to get back into championship contention (hes fourth in the IndyCar Series standings, 83 points behind leader Simon Pagenaud) but also to gain some momentum and positive attention for Ganassi in the wake of this weeks news that longtime sponsor Target Stores is ending its support of the team at the end of the 2016 season after 27 years. ?Dixon was unofficially fastest in a recent open test at Mid-Ohio, reported lapping about 0.1 second under his track record of 1:04.55.?Its a place that we always feel that all four of our teams will have a shot at winning, and there arent many tracks out there where your confidence level is that high as a team, Dixon stated. We always have a stable platform to work with at Mid-Ohio and its a track that really feels like home.?Mid-Ohio truly is a home track for Graham Rahal, who despite no longer living in greater Columbus, has taken on his fathers mantle as the local favorite.?Graham Rahals victory at Mid-Ohio in 2015 was one of the most popular wins in recent memory, and he made it even more special to the partisan crowd by wearing a helmet designed to look like an Ohio State Buckeyes football helmet.?This year, Rahal has refined the design, adding additional buckeye stickers to signify the five podium finishes he achieved in the last year -- and a few grass stains too. Hell also wear a firesuit that incorporates Steak n Shake branding into an OSU football uniform theme.?To win at Mid-Ohio is a career accomplishment that I will never forget or take for granted, Rahal remarked. The way it all came together last year, every aspect of it, made it perfect for me.?Other drivers to watch this weekend include points leader Pagenaud, who has seen his margin shrink to 47 points over Will Power. Helio Castroneves is 74 points back as Team Penske drivers hold down positions 1-2-3 in the IndyCar Series championship standings.?Pagenaud was pleased with his recent Mid-Ohio test program, declaring Were ready to go.?Castroneves owns two Mid-Ohio wins, but they came back in 2000 and 01 in the CART-sanctioned Indy car series. Team Penskes fourth driver Juan Montoya won at Mid-Ohio for Ganassi Racing in 1999.?Surprisingly, Power has never won at a track that would seem to suit him. Hes earned multiple poles and led many laps, but never bettered a second place finish.?Weve built a lot of momentum in the middle part of the season and well look to keep it going at Mid-Ohio, Power said. Weve gotten ourselves into the championship fight, but its still a little early to be counting points. We just need to keep doing what we have been and let the points manage themselves.?It is not a track that Ive won at before, so this would be a great time to do that, he added. But well need to work hard to accomplish that. Marcus Stroman Jersey . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Custom Toronto Blue Jays Jerseys . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. http://www.authenticbluejaysgear.com/blue-jays-yangervis-solarte-jersey/ . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. CONCORD, N.C. -- Rain has washed out all NASCAR activity at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including Friday nights Xfinity Series race.Both Sprint Cup practice sessions scheduled for Friday were canceled because of steady rain from Hurricane Matthew. The rain is expected to last into Saturday, so NASCAR rescheduled the Xfinity race for Sunday morning.The Sprint Cup race is still scheduled for Saturday niight. Randal Grichuk Jersey. It is the opening race of the second round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Kevin Harvick will start from the pole.---This story has been corrected to show its the opening race of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. 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The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Robert-Golden-Jersey/ . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Dan-Mccullers-Jersey/ . Darren Helm scored on Detroits sixth attempt in the shootout and then Jonas Gustavsson stopped Andrew Shaws shot, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. A week ago, Chapecoense striker Tiaguinho was jumping for joy after finding out that he was going to be a father for the first time.On Tuesday, he was among the Chapecoense players believed to have been killed when the plane carrying the Brazilian club to the biggest game of its history crashed in Colombia.The 22-year-old Tiaguinho got the news that his wife, Graziele, was expecting their child when his teammates delivered a package at the teams hotel with a note from his wife and little baby shoes.After the crash, the video of the young player celebrating and being embraced by his teammates went viral on social media.Only three Chapecoense players are believed to have survived the crash -- left back Alan Ruschel, defender Helio Neto Zampier and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follmann.Several players did not make the trip, either because of injuries or because they had not been playing recently. Among the injured were Argentine forward Alejandro Martinuccio and rising star Hyoran, who recently reached a deal to play for Brazilian champion Palmeiras in the beginning of next year.The 25-year-old son of Chapecoense coach Caio Junior, Matheus Saroli, didnt travel because he found out at the airport that he had forgotten his passport.Chapeco Mayor Luciano Buligon also was expected to be on the plane, but he didnt make the flight because of a last-minute meeting scheduled before the trip.Here is a look at some of Chapecoenses players and officials who weres traveling to Colombia for the first leg of the final against Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana, the equivalent of UEFAs Europa League:---CAIO JUNIORPosition: CoachAge: 51History: A former player, Caio Junior had said this week that without a doubt he was enjoying the best moment of his career. He had previously coached some of Brazils top teams, including Flamengo, Botafogo and Palmeiras, but it was with Chapecoense that he finally received the credit that he felt he deserved. He also successfully coached in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.---ANDERSON PAIXAOPosition: Physical trainerAge: 37History: He is the son of Paulo Paixao, who was the physical trainer of Brazils national team when it won the 2002 World Cup under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. In addition to working at Chapecoense, he was also a member of the Brazilian national team. Local media said one of Anderson Paixaos sons turned 9 years old on Tuesday. Paulo Paixao had already lost a 25-year-old son because of heart failure in 2002.---TIAGUINHOPosition: StrikerAge: 22History: The speedy forward scored the teams last goal before the trip to Colombia, a powerful left-footed shot that gave his team a 2-0 win over Sao Paulo in the Brazilian league. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Vince-Williams-Jersey/. Tiaguinho found out a week ago that he was going to be a father for the first time.---CLEBER SANTANAPosition: MidfielderAge: 35History: The team captain, Santana was one of the most experienced members of the squad, having played in some of the countrys top teams including Sao Paulo, Santos and Flamengo. After succeeding in Brazil, he was signed by Atletico Madrid and stayed with the Spanish club from 2007-10. He also played briefly in Japan earlier in his career. Santana had been with Chapecoense since 2015.---BRUNO RANGELPosition: StrikerAge: 34History: An idol in Chapeco, Rangel was the teams all-time top scorer with 81 goals, including a club best 10 goals from this years Brazilian league. He arrived at Chapecoense in 2013 and immediately led the club to the top flight as the leading scorer in the second division with a record 31 goals. The success led to a move to Qatari club Al-Arabi, but he returned to Chapecoense in 2014, becoming crucial to the teams successful campaigns recently.---DANILOPosition: GoalkeeperAge: 31History: Danilo became a hero after his last-minute save secured a 0-0 draw against Argentinas San Lorenzo in the second leg of the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana last week, a result that led the club to the final against Atletico Nacional. He became an instant sensation thanks to the decisive stop and was invited to television shows across the country. He was among the players rescued from the crash but later died from his injuries.---EVERTON KEMPESPosition: ForwardAge: 34History: The veteran player was one of the teams leading scorers in this years Brazilian league with nine goals, one less than Bruno Rangel. After arriving at the beginning of the season, he became a key figure in Chapecoenses attack.---ANANIASPosition: ForwardAge: 27History: Ananias was a guaranteed starter for Chapecoense, but was better known for having spoiled Palmeiras party when it inaugurated its new stadium a few years ago. He scored the first goal at the venue, leading Sport -- his team at the time -- to a stunning 2-0 win.---FILIPE MACHADOPosition: DefenderAge: 32History: The defender was one of Chapecoenses players with the most experience internationally after playing for small clubs in Spain, Italy and Russia. He filmed a video from inside the plane just before the team started the trip to Colombia.---JOSIMARPosition: MidfielderAge: 30History: A leader of the team in midfield, Josimar was one of the clubs most experienced players after stints with top teams such as Palmeiras and Internacional. 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Game starts 8:30 p.m.- DENVER -- For a difference-making hour Sunday night that the Kansas City Chiefs hope will propel them into the playoffs, quarterback Alex Smith looked more like a playmaker than a caretaker.- DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins are on the verge of their longest winning streak since 1985, allowing the team to accomplish one goal already -- playing meaningful games in December.- ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders are assured a winning record for the first time since 2002. But coach Jack Del Rio knows theres much more this team is capable of after a 9-2 start.- CLEVELAND -- Browns coach Hue Jackson nearly broke down following this latest defeat, his teams 12th straight. 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Game starts 7 p.m.- MOSCOW -- An Olympic ice-dancing gold medalist and her partner dress in concentration camp uniforms for a routine on a popular Russian TV show, drawing an indignant response on social media.- ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- After getting the better of Lewis Hamilton and winning his first Formula One title, Nico Rosberg has the chance to really show what he can do in the next couple of seasons. Willian Jersey . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. David Luiz Jersey . 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Australian cyclings flagship track program faces a searching review after Great Britain dominated for the third-straight Olympics. Discount Air Max 90 .Gold medals to Laura Trott and her fiance Jason Kenny on Tuesday capped the British command performance at the Rio Velodrome.They won six gold medals - no other nation will take home more than one.Annette Edmondson fell out of medal contention in the omnium and Matthew Glaetzer did not reach the keirin final.That left Australia with only a silver and a bronze - just ahead of Anna Meares solitary silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.Australia came to Rio with realistic expectations of two or three gold on the track.There are strong medal contenders in BMX, which starts on Wednesday, but the discipline is notoriously unpredictable.Its not the week wed been aiming for, thats for sure, cycling team leader Kevin Tabotta said of the Australian track results.Well look at the good, bad ugly and what could we do different. Clearly one nation has got it more right than any other.While crashes and other misfortune have plagued Australian cyclings Rio campaign, Tabotta said there were no excuses.He noted that there were improvements on the track from the March world championships to Rio.But you need to be able to shift at a rate thats better than any other nation and for the most part we shifted with every other nation, he said.Clearly one nation moved ahead of the rest and made some pretty significant gains in a short period and we werent able to match that.Tabotta was adamant that Australian cyclings best athletes and coaches were in the Rio team.Our athletes are busting their backsides to be at the top level and so what we need to do is look a little bit deeper as to why we havent moved from March to August at the same rate, particularly as Great Britain, he said.On Tuesday, Edmondson won the 500m time trial and was second in the flying lap.That put her within four points of the silver medal.But she faded dramatically in the last event, the 25km points race, as Trott easily defended her Olympic title.She now has four Olympic medals, the most by a British woman.Glaetzer finished fourth in his second-round heat, also putting him out of the keirin medals.There were two re-starts in the keirin final before Kenny won his third gold medal in Rio and the sixth of his career.German Kristina Vogel defied the British domination to win an emotional sprint gold medal.She beat Katy Marchant in the semi-finals and then downed fellow British rider Rebecca James, the fastest qualifier, for the gold medal.Vogel beat James two heats to nil despite her saddle breaking in the home straight of the second heat. 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It is shorthand for Philadelphia as much as the Liberty Bell or Benjamin Franklin.Anytime we are speaking to overseas visitors ... the conversation always turns, at some point, to `Rocky, said Julie Coker Graham, president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. They ask, `Have you met Rocky? A lot of them think its an actual, real-life person.On the films 40th anniversary, a few reasons for its enduring legacy:---LOVABLE UNDERDOGWritten by Stallone in three days, fans fell hard for the ballad of Rocky Balboa. For the uninitiated (SPOILER ALERT): The small-time boxer from the heavily Italian neighborhood of South Philly stumbles into a bout with the heavyweight champion of the world, Apollo Creed, fighting in the city to celebrate Americas bicentennial. To get him into fighting shape, Rocky (played by Stallone) is trained by the peppery Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), whose many one-liners make him a frequent scene stealer. Rocky also finds love in the film with sheepish neighborhood pet store clerk, Adrian (Talia Shire). Though he ultimately loses the fight, Rocky proves himself and wins Adrians heart, making him the winner of much more than a title.The film itself was a long shot, made on a budget of only $1 million and shot in 28 days, with a largely unknown cast, including Stallone himself. And it was shot in working-class Philadelphia, a city that -- despite its roots as the crucible of freedom -- had long had a chip on its shoulder as second-tier as compared to more cultured East Coast metropolises like New York and Boston. (It is worth noting that the film had its premiere in New York.)---CHEERS FOR ROCKYWhat the movie lacked in beauty, it made up for in heart, something that resonated with audiences worldwide. The film was the highest-grossing of the year, earning $117 million at the North American box office and another $107 million overseas. Rocky received 10 Oscar nominations in nine categories at the Academy Awards, winning three: best picture, best director (John G. Air Max 90 Cheap Wholesale. . Avildsen) and best film editing. Stallone, Burgess and Shire were all nominated in acting categories, and Stallone was nominated for his screenplay.Rocky is preserved in the Library of Congress National Film Registry as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. It was also ranked one of the greatest sports films ever made and is the second-best film about boxing behind Raging Bull, according to the American Film Institute.---GONNA FLY NOWThe score for Rocky, which was also nominated for an Oscar, was penned by Bill Conti. The main song, Gonna Fly Now, was originally intended as filler for the training sequence marking Rockys journey from amateur to contender. The opening fanfare is among the most recognizable in American culture, and the soaring melody that plays on the melancholic theme woven throughout the movie is the backdrop to Rocky doing impressive one-armed pushups, punching meat in his girlfriends brothers butcher shop and running through Philadelphias Italian Market, along the Schuylkill River and past the shipyards.Conti went on to win an Oscar for his score to 1983s The Right Stuff and made music recognizable to millions in theme songs to Dynasty and Falcon Crest.---THE ROCKY STEPS AND STATUEThe montage climaxes in one of the films most memorable scenes, as Rocky bounds up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, raising his arms in triumph. Four decades later, the run and pose atop the steps are re-created daily in Philadelphia, mostly by tourists. In 1982, a statue of Rocky commissioned by Stallone for Rocky III was placed in the spot where he stood in the original film. Its current home is just to the right of the steps and is a selfie stop for visitors.---ROCKYS NEXT CHAPTERThe original movie was followed by six sequels. In 2015, Rocky was reborn in Creed, the story of Adonis Creed, the son of his nemesis-turned-best friend, Apollo. An aging and dying Rocky trains Adonis for a brawl not unlike the grizzled boxers first fight nearly two generations earlier. The New York Times reviewed it as a dandy piece of entertainment, soothingly old-fashioned and bracingly up-to-date. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' ' 
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