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12/06/18

FRANKFURT, Germany — Germany began an 11-day training camp in northern Italy on Wednesday with injury worries clouding the mood of the team shortly before the World Cup. Bobby Hebert Jersey . Several key players, including captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, are carrying injuries into the camp in St. Leonhard, in the German speaking Alto Adige region. Lahm and Neuer will join the rest of the team later. Defender Per Mertesacker delayed his arrival by a day because of the birth of his second child. Another star, Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, will not join the squad until after the Champions League final on Saturday. Germany coach Joachim Loews camp will eventually include 27 players. The squad will return to Germany for a friendly against Cameroon on June 1, after which Loew will announce his final 23-man squad. Germany also plays Armenia on June 6, one day before departing for Brazil. The Germans open their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 16 in Salvador, then play Ghana on June 21 in Fortaleza and conclude the group stage against the United States on June 26 in Recife. Loew said earlier this week that he was optimistic about Lahm and Neuer recovering for the World Cup. “But its good and important to have them with us in South Tirol from the start, even if they cant practice,” Loew said. His players, however, decided to extend their break. While the remaining squad flew to Italy, Bayern Munichs players arrived by car — minus Lahm and Neuer. While Lahm was expected to show up on Friday, Neuer was “day-by-day,” but still expected to arrive at some point, team spokesman Jens Grittner said. The decision for them to stay in Munich was reached mutually by Loew and team doctors, Grittner said. Lahm, nominally a defender, can also play in midfield, a role he has executed well at Bayern Munich. He injured his left ankle in the German Cup final on Saturday, when Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0. Doctors said he would not be able to train for up to seven days and Lahm said Wednesday he would stay home until Friday, while stressing that he would be ready for the World Cup. “I need to rest a few days but I will be top fit by the World Cup,” Lahm told Bild newspaper in comments also published on the federations site. Lahm said Germany needed to work on its defence. “Weve allowed too many goals and too many chances recently. We have to pay more attention to our defence,” he said. Neuer injured his right shoulder in the cup final and is wearing a brace. Khedira has yet to play a full match since coming back this month from a knee injury that had sidelined him for six months. A leader of the team, he is considered one of Loews key men. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been nursing a knee inflammation and missed the cup final. Miroslav Klose, one of only two strikers in squad, has been bothered by a hamstring injury. Defender Mats Hummels has a foot injury and played the cup final on medication. He played only 23 Bundesliga games this season for Dortmund because of various injuries. Germany also trained in the same region ahead of the 1990 World Cup in Italy and went on to win the last of its three titles. Manti Teo Jersey . CEO Steve Koonin on Tuesday told the Hawks flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline Ferry but allowed him to keep his job managing the team. He did not say what the punishment was, but noted that he relied on a law firms three-month investigation of Ferry and him describing Deng as someone who has a little African in him. Andrus Peat Jersey . HABS HEADED TO CONFERENCE FINAL The Montreal Canadiens scored early in Game Seven, built a lead and protected it well on their way to a 3-1 series-clinching win over the Boston Bruins. While this game or series isnt necessarily a referendum on the value of fourth lines, the Canadiens certainly benefitted from production lower down their forward depth chart.DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have recalled centre Stephen Weiss from his conditioning loan with Grand Rapids of the AHL.The 31-year-old Weiss was limited to 26 games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and did not play after Dec. 10 because of hernia surgery. The Toronto native had two goals and two assists in his first season with Detroit after signing a five-year, $24. Will Lutz Jersey. 5 million contract.Weiss has played in 681 games since 2001-02. He has 147 goals and 251 assists with Detroit and Florida.The Red Wings host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Stitched Jerseys NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

was the wildest one of them all

02/06/18

SHANGHAI – Bubba Watson captured his first World Golf Championship with a stunning turnaround Sunday when he holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a playoff, and then made a 20-foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark and win the HSBC Champions. Younghoe Koo Jersey . The 10th edition of the HSBC Champions was the wildest one of them all. Watson had a two-shot lead with three holes to play until he appeared to throw it all away. He missed the 16th green with a lob wedge and made bogey, and then took two shots to get out of a bunker on the par-3 17th and made double bogey to fall one shot behind a five-way tie for the lead. The two-time Masters champion was fidgety and irritated at any movement around him, even stopping at the top of his swing from the bunker left of the green on the par-5 18th hole because of a camera click from the hospitality suite. But angst turned to joy when he blasted onto the green and watched the ball roll some 25 feet into the cup for eagle. You always joke about holing it, Watson said. And then it actually went in. So I didnt know how to react, and so I just kind of screamed and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots — one-in-a-lifetime kind of shot. He closed with a 2-under 70. Clark was the only player from the five-way tie to join Watson at 11-under 277. He laid up on the 18th and hit wedge to 5 feet for birdie and a 69. In the playoff, his wedge was to the right edge of the green about 25 feet away. The putt was on line, but short. Never expected to be in that position start of the week, Clark said. I fought hard. I knew I needed to birdie that playoff, especially with him being able to reach. Im pleased overall. Obviously, disappointed to be that close. At least he had a chance. Rickie Fowler, in the group with Watson and Clark, was tied for the lead when he tried to reach the green with a 5-wood from 228 yards, but it rolled back into the water. He scrambled for par and a 70. I misjudged how it was going to play, Fowler said. All three players in the final group failed to make birdie. Graeme McDowell, trying to complete a wire-to-wire win, missed a 12-foot birdie attempt and shot 73. Hiroshi Iwata (72) missed an 8-foot birdie putt. Martin Kaymers wedge for his third shot bounded off the green to the right and went into the water, leading to double bogey. He had a 73. Watson became the 14th player to win a major and a World Golf Championship, and it capped off his best calendar year — the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in February, another green jacket at the Masters in April, and a WGC title in China that he nearly let slip through his fingers. That his WGC title was in China was even more meaningful. For my own personal career, this is big for me to win outside the U.S., to say that I can travel a little bit and win instead of just one place, Watson said. Both big moments — the bunker shot and the winning putt — produced more high-charged emotion than either of his two Masters victories. With a world-class field, this tournament came down to six players over the final 30 minutes. The final group — McDowell, Iwata and Kaymer — were so shocked to see the leaderboard when they reached the 16th green that they asked if it was correct. They had been chasing. Suddenly, they were tied at 10 under, and Watson was trailing. Thats why I went for the green on 16, Kaymer said. I thought if I can make 3 there, I can square with Bubba. And I saw that he made double bogey on 17, so all of a sudden, there were five guys in the lead. Watson at that moment appeared to be the least likely of the bunch to hold the trophy. Kaymer took two chips to get on the 16th green and had to scramble for par. Iwata was just over the back of the green with his tee shot on the par-4 16th, but he stubbed his chip and two-putted for par. McDowell narrowly missed an 18-foot birdie. All had their chances on the 18th to catch Watson and Clark. Watson moved up to No. 3 in the world, making him the highest-ranked American. Custom Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys . Beanballs were the theme Friday night as the Red Sox and Rays had another AL East rumble, with Boston earning a 3-2 victory on A. Corey Liuget Jersey . Both had to wait out a rain interruption lasting nearly five hours before taking comprehensive third-round victories to join Carling Bassett-Seguso (1983, 1986), Patricia Hy-Boulais (1996-97) and Daniel Nestor (1999) as Canadians who made it into the second week of a major.LONDON — The World Match Play Championship is returning to England for its 50th anniversary this year. Organizers said on Wednesday it will be hosted Oct. 15-19 by the London Golf Club at Ash in the southeast county of Kent. Until 2009, the event had been played at Wentworth before moving to Spain, and then to Bulgaria in 2013. Arnold Palmer won the inaugural championship, in 1964. This years event will feature a 16-man field with prize money of (euro)2.25 million ($3 million). Competitors will be split into four groups of four, with the top two players from eeach group advancing to the knockout phase. Tyrell Williams Jersey. “It seems right though to celebrate the Championships anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years,” said reigning champion Graeme McDowell. “Im very much looking forward to defending my title there in October.” The field will also include Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson, who has already qualified and confirmed he will be playing. “I really enjoy the match play format,” said Stenson, the 2013 European golfer of the year. Black China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Cheap NFL T-shirts From China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys White ‘ ‘ ‘

O captain, my captain, bon voya

25/05/18

MONTREAL – On a day when the elite of the hockey world and Canadian politics turned out to honour Jean Beliveau, it was another Montreal Canadiens star who summed it up best. Jesus Duenas Mexico Jersey .O captain, my captain, bon voyage, said Yvan Cournoyer, borrowing from poet Walt Whitman in a tearful eulogy to one of the most beloved and respected captains in Canadiens history.Beliveau, who died Dec. 2 at 83, was more than an exceptional player who led Montreal to 10 Stanley Cups in a 20-year career from 1950 to 1971, and earned another seven as an administrator. No one has their name on the Cup more than Beliveau.Mostly, he is remembered as the ideal team captain and a man who carried himself with class and graciousness in everything he did.Cournoyer was among five speakers along with Dickie Moore, Serge Savard, Ken Dryden and team owner and president Geoff Molson at an emotional funeral Wednesday at Mary Queen of the World cathedral.The pews were packed with past and current players as well as other celebrities and a few hundred fans who braved a blizzard to pay their respects.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was there, as was Pittsburgh Penguins owner and former star player Mario Lemieux. Other former stars attending included Luc Robitaille, Gilbert Perreault, Johnny Bower, Darryl Sittler and Brendan Shanahan, the current president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.Moore, Savard, Dryden, Cournoyer and Frank Mahovlich were among dozens of Canadiens alumni on hand, along with all of the current teams players and coaches. Cournoyer and Savard were pallbearers along with ex-Canadiens Phil Goyette, Guy Lafleur, Robert Rousseau and Jean-Guy Talbot.The sombre occasion also drew Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston, former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and ex-Quebec premiers Jean Charest, Bernard Landry and Lucien Bouchard. Montreal mayor Denis Coderre and federal opposition leaders Justin Trudeau of the Liberals and Thomas Mulcair of the NDP also attended.Harper described Beliveau as someone who transcended his sport.Weve obviously lost a great citizen, somebody who was admired and respected by everybody everywhere in the country, he said on his way into the service. I certainly have admired Mr. Beliveau since I was a young boy.He was an individual who was great in his sport but ultimately even greater than his sport.The pallbearers wheeled in the coffin draped in Canadiens red, white and blue ahead of Beliveaus widow Elise, his daughter Helene, granddaughters Magalie and Mylene and other family members.Then came a companys worth of alumni, followed by the current team, who are well aware of the Beliveau aura.Defenceman P.K. Subban said what was most impressive was seeing all the faces from the world of hockey, and from the world of politics.It shows you how big of a deal it is, he said. A lot of people on the current team, we werent able to watch Jean Beliveau play, but we definitely know about the legend and its our job to make sure that what hes accomplished and what hes built here in Montreal lives on.There has been talk of renaming the Conn Smythe Trophy after Beliveau, the first player to win the award for the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs.Bettman said the league may eventually consider it or some other honour.Weve been focused more on his passing and that loss and celebrating his life and I know at the appropriate time well focus on what is a remembrance fitting for someone like Jean Beliveau, Bettman said. Hes going to be terribly missed.Cournoyer may have been the most emotional of the speakers at the service as he spoke of joining the Canadiens in the 1960s when Beliveau was in his 10-year run as captain. They had dressing room stalls next to each other, and were roommates on road trips.Given the age difference between us, we developed almost a father-son relationship, Cournoyer said.Moore remembered Beliveau as a great man.I was lucky to have been with Jean for many glorious years with the Canadiens, lucky to share amazing moments together, lucky to have him as a friend, said Moore.Would you rather be good or lucky? I was lucky. He was good, he said to laughs from the congregation.Dryden, a rookie in Beliveaus last season, said: He treated everyone with respect. He said the right things and in the right way, in French and in English, because thats what he believed and thats what he was.This is not the time to say goodbye. This is the time to say thank you.Savard recalled how happy he was to end up a teammate of his boyhood idol.Jean was a great leader, said Savard, who was general manager for two Stanley Cups after his playing days. We would look toward him when times were difficult.After just a few (NHL) seasons, his peers named him captain. Surprised and shaken up, he went to see Mr. (Frank) Selke to turn down the captaincy. Mr. Selke told him he was the choice of the players and to return to the dressing room to fulfil his role as leader.And he did that throughout his career, winning 10 Stanley Cups and helping us be better players and better people, on and off the ice. You couldnt disappoint such a role model.The giant Canadiens flag that draped Beliveaus coffin was folded carefully and given to Elise, who has become a celebrity herself as she dealt with the public with class and remarkable strength since her husbands death.In two days of public visitations at the Bell Centre this week, she greeted and accepted condolences from the thousands of fans who streamed in.Her delight at the Canadiens 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night seemed to break the tension for a while. She looked calm and at peace at the funeral mass.A few hundred seats were reserved for fans on a first come, first served basis. Those who couldnt get inside the church were able to watch the ceremony on giant screens outside.Montreal police, who have been wearing camouflage pants and red ballcaps in recent months to protest pension plan reforms, wore their regulation uniforms out of respect for Beliveau, who entered the Hockey Hall of Fame the year after his retirement in 1971.He was a special man, Molson said in his eulogy. A Jean Beliveau like no other. Javier Aquino Mexico Jersey .com) – Delon Wright scored 17 points and No. Hector Moreno Jersey . — J.R. Sweezy was the one part of the Seattle Seahawks offensive line that had avoided injuries or having to change positions this season.SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago. Quick struggled to stop anything in the opener of the rematch. Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the Sharks jumped on top of Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night. “We got fortunate with a couple of those goals,” captain Joe Thornton said. “Just a weird night.” Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who were stymied by Quick in losing a seven-game series to Los Angeles in the second round last year. Antti Niemi made 31 saves. Quick allowed three goals in the first period for the first time in his playoff career, including two in the final minute as the Kings fell behind 5-0 after two periods. Quick was replaced by Martin Jones in the third period and only watched as the Kings showed life with goals from Jake Muzzin, Slava Voynov and Trevor Lewis. But Brent Burns sealed it with an empty-net goal as the home team won for the 17th time in the past 18 meetings between these teams. “We just werent ready to play from the get-go,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said. “We played into their hands and thats what the score should be.” Game 2 is Sunday in San Jose. The Sharks were the healthiest they have been all season with Torres back after missing all but five games in the regular season and Hertl playing for just the third time since Brown injured him with an illegal knee-on-knee hit on Dec. 19 in a play that still riles the Sharks. They got payback in the best way possible with a dominating opening two periods that showed off their much-improved depth when they are healthy. They got goals from all four lines and their defence to beat the Kings by more than one goal for the first time since Nov. 7, 2011. “We didnt give up very much, we got on the attack and had everybody involved,” coach Todd McLellan said. “I thought our goaltender made some real good saves in those two periods to keep us ahead.” The game had even added meaning for Hertl and Torres. Heertl talked before the series of his dislike for the Kings and said this series would be personal because of the injury. Paul Aguilar Jersey. Torres was suspended for the final six games of last years series for a hit to the head of Jarret Stoll in a punishment the Sharks and Torres felt was unjust. “Im not really worried about who I play, I just want to be able to play and contribute and all that stuff,” Torres said. The Sharks had nothing to complain about after this game as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for the victory. The third playoff series in four years between these heated California rivals got off to an odd start as there was a power outage at SAP Center just minutes before the start of pregame warmups. The lights came back on about five minutes later and the players warmed up without the usual blaring music. But by the time the puck dropped, the towel-waving crowd was at its usual fever pitch chanting “Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!” right from the start. The cheers only got louder during a dominant first period that featured a combined 55 hits from the two teams, three goals from the Sharks and a scrum after Mike Brown pushed Voynov into Quick after the whistle. “Thats playoff hockey,” Brown said. “We have to get to the net and get pucks to the net. Thats what I did.” Thorntons deflection of Joe Pavelskis shot from the slot on a chance created by Burns hustle to negate an icing gave San Jose the early lead. San Jose broke things open with two goals in the final minute off broken plays. James Sheppard miss-hit a one-timer that slid right to Hertl, who tapped it in to make it 2-0 with 51.7 seconds to play. Marleau then made it 3-0 with 3.2 seconds to play to cap a 2-on-1 with Matt Nieto, who failed to get off a one-timer but instead slid the puck back to Marleau for his 58th career playoff goal. “When you come into a building like this you have to be prepared to face an onslaught at the beginning of the game,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “We didnt do a good job of preparing for that.” NOTES: Brown played a night after his wife, Kati, gave birth to their second son, Zane Michael. … Jones made four saves in his first career playoff game. China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo ‘ ‘ ‘

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15/05/18

Exactly a year ago Saturday world football gathered in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil in eager anticipation of the draw for this summer’s World Cup Finals. Chris Stewart Jersey. FIFA Secretary General Jér?me Valcke oversaw that momentous occasion. Call it a dress rehearsal Canada. Bright and breezy tomorrow morning Valcke will gather with CSA President, Victor Montagliani in the nation’s capital ahead of quite likely the most important lunch time date in the 100 plus year existence of organized soccer in this nation we are so very privileged to call home. The Canadian Museum of History, located right across the river from the Houses of Parliament, will be Montagliani and Valcke’s destination for the formal kick off to the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015?. Where beginning at noon eastern time tomorrow, the 24 competing nations will learn their group stage fate. Ever since back in early March 2011 when FIFA awarded Canada by proclamation the rights to host the tournament CSA President Montagliani has been pulling double duty as Chairman of the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015?. Make no mistake this is a watershed moment not just for soccer in Canada but for our entire nation. FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015? will be the very first time in our nation’s history we have hosted a prestigious sports event which stretches right out and across our plush and fertile lands. Earlier today by email Montagliani told TSN.ca, Canada will truly welcome the world on Saturday at the Official Draw for the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015. The whole world will be watching with anticipation, as will the 24 finalists who are eager to know their opponents on the road to the Final Match on 5 July. Qualification for next summer only concluded three short days ago. You want excitement, drama then we certainly got that in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday afternoon. When a minute into added time the highly unfancied Ecuadorians somehow managed to grab victory from what seemed for 90 minutes, an inevitable playoff defeat. Ecuador becoming one of those eager 24 nations Montagliani refers to ahead of the unveiling of the mysteries and surprises a draw for a World Cup Finals always conjures up. All we do know for certain is Canada will play in Group A and will open the tournament in exactly six months when on June 6th, 2015 they take the pitch at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton – which played venue in late summer 2002 for one of the most unlikely of runs ever in Canadian soccer history. When, and on the back of some incredible individual and team performances – including a 10 goal haul from Christine Sinclair – we came within an extra time winner of been crowned 2002 FIFA Under 19 World Cup Winners. I won’t tell you who beat us 1-0 in the final that day. I just ask you cast you minds back to Old Trafford, August 6th, 2012. From Moncton to Vancouver a total of six cities will host the tournament which will culminate in the final July 5th. Montréal which hosted the final of this summer’s FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup Canada 2014? will look to add to its legacy of FIFA success stories this summer. Montreal’s local organizing committee is again quarterbacked by Francis Millien. Olympic Stadium once more plays venue for a FIFA sanctioned event. No one in Canadian sport knows Olympic Stadium as well as Millien does. His time there dates back to his broadcaster role at the 1976 Olympics. He is fully aware of the challenges ahead, embrace them he certainly does from the Montreal offices and command centre located in Olympic Stadium tower which affords splendid views out across la belle ville. Experiences learned from this summer’s U-20’s will serve Millien and his staff extremely well. Earlier today via email Millien told TSN.ca, Weve already had a few national teams visit our city through the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup Canada 2014 in August. Some of the national coaches were on hand for the Final Match, while throughout the competition they were in constant communication with the U-20 staff. Adding, There are activities planned in Montréal to help raise the awareness of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015?.” As Ottawa provides the backdrop to the draw, as you might expect Montreal will play the role of party hosts. “While the Official Draw takes place in Canadas capital region on Saturday 6 June, there will also be a draw party at the same time at the Bier Market in Montréal, Millien advised. Millien still beams with pride with the outrageous attendance at Olympic Stadium for the opening match of FIFA U20 World Cup Canada 2007? – where Poland shocked world football by beating a Brazil team which featured the likes of Marcelo, David Luiz and Willian. Players who have since gone on, and now play for Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea respectively. Carlo Ancelotti, who got married in Vancouver this past summer, was amongst the 55,800 in attendance at Olympic Stadium that late June 2007 day. Those nations who will be drawn Saturday to play group stage matches in Montreal will make the short trip to la belle ville following. Millien informing, After the Official Draw, some of the nations will also visit Montréal as part of a site visit on Monday. We want to make sure that these nations are welcomed properly and that they know what to expect when they arrive in Montréal to compete in the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015. Canada will play its third and final group stage match at Olympic Stadium. Ever since that football fateful Manchester Monday evening in early August 2012 under the guidance and most watchful eye of head coach John Herdman our women’s team have been planning, preparing and playing with one objective in mind. Before that though comes Saturday’s draw. Canada’s squad, having left southern California following a win and a tie in two closed door friendlies in late November against Sweden flew home to their base in Vancouver from where they will take in the draw. Minus captain Christine Sinclair who will be in the nation’s capital the entire squad, technical and medical team will meet for breakfast Saturday morning to watch and soak up the proceedings from the Canadian Museum of History at Vancouver’s Hillcrest Community Centre. Sophie Schmidt, who Herdman has rebranded this season from the more holding midfield type role to take a share of the goal scoring responsibility and load from Sinclair, has fully embraced what has been asked of her. With the women’s national team having concluded its schedule for the year Schmidt finished 2014 as Canada’s top goal scorer. That was then. The draw is now and something Schmidt spoke to TSN 690 about Thursday night. “Obviously I do not want to be in the group of death, if that could be avoided that would be great. You hope for easier teams going into it but I’m trying not to think about it as it stresses me out.” Seeded, Canada will avoid the football might of Brazil, France, Germany, the number 1 FIFA ranked, US and Japan – the current world champions in the group stage. Schmidt left us with this thought, “We are going to have to beat those teams eventually anyways.” That’s the Canadian fighting spirit we are renowned for. The team has well moved on from London 2012 and, as world football will find out about next summer all that matters now is Canada 2015. Luke Kunin Jersey.Bekker was added Wednesday in exchange for allocation money after two seasons with Toronto. The native of Canada had 29 MLS appearances, including 16 starts. Hes also played in 13 games for the Canadian national team. Daniel Winnik Jersey. The South Africa international, who rejoined the club last month on loan from Tottenham, opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a powerful shot into the roof of the net.CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Victor Matfield will attempt to win the Rugby World Cup again with South Africa next year at the age of 38 after his playing return was announced on Friday — more than two years after he retired. The Bulls Super Rugby team said Matfield accepted a contract to play again for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer immediately welcomed the move by the player he used to coach at the Pretoria-based Bulls. “Im glad that Victor has decided to put on his boots again and Im looking forward to seeing him in action,” Meyer said in a statement from the South African Rugby Union that swiftly followed the Bulls announcement. “He was not given any guarantees about Springbok selection. If he can show he still has what it takes to be a Springbok, he will be considered along with every other player who is eligible.” South Africa has struggled to fill the second-rowers place after he retired with 110 test appearances — the second most for the Springboks — following the loss to Australia in the quarterfinals at the 2011 World Cup. Meyer was open to a return by Matfield as early as 2012, the coachs first season in charge of the Springboks. “I have always maintained that we have a lack of depth at (No.) 5 lock and believed that Victor could still make a valuable contribution as a player,” Meyer said, meaning its probable that Matfield will be called up by the Springboks this season if his return for the Bulls in Super Rugby is successful. The 36-year-old Matfields first top-level game in over two years will come straight away on Saturday, the Bulls said, when he will play off the bench in a Super 15 warm-up game against the Cape-Town based Stormerrs and show if hes capable of making the step up again. Marcus Foligno Jersey. “He has shown on the training field in the last couple of months that he is still hungry to succeed at the top levels of the game,” Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said. Matfields return was widely expected, with his contact negotiations with the Bulls the only thing holding up confirmation. He had been working as part of the teams coaching staff and a deal to keep him with the Bulls as a coach in 2016 and 2017 after his playing stint was part of the agreement. Matfield was outstanding for South Africa when it won the World Cup in 2007. He captained the Bulls to all three of their Super Rugby titles and has played more games, including tour games, for South Africa than any player. Only former skipper John Smit with 111 caps has played more tests. The lock and lineout specialists return is almost certainly so he can make one more appearance at the World Cup in Britain next year and try and help the Springboks wrestle the trophy away from New Zealand. Meyer hinted as much when he talked about the recalls of veterans Os du Randt and Bob Skinstad by South Africa in the 2007 World Cup triumph. “Weve seen in the past that players can make a successful return to rugby after a lengthy period on the sidelines,” Meyer said. “(Former South Africa coach) Jake White successfully brought back Os du Randt and Bob Skinstad, who both played a vital role when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup in 2007. “Victor … knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. 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08/05/18

导出博客文章TORONTO – When the Toronto Maple Leafs brought Stephane Robidas in for a free-agent visit over the summer, team brass told the veteran defenceman what they envisioned him doing if he signed. Brandon Thomas Jersey .In his role, we felt that he would be a guy that could provide leadership, not only to our younger players but some of our older players, coach Randy Carlyle said. He can share minutes and he can make a contribution (more than) on the ice.On Wednesday, Carlyle told Robidas that would include wearing an A on his chest as one of the teams alternate captains along with Joffrey Lupul. Robidas replaces Jay McClement to complete the leadership group with captain Dion Phaneuf.Leadership was a major question late last season when the Leafs lost 12 of the final 14 games to fall out of playoff contention. The 37-year-old Robidas, who wasnt around to be scarred by that collapse, brings a respected voice in the locker-room.Thats what hes done all his career, so we dont look at it that were asking him to do something hes not comfortable doing, Carlyle said.The Leafs made a significant commitment to Robidas on July 1 by inking him to a US$9-million, three-year deal even though he was still working to get back from a broken leg suffered during the playoffs. Hes expected to be on the first defensive pairing alongside Phaneuf, at least to start the season.I think that he adds a lot to our team, Phaneuf said. He plays the game hard night in and night out, hes very smart. … Hes good with the puck in tight areas, he makes real good short plays in the defensive zone to relieve pressure.Off the ice, Robidas already seems well-liked by his new teammates. He played in just one exhibition game, the final one, but hes a go-to voice in the room.It shows a lot of confidence in me, Robidas said of being named an alternate captain. Its something that I dont need the A to be a leader and you dont need letters to be a leader. (Its) something that I take pride in. I just want to be myself. Im not going to come in and change everything. Im just going to play like I can play and be myself.Robidas has credited Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien for helping him develop when he was a young player. Therrien coached Robidas in the AHL for three years with the Fredericton Canadiens and Quebec Citadelles.All the credit goes to him because he had passion, he had character and hes such a good person, Therrien said. He was a great warrior on the ice. 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Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema scored either side of Joona Toivios own-goal as France advanced to the playoff among the eight best second-place finishers.TAMPA, Fla. – A bad season got a little more miserable for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will finish the year on injured reserve, missing the Buccaneers final two games because of a sprained right knee.Of course you want to finish the games with your guys, but you have to look at the bigger picture, and thats my overall health, the fifth-year pro said after walking into a mostly empty locker room and motioning for reporters to follow him to a stall on the back wall.I think we have a lot of great — not good, great — ahead of us for this team, this organization, McCoy added. A big part of that will be my health.Its the third time since McCoy entered the NFL as the third overall pick in the 2010 draft that an injury has ended his season prematurely. He started all 16 games each of the past two seasons, making the Pro Bowl and setting himself up to become the leagues highest-paid player at his position in October, when he signed a seven-year extension worth up to $98 million.The deal boosted his salary to $20 million this season, when he continued to perform at a high level with 8 1-2 sacks — despite Tampa Bays NFC-worst 2-12 record.Hes done everything weve asked him to do, coach Lovie Smith said, adding that rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and veteran receiver Louis Murphy will join McCoy on injured reserve this week before the Bucs face the Green Bay Packers. Great player. Face of the franchise for a reason. The future is so bright.Weve been through a lot. Weve been down here together, Smith added, ussing his hands to illustrate Tampa Bays position in the standings. Graham Glasgow Jersey. Its going to be fun rising up together with him. We will rise up based on guys like him.McCoy said the knee injury he suffered Sunday against Carolina was unrelated to one he played through the week before against Detroit. He remained down on the ground for a few minutes before being helped to his feet and refusing to leave the field on a cart.I wasnt about to get carted off and give thumbs up, McCoy said. Im OK. I can walk. If my leg didnt come off, Im walking off the field.Smith is closing in on the end of his first season of trying to turn around a franchise that will miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year. The Bucs havent won a post-season game since their 2002 Super Bowl. But McCoy, a team captain, has been everything Smith envisioned hed be. He was a great player on tape. When you get to see him up close and personal, and see how he is when you get to game day, its more impressive, the coach said. Thats how you want superstars to be — like him. To put in the time like him, and deserve to play, and be a great player like that.Seferian-Jenkins started nine games, but has been sidelined the past three weeks with a sore back. He finished with 21 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns.Murphy was cut during preseason, rejoined the team in Week 4 and finished with 31 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns. He has a high-ankle sprain.None of the players is expected to need surgery.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ‘ ‘ ‘

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