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Artwork / Conor McGregor has been granted a rematch this summer
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Conor McGregor has been granted a rematch this summer with the man who gave him the first defeat of his Ultimate Fighting Championship career. The featherweight will get another chance to prove himself as a welterweight when he takes on Nate Diaz once more on the UFC 200 card in Las Vegas on July 9.Californian Diaz - whose own career record is mixed with 19 wins and 10 losses - caused a shock earlier this month when he choked McGregor into submission at UFC 196. UFC boss Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of the two men above the caption 200 upon announcing the headline bout late on Wednesday.White later told ESPN SportsCenter he and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta had encouraged McGregor not to fight at 170 pounds, 25 more than the 27-year-olds usual featherweight limit. Diaz handed McGregor his first UFC defeat on March 5 when he choked the Irishman into submission on round two The Irishman had not lost in more than five years and was unbeaten since joining the UFC until he was stopped in round two by Diaz on March 5.White said of the number one-ranked 27-year-old: He was obsessed - obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again.Obviously, Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and said: Lets go back to 145 and defend your title. Or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at 155. He wants the fight at 170.Even his coach tried to get him to get off the rematch and off the 170-pound fight - but its what he wanted. McGregor had not lost in more than five years until Diazs surprise win McGregor had hurt Diaz early in their first bout in Las Vegas but could not capitalise and the bigger man landed some punishing blows himself before his jiu-jitsu talents won him the fight.White said Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar would also square off on the UFC 200 card, with the winner then taking on McGregor for the featherweight belt regardless of the Dubliners result against Diaz. Bobby Clarke Flyers Jersey . Chris Heisey connected for his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bays depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday. Samuel Morin Jersey . It was the first game back in Columbus for Rangers star Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in goals, assists and games. He was given a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period, but was booed loud and long after a second-period, two-handed shove up high on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. .Y. -- As if the worst start in franchise history isnt bad enough, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black braced his teams win-starved fans for potentially more tough times. Oskar Lindblom Jersey . Patrick Deslisle-Houde and David Rose each scored in the second to give the fourth-seeded Redmen a 3-1 lead after Jean-Philippe Mathieu scored in the first. James Van Riemsdyk Jersey . Fielder has been out with a herniated disk in his neck, and surgery was recommended after a follow-up exam and another scan Thursday with Dr.Rene Bourque scored a hat trick to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final, staving off elimination for the Habs and sending the series back to New York for Game Six. Bourque has been a revelation for the Canadiens in the playoffs, scoring eight goals in 16 games after a regular season in which he scored nine goals in 63 games. Bourques career-high in shots-on-goal-per-game during the regular season is 2.95, in 2009-2010; in this years playoffs, hes up to 3.19 per game, so Bourques production, while unusual, isnt being generated by outrageously fluky percentages. The Rangers pulled star G Henrik Lundqvist, after he played 28:58 and allowed four goals on 19 shots, his worst outing of the playoffs (though he allowed four goals on 23 shots in 39:57 during Game Six against Philadelphia). Canadiens C Lars Eller contributed a couple of assists, giving him 13 points in the playoffs, enough to lead all Montreal forwards. If Bourques goal-scoring comes as a surprise based on his regular-season production, so is the case with Eller, who had 26 points in 77 games during the regular season, including six points in his last 35 games. So, yes, Rene Bourque and Lars Eller are the forwards generating the numbers for a team in the Eastern Conference Final. Second-year LW Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist in his fourth playoff game, returning from a knee injury suffered late in the regular season. Veteran Habs D Andrei Markov was beaten a few times, and had the worst possession stats of Montreal defencemen, but also finished the game with three assists, giving him 10 points in 16 playoff games. Canadiens RW Dale Weise chipped in a couple of assists before getting knocked woozy by a John Moore hit in the third period. Weise has put up seven points in 16 playoff games -- not spectacular, particularly considering hes rolling at 31% possession over the past four games, but still useful for a fourth line banger. After having his jaw brokenn by Brandon Prusts hit in Game Three, Rangers C Derek Stepan returned to the lineup, with facial protection, and scored two goals.ddddddddddddStepan now has 13 points in the playoffs, tying Martin St. Louis for the Rangers team lead. Rangers LW Chris Kreider was the big scorer on the night, with a goal and three assists. Kreider now has 10 points in nine playoff games and he led the Rangers with eight shot attempts in the game. Bourque led the Canadiens with eight attempted shots. Former Habs prospect, now Rangers No. 1 D Ryan McDonagh added two more assists. McDonagh has nine points in five games in his series. He had three points in 14 games through the first two rounds. Rangers RW Rick Nash also had a goal and an assist, giving him five points in five games against Montreal. He had five points in 14 games prior to this series. The Canadiens managed to win a game that they nearly gave away, surrending a 4-1 second-period lead by allowing three goals in 4:24, before Bourque scored his second and third of the night to create some breathing room. The good news for the Habs is that G Dustin Tokarski earned a win stopping 23 of 27 shots, a generally mediocre performance. The reason it ought to be good news is that if the Habs are going to come back from a three-games-to-one deficit, they probably need Tokarski to steal at least one game for them. The clubs have been relatively even in possession terms -- the Rangers hold a 293-to-288 edge in overall shot attempts for the series -- so the point of differentiation could easily be goaltending. The task for the Canadiens is still daunting, as Game Six goes in Manhattan and, despite Game Fives results, the goaltending edge remains with the Rangers. But, if the Habs find a way to get it done in Game Six, returning home for Game Seven would be a most interesting proposition. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '
Artwork / European distance runner champion Jo Pavey
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European distance runner champion Jo Pavey feels the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are sending the wrong message by not blanket banning all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. The IOC confirmed on Sunday they have opted not to impose a blanket ban on Russians competing in Rio de Janeiro next month.It will now be down to individual sports federations to decide if their Russian members can go to Rio, although the IOC board has provided a list of criteria that must be met between now and the start of the Games on August 5. Pavey has joined fellow GB athlete Greg Rutherford in slamming the IOC for their decision, and she feels that not blanket banning Russian athletes goes against the spirit of the Olympics.Obviously track and field athletes remain banned but the McLaren report, which really looked into state-sponsored doping, showed that it went across all sports, she told Sky Sports News HQ.Really it doesnt send out the right message and I feel like many times Ive had my career ruined by cheats in sport.Decisions such as this really go against the whole spirit about what the Olympic games should be about and its not really standing up for the interests of clean athletes. The head of the US Anti Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, says the IOC have made the wrong decision after allowing Russia to compete at the Olympics However, despite Paveys concerns, she is still relishing the prospect at representing Team GB at Rio.She added: As an athlete, you stand on that start line and you take a moment to look up at the flame, youre so proud to represent your country in the Olympics.You put any negative thoughts behind you and give it your absolute everything, and every ounce of energy to put in the performance that you can for your country. Also See: Fresh Froome confident for Rio PL players at the Olympics Rutherford slams spineless IOC IOC opts against Russia ban Marvin Harrison Womens Jersey .com) - American Madison Keys grabbed a first- round victory on Sunday in a rainy start to the Apia International Sydney tournament. Margus Hunt Youth Jersey .com) - Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with just 12. . -- Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe scored in the second half to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Saturday night. Johnny Unitas Jersey . Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans opener against Ghana on June 16 and didnt play in their next two games. "We dont know how much because we need to see how hes going, but hes available," U. Pat McAfee Youth Jersey NEW ORLEANS - After each of his two touchdowns, Justin Forsett kneeled in the end zone, spread his arms wide and tilted his head back as if gazing toward the heavens beyond the Superdome roof. As he did so, the Ravens running back couldnt help but think of how much his career has changed in a year.He played in nine games and rushed for 31 yards all of last season with the languishing Jacksonville Jaguars, who then let him go in the off-season.On Monday night, before a national television audience, his very first carry went for 38 yards and he finished with a career-high 182 yards rushing to lead playoff-contending Baltimore to a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints.Its crazy, man. You think about where I was this time last year, mostly doing a lot of scout team work and coming in (to play) every once in a while, Forsett said. To just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again, its a blessing.While Forsett is grateful to the Ravens for the chance they gave him, Baltimore (7-4) might say the feeling is mutual. No one really knew how the Ravens running game would fare after Ray Rice was suspended and later released because of an assault on his wife that was captured by hotel video cameras.With five games still to go, Forsett has rushed for 903 yards and seven TDs while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.The work hes putting in, the results hes getting and what hes doing for this team was huge, said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who passed for 243 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans. Hes not letting the guy tackle him in the hole with his arms or anything like that. Hes breaking those little things.The Saints, meanwhile, appear to be breaking down. They lost their third straight despite Drew Brees 420 yards and three touchdowns passing. When Brees did make a mistake, it was costly. His lone interception was returned 44 yards for a touchdown by Will Hill in the third quarter, giving the Ravens a lead they never relinquished.This is a game of inches and split seconds and unfortunately a lot of those have not gone our way this year, said Brees, who was also sacked four times. Weve got to acccept whats happened but remain undeterred in regards to our direction.ddddddddddddWe just need a win. Winning cures a lot of things.Indeed, a win could make the Saints (4-7) feel a lot better about their playoff chances. Despite their recent slide, theyre still tied for first place with Atlanta in the anemic NFC South.Here are some things to know about the Ravens triumphant return to the stadium where they won the 2013 Super Bowl:FORSETT A FORCE: Forsett is punishing defences that have struggled against the run. Hes now broken the 100-yard mark and scored twice in two straight games. He rushed for 112 yards in his previous outing against Tennessee.DOME DOLDRUMS: Until recently, the Saints have been tough to beat in the Superdome, particularly in night games. Either their dome advantage has vanished or theyre just not very good right now. Theyve not only lost three straight in the dome, but saw their 14-game winning streak in night home games snapped. The last time they lost three straight in the Superdome in a single season was in 2001.DIVISIONAL DIVIDE: Those arguing that the NFC South is weak can point to the divisions record against the AFC North. Baltimores victory over New Orleans improved the AFC Norths record against NFC South teams this season to 10-1-1.SURGING SMITH: Veteran receiver Steve Smith, who tormented the Saints for much of his 13 seasons in Carolina, left the NFC South for Baltimore but wound up playing once more in the Superdome. He caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown while crashing down backward. Smith now has 11 TD catches against New Orleans, more than he has against any other team.PASS HAPPY: A week ago, the Saints lost second-leading receiver Brandin Cooks to a season-ending broken thumb. That didnt stop Brees from having one of his most productive performances this season. He found Kenny Stills for 98 yards and Marques Colston for 82 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham had two short TD catches, and Joseph Morgan had a 67-yard reception the only time Brees threw to him.___AP NFL website: and ' ' '
Artwork / through too many hitless nights to call one big g
« Last post by Bellroll33 on Today at 05:37:37 AM »
ATLANTA -- B.J. Upton has been through too many hitless nights to call one big game a turnaround for his season. Even so, it was a good sign for Upton and for the Braves who are looking for the outfielder to gain momentum for the post-season. Upton had four hits, including the game-winning single in the 11th inning, and Atlanta beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 for its sixth straight win on Saturday night. "Its a start," Upton said. Upton, who entered the game hitting only .186, had a two-run homer and three singles after striking out in his first two at-bats. The homer was his first since June 15. "Ive been working hard all year and Im finally starting to see some consistent results," Upton said. "Ive just got to keep playing and keep working hard and stick to what Im doing." With one out in the 11th, Chris Johnson singled up the middle for his fourth hit. Johnson moved to second on Brian McCanns groundout before being replaced by pinch-runner Paul Janish. With two outs, Ryan Webb (1-5) walked Dan Uggla, bringing Upton to the plate. "I saw two sliders and a fastball," Upton said. "The pitch I hit was a slider. I just saw it out over the plate and I didnt miss it." Luis Ayala (1-1) pitched a scoreless 11th. Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer in the first and Giancarlo Stanton also homered for Miami, which has lost six straight. Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Uggla and Upton, each hitting below .200, have been the hitters to target in Atlantas lineup. "Out of that whole lineup, you get down to those guys, youve got to make those guys beat you and tonight they did," Redmond said. The NL East-leading Braves extended their lead over Washington to 15 games. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said its not too late for Upton to salvage his long season if he can enter the playoffs with confidence. "The first couple of months of the season hes had tough months, but nobody remembers what happened in April, May and June if everything goes well," Gonzalez said. Stantons homer in the fourth gave Miami a 3-1 lead. Jacob Turner, who tied a Marlins record with three errors, couldnt hold the lead. Turner walked McCann to open the sixth before giving up Uptons tying homer to centre field. Ruggiano led off the seventh with a single and scored on Logan Morrisons single. The Braves pulled even at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Johnson hit a two-out double off Mike Dunn and scored on McCanns single. Johnson finished with four hits. Turners first error came in the first inning when he couldnt handle Morrisons throw to first base, allowing Jordan Schafer to reach. Schafer stole second, moved to third on Elliot Johnsons sacrifice and scored on Freddie Freemans line drive to left field. Turner had two errors on one play in the fifth. With Mike Minor on first base following a single, Turner mishandled Schafers bunt for an error and threw wild to first, allowing Minor to advance to third. The Braves loaded the bases on Turners intentional walk to Freeman, but Chris Johnsons popup to Ed Lucas at second base ended the inning. Miami players had drawn 38 walks in the past 11 games, but none of those 38 base runners scored. That streak of futility ended in the first inning when Stanton walked with two outs and scored on Ruggianos homer into the right-field seats. Elliot Johnson, making only his second start of the season in left field, sprinted toward centre field before making a diving catch of Placido Polancos sinking liner in the fourth. Johnson charged to make another diving catch of Donovan Solanos liner to open the 10th. Turner gave up three runs, two earned, and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. Minor allowed four runs and five hits and one walk in seven innings. NOTES: Gary Sheffield is the only other Marlins player to have three errors in a game -- on Sept. 30, 1993, while playing third base against Montreal. ... Redmond said the team will hold firm to a 170-innings limit for RHP Jose Fernandez, who is at 158 2-3 innings. Fernandez may have only two more starts before he is shut down. The Marlins pushed back Fernandezs next start from Wednesday at the Cubs to Friday at home against the Nationals. ... The Braves recalled OF Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace C-OF Evan Gattis, who was optioned to Gwinnett following Friday nights game. The Braves plan to recall Gattis after Gwinnetts season ends on Monday. ... LF Justin Upton, who missed his second straight start with a bruised left wrist, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th. Custom New Orleans Saints Jerseys . 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The Yanks have eight players in the top 15 in the world while the Internationals have just one.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pinning down a single reason for the Nashville Predators resurgence this season is nearly impossible.Theres a new coach in Peter Laviolette bringing his offensive approach. New scorers in James Neal and Mike Ribeiro. And Pekka Rinne is healthy and back to dominating form as one of the NHLs stingiest goaltenders.Add in the leagues top rookie through the first 20 games, and the combination has the Predators atop the Central Division and third in the Western Conference after missing the playoffs the past two seasons.Its been a good start, but at the same time to stay at the top of the league its probably the hardest thing, and everybody who comes here or any team were going to face they want to get a piece of us, Rinne said. You have to be ready for it. But its been good. All the changes weve made ... obviously you got the record. Its easy to say that its been working.Indeed.The Predators have yet to lose consecutive games yet and have 30 points through 21 games after a 4-3 shootout win Tuesday night over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. The Predators now are 8-1-1 at home and 5-1-1 against the Pacific Division.Defence always has been a Nashville hallmark, and the Predators are tied for second in the NHL in goals-against average allowing 2.10 goals per game.Now the Predators are scoring. They are second in the NHL scoring five-on-five and have outscored opponents 47-28 in an area the Predators were minus-21 last season. They also are the leagues least-penalized team averaging only 7 penalty minutes per game.Forward Eric Nystrom credited everyone with being on the same page quickly in the first season with Laviolette, hired in May as only the second coach in this franchises history.That makes such a huge difference when you can rely on your teammate being in the right position so you can go in a certain situation and knowing youre going to go in those situations, Nystrom said.Laviolette was hired to boostt the offence for a team that struggled scoring the past two seasons under Barry Trotz.dddddddddddd. His system has freed up defencemen like captain Shea Weber to jump into the rush with the puck, and Laviolette has put together Neal and Ribeiro with rookie Filip Forsberg giving the Predators possibly their best top line yet.The coach says hes happy with how the Predators are working, and theyve shown plenty of chemistry and confidence no matter the score. The Predators blew a 2-0 lead late in regulation Saturday night against Florida only to win when Forsberg scored the only goal in the shootout.Even if sometimes when were down by two, it doesnt seem to phase our guys that much, Laviolette said.Rinne is off to the best start of his career with his 14 wins tying him for the most in the league, and he ranks second in goals-against average (1.97). Its a big change from a year ago when the Finland native was healing from surgery to clear an infection out of his hip, limiting him to 24 games last season when Nashville missed the post-season by three points.The goaltender isnt thinking about the past two years now.Our team is totally different now, and obviously personally you want to always play as well as you can possibly play, Rinne said.Forsberg has helped the scoring. Acquired from Washington in a trade for Martin Erat in April 2013, the rookie ranks 12th in the NHL with 22 points and also leads the league with a plus-18 rating, meaning hes been on the ice for 18 more even-strength and shorthanded goals his team has scored than allowed.Nystrom said the Predators just need to keep improving and peak in the playoffs. Nashville has plenty of room to do that on special teams ranking 26th on the penalty kill and 24th on the power play — last on home ice scoring only one goal with the man advantage.Its going to be a test to see if we can stay at the top, Nystrom said. Thats not an easy challenge, and were looking forward to that. ' ' '
Artwork / have placed the teams future personnel decisions
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Hornets have placed the teams future personnel decisions in the hands of Rich Cho after Rod Higgins has stepped down as the teams president of basketball operations on Friday. Higgins had been with the team for the last seven years. Hornets owner Michael Jordan thanked Higgins in a statement. "Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team," Jordan said. "Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best." Cho will remain in his capacity as general manager and assume responsibility for the teams basketball operations, according to a press release issued by the team. Cho will report to Jordan and vice chairman Curtis Polk. Cho declined comment through team spokesman Mike Cristaldi. The move comes two weeks before the NBA draft and what is expected to be a busy off-season for the Hornets. The Hornets have the ninth, 24th and 45th overall picks and more than $13 million to spend under the salary cap. Jordan has already said the team hopes to make a "big difference" in upgrading the roster this off-season. Higgins declined comment on the matter via text message to The Associated Press. Coach Steve Clifford, entering his second season with the Hornets, said he had a great working relationship with Higgins. "He helped me a lot -- helped our staff a lot. He is a terrific basketball guy and a great person, and were going to miss him," Clifford said. "With that being said, you know change is a big part of this league. We need to quickly focus and move forward and continue to build the right culture, roster, so we can be a good team year in and year out." When Jordan took over as part owner in Charlotte in 2006, Higgins was one of his first hires the following year. Hes long been one of Jordans most trusted friends. Jordan was a rookie in the 1984 when he joined the Chicago Bulls and became teammates with Higgins, a veteran forward at the time. After a 13-year NBA career, Higgins went on to work with Jordan as an assistant general manager with the Washington Wizards. Higgins later left the Wizards to become general manager of the Golden State Warriors before joining Jordan again in Charlotte. Cho was hired by Jordan in 2011 as Charlottes new general manager and Higgins title became president of basketball operations. From that time, the two shared player personnel duties and regularly appeared together and press conference to discuss personnel moves with the media. Clifford said hes confident Cho will do a great job moving forward. "Rich is very organized, on top of things," Clifford said. "I know well be prepared, we will be prepared for the draft, for free agency and you know just like we have in the past. I dont see that part being an adjustment at all. Weve been working together for a year." Russ Grimm Youth Jersey . Cabrera-Bello shot a 1-over-par 73 and was caught by Webster, who carded 70 at Doha Golf Club for three-round totals of 12-under 204. They were only one stroke ahead of Adrien Saddier of France, the biggest mover with six birdies in his opening seven holes in a round of 64, South African Thomas Aiken (70) and Denmarks Thorbjorn Olesen (68) on a packed leaderboard. Sammy Baugh Youth Jersey . Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema scored two goals each Wednesday night in a 6-1 rout of Schalke in the first leg of their second-round matchup. "We played a very, very good match," Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "We got well into the match, scored two early goals and that opened the game and left us able to counter and to use the speed of our players. . "I love the game, its the best job you can have," he explained Tuesday as the players left Joe Louis Arena for the summer. "Ill sit down with my wife and well go from there. Ereck Flowers Womens Jersey .Hammel pitched inside more and it helped him get into the seventh inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Friday night. Washington Redskins Jerseys .com) - Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil and New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen were selected as the AFCs top players for Week 14 of the NFL season.LOS ANGELES -- Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has agreed to a multiyear contract extension late in one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Los Angeles announced its new deal for Kupchak late in the fourth quarter of a 145-130 loss to the Houston Rockets. Kupchak had one year left on his current contract. The Lakers latest defeat was their 53rd of the season, matching the franchise record sett in 1958.dddddddddddd Kupchak has a wholesale rebuilding job in store with the Lakers, who will miss the playoffs for just the third time since 1976. Kupchak has been in the Lakers front office since the three-time NBA champion centres playing career ended in 1986. The longtime apprentice to Jerry West largely took charge of the Lakers basketball operations after Wests departure in 2000. ' ' '
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GLENEAGLES, Scotland - For the first time in 10 appearances, Phil Mickelson spent an entire day at the Ryder Cup without hitting a single shot.U.S. captain Tom Watson benched Mickelson and Keegan Bradley for both sessions Saturday at Gleneagles, even though both wanted to play. Joining them on the sidelines was Webb Simpson, the last of the three captains picks.Mickelson and Bradley rallied to take down Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in the opening session of fourballs matches Friday, but they lost badly in foursomes when Bradley couldnt keep it in the short grass and Mickelson couldnt make enough putts.They didnt perform all that well yesterday afternoon, Watson said. They really wanted to go today. These are the best pairings for alternate shot.Mickelson will play only three matches this week, his fewest since going 3-0 as a rookie at Oak Hill in 1995.Asked to comment as he walked down the first fairway, Mickelson said, Whatever it takes to win.I want our team to win, and whatever we have to do is all I care about, he said.When asked whose decision it was not to play, Mickelson smiled and put in his ear phones to listen to coverage of other matches on the radio.Mickelson and Bradley formed Americas best team two years ago at Medinah when they went 3-0, asking to sit out the final session to be fresh for singles. Both wound up losing their singles matches as Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to win.They made it four in a row Friday by rallying to take down Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia with an eagle-par-birdie finish. But the pair struggled in foursomes.Watson was second-guessed for not giving them a rest Friday afternoon. They got plenty of rest on Saturday.The Americans, who won two matches and halved another in Saturday morning fourballs, sent out Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler for a fourth straight match. They had halved all three of their matches.Im riding the horses, Watson said. Jimmy and Rickie really played well. Three times they halved matches. Thats better than not winning.Mickelson, a five-time major champion, has not won a tournament since the British Open last summer at Muirfield, though he finished one shot behind McIlroy in the PGA Championship last month at Valhalla.Bradley has gone more than two years without winning, and he had to rely on a captains pick to make this team.Two of Watsons three picks — Bradley and Simpson — did not play at all on Saturday. Simpson, who said he texted Watson the morning of the picks to lobby for one, will go into Sunday singles having played only 14 holes on Friday morning. O. J. Howard Jersey . The 23-year-old Poland international is back as first choice at Arsenal after losing his regular spot in the team on occasions over the last three seasons. Gerald McCoy Buccaneers Jersey . The 21-year-old Wickham headed Sunderland into a 26th-minute lead --to add to the double he scored at Manchester City and his strike in last weekends win at Chelsea -- and then sealed the win with a late header. . Kamloops, B.C., the host city of this years Tim Hortons Brier, is where he won his first Canadian mens curling crown in 1996. Gerald McCoy Youth Jersey . The club announced Friday that Mauro Biello will be kept on as an assistant to coach Jesse Marsch when the Impact join the MLS in 2012. Ronde Barber Buccaneers Jersey . -- Lindsey Vonn squeezed in a little freeskiing on Thanksgiving morning, a step in the right direction for a return to racing after reinjuring her right knee in a recent training crash. BOSTON - The Boston Bruins signed restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith on Monday. Both players received one-year contracts worth $1.4 million. TSN hockey analyst Aaron Ward tweeted Monday morning that Krug will be paid $900,000 in salary with a $500,000 signing bonus. Krug, 23, played 79 games for the Bruins last season and ledd all NHL rookie defensemen in goals (14), assists (26) and points (40).dddddddddddd The 23-year-old Smith arrived in Boston as part of the Tyler Seguin trade with the Dallas Stars in July 2013. The forward is coming off a tremendous campaign in which he racked up 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points over 82 games -- all career highs. ' ' '
Artwork / Schumachers wife says the racing legends family want
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GRENOBLE, France -- Michael Schumachers wife says the racing legends family wants to be left in peace as doctors treat him after a brutal ski crash. Corinna Schumacher spoke out Tuesday for the first time since her husbands Dec. 29 accident in the French Alps. In a statement, she said: "Its very important to me that you ease the burden on the doctors and the hospital so that they can do their work in peace." She asked the international media who have gathered at the hospital in Grenoble to "please also leave our family alone." The 45-year-old Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since last week, after he hit his head on a rock skiing at the Meribel resort. Schumacher, who retired from Formula One in 2012, is the most successful F1 driver in history. Fans hoisted banners near the Grenoble hospital reading: "Schumi, All our thoughts for you and your family." Investigators are looking into the accident, and the local prosecutor has planned a news conference Wednesday morning. DaRon Payne Redskins Jersey . But history aside, theyre still happy to participate in the Par 3 contest, traditionally held on the day prior to the first round of the Masters. John Riggins Redskins Jersey . on the 15-day disabled Monday list because of a strained right hamstring. . Bale has had a successful debut season in Spain, and Ancelotti appears ready to reward him with a starting role on Saturday. Ancelotti says "Gareth had some problems at the beginning (of the season) but when he found good physical condition he scored a lot of goals, he had a good impact on the team. Dwayne Haskins Womens Jersey . NORRIS COLE (Heat): Its funny, you watch a guy play and now really produce and it just jumps off the page at you - why? You put a young player with potential in a winning environment where there is veteran leadership, outstanding coaching and management and a way that things are done and its a wonderful environment for growth, improvement in a climate of constant accountability and expectation of achievement/production. Joe Theismann Womens Jersey . - Dominika Cibulkova erased three match points in the second set Wednesday and beat Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open.The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned forwards Spencer Abbott and Jamie Devane to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Both players were called up prior to the Leafs 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senatorrs on Saturday.dddddddddddd Devane played 6:52 in the home opening victory and had one shot on goal while Abbott received 5:16 of ice time and was a minus-2 rating. Both players were making their NHL debuts. ' ' '
Artwork / first time since having elbow ligament-replacement
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - New York Mets ace Matt Harvey threw a baseball for the first time since having elbow ligament-replacement surgery. With the largest media contingent in camp since Mets pitchers and catchers reported a week ago and with a group of fans lining the fence of a back field at New Yorks spring training complex Saturday, the right-hander threw 20 times from 60 feet to a bullpen catcher. "It was awesome," Harvey said. "I know it was 20 throws at 60 feet, but everything felt absolutely amazing. Ive got a lot of work to do. Its going to be a tough process with how things felt today. But Ive got to stick with it and move forward." Harvey threw on the four-month anniversary of his surgery — Oct. 22 — which was the date he originally targeted for throwing. Art Monk Jersey . -- Officials have approved a deal to build a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves away from the downtown Atlanta area that has traditionally been its home. Doug Williams Jersey . 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OBrien succeeded against heavy odds, overcoming a lack of scholarships, a bowl ban, and player defections. He leaves the program on stable ground after bolting Happy Valley for the NFL and the Houston Texans. Penn State planned to act fast to find his successor. "Our anticipation is that well be counting this in a matter of days rather than weeks," Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said Thursday. OBrien left the Nittany Lions less than two years after replacing Joe Paterno, returning to the NFL to coach the team with the leagues worst record this season. Naturally, Joyner said there has been tremendous interest already in the vacancy, which should be more appetizing than in 2012. A former offensive co-ordinator for the Patriots, OBrien took on perhaps college footballs toughest job in January 2012, joining a school rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. "I think its a lot more attractive at this point, although we had tremendous interest even in spite of everything two years ago," Joyner said. "From a scholarship standpoint, were going to be very competitive right out of the gate. Watching whats happened here the last two years, if I was a head coach candidate, would make me very excited." Defensive line coach Larry Johnson is interim head coach while the search for a replacement goes on. "Im humbled by the confidence that Penn State has bestowed upon me during this critical time for the football program and honoured to do my part to help Penn State," Johnson said. OBrien will become the third coach in Texans history, following Dom Capers, who led the team from its expansion season in 2002, and Gary Kubiak. OBrien was set to be introduced Friday in Houston. Kubiak took over when Capers was fired after a 2-14 season in 2005. Kubiak went 61-64 and led the Texans to their first two playoff appearances and two AFC South titles before being fired in early December. Houston was expected to contend for the Super Bowl this season, but instead lost nine games by a touchdown or less to end up 2-14. "In your lifetime, you only get certain opportunities so many times," OBrien told reporters at a Houston airport. "This is a great opportunity to work with an owner like Mr. (Bob) McNair and an organization like the Texans. It is a very exciting time for myself and my family." OBrien was proud of his time at Penn State. "They gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach, and Ill always tthank them for that," he said.dddddddddddd. "Theyre great kids at Penn State; lot of great people there." OBrien was the first major defection this week. Third-team All-American wide receiver Allen Robinson decided Thursday to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Robinson set Penn State season records in receptions (97) and yards receiving (1,432) for the second consecutive year. He wrote on Twitter: "It was a honour to wear a penn state uniform for 3 years. I will miss my teammates and coaches, blessed for the opportunity and experience." Robinson at least gave the program three years. OBrien only lasted two. "I believe that Bill OBrien came here with the intent to be here for a long haul," Joyner said. OBrien, who helped lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the 2011 season, arrived in Happy Valley after apprenticeships coaching at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke, followed by five years as an NFL assistant on Bill Belichicks staff. He won games and won over players with a stern look on his face. OBrien did it all in Paternos shadow. Over the course of his 61 years at Penn State, Paterno became not just the face, but the cantankerous soul and benefactor of a school that was transformed from a "cow college" into a top-shelf public university. Joyner said OBrien never seemed affected by the Paterno loyalists who were slow to warm to an outsider running the program. "Bill handled that very well, with grace and style," he said. "I really believe that he loved it here. From the get-go, he looked at himself as a long-termer. But I think a tremendous opportunity came up for him." While some scholarships have been restored, Penn State lacks the full allotment other Big Ten schools -- including new members Rutgers and Maryland -- have at their disposal. As for candidates to replace OBrien, Greg Schiano has Penn State ties and may want to return to college after two forgettable seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While at Rutgers, Schiano was viewed as an Eastern recruiting expert who built the Scarlet Knights into a consistent bowl team by landing players from New Jersey to Miami. Vanderbilts James Franklin and Miami coach Al Golden, a former Penn State captain under Paterno, could both be at the top of the list. Joyner said school ties arent a must for the new coach. "People that have been affiliated with Penn State understand and are part of that great tradition," he said. "Its not a requirement going forward, but its something that will be in the thought process in the selection of the next great football coach at Penn State." ' ' '
Artwork / changed the game for No. 10 Oregon and Damyean
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SALT LAKE CITY -- One possession changed the game for No. 10 Oregon and Damyean Dotson played the most important role in letting it unfold. Faced with Utah setting up a potential game-winning shot in the waning seconds of overtime, Dominic Artis tipped a pass intended for Dallin Bachynski to Dotson and he raced down the court for a breakaway dunk with 1 second left. Dotsons basket sealed a 70-68 comeback victory in dramatic fashion and helped the Ducks remain unbeaten on Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. "That was unbelievable," said Dotson, who finished with 11 points. "I never had a game-winner like that before. Its the greatest feeling for me. Thats a great way to start conference (play)." Richard Amardi had 14 points and Artis added 12 for Oregon (13-0, 1-0), which rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half. The Ducks are off to their best start since winning 13 straight games to open the 2006-07 season. Oregon won despite shooting only 38.7 per cent (24 of 62) from the field. The Ducks made up the difference by holding the Utes to 38.1 per cent (24 of 63). Both teams ranked in the top five nationally in field goal percentage coming into the game. "Nobody got a rhythm to their offence," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Theyre a good offensive team. I like to think we are. Neither team had a very good rhythm and missed some open shots. I dont know if it was tight because it was the first conference game. I dont know what it was. But there wasnt much flow offensively to the game." Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points for Utah, while Delon Wright chipped in 14 and Bachynski added 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Utes (11-2, 0-1) led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but could not overcome the last-second turnover. Wright put the Utes ahead 68-66 with consecutive baskets. But Dotson made two free throws to tie it in the final minute before coming up with the winning basket. Loveridge got off a 3-point attempt before the buzzer, but it bounced off the rim. He had a chance for a game-winning 3-pointer on the final play of regulation, but that shot also came up short. "We know we can play and compete with everyone in the league," Loveridge said. "Hopefully next time we can make the plays down the stretch. The guys that have been here the last few years understand what we need to do moving forward. It hurts of course but we cant sit back and think about it." Utah smothered Oregon on the defensive end to start both halves and the Utes built a 10-point lead early in the second half when Dakarai Tucker drained a 3-pointer to put Utah ahead 45-35 with 13:45 left. That lead did not last long. Oregon tied the game behind a 12-2 spurt that started and finished with layups by Elgin Cook. The Ducks finally took a 51-49 lead on a tip-in basket by Amardi with 7:32 left. "We got a little loose with the ball and didnt have that same intensity," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "I think it was surprising to our guys to see them continue to run with us." The Ducks went up 58-55 on Johnathan Loyds layup with 3:46 remaining. Wright made a layup and two free throws to tie it at 60. The Utes finally retook the lead briefly at 62-60 when Brandon Taylor made two free throws with 42 seconds left. Dotson made two free throws with 27.5 seconds left. Then Loveridge misfired on the potential game winner and the game went to overtime. It offered a snapshot of Utahs struggles from long range. The Utes shot just 15.8 per cent (3 of 19) from beyond the arc. "We knew they had a couple of shooters, so we were just trying to close out and run them off the line," Loyd said. "If they did get it up, we tried to contest everything. And it worked for us. They missed some shots for us." Oregon opened the game by missing 12 of its first 14 shots from the field and went without a field goal for 6:18 between its first and second baskets of the game. The Ducks shot 35.7 per cent from the field (10 of 27) in the first half. Utah had a 20-10 edge in points in the paint in the first half even though both teams had 19 rebounds. Tony Oliva Jersey . Joel Embiid was nearly unstoppable in the paint in the second half, and Naadir Tharpe seemingly couldnt miss. Marwin Gonzalez Twins Jersey . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. .Y. -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday. Max Kepler Jersey . Not bad for a defenceman. The goal, that is. Although the shuffling dance steps werent bad, either. 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Mariota, a redshirt junior, is the most prolific quarterback in Oregon history and has led the Ducks (12-1) to 35 wins in his three seasons as the starter. He has passed for 3,773 yards and 38 touchdowns this season with 669 yards rushing and another 14 scores. He completed 68.3 percent of his 372 passes with just two interceptions on the season and accounted for 346 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-13 win over Arizona in the Pac-12 title game on Friday. Oregon ended the season No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings and will face reigning nationaal champion Florida State and last years Heisman winner, quarterback Jameis Winston, in the Rose Bowl on Jan.dddddddddddd 1. Coopers Crimson Tide (12-1) -- the No. 1 team in the playoff rankings -- will take on Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. The winners of those games will play for the national championship on Jan. 12. Cooper, a junior, has 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games this season. He had an Iron Bowl-record 224 yards receiving in Alabamas 55-44 win over rival Auburn on Nov. 29 and caught 12 passes in Saturdays win over Missouri in the SEC championship game. Gordon rushed for a then-FBS record 408 yards against Nebraska last month and ended the season with 2,336 yards rushing, fourth-most all-time. He scored 26 on 309 carries but had just 76 yards on 26 carries in Saturdays 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. The redshirt juniors single-game rushing record set Nov. 15 in a 59-24 win over the Cornhuskers was broken seven days later by Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine. The previous record was set by NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson for TCU in 1999. ' ' '
Artwork / next month, the Toronto Raptors have scheduled four
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With the NBA Draft coming up next month, the Toronto Raptors have scheduled four workout dates in the next two weeks. Toronto native Tyler Ennis is scheduled to work out with the team on Thursday. The Syracuse guard was recently named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team and was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Naismith College Player of the Year Award. The pre-draft workouts will be held on the Raptors practice court at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors have the 20th overall pick in this years draft after finishing the season with a team-record 48 wins. The Raptors also have the 37th and 59th picks in the second round. The NBA Draft will be held June 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Both rounds will be shown live on TSN. Doug Williams Womens Jersey . Off-Season Game Plan looks at the Capitals possible summer plans, with the understanding that its tough to plot a direction without a general manager or head coach around which to set those expectations. 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The 2010 AL MVP was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the Los Angeles Angels with a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was hurt trying to hustle down the line and beat out a grounder in the seventh inning of Tuesday nights loss to Seattle. Hamilton was thrown out, but the consequences of his decision ended up being far greater. "The news sucks. Anytime you play and youre playing hard and having fun, the last thing you want to do is do something that is going to cause you to miss time and maybe hurt your team in the long run," Hamilton said. "If I could see the future, obviously, I wouldnt do it." Los Angeles said an MRI Wednesday revealed a complete tear of the thumbs ulnar collateral ligament. After initially saying hand and wrist specialist Dr. Steven Shin would operate at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles, the Angels said Hamilton will be examined by Shin on Friday to determine whether surgery is needed. Hamilton was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and outfielder J.B. Shuck was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. Hamilton said he believed it was just a jammed thumb, but when he tried throwing in the outfield between innings he knew something might be wrong. Hamilton told manager Mike Scioscia to have someone pinch hit for him in the ninth. Ian Stewart batted for Hamilton and struck out with the potential tying run on base in a 5-3 loss. "Its definitely unfortunate but I think as a team you have to be able to absorb and be deep enough to absorb injuries to players and Josh is a special talent who is off to a great start for us. Well do our best to fill that void," Scioscia said. &qquot;Over the years, weve had a lot of our key players miss significant time, but weve been able to absorb it and move on.dddddddddddd Thats what we have to focus on doing now for the next six, eight weeks, whatever the time frame is going to end up being." Scioscia said the Angels lineup could see mixing and matching while Hamilton is out. Collin Cowgill was in the lineup in left field and leading off, with Kole Calhoun dropped to sixth in the order and Howie Kendrick moved up to Hamiltons usual No. 5 slot. A five-time All-Star, Hamilton has struggled since signing a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels before the 2013 season. He hit a career-low .250 last year with 21 homers and 79 RBIs, his poorest power numbers since 2009. He was batting .207 with 25 RBIs through June 23, then hit .289 with 54 RBIs during the rest of the season. Hamilton strained a calf muscle during a baserunning drill on Feb. 25 and didnt play in his first spring training game until March 17. He is hitting .444 with two homers and six RBIs in 27 at-bats this season. Hamilton believes he can still keep his timing down with his swing even while hes sidelined. "Disappointing in general that youve got to miss some time, because as a player you prepare the whole off-season to come in and do what you can to help contribute to your team winning ballgames," he said. "Thats the most disappointing part of the injury." The injury rekindled the debate about sliding into first base. Hamilton wasnt the only player to make that choice in Tuesdays game. Seattles Michael Saunders had an awkward slide into first base running out a ground ball. "Its just part of who I am. Ive done that a lot," Hamilton said. "Who knows if I will ever do that again?" ' ' '
Artwork / Jamies number grades given are out of five
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VANCOUVER - Justin Fontaines shootout goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in NHL action Friday night. Fontaine, Minnesotas seventh shooter, went wide on Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack and slid the puck under him. Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper preserved the win by denying Vancouvers final shooter, David Booth, as he attempted a spin-o-rama shot. The Wild (33-21-7) posted its fourth straight win, while the Canucks (28-24-10) suffered their eighth loss in the past nine games. The Canucks outshot the Wild 31-23 with Minnesotas goaltender recording 30 saves and Vancouvers Eddie Lack stopping 22. The Wild scored on one of three power plays while the Canucks were blanked on two, but tallied while shorthanded. Vancouvers Ryan Kesler and Minnesotas Zach Parise exchanged first-period goals. Kesler, who missed Thursdays win over St. Louis with a hand injury and has been the subject of trade speculation, opened the scoring 5:19 into the game while the Canucks were shorthanded. After Chris Higgins forced a turnover just outside the Vancouver blue-line, Kesler raced down left wing and beat Kuemper with a high shot. The goal came while Daniel Sedin was serving a hooking penalty. Minnesota had a goal by former Canucks defenceman Keith Ballard disallowed as officials ruled Mikael Granlund interfered with Lack, but no penalty was necessary. Parise evened the score just under nine minutes later as he beat a heavily screened shot from the slot. The Wild captain put the puck between Alex Edlers and Dany Heatleys jerseys as they stood in front of the net. The Canucks outshot the Wild 11-6 in a scoreless second period, but could not beat a steady Kuemper, who made his 14th consecutive start. Early in the third period, he robbed Kesler while sprawled on his belly. After Kesler picked up the puck, cut in front of the goalmouth and sent a backhand toward the net, Kuemper lifted his right leg and kicked the disk out. The Canucks controlled play for much of the third, but struggled to generate dangerous chances against Minnesotas determined defensive efforts. The Wild only recorded its second shot of the period with 2:59 left, but still managed to force overtime. The Canucks received a rare power play 1:27 into the extra session as Parise was penalized for boarding Chris Tanev. In the shootout, Vancouvers Chris Higgins had Kuemper down and out after a deke, but hit the post on his clubs final shot of the regulation portion. Notes: Vancouver defenceman Chris Tanev returned after missing seven games with a thumb injury. … Wild captain Mikko Koivu remained out with an ankle injury suffered Jan. 4, but took part in his clubs morning skate. He has missed 17 straight games. … Most of Vancouvers injured players have returned. Only winger Mike Santorelli (shoulder, out for season) and defenceman Andrew Alberts (concussion) remain in sick bay. … Minnesota left winger Jason Zucker missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury while Marco Scandella sat out his third contest due to a sprained knee. Goaltender Josh Harding, who is struggling to find the right medication program for his multiple sclerosis, has missed 19 games. Eddie George Womens Jersey .5 million, two-year contract that runs through 2015. Venable, the son of former big leaguer Max Venable, will make $4. Eddie George Youth Jersey . Lisicki beat South African Chanelle Scheepers by a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) margin. Next up for the Wimbledon runner-up will be Slovenian Polona Hercog, who outlasted Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. . Long snapper Patrick Mannelly announced Friday that he is retiring after a 16-year-career with the Bears, a span in which he played in a team record 245 games and snapped the ball 2,282 times. 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Carlyles firing came after Paul MacLean (Ottawa), Dallas Eakins (Edmonton) and Pete DeBoer (New Jersey) were let go by their respective teams.17 - Number of seasons Carlyle spent as a player in the NHL. The 58-year-old native of Sudbury, Ont., started his NHL career with the Maple Leafs in 1976-77 and later played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets.45 - Number of points the Maple Leafs have earned this season. Toronto is tied for 16th place in the overall standings. Sixteen teams will make the post-season.48 - Number of years since the Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup. Carlyle was just 11 years old when Toronto defeated the Montreal Canaddiens to win the championship in 1967.dddddddddddd 21-16-3 - Carlyles record with the Maple Leafs this season. He was let go after a disappointing 2-5-0 road trip. Toronto is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and hovering on the playoff bubble in the Eastern Conference.91-78-19 - Carlyles overall coaching record with the Maple Leafs. He started his NHL coaching career with Anaheim in 2005 after spending six seasons as head coach of the Manitoba Moose in the IHL and AHL. 121 - Number of goals Toronto has allowed this season, the fifth-worst total in the NHL. The Maple Leafs are ahead of Arizona, Dallas, Edmonton and Buffalo in the category, all sub-.500 teams.130 - Number of goals Toronto has scored this season, good for No. 2 overall in the 30-team league. Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs with 18 goals, followed by James van Riemsdyk (17) and Tyler Bozak (13).2007 - The year Carlyle won a Stanley Cup as a head coach. He guided the Anaheim Ducks to a 48-20-14 record that season and a five-game victory over the Ottawa Senators in the Cup final. ' ' '
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