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NEW YORK -- Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks, boosted early by Gerardo Parras bunt double, finally outlasted the New York Mets 5-4 in a back-and-forth classic Thursday to split an exhausting series at Citi Field. Balenciaga Shoes Uk Sale . Arizona scored in the final three innings but couldnt close out the feisty Mets until Brad Ziegler retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis on an easy grounder with runners at second and third to end a game that lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes. Anthony Recker and Nieuwenhuis hit tying homers in consecutive extra innings for New York, which dropped its final home appearance before hosting the All-Star game July 16. In a span of four days, the teams played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning marathon and two others delayed by rain for a total of 3 1/2 hours. So it was only fitting that the finale went on and on throughout a humid afternoon as kids who lined up beyond the outfield wall in the eighth inning waited patiently to run the bases after the final out. Cody Ross drew a bases-loaded walk from New York reliever David Aardsma in the 13th, but the Diamondbacks squandered a great chance to add on. And of course, with two outs in the bottom half, Recker homered off ex-Met Heath Bell to tie it again. Arizona pushed across another run in the 14th on Martin Prados third hit, a bloop RBI single with two outs off Brandon Lyon. Moments later, Nieuwenhuis sent a one-out liner barely over the left-centre fence off Chaz Roe (1-0), who made his major league debut in the series opener Monday. Recker, who caught the entire game, and Nieuwenhuis were both batting .167 when they connected. Scott Rice (3-5) retired his first two batters in the 15th before Parra singled, Wil Nieves singled for his fourth hit and Pennington lined a single to left to make it 5-4. Ziegler walked two in the bottom half but hung on for his first save since 2011 with Oakland. And at last, it was over. The Mets are no stranger to long games -- especially on July 4. They lost a 20-inning marathon at home to Miami last month, won a 20-inning game in St. Louis three years ago and came out on top in an Independence Day thriller at Atlanta in 1985. That rain-delayed 16-13 victory is remembered best for Braves pitcher Rick Camps tying homer with two outs in the 18th and later the postgame fireworks that went off -- around 4 a.m. By pulling out this test of endurance, the NL West-leading Diamondbacks finished 3-7 on a long road trip against three NL East teams. Wearing alternate caps on the Fourth of July, the teams were back at it in 87-degree heat and humidity less than 13 hours after their rain-delayed game ended Wednesday night. Arizona put the leadoff batter on six times in the first eight innings but managed only Nieves two-run single in the fifth. Mets starter Dillon Gee and counterpart Ian Kennedy, who matched a season high with eight strikeouts, kept the sluggish offences in check for seven innings each. Kennedy, making his seventh consecutive start on the road, won his previous four outings against New York. He is winless in five starts overall since beating the Cubs on June 1 at Wrigley Field. This was his second time out since serving a 10-game suspension for his role in the June 11 brawl at Dodger Stadium. Gee, who entered with a .126 career batting average, lashed a two-out RBI single that tied it 2-all in the fifth. Omar Quintanilla scored after a one-out double. Ross drew a leadoff walk from Gee in the fifth and Parra dragged a hard bunt through the right side. With second baseman Daniel Murphy cheating toward the middle and first baseman Josh Satin breaking back to the bag, the ball rolled into shallow right field before Murphy could retrieve it. Ross scampered to third and Parra slid into second easily with a double. Nieves smacked the next pitch past shortstop for a two-run single. David Wright doubled in the Mets fourth and advanced on Kennedys wild pitch before scoring on an RBI groundout by Marlon Byrd. NOTES: Arizona will recall top prospect Tyler Skaggs from Triple-A Reno to start Friday night against Colorado in place of injured RHP Trevor Cahill (bruised right hip). The 21-year-old lefty went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts for the Diamondbacks earlier this season. He was optioned to Reno on June 10. "He went back down there and got some more starts. Hell have a better understanding of what hes up against," manager Kirk Gibson said. ... Parra returned to the lineup in RF after sitting out two games. He was shaken up trying to make a diving catch on the warning track Monday, leaving him with scrapes and bruises on his face and arm. ... RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.06 ERA) makes his fourth major league start when the Mets open a nine-game road trip Friday night in Milwaukee. ... Mets pinch-hitter John Buck was ejected in the 12th by first base umpire Mike Everitt for protesting a checked-swing third strike. Balenciaga Shoes Outlet Uk . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. Balenciaga Shoes On Sale . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. http://www.balenciagauksale.com/ . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Top-ranked Alabama has never lost an opener under Nick Saban. And the Crimson Tides last two national championships, including a season ago, started at the home of the NFLs Dallas Cowboys.Maybe Crimson Tide fans should go ahead and make plans for Tampa in January for the next College Football Playoff title game. Many of them probably already have even before the start of Sabans 10th season.Alabama opens Saturday night at AT&T Stadium against 20th-ranked Southern California, which is facing an SEC team for the first time in 10 years.It is the seventh of Sabans openers to be played in a neutral site against team from another Power Five conference -- the Tide have won all of those first six at least double figures. That includes beating Michigan in 2012 and Wisconsin last September in the stadium where they also won the CFP semifinal in the Cotton Bowl last New Years Eve.Well, Id rather play here in Tuscaloosa, Saban said this week on campus. The issue is getting people to play you in Tuscaloosa that are quality opponents, and then when you do home-and-home. That means next year wed have to play in California. So next year we wouldnt make any money, this year we would. This is a business decision but its also a program decision in the tremendous amount of exposure, when you play a quality opponent like USC.The Tide have won four national titles under Saban. The first was in 2008, when the Trojans won their last Pac-12 title.USC has seven wins in its history against No. 1 teams, but the last was in 1984.What an unbelievable opportunity. You look at the sacrifices this team made, the things its gone through to get here, and you cant help being excited about it, said Clay Helton, who goes into his first game of his first season as the Trojans permanent coach. Thats why you come to SC. If you dont like the challenge, you dont take the job.Some other things to know when Alabama and USC go head-to-head for the first time since 1985:NEW QBS: USCs Max Browne has won the job to replace Cody Kessler but has attempted only 19 passes in nine gaames. Balenciaga Sale Mens. . Alabamas starter is a mystery, either junior Cooper Bateman or redshirt freshman Blake Barnett. If Saban has picked a guy, he isnt saying -- just like the past two years when Blake Sims and then Jake Coker claimed the jobs through game performances.KIFFINS OLD TEAM: Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is plenty familiar with the Trojans, having coached 19 members of the USC team. Hes a former USC head coach and assistant. It wont be about me, just like it wasnt about me when we were at Tennessee, Kiffin said early in preseason camp. Its not about coach when we go to LSU. Its about our players playing really well. All we can do is put our players in the best position to win.NEW BUT FAMILIAR: New Trojans head coach Clay Helton has been on their staff since 2010. There is also a new offensive coordinator (Tee Martin) and new defensive coordinator (Clancy Pendergast), and like Helton, neither are strangers at USC. Martin has been on staff there since 2012, and Pendergast was previously the Trojans defensive coordinator in 2013, before returning to the NFL the past two seasons.PROLIFIC RECEIVERS: If the quarterbacks are unproven, their top targets are pretty obvious. USCs Browne has JuJu Smith-Schuster, who flirted with 1,500 receiving yards and has impressed Saban all the way around. A bigtime guy, the coach said. Kind of a Dez Bryant-type of receiver, and hes certainly going to be a challenge for us to guard. Alabama counters with Calvin Ridley, who emerged as one of the SECs best as a freshman. Ridley is also taking over returning punts.OPENING STREAKS: The Crimson Tides streak of season-opening wins is even longer than Sabans tenure. They have won their last 14 openers overall, which is three fewer than USCs streak of 17 consecutive seasons with a win in the first game.---AP Sports Writers John Zenor and Greg Beacham contributed to this report.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' ' 
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been ruled out of Thursdays Europa League round-of-32 second-leg clash at home to Fiorentina. China NFL Jerseys . Kane broke his nose during the FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend and will sit out the game at White Hart Lane, which stands at 1-1, but should return against Swansea on Saturday. It will be the first time this season Kane has not been named either in the starting line-up or on the bench for a Spurs fixture. Tottenham are looking to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League for the third straight season, while Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last seven games having won 3-2 at Atalanta on Sunday in Serie A.Team newsSpurs Mousa Dembeles came off at half-time against Palace with a groin injury and is now set to be out forbetween 10 days and two weeks, meaning he is likely to miss the north London derby against Arsenal next month. Mauricio Pochettino gives an injury update ahead Thursdays game Mauricio Pochettino is boosted by the return of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury, and Erik Lamela, who has recovered from a bout of illness.Tom Carroll, however, is out with an Achilles problem while Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie remain sidelined with knee injuries.Opta statsThis will be the 15th meeting between Spurs and an Italian side in European competition, with the north London club winning just four previous games (W4 D6 L4).Three of those four wins came at White Hart Lane however (AC Milan in 1972, Inter Milan in  both 2010 and 2013).Fiorentina are unbeaten in five European games against English opposition (W3 D2), with two of those coming against Spurs last season. Fiorentinas Federico Bernardeschi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first leg Tottenham have lost just one of the last 20 European matches at White Hart Lane, netting an impressive 50 goals and conceding just 17 (W15 D4 L1).In fact - Spurs have scored in 19 successive home games in European competition now.In contrast, Fiorentina have themselves lost just once in 16 Europa League away matches, conceding two or more on just two occasions.Charlies predictionsI thought it was strange to see Spurs play such a strong team in the first leg because their results have been poor after Europa League trips and the outcome was their defeat to Crystal Palace. Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring the opener in Florence Mauricio Pochettino is obviously keen on winning this competition, but what I would have said that this is the one competition they didnt need to go far in. Unlike Liverpool and United, they dont need to win it for a Champions League place because theyre going to be in the top four.All these games are coming thick and fast now and I think theyll put out another strong side, go out to win it in the first half and, even though Fiorentina are a good side, I expect Spurs to come through here.Charlie predicts: 2-0 and Christian Eriksen to score first (40/1 with Sky Bet)BettingTottenham are odds-on with Sky Bet to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League with Fiorentina 7/4 shots. Spurs, 14/1 to lift the trophy, can be backed at odds of 3/4 to win on the night with their visitors given a 19/5 chance, while another 1-1 draw and extra-time is a 6/1 chance.The Sky Sports pundits are unanimous in their backing of Spurs to win on the night. See their predictions and Price Boosts here. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping . 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Two games into his stint as Minnesota Timberwolves coach, Tom Thibodeau is already pushing his team to toughen up.Thibodeau, who also serves as president of basketball operations, publicly challenged his players after the Timberwolves 106-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, saying they lacked all sorts of toughness.Everything: mental toughness, physical toughness, emotional toughness, all aspects of it, Thibodeau said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Every team has two or three primary scorers, and theyre going to put pressure on you and you have to respond. Its not any one persons responsibility. Its the entire teams. We have to get tied together and have discipline.He was particularly upset with the third quarter Saturday, when Minnesota (0-2) was outscored 31-12. The period included a 17-0 run by the Kings.The third quarter was a problem. A big problem, Thibodeau said. So we got to look at the film to see what the issues were. Weve got to be tougher.Ricky Rubio did not practice on Monday because of a sprained right elbow and was scheduled to meet with a doctor later in the day to try to determine the extent of his injury. NFL Jerseys Cheap. Rubio was injured in the second half of Saturdays loss to the Kings, and Thibodeau said Monday the Timberwolves?would have to wait for the doctor to evaluate an MRI before they knew more about a timeline for his recovery.Rubio is an integral part of a young Wolves team trying to end a 12-year playoff drought. His veteran leadership, passing and defense are needed on a team that has had a rough start to the season.If he cannot play in the home opener on Tuesday night against Memphis, rookie Kris Dunn would get the start.Next man up, Thibodeau said when asked if Dunn was ready to start this early in his tenure. You dont get here by accident. Youre here, youre a great player -- get in there and get the job done.Thibodeaus next chance to get his first win as Timberwolves coach comes in the teams home opener Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.The Associated Press contributed to this report. ' ' ' 
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PHILADELPHIA -- A. Cheap Nolan Ryan Jersey .J. Ellis, the Philadelphia Phillies recently acquired catcher, has made an immediate impact with his new team.The same cannot be said of Jake Thompson, the Phillies rookie right-hander.Thompson (1-3, 9.78) will be looking to get untracked Monday, when the Phillies open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Tanner Roark (13-7, 2.99) gets the start for the National League East leaders.Thompson, called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in early August, has not worked more than five innings, nor allowed fewer than three runs, in any of his four major league starts to date. His last time out he lost on the road to the Chicago White Sox, surrendering seven runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out two and walking four.In 19 1/3 innings to date, he has walked 13 while allowing 22 hits, a far cry from the form he showed at Lehigh Valley, where he gave up 105 hits and walked just 37 in 129 2/3 innings.Im not used to this, Thompson said after the loss to White Sox, according to Major League Baseballs official web site. The issue is pretty evident. Im not throwing strikes, and when I am throwing strikes, theyre not good strikes. Its coming back to the drawing board and figuring it out a little bit.Thompson has never faced Washington.Ellis, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for fellow catcher Carlos Ruiz last Thursday, belted a tie-breaking two-run double in the seventh inning of his first game with Philadelphia, a 5-1 road victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.It felt good regardless of whats happened in the last four days, Ellis said, according to MLB.com. It feels good to drive in runs, feels good to help put your team ahead and help contribute to a team win.Roark, a model of consistency most of the season for the Nationals, is winless in his last two starts. His last time out he absorbed a 10-8 loss to Baltimore, going five innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out four and walking three.It was Roarks shortest outing in his last six starts, and the most runs he has allowed in the same span. All five of those runs came in the first two innings, when he threw 62 pitches and hit three batters.I couldnt locate; it was as simple as that, Roark said, according to MLB.com. I was trying to go inside to get them off the plate and make them feel uncomfortable. Thats how I pitch. Obviously not my best outing. What I love is that we came back and came pretty darn close to tying it up or possibly winning it.Roark is 4-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 career games against the Phillies, eight of them starts.The Nationals comeback attempt also fell short Sunday, in a 5-3 loss to Colorado. They spotted the Rockies a 4-1 lead after three innings, but could muster only three solo homers, by Trae Turner, Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper.Harpers homer, his 23rd of the season, was a leadoff shot off reliever Boone Logan in the ninth inning. Adam Ottavino, Logans successor, then retired Anthony Rendon, Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman, sending Washington to its sixth loss in eight games. Cheap Rangers Jerseys . Louis Blues teammates who would also be participating in the Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey, that is. Cheap Ivan Rodriguez Jersey . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. http://www.cheaptexasrangersjerseys.com/ . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. RENO, Nev. -- Wyatt Demps caught three touchdown passes and Nevada held off a late Fresno State rally to earn a 27-22 win on Saturday night.The victory evened the Wolfpacks overall record at 3-3 and their Mountain West Conference mark at 1-1.Demps first TD came on some razzle-dazzle and it gave the Wolfpack a lead they never relinquished. Tyler Stewart hit Andrew Celis on a swing pass coming out of the backfield, but the wide out pulled up and found a wide-open Demps with a 36-yard strike. Demps, who finished with nine catches for 124 yards, caught a 3-yard toss from Stewart just before intermission and pulled in an 8-yard toss to make it 27-16. Cheap Texas Rangers Jerseys. Fresno State (1-5, 0-2) got within five when Dontel James scored from 5-yards out with 5:08 left, but a two-point conversion attempt failed.James Butler finished with 175 yards rushing on 35 carries for Fresno State. ' ' ' 
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. Cheap Jerseys Authentic . -- The second week of organized team activities began for the San Francisco 49ers without Michael Crabtree but with the tough task of replacing the teams top wide receiver. Anquan Boldin sure seemed up for the challenge. As for the other wideouts, they will likely need more time -- and healthy bodies -- to help fill the void. Boldin caught the bulk of the balls during Tuesdays practice, the first one open to reporters that he has participated in since coming to the 49ers in a trade with Baltimore in March. He looked comfortable as ever in a red No. 81 jersey -- and later in a San Francisco Giants cap walking out of the locker room. With Crabtree out for the foreseeable future with a torn right Achilles tendon, Boldin could be the key to San Franciscos depleted receiving corps this season. "We have to make plays. The passing game goes through us. If we dont make plays outside, we wont be successful as an offence," Boldin said. "Its definitely on us to get better as a receiver corps entirely." Coach Jim Harbaugh has decided to put veterans on one side of the offence and have an open competition among younger players on the other for Crabtrees spot. Last years catchless first-round pick, A.J. Jenkins, and Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton are the leading contenders for the "X" role Crabtree so skillfully occupied until tearing his Achilles in 7-on-7 drills last week. Recovery time can often take as long as a year after surgery, though the team is optimistic Crabtree will return at some point in 2013. In the meantime, the NFC champions will rely on Boldins experience to help groom the younger receivers into a bigger role, especially with reliable wideouts Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams both coming off serious knee injuries that occurred late in the regular season. "Anquan is not a talkative guy," Harbaugh said. "Hes not a small-talk guy. Hes just very serious about competing, and very serious about football and winning. I think itll speak volumes if the young guys observe that." Boldin had 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns for the Ravens last season. He also caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in Baltimores 34-31 win over San Francisco in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound receiver said he already feels comfortable in San Franciscos complicated version of the West Coast offence. In his 11th year in the NFL, Boldin said he has run many of the same plays and routes throughout his career but the terminology with the 49ers is the major difference. "For me, its just translating right now," he said. Boldins big frame already has made him a favourite of starter Colin Kaepernick and the other quarterbacks. While it was only one practice without full pads, he was often the first read and easily targeted more than any other player on the field, including while catching a 25-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Daniels between three defenders. "I guess Im looked at as being able to step in right now and make plays," Boldin said. "And thats what I want to bring. I want Kaep to be comfortable. I want the other quarterbacks to be comfortable enough to, even if it doesnt look like Im open, just give me a chance. Ill make a play for you." Thats exactly what Crabtree gave Kaepernick last season. The 25-year-old Crabtree, the teams 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas Tech, had career highs with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the 49ers last season. He was one of the biggest reasons the franchise returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years, clicking with Kaepernick after his promotion over Alex Smith in November. More than likely, the 49ers will need a collection of players to make up for Crabtrees loss. Williams already was participating in some individual practice drills and said he hopes to be ready by training camp. Harbaugh has said Manningham might need more time to recover. Jenkins and Lockette both trained with Kaepernick in the Atlanta area for about two months during the off-season. The trio even lived together in Georgia and often quizzed each other about the playbook. Back on the practice field at 49ers headquarters, now its up to the veterans to help speed up the learning. "Its a credit to the young guys we have, theyre not afraid to come ask questions, How do I do this? How do I run this route? Against this coverage, what do we do?" Williams said. "For me, Im happy to do that stuff because I want to see these guys progress and move along and become better players. Weve got it. Weve got a bunch of them. Dont sleep on some of the young guys we have." NOTES: Harbaugh said RB Frank Gore has not been participating in practice because he is "working through something," the coachs typical line for an injured player. Harbaugh said the injury is not serious. ... Second-year RB LaMichael James said he is up to 205 pounds, 10 more than his playing weight last season. He credited the off-season weightlifting program with helping him build strength and sees himself as the top option to return kicks and punts with Ted Ginn Jr. gone. ... Harbaugh said he received some tips from three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford before driving a high-performance Corvette Stinger at the track over the weekend. He said he got the car up to 118 mph the last two turns. "Of course, by next week when I retell the story it might be up to 138," he joked. Wholesale China Jerseys Store . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. http://www.onlinejerseyscheap.com/ . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists.Several Hurricanes players face disciplinary action after breaching team protocols before their thrashing by the Sharks in South Africa last weekend. According to reports in New Zealand, up to five players could be sidelined from this Saturdays match against the Reds, which is live on Sky Sports 3 HD.A brief team statement said a small group of players breached team protocol while the squad were in South Africa. The matter has been dealt with internally and Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd will be happy to discuss it further at (Thursdays) scheduled media session once the team to play the Reds in Wellington on Saturday has been named.Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland the players broke a curfew but he would not identify those involved.Well wait until we see where we are before we talk about who it is, Holland told Radio Sport.If [dropping players] is the decision we come to, it will be pretty obvious.We set pretty high standards around our protocols and if there are any little minor discretions there will be consequences. Sean Fitzpatrick picks out the biggest and hardest hits from round 11 of Super Rugby The Hurricanes, who two weeks ago beat the Lions 50-17, were beaten by the Sharks 32-15 and slipped from third to fourth in the New Zealand Conference. Cheap Jerseys USA. t a team meeting in Wellington, captain Dane Coles was reluctant to discuss the incident before the side to play the Reds was finalised.Well wait until the team is named, he said. Well be able to answer some questions from there. Also See: WATCH: Super Rugby hits WATCH: Super Rugby tries Super Rugby fixtures Super Rugby tables ' ' ' 
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                                      CLEVELAND -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful an agreement on a new labor contract will be reached before the current deal expires Dec. Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping . 1.Negotiators for management and the players association have been meeting in New York this week. The 2006 contract was announced during the World Series and the 2011 agreement on Nov. 22.There are certain natural deadlines that kind of flow around the end of the World Series and then through the expiration date of the agreement, Manfred said Wednesday before Game 2 between the?Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Each of the last couple of times, weve either gotten it done during the World Series or a few days afterwards. I remain optimistic that were going to be in that same window in terms of getting it done.Primary issues include luxury tax thresholds, managements desire for a draft of international amateur players, changes in schedule rules to ease travel and international play, such as regular-season games in London. Baseball has not had a work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike that led to the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.Manfred was managements primary negotiator for the past three labor deals, then he succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner in January 2015. Former All-Star first baseman Tony Clark is leading players in talks for the first time; he took over as union head following the death of Michael Weiner in November 2013.Manfred said that whether an agreement is reached during this years Series depends on how long the World Series goes.On other topics:RatingsClevelands 6-0 win over Chicago?on Tuesday night drew the highest rating on Fox for a Series opener since 2009. Viewers are intrigued by the Cubs quest for their first title since 1908; the Indians have not won since 1948.An average of 19.4 million viewers watched on Fox, up 30 percent from the 14.9 million average for the?Kansas City Royals 14-inning Game 1 win over the New York Mets last season.We define our postseason challenge as finding narratives that takes our tremendous seasonlong, local audiences and draws them into the postseason, even if their team is not there in the postseason, Manfred said. I think that the narrative surrounding 68 years in Cleveland and 108 years in Chicago is exactly the recipe that we need to take that tremendous local fan interest that goes on all season long and draws it into the postseason. And the rating last night was a first indication that that narrative is going to be powerful.Olympics/World Baseball ClassicIt is imperative that our sport continue to develop a broader international footprint, Manfred said. It is the way that the media landscape is going to evolve; attracting international audiences is going to be absolutely crucial. I think its an area where we need to continue to focus. Our players need to be prepared to go to different countries and play, because I think its crucial to building the popularity of the game in other countries.The next World Baseball Classic is scheduled for March.Given the difficulties associated with playing major league players in the Olympics, I think its important for baseball to continue to have a premier international event. We need to work hard to make sure that the WBC is that event, he said.Indians logoManfred plans to meet with Indians owner Paul Dolan following the Series to discuss the teams continued use of the controversial Chief Wahoo logo. The smiling, red-faced symbol has stirred strong opinions for years. Manfred said he understands that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why.Manfred also appreciated the segment of fans who are attached to Chief Wahoo, which still appears on some of the Indians caps and sleeves of game jerseys.The Indians dropped Chief Wahoo as their primary logo three years ago, replacing it with a block C, but that isnt enough for some groups who want it abolished completely.Manfred said he and Dolan agreed to put off discussion until after the Series.Oakland and Tampa ballparksI think both Tampa and Oakland are major league markets, and we need major league-quality facilities in those two markets, Manfred said.The St. Petersburg City Council voted in January to give the?Rays?permission to search for new ballpark sites on both sides of Tampa Bay. The teams current lease at Tropicana Field expires in 2027.I dont see me in a position of making an immediate timetable or putting a timetable out there immediately, because were far enough away from the end of the lease, Manfred said. Authentic Jerseys Cheap . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Clearance Jerseys . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal.  Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review?  Why was this overturned?  James Veaudry Pembroke, ON --  Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. http://www.outletjerseyscheap.com/ . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!New York RangersOverall: 92 Title track: 44 Ownership: 76 Coaching: 68 Players: 77 Fan relations: 61 Affordability: 120 Stadium experience:?79 Bang for the buck:?104 Change from last year: -17The past decade has been kind to Rangers fans. The Blueshirts have reached the conference finals three times since 2012, narrowly missing out on the Stanley Cup in 2014. Theyve made the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 seasons. Now, though, theres a notion -- one reflected here -- that the window of opportunity is closing on Alain Vigneaults aging squad, which lost to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round last spring.Whats goodThe core of the team that made those deep postseason runs remains mostly intact. As a result, the Rangers still have an enviable title track (44th overall), which slipped just three places from a year ago. The face of the franchise remains all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist who, at 34, is still among the NHLs best. The blue line is still anchored by All-Star Ryan McDonagh, just entering his prime. Even the loss of free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle (to Florida) was somewhat offset by landing coveted Harvard center Jimmy Vesey, who chose Broadway over a host of Eastern Conference suitors. No wonder Blueshirt backers are mostly happy, even if fan relations fell 23 spots. China Jerseys. Whats badConsidering what they pay to watch games at Madison Square Garden, Rangers fans ought to be bathing in champagne. No hockey team in America costs more to support (only the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks are less affordable), and prices went up over the summer despite the extended offseason. In fact, the only U.S.-based NHL team offering less bang for the Buck is the Boston Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup as recently as 2011. The Rangers one title in the last 76 years came way back in 1994.Whats goodThe knock on Vigneault is that he cant win the big one. Fair or not, the affable French-Canadians Rangers have exited the playoffs earlier than they did the season before in each of the past two years, a worrying trend that helps to explain a 40-position drop in coaching. The roster has also stagnated -- players plummeted a whopping 44 spots -- under second-year general manager Jeff Gorton, whos been handcuffed by salary-cap constraints. Getting Vesey was a coup, but only because underperforming veterans Rick Nash, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal are inked to rich long-term pacts that made bigger moves (like retaining Yandle) impossible.Next: Ottawa Senators?| Full rankings ' ' ' 
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                                      After eight months of trading forehands and backhands, the final Grand Slam event of the season is here. Salomon Sale Clearance . The US Open is loaded with top stars and compelling matchups from the start. How can you keep up with all the action and results? Heres everything you need to know on Day 1.Watch every matchAt 11 a.m. ET, the first wave of matches will begin on ESPN3 for the entire day. Click to watch.?At 1 p.m. ET, ESPN2 & WatchESPN begin coverage. Click to watch.?To view starting times of upcoming days at the US Open, click here.?Live scoringOur real-time scoreboard, updated stats and social handles can be found on one spot, US Open CourtCast.?BracketsFind out whos moving on (and whos not) with our US Open mens and womens brackets. ?Mondays key matchesTaylor Townsend versus Caroline Wozniacki, 11 a.m. ET on the Grandstand (Watch)For a matchup of unseeded players, this one has plenty of storylines. Wozniacki spent a total of 67 weeks as the word No. 1 but never was able to capture a Grand Slam title. Still one of the most popular players on tour, the Dane has fallen to No. 51 in the world and hasnt won consecutive matches since June. Wozniacki has reached two US Open semifinals and two finals in her career; two years ago, she lost to Serena Williams in the championship match. Townsend, one of the brightest American juniors in recent years, has yet to make a mark on the WTA Tour. Two years ago, she made the third round of the French Open, but in five other Grand Slam appearances, has won only a single match.No. 5 Rafael Nadal versus Denis Istomin, third match on Arthur Ashe Stadium (Watch)What to make of Nadal? He looked incredible in his first two matches at Roland Garros before abruptly pulling out with a wrist injury. After missing two months (including Wimbledon), Nadal returned to action in Rio and reached the semifinals -- admittedly surprising even himself. Only an unforgettable three-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals kept Nadal from a shot at his second gold medal. The Spaniard, though, won the doubles title with partner Marc Lopez. Nadal says hes in good spirits and healthy entering New York. Hes never lost a match to Istomin in four previous encounters.No. 26 Jack Sock versus Taylor Fritz, 5:30 p.m. ET on Louis Armstrong Stadium (Watch)Certainly, one of the main attractions on opening day, this battle will feature two of the most talented Americans in the field. Sock, the newly minted mix-doubles Olympic champ, hopes his home Slam will snap him out of a singles funk. The 26th seed hasnt won more than two consecutive matches since the Clay-Court Championships back in early April. Fritz, 18 and perhaps the most talented of the new wave of U.S. mens players, reached the Memphis Open final six months ago, but since then has struggled, notably going only 3-7 in his past 10 matches.No. 1 Novak Djokovic versus Jerzy Janowicz, 7 p.m. ET on Arthur Ashe Stadium (Watch)Fittingly, the world No. 1 will begin his quest to defend his US Open crown under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium. With a title, Djokovic would join Roger Federer as the only players to win three majors in the same year on three occasions. The Serb, however, enters New York with a cloud of uncertainty. He fell early at Wimbledon, and after winning the Rogers Cup Masters, lost to del Potro in the opening round of Rio. Djokovic is also dealing with a wrist issue that he said still isnt 100 percent. Like del Potro, Janowicz possesses a thunderous game. A 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist, Janowicz (once ranked No. 14) has fallen to No. 228 in the world and has played only two matches this season.No. 8 Madison Keys versus Alison Riske, second night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium (Watch)In another all-American battle on opening day, the biggest question mark will be the health of Keys, who just last week withdrew from the Connecticut Open after injuring her neck during a practice session. But Keys has played well lately, winning 25 of her past 31 matches. This includes a trip to the Montreal final and the Rio semis. Shes also made the fourth round or better in every major dating back to last years US Open. Keys won a title on the grass of Birmingham right before Wimbledon. As for Riske, she is sporting a healthy 29-19 record this season, and just a few weeks ago reached the semifinals in Stanford. Salomon Clearance Uk . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. Salomon Wholesale Uk . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. http://www.cheapsalomonuk.com/ . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. Manu Ginobili has ended any doubt, as if there ever was any to begin with: The Argentine star tweeted that he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs next season.Ginobili previously posted a message on social media saying he had decided to play another season in the NBA. But he didnt mention the Spurs, which led some to wonder whether he would hhead to another team after spending the first 14 years of his career in San Antonio. Salomon Shoes Uk. It was a highly unlikely scenario, and one that Ginobili clarified on Thursday.Ginobili will turn 39 later this month. ' ' ' 
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