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SOFIA, Bulgaria - Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep cruised to straight-set victories on Tuesday in their opening round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Colorado Avalanche Store . Top-seeded Halep of Romania defeated Russias Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 in the Serdika group, while the other tournament favourite, Ivanovic, routed Bulgarias Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-2 in the Sredets group. In Tuesdays third match, third-seeded Maria Kirilenko retired due to injury against Frances Alize Cornet, and had to quit the tournament for a second consecutive year. Cornet was leading 5-0 in the first when Kirilenko called for a medical time out, before later abandoning the competition. Ukraines Elina Svitolina will replace Kirilenko. Avalanche Jerseys China . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Avalanche Jerseys 2020 .Y. -- The New York Islanders were merely content with a lopsided victory. .com) - Mikko Korhonen carded a 5-under 67 on Thursday to claim medalist honors at the European Tours Final Qualifying Stage tournament.ORLANDO, Fla. -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman concedes that they could be out-bid for free agent second baseman Robinson Cano. "I think he loves the money but I think were going to have a substantial offer, but somebody might come in and have a much more substantial offer," Cashman said Tuesday at the gathering of baseballs general managers. Thats just the way it works. "Hes in free agency and thats the feeling I get," Cashman added. "Doesnt make it wrong at all. Thats what makes the U.S. the greatest place in the world. We just have to compete for that. I feel very comfortable that well firmly compete for the player, but the value we put on him, the value someone else puts on him could be vastly different, and if it is well lose him." Cano is seeking a 10-year deal in excess of $300 million. "The best way to go about this process is to put your best foot forward and live with it, and if its not good enough Im comfortable with it. And whatever that foot is, from my end, is going to be very good, as it should be to retain the player," Cashman said. "We obviously have a strong interest in retaining him. Theres nothing better ... hes has a chance to be the first Dominican born player to have his number there in monument park and thats a big deal. A real big deal. But its going to take a big deal Im sure to make that happen." Cashman doesnt expect Cano to make a quick decision. Cashman has not ruled out signing players connected with the Bioogenesis scandal that resulted in Major League Baseball suspending 14 players last season for violating the leagues drug policy. Colorado Avalanche Shirts. "We have a lot of holes to fill, so were just going to have to explore every option thats available to us," Cashman said. "Obviously, everything in their background is relevant. But well certainly have to be open-minded." Cashman plans to tender a contract to catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was suspended 50 games as part of the Biogenesis investigation. The Yankees want to bring in two starting pitchers, adding to a rotation that has holdovers CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. Hiroki Kuroda has not announced if he will return next season. Other needs include the left side of the infield, where shortstop Derek Jeter is coming off an injury-marred season due to a broken ankle. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game suspension. Cashman expects Jeter will be healthy for the start of next season. With the retirement of career saves leader Mariano Rivera, setup man David Robertson is in the mix to be the new closer, but he is not guaranteed the role. "Im not sure that Robertson is capable yet. Hes never done that before," Cashman said. "I think hes earned the right to take a shot at it and may very well be the guy. Well wait and see how it plays out." NOTE: The Yankees are nearing an agreement to play two exhibition games next March in Panama, the home country of Rivera. ' ' '
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SAN ANTONIO -- Nebraska coach Tim Miles couldnt fix the cold shooting or sloppy passes. Fake Hurricanes Jerseys . The Big Ten coach of the year did see one thing he could correct: an overlooked shot clock error. Nope. These Huskers werent even going to get that right. Miles was instead ejected while trying to alert officials to the mistake, and 11th-seeded Nebraska would soon join their coach out of the NCAA tournament, falling to No. 6 seed Baylor 74-60 in the second round Friday. "Im thinking, Thats a correctible error. That is something we can go correct, and the official came over and Td me up," Miles said of getting his second technical foul. "I said Its the shot clock; it never ran. I was trying to look for the shot clock operator, and Im assuming its the guy that just dropped his head." The Cornhuskers lost again in their seventh tournament appearance. It punctuated a frustrating end to an otherwise fabulous season for a program that has long been an afterthought at football-crazed Nebraska. But basketball success is expected at Baylor (25-11), which has won 11 of 13 after a dismal start in the Big 12. The Bears didnt make last years tournament, but rolled to the Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012. Now theyre surging again. "The past Elite Eights that we did have were good runs, but this year were just looking at it as checking it one game at a time," said Cory Jefferson, who scored 16 points and was with Baylor for both those trips. "We had ours today, the next one is on Sunday. Well look at one game, and well move on from there." Baylor will play either No. 3 seed Creighton or No. 14 seed Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday. Terran Petteway scored 18 points for Nebraska (19-13), which hadnt played on this stage since 1998 and often looked like it. Nebraska missed nine of its first 10 shots, laboured through a 9-minute scoring drought then lost their coach midway through the second half. The officials tossed Miles after ringing him up for a second technical foul in nearly as many minutes. He first erupted after Petteway, the Big Tens leading scorer, picked up his fourth foul just after Nebraska cut the lead to single digits. Two minutes later, Miles was gone. "I didnt want an unfair competitive advantage. The same contact here should be the same contact there," Miles said. But he also didnt make excuses. "Officiating is not what did us in," he said. Referee Karl Hess issued a statement after the game acknowledging a shot clock error that both the operator and officials didnt notice. But he didnt suggest that giving Miles a second technical was wrong, referencing a section of the NCAA rulebook that prohibits "inciting undesirable crowd reactions" and certain conduct while objecting to an officials decision. As Miles walked toward the tunnel, he drew a standing ovation from a Texas crowd splashed with a healthy swath of Big Red. It was a big day for the state of Nebraska at the AT&T Center: Creightons game was next up, and fans shed red shirts at the buzzer to reveal Bluejay blue underneath. Isaiah Austin scored 13 points and Brady Heslip added 12 points for Baylor. The Bears didnt outshoot the Cornhuskers but got to the free throw line three times as often -- they made 38 of 48, compared to 10 of 16 for Nebraska. Shavon Shields scored 16 points and Ray Gallegos had 15 for the Cornhuskers. That Baylor and Nebraska were even here was a doubtful scenario just two months ago. Both teams nosedived toward February with a combined 2-11 record in conference play, with the Cornhuskers fulfilling historically low expectations and the Bears bottoming out after being ranked high as No 7 in the nation. Their turnarounds were almost simultaneous. Refusing to settle for a fourth losing season in five years, Nebraska won 10 of its last 13 and seized an unlikely status as one of the biggest surprises in the country. Baylor, meanwhile, won 10 of its final 12 during a hot streak that included a dominating march to the Big 12 tournament final. Hurricanes Jerseys 2020 . Dwyane Wade followed a few days later. Stitched Hurricanes Jerseys . -- Jonas Hiller is cautiously confident he has kicked his vertigo. . "Win basketball games," Collins said. He will get at least a few more chances. Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night.Indianapolis, IN ( - Rob Chudzinski will remain with the Indianapolis Colts for at least one more season after the in-demand assistant and the team agreed to deal to make him its associate head coach. Chudzinski, a former head coach in Cleveland who also had previous offensive coordinator stints with the Browns and Carolina Panthers, was considered a top candidate to fill offensive coordinator vacancies in San Francisco and St. Louis. The 46-year-old spent last season as a special assisstant to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano after being fired by the Browns after just one season leading the team. Carolina Hurricanes Gear. Chudzinskis one-year contract with Indianapolis had expired on Monday. Were excited to keep Chud in our family, Pagano said. Hes been a critical part of our operation and were looking forward to sharing even more success in the future. The Browns finished just 4-12 in Chudzinskis lone year as head coach, leading to his sudden dismissal at the conclusion of the 2013 season. ' ' '
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MILWAUKEE -- Dwight Howard was disappointed by the Rockets inconsistent effort, even if it was good enough to beat the Bucks. Avalanche Jerseys China . Howard scored 27 points, including three crucial free throws in the closing seconds, and James Harden scored 10 of his 22 points in the decisive third quarter to help Houston hold off a short-handed but scrappy Milwaukee team for its fifth straight win, 101-95 Saturday night. "We didnt attack like we needed to the whole game," Howard said. "There were spurts when we attacked the basket, but there were times when settled for the 3. We have to always be in attack mode." The Rockets let the Bucks get close once in the third and then again down the stretch. "They dug into the lead a little bit," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "Im just glad we got that win. That wasnt one of our best games. We had a lot of possessions offensively where we didnt move the ball." Jeremy Lin added 18 as the Rockets tied their longest winning streak of the season, a mark set in late November. "Were too up and down right now," Lin said. "We go up 12 and then we are only up six. It would be nice for us to build leads and really dominate from start to finish." Howard grabbed 13 rebounds for his 33rd double-double of the season, the third highest in the NBA this season. Nate Wolters, who scored a career-high 19, sparked the Bucks with seven points during a 16-7 run to open the second half and that pulled them to 63-61. "Defensively, they kind of got what they wanted there for a while," McHale said of the Bucks effort. "But we had some good runs inside the game that got us some separation." The Rockets quickly answered with baskets by Patrick Beverley and Terence Jones, and then Harden added seven points to prevent Milwaukee from getting any closer using an 18-8 run to end the third and take an 81-69 lead into the fourth. Brandon Knight scored 23 points and Khris Middleton 20, including three free throws after being fouled behind the arc with 46.6 seconds remaining as Milwaukee came back to trail 98-95. Howard made three of four free throws for Houstons final points and seal the win. "I thought for the most part, we hung in there," Bucks head coach Larry Drew said. "The first half we really were just trying to make it work after we lost Larry Sanders." The Bucks were already down to four reserves before an inadvertent elbow from Harden knocked Sanders out of the game with 7:37 left in the first quarter. The two were fighting for a rebound under the Bucks basket. Sanders fell to the floor for a few moments before walking off. He did not return due to blurred vision. After the game, Bucks coach Larry Drew didnt have any additional news on Sanders. John Henson thought that Sanders got hit in the eye and probably would just have a black eye. With the loss of Sanders, the Rockets had an easier time in the low post and outscored the Bucks 58 to 48 in the paint. Luke Ridnour (back), Ekpe Udoh (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (back), O.J. Mayo (illness/conditioning) and Caron Butler (ankle) missed the game for Milwaukee. Lin came off the bench to score 11 points in the first half as Houston shot 53.5 per cent and took a 56-45 lead at the half. Harden added 11 points and then helped Howard get his 11th just before the half ended on a slick alley-oop. Howard had just converted a three-point play when Harden lofted a pass that the Rockets centre dunked for a 15-point lead. NOTES: Houston improved to 15-3 against the Eastern Conference, including five straight against the East. ... Rockets C Omer Asik returned after missing the last 31 games with a right thigh/knee injury, but F Greg Smith sore right knee kept him back in Houston. Hes played in only 11 games so far this season. ... Howard is 17 of 18 in career games against the Bucks. ... The Rockets are 12-0 when Howard has scored at least 20 points in the last six weeks, compared to 2-6 when he doesnt. Colorado Avalanche Store . Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: "How can you sleep at night?" The accusation by Kim Myers provided a bizarre twist during the trial of the world-famous double-amputee Olympian, who is facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder for shooting dead Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, at his home last year. Colorado Avalanche Shirts . The Blue Jays lost to the New York Yankees 3-1 Tuesday night, their seventh defeat in 10 games. Rasmus was put on the 15-day DL on May 15 because of a sore right hamstring. Hes hitting .222 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs. . Hazard lasted just 18 minutes in Tuesdays contest before being substituted with the calf problem, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he will be without his star winger for at least the next two weeks.LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and is expected to be out four to six weeks. Ellis had a 20-minute operation performed by Dodgers physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache to repair the medial meniscus in his knee. Ellis is expected to rejoin his teammates on Wednesday and begin rehabilitation. The club recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque and started him against Detroits Max Scherzer in the opener of a two-game interleague series. Drew Butera was Federowiczs backup. "A.J. is the kind of guy that from a preparation standpoint has been what weve asked -- to know what hes doing when he puts the fingers down, to know why, to understand our pitchers and all the matchups and everything else," manager Don Mattingly said. "We ask a lot of our catchers, and A.J. has bought into that. So were going to miss that, no question. But hes going to be back here tomorrow, and hes the kind of guy that will be doing everything to help Fed and Drew out and still be a part of what were doing. Ellis injured his left knee Saturday while rounding third base and trying to score from second on a single by Andre Ethier. Ellis underwent the same procedure on his left knee following the 2012 season. "I know he felt a misstep the other dayy and kind of felt it right then. Avalanche Jerseys 2020. And it was really sore after that," Mattingly said. Ellis joined Clayton Kershaw, setup man Brian Wilson and Chad Billingsley on the disabled list, and Yasiel Puig sat out his second game because of a swollen left thumb. Puig was hurt when he made a headfirst slide into first base on an infield hit during Saturdays 7-2 loss to San Francisco. Federowicz appeared in 56 games with the Dodgers last season, hitting four home runs and driving in 16 runs, and he has played in 66 big league games with Los Angeles since making his big league debut in 2011. He was optioned to Albuquerque on March 22, but remained with the big club on its extended roster for the two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. Los Angeles kept Butera on the active big league roster because he could be sent to the minor leagues without clearing waivers -- unlike Federowicz. "I think it just tests our depth," Mattingly said. "We feel like Fed and Drew are capable to get through this stretch with out A.J., the same as our bullpen without Brian. We cant really say its going to be good getting through this stretch without Clayton, because theres nobody quite like him. But I do think were capable of winning games and doing what we have to do." ' ' '
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Sky Sports pundit Thinus Delport ranked the Springboks loss to Ireland on Saturday among the worst in their history. Air Max 270 All Black . Ireland delivered an historic victory to beat the Springboks for the first time on South African soil, despite playing for 58 minutes with 14 men after CJ Stander was shown a red card for a collision with Pat Lambie.The defeat came as another blow to Springbok pride. The current crop lost to Argentina for the first time in their history during last years Rugby Championship, before going on to famously lose to Japan in the group stages of the World Cup later in the year. Delport was complimentary of Ireland, but says losing to 14 men on home soil is among the worst defeats in recent Springbok history.It ranks similarly to those other shock losses, said Delport.It should be said, Ireland are a very good team. They are consistently in the top five or six sides in the world, and not long ago they won back-to-back Six Nations. Alan Quinlan gives his reaction to Irelands historic victory over South Africa Additionally, going into Saturdays game Ireland had won four of the last nine games against South Africa since 2000.But to lose at home, when the opposition had 14 men on the field for almost an hour is slightly embarrassing.Its definitely in the top five worst losses for South Africa in recent times.The 18-Test international says the consequences go beyond the current series against Joe Schmidts side.Its not just a win for Ireland. Its the confidence gained by other countries who now know they can overcome that hurdle, which is a psychological win for them. Sir Graham Henry says Ireland defended brilliantly with 14 men in their win over South Africa and singles out Conor Murray and Paddy Jackson for praise South Africas no longer the fortress it used to be. The results of recent times have meant the Springboks are losing that psychological battle.The former Bok says the way the Springboks played the game at Newlands appeared to contradict the direction of new coach Allister Coetzee in the build-up.Coetzee said they werent going to change too much.He said they wanted to develop their game but build on the basics of Springbok rugby foremost. Unfortunately the players got caught between two mind-sets. Jamie Heaslip admits Ireland face an uphill task to win the series against South Africa, despite beating them in the opening test Delport believes the Springbok players suffered from a lack of awareness in Cape Town on Saturday.To emphasise what Coetzee said after the game about tactical naivety, the players wanted to play too much rugby in the wrong areas of the field and that cost them.When they were caught with the ball out wide they were exposed and turned over.For me a big concern was the urgency on the day. Not enough support for the ball carriers at the breakdown, and when some players did get to the ruck they would give away penalties for going off their feet.Conceding penalties when youre in possession is bad mental application. You have to get that right before you even look at the defence. Highlights of Irelands first Test against South Africa in Cape Town. If South Africa hadnt conceded those penalties they would have built pressure and made the Irish tackle for longer, which would have resulted in them tiring out as youd expect with one man less to defend.Despite the loss, the 41-year-old does not believe Coetzee should wield the axe ahead of the second Test in Johannesburg this weekend.You cant make wholesale changes in a knee-jerk reaction, said Delport. The players will be very aware what went wrong for them on the day. Barnes talking points A great day for the northern hemisphere, but only one day They will feel the sting of the media and the fans, and will mentally be a different side from the one we saw in Cape Town.As recently as the World Cup we saw the reaction on the back of the loss to Japan, the side changed and put up much better performances against Samoa, Scotland and USA.Its a pity that it happened, but the Boks normally have a big reaction to losses like that, so hopefully that trend continues.Tune in for the second Test between South Africa and Ireland, live on Sky Sports 1 from 3.30pm this Saturday Also See: Stander appeal unlikely No excuses from Springboks Schmidt hails super Jackson Follow @SkySportsRugby Air Max 270 Flyknit Olive . - Joao Plata scored twice in the final 24 minutes, including the winner in stoppage time, to help Real Salt Lake remain unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over the winless Chicago Fire on Saturday night. Air Max 270 Ultramarine . There is no argument that the line of Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek was one of the hottest in the NHL leading into the post-season, and they did combine for three goals and seven points, but it was the depth of all four lines that helped propel Montreal. . Gauteng High Court Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled Tuesday that South African media houses will be allowed to install three remote controlled cameras in court for the Olympic athletes trial starting next week to capture images that likely will be seen by millions around the world.For an individual who managed, controlled, manipulated, banned [including the BBC] and in some cases outright bullied members of the media - after months of radio silence, Sir Alex Ferguson has finally lifted the lid. Not of course the half measures type, Ferguson did so in the same type of dramatic style as like his team displayed in the closing minutes when winning the 1999 Champions League final at the Nou Camp. His wide ranging chat with Charlie Rose in the week likely caused a ripple effect on NYSE ticker symbol MANU. The timing could not have been better for the Chosen 1, David Moyes. His media prey brilliantly distracted and diverted by the person who told him in early May he would be the next Manchester United manager. Told Moyes? Not so much even an interview then. Head hunted Fergie style. Using the front of inviting Moyes round to the house for a late afternoon cup of tea it was. However, such relief away from the immense spotlight is always very temporary as Moyes will learn throughout his Old Trafford tenure. Having already suffered the three BPL defeats this early on in the season, although highly improbable, another defeat in Saturdays lunch time game at Sunderland and the word Beleaguered will attach itself like an anchor to Moyes. Mid table mediocrity is not what was in the plans. Nor the budget where a Champions League place is mandatory. It would likely spill over into Fergusons planned tour to promote his Autobiography which is scheduled for release October 24. Then just like the Spice Girls in their prime, right after his tome is released the Knight of the Realm goes on a short sold out tour of England, Scotland and Ireland. You couldnt invent this stuff even if you were Simon Fuller. Sorry Mr. Cowell. The precursor to all this was Fergusons fireside chat with Charlie Rose. Fergie positioning the brand impeccably with the US Academic set. As well briefed as Rose always is with his subjects Ferguson fully aware such disclosures like Romans 2003 approach would have lit a fire even under the most roll over belly tickling media types back in Manchester or London. Rose didnt even bat 1 of those famous eyelids to what is a pulse racing type disclosure. Too bad when Fergie came over all Kentucky Derby sophisticated Rose dont hit him with the twin force that is John Magnier and JP McManus. Old horse racing partners of Sir Alex - the three had an almighty fall out of all things the breeding rights of a thoroughbred Rock of Gibraltar. Who wouldnt in his prime look out of place at those immaculately manicured Churchill Downs lawns. In 2004, John Magnier and JP McManus were the largest shareholders of Manchester United. Such was the seething anger resulting from the horse nonsense they were reported to be willing accomplices to block attempts to extend Fergusons contract for any duration longer than 12 months. Ultimately, Magnier and McManus settled out of court with Fergguson regarding the horse, and sold their combined quarter stake in Manchester United to Malcolm Glazer. Air Max 270 Triple Black. Staying with the betting theme - with well-regarded UK bookmakers now doing a tidy business offering odds Ferguson would return to management Ferguson disclosed to Rose, You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager. Adding, I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. Ive got a new life. The timing for Sir tied to Lady Fergusons loss late last year of her sister. Fergusons academic self was a central tenet and main theme of the Rose chat, the Rooney and Beckham references mere fodder for the red top tabloids of Manchester and London. We know now Fergies bucket list includes a trip to the Masters and a desire to visit Tuscany vineyards. Wonder if that type of discussions ever came up with the Mike Rileys and Graham Polls of the world during those world famous Old Trafford touchline chats. Hair dryers not required. The first wind I got of Fergusons non-football self was in a disclosure by Italys 2006 World Cup winning manager, Marcello Lippi who revealed he and Ferguson were extremely close friends. Nothing revealing there, apart from the fact when Sir Alex and Lippi conversed it wasnt in Gruff Glaswegian but French. Fergie the connoisseur. For all the silverware Ferguson collected, his immense abilities to rebuild, reinvent winning dynasties – the legacy he leaves behind does not though include any empirical evidence which would back up his theory Manchester United under Moyes will be successful. Something he explicitly stated to Rose. Get as adamant as you want, but this Sir Alex is completely out of even your immense control. Fergusons old sparring partners Arsene and José alongside others like AVB and Pellegrini will have a far larger say. When he bolted the Manchester United stable rather abruptly that crop of players Ferguson left behind, many of whom by their performances so far this season certainly appear past their sell by dates, also possess individually and collectively a large say. Until their shipping out is completed at least. Then the Euro stage, where by no means did Manchester United under Ferguson light it up in a manner even close to their domestic selves - Pep, Carlito, Jurgen and Bruno plus numerous others are light years ahead of Fergusons Chosen 1. Moreover, if the Moyes-Woodwood summer transfer window embarrassment coupled with Uniteds current annus horribilis season to date, is any indication then we may well be in for an extended winter of Manchester United discontent. You can reach and follow Noel Butler TSN & TEAM Radio is your BPL home for Double Header Saturday this season. Kicks Off with Tottenham Vs West Ham, pre-game at 9:30am et/6:30am pt. Followed by Sunderland vs. Manchester United at 12:30pm et/9:30am pt. ' ' '
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. Fake Flames Jerseys . -- Alfredo Simon has spent most of his major league career as a reliever. Hes going to get a chance to be a starter for the Cincinnati Reds at the start of spring training. Mat Latos has been slowed by knee surgery, so manager Bryan Price has decided to use Simon as a starter during spring training. The idea is to get him ready to pitch more innings in case hes needed when the season begins. Latos had minor surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee when camp opened. Hes making good progress, but the injury left him behind in his throwing program. Simon made 16 starts for Baltimore in 2011 and welcomes the chance to move into a starters role, even if its only temporary. "Im ready to go," Simon said. "I know it has been two years (since) I have started a game, but if I get the opportunity, Im going to show Bryan Price that I can be a starter." The 32-year-old had started a total of three games in the majors when the Orioles moved him into the rotation in 2011. He went 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 16 starts and seven relief appearances that season. The Reds claimed him off waivers from the Orioles on April 3, 2012. He has been a valuable right-handed reliever for Cincinnati, going 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 36 relief appearances in 2012 and 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA in a career-high 63 appearances last season. Price planned to use him out of the bullpen again until Latos got hurt. Left-hander Tony Cingrani was the main option as an extra starter last season, but has the fifth spot in the rotation this year. "We do know we are short one starter right now without Mat," Price said. "If we were to have any setbacks where Mat was not ready to start the season, we have to look at the group we have and that would include Simon. "He has the starters background. He has a very, very durable arm. We have to look at him in longer stretches." If Latos is ready to pitch at the start of the season, Simon can move back into the bullpen. "I like starting," Simon said. "I am here to do whatever they want. All of my career (in the minors) I was a starter. Sometimes I would throw one or two innings. I can do more than that. I wanted to keep pitching. I miss it." Wholesale Flames Jerseys .Y. -- Nothing seems to phase No. Calgary Flames Gear . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have trade offers on the table for the 26-year-old, but none have been deemed acceptable by the team. . The Durban-based Sharks withstood a furious second-half fightback to beat the Queensland Reds 35-20 for a fourth straight win which gave them a five-point lead atop the championship table. The Hamilton-based Chiefs scored two late tries to beat the Cape Town-based Stormers 36-20 for their third win, after the Stormers rallied from 24-6 down to 24-20 with six minutes remaining.James Chester insists the Aston Villa players are keen to repay chairman Dr Tony Xia for the faith he has shown in the club. Villa spent £55m in the summer having been relegated from the Premier League last season, with incoming chairman Xia signing nine senior players.But Villa have started the Sky Bet Championship season poorly, and host Midlands rivals Wolves on Saturday live on Sky Sports 1 looking for only their second victory of the campaign. Wales defender James Chester will be in action on Saturday Wales defender Chester told Sky Bet via Facebook Live on Tuesday: Having met [Xia] hes very passionate about the club and wanting to get the team back to its former glory.I think hes made a statement this summer with the money hes spent and hopefully as players we can repay that faith and start getting ourselves moving. The Far East investment is slightly newer but there has been foreign owners in this country for a long time. With it being such a global game its only going to continue that way.Villa are currently looking for a new manager again after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked last week following one win in 11 Championship games. Watch Now TV Watch Sky Sports for £6.99 - no contract Chester, a £7m transfer from West Bromwich Albion in the summer, says he has enjoyed playing for the club so far, and that you must be strong mentally to play at Villa Park. Calgary Flames Store. Ive really enjoyed it, to play for this club you have to be strong mentally, the fans are very knowledgeable and more than willing to let you know if youre playing well or playing poorly. Roberto Di Matteo took charge at Villa Park in the summer, but was sacked last week I make sure every Saturday Im trying to be at my best and performing to the best of my ability. Like I say theyre a very knowledgeable bunch. The Championship is a division I know really well. I played a lot of games for Hull, its difficult physically to play Saturday-Tuesday, and each game you must be at your best to battle. Theres been no surprises on that part. Were disappointed with the start weve had, but Im confident in the ability weve got that we can turn it around, and were certainly capable of putting a few wins together.Keep your eyes peeled for Ian Holloways interview with Welsh pair James Chester and David Edwards later this week, and watch Aston Villa v Wolves live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 5.15pm on Saturday. Also See: Villa video Villa fixtures Villa stats Get a £10 free bet! ' ' '
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INDIANAPOLIS - LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard provided the 1-2 punch Portland needed Saturday night. Bart Starr Super Bowl Jersey .As usual, it was a knockout combination.The All-Stars made back-to-back 19-foot jumpers in the fourth quarter, helping to fend off Indianas desperate rally for a 95-85 victory that snapped the Trail Blazers two-game losing streak.Aldridge finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Lillard added 18 points, enough to hand the Pacers an eighth consecutive loss.We really realized, because of outcomes of previous games, weve got to do whatever it takes to put ourselves in a position to win this game, centre Robin Lopez said after finishing with eight points and eight rebounds.Neither the road trip nor their final game on it went the way the Trail Blazers (18-6) envisioned.After starting with wins at New York and Detroit, Portland arrived in Indiana following losses at Minnesota and Chicago. They started slow Monday, too, but Aldridge and Lillard helped them turn the game in the second quarter when they shot 77.8 per cent from the field and outscored the Pacers 36-15 to take a 58-38 halftime lead.Another fast start in the third quarter seemingly put away the game. Aldridges 20-foot jumper with 8:03 left gave Portland a 69-40 lead.But the staggered Pacers refused to stay down and instead slowly fought their way back into contention.They got within 82-66 after three, closed the deficit to 82-71 early in the fourth and then suddenly were within 86-78 when David West hit a 20-footer with 4:18 left. Thats when Aldridge and Lillard made their back-to-back baskets to finally put the Pacers away.They made a lot of shots and they were being aggressive going to the basket, coach Terry Stotts said of the Pacers comeback. Games have a tendency of swaying one way or the other, they did make their run but we took care of it at the end.Indiana was led by C.J. Watson, who had 23 points and Rodney Stuckey, who had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. The Pacers have now shot less than 40 per cent in five of their last eight games and have lost the last four by an average of 11.5 points.We just took our foot off the gas for a short period of time and that lead went up, Stuckey said. A team like that, you cant do that.___TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland has been strong in the West, but it has dominated the East. The Northwest Division leaders are now 11-1 against the Eastern Conference foes this season after winning at Indiana for the first time since December 2009.Pacers: Roy Hibbert has played more like the struggling centre from the second half of last season than a two-time All-Star. While his own injury and those to teammates have posed obstacles, Indiana needs more from its big man. Hibbert entered Saturday averaging 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Against Portland, he was 4 of 11 from the field with 10 points and 10 rebounds.BETTER STARTIndiana has struggled mightily all season in the first quarter. On Saturday, they looked better, outscoring Portland 23-22. Its only the seventh time this season the Pacers have taken a lead into the second quarter. Theyre 3-13 when trailing after one.THE SWEEPIn addition to ending this seasons losing streak and its four-game skid at Indiana, Portland also pulled off a rare season sweep of the Pacers. The last time they did that was 2009-10. Five players scored in double figures for Portland on Saturday.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host San Antonio on Monday.Pacers: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Dean Lowry Super Bowl Jersey .com) - The Dallas Mavericks had a five-game winning streak snapped last time out, but theyll try to get back into the winners circle Sunday evening when the Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to American Airlines Center. Clay Matthews Super Bowl Jersey . Ribery, who won UEFAs best player in Europe award for the 2012-13 season, helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League and Bundesliga and German Cup titles. Messi, winner of the last four Ballon dOr awards in voting by coaches, team captains and media, was injured late in the season and could not prevent Barcelona from being beaten by Bayern in the Champions League semifinals. . Re-signed by the club to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract on July 5, Bass appeared in three preseason games with Columbus prior to breaking a bone in his hand on Sept.With the NHL regular season right around the corner, profiles each team leading up to puck drop. Next up is the Winnipeg Jets - who expect to keep improving with a full season under head coach Paul Maurice. Catch up on their off-season moves and the issues they face this season, as well as their analytical breakdown by TSNs Scott Cullen. Division: Central GM: Kevin Cheveldayoff Head Coach: Paul Maurice 2013-14: 37-35-10 (7th in Central) Playoffs: Did not qualify Goals For: 219 (15th) Goals Against: 231 (22nd) PP: 15.4% (25th) PK: 83.2% (10th) That Was Then: When it comes to the Jets last season, youre looking at two distinct phases - the Claude Noel part and Paul Maurice part. When the Jets fired Claude Noel in January, the team was mired in a five-game losing streak and 10 points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot. The hiring of Maurice - out of the NHL for two seasons - might have come as a surprise, but his impact was immediate with the team winning four in a row and going 8-2 in its first 10 games. But the Jets puck possession barely changed for the better in that time span and they werent good enough for the first 47 games Ondrej Pavelec didnt give the Jets solid goaltending for most of last season. Of the 29 NHL goalies whove played 100 games in the last three years, Pavelecs .904 save percentage is the lowest. Backup Al Montoyas numbers were considerably better with a .920 save percentage in 28 games and a 2.30 goals-against average.But Pavelec wasnt the sole source of blame. Zach Bogosian struggled with injury again, missing 27 games last season and didnt provide the lockdown presence that the Jets needed from him and still believe hes capable of producing. Devin Setoguchi, acquired from the Minnesota Wild for a second-round pick, had a miserable year producing a career-low in goals (11) and points (27) over a full season. Evander Kane wasnt able to translate his ability to generate shots into goals. Not everything was doom and gloom, though. Jacob Trouba was a revelation on the blue line, coming back from a serious neck injury and showing maturity beyond his years. Grant Clitsome was a workhorse on defence - averaging almost 20 minutes a game before going down to a back injury. Mark Scheifele, also felled by injury that prematurely ended his year, continued his development as he hit his stride after a slow start. Bryan Little posted a career high in points (64) while taking on increased defensive responsibility and, very quietly, Blake Wheeler rewarded the Jets faith in signing him to a six-year deal last summer with career highs in goals (28) and points (69). Scott Cullens Analytics Jets 2013-14 stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 2.45 2.80 7.3% .922 50.1% .500 21-41 2.71 2.90 7.3% .912 51.2% .500 42-62 2.38 2.67 9.6% .913 49.9% .610 63-82 2.55 2.90 7.6% .918 50.9% .450 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8% .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: Played well early and got decent goaltending, but poor special teams results prevented a better record. Games 21-41: Possession stats improved, but countered by goaltending dip. Games 42-62: Surged offensively, despite middling possession stats, as they got a short-term boost in shooting percentage. Games 63-82: Possession stayed around average, shooting percentage close to it, but save percentage again below where it needed to be for a playoff berth. Key 2014 Additions: F TJ Galiardi, C Mathieu Perreault Key 2014 Subtractions: C Olli Jokinen, G Al Montoya, D Zach Redmond, RW Devin Setoguchi This Is Now: The Jets liked the direction they were heading in under Maurice and will have a full season under his watch with a contract extension. Up front, Mathieu Perreault replaces the departed Olli Jokinen as a third-line pivot. Both had identical goal (18) and point totals (43) last season, with Perreault coming in 10 years younger. With Montoya off to Florida, a promotion is likely for Michael Hutchinson from their AHL-affiliate St. Johns IceCaps. While Hutchinson is ostensibly being brought in as a back-up to Pavelec, the 24-year-old has an opportunity to wrest away some playing time if Pavelec struggles. Regardless of who is in the Jets crease, the goaltending needs to be better. With a mostly unchanged roster, the Jets hope to get further development from Trouba and Scheifele, bounce-back years from Bogosian, Kane and Tobias Enstrom and continued production from Little, Wheeler and captain Andrew Ladd. If theres room for somebody to break into the line-up from in the system, it just might be 2014 first-round pick Nikolaaj Ehlers (ninth overall), whose speed and nose for the net could force him into the conversation with a good camp. Dexter Williams Super Bowl Jersey. But Winnipeg will still be in tough in a Central Division had three 100-plus-point clubs last season and two more playoff teams. The Jets were 9-16-5 against Central Division opponents last season. Anything close to that this year and the Jets will once again be on the outside looking in come playoff time. TSN Winnipeg reporter Sara Orleskys Five Key Storylines heading into training camp: 1. Getting in shape The team has hired a new director of fitness with Paul Maurice wanting this team in better shape than last season. It was an area he was very critical of when he took over. 2. Job Hunting Most of the Jets best prospects arent ready for NHL yet, but will any of them push some of the veterans for spot in the bottom six? Could Ehlers get the chance to be an impact player? 3. Ever Evander Trade rumours, ambiguous answers on trade speculation and controversial tweets. What does the future hold for Evander Kane as a Winnipeg Jet? 4. Net Gains Kevin Cheveldayoff declared Ondrej Pavelec the starting netminder. Can he raise his game to the level needed for this team to be successful? The position is currently seen as being one of the biggest weaknesses. Their backup will be Hutchinson, who started last season in ECHL and has played three NHL games. 5. Forward Progress With many of the same faces back again, can this team take the next step needed in a division that has become even more competitive in the off-season? Will Paul Maurice finally be able to get them to play consistent hockey? DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Andrew Ladd Bryan Little Blake Wheeler Evander Kane Mark Scheifele Michael Frolik T.J. Galiardi Mathieu Perreault Dustin Byfuglien Chris Thorburn Jim Slater Matt Halischuk Eric Tangradi Eric ODell Anthony Peluso Carl Klingberg Adam Lowry Scott Kosmachuk Defence Left Right Tobias Enstrom Jacob Trouba Mark Stuart Zach Bogosian Grant Clitsome Paul Postma Adam Pardy Keaton Ellerby Joshua Morrissey Ben Chiarot Julien Brouillette Julian Melchiori Goaltenders Ondrej Pavelec Michael Hutchinson Connor Hellebuyck Craigs List A list of the Jets top prospects as ranked by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. A-Level Prospects No. Name Pos. 2013-14 Club 1 Josh Morrissey D Prince Albert (WHL) 2 Nikolaj Ehlers LW Halifax (QMJHL) 3 Nicolas Petan C Portland (WHL) 4 Andrew Copp C Michigan (NCAA) 5 Eric Comrie G Tri-City (WHL) B-Level Prospects No. Name Pos. 2013-14 Club 6 Adam Lowry LW St. Johns (AHL) 7 Michael Hutchinson G St. Johns (AHL) 8 Scott Kosmachuk RW Guelph (OHL) 9 Connor Hellebuyck G U-Mass-Lowell (NCAA) 10 Brendan Kichton D St. Johns (AHL) A-Level prospects are prospective starting goaltenders, top four defencemen and top six forwards. B-Level prospects are prospective backup goaltenders, bottom pairing defencemen and bottom six forwards. Fantasy - Cullens Player to Watch Evander Kane Even on a per-game basis, Evander Kanes scoring has declined since he hit for a career-high 30 goals and 57 points in 2011-2012, but dont give up hope on him. For one thing, hes 23-years-old, and has played more than 20 minutes per game for the past two seasons, and generated a career-high 3.97 shots per game last season, so he gets plenty of opportunities and, as centre Mark Scheifele continues to mature, there is a better chance for their line to be a real offensive force. If he can remain healthy, Kane should have a chance to get back to the 30-goal benchmark again. ' ' '
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The Bills were Kolbs third team since being selected in the second round of the 2007 draft by Philadelphia. A concussion in 2009 resulted in Kolb losing the starting job to Michael Vick in Philadelphia. He then spent two seasons in Arizona, where he failed to secure the starting job because of an assortment of injuries. Buffalo signed Kolb to provide veteran experience and leadership behind rookie starter EJ Manuel. The Bills made two moves in free agency by re-signing veteran kicker Dan Carpenter, who signed a four-year contract, and tight end Mike Caussin. Carpenter returns to Buffalo after what proved to be a successful one-year tryout as an injury replacement after rookie sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin six days before the season opener. The sixth-year player proceeded to enjoy a career year. Carpenters 33 field goals were a career high and tied the Bills single-season record set by Steve Christie in 1998. Carpenters return leaves Hopkins future uncertain. Carpenter was so eager to re-sign with the Bills that he, his wife Kaela and son Colby arrived at the teams headquarters to complete negotiations after travelling from his home in Florida on Tuesday. Under NFL rules, Carpenter was not allowed to re-sign with Buffalo before free agency began because he had signed a one-year deal at the league veteran minimum. "I dont think we would have got on the plane if we didnt think there was a future here in Buffalo," Carpenter said. "For us, it was a no-brainer to come back to Buffalo. We were comfortable and loved it here last year." The signing ends what was a tumultuous stretch for Carpenter, who took a circuitous route to Buffalo after spending his first five seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Carpenters contract was terminated by the Dolphins in mid-August, and he failed to land a job in two brief stints with Arizona and the New York Jets. Carpenter was on his way for a tryout with Cleveland before making a detour to Buffalo. "To be able to go back somewhere and be wanted is where you would like to go," he said. "Youre very fortunate in this league for that to happen." A 2009 Pro Bowl selection, Carpenter provided Buffalo a veteran and dependable presence. He hit 33 of 36 field-goal attempts, including 29 of 30 from inside 50 yards last season. With a 91.67 per cent success rate, Carpenter fell just short of breaking Rian Lindells single-season record of 92 per cent (23 of 25) set in 2006. And Carpenters 131 points ranked third on the Bills single-season list. Overall, his 160 field goals since 2008 rank fourth among kickers during that span. Caussin returns after he was eligible to become a restricted free agent, and despite missing the past two seasons because of injuries. He was sidelined last season with a hip injury sustained early in training camp, and missed 2012 because of a knee injury. Caussin had five catches for 41 yards in six games, including two starts, with Buffalo in 2011 after being promoted off the teams practice squad. He broke into the NFL with Jacksonville in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, but did not play a game with the Jaguars. The Bills have a need at tight end, with starter Scott Chandler becoming a free agent. Stitched China Jerseys . As the schedule flipped from November to December, they would go on to drop five straight, falling six games below the .500 mark before a franchise-altering trade turned them into an unrecognizable team. 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Juan Vargas equalized for Fiorentina in the 29th with a powerful shot after Nenad Tomovic carried the ball deep into the area. Destros winner came in the 68th after he also was set up by Gervinho in the area. Among Europes major leagues, only Roma and Bayern Munich remain unbeaten. Roma visits Juventus in January immediately after the winter break. Destro, a forward who has also played for Italy, had his left knee operated on in January and played sporadically at the end of last season then took more time off after experiencing further pain and swelling. "I couldnt take it anymore being out," said Destro, who ran toward Romas bench after scoring and was shown a yellow card for taking his shirt off to celebrate. China Jerseys Wholesale. "Now all of that is behind me." Two minutes after Destros goal, Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis preserved the lead by leaping to tip away a dangerous free kick from Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual in the 70th. Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman had hit the post in the 62nd. Roma played the final two minutes with 10 men after Miralem Pjanic picked up his second yellow card. Roma opened the season with a record 10 wins but had struggled in recent matches without its 37-year-old captain Francesco Totti, who was on the bench for the first time Sunday after being out since October with an injured right hamstring. In other matches Sunday, it was: Cagliari 2, Genoa 1; Sampdoria 2, Catania 0; Sassuolo 0, Chievo Verona 1; Torino 1, Lazio 0; Hellas Verona 2, Atalanta 1. In Milan, Nicola Sansone put Parma ahead in the 12th, Rodrigo Palacio equalized in the 44th and Marco Parolo restored Parmas lead in first-half added time. Palacio scored another in the 54th to make it 2-2, then Fredy Guarin gave Inter a brief lead two minutes later -- before Sansone found the target for Parma again in the 60th when he beat Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to a cross. ' ' '
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ORCHARD PARK, N. Vapormax Plus In Offerta .Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have started filling out their defensive staff under new co-ordinator Jim Schwartz by hiring Pepper Johnson and Fred Pagac. Johnson takes over as defensive line coach, overseeing a group featuring three Pro Bowl selections, including Mario Williams. Johnson stays in the AFC East after spending the past 14 seasons as a New England Patriots assistant. Pagac has 13 seasons of NFL coaching experience. He will coach linebackers -- the same role he held in seven of the past eight seasons with Minnesota. Both assistant coaches reached deals Friday, becoming the first additions to a retooled defensive staff under Schwartz, who was hired last week. Schwartz replaced co-ordinator Mike Pettine, who left to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns and took many of his assistants with him. Vapormax Plus Saldi . LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to send No. Vapormax Plus Miglior Prezzo . The Red Sox maintained a share of the AL wild-card lead Tuesday night, using four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 and set up a dramatic conclusion to the regular season. The skidding Red Sox were 6-19 this month before rebounding to edge the last-place Orioles. . The All Blacks played their best rugby of recent years when they beat South Africa 38-27 in Johannesburg two weeks ago, clinching the Rugby Championships in a match which has been hailed as one of the best ever played. BRASILIA, Brazil -- Switzerland grabbed a winner with virtually the final kick to earn a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the World Cup on Sunday, extending a run of come-from-behind wins that are becoming a theme of the tournament. With just seconds left in the third and final minute of stoppage time, substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a length-of-the-field move by slamming home a close-range shot. After wild Swiss celebrations, Ecuadors shell-shocked players barely had time to restart before the final whistle was blown. It was the fifth time in the first nine matches in Brazil that a team had come from a goal down to win -- but this was the most dramatic of all the comebacks. "It was a dream to be able to win this match in the very last minute like this," Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said through a translator. "It was emotional -- it will be important for the morale of the team." Sluggish in the first half-hour, Switzerland -- highly fancied after rising to No. 6 in the FIFA rankings -- conceded a sloppy goal to go behind when Enner Valencia rose unmarked in the 22nd minute and headed in a free kick from six yards (meters). Ecuadors defending for the 48th-minute equalizer was just as abject, however, with Admir Mehmedi finding space from even closer in to nod in a corner. With Mehmedi and Seferovic both second-half substitutes, it was no wonder that the wily Hitzfeld -- a veteran coach with two Champions League titles on his resume -- had a huge grin on his face at the final whistle. Not so his counterpart. "We were naive and that cost us the game," Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rieda said. "(The loss) is more our fault. We were notbeaten by our opponent." After being among the bores of the last two World Cups, it was expected to be all change for Switzerland with Hitzfeld putting his faith in a young, dynamic class of 2014 that had come up together through the national youth ranks. But nerves ensured they started the World Cup poorly, misplacing simple passes and overhitting crossses in a drab first half. Vapormax Flyknit Offerte. The second half wasnt much better either -- but Seferovic rescued them, having only come on in the 75th minute for the ineffective Josip Drmic. The Real Sociedad forward scored a 90th-minute winner against Cyprus in June in Switzerlands unbeaten run through qualifying but he has lost his place to the emerging Drmic. "Haris is a striker through and through," Hitzfeld said. "What he lacked was practice in terms of playing time at Real Sociedad. In the tournament build-up, he performed excellently but he still needs time to develop." Seferovic scored the crucial goal, but teammate Valon Behrami deserves just as much credit. It was the central midfielder who produced a perfectly timed tackle in his own box and then embarked on a lung-bursting run up the field in the lead-up to the winning goal. At one stage, he was hacked down near the centre circle but he got up and carried on his run, with the referee playing an excellent advantage. The ball was fed to the left, where left back Ricardo Rodriguez -- who set up Mehmedi for the equalizer -- slid a low cross for Seferovic to crash a finish high in to the net. Cue Switzerlands entire bench spilling into the pitch to celebrate with Seferovic, with some players choosing to mob Behrami. "It was a great feeling," Behrami said. "Those 30 seconds were amazing for us." FIFA President Sepp Blatter was present -- and was booed by sections of the crowd -- for what was probably the poorest game at this World Cup in terms of quality. Thousands of fans missed the first part of the match because of long queues to pass through security. It meant there were still plenty of empty seats when Valencia stole a yard on Johan Djourou and guided a simple header into the net from Walter Ayovis free kick, with Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio left completely stranded. It was one of the few clear-cut chances created by Ecuador, which is now on the back foot in a Group E also containing France and Honduras. ' ' '
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