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My father called me up late one Saturday morning to ask if I was watching the IPL match that was coming live from India. Cheap Real Air Jordan 11 . It was not on my radar. I was running errands, and I had taken to catching the repeats at night on account of my day job. He was disappointed because the game had been so exciting, he just wanted to share his experience with someone.Daddy has been tuning in to T20 cricket since the Caribbean Premier League started three years ago. After he had turned away in disgust from West Indies Test cricket, hed never really paid attention to the shorter forms of the game, not even in his retirement; but then he was never as much a cricket fan as my brothers and I were.When the CPL came along in 2013 it drew me in, and as my surviving brother was not within reach, when a match excited me, I would phone my father just to share the experience. He would not have been watching, so I would tell him what station he could find it on, and eventually it collared him too. He now loves T20 cricket - more than Tests - and when the West Indies teams won the 2016 World T20 in April, he was the first person I called. To be honest, I never thought I would describe my father as a cricket fan. My mother for sure, but he had always seemed a take-it-or leave-it kind of spectator. T20 cricket changed that.T20 cricket has changed many things.For about 12 years I worked as a freelancer, setting my own time and pace. Instinctively I avoided scheduling meetings or presentations when cricket was on. My work rhythm moved to a West Indian cricket beat, as I later realised.I write on cricket, I have to watch it, Id say with a kind of smug pleasure. As we entered the 21st century and the slide of West Indies Test cricket seemed unstoppable, it became painful to watch. One by one, then two by more, people averted their eyes. Diehard supporters ignored it; cricket lovers switched sides; the fashionable followers pulled out football jerseys. I couldnt bear to watch it, but I did.I write on cricket, I have to watch it, Id say glumly.The West Indies mens team was being beaten in every possible humiliating permutation: by nine wickets; by an innings; within two or three days; by rain. The disputes between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association fronted more headlines than match results did. West Indies were no longer a drawcard; touring teams trickled through.The stands began to feel ashamed, trying to hide their nakedness as spectators dribbled through the turnstiles - a far cry from the jostling throngs they were accustomed to. Once, a man had taken a stepladder into the Queens Park Oval and sold its rungs as seats for a few cents (it was a very long time ago) because of the huge crowds. Now, food vendors dont think its worth their time to cook just to feed a family of four. The last time I went to a Test match, against New Zealand at the Queens Park Oval in 2014, it was a public holiday. West Indies had a convincing lead. Yet no more than 200 people were there, including security - and entry was free.All through the West Indian chain, cricket grounds remained empty during Tests - not even mad dogs and Englishmen turned up. The performance of the team was criticised for many reasons: poor fielding, batting and bowling as a result of inadequate training and fitness levels; indifference to outcomes; lack of team spirit; focus on bling or monetary rewards over performance levels; dysfunctional relationships within the management structure, dysfunctional relationships between players, dysfunctional relationships between management and players. It was all dysfunctional and the disappointments festered into bitterness.Mash up the West Indies and let each territory go it alone as an individual team became the talk up and down the chain. Nearly 30 years ago, when David Rudder sang Rally Round the West Indies, it had so embraced the spirit of West Indian community that it was officially adopted as the anthem for this band of nations. Instead of banding together in rough times, people were walking off into their separate sunsets.Why was I still watching Test cricket? I was hardly writing about it.Some years before the CPL, Allen Stanford, the loud, brash Texan now serving a 110-year prison sentence in the US, opened up the T20 frontier for the Caribbean from his base in Antigua. In October 2005, he announced his plan for a T20 tournament and drew the entire region into his pocket. He spent money lavishly, on cricketing infrastructure, player development, team preparation, and US$2.75 million for a promotional and marketing campaign. The CPLs organisers may have modelled their strategies after Stanfords, given the similarities in their approach. Cricket Played Louder is one of the CPL billboard slogans in Trinidad.Stanford touched a soft spot when he took on 14 cricket legends as his ambassadors, especially because they had never been particularly venerated by the WICB. In drawing on the experience of former West Indies players as mentors and coaches the CPL too showed respect and appreciation for them; at every match, no matter how deep the party mood, their presence was a visible reminder of the magnificent heritage of West Indies cricket.There were other similarities. Territorial rivalries were mostly good-natured, tempered by high spirits, pleasant weather and parties galore, so that by the time the finals came around, groups of spectators from all over the region had already made at least one appearance at the Stanford Cricket Ground - just as would happen with the CPL and inter-territorial travel.Stanfords tournament was as significant to West Indies cricket as Kerry Packers World Series Cricket had been at the end of the 70s. Stanford offered cash incentives, but insisted on fitness and training, penalising players financially for tardiness at sessions, as Packer had done.The T20 culture has injected a higher standard of fitness and training globally, so that modern players are visibly stronger and fitter than players of the past, with a lot more than a heavy bat or a mystery ball in their arsenal. Sloppy, lethargic fielding had become the bane of West Indian cricket, and now the players are right up there with the best. In 2012, West Indies won the World T20. The players felt the financial benefits across the world. They had made theirs the team to watch in T20 cricket.The first CPL tournament was held the next year, and though it started off very slowly in terms of attendance, it soon gathered momentum.I have followed the tournament with great curiosity since its inception, and it struck me that only something that has managed to penetrate right to the core could have caused so many changes in such a short time. It has only been four years, and the CPL has come to be acclaimed internationally as the biggest party in the sport. Its blend of fabulous locations and exciting cricket combine to provide the perfect tourist package. (Those two elements had been an integral part of West Indies cricket once upon a time.)The six inaugural teams reflected the global nature of franchise cricket. The teams wore national names, but their composition was primarily West Indian, with some international players in the mix. By the end of the 2015 tournament, Bajans were ready to make Kieron Pollard of Trinidad a citizen because they thought his captaincy was excellent. Yet in the beginning, when Pollard was named captain of Barbados Tridents, it had caused a ruckus. It was unfair to Trinis to have their T20 star poached and it was an affront to Bajans to have a Trini foisted on them. There were protests against Pollards selection, and a former minister of social transformation in Barbados said: I feel it is fundamentally and psychologically wrong. It affects the psyche of some Barbadians.That was in 2013, and if you understand how deeply entrenched and complicated the issues of identity and belonging are to West Indians with their transplanted pasts, if you have only skimmed CLR James Beyond a Boundary, you will grasp what a monumental shift has been wrought in those three short years. The excitement came from the T20 format and presentation, but bonding between the cricketers and bonding between the spectators came from accepting the nature of franchise teams.On paper it should have been easier for West Indians to accept the idea of different nationalities playing under one banner - that is the whole premise on which the notion of a West Indies was founded - but it had been complicated by the fear that sides were benefiting from the services of top players not from their region, and that team loyalty would not run deep enough.For the 2015 edition, the 16-member squad of Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel (now Trinbago Knight Riders) featured seven Trinis and three Bajans. Complicating matters, one of the 16, William Perkins, was born in Barbados but had played first-class cricket for Trinidad and Tobago. Where would he be counted? Of Barbados Tridents 16, five were Trinis and six were Bajans. How did one pitch support? Nationalistic grounds didnt hold water.People have learned to move past nationalities and are more prepared to focus on good cricket - technique, athleticism, strategies and talent. I think the root of the improvement in standards could be traced to the parallels with what players of a former time have often identified as being a key factor to developing their cricket: playing county cricket in England, with exposure to a variety of techniques, and significantly, to different cultures. They could observe lifestyles that were alien, learn approaches to fitness and training that were disciplined and rigorous, absorb knowledge from team-mates. This mixture of players and cultures has been one of the clear benefits of franchise cricket.Last years CPL featured 69 players from the region, giving them the chance to make an impression, and letting spectators see who has been waiting in the wings. The widespread coverage and the ability to share spaces with international cricket stars have helped build the confidence of the younger players. Among those stars have been icons of another era. Can you imagine the impact of being in close proximity to the knights Viv, Curtly and Andy, and Courtney, Gordon and Desmond? It must invoke some pride in being West Indian.But what does it mean to be West Indian?That is the question curled up inside every inquiry about identity from this regions offspring. CLR James asked it in 1962: Is there a West Indian personality? Is there a West Indian nation? What is it? What does it lack? What does it have? The calypsonian Black Stalin touched on it in 1978 in his song Caribbean Unity: No set ah money, could form a unity / First of all a people need their identity.In 2015, Professor Gerard Hutchinson, a Trinidadian psychiatrist, suggested that even the title West Indies may now be outdated with the growing penchant for describing the region as the Caribbean.Names and labels are important, especially in this age of branding, and the concept of the West Indies throws up many unresolved dilemmas, he wrote. The duality of names may be contributing to an implicit identity crisis.When the triumvirate of West Indian teams - the Under-19s, womens and mens T20 - brought home world titles this year, they scuttled the talk of islands going it alone. Even the most cynical could not ignore the palpable feeling of pride and bonhomie among West Indians as they went about their daily business. People talked about nothing else for days. I heard more than one person say they had to start back watching cricket. The euphoria has been contaminated by the toxicity between the WICB and the players, but this time public disgust was not directed towards the players but the WICB.The big discussions have been about whether the WICB could rightfully continue to represent West Indies cricket. The regional governmental grouping, CARICOM, has been challenging that notion, throwing its support behind the latest two reports on the structure and governance of the game (the Patterson Report and the CARICOM Cricket Review Panel).Not surprisingly, while the majority of supporters have no confidence in the current WICB, many are wary of a politician-led overthrow. The abiding question is essentially how to find an efficient and equitable way to set up a governing body for this nebulous entity known as West Indies cricket.Traditionally the label has been West Indian, but now, in this time of individualism, when the name of the game is the Caribbean Premier League, when the talk of going it alone as separate nations has only subsided but lurks under the surface waiting for the next crisis to erupt, it remains to be seen whether there is a way forward for the people who see themselves as West Indian, or whether we have become a group of islands arbitrarily floating, without anchor, in the Caribbean Sea. Wholesale Air Jordan 11 Online . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. Air Jordan 11 Outlet . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. http://www.cheapairjordan11.us/ . Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday nights game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He has a phone hearing with the department of player safety, which limits any potential suspension to five or fewer games. Wallabies matchwinner Tevita Kuridrani was driven on by a desire to make up for a potentially damaging missed tackle as he broke Scottish hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday.Kuridrani had allowed Huw Jones through to score one of his two first-half tries as Scotland put themselves within touching distance of a famous win. Indeed, the hosts were 22-16 up and a man to the good when Kuridrani breached their defence. Not even a desperate last-ditch tackle from Stuart Hogg could halt the determined centre as he stretched out to dot the ball down and help secure a thrilling 23-22 victory.I was pretty determined to get to that line. In my mind I had to make up for that missed tackle I had in the first half, so I really wanted to score that try, he said afterwards. I was pretty down. It was a one-on-one, I missed it and I really wanted to do something to make up for it. Im lucky I got the try.Kuridranis determination to be his sides hero ensured that he ignored the pleas of teammate Israel Folau ouutside of him. Discount Air Jordan 11. The fullback stretched his run without a try to nine internationals on the occasion of his 50th Test cap, and Kuridrani admitted that he was p-ssed off he had not been played in. He added: I heard him calling for the ball but I just wanted to get to the try line.Australia were disjointed in the first 40 minutes at Murrayfield, with one player caught on the referees microphone urging his teammates to put some spring in it midway through the half. However, Kuridrani revealed that coach Michael Cheika told his players to be patient at the break.Our execution wasnt really good in the first half, when we were trying to push stuff and rushing. Cheik just told us to relax and stick to our structure, and take it from there, he said. We knew it was going to be tough. Sometimes youre game plan wont work and you have to find another way to win. ' ' '
My father called me up late one Saturday morning to ask if I was watching the IPL match that was coming live from India. Cheap Real Air Jordan 11 . It was not on my radar. I was running errands, and I had taken to catching the repeats at night on account of my day job. He was disappointed because the game had been so exciting, he just wanted to share his experience with someone.Daddy has been tuning in to T20 cricket since the Caribbean Premier League started three years ago. After he had turned away in disgust from West Indies Test cricket, hed never really paid attention to the shorter forms of the game, not even in his retirement; but then he was never as much a cricket fan as my brothers and I were.When the CPL came along in 2013 it drew me in, and as my surviving brother was not within reach, when a match excited me, I would phone my father just to share the experience. He would not have been watching, so I would tell him what station he could find it on, and eventually it collared him too. He now loves T20 cricket - more than Tests - and when the West Indies teams won the 2016 World T20 in April, he was the first person I called. To be honest, I never thought I would describe my father as a cricket fan. My mother for sure, but he had always seemed a take-it-or leave-it kind of spectator. T20 cricket changed that.T20 cricket has changed many things.For about 12 years I worked as a freelancer, setting my own time and pace. Instinctively I avoided scheduling meetings or presentations when cricket was on. My work rhythm moved to a West Indian cricket beat, as I later realised.I write on cricket, I have to watch it, Id say with a kind of smug pleasure. As we entered the 21st century and the slide of West Indies Test cricket seemed unstoppable, it became painful to watch. One by one, then two by more, people averted their eyes. Diehard supporters ignored it; cricket lovers switched sides; the fashionable followers pulled out football jerseys. I couldnt bear to watch it, but I did.I write on cricket, I have to watch it, Id say glumly.The West Indies mens team was being beaten in every possible humiliating permutation: by nine wickets; by an innings; within two or three days; by rain. The disputes between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association fronted more headlines than match results did. West Indies were no longer a drawcard; touring teams trickled through.The stands began to feel ashamed, trying to hide their nakedness as spectators dribbled through the turnstiles - a far cry from the jostling throngs they were accustomed to. Once, a man had taken a stepladder into the Queens Park Oval and sold its rungs as seats for a few cents (it was a very long time ago) because of the huge crowds. Now, food vendors dont think its worth their time to cook just to feed a family of four. The last time I went to a Test match, against New Zealand at the Queens Park Oval in 2014, it was a public holiday. West Indies had a convincing lead. Yet no more than 200 people were there, including security - and entry was free.All through the West Indian chain, cricket grounds remained empty during Tests - not even mad dogs and Englishmen turned up. The performance of the team was criticised for many reasons: poor fielding, batting and bowling as a result of inadequate training and fitness levels; indifference to outcomes; lack of team spirit; focus on bling or monetary rewards over performance levels; dysfunctional relationships within the management structure, dysfunctional relationships between players, dysfunctional relationships between management and players. It was all dysfunctional and the disappointments festered into bitterness.Mash up the West Indies and let each territory go it alone as an individual team became the talk up and down the chain. Nearly 30 years ago, when David Rudder sang Rally Round the West Indies, it had so embraced the spirit of West Indian community that it was officially adopted as the anthem for this band of nations. Instead of banding together in rough times, people were walking off into their separate sunsets.Why was I still watching Test cricket? I was hardly writing about it.Some years before the CPL, Allen Stanford, the loud, brash Texan now serving a 110-year prison sentence in the US, opened up the T20 frontier for the Caribbean from his base in Antigua. In October 2005, he announced his plan for a T20 tournament and drew the entire region into his pocket. He spent money lavishly, on cricketing infrastructure, player development, team preparation, and US$2.75 million for a promotional and marketing campaign. The CPLs organisers may have modelled their strategies after Stanfords, given the similarities in their approach. Cricket Played Louder is one of the CPL billboard slogans in Trinidad.Stanford touched a soft spot when he took on 14 cricket legends as his ambassadors, especially because they had never been particularly venerated by the WICB. In drawing on the experience of former West Indies players as mentors and coaches the CPL too showed respect and appreciation for them; at every match, no matter how deep the party mood, their presence was a visible reminder of the magnificent heritage of West Indies cricket.There were other similarities. Territorial rivalries were mostly good-natured, tempered by high spirits, pleasant weather and parties galore, so that by the time the finals came around, groups of spectators from all over the region had already made at least one appearance at the Stanford Cricket Ground - just as would happen with the CPL and inter-territorial travel.Stanfords tournament was as significant to West Indies cricket as Kerry Packers World Series Cricket had been at the end of the 70s. Stanford offered cash incentives, but insisted on fitness and training, penalising players financially for tardiness at sessions, as Packer had done.The T20 culture has injected a higher standard of fitness and training globally, so that modern players are visibly stronger and fitter than players of the past, with a lot more than a heavy bat or a mystery ball in their arsenal. Sloppy, lethargic fielding had become the bane of West Indian cricket, and now the players are right up there with the best. In 2012, West Indies won the World T20. The players felt the financial benefits across the world. They had made theirs the team to watch in T20 cricket.The first CPL tournament was held the next year, and though it started off very slowly in terms of attendance, it soon gathered momentum.I have followed the tournament with great curiosity since its inception, and it struck me that only something that has managed to penetrate right to the core could have caused so many changes in such a short time. It has only been four years, and the CPL has come to be acclaimed internationally as the biggest party in the sport. Its blend of fabulous locations and exciting cricket combine to provide the perfect tourist package. (Those two elements had been an integral part of West Indies cricket once upon a time.)The six inaugural teams reflected the global nature of franchise cricket. The teams wore national names, but their composition was primarily West Indian, with some international players in the mix. By the end of the 2015 tournament, Bajans were ready to make Kieron Pollard of Trinidad a citizen because they thought his captaincy was excellent. Yet in the beginning, when Pollard was named captain of Barbados Tridents, it had caused a ruckus. It was unfair to Trinis to have their T20 star poached and it was an affront to Bajans to have a Trini foisted on them. There were protests against Pollards selection, and a former minister of social transformation in Barbados said: I feel it is fundamentally and psychologically wrong. It affects the psyche of some Barbadians.That was in 2013, and if you understand how deeply entrenched and complicated the issues of identity and belonging are to West Indians with their transplanted pasts, if you have only skimmed CLR James Beyond a Boundary, you will grasp what a monumental shift has been wrought in those three short years. The excitement came from the T20 format and presentation, but bonding between the cricketers and bonding between the spectators came from accepting the nature of franchise teams.On paper it should have been easier for West Indians to accept the idea of different nationalities playing under one banner - that is the whole premise on which the notion of a West Indies was founded - but it had been complicated by the fear that sides were benefiting from the services of top players not from their region, and that team loyalty would not run deep enough.For the 2015 edition, the 16-member squad of Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel (now Trinbago Knight Riders) featured seven Trinis and three Bajans. Complicating matters, one of the 16, William Perkins, was born in Barbados but had played first-class cricket for Trinidad and Tobago. Where would he be counted? Of Barbados Tridents 16, five were Trinis and six were Bajans. How did one pitch support? Nationalistic grounds didnt hold water.People have learned to move past nationalities and are more prepared to focus on good cricket - technique, athleticism, strategies and talent. I think the root of the improvement in standards could be traced to the parallels with what players of a former time have often identified as being a key factor to developing their cricket: playing county cricket in England, with exposure to a variety of techniques, and significantly, to different cultures. They could observe lifestyles that were alien, learn approaches to fitness and training that were disciplined and rigorous, absorb knowledge from team-mates. This mixture of players and cultures has been one of the clear benefits of franchise cricket.Last years CPL featured 69 players from the region, giving them the chance to make an impression, and letting spectators see who has been waiting in the wings. The widespread coverage and the ability to share spaces with international cricket stars have helped build the confidence of the younger players. Among those stars have been icons of another era. Can you imagine the impact of being in close proximity to the knights Viv, Curtly and Andy, and Courtney, Gordon and Desmond? It must invoke some pride in being West Indian.But what does it mean to be West Indian?That is the question curled up inside every inquiry about identity from this regions offspring. CLR James asked it in 1962: Is there a West Indian personality? Is there a West Indian nation? What is it? What does it lack? What does it have? The calypsonian Black Stalin touched on it in 1978 in his song Caribbean Unity: No set ah money, could form a unity / First of all a people need their identity.In 2015, Professor Gerard Hutchinson, a Trinidadian psychiatrist, suggested that even the title West Indies may now be outdated with the growing penchant for describing the region as the Caribbean.Names and labels are important, especially in this age of branding, and the concept of the West Indies throws up many unresolved dilemmas, he wrote. The duality of names may be contributing to an implicit identity crisis.When the triumvirate of West Indian teams - the Under-19s, womens and mens T20 - brought home world titles this year, they scuttled the talk of islands going it alone. Even the most cynical could not ignore the palpable feeling of pride and bonhomie among West Indians as they went about their daily business. People talked about nothing else for days. I heard more than one person say they had to start back watching cricket. The euphoria has been contaminated by the toxicity between the WICB and the players, but this time public disgust was not directed towards the players but the WICB.The big discussions have been about whether the WICB could rightfully continue to represent West Indies cricket. The regional governmental grouping, CARICOM, has been challenging that notion, throwing its support behind the latest two reports on the structure and governance of the game (the Patterson Report and the CARICOM Cricket Review Panel).Not surprisingly, while the majority of supporters have no confidence in the current WICB, many are wary of a politician-led overthrow. The abiding question is essentially how to find an efficient and equitable way to set up a governing body for this nebulous entity known as West Indies cricket.Traditionally the label has been West Indian, but now, in this time of individualism, when the name of the game is the Caribbean Premier League, when the talk of going it alone as separate nations has only subsided but lurks under the surface waiting for the next crisis to erupt, it remains to be seen whether there is a way forward for the people who see themselves as West Indian, or whether we have become a group of islands arbitrarily floating, without anchor, in the Caribbean Sea. Wholesale Air Jordan 11 Online . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. Air Jordan 11 Outlet . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. http://www.cheapairjordan11.us/ . Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday nights game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He has a phone hearing with the department of player safety, which limits any potential suspension to five or fewer games. Wallabies matchwinner Tevita Kuridrani was driven on by a desire to make up for a potentially damaging missed tackle as he broke Scottish hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday.Kuridrani had allowed Huw Jones through to score one of his two first-half tries as Scotland put themselves within touching distance of a famous win. Indeed, the hosts were 22-16 up and a man to the good when Kuridrani breached their defence. Not even a desperate last-ditch tackle from Stuart Hogg could halt the determined centre as he stretched out to dot the ball down and help secure a thrilling 23-22 victory.I was pretty determined to get to that line. In my mind I had to make up for that missed tackle I had in the first half, so I really wanted to score that try, he said afterwards. I was pretty down. It was a one-on-one, I missed it and I really wanted to do something to make up for it. Im lucky I got the try.Kuridranis determination to be his sides hero ensured that he ignored the pleas of teammate Israel Folau ouutside of him. Discount Air Jordan 11. The fullback stretched his run without a try to nine internationals on the occasion of his 50th Test cap, and Kuridrani admitted that he was p-ssed off he had not been played in. He added: I heard him calling for the ball but I just wanted to get to the try line.Australia were disjointed in the first 40 minutes at Murrayfield, with one player caught on the referees microphone urging his teammates to put some spring in it midway through the half. However, Kuridrani revealed that coach Michael Cheika told his players to be patient at the break.Our execution wasnt really good in the first half, when we were trying to push stuff and rushing. Cheik just told us to relax and stick to our structure, and take it from there, he said. We knew it was going to be tough. Sometimes youre game plan wont work and you have to find another way to win. ' ' 'crucial in his successful promotion bid with Palace in 2013.I promise that Ill give 100 per cent every single game and every day I come to work, he said. Thats all I can give and thats all I know.The football club should be in the Premier League and we need to get ourselves back up there. ' ' '
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Patrik Laine isnt nearly as excited to play against his boyhood idol as he used to be. Discount Air Jordan 11 .The rookie Finnish phenom will line up against Alexander Ovechkin for the first time in his NHL career on Tuesday night at the MTS Centre, but its safe to say the excitement level is down considerably from last spring when he was so excited to be body-checked by Ovechkin at the world championships and joked about never washing his Team Finland jersey.Maybe he was tired, maybe he was down after losing to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, or maybe he was just playing possum. But Laine shrugged off the game as if it was any Tuesday night game in the middle of February.Ive played against him a couple of times. I dont really care. It doesnt matter to me. Hes a good player. One of the best goal scorers, he said.Contrast that with last May after the Finns beat the Russians to advance to the gold medal game against Team Canada.I wont wash this jersey ever because (Ovechkin) hit me, Laine said. It was nice to play against him, too, and its nice to know that top of the world players arent so far.The two players also met in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in September, a game won by the Russians.Laine, the No. 2 overall pick last spring in the entry draft, has been compared with Ovechkin by pundits on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a year. He has six goals and eight points in nine games.(Ovechkin) was a good goal scorer. I just started watching players who can score. He was just so good and one of the best, Laine said. Now, Im just trying to be me and play my game. But Ive watched him a lot over the years.The Capitals arrive in Winnipeg with a two-game winning streak after two losses -- their record sits at 5-2-1 for third in the Metropolitan division -- and forward Marcus Johansson wants to keep the good times rolling.We never want to lose two in a row. You never want to lose at all, but its big for us to come back and get those points, Johansson said. Were never happy with losing and especially not when were not playing well. Thats two big wins for us and well just take it from there and move onto the next one. Were not happy yet.Goalie Braden Holtby said nobody in his dressing room was happy with the result in Edmonton last Wednesday -- a 4-1 loss -- but they took solace that the score flattered the Oilers. They rebounded Saturday against the Canucks for a 5-2 win.We had a couple good days in Vancouver. We played a really good game (there) and a really good back-to-back road game (in Calgary), he said of his teams 3-1 victory.Both the Jets and Caps will fly out after Tuesdays game in preparation for the rematch in Washington on Thursday. Wholesale Air Jordan 11 Online . Thousands of Southern California fans enveloped the Trojans to celebrate an improbable win secured by an interim coach, an inconsistent kicker and a thin defence that wouldnt break. Air Jordan 11 Outlet . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. http://www.cheapairjordan11.us/ . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. Focus on... The title battleThe Brazilian Grand Prix is no stranger to hosting title-crowning moments. There have been six to be precise, ranging from Fernando Alonsos back-to-back success between 2005 and 2006, to Lewis Hamiltons dramatic last-lap triumph in 2008, and Sebastian Vettels recovery drive to a third world title four years ago. All five of the world champions on the current grid have clinched a title in Brazil. Will Nico Rosberg continue that pattern?Rosberg arrives in Brazil with the championship trophy in one hand. Win on Sunday and the German will follow in the footsteps of his father Keke Rosberg by taking his first ever Formula One title. Such a feat would see Nico and Keke join Graham and Damon Hill as the only two father-son combinations to win an F1 title in the history of the sport. As described in full in our title permutations explainer, Rosberg can even afford two second place finishes, or one second and a third to beat Hamilton to the crown.Hamilton has almost all the odds stacked against him, finish second to Rosberg and his rival wins; go too aggressive and end up crashing out; Rosberg wins. The task seems simple for the Briton, win and he ensures the title will go down to the final round in Abu Dhabi on November 27. Even when riding on the crest of momentum -- as he often references -- after consecutive wins in the United States and Mexico, one fact stands out. Hamilton has never won at Interlagos.He will need to buck that trend in order to stand any chance of adding a fourth world championship to his growing list of achievements this year. But at one stage Hamilton also needed to win the final four races to keep the title within reach and so far he has delivered when it matters most. The see-saw nature of this years championship fight means nothing can be taken for granted. Add to that possible rain, question marks over reliability, and factor in an increasingly competitive Red Bull package in the hands of hungry pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, and this weekend could provide another classic Brazilian Grand Prix.In need of a podiumThe pressure is showing no signs of relenting at Ferrari. In fact it neared boiling point in Mexico when Vettels potty-mouthed radio rant almost got him in serious trouble with the FIA -- little does it need off-track problems to add to its on-track ones. Ferrari is in real need of a podium, having not recorded one since Sebastian Vettel finished third in Italy. More alarming is the fact the team has only managed podiums on two occasions in the last 10 races. Its that kind of inconsistency, coupled with Red Bulls rejuvenated charge in the second half of 2016, which has seen Ferrari fall a whopping 62 points behind in the standings.In need of pointsTime is running out for Sauber to avoid its worst ever finish in F1. The Swiss team came tantalisingly close to recording its first points of the season in Mexico as Marcus Ericsson finished 11th. The agony for Sauber was a welcome relief for Manor, with the team maintaining ninth in the standings, thanks to Pascal Wehrleins point in Austria.WeatherThe weekends weather forecast looks very interesting. The Brazilian Grand Prix is often hit by rain and thunderstormss and it looks like that could be the case again -- just when Nico Rosberg would have been hoping for a normal weekend! Thunderstorms are predicted from Thursday afternoon all the way through until race day, when the thunder and lightning is expected to subside in exchange for rain showers. Air Jordan 11 From China. With a 60-90 percent chance of precipitation throughout the weekend, Interlagos unpredictable weather could play a huge factor in the direction of this years championship.PredictionRecent history suggests that Nico Rosberg has the upper hand in Brazil over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. The German has taken pole and gone on to win the previous two races at Interlagos. Given that Hamilton has never stood on the top step in Brazil, all signs point towards a Rosberg win. However, Hamiltons performances in the United States and Mexico were menacing, and the Briton needs a win in order to keep his title hopes alive. Given how well he performs under pressure, and with rain potentially on the cards, ESPN is backing Hamilton to finally break his Brazil duck at the 10th attempt to take the title fight to Abu Dhabi.BettingDespite never winning in Brazil, Lewis Hamilton is the bookies?favourite at 5/6 to take victory. Ricciardo (11/1) is the closest driver to take the fight to Mercedes, while in the battle for fourth, Force India are backed to edge out Williams in qualifying, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg tied on same odds at 200/1 compared with Valtteri Bottas (300/1) and Felipe Massa (500/1). Fernando Alonso is 9/2 to record a top six finish for McLaren.A lap with... Romain GrosjeanYou go onto the pit straight and then big braking to go to the Senna S. Very tricky turn in on the left-hand side. You really want to be well placed for the right turn two, which sets you up for turn three and the second straight. Big braking to turn four, left-hand side, 90 degrees, a pretty good corner. Then you get to the middle part -- turn five is a high-speed corner going up the crest. Its tricky.Then its turn six and the hairpin on the right-hand side. We cant use the curb as much as we used to. Turn seven is a left-hand side corner, no braking, just a lift off. Its a bit of a strange one. The second hairpin is then on the right-hand side, a second high-speed corner going down the hill, prior to the last turn. Its a left-hand corner where you really want to go early on the throttle because youre facing a wall to go up to the finish line.TyresAvailable compounds: hard, medium, softCircuit facts courtesy of Pirelli:? Interlagos is the second-shortest lap of the year, but probably the most intense as the cars are constantly cornering and dealing with traffic. This adds to the demands on the tyres.? The resurfacing a couple of years ago increased grip levels and smoothed out the bumps.? A very wide variety of weather conditions are possible, from intense heat to heavy rain.? Interlagos is one of the few anti-clockwise circuits, with the right-rear tyre doing the most work? Tyres are often subjected to combined lateral and longitudinal forces, which increase demand. ' ' 'ment.Jedinak promised to help build a togetherness at the club which was crucial in his successful promotion bid with Palace in 2013.I promise that Ill give 100 per cent every single game and every day I come to work, he said. Thats all I can give and thats all I know.The football club should be in the Premier League and we need to get ourselves back up there. ' ' '
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