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                                      MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City failed to win for a fifth successive game in all competitions on Sunday, only avoiding a loss to Southampton when Kelechi Iheanacho produced a second-half equalizer for a 1-1 draw. Sidney Jones Jersey .Although Pep Guardiola is enduring a five-game winless run for the first time since his debut campaign in charge of Barcelona in 2008-09, City is top of the Premier League on goal difference.A mistake by City defender John Stones presented Nathan Redmond with the opener in the 27th minute at home. Substitute Iheanacho equalized 10 minutes into the second half with Citys first shot on target but the hosts could not find the winner.City could feel hard done by after dominating possession, particularly in the second half, and having a Stones goal ruled out for offside. Yet after opening the season with 10 successive wins, the intensity does seem to have dropped temporarily.After Wednesdays loss at Barcelona in the Champions League, Citys players needed to make a statement in response but they could not rouse themselves enough after a subdued first-half performance.Sergio Aguero was restored to the front line after his surprise omission at Barcelona, while fit-again captain Vincent Kompany made his first league start since April.City struggled to get going, with promising runs from Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane all coming to nothing. Citys lack of cutting edge suited Southampton, who struggled to gain any meaningful possession.When Southampton took the lead it came after a glaring error by Stones, who did not look up as he passed the ball back into the area in the 27th minute. Kompany was not in tune with his fellow defender and Redmond pounced, taking the ball wide of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and scoring.The look on Stones face made clear the horror of his error, which will bring into further focus Guardiolas determination to play out from the back at seemingly all costs.Stones picked himself up and thought he had made quick amends as he raced in at the far post to tuck home a De Bruyne free-kick. He celebrated what he assumed was the equaliser with gusto but a flag had been raised for what appeared to be offside against Aguero.The frustration continued for City as Ilkay Gundogan drove wide but the introduction of Iheanacho at halftime brought a change in shape, intensity and atmosphere.Sterling was enlivened and curled a dangerous ball through the box before City claimed their equalizer. Fernandinho picked out Sane with an accurate crossfield ball and his low cross was neatly tucked in by Iheanacho.From then on it mainly became a case of Southampton digging in and looking to protect what they had, although Bravo was called upon to make one save from a Charlie Austin drive. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept Southampton level by palming away Gundogans effort before saving David Silvas long-range strike to secure the point for the south-coast side, which is eighth in the standings. Andrew Sendejo Jersey . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Rick Lovato Jersey . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. Ron Dennis has experienced extremely difficult times during more than 30 years as boss of the McLaren F1 team but none will be more personally taxing than the months ahead.For a man whose passion is Formula 1 (and always will be, to quote a recent interview), the public hurt inflicted by the boardroom coup will be nothing compared to removal from the helm of a team he nurtured and shaped into one of the greatest in the history of the sport.Pain is a favourite word of Ron when expressing the trials and tribulations of competing. He is going to feel a lot of that -- but without the compensation provided by the totally irreplaceable buzz of going racing and being involved at the highest level. Ron Dennis will miss that. Whether or not racing will miss him is typical of the many contradictions created by this managerial powerhouse.The simple figures behind the Dennis hegemony tell of expanding McLaren from 50 to 3,250 employees and winning more than 20 F1 world championships along the way. The details are more complex -- as befits the man himself -- but intriguing because of it.The story of Ron Dennis and McLaren is a lengthy one in terms of time and achievement; so colourful and varied, in fact, that it leaves those of us who knew him with a series of landmark moments that created an indelible impression -- for reasons good and bad.In March 1981, we were called to a former electronics factory on Boundary Road in Woking to visit not only McLarens new workshop but also to see F1s first carbon fibre chassis. All of this was an outward sign of the new regime driven by Dennis as his company, Project Four, merged with a McLaren team that had been dying on its feet. The event was low-key but the aims were clearly very high, as evidenced by John Barnards revolutionary and lightweight chassis being prepared in these small but unfashionably immaculate premises.Dennis had convinced the talented and occasionally irascible Barnard that they could work together. Ron would use the same powers of persuasion to encourage Niki Lauda to not only make a comeback, but to do it with McLaren. Lauda won the third race of his return in 1982, while John Watson would take victory for the team in Detroit two months later.Thinking, as always, of the future, Dennis confided during a press dinner that weekend that he had approached Ayrton Senna with a view to funding the young Brazilians F3 programme for 1983 in return for an option for F1. Dennis may have been non-plussed when Senna, clearly a rising star, turned him down but that merely doubled Rons determination to eventually have Ayrton on board.By the time that mission had been accomplished for 1988, Dennis had already gone through the quite remarkable phase of convincing Porsche to build what would be the dominant TAG-Turbo. With the Senna/Prost/McLaren/Honda package then winning all but one race in 1988, it really did seem that nothing could stop Dennis. It was no surprise when he was named Businessman of the Year by an esteemed commercial publication that had nothing to do with sport.How long could this go on? The handful of F1 reporters ushered into McLarens charcoal-coloured premises in Wokings Albert Drive in 2002 couldnt help but feel that Dennis had finally over-reached himself when he discussed the latest plans for his company. With the boyish enthusiasm of a youngster showing off his new train set, Dennis revealed a scale model of what would eventually be known as the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC).Perhaps reaading our collective doubts, Ron assured the assembled company that the bill (eventually £270 million) would be financed over three years by surplus cash flow. Nigel Bradham Jersey. And it was. Inbetween, we would don hard hats, boots and high-vis jackets to inspect work in progress, that same excitement still palpable as Ron marched ahead, explaining detail and, at the same time, noting snags. While no longer doubting this project would reach fruition, we couldnt help but feel sympathy for the hapless site foreman as Dennis made requests for cleanliness and perfection that redefined fastidious to the point of damaging obsession.That, of course, would always be the problem. You cannot achieve such phenomenal success without causing upset along the way. While Dennis may have accepted that unfortunate necessity, his arrogance occasionally seemed to blank off its true effect. The chickens, which were bound to come home to roost, crash-landed in the middle of 2007.In January of that year, Ron had held a press lunch in one of the boardrooms at MTC. The purpose was to tell the F1 media how we would deal with the arrival of Lewis Hamilton. This, in not so many words, was the subtext: These are the ground rules. Youll talk to Lewis only when we say so.So intent was Dennis on micro-managing his exciting new charge and instructing so-called Fleet Street to get its house in order, he did not know about damaging events taking place under his own roof. Six months later, the devastating effect of Spygate would explode across the Silverstone paddock, taking with it Rons proudly and earnestly espoused policy of clarity and honesty in all things.At a time when friends are to be valued, Ron found he had an enemy exactly where he didnt need one. The relationship between Dennis, a successful but opinionated working class man, and Max Mosley, an intellectual patrician, was bound to cause friction at some point. These two had previously rubbed along as professionally as possible but McLarens transgression and, in the eyes of FIA President Mosley, Rons denial of key failings would lead to the team paying a price. One hundred million dollars, to be precise. But as Rons detractors knew only too well, it was the bosss personal pride that would be damaged more than the companys bank account.His close family and friends were quick to rally round; something deeply appreciated by a man with a profound belief in the value of loyalty. In yet another contradiction, workers on the shop floor would tell you they rarely saw their boss, never mind exchange a word or two. And yet McLaren to this day is staffed by employees who would not dream of going anywhere else. And those of long-standing known to be considering a move would be the subject of a passionate entreaty from Dennis not to leave the family; a personal plea doubtless prompted by the thought of a rival not only being perceived as superior but also poking Dennis in the eye by winning the tug-of-war.Rons caring attitude often spread beyond the team, as F1 journalists in medical and financial difficulties will attest even though Dennis would not be in favour of broadcasting his unprompted generosity. Such genuine and spontaneous kindness sums up the contradiction behind the methods needed to become the most successful team boss in the sports history.It is the conundrum of a colossus. So very Ron Dennis. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
RIO DE JANEIRO -- As Caster Semenya stood on the Olympic medal podium, the gold around her neck, the South African anthem playing, one was reminded of another opinion-changing person from her country: Nelson Mandela. T. J. Logan Youth Jersey .Semenya doesnt have the anti-apartheid leaders oratory gifts. But like the father of modern South Africa who died in 2013, she is teaching the world -- not just sport, but the wider world that is moved by it -- about tolerance, about courage and about judging people not by how they look, but by what they do, how they do it and how they conduct themselves.Semenya does that by running. Running beautifully.Semenyas story shouldnt be any more complex than a celebration of the athleticism she displayed in winning the 800 meters at the Rio Games.But, of course, it is complex.This would usually the place for a paragraph about gender, about testosterone, about fairness or otherwise, about science and pseudo-science and plain old BS. In short, a paragraph that could not even begin to do justice to the injustice, the questions, the whispers, the doubts, the finger-pointing, the name-calling and Byzantine cruelty that Semenya has had to wade through since she announced herself to the world by winning the 800-meter world title as an 18-year-old in 2009.If, at this point, you dont know what were talking about, then lucky you, because it hasnt been pretty. Look it up, if you must.The short version is this: Like Mandela, she has risen above it all. Her dignity, like his, is both her shield and her weapon. He forced white South Africans to look at themselves. Eventually, they could no longer stomach what they saw. Semenya, too, has become a mirror: Those who judge her only by her looks, who have called her a half-man, or whatever, will eventually get sick of their own ugliness, their lack of compassion and basic humanity. Like Mandela, she has had to learn how to tune hatred out.Were not here to talk about some speculations, Semenya said. Its not about looking at people, how they look, how they speak, how they run. Its not about being muscular. Its all about sports.Perhaps the best bit about her Olympic gold was how it seemed, almost immediately, to bring her out of her shell. She has, understandably, always run from excruciatingly personal and intrusive questions about whether she was born with internal testes, no uterus and has high levels of testosterone -- in short, absurd questions about matters that are nobodys business but her own.But she isnt running any more. In Semenya, sport long thought it had a problem. But in the belly of Rios Olympic Stadium, sports instead got a new leader who preaches unity where, for too long in her case, there has been nothing but discord.Here I am, she told a large group of reporters, after avoiding questions all week. I just want to be the best I can be.You just need to lead by example, she added. Maybe, if people they just unite, it can be a great world.Amen to that.Slowly, Semenya seems to be winning over her rivals, too. They have mostly learned to keep their thoughts to themselves about whether their sport needs rules to somehow dial back the competitive advantage they perceive women like Semenya to have. Some of them arent happy. Semenyas winning time of 1 minute, 55.28 seconds was one of the top 20 times ever in the two-lap race. Rivals predicted that she would blow away the field. And she did. Burundis Francine Niyonsaba was more than one second behind in 1:56.49 for silver and Kenyas Margaret Wambui ran 1:56.89 for bronze.But this night, Semenyas night, was neither the time nor place for rivals to get into the debate about the need or otherwise for testosterone-limiting rules. That will soon be back in the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It suspended the rules last year, judging that they were based on uncertain science. The International Association of Athletics Federations will be going back to the CAS in the next year to try to change its mind.Bottom-line: Semenya broke no rules.But is she breaking barriers.She said one of the first things she wanted to do was call her wife, Violet.I still have to make a long call, obviously, my wife is waiting, she said.After all Semenya has been through, the freedom she expressed on and off the Olympic track felt like a message to the world.All it must do now is listen.---John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or follow him at . See his work at Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or follow him at . See his work at Chad Williams Youth Jersey . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. Chad Williams Womens Jersey . Fernandez, coached in Toronto by former two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser, scored 267.11 points and is the first champion to successfully defend since Russias Evgeny Plushenko in 2005 and 2006. . Here are his mid-season NBA awards.  MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. Considering that his team has been without star guard Russell Westbrook and with the free agent departure of sharpshooter Kevin Martin, hes had to carry the majority of the load to not only keep his team afloat but more importantly, at an elite level. WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Derrick Rose said Monday he isnt worried about a rape trial set to start next week because he feels he didnt do anything wrong.Rose said he is instead focused on his first season with the New York Knicks. His first practice with the team will be Tuesday.My concern is just playing well this year, Rose said. I cant think about the case. I feel like Im innocent and I feel like I didnt do anything wrong, like I said, and I cant let that distract me with the year that I have ahead of me.A woman sued Rose last year in California, contending the former MVP and two of his friends raped her in August 2013 while she was incapacitated after a night of drinking. Rose and the others say they had consensual sex with her that night.The civil trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 4 -- barring any settlement -- the day the Knicks play their exhibition opener in Houston. Its unclear how much, if any, of the preseason he would have to miss if there is a trial.Im not worried about it, but if I do have to miss time, its a part of it, Rose said. Of course I dont want to be in this position, but it is what it is and Im going to let my lawyers and my team handle it.Rose added that he hadnt heard anything about a possibility of criminal charges being brought.The Knicks acquired Rose from Chicago in June. The point guard said he is healthy after a series of injuries, mostly to his knees, that have plagued him since his MVP season in 2011.Because of the injuries, Rose hasnt played in more than 66 games a season since he first tore his ACL in the 2012 playoffs. Rehab has forced him to report early or stay late after practices and games for much of the last few years, which he said was tiresome.But he was able to focus on basketball this summer while adding yoga to his workout routine, and Knicks who have been playing with him say Roses quickness has returned. Haason Reddick Jersey. Hes extremely focused right now, All-Star Carmelo Anthony said, adding that hes never played with a point guard with Roses explosiveness. Hes healthy, he has a different mindset. He has a clear mind and hes ready to go out there and try to help us with our goals.Rose was the biggest addition to a Knicks team that also signed his former Bulls teammate, Joakim Noah, and veteran guards Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings. If he remains healthy, Rose can get the Knicks playing at a quicker pace and create easier baskets under new coach Jeff Hornacek, after their offense often stalled while playing the triangle under Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis the last two years.Lee said Rose, who once hit a game-winning shot over him while Lee played for Houston, has looked confident during offseason workouts.He kind of reminded me of that MVP D-Rose, especially in some of the drills that we were doing, Lee said. He was able to get to his spots quick, explosiveness and knock down shots.Rose averaged 16.4 points in 66 games last season, and most of the games he missed were unrelated to his knees. The Chicago native has been focused on learning a new city and team, traveling with a group of Knicks players to practice in Puerto Rico at Anthonys invitation.Having to miss time in October would delay his ability to get comfortable. A settlement would prevent that, but Rose didnt discuss that possibility, praising his legal team for taking care of the details.Theyre handling everything and theyre giving me time to focus on what I need to focus on and thats just straight basketball, Rose said.---Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
CINCINNATI -- Manager Joe Maddons move was so wacky that even his own players laughed. Rashaan Evans Jersey . And when it worked better than anyone could have imagined, the Cubs were celebrating again.Kris Bryant singled home the tiebreaking run in the 15th inning, and Maddon used three pitchers in left field while Chicago beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Tuesday night in the longest game of the season for both teams.With the Cubs out of position players, relievers Travis Wood and Spencer Patton (1-0) alternated between left field and the mound in the 14th inning, which ended with Patton getting the final out. Wood then finished it off with reliever Pedro Strop in left.When I went out there to do it originally, the infielders were kind of giggling, said Maddon, who had never done anything like it as a manager.It worked perfectly as things started falling in place for the Cubs again.Bryants only hit on Tuesday -- a single off J.J. Hoover (1-2) -- snapped the tie. Javier Baez added a grand slam in the 15th, the sixth career allowed by Hoover, which is a Reds record. Then it was just a matter of figuring out how to finish it off.For the left fielder to pitch to one batter and then go back -- yeah, thats crazy, Baez said. But we had fun.The National Leagues top team went 1-6 last week but has pulled out of the downturn by winning the first two games of a series against the Reds. The Cubs hit five homers -- three by Bryant -- while taking the opener 11-8.Eugenio Suarez singled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth off Hector Rondon, his third blown save in 16 chances, setting the game on its meandering course.There were a lot of instances that suggest things were going to go our way, but we werent able to get it done, Reds manager Bryan Price said. Thats a tough one, a really tough one.Maddon had talked to Wood about playing left field in such a circumstance. The reliever hadnt played outfield since high school, but takes fly balls during batting practice to stay ready. None of the Reds hit the ball to left field with a Cubs reliever out there, which was a disappointment for Wood.It was definitely interesting, a lot of fun, Wood said. I would have liked to have recorded an out.Ben Zobrist led off the game with a homer off left-hander John Lamb. Left-hander Jon Lester singled home another run and allowed only one hit until the eighth inning, when Billy Hamilton homered. The Cubs closer couldnt hold on.A lot of the focus Tuesday was on Bryant, who was coming off a historic performance.Bryant became the first major league player to hit three homers and two doubles in a game on Monday night. He set a Cubs record with 16 total bases and became the youngest Cubs player to hit three homers in a game since Ernie Banks did it in 1955, also at the age of 24.Bryant broke his three-homer bat the first time up on Tuesday, cracking it on a groundout. The bat boy retrieved it and took it to the Major League Baseball authenticator, who labeled the bat and safely stored it. Bryant flied out, walked twice, fouled out with two runners aboard for the final out in the 10th, and struck out in the 13th before driving in the go-ahead run.SO UNUSUALThe last time a Cubs pitcher played the outfield was 2009 when Sean Marshall was in left.TRAINERS ROOMReds: RHP Homer Bailey felt fine a day after throwing an inning in his first rehab start. Bailey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery 13 months ago, is expected to pitch again on Saturday. ... 2B Brandon Phillips fouled a ball off the inside of his left foot in the first inning. He fouled another pitch off the same foot in his next at-bat and got hit in the left side by a pitch from Rondon in the ninth.UP NEXTCubs: Kyle Hendricks (5-6, 2.76) is 1-5 with a 3.79 ERA in seven road starts this season. Hes 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in seven home games.Reds: Cody Reed (0-1, 6.75) makes his third career start. In his first appearance at Great American Ball Park last Friday, he gave up five runs in five innings of a 13-4 loss to the Padres.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: Corey Davis Jersey . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. Brett Kern Jersey . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. LAS VEGAS -- With his roster down to eight healthy scholarship players, Arizona coach Sean Miller knew one of his freshmen would have to step up during the Continental Las Vegas Invitational.On Thursday night against Santa Clara, two of them did.Lauri Markkanen had 16 points and nine rebounds, Kobi Simmons scored 14 and No. 8 Arizona advanced to the championship game with a 69-61 victory.The Wildcats (5-0) will play Butler for the title on Friday.Every game is going to be a tough game right now, Miller said. It was a great challenge. They played a 3-2 zone for 40 minutes, and for a young group like ours, we had our moments where we really did a nice job. If it wasnt for a couple of turnovers, I think we would have been even better against their zone.Arizona limited the Broncos to 36 percent shooting (9 of 25) in the second half. And yet, Santa Clara sliced its deficit to 59-58 when Jared Brownridge drained a long 3-pointer with 4:10 left -- the teams fourth straight 3 during a 12-4 run.But then Keanu Pinder converted both ends of a 1-and-1, Santa Clara turned the ball over and Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a 3 to push Arizonas lead back to 64-58. The Wildcats closed the game on a 10-3 spurt, and the Broncos (3-3) went scoreless over the final 3 minutes.I think we just stayed confident in ourselves. We know what we need to do out there and we know what we need to get done, Simmons said. (If) we keep playing hard to the end, well get the victory. We were very composed, we got to our spots, we knew what we wanted to do and I think we did a good job.Brownridge had 25 points. Last season he scored a career-high 44 in Arizonas 75-73 overtime win against Santa Clara, hitting seven 3s and making all 15 of his free throws.Our team did a much better job this year guarding him than last year, Miller said. He made some really, really good shots. There arent many guards that play college bbasketball that are better . Frank Herron Jersey. .. being able to shoot the 3 than Brownridge.Henrik Jadersten and Nate Kratch each had 10 points for Santa Clara, coached by former Arizona State coach Herb Sendek.Arizona led 37-34 at halftime and scored 14 of the first 23 points in the second half behind Simmons. Every time the Broncos tried to answer, the Wildcats produced timely defensive stops and offensive production to maintain control of the tempo.We just kept fighting, rebounding the ball and being aggressive, said Markkanen, a 7-footer from Finland who is averaging 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. We were able to knock some shots down.BIG PICTUREArizona: After playing Butler, the Wildcats get some much-needed time off. Theyll have five days before their next game after playing five games in 11 days and their first six over 14 days in three cities.Santa Clara: Though the Broncos fell short, they showed they can hang with a nationally ranked power, which should help them when West Coast Conference play begins and they face the likes of No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 15 Saint Marys.TARGET PRACTICEAfter shooting 43.3 percent in the first half, the Broncos ended up at 40 percent for the game. Meanwhile, the Wildcats shot 48 percent overall while outrebounding Santa Clara 37-26.Santa Clara did an excellent job on offense, being patient and moving the ball, Miller said. Kobi played a really good game tonight for us. We challenged him a couple of games ago to give more effort defensively and nobody can question his effort tonight. He has a big upside.UP NEXTButler will pose the biggest test for Arizona since the Wildcats beat then-No. 12 Michigan State on Nov. 11 in Hawaii.Santa Clara faces Vanderbilt on Friday in Las Vegas, hoping to avoid dipping below .500. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
I dont say that today will provide the answers, but I do think that we manage to unravel some of the mystery. Cheap Titans Jerseys . Theres a sincerity to Mark Nicholas as he stares into the camera. He looks almost childlike in appearance: suit slightly oversized, top button done up and tie fastened yet not dovetailing. This isnt the Mark Nicholas who prowls the pristine greens of Australias outfields with the manner of one on top of the food chain. Here he is sitting, shoulders flexed in. Theres uncertainty in the air and he can do little to hide it. The footage rolls.Its July 5, 2004, and Lords is preparing for an England-West Indies ODI. While most of the ground is a hub of noise, as cables are unreeled, fastened and taped, the Nursery Ground is still. Nicholas is in dark trousers and a cream shirt, with sleeves rolled up. Standing next to him, Muttiah Muralitharan is wearing a sleeveless Sri Lanka T-shirt.In conversation Nicholas is clear and concise. Murali stutters, his English sentences crossing a few bumps as they make their way from a mind working in Tamil. Murali is there to prove his worth: to Nicholas, to those operating the cameras, to bystanders who have blagged themselves onto this side of the fence, to those in the production vehicle on site, and in two weeks time, when the footage is to be broadcast during the lunch interval of the England-West Indies Test at Lords, to millions watching. He is here to prove that his 527 Test wickets so far have been achieved fair and square. That, despite what many believe, he is no chucker.With slow, measured gestures, he shows Nicholas what his arm and wrist go through when bowling the offspinner and the doosra. A brace is brought out and put on Murali but it soon comes off as he begins a control spell of two offbreaks, one topspinner and two doosras. He then puts the brace back on, returns to the top of his mark and bowls the same set. Just after his second offspinner - his first was wayward - Nicholas stops him: I am now getting the sense of an illusion. Nicholas wants another look, only this time he wants to take the run-up out of it because of the differences in the load-up, with and without the brace. As before, Murali bowls the offspinner and doosra, and they turn as expected.There is no way the elbow can move here, says Nicholas, emphasising his point by banging down on the pit of Muralis elbow. I put my hand on my heart and I say that.We are returned to the studio, only to be sent back to the footage. This time, only Nicholas stands on the Nursery Ground, with a blue prototype of the brace used by Murali, who has left Lords. Like a sceptical member of the audience who has been serenaded by a magician, Nicholas flicks through the deck of cards. He tries to bowl an offbreak with the brace on. It barely lands on the square. The inability to use his elbow, he says, restricts the ability to bowl the delivery with an orthodox action.After a commercial break, former Middlesex medium-pacer and TV analyst Simon Hughes breaks down the slow-motion footage, looking at how much Muralis arm straightens both with and without the brace. Hughes estimates, with the aid of crude tools, that there is more than five degrees of straightening with both the offspinner and the doosra. At the time, that was the spin bowlers lot (a medium-pacer was allowed 7.5 degrees straightening and a fast bowler ten). By the letter of the law, Hughes suggests, Murali was chucking.Murali would not have been at the Nursery Ground had his action not been called into question yet again. Three months earlier, when Sri Lanka lost a Test series at home to Australia 3-0, his big trick - a delivery that turned from leg to off - had come under scrutiny. He had bagged 28 wickets in the series to take him to 513, six behind Courtney Walsh, then Test crickets leading wicket-taker. But match referee Chris Broad could not shake the feeling that Muralis doosra was being delivered with an action that is not in accordance with the laws of the game. Broads report to the ICC was measured and frank: the doosra - and only the doosra, he was keen to stress - needed to be investigated.Murali found out about the report at the end of the final day of the series, in Colombo - March 28. By March 31, he had touched down in Perth, and the day after, he was at the University of Western Australias School of Human Movement with perhaps the only Australian he truly trusted at the time - Daryl Foster.The pair had first crossed paths in 1995. Foster, coach of Kent, needed an overseas player for the season, with Carl Hooper unavailable. Aravinda de Silva was brought in and with him came a slight, bedraggled yet smiley young offspinner who was preparing for a stint of league cricket in Leicestershire. Many of the Kent players assumed he was just there to carry de Silvas bags. He didnt know how to set a field, he didnt know how to work out a batsman, and he could barely speak English. But he could bowl. Thats all he would do: bowl at players in the nets, day after day, before heading to the Midlands.Murali, as many attest, cannot do subtlety. He is not so much an open book as a talking clock: an utterance a moment to set your watch by. That was startlingly evident even when he returned to Kent in 2003, with more than a decade of international cricket behind him. He would swear by the booming offspinner - the ball he reckoned could make a mockery of the worlds best. By then he had developed the doosra. But when county batsmen started playing him with ease, he panicked. In his head, big turn equalled big reward. And yet here were batsmen he should have been getting out in his sleep, picking each delivery. It was then that Kent opener David Fulton informed him that, from a batsmans point of view, when someone famed for big turn pitches the ball a yard outside a right-handers off stump, with a change-up that lands as far away as leg stump, its fairly obvious what is coming. And so the seeds were sown: turning the ball just enough, either way, was better than turning it a lot from off to leg and vice versa.Foster gravitated to Murali, mesmerised by his action. The pair kept in touch, and when Darrell Hair no-balled Murali at the Boxing Day Test in 1995, Foster, coaching Western Australia, got him over to UWA to have him tested. He passed. Murali returned when he was no-balled by Ross Emerson in 1999. He passed again.Murali put himself forward for testing three further times. Once, he made the journey to Perth simply because he had heard a rumour that an unnamed match referee wanted to string him up for his quicker delivery. When the doosra was called into question by Broad in 2004, Murali was approaching the end of his tether.This time, though, tests showed that his action caused a 14-degree flex, almost three times the limit for a spinner. The next fortnight was spent labouring in suburban nets with Foster, who tweaked his action by a small amount, enough to get the flex down to 10.2 degrees. It was at this point - just as Murali was starting to lose his nerve - that a plan began hatching back in Sri Lanka.Kushil Gunasekera met Murali in 2000, when Sri Lanka hosted the Under-19 World Cup. The pair became friends, and soon after, Murali asked Gunasekera to be his manager. It was a huge deal at the time: not only because it was the first time a Sri Lankan cricketer was being managed, but also because it was a partnership between a Tamil and a Sinhala.Gunasekera is cut from the same moral cloth as Murali. Both are serene optimists whose desire to see the good in people is seemingly at odds with their harsh real-world experiences. Gunasekera is more pragmatic but has often found himself in situations where Murali would consult him when his mind had already been made up. The best example of this was when Murali came to Gunasekera to tell him that he was going to retire after the first Test of the three-match series against India in 2010. Murali was on 792 wickets and many were imploring him to play the full series to give himself the best chance of reaching 800. Gunasekera knew trying to convince him otherwise was futile. Sri Lanka won the opening match, in Galle, and Murali dismissed Pragyan Ojha - for his eighth wicket - with his final delivery in Tests.Now in 2004 with Murali in Perth, there was no one to back up Gunasekera. Despite countless internal meetings, the Sri Lankan board was undecided on a course of action - keen to pursue all avenues to uphold Muralis dignity. Meanwhile, the ICC dragged its heels, trying to comprehend the limits of its own rules.This was when former cricketer turned cricket writer Mahinda Wijesinghe had an idea. A keen historian, Wijesinghe recalled the time when former England captain CB Fry had his action called into question in the late 19th century. Accused of chucking, Fry bowled with a splint on his elbow, preventing it from bending in delivery, to prove he was a legitimate bowler. Wijesinghe teamed up with an Indian orthopaedic surgeon based in Sri Lanka - Dr Mandeep Dhillon - and floated the idea of manufacturing a brace. Gunasekera presented the idea to Murali, who agreed, and upon returning from Perth, worked with the others to build the ideal brace.Once a working sample was operational - the first model was based on an ankle brace that fitted onto the elbow - Murali had to get used to the additional weight. Wijesinghe used his contacts to book the indoor nets at the Nondescripts Cricket Club in Colombo to ensure there were no prying eyes, though they eventually informed the Sri Lankan board of what they were trying. The first taping of Murali with a brace on took place at the indoor nets, with Mohan de Silva - the board president at the time - looking on.While generally happy with the brace, Murali felt it was too clunky. So Dr Dhillon created a plaster cast of Muralis right arm and reinforced it with steel rods, which were held together by heat-moulded plastic. After a few more run-throughs, all parties were satisfied with the brace. Now it was time to let everyone in on the experiment. And it was agreed that an attempt such as this needed a neutral adjudicator to add credence. They knew Sri Lanka as a venue would be counterproductive. Australia was a no go because Murali had opted out of a tour there when Prime Minister John Howard labelled him a chucker. That left England.Muralis doosra was reported in March 2004. Eight months later the ICC changed the flex limit to 15 degrees, no matter the pace of delivery. To this day, the misconception is that the rule was brought in to accommodate Murali, whose doosra had been found to be 14 degrees (this despite it being corrected to 10.2 a matter of weeks later). It could not be further from the truth.Between 2000 and 2002, Marc Portus, a biomechanics expert for Cricket Australia based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, conducted tests on 21 elite fast bowlers from five countries, in match conditions. He found that 34 deliveries from these bowlers showed straightening of the elbow between three and 22 degrees. Fourteen of those were above ten degrees, with five exceeding 15. In fact, only a handful of bowlers - pace or otherwise - during this period of testing were found to have no elbow extension (or straightening) whatsoever: these were predominantly legspinners, from the best in the world to part-timer Ramnaresh Sarwan.In October 2004, Portus and fellow biomechanists Bruce Elliot and Paul Hurrion made separate and independent presentations to an ICC subcommittee brought together to review the matter of illegal bowling actions. Sitting on the committee were Aravinda de Silva, Tim May, Michael Holding, Tony Lewis and Angus Fraser. Portus showed footage from the AIS study, of all current international bowlers at the time, along with the corresponding 3D biomechanics numbers that his team had calculated in the study. The other presentations involved videos of both retired and active bowlers.There were some great bowlers on the footage, recalls Fraser, now the managing director of Middlesex Cricket and an England selector. Bowlers with actions you assumed were as pure as can be. I mean, all-time fast bowlers were talking about here.While the measurements on the footage were not as precise as if they had been tested in a lab, there were certain balls which were over 15 degrees. Not just bouncers but inswingers. It made sense: as a right-arm bowler, your arm has to come in and then out as you bowl, because youre trying to push the ball across, say, a left-hander. It requires the action to be exaggerated and pushed through to affect the movement across the body.The findings in Portus initial report were actually presented to the ICC in March 2002 - a good two years before Muralis doosra was reported - but it was only in September 2003 that Dave Richardson, in his role as ICC general manager, recommended to the ICC to have 15 degrees as the universal tolerance level. No change was forthcoming, but unbeknownst to Richardson, important bits of the study were leaked to key players in Muralis camp. One of those was a London-based lawyer, Glucka Wijesuriya.Wiji, as he is known in cricket circles, has known Murali since 1991. When Murali called in March 2004 to ask for his professional help, Wiji obliged and took it upon himself to write letters to the ICC, accusing them of stalling and hanging an honest man out to dry. Rather than approach SLC directly, Wiji called on Gunasekera - efficient and well respected by the board, having previously been honorary secretary - to take these documents to SLC and get them sent to the ICC on official letterheads. The letters were not just legal threats - they also contained nods to Portus study that included high-profile names who had fallen foul of testing.If Gunasekera was the optimist, Wiji was the realist: the well-to-do scrapper with an over-sensitive bullshit sensor. He would regularly fight Muralis corner in cricket club bars across the country. Gunasekera knew this and, taking into account Wijis array of high-profile contacts, gave him the chance to fight the battle in the open.Wiji called on Jeff Foulser, a former club team-mate who was now the chief executive and later chairman of Sunset and Vine - the production company behind Channel 4s cricket coverage. Wiji stressed he wanted the demonstration to happen at Lords. Foulser agreed wholeheartedly. Nicholas loved the idea too, and was keen to explore the issue. However, he was wary of doing so on anothers terms. He wanted to ensure all the facts were presented and that the viewers could draw their own conclusions from the on-screen evidence. He did not want to pander to Murali - he wanted a balanced product. In the end, Foulser called a meeting with both Nicholas and Wiji to set out the terms of the piece.On the eve of the big day, Wijis reservations about the experiment began to surface for the first time. The next morning, he was not happy with the pitch prepared on the Nursery Ground. He feared its slow, low nature might lead some to believe that Murali was holding something back, that he was not coming through his action as he normally would. Murali, however, was calm. He had practised for countless hours with the cast. He knew he could bowl his offspinner. He knew he could land the topspinner. He knew he could get enough on the doosra. But most of all, he knew he had nothing to hide. It was not about proving his legitimacy beyond reasonable doubt - it was about eliminating doubt altogether. In essence, there was a naivety about this crusade. Protest too much? He felt he couldnt protest enough.Objectively, the Lords demonstration was a unique moment. In what other scenario, in which other sport, would a player of Muralis standing wilfully expose himself to such devastating scrutiny? In the last decade baseballers suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs have continued playing, with their records intact; track athletes and tennis stars have overshot the limits to gain an edge. Most of these athletes have tried to duck the spotlight. The few who have owned up have done so to benefit from a lesser punishment. Murali, though, wanted as much scrutiny on him as possible, even when he knew he could get burned.Deep down, he knew this event would do little to convince the floating voters. And it is worth remembering that Murali had some high-profile backers - Steve Waugh had described Murali as the Don Bradman of bowlers a few months earlier. But for Murali, those were not the words of Steve Waugh, legendary Australian captain. Those were the words of one person. The wickets and Test wins, the accolades and honours, the rankings and rewards - they all meant nothing without acceptance.At the end of 2004, recovering from a shoulder injury, Murali looked to negotiate a contract with a county side to play the first part of the 2005 summer. He was shown around various grounds and dined in a variety of pavilions. Between the walking tours and the lunches, the subject of Muralis action inevitably came up. Chairmen and captains, while keen to utilise his talents, were wary of upsetting loyal members by bringing aboard a controversial figure, as one former county skipper put it.By now, Murali had a patter: he would bring up the birth defects, helicopter wrists and a range of stats and titbits he had picked up from years of volunteering his body in the cause of investigatory biomechanics. A few times, in packed dining rooms, he would stand up, take his shirt off and run through his action in slow motion: the natural bend in the elbow, the rotation of the shoulder, the dexterity of the wrist. On one occasion, he returned to his seat and continued with the meal, forgetting to put his shirt back on. In the end, Lancashire, for whom he had taken 116 wickets in 14 matches in the 1999 and 2001 seasons, re-signed him.Michael Atherton, who had played with Murali at Lancashire in those earlier years, did not need the sales pitch. With Murali, I simply remember thinking he was a bugger to play against, says Atherton. He was probably the most popular overseas player we had, along with Wasim [Akram]. We really ought to have won the Championship with him in the team. But nobody at Lancs was worried about him coming to us: we welcomed him with open arms and were happy to have him. I cant remember any problems with membership, either.The desire to hammer out the doubt in others was evident to Atherton, too: He was obviously hurt by what happened with the umpires in Australia and felt the need to prove himself all the time. That came through very clearly when I was with him.Even as recently as 2014, Murali was trying to persuade a group of English journalists that his method was above board. Lawrence Booth, editor of Wisden and cricket correspondent for the Daily Mail, was one who did not need convincing. Still, he was struck by how, even after retirement, Murali had scores to settle.There was a sincerity to it all, says Booth. One of the things I noticed through all of it was how straight-talking he was. Murali got Booth to push down on his palm, while his elbow was on a table, to try and straighten his arm. Of course, I couldnt do it.During the interview with Booth, Murali relayed the following: If there are people saying things against you, there is no point in upsetting yourself. I cant prove to 100% or 75% of the people. Its impossible. Yet, as Booth noted in his piece, here Murali was, trying to state his case yet again a good six months after playing his last game of competitive cricket.The one thing I think people dont realise, says Muralis friend and long-time team-mate Russel Arnold, is that he fought this battle internally. In the dressing room, there was no change. He was still a chirpy nuisance!For many like Arnold, Murali remained the joker: yapping away for hours, occasionally taking a break to make a serious point that was soon to be washed away by another punchline and more self-congratulatory chuckles. He was handling it his way and his team-mates respected that. So too his decision to bowl with a brace. For many of his team-mates, this was no doomed pursuit. There was no folly to Muralis overexposure, they felt. Sure, he had 527 Test wickets until then, but this was not about preserving a legend.You dont understand, says Arnold. Everywhere he went, there were murmurs. And he wanted to put all that to rest. You can talk about degrees all you like: of flex, straightening and whatever. People needed to see, with their own eyes, what he was actually doing.This was about transparency.On the way into Lords that morning, Wiji turned to Murali and said: The most important thing in life is to make sure your contemporaries and the people you play cricket with respect you and accept you. Murali agreed.Wiji had invited his friend and international umpire Barry Dudleston to watch proceedings. Once the brace spell had been bowled - with both standing behind the bowlers arm - Wiji asked Dudleston what he thought. You know, said Dudleston, Ive never eaten humble pie before.That evening Wiji, accompanied by Murali and Dudleston, met Dave Richardson at the ICCs London offices. Buoyed by Muralis demonstration, Wiji went after Richardson. He laid into him for behaving bloody awfully and began reciting bits of the 2002 study: about the ridiculousness of the previous standard, the fact that bowlers currently ranked in the top ten of the ICC rankings were found to exceed the ten-degree limit, and that by sitting on this paper for so long he was playing games with a mans life. For Wiji, six months of toil - of letters back and forth, of orchestrating the events of that day, and fighting for a friend - had taken its toll. Wiji was so angry, security was alerted - though they didnt have to intervene, and eventually Murali, Wiji and Dudleston left. If I could change one thing, Id have been more aggressive, laughs Wiji. But Murali didnt want me to be. He acted as the mediator in that situation. Then I got the impression Richardson was patronising him and I blew up again. Wiji had calmed down by the time he reached the airport to drop Murali off. Exhausted, they bid each other farewell and went their separate ways.The experiment itself had limited success. Some were satisfied that Murali could bowl more or less identical deliveries with his elbow locked into position. As many biomechanical experts have documented after working with Murali or analysing footage, the movement of his shoulder, his supple wrist and a genetic deformity saw his elbow flexed to 38 degrees in its normal state. His elbows carry angle - the bend that helps the arms to swing without hitting the hips while walking - was between 17 and 18 degrees (as opposed to the more common five to 15 degrees), and created an illusion of chucking.I wouldnt say we have solved the mystery, wrote Mark Nicholas in the Telegraph. But the example of the brace shows he gains little or no advantage beyond other bowlers who also have degrees of flexion. Murali has a case and he should be heard. Others saw this as a misfiring PR stunt that merely clouded the issue further. Me thinks he doth protest too much, signed off Michael Parkinson, also in the Telegraph.The experiment had limited coverage in the Australian press. Murali tried to redress that by replicating a similar test at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, facilitated by ESPN-Star. Ravi Shastri acted as moderator, with Michael Slater batting against Murali, who bowled with and without the cast. Slater has subsequently gone on the record to back the legitimacy of Muralis action. But one mans opinion can only change so much.Murali was satisfied with how the Lords recording went - happy to have been able to respond to the allegations in such a manner. Twelve years and 273 Test victims later, it remains as contentious a topic as ever. Murali, though, has no regrets. Nor does Wiji.Gunasekera, however, cannot shake the dismay. Even after doing all this, certain sections dont believe any of it, he says. 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I go back to those two shootout losses, and there were 50 quality chances in two games, and were just not getting that third goal.If you could get that third goal, or fourth goal, theres a chance youre going to win the hockey game.The Predators have scored 20 goals in six November games, one more than they totaled in eight October games.They have won three games in a row, including a 5-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday led by two goals from James Neal, who has scored five times in his past four games.The Maple Leafs are coming off a weekend of contrasting results.They scored four unanswered goals in the third period in a 6-3, comeback win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the ACC on Friday. Then they went on the road and lost 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.The game on Friday impressed Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock.I think its the first time since Ive been here that we came back like that, Babcock said. It says we have talent and skill. It says we stayed calm. 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So the Rajkot Test, the Indian teams first, wary embrace of regular DRS has passed without what the police refer to as untoward incidents. Penny Hardaway Jersey . Cheteshwar Pujara will offer us his thoughts about DRS at a later date, no doubt - about his very smart referral in the first innings, which got him past a dream home Test century.We must realise that Rajkot, of course, has not quite marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship: the DRS is on trial all through the series against England. We can only hope that by the time it is done, this prickly relationship will be free of the old hang-ups, and that the Indian team will join the rest of the cricket world in using the DRS as standard practice.Virat Kohlis men belong to a generation younger to that of the DRS-scarred class of 2008. To be fair, even that lot would probably have given the DRS a shot outside of ICC events at some point had the system not found itself trapped in front with an identity crisis: What am I? What have I become? A broadcasters add-on? A regulatory requirement? A political tool for the powerful in a sulk?In 2016, things are clearer. The DRS is a regulatory requirement that is a few steps closer to being under the ICCs full control. The eventual intention is for it to be consistently applied in the international game. For the first time, Zimbabwe too used a version of the DRS in a home Test versus Sri Lanka last week. It was DRS lite - with ball-tracking, sans stump mic - but no one was complaining.Indias reservations over the DRS have been quelled for the moment due to several factors. Like improvements in the quality of the replay footage used by the Hawk-Eye tool - from 75 frames per second in 2011, we now have 340, which provides more data to predict the path of the ball.Also, there has been the addition of Ultra Edge technology, which was introduced at the start of the year in the South Africa v England series. This combined sound-based edge detection with simultaneous camera frames to help pick up finer edges, added a new component to the information available to the umpires. Taken together, these made for a sustained push for the argument in favour of the DRS.What added an extra layer of persuasion was the decision to take the DRS out of the cricket broadcasting environment and into a neutral laboratory. Anil Kumble, the head of the ICCs cricket committee, and Geoff Allardice, the ICCs general manager, leaned on science to ask questions of the technology tools at hand and to set up new parameters for DRS technologies of the future.Kumble, captain of India in that 2008 DRS-disaster series, tackled the project not as a cricketer who had a bone to pick with technology. It was studied as a mechanical-engineering problem that required a mechanical-engineering approach as a solution. Good thing Kumble, currently the India coach, has a degree in the subject.The exercise began in September 2014 with a set of meetings between Kumble, Allardice and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers in Boston. Sanjay Sarma, MIT professor of Mechanical Engineering says, Accuracy is a key question that any engineering task asks about measurement technologies. How precise is it? How repeatable is it? Has this been characterised? Anil Kumble and Geoff Allardice came to us with these questions.A cricket fan, Sarma had his own mixed feelings about the DRS. On the one hand, I do believe in reviews, in technology, and in the visual benefits of DRS. On the other hand, I didnt know if and how DRS was being calibrated.The DRS had more than an identity crisis; rather, it came with a built-in structural flaw. Given that analogies about parachutes and safety equipment have been used in the context of the DRS in the past, here is another. Lets compare it to a house constructed without a blueprint and assembled on the go with a variety of materials added on randomly. Going to MIT and getting DRS technologies tested independently was like asking an architect to check if the doors in a house already built would always shut correctly and that the roof wouldnt possibly collapse. What MIT did was invent the equipment that would answer those questions and also give the ICC clear technology parameters for the use of DRS in future. The September 2014 meetings marked the beginnings of a year-long project, which involved Sarma, Dr Jaco Pretorius of South Africa, and Stephen Ho, an American research scientist at MIT. While Sarma and Pretorius were from cricket-playing nations, Ho, like the students involved as consultants in the research, had no knowledge of the sport. Sarma says, They all found the sport quaint, but over time have started playing gully cricket in our lab retreats and in the hall at MIT.Two US engineering firms, Mide and Bell-Everman, constructed the equipment, the Swinging Arm that tests the Real Time Snicko/Ultra Edge, and the Frame, which studies the ball-tracker. Two sets of tests were conducted using these tools, the first in a closed environment, like at Loughborough University last year and the other in a real match environment. Ultra Edge for example was tested behind the scenes with no public notice during the September 2015 England v Australia ODI at Lords.RTS and HotSpot, which are owned by BBG Sports, one of two cricket technology providers along with Hawk Eye, went through their offline testing at a suburban ground in Melbourne in April 2016. This was two months after being observed at work during the New Zealand v Australia Test in Christchurch. HawkEye was put to the offline MIT-ICC tests in April 2016 in Winchester, UK and then observed a month later during the England v Sri Lanka Test in Durham. The only other ball tracking technology available to cricket, Virtual Eye of New Zealand will be tested in February 2017 towards the end of the southern-hemisphere season.The equipment used to test the DRS now sits locked up in crates that are in the ICCs possession in Dubai. The MIT team, Sarma says, has recommended that the tools used in the DRS are characterised/ qualified periodically, i.e. tested to check if the parameters arrived at earlier still hold true. During the course of the project, the impact of physical conditions on the DRS tools, like wind on the speed of sound, for example, was also studied but found to be small in relative terms, or easily tackled.The ICC now owns a proper blueprint with which to build and add to their DRS house. The chief executives meetings in February will possibly involve discussion about what could be the next series of issues to be tackled on the way to a consistently applied DRS, with mandatory tools like the ball tracker and sound-based edge-detection systems. Cost would definitely be one: a five-year-old estimate says a basic DRS system costs US$5000 per day; that figure would be higher today, with far more sophisticated technologies involved. Apart from the monies, the fact that the DRS package will be owned and controlled by the ICC raises even more questions.If the ICC does take full control of the DRS from broadcasters, it has to decide in which matches the system is to be used. All formats? All formats across mens and womens cricket? How can the logistics involved be brought in sync with the current cricket calendar? Given that in every match that features the DRS, the ICC appoints its own DRS-trained third umpire along with the two on-field umpires, how many more ICC-approved third umpires would need to be DRS-trained and sent out to work matches? That is in the future and outside the ambit of the systems most reluctant followers.For the Indian team, though, there is one element of the DRS that will prove challenging, but which cannot be fixed by machines or scientific tests. It is to do with how the technology is used by the players in the middle, and here the Indians will have to catch up quick.In Rajkot, Pujara experienced all sides. After his inspired first-innings referral, in the second he walked off glumly, leg-before to one from Adil Rashid that pitched outside leg. At the other end, M Vijay had respectfully turned his back to the departure, without alerting his partner to the possibility of a review. It was, no doubt, an instinctive response, born of a DRS-free Test match habit. It led Sachin Tendulkar to say that the third umpire needs to intervene in such instances. Lets not get into that now or we will be here for another eight years.Yes, the umpires decision must be respected, but in the Indian Test teams new world, sometimes, the old rules dont apply. Cheap Suns Jerseys . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Danuel House Jersey . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Welcome home, JP Duminy. Home to the WACA. Where you started once and now where you have started again.Welcome home, Dean Elgar. Home to the WACA. Where your start could have been your end and where you have now gained seniority.Welcome home, South Africa. Home to the WACA. Where your top four have never collectively failed and youve never been defeated. Its nice to be back, isnt it? Especially because it seems that all around you there are mirrors to reflect the good memories.Duminy and Elgar debuted here, so it is a special place for both, even though Elgars start wasnt: he made a pair in 2012. At least he knew things could only get better. Duminy, on the other hand, scored a match-wining half-century when he replaced an injured Ashwell Prince in 2008. Prince was then the man who talked Duminy out of Test retirement earlier this year when, after a period of poor form, Duminy considered calling time.If there was a period which said thank goodness he didnt, it came after lunch on day three of his return to Perth. Duminy creamed four cover drives, two off Mitchell Starc, two off Josh Hazlewood, none off particularly good balls but all with the class of French music at dinner time. Then came the complete opposite, a scything cut off the back foot from a horrible Nathan Lyon delivery, a shot that said he could dominate as much as he could delight. Just like that Duminy shifted gears, went from 74 to 96 and to within touching distance of a milestone to add to his already impressive record against the toughest opposition out there.Duminy averages 50.93 in 11 Tests against Australia, miles ahead of 34.22 overall. Three of his hundreds have been scored against them, two in Australia. This one meant something a little more. It was celebrated with an unusually long hug on a stinking hot day with Elgar, who had reason of his own to understand the importance.While Elgars place has not come under the same microscope as Duminys, he has yet to put in that series of big performances that cement a Test spot. He enjoyed a breakthrough innings in the same Test Duminy last scored a century - Galle 2014 - and since then he has been through four opening partners, none of whom appeared a permanent match. Elgar became the constant, albeit not consistent, perhaps aided by how much he serves as a reminder of his illustrious predecessor. Elgar has the same raw technique as Graeme Smith, the same ability to score runs by what seems like sheer will and even the same snarl. Although significantly shorter, he is starting to stand as tall as Smith used to aand has demonstrated the same appetite for a battle and attitude of resilience. Leandro Barbosa Jersey. On the second afternoon, he got into a short-ball battle with Mitchell Starc and survived. On the third morning, he had a similar fight but with Starc pitching it up. Both times, Elgar did not allow himself to be frustrated by the constant threat. He won in the end. Starc eventually served up a half-volley on the pads and Elgar played a Duminy-esque stroke to take him to fifty.Less attractive shots followed, including the heave that should have seen him dismissed on 81, but the hallmark of his innings was not strokeplay but spirit. Elgar simply wanted to stick around. He wanted it so much that he faced more balls than he has in any Test innings before. He wanted it so much that when he got it, it really showed. The gaze at the bat that hit the shot that brought the hundred held for a few seconds longer, the smooch of the badge lasted longer too and then he did not seem in a hurry to get anywhere. He simply batted on.Elgar has finally done what Smith built his career on. He scored a first second-innings century and it could prove decisive. That he scored it on the ground where he was twice taken out by Mitchell Johnson in match where he would have wanted to make an impression can be seen as a sign of how far he has come.Contrastingly, for Duminy, it was a realisation of how far he had to go to get back here. In the last two years, Duminy has put an immense amount of work into improving. He has overcome problems against the short ball and spin, learnt to take responsibility as a limited-overs finisher and. now, bat in the crucial No. 4 position in Tests. His elevation up the order is a result of AB de Villiers injury-enforced absence but he has embraced the challenge as though it were something he wouldnt mind continuing with, not least because it gives him the opportunity to become more consistent.Since 2008, when Duminy made his debut, he has twice gone more than two years without a Test hundred - Jacques Rudolph is the only other South Africa batsman to do so in that time, though his drought was caused by accepting a Kolpak deal. Duminys lengthy lean patches have taken their toll and both the team and his own reputation have suffered. But here, back at the WACA, he put 141 runs between himself and the suggestion that his talents were on the wane, coming full circle at a place he can truly call a second home. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
                                      An alleged rape survivor who visited Baylor football players in July to discuss sexual assault prevention spoke out Friday about an assistant coach who questioned her visit and who she says denied that the football program had anything to do with the schools recent problems addressing sexual assaults. Kaimi Fairbairn Jersey .Brenda Tracy, who has said she was gang-raped at Oregon State in 1998, wrote a blog for The Huffington Post on Friday about her experience speaking at Baylor this summer. It was a response to what she said was a series of harassing and offensive social media messages, including death threats, from self-described Baylor fans and supporters.I felt like the players were great. They were all engaged. They were all listening and all paying attention, she told Outside the Lines of her talk July 25 with the Baylor football team. I was really surprised and caught off guard when this coach pulled me aside. I was really surprised that he was that bold to say those things, but he was really awful and terrible.Tracy said the assistant coach grabbed her and ushered her into an office as soon as she started to leave the room. She said she was accompanied by Baylor Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford. Tracy did not name the coach in her Huffington Post blog.One of the first things he says is he didnt understand why I was there, she told OTL. He said this wasnt a football issue. This was an issue on the rest of the campus. And he just went on and on that [former head coach] Art Briles did absolutely nothing and this was all unfounded and nothing happened and they were being treated unfairly and there was some conspiracy going on against Baylor football.Baylor said in a statement Friday evening that it was looking into the conversation between Tracy and the assistant coach.We have great respect for the work Brenda is doing and for her courage in telling her story. Her interaction with the young men on our football team was incredibly positive and we are grateful for her engagement with our university, the statement read.Tracy has been speaking publicly to college football teams across the country since she met with Nebraska coach Mike Riley and his team in June. In 1998, Tracy reported being drugged and raped by four men, including two Oregon State football players, on the schools Corvallis campus. The men were arrested, but Tracy did not press charges.Riley, who was Oregon States coach at the time, suspended the players involved for one game. Tracy, who lives near Portland, Oregon, told her story to a newspaper in 2014. Her summer visit to Nebraska -- where she and Riley made amends -- drew nationwide attention. It also prompted Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe to invite her to speak to his team in Waco. Her visit came on the heels of Briles firing in connection with the Baylor board of regents review of a report detailing the school and athletic departments handling of sexual assault complaints.The findings issued in May from law firm Pepper Hamilton, which also resulted in the ouster of former university president Kenneth Starr and the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw, described the football program as being above the rules, with no culture of accountability for misconduct, and that some football coaches and staff abdicated responsibilities under federal gender equity laws.Crawford did not immediately return email or phone messages left Friday afternoon by Outside the Lines.Tracy told OTL that she immediately told Baylor associate athletic director Nick Joos about the exchange with the assistant coach, whose name she did not know at the time. She identified him later by looking at photos of the coaching staff online.?OTL reached out to the assistant, who did not return a phone message or email.Tracy said she told Joos, If this was an indication of the rest of the staff, then theyre going to have a problem. He said that he would look into it.Tracy said she felt like she was?going to the principals office when the assistant coach pulled her in. He just didnt understand why I was there talking to them, she told OTL.She said she and Crawford explained how preventing sexual violence is everyones responsibility and that football players are in a position of power on campus to influence other students in patterning good behavior. I was not there to comment about Art Briles, she said.Tracy said she left the office feeling defeated.Im leaving, and this is what these kids are left with? This horrible attitude? That is not conducive to any type of change, she told OTL. If youre not going to acknowledge that anything is wrong, its a problem.Tracys speaking out about her experience with the assistant coach comes shortly after the school received criticism for an incident during Baylors Sept. 16 game at Rice, where former player Shawn Oakman -- who was indicted in July for felony second-degree sexual assault -- was spotted on the sideline walking alongside assistant coach Chris Achuff. Oakman also was present in the locker room with the team. Grobe said he was not aware of Oakmans presence, and the university later issued a statement saying Oakman was banned from all Baylor-owned facilities and locker rooms at future away games.Last Saturday, Starr defended Briles, saying he was unfairly criticized by the media for his handling of allegations of sexual assault against some of his players. During an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Starr said Briles was an honorable man who conducted an honorable program and that a grave injustice was done to him.Tracy said she has received a great deal of backlash after making recent comments in the media about Baylor and Briles.The players have worked hard and they are winning. You cant take that from them. However, there is nothing wrong with expressing compassion for the victims and understanding that winning may be hurtful for them, she wrote in her Huffington Post piece.Yes, there are young men left on the football team and they are suffering. And there are victims who are suffering. Many things can be true at once, she said. [Fans] are so angry about Art Briles being fired that theyre not taking into consideration anything else. I hope the victims are being supported as vehemently as Art Briles is. Cheap Texans Jerseys . 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Theyve also struggled on the road (2-8) while the Pacers have thrived at home (10-4).Bradley Beal scored 41 points against the Clippers.We showed our hand, so theres no excuses for us moving forward, Beal told the Washington Post. Were embracing one another, and embracing the challenge. The last couple games weve been accepting that challenge defensively.John Wall and Paul George were drafted first and 10th, respectively, in 2010. Theyve each had success in previous games against each other. Wall averaged 23.7 points and 8.3 assists against the Pacers last season. Paul George averaged 33 points in the three meetings with Washington last year, including a 38-point night in their last game.Both of these teams are in the top-10 in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage. Theyve also scored and turned the ball over at nearly identical rates on the season. The guards on each side will make for an interesting match-up.The Pacers (14-14) have been the definition of a .500 club so far this season. After beating Detroit on Saturday night, Indianna pushed its record to . Angelo Blackson Jersey. 500 for the 12th time this season. It never won or lost more than two straight games, and it has been within two games of the .500 mark all season long.Weve struggled with our consistent play, coach Nate McMillan told Some of it is change in mindset of players, and getting them to focus on the defensive end of the floor. A lot of our guys, and a lot of guys in the NBA are offensive minded. When theyre struggling on offense, they take it to the defensive end. But you can always play defense.Paul George agreed: Were a team thats ready and prepared for the good teams and we come out flat against the weaker opponents, George said. Its kind of who weve been. Were still trying to find an identity. The best thing about it is I think were going towards the right direction.George may be on to something, as the Pacers are 10-6 in their last 16 games against teams other than Golden State.Both teams are battling some injuries. Washington will be without former Pacer Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee), Danuel House Jr. (right wrist fracture), Kelly Oubre Jr. (concussion), and possibly Jason Smith (questionable with a strained right hamstring). The Pacers will be without Monta Ellis (right groin strain) and Rodney Stuckey (left hamstring strain.)This will be the first of four match-ups between these two teams this season. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
CLEVELAND -- Josh Tomlin baffled Blue Jays batters for nearly six innings and Andrew Miller blew them away as the Cleveland Indians edged Toronto 2-1 on Saturday to take 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Cheap Bucks Jerseys .Carlos Santana homered off 20-game winner J.A. Happ and Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Indians, who have won five straight postseason games for the first time in their 116-year history.An afterthought in August, Tomlin has emerged as an unlikely October star for the Indians. He allowed one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings before Cleveland manager Terry Francona called on his bullpen led by the magnificent Miller, who is making the Blue Jays look like Little Leaguers.The lanky left-hander struck out the side in the seventh, two more in the eighth and has 10 strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings in the series. He has not allowed a run in 16 career postseason innings.Cody Allen struck out Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista in a perfect ninth for the save, finishing a three-hitter. The Indians had never been up 2-0 in four previous ALCS trips.After bludgeoning Texas in the AL Division Series by hitting eight homers and scoring 22 runs, Toronto has one run and 10 hits -- eight singles and a pair of doubles -- in two games against the Indians.Bautista is 0 for 6 in the series with five strikeouts and in a 0-for-14 postseason tailspin. The only bat flipping Joey Bats has done is back into the rack.The series heads north to Torontos raucous Rogers Centre for Game 3 on Monday with Clevelands Trevor Bauer slated to face Marcus Stroman.Tomlin originally was scheduled to pitch Game 3, but the right-hander was pushed up after Trevor cut his right pinkie while repairing one of the drones he enjoys flying as a hobby. The 31-year-old Tomlin pitched himself out of the rotation by going 0-5 with a 11.48 ERA in August, but injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar gave him another chance and hes made the most of it.Tomlin, who ignored taunting Boston fans to close out the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS, relied on his curveball to keep the Blue jays guessing.With some help from Happ, the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the third on Lindors RBI single.Rajai Davis reached on a fielders choice, stole second and took third when Happs pitch bounced in the dirt and rolled a few feet away from catcher Russell Martin. One out later, Lindor lined his single to center for this third RBI in two games, another clutch moment by a 22-year-old with the presence of a 10-year veteran.Tomlin had the Blue Jays off-balance and guessing with an assortment of breaking pitches -- nothing harder than 75 mph -- before Toronto finally pushed across its first run of the series to tie it 1-1 in the third.Darwin Barney, starting at second in place of the injured Devon Travis, singled with one out, moved up on a groundout and scored on Josh Donaldsons opposite-field double, his sixth of the postseason.Tomlin walked Encarnacion, and with reliever Jeff Manship up in Clevelands bullpen just in case, he struck out Bautista, who remains in a funk.Santana gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the second with a lined homer that barely cleared the 19-foot-high wall in left. The switch-hitter, who batted leadoff in Game 1, yanked a 1-1 pitch for his first postseason homer and the first allowed by Happ in five starts.TRAINERS ROOMTravis is done for the postseason with a right knee injury he aggravated during Game 1. After missing two games in the ALDS with a bruised knee, the Blue Jays put him on the roster but he jarred his knee while covering first base in the fifth inning and left in pain. Toronto was granted a roster substitution by Major League Baseball and replaced Travis with first baseman Justin Smoak. Travis would not be eligible for the World Series if the Blue jays advance.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Stroman allowed one run in both of regular-season starts -- no decisions- against Cleveland, posting a 1.29 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14 innings. 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"It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Cameron Delaney nailed 5 of 6 from long distance for 19 points as Sam Houston State dominated the second half to roll over NAIA LSU-Shreveport 91-59 on Saturday night.Dakarai Henderson added 12 points as 12 Bearkats put points on the board. John Dewey III had eight points with four steals and five assists.Sam Houston State (5-3), which has won four of its last six games, led by just one at the break, 34-33. The Bearkats started the second half on an 11-1 run and led 552-40 midway through the second half. Xavier Munford Jersey. 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                                      DALLAS -- Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton freely bent his left leg back and forth without feeling any pain seven weeks after extensive surgery on his knee. Kyler Fackrell Jersey .While still a long time from getting back on the field, Hamilton said Thursday that he expects to be fully healthy and ready when the Rangers get to spring training in Arizona before next season.Im just really excited that I feel likes it better, I feel like its fixed, Hamilton said. Now the only thing is taking my time, strengthen it up and be ready for next year.During surgery June 8 in Houston, Hamiltons anterior cruciate ligament was reconstructed. Dr. Walt Lowe also repaired meniscus and lateral cartilage in the knee.That was Hamiltons third surgery on the knee since September, along with cortisone shots and a stem cell and a platelet-rich plasma injection during spring training that may have actually led to more damage.When Hamilton went for a recent checkup, he told the doctor he felt good and then asked how the knee looked. The doctors response was unusually good, and when Hamilton asked what that meant, the doctor told him that at five weeks he was already at the point it took most patients 3 1/2 months to get to in recovery. But that also came with a reminder.He said the most important thing ... I know it feels good but at the same time youve still got some healing to do, so we really need to focus on that and going through the process of rehabilitation in the right matter, said Hamilton, who could start jogging again in about a week. Ive got plenty of time to not have to speed it up.In his first appearance for the Rangers since his surgery, Hamilton took part in a ceremony at the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Academy in West Dallas where a field has been named in his honor after contributing to the project.Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was also there after making a contribution toward a major league-size turf field for an indoor facility that will be built on the 17-acre site. Beltres No. 29 will be inscribed in the turf.Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP in his five seasons with the Rangers from 2008-12. He left in free agency and signed a $125 million, five-year contract with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.The Angels traded Hamilton back to Texas last year when he was coming back from shoulder surgery, and agreed to pay the Rangers for all of his $24 million salary this season and $22 million of the $24 million the outfielder is due in 2017, the last year of that contract. Hamilton played only 50 games last season, hitting .253 with eight homers and 25 RBI.When Hamilton is removed from the 60-day disabled list after this season, he knows it is possible that Texas could use his roster spot for another player. That would mean the 35-year-old outfielder would have to report to spring training with the Rangers on a non-roster deal.I feel confident that when Im healthy, really healthy, Im just as good as anybody in the game, and I still believe that, Hamilton said. I dont expect anything as far as like `Oh yeah, here you go, heres your spot, or anything like that. I expect to go out there and play. If I have to win a spot, wherever that is, thats fine with me. Ill just be happy to be back out there and be pain free and playing again. Danny Vitale Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. 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Now the real work starts as McPhee looks to build a competitive team from scratch -- just as soon as he sorts through the mountain of resumes on his desk. He spoke with recently over the phone from his office in Las How hectic have things been since you were announced as the teams GM on July 13?George McPhee: Were trying to get a little infrastructure here in place. When I do that, then Id like to build out the amateur scouting side of the organization. That would be the first priority, and then pro scouts and then were going to have other So is being ready for that first amateur draft the top priority?GM: Weve got a heck of a lot of work to do. The expansion draft is just a couple of days before the entry draft. Were almost doing these things simultaneously. The only reason Im trying to get the amateur staff in place right now is because there is an amateur tournament being played next month. So I wanted to get the amateur [scouts] in place first and then work on the pros and hopefully by September weve got them all in How many resumes have you received so far?GM: Ill bet that Ive had 600-700 texts, 300-400 emails, 60-70 phone calls. Its been unreal. Whats difficult is you let people know youll get back to them when we get organized. If they havent heard from you in a week, they start texting and emailing Do you have any NHL Vegas memories of your own?GM: My first trip was with the Vancouver Canucks?[as director of hockey operations].?Pat Quinn just wanted the team to have a break on one of our trips. I was amazed then at the Strip. At all the activity and how beautiful the buildings were and the hotels. Once we got here, we didnt see the players for two days. As a staff, we had some great dinners. We actually saw Anne Murray in concert -- Canadians watching a Canadian. I think the best experience here was actually a family vacation. The league was having GM meetings at Lake Las Vegas so I came out earlier with my wife and my first two kids. It might have been one of the best vacations weve ever had. [My kids] were at that age where you could take them to different hotels with different themes, whether it was the tigers at one place or the aquariums at another. Taking them to a magician show or taking my daughter to Mama Mia. My kids had a Howd your daughter like Mama Mia?GM: She loved it. She was jumping up and down in her chair and my son was Your son, Graham, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round in June, just a couple of weeks before you got the Vegas job. You were thhere as a father but also as an adviser for the Islanders. Mason Crosby Jersey. How was that experience?GM: The McPhees have had a very nice summer. Going to the draft with one of your own is very unique. They still feel so young to you. Then having them drafted, youre really happy for them. Im really proud of him. The message was simple: You dont want that to be the closest you ever get to the NHL. Now you get to Was it painful watching him have to wait to hear his name?GM: You dont want them to have to wait too long. I think mentally he was prepared for it but, like all kids, theyre nervous before the draft and they just want someone to like them. Its one of those experiences Ill never forget. As a father, the whole thing is kind of a whirlwind because I was working with the Islanders and was at their table for most of the draft before I went up and sat with my son. Then a few days later, we were home and my son is already off at Boston College and I walked by his room and there is an Oilers jersey hanging from his door. Holy cow. This kid that still feels like a young boy is an NHL draft Making the past month even more emotional, your old coach at Bowling Green, Ron Mason, passed away barely two weeks before the draft.GM: That was a stunner. That was a real setback for a lot of people. It was just so unexpected. I just told my wife, Ive got to go, Ive got to get there [to Lansing, Michigan, for the funeral]. And Im glad I did. Thats a big loss. He was an outstanding hockey man. What was really neat about him is while you were playing for him, you were his player and the day you graduated you were his friend. He liked to have a beer with you and he was a good What is it youll be looking for in a coach in Las Vegas?GM: We havent even started [looking] and probably wont until the new year. There are lots of coaching changes in a season, so we want to take a look at what might be there later in the year. A coach has to obviously understand the Xs and Os, but more importantly he has to be someone the players really respect. Not only as a coach but as a person. You want a guy thats a lot of things: smart, approachable, unflappable, confident, hard-working, organized, all of those things. Good with the community, good with the media. 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                                      With all but four matches left in the Call of Duty World Championship, the third day was certainly filled with twists and turns as teams marched towards the finals of the $2 million event. Cheap Adidas Golden Knights Jerseys .After losing its opening match in the upper bracket on the second day, OpTic Gaming found itself in an uncomfortable position, needing to win six straight lower-bracket matches in order to play in the grand finals. While OpTic Gaming took care of business in its first two matches -- beating Infused and Luminosity Gaming with relative ease -- the teams momentum grinded to a halt in its third match on the third day against Cloud9.Whether it was pure exhaustion or just momentum running thin, OpTic Gaming stars Ian Crimsix Porter and Seth Scump Abner were flummoxed by Cloud9 all series long, as neither player could get much going. Despite the struggles, OpTic Gaming still had victory within its sights, needing just a win during Round 5 Search and Destroy in order to advance. However, as its been all tournament, the Search and Destroy game mode was OpTic Gamings bugaboo, as the Green Wall was unable to find the critical kills, falling to Cloud9 in Game 11.Considering the importance of the Search and Destroy game mode, which usually sees two rotations in a standard best-of-five series, it was surprising to see OpTic Gaming struggle, winning just two of the nine rounds it played at CoD XP.Joining OpTic Gaming on the disappointment train was FaZe Clan, who also found themselves in the lower bracket after an early loss to Team EnVyUs. After winning its next match against Millenium, FaZe would square off against Splyce, who had just fallen into the lower bracket after a disappointing loss to FAB Games.In a battle of regional supremacy, Splyce won out, rallying back from a 2-1 series deficit to claim the win despite the fact that the team struggled in the slaying category, with just one player posting a positive Kill/Death ratio (KD). Just like OpTic Gamings series vs. Cloud9, the difference centered on the Search and Destroy game mode, as FaZe would also struggle, dropping Rounds 2 and 5 in the pivotal series. It will be interesting to see what the next few weeks hold for FaZe now that they are officially out of the CoD XP tournament. Having never won a major tournament during the Call of Duty: Black Ops III season, the fan-favorite organization may opt to make a few roster moves in an attempt to regain its control atop the North American pecking order.It wasnt all doom and gloom however, as FAB Games, one of the upstart teams at Call of Duty XP, continued its surprising run during the world championship.Despite entering the tournament as relative unknowns, FAB Games exploded onto the scene during the third day. Tasked with traversing through an upper bracket filled with its European brethren such as Epsilon and Splyce, FAB Games held its own, blowing past both teams en route to the quarterfinals. FABs win over Splyce, in particular, was impressive as the team rallied back from a 2-0 deficit for the reverse sweep.FAB then ran into Team EnVyUs, and the European team made a comeback, winning its next match in the lower bracket against Cloud9. 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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears had just wrapped up a dysfunctional season.Chairman George McCaskey was addressing the firing of general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman when someone asked about his 91-year-old mother, team matriarch Virginia McCaskey.Shes (ticked) off, he said after the 2014 season.Who knows what shes thinking now.The second season under general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox isnt going the way the Bears envisioned.They hit their bye and the midway point last in the NFC North at 2-6, looking more like a team regressing than one poised for bigger things.Theres uncertainty about quarterback Jay Cutlers future in Chicago. There was a recent report of a rift between the front office and coaching staff. There has been a long list of injuries and breakdowns in execution.But there was also a dominant victory over NFC North leader Minnesota on Monday night. That, at least, sent them into the break on a positive note. Its up to the Bears to build on it.I think you always have positive visions, Fox said. Unfortunately weve had our setbacks along the way, whether it was injury-wise, execution-wise, how that affects your roster and your performance usually is pretty tell-tale. Hopefully we can get more whole as we go.The second half of the season includes just one current division leader on the schedule, and that would be the team they just beat -- Minnesota in the final game. Three other teams are a game above .500, two are at .500, one is 3-4 and another is against San Francisco (1-6).Something else that should help the Bears is theyre starting to get key players back.Cutler made a successful return after missing five games because of a thumb injury and linebacker Pernell McPhee has played the past two after he started the season on the physically unable to perform list following offseason knee surgery. But receiver Kevin White and linebacker Lamarr Houston went on injured reserve this season, big blows for the offense and defense.A long line of Bears have either missed time or played through injuries. Thats forced backups to carry a bigger load and exposed a lack of depth.Along with that, there are mounting questions about the direction of the franchise.Fox wavering over Cutlers future as the starter fueled more speculation about the quarterbacks time with the team. Theyy also dont have a young QB theyve been grooming to replace him. Cheap Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys. And they dont know what they have in White, the No. 7 overall pick in 2015.After missing his rookie season because of a left shin injury, he is once again on injured reserve with a fractured left fibula, though Fox has said he could come back this season. That injury happened in the fourth game of the season against Detroit on Oct. 2.White was leading the team with 19 receptions and had 187 yards when he went on IR. But its not clear if he can stay healthy, let alone develop into a star.Its not just White, though. The Bears 2015 draft class as a whole has taken a beating.Two of the six picks are on injured reserve (White, center Hroniss Grasu with a torn ACL) and two more have missed time because of injuries (nose tackle Eddie Goldman, running back Jeremy Langford). Safety Adrian Amos is the only one to play all eight games, and offensive lineman Tayo Fabuluje is no longer with the team.So when you build in the draft and you lose a whole draft class, its not real conducive to success, Fox said.Despite all that, there have been some positive developments for the Bears.Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is starting to emerge after being slowed by calf and hamstring injuries. The No. 9 overall draft pick, he has three sacks over the past two games.That kid is special, defensive end Akiem Hicks said. He has a lot of great bend, great hand work. And hes under veterans who can teach him a lot like Willie Young and Phee and Coach Hurtt (outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt), you know guys who actually played the game and were effective.Fifth-round pick Jordan Howard has three 100-yard rushing games after running for a career-high 153 against Minnesota.But after having the Cubs deflect attention in Chicago with their championship run, all eyes figure to be on the Bears now.Its been very frustrating, because as you saw (Monday) night, were a lot better than our record is, Howard said.Its just little miscues here and there that weve had in other games. Were very confident that we can finish this season out strong and possibly make the playoffs.---AP NFL website: and Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
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