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SEPANG, Malaysia -- Carlos Sainz says he is proud to have interest from Renault for next year but says he is in no rush to leave Toro Rosso.Sainz is contracted to Toro Rosso for 2017, but has been linked to a Renault drive if a deal can be struck between Red Bull and the French manufacturer, which will also supply engines to both teams next year. Sainz said he welcomed the interest from Renault but would not be drawn on what it means for the future of his career.There has been some interest and contacts which for me is an honour that a manufacturer team is worried about me and wants to know my contractual situation, he said. As you know, more or less what is going on with Red Bull they guide your career, they paid for five years of my junior series, which is millions of euros and I perfectly understand they dont want to let me go having spent so much money on me and me being in the best moment of my career and then just let me go.It is an honour to have interest from a manufacturer team that wants me to develop the car and create good base for the future. My main target and objective is to in 2018 be fighting for the world championship and hopefully that will be with Red Bull. That is my main target and I know it is very difficult but the only thinking I want is for that to happen and I need to find the shortest way to that point.Red Bull has Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen contracted to its senior team until 2018, putting a blocker on Sainzs career ambitions at the energy drink company. The Spaniard admits his future is ultimately in the hands of Helmut Marko, who runs the Red Bull junior programme, and says he is focused purely on getting results in the machinery available to him.I am aware of what they want me to be aware of. Of course I am aware a bit about what is going on but I dont know the details of what is happening because I am focused on this season and I dont want to think about my future when there are an important six races coming and because it is my job to be involved but it is more Helmut Marko and my management to sort out that stuff. My job is to drive as fast as possible.I am aware and it makes me proud that a manufacturer is interested in me, it is something every driver wants. It is difficult for a Toro Rosso driver to look somewhere else but in my situation I have other possibilities and it makes me proud and happy.Asked directly to choose between Renault and Toro Rosso, Sainz said: At the moment I have full trust in Toro Rosso that they are going to produce a good chassis for next year because if there was any doubt, Singapore proved Toro Rosso is probably the third or fourth best chassis on the grid. Even on a short straight in Singapore we were 12kph down but still qualifying P6, one second off a Red Bull. It shows the car is good and performs in cornering.As for Renault, I dont have enough information that they are going to perform next year or if it is going to take two years or three years. I dont have any feedback to know if they will be a top level next year or in three years time.Christian Wade Jersey. After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. LaAdrian Waddle Jersey. -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. http://www.wholesalebillsjerseys.com/?tag=youth-levi-wallace-jersey. Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. Kevin Johnson Jersey. -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse. Eddie Yarbrough Jersey. Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve.Robbie Neilson says his Hearts side are better prepared ahead of their Scottish Cup replay against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian.The Tynecastle side were 2-0 up going into the final 10 minutes of their fifth round tie but were pegged back thanks to goals from Jason Cummings and Paul Hanlon to set up a replay on Tuesday.While disappointed with the manner of that draw, Neilson thinks his team are now better equipped to deal with the derby pressures against Hibs, especially after a midweek 3-0 win over Ross County. Neilson says his side are better prepared He told Sky Sports News HQ: We are looking forward to it, its a big game for us. We are disappointed with the way the last one turned out after having a two-goal advantage with 10 minutes to go but it means we have to go to Easter Road now and get a result.It is disappointing to end the game like that but we had a great result midweek at Ross County against a good team and it has set us up well for this game tomorrow. Hibernians Paul Hanlon celebrates after scoring a late equaliser I think we have prepared better than we have for the previous derby because we now know what we are up against. The guys who have played them before last season know, a lot of new players coming in this year didnt know what the game was going to be like.You try to explain it to them but until you are actually out there and youve competed in a derby you never really know but now they do and they are more prepared now. Neilson and Alan Stubbs shake hands at the end of the fifth round tie Hibs faltered in their Championship promotion bid on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at Livingston and failing to take advantage of leaders Rangers dropping points earlier in the day, while Hearts game at home to Partick Thistle was postponed.Neilson says his side will treat their opponents with respect but is keen to push for silverware to go with their tight grip on third spot in their first season back in the top flight. The Hearts and Hibernian players clash We always treat teams with respect no matter what league they are in - we prepare properly, he said.dddddddddddd We know from the game at Tynecastle that they are a good team, they had a difficult game on Saturday. I went to watch it, they had a lot of possession and we know what we are up against.Its a huge game for the city. It is two teams who have competed against each other for the last 100-odd years so it is a massive game for us. We didnt think we would get one [a derby] this year, weve now got two and it gives the fans the bragging rights and that is a big part of it for us. Hibernian scored twice in a breathless final 10 minutes to secure an unlikely 2-2 draw The league is the priority for all teams but the cup is the one you can go and try to win. Winning the league is always difficult for teams out with the Old Firm. But I think it is a great opportunity for us this year, not just to try and push in the league, but to try and get some silverware as well.Hearts captain Alim Ozturk is suspended for the replay after he picked up his second booking of the competition in the 2-2 draw. Also See:Hibernian force Hearts replayHearts fixturesHearts statsDauda seals Hearts victoryWholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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The Marlins have agreed to terms with veteran catcher A.J. Ellis on a one-year deal for $2.5 million, a source told ESPNs Buster Olney.Ellis, 35, hit .216 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies this past season.He notably served as Clayton Kershaws personal catcher for years in Los Angeles.Ellis was the longest tenured Dodgers player (13 years in organization) at the time of his August trade to Philadelphia.Swell Bottle Schweiz. The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. Swell Flasche Kaufen. -- An ugly goal by Nick Bonino helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes on a night when their ragged power play continued to struggle. http://www.swellflascheschweiz.ch/s-well-bottle-schweiz.html. Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal. Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review? Why was this overturned? James Veaudry Pembroke, ON -- Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. Swell Schweiz.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. Swell Flasche Blau.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach.DETROIT -- Aleksander Barkov scored on a breakaway 2:04 into overtime, lifting Florida to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night and giving interim coach Tom Rowe his first victory with the Panthers.Florida, playing its second game with Rowe, had lost its last two games. Detroit was 3-0-1 after losing four straight and nine of 11.The Red Wings went ahead 1:23 into the game when Henrik Zetterberg scored on their first shot, ending a six-game drought. But they struggled on offense the rest of the night.Floridas Vincent Trocheck had a goal negated late in the opening period when Detroit coach Jeff Blashill challenged that Panthers defenseman Jason Demers was offside. Demers made up for it by scoring with 1:45 left in the first, pulling the Panthers into a tie on a shot that was redirected off Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser.BLUES 5, LIGHTNING 4ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko scored three goals and Kevin Shattenkirk added two as St. Louis earned its third straight win.The Blues have won six straight at home. Jake Allen made 22 saves while improving to 12-3-3.Tampa Bay lost its season-high fourth consecutive game.Tarasenko, who leads the team with 13 goals, recorded his fourth career hat trick. He scored twice in the games opening 9:37 to stake his team to a 2-0 lead.Cedric Paquette scored twice for the Lightning, who have been outscored 19-9 during their four-game skid. Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson also scored.SABRES 4, RANGERS 3BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel scored two goals in the third period, and the Sabres earned their second straight victory.Buffalos winning streak coincides with the return of Eichel, who missed the first 21 games with a high ankle sprain. The 20-year-old center had a goal and an assist in Buffalos 5-4 win in Ottawa on Tuesday and has recorded a point in seven straight games dating to last season.Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta also scored for Buffalo. Anders Nilsson made 22 saves while subbing for starting goaltender Robin Lehner, who is day to day with a hip injury.Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash and Marc Staal scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves.PENGUINS 6, STARS 2PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, leading the Penguins to the win.Crosby scored his league-leading 16th goal in the second period and assisted on Conor Shearys sixth as Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final 4 minutes. Eric Fehrs third of the season was the 100th of his career and Patric Hornqvists seventh came on the power play.Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Pittsburgh. Fleury, who won for the first time in five starts, has six wins in his last nine home games.Tyler Seguin and Devin Shore scored for Dallas. Antti Niemi, playing in his 400th career game, stopped 34 shots.The Stars have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.BLACKHAWKS 4, DEVILS 3, OTCHICAGO -- Marian Hossa scored his team-leading 12th goal through a screen at 1:31 of overtime, lifting the Blackhawks to the win.Hossas shot through traffic from high in the slot beat Cory Schneider on the glove side, moments after New Jerseys Mike Cammalleri hit the post on a prime chance against Corey Crawford.Travis Zajac had three goals for New Jersey, including the tying score at 8:49 of the third. Schneider made 29 stops in the Devils fourth straight loss.Artem Anisimov, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger scored in the second period for Western Conference-leading Chicago, which has won two in a row and three of four overall. Crawford finished with 30 saves.BLUE JACKETS 3, AVALANCHE 2DENVER -- Boone Jenner scored the winning goal with 11:03 remaining, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots and the Blue Jackets beat the slumping Avalanche.Jenner knocked in his third goal of the season on a no-look pass from Cam Atkinson after a turnover deep in Colorados end. Brandon Saad and Nick Foligno staked the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 lead with first-period goals.Blake Comeau scored in the second period and Samuel Henley followed with his first NHL ggoal as the Avalanche rallied.dddddddddddd Comeau nearly tied the game with 2:09 remaining when he tipped in a shot. But the officials reviewed the play and waved off the goal after ruling he knocked it in with a high stick.The Avalanche dropped to 0-3-1 on their current homestand.KINGS 4, COYOTES 3GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Trevor Lewis scored off a turnover with 4:05 left and Los Angeles held on for the win.Jordan Nolan scored his first two goals of the season for the Kings, and Anze Kopitar added two assists to help Los Angeles win for the sixth time in seven games. Jeff Zatkoff made 25 saves.Martin Hanzal scored twice for the Coyotes in the first period. Mike Smith had 29 saves, but gave up two goals in the final seven minutes.The Coyotes pulled Smith for an extra attacker for the last 1:34, but couldnt draw even.DUCKS 3, CANUCKS 1VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ondrej Kase scored his first NHL goal, John Gibson made 27 saves and the Ducks earned their third consecutive victory.Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim (12-8-4).Henrik Sedin had Vancouvers only goal, and Ryan Miller stopped 21 shots. The Canucks (10-12-2) had won two in a row.Anaheim opened a 2-0 lead in the second period when Kase caught Miller out of position before throwing a puck in front that caromed off Vancouver defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, the post and finally Erik Gudbranson before crossing the line for his first goal in his eighth NHL game.ISLANDERS 3, CAPITALS 0WASHINGTON -- Shane Prince, Brock Nelson and Jason Chimera produced three goals in less than 4 1/2 minutes of the third period, leading the Islanders to their first three-game winning streak of the season.Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season and 40th of his NHL career.New York entered with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference, including just one victory in eight road games, and was playing the second half of a back-to-back, while Washington was coming off a four-day break.But Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals went 0 for 6 on the power play, making that once-vaunted unit 0 for 10 over the teams past two games, both losses.BRUINS 2, HURRICANES 1, SOBOSTON -- Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak scored in a shootout, lifting Boston to the win.Jeff Skinners bid to extend the shootout fell short when he was stopped by Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin. Skinner also was turned away by Khudobin on a breakaway in the closing seconds of overtime.Khudobin pumped his fists after earning his first win of the season.Torey Krug scored in the third period for Boston, and Khudobin finished with 29 saves. Pastrnak made a pair of dekes and slipped the puck past Cam Ward for the winning goal.Jacob Slavin scored in the shootout for Carolina, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Ward made 34 saves.FLYERS 3, SENATORS 2, OTOTTAWA, Ontario -- Claude Giroux scored his second goal of the game 40 seconds into overtime, sending Philadelphia to the road win.Michael Del Zotto also scored, and Steve Mason made 19 saves. The Flyers have won three in a row to improve to 12-10-3.Mike Hoffman and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, and Mike Condon made 29 saves. The Senators dropped to 14-8-2.OILERS 6, JETS 3WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Mark Letestu and Leon Draisaitl each had two goals and an assist, powering Edmonton to the victory.The Oilers went 3 for 4 on the power play, including Letestus goals. Patrick Maroon and Benoit Pouliot also scored, and Connor McDavid had three assists.Jets rookie Patrik Laine had two power-play goals to lift his overall season total to 15, a goal behind Pittsburghs Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead. Bryan Little also scored for Winnipeg.Cam Talbot made 21 saves for his 12th win of the season. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 of the 29 shots he faced before Michael Hutchinson came in to make four saves in just over 12 minutes of relief.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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With no trophies and Tottenham set to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years, pressure is building on Arsene Wenger like never before. Is his time up? Adam Bate looks at the reasons for his success and why there’s little reason to expect a repeat… One of the key moments for Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future series was when he got hold of the Grays Sports Almanac that revealed the winners of every forthcoming sporting event for years to come. Tannen was transformed into a visionary, armed with the information that his contemporaries craved. Success became a formality.Perhaps thats how it felt for Arsene Wenger when he arrived in England in the autumn of 1996. Hed been a top-class coach in his native France, of course, but in the Premier League his encyclopedic knowledge of superior markets and ideas dwarfed that of his new peers. As an intellectual Gulliver in Lilliput, it didnt take too long for his impact to be felt. By his own admission, Wenger was left bemused by the fact that he could assemble an entire squad for the price quoted to sign Graeme Le Saux from Blackburn. And so, he did just that. Nicolas Anelka had already been acquired for less than £1m. Patrick Vieira joined from AC Milan for just £3.5m. And that was just the transfer market. Wenger says his past successes mean Arsenal fans expect trophies each year On the training ground, the focus on muscle toning was new to old pros. Sharper sessions timed to the second. The introduction of periodisation. Conditioning work. Nutrition ideas from Japan. Dieticians such as Yann Rougier. Regular attention from osteopath Philippe Boixel. None of it seems outlandish now but these changes were significant at the time.When we had the first pre-season under Wenger, it was completely different from anything I experienced in my whole career, Nigel Winterburn told The Independent. There were footballs all over the pitch! What? Footballs! It was unheard of, a football session on the first day back off pre-season training. I had never heard of it.Its difficult to appreciate the context. The previous example of a foreign manager at such as high-profile club had been when Dr Josef Venglos was appointed by Aston Villa in 1990. He arrived just weeks after taking Czechoslovakia to a World Cup quarter-final but was still Dr Who to the press pack. Villas players didnt enjoy the post-match warm downs. The house that Arsene built: But is he the same manager today? Venglos was a pioneer but having taken over from the successful Graham Taylor, only wins wouldve earned him patience and he couldnt get them. Wengers combination of better ideas and better players brought improved results and so the story was very different. Experienced players such as Winterburn, Tony Adams and Martin Keown bought into it.He harnessed this existing defence and fused it with a much-improved attacking unit. The likes of Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit helped Arsenal to a league and cup double in 1998. A remarkable achievement in itself, but what puts Wenger on a level few have reached is that he built another team too. Only Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp were still first-choice picks in the Invincibles of 2004.That Arsenal side, the team of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, remains the only one to go through an entire Premier League season without suffering a defeat. That they did so by playing some of the most exciting football this country has ever seen only adds to the achievement. But 12 years on and the wait for the next Premier League title goes on. Arsenal won the Premier League title without losing a game in 2003/04 What went wrong? Undeniably, there have been external factors. It got harder as opponents rose up like never before. With Chelsea emerging as a genuine force, Arsenal were no longer competing with only Manchester United. Liverpool had their moments too and more recently there has been Manchester City and Tottenham to contend with as well.It got harder as the club managed the transition to the new stadium. Supporters were tolerant in that respect, noting the managers complaints about the financial doping of others. But that sympathy has long since dissipated, giving way to a more troubling thought: that the real issue for Wenger is that so many of his advantages have now been neutralised.He had enjoyed what is known in marketing as first-mover advantage - the benefits that stem from being the initial occupant in a market, gaining control of resources others cannot. But now others have caught up. Its Wengers strength no more. He is a victim of his own success given that his ideas and principles are now so ubiquitous they do not set him apart. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Charlie Nicholas Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas feels it is a problem. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager, Nicholas told Sky Sports. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Its not easy to find the right players but this is where we have always loved Arsene.Hes always found magical players or turned them into magical players. Hes always had that talent. Now that talent seems to be becoming harder. You cant get Nicolas Anelka now for half a million or Thierry Henry for £8m. But other clubs seem to find them. And if other clubs can find them...Perhaps its prudence that persuaded him against moving for Anthony Martial. Certainly, globalisation has opened things up to allow Newcastle, Leicester and West Ham to swoop upon the French market in recent years. Wenger knew about them all. He just didnt know whether to sign them. His recent risk-free acquisitions have arrived for north of £30m. A section of Arsenals supporters have lost faith in their long-serving manager Where once ignorance of others might have protected Wenger against criticism, allowing it to appear as if World Cup winners such as Henry had been plucked from obscurity, the game has now changed sufficiently to allow Arsenal fans to implore him to sign Gonzalo Higuain - and then feel justified when seeing the Argentine score over 30 goals in a Serie A season.Arsenal have these funds and with the stadium having long since ceased to be a viable excuse, Wenger can no longer point to the financial advantages of club rivals. Particularly when Leicester are champions and, perhaps more damagingly, Tottenham are above them in the table, too. It seems St Totteringhams Day wont be coming this year, but perhaps another day has arrived.In Back to the Future, the results in Tannens Almanac only went up to 2000. Hed secured his legacy by then but the magic touch was gone. Wenger managed to extend his success into the new millennium but the fear is that he too no longer has the answers. The fear is that Arsene Wenger is a man out of time.Also See:Welbeck out for nine monthsWho is Granit Xhaka?Jamar Summers Jersey. "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. Quentin Poling Jersey. The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. http://www.wholesaledolphinsjerseys.com/?tag=youth-xavien-howard-jersey. The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. Chase Allen Jersey. The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Daniel Kilgore Jersey.com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena.RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Nigerian mens soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the club to board a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games.The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet out of Atlanta on Thursday morning for the jungle city of Manaus, where it plays Japan later in the day. The teams spokesman posted a picture on Twitter of the team boarding the plane with the message here we go and said they were scheduled to arrive in the city in time to play the match.Still, the team faced the uncomfortable situation of spending the day of its debut at the Olympics aboard an airplane on a more than six-hour flight and facing a Japan team that has been in Brazil for several days preparing for the contest.There are conflicting reports about how the team ended up in this position.Bunmi Jinadu, founder of United Soccer Africa, disputed reports that the team missed its original flight because of a money issue between the Nigerian government and a charter company. Delta Air Lines cited a communications mix-up that grounded the teams original Friday flight.Jinadu said the problem stemmed from poor planning and coordination on the part of the Nigerian team in leaving Atlanta, where it has been training to prepare for the games. He said the team had assumed it could simply buy plane tickets to Rio at the last minute -- just like Nigerians do in their home country to book travel.They then encountered a crush of travelers and lack of flights at the busy Atlanta airport, where several Brazil-bound tripps are originating.ddddddddddddThe team thought it had a backup plan on Wednesday, but the plane wasnt big enough to accommodate the team, Jinadu said.The flight the team finally boarded was on a chartered Delta jet. A spokesperson for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it stepped in to help the team get to its destination, free of charge, after learning of the flight issue.The plane normally is used to transport NBA teams, and the same aircraft will fly the U.S. mens basketball team back to the U.S. after the Olympics.Atlanta was the site of Nigerias greatest soccer triumph as it won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.This came to our attention on the 20th anniversary of the Nigerian football teams win at the Atlanta games, said Delta spokesperson Betsy Talton. Everyone was happy to help them with another miracle by getting them to Manaus.Jinadu said the mood remained upbeat among the players as they headed to Brazil at the last minute.Nigeria has tough skin, he said. All the players playing on this team know this is their livelihood and they have been overly anxious to get to Rio.Its not the first time an African soccer team had to make a last-minute flight for a high-profile match in Brazil.In 2014, Cameroons World Cup team refused to board a plane to take them to Brazil because of a dispute over bonus payments for the tournament. Their national soccer federation took out a loan to meet their demands, and the team caught a later flight.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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With no trophies and Tottenham set to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years, pressure is building on Arsene Wenger like never before. Is his time up? Adam Bate looks at the reasons for his success and why there’s little reason to expect a repeat… One of the key moments for Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future series was when he got hold of the Grays Sports Almanac that revealed the winners of every forthcoming sporting event for years to come. Tannen was transformed into a visionary, armed with the information that his contemporaries craved. Success became a formality.Perhaps thats how it felt for Arsene Wenger when he arrived in England in the autumn of 1996. Hed been a top-class coach in his native France, of course, but in the Premier League his encyclopedic knowledge of superior markets and ideas dwarfed that of his new peers. As an intellectual Gulliver in Lilliput, it didnt take too long for his impact to be felt. By his own admission, Wenger was left bemused by the fact that he could assemble an entire squad for the price quoted to sign Graeme Le Saux from Blackburn. And so, he did just that. Nicolas Anelka had already been acquired for less than £1m. Patrick Vieira joined from AC Milan for just £3.5m. And that was just the transfer market. Wenger says his past successes mean Arsenal fans expect trophies each year On the training ground, the focus on muscle toning was new to old pros. Sharper sessions timed to the second. The introduction of periodisation. Conditioning work. Nutrition ideas from Japan. Dieticians such as Yann Rougier. Regular attention from osteopath Philippe Boixel. None of it seems outlandish now but these changes were significant at the time.When we had the first pre-season under Wenger, it was completely different from anything I experienced in my whole career, Nigel Winterburn told The Independent. There were footballs all over the pitch! What? Footballs! It was unheard of, a football session on the first day back off pre-season training. I had never heard of it.Its difficult to appreciate the context. The previous example of a foreign manager at such as high-profile club had been when Dr Josef Venglos was appointed by Aston Villa in 1990. He arrived just weeks after taking Czechoslovakia to a World Cup quarter-final but was still Dr Who to the press pack. Villas players didnt enjoy the post-match warm downs. The house that Arsene built: But is he the same manager today? Venglos was a pioneer but having taken over from the successful Graham Taylor, only wins wouldve earned him patience and he couldnt get them. Wengers combination of better ideas and better players brought improved results and so the story was very different. Experienced players such as Winterburn, Tony Adams and Martin Keown bought into it.He harnessed this existing defence and fused it with a much-improved attacking unit. The likes of Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit helped Arsenal to a league and cup double in 1998. A remarkable achievement in itself, but what puts Wenger on a level few have reached is that he built another team too. Only Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp were still first-choice picks in the Invincibles of 2004.That Arsenal side, the team of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, remains the only one to go through an entire Premier League season without suffering a defeat. That they did so by playing some of the most exciting football this country has ever seen only adds to the achievement. But 12 years on and the wait for the next Premier League title goes on. Arsenal won the Premier League title without losing a game in 2003/04 What went wrong? Undeniably, there have been external factors. It got harder as opponents rose up like never before. With Chelsea emerging as a genuine force, Arsenal were no longer competing with only Manchester United. Liverpool had their moments too and more recently there has been Manchester City and Tottenham to contend with as well.It got harder as the club managed the transition to the new stadium. Supporters were tolerant in that respect, noting the managers complaints about the financial doping of others. But that sympathy has long since dissipated, giving way to a more troubling thought: that the real issue for Wenger is that so many of his advantages have now been neutralised.He had enjoyed what is known in marketing as first-mover advantage - the benefits that stem from being the initial occupant in a market, gaining control of resources others cannot. But now others have caught up. Its Wengers strength no more. He is a victim of his own success given that his ideas and principles are now so ubiquitous they do not set him apart. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Charlie Nicholas Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas feels it is a problem. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager, Nicholas told Sky Sports. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Its not easy to find the right players but this is where we have always loved Arsene.Hes always found magical players or turned them into magical players. Hes always had that talent. Now that talent seems to be becoming harder. You cant get Nicolas Anelka now for half a million or Thierry Henry for £8m. But other clubs seem to find them. And if other clubs can find them...Perhaps its prudence that persuaded him against moving for Anthony Martial. Certainly, globalisation has opened things up to allow Newcastle, Leicester and West Ham to swoop upon the French market in recent years. Wenger knew about them all. He just didnt know whether to sign them. His recent risk-free acquisitions have arrived for north of £30m. A section of Arsenals supporters have lost faith in their long-serving manager Where once ignorance of others might have protected Wenger against criticism, allowing it to appear as if World Cup winners such as Henry had been plucked from obscurity, the game has now changed sufficiently to allow Arsenal fans to implore him to sign Gonzalo Higuain - and then feel justified when seeing the Argentine score over 30 goals in a Serie A season.Arsenal have these funds and with the stadium having long since ceased to be a viable excuse, Wenger can no longer point to the financial advantages of club rivals. Particularly when Leicester are champions and, perhaps more damagingly, Tottenham are above them in the table, too. It seems St Totteringhams Day wont be coming this year, but perhaps another day has arrived.In Back to the Future, the results in Tannens Almanac only went up to 2000. Hed secured his legacy by then but the magic touch was gone. Wenger managed to extend his success into the new millennium but the fear is that he too no longer has the answers. The fear is that Arsene Wenger is a man out of time.Also See:Welbeck out for nine monthsWho is Granit Xhaka?Jamar Summers Jersey. "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. Quentin Poling Jersey. The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. http://www.wholesaledolphinsjerseys.com/?tag=youth-xavien-howard-jersey. The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. Chase Allen Jersey. The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Daniel Kilgore Jersey.com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena.RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Nigerian mens soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the club to board a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games.The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet out of Atlanta on Thursday morning for the jungle city of Manaus, where it plays Japan later in the day. The teams spokesman posted a picture on Twitter of the team boarding the plane with the message here we go and said they were scheduled to arrive in the city in time to play the match.Still, the team faced the uncomfortable situation of spending the day of its debut at the Olympics aboard an airplane on a more than six-hour flight and facing a Japan team that has been in Brazil for several days preparing for the contest.There are conflicting reports about how the team ended up in this position.Bunmi Jinadu, founder of United Soccer Africa, disputed reports that the team missed its original flight because of a money issue between the Nigerian government and a charter company. Delta Air Lines cited a communications mix-up that grounded the teams original Friday flight.Jinadu said the problem stemmed from poor planning and coordination on the part of the Nigerian team in leaving Atlanta, where it has been training to prepare for the games. He said the team had assumed it could simply buy plane tickets to Rio at the last minute -- just like Nigerians do in their home country to book travel.They then encountered a crush of travelers and lack of flights at the busy Atlanta airport, where several Brazil-bound tripps are originating.ddddddddddddThe team thought it had a backup plan on Wednesday, but the plane wasnt big enough to accommodate the team, Jinadu said.The flight the team finally boarded was on a chartered Delta jet. A spokesperson for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it stepped in to help the team get to its destination, free of charge, after learning of the flight issue.The plane normally is used to transport NBA teams, and the same aircraft will fly the U.S. mens basketball team back to the U.S. after the Olympics.Atlanta was the site of Nigerias greatest soccer triumph as it won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.This came to our attention on the 20th anniversary of the Nigerian football teams win at the Atlanta games, said Delta spokesperson Betsy Talton. Everyone was happy to help them with another miracle by getting them to Manaus.Jinadu said the mood remained upbeat among the players as they headed to Brazil at the last minute.Nigeria has tough skin, he said. All the players playing on this team know this is their livelihood and they have been overly anxious to get to Rio.Its not the first time an African soccer team had to make a last-minute flight for a high-profile match in Brazil.In 2014, Cameroons World Cup team refused to board a plane to take them to Brazil because of a dispute over bonus payments for the tournament. Their national soccer federation took out a loan to meet their demands, and the team caught a later flight.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony said he understands why LeBron James was offended by Phil Jacksons use of the word posse to describe the Cleveland Cavaliers stars business associates.I would never want to hear that word about me and my -- I dont want to say crew -- but people that I consider family or people that I come up (with), been through thick and thin with, Anthony said Tuesday. Id want to be called a tight-knit group or family. Thats what I consider those close people to me.I think everybody would understand [why the term is offensive]. I dont think you would have to be a rocket scientist or an educated person to understand what that means to us.Jackson, who was not made available to the media Tuesday, referred to James business associates as a posse during an interview with ESPNs Jackie MacMullan that was published earlier this week.Jackson made the statement in response to a question about James decision to leave the Miami Heat and sign with the Cavaliers, in the context of Pat Rileys tenure as Heat president.James business associate, Maverick Carter, took issue with Jacksons use of the word in an interview Monday with ESPNs Dave McMenamin, and James echoed those thoughts Tuesday.I had nothing but respect for [Jackson] as a coach for what he was able to do, James said. Obviously he was at the helm of (the team featuring) my favorite player of all time, (Michael Jordan), and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him, James said of his level of respect for the New York Knicks president.Anthony hadnt read Jacksons comments on James in the Q&A but said he was briefed on the matter before speaking with the media.I know him and I dont think he would just say something to be saying it, Anthony said of James, his close friend. Whatever was said, Im pretty sure it hit home and he responded to it. I dont know exactly what was said.Anthony said he doesnt think Jackson meant to use the word posse in a racial connotation, but he also didnt want to speak on Jacksons behalf.Its different words that different people use in different ways, the Knicks star said. To some people, the word posse might not mean anything. It might just be a word. To some other people it could be a derogatory statement. It all depends on who you mention it to and who youre talking about in essence.In this sense [Jackson] was talking about four, five black men. Do I think he meant it in any kind of way? I really dont know. I dont think he did. I would hope that he didnt. Sometimes Phil just say things and he says the first thing that comes to mind. Probably hes in his office right now regretting it. With Phil, you never know whats going to be said, whats coming, and depending on whos listening. People take it the right way and people take it the wrong way. I just dont understand him talking about LeBron right now in November.Anthony added that he isnt concerned with how the James-Jackson interaction may impact the way free agents view the Knicks in future offseasons.No, that dont worry me, he said. I dont really know what was the gist of the conversation, what was the topic or why Phil was even talking about LeBron in the first place. I dont think we play them anytime soon. Its a whole month away.The Knicks next play the Cavs at home on Dec. 7.Vonn Bell Jersey. LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. Derrick Kelly Jersey. The defence is doing its part, too. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the guys on the other side made sure that was enough, sending the Saints to a 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. http://www.cheapsaintsjerseyselite.com/?tag=cheap-ted-ginn-jr-jersey. The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Cyril Grayson Jr. Jersey.4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. Dwayne Washington Jersey. PETERSBURG, Fla.Martin Guptill, New Zealands opener, flourished with an impressive 84-ball 72 that helped his side to their first victory of the tour, beating India by a 19-run margin in the fourth ODI played in Ranchi on Wednesday.New Zealand won their first toss of the tour in eight matches and opted to bat first on a surface that Kane Williamson, their captain, said would aid his three spinners, Ish Sodhi, Anton Devcich and Mitchell Santner.New Zealand got off to a solid start with the bat, as Guptill and an inform Tom Latham added a 96-run opening stand. Guptill made his attacking intentions clear early in his innings by smashing Dhawal Kulkarni for three fours in the second over of the match. The first two were drives past point and over mid-on and the third was a slap over extra cover.Guptill, in a bid to attack, presented the hosts with a chance as well, when he was on 29, but Amit Mishra failed to hold on at mid-on. He made India pay and clobbered 12 fours in his innings.Latham was solid in defence and added 39 runs before he fell in the 16 over. Guptill guided New Zealand to 138 before departing in the 26th over. The tourists buoyed by an impressive display from their top order posted 260 in their innings.The top six Indian batsmen got starts on a tricky surface, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 79 for the secoond wicket, but once they fell, the rather inexperienced middle order failed to make a substantial contribution and faded away rather meekly.dddddddddddd India managed just 241 in reply.It certainly is a great feeling, Martin Guptill, Man of the Match, said. To put up a performance myself and give the team a defendable total is satisfying. We thought we could have got more but it was a defendable total. It came down to our bowlers to do the job, and they did. Virat is a class player and to get him early was a big step.Williamson said that their goal in Ranchi was to build partnerships and they succeeded in doing just that. Absolutely happy and proud. What we wanted was build partnerships. It was not an easy surface. Although you always want more, 260 was not a bad effort on that surface. Coming here, we had to decide between dew that may or may not come in versus the deterioration, he said.The dew didnt come in, so that perhaps worked in our favour. Tough decisions to drop Anderson and Ronchi. We have played on different surfaces so that affects selection. Also it has been a long tour. Its exciting to go 2-2; India is a great side, it is exciting to go level into the final match.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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With no trophies and Tottenham set to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years, pressure is building on Arsene Wenger like never before. Is his time up? Adam Bate looks at the reasons for his success and why there’s little reason to expect a repeat… One of the key moments for Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future series was when he got hold of the Grays Sports Almanac that revealed the winners of every forthcoming sporting event for years to come. Tannen was transformed into a visionary, armed with the information that his contemporaries craved. Success became a formality.Perhaps thats how it felt for Arsene Wenger when he arrived in England in the autumn of 1996. Hed been a top-class coach in his native France, of course, but in the Premier League his encyclopedic knowledge of superior markets and ideas dwarfed that of his new peers. As an intellectual Gulliver in Lilliput, it didnt take too long for his impact to be felt. By his own admission, Wenger was left bemused by the fact that he could assemble an entire squad for the price quoted to sign Graeme Le Saux from Blackburn. And so, he did just that. Nicolas Anelka had already been acquired for less than £1m. Patrick Vieira joined from AC Milan for just £3.5m. And that was just the transfer market. Wenger says his past successes mean Arsenal fans expect trophies each year On the training ground, the focus on muscle toning was new to old pros. Sharper sessions timed to the second. The introduction of periodisation. Conditioning work. Nutrition ideas from Japan. Dieticians such as Yann Rougier. Regular attention from osteopath Philippe Boixel. None of it seems outlandish now but these changes were significant at the time.When we had the first pre-season under Wenger, it was completely different from anything I experienced in my whole career, Nigel Winterburn told The Independent. There were footballs all over the pitch! What? Footballs! It was unheard of, a football session on the first day back off pre-season training. I had never heard of it.Its difficult to appreciate the context. The previous example of a foreign manager at such as high-profile club had been when Dr Josef Venglos was appointed by Aston Villa in 1990. He arrived just weeks after taking Czechoslovakia to a World Cup quarter-final but was still Dr Who to the press pack. Villas players didnt enjoy the post-match warm downs. The house that Arsene built: But is he the same manager today? Venglos was a pioneer but having taken over from the successful Graham Taylor, only wins wouldve earned him patience and he couldnt get them. Wengers combination of better ideas and better players brought improved results and so the story was very different. Experienced players such as Winterburn, Tony Adams and Martin Keown bought into it.He harnessed this existing defence and fused it with a much-improved attacking unit. The likes of Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit helped Arsenal to a league and cup double in 1998. A remarkable achievement in itself, but what puts Wenger on a level few have reached is that he built another team too. Only Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp were still first-choice picks in the Invincibles of 2004.That Arsenal side, the team of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, remains the only one to go through an entire Premier League season without suffering a defeat. That they did so by playing some of the most exciting football this country has ever seen only adds to the achievement. But 12 years on and the wait for the next Premier League title goes on. Arsenal won the Premier League title without losing a game in 2003/04 What went wrong? Undeniably, there have been external factors. It got harder as opponents rose up like never before. With Chelsea emerging as a genuine force, Arsenal were no longer competing with only Manchester United. Liverpool had their moments too and more recently there has been Manchester City and Tottenham to contend with as well.It got harder as the club managed the transition to the new stadium. Supporters were tolerant in that respect, noting the managers complaints about the financial doping of others. But that sympathy has long since dissipated, giving way to a more troubling thought: that the real issue for Wenger is that so many of his advantages have now been neutralised.He had enjoyed what is known in marketing as first-mover advantage - the benefits that stem from being the initial occupant in a market, gaining control of resources others cannot. But now others have caught up. Its Wengers strength no more. He is a victim of his own success given that his ideas and principles are now so ubiquitous they do not set him apart. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Charlie Nicholas Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas feels it is a problem. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager, Nicholas told Sky Sports. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Its not easy to find the right players but this is where we have always loved Arsene.Hes always found magical players or turned them into magical players. Hes always had that talent. Now that talent seems to be becoming harder. You cant get Nicolas Anelka now for half a million or Thierry Henry for £8m. But other clubs seem to find them. And if other clubs can find them...Perhaps its prudence that persuaded him against moving for Anthony Martial. Certainly, globalisation has opened things up to allow Newcastle, Leicester and West Ham to swoop upon the French market in recent years. Wenger knew about them all. He just didnt know whether to sign them. His recent risk-free acquisitions have arrived for north of £30m. A section of Arsenals supporters have lost faith in their long-serving manager Where once ignorance of others might have protected Wenger against criticism, allowing it to appear as if World Cup winners such as Henry had been plucked from obscurity, the game has now changed sufficiently to allow Arsenal fans to implore him to sign Gonzalo Higuain - and then feel justified when seeing the Argentine score over 30 goals in a Serie A season.Arsenal have these funds and with the stadium having long since ceased to be a viable excuse, Wenger can no longer point to the financial advantages of club rivals. Particularly when Leicester are champions and, perhaps more damagingly, Tottenham are above them in the table, too. It seems St Totteringhams Day wont be coming this year, but perhaps another day has arrived.In Back to the Future, the results in Tannens Almanac only went up to 2000. Hed secured his legacy by then but the magic touch was gone. Wenger managed to extend his success into the new millennium but the fear is that he too no longer has the answers. The fear is that Arsene Wenger is a man out of time.Also See:Welbeck out for nine monthsWho is Granit Xhaka?Jamar Summers Jersey. "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. Quentin Poling Jersey. The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. http://www.wholesaledolphinsjerseys.com/?tag=youth-xavien-howard-jersey. The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. Chase Allen Jersey. The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Daniel Kilgore Jersey.com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena.RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Nigerian mens soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the club to board a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games.The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet out of Atlanta on Thursday morning for the jungle city of Manaus, where it plays Japan later in the day. The teams spokesman posted a picture on Twitter of the team boarding the plane with the message here we go and said they were scheduled to arrive in the city in time to play the match.Still, the team faced the uncomfortable situation of spending the day of its debut at the Olympics aboard an airplane on a more than six-hour flight and facing a Japan team that has been in Brazil for several days preparing for the contest.There are conflicting reports about how the team ended up in this position.Bunmi Jinadu, founder of United Soccer Africa, disputed reports that the team missed its original flight because of a money issue between the Nigerian government and a charter company. Delta Air Lines cited a communications mix-up that grounded the teams original Friday flight.Jinadu said the problem stemmed from poor planning and coordination on the part of the Nigerian team in leaving Atlanta, where it has been training to prepare for the games. He said the team had assumed it could simply buy plane tickets to Rio at the last minute -- just like Nigerians do in their home country to book travel.They then encountered a crush of travelers and lack of flights at the busy Atlanta airport, where several Brazil-bound tripps are originating.ddddddddddddThe team thought it had a backup plan on Wednesday, but the plane wasnt big enough to accommodate the team, Jinadu said.The flight the team finally boarded was on a chartered Delta jet. A spokesperson for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it stepped in to help the team get to its destination, free of charge, after learning of the flight issue.The plane normally is used to transport NBA teams, and the same aircraft will fly the U.S. mens basketball team back to the U.S. after the Olympics.Atlanta was the site of Nigerias greatest soccer triumph as it won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.This came to our attention on the 20th anniversary of the Nigerian football teams win at the Atlanta games, said Delta spokesperson Betsy Talton. Everyone was happy to help them with another miracle by getting them to Manaus.Jinadu said the mood remained upbeat among the players as they headed to Brazil at the last minute.Nigeria has tough skin, he said. All the players playing on this team know this is their livelihood and they have been overly anxious to get to Rio.Its not the first time an African soccer team had to make a last-minute flight for a high-profile match in Brazil.In 2014, Cameroons World Cup team refused to board a plane to take them to Brazil because of a dispute over bonus payments for the tournament. Their national soccer federation took out a loan to meet their demands, and the team caught a later flight.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony said he understands why LeBron James was offended by Phil Jacksons use of the word posse to describe the Cleveland Cavaliers stars business associates.I would never want to hear that word about me and my -- I dont want to say crew -- but people that I consider family or people that I come up (with), been through thick and thin with, Anthony said Tuesday. Id want to be called a tight-knit group or family. Thats what I consider those close people to me.I think everybody would understand [why the term is offensive]. I dont think you would have to be a rocket scientist or an educated person to understand what that means to us.Jackson, who was not made available to the media Tuesday, referred to James business associates as a posse during an interview with ESPNs Jackie MacMullan that was published earlier this week.Jackson made the statement in response to a question about James decision to leave the Miami Heat and sign with the Cavaliers, in the context of Pat Rileys tenure as Heat president.James business associate, Maverick Carter, took issue with Jacksons use of the word in an interview Monday with ESPNs Dave McMenamin, and James echoed those thoughts Tuesday.I had nothing but respect for [Jackson] as a coach for what he was able to do, James said. Obviously he was at the helm of (the team featuring) my favorite player of all time, (Michael Jordan), and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him, James said of his level of respect for the New York Knicks president.Anthony hadnt read Jacksons comments on James in the Q&A but said he was briefed on the matter before speaking with the media.I know him and I dont think he would just say something to be saying it, Anthony said of James, his close friend. Whatever was said, Im pretty sure it hit home and he responded to it. I dont know exactly what was said.Anthony said he doesnt think Jackson meant to use the word posse in a racial connotation, but he also didnt want to speak on Jacksons behalf.Its different words that different people use in different ways, the Knicks star said. To some people, the word posse might not mean anything. It might just be a word. To some other people it could be a derogatory statement. It all depends on who you mention it to and who youre talking about in essence.In this sense [Jackson] was talking about four, five black men. Do I think he meant it in any kind of way? I really dont know. I dont think he did. I would hope that he didnt. Sometimes Phil just say things and he says the first thing that comes to mind. Probably hes in his office right now regretting it. With Phil, you never know whats going to be said, whats coming, and depending on whos listening. People take it the right way and people take it the wrong way. I just dont understand him talking about LeBron right now in November.Anthony added that he isnt concerned with how the James-Jackson interaction may impact the way free agents view the Knicks in future offseasons.No, that dont worry me, he said. I dont really know what was the gist of the conversation, what was the topic or why Phil was even talking about LeBron in the first place. I dont think we play them anytime soon. Its a whole month away.The Knicks next play the Cavs at home on Dec. 7.Vonn Bell Jersey. LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. Derrick Kelly Jersey. The defence is doing its part, too. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the guys on the other side made sure that was enough, sending the Saints to a 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. http://www.cheapsaintsjerseyselite.com/?tag=cheap-ted-ginn-jr-jersey. The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Cyril Grayson Jr. Jersey.4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. Dwayne Washington Jersey. PETERSBURG, Fla.Martin Guptill, New Zealands opener, flourished with an impressive 84-ball 72 that helped his side to their first victory of the tour, beating India by a 19-run margin in the fourth ODI played in Ranchi on Wednesday.New Zealand won their first toss of the tour in eight matches and opted to bat first on a surface that Kane Williamson, their captain, said would aid his three spinners, Ish Sodhi, Anton Devcich and Mitchell Santner.New Zealand got off to a solid start with the bat, as Guptill and an inform Tom Latham added a 96-run opening stand. Guptill made his attacking intentions clear early in his innings by smashing Dhawal Kulkarni for three fours in the second over of the match. The first two were drives past point and over mid-on and the third was a slap over extra cover.Guptill, in a bid to attack, presented the hosts with a chance as well, when he was on 29, but Amit Mishra failed to hold on at mid-on. He made India pay and clobbered 12 fours in his innings.Latham was solid in defence and added 39 runs before he fell in the 16 over. Guptill guided New Zealand to 138 before departing in the 26th over. The tourists buoyed by an impressive display from their top order posted 260 in their innings.The top six Indian batsmen got starts on a tricky surface, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 79 for the secoond wicket, but once they fell, the rather inexperienced middle order failed to make a substantial contribution and faded away rather meekly.dddddddddddd India managed just 241 in reply.It certainly is a great feeling, Martin Guptill, Man of the Match, said. To put up a performance myself and give the team a defendable total is satisfying. We thought we could have got more but it was a defendable total. It came down to our bowlers to do the job, and they did. Virat is a class player and to get him early was a big step.Williamson said that their goal in Ranchi was to build partnerships and they succeeded in doing just that. Absolutely happy and proud. What we wanted was build partnerships. It was not an easy surface. Although you always want more, 260 was not a bad effort on that surface. Coming here, we had to decide between dew that may or may not come in versus the deterioration, he said.The dew didnt come in, so that perhaps worked in our favour. Tough decisions to drop Anderson and Ronchi. We have played on different surfaces so that affects selection. Also it has been a long tour. Its exciting to go 2-2; India is a great side, it is exciting to go level into the final match.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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With no trophies and Tottenham set to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years, pressure is building on Arsene Wenger like never before. Is his time up? Adam Bate looks at the reasons for his success and why there’s little reason to expect a repeat… One of the key moments for Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future series was when he got hold of the Grays Sports Almanac that revealed the winners of every forthcoming sporting event for years to come. Tannen was transformed into a visionary, armed with the information that his contemporaries craved. Success became a formality.Perhaps thats how it felt for Arsene Wenger when he arrived in England in the autumn of 1996. Hed been a top-class coach in his native France, of course, but in the Premier League his encyclopedic knowledge of superior markets and ideas dwarfed that of his new peers. As an intellectual Gulliver in Lilliput, it didnt take too long for his impact to be felt. By his own admission, Wenger was left bemused by the fact that he could assemble an entire squad for the price quoted to sign Graeme Le Saux from Blackburn. And so, he did just that. Nicolas Anelka had already been acquired for less than £1m. Patrick Vieira joined from AC Milan for just £3.5m. And that was just the transfer market. Wenger says his past successes mean Arsenal fans expect trophies each year On the training ground, the focus on muscle toning was new to old pros. Sharper sessions timed to the second. The introduction of periodisation. Conditioning work. Nutrition ideas from Japan. Dieticians such as Yann Rougier. Regular attention from osteopath Philippe Boixel. None of it seems outlandish now but these changes were significant at the time.When we had the first pre-season under Wenger, it was completely different from anything I experienced in my whole career, Nigel Winterburn told The Independent. There were footballs all over the pitch! What? Footballs! It was unheard of, a football session on the first day back off pre-season training. I had never heard of it.Its difficult to appreciate the context. The previous example of a foreign manager at such as high-profile club had been when Dr Josef Venglos was appointed by Aston Villa in 1990. He arrived just weeks after taking Czechoslovakia to a World Cup quarter-final but was still Dr Who to the press pack. Villas players didnt enjoy the post-match warm downs. The house that Arsene built: But is he the same manager today? Venglos was a pioneer but having taken over from the successful Graham Taylor, only wins wouldve earned him patience and he couldnt get them. Wengers combination of better ideas and better players brought improved results and so the story was very different. Experienced players such as Winterburn, Tony Adams and Martin Keown bought into it.He harnessed this existing defence and fused it with a much-improved attacking unit. The likes of Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit helped Arsenal to a league and cup double in 1998. A remarkable achievement in itself, but what puts Wenger on a level few have reached is that he built another team too. Only Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp were still first-choice picks in the Invincibles of 2004.That Arsenal side, the team of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, remains the only one to go through an entire Premier League season without suffering a defeat. That they did so by playing some of the most exciting football this country has ever seen only adds to the achievement. But 12 years on and the wait for the next Premier League title goes on. Arsenal won the Premier League title without losing a game in 2003/04 What went wrong? Undeniably, there have been external factors. It got harder as opponents rose up like never before. With Chelsea emerging as a genuine force, Arsenal were no longer competing with only Manchester United. Liverpool had their moments too and more recently there has been Manchester City and Tottenham to contend with as well.It got harder as the club managed the transition to the new stadium. Supporters were tolerant in that respect, noting the managers complaints about the financial doping of others. But that sympathy has long since dissipated, giving way to a more troubling thought: that the real issue for Wenger is that so many of his advantages have now been neutralised.He had enjoyed what is known in marketing as first-mover advantage - the benefits that stem from being the initial occupant in a market, gaining control of resources others cannot. But now others have caught up. Its Wengers strength no more. He is a victim of his own success given that his ideas and principles are now so ubiquitous they do not set him apart. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Charlie Nicholas Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas feels it is a problem. Ive been tremendously loyal to the manager, Nicholas told Sky Sports. Id like to stay that way if I could, but Im just finding that the solutions are getting harder for him to solve. Its not easy to find the right players but this is where we have always loved Arsene.Hes always found magical players or turned them into magical players. Hes always had that talent. Now that talent seems to be becoming harder. You cant get Nicolas Anelka now for half a million or Thierry Henry for £8m. But other clubs seem to find them. And if other clubs can find them...Perhaps its prudence that persuaded him against moving for Anthony Martial. Certainly, globalisation has opened things up to allow Newcastle, Leicester and West Ham to swoop upon the French market in recent years. Wenger knew about them all. He just didnt know whether to sign them. His recent risk-free acquisitions have arrived for north of £30m. A section of Arsenals supporters have lost faith in their long-serving manager Where once ignorance of others might have protected Wenger against criticism, allowing it to appear as if World Cup winners such as Henry had been plucked from obscurity, the game has now changed sufficiently to allow Arsenal fans to implore him to sign Gonzalo Higuain - and then feel justified when seeing the Argentine score over 30 goals in a Serie A season.Arsenal have these funds and with the stadium having long since ceased to be a viable excuse, Wenger can no longer point to the financial advantages of club rivals. Particularly when Leicester are champions and, perhaps more damagingly, Tottenham are above them in the table, too. It seems St Totteringhams Day wont be coming this year, but perhaps another day has arrived.In Back to the Future, the results in Tannens Almanac only went up to 2000. Hed secured his legacy by then but the magic touch was gone. 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The teams spokesman posted a picture on Twitter of the team boarding the plane with the message here we go and said they were scheduled to arrive in the city in time to play the match.Still, the team faced the uncomfortable situation of spending the day of its debut at the Olympics aboard an airplane on a more than six-hour flight and facing a Japan team that has been in Brazil for several days preparing for the contest.There are conflicting reports about how the team ended up in this position.Bunmi Jinadu, founder of United Soccer Africa, disputed reports that the team missed its original flight because of a money issue between the Nigerian government and a charter company. Delta Air Lines cited a communications mix-up that grounded the teams original Friday flight.Jinadu said the problem stemmed from poor planning and coordination on the part of the Nigerian team in leaving Atlanta, where it has been training to prepare for the games. 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Adam Wainwright tries to do something he hasnt done in nearly two months Saturday -- win a game at Busch Stadium when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers.Wainwright (10-8, 4.61 ERA) ended a career-high streak of eight consecutive starts without a win in his last turn Monday in Pittsburgh, but the Cardinals veteran has not won at home since July 16.That game was Wainwrights best start of the season, a three-hit shutout of the Marlins, but the veteran is 0-2 in three starts at home since, struggling to win there just as badly as the rest of the Cardinals.Chase Anderson (8-11, 4.73 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers.Even though St. Louis defeated Milwaukee 4-3 on Friday night, it is only 31-38 at Busch Stadium and almost certainly headed for its first losing season at home since 1999.The victory came after Carlos Martinez overcame a sloppy start to last through the seventh inning, raising his record to 14-7.He was a little jumpy at the beginning, manager Mike Matheny said. We had to have him.The Cardinals need Wainwright too.They go into Saturdays game a half-game out of the second wild-card spot behind the Mets, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Braves 6-4 on Friday night.We know the importance of each game, said outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who hit one of the Cardinals two two-run homers Friday night. Theres no ground to give up now. Weve had the mindset of one game at a time all year, and I think thats going to pay off.Wainwright can increase his chances for success by continuing to come through at the plate. He had three RBI for the third time this season in his victory over the Pirates, when he won despite pitching only five innings.Wainwright has 14 RBI this season on 10 hits -- nine of which have gone for extra-bases. His RBI total is the highest by a Cardinals pitcher since Rick Wise also had 14 in 1973.Anderson has pitched better than Wainwright lately, going 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last eight starts, but has not fared well against the Cardinals. He will be making his fourth start against St. Louis, having gone 0-2 with a 3.10 ERA in the three starts this season.Despite Fridays loss, manager Craig Counsell has been encouraged by his teams play of late. The setback was only their second in the last nine games and they scored double-digit runs in three of their last six contests.These are good teams we are scoring these runs against, Counsell said of the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals. These are teams that are fighting for playoff spots. Weve played well.Luke Stocker Jersey. But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Alex Mack Jersey. All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. http://www.cheapfalconsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-christian-blake-jersey. After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. Takkarist McKinley Jersey. Howard Ganz, an MLB lawyer, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that Rodriguezs claims do not come "remotely close" to what is needed to overturn an arbitration decision in federal court. Tony Brooks-James Jersey. The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two.Kimi Raikkonen says Ferraris expectations have not lowered since the start of the season, despite failing to win a race at the opening ten rounds.After winning three races in 2015, Ferrari was hoping to use those as a springboard to mount a championship challenge this year. Although the gap to Mercedes appears to have widened at recent races, Raikkonen said the expectation to win has not changed.We always expect more as a team, we want to win, and until we win all the time its not ideal, he said. As Ferrari we expect to win, but this is what we have got, so well keep working and improving.Assked if he thought Ferrari could win a race on merit in 2016 -- i.dddddddddddde. without Mercedes encountering problems -- Raikkonen said: I dont know why you want to start guessing things. We will see what will happen in the second part of the year, and yes we believe we can still win.It doesnt matter if every car is there or not. Who knows what will happen in the races, but we know we have work to be done, so for sure there will be chances, so it will be better.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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Adam Wainwright tries to do something he hasnt done in nearly two months Saturday -- win a game at Busch Stadium when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers.Wainwright (10-8, 4.61 ERA) ended a career-high streak of eight consecutive starts without a win in his last turn Monday in Pittsburgh, but the Cardinals veteran has not won at home since July 16.That game was Wainwrights best start of the season, a three-hit shutout of the Marlins, but the veteran is 0-2 in three starts at home since, struggling to win there just as badly as the rest of the Cardinals.Chase Anderson (8-11, 4.73 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers.Even though St. Louis defeated Milwaukee 4-3 on Friday night, it is only 31-38 at Busch Stadium and almost certainly headed for its first losing season at home since 1999.The victory came after Carlos Martinez overcame a sloppy start to last through the seventh inning, raising his record to 14-7.He was a little jumpy at the beginning, manager Mike Matheny said. We had to have him.The Cardinals need Wainwright too.They go into Saturdays game a half-game out of the second wild-card spot behind the Mets, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Braves 6-4 on Friday night.We know the importance of each game, said outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who hit one of the Cardinals two two-run homers Friday night. Theres no ground to give up now. Weve had the mindset of one game at a time all year, and I think thats going to pay off.Wainwright can increase his chances for success by continuing to come through at the plate. He had three RBI for the third time this season in his victory over the Pirates, when he won despite pitching only five innings.Wainwright has 14 RBI this season on 10 hits -- nine of which have gone for extra-bases. His RBI total is the highest by a Cardinals pitcher since Rick Wise also had 14 in 1973.Anderson has pitched better than Wainwright lately, going 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last eight starts, but has not fared well against the Cardinals. He will be making his fourth start against St. Louis, having gone 0-2 with a 3.10 ERA in the three starts this season.Despite Fridays loss, manager Craig Counsell has been encouraged by his teams play of late. The setback was only their second in the last nine games and they scored double-digit runs in three of their last six contests.These are good teams we are scoring these runs against, Counsell said of the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals. These are teams that are fighting for playoff spots. Weve played well.Luke Stocker Jersey. But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Alex Mack Jersey. All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. http://www.cheapfalconsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-christian-blake-jersey. After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. Takkarist McKinley Jersey. Howard Ganz, an MLB lawyer, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that Rodriguezs claims do not come "remotely close" to what is needed to overturn an arbitration decision in federal court. Tony Brooks-James Jersey. The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two.Kimi Raikkonen says Ferraris expectations have not lowered since the start of the season, despite failing to win a race at the opening ten rounds.After winning three races in 2015, Ferrari was hoping to use those as a springboard to mount a championship challenge this year. Although the gap to Mercedes appears to have widened at recent races, Raikkonen said the expectation to win has not changed.We always expect more as a team, we want to win, and until we win all the time its not ideal, he said. As Ferrari we expect to win, but this is what we have got, so well keep working and improving.Assked if he thought Ferrari could win a race on merit in 2016 -- i.dddddddddddde. without Mercedes encountering problems -- Raikkonen said: I dont know why you want to start guessing things. We will see what will happen in the second part of the year, and yes we believe we can still win.It doesnt matter if every car is there or not. Who knows what will happen in the races, but we know we have work to be done, so for sure there will be chances, so it will be better.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '