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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Joyce sent a message with his bat. Joyce hit one of three homers off Jon Lester to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Tuesday night. Joyce, one day after being hit by a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing scrum, put the Rays up 7-3 on a two-run shot in the fifth that ended Lesters night. "Its a great feeling, especially to help your team win," Joyce said. "Ive never really been the type of person to talk a lot of trash, so I wanted, of course, to come out and play a good game. Play the game the right way and win the ballgame." Desmond Jennings homered twice, while Evan Longoria also went deep for the Rays. Roberto Hernandez (4-6) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven-plus innings. Lester (6-3) had his winless streak reach five starts, including three losses, since beating the Rays on May 15. The left-hander gave up seven runs, eight hits and seven walks in 4 2-3 innings. "Over the last two or three, I think Ive thrown the ball better than what the linescore showed," Lester said. "This one, obviously, it is what it is. Its just terrible. I did a terrible job of helping our bullpen out, a terrible job of keeping the ball down in the zone. The list goes on. This is solely on me. I just flat out didnt get it done." The teams were coming off a testy 14-inning game Monday night won by the Red Sox 10-8 that took 5 hours, 24 minutes. An on-field scrum took place in the sixth after Bostons John Lackey hit Joyce in the centre of the back with a pitch. Lackey insisted he meant no harm, though the Rays hardly were convinced of that as Joyce and Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon both said it was intentional. "Im sure he was, definitely, mentally involved in this game," Maddon said of Joyce. "He had himself a nice night." Hernandez hit Dustin Pedroia, who was leading off the eighth Tuesday, with a pitch that got away from the right-hander. Pedroia immediately ran to first base and nothing else ensued. The Rays grabbed a 4-3 lead during the third on run-scoring singles by Ryan Roberts and Jose Molina. Longoria made it 5-3 on a solo shot in the fourth. Tampa Bay took a 2-1 advantage on Jennings solo homer in the second. He also had a solo drive off Jose De La Torre in the fifth for his third career multihomer game. "Anytime they get over the fence it feels pretty good," Jennings said. Mike Napoli had a two-run single in the third that put Boston ahead 3-2. After Pedroia gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the first with a sacrifice fly, Tampa Bay tied it in the bottom half when James Loney walked with bases loaded on the fourth free pass of the inning issued by Lester. "The first inning kind of sums up the whole night," Lester said. "I was not able to repeat whatever pitch it may be, fastball, curveball, changeup, cutter. I just was not able to repeat, whether it be a location or just the pitch itself. Its not good." Bostons Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the third. Pedroia had his 14-game hitting streak end. NOTES: Joyce is 4 for 8 with two homers against Lester. ... The Rays have hit four or more homers in consecutive games for the first time in team history. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (neck stiffness) will have his next start on Friday pushed back at least two days. ... Tampa Bay LHP David Price (strained left triceps) will throw in a simulated game Thursday. ... Maddon said RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who left Mondays game with right elbow soreness, felt pretty good Tuesday. The reliever played catch before the game and said he was available to pitch Tuesday Wholesale Jerseys .C. -- While the Milwaukee Bucks are in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, getting out of the first round will be a huge challenge given their recent poor play and a difficult first-round opponent. 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The Australian teenager beat No. 7-ranked Tomas Berdych in his opening match and then controlled the first and third sets against Monfils in his second match at the invitational tournament. Hell next meet the winner of Fridays semifinal between American Mardy Fish and Austrias Jurgen Melzer.DUNEDIN, Florida – Monday marked John Farrells return to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium but it was Blue Jays manager John Gibbons who had the line of the day. "Are we supposed to go out there and have a wrestling match or something," joked Gibbons. "Hes a little bigger than I am." What about a steel cage match, asked one reporter. "Steel cage? (How about) MMA?" There lies one of the contrasts between the Blue Jays once and current manager, Gibbons, and Farrell, the man he replaced. Gibbons, shooting the breeze with the assembled mass while Farrell, always professorial with his on-the-record dialogue, remained stoic, almost unemotional. "I appreciate people might have differing opinions," said Farrell of his departure from Toronto for Boston. "All I can do is go about my work day in and day out. People are going to form their own impressions and I certainly cant control that." A large contingent of Blue Jays fans felt spurned by Farrell, who orchestrated his trade to Boston shortly after last season ended. Those in attendance on Monday let him hear their displeasure, booing him lustily when starting lineups were announced. Its likely a small sample of what will greet Farrell on April 5 when his Red Sox arrive in Toronto for a weekend series. "April will get here when it does," said Farrell. "Weve got a lot of work to do here right now. Im certainly not looking too far ahead. How that unfolds, well see. I fully respect (the Blue Jays,) theyve got a darn good team and Im looking forward to competing against them." Farrells time in Toronto is marked by the sense he never was fully invested in the organization. Having come from Boston where he had served as pitching coach, Farrell led the Blue Jays to an 81-81 record in 2011. After the season he quietly expressed interest in Bostons managerial job when Terry Francona was fired following an infamous September collapse. The Blue Jays declined Farrell permission to speak to the Red Sox and the job eventually was given to Bobby Valentine. The 2012 season unfolded in such a way, if you tend to believe in destiny, youd buy the notion it was the Red Soxs and Farrells fate to come together. The Blue Jays finished 73-89, better only than Boston in the American League East, after injuries decimated the starting rotation and prematurely ended Jose Bautistas season. In Boston, Valentines one year cameo was doomed almost from the get-go when, in April, he questioned Kevin Youkilis commitment and was quickly rebuked by clubhouse leader Dustin Pedroia. The Red Soxs 69 wins were the franchises fewest in a season since 1965. Farrells frustration with the Blue Jays grew as injuries and losses mounted. Rumblings are his working relationship with general manager Alex Anthopoulos began to suffer. When Valentine was fired in Boston upon last seasons conclusion, Farrell made it clear to Anthopoulos he wanted out of Toronto, believing the grass to be greener at Fenway Park. Farrell prefers not to use hindsight when asked whether he would have remained in Toronto had he known the off-season moves Anthopoulos would make. "They felt it was thhe right thing to do for the organization and I fully respect what their needs were and the approach that they took," said Farrell.dddddddddddd "A lot of good players were brought in." Monday also marked the return to Dunedin of Brian Butterfield, who left with Farrell after serving 11 years as the Blue Jays third base coach and infield instructor. "Oh sure," said Butterfield of whether Farrell was downplaying his anticipation of his returns to Dunedin and, eventually, Toronto. "Even today it feels a little bit different. We bussed in on the other side and were in the visitors clubhouse. Johns cool about it but I think there will be some butterflies early in the season when we start in New York and then get to Toronto." NOTES: - The Blue Jays have claimed 1B Lars Anderson off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Anderson, 25, has played in 30 major league games, all with Boston, batting .167 with four RBI. Anderson has a .272 batting average with 76 home runs and 415 RBI in 748 career minor league games. - Blue Jays left-fielder Melky Cabrera, playing his first game before a home crowd, was roundly cheered before each of his at-bats. Cabrera smacked two doubles, one down each line, in his first two times to the plate. He drove in Torontos first run of the afternoon in the third inning. The 28-year-old signed a two-year, $16-million deal with Toronto in November. He served a 50-game suspension last season for testing positive for enhanced levels of testosterone. - Major League Baseball Players Association president Michael Weiner is making his annual spring training rounds. He stopped by Dunedin on Monday to meet with the Blue Jays. Drug testing was among a list of topics discussed. Asked whether Cabrera could face additional sanctions, including suspension, should the leagues investigation into Biogenesis prove evidence of wrongdoing, Weiner said its too early in the process to know. "Its a tough and complicated legal question. I think the commissioners office could take the position that if they had evidence of a separate violation, conceivably they could seek additional discipline. We might challenge that. The players association has an obligation to represent any player who is subject to discipline but also has an obligation to the vast majority of players who want a clean game." Cabreras name is linked to Biogenesis, a now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic alleged to have peddled performance enhancing drugs to a number of high-profile major league players. Weiner says the union will speak to each player whose name has surfaced in the initial report, in the Miami New Times, and subsequent reports. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukees Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, are among the group with alleged ties to Biogenesis. - The Blue Jays host the Twins, Tuesday, 1:05 ET at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Ricky Romero (9-14, 5.77 in 2012) will make his first start of spring training. Romero is scheduled to pitch two innings. Mike Pelfrey, signed by Minnesota in the off-season and coming off Tommy John surgery, gets the start for the Twins. ' ' '

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NEW ORLEANS -- Jordan Crawford kept shooting. In a game where neither team could hit anything, he finally connected on enough shots to give the shorthanded Washington Wizards a rare road win. Crawford scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Wizards spoiled the return of overall No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis, beating the New Orleans Hornets 77-70 on Tuesday night. Crawford made only nine out of 26 shots -- his most attempts since his rookie season in 2010-11 -- but he had four of the Wizards final five baskets. "I just really wanted to do everything to take the win," he said. "I didnt care how many shots I shot. Turnovers. Nothing. I just wanted to do whatever it took to win." Bradley Beal added 15 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 13 and never led until the fourth quarter. Washington won for the first time on the road after losing its first eight away from home this season. Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 17 points but did not score in the second half, missing all nine of his shots after going 7 of 12 in the first half. Davis, who missed 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle, had 13 points and seven rebounds. The game befitted the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference (Washington) and the team with the worst in the West (New Orleans). The Wizards shot 32.9 per cent, scored 11 points in the first quarter -- a season low for any quarter -- and had a season-worst 36 points at the half. "That first quarter, I thought I was getting my teeth pulled at the dentist without any Novacaine," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "It was pretty painful." The Hornets shot 32.5 per cent and scored a season-low 10 points in the fourth quarter, losing for the 13th time in 15 games. Crawford, normally a reserve shooting guard, started at the point for the first time because A.J. Price fractured his right hand against Golden State last Saturday and will be out four to six weeks. And Price was starting only because 2010 overall top pick John Wall has missed the entire season with a stress injury in his left knee. "It was different playing the point," Crawford said. "At the beginning of the game, I was thinking about different stuff. Once I got into the game and once I saw what the team needed, I got comfortable." HIs numbers werent point-guard like -- he shot first and passed second, finishing with four assists -- but the Wizards will take it. "It was good for the first time kind of starting there," Wittman said. "You could see him thinking. Its going to be a little bit of a process, but he came down the stretch and made big shots." Crawford hit a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 68-65 lead with 5:09 left, and he sank a tough leaner while drawing a foul from the Hornets Greivis Vasquez the next time down the floor to make the score 71-65. "We were stuck on 65-65, kept going back down," Crawford said. "They were missing, we was missing and I just wanted to get that shot to break the ice." Davis responded with a dunk on an alley-oop from Austin Rivers, the Hornets first points in nearly four minutes, but another attempted alley-oop from Vasquez to Davis resulted in a turnover that Nene converted into a layup as Washington went ahead 73-67 with 3:00 left. Davis converted a three-point play in transition to cut the deficit to 73-70 with 1:51 to go, but the Hornets did not score again. After Vasquez missed a wild running hook with just over a minute left, Crawford hit an open 18-footer to put Washington ahead 75-70. Anderson went 0 for 7 in the fourth quarter. "I had some great looks," he said. "Those are shots I normally make, and I wouldnt turn them down again. I would shoot them over and over again." Nene had a double-double for Washington with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie guard Austin Rivers, starting for the first time in 10 games, had 11 points for the Hornets, but only two of them came in the second half. The first two possessions for both teams set the tone. The Wizards turned the ball over on their first possession and missed their first shot badly. The Hornets clanked their first shot off the backboard and committed a turnover on their second possession. At one point, the Wizards were 6 of 26 from the floor with almost as many air balls as made shots. Jan Vesely even shot an air ball on a free throw, falling to 3 of 15 for the season at the line. The Wizards also played without Trevor Ariza, who strained his left calf last Tuesday against Miami, and Trevor Booker (right knee), who started the first six games. Even with the return of Davis, who scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his last game before getting hurt, the Hornets could not hold on. 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The revelation came after he talked about how poor his preparations were for UFC 158, which ended up a lopsided loss at the hands of champion Georges St-Pierre on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. A reporter then asked him whether he was considering changing fight camps. "I cant be jumping teams. I just have to invest a little bit more, now that I have a little bit more money," said the 29-year-old from Stockton, Calif. "You know what, Ive never paid taxes in my life, Im probably going to go to jail. "Nobody wants to hear about that, nobody wants to hear that kind of talk or whats really going on with me," he added after reporters laughed. "I might as well as be a kid. Ive had fight after fight after fight after fight. You dont know what that does to somebody that didnt graduate high school? You dont understand." It was just the latest bizarre utterance from a fighter who declared in the cage after the fight that he has retired, only to join the post-fight news conference midway through to say he wanted a rematch with St-Pierre or possibly Carlos Condit. Diazs rambling, sometimes incomprehensible monologues during the pre-fight news conference seemed amusing. After Saturdays loss, they seemed somewhat sad, although UFC president Dana White disputed that view. "Nick Diaz has been in the game a long time. If you saw his paycheque tonight, you wouldnt feel too sad for him," said White. "At the end of the day, Nick has been in the sport forever. He wanted a shot at the title, he got a shot at the title and he got paid a lot of money for it. Whats sad is he better go pay those taxes, a soon as he gets that cheque. That will be sad. ... somebody better handle that with this cheque and make sure that that kid doesnt end up with nothing.dddddddddddd" White said he may speak to Diazs lawyer to see if he can help. Asked if there is a future for Diaz in the UFC, White was non-committal. "Well see what happens from here on out," he said. "Its not like I dont know what to expect being in business with Nick Diaz. "Then when he does show up, he does fight." White said he didnt think Diaz should retire but noted that when a fighter keeps talking about quitting, its usually time to call it quits. Diaz also admitted to poor preparation in Montreal, citing the time difference. "I was so confused," he said. "I needed some kind of coach telling me Listen, youre going to have to go to sleep, dude. Because I was like should I stay up, should I go to sleep?" He said he slept until 8 p.m. fight night and didnt feel right until he was standing across the cage from St-Pierre. "Ive been a lot more ready for a lot of fights," he said. While Diaz (27-9-0 with one no contest) seems to constantly have his back up, White says he has never got into real trouble. Still, he and his entourage clashed with other camps after fights in Strikeforce and he once brawled with Joe Riggs in the Las Vegas hospital they were taken for a checkup after their UFC 57 fight in 2006. He has also tested positive twice for marijuana, once in Pride and once in the UFC. He served a one-year suspension prior to the GSP fight. Known for trash-talking in the cage, Diaz did talk a little to GSP during the fight but his hands were full most of the time. And at the end of the third round, he aimed a blow at the champion after the bell rang. White said Diaz should have been deducted a point for that. "I was just being really mean out there," said Diaz. ' ' '

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade got hot down the stretch, and LeBron James missed a layup in the final minute. Both were huge breaks for the Miami Heat. James scored 28 points, Wade scored 11 of his 24 in the final five minutes -- when Miami needed him most -- and the Heat extended the NBAs longest current winning streak to 11 games, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-105 in a back-and-forth matchup Sunday night. The Heat blew a 22-point second-half lead then rallied from eight down with 5:16 left. "Were a veteran ballclub and weve been in every situation that an NBA game can offer us," James said. "We dont get too high, we dont get too low, we just play the 48 minutes out and see where it takes us." Dion Waiters scored 26 points, C.J. Miles added 19 and Kyrie Irving scored 17 for Cleveland, which outscored Miami by a stunning 30 points over a 17-minute stretch of the second half, yet still came up empty. The Cavaliers are now 1-8 against the Heat since James signed with Miami in July 2010. "We had a very good chance against a very good basketball team, the world champions, and we lost the game because of mental mistakes," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "Thats just something that we cant have happen again." In fairness, it wasnt just mental mistakes that doomed Cleveland late. There was a bit of luck involved for the Heat. Miami was up by two and held possession with 1:03 remaining. The shot clock was running down and Chris Bosh was open to try a 16-footer from the right wing. As Bosh was about to release, James got inexplicably free under the basket, thrusting both his arms skyward. Bosh threw him the pass -- and James, enjoying the best shooting season of his career, did the unthinkable: He missed the easy one. This is where the luck comes into play. The rebound found its way back to Bosh, the Heat ran down another shot clock, and Wade got loose for a two-handed dunk that pushed Miamis lead to 105-101 with 24.4 seconds left. It was a double-whammy for Cleveland. Miami scored and took nearly 40 seconds off a dwindling clock in the process. "Hey, Im a smart player. Thats what basketball IQ is all about," James said afterward, unable to hold back a sly grin. "I have no idea how I blew that layup. But it did work out for us. Got an extra possession, D-Wade was able to turn the corner and get a slam." Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "I liked that play." Wade started what turned into a 16-4 run with a fadeaway with just under 5 minutes to go, then added a three-point play on the next Miami possession to cut the Cavs lead to 97-94. And after Irving missed a layup with 1:35 left, Wade got the rebound and set up Battier for a 3-pointer that put Miami on top again -- and for good. "I thought that we had the game," Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee said. Sure looked like that was the case, after a ridiculously good third quarter. Down 68-46 early in the third, the Cavaliers looked finished -- last-place team, on the road, against the reigning NBA champions who just happened to have the leagues longest current winning streak. Midway through the third, Miamis lead was still 17. With two minutes left in the period, the cushion was 10. By the start of the fourth, it was nonexistent. The C.J. Miles Show lasted for all of 63 seconds. And they were a scintillating 63 seconds. It starts with 1:35 left, a 3-pointer from Miles getting the Miami lead down to seven. Then he got a rebound, came downcourt and connected on another 3-pointer. Lead down to four. Another stop by the Cavs on one end, then another 3-pointer for Miles on the other -- that one coming both with him drawing a foul from Chalmers, and with Spoelstra getting hit with a technical from referee Ed Malloy for arguing. Miles made the technical free throw to tie the game, the free throw for the Chalmers hit to put the Cavs ahead, and they carried that 82-81 lead into the fourth, having closed the quarter on a 36-13 run. "Guys just finally decided to start playing," Miles said. Miami used a 23-4 run in the first half to take what looked like a commanding 42-22 lead -- with more than 9 minutes left until the break. And after Cleveland got within seven, Miami answered with another burst. James didnt miss in the final 4:29 of the half, scoring 10 points on a 4-for-4 run from the floor and fueling what became 16-5 spurt that gave Miami a 64-46 lead going into the locker room. And for good measure, Miami got the first two baskets of the second half, pushing the lead to 22, the biggest of the night. Over, right? Not even remotely close. Not until the final frantic seconds, as the Heat not only extended their win streak but won for the fourth time in five nights. "We found a way," Wade said. 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The Blue Jackets and Blues, who have 81 and 80 points on the season, respectively, have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, but St. LOS ANGELES -- The Memphis Grizzlies got down in the trenches again and grabbed home-court advantage from the Los Angeles Clippers. Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies capitalized on Blake Griffins ankle injury to beat the Clippers 103-93 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. "It certainly feels better than going home down 2-3," coach Lionel Hollins said. Mike Conley added 20 points for the Grizzlies, who will try to wrap it up Friday night at home. The Pacific Division champion Clippers, who won their last seven games of the regular season to clinch home-court advantage for the first two rounds, would force a deciding seventh game on Sunday back at Staples Center with a win in Memphis. "Were not going to lay down and were never going to give up," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Were going to play hard, play together and try to do what we can to make it work. Weve got to regroup and see how healthy we can get between now and then." Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 35 points, tying a career playoff high. "Weve got to be desperate. Thats how it is," Paul said. "Ive said the playoffs dont start till somebody loses at home, so I guess now theyve started. We lost here at home. Now its do or die in Memphis." Griffin was late joining teammates on the floor for warm-ups because he was getting his right ankle worked on. The three-time All-Star rolled it during Mondays practice when he stepped on Lamar Odoms foot during post drills, but no one in the organization let on, and Del Negro didnt broach the subject during his pregame briefing with reporters. "I kept being optimistic," Griffin said. "Our training staff did a great job giving me treatment. Ive never had a high ankle sprain before." Once the game started, Griffin ignored the ankle issue and attacked the Grizzlies in the same reckless manner that has been his trademark since he came into the league. But he played only 19 minutes -- six in the second half -- and finished with four points, five rebounds and five assists. He also got a technical foul from referee Jason Phillips just 3 minutes into the game after scoring on a fastbreak layup and shoving centre Marc Gasols arm. "Its tough. B.G. tried to give it a go, like we all knew he would," Paul said. "Right now were fighting for our lives. Its a tough blow, but what can you do? Weve got to find a way to get through it and figure it out. Thats what the playoffs are all about. "We tried to come out with some energy. Weve just got to find a way to get everyone involved. As a point guard, Ive got to find a way." Gasol finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in a foul-plagued 31 1-2 minutes. He picked up his fifth with 5:39 left in the third quarter, and still managed to be a factor in the fourth. "We won with defence," Gasol said. "Zach did an amazing job under the basket, but defensiveely is how we won the game.dddddddddddd." Memphis took its biggest lead, 65-52, on Conleys three-point play with 6:28 left in the third quarter. The Grizzlies opened the fourth with a 73-65 advantage before the Clippers closed on Pauls layup and Matt Barnes fastbreak slam off a long pass by Jamal Crawford. From then on, it was up to Paul and the reserves to bail out the Clippers. But Randolph was too much to deal with again, following his dominant efforts in Games 3 and 4. "We knew these guys were going to come out firing, which they did," Memphis guard Tony Allen said. "Our whole thing was just keeping our composure, playing hard, playing together and not letting those guys get those lobs and the highlight stuff that they normally do. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were huge for us." Tayshaun Prince helped wrap it up with a layup and a 3-pointer in the final minutes after the Clippers got within five on a short jumper by Crawford with 1:49 remaining. "I thought we withstood the early barrages of energy that they had," Hollins said. "In the second quarter we set the tone of the game with our defence and we played with that the rest of the game. After Marc got his fifth foul, Zach took over and carried us with his big plays and Prince hit a couple of big shots." During a bruising opening half, 24 fouls were called and neither team led by more than four until Gasols three-point play gave the Grizzlies a 46-40 margin with 2:35 left. Griffin picked up his third foul on the play and his second in a span of 28 seconds. One key sequence came when Conley hit an off-balance 11-foot bank shot with 1:08 left in the half and Clippers reserve centre Ryan Hollins threw the ensuing inbounds pass right to Randolph. Moments later, Conley converted two free throws to give Memphis a nine-point lead 48 seconds before intermission. "I dont try to match anybody. I am just playing my game," Conley said. "A lot of guys are going to try and get 40 on us. I just try to stay within myself and the teams game." With the sellout crowd of 19,384 urging him on, Paul responded with a 3-pointer. His driving layup was blocked by Prince at the end of the half. NOTES: The Grizzlies committed only four turnovers during the first three quarters, none of which were converted into points by the Clippers. ... Memphis G Keyon Dooling returned to the lineup after missing Game 4 because of a strained muscle in his neck. ... Griffin did not get to the free throw line after going 18 for 22 in the first four games. He shot a career-high 66 per cent during the regular season. ... LAs Chauncey Billups only field goal was a 3-pointer. His 267 3-pointers in the post-season are the fourth-most behind Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Kobe Bryant. ... The Clippers, who beat the Grizzlies at Memphis in Game 7 of last years opening-round playoff series, had their first winning road record in franchise history this season (24-17). ' ' '

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Week 5 in the CFL saw the Blue Bombers earn their first win, the Argos finally win in Montreal, the Ticats win their third in a row and the B.C. Lions perform as Grey Cup champions beating Calgary in Calgary. And in all the players who played and moments that happened it was Steven Jyles, the Eskimos quarterback, who provided the greatest drama. Many that follow football want to see Steven Jyles do well, for the good of the league and for the fact that perhaps no other player has more pressure to perform than Jyles. As Ricky Rays incumbent the comparisons will be there all year and many will never be satisfied even if Jyles becomes an all-star. Jyles did not lose the game in Winnipeg, but he did prevent the Eskimos from the opportunity to win with his last play fumble. So what do you do? How do you handle a moment where all week your life revolves around a football error? It happened to Kevin Glenn two weeks ago against Montreal with his game losing interception and yes the Lions beat Calgary Saturday night, but you sense it is history now. Its not even a relevant topic. The only recourse you have is to recognize it, acknowledge it, and this is important, never repeat it. But how do you do that? If everybody always learned and never repeated mistakes, our society would be more advanced and efficient than ever before. In many ways, never repeating mistakes is a key to success and contentment. Well, my theory is that as much as we all have muscle memory, we also have mental muscle memory. Jyles as a quarterback should not avoid "the moment" that he fumbled and avoid the negative feeling, quite the opposite. He should watch it over and over and over. He should write down the game, the time, the date and everything he was thinking. He should talk about it and not necessarily say I will never do it again, too unpredictable. More along the lines of I am preparing never to do it again. When you avoid an unpleasant moment it almost always repeats. But when you review it, ask the all empowering question why?, there is an excellent chance that given the same set of circumstances in the near or distant future, your mental muscle memory will remind you not to repeat your previous action or inaction. If Jyles, or any football player for that matter, looks at mistakes as opportunities to avoid in the future, I cant say all the time, but often they will not repeat. I remember about two years ago, maybe three, Travis Lulay for B.C. threw an interception to then Argo Byron Parker and it was returned for a touchdown. I remember thinking Lulay will learn and never repeat. I thought that after seeing the emotional stress he was feeling on the sidelines just moments after. Jyles had a Lulay moment. Next time he is running for yards, what happened in Winnipeg on Thursday of last week will flash in his mind and he, Steven Jyles, will protect the football before any further yards have been gained. The memory of the fumble in the Edmonton game will charge forward in his brain at just the right time. Not sure how or why it happened, but both good and bad thoughts in memory can be used to create and avoid at just the right time. But you have to put them in there so you can use them later. Often the people who are the most successful people in their chosen occupation are that way because they went through difficult times or adversity and remembered it, did not avoid it but relived it over and over and over again. And by doing so the incident (fumble) is locked in the brain for future use. But first you have to use it, rather than it using you. From Week 1 to Week 5, Jyles is improving, and becoming a better passer and a better leader. 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"We just adjusted a few things during the break and in that second half we just did what we had to do." There was not a lot of flow in the opening 10 minutes, as both teams seemed to be feeling each other out and settled for long-range jump shots. They were a combined 3-of-17 from behind the arc. The inside-outside combination of Sasha Kaun and Serge Monya helped Russia open up an 11-point lead at halftime. In one stretch of two minutes, Monya hit three three-pointers. Unfortunately for Russia, he would not make another, finishing the game with nine points. Early in the third quarter, former Denver Nugget Rudy Fernandez hit a pair of big three-pointers that seemed to ignite the Spanish side. By the end of thhe third quarter, Spain had closed the gap.dddddddddddd After recording 20 first-half points, they scored 26 in the third quarter alone. "We knew that we had to do more. We knew that we had to improve," Fernandez said. "We demonstrated in the second half of our game against France that we have a good defence and I think today we showed again that we have a good defence." Just as importantly, Russias star player, Andrei Kirilenko got into foul trouble, picking up his fourth, early in the final period on a reach-in. He was forced to the bench as the Spanish lead continued to grow. Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon then caught fire from long range, burying several key shots from beyond the arc. He finished with 14 points. "Joses four three-pointers opened the game," Spanish guard Sergio Rodriguez said. Those long-range makes also cleared space for Los Angeles Lakers centre Pau Gasol, who along with Calderon, finished off Russia. Gasol powered the inside game for Spain with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Spain will play the winner of the game between the United States and Argentina for the gold medal. ' ' '

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NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. -- State and local police spent hours at the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday night as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before. Police at the scene and prosecutors would not comment on the actions while Sports Illustrated, citing an unidentified source, reported that Hernandez was not believed to be a suspect in what was being treated as a possible homicide. Police had spoken with Hernandez, the magazine said. Sports Illustrated reported that the link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for. The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass., said the SUV was registered to Enterprise and investigators wanted to analyze it for fingerprints. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the reports. No cause of death had been released for the body found about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Hernandez is represented by the Athletes First agency, which said it has no comment "on the Aaron Hernandez situation." The players mother said by telephone from Connecticut on Tuesday she had no knowledge of a case involving him. The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL. On Tuesday night, some police officers stood on the front steps of Hernandezs home and others could be seen inside. Some walked around the driveway and in the garage with flashlights. Before wrapping up their work for the night, one officer took a box out of the massive house. "I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said. North Attleborough is south of Boston on the Rhode Island state line, not far from the Patriots stadium in Foxboro. 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I kept waiting for somebody to come home." Todd Frazier drove in all three runs for the NL Central-leading Reds, who were seeking their first series win in Philadelphia since 2006. Kevin Frandsen led off the 11th with a single against Alfredo Simon (2-2), and Chase Utley followed with a double. After Ryan Howard was intentionally walked, Domonic Brown hit a bouncer to first that caused Frandsen to be forced out at home. Mayberry then grounded a single to left to end it. "The series was like playoff action," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Raul Valdes (3-2) worked a scoreless 11th for the win. Philadelphias bullpen pitched five hitless innings. "It was phenomenal," Mayberry said. "Everybody threw the ball extremely well." In a matchup between NL Cy Young Award contenders, neither Johnny Cueto nor Cole Hamels was sharp. Cueto was trying to become the first 17-game winner in the majors. The dreadlocked righty allowed two runs and five hits in five-plus innings. Hamels gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. He remained unbeaten against the Reds. The lefty entered 8-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 10 previous starts, including a five-hitter to finish off a sweep in the 2010 NL division series. J.J. Hoover pitched out of trouble in the ninth and 10th. Hoover retired Brown on a double-play grounder with the bases loaded to send the game to extra innings. "Things like that happen, but we came up with a tough win," Brown said. After Jimmy Rollins hit a double to put runners on second and third with one out in the 10th, Hoover got Brian Schneider on a grounder to third, and Juan Pierre on a popup to third. Down 3-2, the Phillies rallied in the eighth against relievvers Sean Marshall and Sam LeCure.dddddddddddd Brown, Mayberry and Erik Kratz hit consecutive one-out singles to load the bases. Rollins then hit a shallow fly to left. Brown scored ahead of Ryan Ludwicks off-target throw to tie it at 3. Despite bright skies, it rained hard in the first inning. The Reds loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Frazier drove in a run on a groundout to third for a 1-0 lead. Phillies shortstop Michael Martinez then saved a run with a spectacular, diving grab on Miguel Cairos grounder in the hole and made a strong throw to get the out and end the inning. Hamels seemed a bit perturbed by the downpour and asked the grounds crew to work on the mound during the inning. He also appeared upset that Frandsen didnt throw home on Fraziers bouncer, throwing his hands up in the air. "I was frustrated starting the game when it rains," Hamels said. "I dont think it should ever happen. They have radar detectors." The defence let Hamels down again in the sixth. After a leadoff single by Jay Bruce, Ludwick ripped a wicked one-hopper to Martinez, who couldnt handle the ball. It was ruled a hit, though it couldve been a double-play grounder. Frazier followed with a double off the base of the wall in centre, and the ball bounced back through Laynce Nixs legs. Two runs scored for a 3-0 lead, and Frazier advanced to third on Nixs error. The rain stopped by the second, but the field was a little spongy for a few more innings. Phillies right-hander Phillippe Aumont, acquired from Seattle in the original Cliff Lee trade in December 2009, pitched a scoreless eighth in his major league debut. NOTES: Cueto leads the NL with 12 hit batters. ... Reds C Devin Mesoraco was reinstated from the suspended list and sent to Triple-A Louisville. ... Frazier has an eight-game hitting streak. ... The Phillies optioned RHP Michael Schwimer to the minors to make room for LHP Jeremy Horst, who returned from paternity leave. ... The Phillies extended their deal with Class-A Lakewood of the South Atlantic League through 2014. ... The Phillies open a three-game series with the NL East-leading Washington Nationals on Friday night. Kyle Kendrick (6-9) pitches the opener. ... The Reds return home to open a three-game set against St. Louis. Mat Latos (10-3) starts Friday. ' ' '

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ZURICH, Switzerland -- The Netherlands leads the FIFA rankings for the first time after ending World Cup winner Spains 13-month reign at the top on Wednesday. The Dutch, World Cup runners-up last year, rose to the top spot despite not playing last month. Spain lost 2-1 in a friendly to new No. 7 Italy. Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk welcomed his nations status as the seventh country to lead the table in its 18-year history. "We know it is tough to reach first place, but tougher still to stay there. That is a great challenge," Van Marwijk said. Meanwhile, Canada is up three spots to 102nd overall. The Canadian squad begins the next phase of World Cup qualifying next month. Canada hosts St. Lucia on Sept. 2, Puerto Rico on Oct. 11 and St. Kitts and Nevis on Nov. 15. Canadas away games are Sept. 6 in Puerto Rico, Oct. 7 in St. Lucia, and Nov. 11 in St. Kitts and Nevis. The rankings take results across four years into account and have often proved difficult for fans to understand. The current standings include points gained at the 2008 European Championship, which Spain also won. The Netherlands lost in the quarter-finals. Van Marwijk said his teams main focus remains qualifying for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. "We have to stay realistic. This is a snapshot, not a tangible prize," he said. Europe holds the top four places, with Germany at No. 3 and England rising two places to No. 4 after also not playing. Its friendly against the Netherlands was cancelled due to riots in London. Copa America winner Uruguay stays at No. 5 but heads Brazil, which dropped to sixth place after losing 3-2 in Germany. Ivory Coast is the top African country at No. 15, tied with Japan, the best of the Asian nations. Gold Cup winner Mexico leads CONCACAF teams at No. 20. The United States rises two to No. 28. New Zealand is unchanged at No. 94 as the best from Oceania. A total of 76 matches counted toward the latest rankings, including 60 friendlies and 15 Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Vietnam moved up 15 places to No. 129 after beating Qatar 2-1 in the return match of a qualifier which cost Qatar coach Milovan Rajevac his job. Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, advanced 4-2 on aggregate against Vietnam and climbed two places to No. 88. cheap jerseys from china . Even bobblehead night. 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The Canucks flew Sedin back to Vancouver so that the forward can see a specialist and get treatment. Sedin was injured in the first period of last nights game, when Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith elbowed him in the head in open ice. Theres been no firm diagnosis of Sedin from the Canucks yet, and it could be a while before there is one since its not uncommon for it take 48 to 72 hours after being hit in the head for potential onset of symptoms. On Thursday, Sedins teammate Manny Malhotra said the course of action that needs to be taken is clear. "Looking at the hit, the head was targeted and the League has taken a pretty strong stance and set a pretty high standard as to the disciplinary action they take with regards to those hits, so Im sure theyll uphold their high standards," said Malhotra. In the meantime, given the value of the player to the Canucks, the teamm is erring on the side of caution.dddddddddddd He can see neurological specialists in Vancouver but also get soft tissue (ART) and chiropractic treatment which is essential for any potential concussion to separate brain trauma symptoms from skeletal or soft tissue related symptoms. That procedure was part of Penguins centre Sidney Crosbys concussion treatment. As for Keith, he faces a disciplinary hearing with the NHL - one that was originally supposed to be via conference call on Friday at 2pm et/11am pt. The NHL originally indicated to Chicago and Keith that the hearing would be a phone hearing, which would limit any suspension to five games or less. Later on Thursday, the league told Chicago and Keith that it wanted the hearing to be in person - where there would be a potential for a ban of six or more games. 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The Toronto Marlies will get added support on the blue line later this week with the addition of defenceman Morgan Rielly. Riellys junior season ended over the weekend with the Moose Jaw Warriors failing to make the WHL playoffs and its expected that he will join the Marlies on Wednesday. The 19-year-old had 12 goals and 54 points during the regular season with the Warriors. "Any time Ive gone to Toronto theyve always told me that they drafted me for a reason - its because of what I am able do with the puck," Rielly told the Moose Jaw Times Herald. "Thats what they ask me to do. I want to play hard every night and try to get better." Rielly was the Toronto Maple Leafs first-round pick - fifth overall - in the in 2012 NHL Draft. The Marlies are in first in the AHLs North Division and third overall in the Western Conference with 74 points. jerseys nfl cheap . 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CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija mixed a strong start with an impressive performance at the plate. Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight sharp innings for his first win since opening day and the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Wednesday night. David DeJesus led off the first inning with a home run and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs, who won back-to-back series for the first time this season. Reid Brignac hit a pinch-hit homer for the Rockies, who finished a 2-4 road trip. Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits. He struck out seven and walked two, but the highlight came on his two-run homer in the second inning. "I need to slow down around the bases and enjoy it a little bit. It doesnt happen too often. We work a lot in hitting. (Pitching coach Chris) Bosio has us hitting out there every day in the cages. Its an important at-bat," Samardzija said. "You just cant accept the out as a pitcher. Its the same out as every other. You roll the lineup over and get the top coming up and it changes the game." Colorado starter Jon Garland (3-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one. "I dont want to come out of these games, its not my choice. Id like to keep going and see if I can continue to give the team a chance. It almost seems like Im hurting the team more than Im helping the team only going five," Garland said. DeJesus snapped Garlands 18 1-3 scoreless inning streak against the Cubs with a leadoff home run into the left-field bleachers in the first inning. It was DeJesus second leadoff homer of the season and 14th of his career. Samardzija gave up the lead in the second inning on Josh Rutledges RBI single. After a two-out double by Darwin Barney, Samardzija got the lead back on a two-run shot to left to make it 3-1. It was Samardzijas first of the season and second of his career. Yorvit Torrealba grounded into a double play to end the second inning which set off a string of 10 consecutive batters retired by Samardzija. "He just used his whole repertoire tonight. He knew what he was doing tonight, he was pitching, he just wasnt out there throwing. He was mixing it up, keeping them a little off-balanced, broke a lot of bats again tonight," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. Samardzija bounced back from his worst outingg of the season.dddddddddddd He allowed a season-high eight hits and seven runs -- five earned -- in five innings of a 7-3 loss at Washington. "Call me crazy, but I thought I did some good things in Washington. I thought I got back on track with my fastball. I just didnt pitch in enough against Washington, but overall when I looked back at the film I was happy with the way I threw. The outcome wasnt what you wanted but I knew I just had to carry that into tonight," Samardzija said. In the sixth inning, Brignac led off with a pinch-hit home run to centre. It was his first career pinch-hit homer and cut the Cubs lead to 3-2. Samardzija got help from his defence in the seventh inning. With two outs, Rutledge lined a double off the wall in left field, Alfonso Soriano made a good relay throw to shortstop Starlin Castro, who was able to throw out Rutledge attempting a double. The Rockies have not won back-to-back games since a season-high eight-game winning streak April 12-20. They have not won a three-game series at Wrigley Field since Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2006. "We gotta put together some consistent performances. But overall, weve played fairly well on the road," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. In Samardzijas seven other starts, he endured a shaky bullpen and lack of timely hitting from his offence before getting his first win since April 1. The Cubs added to the lead in the seventh. After a sacrifice bunt by Samardzija, Castro and Rizzo hit back-to-back RBI singles. Castros hit came on a hit-and-run and Rizzo hit a hard grounder between the legs of Todd Helton at first base. Castro came around to score on Sorianos fielders choice to make it 6-2. In the ninth inning, Cubs closer Kevin Gregg gave up a two-out RBI single to Rutledge in a non-save situation. It was the first run he allowed in 11 appearances. He finished the game by getting Wilin Rosario to fly out to centre with runners on first and third. NOTES: Samardzijas other home run came on Sept. 23, 2009 at Milwaukee. ... RHP Jhoulys Chacin is Colorados scheduled starter against San Francisco on Thursday. He is on a three-game losing streak against the Giants. ... The wave got going in the bottom of the seventh inning, an oddity at Wrigley Field. ... Rizzo has not struck out in his past 32 plate appearances, dating back to May 7th against the Cardinals. ' ' '

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SURREY, B.C. -- A change in play-calling philosophy coupled with an improved offensive line has put the B.C. Lions in a position to play for the Grey Cup on their home field. All-star centre Angus Reid said the Lions made changes after starting the CFL season as a predictable drop-back passing team with the odd run sprinkled in. "We werent winning games, the quarterbacks getting hit too much and we were running a completely unbalanced offence," Reid said Tuesday at the Lions practice facility. "Youre not going to survive throughout the course of the season." Changes were made after a 30-27 loss on Aug. 13 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- Sundays title game opponent -- that dropped the Lions to 1-6 on the season. Now theres more motion with multiple backs running the football. Or slotback Kierrie Johnson taking a handoff and scampering around the end. Or halfback Andrew Harris hauling in a Travis Lulay touchdown pass like he did in Sundays 40-23 West semifinal win over Edmonton. The play-selection changes helped the Lions offensive line allow only 29 sacks -- the fewest in the CFL -- but the Bombers accounted for 10 of them in two victories. Lulay was sacked six times in a 25-20 loss in Winnipeg on July 28. "Right now were a way better team than we were in the two times we played them," said right tackle Jovan Olafioye, whos up against Montreal tackle Josh Bourke for outstanding lineman honours. "(Were) much better in pass protection and run blocking. We were at the breaking point when we lost to Winnipeg the last time." So the Lions went into Edmonton the next week and beat the Eskimos 36-1. "We had nothing else to do but try something different," Reid said. "You got to the point where it was lets wholesale change it because otherwise the seasons over. "Since then weve kept tinkering with it and perfecting it and youve seen the outcome." The Bombers arrived in B.C. Tuesday night aware of their underdog status and knowing they have a tough week ahead. "We have one game left, and its the biggest one of the year," Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce said. "A lot of our team has never been in this situation before. Its important that we stay on pace and we treat it like a week of prep.dddddddddddd We have to be as focused as weve ever been." The Lions won 10 of 11 games down the stretch, finished first in the West, had nine all-star selections and Lulay was nominated for the outstanding player award. Assistant coach Kelly Bates said the Lions were able to open up their playbook as a result of the mid-season changes. "Weve been able to have a flow to the game," he said. "All those things contribute to putting your offensive line and your offence in a better position to have success." Harris, a second-year back who had eight touchdowns over the season, has watched the improvement in front of him. "I feel theyre still getting better," he said of the linemen. "One more game to go and I know theyll do fine." Starting right guard Dean Valli said reducing drop-back passes has been key. "You can be the best pass protector in the world but the more times you drop back the more times youre going to get beat," Valli said. "If they know youre going to be drop-back passing on every down theyre going to tee off on you and pull out every move they can think of." Completing the quintet in front of Lulay are import left tackle Ben Archibald, who won outstanding lineman honours last season with Calgary, and left guard Jesse Newman, a Vancouver native acquired in a trade with the Stampeders. "I can only imagine the comfort level for him," Reid said when asked how the improved offensive line has helped Lulay. "It allows him to sit there and make decisions based on the play and not on pressure. "If its time to throw, if its time to run or if its time to dump it off to the running back is based on the best decision for the play ... not on necessity for saving your butt from getting whacked. "Thats when youre making the right decisions based on the right reasons, not on panic." Notes: Reid will be playing in his third Grey Cup game. It will be the second championship for Newman, Archibald and Valli ... The Lions made the CFL playoffs for the 15th consecutive season. ... Winnipeg reached the post-season in 17 consecutive years from 1980-1996 while Edmonton had a 34-consecutive year playoff run from 1972-2005. ' ' '

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox obtained left-hander Scott Breslow from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday for right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik. Breslow, 31, came to Arizona in a five-player trade with Oakland last December that sent All-Star Trevor Cahill to the desert and Jarrod Parker, the ninth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, to Oakland. Breslow was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season after signing a one-year deal. "You never can have enough left-handers in the bullpen," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. General manager Ben Cherington said the Red Sox bullpen was at its best this season when it had three lefties. Breslows acquisition plus the presence of Franklin Morales and Andrew Miller give the Red Sox three again now that lefty Rich Hill is on the disabled list. Breslow also provides depth in case Valentine wants to return Morales to a rotation that has been inconsistent. Morales has spent most of the season as a reliever but is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts. In 27 relief appearances, he is 0-1 with a 3.26 ERA. Breslow is a native of Trumbull, Conn., played at Yale and pitched for the Red Sox in 2006, going 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings, all in relief. He wasnt available for Tuesday nights game against the Detroit Tigers, so the Red Sox recalled righty Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Pawtucket. Albers, 29, played for Houston and Baltimore before joining the Red Sox in 2011. He was 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 40 appearances for the Red Sox this season and has the second-most relief appearances of an inning or more since 2008 with 94. He said he wasnt expecting to be traded and called the Red Sox "definitely the most talented team Ive ever been on." But hes excited about the move. "Its a new opportunity, obviously, facing some different hitters" in the National League, he said. "Thats going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but I think Im ready for it. "I think (the Diamondbacks) have a pretty solid back end of the bullpen so Ill probably be fitting into the same spot, filling the same role (as a middle reliever)." Podsednik hit .387 with one homer and seven RBIs for Boston this season after being acquired for cash from the Phillies on May 11. The 36-year-old went on the disabled list with a strained left groin on May 11 and played for Triple-A Pawtucket after returning. Josh Beckett started for the Red Sox on Tuesday night after his name had been prominently mentioned in trade speculation. He began the night with a 5-9 record and 4.57 ERA. "We had conversations with a number of teams about a number of players," said Cherington, who declined to specify those players. "There was no intent to trade one guy or another." 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Another 15-inning marathon, another victory. The Oakland Athletics are getting used to walkoff wins this season. Jemile Weeks hit a leadoff triple and scored on Coco Crisps sacrifice fly to lift the As to their second 15-inning win this week, 5-4 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. A crowd of 30,169 stayed relatively intact for what turned out to be Oaklands major-league leading 13th walkoff victory and another pie in the face delivered by Josh Reddick, this time wearing a Spiderman costume, complete with mask. "Its fun to get everybody involved like that," Crisp said of getting his third pie of the year. "The fans were getting into and it seems more like a family atmosphere. Its like giving them something extra." Weeks was a star Monday night, too, when his sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th beat Tampa Bay. "I was just trying to get it up in the air and deep enough," Crisp said. "Im glad Weeksie has enough speed to beat that arm out there." The As became the first team to play a pair of 15-inning games in a five-day span since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. This win took 4 hours, 47 minutes; the victory over the Rays lasted more than 5 hours. Toronto lost its sixth in a row. Jeff Mathis hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth for the Blue Jays, and Omar Vizquel was thrown out at the plate in the 12th. Blue Jays manager John Farrell used a five-man infield and also shifted his lineup. After the designated hitter spot was lost, Aaron Loup (1-1) became the first Toronto pitcher to bat in an AL game. Travis Blackley (4-3) pitched three innings for the win. Oakland has won 10 straight one-run games, its longest such streak since 2000. As manager Bob Melvin credited a defensive play by shortstop Eric Sogard in the top of the 15th that ended the inning with the Blue Jays leaving two runners on.dddddddddddd. Sogard dove for a sharp grounder in the hole and was able to get a force at third. "Not only did it save the game it gave us momentum going into the dugout," Melvin said. "We were all juiced up when he made that play." As closer Ryan Cook retired the first two batters in the ninth. But David Cooper and Rajai Davis each singled and Mathis hit his sixth home run, tying it at 4-all. "Cant say enough the way our bullpen came in with nine scoreless innings and getting the game into the 15th," Farrell said. "We played our hearts out." Mathis homer spoiled Dan Strailys major league debut. Straily averaged 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors this year, the best rate in pro ball. Called up from Triple-A before the game, he allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out five. Jonny Gomes and Chris Carter each homered for the As. Brandon Inge and Josh Reddick also drove in runs as Oakland improved to 21-6 since the start of July. Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes, who left the game with a right wrist sprain, each had two hits. Toronto starter Brett Cecil allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings. Brad Lincoln went 3 1-3 scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, giving up one hit. NOTES: The 2006 Dodgers lost in 15 innings at Arizona on Aug. 25, then beat Cincinnati in 16 innings on Aug. 29, according to STATS LLC. ... Inge has a 13-game hitting streak. ... Toronto INF Brett Lawrie left the game after one inning with tightness in his rib cage. ... As OF RHP Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.69) goes for the Blue Jays on Saturday. He never finished the second inning in his last outing against the As and has lost seven straight. Hes 4-1 against the As in seven career starts. The As will start A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.51). ' ' '

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Greetings from not-so-sunny Southwest England. Spending the night at Lands End, UK does nothing to make me even contemplate ending Chelseas run atop the Premier League rankings. Competitive balance in the new season is as even as ever. Strong starts from Everton and West Bromwich Albion have put the big clubs on alert. But at present time, its going to take something special to knock off the big four. Here are your latest TSN Premier League Power Rankings: 1) Chelsea (4W-1D -0L, last week: 1) – A hard fought 1-0 win over Stoke City earned Chelsea full points while clearly not at its best. Three points is all that matters. And in a season where it seems points will be conceded by the top clubs more regularly, points through sub-par performances are all-important. Of most concern for Chelsea, Fernando Torres continued to struggle in front of goal. And the back four had all kinds of problems with the size and strength of the Stoke City attack. The good news: the quality of Chelseas midfield was again second to none. Brazilian midfielder Oscar followed up a Man-of-the-Match performance midweek against Juventus with another sublime performance. The deepest midfield in the Premier League is more than capable of covering the relative weaknesses in the squad, Torres or otherwise. 2) Manchester United (4-0-1, last week: 2) – Much like Chelsea, United were able to pick up an all-important three points at 10-man Liverpool. The high emotion and bubbling rivalry made the trip to the Merseyside a precarious tie, despite Liverpools inferior form. Jonjo Shelveys sending off gave United the upper edge, although they were unable to initially take advantage, falling behind 1-0. The response was swift: first Rafael with a wonderful strike, then Robin van Persie converting a penalty. The verdict: United will take the points but has significant work to do. With Nemanja Vidic out 8 weeks (knee), United has only two ‘healthy centre-backs, and Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand are hardly sure things when it comes to clean bills of health. Adding to worry, Antonio Valencia is on crutches and his status is up in the air. Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher made midweek returns in Capitol One Cup action, and the latter was impressive in his comeback. It will be a testing period for Sir Alex Ferguson, with crucial Champions League matches and a tough Premier League schedule ahead. 3) Arsenal (2-3-0, last week: 3) – Going down a goal at the Etihad was a death sentence last season. Arsenal was able to bounce back admirably, taking the game to City, and eventually finding a late equalizer. Undeniably, Arsenal continues to hit their stride. And even more impressive impressive about the 1-1 away draw at City was it was achieved without defensive lynchpin Thomas Vermaelen. Arsene Wenger has a bevy of young talent in his side, allowing him to rotate attacking players while maintaining fluidity. There is a lot to like about Arsenal if Lukas Podolski and Gervinho maintain their superior form. Chelsea at the Emirates Saturday will be another test. 4) Manchester City (2-3-0, last week: 4) – Nobody is hitting the panic button yet, but it certainly hasnt been a start to remember for the Champions. City has now given away as many points at home as they did all last season. Manager Roberto Mancini fielded a reasonably strong side Tuesday in their Capital One Cup home match against Aston Villa, and City still came out on the losing end of a 4-2 score-line. Its hard to say anything is really fundamentally wrong with the team. The magic from last campaign isnt there. And they are no longer the hunter. That being said, Mancini has to demand better team defending. Joleon Lescott played culprit of a sloppy clearance on the weekend – the latest of lapses that have seen City concede 7 goals through 5 matches. Sergio Aguero has returned to fitness for City, which is good news. But there is nothing easy about Citys next three competitive matches (Fulham A, Dortmund H, Sunderland H). 5) Everton (3-1-1, last week: 5) – Nevermind the Capital One Cup setback against Leeds; Everton is on top form and one of the most thorough teams in the Premier League. The Toffees utterly embarrassed Swansea at the Liberty to the tune of a 3-0 win last weekend, yet again proving this hot start may be sustainable. The start to the season has always been an Achilles Heal for David Moyes at Everton. Not anymore. The performance at Swansea was even more impressive than the scoreline. Moyes was without star striker Nikica Jelavic, yet the team was as dominant going forward than at the back. Few sides have a better midfield combo than Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini (3 goals on the season). Squad depth remains an obvious concern. But with a generous schedule ahead, Everton looks set to make a run for European competition. 6) West Bromwich Albion (3-1-1, last week: 8) – Another home three points for Steve Clarke as WBA continue there hot-start. And the latest win comes without the suspended Peter Odemwingie. Dont look now, but West Brom are fourth in the table, with an 100 percent home record, and have every opportunity to improve their standing with matches against lesser likes Aston Villa and QPR ahead. Clarke has the team playing its resilient best, while goalkeeper Ben Foster continues to show the talent he was billed to have while at Manchester United. Most impressive however is West Brom looks comfortable in attack, creating plenty of opportunities each week. Its nothing pretty, but effect, direct football. Romelu Lukaku, on-loan from Chelsea, looks to be an absolute coup for the Baggies. 7) Newcastle United (2-2-1, last week: 7) – Newcastle got back to their winning ways against Norwich. And they are finally returning to full health. Midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender Fabricio Coloccini – two of the most important players in the squad – both returned to the line-up Wednesday night. And striker Papiss Cisse finally looked back to his dynamic best, scoring in Capitol One Cup competition at Old Trafford, with an overhead kick off the bar, made out of nothing, keeping him from adding another. 8) Tottenham Hostpur (2-2-1, last week: 9) – If Andre Villas-Boas wants to take credit for anything, he should put his hand up for the outstanding form of striker Jermain Defoe. The often under-used, misfiring Defoe has taken full advantage of the opportunity given by his new manager, scoring his 6th goal of the season in a 2-1 come-from-behind home victory over QPR. Spurs are on of the quickest sides in the Premier League, and Defoe has seemingly found his stride playing with like players.. At the back, AVB still has a headache with incoming goalkeeper Hugo Lloris unhappy with his current role as number two. But Brad Friedels superior play hardly justifies making a change. 9) Swansea City (2-1-2, last week: 6) – Injuries and poor form have decimated Swanseas back line and they havent been able to recover. The loss of Neil Taylor (ankle) at left back cannot be understated. And defender Chico Flores suspension hardly has helped matters. But most disconcerting has been the poor form of Ashley Williams. The Welsh centre-back was a force for the Swans last season. This season hes looked sloppy and unfocussed. He needs to set things right for Swansea to be truly competitive. On the bright side, Jonathan de Guzman continues to impress in the midfield. And although he looked out of sort in his debut on the weekend, Pablo Hernandez has the makings to be a true force on the wing. 10) Fulham (3-0-2, last week: 12) – Fulham went out and proved they could perform away from Craven Cottage with a win at Wigan. Dimitar Berbatov continues to look well worth the discounted price tag it took to lure him to London. Berbatov fits right in with a gifted Fulham attack, with plenty of talent in reserves. They are not a team that can be relied upon every week. But they have enough difference makers in the squad to keep them from settling for draws. Even better news for Fulham, it looks like their usually steady backline is re-emerging after some shaky performances to start the year. 11) Stoke City (0-4-1, last week: 10) – The streak of draws was bound to come to an end. Losing at Chelsea with the fight Stoke showed is nothing to frown at. Ryan Shawcross continues to keep his head on straight, making vital plays at the back, keeping Stoke in games. But the question remains whether Tony Pulis has the difference makers in his side to regularly pick up points away from the Britannia. Sorry to burst any bubble, but Michael Owen is not that player. Stoke will remain a tough out, playing a five-man, compact midfielder. The lack of width or ability to stretch the field hurts the team in attack. 12) Sunderland (0-4-0, last week: 11) – The Black Cats are making like Stoke – four straight draws to start the year. The last two coming without standout winger Adam Johnson (thigh). Late goals continue to be an issue, but odds are Martin ONeill will work things out, just as he has done so many times before. The Black Cats are a pesky team, with James Maclean and Sebastian Larsson deputizing the wings. And critics are eating their words as Steven Fletcher has now scored four goals since his big money move from Wolves. 13) West Ham United (2-2-1, last week: 14) – Its never boring with West Ham. The Hammers left it late, with Captain everything, Kevin Nolan finding the equalizer against Sunderland. West Ham is the best among promoted teams in the Premier League, but not the most stylish. Their direct style is their biggest asset and worst enemy. The team lacks a creative spark in the midfield, and instead relies on the industry of players like Nolan. Thats not a bad thing. But leaves very little room for error. 14) Wigan Athletic (1-1-3, last week: 13) – Its been a tough start for Roberto Martinez. But in fairness, his team record doesnt reflect how well the team has played. Wigan remain a well organized team, where the manager seemingly gets the most out of players at his disposal. Striker Arouna Kone looks ready to be the latest to emerge under the brilliant manager. Too many mistakes at the back, and a midfield that has yet to provide adequate service in attack has haunted the Latics thus far. 15) Liverpool (0-2-3, last week: 15) – Are you still buying the need to practice patience with manager Brendan Rodgers. In fairness, despite another loss, there was little more 10-man Liverpool could do against Manchester United. No matter how hard the team works, they cannot make up for fatal flaws in the squad composition. Liverpool is beyond paper-thin up front. The back four is in need of a shake up. And the brightest spots in the team have been teenagers not ready to yet make the jump to being contributing regulars. All in all, its a season of transition. Its unlikely ownership will spend requisite dollars needed to immediately improve in January. So the lumps will continue to add up. At least we all can enjoy the Liverpool Reality Television Show. 16) Norwich City (0-3-2, last week: 16) – Norwich City will be fighting tooth and nail with relegation until the end. Chris Hughtons team is full of fight. And in fairness, they arent a bad side. But theyve only scored two goals in five matches. And none have come from the big man up front, Grant Holt. Norwich fought to keep him in the summer, and he has failed to have the influence of his 15-goal Premier League season last year. The Canaries need him to return to form to rise through the table. 17) Southampton (1-0-4, last week: 19) – A deserved first win for the Premier League newcomers in comeback fashion against Aston Villa. For all there problems defending, Southampton has players looking very much the part in attack. Four goals in the second half was an impressive display of what the Saints have to offer, including debutant, Uruguayan International Gaston Ramirez. Striker Rickie Lambert has the look and skill-set of a true Premier League target-man, if Ive ever seen one – big, strong, and doesnt score pretty but is effective in his craft. 18) Aston Villa (1-1-3, last week: 17) – It was a tale of two halves for Paul Lambert at St. Marys: the first, a well organized, balanced side with the teams top scorer finding goal. The second half, a team exposed on the wings, showing both inexperience and lack of quality at the top level. A 4-1 loss stings for a team who looked to have turned a corner. Paul Lambert must hope a Capital One Cup victory at Manchester City restores team belief. Winger Gabriel Agbonlahor returning to form and fitness will go a long way to helping. 19) Queens Park Rangers (0-2-3, last week: 18) – QPR started well at Spurs and should have really left White Hart Lane with a point for their troubles. Too many defensive mistakes continue to rue them. No matter how well Julio Cesar plays – and the former Inter Milan goalkeeper was solid on the weekend – he needs better organization and discipline in front of him. QPR will always be a handful going forward, featuring Canadian born Junior Hoilett who is developing before our eyes. Manager Mark Hughes has his hands full, figuring out how to make this overpriced cast of misfits work. 20) Reading (0-1-3, last week: 20) – The bottom of the Power Rankings beckons for Reading, who havent shown Premier League quality as of yet. Perhaps Wednesday nights Capital One Cup, comeback win over QPR will set the Royals in the right direction. Off-season prized acquisition, Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the winner. 6 goals for Fulham in a short spell proved Pogrebnyak could be a difference maker in the Premier League. Service up front will be an issue. And there are no easy answers for the least talented squad in the league. 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