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LA UNION, Colombia -- The latest on the aftermath of Colombian plane crash that killed members of Brazilian soccer team (all times local):8:25 p. Reggie Lewis Jersey .m.Forensic authorities in Colombia say they have so far identified 59 of the 71 people killed in Monday nights plane crash and hope to finish their work Thursday.Of those identified, 52 are Brazilian, five are Bolivian, one is Venezuelan and another is Paraguayan.Brazils air force has a Hercules cargo plane waiting in Medellin to return the bodies of the victims, which include most of Brazils Chapecoense soccer team.---7:50 p.m.The tribute to Brazils Chapecoense soccer team is in full swing in Medellin, Colombia.Prior to the tributes start, fans of the local Atletico Nacional team dressed in white and shouted slogans in support of the Brazilian squad, which was on a plane that crashed outside the city. The Brazilians were supposed to have played Atletico Nacional in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament Wednesday night.A military bands memorial tune as the stadium lights dimmed has brought tears to the faces of Atletico Nacionals normally stern-faced players and everyone else in the nearly full 40,000-seat stadium.Black Hawk helicopters that helped in the rescue operation that managed to pull six survivors from the wreckage performed a fly-over. Several first responders who were at the crash scene attended.Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra fought to hold back tears as he thanked fans for their show of solidarity. He told them: Its a light of hope when all of us are trying to understand whats impossible to understand.---6:10 p.m.Colombians dressed in white are arriving at a soccer stadium in Medellin to pay tribute to a Brazilian team that was nearly wiped out in a plane crash outside the city.Despite the tragic circumstances, the mood is surprisingly festive as fans of Medellins Atletico Nacional soccer club shout slogans in support of Brazils Chapecoense team. The Brazilian squad was supposed to have played the hometown team Wednesday night in the first round of the two-game finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament.Medellins mayor is in attendance and there is talk the event may also draw Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra, who arrived in the city to oversee the repatriation of the bodies of the mostly Brazilian victims.Atletico Nacional has proposed that the Copa Sudamericana title be awarded to its Brazilian rival in honor of the team and the soccer worlds loss.---3:20 p.m.The acting president of the Chapecoense soccer club says the team hopes to play its final game of the league season using primarily a youth team.Nineteen of the clubs players were killed Monday in an air crash in Colombia. Three survived but are hospitalized in Colombia.Speaking Wednesday to reporters, Ivan Tozzo says he was told to go ahead with the match by Marco Polo Del Nero, head of the Brazilian Football Confederation.Tozzo quoted Del Nero as saying, This game has to happen. There has to be a big ceremony.The Brazilian Football Confederation has called for seven days of mourning. The final round of top league matches in Brazil is set for Dec. 11.---1:30 p.m.The only Brazilian player in the NFL says he is devastated by the crash of a chartered plane carrying 77 people in Colombia.Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos says he recognized the names of many of the players for the soccer club Chapecoense who were aboard the plane. Many played for larger clubs earlier in their careers, including Flamengo, the team that Santos supports.Chapecoense was headed to the first of two matches in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continents No. 2 club tournament. Santos called the team a Cinderella story, a small club doing big things.---12:40 p.m.The pilot of a chartered plane with 77 people aboard told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel moments before crashing into the Andes.A recording from the air traffic tower leaked to W Radio shows the pilot of the British-built jet repeatedly requesting permission to land due to a total electric failure and lack of fuel.A female controller can be heard giving instructions as the aircraft loses speed and altitude about 8 miles from the Medellin airport. Just before going silent the pilot says hes flying at an altitude at 9,000 feet.W Radio didnt say how it obtained the recordings. But they would seem to confirm the account of a pilot on a nearby commercial flight.Mondays crash killed all but six of the people aboard, including most members of the Chapecoense soccer team from Brazil.---7:30 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it was with great dismay that she learned about the tragic plane crash in Colombia.The chancellor expressed her condolences Wednesday in a letter to Brazilian President Michel Temer, saying she wants to convey the sympathy of the German people.Merkel expressed her sympathy for the families of the victims and sent best wishes for a speedy recovery of the survivors of the disaster.---7 a.m.Pope Francis has asked for prayers for victims of the plane crash in Colombia, noting the Brazilian people are mourning the loss of soccer players from the Chapecoense team.He mentioned the tragedy while greeting Portuguese-speaking pilgrims at his public audience Wednesday at the Vatican.The crash of the chartered aircraft late Monday in the Andes mountains claimed 71 lives.Francis told the pilgrims that Italians were reminded of the 1949 Superga air crash that wiped out an Italian soccer team. Francis said, Id like to recall today the Brazilian peoples sorrow. He urged prayers for the victims of these harsh tragedies.In condolence telegrams to the local Colombia bishop and to the head of the Brazilian bishops conference, Francis expressed his solidarity and consolation to families of the dead and injured. Jaylen Brown Jersey . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Bill Russell Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. RIO DE JANEIRO -- It was a day of surprises on the first day of the judo competition at the Rio Games.In the womens division, the first gold medal went not to defending Olympic champion Sarah Menezes in her home country, but to an Argentinian bronze medalist from the Beijing games, now a qualified doctor.Paula Pareto, ranked third, jumped repeatedly in victory when she defeated South Koreas Bokyeong Jeong in the womens 48-kilogram division, much to the delight of a crowd packed with Argentinians waving their national flag. Pareto climbed into the spectator section afterward to be enveloped not only by giddy fans, friends and family, but numerous flags.After hugging one particularly patriotic fan whose face was painted in blue and white, Pareto was left with faint traces of blue paint on the right side of her face. Her gold medal made her the first Argentinian woman in history to win an Olympic gold, in any sport.It is really incredible for me, I never would have thought it, Pareto said after her historic win. I was especially happy to see the Argentinian flag raised.Paretos coach Laura Martinel described her as phenomenal and credited Paretos exceptional technique and mental strength for her victory.Having split her recent fights with Jeong, Martinel said their strategy was for Pareto to go on the offensive. We knew that we could not let (Jeong) perform because she*s fast and powerful. So the idea was to let Paula attack first, we had a rough moment in the match but eventually we overcome it and she did what was necessary.Argentinian President Mauricio Macri quickly tweeted his congratulations, saying You make us all very proud.The top fighter in the division, MMongolias Urantsetseg Munkhbat, lost her bronze medal match to second-seeded Ami Kondo of Japan. Walter Brown Jersey. The other bronze medal was won by Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan.London Games champion Menezes had been hoping to repeat her victory in front of a home crowd, but lost twice: first to Cubas Dayaris Mestre Alvarez in the quarter finals and then in the repechage competition to Munkhbat, who applied such a strong armbar that Menezes tapped out in submission.In the mens division, the 18th-ranked Russian judoka, Beslan Mudranov, pulled off one of the days biggest upsets when he defeated top seed Won Jin Kim of South Korea. Mudranov, 30, defeated Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan in the final, becoming Russias first gold medalist at the Rio Games.Amid the widespread Russian doping scandal, the entire Russian judo team was allowed to compete. Russian President Vladimir Putin is the honorary president of the International Judo Federation, the sports governing body; Putin holds a black belt in the Japanese martial art.Mudranov said the doping allegations havent had any effect at all on the judo team. We were sure that they wont exclude us, because excluding a whole country is firstly not fair and, it seems to me, impossible, he said.Mudranov said he was happy to be the first to win a gold medal for Russia but attributed that to the luck of the draw.The mens bronze medals were won by Japans Naohisa Takato and Diyorbek Urozboev of Uzbekistan.---Associated Press Writers Carlos A. Rodriguez and James Ellingworth contributed to this report. ' ' ' 
Want to know Katie Ledeckys secret prerace ritual? So do I, but would you believe me if I said that part of said ritual was the whip?On Tuesday, Simone Manuel, who made history last night in the 100-meter freestyle as the first African-American woman to win gold in an individual swimming event, tweeted a video of Ledecky, likely before the 19-year-old took to the pool for the 200-meter freestyle final. Peja Stojakovic Jersey .Ledecky, who is Manuels roommate, can be seen doing a small shimmy before attempting to hit the whip in the seven-second video (unconfirmed if a nae-nae is also included).Manuel tweeted the video with the caption How @katieledecky gets ready to win Gold! #ItaughtyouwellCheck out the tweet?here.ICYMI, last night Ledecky congratulated her roomie on her gold-medal victory, so #roommategoalsSean Hurd is a Digital Media Associate for ESPN. Follow him on Twitter @seanahurd Buddy Hield Jersey . One game after a miserable showing in Oklahoma City, Gay tied a career high with 41 points and the Sacramento Kings cruised to a 114-97 victory at the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Mike Bibby Kings Jersey . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. The old-school Test match draw is not quite an endangered species, but is certainly seen less often than in its mid-to-late-20th-century prime, those not-especially-glorious days when 17 out of 26 Ashes Tests were drawn in five series from 1962-63 to 1970-71, when 33 of the first 44 Tests between India and Pakistan ended in stalemate, when Ravi Shastri played 80 Tests and drew 49 of them, partly because 100% of those matches involved Ravi Shastri.The first India-England Test was a good-quality draw - bowlers were competitive despite the high-scoring, individual stories and collective subplots emerged that may shape the series, and a positive result hoved temporarily into view on the final day. As Disc One of a five-DVD box set, it was an intriguing slow-burner, rather than a rampaging all-action gore-fest.England could have accelerated sooner than they did, given the depth and potency of the batting they left unused, but constructed a fine team performance to which almost everyone made a strong contribution. Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad took only a wicket apiece, but were constantly probing and controlled. Ben Duckett was the only batsman to fail, but, in his short innings, helped convey the sense that England were not going to be supine against the Indian spin. India began with possibly the worst display of fielding ever seen in the first six overs of a Test.All in all, as bat-dominated draws go, it was excellent, especially from an English point of view. And there were stats. There are always stats. But there were some seriously succulent stats to start the series.Among them:● Five different England players made scores of 80 or more in the match - only the 14th time that five players on the same team have made 80-plus scores in a Test, and the first achieved by a visiting team in Asia. (Full lists here and here).● Three different England spinners took three wickets in the match for the second time in three Tests - Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Gareth Batty did so in Chittagong, and the first two plus Zafar Ansari in Rajkot. Unsurprisingly, three different spinners taking three wickets in a Test for England has been a rare occurrence, given that three different spinners playing in the same Test for England has been a rare occurrence, and, at times, one England spinner taking three wickets would have been considered the height of exoticism. There have now been five such three-tweakers-taking-three instances since the Second World War - Brian Close, legspinner Robin Hobbs and Ray Illingworth took four, five and six wickets respectively in a victory against India at Edgbaston in 1967; John Mortimore, Fred Titmus and Don Wilson took three expensive wickets each in a drawn Test in Delhi in 1963-64; and Jim Laker (four), Tony Lock and Johnny Wardle (three each) took ten between then in victory over West Indies in Guyana in 1953-54.● Rashid became the first English legspinner to take seven wickets in an overseas Test since Doug Wright took nine at the SCG in 1946-47. (Wardle, the left-arm spin wizard who mixed fingerspin and wristspin, took seven or more three times in the 1950s.)● Joe Roots century was the seventh time in 11 series since his recall after a one-match dropping in 2014 that he has scored 80 or more in the first innings of the series. He has also had a couple of 40s, and followed his only two first-knock-of-the-series failures (24 v South Africa, 0 v Sri Lanka) with scores of 73 and 80 in his second innings. Roots scores in the first innings of his five most recent Second Tests Of Series are, in reverse order: 56, 254, 80, 50, and 88. Ten of Roots 11 Test hundreds have been in the first innings; as have 11 of the 13 tons Virat Kohli has scored in five-day cricket, 14 of Steve Smiths 15, and 10 out of Kane Williamsons 14.● Indias bowlers had a collective match average of 59.5, their worst in a home Test since February 2010, when South Africa scored 558 for 6 in an innings victory.● This was the 35th time that six or more hundreds have been scored in a Test. Cooks 130 was the highest of those six - only once previously had six tons been made without anyone passing 130, when Frank Woolleys 123 was the highest of six hundreds at the SCG in the 1924-25 Ashes. Rajkot was only the fifth Test in which six scores of 115 or more have been made.● Woakes became the fifth pace bowler to bowl 30 or more wicketless overs in a Test innings in India, whilst conceding under two runs per over. The last man to do so was Pakistans Fazal Mahmood in January 1961.● In their four and half Tests in India since being bowled out for 191 in the first innings of the series in Ahmedabad in 2012-13, England have now scored 2920 runs for 60 wickets, an average of 48 runs per wicket, and have lost a wicket every 100 balls.● Alastair Cooks 30th Test hundred was the 12th that he has scored in the third innings of Tests, tying him with Kumar Sangakkara for most third-innings Test tons. Nemanja Bjelica Kings Jersey. Cook has scored seven hundreds in the opening innings of Tests, nine in the second innings, and two in the fourth. It was the third time in four First Tests Of A Series In India that Cook has scored a third-innings century. He also did so on his debut in Nagpur in 2005-06, and in Ahmedabad four years ago, an innings that, although it failed to avert defeat, was a critical factor in shifting the series Englands way.Cooks statistics are, as with most players who have played a vast amount of cricket, full of quirks and curiosities. Since the start of the English summer of 2010, when England have batted in the opening innings of a Test, Cook has averaged 32.5 in 37 first innings, with three centuries; and he has averaged 32.3 in 33 fourth innings, with a highest score of 79. In the second innings of Tests in that time, he averages 62.2, and in the third, 63.9.His middle-innings average since May 2010 (62.9 in 77 innings) is second only to Adam Voges (68.1, from only 14 innings). Counting only players with a minimum of 20 innings in the top seven in the batting order, Cook is top out of 68.His first-and-fourth innings average in this period - 32.4 - is the 51st best of the 61 players who have batted at least 20 times in those innings in the top seven. Undeniable, a curiosity of considerable quirk.Before May 2010, Cook had averaged 50.4 in the opening innings of Tests, and 46.6 in the fourth innings; and 40.5 in the middle two innings. An even more curious curiosity, in the curious context of the first curiosity.● England appear to have rectified their problem of starting away series badly. They are now unbeaten in five first Tests away from home (draws against West Indies and Pakistan, and wins over South Africa and Bangladesh, preceded this Test). They had lost four and drawn one of their previous five away series openers, and since 2005, had won one, drawn four and lost ten of their last 15 away first Tests.****A straw at which Australia might like to clutch following their merciless dismemberment by South Africas Steyn-and-Morkel-less seam attack is that the last Australian team to lose by an innings against an opposition score of under 350 consisted of: Justin Langer, David Boon, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Damien Martyn, Allan Border, Ian Healy, Merv Hughes, Shane Warne, Jo Angel and Craig McDermott. Angel, admittedly, did not the cricket world ablaze in his four-Test career. The other ten range from the very good to the unquestionable all-time greats of Australian cricket. Seven ended with more than 100 Test caps, and all ten scored at least 4000 runs or took 200 wickets. At the time, many of them were still some years from their peaks, but even so, that is a good side to be pancaked twice in under 60 overs, even in Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop were the main destroyers. This is not to say that Joe Burns is the new David Boon, or that even if Joe Mennie goes the same way as Jo Angel, then necessarily Callum Ferguson will prove to be the new Shane Warne. (A long shot.) However, as South Africa themselves have shown, two or three players emerging, or re-finding lost form, can rapidly transform an apparently fracturing team.One of the prime agents in South Africas fast-acting recovery from a dismal 2015-16 has been Quinton de Kock. After only three innings, he has become only the sixth visiting wicketkeeper to make three or more half-centuries in a series in Australia, and the only one of those six to end the series on the winning side. (English glovemen Alec Stewart (2002-03) and Alan Knott (1974-75), and West Indians Deryck Murray (1975-76) and Gerry Alexander (1960-61) were each part of a losing team; Englands Jim Parks played in the drawn 1965-66 Ashes.)De Kock is also only the sixth visiting player to reach fifty three times in a series in Australia batting at 7 or lower (after Murray, Knott and Alexander; plus Fred Titmus (England, also in 1965-66) and West Indies Gerry Gomez (1950-51)).It has been a bumper year for No. 7s. De Kock, Moeen and Jonny Bairstow have all scored more than 400 runs at averages above 50 in the position - prior to this year, only Ian Healy in 1996, Chris Cairns in 2000, Adam Gilchrist in 2001 and 2002, and Sarfraz Ahmed, in 2014 had done so. Sevens are averaging 39.75 so far this year - their highest collective average in any of the 74 years in which at least ten Tests have been played. Seven is the second highest-averaging position in the Test batting order this year so far, behind Six (average 40.70). Truly, nothing is as it should be in this strangest of years for this most baffling of planets. Middle America, Middle England, and Middle Orders have risen up. ' ' ' 
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Joseph Schooling was working on a school essay one morning in 2008 when Michael Phelps showed up to train at his club in Singapore ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Sven Ulreich Bayern Munich Jersey .While other kids rushed at Phelps wanting photos, Schooling was frozen. He couldnt believe his swimming idol was in front of him. Eventually, the 13-year-old mustered the courage to get a picture, too.I couldnt really smile, Schooling said. I just opened my mouth.Their long-ago chance meeting made the rounds of social media Friday night after Schooling upset Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly to win his island nations first Olympic gold, with the American losing the last individual race of his career. Phelps finished in a three-way tie for silver with longtime rivals Chad le Clos of South Africa and Lazslo Cseh of Hungary.A lot of this is because of Michael, Schooling said. Hes the reason why I want to be a better swimmer.The youthful looking Schooling might be unknown to the rest of the world, but in swimming circles he has solid credentials. He earned bronze in the 100 fly at last years world championships in Russia, and he owns a slew of medals from the Asian, Commonwealth and Southeast Asian Games.The 21-year-old Schooling competes for the University of Texas, where hell be a junior this fall. He swept the 100 and 200 butterfly at this years NCAA championships and swam on all three winning relays for the Longhorns. He has the schools mascot and the words `Come and take it tattooed on his left shoulder blade.Did he ever.Schooling created a stir in the preliminaries, beating Phelps by 0.19 seconds in their shared heat. They swam in different semifinal heats, with Schooling winning his and Phelps getting beat by Cseh in the other.Schooling was just getting warmed up.He won gold in an Olympic-record 50.39 seconds, leaving Phelps, Le Clos and Cseh in his wake. The winning margin of 0.75 seconds was the largest since American Mark Spitz won gold at the 1972 Munich Games and the time was faster than Phelps winning time four years ago in London.I dont think Im anywhere close to these three guys next to me, Schooling said. A real roller coaster ride and a real fun one, too.Phelps steered Schooling in the proper direction during the medalists parade around the deck, the veteran of dozens of such walks showing the newest champion the way.I was like, `Dude, this is crazy, Schooling told Phelps. He looked at me, he smiled and its just, `I know.At the medalists news conference, Phelps urged reporters to ask Schooling some questions.Im proud of Joe, Phelps said. Ive been able to watch him grow and turn into the swimmer that he is.By winning his countrys first Olympic gold, Schooling earned a bonus of $1 million Singapore dollars or nearly $750,000 US. Hell have to give back $150,000 US to the National Sports Association for future training and development.I hope this paves a new road for sports in Singapore, Schooling said. I hope it shows that people from the smallest countries in the world can do extraordinary things. Hopefully, it changes all of sporting culture in Singapore.Schoolings grand-uncle Lloyd Valberg was Singapores first Olympian at the 1948 London Games. Hearing about him as a child, Schooling told his father he wanted to compete in the Olympics.This race means more to my family and my friends and those people who supported me. I did this for them, Schooling said. When you race for people bigger than yourself, I think it means a lot to accomplish what you wanted to.---AP Sports Writer James Ellingworth contributed to this report. Arjen Robben Jersey . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Philipp Lahm Jersey . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. . Its 1987 and a Brazilian playmaker, known as Mirandinha, is being paraded around St James Park to the passionate Newcastle fans. In a bleak landscape for pitching, the Tampa Bay Rays are awash in talented young starters with affordable contracts and several years of club control. Survey the available options and Tampa is an oasis of promise in a desert of back-end, complementary types.But, as the Aug. 1 deadline nears and speculation builds that Andrew Cashner and Jeremy Hellickson will soon be on the move, and Jose Quintana might be in play, and Rich Hill will be dealt if he can get past that pesky blister, the snippets of news out of Tampa Bay have been underwhelming.As each day passes without a match, potential trade partners are becoming more convinced that Tampa Bay will sit this deadline out.Several teams that have had conversations with the Rays have concluded theyre perfectly willing -- and leaning toward -- hanging on to their big assets and waiting to act during the winter, when they can engage with 29 MLB teams rather than a handful making playoff pushes. Although the Rays will probably trade Steve Pearce and could find a new home for reliever Erasmo Ramirez over the next few days, theres a growing sense in baseball circles that starters Chris Archer, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly will end the season where they started it.I think theyll take it to the offseason, said an official with a club in the starting pitcher market. Theyll get a lot of information now. Theyll find out whos really serious, and then theyll take the month of August to really scout that organization and see who they have a good fit with. Theres no urgency for them to do stuff now. They can set a price, and if they dont get it, theyll take it into the offseason and go from there.The Rays are 38-61 and 20 games out of first place in the American League East, and run-prevention issues have been a major culprit. Tampa Bays starters rank 15th in the majors with a 4.25 ERA, and, barring a late turnaround, this season will mark the first time since 2009 the Rays rotation has been above 4.00 as a group.Some factors are beyond the pitchers control. In one ugly stretch from late May to early July, outfielders Kevin Kiermaier, Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Desmond Jennings all landed on the disabled list. After posting an aggregate 44 defensive runs saved in 2015, Tampa Bays outfielders are at 12 this season. In addition, the Rays gave a significant amount of playing time to catcher Hank Conger, who flopped offensively and defensively before Tampa Bay optioned him to Triple-A Durham during the All-Star break.Even so, the numbers are still disappointing, particularly in the case of Archer, a preseason Cy Young candidate whose season has been a portrait in bizarre. Archer leads the American League with 155 strikeouts and is sixth in the AL with a 12 percent swinging strike rate. His fastball has held relatively steady at 94.2 mph, and his slider remains a major weapon. But his WHIP has risen from 1.14 to 1.35 this season, and he has consistently gotten himself in early trouble with an 8.59 ERA in the first inning. Win-loss totals can be deceptive, but Archers 5-14 record is nevertheless unsightly.As Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman and his group contemplate their options and decide whether they want to spring into action or wait, heres a pecking order of how things line up this winter -- in terms of how Tampa values the aforementioned four starters and the price potential suitors will be expected to pay:1. Chris ArcherHes 27 and is under team control for a total of $38.5 million from 2017 to 2021, assuming the Rays exercise the two club options at the back end of his deal, so it would take a monster package for Tampa Bay to consider moving him.For sake of comparison, Cole Hamels was 31 and had $82 million left on his ccontract when Texas acquired him for a package that included Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson and Jerad Eickhoff last July. Niklas Sule Bayern Munich Jersey. . So what kind of return would Archer command? If the Dodgers were to make a run at him, they would almost certainly have to part with Julio Urias. If Texas wants in on the action, the Rangers will have to think about surrendering Nomar Mazara or Jurickson Profar (or both). Archer is a top-10 pitcher when hes right and is one of the budding stars of baseball, so the Rays would be looking to make a killing.2a. Matt MooreMoore underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014 and is working his way back to the form he showed when he wowed everyone with a 17-4 record and a 3.29 ERA in 2013. Moore has carved his ERA from 5.56 to 4.31 since June 7, and he has worked six innings or more in nine straight starts. He is signed to a five-year, $14 million deal with club options of $7 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $10 million in 2019, so hes one budget-friendly left-hander.2b. Jake OdorizziSome clubs might prefer Odorizzi, an athletic right-hander who has less upside but has shown more consistency than Moore. He has three years of arbitration eligibility remaining, during which hes likely to earn a total payout slightly north of $20 million. Thats a reasonable sum for a pitcher who can slot right into the middle of a contending rotation. Performance-wise, youre going Odorizzi, said a National League executive. Moores got better stuff, but hes never put it together. Scouts will take Moore, but I think front offices will take Odorizzi.4. Drew SmylySmyly dealt with shoulder problems in 2015, and his 2-11 record, 5.42 ERA and 21 homers allowed have made this a summer to forget. Hes under club control for two more years, compared with three for Moore and Odorizzi and five for Archer. If teams are looking for a glimmer of hope, Smyly has 112 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings but the 12th-highest batting average on balls in play in the majors this season (.308). If the Rays move him, theyll be selling low on a 27-year-old, left-handed, potential bounce-back candidate.If the Rays decide to stand pat, theyll enter the winter with a starter contingent of Archer, Odorizzi, Moore, Smyly, highly regarded rookie Blake Snell and Alex Cobb, who is expected to return from Tommy John surgery next month barring a significant setback. Factor in Matt Andriese and Triple-A pitchers Jaime Schultz and Jacob Faria, and thats nine starters who could be in the mix in spring training. By moving one or two, the Rays can ease the congestion and deal from an area of strength to fill several needs.So why wait? For one thing, the timing is good. Although Tampa Bays starters look attractive now, theyre going to have even more appeal this winter against the backdrop of a colossally weak free-agent crop. Now that Stephen Strasburg is off the market, the top options include Clay Buchholz, Cashner, Ivan Nova, Hellickson, Hill, Jered Weaver and R.A. Dickey.As Rays beat writer Marc Topkin points out, recent history suggests the Rays are going to move someone soon enough. Since 2008, theyve traded away Edwin Jackson, Scott Kazmir, Matt Garza, James Shields, David Price and Hellickson. With the notable exception of Evan Longoria, every Tampa Bay player has to stay light on his feet and be ready for anything at the trade deadline.Could a sense of desperation prompt a potential suitor to panic and overpay in the next few days? Theres always a chance. But in the absence of that scenario, all is quiet on the Tampa Bay front. The Rays are poised to make a lot more noise this winter. ' ' ' 
BOSTON -- Dave Dombrowski was on his way to a news conference to discuss the end of the Boston Red Sox season when he passed manager John Farrell, who had just finished meeting the media. Robinson Zapata Colombia Jersey .Seemed like as good a time as any to tell Farrell he still has a job.John Farrell will be our manager for 2017, Dombrowski said Tuesday, a day after the Red Sox were swept out of the AL Division Series by the Cleveland Indians. He is all set, and his whole staff will be invited back.Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013, his first season as Boston manager, but followed with a pair of last-place finishes. In 2015, the Red Sox were stumbling along in fifth place when Farrell was diagnosed with cancer and replaced on the bench temporarily by Torey Lovullo; Dombrowski was hired a week later as president of baseball operations.This season, the Red Sox went from worst to first, taking the AL East title thanks to an 11-game winning streak in September. But they lost five of their last six games in the regular season, costing them a chance at home-field advantage in the playoffs, and then three in a row to Cleveland.Speaking 30 minutes before Dombrowski, Farrell said they hadnt yet discussed his future or his coaching staff. On his way back down to the clubhouse, that changed.There are some decisions you need to address as quickly as you can because you know how important they are, Dombrowski said, explaining that he anticipated the question. Hes our leader going forward. Hes very well-respected and it gives him the clear mind he needs going forward.The Red Sox have an option on Farrells contract for 2018. Dombrowski said he will discuss that with owners before making a decision.On a day the Red Sox had hoped to be playing Game 4 of the ALDS, they instead cleaned out their lockers in the Fenway clubhouse. Slugger David Ortiz did not make an appearance during the hour the room was open to media, but pitcher David Price said Ortiz made his presence felt after the game when he told his teammates that they should be proud of what they accomplished.He gets the message out every time, Price said. He spoke from the heart. Everyone listened and appreciated it.After signing a $217 million, seven-year contract as a free agent, Price led the team in innings and strikeouts but was second on the staff to 22-game winner Rick Porcello. Both struggled against Cleveland, and for Price it was part of a postseason failure habit he had been hoping to reverse.I didnt get it off my back, said Price, who fell to 0-9 in his career in the playoffs as a starter. I know that until I do, its going to be a topic of conversation.Ortiz wont be back, retiring with 38 homers -- the most ever for a 40-year-old and for a player in his final season. He told his teammates after the 4-3 loss to Cleveland on Monday night that they have the talent to build on their 2016 AL East title.Boston has three potential stars on the roster -- MVP contender Mookie Betts and fellow All-Stars Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- all in their twenties. Prospect Andrew Benintendi played well in a September call up; Yoan Moncada did not hit well during a late-season tryout, but Dombrowski also expressed faith in him.We have a lot of good, young players, good teammates, good guys, Bogaerts said. We have a lot of stuff to be optimistic about. David Ospina Jersey . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. Robinson Zapata Jersey . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. PORTLAND, Ore. -- While Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum didnt have their usual offensive outburst against Miami, they both got baskets when it mattered.Lillard scored 19 points and McCollum had 17, including a pair of late baskets, to rally the Portland Trail Blazers to a 99-92 victory over the Heat on Saturday night.We just find a way, Lillard said. Youve got to gut one out like that. Find a way when your offense isnt there. I think that shows great character for our team and it shows growth.Hassan Whiteside had 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who missed out on their first three-game winning streak of the season.Whitesides follow shot put the Heat ahead 91-85, but McCollum made a 3-pointer with 2:57 left and Maurice Harkless free throws narrowed the gap to 91-90 with 2:26 remaining.Wayne Ellington hit a free throw for Miami, but McCollum converted a layup and Harkless banked in a jumper to give Portland a 94-92 lead.McCollum added a jumper with just under a minute left and Portland held on for the win, outscoring the Heat 14-1 in the final 2:57.Harkless also scored 17 points for Portland, which has won three of four.The Heat, at 7-13, have struggled at times following Dwyane Wades departure for the Chicago Bulls after 13 seasons in Miami.Youd like to go 3-0 but anytime you go positive on a road trip its a motivation, Whiteside said, noting the Heat went 2-1 on the three-game swing. We can build on this.Miami also is grappling with injuries. The team announced before the game that forward Luke Babbitt would not play because of a hip flexor. He joined forward Justise Winslow (wrist), guard Dion Waiters (groin) and Josh Richardson (ankle) on Miamis injured list and left the Heat with only 10 players available for the game.Ellington, appearing in hiss fourth game since returning from a deep thigh bruise, made his first start for the Heat. Sebastian Perez Jersey. He finished with 12 points.Meyers Leonards alley-oop dunk from Evan Turner gave the Blazers a 73-68 lead late in the third quarter. The Heat were hurt with 20 seconds left when James Johnson was ejected with a second technical when he got upset about a non-call.Portlands recent resurgence comes with a new focus on defense.We locked in, guard Allen Crabbe said. Defense is really a priority for us now.TIP-INSHeat: The team ate on Friday night at 23Hoyt, the Portland restaurant that is partly owned by Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra grew up in Portland, and played for the Portland Pilots. ... The Heat had three technical fouls in the first half.Trail Blazers: Following Saturday nights game, Portland heads out on a five-game road trip. ... McCollum missed a foul shot in the third quarter, snapping a run of 30 consecutive made free throws.WINNING TRIPSpoelstra said the positive road trip wouldnt sink in until later.By the time we get on the plane Im sure well feel that way, but right now it stings, he said. You get up six and we really started to clamp down against a very dynamic, talented, well-schooled and experienced offensive team. They bring a lot at you but our guys were not backing off and making it as tough as possible.KEEPING IT UNDER 100It was just the third game this season that Portland has kept its opponent under 100 points -- demonstrating again the renewed commitment to defense. The Blazers are 3-0 in those games.UP NEXTHeat: Host the New York Knicks on Tuesday.Trail Blazers: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday. ' ' ' 
Aleksandar Mitrovics late header rescued a 1-1 draw for Newcastle in a frenetic Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland on Super Sunday. Trent Williams Youth Jersey . The Black Cats looked to be on their way to a seventh consecutive victory over their local rivals after Jermain Defoe gave them a deserved first-half lead, but Mitrovic headed Newcastles equaliser with just seven minutes of normal time remaining.From Newcastle ending their derby hoodoo to Defoes importance to Sunderland, we look at the top talking points from the game… Newcastle end their derby hoodoo Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez speaks to Sky Sports after his side fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with rivals Sunderland It was not the victory that Newcastle would have wanted, nor was it a performance to provide too much encouragement for Rafael Benitez, but Mitrovics late equaliser finally ended a six-game losing streak against their bitter rivals - and the wild celebrations inside St James Park showed just how much it meant.Not since a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light in October 2012 have Newcastle avoided defeat in the Tyne-Wear derby, and for a long time it looked like recent history was about to repeat itself. Sunderland were largely untroubled for long periods, and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness felt the result will have been more disappointing for the visitors.Sunderland will think they have let it slip, and Newcastle, who didnt take part in the game in the first half, were a lot better in the second half, he said. Its not a disaster for either side as it doesnt decide anything, but Sunderland will be the more disappointed because they were 10 minutes away from three points which would have gone a long way towards survival.Mitrovic rescues Rafa Mitrovic celebrates after levelling the match Mitrovic has struggled to live up to expectations since his £13m arrival from Anderlecht in the summer, but after scoring the winner against West Brom in February, this was another crucial strike in Newcastles battle to avoid the drop.The Serb talked about emulating Alan Shearer when he arrived in the north-east, and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher saw shades of the Newcastle legend in his towering header from Georginio Wijnaldums cross. Thats what you want to see, said Carragher. You think of Newcastle forwards and its that. Its a powerful header at the back post, reminiscent of a Les Ferdinand or an Alan Shearer.Mitrovics passion couldnt be questioned either. His jubilant celebration befitted the occasion, and Newcastles medical staff had to physically force him off the pitch after he suffered a nasty head injury in stoppage time.Evergreen Defoe strikes again Jermain Defoe dispatches Sunderlands opening goal at St James Park Mitrovic will dominate the headlines but his dramatic equaliser should not overshadow another vital contribution from Defoe. The 33-year-olds 12th Premier League goal of the season was struck with unerring accuracy on the volley and, in the Sky Sports studio, Sunderland legend Niall Quinn was impressed.Having missed a good chance earlier on that we might have expected Jermain to score, he kept his eye on a very difficult looping ball that came his way and he tucked it away, said Quinn. You just cannot beat that, at this time of the year especially. Its fantastic Shot conversion rate - Premier League 2015/16 (min. 20 shots) Player Team Shot conversion % Jermain Defoe Sunderland 30.0% Riyad Mahrez Leicester 28.6% Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle 25.7% Romelu Lukaku Everton 24.7% Sergio Aguero Man City 24.2% Defoes intelligent movement made him a constant menace to the hosts, but it is his enduring finishing ability that is making the difference for Sunderland this season. Of players to have had at least 20 shots in the current campaign, Defoes conversion rate of 30 per cent is the best in the Premier League. His goals have won Sunderland 13 points in total, and he could yet prove decisive in the relegation run-in.Encouraging signs from Townsend Andros Townsend made his first start for Newcastle under Rafael Benitez It was no great surprise to see Andros Townsend omitted from Roy Hodgsons England squad given his struggles for form and fitness since joining Newcastle from Tottenham in January, but the winger was given a chance to provide a reminder of his abilities with his first start since mid-February.There were encouraging signs, too. In the opening exchanges he sent inviting crosses towards Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko from the right flank, and he also stung Vito Mannones palms from outside the area following a jinking run through a crowd of Sunderland defenders. Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Top creaters Player Team Chances created Andros Townsend Newcastle 6 Wahbi Khazri Sunderland 4 Jack Rodwell Sunderland 3 Fabio Borini Sunderland 2 Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle 2 Townsend faded slightly before his second-half substitution, but he was Newcastles most dangerous attacking outlet overall and by the time he was replaced by Papiss Cisse he had provided more goalscoring chances (six) than any other player on the pitch.Advantage Norwich? Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce rues two dropped points against Newcastle The home fans at St James Park were not the only set of supporters celebrating Mitrovics late equaliser. A Sunderland victory would have sent Norwich back into the bottom three, but the draw means the Canaries stay two points clear after their 1-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.Sunderland and Newcastle each have a game in hand on Alex Neils side, but this result sets up a thrilling relegation run-in. With Newcastle and Norwich going head to head in another six-pointer after the international break, there could be more twists and turns still to come. Also See: Mitrovic salvages late point Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland recap Rafa pleased with fightback Allardyce: Two points dropped Terry McLaurin Womens Jersey . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. Russ Grimm Redskins Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. The Wyoming Cowboys brown-and-yellow color scheme has always been an acquired taste for some folks. But if you can live with the colors, theres no denying that the Cowboys new uniforms are their strongest in years (lots of photos here):Wyoming opens the seasonn on Saturday at home against Northern Illinois. Darrell Green Womens Jersey. Click here for Lukas complete Uni Watch 2016 college football preview. ' ' ' 
Washington State football players Robert Barber and?T. Mark Fayne Oilers Jersey .J. Fehoko?were arrested and released Friday morning, and the Pullman Police Department is recommending charges of second-degree?assault for both stemming from a brawl at a house party in July.Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins was joined by WSU athletic director Bill Moos at a news conference Friday afternoon, when they announced the arrests. Jenkins said his department is also recommending charges of disorderly conduct in provoking a physical altercation for two other students who dont play football -- Dylan Rollins and Pedro Diaz.Barber, 22, is accused of punching student Jackson Raney in the head twice -- once while he was on the ground -- that led to a concussion. Investigators determined that Fehoko, 19, punched student Alex Rodriguez, who suffered a broken jaw.The recommendations will be sent next week to the Whitman County Prosecutor. Jenkins also announced that they have referred two other cases involving WSU football players to the prosecutors office. They are recommending second-degree assault charges for safety Shalom Luani from an incident in August and robbery charges for Logan Tago from an incident in June.It was reported Thursday evening that Barber has already been expelled by the student conduct board. Hes appealing that decision and is still a member of the football team. Moos said whether Barber plays Saturday against Idaho is up to head coach Mike Leach.The status is with coach Leach, Moos said. Both players, their case is before the prosecutor, and I think we would wait till after that part of the process is finished. Right now, its up to coach Leach.Jenkins stressed that no one has been charged and that these are only recommendations. The ultimate decision rests with the prosecutor. He attributed the length of the investigation to the amount of people they needed to interview. He said investigators talked to more than 60 witnesses -- including 22 football players. A third player who is no longer on the roster, Dylan Axelson, will not face charges since investigators determined he acted in self-defense.This wraps a tumultuous week for the Washington State football program that started Monday with Leach blasting his 0-2 team for a lack of toughness. On Tuesday, after news broke of Tagos arrest, Leach implied that the Pullman Police Dept. was targeting football players. Thursday, Jenkins met with Moos and WSU president Kirk Schulz to address the growing tension between the police and the football program.Jenkins said he has seen significant improvement in athlete behavior and considers these incidents anomalies. Grant Fuhr Jersey . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. Paul Coffey Jersey . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. . PETERSBURG, Fla. On the eve of the second Test in Visakhapatnam, Virat Kohli had hinted there might be a surprise in the India XI, but not even he would have thought the rabbit he pulled out of the hat could become such a hit. Jayant Yadav, on Test debut, provided his team with vital lower-order runs and then conjured a wicket out of nowhere in the field, and even made excellent use of the DRS..India finished the second day with a lead of 352 runs. That is massive enough on its own, but add to it England ending the day five down on a pitch that has been encouraging variable bounce and turn and there is little question over who has the upper hand. Jayant, a 26-year old offspin-bowling allrounder from Haryana, played no small part in tipping the balance. His first contribution was with the bat, showing stout defence against Englands spinners and the stomach for a fight against their fast bowlers, who targeted him with the short ball.Since the time I remember, since I have started playing serious cricket, not in the streets but in an academy, I have dreamt of this day, he told Star Sports after stumps. This dressing room is full of people who make you comfortable. KL Rahul, a recent debutant, told me what to expect on debut. Its good I didnt do anything yesterday, gave me time to process the emotions and formulate my plans.Also contributing to Jayants composure on the field was an old friend.Me and Jayant go a long way back actually, R Ashwin said at the post-match press conference. Two-three years ago he came down to Chennai, he was staying near my house for about two weeks. He practised with me and I know the boy really well. He is someone who can really understand what I say and we have a very, very good rapport. I felt really happy for him, the way he came out and batted positively. His body language was great. Every bit of communication between us was auguring into the parrtnership getting deeper, so I kind of enjoyed it. Matt Benning Oilers Jersey. Very happy for him to have got his first wicket as well.The two of them put on a 64-run partnership for the eighth wicket that took India to 455. Jayant made that total look a lot bigger in the 21st over of the England innings, when he instigated a fantastic run-out. Joe Root placed a flick to the right of midwicket, from where Jayant made good ground to catch up with the ball. Only, instead of stopping, steadying himself and then throwing, he took another step forward, leapt up, and hurled a throw at the wicketkeepers end, having rotated his body to face the strikers end.Root, having watched all this, changed his mind about a second run and his partner Haseeb Hameed, who had come halfway down, couldnt scramble back in time. Wriddhiman Saha also had a hand in the dismissal, running forward to collect the ball and flicking it back onto the stumps, much like his predecessor MS Dhoni.Sometimes these kind of games are broken through run-outs, Ashwin said. And more than anything else, somebody like Jayant who is making his debut and getting such momentum through a run-out and then later on going to get a wicket, really happy for him.To cap it off, Jayant took his first Test wicket - Moeen Ali, lbw. The batsman had been down the pitch when he was struck on the pad, which factored into umpire Dharmasenas on-field call of not out, but Jayant felt he was struck in line. Saha must have known Moeen hadnt charged out too far and together they convinced Kohli to go for a review. It came back as three reds.With the review, Wriddhiman Saha did the job of convincing the captain for me, Jayant told Star Sports. We both thought it was out. Cant wait to start doing this again tomorrow. ' ' ' 
Laurie Hernandez, youve just won a gold medal as a member of the Final Five at the Rio Olympics. Bill Barber Flyers Jersey . What are you going to do next?Forget about Disney World, Six Flags, or a water park -- according to Hernandezs older brother Marcus, the first stop the 16-year old gymnast will be making is a trip to Wawa.If youre not familiar, as many who dont live on the east coast may be currently scratching their heads saying whats a Wawa?, its an extremely popular chain of convenience store/gas stations with an almost cult following that exist in states like: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.Marcus Hernandez penned a heartfelt message on Instagram yesterday congratulating his sister on her team-final victory as well as her personal triumph to make it to the Olympic games. The caption pairs with a selfie that Laurie sent her brother, which features the gymnastic superstar with her newly-acquired gold medal.The only question that remains: will Laurie be ordering the Gobbler??Sean Hurd is a Digital Media Associate for ESPN. Follow him on Twitter @seanahurd Carter Hart Flyers Jersey . LOUIS -- St. Eric Lindros Flyers Jersey . LOUIS -- St. . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. SCOREBOARDMonday, Dec. 5Indianapolis (5-6) at New York Jets (3-8), 8:30 p.m. ET. Andrew Luck will be back under center for the Colts after a concussion sidelined him for one game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting again for New York despite calls by some fans and media for the Jets to give second-year quarterback Bryce Petty an extended look.---STARSPassing- Tom Brady, Patriots, became the NFLs career leader in victories by a quarterback, earning his 201st by throwing for 269 yards and a touchdown to lead New England past Los Angeles 26-10.- Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and had a franchise-record 36 completions on 47 attempts in Baltimores 38-6 rout of Miami.- Carson Palmer, Cardinals, had three touchdown passes while going 30 of 46 for 300 yards in Arizonas 31-23 win over Washington.- Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw for 332 yards and two TDs as Cincinnati sent Philadelphia to its most lopsided loss of the season, 32-14.- Matthew Stafford, Lions, passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and Detroit beat New Orleans 28-13.---Rushing- Jordan Howard, Bears, ran for 117 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and the Bears handed San Francisco its 11th straight loss, 26-6.- LeSean McCoy, Bills, rushed for 130 yards and caught seven passes for 61 yards in Buffalos 38-24 loss at Oakland.- Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, had 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Seattles 40-7 rout of Carolina.- LeVeon Bell, Steelers, ran for 118 yards on 29 carries to help lead Pittsburgh past the New York Giants 24-14.- LeGarrette Blount, Patriots, ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in New Englands 26-10 win over Los Angeles.- Latavius Murray, Raiders, rushed for 82 yards and two TDs in Oaklands 38-24 win over Buffalo.- Devonta Freeman, Falcons, had two 1-yard touchdown runs in Atlantas 29-28 loss to Kansas City.---Receiving- Golden Tate, Lions, had eight receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown in Detroits 28-13 win at New Orleans.- Travis Kelce, Chiefs, caught eight passes for 140 yards in Kansas Citys 29-28 win at Atlanta.- Jordy Nelson, Packers, had 118 yards receiving and a score on eight catches to help Green Bay top Houston 21-13.- Dennis Pitta, Ravens, caught two of Joe Flaccos four touchdown passes in Baltimores 38-6 win over Miami, his first trips to the end zone since December 2013.- Ladarius Green, Steelers, had six catches for 110 yards and a score in Pittsburghs 24-14 victory over the New York Giants.- Julio Jones, Falcons, caught seven passes for 113 yards in a losing cause as Atlanta fell to Kansas City, 29-28.---Special Teams- Matt Prater, Lions, had field goals of 27, 29, 32, 27 and 52 yards in Detroits 28-13 win at New Orleans.- Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, kicked field goals of 28, 48, 45 and 45 yards in New Englands 26-10 win over Los Angeles.- Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, booted four field goals in Seattles 40-7 rout of Carolina.- Johnny Hekker, Rams, had a 76-yard punt in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles 26-10 loss at New England. It was his third punt this season of 75 or more yards.- RaShede Hageman, Falcons, blocked Cairo Santos first extra-point attempt in Atlantas 29-28 loss to Kansas City.---Defense- Eric Berry, Chiefs, returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick 99 yards for a 2-point conversion that gave Kansas City a 29-28 victory over Atlanta.- Bradley Roby, Broncos, returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, helping Denver beat Jacksonville 20-10.- Vontaze Burfict, Bengals, intercepted Philadelphias Carson Wentz twice in Cincinnatis 32-14 victory.- Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks, Bears. Each had two sacks in Chicagos 26-6 win over San Francisco.- Lavonte David and Keith Tandy, Buccaneers. David had a 15-yard interception return for a score in Tampa Bays 28-21 win over San Diego. Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to seal the victory.---STREAKS & STATSDetroit became the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from throwing a touchdown pass, as the Lions pulled away from New Orleans, 28-13 on Sunday. It was also the Lions first victory in a road game following Thanksgiving since 1974, snapping a streak of 22 losses in such games. ... San Francisco (1-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games with a 26-6 defeat at Chicago, and set a club low with 6 yards net passing on a day when Colin Kaepernick got lifted for Blaine Gabbert. ... Los Angeles entered its game against New England ranked 31st in total offense, averaging just 295 yards per game. Those struggles continued in a 26-10 loss, with the Rams managing 25 yards in the first half, the fewest by a team in a game this season. Los Angeles was outgained 402-162 for the game. ... Miami was limited to 62 yards rushing in a 38-6 loss at Baltimore, its lowest output since gaining 51 in a loss to Tennessee on Oct. 9 -- also its last loss. The Ravens win ended a six-game winning streak for the Dolphins.---MILESTONESTom Brady became the leagues leader in career victories among quarterbacks, earning his 201st by throwing for 269 yards and a touchdown to lead New England past Los Angeles 26-10. Brady, who was 33 of 46, had tied Peyton Manning last week in a win over the New York Jets. ... Atlantas Matt Bryant tied the franchise record for longest field goal with a 59-yarder, matching Morten Andersen (1995) in a 29-28 loss to Kansas City. It was the second-longest field goal of Bryants career, with a 62-yarder with Tampa Bay in 2006 the only one longer. ... Green Bays Julius Peppers had a sack against Houston, giving the 15-year veteran 142 1/2 for his career, snapping a tie for fifth on the career list with Michael Strahan. Chris Doleman is fourth on that list with 150 1/2. ... Arizonas David Johnson became the second player in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first 12 games of a season. Edgerrin James was the other. Johnson carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards and caught nine passes for another 91 in a 31-23 win over Washington.---COWBOYS INDallas (11-1) became the first team in the league to clinch a postseason berth, due to Washingtons 31-23 loss at Arizona. The Cowboys beat MMinnesota 17-15 on Thursday night. Nolan Patrick Jersey. ---HANGING 10New England (10-2) clinched its 14th consecutive season with at least 10 wins, the second-longest streak in NFL history, with a 26-10 victory over Los Angeles. The 1983-98 San Francisco 49ers (16) are the only franchise with more consecutive seasons of 10 or more wins.---BERRY GOODKansas City safety Eric Berry intercepted a 2-point conversion attempt and returned it for the go-ahead score with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs 29-28 victory at Atlanta. It was the first game-winning defensive 2-point conversion scored when his team was trailing since the rule was adopted in 2015. Berry, who also returned an interception 37 yards for a TD, is the first player to return an interception for both a touchdown and a 2-point conversion in the same game.---MISFIRINGNeither San Francisco nor Chicago completed a pass in the first quarter of the Bears 26-6 win -- something that hadnt happened in an NFL game since the Jets and Patriots did it on Nov. 13, 1988, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. San Francisco set a club low with 6 yards net passing on a day when Colin Kaepernick got lifted for Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick completed just one of five passes for 4 yards and was sacked five times. He also ran for 20 yards on six attempts before Gabbert replaced him in the fourth quarter. Chicagos Matt Barkley finished 11 of 18 for 192 yards.---FITZ KEEPS GOINGArizonas Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 78 yards in the Cardinals 31-23 win over Washington, giving him 1,106 for his career. Fitzgerald, the youngest player in NFL history -- at 33 years, 95 days -- to reach 1,100 career catches, passed Hall of Famers Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Harrison (1,102) for the third-most receptions in NFL history. Fitzgerald has also recorded a catch in 191 consecutive games, surpassing Harrison (190) for the third-longest streak in NFL history.---COMEBACK KIDSDerek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Oakland Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. After falling behind 24-9 following touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half for Buffalo, the Raiders took the game over with 29 straight points and won their sixth straight. Oakland scored touchdowns on three straight drives, including scoring strikes from Carr to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper for his sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. This was the biggest comeback for the Raiders since overcoming a 21-point deficit to Indianapolis to win 38-31 on Sept. 10, 2000.---BELL TOLLSPittsburghs LeVeon Bell ran for 118 yards in a 24-14 victory, becoming the first player to rush for 100 or more against the New York Giants since Adrian Peterson in Week 16 of the 2015 season. Bell touched the ball 35 times -- 29 rushes and six receptions -- and had his third straight 100-yard rushing performance.---LOTS OF LOSINGJacksonvilles 20-10 loss to Denver was the seventh in a row for the Jaguars (2-10), who became the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit defeats in six consecutive seasons, joining Tampa Bay (1983-94), Detroit (2001-06), Oakland (2003-09) and Cleveland (2008-13).---STEEL CONNECTIONBen Roethlisbergers 22-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown in Pittsburghs 24-14 victory over the New York Giants marked the 49th time the two have connected for scores. That ties them with Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann for the most TD passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.---SPECIAL TEAMS WOESJacksonville has had special-teams meltdown for seven straight games, including Alex Ellis getting flagged for unnecessary roughness on a punt return in the final minute of the first half in the Jaguars 20-10 loss to Denver. The streak includes five muffed punts -- including three turnovers -- a punt return for a touchdown and two long punt returns that set up scores.---SIDELINEDSeattle safety Earl Thomas broke a bone in his lower left leg during a first-half collision with teammate Kam Chancellor while trying to intercept Cam Newtons pass in the Seahawks 40-7 win over Carolina. X-rays revealed a cracked tibia, coach Pete Carroll told Seattles radio broadcast. ... New England wide receiver Danny Amendola left late in the third quarter of the Patriots 26-10 win over Los Angeles with an ankle injury and did not return. He was later spotted walking on crutches in the tunnel underneath Gillette Stadium. Cornerback Eric Rowe also did not return after leaving with a hamstring injury. ... Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul left in the second quarter of New Yorks 24-14 loss at Pittsburgh with a groin injury. New York also lost cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a rib injury. ... Atlanta lost left tackle Jake Matthews to a left knee injury in the first half of the Falcons 29-28 loss to Kansas City. ... Houston wide receiver Braxton Miller (shoulder) left in the first half of the Texans 21-13 loss at Green Bay and did not return. ... Tampa Bay wide receiver Cecil Shorts III was taken off the field on a cart after sustaining a knee injury on a hard hit by San Diegos Jahleel Addae following a catch on the Bucs first possession of a 28-21 win.---SPEAKINGI shed a few tears before the game, I shed a few tears during the game and I shed a few after. It was just a lot of emotions. I tried to contain them and let it show through my play. -- Kansas Citys Eric Berry who returned an interception for a score and also brought back another 99 yards for a 2-point conversion that gave the Chiefs a 29-28 victory over Atlanta. Berry, who grew up in suburban Atlanta, was playing in the city for the first time as a professional. Its where he was treated after being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma near the end of the 2014 season.---Thats a record that I dont think will ever be broken. Hell continue to build on it, Im sure. -- New England running back LeGarrette Blount on Tom Bradys NFL record of 201 wins by a quarterback.---For more NFL coverage: and ' ' ' 
ATLANTA -- Devonta Freeman more than made up for his first fumble of the season. Craig Hartsburg Stars Jersey .Freeman rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, leading the Falcons to a 41-13 rout of the San Francisco 49ers that clinched Atlantas first winning season since 2012.The third-year back capped his big day with a 34-yard touchdown run .He preferred to focus on a fumble just short of the end zone that kept the high-scoring Falcons from putting up TDs on their first five possessions against San Franciscos horrible defense.I never settle, Freeman said. Its crazy, but at the end of the night Im going to say `Dang! I had a fumble. Thats my first fumble of the year. I hate fumbling.Matt Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards, including a pair of 9-yard scoring tosses to Taylor Gabriel and Austin Hooper.Aldrick Robinson, stepping up with Atlanta star Julio Jones missing his second straight game with a toe injury, had a career-best 111 yards on four receptions.It just lets you know how much depth we have and how much we think about those guys, Freeman said. Weve got hungry guys.Atlanta (9-5) began the day tied with Tampa Bay for the NFC South lead. The Falcons made sure they didnt overlook the 49ers (1-13), moving a step closer to getting back to the playoffs after a three-season absence.When you get into December football, you better do that, coach Dan Quinn said. Every time you have a chance to go battle, you better have your intent right, your preparation right.In an interesting twist, the Falcons previous winning season ended with a loss to San Francisco in the NFC championship game .The 49ers have totally fallen apart since that trip to the Super Bowl. They extended a franchise record with their 13th straight loss, keeping the heat on first-year coach Chip Kelly.Thats a really good offensive football team, Kelly said Its a team that could make some hay in the playoffs.Freeman nearly had four touchdowns, but the ball was yanked out of his hand inside the 1 as he attempted to power into the end zone.Im going to remember that fumble because Ill never be perfect, but it could have been perfect if I had not fumbled, he said.No one else was too concerned after the third three-touchdown game of his career. Freeman scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter, bounced off three would-be tacklers for a 9-yard TD in the second, and got loose down the sideline for his longest run of the day late in the third to give the Falcons a 38-13 lead.Colin Kaepernick was 20 of 33 for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also was sacked three times.For Atlanta, it was the second straight laugher over a team from California. The Falcons built a 42-0 lead the previous week on the way to a 42-14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.As in that game, Ryan and many of the starters watched the final minutes from the sideline.SCORING MARKThe Falcons set a franchise record for points in season, pushing their total with 469. That eclipsed the mark of 442 set by the 1998 Super Bowl team, with two weeks still to go in the regular season.Atlanta has scored more than 40 points in five games, and at least 30 four other times.DEFENSE STEPS UPAfter giving up a pair of 75-yard touchdown drives in the first half, the Falcons defense totally shut down the 49ers over the final two quarters. San Francisco was held to 85 yards and four first downs after trailing 28-13 at the break.We go out there and take every game like a championship week, Atlanta safety Ricardo Allen said. It doesnt matter what the record is.INJURY REPORTThe 49ers lost wide receiver Quinton Patton, linebacker Nick Bellore, tight end Blake Bell and cornerback Jimmie Ward with injuries. Patton (foot) and Bellore (elbow) left in the first half. 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South Africa A 2 for 108 (de Bruyn 57*, Mennie 2-25) beat Australia A 107 (Richardson 34*, Paterson 3-13, Shamsi 3-25) by eight wicketsScorecardSouth Africa A knocked over Australia A for 107 at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, before breezing to the target with eight wickets in hand and 174 balls to spare. Hugo Ayala Jersey . In doing so, they registered their first win of the quadrangular series and picked up a bonus point, much as Australia A had done against India A a week ago at the same venue.The toss was just about the only thing to go Australias way, and, after electing to bat, they lost opener Marcus Stoinis for a duck on the third ball of the innings. Captain Chris Lynn followed three overs later, with an inside edge to the keeper off Dane Paterson to leave the score at 2 for 5. After a 63-ball hiatus, during which the hosts added a laborious 29 runs, Peter Handscomb was run-out when opener Cameron Bancroft drove a ball straight back and the bowler Andile Phehlukwayo got his fingers to the ball which hit the stumps, catching Handscomb well outside his crease.Soon, Bancroft chopped a ball from medium-pacer Malusi Siboto onto his stumps for a 48-ball 16. Paterson then had two more batsmen caught behind - Glenn Maxwell with a short ball and Alex Ross with a stifling line outside off. Then it was Tabraiz Shamsis turn - he trapped Kurtis Patterson lbw and had John Mennie caught at midwicket, to leave Australia reeling at 8 for 68 in the 30th over.An unbeaten 43-ball 34 by No. 9 Kane Richardon helped Australia crawl into three figures, before they were bowled out in 37.2 overs. Australia could have been dimissed much earlier but Richardson was dropped twice - on 27 by wicketkeeper Dane Vilas and on 29 by Dwaine Pretorius at mid-off. Paterson and Shamsi bagged three wickets apiece, while Siboto chipped in with two.We had a look at [their] videos and we had specific plans and they came out good today, Paterson said after the match. As a bowling unit we clicked well today. We have been clicking but there were play and misses and stuff like that. All in all, everything clicked today.South Africa lost Reeza Hendricks for 1 in the second over of the chase when he edged Mennie to third slip. Captain Heino Kuhn departed for 15 in the tenth over, to give Mennie his second wicket and leave South Africa A at 2 for 43. But a target of 108 never seemed to challenge the tourists. Theunis de Bruyn, at No. 3, stroked an unbeaten 57 off 73, and he was kept company by David Miller who ended up unbeaten on 20. The two guided South Africa past the finish line in 21 overs without any further losses. Legspinner Cameron Boyce was the most expensive bowler as he leaked 30 runs in only three overs.Obviously 107 is going to be a big task for the bowlers to defend. But I think they were too good from pretty much the starting, Richarson reflected later.The win catapults South Africa from bottom to second in the points table, behind National Performance Squad. Rafael Marquez Jersey . Andreas Johnson had a goal and two assists while Jacob de la Rose also scored for Sweden (2-0-0). Esa Lindell and Rasmus Ristolainen replied for Finland (1-1-0) Lindell opened the scoring for Finland just 41 seconds into the game, but the hosts quickly regained their composure and tied the score less than four minutes later on Wennbergs first of the game. Mexico Jerseys . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. . Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months. LYON, France -- Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon shrugged off recent uncharacteristic errors with an outstanding performance on Tuesday to help 10-man Juventus win 1-0 at Lyon in the Champions League.Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado scored the winner in the 76th minute after cutting in down the right, beating full back Jeremy Morel and launching an unstoppable shot into the near top corner from the tightest of angles.The win kept Juventus top of Group H with seven points, ahead of Sevilla -- which won 1-0 at Dinamo Zagreb -- on goal difference.But the hard work had been done by Buffon, especially after midfielder Mario Leminas sending off in the 54th.It was very important not to lose with 10 against 11 but we managed to win, so its a great joy, Buffon said through a translator on beIN SPORTS television. We suffered a lot and in the end we had a bit of luck as well. In these games it comes down to the smallest details.Buffon was mobbed by his teammates and then by fans as he celebrated the win.We knew it would be very difficult to play for 35 minutes with a player less, so we had to go for it, said Buffon, who played down his performance with typical modesty. Im very happy to have helped my teammates and Im pleased my performance brings joy to the fans.The 38-year-old Italian goalkeeper has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in the past two games, after a terrible mistake for Italy against Spain in a World Cup qualifier followed by another sloppy error against Udinese in Serie A last weekend.But he guessed the right way and dived to his left to palm away striker Alexandre Lacazettes penalty in the 35th minutte. Giovani dos Santos Jersey. hen, early into the second half, he made an astonishing save to deny Lyon forward Nabil Fekir, using his opposite hand to palm the ball over even though he was wrong-footed and looked well beaten.Television images showed Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes applauding the save.He was not done yet, and Buffon somehow saved midfielder Corentin Tolissos point-blank header with his legs with 20 minutes remaining.He was remarkable, Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons said, praising Buffon -- but also his own teammates. We can be proud, because we did well against a team that is going to be fighting for the Champions League (title).Lemina received a second yellow card after again chopping down Fekir, who stood out for a Lyon side showing total commitment but lacking creativity.Because of injuries, Lyons 19-year-old defender Mouctar Diakhaby played only the second match of his career. The imposing center back managed the rare feat of beating Italy center half Leonardo Bonucci in the air but headed wide in the 14th.It proved a sign of things to come as Bonucci struggled to deal with Diakhabys presence and hauled him down to give away the penalty. Lacazettes spot-kick was well read by Buffon although too close to his body.Juve did not threaten much until Cuadrados goal.Striker Gonzalo Higuain had an angled shot and a smart header saved by Lopes, while Bonucci headed just wide on the stroke of halftime.Lyon substitute Rachid Ghezzals angled drive from 20 meters rolled just wide in injury time. ' ' ' 
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