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Ana Ivanovic has brought an early end to her season to address wrist and toe problems. Leadcat Fenty Rose .The former world No. 1 has had a very disappointing year, winning just 15 matches and slipping from 16th in the rankings to 31st.Ivanovic wrote on Twitter: I have some disappointing news to share with you.Unfortunately, due to my recurring wrist injury, I have been advised by my doctor to take some time off the court in order to recover and regain my full strength.I have also been delaying surgery on my toe, which I broke at the Australian Open in January last year, and this is something that I will need to take care of in the upcoming weeks.As a result, I am very sad to say that I will not be able to continue the season and play in Asia.Ivanovic won her only grand slam title at the French Open eight years ago and has made it past the fourth round just three times in 34 subsequent tournaments.She had a resurgence in 2014 and finished the year ranked fifth but, a run to the semifinals at Roland Garros last year aside, the trend since then has been sharply downwards.The 28-year-old, who married Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, suffered her fourth straight first-round loss to Denisa Allertova at the US Open last week.That prompted speculation her career may be heading towards its end but Ivanovic insisted she is motivated to return in 2017. She wrote: I cant wait to play again and be back on court fully fit in 2017. Claquette Puma Fourrure . -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. Puma Leadcat Fenty Gris . Sgt. Eric ONeal says most of the arrests at Monday nights game were for public drunkenness, though one person was taken into custody on suspicion of trying to steal a seat from the stadium. http://www.pumafentypascher.fr/puma-suede-creepers-femme.html . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- NASCARs two top technical officials on Friday explained the rationale behind rule changes for the 2017 season that were released to competitors earlier this week.The minor changes are being made to improve safety and hopefully create more competitive racing.Modifications for Sprint Cup Series cars include a smaller rear spoiler and shallower front splitter, intended to reduce the overall downforce level. The 2017 rear spoiler will measure 2-3/8 inches by 61 inches.NASCAR ran Sprint Cup Series races this summer at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway using a 2? inch by 53-inch spoiler in an effort to simulate the 2017 aero package, but the competition was not as close as hoped.Our objective here is to get more off-throttle time for the drivers, said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR senior vice president of innovation and racing development. If we take downforce off, the corner speed will slow down and the driver will be off-throttle more. The splitter and the spoiler reduction was done in concert because we wanted to retain the same balance in the car.We tried a 53-inch wide spoiler but went back to the 61 after we got some feedback from the drivers, he added. They just needed a bit more in the rear, so we fine-tuned it that way. It gives the car a bit more stability.Drivers were generally positive in their reaction to the new rules.I believe anything we can do to take aerodynamic dependency away from these cars makes the racing better, makes it more fun and showcases the drivers talent and the crew chiefs ability to change, said Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing.?Thats good stuff.We are all wanting slower center of corner speeds, added six-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will remain at Kansas on Monday to test the 2017 package in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.We all feel that will put on a better race. Directionally, that is the way the sport is going and I think the smaller spoiler is going to help us.For restrictor plate races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, the plate openings have been decreased by 1/64 of an inch in an effort to reduce horsepower and contain speeds.NASCAR will also reduce the number of tiires allotted to competitors on race weekends and will require drivers to start races with the tires used for qualifying. Puma Suede Heart Pas Cher. .Safety changes include a strengthened floor section near the pedals and modifications to the steering column to prevent the steering wheel from pushing back into the cockpit in a frontal impact. Roof hatches will be mandatory at restrictor plate tracks and optional elsewhere.We work on safety on an ongoing basis and agree as an industry that there is no compromise when it comes to safety, Stefanyshyn said. When we do find something and its significant and needs to be handled, we will handle it in a proper way.NASCAR continues to crack down on efforts to create a rear-steering effect by skewing the angle of the rear axle, and rules regarding chassis construction in the rear axle area have been tightened up for 2017.Friday at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson were held out of the first 30 minutes of Cup Series practice because they attempted to bring their cars back into rear axle angle compliance after last weeks race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by violently swerving during the cool-down lap.We asked them not to swerve and they swerved, so theyre in the garage, said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice-president of competition. That was pretty specific. We told them [in September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway] that we would look at our resources after the races, and weve been doing that.Stefanyshyn and Miller added that while they hope the 2017 package forms a solid base for the long term, they would not rule out NASCAR selectively testing out new ideas during races as it prepares for 2018.Nothing ever stays the same, so moving forward, we will look at more efficient ways to actually potentially test possible packages for the future, said Miller. I think we did a good job the last couple of times with the races. Thats really the best way to collect data - at an actual event.Hopefully we can get out in front of it a bit further with a bigger cross section of race tracks if we have some proposed new things in the future. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
At Wantage Road, Northamptonshires home ground, there is a chunk of seats that does not really belong there at all. Puma Fenty Bow Pas Cher . They were donated by Surrey: an act of charity from one professional sports team to another.It is a microcosm of the financial chasm between Northants and the wealthiest teams in county cricket. Earlier this year, Gavin Warren, the chairman, admitted he was counting every loo roll. He stopped eating lunch at the club on match days to save cash, and caterers had to be enlisted to help put covers on the ground. When players reported for a full day of training, the club did not provide them with lunch, leaving them to buy sandwiches from a petrol station instead. In recent years, dark rumours have lingered that Northants risked going into administration.Inevitably the consequences have been felt on the pitch: Northants basic spending on player salaries was the fifth lowest of the 18 counties in 2015. This year, they had the smallest professional squad of any team.In 2003, Michael Lewis published Moneyball, detailing how the Oakland Athletics consistently reached the play-offs in baseball despite spending far less than most their rivals. Their success was built on the smart use of statistics: to nurture and improve their existing players, recognising what was really important to win baseball matches; and to spot players whose qualities were undervalued by other teams.The notion of Moneyball - how to do more with less - has since infiltrated everything from education to political campaigning and sport, as Lewis wrote recently.Preoccupation with Moneyball has extended to cricket, a game with obvious similarities to baseball: both are based on a batsman hitting a ball, and each pitch, or delivery, is an independent event.As England coach Andy Flower recognised what cricket could learn from Moneyball. Many in cricket talk about Moneyball. Yet it is Northants, a Midlands team that are one of only three counties never to have won the County Championship, who have implemented Moneyball techniques with more success than anyone else.If Leicester Citys 5000-1 victory in the Premier League was the sporting story of the year, 30 miles away Northants have achieved something almost as remarkable. In T20 cricket, they have built a dynasty, reaching three T20 Blast finals in four years, winning the crown twice - and, even more than the Oakland As once did, mocking the notion of financial determinism in sport. Using data smartly, both to hone their T20 strategy and recruit players, Northants have become the Moneyball kings.The summer of 2012 was dominated by rain and floods. For Northants, it seldom got better than the downpours: they won only four matches across three competitions, the worst tally in the land. They finished second bottom in Division Two of the County Championship, and second bottom of their one-day group, above only the amateur Unicorns. Worst of all was T20 cricket. Northants won a solitary game and lost seven. Mostly these werent agonising defeats either: they were thumpings, by eight wickets, seven wickets (twice), six wickets and five wickets. In 2011 they had been almost as bad, winning two T20 games and losing 11.They were a team of losers, unloved and irrelevant. We were embarrassing, current captain Alex Wakely later said. No one wanted to come and watch us. Even our own supporters were laughing at us.In July 2012, David Capel, Northants coach, was sacked. In his place David Ripley, a one-club stalwart as a player for 18 years, was elevated from 2nd XI coach and academy director. A month later, Ripley was appointed to the role full-time, with Phil Rowe taking over as 2nd XI coach and Academy director. This partnership would bring Northants, who had won only three trophies in their 107-year history as a first-class county, the best days in the clubs history.Ripley and Rowe took over a club in which everyone was fed up with losing and being rubbish, Wakely recalls. That is not an enviable position, but for new coaches it brings certain advantages. No one stubbornly clings to old orthodoxies. Change is embraced as necessary.The coaches inherited a team whose regime was unfit for purpose in T20 cricket. We all practised really hard at red-ball, but when it came to white-ball practice, everyone had to hit the ball as far as they could and have a slog, like in a club net, Wakely reflects.It was not only that Northants did not train properly for T20 cricket but that they did not train enough. Ripley reckons that 80% of Northants pre-season training was focused on first-class matches, and only 20% across the two white-ball formats, one-day cricket and T20. These formats each made up one-third of Northants season but only one-tenth of their preparation: that was madness, especially considering that, given their budgetary constraints, the shorter formats represented their most likely route to success.Immediately Ripley changed the 80-20 balance between training for first-class and the two limited-overs formats to 50-50. When he returned to the club in the winter of 2012 after a stint on Middlesexs books, the allrounder Steven Crook noticed far more attention given to white-ball cricket than at his previous two clubs or in his first spell at Northants. Wakely, appointed limited-overs captain from 2013 (and captain in all formats from 2015) was told by the board that the club was focusing on T20 cricket.Using statistical insights in cricket has been discredited since Peter Moores was misquoted saying we will have to look at the data after Englands calamitous performance in the 2015 World Cup. In this context, it is almost brazen for Ripley to declare: I am a statto. Towards the end of his career as a doughty keeper-batsman at Northants, from 1984 to 2001, he was introduced to mapping innings in one-day cricket: breaking down how a team would reach a certain score, and where they needed to be at each stage of the innings to get there. I really liked it. I thought it brought some clarity.There is a pervasive myth that T20 cricket is a game of slogging with no time for strategy. Yet the opposite might be true. Nathan Leamon, the England team analyst, believes that T20 lends itself better to strategising than other formats. In T20 the only real guesswork is about how exactly this wickets going to play, which is not going to change very much in four hours, he says. You can pre-plan. A lot of your plans prior to the match go through the game unchanged in T20 cricket, unlike in one-dayers or first-class matches. Because T20 games are shorter and conditions are more homogeneous, similar scenarios repeat themselves often enough for analysts to reach statistically significant conclusions, which can then inform what teams do.In 2010, the England and Wales Cricket Board mandated that every county log every ball in an analysis database. Northants enlisted Richard Barker, a lifelong fan and former American Football journalist, to do the job. But no one thought that Barker could actually help the team. When I started off, I didnt do anything, he recalls.Barker was used a little more over the following two years, but he was still, essentially, an unwanted spare part when Ripley took over. In the miserable summer of 2012, Northants were the only county not to film their T20 games.After the season, Barker, Ripley and Rowe got together to answer a simple question: just why were Northants so hopeless at T20 cricket?The answer was remarkably simple. Northants just didnt hit enough boundaries. In 2012, losing finalists Yorkshire hit 1006 runs in boundaries across 11 completed matches. Northants hit just 430 runs in boundaries across their eight completed matches; while Yorkshire averaged 91.45 runs in boundaries an innings, Northants averaged 53.45, the lowest of any county. And Yorkshire hit 28.9 runs in sixes a game, double Northants 14.25. Thats the thing I like about stats - it just shines a light onto some things, Ripley reflects.When Crook returned to Northants, he observed a big drive to understand how to win a T20 game. We really tried to understand what it took - where people hit, where people bowl, and trying to counteract that. Rowe would demonstrate the best areas to hit the ball, and put fielders, on the classic board game Test Match.As a devotee of US sports, Barker has long been aware that shrewd use of statistics can help teams. Ive lost count of the times Ive read Moneyball and dipped into various chapters, he says. Its always been in the back of my mind since I started at Northants. There are only so many cup final defeats and disappointing performances you can handle when you support a team for 30 years. It would have been rather remiss of me if I hadnt been looking for something to help us from somewhere.Before 2012, Barker compiled a dossier identifying a magic number of 160, a match-winning score by the team batting first in 65% of games. A roadmap of how to get there was laid out: reaching 160 involved hitting 15 fours, three sixes and scoring 82 runs off the other 102 balls. But little attention was paid to Barkers work.After he took over, Ripley built Northants T20 batting strategy around Barkers findings, prompting an emphasis on recruiting boundary-hitters in the winter of 2012 - the belligerent Australian batsman Cameron White returned for a second season, Richard Levi, the burly South African, was signed, and Crooks return brought ballast to the lower-middle order.As important was improving the boundary-hitting of those already at Northants. The 35-year-old allrounder James Middlebrook had never really swept a ball in his life, but he had these sweeping sessions. David Sales, a senior batsman, learned how to reverse-sweep. Wakely remembers a winter in which the bowlers bowled more yorkers than theyd ever done, and the batters hit more reverse sweeps. Everyone bought into it.Paradoxically, Northants used data to encourage their players to play with more spontaneity. Ripley explains, We wanted to give some freedom to say, We need to hit the ball, and we might lose two wickets. The emphasis on boundary-hitting created what Rowe calls a safe-to-fail environment.The results were remarkable. In 2013, Northants hit 86.61 runs in boundaries an innings - 33 runs higher than in 2012. Northants hit 73 sixes, compared to 19 in 2012, and averaged 19 runs more in sixes every innings.The formula carried them all the way to the T20 final, where they thumped Surrey - a side who spent £1.839 million on basic player salaries in 2013, double Northants £973,000 - by 102 runs. Ripley believed that Northants would never repeat their feat, and when the club endured a grim 2014, which Wakely missed entirely through injury, he feared being proved right.Northants use of data has evolved since 2013. While they have in mind par scores at venues over the past three years and whether grounds are better suited to batting first or chasing, they no longer map out how they will reach a score, trusting players to assess the situation as they go along. Similarly with the ball. It was more regimented in 2013 with six bowlers, Ripley says. Now weve got a bigger pool of bowlers, because we tend to play seven bowlers, so its a bit more about gut feel. Yet even here the impact of Barker can be felt: he stresses the benefits of using different bowlers at crucial times, to avoid being too predictable.The sides approach has changed in other ways. Northants previously preferred to bat first, but now prefer chasing, reasoning that they can hunt down any score. Their reasoning is underpinned by statistics. While Northants scored a lower proportion of their runs in boundaries than any of the other 17 counties in 2012, they have scored the highest proportion of runs in boundaries of any team since 2013. They also score a six every 21.1 balls, second only to Nottinghamshire, according to CricViz. Such batting strength is an even greater asset than Northants bowling: they only rank sixth in conceding the lowest economy rate since 2013.Barker is modest about his impact: The analysts main job is to put the captain and the coach in the position where they dont needlessly f*** things up before the toss.Yet others stress how sagacious use of data has aided Northants. Statistics are playing a big role in cricket now. Richard Barkers role is very unheralded, hell never get any of the headlines, Wakely reflects. Batsmen can ring him anytime and theyll get video footage of things that are going wrong. The computer stuff is being more and more integrated into cricket. Statistics dont often lie, especially in T20 cricket. Wakelys belief in data is clearly sincere: during our conversation he says that 83% of T20 matches are lost if a side loses three wickets inside the Powerplay.In 2016, Northants found someone else to log each delivery at Wantage Road, freeing Barker to find statistics to help Northants prepare. That enabled us to do a lot more.No detail is too small. Before a match at Chester-le-Street in 2014, the squad were discussing how to adjust to the large boundaries. David Willey was sceptical, and thought they were actually relatively small.Ripley realised that there was no way of knowing who was right. Back in Northampton, Ripley and Rowe promptly went to local builders, who gave them a measuring wheel. Northants have been using it to measure boundary dimensions at grounds ever since. Ripley reckons that with most counties preparing flatter wickets in T20s, the most significant part of home advantage might now lie in being able to adjust the dimensions of the boundaries. Indeed, the small boundaries at Wantage Road suit Northants, aiding the teams boundary-hitting while reducing the importance of preventing twos for a side that is far from the most mobile.There are clear limitations to the use of data in cricket. In baseball, each team plays 162 games in the regular season; in the T20 Blast, they only play 14, a far smaller sample size. We still dont have that much data, Rowe says.Before every game, in all competitions, Barker assembles a dossier for Ripley and Rowe. In T20, his analysis is built upon ground and opposition statistics and breaking down games into three chunks - the Powerplay of six overs, the nine overs in the middle, and the five overs at the death. Some of his stuff is a bit wacky, but thats okay. But some of its, Oh, hey, Ill be thinking about that differently now, says Rowe.The coaches discuss Barkers findings with Wakely, and then decide on a few choice statistics to relay to the team. The difficulty is, sometimes we get too much information, Wakely reflects. You dont want to sit people down for too long, because they dont listen, so we have to go through it, sift out the best bits of information, and feed those back to the dressing room so that it gives us the best chance of winning.Barkers data-crunching forms the analysis aspect of Northants pre-match team talks. A sheet of paper is hung up on the dressing room wall outlining the strengths and weaknesses of batsmen and bowlers, and a few choice stats - like a batsmans strike rate against different types of bowlers, or where an opposing bowler tends to bowl at the death - that can inform action. We will see that a guys strike rate against spin is 220, and his strike rate against seam is 120, says Rowe. You cant always have the perfect game plan out in the middle, but knowing that is very important.The sheet of paper remains in the dressing room for the whole game. Sometimes out there on the pitch I might get someone off the field to have a look, and find out how this guys been getting out, says Wakely.Pre-game analysis is put into practice in other ways. Northants always discuss match-ups - the batsman-bowler combinations between them and the opposition that are most favourable. Before the quarter-final at Hove in 2015, Northants measuring wheel found that there was an unusually short boundary up the hill, with the wind howling to the leg side. Willey promptly smashed 34 off a single over from Mike Yardy during a blistering century. Northants also always have in mind opposing bowlers they can target if they are behind the game.This use of data is married with instinct. On a slow pitch in the 2013 semi-final, Wakely called upon Kyle Coetzers occasional medium pace; he had only bowled two overs in the competition all season. Coetzers second ball snared Ravi Bopara, caught at midwicket. It surprised me. But he recognised that pace off was the way to go, says Rowe. Thats brilliant captaincy: knowing your personnel, having a gut instinct and making a decision.At the start of 2016, Northants found another use for data: to show how they could overcome the loss of Willey, their star player, who had departed for Yorkshire. In a team meeting Ripley presented Willeys statistics at Northants, emphasising that he had missed many matches, and saying the team had often won games that he did play without Willey making a significant contribution.His stats werent as breathtaking as we had perceived. We just put it out to the group to smooth it over for everybody. Ripley had a simple message for each member of the team: You just might have to have one more [match-winning game] than last year.Just as the Oakland As recovered from losing their three star players - Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi and Jason Isringhausen - after 2001 to do even better in 2002, so Northants performed even better without Willey in 2016. This was the greatest testament to Northants T20 strategy yet: the proof that it could withstand the loss of their most audacious cricketer.Prudent recruitment policy has underpinned Northants success. We go to the same principles: what do we need, and do homework on their character, Ripley says. He works through targets with Nigel Felton, a board member responsible for the final negotiations. Felton reflects: We cant afford to get it wrong.Just after Ripley took over, the club said that it was actively looking to recruit players to assist us in limited-overs formats. It is a white-ball-dominated squad, Barker notes, though Northants won their last three matches in County Championship Division Two in 2016.Prioritisation of white-ball cricket reflects a wider advantage for Northants: expectations. While many Test-playing grounds would not tolerate mid-table finishes in Division Two even if it meant performing outstandingly in limited-overs formats, Northants can see that as a trade-off worth making. The club was in Division One as recently as 2014, and is determined to return there, but no one is grumbling about their County Championship form while they are performing so outstandingly in T20 cricket. Northants even rested players from Championship matches before their quarter-final and finals day, so they could focus on white-ball skills.In T20 cricket, wealthier counties have tried to sign the best players available, no matter how short the stint. In 2015, Surrey signed Pakistan quick bowler Wahab Riaz for two games in consecutive days. Such an approach is unimaginable at Wantage Road, where budgetary constraints and the wish to protect the team dynamics mean that overseas players have been signed for the majority of the T20 season. In 2013, Cameron White played every match. Kleinveldt was signed as an overseas player from 2015 partly because he was available all season long, unlike many of the itinerant overseas recruits common in the shires. For their second overseas player in T20 cricket, Northants signed Shahid Afridi in 2015, who played eight matches, including on finals day; and in 2016 they signed Seekkuge Prasanna - like Afridi, a legspinning allrounder, ensuring continuity in the balance of the side - who played ten games before injury.Only very rarely do Northants sign players who are already established as first-team regulars at other counties - Josh Cobb, signed from Leicestershire before 2015, was the only exception in the T20-winning side in 2016, yet even he came from an unfashionable county and was identified for a specific skill: as Barker identified, Cobb hit more sixes in 2011 than Northants entire team.Rather than sought-after names, Northants recruitment of non-overseas players focuses on three types of cricketer: those outside the professional system altogether; those blocked at other counties; and those who could be politely termed as misfits.In 2006, Mohammad Azharullah was playing league cricket in Bradford. He was a professional cricketer in Pakistan, a skiddy and canny fast bowler good enough to play for the Pakistan Academy, and was earning some extra cash in the off season.While playing for Pudsey Congs, he started dating Emma, the clubs scorer. The relationship lasted, though Azharullah moved to different clubs in Yorkshire, and they were engaged in 2008, married in 2009, and had a daughter, Aisha, in 2011.Azharullah soon realised that he did not want to spend English winters away from his wife, playing first-class career in Pakistan, and pulled out of his contract with the Water and Power Development Authority midway through the 2009-10 season. But he continued to play as the club pro for Pudsey Congs, and always hoped to play county cricket from 2013, when he qualified through residency as a non-overseas player.In the final months of 2012, Azharullah emailed his CV to almost every county. Most did not even bother to reply. Only two - Northants and Worcestershire - told him they might be interested in signing him.Northants had already received a tip-off about Azharullah. Ralph Middlebrook, the father of James, had seen Azharullah in the Bradford League, and recognised him to be just as good as his first-class statistics in Pakistan - 190 wickets at an average of 26.50 - suggested.In January 2013, Ripley invited Azharullah in for pre-season training. Azharullah arrived at Wantage Road with one thought: I need to bowl as fast as possible.He was as good as his word. Indoors, bowlers tend to be quite polite. No one really bowls bouncers, recalls Wakely. He hit me first ball. I thought: wow this guys pretty good. He came with serious intent. After training, Crook approached Rowe with a simple message: Hes a genius. Youve gotta sign this bloke.The trouble was, Northants couldnt: they had no budget left. Azharullah was invited in again, this time for three days of training, with the club eager to find out whether his brilliant display in training was a one-off. It wasnt. So Ripley and Rowe went to David Smith, the then chief executive, cap in hand. We felt there was a window there, Ripley says. He was just getting English qualified. And we thought, If we dont do this now, as soon as he plays somewhere someone else is going to get him. In March, Azharullah was offered a one-year contract. It wasnt a lot of money but I just took it. I wanted to play, Azharullah says.Six months later Northants had gone from winning one T20 game in 2012 to winning the T20 Blast in 2013.Perhaps a little serendipity was at work. On finals day in 2013, Azharullahs daughter Aisha turned two. I didnt get her a gift, so I thought Id get her a medal instead. I used that as a motivation. By the days end he was not only a champion, he had taken 27 wickets in 2013, the highest tally in the competition. He has been at the heart of both Northants T20 triumphs, bowling a variety of yorkers and slower balls and relishing winning matches at the death. With hindsight it seems extraordinary that Northants did not face any competition to sign him.There are others from outside the system whose tales are almost as remarkable. Ben Sanderson, a strapping seamer, played three games for Yorkshire before being released in 2011. He took to playing in Minor Counties cricket, until, in the summer of 2015, when he was 26, Northants offered him a trial. Sanderson did well in four first-class games, and was then offered a two-year contract. This year he took 55 first-class wickets at 21.03 apiece, and in Northants two victories on finals day, recorded combined figures of 5 for 52.Sanderson was only playing because Richard Gleeson was injured. Like Sanderson, Gleeson made his debut in a tour match against Australia in 2015, a few months before turning 28. Northants realised that he could generate deceptive pace, and signed him on a pay-as-you-play deal for 2016, a role he combined with his day job as a community coach for the Lancashire Cricket Board. In July, Gleeson signed a three-year contract at Northants, and he was soon recruited by the Bangladesh Premier League.There is a common thread between Azharullah, Gleeson and Sanderson: all three were discovered in their mid-to-late 20s - long after most such outside the professional game have been written off as not good enough - while playing club cricket in Lancashire or Yorkshire, Englands traditional fast-bowling heartlands. Theyve got so many there that you can be brilliant in the leagues and no one knows about you, says Rowe. Ripley knows from personal experience how many good players Yorkshire produce - he grew up in Leeds before signing for Northants - and remains well informed about potential recruits in the county.Perhaps there are wider lessons here. Theres a great danger that its all about process - players getting into the system, then into the academy. Sometimes whats important is to get the late developer or the guy whos just missed out, says Felton. The guys whove gone out of the game are desperate to get back in - they just want to play. Theyre there for all the right reasons. You dont even talk about money to those guys sometimes.Similar logic underpins Northants pursuing what the club refers to as blocked players: high-quality performers languishing on the periphery elsewhere.Other counties tend to stockpile, especially sides with bigger budgets. It doesnt mean they spend it in the right way, says Felton. Sometimes players dont develop because theyre spending too much time playing 2nd XI cricket and cant get in the team. Its finding those players, and making sure theyre moving for the right reasons, and identifying them early.Northants look two years ahead for players blocked at other counties who might leave. In recent years they have signed Crook and Adam Rossington, who have gone from being fringe picks from Middlesex to front-line players for Northants. Graeme White - a product of the Northants academy who moved to Nottinghamshire in 2010 before returning in 2014 - is another blocked player made good. An unobtrusive left-arm spinner and lower-order hitter, White was one of four automatic picks, based on the Most Valuable Player rankings, for the North v South 50-over series next year. Like Northants coaches, the algorithm recognised Whites quality.Northants hope that the next fringe player from elsewhere to thrive will be the strapping fast bowler Nathan Buck. Hes a player that Rips and I have talked about a lot as someone whos got better cricket ahead, says Rowe. He was on our small list of domestic cricketers we were after.Together with locally qualified players outside the professional system or those blocked elsewhere, Northants have also recruited players who could politely be termed misfits. Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As and star of Moneyball, built baseballs answer to the Island of Misfit Toys, Lewis wrote. The misfits included Scott Hatteberg, who had a poor injury record but a high on-base percentage; Chad Bradford, who was one of the slowest pitchers in the game but, because he threw the ball from unusually low, was tricky to hit; and Jeremy Giambi, who was slow but knew how to get on base. Through these signings Beane was able to exploit the flaws of prediction by representativeness - judging people on how they look, not what that do - as Daniel Kahneman notes in Thinking, Fast and Slow.Northants skill has been similar. It is almost impossible to imagine Surrey or Yorkshire signing players like Levi or Kleinveldt. To be crude, their waistlines just dont look the part.Because other counties undervalued the two South Africans, this created a market inefficiency for Northants, like the Oakland As, to exploit. Levi has scored 1397 T20 runs at 29.10 apiece, with a strike rate a shade under 150, for Northants; Kleinveldt has taken 30 wickets at 22.56, at an economy of under 7.50, despite normally bowling during the Powerplay and at the end of the innings.Both have had a wider significance, too. The signing of Richard Levi was very important, says Rowe, considering him a catalyst for Northants success. Tellingly, Northants were surprised there werent more counties interested in signing him. Where others noticed his midriff, Northants saw only runs and copious T20 experience. Kleinveldt, meanwhile, is charged with telling those in the dressing room when they have stepped out of line: He commands a lot of respect, says Wakely.Across all Northants recruitment, there are two unifying themes: the preference for selecting players with a point to prove, and the importance of character. In baseball, Theo Epstein, the general manager who led the Chicago Cubs to the World Series after 108 years of trying, talks about scouting the person more than the player.It is much the same at Wantage Road. None of us like surprises, Felton explains. But the club do not merely seek players who will do as they are told. If youve got some real red flags about a player, you might decide not to sign them, but sometimes that might be what you want - someone who is a little bit more get-up-and-go and in your face. You need some people who are quite confrontational and some who are heads down in the corner. Like many of the best sports teams, Northants are a mix of personalities.Its very difficult to value a player. The whole game is tussling with that, says Felton. Its a debate weve been having as a county. While Beane prioritised on-base percentage, which was an undervalued statistic in baseball, Northants have no such formula for recruitment, and their signings are based less on statistical analysis. But they have still proved that by looking beyond the most fashionable cricketers, teams can override the logic of financial determinism.Even for the poorest teams, success can become self-perpetuating. Because of people like Azha and Gleeson, players gravitate towards you, says Felton. The club has honed its USP to cricketers from other counties. We have ambition. And we want you to have ambition - but youve got a greater chance of fulfilling that ambition playing. Just think about your choices. You come here and play. Playing second-team cricket, or being a squad member at certain other clubs, youre not going to necessarily flower.This messages appeal was highlighted by Buck rejecting more lucrative offers to join, defying rumours about the clubs finances. It was very refreshing, we just felt that he wanted to come to Northants, Ripley says. Other players whom Northants have signed - including Azharullah, Cobb and Gleeson - have subsequently decided to stay at the club, when they could have earned more elsewhere, reciprocating the clubs loyalty.Northants also recognise that there is no source of talent as cheap as home-grown talent. A team recently derided as the Steelboks, on account of their relish for South Africans, have produced two of the most exciting talents to emerge from England in recent years: David Willey and Ben Duckett. While Willey left at the end of the 2015 season - a poor signal, Felton admits - Duckett chose to sign a new two-year contract at the end of 2016: a small indication of how far Northants have come. Should both players play more for England, Northants will be well rewarded by the ECB, helping to reduce the salary gap with other counties a little.Northants began 2015 with a squad of only 15 professional cricketers, the smallest around. Occasionally Ripley was reduced to ringing other coaches just before games to sign players on loan.And yet, through shrewd recruiting and management, Northants have turned their slight squad into an advantage. If youre Surrey or Yorkshire, its Christmas Day morning: theyve got lots of toys and dont know which to open, Felton says. We aint got that situation. Sometimes it means youve got to make the very best of what might come your way. Ripley believes: You need enough depth, but you dont need players three-deep waiting for an opportunity, because it just creates uncertainty and they become stale.Role clarity is the trope repeated endlessly by players and coaches alike. Players with knowledge of their role gives them confidence, says Rowe. They can practise that role, be clear on that.Players are by nature kind of vulnerable, and full of self-doubt anyway. It doesnt take a lot to unsettle the apple cart. So you need to be really, really careful. Several at the club express sympathy with Greg Smith, the Nottinghamshire opening batsman who performed well throughout the group stages but was dropped for their semi-final defeat to Northants.In T20, a smaller squad can also render batsmen less fearful that a loose shot or two will lead to being dropped. You dont feel like youre looking over your shoulder the whole time, says Crook, part of far larger squads during stints at Middlesex and Lancashire. You then play fearless cricket. It becomes a less selfish environment.The shallowness of Northants squad, and the camaraderie between players, cultivates a culture of selflessness and honesty. A case in point is Levi during T20 matches. Opening the batting, he uses his vast T20 experience to feed information about the conditions and a par score to the rest of the team. If Levi has a bad three or four overs and then gets out, he is very honest, Ripley says. The trust is there.Under pressure in the field, Northants small squad can also be an advantage. When I brought a bowler on we got to the point where every fielder knew where they were going to be, Wakely recalls. The sides least athletic fielders - notably Azharullah, Levi and Kleinveldt - have become competent in positions that conceal their weaknesses, with Levi regularly taking girth-defying acrobatic catches. Even Azharullah, normally hidden at short fine-leg, took an agile caught-and-bowled in the final against Durham this year and effected a run-out soon after.My shit doesnt work in the play-offs. My job is to get us to the play-offs. What happens after that is f***ing luck, Beane famously said.For Northants, this is where Moneyball comparisons fall short. Under Beane, the Oakland As have lost in six of their seven play-off series, and never qualified for a World Series final. Northants have won two T20 tournaments. If Northants have had some fortune - in 2013, Kyle Coetzers injury in the semi-final meant that Willey was promoted to open, and promptly creamed 60 off 27 balls - their success in crux games speaks of something much greater than luck.Barkers analysis work is even more valuable in knockout matches than in the regular group stage. As the T20 groups are regional, Northants play the same teams every year. Teams from the south group, who they only ever face in knockout games, are much less familiar. Before their quarter-final victory over Sussex in 2015, Northants had only played them once in a T20. They had never played a T20 against Middlesex before thrashing them in this years quarter-final.We needed specific information about teams we didnt understand, says Wakely. [Barker] came up with a pack of 25 pages with everything we needed: stats, average scores, pressure players, where boundaries were hit. The information was distilled before reaching the rest of the squad. Barker explains: We were looking a lot at the slower-ball bouncers and variations they had at the death and what their bowlers like to do. In normal games its like, Weve seen this, no need to overcomplicate it.But data can only explain a little of Northants pedigree in knockout matches. Theres not a stat in the world that gives you that edge, says Barker, reflecting on Northants run of eight victories - three out of three batting first and five out of six batting second - in nine knockout T20 matches since 2013. Weve got cooler heads than the opposition, Wakely believes. To Rowe, we have got numerous players who want to be on the big stage - they love it. Role clarity also helps: when Azharullah is defending ten off the final over, he is merely attempting what he has done successfully many times before.Under pressure, Northants can also call upon their spirit. If it is tempting to recall Steve Archibalds aphorism - Team spirit is an illusion glimpsed in the aftermath of victory - Northants suggest that he was overly cynical. Even in 2014, when Wakely was injured all season and the team was regularly pummelled in Division One of the Championship, the dressing room did not descend into infighting.Theres togetherness from the top to the bottom. They work hard, they party hard, says Azharullah. Before he retired after a 20-year career in 2015, Stephen Peters told Wakely that it was the best dressing room that hed ever played in.The captain, an academy product first thrust into the role at 24, has unified and empowered his players, eschewing rabble-rousing speeches but speaking with purpose when he does talk. My role is more to keep the peace individually with people.Wakely also has a relish for the big stage. He thumped 59 not out off 30 balls in the 2013 final, and then, entering in crises at 15 for 3 and 9 for 3, hit 53 and 43 in the two victories on finals day this year. I imagine WASP [Sky Sports gizmo for giving teams a percentage chance of victory] was pretty much non-existent for us, he laughs. Defying the odds twice on finals day was merely an extension of what Northants have spent much of the past four years doing. One thing people overlook is theres a hell of a lot of talent at this club, Wakely says. In 2013, Northants fielded almost the same XI throughout the tournament, but overcoming injuries and a lot more adversity made 2016s victory even more admirable.To Barker, Maybe the scary thing - one that no one at Wantage Road would ever admit or anyone else would ever accept - is that weve done what weve done because when the stakes have been at their highest weve invariably been better than anyone else.After over 30 years involved in Northants, Ripley considered finals day in 2013 my best day in cricket. But he enjoyed 2016s win just as much.When Ripley and the team woke up the next day, nursing what was simultaneously the best and worst hangover imaginable, he confronted a new problem.I have tried to play the underdog tag a bit. But its getting difficult to keep rolling it out. Puma Leadcat Fenty Noir . 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I just realized it was going to have be just another thing I would have to deal with.espnW: Did your emotions get in the way, at least in the beginning?Shriver: My emotions got in the way often.espnW: Even before this match?Shriver: Oh yeah. I was known as a very emotionally up-and-down player. I could have my emotions work for me. I could have my emotions work against me.espnW: As an emotional player, how did you prevent this match from becoming a massive disaster?Shriver: I could haave lost that match in straight sets. Custom Charlotte Hornets Jerseys. . She was, one, that good of a player, and two, I didnt have a lot of first-round losses, but I had some really bad losses.espnW: What happens to players when their attention and focus are placed too much on their opponents rather than their game?Shriver: Well, its not good. 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Manchester United will have to do without their man of the moment for at least this week as they look to push their unbeaten streak in all competitions to nine matches Wednesday night against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.The Red Devils (6-6-3) tightened the race for fourth in the table with Sundays 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur and improved to 5-3-0 since a 2-1 loss at Turkish side Fenerbahce on Nov. 3.Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued his brilliant play with the matchs only goal in the 23rd minute, but the Armenia international was forced off the pitch on 85 minutes with an ankle injury after being clipped from behind by Danny Rose.Manager Jose Mourinho ruled the midfielder out for at least this weeks two matches and lamented the timing of the injury given a strong run of form that included his first two goals for Manchester United.Hopefully, Mkhitaryan can play at Christmas, Mourinho said at his Monday news conference. When I saw him on the stretcher, I thought it was more difficult; when I watch the tackle on TV, I was a bit scared, but no. Its a pity, because hes going to miss matches in his best period, but at least we wont lose a player for so long.United have lost just once in their last nine Premier League matches, but have six draws in that span. They are six points behind eternal rivals Manchester City for fourth, which seems a more legitimate target given Chelseas blistering form that has created a 13-point gap between the teams.Mourinho also learned Uniteds Europa League path Monday when they were paired with French side Saint-Etienne in the round of 32 in February. 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In fact, after he made 0 and 7 batting at No.7 in the first unofficial Test, he was demoted a spot.Pandya ensured his team survived the night and was the last man out the next afternoon. He had contributed 79 runs to India As total of 169. The innings convinced Ojha that Pandya ought to be playing with the senior team.The pink ball was seaming around under lights. It was a slightly new experience for us, but he dealt it with brilliantly, Ojha told ESPNcricinfo. He has all the qualities an international allrounder should have. As soon as he gains more experience, he will become a trump card for India.The national selectors must have thought so too. They knew India needed a seam-bowling allrounder and, with only eight ODIs in 2016-17 before the Champions Trophy, they needed to find one fast. That performance for the A team in Brisbane put Pandya front and centre. Pandya made his ODI debut in Dharamsala, clocking over 140 kph and troubling New Zealand with seam and swing. Then he produced an outstanding cameo in Delhi with the match on the line.India needed 60 to win off 55 balls and had only two wickets in hand. It was a difficult pitch to score rapidly and New Zealand had Tim Southee and Trent Boult bowling intelligently at the death. But with each passing over Pandya kept slicing the target down, playing proper shots. That 36 off 32 balls signaled a marked change in his game because, until then, he was seen as a T20 specialist who hit some lusty blows and squeezed in a few overs in during the middle stages.An India A team-mate believes Pandyas interactions with Rahul Dravid, the India A coach, has brought about the transformation in his batting.He learnt a lot from Dravid not just about batting, but also about staying mentally strong. So long as Pandya remained disciplined nobody had a problem with his happy-go-lucky attitude.He showed good work ethic in terms of his training and recovery pattern and diet. When he was out of the team, he focused on becoming physically stronger and that helped keep the negative thoughts away. It also helped that he was out of the team for only two months.While it is understood both Indias captain MS Dhoni and coach Anil Kumble had praised Pandyas efforts which nearly aced a difficult chase in Delhi, they had also reminded the 23-year old about the lessons to be absorbed from that experience.With 11 runs needed from eight balls - and only Nos. 10 and 11 left - Pandya flat-batted a bouncer from Boult, who had been New Zealands best bowler, and was caught by the sweeper on the off side. India lost by six runs.It will be harsh on him, he could have [taken it to the end] the option is always there, Dhoni said after the match. You always have to target who are the bowlers you want to hit and in these kinds of situation even the last ball counts. May be if that shot would have gone over point it could have been a boundary and everything would have been different. He is still learning and more often than not he will be alone along with the tail.With the likes of Kumble and Dravid to guide him, however, Pandya knows, at least off the field, he is never alone. Tiger Schoenen Heren . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Asics Gel Lyte 3 Dames Grijs . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. http://www.sportschoenenasics.nl/ . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. The candidates -- all previously announced in their own countries -- are: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm. HOUSTON -- Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow first saw Yulieski Gurriel play a decade ago in a tournament in Amsterdam.He imagined him playing in the major leagues and made that dream a reality Saturday when he signed the Cuban free agent to a $47.5 million, five-year deal with the Astros.To be able to get him now really in the prime of his career ... is a huge deal for us, Luhnow said. Its probably the most exciting day since Ive been here except for the wild-card win against the Yankees.A beaming Gurriel was introduced Saturday in Houston, seated next to Luhnow behind a table draped with the American and Cuban flags. He was handed an Astros hat and jersey and proudly put both on, slowly fastening each button on the jersey, a huge smile never leaving his face.I have no words to describe this moment, he said in Spanish through an interpreter.Gurriel was one of the most sought international free agents since leaving Cuba in February after competing in the Caribbean World Series in the Dominican Republic. The 32-year-old was declared a free agent last month.There were times Gurriel wondered if hed ever get the chance to play in the majors.I always had the hope to play in the United States, he said. But it always seemed like something very far away ... it has been my dream my whole life to be here and to play next to big league players.The Astros are in the process of obtaining a work visa for Gurriel. After thats done, Luhnow said, hell head to the minors to get some at-bats to prepare to face major league pitching for the first time. Houstons Triple-A club is in Fresno, but the Astros want Gurriel to be closer to the team, so hell likely get those swings with Double-A Corpus Christi. For now, hell head to Houstons spring training complex in Florida to prepare for his next move.Though theres no official timetable for his major league debut, Luhnow is confident that it will happen this season.Absolutely, he said. One of the reasons why (we) worked so hard to get this deal done as timely as we could was I want, and Yuli wants to be part of a playoff run this year.Gurriel gets a $2 million reporting bonus if he obtains a U.S. work visa before the end of the 2016 season and salaries of $1.5 million this year, $14 million in 2017, $12 million in 2018, $10 million in 2019 and $8 million in 2020. Onitsuka Tiger Hoog. He has a one-time right to opt into salary arbitration following his first eligibility and has the right to become a free agent when the contract expires. He does not have a no-trade provision.He would earn $100,000 if voted MVP, $50,000 for finishing second and $25,000 for third. He would get $50,000 for World Series MVP, and $25,000 each for League Championship Series MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and being selected an All-Star.The Astros have shaken off a terrible start to the season and entered Saturdays games 4 1/2 games behind Texas for the lead in the AL West and one game back for the second wild card playoff spot.Gurriel is primarily a third baseman but also has played second base and shortstop. He was an Olympian in 2004 and 2008.Luis Valbuena is currently playing third base for Houston but can also play first base. Luhnow said theyll figure out where Gurriel will play later.In 15 seasons in Cuba, he is a.335 hitter with 250 homers and 1,018 RBI. Last season, he hit .500 with 15 homers and 51 RBI in just 49 games for Industriales.To me, he was the Cuban star that everybody was hoping would become available to a major league team, Luhnow said. Its a combination of pretty impressive offensive output, both power and speed and average and the ability to take walks and avoid strikeouts -- all of the things we talk about being key elements of success in the major leagues.Hes a five-tool player with 15 years of incredible success on the international stage ... pretty much the combination wed design if we were going to design a ballplayer.Though Gurriel, who said he prefers to be called El Yuli, will be a rookie in the majors at 32, hell be looked upon to be a leader for a team with several young Latin stars. 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CINCINNATI -- Cody Reed is taking his lumps at the major league level, but it is all part of the process. Stivali Ugg Donna .The 23-year-old Cincinnati Reds left-hander, who came into this season ranked as the second-best prospect in the organization, owns an 8.39 ERA through five starts with 23 earned runs allowed in 24 2/3 innings.Some flashes of brilliance are embedded in the rust, however. Reed (0-4) has fanned 29 batters, including nine in his big league debut to become the first Reds pitcher to reach that total in his first career start since Johnny Cueto in 2008.Reed was among a trio of heralded left-handed pitching prospects acquired from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Cueto last July. On Tuesday, Reed will again search for his first win when he faces the Atlanta Braves, a club he has yet to face. Cincinnati is hoping for a more extended outing from Reed, who hasnt pitched past the fifth inning since going seven in his debut.Rookie right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will start for Atlanta, and he will be facing the Reds for the first time. It will be Jenkins second career start, with his other four major league appearances coming out of the bullpen this season.In his only previous start, Jenkins threw 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball on July 6 at Philadelphia. He hasnt pitched since.With the left-handed Reed on the mound for Cincinnati, the Braves are expected to go with Anthony Recker behind the plate. The rotation between Recker and A.J. Pierzynski is something that still is developing.Well let Recker get the left-handers the next couple of days and see what weve got, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said Monday. I thought he did a good job (Sunday). He was in synch with Julio (Teheran), and he can swing the bat. Theyll both play. A.J. was a big addition for us.Speaking of catching, the big news Monday from the Reds side is that Devin Mesoraco underwent surgery repair a torn labrum in his right hip. The procedure was performed in New York by hip specialist Bryan Kelly, who also repaired Mesoracos hip impingement in June 2015.Mesoraco had his second shoulder surgery after undergoing a procedure on a torn left labrum in May. He is expected to begin catching drills in mid- to late January.In 2014, Mesoraco, 28, became the first Reds catcher since Hall of Famer Johnny Bench to hit 25 homers and drive in 80 runs in a season.We certainly would like him to stay healthy and keep him on the field, manager Bryan Price said. Its always a crapshoot with any player. Hopefully, what hes doing is putting all this behind him so he can string together some healthy seasons.Tucker Barnhart has been getting the bulk of the playing time with Ramon Cabrera serving as an able backup.Reds first baseman Joey Votto will be looking to continue his hot streak on Tuesday after going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in an 8-2 win over the Braves in the series opener. Votto who batted only .200 in May, is off to a blistering start after the All-Star break, 8-for-15 (.533).Ive had seasons where Ive started off really well, poorly, everything in between, Votto said. You have to take every challenge that comes your way. Early in the season, I struggled hitting fastballs over the plate. Thats step one, and go from there. Ugg Donna Scontati .R. Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore. Ugg Bambina . 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After that time, Hammond will serve as a consultant to the team as Zanik is elevated to the GM role.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bucks have not announced the extension.Zanik was hired away from the Utah Jazz in June to be groomed as Hammonds successor.The 61-year-old Hammond has been the Bucks GM since 2008. He has forged a reputation over the years for having a keen eye for talent in the middle of draft and his role in bringing in Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker has helped give the Bucks a promising young roster.With coach Jason Kidd signing a three-year contract extension this summer and Zanik waiting in the wings to assume the main front office duties, the Bucks are set up to have consistent leadership at the top for the immediate future. Ciabatte Ugg Uomo. 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TAMPA, Fla. Dámské Tenisky Puma . -- Receiver Kenny Bell and rookie tight end Danny Vitale were cut Saturday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trimmed their roster to the regular season limit of 53 players.Bell was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Nebraska, where he is the schools career receiving leader. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve and was unable separate himself from a group of candidates for a roster spot behind Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Adam Humphries and Russell Shepherd.Vitale was a sixth-round draft pick this year out of Northwestern. The decision to waive him and another rookie, Kivon Cartwright, leaves the Bucs with five tight ends -- starters Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker, plus Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers and rookie Alan Cross, one of four undrafted free agents who survived Saturdays moves.Defensive linemen Channing Ward and DaVonte Lambert and offensive tackle Leonard Wester, from Division II Missouri Western, are the other undrafted rookies still on the team.There were no real surprises among the other moves.Running backs Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough; receivers Jonathan Krause, Freddie Martino and Bernard Reedy; safeties Isaiah Johnson and Kimario McFadden; offensive linemen Josh Allen and Kelvin Palmer; center Ben Gottschalk; tackle Kyler Kerbyson; linebackers Josh Keyes, Mitch Awe, Jeremiah George and Luke Rhodes; cornerback Javien Elliot, and defensive linemen Kourtnei Brown and A.J. Francis were waived. Defensive tackle Cliff Matthews was released.Nor was it surprising that coach Dirk Koetter kept three quarterbacks, with Mike Glennon and Ryan Griffin backing up second-year pro Jameis Winston, who took every snap as a rookie in 2015.Glennon, entering his fourth season, has made 18 career starts. Griffin, who has yet to play in a regular season game, signed with Tampa Bay last season after spending two years with the New Orleans Saints.The Bucs did not have any media availability Saturday, however Koetter said last week that he likely would carry three quarterbacks.Two reasons: one, we put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think hes proving that hes capable of being a backup in this league. And then the second thing is, obviously, its not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract, Koetter said.Jameis is our quarterback for the long haul, but weve got to have a two, and those guys take so long to train. ... 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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. Kent 533 for 6 dec (Billings 171, Stevens 140) beat Gloucestershire 221 (Marshall 58, Viljoen 5-55) and 243 (Marshall 118, Viljoen 3-66, Stevens 3-45)Scorecard It says a lot about this Kent side that they were able to keep their patience on the final day against Gloucestershire. The matter at hand was simple: six wickets in three sessions, plenty of overs with a second new ball and Michael Klinger already back in the hutch. But Gloucestershire fought hard to stave off defeat, taking the game into a third session to really test the patience of a young Kent spine.In previous years, when Championship cricket might have been regarded as a nuisance, today it was evident just how much it meant to Kent. While the bowlers started too wide, they improved their lines throughout the day and, with Sam Northeast constantly changing an energetic field to employ tactics that came good, there was something that told you that Kent would see this home.The wicket of Jack Taylor perhaps summed up the quality of the collective work. Having fed him full deliveries after lunch, Northeast urged his bowlers to test out the batsmans patience when the ball was bouncing up at head height. Matt Coles served up a sharp bouncer, bounding down the slope from the Ashley Down Road End, the shot came and with it the edge through to Sam Billings.Knowing that Essex at won last night was interesting for the guys, said Northeast. It meant a bit of extra pressure. But were playing some serious good cricket at the moment - this bowling attack keeps performing. He saved special mention for Hardus Viljoen, as the South African backed up 5 for 55 in the opening innings with 3 for 66 in the second, including the winning wicket, capping off an exceptional debut.He has made one of the best debuts I can ever recall seeing from an overseas player, Northeast said of a man who will now be known for more in England - the Garden of England at any rate - than his debut ball in Test cricket that dismissed Alastair Cook.Just one wicket fell in the morning session - a gift from Phil Mustard, who had looked unperturbed, drove wildly at a delivery moving across him from Mitchell Claydon, into the hands of Sean Dickson for a simple catch at point. The second session brought three more with it, as Kent broke into the tail witth the wicket of Taylor, before Miles and Payne were bowled by Viljoen and James Tredwell respectively. Puma Suede Platform Cz. 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He has not, as of yet, retired from professional cricket and will seek further opportunities in his homeland over the winter.In the end, Kent required the new ball to remove him, as Matt Coles delivered a full, outswinging delivery that caught him playing enough across the line to hit him in line. He saluted all sides of the ground, as the Kent fielders joined with those present to wish him well as he made his way back to the pavilion. Not long after he departed, Liam Norwells fight faded, as he slashed at a wide delivery from Viljoen for an edge through to Billings to give Kent a fourth Championship win of the season.As for Gloucestershire, their Championship goose is seemingly cooked. At stumps, it was announced that Klinger is going back to Australia on Sunday as per Western Australias request. He was initially going to miss the final two rounds (away to Northamptonshire and home to Sussex) for the birth of his child but, having picked up a shoulder injury, his state has requested he return early and will now miss the upcoming matches away to Derbyshire and Glamorgan, too.It sums up the end of Gloucestershires summer neatly. Having fought valiantly in all three formats, they will limp into the winter with little to show for their efforts. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
Steve Hansen has insisted back-to-back world champions New Zealand are the underdogs for Saturdays rematch with Ireland in Dublin. Kawhi Leonard Jersey .All Blacks boss Hansen boasts a 92 per cent win record in his four years at the New Zealand helm, but believes Irelands historic win in Chicago alters the complexion of Saturdays Aviva Stadium encounter.New Zealand will field fit-again stellar lock duo Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock for Saturdays Dublin Test, with Israel Dagg selected on the wing to counter Irelands exacting aerial kicking threat.While there was obvious disappointment at the loss in Chicago, disappointment doesnt win Test matches - its about having great preparation and attitude, and delivering on the day. We know the challenge we face from Ireland will again be massive and we are going into the game as the underdogs.Theyll be full of confidence and committed to delivering on their home patch. So we will have to take a massive step up, to get the performance we are looking for. It is a challenge that this team needs right now and how we respond will tell us a lot about ourselves. As I said, we are very much looking forward to Saturday.Ireland can be sure to scoff at Hansens claim that New Zealand are the underdogs, and the bookies would back that up too. The average odds remain with Ireland placed at six to one for victory, with the All Blacks one to nine on to win.Ireland ended New Zealands record-breaking 18-match winning streak in Chicago, but boss Joe Schmidt has since insisted his side caught the All Blacks an an opportune moment due to injuries.Retallick and Whitelocks restoration will boost the All Blacks shape no end. Retallick has beaten concussion while Whitelock has proved his fitness this week after ankle trouble.Daggs selection on the wing is entirely designed to prevent Irelands hugely-impressive high-ball work, his comfort at full-back and under the garryowen a boost to the defensive qualities in New Zealands back-three. Kyle Anderson Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. David Robinson Jersey . They hope to persuade the other team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive. "Given the way the meeting transpired," Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the "Change the Mascot Campaign," said Wednesday, "it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. http://www.spursteamprostore.com/Cheap-Lamarcus-Aldridge-Spurs-Jersey/ .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. Josh Dugan has warned James Tedesco to expect a brutal initiation to State of Origin from Queensland.Tedesco debuts in the Blues No.1 jersey in next weeks Origin III in a spot Dugan made his own for NSW last year and earned player of the series honours.Wests Tigers star Tedescos stunning NRL form has won him the Blues fullback spot for the game three over Matt Moylan and Dugan predicted Queensland will seek to test him at every opportunity.I think my first Origin they threw up 20 bombs. it could be one of those Origin games but it could be one where he shines, Dugan said.I think he is the sort of player who shines in the tougher games.You just have to look at his form over the year and he has proven why he deserves the spotHe is a dangerous player, he is someone who can turn nothing into something. I am really looking forward to going out there with him.He iis a confident player and his form at club level is great. Manu Ginobili Jersey. Despite his own good form at fullback for St George Illawarra, Dugan will play centre for the Blues in game three.I have proved what I can do at this level, I am confident in my ability where ever I play, Dugan said.I have shown I can play centre and fullback so where ever I have been picked I feel I can put my best foot forward there.Due to an elbow injury it is the first Origin game Dugan will play this season and he is desperate not to see Queensland win the series 3-0.We dont want to get swept, thats probably the worst thing that can happen to you in Origin, he said.It is an Origin game not a dead rubber and it will be every bit as tough as game one and two. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova has developed a pre-game ritual since coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees in a trade on Aug. Gordon Hayward Jersey . 1.The right-hander walks up to right fielder Gregory Polanco in the dugout just before the first pitch and asks him to hit a home run.He hit two for me today, Nova said with a smile.Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts with the Pirates.It was the fourth complete game of the right-handers seven-year career with the others coming in 2013.He was very efficient with his pitches, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. He threw a lot of really good sinkers against a very good-hitting team with a lot of right-handed hitters and he locked them up with the ball away.His bid for his third career shutout ended when Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve led off the ninth with consecutive doubles.Pittsburgh snapped its four-game losing streak and stopped Houstons four-game winning streak. Both teams entered 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card in their respective leagues.Nova is doing his best to keep the Pirates hopes of a fourth consecutive postseason appearance alive after being traded for the first time in his career.You dont want to get traded, Nova said. This is not what I was looking for. Stuff like that happens, though. Im happy to be here. Its a good group of guys who want to win and Im trying to do the best I can to help them win.After the Pirates scored four runs in the first inning, Polanco hit solo shots in the third and fifth off Joe Musgrove and Tony Sipp to extend the lead to 6-0 and raise his season total to a team-high 19 homers.It was Polancos second two-home run game of his three-year career. The other was July 4 at St. Louis.The right fielder hit a combined 19 homers in his first two seasons.I guess Im getting stronger, Polanco said. My swing is getting better, shorter and quicker. Experience, too. The more swings you take, the better you get every day.The Pirates opened the first inning with six straight hits off Musgrove (1-2). Matt Joyce and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive RBI doubles then Polanco and rookie Josh Bell drove in runs with singles.Polanco had three of the Pirates 11 hits while driving in three runs and scoring three times. Joyce and Bell added two hits each.The Astros Marwin Gonzalez had three hits.Musgrove, a rookie making his fourth career start, was rocked for five runs and eight hits in four innings with two strikeouts and no walks. He has allowed a combined 13 runs in 9 1/3 innings while losing his last two starts.Hes learning, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Thats part of the nature of having young starters. Hes got to learn to battle himself through his first back-to-back games of adversity. He has pitches to do it. He has a ton of competitiveness in him.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: 3B Luis Valbuena will undergo surgery in the next few days to repair a torn tendon in his right hamstring. Out since July 27, Valbuena finishes the season hitting .260 with 13 home runs in 90 games. ... 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