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Wholesale Indianapolis Colts Jerseys

INDIANAPOLIS — Marlon Mack looks around the Indianapolis Colts locker room and sees the continually changing nameplates.

On Monday, Charcandrick West and Marquis Young went up on running back row. On Tuesday, James Williams joined the group. And more changes could be coming amid an injury rash that has decimated the Colts’ backfield depth.
“You’ve just got to go out there and perform, each and every day,” Mack said. “There’s always competition and that’s what they tell us, just go out there and perform at the highest level you can.”

At least the clear leader of the group, Mack, is healthy after battling injuries each of his first two seasons.

He rushed for 358 yards playing behind Frank Gore as a rookie, when he missed two games. Last season with Gore in Miami, Mack won the starting job over two draft picks and finished with 908 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing four games.

If he becomes a 16-game workhorse in 2019, a 1,000-yard season not only seems feasible but likely given the Colts’ goal of producing a top-five rushing offence.

But behind Mack there are concerns.

Nyheim Hines, listed second on the depth chart, survived a big collision on a punt return Saturday that left him flat on his back. He later explained he had the wind knocked out of him, and was golfing Monday.

The other backs haven’t been nearly as fortunate.

A foot injury has kept Jordan Wilkins, Indy’s No. 3 option, out of action since July 30. He’s still listed as week to week.

Jonathan Williams, fourth on the depth chart, broke a rib in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Cleveland and there’s no timetable for his return. D’Onta Foreman, whom the Colts claimed off waivers from Houston two weeks ago, went on injured reserve with a torn bicep muscle and will likely miss the entire season after taking only seven snaps Saturday. Spencer Ware, signed during the off-season, remains on the physically unable to perform list.

Naturally, general manager Chris Ballard has been busy looking for replacements. He re-signed undrafted rookie Aca’Cedric Ware on Aug. 7 before this week’s flurry.

“We need to get that position right,” coach Frank Reich said. “We need to have some depth. We need to figure out and see how everything is going to unfold with the other injuries — with Jordan and with Jonathan — and just need to make sure that we are ready to go.”

It’s taken a toll on the Colts’ rushing productivity. Through two preseason games, Indy is averaging 89.0 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. Those numbers might not improve much this weekend with Reich announcing Wednesday most of the Colts’ starters won’t play against Chicago.

And with so many moving parts, Mack and Hines suddenly find themselves playing new roles: mentoring the three newcomers, who are scrambling to learn the playbook and figure out how where they fit in the offence.

“With the teaching, it’s OK,” Hines said. “We have so many details in the offence, we’re giving ourselves pointers and reminders, too.”

Inconsistent backfield rotations aren’t the only problem.

Starting quarterback Andrew Luck continues rehabbing from a lower left leg injury, which has kept him out of all but three practices since January.

Meanwhile, the offensive line has played musical chairs with All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson dealing with an injured ankle, centre Ryan Kelly missing time with a shoulder injury, and left tackle Anthony Castonzo taking extra time off during the week and on game day. Kelly returned to practice Aug. 11.

Inside the locker room nobody is panicking.

“Maybe to the outside it looks that bad,” Kelly said. “But once you dissect it and go in there and break the film down, if something doesn’t go perfectly right it’s usually because one or two assignments are blown, and in the grand scheme of things on the offensive line, those are big plays.”

But the revolving door of running backs also has opened a window of opportunity for the newcomers.

If Wilkins and Williams aren’t back for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, Ward, Williams or Young could extend to 21 the Colts’ league-high streak of consecutive seasons with an undrafted rookie on the opening day roster.

“It’s greater than it was,” Ware said when asked how the injuries have helped his odds. “All I have to do is get out there and show them I can play on this level and take advantage of those opportunities.”

Wholesale Juventus Jerseys

LISBON, Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo says the rape allegation against him was an attack on his honour and led to one of the worst years of his life.

Ronaldo was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas more than 10 years ago but won’t face criminal charges after it was determined the investigation failed to show the claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

 
Ronaldo has told Portuguese television TVI that “2018 was probably my worst year ever, personally speaking.”

He said that “when people question your honour, it hurts, it hurts a lot.”

The Juventus player did not directly talk about the 2009 accusation brought on by Kathryn Mayorga, an American who in a separate lawsuit says she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000.

The 34-year-old Ronaldo said he was not “comfortable speaking” about the case, “but when people attack your honour, it is difficult.”

He said he was thankful and proud that “once again” his innocence was proven.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to be named.

Wholesale Green Bay Packers Jerseys

WINNIPEG — Jon Gruden says he was ready to put his Oakland Raiders on the field in Winnipeg for an pre-season game with the Green Bay Packers, but the head coach had to quickly make some adjustments. So, too, did the players and the NFL.

The teams ended up playing on a field Thursday that was shortened because of concerns over the condition of the end zones at IG Field.
Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 33-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the game for a 22-21 victory.

“I’m not going to make a big deal about the field,” Gruden said. “We liked the field. We thought the field was perfectly ready to roll. You’ll have to ask Green Bay about that.”

The regular 100-yard NFL playing field was shortened to 80 yards. The end zones were marked with bright, orange pylons at the 10-yard lines and there were no kickoffs.

“The field met the mandatory practices for the maintenance of surfaces for NFL games based on an inspection yesterday,” the NFL said in a statement.

“Concerns arose today surrounding the area where the (Winnipeg) Blue Bombers’ goal posts were previously located. The 10-yard line will function as the goal line at this game. In lieu of kickoffs, the ball will be placed at the 15-yard line.”

Before warmups, game officials and staff from both clubs were on the field examining the patches of turf that covered the spots where the goal posts for 110-yard CFL games were removed, which were in the playing surface of the NFL end zones.

The home field of the Bombers had been converted for the smaller NFL size, with new painted lines, goal posts located at the back of the new end zones and turf added all around the field to cover the regular asphalt.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur decided to sit 33 players, including many starters such as star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Aaron Jones. Rodgers hasn’t played in the pre-season, including last week when he had tightness in his back.

Oakland didn’t play starters such as quarterback Derek Carr or new receiver Antonio Brown.

“We were going to have all our starters play, and it was just one of those deals,” LaFleur said. “We certainly have all played on much worse surfaces in our life, but it was just one of those deals where they weren’t playing their starters and so we just decided to sit them.”

Promoter John Graham, president of On Ice Entertainment Ltd. that was in charge of the field conversion, told The Canadian Press in a text message that he’d “like to wait” before making a comment.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers president and CEO Wade Miller was unavailable for comment.

Canadian-born Raiders tight end Luke Willson said he was unaware of concerns about the field until players were told it was being shortened right before the game.

“Even right now, I don’t know exactly what it was,” said Willson, who hails from LaSalle, Ont.

He does know he enjoyed the crowd of 21,992 fans, many dressed in colours of both teams.

“I was very impressed,” Willson said. “I kind of heard some rumblings that it wasn’t going to be packed. I know it wasn’t sold out, but that being said, for two teams that aren’t from Winnipeg, I thought there was a very good turnout today.

“Being a pre-season game at that, I thought the crowd got loud at times, they had the wave going, they seemed to be into it.”

Packers quarterback Tim Boyle said he checked out a turf-covered spot during warmup.

“It was just a little raised,” Boyle said. “But it’s something you don’t really want to play around with, especially guys who, this is their living. This puts food on the table for them, so you don’t want to mess around with injuries.”

Boyle completed 16-of-25 pass attempts for 191 yards with touchdown passes to Trevor Davis and Jake Kumerow.

Winnipeg native and fan Chris Sellar, who was sporting a Packers jersey, cheesehead hat and a green plaid kilt, said the field looked “odd.”

“My disappointment is that the starters they promised were playing didn’t play, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones.”

LaFleur had said this week Rodgers would be a game-time decision. The 15-year veteran pivot did take part in the warmup.

“But they promoted it like they were all going to play,” Sellar said. “For folks who paid $300 a seat, I’d be pretty disappointed.”

Sellar and a friend bought the reduced end-zone tickets for $75 plus taxes and fees, for a total of $94.25 each.

The event had drawn controversy since ticket prices were announced in June.

Tickets were $75 to $340 before taxes and fees. The limited cheapest upper-deck ones sold out fast. Up to 6,000 end-zone tickets were recently reduced through a sponsorship deal to $75 from $164.

Green Bay led 21-10 at halftime, which featured Winnipeg band Attica Riots.

Oakland quarterback Nathan Peterman had squeezed the score to 21-19 when he threw a 17-yard TD pass to De’Mornay Pierson-El at 9:12 of the fourth. A two-point pass attempt was intercepted by Packers linebacker Brady Sheldon.

The game was the first NFL contest in Canada since the Buffalo Bills completed a run of eight games in Toronto with a regular-season clash against the Atlanta Falcons in December 2013.

Wholesale Iceland Jerseys

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey accused Icelandic officials on Monday of showing disrespect to its visiting soccer team, after players said they were kept waiting at passport control for three hours and had their bags searched.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Euro 2020 Qualifier – Group H – Turkey v France – Torku Arena, Konya, Turkey – June 8, 2019 Turkey coach Senol Gunes celebrates after the match with the players REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

Turkish social media users joined in the criticism and demanded Iceland identify a man who, apparently as a joke, approached the players at arrivals and thrust a dish-scouring brush in their faces, mimicking the TV microphones around him.

Turkey’s team, fresh from its defeat of World Cup Champions France on Saturday, flew into Keflavik airport near Reykjavik overnight ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifying match against Iceland on Tuesday.

The players described their treatment to Turkish TV crews waiting outside. “The disrespect shown to our national team in Iceland is unacceptable and what is necessary will be done,” President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, wrote on Twitter.

“Our national team will give the best response on the field,” he added.

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The complaint was echoed by foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the spokesman of Erdogan’s ruling AK party and other officials. Turkey’s embassy in Oslo sent a diplomatic note to Iceland’s government protesting at the “disrespect” shown to the team.

There was no immediate comment from Iceland’s government or foreign ministry.

Omar Smarason, head of media and marketing at the Football Association of Iceland, said all passengers from “non-certified” airports received similar checks. Iceland’s players went through the same procedure when they arrived home from Turkey’s Konya airport five years ago, he added.

The man with the brush was shown on Turkish TV filming himself with a mobile device as his approached the players with his mock microphone.

Turkish social media users responded with indignation, and graphics showing the Icelandic flag with a brush taking the place of the vertical bar of its red cross.

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The hashtag #TurksAreComingForIceland trended on Twitter in Turkey.

Turkey upset France with a 2-0 win in Konya on Saturday.

It is currently leading Group H, followed by France then Iceland, which beat Albania 1-0 at home on Saturday.

Wholesale Miami Marlins Jerseys

ATLANTA — Ronald Acuña Jr. has found multiple ways to beat the Miami Marlins this year. He only wishes the season series wasn’t over.

“Yeah, I definitely think it was an appropriate way and a fitting ending to the way we played the Marlins,” he said through a translator. “But I would have much rather hit a home run against them.”
Acuña hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game, finishing off the Marlins 3-2 on Thursday night.

Freddie Freeman hit a tying homer in the eighth and the Braves sent Miami to its 12th road loss in a row, the longest streak in the majors this year.

The NL East-leading Braves went 15-4 against the Marlins this year. Acuña hit .319 with nine homers and 18 RBIs in the season series.

“More so I just wanted to leave it on the field and walk it off,” Acuña said. “I wanted us to get the win. I really didn’t care independently about which ballplayer did it.”

Adeiny Hechavarría opened the Atlanta ninth with a double and later scored on Acuña’s single off Ryne Stanek (0-3).

Freeman’s 34th homer, an opposite-field drive to left, came off Stanek, who lost his first decision since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Stanek threw a fastball down and away to Freeman.

“I didn’t think it was that bad of a pitch,” Stanek said. “He just put a good swing on it.”

Mark Melancon (5-2) faced four batters in the ninth to earn the win.

Braves starter Mike Soroka hasn’t won a decision in seven straight starts. The 22-year-old All-Star was still hard to solve, allowing a single in the second and another in the sixth before Brian Anderson and Neil Walker singled in the seventh and both scored to make it 2-1 on Starlin Castro’s double.

Soroka, tied for the second-best ERA in the majors at 2.41, allowed no walks and struck out five in seven innings. It marked the fourth time in five starts that he’s pitched that deep into a game.

“It’s affirmation to me that I’m not really taking the foot off the pedal,” Soroka said. “Staying aggressive and keeping with what’s working, too.”

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara gave up Hechavarría’s RBI single in the second, and allowed three hits overall in seven innings. He held the top four batters in Atlanta’s lineup — Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freeman and Josh Donaldson — to a collective 0 for 12.

Alcantara took a shutout into the eighth inning of his last start against Atlanta on Aug. 10.

SIGNFICANT NUMBERS

Fifteen of Freeman’s homers have either tied the game or given Atlanta the lead this season. … Freeman became the first Brave since Chipper Jones in 2007 to have a season with 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. … Atlanta improved to a season-best 25 games over .500.

NICE GLOVE

Marlins 1B Walker snared Rafael Ortega’s liner in the second to double up Hechavarría and prevent a runner from scoring from third.

STREAK LIVES

Miami has allowed a homer in 23 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in major league history and three off the mark shared by Baltimore in 2017, Seattle in 2004 and Houston in 2001.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Pablo López (right shoulder strain) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings during his most recent rehab start with Triple-A New Orleans. Manager Don Mattingly said he could return before the rosters expand in September.

Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) was 1 for 2 with an RBI through the first four innings of his first rehab game at Single-A Rome on Thursday. … LF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) ran without pain before the game and will report to Rome on Friday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Héctor Noesí (0-3, 9.39 ERA) will make his fourth start as Miami opens a three-game home series against Philadelphia.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) will pitch the first game of a three-game series at the New York Mets. Foltynewicz has a 19.96 ERA and opponents are hitting .344 against him with runners in scoring position.

Wholesale Minnesota Wild Jerseys

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild announced four-time Stanley Cup champion Bill Guerin as their new general manager.

There is cautious optimism surrounding the hire. The team still has one of the best head coaches in all of hockey in Bruce Boudreau, who will oversee a roster that still has enough talent around to remain competitive in 2019-20. And, quite frankly, it’s hard to imagine him doing a worse job than his predecessor.

 
That is the short-term, though. Long-term, Guerin is facing quite the uphill battle. Prior regimes saddled Guerin with something of a salary cap disaster, flush with expensive long-term contracts and little immediately available help in the prospect pool. And the biggest concern may be the fact that the shelf life on the current roster is already reaching expiry.

One of the first questions Guerin will have to answer in reshaping the organization is how to get younger. Heading into the 2019-20 season, the average NHL roster sits at just under 27 years of age. Initially, most teams would concentrate on a youth movement within the forward groups, but that has also manifested on the blueline in recent years. There are two obvious reasons for this: younger players tend to have a more positive impact on team performance than the rest of the playing class, and thanks to the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and contract restrictions, they tend to be more financially friendly.

Consider some of Minnesota’s core players for just a moment. Team captain Mikko Koivu, entering the final year of his deal, is 36. Zach Parise (35) is signed for another six seasons. Eric Staal (34) still has two more years on his deal. The team’s biggest free agent signing this summer was 31-year-old Mats Zuccarello on a five-year deal. On the blueline, their first pairing anchor in Ryan Suter (34) has six years left on his contract. Their starting goaltender? A 33-year-old Devan Dubnyk.

You get the point. Some of these players are still reliable. But in aggregate, Minnesota is in the untenable position of having little cap flexibility on a base of one of the oldest rosters in the entire league.

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Minnesota having an aged lineup is one thing, and that roster carrying some pretty substantial long-term contracts obviously compounds the issue. However, there is a third wrinkle that Guerin will have to work through, and that’s how to displace the significant workload the majority of these veteran players are currently shouldering.

I mentioned earlier that some of these skaters are still effective, and it’s true – guys like Staal and Parise have been valuable contributors in recent years, and there is no reason to believe they will immediately crater in the following season. If Minnesota just had to work to displace their minutes as they entered a transition season, it wouldn’t be much of a problem.

But nearly half of the roster is sorely in need of some minutes reallocation. That really starts with Suter, who over the last two years has played more minutes than any skater not named Drew Doughty. Suter isn’t the only player who may be stretched a bit thin, though:

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What I’ll be most interested to see is how aggressive Guerin is in stripping this roster down for an expected – if not inevitable – transitionary period. Again, I think this Wild team is talented enough to be competitive again next year, and I think having such a strong head coach lends itself to seeing what this lineup can do for another year.

But what if Minnesota struggles out of the gate, or Guerin’s appetite for a youth driven rebuild overwhelms his desire to try and push for a playoff spot this year? We could see a teardown start in relatively short order. And if that’s the case, there may be some interesting names shaking loose on the trade market before the Feb. 24, 2020 trade deadline.

 

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Hope Solo has been suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer after calling Team Sweden “cowards” last week at the Rio Olympics.

The soccer federation announced the ban on Wednesday, saying Solo’s conduct was “counter to the organization’s principles”.
Solo made the comments after the U.S. was ousted in a shootout against Sweden in the Olympic quarter-finals.

“I thought we played a courageous game,” Solo said last week. “I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly and firmly believe that.”

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati addressed Solo’s comments in a statement.

“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” said Gulati. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.

“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”

According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, Solo can still play for her club team, the Seattle Reign of the NWSL, during the suspension.

Solo will not be able to rejoin the U.S. Women’s team until February of next year.

The 35-year-old released a statement of her own shortly after the suspension was announced.

“For 17 years, I dedicated my life to the U.S. women’s national team and did the job of a pro athlete the only way I knew how – with passion, tenacity, an unrelenting commitment to be the best goalkeeper in the world, not just for my country, but to elevate the sport for the next generation of female athletes. In those commitments, I have never wavered. And with so much more to give, I am saddened by the federation’s decision to terminate my contract.

“I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things. My entire career, I have only wanted the best for this team, for the players and the women’s game and I will continue to pursue these causes with the same unrelenting passion with which I play the game.”