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There was a time, almost 10 years ago, when it was my job to follow Michael Phelps around the country -- and around the world -- documenting his every move. Nike Vapormax Canada . I studied his facial expressions, scribbled down his splits during every race and frequently lingered on the pool deck for more than an hour after his races were over, hoping he would eventually wander over and share a few snippets of insight that I could relay to readers.I felt like I knew him then, as well as anyone who covered swimming, which was also to say, barely at all.Writing about him as he grew up in the public eye, stumbles and all, was complicated. What he did in the pool, on his best nights, was surreal. I frequently sat down in front of my laptop after watching him break a world record and felt like no words in my head could do it justice. He pushed the limits of human potential, and to witness that, again and again, was one of the great blessings of my career.He also often seemed more like a corporation than a person. He lived in a bubble, a bubble he both needed and resented. He rarely looked people in the eye when he answered questions. He rarely spoke frankly about anything. For promotional purposes, he decided that he needed to be bland and polite every time the cameras were on. When they were off, he could be surly, indifferent and immature. Other than his coach, Bob Bowman, he didnt have many people in his life who could be brutally honest with him, and it showed. (I once asked Bowman if he felt like a father figure in Phelps life, considering Phelps went months and years without speaking to his father, Fred. Bowman explained that their relationship was far more complicated than that.)Phelps was trying to figure out who he was -- like so many of us as we transition from our teens to our 20s -- but he had to do it with the world watching. At times, that was suffocating. He shared the same anecdotes, over and over, that he thought were symbolic of his growth.?Once you heard them a few times, you understood that he was essentially reading a script people wanted to hear.I was the hometown newspaper reporter assigned to shadow him in the years leading up to Beijing, and though we got along fairly well, we grew weary of seeing one anothers faces. I once flew across the country to hang out with him before an award show, lured by the promise of an hour-long one-on-one interview, only to have it end after four minutes. I looked at my digital recorder in horror as he was whisked away by his handlers. There were no apologies. Phelps made it clear, in that moment and many others, who held all the power in our dynamic.Greatness requires a certain amount of selfishness. I understood that and never held it against him. The reality of who he was and who he is now has always been more complicated than most people understand. I watched him treat people poorly, listened to other swimmers gripe about him in private and mulled over how much any of it mattered. (Some of the complaints were jealousy; some were legitimate.) As Walt Whitman said, we all contain multitudes. I also saw Phelps act friendly, generous and human.This was especially true with kids. He had a bottomless supply of patience at swim meets for all the kids who wanted pictures, autographs, hugs or high-fives. A lot of interactions with people, he tolerated or?faked. With kids, it always seemed genuine. It was as if he knew, on a subconscious level, that his own childhood had been given away in exchange for his sports destiny, and when he saw kids just learning how to swim the butterfly, he longed for that innocence. One of the first times I thought he was genuinely curious about my life was after my daughter was born in 2009. I mentioned it in passing, little more than small talk, and he wanted to hear more. He urged me to enroll her in swim lessons as soon as possible.I thought about all of this on Saturday while watching Phelps win gold in the 4x100-meter medley relay, the race he insists will be his last. Sports narratives are always cleaner than reality. Its easy to say he has found peace, that hes sober, that hes content leaving the sport the right way. I so want this to be true, because if it is, its a hopeful story. Its a much better ending than seeing him get another DUI at 4 a.m. or watching him gamble, all alone, at the local casino because hes still struggling for a purpose outside the pool. With Olympians, we frequently make the mistake of trying to cast them as reflections of our best selves. That only magnifies their mistakes when they make them, as if theyve let the whole country down. Its unfair, but that arrangement seems to be inescapable.I dont know how Phelps will handle retirement. I didnt think he was finished after London, despite his insistence that it was over, but I do think its over now. Countless obstacles exist, however, just beyond the horizon. I hope he finds something else to chase, something to fulfill him.It might be family. It warmed my heart to see Phelps and his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, holding their son, Boomer, in Rio this week. I once asked him about Nicole, who was an off-and-on presence in his life even prior to Beijing. In a rare moment of candor, without using her name, he said any girl who required anything of him beyond the bare minimum wasnt going to last in his life. He was the person he wanted to be, he had goals he was going to pursue, and he saw no need to change. It was an interesting window into a 23-year-olds view of love and relationships. To see him now, striving to be an equal partner and parent while juggling one last athletic challenge, is a beautiful coda to his swimming career.Now, he likely faces the biggest challenge of his life. He has to figure out who he is and what hes capable of without the water. I think hell succeed, but maturity and sobriety are an endless journey, a fidelity to an idea, not a finish line you cross and never struggle with again. Every four years, Phelps gave us some incredible memories, and while there were certainly rewards, he also paid a price along the way.Root for the second act of his life to be just as rewarding as the first. Nike Vapormax Canada Online . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Nike Vapormax Clearance . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. http://www.vapormaxcanada.com/ . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With their minds on two ailing teammates, the Arizona Coyotes pulled out a hard-fought victory Saturday night.Martin Hanzal redirected Alex Goligoskis shot into the net at 1:16 of overtime, giving the Coyotes a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.Arizona players were aware that minor leaguer Craig Cunningham collapsed on the ice Saturday during pregame warmups with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL, the organizations top farm club. He was taken to a hospital and the game was postponed.The 26-year-old Cunningham played 10 games for the Coyotes last season.All I can say is as a group in here, were thinking about him and his family, goalie Mike Smith said. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to them.The Coyotes didnt have an update on Cunninghams condition after the game but issued a statement from general manager John Chayka confirming the medical emergency and that Cunningham was receiving treatment at the hospital.Arizona coach Dave Tippett said more would be known on Sunday.The Coyotes also were thinking about injured teammate Brad Richardson, sidelined indefinitely after surgery Friday to repair broken bones in his right leg.Lots of emotion tonight. Its good to finish with a win, Tippett said.Smith stopped 43 shots for Arizona, 18 in the third period. Tobias Rieder and Max Domi also scored for the Coyotes, who ended a four-game skid and played into overtime for the third straight game.Smitty was outstanding and thats why we won, Hanzal said.Smith, who missed 12 games with a lower-body injury before returning earlier in the week, felt well-rested.Its a game that you have to come in sharp and know youre probably going to get a lot of rubber thrown at you, he said. I was hoping it wasnt going to be in the 40s, but it happens.San Jose lost its third in a row despite finishing with a season-high 45 shots on goal.The Sharks cut the Coyotes lead to 2-1 just 41 seconds into the third period on Joe Pavelskis sixth goal of the season, a long, rising shot that was too fast for Smith to turn aside.Tommy Wingels scored off a deflected shot from teammate Matt Nieto at 10:28. Nike Vapormax Sale Canada. Rieder, who missed Thursdays overtime loss at Vancouver due to injury, opened the scoring. He fired in a centering pass from Jordan Martinook at 1:55 of the first period after Martinook chased down the puck.It was Rieders fifth goal of the season and third in his last four games.Arizonas Ryan White and San Joses Michael Haley began exchanging punches off the faceoff right after the goal, with Haley getting in the most vicious hook. Haley leads the Sharks in penalty minutes despite having played in only eight games.The Coyotes mustered just four shots against goalie Martin Jones in the opening period and scored on one of them. Jones made 23 saves.Jones denied a pair of breakaways in the second, but couldnt stop Domis shot that found an opening short side between the post and Jones body at 7:53. Domis second goal and team-leading 13th point of the season came 25 seconds after Arizona went on a power play.The Coyotes were whistled twice for too many men on the ice, but they thwarted all three Sharks power plays.Disappointed, but satisfied with the effort, San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. We wanted two points and thought we played hard and maybe deserved them, but we didnt get them.Game notes Sharks C Tomas Hertl has a lower-body injury and is being evaluated away from the team. Hertl and C Melker Karlsson (ankle) were scratched. ... Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse is dealing with an upper-body injury and was scratched. ... The Coyotes recalled C Christian Dvorak from Tucson before the game. ... Referee Francois St. Laurent left the game after the first period due to illness. ... The Coyotes wore light purple warmup jerseys in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer Night.UP NEXTSharks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Monday night to open a five-game homestand.Coyotes: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, the middle game of a three-game homestand. ' ' '
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Cheap Authentic Jerseys . -- The Tennessee Titans have claimed cornerback Tyler Patmon off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.Patmon, who is 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, played 11 games for the Dallas Cowboys and two games for the Dolphins last season. He finished the season with 11 tackles and six passes defensed.The former undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State played 11 games and had one interception as a rookie for Dallas in 2014.Patmon played three seasons with Kansas before spending his senior year at Oklahoma State. He had 172 tackles, 31 pass breakups and seven interceptions in his college career.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL NFL Jerseys Cheap China . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. Cheap Basketball Jerseys . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. http://www.wholesalejerseysnfl.com/ . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead.ASHBURN, Va. -- Donte Stallworth has a simple way of explaining what its like to be riding in a hot air balloon that clips a power line. "It felt exactly like the cartoons," he said. "When you see people getting electrocuted on cartoons, thats exactly what it felt like." Except that its not funny. The veteran NFL receiver suffered serious burns in the accident three months ago. Hes since recovered and is expected to sign this week with the Washington Redskins after taking part in Tuesdays minicamp practice as a tryout player. Stallworth said a balloon ride was on his then-girlfriends bucket list, so he surprised her with it for her birthday. The two-hour ride was smooth until the balloon hit the power line while coming in for a landing. "Literally, my butt caught on fire," he said. "And she was on fire as well." Both were airlifted to a hospital, but not before he burst out laughing while in the ambulance, much to the bemusement of the emergency workers. "Ten years of playing professional football and I never been carted off the field," he said. "And IIve never even been helped off the field. Cheap NFL Jerseys China. If I had a knee injury, I was able to get up and walk away on my own. And I go on a hot air balloon, something that seems very peaceful for two hours, and Im getting airlifted to a hospital, life on the line." Stallworth said it took a few weeks for the burns to heal enough for him to resume football training, and his former girlfriend is also doing fine. But the physical scars remain. "My arm here was pretty burned," he said, holding up his left forearm to reporters. "And I dont think you guys want to see the other one." The Redskins, when they called him about a tryout, were actually more concerned about the high ankle sprain he had last year while with the New England Patriots. He passed a physical Monday, and coach Mike Shanahan said he hopes to sign the 32-year-old wideout. "Well see where hes at," Shanahan said. "But hes impressed me today." Stallworth also played with the Redskins in 2011. He appeared in one only game with the Patriots last year before the ankle injury ended his season. ' ' '
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Comparisons with Greg Inglis are nothing new for Sydney Roosters flyer Latrell Mitchell. cheap nhl jerseys .But when they come from Inglis best mate Darius Boyd, that is something else.The next Greg Inglis hype began from the outset for Mitchell after he burst onto the NRL scene this season.However, Mitchell has perhaps received the ultimate compliment from Test and Brisbane fullback Boyd ahead of Thursday nights NRL clash with the Roosters in Sydney.Boyd admits he can see Mitchells similarities with his Queensland teammate and close friend Inglis, putting the battling Broncos on high alert.Hes a superstar of the future, Boyd said.Hes already done some crazy things that 18-year-olds probably shouldnt be able to do.In the years to come he will play a lot of rep footy.Hes got that GI look about him.Hes got special skills for a big guy.Sixth-placed Brisbane need to end a run of six losses in eight games to stay in sight of the top four.Boyd said that would be easier said than done against the second-last Roosters, despite their lowly ladder position.He was concerned the Roosters had shown glimpses of their best before being rolled 26-10 by front runners Melbourne last round.They have had an up and down season but they have played a lot better the last few weeks - theyve got some dangerous players, Boyd said.Brisbane captain Corey Parker also believed the Roosters ladder position was deceiving.I think they are still a very good football side although their win-loss record may not say that, he said.Parker was more worried about Brisbanes fortunes, especially after losing Test forwards Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire to suspension this week.Spirit has never been an issue here, Parker said.We do have the belief to turn it around.Now we have to provide the actions.We can talk about it all we want but we need to go out there and do it. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday. wholesale nfl jerseys . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. http://www.cheapnflauthenticjerseys.net/ . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance.Paul Pogbas dab celebration is being used in France to teach and test students in maths. The distinctive pose is supposed to form two right-angled triangles and an exam asked students if Pogbas celebration is the perfect dab.Exercise 5 of the test reads: Cristiano Ronaldo is jealous of the dab of Paul Pogba, he then tries to demonstrate that he is perfect. Paul Pogba has used his dab celebration since his time at Juventus According to the book the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Dab (DUDDDD), a dab is perfect if and only if the triangles represented in the figure below are right-angles.Is Paul Pogbas dab perfect?Pogba spotted the exam on social media and Tweeted: The dab is useful, am I approved? #maths Man Utd vs Arsenal November 19, 2016, 11:30am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Pogba popularised the dab celebration whilst he was at Juventus in Serie A, while Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard has used it since scoring against Newcastle in January. wholesale adidas nhl jerseys. It has been imported from sports professionals in the USA, who took the dance and pose from the hip-hop music scene. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Rooney to be fit for Arsenal clash Tylers United-Arsenal special LA Galaxy target Rooney deal Arsenals travel trouble ' ' '
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OXFORD, Miss. Nike Air Max Canada Sale . -- Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy leaned into the microphone at his postgame press conference, flashed a smile and whispered softly.Coaches arent supposed to say this out loud, especially on a game this early in the season, but this was a must win for us, said Kennedy, after his Rebels defeated Memphis 85-77 on Saturday.Sebastian Saiz proved to be the decisive factor, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. The Rebels made good use of the free-throw line, finishing 28 of 33 (85 percent), including 17 consecutive conversions in the final eight minutes.Deandre Burnett scored 19 points and Cullen Neal added 12 for the Rebels (6-2), who used a 20-3 run in the second half to wipe out a 66-61 deficit.We played hard and I was proud of the effort, Memphis coach Tubby Smith said. We had that one stretch where we just blew up. It began when we fouled a 3-point shooter and you cant do that. Weve got to play smarter, but Ole Miss made plays when they had to. Credit them.Memphis (6-2) was led by K. J. Lawson with 17 points, while Markel Crawford and Jeremiah Martin had 16 and 14 points, respectively. The Tigers used a 24-5 surge early in the second half to build a 62-57 lead with 9:50 left, but could not match Ole Miss in the final eight minutes.Ole Miss was 25 of 58 (43 percent) from the field, while Memphis finished 26 of 61 (43 percent). The Tigers were 19 of 29 (66 percent) from the line and outrebounded Ole Miss 38-37, led by Dedric Lawson and Crawford with six apiece.ROLE PLAYERKennedy has a habit of tinkering with starting lineups in nonconference games and inserted Neal after the opening six minutes. The transfer guard responded strongly with 12 points, three assists and a steal. His 3-point shot capped the decisive 20-3 burst, giving the Rebels an insurmountable 81-69 lead with 3:01 remaining.TURNING POINTMemphis finished with four starters at four fouls apiece and got only 13 points from the bench. The foul trouble and depth issues were especially obvious as Memphis was burned by the late 20-3 run. Ole Miss had only four turnovers in the second half and only one during the game-winning surge.QUOTABLEIn the postgame press conference, explaining the adjustments made by Memphis during a 24-5 Tigers run, Kennedy said, Tubby Smith is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.BIG PICTUREMemphis: Leading scorer and rebounder Dedric Lawson was limited to eight points and six rebounds in 19 minutes. The Tigers still managed to build a five-point lead heading into the final eight minutes despite extended foul trouble.Ole Miss: After a blowout home loss to Middle Tennessee State and trailing late in the second half to Memphis, the Rebels showed mental toughness and play-making ability with the late rally. Saiz consistently provided big plays in the second half on both ends of the floor.UP NEXTMemphis: Gets a week off before hosting Monmouth on SaturdayOle Miss: Visits Virginia Tech on Dec. 11 before closing December with a four-game home stand. Wholesale Air Max Cheap Candada . The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors. Nike Air Max Cheap Canada .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. http://www.wholesaleairmaxcanada.com/ . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. Tottenham Hotspur are hoping a week in the Australian winter can once again produce a launch-pad for their English Premier League season.Mauricio Pochettino began his title assault in Australia last season, defeating Sydney FC in May 2015 before recording their best finish of the Premier League era.Spurs were in the championship race until late in the season, ceding ground to eventual champions Leicester City and finishing third below arch-rivals Arsenal after a late collapse.Pochettino hopes the break has been restorative and Australia can once again be a wellspring.It was a big disappointment for us, the end of the season, he said.Its important for us to rest mentally and phyiscally.In Sydney it was fantastic and to repeat it this year would be fantastic for us.Speaking at the ICC Audi All Stars event, Pochettino also scotched any notion that he might leave White Hart Lane.The Argentininan Football Association have identified Pochettino as a highly-ranked candidate for the job of national team boss - along with fellow ICC coach Diego Simeone.The position is vacant after the countrys Copa America final defeat to Chile and the departure of former Barceloona manager Gerardo Martino in the wake of Argentinas Copa America. Nike Air Max Outlet Canada. n Melbourne on Monday, Pochettino ruled himself out.Its normal that in Argentina there is a lot of rumour, he told Australian Associated Press.Different names appear in the media because we are Argentinians.But I am very happy at Tottenham and I think its not the moment (for the national team).Like Juventus, their International Champions Cup opponents on Tuesday night, Tottenham have brought a below strength squad to Melbourne.Pochettino apologised to local fans hoping Harry Kane, Dele Alli and others might make the trip but said they would be the first to see a new wave of talent.Two years ago we went to America with a lot of talent and a young Harry Kane, he said.Two years later Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world.We feel sorry because we cannot bring all our full squad.For the players involved in the Euro it was too difficult to bring them. 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SANTA CLARA, Calif. Troy Stecher Jersey . -- With two touchdowns in the first five minutes against the reeling New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers looked poised to finally get their first win since the season opener.Then for the rest of the game, they became the same old Niners and extended their franchise-record losing streak to 12 games.Bilal Powell scored on a 19-yard run after New York stopped Carlos Hyde on fourth-and-short to open overtime and the Jets dealt the 49ers perhaps their most disheartening loss of a lost season with a 23-17 victory on Sunday.Its something that we have to be able to fight through, quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. We have to be able to change this course that were on and when were in these positions, we have to make plays at the end of the game, finish the game and be able to pull out a win.Despite running for 248 yards at a clip of 9.2 yards per carry and facing a team on a short week off a listless loss with an untested quarterback and a backup running back, San Francisco (1-12) still managed to find a way to lose.The Niners broke out to a 14-0 lead for the third time in the past six home games, but have somehow lost them all. This was their record-tying ninth loss this season after scoring first as the pattern of fast starts and second-half duds continued under first-year coach Chip Kelly.After taking a 17-3 lead in the second quarter, San Francisco was held to 133 yards, no points and punted six times on the final eight drives over the last 42:10 of game time.With left tackle Joe Staley out with a hamstring injury and center Daniel Kilgore (right leg), tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) and receiver Torrey Smith (concussion) leaving during the game, Kelly said he got too conservative.Thats on me as the play caller, but I just really wasnt confident, he said.That allowed Bryce Petty and the Jets to tie the game with two fourth-quarter scores. New York used a 15-play, 66-yard drive to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 5:04 left when Powell bowled his way in for a 5-yard run and Petty ran in the 2-point conversion .New York then forced a punt and Petty led the Jets 33 yards to tie the game on Nick Folks 50-yard field goal with 38 seconds left.I think they got worn down, Kelly said of his defense. They were on the field too much because our offense couldnt sustain and stay on the field.Despite blowing the lead and being forced into overtime, the Niners were in good position after winning the toss and driving to the Jets 37. Facing a fourth-and-2 and being too far away for a field-goal attempt, Kelly called Hydes number in hopes that a player who had gained 193 yards on his first 16 carries could get 2 at a crucial spot.Instead, the Jets stuffed him for no gain and then drove down for the winning score.Thats a play weve been running all game, Hyde said. The Jets just played good defense right there. ... I didnt have a lane where I could go. I just tried to hit it up there and tried to get a push, but they did a good job there.Six plays later, Powell was in the end zone following the winning run and the Niners were left to figure out how they blew yet another game.We have to be able to change this course that were on, Kaepernick said. When were in these positions, we have to make plays at the end of the game, finish the game and be able to pull out a win.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Derrick Pouliot Jersey . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. Cheap Vancouver Canucks Jerseys . Soukalova missed only one target and completed the 15-kilometre course in 40 minutes, 32.6 seconds for both victories in this seasons individual discipline. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 34. http://www.cheapcanucksjerseys.com/?tag=adidas-brendan-gaunce-jersey . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sixth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open in straight sets to French qualifier Alexandre Sidorenko on Tuesday.The St. Petersburg-born Sidorenko, playing his first tour-level match this year, produced some timely big serves to win 7-5, 6-2 against his Spanish opponent, who at 32nd in the world was rankked 223 places above Sidorenko. Jacob Markstrom Jersey. There was a tense finish as Sidorenko wasted two match points, the second with a double fault, before serving out the win.He next plays either Italys Paolo Lorenzi or German qualifier Mischa Zverev. ' ' '
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In the second part of ESPNs top ten drivers of 2016, we name numbers 5-1. Air Max 97 Clearance . Read 10-6 here.5. Nico RosbergIn one sense Nico Rosbergs season was perfect. Given the circumstances that unfolded over the course of the year, he beat every other driver on the grid and took the championship. Yet its still hard to argue that he was the best driver out there -- especially when you look at the achievements of the other drivers on this list. That should not be confused with the somewhat tedious debate of whether he is a worthy champion, of that there is no doubt. But was he the most exciting, brilliant, jaw-dropping talent on the 2016 grid? The answer has to be no.Singapore was the crowning achievement of his season. On a track where Mercedes was on the backfoot, he outperformed everyone by a significant margin, including teammate Lewis Hamilton. But the staple of his championship success were the solid, no-thrills performances, such as the first four races of the year, Monza and Japan. At those rounds he did everything that was needed of him and nothing more -- and the same was true at the end of the season when he secured four consecutive second places to seal the title.It was a gritty year, built on sacrifices in his personal life and rewarded with his childhood dream of becoming world champion. But as impressive as that was, there were also days when he simply looked outclassed -- a wet Sunday in Monaco being the prime example. For that reason, the reigning world champion is only fifth on our list. LE4. Carlos SainzCarlos Sainz could so easily have become a footnote in the Max Verstappen story in 2016 but the Spaniards performances throughout the year were enough to warrant his place at number four on this list. Overlooked for the promotion to Red Bull, Sainz appeared to rise to the situation - with his consistently impressive performances made even greater when compared to the struggles of Daniil Kvyat alongside him.Sainzs first standout result, not coincidentally, came in Spain - the first race since Verstappens promotion - as he drove to sixth, a result he then repeated in Austin and Interlagos. He qualified brilliantly throughout the season in a car constricted by a 2015 engine - making Q3 nine times - and demonstrated a fiery side in battle with other drivers. His form was so good through the year that Renault came calling for his services in October, forcing Red Bull to offer a firm rebuttal. Sainz might appear to be stuck in limbo at Red Bulls junior team but another year like 2016 next season will make him well worth the money to prize him free of his contract. NS3. Lewis HamiltonOn his day Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly the best driver on the grid. His ability to find an extra 0.2s in qualifying, pull a surprise overtaking move 150 metres before a corner or put in a succession of quick laps to win a race is unparalleled, but at times this year he appeared to be taking his talent for granted. Yes, he had reliability problems, but Hamilton had the pace and the ability to overcome them and he still fell five points short over 21 races. A quick glance back at his seasons results shows a series of opportunities where he could have easily made up that margin with a little more consistency.His biggest problems were his starts. In Australia, Bahrain, Italy and Japan, Hamilton lost multiple positions when the lights went out, and at all four races he dropped points to Rosberg. After spending additional time at the factory after Japan -- something Rosberg had done earlier in the season -- Hamilton miraculously got on top of the issues and made consistent getaways at all of the final four races. Could the issue have been solved earlier?Another missed opportunity came in Baku, where two uncharacteristic mistakes in qualifying saw him start from tenth on a track where he had dominated all three practice sessions earlier in the weekend. It was the one blip in a potential seven-race winning streak during the middle of the season and resulted in more dropped points.Regardless of his reliability woes, the opportunities were there for Hamilton to win the title this year. That in itself? is a huge testament to his immense skill level, but the fact he didnt secure it means he is not our Driver of the Year this season. LE2. Max VerstappenVerstappen announced himself to the big time in 2016 -- winning on his Red Bull debut in Spain and turning in a wet-weather drive for the ages in Brazil. The latter felt like a coming-of-age performance and seemed to confirm many of the lofty comparisons made about Verstappen since his arrival on the F1 scene at the end of 2014.The teenagers racecraft is sublime: his relentlessness in battle matched by his penchant for pulling off remarkable overtakes. His pass on Nico Rosberg at Silverstone stands out as one of his best from the year, and there were plenty more. But Verstappen is far from the finished article. His aggression courted controversy and led to a clampdown on his habit of moving in the braking zone. Qualifying was a weak point earlier in the year before an upturn in the latter rounds, one he will look to continue in 2017.Verstappen confirmed to the F1 world he is the real deal this year -- but he is not quite the finished article Red Bull wants him to be. That accolade goes to a man he shared a garage with for most of 2016.... NS1. Daniel RicciardoCrack open the champagne and take off your sweaty racing boot, because Daniel Ricciardo is ESPNs Driver of the Year 2016.A combination of consistency and pure pace made him the standout driver of this season, as well as the ability to hold an edge over Max Verstappen during their time as teammates (Ricciardo finished had an 11-point advantage over the Dutch teenager during their 17 races together). On seven occasions (equal to one third of the season) he finished ahead of at least one of the Mercedes, which is a hugely impressive achievement given the car advantage Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton held over him. Sure, he only won one race in Malaysia, but a quicker final pit stop in Monaco and a better strategy in Spain would have made that three -- not to mention a puncture that robbed him of an early lead at the Chinese Grand Prix.There were off days as well, but there was always a reason to explain his lack of pace. In Russia his car was damaged by an incident triggered by teammate Danill Kvyat; in Japan a fuel-flow metre inconsistency and a rubbing floor left him down on top speed; and in Brazil a fogging visor hampered his visibility in appalling conditions. They may sound like racing drivers excuses, but it was rare to see Ricciardo make a mistake this season and his inspiring moments far outweighed his mediocre ones. Add to that his upbeat personality and we cant think of a single driver who offered a more complete package in 2016.Now, where did I leave that shoe ...? LE Cheap Air Max 97 Sale . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Air Max 97 Canada . 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HOOVER, Ala. Cheap Air Max 270 Canada . -- The Vanderbilt Commodores took a small step forward overall last season and a bigger one defensively.Sure, they lost four games by single-digit margins and improved on defense with coach Derek Mason pulling double duty as coordinator. But they still went 4-8, just one win better than in Masons debut season.This football team knows how to compete. Okay? Mason said Monday at Southeastern Conference media days. Its not about competing anymore, its about winning. We had the great fortune to win one more game. For some in here, thats not monumental enough. Thats OK. For us, we saw how we let some games slide. We missed some opportunities, OK, and that has not gone unnoticed by this football team.The Commodores dont want that to be considered normal for a program that had back-to-back 9-4 seasons before coach James Franklin left for Penn State.Theyve got some talent, like All-SEC linebacker Zach Cunningham and workhorse running back Ralph Webb. And Kyle Shurmur has already been anointed the starting quarterback going into his sophomore season.Vandy finished in the top half of the league in the four major defensive categories after ranking last in points allowed per game.Mason has gone 7-17 in his first two seasons but has 16 returning starters and more than 40 upperclassmen coming back. He also has six new assistants in a second straight year of high staff turnover.Cunningham said the team has a more together mind-set than we had last season.Mason likes the Commodores attitude as well.This teams got a team-first mentality, has established a team-first mantra, he said. We dont care about who is standing on the hill. We dont care about who takes the accolades. Its about this team collectively and what we need to do in order to move the needle and get up the hill.Vanderbilt gets a chance before most teams even take the field to give some evidence if theyve made real strides. They open Sept. 1 with a Thursday night game against South Carolina.I dont think its a measuring stick game but its definitely a game thats going to prove not only to the fans but to everyone else what we can do, Cunningham said. Air Max 270 Outlet Canada . JOHNS, N. Wholesale Air Max 270 Canada . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. http://www.airmax270canada.com/ .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. Rise Up on paper appears to be the controlling speed in the $250,000 Delta Downs Mile on Saturday. His trainer, Tom Amoss, would welcome such a scenario.Its no secret what our strategy is going to be, Amoss said. Hes a horse that goes to the front and we want to take advantage of that. Thats going to be the plan, to go to the front and hopefully carry it all the way around.The Delta Mile is one of eight stakes on the $2.3 million Jackpot program in Vinton, La. The race also serves as the first leg of an all-stakes pick four on races 4-7. There is a $200,000 minimum guaranteed pool and a takeout rate of 12 percent. The forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 65 degrees. Delta will have a first post of 1:45 p.m. Central, and the races will be streamed live on DRF.com.Rise Up, a 5-year-old millionaire by Rockport Harbor who races for Paul Van Doren, has been a Delta Downs star since he was 2. He won the tracks Jean Lafitte and Grade 3, $1 million Jackpot, and then returned last season to dominate a local allowance. Rise Up got the call for this years Delta Mile after registering a pair of authoritative wins, one in an allowance at Ellis Park, and then in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful Stakes at Charles Town.Hes really had kind of a resurgence this summer, starting with the race at Ellis and carrying over to the race at Charles Town, Amoss said. They were races were used to seeing him run, that it took a while to get back to.Rise Ups record on the six-furlong oval at Delta is 3 for 5 with earnings of $773,800.He has an affinity for those tight turns, Amoss said. Hes very athletic on those turns.Javier Castellano has the mount on Rise Up, who will break from post 4 in a field of seven.Rise Up will face Great Minds, who is 2 for 2 at Delta. His wins include the $75,000 Borgata here in March, a race that served as his springboard to victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.Fear the Cowboy is another who has won at Delta. He enters Saturdays race off a fourth-place finish to Noble Bird in the $175,000 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs. Noble Bird went on to win the Grade 2 Fayette at Keeneland. Fear the Cowboy has been working regularly at Delta.Sammy Maandeville, who has placed in three stakes, invades from Southern California for W C Racing. Air Max 270 Online Canada. Hes such an honest horse, said trainer Doug ONeill. Lately, the waters have been so deep we had to point him outside of Southern California. The game plan is to hopefully run really well Saturday, then have him stay back with Tom Amoss for a Midwest campaign. There are more options for him in the Midwest than in Southern California.* The second leg of the pick four is the $75,000 Sams Town, a seven-furlong race run around two turns. It is restricted to 3-year-olds and up who have never won a stakes. A field of 10 is set to start, led by The Truth Or Else.The Truth Or Else, who at 2 finished third in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont, enters Saturdays race in peak form. He took down an optional $100,000 claiming sprint at Keeneland on Oct. 23. Julien Leparoux was aboard the horse for the first time, and has the mount again Saturday. The Truth Or Else will break from post 3.Hes been a horse when we raised him [up into a stakes], he struggled with it, said trainer Ken McPeek. The restriction on this race is a big deal - horses that hadnt won a stakes yet. I also like the fact that hes got Julien back on him.One test, said McPeek, will be the two-turn configuration of the race. The Truth Or Elses last three wins have come in one-turn races.* In Kathballu, McPeek has the probable favorite in the $75,000 Orleans, the Sams Town counterpart for fillies and mares. She exits a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Chilukki at Churchill.* Steel Cut will be looking for her third stakes win of the year in the $200,000 Treasure Chest, a one-mile race for fillies and mares which goes with a field of five. Robby Albarado has the mount for trainer Wes Hawley.* The stakes action starts in the third with the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel, a mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana. The field includes stakes winner Chases Dixie Belle and the stakes-placed Jazz Lady and Big Game Baby.* The counterpart for 2-year-olds, the Louisiana Legacy, is led by Jack Snipes. ' ' '
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