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PITTSBURGH -- The history of the 123-year-old rivalry between Pittsburgh and Penn State is undeniable. . Trying to convey decades of antagonism to players who were in preschool the last time the Nittany Lions and Panthers shared a football field is another matter.Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi made it a point in the run-up to Saturdays renewal after a 15-year hiatus to give his kids a crash course, one that happened to coincide with a rare media blackout that Narduzzi described as necessary to make sure the Panthers didnt get caught up in any distractions before arguably the programs most notable nonconference game since Sept. 16, 2000, when Pitt handed Penn State and coach Joe Paterno a 12-0 loss.I know when I first got into a major rivalry, I didnt get it the first year, Narduzzi said. I got it the second year. I want to make sure they dont do the same. Its my job to make sure they embrace it and understand what its all about.Penn State coach James Franklin took a slightly different tack. While it may take some convincing for some of the Nittany Lions to get just how big a deal this is within the state, there are sizable number of players on both sides who call Pennsylvania home -- some of whom were wooed by both schools -- that wont need a reminder.So we just want to make sure we have our composure and we have our poise and we go out and play as hard as we can and execute, Franklin said. I want them to play with passion, with emotion, but right up to the edge without having any issues.While its unclear just how heated things will get on the turf at Heinz Field, city officials and the top administrators at each school took precautions to make sure the action stays between the lines.University of Pittsburgh police planned to scour residential neighborhoods around the campus in search of upholstered furniture left outside -- the kind that can sometimes turn into kindling in celebration (or defeat) -- and have anything that could serve as fuel for a pretty good bonfire removed. Pitt chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Penn State president Eric Barron issued a joint statement encouraging what could be a record crowd at Heinz Field to make wise choices.Both teams come in 1-0 after less than spectacular debuts against lesser opponents, perhaps because they were looking ahead. That wont be an issue this time around. The winner gets in-state bragging rights for a least 52 weeks and a very sizable chip to play in the living rooms of in-state recruits.Some things to look for as one of college footballs longest-standing showdowns begins an intriguing renewal:UP TO SPEEDThe Nittany Lions are looking to push the pace behind mobile sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley. That didnt exactly happen last Saturday against Kent State. Penn State managed just 354 yards of total offense and ran just 54 plays, numbers that Franklin expects to go up as the season progresses.I think whenever you can speed up the tempo, thats a good thing, Franklin said. We want to be able to do both of those things. We want to be able to check with me on the sideline to get in the right play and we want to have plays where we can get up and just snap the ball that are plays that have an opportunity to be successful versus multiple defensive fronts and multiple coverages.JAMES BEING JAMESPitt junior running back James Conners return from a bout with cancer included a pair of touchdowns against Villanova but also a pedestrian 3.1 yards per carry, something Narduzzi attributed to the 2014 ACC Player of the Year too often searching for a big play when getting a handful of yards at a time will do. Expect that to change as Conner brushes the rust off.CLUTCH KICKERIf things are close late, the Nittany Lions have an advantage in the kicking game. Tyler Davis is 24 for 24 on field goals in his career while Pitts Chris Blewitt missed a pair of kicks in a 28-7 victory over Villanova last week. Davis understands the usually tricky conditions at Heinz Field -- where the wind can swirl unpredictably -- but pointed to his time kicking over the summer in his hometown of Chicago as pretty good practice for what awaits on Saturday.---Freelance writer Travis Johnson in State College, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.---AP college football site: . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. West Indies Cricket Board Presidents XI 180 (Cornwall 41, Jadeja 3-16, Ashwin 3-62) and 223 for 6 (Blackwood 51, Hodge 39*, Ashwin 3-59) drew with Indians 364 (Rahul 64, Jadeja 56, Kohli 51, Cornwall 5-118) ScorecardWest Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood returned to form with a patient half-century while R Ashwin scalped three wickets in the second innings as the Indians warm-up game against West Indies Cricket Board Presidents XI petered out into a draw in Basseterre.Resuming from their overnight deficit of 158, batsmen Joel Campbell and Shai Hope started slowly. After striking Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes, Campbell holed out to mid-on for a 59-ball 31.Five overs later, Hope was caught by Virat Kohli at leg slip and the Presidents XI were 70 for 3. However, Blackwood, who is part of West Indies Test squad for the India series, and Vishaul Singh expelled the Indians hopes of a win with a 62-run fourth-wicket partnership off 31 overs.Im fully confident, Blackwood said after play. The first innings [I] was looking to bat as long as possible, [I] have the feel of the bowlers. Now I know what they have to offer. I tried to pick the gap, not try to be as aggressivve as my normal self and changed my approach. . [Im] always going to be confident, even if I get one ball or make a hundred, Im still going to be the same Jermaine Blackwood.Vishaul was run-out for 39 and Blackwood was bowled by Ashwin for 51 off 143 balls, but Montcin Hodge and Rahkeem Cornwall added 39 for the sixth wicket. Cornwall was caught behind for 21 off Mohammed Shami but with an Indian win seeming unlikely, the game was drawn with 78 overs bowled in the day.Seamers Shami and Shardul Thakur bowled 11 and 12 overs respectively, while spinners Ashwin, Jadeja and Amit Mishra shared 43 overs among them.In both the (warm-up) games, pitches in St Kitts were slow, Thakur said after the game. We are expecting slower wickets in the Test matches. If there is a slow wicket the next time we play, it wont surprise us. We are ready for it. Doesnt matter what the pitch is - slow or fast. Effort matters. To put in that effort is my job.India begin their four-Test series against West Indies in North Sound, Antigua from July 21. 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The Montreal Alouettes embark on a new season with a new man at the helm. Brandon Allen Jersey . With Marc Trestman gone to Chicago in the NFL, Dan Hawkins is now the face of the winningest franchise in the CFL over the last decade. Will Dan Hawkins be as successful as Marc Trestman? That is the biggest question heading into the 2013 season for the Alouettes. In five seasons Trestman appeared in three Grey Cups and won two, plus picked up a coach of the year award along the way. Hawkins comes to Montreal as a freshman to the Canadian game. Hell have to go through all the growing pains Trestman did his first few years in Montreal while answering all the tough questions in the CFL game: Should I concede a safety? Should I kick it away with a minute and a half left? Do I go for it in our own half on third and two? When do I kick it out of the end zone? Do I attempt a 52 yard field goal? Not the easiest answers north of the border. How will Hawkins energetic style be received by a veteran offensive core after five years of the mild mannered Trestman? We all remember Hawkins introductory press conference in Montreal with 102 people at the head table. Here are a few quotes to remind you: "God forbid if I drop dead of a heart attack, Jim would have a number of options to go to on this staff." – On his Staff"You start rattling down these situations that are happening, youre going, can you explain that again, they did what? But thats part of the fun of it." – On the CFL rules"You get nowhere by playing it safe, you get nowhere by not taking any risks." – On his coaching style Dan Hawkins seems like a fun guy, but he has yet to coach a game. The one hard truth about coming to Montreal is that wins matter, wins affect the bottom line. Even in a year in which Montreal won the East Division in 2012 they did not sell out. There will be pressure to perform right away, not only to sell seats but father time will at some point catch up with Anthony Calvillo. Did someone say Anthony Calvillo? Hes a question all by himself. There is nothing to question about his talent, the only question is time. How much longer will the man they call "A.C." be at the helm of the Alouettes? He is the most important player on this team by far and his play can be directly linked to wins and losses. The Als cut QB Quinton Porter in training camp, leaving only little used Josh Neiswander and CFL Rookie Tanner Marsh as his back-ups. Calvillo will have success this season on the field; the key is keeping him on the field. Who will be the Alouettes running back? To me, I think its Brandon Whitakers position to lose, but the competition for playing time has already begun. Jerome Messam (hamstring) and Whitaker (knee) are already on the one-game injured list, meaning Chris Jennings has the first crack in week one. Who will it be in Week 9? Week 19? Jim Popp who joined Mitch Gallo and I on the Als This Week said he expected Whitaker back in Week 2 and Messam by Week 3 or 4. Do we dare start asking questions about the defence? - Can rookie safety Mike Edem play consistently enough to retain the starters role?- Is Kyries Hebert really a linebacker?- Who else will sack the quarterback other than John Bowman?- Will veterans DBs Geoff Tisdale and Byron Parker be able to keep pace with the leagues quickest receivers? We may have to save that for another post. Welcome to the 2013 CFL season. Sam Shields Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Brian Allen Rams Jersey . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 1 seed South Carolina womens soccer saw its historic season end in the NCAA Elite Eight after falling to second-seed North Carolina 1-0 Friday night at Stone Stadium. With the loss, the third-ranked Gamecocks finished the year at 21-2-1.After the Tar Heels opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, South Carolina had a tremendous chance at an equalizer in the early stages of the second half when it was awarded a penalty kick. Gamecock junior forward Savannah McCaskill set up the opportunity when she collected a long pass and raced into the right side of the box, where she was taken down. South Carolina senior striker Sophie Groff lined up for the kick and rifled a shot that was turned away by UNC goalkeeper Lindsey Harris near the left post.North Carolinas first-half tally came on a give-and-go play by forward Madison Schultz and midfielder Annie Kingman. Schultz slipped it to Kingman, who passed it right back to set the striker up near the top left corner of the box. Schultz collected the pass and chipped an arching shot into the top right corner of the net past the outstretched arms of Gamecock freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski.The Gamecocks saw several scoring chances early in the match, starting in the ninth minute when a ball in from midfield found Chelsea Drennan. The senior flicked a header towards a streaking McCaskill near the top of the box, but a UNC defender was there to cut off the pass. In the 15th minute, South Carolina was inches away from breaking through following a coorner kick from Drennan. Ramik Wilson Rams Jersey. Her service in connected with McCaskill, who put a blistering header on target that was cleared off the line by a defender at the last second. Senior center back Kaleigh Kurtz alertly attempted to put home the rebound, but Harris was able to recover and make the save.Kurtz again nearly put the Gamecocks on the board the 41st minute when she tried her luck from distance near the left side of the box. The Greer, S.C., native fired a dipping attempt that sailed by Harris before dinging off the crossbar. South Carolina boasted a 9-8 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes.The Gamecocks final quality bid for an equalizer came in the 63rd minute after another corner from Drennan. Her ball in found senior defender Paige Bendell, whose header fell to McCaskill deep inside the box. McCaskill one-timed a header that missed just wide right, and the ball went out for a goal kick.Krzeczowski totaled six saves on the night, including a huge stop in the 76th minute to keep the Gamecocks within one. A deflection in the attacking third left Schultz with a breakaway opportunity, and Krzeczowski alertly came off her line and threw her body in front of the shot to stifle the scoring chance.South Carolina outshot the Tar Heels 16-14 for the match and put nine attempts on frame. The Tar Heels held a slight 6-5 advantage in corner kicks and put seven shots on target. Cheap Authentic JerseysChina NFL HoodiesYouth NFL Jerseys CheapWholesale NFL HoodiesWholesale NFL T-shirtsCheap Jerseys 2020Stitched JerseysStitched JerseysChina Jerseys WholesaleYouth NFL Jerseys CheapCamo China NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys StoreWholesale Authentic JerseysWholesale NFL HoodiesNike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico -- Australia completed a runaway victory in the World Amateur Team Championship, beating England by 19 strokes Saturday and sweeping the top two individual spots. Addison Reed Jersey .Australia won the Eisenhower Trophy for the fourth time, following victories in the biennial event in 1958, 1966 and 1996.Its great for the game of golf back home, Australian captain Matt Cutler said. It started two years ago when the women won the Espirito Santo (Trophy). We got a taste of competing and winning internationally. They executed the plan perfectly this week. They had a determination to get it done.Cameron Davis closed with a 3-under 68 at Mayakoba El Camaleon to beat teammate Curtis Luck by two strokes for the individual title . Davis finished at 17-under 269.This is by far the best I have played in such a big tournament, Davis said. It was just an honor to be in this tournament in the first place and representing my country, but to come away with a win is pretty special.Luck, the U.S. Amateur champion, also had a 68 for a record-tying 38-under 534 team to tal, with the best two scores counting each day for the three-man teams. Harrison Endycott had a non-counting 73.Australia tied the team mark set by the United States in 2014, and had the third-largest margin in the history of the event.We came out with a pretty good strategy around both courses, Luck said. We did a really good job in the practice rounds of setting out where the pins would be and fortunately we pretty much got them all right. We did things extremely professionally.England was 19 under. Alfie Plant shot 66, Jamie Bower 70, and Scott Gregory 76.Matthias Schwab shot a 67 to help Austria tie for third with Ireland at 18 under.Norway was fifth at 17 under, and the United States tied for sixth at 15 under. Oklahomas Brad Dalke led the Americans with a 70, Stanfords Maverick McNealy shot 72, and Texas Scottie Scheffler had a 73.It was a difficult day for all of them, U.S. captain Paul Caruso said. I guess it is unusual that that happens and all three of them did not have their best today. Paul Molitor Jersey . Here are his mid-season NBA awards. MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. Considering that his team has been without star guard Russell Westbrook and with the free agent departure of sharpshooter Kevin Martin, hes had to carry the majority of the load to not only keep his team afloat but more importantly, at an elite level. Zach Duke Jersey . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. SOUTHPORT, England -- Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a 4-under 66. Langer shared the overnight lead with American Mark Wiebe but birdied three of his first seven holes to jump in front on his own. David Frost of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place, while Wiebe only managed a 70 to drop into third, four shots back. Langers only bogey came on the 14th, but he finished with two birdies on 15 and 17 to stay in control. "That was as good as I can play," said the German veteran, who is bidding for his second Senior British Open title having won at Carnoustie in 2010. "My ball-striking was almost perfect and I played really well, apart from the mistake at the 14th."His lone bogey came when he hit his tee shot to the back of the green, sent his approach putt long and left and missed the return. He got it back immediately with aa birdie at the long 15th, added another at the long 17th and just missed his birdie chance from 12 feet at the last. Bert Blyleven Jersey. Frost made three birdies in a row from the seventh but then made three bogies came on the 10th, 14th and the 18th, with two other birdies in between. Three players are in joint fourth place, six shots back -- home favourite Sandy Lyle (69), Australian Peter Fowler (70) and first-round leader Gene Sauers of the U.S (70). Colin Montgomerie of Scotland also had a 69 but is tied for 13th at 2 over. Miguel Angel Martin of Spain had the days best round of 65 but is also on 2 over. Rod Spittle of Niagara Falls, Ont., was at 3 over and tied for 17th after shooting a 70. Defending champion Fred Couples had a 68, his best round of the week, but his out of contention at 4 over. Irelands Mark McNulty shared fourth place overnight but quickly fell back when he dropped a stroke at each of the first four holes and another two at No. 7 and 8. He finished with a 76. Cheap Authentic JerseysChina NFL HoodiesYouth NFL Jerseys CheapWholesale NFL HoodiesWholesale NFL T-shirtsCheap Jerseys 2020Stitched JerseysStitched JerseysChina Jerseys WholesaleYouth NFL Jerseys CheapCamo China NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys StoreWholesale Authentic JerseysWholesale NFL HoodiesNike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
KANSAS CITY, Mo. . -- Jamaal Charles is ready to take the training wheels off.Those are his words, by the way.The four-time Pro Bowl running back returned to the field against Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago for the first time since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 last season.But he only played 10 offensive snaps and had just two carries in what turned into a 43-14 rout .After a week off, Charles was downright ebullient when he learned he would be a full participant in practice this week. And that means he should be a full participant in Sundays game in Oakland.I feel like Im ready, he said. I told them to let the training wheels off me -- I know how to ride now. Take them off and let me ride.The Chiefs (2-2) desperately need Charles to ride like the old days.The popular narrative of the first four games of the season is that the Chiefs have been just fine with the tandem of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.It has been espoused by everyone from coach Andy Reid to quarterback Alex Smith, and there was some substance to back up the claims after Ware played such an instrumental role in rallying Kansas City to a victory over San Diego in its opener.But the reality is that Ware has not had the same kind of impact the past three games, and West has been banged up. Third-string running back Knile Davis was also hurt in the game against the Steelers.As a result, the Chiefs are averaging just over 90 yards rushing per game, putting them 21st in the league -- a perilous imbalance for a team that cannot rely on Smith to win games with his arm.Chiefs offensive coordinator Brad Childress acknowledged Thursday that research during the bye week revealed a massive run-pass discrepancy. He said part of it had to do with the fact that Kansas City has often been playing from behind, forcing the Chiefs away from a ground-centric offensive approach.But he also admitted the Chiefs are hoping to establish the run better.Thats where Charles comes into play.All those guys have things that they do better than others, Childress said. Well kind of sprinkle him in there where we think hes most effective.Reid declined to project how much of the load Charles would carry against the Raiders, only saying that as long as there are no setbacks, hell probably do a little bit more.Charles said hes not concerned about how his knee will hold up, nor is he worried about getting hit again. He just wants to get enough carries that he can feel as if hes a part of the plan.Ive been hit my whole life. Im not worried about getting tackled, he said. I just need to get back in a game and get a rhythm and get the feeling back.Even though Charles is coming off his second surgically repaired ACL, he remains one of the most versatile and dynamic running backs in the NFL. His career average of 5.5 yards per carry tops Jim Brown for most in league history among qualifying running backs, and he is closing in on most of the franchise records he doesnt already own despite missing most of two seasons to injury.Their career rushing leader needs six receptions to pass Ed Podolak for second-most among Chiefs running backs, and he needs less than 1,300 yards to pass Tony Gonzalez for most yards from scrimmage.Those are chases that Charles is eager to resume.Its nonstop from here. Its like a snowball, you know what Im saying? Keep going down the hill, he said. Right now we have to stay on track, stay focused.Indeed, his return comes at a crucial juncture for the Chiefs. They face division rival Oakland on Sunday before a stretch of five straight games against teams with losing records.Its the perfect opportunity to make up ground on the AFC West.We have to come together as a team and dont panic, Charles said. Twelve games seems long but its very short. Its not like basketball with a hundred games. We have to just not panic and stay calm.Game notes LBs Tamba Hali (knees) and Sio Moore (flu) returned to practice Thursday. ... Moore signed last week after getting cut by Indianapolis, and has gotten up to speed quickly enough that he could play against Oakland. Im just preparing for whatever role theyre going to put me in, he said.---AP NFL website: and . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night.Sri Lanka have touched down in England as they look to back up their Test-series victory over Alastair Cooks side in 2014 - but can Angelo Mathews team win again? Sky Sports Dominic Cork has his doubts... This Sri Lanka team is different to the one of two years ago, with quite a lot of senior members retired or injured.Theyre led quite well by Angelo Mathews, who has had to step up with Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan all gone. He will have to bowl, bat and captain extremely well in order to get this young Sri Lankan side to put England under pressure, though there are a couple of other players you should keep your eye on. Sri Lankas cricketers received a Buddhist blessing in Colombo before flying to England Vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal is an exciting batsman, though as a senior player, he now needs to push on a bit.Suranga Lakmal, meanwhile, has a bit of pace and Dhammika Prasad is a good bowler - he took six wickets in Sri Lankas win at Headingley in 2014.I have also known Rangana Herath for a long time, having played with him at Hampshire.Hes a terrific spinner, but will he be needed much in this series? You dont normally see too much turn at Headingley or up in Durham. Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford is confident he will get a great idea of the stage his team are at when they face England this summer The squad as a whole has a lot of unknowns - Englands hierarchy will have to do a lot of homework on a lot of guys that they havent yet come up against, so they are going to be a test. But with the squad they have this year compared to years past, youd say England would have to play very poorly to lose a Test match, or even the series.England certainly wont take a win for granted but a few players have come into the side and dominated for them since that defeat. Cork wants to see Steve Finn in Englands bowling attack to face Sri Lanka Plus, England will have a say in what sort of wickets are prepared - Id get them as quick as possible and go in with the attack of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn.I think England to win the series, maybe 2-0, which would be a nice starter for what looks likely to be a great series against Pakistan later in the summer.Watch Englands three-Test series with Sri Lanka live on Sky Sports, starting with the first Test, at Headingley, from Thursday, May 19. 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RICHMOND, Va. . - Bruce Allen knows well the history of Washington Redskins quarterback controversies. Sonny Jurgensen vs. Billy Kilmer in the 70s. Doug Williams vs. Jay Schroder in the 80s. Heath Shuler vs. Gus Frerotte in 90s. In 2013, the popular take-sides issue isnt QB vs. QB. Its QB vs. coach. Robert Griffin III vs. Mike Shanahan. And Allen doesnt see this one going anywhere. "I dont see a controversy at all," Allen said Friday. "I know somehow Billy and Sonny are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin. But we have a very competitive player whos dying to play football and we have a very experienced coach whos doing the right thing." Training camp came to an end for the Redskins on Friday, and from beginning to end it was dominated by Griffins return from major knee surgery. The enormously popular quarterback and reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year moved well despite the brace on his right knee, whether he was rolling right on a bootleg or sprinting 100-plus yards along the rope barriers to slap hands with fans after practice. It was a remarkable sight, considering that his surgery was seven month ago for an injury that often takes more than a year to completely heal. Still, he felt he should have been doing more than he was allowed under Shanahans practice plan and wasnt shy about saying it publicly. On Monday, Griffin escalated the saga by saying he didnt like the plan and didnt fully understand it. The backlash was such that he made a special statement the next day to announce there was "no conflict" between him and the coach. On Wednesday, Griffin took his first 11-on-11 snaps of camp, albeit against a scout team defence. Shanahan has vetoed Griffins desire to play in a preseason game, preferring instead to focus on the Week 1 regular season opener Sept. 9. "Hes doing well right now. He is ahead of schedule. ... Weve had no setbacks so far," said Allen, knocking his fist superstitiously three times on the wooden podium. "And the goal is for him to play in Week 1. Dont know if itll happen." Other highlights from Allens state-of-camp news conference:— Allen made it sound as if a contract extension for Shanahan isnt imminent. Shanahan is entering the fourth year of a five-year deal. His future could hinge on whether his relationship with Griffin turns into a full-blown rift. "This isnt the time that wed be talking about the head coach or any of that stuff," Allen said. "Mike is really focused on this season."— Allen said the Redskins are still feeling the ramifications of a $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL in 2012 and 2013. He said the team will probably have to renegotiate some contracts to stay under the cap when the final cuts are made, and that the penalty will also have an effect on negotiations to sign two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo to an extension. "That salary penalty will hurt us for a number of years," Allen said. "Its not just those two years, because of the repercussions of it down the road."— Allen hailed the Redskins first year of camp in Richmond as a success. He said "well over 150,000" fans attended, surpassing the teams goal of 100,000. The larger-than-expected crowds created some logistical issues, especially when about 100 people were treated for heat-related problems on Fan Appreciation Day. "Well prepare for that better" next year, Allen said. Allen and team owner Dan Snyder regularly walked to practice from the team hotel, covering several miles each day and greeting fans along the way. He said the two came across quite a few parties at various restaurants as during their trundle on Thursday night. "We didnt do any karaoke," Allen said, "that I remember." . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first half of the season. . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg thinks relying too much on his new slider put stress on his pitching arm and contributed to the injury problems that sidelined him during the second half of last season and the playoffs.I fell in love with it, the Washington Nationals right-hander said Sunday at the teams annual fan festival, because it was working, especially the first half. I mean, it was a quick out.Strasburg threw sliders on 17.1 percent of his pitches last season, according to Fangraphs, more than changeups (13.1 percent) or curveballs (12.6). He said that because the slider was not a pitch he was used to throwing, he had trouble delivering it exactly the same way each time.That altered his motion, and the fact that he went with the slider more often than he should have, he believes, led to a tendon issue in his right elbow -- although one that is now resolved, he said.I had a new pitch, and I probably abused it. So I need to go back to what Ive thrown much longer, said Strasburg, sporting a thick beard.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, now 28, had Tommy John surgery in 2011, then was shut down by the Nationals late in 2012 to protect his repaired elbow. This season, he started 13-0 with a 2.51 ERA, and in the midst of that stretch signed a $175 million, seven-year contract.He went on the DL with elbow soreness in August, then made one more start before being out again.Strasburgs final 2016 numbers: 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA and 183 strikeouts in only 147 2/3 innings.His biggest takeaway? He said he plans to do everything I can to make the adjustments to stay healthy for the whole season next year.To that end, pitching coach Mike Maddux mentioned that he thinks Strasburg might opt for a tweaked between-starts throwing program in 2017.Were going to sit down with him and discuss it, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said, noting that Strasburg had been in town to meet with the teams medical staff and strength aand conditioning staff. Custom Oakland Raiders Jerseys. hrough spring training, Rizzo added, well devise a workout program to handle the forearm soreness.Strasburg will start his offseason throwing, as usual, in late December or early January. Until then, strengthening his forearm is key.I did stuff like that in the past, but it wasnt as much as Im doing right now, he said. When you get older and youve had Tommy John, youve got to kind of tweak it a little bit, because the muscles in your arm are just going to maybe change a little bit. Ive just got to make more of an emphasis on slowing everything down and just making the most of the exercises.Game notes Rizzo did not offer much insight or information on where things stand on a closer for 2017. The GM said he has spoken to the agent for free agent Kenley Jansen several times, but did not directly answer when asked whether the Nationals had made an offer. Were looking for back-end-of-the-bullpen help -- and were looking for bullpen help, in general, Rizzo said. ... Trea Turner spoke Sunday about the trade that sent 2016 starting SS Danny Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor league pitchers, allowing Turner to return to his natural position, shortstop, after learning to play center field last season. Excited to have an opportunity to go back there. Thats where Im more comfortable, where Ive played the majority of my career, Turner said. I look forward to trying to prove I can play there at a high level and be consistent. Espinosa would most likely have been a reserve and utilityman with Washington, and Rizzo said: I knew hed be frustrated with the bench role. 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And if he can, whether its Arizona or whoever we play after Arizona, weve got to find out. Hes doing good now. Hes running and doing everything. So now we just have to see where hes at.Quinn insisted that Trufant will return at some point and the injury is not serious enough to be season-ending, even with the pectoral element factored in.You totally can [play with the injury], Quinn said. It depends on the severity of what he has and how deep. ... If it was something really significant, then he would have had the procedures done.Im trying to be mindful of him knowing that hes wanting to play. Hes going to practice hopefully some the Arizona week. And then well determine, Does he look good enough to play, or do we wait another week? And then well kind of go from there.Meanwhile, Quinn said he expects Coleman to be a full participant in practice after the bye coming off a hamstring strain. Coleman has missed the past three games because of the injury.Punter Matt Bosher, who exited Sundays 25-14 loss at Philadelphia with a hamstring strain, could be back for the Falcons next game. The Falcons have no immediate plans to sign a punter. Kicker Matt Bryant handled the punting after Bosher left the Eagles game, though wide receiver Mohamed Sanu volunteered to punt.The loss of Tamme, who caught 22 passes for 2010 yards and three touchdowns through eight games, will mean an increased role for rookie Austin Hooper at tight end with a rotation that also will include Levine Toilolo and rookie Joshua Perkins.Until Trufant returns, Jalen Collins will run with the starters at cornerback. Quinn said Collins played solid against the Eagles in place of Trufant. Blake Snell Jersey . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey . 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Melbourne Victory have set up an FFA Cup semi-final with Melbourne City after overcoming a dogged Bentleigh Greens 2-0 in their quarter-final on Tuesday night.Marco Rojas and James Troisis second-half goals were enough for Victory to keep alive their defence of the cup.But to progress to their second-straight final, Kevin Muscats side will need to overcome their cross-town rivals after the draw for the last four paired the two clubs.With the semi-finals scheduled for two dates in late October, it means the Melbourne A-League sides will meet just days after their first A-League match-up of the season.The other semi-final will pair Canberra Olympic, who defeated Green Gully 1-0 on Tuesday, and Sydney FC.At Kingston Heath, Bentleigh matched the A-League giants for an hour, frustrating them in front of a record 3,754-strong crowd.Their resistance gave way on 63 minutes, when Victory stole possession and the lead.Leigh Broxham won the ball well, playing in Oliver Bozanic who crossed for Rojas to bundle home at the back post.Five minutes later, Muscats side had their second and aa degree of security. Mallex Smith Jersey. .Troisi, Victorys most prominent attacker, turned away from his marker after a short corner and unleashed a strike past goalkeeper Ryan Scott.A hearty deflection off Troy Ruthven and the crossbar could see the strike credited as an own goal.The Greens showed themselves to be worthy opponents but failed to seriously challenge Victorys goal despite their organisation.Muscat said he wasnt excited about the City tie just yet, after what proved an arm wrestle for a chunk of the nights match.It was a matter of us having to break them down and win the game, he said.They did well to stifle any intensity ... eventually we got that a little bit later than we would have liked.Beaten coach John Anastasiadis said he couldnt fault his players spirit but their legs ran out.We set out a plan from the start and it worked to a tee, he said.Second half, we wanted it but if you make a mistake teams like Victory will punish you hard. 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TORONTO - Manager John Gibbons is shuffling his struggling starting rotation through the early part of the week. Ben Gamel Jersey . J.A. Happ will pitch Mondays series finale against the Oakland Athletics. Todd Redmond will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and pitch Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Josh Johnson, who was scheduled to pitch on Monday, moves to Wednesday. Esmil Rogers will return to the bullpen. Got it? First, Johnson: The big right-hander experienced tightness in his right forearm during his most recent start, a 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners last Tuesday. "During the game it got a little tight but it was no big deal," Johnson told "Woke up the next day and it was pretty sore and then it just kind of stayed sore. (Saturday) and (Sunday) its been feeling much, much better." Johnson has made minor mechanical adjustments in an effort to better stay on top of his pitches. He wasnt sure if the adjustments were the reason for his discomfort. He insists the issue isnt serious. "No panic," said Johnson. Happ will throw on regular rest, a luxury afforded him and the ballclub by last Thursdays off day. Following Mondays start, Happ will leave the team to attend his grandfathers funeral. The Blue Jays dont have to make a formal roster move on Redmond until Tuesday. One option would be to place Happ on the bereavement list, which would require him to miss a minimum of three games, irrelevant given that hes a starting pitcher who works every fifth day. Rogers went 2-5 with a 5.48 ERA in 13 starts. His problems have spiked of late. Rogers has allowed 22 runs (20 earned) in his last three starts. With 96 2/3 innings pitched this season, Rogers is well beyond his previous career high set in 2011 when he threw 83 innings in 18 appearances (13 starts) for Colorado. 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHRISTIE PITS RIOT Many thanks to the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs for inviting me to be part of Sunday mornings media softball game at Christie Pits. The event marked the 80th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot. The incident occurred on August 16, 1933, after a playoff baseball game between the predominantly Jewish Harbord Playground and St. Peters. A group of Nazi sympathizers descended on the park and displayed a swastika. Later, when confronted, a large fight broke out which grew to include about 10,000 people and lasted for six hours. BIRTHDAYS Two Blue Jays celebrated birthdays on Sunday. Colby Rasmus turned 27. Melky Cabrera is 29. Kyle Seager Jersey . Pirlo limped out of Sundays 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. 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The millionaire businessman was responding to the RFLs decision to charge the Red Devils with breaching contractual arrangements made with their players in 2014/15.Salford could be docked as many as 20 points if they are found to have exceeded the £1.825m salary cap over the last two years. The club were charged last Friday, six weeks after Bradford chairman Marc Green raised questions over their use of the cap during the period, and in particular their signing of Tony Puletua from St Helens in 2014.Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Koukash said: I have not got any details other than one liners of those allegations.I cant go to a lawyer, I cant consult with lawyers and for that reason I am not going to agree to a date for the hearing unless we are given the full evidence that the RFL have.They have to give me enough time to consult with my lawyers, prepare a response, bring in the witnesses that we need and only then will I agree to go. Tony Puletua made 26 appearances for the Reds in 2014 . When I look at the list of allegations, one of them is a car for Niall Evalds that was given to him as player of the season. After that I even approoached the RFL and asked should I include that in the salary cap? and the answer is yes. Mitch Haniger Jersey. We included that in the salary cap in 2015 but we are still getting charged so I fail to understand why they are charging us. Have I made another mistake within that case?I dont think I have made a mistake there but could the RFL have made a mistake? Yes, they could have done. Niall Evalds (centre) was awarded a car as player of the year So I have to absolutely protect the interests of this current squad and if there is any hint at a points deductions, trust me, they will have a fight on their hands.In response, the RFL released a statement saying: Any club that is charged in relation to breaches of the RFL operational rules and salary cap regulations will be presented with the full case file of evidence at least 14 days before the hearing takes place.The RFL will present its case, the club will have the opportunity to respond and it is then up to an independent tribunal to decide as to whether a breach has occurred and what the subsequent punishment should be. 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MIAMI -- The National Leagues only living seven-hit men met Wednesday. Roger Maris Jersey .Rennie Stennett visited Marlins Park so he could congratulate San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who had seven hits in Mondays 14-inning victory at Miami.The seven-hit game was the first since Stennett went 7-for-7 for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field in 1975.It was cool to meet him, Crawford said. We talked about the game he had a little bit and how hell never forget it. I said, Im sure I wont either.Crawford and Stennett shook hands and posed for photos on the field before the final game of the Giants-Marlins series.Stennett, 65, was a .274 hitter in 11 seasons with the Pirates and Giants. He lives in South Florida.I feel good just being remembered, he said.The only other NL player with a seven-hit game was Baltimores Wilbert Robinson in 1892. The major league record is nine hits by Clevelands Johnny Burnett in 1932.Crawford had another big hit Wednesday, as he homered in the fourth inning and the Giants won a series for the first time since the All-Star break, defeating the Marlins 1-0. Phil Rizzuto Jersey . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. Lou Gehrig Jersey . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon.OTTAWA -- Colin Miller will be on the bench with Canadas mens soccer team at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Miller returned as interim head coach after leading the squad in a game against Costa Rica last month in Edmonton. He was also Canadas coach at a camp in the U.S. earlier this year, and was Canadas interim head coach for part of 2003-04. "I feel very privileged and grateful to have been chosen to lead Canada into this summers CONCACAF Gold Cup," Miller said in a statement. The FC Edmonton head coach will join the mens national team at its pre-tournament training camp following the conclusion of Edmontons spring schedule. Canada kicks off the Gold Cup on July 7 aggainst Martinique in Pasadena, Calif. Babe Ruth Jersey. ., then travels to Seattle for a July 11 game against Mexico. The Canadians close out the group stage July 14 against Panama in Denver. The top two teams from each group, plus the two highest-seeded third-place finishers, will advance to the knock-out stages. Canada will announce its final 23-player roster before camp opens in Oxnard, Calif., on 26 June. Canada won the Gold Cup in 2000 and has since made the semi-finals in 2002 and 2007. The Canadians made the quarter-finals in 2009. Canada has been without a head coach Stephen Hart resigned last October following an 8-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Honduras. Cheap Authentic JerseysChina NFL HoodiesYouth NFL Jerseys CheapWholesale NFL HoodiesWholesale NFL T-shirtsCheap Jerseys 2020Stitched JerseysStitched JerseysChina Jerseys WholesaleYouth NFL Jerseys CheapCamo China NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys StoreWholesale Authentic JerseysWholesale NFL HoodiesNike NFL Jerseys China' ' '
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jorge Alfaro Jersey . -- Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson wore special cleats to pay tribute to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the teams opener against the Vikings at Nissan Stadium.Williamson joined several other players, including New York Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr., in wearing the commemorative shoes.It was believed that Williamson would forgo his plans to wear the shoes once he learned he would be subject to the NFLs uniform code and would be fined.But after he warmed up in standard shoes, he emerged for the game in the special cleats.The navy blue shoes have 9-11-01 on the back of the left shoe, with the 11 in the shape of the World Trade Center. The right shoe says Never Forget.The Nike swoosh is filled in with red and white stripes, and the laces are red.I just felt like, I got so much support across the country, especially when the New York and New Jersey police unions said they would pay my fine, Williamson said. That really meant a lot. I felt like if I didnt wear them, I wouldnt have felt good about it. So I feel like I had to do that just for myself, to represent the people that were lost and do their jobs every day to protect us. I feel like it was my duty to myself.Remembrances were held around the league Sunday, including in Philadelphia, where Vice President Joe Biden joined 120 9/11 first responders on the sidelines during the national anthem before the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Cleveland Browns.Biden helped hold a flag that was the size of the field. Eagles coach Doug Pederson stood next to Biden while a trumpeter played the national anthem. There was a brief video message from President Barack Obama, and the crowd chanted U-S-A at the end of the anthem.Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on 9/11, did the coin toss before the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game near his Dallas home.Bush took the field to chants of USA, USA as he walked to midfield with former first lady Laura Bush next to him. After tossing the coin, Bush grabbed the FDNY cap off the head of New York linebacker Zak DeOssie.The crowd roared when the giant video board over the center of the field showed Bush saluting the crowd with the hat and putting it back on. Then he whistled at DeOssie to get his attention and give him the hat back.Its the third time the Giants have played on the anniversary of 9/11. They lost at Washington on the 10th anniversary five years ago.At least three Lions players -- Nevin Lawson, Haloti Ngata and Devin Taylor -- were spotted wearing gloves sent by Under Armour special for Detroits 39-35 win over Indianapolis.The outside of the gloves had one glove in black and one in red. On the inside portion of the gloves were a red, white and blue pattern of stars and stripes, similar to the American flag. In black on the bottom of the gloves were the words 9.11 WE WILL NEVER FORGET.The Associated Press contributed to this report. John Kruk Jersey . "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. Richie Ashburn Jersey . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to sign guard Alex Abrines to a three-year deal worth $18 million, sources confirmed to agreement was first reported by, 22, was selected 32nd overall by the Thunder in the 2013 draft but remained with FC Barcelona for the past three seasons. Last season, he won the Euroleague Rising Star award (top under-22 player in Europe), topping 76ers lottery pick Dario Saric for the honor. Past winners include Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Mirotic.Abrines signed a long-term deal with Barcelona last year through 2019 and will have to pay a $2.2 million buyout to be released from his contract. The Thunder are allowed to contribute $650,000 toward the buyout.The Thunder have been high on the 6-foot-6 Spanish guards development the past couple of seasons, but Abrines was not expected to join the team this season. 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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next months Rio de Janeiro Games. Reggie Wayne Jersey .Citing the need to protect the rights of individual athletes, the International Olympic Committee decided against taking the unprecedented step of excluding Russias entire team over allegations of state-sponsored doping. Instead, the IOC left it to 27 international sports federations to make the call on a case-by-case basis.Every human being is entitled to individual justice, IOC President Thomas Bach said after the ruling of his 15-member executive board.Bach said the IOC had decided instead on a set of very tough criteria that could dent Russias overall contingent and medal hopes in Rio, where the Olympics will open on Aug. 5.Under the measures, no Russian athletes who have ever had a doping violation will be allowed into the games, whether or not they have served a sanction, a rule that has not applied to athletes in other countries.In addition, the international sports federations were ordered to check each Russian athletes drug-testing record, with only doping controls conducted outside Russia counting toward eligibility, before authorizing them to compete. Final entry is contingent on approval from an independent sports arbitrator.The IOC decision was sharply criticized by anti-doping bodies as a sellout that undermines clean athletes and destroys the idea of a level playing field.World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie said the organization is disappointed that the IOC did not heed WADAs executive committee recommendations after investigators exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport.Joseph de Pencier, chief executive of the 59-member Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations, said the IOC failed to confront forcefully the findings of evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia corrupting the Russian sport system, describing it as a sad day for clean sport.U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said the IOC has refused to take decisive leadership in a most important moment for the integrity of the Olympic Games and clean athletes.The decision regarding Russian participation and the confusing mess left in its wake is a significant blow to the rights of clean athletes, Tygart said.Russias track and field athletes were already banned by the IAAF, the sports governing body, in a decision that was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The IOC accepted that ruling, but would not extend it to other sports.Russias current overall team consists of 387 athletes, a number likely to be significantly reduced by the measure barring Russians who have previously served doping bans.Calls for a complete ban on Russia intensified after Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer commissioned by WADA, issued a report accusing Russias sports ministry of overseeing a vast doping program of its Olympic athletes.McLarens investigation, based heavily on evidence from former Moscow doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, affirmed allegations of brazen manipulation of Russian urine samples at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, but also found that state-backed doping had involved 28 summer and winter sports from 2011 to 2015.An athlete should not suffer and should not be sanctioned for a system in which he was not implicated, Bach told reporters after Sundays meeting, acknowledging the decision might not please everybody.This is not about expectations, he said. This is about doing justice to clean athletes all over the world.Asked whether the IOC was being soft on Russia, Bach said: Read the decision. ... You can see how high we set the bar. This is not the end of the story but a preliminary decision that concerns Rio 2016.Tygart, however, questioned why the IOC would pass the baton to sports federations who may lack the adequate expertise or collective will to appropriately address the situation within the short window prior to the games.The IOC also rejected the application by Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, an 800-meter runner and former doper who helped expose the doping scandal, to compete under a neutral flag at the games. Stepanova, now living in the United States, competed as an individual athlete at last months European Championships in Amsterdam.But the IOC said Stepanova did not meet the criteria for running under the IOC flag and, because she had been previously banned for doping, did not satisfy the ethical requirements to compete in the games. The IOC said it planned to invite Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly Stepanov, a former Russian anti-doping official who also turned whistleblower, to attend the games.Tygart expressed dismay at the decision to bar Stepanova, describing it as incomprehensible and saying it will undoubtedly deter whistleblowers in the future from coming forward.That means only one Russian track and field athlete is eligible to compete in Rio: U.S.-based long jumper Darya Klishina was granted exceptional eligibility by the IAAF because she has been tested outside of Russia.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the majority of Russias team complies with the IOC criteria, and estimated 80 percent of the team regularly undergoes international testing of the kind specified by the IOC.International federations will have only days to process the Russian cases. Many are still waiting for information from McLarens report.The International Tennis Federation has already said Russias eight-member team meets the IOC requirements as the players have been through regular international testing.Sundays measures are still a blow to Russia, which finished third in total medals at the 2012 Olympics.The team could be without some of its star names in Rio because of the IOC measure barring any Russians who have previously served doping bans. However, the impact on the medal tally is likely to be less severe than the damage caused by the earlier ban on its track team, Russias most successful contingent in London four years ago.Among those set to be ruled out are world champion swimmer Yulia Efimova; 2012 Olympic silver medal-winning weightlifter Tatyana Kashirina; and two-time Olympic bronze medal-winning cyclist Olga Zabelinskaya. All three have previously served doping bans.Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov presented his case to the IOC board, promising full cooperation with investigations and guaranteeing a complete and comprehensive restructuring of the Russian anti-doping system.He issued a strong plea against a full ban.My question is this: If you treat the cancer by cutting off the patients head and killing him, do you consider this as a victory in the fight? he said in remarks released later. That does not seem like a victory to me.In its decision, the IOC also:- asked the federations to examine the information and names of athletes and sports implicated in the McLaren report, saying any of those implicated should not be allowed into the games.- said the federations would have to apply their own rules if they want to ban an entire Russian team from their events in Rio, as the IAAF has already done.- said Russian entries must be examined and upheld by an expert from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.- ruled that Russian athletes who are cleared for the games will be subjected to a rigorous additional out-of-competition testing program.The IOC also reiterated its serious concerns about the weaknesses in the fight against doping, and called on WADA to fully review their anti-doping systems. The IOC said it would propose measures for more transparency and independence.--Wilson reported from London. 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