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Irelands second-string saw off Canada 52-21 but most likely failed to sway boss Joe Schmidts selection for the New Zealand rematch next weekend. Cheap NFL Hoodies .Ireland racked up eight tries at Dublins Aviva Stadium - but laboured for nine first-half minutes with the scores locked at 14-14.Tiernan OHalloran claimed a brace, with Keith Earls, Luke Marshall, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion and James Tracy all crossing, and a penalty try completing a comfortable but sloppy victory.Ireland changed their entire line-up from the XV that gained the historic maiden victory over the All Blacks last weekend, the 40-29 win in Chicago.But a piecemeal performance denied fit-again senior men Peter OMahony and Sean OBrien the chance to state a serious case for selection when New Zealand pitch up in Dublin next weekend.Munsters OMahony and Leinsters OBrien will now in all likelihood face off for a seat on the bench for Saturdays All Blacks showdown.Ireland at least handed out the maximum available eight debuts, though highly-rated Leinster centre Garry Ringrose was unable to impose his wide talents on a scrappy encounter. Scarlets wing DTH Van der Merwe, Taylor Paris and Cornish Pirates Matt Evans claimed Canadas tries in a solid showing from former Ulster boss Mark Anscombes side.Canada dragged the scores level at 14-14 for nine minutes of an underwhelming first-half from Ireland. The hosts ripped into the worlds 18th-ranked team from the off, setting an unsustainable pace.Earls cantered in under zero resistance for the opening try thanks to Marmions blindside snipe after a driven maul. OBrien then knocked on with the line at his mercy after a fine wide number eight break from Jack ODonoghue.Ringrose then had a try harshly chalked off for a forward pass, but Marshall spun home shortly afterwards to double Irelands early advantage. Earls in-out double step proved the moment of the half, the Munster flyer off his wing to fine effect to bamboozle the defence and send Jackson into space.His flat, wide pass then allowed Marshall to claim his second Test score. Irelands comfortable 14-0 lead then evaporated amid sloppy and at times hair-brained play.Scarlets wing Van der Merwe raced gleefully onto Marshalls ill-judged wide pass in Irelands 22, with Ringrose unable to stop him scoring a seriously soft try.Left wing Paris then capped a driven maul with Canadas second score, the visitors vindicated for punting a kickable penalty to the corner. Gordon McRories fine touchline conversion put Canada level at 14-14, and suddenly Ireland were in a dogfight.The excellent Finlay Bealhams cute offload then opened the door for Connacht team-mate OHalloran to scythe Canadas line and race home from fully halfway. Jacksons third conversion from three attempts left Ireland 21-14 up at the break.Boss Schmidt surely dished out a half-time rollicking, and Ireland duly upped the ante on the restart. Irelands scrum twice ripped into Canada five metres out, with the second aggressive drive yielding a penalty try.A needless neck roll penalty from debutant Billy Holland prevented any home head of steam, with Canada quickly capitalising. Cornish Pirates full-back Evans blasted through on the left, somehow rolling OHalloran in the tackle to claim Canadas third try. McRories pinpoint conversion left Ireland leading just 28-21.Dillane powered home Irelands fifth score in an immediate riposte however, to restore the two-try cushion on the hour. Kieran Marmions tight-drive try then glossed the score, before OHalloran bagged his second and debutant Tracy crossed to round off the night. Wholesale Authentic Hoodies . Those lessons were more than enough to overwhelm the Utah Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. Clearance NFL Hoodies .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. http://www.cheaphoodies.us/ . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pitching in a tight game helped Jered Weaver concentrate even more than he usually does. Weaver outdueled Mike Pelfrey with eight innings of two-hit ball after Albert Pujols drove in a first-inning run, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Minnesota 1-0 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep by the Twins. "With the score 1-0, you try to focus a little more on executing pitches because you know that one bad pitch can hurt you -- especially in a day game with the wind blowing out," Weaver said. "You have to be a little more focused in on what you have to do. Obviously, youre going to pitch a little differently in a 1-0 game than you are in a 4-0 game." Weaver (5-5) struck out nine and walked one in his first home start against the Twins since his no-hitter on May 2, 2012. The three-time All-Star retired 19 consecutive batters during one stretch -- just four days after teammate C.J. Wilson set down 18 in a row against Oakland. "After losing the first two games to those guys, I wanted to come out and try to limit runs," Weaver said. "The game plan going into every game is to try to keep them off-balance. My fastball command was good, I was able to mix in the changeup later, and the defence took care of the rest. Pelfrey threw a great game, and one run was the difference." Weaver improved to 8-2 lifetime against the Twins with a 3.28 ERA. Doug Bernier, a 33-year-old rookie who got his first major league hit and RBI on Monday, singled on an 0-2 pitch with one out in the first. The Twins didnt get another runner until Ryan Doumit walked on four pitches with two out in the seventh, and rookie Aaron Hicks singled with two out in the eighth. "He was the No. 1 they needed him to be," Minnesotas Justin Morneau said. "We came in here winning the first two, and he beat us. We got his pitch count up a little bit early, but he settled in like most of the number ones do. He changed speeds really well and got ahead in the count. And when he works ahead, he makes that off-speed stuff more effective." Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 25th save in 27 chances, less than 24 hours after giving up five runs including a grand slam by Chris Herrmann in the 10th inning of the Angels 10-3 loss. The right-hander ended it by striking out Herrmann with runners at the corners. "Thats why I like to be a reliever. I dont like to wait like five days to pitch," Frieri said. "I want to pitch every day. I like to get the chance the next day. If I didnt do good today, I just want my (manager) to give me another chance to prove myself." Frieri walked his first batter, then hit Bernier with an 0-2 pitch before Morneau came up and hit a not-too-high popup between the mound and first base. Frieri let it drop and started a double play by throwwing to first base. Discount Hoodies. . Bernier ended up in a rundown and was tagged out by first baseman Mark Trumbo as Clete Thomas advanced to third. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire came out and complained to plate umpire Mike Muchlinski that is should have been ruled an infield fly. "You never expect that popup, but youve got to be ready for anything," Frieri said. "When I saw the ball coming, I heard (shortstop Erick) Aybar screaming: Drop it! Drop it! My reaction was to go to first base. Aybar and (Alberto) Callaspo were like: Next time, youve got to go to third." Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton missed his third straight game because of right ankle stiffness. Pelfrey (4-8) pitched six innings and allowed five hits, including Pujols run-scoring single in the first. "He really deserved to win that game today, but we didnt score any runs for him," Morneau said. "These last few starts hes really been throwing the ball well after coming off the DL. Today he had a little more velocity. I think that maybe that little bit of rest was what he needed. Its something he can build on and get some confidence out of that." The right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.64 ERA in his last 12 starts. His only victory during that stretch was July 6, when he pitched six innings of 3-hit ball in a 6-0 win at Toronto. "Those first two months were brutal months," Pelfrey said. "But I feel like Im back to what I used to be. So its exciting for me. And hopefully Ill continue to get better. My fastball was really good today. The velocity was there and the movement was there. I was locating on both sides of the plate. If you go in to righties, then it opens it up to go away." NOTES: With C Joe Mauer back in Minnesota spending quality time with wife Maddie and newborn twin daughters Emily and Maren, the Twins recalled Drew Butera from Triple-A Rochester after placing Mauer on the paternity list. Butera, who spent the previous three years as Mauers backup, had 79 at-bats with the Red Wings after recovering from a broken left hand. ... Former Minnesota SS and current TV analyst Roy Smalley recalled Wednesday that when he played for the club, owner Calvin Griffith offered a $10,000 bonus to any Twins player whose wife gave birth to twins. Smalleys twin daughters Catherine and Laura-Leigh were born in 1984, just before he began his third spring training with the Yankees. ... Weaver is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in his last four starts, lowering his overall ERA to 2.98. ... Angels CF Mike Trout was 0 for 4, ending his career-best hitting streak at 15 games. ... The Angels signed 38 of their 39 draft picks this year, the best percentage in the franchises 53-year history. The only exception was RHP Blake Goins, a 12th-round selection who decided to attend the University of Texas. ' ' ' 

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