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The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York -- one day before the leagues annual board of governors session -- as they inch closer to striking a new labor agreement, according to league sources. Nike 95 Homme Soldes .The meeting is the latest signal, sources told ESPN, that a new deal to avoid a work stoppage is looming in the near future.Sources say there is rising optimism on both sides of the bargaining table that the basic framework of a deal can be achieved as early as this month.The current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBAPA runs through June 2021, with both sides holding the right until Dec. 15 to express an intent to opt out in 2017.But NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week that he expects the parties to come to terms on a new CBA before the opt-out deadline.Both sides have been very engaged and eager to get a deal done, Silver said.Speaking in China last week ahead of the 10th annual Global Games, Silver revealed that he spoke to Roberts during a recent league visit to Spain and said he would continue to pursue a fast resolution with the Players Association that avoids a lockout or any loss of games.Negotiations on the last CBA led to a five-month work stoppage that lasted until December 2011 and shortened the 2011-12 season by 16 games, marking only the second time in league history that a labor impasse led to a reduced schedule.With the league in a healthy state and money flowing into the game at unprecedented levels, there is strong motivation on all sides to avoid a work stoppage this time around.We dont want to strike and they dont want to strike, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who is on the unions executive committee, said earlier this week. So the best thing to do is really figure it out sooner rather than later.We want to try to get something done. I think the NBA and the owners are very receptive to that, and we are, too. I think [in the 2011 negotiation] we were so far away from each other. You can feel the difference, you can see the difference, you can see the reaction, you can see the contact were having, the information thats being sent on both sides. I think were closer to getting something done. Hopefully itll get done soon.ESPN.coms Chris Haynes, Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Marc Stein contributed to this report. Air Max 95 Ultra Noir Et Blanche . "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. Air Vapormax Promo . 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Especially at this time of year when a playoff spot is again on the line for UT Martin.In a glass half-filled world, the longtime Skyhawks coach would be confident that even if his squad did not record a sixth consecutive Ohio Valley Conference victory by upsetting Jacksonville State on Saturday to win the league title and its automatic FCS playoff bid, it would still be good enough to earn the programs first postseason appearance since 2006 as an at-large selection.Closer to reality, Simpson knows receiving an at-large berth might be tougher than taking down the two-time defending OVC champions and reigning FCS runner-up Gamecocks (9-1, 6-0) at Burgess-Snow Field.It looks like on paper right now that (the NCAA selection committee is) only going to take the automatic qualifier (from the OVC), said Simpson when referencing the scenario should his team lose Saturday.To penalize this football team if we dont win this week. .. And not get an at-large bid ....Three of Simpsons teams over the past four years won at least seven games. The Skyhawks finished third in the league in three of those seasons and went 6-2 in the conference for two, yet have not been rewarded. Since the FCS playoffs started in 1978, the OVC has received two bids 21 times and once -- in 2013 -- it got three.This year, Jacksonville State will make it win or lose Saturday.But possibly because UT Martin and 6-4 Tennessee State are the only other league teams with winning records overall, the Skyhawks only postseason chance is to win the conference. It probably wont matter that UT Martin played three FBS schools, and competed well in a 28-7 loss at Cincinnati and 41-36 setback at Hawaii to open the season. The Skyhawks lost 31-6 at Georgia State last month.Martin averages 34.6 points to lead the OVVC and ranks second in total defense at 323. Air Max 95 Noir Promo. 9 yards per contest -- JSU is first in the FCS at 246.1. The Skyhawks have outscored their last three opponents 90-30.We have a lot of confidence in our defense, Simpson said. Certainly the guys are comfortable. They believe in our defensive system. Certainly theyll have to play a great game this week.I mean, if you walk into this game thinking youre going to outscore them, thats not a good way to approach this football game. Its a playoff-style type game, field position is crucial, turnovers are crucial, touchdowns in the red zone are crucial. Our defense is going to have to play a huge part in setting up any success for our offense.Simpson believes Jacksonville State, second in the STATS FCS poll and winner of 30 straight games against non-FBS opponents, will be as tough as any of the Skyhawks FBS foes.The three FBS teams we played, they would not want to play Jacksonville thats for sure, Simpson said.The Gamecocks, who have never dropped a league contest in coach John Grass three seasons, last lost to Martin at home in 1987. However, the Skyhawks nearly came back from a 48-20 fourth-quarter deficit last season, scoring the final 21 points and putting a bit of a scare into JSU before falling 48-41 at home.Gamecocks star Eli Jenkins threw for three touchdowns -- all to receiver Josh Barge, who had nine catches for 107 yards.This game is always a good one because those guys are never out of a game, Grass said. We know it is big for them and they have a lot to play for. They feel like this is their only way to get in -- to win the conference championship. We know we are going to get another A-plus game and they will come ready to play. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' ' 
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EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- In Gee Chun posted a 5-under round of 66 to take a two-shot lead at the Evian Championship on Friday, keeping the 22-year-old South Korean on course for the second major of her career. Mickey Mantle Jersey .Chun, the 2015 U.S. Womens Open champion, had a bogey on the fourth hole but otherwise played with great control, hitting six birdies in rainy and overcast conditions at the picturesque resort overlooking Lake Geneva.I always try not to think about winning, said Chun, who missed the cut here last year. Thinking about winning is more pressure.South Korean Sung Hyun Park, who shared the overnight lead with Chun, juggled three bogeys and six birdies in a round of 68, tying her for second place with Shanshan Feng -- Chinas only major winner.So Yeon Ryu, who is also from South Korea, is three shots behind Chun in fourth place after posting 66, matching her score from round 1.Feng was a shot back overnight, as was American Annie Park, while defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand sat seven strokes behind after a disappointing opening day in her bid for a third major by the age of 19.Feng started to tire on the back nine, hitting two bogeys, but perked up with birdies on the final two holes for a 67.Theres no benefit for just long hitters, she said. The rough is really long.Ko fared better this time with a 68 but is nine shots off the lead.Playing the back nine first, the South-Korean born New Zealander went out in an even 36. But Ko improved on her way back to the clubhouse with a bogey and four birdies -- including a brilliant chip in from the edge of the green on the fifth for one of the shots of the day.Teeing off at 7:45 a.m. local time did not work out well for Park.She ended her round with a bogey on 16th and double bogey on the 17th to finish with a 2-over 73 and drop down the leaderboard.Second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand recovered from her first-round 73 to make a consistent 67 featuring four birdies. But the British Open champion is 11 shots off the lead.Ko and Jutanugarn are trying to win the Annika Major Award, rewarding the major winner with the best combined record at all five majors of the season. It is named after 10-time major winner Annika Sorenstam.Veteran American Angela Stanford is four shots behind Chun in fifth place as she tries to win her first major at the age of 38.Usually by Friday this course has killed me, Stanford said. But I still feel like I have a little energy.Her best performance in a major was back in 2003, when she was tied for second at the U.S. Womens Open.Having cameras around all day felt new again, said Stanford, who has five career wins on the LPGA Tour. For somebody that hasnt been in that position for a while.Two-time major winner Brittany Lincicome is a shot behind her in a tie for sixth with South Korean Eun-Hee Ji.Lincicome, who had nine birdies and four bogeys in her erratic 66, had a unique way of describing the course.Theres no flat lie anywhere, and then the greens are impossible, the 30-year-old American said. Like theres elephants buried under every one of them. C.C. Sabathia Jersey . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. 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Fertitta will meet with Khator, regarding the three coaches who sources told ESPN have emerged as finalists:?Alabama?offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and?Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.Fertitta, in a text message to Fox 26 in Houston, said former LSU coach Les Miles is also a finalist after having interviewed previously.?I think any of these four guys will be a great head coach at the University of Houston, Fertitta told Fox 26, also noting to the Houston Chronicle that the search likely wwill be concluded this weekend. Thurman Munson Jersey. .?Houston wants to require an excessive buyout so the next coach cant leave after a couple of seasons without paying a substantial penalty, a source told ESPN.Kiffin has indicated to others that hes optimistic he will be the next coach at Houston. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday afternoon that he had not heard if Kiffin has the job, but Saban is supportive of his assistant getting an opportunity to be a head coach again.Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley also interviewed for the Houston job, sources said.The Cougars are looking for a replacement for Tom Herman, who left after two seasons to become the head coach at Texas. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' ' 
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What a difference a fortnight makes. Eric Thames Jersey .Holdens Jamie Whincup is the toast of Supercars after claiming Sundays Gold Coast 600 final race, keeping alive his hopes of an unprecedented seventh series title.Whincup finished nine seconds ahead of Holden teammate Shane van Gisbergen with Volvos Scott McLaughlin third in the second and final 300km race on the tourist strip.Not so long ago it was a different story.The Holden star was painted as the villain after his team protested a time penalty that cost him a fifth Bathurst 1000 win two weeks ago.Whincup crossed the line first at Mount Panorama but was relegated to 11th due to the penalty.Their failed appeal rose the eyebrows of critics, including Supercars boss James Warburton who described it as un-Australian.But it seems all is forgiven for Whincup.He went from zero to hero on Sunday with his eighth Gold Coast win.I wasnt out here to make amends for what happened a fortnight ago, Whincup said of his Mount Panorama drama.The criticism (after Bathurst) didnt really affect me. It did upset my team and family a little bit though.But I was having too much fun to worry about what the minority think.And after the drama at Bathurst it was good to see everyone was still driving hard here - nothing had changed, it was go hard or go home.Whincup reduced van Gisbergens Supercars series lead to 148 points with two rounds - and a potential 600 points - left this year after a popular victory on the treacherous Gold Coast street circuit dubbed concrete canyon.Asked about his title hopes, Whincup said: Weve had some bad luck the last couple of rounds so it will be a tall ask from here but we will race hard until the last lap in the last round in Sydney.However, van Gisbergen did enough to claim the 2016 Enduro Cup with co-driver Alex Premat after also winning Saturdays opening 300km race.Flying Kiwi van Gisbergen had claimed he would not open up on his title hopes until after the Gold Coast round and finally broke his silence after collecting the Enduro Cup with Frenchman Premat.I have to talk about it now dont I? But look, anything can happen. We just have to make sure there are no mistakes from now on, he said.Only two cars in the 25-strong field failed to finish in a largely incident free second race that featured just one safety car.Even Fords Fabian Coulthard completed the 102 lap event despite his Falcon all but being written off in a race one incident with Holdens Garth Tander on Saturday.Remarkably his DJR Team Penske outfit worked throughout the night to ensure Coulthard fronted for race two qualifying on Sunday morning.Coulthard finished 15th in race two.Tander was 11th after copping a 10 spot grid penalty for the spectacular Coulthard crash.The next round will be held in Auckland from November 4. Orlando Arcia Jersey .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. Yovani Gallardo Jersey . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. http://www.brewersjerseyscheap.com/ .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. WASHINGTON -- Rodney Pryor tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points Wednesday night and Georgetown cruised to a 96-44 win over Coppin State.It was the second game this season with at least 30 points for Pryor, who made 10 of 13 from the field including 7 of 8 from behind the arc. L.J. Peak had a career-high 10 assists -- the first Georgetown player with double-digit assists since Markel Starks had 11 on March 3, 2014. Bradley Hayes added 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots and Jessie Govan grabbed a career-best 11 boards.The Hoyaas (4-4) made 34 of 68 from the field, including a season-high 14 3s on 31 attempts (45. Glenn Robinson Jersey. 2 percent), tied a season-best with 22 assists and outrebounded Coppin State 55-28.Joshua Treadwell had 17 points and Tre Thomas scored 16 for the Eagles (0-9), who are off to their worst start since opening the 2005-06 season with 12-straight losses. Coppin State shot 27 percent and Thomas and Treadwell were the only two Eagles with more than one field goal. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' ' 
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MILAN -- Roma failed to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat at home to Porto in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday. Air Max 270 Womens .Roma had drawn the first leg 1-1 after Thomas Vermaelen was sent off and it was again made to pay for poor discipline as Daniele De Rossi was dismissed in the 39th minute and Emerson Palmieri, followed him five minutes after halftime.Despite the numerical disadvantage, Roma pushed hard but could not cancel out Felipe Augustos early opener and two goals in as many minutes from Miguel Layun and Jesus Corona sealed matters.We had prepared for it well, but we started badly, Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman said. We played one game in 10 and the other in nine. It could be a mental problem because physically we are fine. We knew what we had to do on the pitch, but we didnt do it. We didnt play well and I dont know why.Though Roma tried to turn the game around, Strootman pinpointed Layuns strike as the definitive blow.Even with nine men we tried everything, he said. But when we went 2-0 down it was all over. Now its difficult to get back up, we are all angry. But we have to think about the league because we have to do better. No one is to blame, we lost together.Monaco beat Villarreal 1-0 to advance to the 32-team group-stage draw in Monaco on Thursday following a 3-1 aggregate victory. Celtic also squeezed through despite a 2-0 loss to Champions League newcomer Hapoel Beer Sheva, after winning the first leg 5-2.There was no fairytale for Irish side Dundalk after a 1-1 draw at 10-man Legia Warsaw, which progressed 3-1 on aggregate to reach the group stage for the first time in 21 years.Ludogorets Razgrad drew 2-2 at Viktoria Plzen to advance 4-2 on aggregate.Italian clubs have failed in the playoffs for five of the last six seasons, typically leaving Serie A with only two representatives among Europes elite.Roma was looking to end that streak but went behind after less than eight minutes as Felipe was left unmarked at the back post to head in Otavios free kick.Romas chances of progressing diminished when De Rossi, who was being played in defense, was sent off for a rash tackle on Maxi Pereira.Coach Luciano Spalletti took off Leandro Paredes to introduce Emerson but the Brazilian was also shown a straight red card for a horrendous challenge on Corona.Roma upped the pressure but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny gifted Porto its second of the night in the 73rd minute. Caught out in no-mans land on a Porto counterattack, Layun rounded him far out from his goal before firing across into the empty net.Corona scored the third moments later, when he blasted past Szczesny at the near post.Villarreal was hoping to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat and ensure Spain once again had five teams in the group-stage draw.But Monaco dominated and Fabinho scored from the spot after Mateo Musacchio handled the ball in the area.Celtic had lost in the playoff round for the past two seasons and the perennial Scottish champion almost threw away the tie despite a commanding first-leg advantage.Saidy Janko tripped Ovidiu Hoban to concede a penalty in the 15th minute, although television replays indicated that the foul was outside the area.Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon saved Maharan Radis spot-kick but swiftly went from hero to villain.Six minutes later Gordon, and defender Kieran Tierney got in each others way, allowing Ben Sahars header to squeeze past them into the net.Another defensive mix-up three minutes after the break, this time between Gordon and Janko, led to the ball spilling out of the goalkeepers hands and allowing Hoban a tap-in. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Seven people were injured Monday when an elevated television camera plummeted more than 60 feet to the ground Monday in the Olympic park outside the basketball venue in the latest in a string of mishaps at the Rio Games.The large camera is one of several suspended on cables to provide aerial views of the main Olympic Park. The Olympic Broadcasting Service said two guide cables on its camera snapped, causing it to fall to a lower concourse that feeds into the basketball stadium.Chris Adams, a gymnastics fan from Britain, said he heard a cable snap and then watched as the camera fell and hit two women.It looked like a flying saucer coming through the air when it hit these two women, Adams said. This thing is big, and it shot through the air. It came down at such a speed that they wouldnt see it. They werent expecting it.The Olympic Broadcasting Service said medical officials on the scene described the injuries as minor, and that all seven people hurt were treated and released from care by Monday evening. It has launched a full investigation into the incident.Adams said he saw both women were conscious and that medical personnel quickly arrived to take them away on stretchers.Its the latest in a series of problems that have plagued the Rio Games, including and Olympic security officer being fatally shot after taking a wrong turn into a slum, robberies of a group of American swimmers including Ryan Lochte and two Australian rowing coaches and stray bullets twice landing in the equestrian venue at the Olympic complex. Nike Off White Vapormax 2018. Authorities quickly set up barricades around the area where the camera crashed and shattered glass littered the area.There was quite a lot of screaming and a bit of commotion, Adams said. People were running to the situation to make sure these two ladies were OK.Olympic Broadcasting Service officials said they had a cherry picker in transit to help workers examine some sort of problem with the camera before the incident, but it did not arrive in time. The camera moves along the park on wires suspended high above the ground.When it hit the ground, you could see it hit the two ladies, Adams said. And the glass from the camera, you could see it explode as it hit the women.Olympic Broadcasting Service has operated cameras in Olympic parks and arenas since 2001.---AP Sports Writers Steve Wilson and Rob Harris contributed to this report. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' ' 
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EASTON, Pa. Cheap Angels Jerseys Authentic . -- Nick Shafnisky threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Patriot League champion Lehigh defeated rival Lafayette 45-21 on Saturday for its ninth-straight win.Sophomore Dominick Bragalone ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to surpass 1,000 yards (1,106), making him only the second Mountain Hawks player with two 1,000 yard seasons.It was the 152nd meeting in college footballs most-played and longest continuous rivalry, played with World Series champion manager Joe Maddon (Lafayette Class of 1976) in attendance. Lafayette leads the series, which dates to 1884, 78-69-5, but Lehigh is 33 of 52 since a 6-6 tie in the 100th meeting.Lehigh (9-2, 6-0) led 31-7 at the half as Shafnisky and Bragalone had rushing touchdowns and Shafnisky opened the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Troy Pelletier and a 15-yarder to Casey Gatlin.Drew Reed and Blake Searfoss combined to complete 36 of 54 passes for 398 yards with Reed throwing for two touchdowns for the Leopards (2-9, 1-5). Kole Calhoun Jersey . LOUIS -- St. Justin Upton Jersey .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. http://www.wholesaleangelsjerseys.com/ . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- As everyone talks about Jimmie Johnsons incredible record at the next three racetracks and Kevin Harvicks dominance at Phoenix, Kyle Busch is simply going about his business at Martinsville Speedway.Youd think the defending Sprint Cup champion, a driver who has achieved significantly better results in the Chase this year than he did in his championship season, would have the focus on him entering the Chase semifinal round of Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.And thats before one remembers this small fact: Busch won at Martinsville earlier this year. Texas, too.In short: The buzz isnt around Busch, but it would be silly to discount his chances in this 2016 championship hunt, almost as silly as NASCARs seeding system -- best finish in any race of the previous round -- that has Busch ranked eighth among the eight remaining Chase drivers.If theres a lock entering this round in the Chase, maybe it should start with the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 car, that he will win one of the next three races or will finish high enough in points to earn one of the four bids to compete for the championship at Homestead.Bad fortune [could get us], Busch said when asked about what would keep him out of contention at Homestead. Thats about it. As far as where we feel like of were capable of running, I dont see any reason to why we should not advance.Busch said that more matter-of-fact than with any cockiness. The facts back him up: He finished a combined 49 spots better in the Chase in the first five races this year than he did a year ago. For the record, he said it doesnt seem as if he is running any better, that he had some bad fortune in some races in 2015. But just as he did in 2015, hes doing enough each week to advance to the next round.These guys do a really good job -- [crew chief] Adam [Stevens] does a great job leading them -- in not letting us get too worked up in certain situations and just performing the way that we need to, Busch said. Weve got our ideas of what our goals should be set, and we just try to go out there and achieve them.The goal is to repeat as the Cup champion. Buschs weekend goal is to win races, which he has accomplished only once since the MMay race at Kansas. Albert Pujols Jersey. aybe the fact he has won just once in the last 22 races (albeit a big win at Indianapolis) has quieted talk of Busch winning back-to-back titles and keeping the spotlight on the drivers who either win more or win to avoid elimination. The three-race, elimination-style format that resets points to make remaining drivers even at the start of the final three rounds also tends to silence talk about Busch going back-to-back. Despite being tied for the most wins this year with four, he has the same number of points as the seven other Chase drivers entering Martinsville.[The format] takes the vibe away a little bit, said Busch about how his going for a second consecutive title has run under the radar. I would say that were not as flashy as some other teams out there are able to be.I look at [Kevin] Harvick for instance. When their backs are against the wall, boom, they get it done. I give them all the credit in the world. It shows theyre championship capable. Us? We havent shown that type of capability. We havent needed to go out there and win a race like that, but we havent shown that, either, in just normal races.So can he get flashy, if needed?I dont know, Busch said. We havent had to be.Busch was certainly flashy enough early in the season. In addition to his wins at Martinsville and Texas in the spring, he finished fourth at Phoenix. Last year, he advanced to Homestead with finishes of fifth, fourth and fourth at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.We just need to get through this round the same we did last time, Busch said. It would be nice to win one.And it would certainly be sweet to repeat. Part of it comes from the desire to do things that people say drivers cant.It would [mean something] because a lot of people have said this format is so unpredictable that there is no way that a back-to-back could happen anymore, Busch said. Of course it can.You have to have the right circumstances. And you have to win Homestead two years in a row. Well see how it comes together and where we stand the Sunday after Phoenix. 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WASHINGTON -- Former No. Charlie Blackmon Jersey . 1 Caroline Wozniacki retired from her second-round match at the Citi Open against Sam Stosur because of an injured left arm.The right-handed Wozniacki said that she felt pain while hitting a two-handed backhand at 5-all in the first set of a match that began Wednesday night and ended just past midnight on Thursday. She was treated by a trainer and wound up winning that set 7-5, but stopped playing after getting broken to trail 4-3 in the second.There was a point where I hit a backhand and I just felt it, and I was like `Oh, its nothing, Wozniacki said. But then I hit another backhand and I was like, `OK, its something. And it just got worse.Its the latest in a series of setbacks this season for Wozniacki, the U.S. Open runner-up in 2009 and 2014.She hasnt won a Grand Slam match this year, losing in the first round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and missing the French Open because of an injured ankle.At this point, I just cant catch a break. Im thinking, `Im going to catch a break sooner or later. But right now, its just like one thing after the other, Wozniacki said. I feel like Im hitting it pretty well. Im serving well. And its like, this happens. Its just like really disappointing.Wozniacki is supposed to represent Denmark at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month and carry her countrys flag in the opening ceremony. She won an appeal to the International Tennis Federation to allow her to compete at the Rio Games after she was unable to fulfill the Fed Cup requirements.Against 2011 U.S. Open champion Stosur, Wozniacki was trailing 5-3 at the outset before taking four games in a row. That success came despite how hard it was for her to use her left arm, which even bothered her during ball tosses for serves. She said afterward she was surprised that the top-seeded Stosur kept hitting to her forehand even after the visit from the trainer.She started kind of running around her backhand a little bit more, which is pretty unusual for Caroline to want to do that. So I kind of thought, `OK, theres something going on, Stosur said.As for why she had trouble taking control of the match, Stosur replied: Sometimes its quite difficult playing somebody whos injured.The match was played on a secondary grandstand court, instead of in the hard-court tournaments main stadium, which gets more mens matches than womens matches during the joint event.I notice theres not too many matches on center court for the women, unfortunately, Stosur said when asked by a reporter about the scheduling. Itd be nice if we were kind of 50-50 on center court, thats for sure.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Rockies Jerseys For Sale . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. Trevor Story Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. http://www.rockiesjerseyscheap.com/?tag=todd-helton-jersey . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. HOUSTON --?Derrick Rose will play Tuesday in the New York Knicks preseason opener at Houston and plans to travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday to attend a trial in the $21.5 million civil sex assault lawsuit against the point guard.Jury selection for the trial began Tuesday, and Rose is expected to testify.Barring a settlement, its likely that Rose will miss preseason practices and games while attending the trial.Rose said Tuesday that he doesnt wish to come to a settlement in the case, in which a woman alleges that Rose and his two friends raped her. Rose has repeatedly said he is innocent of the claims.I felt like I didnt do anything wrong, Rose said. And if I go up there and tell my side of the story, I think Ill be alright. Nolan Arenado Jersey. Knicks president Phil Jackson has said that the club doesnt believe the case will impact Roses season.Its worth noting that Rose is still getting acclimated to the Knicks offense, so missing time in the preseason will certainly impede his ability to learn the offense.Rose has said repeatedly that the pending trial hasnt distracted him from basketball.This is out of my control, Rose said Tuesday. Like I said from the beginning, I can only focus on what I have ahead of me, Im here so its the game. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' ' 
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TUCSON, Ariz. Wholesale MLB Rangers Jerseys . -- Arizona had a prolonged competition at quarterback and it still may not be over even after Anu Solomon started the opener against BYU.The Wildcats may not have a choice for their home opener against Grambling State on Saturday.Arizona had to practice on a wet field on Wednesday due to storms in the area and Solomon apparently injured his knee. He is listed as questionable on the Wildcats injury report.Even if Solomon can play, Arizona may want to hold him out to avoid risking further injury against an FCS opponent.Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez already said Brandon Dawkins was going to get some playing time against Grambling State and now the sophomore could get much more.There were times I was close to bringing him on Saturday because he does bring a different element, Rodriguez said. I would have liked to get him in there for a few plays ... but going forward will be conscious of that.Solomon had a so-so first game of his junior season, making some plays but also struggling to move Arizonas offense until the fourth quarter. Solomon was sacked four times and held the ball too long at times, finishing 20 of 30 for 213 yards with two interceptions and no TD passes.Dawkins was Arizonas third-string quarterback last season, but flashed glimpses of what hes capable of. He played six games as a freshman, throwing for 334 yards -- 301 against rival Arizona State -- and two touchdowns while rushing for 179 yards and two more scores.Dawkins is more of a running threat than Solomon, so Grambling State not only has to prepare for a talented FBS opponent, but get ready for two styles of quarterbacks.Were going to go at it and try to play as perfect as we can possibly play and let the chips fall where they may, Grambling State coach Broderick Fobbs said. You name it, they have it. Its going to be the best opponent we face this year. Lets be honest. We have to play an A-plus game to have a chance.A few more things to look for when Arizona hosts Grambling State on Saturday night:TIGERS OPENER: The Tigers opened the season against a Division II opponent with expected results. Grambling State racked up 693 yards, including 402 rushing, in blowing out Virginia-Lynchburg 72-12 at home. Fobbs played nearly everyone on the roster in the game and this week will get back top returning receiver Chad Williams, who served a one-game suspension after an offseason arrest. DeVante Kincade started at quarterback in the opener and will get the nod again in Tucson, but Trevon Cherry will play in at least a few series. Both threw a pair of touchdown passes in the opener.DOUBLE PUNTER/KICKERS: Having one player handle both punting and kicking is a rarity in college football these days. Saturdays game will have two punter/kickers. Grambling State senior Jonathan Wallace had a busy day in the opener by handling both duties, making all 10 of his extra-point attempts and averaging 36.3 yards on three punts. Arizona sophomore Josh Pollack averaged 47.5 yards on four punts and made a 46-yard field goal after earlier missing a 52-yarder.WILSONS RETURN: Arizona running back Nick Wilson had a strong return after an injury-plagued 2015 season. The bruising junior started slow against BYU, but got better as the game wore on. He had a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter for Arizonas first touchdown and reeled off a 49-yard scoring run to put Arizona up with 1:26 left. Wilson finished with 138 yards on 17 carries and will be a load for the Tigers to bring down on Saturday. Cheap Baseball Rangers Jerseys . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. 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Park sank a 4-foot birdie on the first playoff hole against So Yeon Ryu , capping her final-round rally and once again reminding the golf world who is clearly in control of the LPGA Tour this year. Sundays win was Parks second straight in a playoff, following her final-day 39-hole effort at the PGA Championship. It came after she began the day two shots back of a group of four leaders, each who fell by the wayside as the South Korean took control at Pinnacle Country Club on her way to her seventh win in her last 23 starts. That kind of success that has led to Parks meteoric rise from 26th in the world rankings a year ago to the unquestioned top player leading into next weeks U.S. Open. "Ive won a lot of times this year, but I still feel the pressure coming into the final round every time," Park said. "I definitely felt a lot of pressure in the playoff. I think thats going to happen no matter how many times I win. "It gets more exciting and more exciting, thats for sure." After opening with a 2-under 69 on Friday, Park vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with three straight birdies on the front nine on Sunday. She dropped a shot with a bogey on the par-3 11th before birdies on 14 and 18 sent her to the playoff. Park and Ryu finished the tournament tied at 12 under, one shot ahead of Mika Miyazato. Its the second straight year Miyazato has finished as the runner-up. Amateur Lydia Ko, I.K. Kim and local favourite and world No. 2 Stacy Lewis, who played at nearby University of Arkansas, each finished two shots back. After Park sank an 8-foot birdie putt on her final hole of regulation to reach 12 under, Ryu followed with a birdie of her own on the par-5 18th to match her fellow South Korean, good friend and practice partner. Ryu, however, knew early on Sunday that she faced a difficult task against the hottest player on the LPGA Tour. "I think everybodys scared of Inbee because shes playing super well (the) last 12 months, even more, like 14 months," Ryu said. "... So, if her name is top on the leaderboard, she makes everybody really nervous." In the playoff, which took place on No. 18, Park appeared calm throughout -- finding the fairway offf the tee and nearly reaching the green in two before chipping her third shot within 4 feet. Youth Rangers Jerseys. That put pressure on Ryu to hole a chip for birdie from just off the back of the green -- a chip she narrowly missed. Park then calmly sank her birdie putt to end the tournament and once again find herself a winner. Its a familiar spot for the player who has already become just the seventh player in LPGA Tour history to win the first two majors of the season. She can become just the second to win the first three next week at the U.S. Open. "When I was playing the playoff, it just feels like a practice round because I always play with (Ryu) on the practice rounds," Park said. "Especially having played in the playoff a week before, I mean that really felt like normal to me that I (had) to go to a playoff." Ryu, No. 5 in the world and 2001 U.S. Open winner, led at 12 under midway through the round. However, she four-putted the par-4 13th for a double bogey. She pulled back to 11 under with a birdie on the par-3 17th before answering Parks final-hole birdie on the 18th. Park looked every bit like the top-ranked player in the world on Sunday. She began the day at 8 under, then quickly jumped to the top of the leaderboard with Ryu after three straight birdies on the front nine. Park also saved par out of a fairway bunker on the par-4 ninth. Lewis began the day as the co-leader and local favourite, with a gallery full of Arkansas fans following her every shot. But she stumbled with a double bogey on the par-5 seventh. After driving in the bunker, she took two shots out of the greenside bunker before missing a short bogey putt. Lewis bounced back with birdies on the next two holes to once again reach 10 under. She later missed birdie putts on 11 and 12 and was unable to get closer than one shot, dropping out of contention after back-to-back bogeys and on 15 and 16. "Im pretty disappointed," Lewis said. "You know, I had one bad swing on seven, but really other than that I played pretty solid. ... I dont really know, going back, what I would do much different." Lewis was ranked No. 1 earlier this year after consecutive wins, a spot she vacated after Park began her run of success. Its that same kind of success she hopes to take into next week. "The course is just going to be the toughest golf course we play all year," Park said. "I always love the challenge, so Im looking forward to that." 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TUCSON, Ariz. Wholesale MLB Rangers Jerseys . -- Arizona had a prolonged competition at quarterback and it still may not be over even after Anu Solomon started the opener against BYU.The Wildcats may not have a choice for their home opener against Grambling State on Saturday.Arizona had to practice on a wet field on Wednesday due to storms in the area and Solomon apparently injured his knee. He is listed as questionable on the Wildcats injury report.Even if Solomon can play, Arizona may want to hold him out to avoid risking further injury against an FCS opponent.Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez already said Brandon Dawkins was going to get some playing time against Grambling State and now the sophomore could get much more.There were times I was close to bringing him on Saturday because he does bring a different element, Rodriguez said. I would have liked to get him in there for a few plays ... but going forward will be conscious of that.Solomon had a so-so first game of his junior season, making some plays but also struggling to move Arizonas offense until the fourth quarter. Solomon was sacked four times and held the ball too long at times, finishing 20 of 30 for 213 yards with two interceptions and no TD passes.Dawkins was Arizonas third-string quarterback last season, but flashed glimpses of what hes capable of. He played six games as a freshman, throwing for 334 yards -- 301 against rival Arizona State -- and two touchdowns while rushing for 179 yards and two more scores.Dawkins is more of a running threat than Solomon, so Grambling State not only has to prepare for a talented FBS opponent, but get ready for two styles of quarterbacks.Were going to go at it and try to play as perfect as we can possibly play and let the chips fall where they may, Grambling State coach Broderick Fobbs said. You name it, they have it. Its going to be the best opponent we face this year. Lets be honest. We have to play an A-plus game to have a chance.A few more things to look for when Arizona hosts Grambling State on Saturday night:TIGERS OPENER: The Tigers opened the season against a Division II opponent with expected results. Grambling State racked up 693 yards, including 402 rushing, in blowing out Virginia-Lynchburg 72-12 at home. Fobbs played nearly everyone on the roster in the game and this week will get back top returning receiver Chad Williams, who served a one-game suspension after an offseason arrest. DeVante Kincade started at quarterback in the opener and will get the nod again in Tucson, but Trevon Cherry will play in at least a few series. Both threw a pair of touchdown passes in the opener.DOUBLE PUNTER/KICKERS: Having one player handle both punting and kicking is a rarity in college football these days. Saturdays game will have two punter/kickers. Grambling State senior Jonathan Wallace had a busy day in the opener by handling both duties, making all 10 of his extra-point attempts and averaging 36.3 yards on three punts. Arizona sophomore Josh Pollack averaged 47.5 yards on four punts and made a 46-yard field goal after earlier missing a 52-yarder.WILSONS RETURN: Arizona running back Nick Wilson had a strong return after an injury-plagued 2015 season. The bruising junior started slow against BYU, but got better as the game wore on. He had a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter for Arizonas first touchdown and reeled off a 49-yard scoring run to put Arizona up with 1:26 left. Wilson finished with 138 yards on 17 carries and will be a load for the Tigers to bring down on Saturday. Cheap Baseball Rangers Jerseys . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. 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Park sank a 4-foot birdie on the first playoff hole against So Yeon Ryu , capping her final-round rally and once again reminding the golf world who is clearly in control of the LPGA Tour this year. Sundays win was Parks second straight in a playoff, following her final-day 39-hole effort at the PGA Championship. It came after she began the day two shots back of a group of four leaders, each who fell by the wayside as the South Korean took control at Pinnacle Country Club on her way to her seventh win in her last 23 starts. That kind of success that has led to Parks meteoric rise from 26th in the world rankings a year ago to the unquestioned top player leading into next weeks U.S. Open. "Ive won a lot of times this year, but I still feel the pressure coming into the final round every time," Park said. "I definitely felt a lot of pressure in the playoff. I think thats going to happen no matter how many times I win. "It gets more exciting and more exciting, thats for sure." After opening with a 2-under 69 on Friday, Park vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with three straight birdies on the front nine on Sunday. She dropped a shot with a bogey on the par-3 11th before birdies on 14 and 18 sent her to the playoff. Park and Ryu finished the tournament tied at 12 under, one shot ahead of Mika Miyazato. Its the second straight year Miyazato has finished as the runner-up. Amateur Lydia Ko, I.K. Kim and local favourite and world No. 2 Stacy Lewis, who played at nearby University of Arkansas, each finished two shots back. After Park sank an 8-foot birdie putt on her final hole of regulation to reach 12 under, Ryu followed with a birdie of her own on the par-5 18th to match her fellow South Korean, good friend and practice partner. Ryu, however, knew early on Sunday that she faced a difficult task against the hottest player on the LPGA Tour. "I think everybodys scared of Inbee because shes playing super well (the) last 12 months, even more, like 14 months," Ryu said. "... So, if her name is top on the leaderboard, she makes everybody really nervous." In the playoff, which took place on No. 18, Park appeared calm throughout -- finding the fairway offf the tee and nearly reaching the green in two before chipping her third shot within 4 feet. Youth Rangers Jerseys. That put pressure on Ryu to hole a chip for birdie from just off the back of the green -- a chip she narrowly missed. Park then calmly sank her birdie putt to end the tournament and once again find herself a winner. Its a familiar spot for the player who has already become just the seventh player in LPGA Tour history to win the first two majors of the season. She can become just the second to win the first three next week at the U.S. Open. "When I was playing the playoff, it just feels like a practice round because I always play with (Ryu) on the practice rounds," Park said. "Especially having played in the playoff a week before, I mean that really felt like normal to me that I (had) to go to a playoff." Ryu, No. 5 in the world and 2001 U.S. Open winner, led at 12 under midway through the round. However, she four-putted the par-4 13th for a double bogey. She pulled back to 11 under with a birdie on the par-3 17th before answering Parks final-hole birdie on the 18th. Park looked every bit like the top-ranked player in the world on Sunday. She began the day at 8 under, then quickly jumped to the top of the leaderboard with Ryu after three straight birdies on the front nine. Park also saved par out of a fairway bunker on the par-4 ninth. Lewis began the day as the co-leader and local favourite, with a gallery full of Arkansas fans following her every shot. But she stumbled with a double bogey on the par-5 seventh. After driving in the bunker, she took two shots out of the greenside bunker before missing a short bogey putt. Lewis bounced back with birdies on the next two holes to once again reach 10 under. She later missed birdie putts on 11 and 12 and was unable to get closer than one shot, dropping out of contention after back-to-back bogeys and on 15 and 16. "Im pretty disappointed," Lewis said. "You know, I had one bad swing on seven, but really other than that I played pretty solid. ... I dont really know, going back, what I would do much different." Lewis was ranked No. 1 earlier this year after consecutive wins, a spot she vacated after Park began her run of success. Its that same kind of success she hopes to take into next week. "The course is just going to be the toughest golf course we play all year," Park said. "I always love the challenge, so Im looking forward to that." 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It was a season Ihedigbo called humbling, and he told ESPN without a doubt he believes he can still be a NFL starter.By the end of the 2015 season, Ihedigbo was playing on some special-teams units -- the same role he had when he started his career as an undrafted free agent with the Jets.Ihedigbo has played with the Jets, Patriots, Ravens and Lions and won a Super Bowl in Baltimore. In his career, he has made 332 tackles with nine sacks, eight interceptions, nine forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.ESPNs Mike Rodak and Michael Rothstein contributed to this report. Nike Air Max 270 Schweiz . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. Nike Air Max Schweiz . 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A hush as a match began, and ultimately a ref raising a winners hand. At every meet, a wrestler crying at the outcome.Theres no purer contest, Kevin thought. One guy against another, no teammate to draft off of or accuse: This is how you know if you measure up. Little Kevin Pedersen, 5-foot-4, buck-oh-five, smallest guy in the room. There had always been a champion inside of him. Without wrestling, he would have been the only one to know it.And now here he was: a decorated agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency, with a gun on his hip and another tucked in his boot. Out there in South Florida, always on call, he saw the worst in people, the price paid for an undisciplined life. Back in these gyms, wrestlings ceremony reassured him, relaxed his mind enough to let him dip into his past.But Kevins past wasnt his alone. At the meets, someone would inevitably recognize Kevin and remind him of his curious bond with a teammate. What about Alex? Kevin would grin and gosh-dang along with them, reminiscing, although he could never understand the appeal of the outlaw.IN THE WINTER of 1991, Alex DeCubas emerged from the arrivals lounge at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia, carrying a fake Dominican passport. Alex worked his bullish chest and shoulders into a brown leather coat as he scanned for his driver among the desperate faces of a country shattered by the cocaine wars.The car left the capital, driving to the rural town of Cota, Cundinamarca, and to a compound set atop an imposing cliff. A high wall encircled the property, tipped with shards of glass, keeping thieves out, and others in. This was Jorge Gneccos place.Gnecco was the new face of brutality in the Colombian underworld, taking his cues from Pablo Escobar and the bloody Medellín cartel. Alex had gone into business with Gnecco, running a 2,000-kilogram load of pure Colombian cocaine through St. Lucia and into Fort Lauderdale. But in Florida, one of Alexs soldiers had betrayed him, running off with the majority of the load, at $18,000 per kilo. Gnecco summoned Alex, who hadnt heard about the theft. Alex stepped out of the car and moved to the compounds study, where Gnecco waited.The drug lord lit into Alex. You were in on it, he yelled at him, slamming a fist on his desk. You got a debt. Twenty-five million. Youre not leaving until I get paid.Hundreds of millions of dollars in drug sales had passed through Alexs hands, but he wouldnt part with any of it for something he hadnt done.In friendlier times, Gnecco had shown Alex his favorite photos, leafing through them like they were baseball cards: pictures of men Gnecco had kidnapped, in sets of two. In the first picture, a brutalized face looked startled by the camera flash, the man maybe expecting a bullet along with it. In the second picture -- a lifeless form, splayed out on the ground. Gnecco had always laughed at those shots.Alex looked at Gnecco. I dont have $25 million.And so Gnecco wouldnt allow him to leave. A rotating crew of his soldiers kept watch on Alex. For weeks, hed spend his days pacing the patio, up and back on the Mexican clay tiles of his open-air prison, the high wall hemming him in. Most evenings, the guards turned on their favorite telenovela, and before they went to bed, they locked up Alex in a steel cage at the edge of the enclosed patio.The days passed, 45 of them, Alex dropping weight like back in his wrestling days from the table scraps they fed him. How much longer until that sadistic prick pulls out the camera? he asked himself. If Im gonna survive, I gotta escape.One night, when the guards gathered around the TV for the series finale of their soap opera, Alex saw an opening. They had yet to put Alex in his cage, and now their eyes were getting heavy. Alex crouched at one end of the patio and gripped his leather coat. Still the athlete, he burst from his stance and raced 90 feet to the wall. He leaped, grabbing the top of it, his coat protecting his hands from the shards of glass. Pulling himself up, he tossed a leg over. Alex fell straight down the steep slope, landing in the hillsides rain-softened orange clay. He tumbled and slid to the edge of the road below. When he stopped, he was orange from tip to tail but uninjured. A car approached, the sign on its roof legible in the dusk: taxi.KEVIN PEDERSEN AND Alex DeCubas were first linked to each other more than 40 years ago. They met at a Little League game in Miami in 1969, Alex glaring down from the mound, a hulking 11-year-old, as Kevin walked his slight frame into the batters box and whipped through a few meager practice swings. Alex was known for striking out the side, but now he served up a walk, feeling sorry for the little guy. It just didnt feel right striking him out.Their families lived in Miamis Palmetto neighborhood, and a couple of years later, the boys would attend Palmetto Junior High School together. They decided to join wrestling for different reasons. Kevins father, Myron, had captained his high school team back in Des Moines, Iowa, before heading off to World War II. The Air Force lieutenant colonel, now stationed at the Miami airport and plagued with memories of the Pacific theater, had fallen into alcoholism. Alexs father, Luis, had fled Castros revolutionary Cuba and had opened an upscale mens boutique in Coral Gables. He wore a different suit every day, projecting an image of success as he made his entrance to Alexs wrestling meets. El tigre! he would yell, encouraging his boy, layering his sons face with kisses after every victory.When Alex and Kevin joined the high school team as sophomores, Alex had grown into a 5-9, 190-pound bruiser, legs and torso thickly arranged. Kevin admired his power -- how Alex latched on to bigger guys and slung them around like it was their first go on the mat -- and the ease with which he walked the halls and talked to girls. Alex respected Kevins technique and discipline, the 105-pounder who lifted year-round, jogging laps in the Miami bake. The two ran in different circles, but in the wrestling room, they connected. Alex looked after his undersized teammate; other kids knew that if they provoked Kevin, Alex would be there to answer.In 1974, both wrestlers went undefeated in the regular season, Alex as the varsity heavyweight and Kevin as a lightweight relegated to JV. At the final of the state championship meet, Alex scored a last-second pin on his opponent, an unbeaten senior, to earn Palmetto High its first state team title.In 1976, the boys senior year, Palmetto coach Barry Zimbler named Kevin and Alex co-captains. Before every practice, the two would square off, no matter that 100 pounds separated them. Alex would flip Kevin and grind his face into the mat. And Kevin would get tougher.That spring, Kevin won the Florida state 110-pound championship, closing out an undefeated season. Alex won his second state title. They were both named All-American. Weeks later, the pair appeared in Sports Illustrateds Faces in the Crowd, side by side, their bond for all the world to see.ONE NIGHT DURING Alexs sophomore year at the University of Georgia in 1977, while he crushed beers with his wrestling teammates, the phone rang. Alex picked up and began speaking Spanish. His father was ill, and Uncle Pedro would be waiting for Alex at Miami International.The next day, the two men drove south down Palmetto Expressway. Baptist Hospital appeared up ahead -- but Uncle Pedro just kept on driving.Tio, Alex said. Why arent we stopping?Your dads not sick. Silence as the car kept going. Your fathers dead. He shot himself.Luis DeCubas clothing boutique was practically bankrupt, and in the stores back office, he had taken out his Walther PPK, aimed the pistol at his chest and fired.After Alex received the details, he and his brother, Luis Jr., drove to Coral Gables and their fathers shop. The blood had curled up on the concrete floor. Towels in hand, the brothers scrubbed away the final indication of their father.Luis left letters for his family. To Alex he wrote: Youve made me so proud, my tiger. Now go be a success. Go out and grab life with gusto. In his grief, Alex struggled with how to apply his fathers final words, the plea for his second-born son to be daring, to never settle for a pedestrian existence. Consumed with sorrow and hobbled by knee injuries, Alex left wrestling and Georgia. He returned to Miami, took a job at a tool store. The drug trade was sweeping through the city, and the adventure and easy money lured in Alex. He started selling small bags of weed and coke.One afternoon, two guys walked into the tool store, their gold Rolex Presidentials catching the warehouse fluorescents. One of them had escaped communism, the other just Detroit -- Jaromir John, a Czech who went by J.J., and Sam Frontera. They were in the jewelry business, among other interests. As they looked over Alex, the pair decided to discuss their real work.Hey, kid, J.J. said. You know where we can get some kilos?He did. When Alex found what they were looking for, J.J. and Sam figured it was time to bring this kid in all the way. J.J. called Alex one afternoon.Meet me in Fort Lauderdale. And bring your gun.He went on to explain that he and Sam specialized in ripping: stealing drugs from dealers. That night, they would target a single-story home where two guys were sitting on 1,200 pounds of pot, worth $360,000. Alex liked the sound of the money, and he missed the adrenaline he once found in wrestling. And he figured nobody would call the cops.Posing as DEA agents, they busted in and ordered everyone facedown on the tile floor. Kid, Sam said, go check the back bedroom.Gun drawn, Alex cracked the bedroom door. A woman sat on the bed, stock still. Two pit bulls suddenly rushed into his peripheral vision. Alex unloaded. A couple of shots dropped the dogs; another bullet skipped off the tile floor and clipped the woman in the leg. J.J. and Sam ripped the stash, and they all got back on the road.Alex was making $200 a week at the tool store, and now J.J. and Sam were bringing him in for $30,000 a score.They continued ripping: pot, quaaludes, coke, cash. Whatever they could find, whatever they could steal, wherever it had to go down -- in a home, in a warehouse, on the shoulder of the highway. Alex had found his own path to success.KEVIN PEDERSEN WAS back in Palmetto after graduating from West Point, class of 1980, when he sat down for a beer at a local joint, the Crown Lounge. Pedersen, wearing an Airborne T-shirt and his hair high and tight, sat alone at the end of the bar.Hey, Ped, a man called out from across the lounge.Kevin had heard the whispers from the Palmetto wrestling crowd, about how Alex had gone into the drug trade, and now they would come to life. Alex, with gold chains and a shaved head, was bigger than Kevin remembered, his frame filled out to 240 pounds. He smoked a cigar, surrounded by people who had the appearance of sycophants. He looks like a drug dealer, Kevin thought.Alex walked over, gripping Kevin in a hug. They shared a drink, went over old times, and then Alex brought Kevin current. I know youre an officer in the Army, but Im gonna do things my way, and Im gonna be on top of the world. You just wait and see. Alex took a last pull on the cigar. Then he stubbed it out on his own forehead.Kevin left the bar that night saddened to think, The Alex I know is gone.ALEX AND LINDAS wedding party cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway out of Fort Lauderdale. Getting married hadnt been in the plans, but Linda Lieberhers pregnancy changed things, and Alex wanted to do right by her. Alex laid out for the yacht, the food, the booze and the band playing Buffett covers. Thered be a honeymoon in Hawaii.After three years, Alex had moved up in the trade, from ripping straight into smuggling. His crew would wait for a twin-engine Beech 18 from Colombia to drop bales into the water off the Bahamas. His men would gaff them onto a boat and run them to South Florida. At most, it was a few days at sea.A kilo of coke cost $250 to produce in Colombia but ran $50,000 wholesale in Miami. It was constant, easy money. Back on land, Alex often began his evenings at the Trap Lounge, dropping $10,000 on strippers. At 3 the next afternoon, he would slide into Joes Stone Crab, and everyone would already be there, the guys in the trade giving one another knowing nods over the beers that kept coming. Nobody kept a 9-to-5. Nobody went to an office. Everyone totaled out to zero for the IRS.They didnt discuss the trade in front of civilians, but anyone would be blind to miss Alexs Mercedeses, Corvettes and Cigarette boats. He had stash houses sprinkled along the coast. What kind of guy owns a Cessna when he cant even fly?Alex drove I-95, speaking his Spanish into parking lot pay phones from Boca to Homestead. Some nights he wouldnt come home, and when he finally showed, hed never explain. He tried to keep Linda in the dark. But in the mornings, when he walked in, the weight of a score now swept off his shoulders, she began to understand whom she was marrying.On the yacht, Linda looked vulnerable in her wedding dress, spun around the deck by a man who half the crowd knew was moving Colombian flake by the ton. At one point, one of Alexs partners beckoned him to the bar. They talked in the low tones of business. A load is coming in, steaming toward the Bahamas. Time to get saddled.The yacht docked, and Alexs crew detached from their wives and girlfriends, gathering at the gangplank. Alex whispered to his bride, Gotta go, honey baby.And oh yeah, about the honeymoon? Alex said. Why dont you take your mother.IT WAS THIS sort of obsession with the trade that spread Alexs reputation south to Colombia. In 1986, word reached Julio Cesar Nasser David, the head of the North Coast cartel, one of the countrys four major trafficking organizations. Everyone called Nasser the Old Man; hed been in the game since running cigarettes was the big score. Based in Barranquilla, along the Caribbean, Nasser was the freighter man, moving mass quantities by sea.Nasser heard of an outfit that was bringing 600-kilo loads ashore through the Bahamas without losing any powder. The Old Man wanted to meet the head of this crew, Alex DeCubas.Alex flew to Venezuela, careful to avoid the Colombia stamp on his passport, a curious marker to any Fed who was paying attention. Nassers men drove Alex along the coast road over the border, farther into Barranquilla. Past midnight, the car pulled up to Byblos, a Lebanese restaurant. Several dozen soldiers of the North Coast cartel ringed the property, heavily armed.Inside, Alex saw a long table, loaded with plates of fattoush. A belly dancer surged around the floor. A door opened, and in came the Old Man: Here was Alexs entry to the direct supply of the cartels.The two men got down to it: load and capacity.How many boats do you have? Nasser asked.Two, Alex told him, though he could get others.How many kilos can they take?Six-fifty each.How do you bring it in?I dont take a load unless we move it in hidden compartments. Im not gonna throw the package on the deck and cruise in at 2 in the afternoon with all these other bozos, just praying to make it.Nasser smiled. He liked how the kid operated. From now on, youre not gonna need to work with anybody else.As long as you keep me working, Alex said, Im good with you.The Old Man wanted to run the biggest loads of any cartel, and he had the boat to do it. The Nerma was 236 feet from stem to stern. Registered in Panama, it carried a Danish captain and crew. It had established a legitimate route too, hauling goods from Colombia to Jacksonville, Florida.Alex and his outfit handled their first Nerma load on June 18, 1988. With the moonlight painting the swells, the Nerma slowed to 5 knots around the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Alexs boats bobbed in the nearby darkness. One at a time, they tied up to the Nerma. The Danes operated the ships crane, depositing portions of the load onto each boat. Bit by bit, the coke moved onto Alexs boats, 1,300 kilos in all -- $30 million on the street.IN 1980, KEVIN reunited with his high school girlfriend, Betty Zalinsky, whose marriage had recently fallen apart. Her husband was in prison for selling cocaine, and Betty had her own history with the drug, a 1978 conviction for possession. Kevin was still in love with the Betty he knew at Palmetto. The couple married in 1982, with Kevin adopting Bettys son, Danny.When Kevin found pot and coke in their home, he sat down his new wife. Im an Army officer, he said. I cant have this around my family. As an officers wife, Betty made her pledge: Im clean.He believed her.Kevin left the Army in 1983 and took a job with his father-in-law in the tire business. Betty started using again, or maybe shed never stopped. Her party drug had hardened into an addiction thanks to the endless supply that guys like Alex were bringing to the street. By thhe time Kevin was 30, he sat his wife down one last time: Betty, Im filing for divorce. Nike Air Max 90 Schweiz. Betty took Danny with her. Kevin lost the house in Homestead. His father-in-law handed him walking papers. Kevin was a West Point grad, a state champion, but that was all just more paper to tack onto the wall of the studio he was renting by the month. The line of Kevins life was so thin. A wire is all it ever was, cinched tight between two tall ideas: success and failure. With the wire holding in the breeze, Kevin had to walk it. When that wire snapped, Kevin, free-falling, grabbed for air.One night in 1989, Kevin picked up his Colt Commander 9 mm. He put it to his temple. He dropped to his knees in that lonely place. How had it all come to this? he wondered.But instead of pulling the trigger, he experienced a sudden understanding, one he believed to be divine. He flung the gun to the far side of the room. His situation became clear -- the addiction of his ex-wife, the unraveling of his marriage and the role that outfits like Alexs played in it all. Kevin got to his feet with a resolution: I want to fight the war on drugs.AROUND 1986, THE game flipped. President Reagan handed the drug problem to his vice president, George H. W. Bush, and Congress made the money flow in his direction. Coast Guard, Customs, U.S. Marshals staffed up, and the courts stiffened, began routinely handing down 20-to-life stretches in place of the previous five or 10. Traffickers began flipping, making whatever deals they could with prosecutors, because 30 years was just too hard to do.Alex didnt notice the tide turning against him. He had too much work off-loading bricks of coke, tossing them like footballs into a stash house, 2,000 kilos stacked in the garage, another Coupe de Ville pulling up the drive for a run to Chicago. Alex didnt realize that the Feds had busted a guy who knew about a freighter slowing round Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.Sept. 9, 1989, and the Nerma was carrying 5,500 kilos, $140 million worth, with Alexs boats riding up alongside it. This was all routine, Alexs crew well-acquainted with the Nerma by now. But tonight a Coast Guard helicopter hovered high in the darkness, an infrared camera trained on the Nerma. Alexs crew was hustling to stash the load when they heard a chopper above. Thats weird, a crew member thought. I know were not in any flight path.THE MIAMI NEWSCASTS went live with it in July 1991. From the Old Man to Alex DeCubas and on down, a federal grand jury would indict more than 200 suspects in the Nerma operation. But by the time of the broadcast, Alex was gone, having disappeared on the highways of the American West.After months on the run in an RV, Alex entered Tijuana, Mexico, in style, by limousine. By the end of 1991, he was in Medellín, Colombia, an international fugitive at 33, burrowing into the one place he felt safe, the most dangerous city in the world.The head of the Medellín cartel, Pablo Escobar, was waging war against the government and his rivals in the Cali cartel. Assassinations, mass killings, bombings -- Escobars tactics plunged Colombia into chaos. By the time Alex arrived, Escobar faced new government pressure. He agreed to do time but in a jail of one, a hacienda outside Medellín called La Catedral. There, he continued to conduct his affairs, now from behind a monsignors desk.Alexs Medellín contact, Felix Chitiva, a former partner of his with the Old Man, knew a guy who manufactured coke for the Medellín cartel. But no matter how much cocaine anyone processed, it was worthless if you couldnt get it to market. Alex was worth 1,000 hands plucking coca leaves on the Andean slopes. DeCubas remotely reassembled his frayed Florida network, and he and Chitiva resumed moving product into Miami, now for Escobars Medellín cartel.Ultimately, Escobars network noticed the work of his new soldiers. To remain on Escobars good side, Chitiva arranged a visit to La Catedral, sneaking past the government guards in a supply truck until he was face-to-face with the greatest trafficker of them all.Pablo Escobar addressed Chitiva. I heard about you guys. Youre good people.Chitiva laid a $150,000 tribute on the desk to stay off of Escobars hit list. Hed return to La Catedral time and again, always with a cut of the action.But in the end, Escobar grew restless and fled his prison, and Colombias many traffickers didnt see the point of paying extortion fees to a man on the run. Alex and Felix aligned with an equally dangerous outfit called Los Pepes. Instead of paying Escobar, Alex now funneled proceeds to this new group, renegades bent on destroying Escobar.Now Escobar was the hunted. With information from Los Pepes and others, Colombian cops pinpointed his position in Medellín. Firing from many angles, they took his life on an orange-tile rooftop on Dec. 2, 1993. Escobars bloated corpse signaled the end of an age.Alex DeCubas would live on into the next.KEVIN JOINED THE DEA on Oct. 4, 1991, not long after Alex had split Miami. The agents carrying the DeCubas case knew all about Kevin and his ties to the kingpin: the state championship at Palmetto, the page out of Sports Illustrated. And Kevins DEA superiors believed his energies should be directed elsewhere.They started him on local stings. He cruised with cops, making busts in counties across South Florida, which led to cash seizures in the millions, his name inching up the monthly bust rankings back at the DEA compound in Doral. Kevin infiltrated a ring that was moving product to Italy: He packed 30 kilos of coke in his bag to Rome, where he bartered for 10 kilos of heroin in return. At trial, the target, Giovanni Tummolillo, threatened Kevin and his new family -- his wife, two daughters and Danny, whose custody hed won from Betty. Kevin was learning that a DEA agent lived and died by the quality of his confidential informants. This was all preamble to a first-of-its-kind DEA operation that would soon be his to lead.ALEX DROVE DOWN the Kilometer 18 Highway, heading toward the country retreat of the Cali cartel, which he had worked with in Florida. But now he was on their turf. The cartels soldiers eyed Alex suspiciously when his vehicle emerged out of the Andean fog and came to a stop at the compound. Some of these men knew Alex as Juan. Some knew him as the transporter. Now they would put him to the test.They tossed Alex a soccer uniform, and he followed them over to a groomed field along a plateau, lights punching through the night. They placed Alex in goal. His knees were shot from wrestling injuries, but his instincts and reflexes were still there. The Cali boys found that they couldnt get a ball by the big man from Miami. They played games until 2 a.m., downing shots of aguardiente. Alex DeCubas, shutout goalie of narco soccer -- the lieutenants of the Cali cartel took him in.Over the next five years, Alex, working with various partners under various aliases, would expand their reach into Western Europe, then deep into the Mediterranean. Alex went to their weddings. He went to their funerals. And it was standing over a coffin, looking into the face of a murdered friend, when Alex wondered, Will this ever happen to me?KEVIN BEGAN TO pose his own questions in those years, ones that everyone else had been asking: Where is Alex? Is he still alive? He would have to wait to find answers; his bosses had set him to work under an alias on Operation Cali-Man. This was new ground for the DEA, a covert money-laundering operation. On street corners in cities along the East Coast, he would pick up bags of cash -- $1 million, $2 million -- and then run these cartel funds through U.S. banks, wiring the money to accounts in South America. In the process, Kevin would compile reams of banking data that enabled the DEA to identify and target high-ranking members of Colombias drug underworld.The traffickers would often ask Kevin to buy goods and then send them down to Colombia by container ship. This was another way of laundering. Sometimes it was refrigerators, but usually they wanted cars. Sometimes those vehicles made it through to Santa Marta, Colombia. Other times Kevin had to inform a contact that the assets had been lost. Kevin pulled into a Toyota dealership one afternoon and bought 10 new vehicles with the $1 million he had just brought in from Manhattan in a canvas bag. Kevin then persuaded a contact of his to plant a story in a Florida paper, reporting a tropical storm that had never reached land. Those Land Cruisers, fancifully washed into the sea by a phantom storm, were then put to use by the DEA.One day in 1997, Kevin found himself on a flight to Bogotá, where he would oversee an informant during a cash drop. Kevin accompanied the snitch to the citys main shopping mall. He sat a good distance away from the target, inside the food court, biding time until the exchange. And as the people bustled all about, speaking a Spanish that Kevin struggled to understand, his mind turned to the familiar. He asked himself, Does Alex ever come to the food court?IN 1997, ALEX was in Cali, 300 miles west of Bogotá. Six years in Colombia and Alex wanted more control, a bigger cut. At a stoplight, a truck pulled up alongside Alexs Toyota pickup. It was a tanker, hauling a load of fuel in its cylindrical trailer. Alex looked at the fuel tanker and thought ... submarine.If he could build one, and pack it with coke, he would be the greatest trafficker of all. Through his contacts at the port in Cartagena, Alex imported steel from Belgium. Outside Cali, a factory rolled the steel into three cylindrical sections, more than 100 feet long. Alex transported the hull to a cow pasture in Facatativá, a town outside of Bogotá. In a warehouse there, following designs for a diesel-electric WWII-era Nazi U-boat, Alex and his team began building a narco sub.Alex took on an engineer who had served in the Russian navy. When the Russian arrived in Facatativá, he looked at what Alex had done and shook his head: Blyat. Aluminum had to come out; itd kill the batteries. The fluid transference must be reworked to maintain proper ballast. But the hull was sound and the motor looked good. The work carried on.Alexs submarine took three years to build. It cost him nearly $5 million. By 2000, the sub was 60 percent complete. It was designed to hold 10,000 kilos of cocaine. Alex planned to send it to the coast of Spain, 4,500 miles away, where a kilo cost $40,000. A single loads worth: $400 million.But keeping a secret about a submarine designed to hold 10,000 kilos was nearly as impossible as building the sub itself. On Sept. 7, 2000, the doors to the warehouse flew open, and in walked the commanding general of the Colombian police and the local DEA chief. Alex was nowhere to be found. The authorities were mystified at what theyd discovered, until they brought in a naval attaché, who marveled: You got a submarine, and its a big one.NOW ALEX WAS vulnerable: The submarine was lost, and so were the millions of dollars and hundreds of hours he had given to its construction.He was running low on cash when a call came in from an old associate. He told Alex about a group from Cali that wanted to run an operation to Europe. Sounds good, Alex said. While were at it, you mind lending me $40,000?Sept. 2, 2003, was a hot day in Medellín. Alex put on a gray Armani Exchange T-shirt and hopped into his white Jeep TJ. He was 45 now, puffed out and balding. Life as a fugitive was showing.Alex met a contact at Santa Elena Bakery, in the wealthy El Poblado section of Medellín. They went over the particulars of the Cali operation. It all sounded routine to a man who had run dozens of these maneuvers. Alexs contact slipped him an envelope with the loan inside it.On his way home, Alex drove down the tree-lined Avenida Bolivariana. A man was waving his arms up ahead. There were flashing lights, a few motorcycles. As Alex drew closer, he could see cops in riot gear.They directed Alexs Jeep to the side of the road. No big deal: Colombia was full of roadblocks, and most every cop was for sale. But now the cops led him to the local police station. They popped the hood of the Jeep, looking in and around it. Standing apart from the group, a man kept an eye trained on Alex, who reached for his wallet and ID, the one that referred to him as Francisco Cruz. The photo on this fake was Alex in a wrestling singlet, 1976.Dont bother, said the senior cop. Theres no need to do that, Alex. And then Alex knew; he hadnt heard his real name in many years. His contact had traded him in for a better fate of his own.At a government security building in Bogotá, Alex realized that his 12-plus years on the run were over. A heavy metal door cranked opened, and in walked a DEA agent and a U.S. marshal. They explained how extradition would go. The DEA agent had another message: Kevin says hello.IN 2012, KEVIN PEDERSEN clocked out of the DEA after 21 years. He and his new wife, Michele, owned two tire franchises of their own, with a boat out back and a Mercedes in the driveway. His younger daughter, Lauren, was in middle school, and his older, Krista, was in college. His son, Danny, had followed Kevin to West Point and served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hed received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Two heroes in the family.In December 2004, Kevin had attended Alexs sentencing hearing in federal court in Miami. Alex entered the courtroom shackled. When the old wrestling pals locked eyes for the first time since that night at the Crown Lounge in 1980, they exchanged smiles and a subtle wave. Alex pleaded guilty to smuggling 24 tons of cocaine with a street value of roughly $500 million. The judge hit him with 30 years in federal prison.It was done; Alex was locked up. And there, for the first time, he reflected on his life. Hed be 76 years old when he got out of this place, so Alex decided to cooperate with the government and tell the authorities whatever they wanted to know. The Feds pared his 30 years to nine. With time served, Alex walked free in 2012, the same year Kevin retired. With time on his hands, Kevin found himself back at the wrestling meets. He didnt know the kids, but that didnt matter. And soon he got an idea. He took a volunteer job at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay as an assistant wrestling coach.One night he got a call from his old coach at Palmetto, Barry Zimbler. He invited Kevin to a dinner party at his house, a reunion of his wrestlers. This would be a welcome-home party for Alex, who Zimbler felt needed support as he set out on his new life. At first, Kevin didnt want to go. Coach Zimbler had never thrown a party for any of the wrestlers who had lived within the rules. A wrestling teammate of theirs, Dom Gorie, had flown on the space shuttle, four times, and there had been no gathering for him when he returned to Earth. Alex was a hardened ex-con who showed little remorse for his actions. I had a good run, Alex would say of his decades in the underworld. The former DEA agent loathed his disregard.But Kevin also knew the story of the prodigal son and its lessons of forgiveness. So he went to Zimblers dinner and was surrounded by his old teammates. Kevin found Alex in the kitchen and was quickly wrapped in one of his old bear hugs, each man now barrel-chested. Alex and Kevin chatted, avoiding the heavier subjects of re-entering a society that had changed so much since Alex had skipped town 20 years ago. After the crowd had thinned, the old teammates talked about old times, and Kevin said, Hey, let me show you something. He pulled out his DEA badge, and they held it up for a picture, the laughs beginning to soften years of hard feelings.Kevin wouldnt be able to shake the camaraderie that he felt at the dinner. He reached out to Alex and started rebuilding a lost relationship, occasionally calling on the phone or meeting for a beer.When he became Westminsters head coach in 2013, Kevin passed along the rote lessons of sports to his team, about forging lifelong bonds, not placing limits on yourself, the rewards of discipline. He preached that a scrawny JV wrestler can become an All-American. And that even if a kid finds himself on the wrong path, its never too late to turn around.On March 19, 2015, the doors to the wrestling room at Westminster Christian School opened to the heat of a Miami afternoon. Kevin was beginning another practice when he saw a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee park outside the entrance to the room. The driver stepped out gingerly, and from the brightness of the day he walked into the dankness of the wrestling room. Kevin gathered his wrestlers.Guys, Kevin announced, I would like you to meet Coach DeCubas.Illustrations by Alexander WellsMore Pin KingsFor more on the incredible saga of Kevin Pedersen and Alex DeCubas, check out Pin Kings across ESPNs platforms.PrintPin Kings is featured in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. On newsstands Aug. 26.TelevisionThe hourlong TV special SC Featured: Pin Kings will debut Monday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.PodcastCheck out our 16-episode podcast. 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