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BALTIMORE —Wide receiver Torrey Smith scored a touchdown for the Baltimore
Ravens on Sunday night, less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed
in a motorcycle accident. Christian Ponder Womens Jersey . Tevin
Chris Jones, 19, died late Saturday night in Westmoreland County in northeast
Virginia. He was riding his motorcycle on Route 672 when he ran off the right
side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, according to Virginia State
Police. Smith was notified at the team hotel in Baltimore shortly after 1 a.m.
and immediately left to be with his family. Smith was told by Ravens coach John
Harbaugh that the decision to play Sunday night against the New England Patriots
would be entirely up to him. Smith returned to the Ravens late Sunday afternoon,
participated in warm-up drills and started the game. In the second quarter, he
caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to cut New Englands lead to
13-7. Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for Jones, whose picture
was placed on the replay screens at the stadium. The Ravens also asked the fans
to observe a moment of silence for former NFL Films president Steve Sabol. Jones
was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was wearing a helmet, and
alcohol was not a factor. The accident is under investigation. Early Sunday,
Smith posted on his Twitter account: “I cant believe my little brother is
gone…be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them…this is the
hardest thing ever.” Harbaugh said in a statement: “This is devastatingly sad,
sad news. Torrey and his family are a close, special family, and our hearts and
thoughts reach out to all of them. Our hearts ache today. We pray for Tevin, his
mother, Torrey and the rest of the family.” Smith is the oldest of seven
children of Monica Chante Jenkins. Smith grew up in Virginia before attending
the University of Maryland. He was Baltimore second-round pick in the 2011
draft. In his rookie season, Smith had 50 catches for 841 yards and seven
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Houston Rockets for a package that includes a first round pick and forward
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cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead
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. The RadioShack Nissan Trek team leader said he “formally rejects” having taken
any banned substance, and requested the B sample to be tested. “If this analysis
confirms the first result, a complaint will be filed against an unspecified
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Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis is seemingly way ahead of schedule. Antoine Winfield Jersey . The hot-headed
midfielder was sent off for elbowing Citys Carlos Tevez, and he was charged with
violent conduct for then kicking Sergio Aguero and trying to head-butt Vincent
Kompany before being escorted off the pitch by his teammates. Barton received an
automatic four-match ban because the foul on Tevez earned him a second red card
of the season.Group A will conclude today and all four teams are still alive
with a chance at the knockout stage. TSNs coverage of Euro 2012 is underway NOW
with both games kicking off at the same time.  Czech Republic vs. Poland can be
seen on TSN while Greece vs. Russia can be found on TSN2.  Watch both matches
live on TSN.ca pay-per-view and TSN Mobile TV or listen to the matches live on
Bell Media Radio. Match day nine will see the first two teams at Euro 2012
advance into the second round as Group leader Russia takes on Greece and co-host
Poland battles Czech Republic. While all four teams hold their fates in their
own hands, Russia has the advantage by virtue of collecting four points in the
opening two games. Russia will advance into the second round with just a point
against Greece, no matter the outcome in the other game.  If they are able to
earn their second win of the tournament they will be assured of top spot in
Group A. Greece will also advance into the second round with a win as they would
hold the head-to-head advantage over Russia if there is a winner in the other
game and the goal differential advantage over Czech Republic if that game ends
in a draw. The Czech Republic can advance with a victory. They can also advance
with a draw unless Greece upsets Russia. Should the Czechs tie and Greece wins,
then both nations along with Russia would have four points, and it would come
down to goal differential to decide which two countries would advance. For
co-host Poland its much more simple, win and they are in, draw or lose and their
tournament is over. Russias Alan Dzagoev has been one of the stars of the
tournament scoring three of the five goals Russia has used to top Group A. His
third goal, which was scored in Russias second game, was cancelled out by a
brilliant marker from Polands Jakub Blaszczykowski earning a point for each
team. Russias rampant attack in the opening 4-1 win over the Czechs was largely
muzzled by a well-organized Polish defence. “When we went 1-0 up, I thought wed
get more space like we did against the Czech Republic, but that didnt happen,”
said Russian head coach Dick Advocaat. “We lost the ball too fast when we were
going forward and they could counter. We left the field too open.” If Greece is
planning to overcome that Russian pressure they will need a better start than
the one that felled them in their second game against Czech Republic. Greece
goalkeeper Costas Chalkias conceded a goal in the third minute and sixth minute
of that contest and thoughh substitute Fanis Gekas pulled one back in the 53rd
minute, they were not able to rally themselves all the way back into the game.
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one of the brightest looking teams at Euro 2012 if they plan to make it into the
second round. Greece coach Fernando Santos has hinted that he will make changes
to his starting lineup. “There is a problem with speed, not in running but in
reacting,” said Santos. “Thats the biggest problem were facing, because that is
something players learn young: How to react in a tight space.” Key central
defender Sokrakis Papastathopoulos will return from suspension for the Russia
game. But goalkeeper Costas Chalkias has been ruled out with a left thigh
injury, adding to their problems with injured defender Avraam Papadopoulos
already withdrawn from the tournament. Poland has drawn their first two games of
the tournament and now only a victory will take them into the knockout phase.
They have shown flashes of brilliance in this tournament, taking the early lead
in their first game against Greece and scoring on the counter attack after
falling behind to Russia. In fact it is the strong defensive formation that they
showed against the group leader followed by breaking and converting a rare
chance that has them in any position to advance in the first place. “I think we
deserve praise because all of us put a lot into this match,” said goal scorer
Blaszczykowski. “The tactics we set up before the match we carried out 100 per
cent.” The wild card team in this group has been Czech Republic, as they were
torn apart in their opener against Russia yet looked so brilliant in the opening
minutes of their 2-1 victory over Greece. Vaclav Pilars goal against Greece
turned out to be the winner and was also his second marker of the tournament, he
could prove to be a very important player against Poland in the group finale.
“This was a big goal for me, and its great for the team,” said Pilar. “I went in
very hard to meet Gebre Selassies cross and got to the ball with my knee.” Czech
Republic captain Tomas Rosicky remains doubtful after injuring his Achilles
tendon during Tuesdays win, he had to be substituted after the first half. There
was also some doubt about the availability of their first choice keeper Petr
Cech due to a shoulder injury but he is satisfied that his condition has
improved for Saturdays game and said “I should be 100 per cent fit for the
match. My availability is not threatened.” ’ ’ ’ 

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