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WARSAW, Poland – Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is still bothered by a knee
injury only days before his teams European Championship opener against the Czech
Republic. Jerod Mayo Jersey . Russia coach Dick
Advocaat said Tuesday that Akinfeev had a slight fluid buildup on his left knee.
Akinfeev had surgery on the knee after injuring a cruciate ligament last year,
an injury and recovery that sidelined him for most of the season. The CSKA
Moscow keeper only trained lightly Tuesday to avoid exacerbating the injury.
Defenders Aleksandr Anyvkov and Yuri Zhirkov, both veterans of Russias run to
the Euro 2008 semifinals, both left the training with ice strapped to their legs
—Anyvkov on his left calf and Zhirkov on his right knee. Both walked onto the
team bus and did not appear seriously hurt. Russia plays the Czech Republic on
Friday in Wroclaw in the teams opening Group A match. If Akinfeev is not fit,
Advocaat will likely play Zenit St. Petersburg keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev. Aaron Hernandez Jersey . Ellis walked, drove
in two runs and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Cust went 2-for-4
for the Athletics, who have taken the first three games of the set after a
six-game slide. Anderson (7-6) yielded two runs—one earned—on eight hits
while walking one and striking out six to end the season with his 18th career
victory, the 3rd most wins by a pitcher before the age of 23 in Oakland
franchise history. Tom Brady Patriots Jersey . At least, thats
the official team line. That may be better than playing poorly and losing but
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.  The concert was Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, at the Sports Authority Field
at Mile High in Denver and it was just a few days after a mentally disturbed
24-year-old man allegedly walked into a movie theater heavily armed in Aurora
Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring many more. A day before the theater
shooting rampage, a friend of mine from Regina said that he had an extra ticket
to the concert, if I could make it, which is how I ended up in Denver on
Saturday night. Tom Brady Jersey . “I dont enjoy hair,” the
Vancouver Whitecaps backup goalkeeper said recently. Stephen Gostkowski Jersey . Kotsay hit a
two-run homer with one out in the eighth against Francisco Rodriguez to give the
Padres a 2-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. (Sports
Network) – The reeling Los Angeles Lakers hope a change of scenery can get them
back into their Western Conference semifinals set against Kevin Durant and the
Oklahoma City Thunder. You can watch Game 3 RIGHT NOW on TSN. The Thunder
followed a nice walk in the park in Game 1 of the set by stealing Game 2 on
Wednesday when Durant scored the go-ahead basket with 18.6 seconds left as OKC
closed the contest on a 9-0 run to beat the Lakers 77-75. Durant snaked along
the baseline on the right side and dropped in a one-handed floater over
Pau Gasol for the what proved to be the game-winner. “I just tried to put some
touch on it and it went in,” said Durant. Earlier in the game-ending run, Durant
leapt in the LA backcourt to steal a pass from Kobe Bryant, racing down for a
fastbreak dunk, a fitting moment for a “stolen” win as the Thunder head to L.A
with a 2-0 lead in the series despite trailing 75-68 in Game 2 with just two
minutes left. “All I told them was youre down seven—you dont have to play
perfect basketball, but you have to be pretty close,” said Thunder coach Scott
Brooks. Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook had 15 and James Harden added
13 off the bench for the second-seeded Thunder, who were coming off Mondays 29-
point win in Game 1, when they led by as many as 35. Durant and Harden scored
all nine points on Oklahoma Citys 9-0 run at the end. “It was a great comeback
by them,” said Bryant. “They got themselves a gritty win.” After Durants steal,
the Lakers missed their last three shots of the game—Bryant was off on a
tough turnaround jumper and missed a three-pointer, while Steve Blake also
missed a three from the corner. “The last two minutes we didnt do a good job of
executing offensively and defensively and that was the key to the game,” said
Lakers coach Mike Brown. “They did what they had to do and got two wins and now
we have to do the same.” Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece to lead
LA in Game 2 and Gasol had 14. “Its not good,” Brown said. “I dont think anyones
happy in there [the locker room]. Its a tough loss but well regroup and be ready
to go Friday.” To get back in the series the Lakers will need more from Bryant.
The veteran superstar, who was the NBAs second-leading scorer behind Durantt
during the regular season, has scored 20 points in each of the first two games
but is just 16-for-43 from the floor and a disastrous 1-for-9 from long range.
Danny Woodhead Jersey. . Brooks has
frustrated Bryant by using throwing three athletic players, Thabo Sefolosha,
Durant and Harden, at him depending on the situation. “Theres not a lot of
6-foot-10 guys that you would throw on Kobe,” Brooks said of Durant. “Hes a guy
that can guard multiple positions, and its definitely a different look when
youre used to a guy 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, and all of a sudden 6-foot-10 comes on
you.” Staples Center could be the tonic for the Lakers, however. Browns team was
26-7 as the host in SoCal this season. L.A. is now fighting uphill though and is
just 2-17 all-time when losing the first two games of a best-of-seven series.
“The reality of it is we were probably a little tired, not to use that as an
excuse,” Brown said. We went seven (games in the first round), they went four.
We should have gone 4-0 and not had to deal with that, if that was an issue. I
thought we were a lot more physical, a lot more in tune in that second game. At
this point in the playoffs, if we cant sustain it, we dont deserve to win.”
Brooks, on the other hand, is trying to make his young team understand that they
havent accomplished anything just yet. “Weve had some success (in) this playoffs
so far, but it doesnt really guarantee the next game results if you dont get the
good effort and good energy and teamwork,” the OKC mentor said. “You have to
understand that you have to respect your opponent, and theyre going to throw a
lot of things at us, and you have to be prepared.” These teams are very familiar
with each other, having played three times during the regular season. Oklahoma
City won the first two contests by 15 points (at Chesapeake Energy Arena) and
nine (Staples Center) before the Lakers rebounded to win the final meeting in
Hollywood by eight in double- overtime. In the playoffs this rivalry dates back
to 1978 when the Oklahoma City franchise was known as the Seattle SuperSonics.
The Sonics beat the Lakers in 1978 and 79 when they reached the NBA Finals in
both years. The franchise hasnt beaten them since, losing in 1980, 87, 89, 95
and 98 as well as 2010 as the Thunder. Game 4 of the set is scheduled for
Saturday, also in Los Angeles. ’ ’ ’ 

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