London – Yesterday at breakfast the newly-minted England captain urged caution and patience from the supporters for Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino at Wembley Stadium. Junior Seau Jersey . “If it takes 30-35 minutes for the first goal then so be it,” proclaimed Rooney over his morning tea and crumpet. Wayne’s tea leaves we now know were not far wrong. Phil Jagielka opening the Wembley proceedings last night with a headed goal at the 24th minute mark. Much of the focus going into the San Marino encounter was the captain’s England legacy - more specifically Rooney’s place amongst the all-time scoring leaders for the national team. Rooney sits amongst quite exalted English company. Going into the match against the nation FIFA ranks as the absolute worst as they sit rooted to the bottom in 218th place. The 28-year-old Liverpudlian was fourth on the overall goal scoring charts, just a hat trick away from joining Jimmy Greaves, the Chelsea and Spurs legend, on the podium. Having managed a brace against San Marino when the two teams met in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley just under two years ago and with Rooney having now taken over penalty duty following the twin retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard it was amongst the realm of possibility at Wembley last night that Rooney would bang in three. We all now know of course Rooney only managed a penalty on the stroke of halftime last night. Welbeck, Townsend and an own-goal in the second frame resulting in the 5-0 score come the final whistle. Now on 42 goals Rooney sits just seven goals away from Sir Bobby Charlton at the top. One of the all-time Manchester United legends notched up 49 goals over his 12-year England career before retiring from international duty after England’s de rigour World Cup Finals quarter-final exit at Mexico 1970. Three more points deposited in the Euro 2016 qualification bank was expected last night, as was the rain. What wasn’t expected was the low turnout. The 55,990 crowd represented the lowest crowd since 2007’s New Wembley re-opening. With the FA tasked to ensure every single penny of the near ￡800 Million (CAD $1.43B) reconstruction costs are paid back and fully aware that disjointed Euro 2012 and Brazil 2014 campaigns have led to a trend for a supporters preference to watch England’s home matches from the comfort of the sofa, or camaraderie of the pub the English governing body is now looking to outside sources to increase the coffers. Hello, London NFL Franchise. Yes folks, you read that right. The NFL’s UK head said this week that if his league expands abroad, as many predict and expect, then NFL UK will aggressively pursue the rights to a franchise. Underwriting these comments is the FA’s now-stated priority to land a London franchise which they could call Wembley Stadium their home. Only late last month, of course, the Raiders hit the Dolphins out of the fabled Wembley Stadium park when registering the 38-14 W in front of the close to 90,000 sell out. Boisterous, knowledgeable and becoming more and more NFL sophisticated the capital city left Dan Marino suitably impressed. Later this month the NFL International Series will see the Falcons take on the Lions, with the three-game series concluding Remembrance Day weekend with a Cowboys and Jaguars matchup. All games taking place at the so-called Home of International Football [Round Ball Division]. Adding further intrigue comes in the not too inconsiderable shape and form of Jacksonville’s maverick owner Shahid Khan who also conveniently owns Fulham. In summer 2012 the Jaguars signed a deal whereby Wembley would be their ‘home’ for one match per season between 2013 and 2016. What this would mean for the England team - and 2017 is the target here - is that they would move out of a stadium they have called home since 1923 and tour the country. Just like what occurred when Wembley was closed for reconstruction between 2002 and 2007. Rooney scored his opening goal for country at West Ham’s Upton Park in a friendly against Australia in early 2003. Much must happen before NFL London turns to reality. However, it was with much coincidence that earlier in the week (and after a six-year absence) official Barclay’s Premier League talk returned regarding the so-called, ‘39th Game.’ The plan now re-branded as the ‘38th Game’ calls for all 20 BPL clubs to play one competitive fixture each season in far flung places from Mumbai to Melbourne and all global hot spots in between. Hello, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The National Football League in London, England in Everton and Sunderland in Singapore – the goal posts have most certainly moved. This morning at a breakfast time briefing Rooney told the assembled media Thursday night’s result and performance had elevated the squad’s confidence ahead of Sunday evening’s tilt against Estonia at Le Coq Arena. I guess we’ll have to wait for Sunday morning’s tea leaves before the England captain provides his latest match-day prediction. What the future holds for Rooney post-England and Manchester United is unwritten. So if you bump into him on your nearest football field practising field goals and refining his punting technique perhaps it’s a future in the NFL and not with MLS which awaits. Noel Butler can be reached at: Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter TSN, TSN Radio, TSN.ca, TSN Mobile and TSN GO are your exclusive Canadian homes for the Euro 2016 Championships. Sam Cunningham Jersey . -- The Minnesota Twins have granted relief pitcher Matt Guerrier his unconditional release, making the 35-year-old right-hander a free agent. Cheap Patriots Jerseys . Instead, Nonis and Kessel were sorting through the fallout of a wild melee with the Buffalo Sabres, one that saw Kessel suspended for the duration of the pre-season.Eugenie Bouchard will try to return to the Australian Open quarter-finals tonight against Romanias Irina-Camelia Begu. Bouchard, seeded seventh, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and is looking to better her semifinal result from last year. You can watch the match live on TSN1, TSN5 and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. Bouchard defeated 36th seed Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-0 on Friday to reach this point. Also on Friday, the 42nd-seeded Begu defeated Germanys Carina Witthoeft 6-4, 6-4 to advance to third round. Her best result at a major came at last years Australian Open, when she reached the quarter-finals. Bouchard reached the semifinal round both in Melbourne and at the French Open last season and was a runner up at Wimbledon. She was eliminated in the fourth round at the US Open, the years final major. In other fourth round action tonight, second seed Maria Sharapova faces 21st-seed Shuai Peng of China. The winner of that match will face the victor of Bouchard-Begus match. Sharapova eased into the fourth round with a straight sets victory over Zarina Diyas, while Peng deffeated Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. New England Patriots Gear. Peng has never advanced past the fourth round at a major. Immediately following that match, 2013 Australian Open runner-up Rafael Nadal will play Kevin Anderson of South Africa. TSNs full line-up of matches tonight from the Australian Open: TSN 1 – 7pm et/4pm Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)  Vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) Followed by ESPN Court-to-Court coverage TSN3 – 7pm et/4pm pt: Margaret Court Arena 1. Kiki Bertens (NED) / Johanna Larsson (SWE) Vs Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2. Julia Goerges (GER) Vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)  3. Tomas Berdych (CZE)  Vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) TSN5 – 7 PM ET Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)  Vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) Followed by coverage from Rod Laver Arena Rod Laver Arena Order of Play 1 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)  Vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 2 Shuai Peng (CHN)  Vs Maria Sharapova (RUS)  3 Kevin Anderson (RSA)  Vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)  4 Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) Vs Simona Halep (ROU)  5 Andy Murray (GBR)  Vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  ' ' '
6 déc. 2019
CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls used a rare lull in the schedule to focus on their defence, and it paid off in the second half against Brooklyn. Dewan Hernandez Jersey .Derrick Rose scored 23 points, and the Bulls pulled away from the Nets for a 105-80 victory on Wednesday night. Chicago held Brooklyn to 29 points on 26.2 per cent shooting (11 for 42) in the final two periods.They came out with a lot of energy. They got us back on our heels, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. I liked the way we responded in the second half.Chicago had six players, including all five starters, score in double figures in its first game since Saturday nights 112-102 loss to Golden State. Jimmy Butler had 18 points, Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy scored 14 points. Taj Gibson finished with 11 points and 10 boards.The third quarter, we really got into it, said Gibson, who also matched a career high with six blocked shots. We tried to be a dominant team on rebounding, tried to just finish strong.Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 17 points, but the Nets dropped their third straight. Kevin Garnett scored 13 points, and Alan Anderson had 12.They turned up their defence and they put on a block party, Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said.Garnett left in the fourth quarter because of a left foot injury. The team said X-rays were negative, and Garnett said he was all right.Chicago grabbed control with a 17-3 run in the third quarter.Rose made a 3-pointer, and Gibson had a big dunk before Gasol capped the surge with four straight points, including two foul shots that made it 70-58 with 3:32 to go.It just got worse for injury-riddled Brooklyn in the final period, with Chicago scoring 15 straight points to increase its advantage to 101-73 with 3:17 to go. Butler finished the run with a jumper.Its a work in progress, Garnett said. Weve got to continue to work. It doesnt help that guys are out of the lineup so weve all got to continue to come in here, continue to work, and try to get better.The 25-point margin was the biggest win of the season for Chicago, which also beat Brooklyn 102-84 on Nov. 30. The Bulls had allowed at least 100 points in four of their previous six games, but Rose said the work in practice on Monday and Tuesday helped them turn it around.We did a lot of defensive drills, Rose said. I think he (Thibodeau) was just trying to make us be aggressive while we were out there instead of just holding back and letting them walk wherever they want to go, run wherever they want to go.___MISSINGThe Nets played without forward Mirza Teletovic, who was sidelined by a right hip pointer. Joe Johnson (flu) and Brook Lopez (lower back strain) missed their second straight game, and Andrei Kirilenko was held out because of personal reasons, according to the team.Joakim Noah, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and rookie Doug McDermott missed the game for Chicago. Noah has a sprained right ankle, and McDermott has been hampered by a sore right knee.REBOUNDINGThe Bulls outrebounded the Nets 57-44. The 57 rebounds were a season high for Chicago.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn dropped to 4-6 on the road. It has lost 10 of its last 12 games at the United Center, counting the post-season. ... Garnett had two steals to give him 1,801 for his career. He is the 16th NBA player with at least 1,800.Bulls: Gasol has recorded a double-double in each of his last seven games. He leads the team with 13 this season. ... Chicago has scored at least 100 points in seven straight games for its longest streak since an eight-game run from March 26-April 11, 2009. ... The Bulls improved to 3-5 at home.UP NEXTNets: Host Philadelphia on Friday.Bulls: Host Portland on Friday.___Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap Fake Raptors Jerseys . Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Raptors Jerseys 2020 .com) - A chant of Zeke reverberated around AT&T Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown.Conor McGregor has demanded a share of the UFC ownership after becoming the companys first two-weight world champion. McGregor, the reigning featherweight champion, knocked out Eddie Alvarez in New York on Saturday to claim the lightweight strap, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two weight divisions simultaneously.In July, WME-IMG confirmed the acquisition of the UFC for $4bn (£3.09bn), with current president Dana White staying on to run the company, but previous owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta retaining only a minority interest. A host of celebrities, including Sylvester Stallone, Calvin Harris, Ben Affleck and Conan OBrien, have reportedly invested in the worlds premier mixed martial arts organisation as part of the WME-IMG takeover. McGregor celebrates his second round knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez But following his historic victory over Alvarez, McGregor revealed he is yet to hold talks with the UFCs new owners and hinted he could walk away from the company if he is not offered a stake in the organisation.Theyve got to come talk to me now because no one has come to talk to me since the sale has happened, said McGregor, whose rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August became the highest-grossing paper-per-view in the commpanys history. Pascal Siakam Jersey . . Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. As a businessman, theyve come to say hello and things like that. But, Ive earned something. I mean, who owns the company now? People have shares in the company, celebrities. Conan OBrien owns the UFC nowadays, so where is my share? Where is my equity? If Im the one thats bringing this. I mean, theyve got to come talk to me now, thats all I know. McGregor floored Alvarez three times inside the first three minutes Ive got both belts, a chunk of money, a little family on the way. If you want me to stick around and you want me to keep doing what Im doing, lets talk.But I want ownership, I want equal share, I want what I deserve, I want what Ive earned. So theres a little announcement for you. Also See: McGregor makes history in NY Is McGregors charm back? UFC star Jones banned for year McMahon wants Rousey in WWE ' ' '