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23/08/2016

New York decides against using LHP Jonathon Niese.

MONTREAL -- The Edmonton Eskimos built a big enough lead early in the game that it didnt matter what the Montreal Alouettes did in the second half. Delon Wright Raptors Jersey . After taking a 22-point lead over the Als into the dressing room at halftime at Percival Molson Stadium on Friday night, Edmonton staved off Montreals second-half comeback to hold on for the 33-23 victory. The loss extended the last-place Alouettes losing streak to four games. "We played the first half really well," said Eskimos coach Chris Jones, who spent six years as a defensive coach for the Als, from 2002 to 2007. "If you can mirror the first and second half, that would be great. Unfortunately. We came out flat in the second half and let a good football team hang around. It was closer than what it should have been." With Edmonton leading the Alouettes 30-8 at the half, Montreal was seemingly en route to a third consecutive blowout loss - the Als lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 72-10 coming into Friday. But the Eskimos only scored three second-half points, giving a desperate Montreal side a glint of hope in the process. Down by three scores, Montreal (1-5) put their best drive together at the start of the third quarter. The Als made five consecutive first downs - as many as they converted in the first half - for a 53-yard drive that lasted more than six minutes. But they couldnt find the end zone, and were forced to settle for the field goal. After cutting Edmontons lead to 16, Montreal was given a small lifeline early in the fourth quarter when Eskimos kick returner Jamal Miles dropped the ball after a punt. The fumble was recovered by Montreal at Edmontons 30. After yet another two-and-out, the Als kicked a field goal to make the score 30-17. With their team at the bottom of the standings with the worst record in the Canadian Football League, Alouettes fans let the team know they were unhappy with the decision to go for the three points instead of the touchdown. "That was an excellent call," said Als coach Tom Higgins, defending his teams choice. "Anybody who thinks differently, thats okay, thats their opinion. It was third-and-ten. Two two-point converts? Thats probably not going to happen. It doesnt play to your favour. The decision, in my mind, is absolutely correct." It was all too little, too late for the Alouettes, who finally found the end zone in the games final minute - the teams first touchdown in 12 quarters. Brandon Whitaker scored his second TD of the year at 14:31 of the fourth quarter after completing a 43-yard pass-and-run. "We didnt give up," said Higgins of the second-half attempted comeback. "We didnt beat ourselves, we didnt take foolish penalties, we caught the ball a little bit better, and we were able to get some first downs. We came out and played a lot better, disciplined football, the way it needs to be played." Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly threw for two touchdowns and 208 yards, with 171 of those coming in the first half. Edmontons offense was stagnant in the second, punting the ball away five times to Montreals two. The Eskimos held onto the ball for just 12 minutes in the second half. "For whatever reason, we couldnt get anything going offensively in the second half," said Reilly, who threw his only interception of the game after the restart. "We left our defence out on the field way too long. Luckily we did enough to get the win, we built up a good lead in the first half." Now in first place in the West Division, Edmonton (5-1) got off to the quick start it was looking for, as the visiting team opened the score just 2:28 into the game. On a drive that started at their own 51-yard line, the Eskimos moved down the field quickly. After a 20-yard run by Kendial Lawrence, Reilly found his running back all alone on the edge of the end zone for the 35-yard touchdown. After an Edmonton field goal and a couple of singles by Montreals Sean Whyte to make the score 10-2 for the Eskimos, the Als capped off back-to-back drives with field goals of their own to bring it to within two. John White restored Edmontons comfortable lead with a 58-yard run at 4:52 of the second quarter to make it 17-8 - by far the longest run of the game. The TD was Whites second of the season. The Eskimos kept rolling in the second quarter, adding another 10 points before the half. Reilly finished off a 93-yard drive when he connected with Adarius Bowmans diagonal run for the 25-yard score at 12:23. Bowman leads the league with 433 receiving yards. Despite the poor first-half showing by Montreals offence, Higgins decided to keep quarterback Troy Smith in the game. Smith was pulled in the second half of Montreals previous two losses. On Friday, Smith went 8-for-18 and threw for 102 yards in the first half, including a 52-yarder to Duron Carter. Smith, who has started all six games for Montreal this season, ended the match 20-for-45 with 231 yards. With another poor performance, Smiths job could be at risk. "We need to win games, and if its somebody else that can help us out, then thats the way to go," said Smith. "Ive prepared for the worse, and hope for the best. The whole time Im here, Ill continue to do that. There are multiple guys on your team for a reason." The end of the game was marred when linebacker Eric Samuels was taken off the field on a stretcher after taking a hit to the head. Samuels laid motionless on the field for several minutes before showing any signs of consciousness. Notes: The West has now won 14 of 16 inter-divisional matches this season. à Als slotback S.J. Green (ribs) was not in the lineup. à Montreal has yet to win a game this season when trailing after the first quarter (0-4). à The attendance at Percival Molson Stadium was 20,054. à The Alouettes go on the road for the next two games, with games against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers over the next two weeks. à The Eskimos welcome the Ottawa Redblacks to Commonwealth Stadium next Friday. custom nba jerseys . Russia. When the best players from both countries hooked up for an eight-game series in 1972, a heated rivalry was born. Raptors Jersey . - Bae Sang-moon ran off five straight birdies early in the third round Saturday at the Frys.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Cincinnati Reds probably would have liked Daisuke Matsuzakas first career appearance against them to come at another time -- such as next season. Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Mat Latos in the New York Mets 1-0 victory on Wednesday that further dampened the Reds hopes of hosting the National League wild-card game on Tuesday. Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run for the Mets, who won two of three in the series. The Reds came into the game in third place in the Central Division and second in the wild-card standings, one game behind Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Reds end the regular season with a three-game series starting Friday in Cincinnati. "We have to find a way to get that big hit," manager Dusty Baker said. "This team (Reds) seems to take the hard road most of the time. It is very important to have the home field advantage but its not impossible no matter where you play." Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed two walks and hit a batter. He struck out six and evened his record after three losses and a no-decision in his first four starts since joining the Mets in August. Manager Terry Collins said the former Boston Red Sox ace had definitely pitched his way into the Mets plans for next season. "Weve got to bring a lot of guys in, because you never know what might happen," he said. "Were looking for veteran guys coming into camp, and you can add his name to the list for sure." Matsuzaka will welcome any opportunity, including the Mets. "If the Mets feel that way, it would be an honour and something Id take very seriously," he said. Matsuzaka, who slightly injured his back striking out in the fourth but still managed to get a hit in the seventh, left the game with a runner on second and two outs in the eighth. Pedro Feliciano came on to walk Shin-Soo Choo before getting Joey Votto to fly out to centre fielder Juan Lagares for the fourth time in four at bats. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his 13th save. The shutout loss was Cincinnatis 11th of the season, after only four last season. The Mets (73-85) earned their 10th shutout and New York finished its road schedule with a winning record (41-40), wrapping up a 5-1 trip. Before a crowd of 26,223, which lifted Cincinnatis season attendance to a Great American Ball Park-record 2,371,103, the Mets pushed across a run in the third. Latos hit Wilfredo Tovar to open the inning. Grant Hill Magic Jersey. Tovar went to second on Matsuzakas sacrifice and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring on Youngs single to right through a drawn-in infield. Matsuzaka made the lead stand up with help from catcher Juan Centeno, who threw out Reds rookie base-stealing sensation Billy Hamilton, who was trying to swipe second with two outs in the fifth inning. Hamilton had been successful on his previous 13 attempts, and Centeno caught him without the assistance of a pitchout. Thats his story line shutting down the running game," Collins said about Centeno. "He shut down a guy who could end up being the best base stealer of all time. Thats what we ask him to do to and he made it look easy." The scouting report on Hamilton made it easy for Centeno to be ready. "I was excited," the catcher said. "As soon as he got on base, I got ready. I know he likes to go early." It wasnt all Centeno, Baker pointed out. "The catcher put the ball right on the toe," Baker said. "Daisuke varied his delivery. He went to a slide step. It was going to happen sometimes and thats what it takes." Latos (14-7) allowed four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. He also hit two batters in slipping to 0-2 in four starts since his last win on Sept. 2 against St. Louis. "To take the positive out of today, I stayed healthy all year, made all my starts, set a career-high in innings," Latos said. "Whenever I do get the ball again, Ill be ready to go, ready to compete. I felt strong. Velocity was up. Ill take it into the next start." NOTES: Daniel Murphys first inning steal of second was his 20th straight without being caught, the third-longest streak in Mets history. He had been tied with Tommie Agee (1971). Murphy is one steal shy of matching Kevin McReynolds (1988). ... In Fridays series opener, RHP Homer Bailey (11-11), who pitched a no-hitter against the Pirates at Pittsburgh last Sept. 28, is scheduled to face RHP A.J. Burnett (9-11), who beat the Reds 4-2 last Saturday. ... The Mets open their final series of the season at home on Thursday against Milwaukee. RHP Dillon Gee (12-10) will pitch for New York against RHP Johnny Hellweg (1-4). ... Mets manager Terry Collins said Matsuzaka will most likely start on Sunday if New York decides against using LHP Jonathon Niese. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '