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The Montreal Canadiens will look to Carey Price Saturday night to reverse their fortunes agains the Flyers. Vernon Davis Super Bowl Jersey . Montreal trails Philadelphia three games to one in their best of seven series. "He deserves a second shot," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau told the Canadian Press. "I think in the last few days he had time to calm down and refocus and get ready for another long stretch." After the thrilling overtime win in Game 1, the Canadiens have dropped three straight to the Flyers. Price struggled mightily in Games 2 and 3, giving up seven goals combined. Carbonneau went with backup Jaroslav Halak in Game 4, but Montreal still lost 4-2. "It was a tough time, you always want to play, but you have to respect the coaches decision," Price said about missing Game 4. "Im just looking forward to getting back in there. "Hopefully, we can pull off a winning streak." Price believes that the break could be a good thing for him - an opportunity to recharge his batteries. "I feel a lot better," Price said Friday. "Having a couple of good days of practice really makes a big difference. "I worked hard and it did a lot of good. I was just getting worn out a little. I played a lot of games in a row (13). It was good to be able to get a mental break. It was a pause more than a setback. Every once in a while you need a break and the last game was a good time." There were rumours that Price might have hurt his glove hand, but Carbonneau rejected that outright. "Carey Price is not hurt," Carbonneau said flatly on Thursday. "His finger, his hand, his shoulder, his knee - he has no injuries." Prices postseason struggles have been well documented of late, as the 20-year-old rookie is 5-5 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.   Patrick Willis Womens Youth Jersey . Balanced urban-rural progress is more crucial than ever to the countrys sustainable development. Related readings: China pledges new efforts to boost rural development China to invest $1. Eli Manning Jersey . Thorpe, 28, who retired in 2006 citing waning motivation, has been training to recuperate from a shoulder injury suffered in a car accident in China more than two years ago. Thorpes manager, David Flaskas, has confirmed Thorpe has been training, but he also made it clear that if he were to return to competitive swimming, it would not happen overnight, newspapers reported. Josh Morgan Jersey .S. mens national team, having been selected to the final 22-man roster for the upcoming international friendly against England. Anthony Davis Jersey . New Jersey Nets Yi Jianlian (L) looks to pass over Miami Heats Udonis Haslem during the first quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in London October 12, 2008. Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey . PAUL, états-Unis - Pierre-Marc Bouchard a marqué le but gagnant en tirs de barrage et Niklas Backstrom a réalisé 27 arrêts en temps réglementaire pour mener le Wild du Minnesota vers un gain de 1-0 face aux Kings de Los Angeles mardi soir.(Sports Network) - The top-seeded San Jose Sharks will try to close out their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a third straight win tonight, when they visit the Colorado Avalanche for Game 6 at Pepsi Center. The Sharks were down two games to one in this best-of-seven series and seemed to be in danger of losing to an eighth seed in the first round for the second straight year. However, San Jose has regrouped for consecutive wins to take a 3-2 series lead and can advance to the conference semifinals with a road win tonight. After notching a 2-1 overtime win in Colorado on Tuesday, the Sharks recorded a 5-0 blowout victory in Thursdays home game against the Avalanche. The dominant Game 5 performance marked the first time in this series that a contest was decided by more than one goal. Meanwhile, the eighth-seeded Avalanche will try to bounce back tonight and avoid their first opening-round exit since 2003, when they lost in seven games to Minnesota. The Avalanche are trying to become the third eight seed in five seasons to knock off a top-seeded club. Rookie center Logan Couture paced San Joses offense with a pair of goals, while Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves in the Sharks lopsided victory on Thursday. Nabokov posted his seventh career playoff shutout to help give San Jose its first lead of the series Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while Dwight Helminen and Joe Pavelski also lit the lamp for San Jose. "Lets not make any conclusion, we still have one game to win," Nabokov said. "This was a great game, but were probably going to face the toughest night in the next one. We have to be ready." Last year, San Jose entered the playoffs fresh off a 117-point season that netted them the Presidents Trophy annd high expectations, but the Sharks dropped the first two games against the Anaheim Ducks and wound up losing the series in six. Frank Gore Youth Jersey. Colorados Craig Anderson turned aside 29-of-33 shots before being pulled late in the third period for Peter Budaj, who made three saves. Anderson had stopped 94-of-96 shots in the previous two games combined before getting touched up for four goals on Thursday. "Each game has picked up, the pace of the game," Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco said. "The intensity of the game has picked up. This time of the year you have to find a way to battle through it." Avs winger Milan Hejduk will miss his third straight game tonight with an upper-body injury suffered when he collided with teammate Paul Stastny in Game 3. Colorado forward Peter Mueller is back skating with the club, but is still doubtful for tonights game. He hasnt played since suffering a concussion on April 4 versus the Sharks on a hit by San Joses Rob Blake. Mueller revived his young career after getting traded from Phoenix to Colorado at the deadline, posting nine goals and 20 points in 15 games after the trade as opposed to four goals and 17 points in 54 games before it. Defenseman Niclas Wallin (lower body) and winger Jed Ortmeyer (undisclosed) are questionable for tonights game for the Sharks. The Sharks and Avs are meeting in the postseason for the fourth time, with the last matchup coming in 2004. The Sharks won that series, 4-2, in the semifinals before losing in six games to the Flames in the conference finals. The Avs were 24-14-3 as the home team during the regular season, while the Sharks had a strong 24-14-3 road record. If necessary, Game 7 is scheduled for Monday in San Jose.   ' ' '

BEIJING - Chinas Ministry of Finance said on Friday the countrys fiscal revenue surged 33. Hakeem Nicks Jersey .1 percent year on year to 2.61 trillion yuan ($401.54 billion) in the first quarter. Related readings: New govt procurement program to increase savings Reducing individual taxes Chinas Feb fiscal revenue surges 41.5% China spends 223b yuan on civil affairs in 2010 In March, the nations fiscal revenue jumped 26.7 percent from one year earlier to 763.14 billion yuan, down from the 41.5-percent growth in February and Januarys 32.8-percent increase, the ministry said in a statement on its website. Of the March fiscal revenue, the central government collected 353.3 billion yuan and local governments gathered the rest, the statement said. Ahmad Bradshaw Jersey . - NBA Commissioner David Stern says he doesnt plan to talk to Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy about critical remarks Van Gundy made about him -- he will speak to Magic team executives about the comments. Womens Hakeem Nicks Jersey . "I dropped the keys from my old house off two days ago," Ohlund told NHL.com. "I just sold it." He may not live here anymore, but Ohlund, who spent 11 seasons as a Canuck before going to Tampa Bay this season, was thrilled to be back for such a huge event. Eli Manning Jersey . "The financial crisis will really hit football over the next few months," Klinsmann said in an interview with German news agency DPA published Tuesday. "There will be a redefinition of the market . Anthony Davis Auhtentic Jersey . There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Floridas Jay Bouwmeester. Authentic Vernon Davis Jersey . The 25-year-old from Whitby, Ont., raced to a time of 12.64 seconds Tuesday night in a packed 91,000-seat Birds Nest stadium. I feel like Ive jumped out of my body, went to heaven and back, Lopes-Schliep said. PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title, acing the fifth hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory. Sluman, who started the day tied for fifth after a second-round 73, had four birdies and the hole-in-one on the 187-yard fifth to finish at 10-under 206. "I dont think Ive come back from two, certainly not from six, but this is the kind of golf course (where) that can happen," Sluman said. "When the wind picks up and the conditions get rough, if youre not spot-on your game its difficult to make pars out there." Gene Jones shot a 70 to finish second. Tom Lehman (73) and Mark OMeara (75) followed at 7 under, and second-round leader Loren Roberts (78) tied for fifth with David Eger (69) and Olin Browne (71) at 6 under. Sluman won for the first time this season after winning twice last year in his first full season on the Champions Tour. He won six times on the PGA Tour. The hole-in-one was his fifth time in competition. "Being nearly 52 I never saw it go in," Sluman said. "I heard a bunch of people say, Get in, so obviously it was going in the correct direction. Any time you make one its great. To make one on the last round when its really important, pretty special." After catching Roberts, Sluman had held off runs by Jones and Mark OMeara after they closed within a shot of the lead. Sluman opened with a 65 at Del Monte and shot a 73 on Saturday at Pebble Beach. He shot a front-nine 31, highlighted by the ace on No. 5 that pulled him into a tie with OMeara, two shots behind Roberts. Roberts and OMearra, playing behind Sluman, both followed with bogeys on No. Eli Manning Jersey Youth. 5 to make it even tighter. Sluman kept the pressure on and took the lead with a birdie on No. 9 while Roberts bogeyed Nos. 7 and 8 to drop two shots back. "All of the years of playing Pebble under so many different conditions helped me out there," Sluman said. "The experience and kind of knowing where to hit it and knowing how to get it around this golf course. That was key for me." Roberts, coming off a one-stroke victory over OMeara last week in the Boeing Classic in Washington, couldnt stop his freefall and ended the day with six bogeys after getting making just two in the first two rounds. Jones made his run with three birdies on the front nine. He then birdied No. 10 to pull within one of the lead but bogeyed 11 and 14 to fall back. "It was one of those kind of days," Jones said. "You have to stay relaxed in the wind. It was a grinding type of day." OMeara, a 16-time winner on the PGA Tour who was two shots off the pace heading into the final round, is winless since joining the Champions Tour in 2007. Slumans bogey on No. 11 cut his lead to one stroke, but he came back to birdie No. 14, then parred three of the final four holes for the win. As he prepared to put out on No. 18, Sluman was interrupted by comedian Bill Murray who stood about 30 feet away and yelled "We love you Jeff!" as the crowd laughed. Roberts, meanwhile, was left to think about what could have been after blowing what appeared to be a comfortable lead. He had three bogeys in a four-hole span on the front nine, then bogeyed three consecutive holes on the back nine to fade away. ' ' '

Martin St. Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey . Louis wants to be around when the Tampa Bay Lightning are a contender again. The veteran forward signed a US$22.5-million, four-year extension on Thursday, putting him under contract with the Lightning through the 2014-15 season. The 35-year-old could have been an unrestricted free agent next summer but chose instead to commit to the organization with whom hes spent the majority of his career. Interestingly, its a decision he might not have made had Steve Yzerman not been brought on as general manager in May. "Ive seen both sides of the mountain in Tampa -- Ive seen the good days and the bad days," St. Louis said on a conference call. "My family loves it in Tampa but I needed something that showed me that were going to win here now. ... "I think at the time when they hired Yzerman, I just felt like you know what, this is the guy. This couldnt have been a better hiring." The Lightning have missed the playoffs the last three seasons while experiencing a tremendous amount of overhaul at all levels of the organization -- everyone from owners to executives to coaches and players. "Its been a revolving door," said St. Louis. The pint-sized forward has been one of the constants. Unable to get his career off the ground in Calgary, St. Louis signed with the Lightning in 2000 and developed into a Hart Trophy winner, league scoring champion and Stanley Cup winner. He is currently coming off one of the best seasons of his career -- winning the Lady Byng Trophy as the leagues most gentlemanly player and finishing with 29 goals and 94 points. "Today is a great day for the Lightning organization," Yzerman said in a statement. "Marty means so much to this franchise, both on and off the ice. His hard work and dedication are unsurpassed and we are thrilled that he will finish his career here in Tampa Bay." Among the things that have been discussed since Yzerman took the job was his decision to leave St. Louis off the 2010 Canadian Olympic team. There are no lingering bad feelings. "Yeah, yeah, we had a talk," said St. Louis. "Everythings good." One of the reasons St. Louis wanted to sign a long-term extension in Tampa is so that he can be around to watch Steven Stamkos and the teams other young players develop. He feels like things are heading in the right direction. "I know that Im going to have a chance at winning again," said St. Louis. "Im telling you, were going to do everything we can to get in the playoffs this year. And we should get in." For a guy that has endured a tremendous amount of turmoil in recent years, that would feel pretty sweet. "Weve had so many bad articles written about the Lightning the past two, three years -- its so draining," said St. Louis. "I think that Steve brings calm, he just kind of stops the storm. Were going to finally get some respect. "I think that the bad weather is behind us." Authentic Justin Smith Jersey . But this was the wrong time -- and the wrong sport -- to go yard. Sporting Lisbon striker Liedson kicked it over the crossbar and the baseball bullpen in the sixth round of a tiebreaker, and Paul McGowan followed with the game-winner on Wednesday night as Celtic won 6-5 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 regulation tie in the Fenway Football Challenge. Authentic Frank Gore Jersey . Cahill did it again Monday night with seven strong innings for his sixth consecutive victory to start the season in a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. "The best thing about it, is it doesnt look like hes pitching over his head or anything. San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Jersey . (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Maxim Lapierre from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday for defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round draft pick in 2012. Josh Morgan Super Bowl Jersey . High-scoring Devils forward Zach Parise had a breakthrough season in 2008-2009, scoring 45 goals, 94 points and recording a plus-30 rating. If the Devils tighten up defensively, that could affect Parises production, but hell still be New Jerseys franchise scorer. Justin Smith Jersey . Florentin Petre and Dorin Goian put Romania ahead 2-0 after 17 minutes, but Franck Ribery and Yoann Gourcuff salvaged the draw. Domenech was kept on by the French football federation despite a group-stage exit from the European Championship, but he was urged to improve results - reportedly needing five points from the first three qualifiers.NEW YORK - Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dominic Moore has played 479 games for eight NHL teams, but likely never had a day like this one. His errant backhand during the morning skate caught teammate Martin St. Louis near the left eye, ending the Tampa Bay forwards consecutive games streak at 499. Moore made up for it later when he scored a dramatic short-handed goal to tie the game against the New York Rangers with 1:57 left and then netted the only goal of the shootout in the Lightnings 3-2 win on Thursday night. It took all of that for the Lightning to snap a five-game losing streak and keep the Rangers from their 2,500th win in franchise history. Tampa Bay won for just the fourth time in 13 games. Mathieu Garon made point-blank saves on New York forwards Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan in the last minute of overtime to force the shootout. "We really wanted to win this one for Marty," said the 31-year-old Moore, who broke into the NHL with the Rangers. "We just wanted to hang in there. Sometimes something really good can come out of adversity. It certainly feels great to get this win." Moores short-handed goal came on a slick backhand as he sped by two defenders before beating goalie Henrik Lundqvist to the glove side. He also fooled Lundqvist to the same spot with a forehand wrist shot in the shootout. "I dont score too many goals so they were satisfying," said Moore, who has 65 career goals. "Hopefully we can build from this game." The Lightning were able to end their skid despite not having St. Louis in the lineup. He sustained facial and sinus fractures when the shot by Moore at the morning skate hit him in the face. "Losing a leader is never easy, but we found a way tonight," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. Ryan Malone had gotten Tampa Bay even at 1-1 in the second period. Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight (0-1-1) following a five-game winning streak. The Rangers were again denied from becoming the fifth NHL team to record 2,500 wins. The Chicago Blackhawks are the only other Original Six team not to reach the mark. New York (15-6-4) lost for only the fourth time in 16 games. The Lightning improved to 12-14-2. "We knew they would be desperate," said Lundqvist, who has started all 26 games for the Rangers against the Lightning since 2005. "We had a couple of big chances to kill the game. Innstead they came back and tied it. Super Bowl 49ers Jersey. We just have to move on." Anisimovs goal at 13:23 of the second led to a fracas after Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier vigorously objected to Anisimovs spirited celebration. After scoring, Anisimov dropped to one knee and held his stick by the blade and pointed the straight end at Garon. "It was disrespectful to point directly at our net and our goalie," Lecavalier said. The subsequent fight resulted in a combined 38 penalty minutes among two Rangers and three Lightning players. Anisimov received the most with a four-minute penalty for roughing, an extra penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a 10-minute misconduct. Tampa Bays Steve Downie, who left the bench to join the brawl, was assessed a roughing penalty and a misconduct. "He was wrong and he knows it," Rangers coach John Tortorella said of Anisimov, who wasnt made available by the Rangers after the game. "He apologized to his teammates and we will move on from this." Callahans power-play goal at 7:49 of the first gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. However, New York dropped to 12-1-1 in games in which it scored first. Malones sixth of the season tied it at 11:23 of the second. Malone intercepted a pass by Ryan McDonagh in the defensive zone before beating Lundqvist for the unassisted goal. The 36-year-old St. Louis hadnt missed a game since Nov. 15, 2005, at Washington. He was scheduled to return to Florida on Friday, and will be evaluated by team doctors after the swelling near his eye subsides, the team said. He was spending Thursday night in at a New York hospital, according to the Lightning. The Rangers were without defenceman Michael Sauer, who sustained a concussion when he collided with Toronto defenceman Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday. New York has been without defenceman Marc Staal all season because of concussion symptoms. NOTES: The Rangers first win was on Nov. 16, 1926, a 1-0 home victory over the Montreal Maroons on a goal by captain Bill Cook. ... Tampa Bay was also missing injured defencemen Pavel Kubina and Mattias Ohlund. . Calgary D Jay Bouwmeester has the leagues longest current consecutive-game streak at 532. St. Louis was the third longest. . The Rangers six regulation losses are the fewest in the NHL. ... New Yorks Brad Richards -- who assisted on Callahans goal -- has a seven-game point streak. He has nine goals and 10 assists in the last 17 games. ' ' '

NEWARK, N. Osi Umenyiora Jersey .J. (AP) -Former NHL coach Pat Burns, who led the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title, has died. He was 58. Devils President Lou Lamoriello says Burns died of cancer Friday in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Lamoriello said hockey has lost a great friend and ambassador. Burns led New Jersey to its third Stanley Cup championship when the Devils beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in seven games. Burns also coached Boston, Toronto and Montreal, twice leading the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals. He also led the Canadiens to the NHL championship in his first season with Montreal. He was the first coach to win three Jack Adams Awards as the NHLs top coach. Mike Iupati Jersey . Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs, as the Texas Rangers used a 20-hit attack to crush the Tampa Bay Rays, 11-5, in the opener of a three-game series.Vernon Davis Jersey . -- An agent for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court on Thursday that he hopes the ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback could return to the league by September. Victor Cruz Jersey . -- Mike Aviles played his way to the Kansas City bench early in the season by going hitless in 18 consecutive at-bats. Ahmad Bradshaw Jersey Youth .   Lets see if they can do it again.   Four nights after ending the Pittsburgh Penguins season with a 5-2 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Habs could not get anything going in Game 1 of the conference final as they suffered a 6-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center. Osi Umenyiora Jersey . Modano, qui compte 555 buts en carrière, a récupéré une rondelle libre pour battre le gardien du Colorado Craig Anderson dun tir des poignets avec 12:59 à faire pour aider les Stars à remporter un cinquième gain consécutif à la maison. With its extensive size and large population, the country is set to expand its railway network. Two experts give their views on the future of its high-speed rail. John Scales: Combination of supportive features China is engaged in the largest national railway expansion program since the 19th century. Part of this program will construct a high-speed passenger railway network that will become the largest in the world. An important question is: How should plans for high-speed railways be viewed in the context of economic development? Even if high-speed railways in a developing country find a market of travelers willing and able to pay for the evident, personal benefits they derive from faster rail travel, this itself does not imply that there is developmental interest in this sector of the transport industry. Indeed, if the question is considered in this light, it might be said that fast travel is luxury consumption. It is generally affordable only by those in developing countries who have by definition already raised themselves above the masses of the poor, who are rightly the focus of much of the worlds development. But is this narrow view justified? In the view of financial development institutions such as the World Bank, it is not. And it is certainly not a view that is applied when congested conventional roads are replaced by high-speed, high-quality expressways, where the consumption benefits of savings from travel time by higher-income, private car owners are routinely included in project appraisal methodologies. A countrys plans to build high-speed rail lines or even, as in China, a high-speed network, will inevitably affect the overall performance of its transport system, operationally, financially and environmentally. That performance is important in economic development. In operational terms, a high-speed line will naturally provide faster speeds of travel for its users. But it may also free-up capacity on existing lines for other transport and affect interconnected modes, as well as alter both trip patterns and the relative use of different modes of transport. Fundamental changes in accessibility and mobility will influence national and regional economic development. In financial terms, the decision to sink public investment into high-speed rail will inevitably divert resources from other public investments in transport infrastructure or from outside the transport sector. Moreover, the long-term financial sustainability of high-speed rail may be a serious issue for national budgets. Resource allocation and budget in transport are clearly important to economic development. High-speed rail will also have various environmental and social consequences that may be negative or positive. Certainly, a high-speed passenger train will use more energy and generate more greenhouse gases than a slower passenger train over the same route. But if the higher speed attracts passengers away from road and air transport and, as in China, free up rail capacity for freight, it may reduce the overall long-term carbon intensity of the transport system. It will also reduce road accidents and avoid other externalities associaated with private vehicle travel. 49ers Joe Montana Jersey. For example, the International Union of Railways claims a high-speed train can carry eight times as many passengers as an airplane over a typical distance, using the same amount of energy and emitting one-quarter of the carbon dioxide for each passenger. It follows then that the overall developmental benefits of high-speed rail can be neither asserted nor dismissed out of hand. Proposals need to be assessed on its merits. To be successful, a new high-speed rail system needs to be built in corridors where railway capacity is already heavily utilized, indicating that new capacity is really needed. It must use management and engineering techniques that ensure capital and maintenance costs will not spiral out of the range of affordability and, crucially, with the right demand profile. This means sufficient numbers of people who can afford premium fares. A suitable corridor internationally may be one that connects two large cities 100-500 kilometers apart (Seoul-Busan, 420 km, Rome-Milan, 514 km, London-Paris 495km), but it may also be a longer corridor that has large cities located every 200 to 300 kilometers apart (Tokyo-Osaka 700 km, Beijing-Shanghai, 1,300 km and Beijing-Guangzhou, 2,100 km). Related readings:  China building worlds largest high-speed rail network  Chinas high-speed railways to top the world  High-speed rail spearheads economic growth: legislator  Beijing-Tianjin high-speed train has caused 30% decrease in intercity bus transport China satisfies most of the success factors, particularly on its busiest passenger corridors where existing lines are congested and limit passenger and freight growth, the latter creating bottlenecks on development. But as the main links are completed and the network extended into corridors of lower demand, it will become more challenging to meet the test of affordability by sufficient number of passengers. This will also create an increasing burden of debt charges that cannot be recovered directly from users and which in most countries have been picked up by taxpayers. The combination of supportive features that exist on the eastern plains of China such as congested existing lines, high population density, rapidly growing disposable incomes and prevalence of many large cities in reasonable proximity to one another, are not all found in most developing countries. Most countries also do not enjoy the potential for a single-minded, collective effort and high production economies in system construction that arise when a government can commit the country, politically and economically, to a decades-long program over a vast land area. The factors that create supportive public investment programs come together in China in a way that is distinctly favorable to delivering an efficient, high-speed passenger rail network. The author is the transport sector coordinator for the World Bank Office, Beijing. This article is excerpted from an upcoming report by the World Bank on high-speed rail.    Previous Page 1 2 Next Page      Previous Page 1 2 Next Page   ' ' '

YUEQING - The truck driver involved in the death of a former village head in east Chinas Zhejiang Province was sentenced to three years and six months in prison Tuesday. Mike Iupati Super Bowl Jersey . The verdict on Fei Liangyu was handed down Tuesday noon by the Peoples Court of Yueqing City in the first-instance trial. Related readings: Foul play suspected in death of village head Debate was ignited throughout the country after Qian Yunhui, 53, a Village head in Puqi Town of Yueqing, was crushed to death by a heavy truck on December 25, 2010. Over the past six years, Qian led local villagers in protests against the expropriation of their farmland for industrial development. According to Zhejiang authorities, Qians head was severed by an overloaded truck driven by the unlicensed driver, Fei Liangyu, and his death was not a result of malicious intrigue. According to earlier media reports, police in Wenzhou, a city administers Yueqing, said that on January 29 a watch with a micro recorder worn by Qian had been found and supported the previous conclusion that his death was an accident. Earlier media reports also said Qians family members had accepted a compensation deal of 1.05 million yuan ($159,574) from the driver and his employer. Vernon Davis Youth Jersey . The Russians, the reigning Olympic and world champions, won in a time of 1:13.37 to beat the French by 3.8 seconds and the Swedes by 4. Kenny Phillips Jersey . Three months later, he competed at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. - Canada-2 pilot Lyndon Rush played football for five years at the University of Saskatchewan before starting at a bobsleigh development camp in 2004 at the age of 24. Today he is the number two bobsleigh pilot in Canada. Alex Smith Jersey . Santana (16-6) gave up just five hits and one run without walking a batter while fanning nine in claiming victory for the fifth time in his last six decisions. Francisco Rodriguez continued to re-write the history books with his 61st save of the season. Authentic Ahmad Bradshaw Jersey . As a result, Ovechkins celebration didnt last long. Just 24 seconds into the third period of Game 7 Wednesday night, Ovechkin scored what he and everyone else in the building save for Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Hal Gill thought was a sure game-tying goal. Mario Manningham Jersey . The 21-year-old Cuban appeared to think there had been a false start and jogged out of the blocks only to see the rest of the field striding away from him. Another title contender Liu Xiang from China clocked 7.73 seconds to reach the next round.SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Even in a game where he admittedly struggled, LaMarcus Aldridge was a difference maker for the Portland Trail Blazers. Aldridge scored 23 points with a strong finish and Nicolas Batum had season-high 24 to lead the Blazers to a 94-90 overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Aldridge was coming a career-high 37 points in a Tuesday victory against Minnesota. But the skilful forward did little in the first three quarters when he was limited to eight points. Yet Aldridge delivered when the Blazers needed it most. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and five more in the overtime when Portland outscored the struggling Kings 9-5 to secure a rare road victory. "I had to stick with it. I was not in a good rhythm -- I was kind of tired," said Aldridge, who made 10 of 24 shots and added nine rebounds. "I went out and tried to make plays in the fourth." It was the third straight win for the Blazers and eighth in a row against the Kings. And Portland did it without key injured players, Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby. Last week the Blazers found out Roy, a three-time all-star, would be out indefinitely. He had surgery Monday on both of knees. This week the bad news was about Camby. The Blazers starting centre injured his left knee Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Camby, who is fourth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3) and 10th in blocked shots (1.87) will have surgery Thursday and there is no timetable for his return. "Collectively, weve got to do those things that our guys missing were doing for us," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "Tonight it was mentally challenging in an overtime game on the road. In overtime we made plays, something we talked about doing all season long. You need to make plays down the stretch." Andre Miller had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Rudy Fernandez scored 13 off the bench for Portland. Beno Udrih scored 20 for the Kings, who have lost three straight and and just returned home from a frustrating 1-5 road trip where they dropped several close games. Tyreke Evans had 16 points and eight assists, and Samuel Dalembert had a season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. Omri Casspi added 10 points and 11 rebounds. The ending was all too faamiliar to the Kings who have played poorly in the fourth quarter for much of the season. 49ers Joe Montana Jersey. Against the Blazers, Sacramento scored only nine points in the games final 11 minutes. "Thats a very good team that we took to the brink again and came up short," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "Theres nothing easy about it. I think counting the road trip and this game weve had a lead in the fourth quarter six out of seven times and won one of those games." The lead went back and forth in the first three minutes of overtime. Millers jumper gave the Blazers the lead for good at 92-90 lead with 1:49 remaining. Looking to tie the game, Evans misfired on a driving attempt and several follow shots didnt fall. Batum eventually secured the rebound and after being fouled, made a pair to put Portland ahead 94-90 with 7.6 seconds left. "In overtime we didnt panic. We stayed calm and executed our game plan," Batum said. "We did a good job at the end. They have some good players like Tyreke, (DaMarcus) Cousins and Beno. "I dont know how they only have nine wins." Carl Landry made two free throws for the Kings to tie the game at 85 with 26.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Aldridge missed a mid-range jumper with two seconds left, sending the game into overtime. The Kings did a nice job in first three quarters defensively against Aldridge, who missed nine of 12 shots and had eight points. Jason Thompson and Dalembert were the primary defenders against Aldrige. "Hes (Aldridge) a guy thats been carrying them in a big way and we did a good job of making him earn his points tonight and shoot a lower percentage of shots," Westphal said. "Give the other guys credit. Andre Miller, Batum and Fernandez made big shots for them when Aldridge wasnt able to do it." In a sluggish third quarter characterized by missed perimeter shots and frequent turnovers by both teams, the Kings tied the game at 65 when Landry dunked with two seconds left. NOTES: San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo was in a courtside seat. Kings starting forward Francisco Garcia missed his second straight game with a strained left calf. The two teams play again Monday in Portland. Evans had 11 points in the first half to help the Kings to a 48-46 lead. ' ' '

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Sudan will be the neutral venue if an African World Cup qualifying playoff match is needed between Group C rivals Egypt and Algeria.Frank Gore Youth Jersey . FIFA made the draw Wednesday with Egypts choice of neighbouring Sudan being selected instead of Algerias preferred choice Tunisia. If required, the match will be played next Wednesday. Egypt and group leader Algeria play their final qualifier Saturday in Cairo. A two-goal victory for Egypt would leave the two nations tied on points, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head record and requiring a single playoff match. The winner in Sudan would advance to next years World Cup in South Africa. 49ers Jerry Rice Jersey . The Esks all-star receiver suffered a fractured and dislocated vertebrae after colliding with Tiger-Cats defensive back Jykine Bradley in Edmontons 19-13 win Saturday in Hamilton. Delanie Walker Jersey . The Canucks were dealt a shootout loss on Saturday by the visiting Detroit Red Wings in a battle between the top two teams in the NHL this year. Vancouver has 60 points so far this season and the Red Wings are just one point back. Saturdays setback halted an eight-game winning streak for Vancouver, which has still gone 16 straight games (13-0-3) without a regulation loss. Victor Cruz Jersey . The game centered around Griffin and Minnesotas Kevin Love -- the NBAs top two double-double generators. Love tallied 18 points and 18 boards to secure his franchise-record 42nd consecutive double-double, and 51st of the season.Vernon Davis Youth Jersey . Malik Story added 15 points for Nevada (11-15), which got 11 rebounds from Olek Czyz. Patrick Rembert netted 13 points in defeat for UC Irvine (11-17), which got 11 points apiece from Daman Starring and Derrick Strings. Authentic Justin Tuck Jersey .C. -- Greg Biffle said Tuesday hes close to signing an extension with Roush Fenway Racing, and would be surprised if teammate Carl Edwards does not do the same.Cameron Wake collected his second consecutive award as Most Oustanding Defensive Player on Thursday but the accolades didnt end there. Each week throughout the season, CFL on TSN analyst Glen Suitor paid tribute to one player for their effort, toughness and sacrifice, naming him the Friday Night Gladiator with each player being presented with a Movado watch. On Saturday, the Lions defensive end was named the TSN Friday Night Gladiator of the Year. "Without question, this guy has been the most dominant player in the Canadian Football League all season," said Suitor. "In my 25 years in the CFL, I dont think Ive seen a player come out of his stance so quickly with so much explosiveness. He is able to dominate and collapse the pocket so quickly." "The numbers speak for themselves with 39 sacks in 36 regular season games over two years. This guy has been a one-man wrecking crew for offences." Wake used one word to describe how he plays the game. "Relentless. I feel as a defensive player, you have to have that drive to get to the ball at all costs," said Wake. "Whether the ran at me or away from me, I want to get to the ball and be the one to make the tackle." Wake possesses all the three traits set out by Suitor to be eligible for the honour.  "From the opening kick-off to the last play of the game, 100% effort has to be there. A gladiator cannot take a play off." Suitor said. "And gladiators have to be both mentally and physically tough. And they have to say, What am I willing to do today to help my team win games?" Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris will be starting in Sundays Grey Cup and he knows what it takes to be a gladiator. "You have to be a warrior," Burris said. "We have guys on our team who are playing through pain, guys with cracked ribs, injured knees, hurting shoulders and thats what a true gladiator is. Vernon Davis Womens Youth Jersey. " Here is a rundown of some of the rest of this years winners of the Friday Night Gladiators presented by Movado: In the trenches, it was Doug Brown of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Kitwana Jones of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Tyrone Williams of the B.C. Lions and Bryan Chiu of the Montreal Alouettes. Among linebackers, Suitor liked the play of Shannon James of the Stampeders. "He not only has to stop the run but he also has to cover receivers like Geroy Simon and Milt Stegall," Suitor said. He has to be out there in pass coverage and show his athletic ability." At quarterback, it was Burris, Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes, Buck Pierce of the Lions and Kevin Glenn of the Blue Bombers. "Pierce was my favourite this season," said Suitor. "He was coming off one of his worst games, if not the worst game of his career against Edmonton at home where he threw for 90 yards. He had to put that behind him, go into Edmonton the next week and come up with a win. He did that in style." "He took a pounding in that football game, absorbing some hellacious hits from which I thought he would not get up. But he fought through the mental challenges. He fought through the physical challenges. And he threw for over 300 yards to win that football game. It was a tremendous performance." Among the receivers, it was Stegall, Simon, Most Outstanding Canadian Kamau Peterson of the Edmonton Eskimos and Jason Clermont of the Lions. At running back, it was Wes Cates of the Roughriders, Avon Cobourne of the Alouettes and Jamal Robertson of the Toronto Argonauts. The Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions were honoured with the most gladiator awards throughout the season with five apiece. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the only team to be shut out this season. ' ' '

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The governor of Afghanistans key southern Kandahar province said Thursday he was sacked by the central government and complained that powerful people in his region had been sabotaging his work. Ahmad Bradshaw Youth Jersey . An Afghan balloon seller arrives in a market to sell balloons in the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday, Dec 4, 2008. [Agencies] Rahmatullah Raufi, a former army general, was appointed as governor of Kandahar province in August, replacing a powerful but controversial former governor, Assadullah Khalid. But after only three months, Raufi told The Associated Press that officials in the capital said he must go. Last night I received a call from Kabul saying that you are fired, Raufi said. Personally I do not want to work either, because some of the powerful people (in Kandahar) were creating problems in my job, Raufi said, without elaborating. He did not identify who in the government told him he was sacked. Barna Karimi, an official with Afghanistans Independent Directorate for Local Governance in Kabul, confirmed Raufi was fired, but did not provide other details. The southern provinces are the center of the Taliban-led insurgency and Kandahar province is the spiritual heartland of the Taliban. The power base of President Hamid Karzai. Karzais brother is the head of the provincial council. The province is also Afghanistans second-leading producer of opium poppies, behind neighboring Helmand province. In eastern Khost province, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew up explosives he was carrying at the intelligence service building in Khost town Thursday, killing two police and wounding nine other people, officials said. A car parked next to the building also exploded shortly after the initial blast, said Khosts deputy governor, Taher Khan Sabarai. Two police were killed and nine other people were wounded, said Gul Mohammadin Mohammadi, a provincial health department official. In western Afghanistan gunmen killed two tribal elders Wednesday, said Rauf Ahmadi, a police spokesman. The elders were shot in Herat city, a day after they met the Afghan president in Kabul as part of a delegation of elders from Herat province, Ahmadi said. Two other people in the car they were driving in when attacked were wounded, he said. Ahmadi called the killings a terrorist act and said authorities were investigating whether Taliban militants were involved. Karzai condemned the killings and urged authorities to arrest and punish the perpetrators, a statement from his office said. Karzai is running for re-election next year, and the support of tribal elders is essential for his chances of winning at a time when his popularity has been sliding. Separately, in the northern Jowzjan province Taliban militants ambushed a police convoy Wednesday, killing an officer and wounding two other policemen, said Khalil Aminzada, the provincial police chief. Authorities arrested four suspected Taliban fighters who were involved in the attack, he said. Taliban attacks are rare in Jowzjan and the Wednesday assault suggests militants are expanding the areas where they operate away from their centers in the south and the east of the country. More than 6,000 people have died so far this year in insurgency-related violence, according to an Associated Press tally of figures provided by Afghan and Western officials. Frank Gore Womens Jersey . All evidence prior to the season pointed towards a match made in heaven - a former All-Star with the New Jersey Devils working his way up the coaching ranks to eventually take over behind the bench for his former club. Vernon Davis Youth Jersey . In a message on his official Facebook site, Phelps also expressed concern for the woman involved in the car crash, which occurred when she ran a red light, according to Baltimore police. Authentic Frank Gore Jersey . 1 Blue Devils dominated UNC Greensboro, 108-62. Coach K notched the 880th win of his career to move past the former North Carolina coach and now trails just Bob Knight, who sits at 902 wins, for tops in Division I mens basketball. 49ers Deion Sanders Jersey . The mayor of Zhuanghe city recently was ordered to resign because of his refusal to show up when more than 1,000 villagers got down on their knees before the city government office building, begging for his help with village leaders they said are corrupt. Ahmad Bradshaw Jersey . San Diego now trails the NL West-leading Giants by three games and fell two games behind the wild card-leading Braves, who were idle on Thursday. The Padres wrap up the regular season in San Francisco and must sweep the three- game set to force a one-game playoff for the division title.New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Baseball suspended Boston Red Sox minor leaguer Victor De La Cruz 50 games after the pitcher tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violatioon of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Authentic Brandon Jacobs Jersey. The suspension of De La Cruz is effective immediately. He is currently with Bostons Dominican Summer League team.   ' ' '

Houston Rockets player Yao Ming will be absent from a Chinese squad which will compete at a tournament in Las Vegas next month, the event will also feature some NBA sides. Mike Iupati Super Bowl Jersey . An official from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Hu Jinshi, said on Monday that the possibility of Yaos participation in the event is close to zero. Yaos absence is a result of his long-term injury, said a report on the website Sina.com. Sources with the Rockets say it may take the small giant about half a year for treatment and recovery from his shoulder injury. However, no source has yet confirmed whether the star player will require surgery. Director of the CBA, Li Yunwei, revealed Yao is still undergoing training in the US as arranged by his US club. He further declined to give a time-frame for Yaos return to the Chinese national team. Yaos absence also leaves a lingering shadow over Chinas mens basketball teams preparations for the Beijing Olympics next year. The national teams head coach Jonas Kazlauskas complained that games without Yao Ming will be less constructive than expected in terms of the teams Olympic preparation. Nearly 30 warm-up games are on the agenda for the Chinese basketball team in 2007, and the CBA has already shortened the 2006-07 basketball season to leave enough time for the teams tune-up. The Chinese team is scheduled to set off for the Unites States on Friday. The tournament, also attended by NBA sides Memphis Grizzlies, Sacremento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, is to kick-off in mid-July. Delanie Walker Jersey . Clinton gave President Barack Obama a tantalizing insiders account of his talks with the DPRKs leader Kim Jong-il and his trip to free two jailed US journalists in Pyongyang. [Agencies] WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama thanked former President Bill Clinton in person on Tuesday for his trip to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) early this month to secure the release of two American journalists, the White House said. Eli Manning Jersey . Skinner skated around the net and tucked the puck between Howard and the right post to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in a game they won 3-0 at the RBC Center. The seventh pick in the 2010 Entry Draft became the first 18-year-old to score 30 times in a season since Sidney Crosby in 2005-06, and the seventh-youngest player ever to get 30. Vernon Davis Jersey . Vallerand potted his fourth goal of the season to send the Remparts to overtime. Remparts right-winger Dmitri Kugryshev opened the shootout with a goal on Robin Gusse that proved to be the winner, and Quebec improved to 3-0-1. Patrick Willis Jersey . Garrius Adams and Durand Scott each chipped in 10 points for the ninth-seeded Hurricanes (19-13), who rallied from an 11-point deficit with just over two minutes left in the second half to earn a quarterfinal date with top-seeded North Carolina on Friday. We were struggling offensively and then we just made some plays, said Miami head coach Frank Haith. Jason Pierre-Paul Womens Jersey . Authorities in Shaoyang City, central Chinas Hunan Province, and the provincial public security bureau have sent teams to investigate the case in Shaoyangs Shaodong County. Tong Mingqian, secretary of the Shaoyang Municipal Party Committee, ordered to release investigation results as soon as possible and harshly punish those involved in the ID theft case. VANCOUVER - Avant la finale de la Coupe Stanley, les Bruins de Boston ont dit quils préfèreraient affronter les Canucks de Vancouver à forces égales le plus souvent possible. Ils disaient vouloir éviter le jeu de puissance des Canucks, qui a inscrit 17 buts au cours de leurs 18 premiers matchs éliminatoires pour un taux defficacité de 28 pour cent. Les gros attaquants des Bruins utiliseraient ainsi à fond léchec avant à forces égales afin de créer des chances de marquer. Il faut faire attention à ce que lon souhaite. Alors quils préparent le deuxième match de la série, les Bruins cherchent maintenant à sajuster au rapide jeu de transition des Canucks à cinq contre cinq. ?Cétait assez simple, a dit lentra?neur-chef des Bruins, Claude Julien. Ils nous ont battu à cinq contre cinq et je crois que nos unités spéciales ont été aussi bonnes sinon meilleures que les leurs. Ssans aucun doute, ils ont été la meilleure équipe à cinq contre cinq.? Le match a été très serré, les deux clubs bénéficiant de plus de 16 minutes de jeu de puissance dans les deux premières périodes. Mais les Canuccks ont obtenu leurs meilleures chances en troisième, alors quaucune pénalité na été décernée. Vernon Davis Super Bowl Jersey. Pour Patrice Bergeron, ses coéquipiers et lui devront être aussi rapides que les Canucks, ou encore éliminer cet aspect de leur jeu dans le deuxième match. ?Nous avons eu un petit relachement dans les 10 dernières minutes, a-t-il expliqué. Nous devons nous assurer de jouer tout le match. Nous pouvons jouer un jeu rapide comme le leur.? Le vétéran Mark Recchi note que les Bruins ont été capables de sajuster tout au long de la saison. ?Nous avons été en mesure de contr?ler le jeu le plus possible, mais nous devons être meilleurs à cinq contre cinq et travailler sur les aspects positifs de notre jeu de puissance.? Pour Bergeron, la clé pour battre Roberto Luongo sera dobtenir de meilleurs lancers. ?On a pu décocher quelques bons lancers, mais pas nécessairement de lenclave, a-t-il expliqué. On peut améliorer cela et nous assurer de nous battre pour gagner notre position au devant du filet. Ils font du beau boulot pour nous y bloquer laccès, mais on doit trouver une solution pour sy rendre.? ' ' '

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Hampton was solid on the mound to pick up his first win since August 14, 2005, and added an RBI double, as the Atlanta Braves pounded the San Francisco Giants, 11-4, in the second contest of a three-game set. 49ers Steve Young Jersey . Hampton (1-0), who has been sidelined by two elbow surgeries, a strained chest muscle and an injured groin, tossed seven frames and was touched for just two runs on four hits to move to 14-4 lifetime against the Giants. "It can put me on my way and I do feel like that," Hampton said of the win. "Im a believer that winning builds confidence and doing things right and doing things well builds confidence." Yunel Escobar and Omar Infante had a hit and two RBI apiece for the Braves, who still only have three wins over their last 11 games. Kelly Johnson went 3- for-3 with an RBI and scored three times. Jonathan Sanchez (8-8) took the loss as he yielded three runs on seven hits while striking out five. Sanchez is 0-4 over his last six starts, recording his last win on June 29 and his last home win on June 2. Fred Lewis had a solo home run, the first homer since July 27 for the Giants, who have dropped two of their last three overall. Aaron Rowand, Bengie Molina and Jose Castillo each added an RBI in defeat. "We got some guys that can drive the ball and to go that long (without one) is surprising," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But these things run in streaks sometimes, so hopefully well start driving the ball, hit the gaps and its not just home runs." The Braves added five insurance runs to a 6-4 lead in the ninth. Martin Prado was hit by a pitch and Johnson dropped down a sac bunt, which Rich Aurilia threw away, putting runners on the corners. Pinch-hitter Greg Norton golfed a single into right field to score pinch-runner Gregor Blanco before Escobar popped up for the first out. Mark Kotsay then brought home another run with a single to right and Casey Kotchman added an RBI ground-rule double to left-center. Infante kept it going with a two-run double on a bloop hit to left and it was 11-4. Mike Gonzalez was on the hill trying to close it out for the Braves in the ninth, but gave up a lead off single to Castillo. Emmanuel Burriss, though, grounded into a double play, and Eugenio Velez went down swinging to make it official. The Braves hung a three-spot to break the scoreless tie in the fifth. Brian McCann got things going with a single and Jeff Francoeur put runners on the corners with another base hit. Prado then grounded into a double play, allowing McCann to cross home, before consecutive doubles from Johnson, Hampton and Escobar knocked in two runs to make it 3-0. The Giants got a run back in the home fifth. Lewis led off with a single, moved to third on Aurilias single and crossed home as Castillo grounded into a force out. Osiris Matos took the hill for San Fran in the seventh and gave up consecutive singles to Francoeur, Prado and Johnson, the last scoring Francoeur. Hamptons sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position and Escobars sac fly scored Prado and left Johnson at third. Kotsay then worked a walk before Geno Espineli was called on in relief. Espineli uncorked a wild pitch, which scored Johnson and made it 6-1. Lewis led off the home seventh with a long homer to right field, making it a 6-2 ballgame. Jeff Bennett took over on the hill for Atlanta in the eighth. Randy Winn singled with one out and moved to second as Bennett uncorked a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter John Bowker then drew a walk and Rowand had an RBI single, leaving runners on the corners. Molina followed with another RBI single and it was 6-4. Game Notes Hampton made his first appearance in the majors since August 19, 2005 when he started Atlantas 10-9 loss at Philadelphia on July 26. The left-hander was understandably rusty on that day and wound up with a no-decision after giving up six runs in four innings..The Braves and Giants are meeting for the first time this season after Atlanta took four of seven games in the 2007 series. The clubs split four games in San Francisco. Frank Gore Youth Jersey . Andrew Bynum, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season with a strained right Achilles tendon, was back in the starting lineup and gave Los Angeles a big boost with 13 points, 12 boards and four blocks. Derek Fisher added 11 points and sank a big three-pointer late in the fourth with Oklahoma City threatening to make it a one-possession game. Authentic Mario Manningham Jersey .J. Redick led the Magic with 17 points and hit three clutch free throws in the waning moments to help Orlando hold off a late charge from Detroit in a 91-86 final at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Aldon Smith Jersey . Jorge Vazquez belted a solo shot for New York, while Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Jesus Montero each drove in a run in the victory. Ivan Nova got the start and tossed two perfect innings, and Sergio Mitre earned the win by throwing a scoreless third frame. Hakeem Nicks Authentic Jersey . The number of Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits surged to a 25-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, and the nations retailers saw their sales plummet last month to the weakest October level since at least 1969. Authentic Victor Cruz Jersey . - Jim Mora threw his hands above his head. MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mardy Fish advanced to his second semifinal of the year Friday when Teimuraz Gabashvili retired from their Regions Morgan Keegan Championships quarterfinal match because of a viral illness. Fish led 6-2, 4-1 when Gabashvili became the third player this week to retire because of a viral illness. The fourth-seeded Fish will play defending champion Tommy Haas on Saturday. The second-seeded Haas advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Sam Querrey. Scot Andy Murray beat Stefan Koubek of Austria 6-3, 6-2 in 61 minutes. He will play top-seeded Andy Roddick or Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei in the semifinals. On the womens side in the Cellular South Cup, Venus Williams was to play qualifier Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania in the semifinals in Friday night. Earlier, Shahar Peer of Israel beat Meilen Tu 6-4, 7-5 to reach the championship. Fish has reached the quarterfinals or better in each of his four tournaments this season and now is in his second semifinal of 2007. His serve couldnt be more effective this week. He won each point on 19 of his first serves and had 11 aces to one for the Russian who never had a chance. I didnt know that he was sick or anything. It didnt reeally look to be that way in the first set. Jason Pierre-Paul Womens Jersey. The second, all of a sudden he called the trainer. I felt I had the match pretty much in my grasp though, Fish said. He called the trainer at 3-0, I just assumed it was a frustration trainer call more than anything. Haas needed only 44 minutes to beat Querrey for the second time in as many tournaments. The German, who won here in 1999 and in 2006, has not faced a break point this week and had seven aces to only one by the big-serving Querrey. That prompted Haas to back up a big more to see the serve well. Maybe then he was trying to overhit the serve. Hes still a young kid. He has to figure out how to change his game up here and there. Im sure hell do that shortly, Haas said. The 19-year-old Murray, who successfully defended his title last week at San Jose, rolled into his second consecutive semifinal by saving two break points on his serve. He now has won eight straight matches going back to San Jose, and he said it feels good. I feel like these are the sort of runs I need to go on to prove to people I can go deep in the slams and keep up play for two weeks. I havent done that before, and I hope I can do it now, Murray said. ' ' '

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