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  • 15 May
    MARSEILLE, France -- Portugal is facing Poland in a European Championship quarterfinal on Thursday. Here are five Portugal players to watch:---CRISTIANO RONALDOWho else? Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at the European Championship as its undisputed star. However, he has hit both highs and lows so far. Some unflattering comments on fan-favorite Iceland were followed by him grabbing a TV journalists microphone and apparently throwing it into a nearby lake. But he refused to let Portugal be eliminated at the group phase, scoring two goals and setting up another to secure a 3-3 draw with Hungary that sent his team through. He failed to score in the other three matches, and missed a penalty. But the Real Madrid forward did make up for a quiet match against Croatia by setting up the stoppage-time winner in the round-of-16. Against Poland, he will be aiming to equal Michel Platinis all-time scoring record of nine goals at European Championships.---PEPEPortugal doesnt have the tightest of defenses, but the player who most often rescues his teammates at the last second is Pepe. The centerback is the heart of Portugals defense and a steady hand in comparison to Ricardo Carvalho, who was dropped for the last match against Croatia. Along with Ronaldo and goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Pepe is the only other Portugal player to have played every minute of the competition for coach Fernando Santos. He will be charged with making sure Poland striker Robert Lewandowski doesnt finally rediscover his scoring touch in Marseille.---NANIAlways in Ronaldos shadow, Nani has been Portugals most consistent attacking player in France. The winger scored Portugals first goal of the competition in a 1-1 draw with Iceland, and he started its fightback against Hungary with another goal. He celebrated his 100th appearance with the national side by launching the move that led to Ricardo Quaresmas winner to oust Croatia in the round of 16.---WILLIAM CARVALHOPortuguese teenager Renato Sanches got all the attention following the 18-year-olds move to Bayern Munich last month. And while Sanches has provided glimpses of promise coming off the bench, William Carvalho has quietly impressed as a serious, disciplined defensive midfielder. After not playing a minute in Portugals opener, Carvalho has been the focal point of Portugals midfield. The 24-year-old is second only to Pepe in passes attempted and completed, with a completion rate of 92%.---RICARDO QUARESMAWith only one start in four matches, Ricardo Quaresma has provided some much needed spark off the bench. The forward went on against Hungary and made an excellent cross for Ronaldo to score his second goal and seal the draw. Quaresma then had his moment to shine when he scored the injury-time goal to send Portugal past Croatia and into the final eight. Wholesale Jerseys Authentic . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. http://www.wholesalejerseysauthenticchina.com/ . 9. Price, heading to the 2014 Olympics for Canada, was named the First Star after posting wins in three starts with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage. China Jerseys Wholesale . A forerunning sled crashed into the worker Thursday at the Sanki Sliding Center. The unidentified worker broke both legs and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Adidas NHL Jerseys . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. What have we learned after a month of basketball? Our Insiders tackle several issues, including which teams have been the biggest surprises and the biggest disappointments and which playyer has the early lead for the Wooden Award.dddddddddddd ' ' '