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  • 21 May
    CINCINNATI -- Yoenis Cespedes expects mixed results when he bats in pressure situations.The outfielder hit the most damaging of New Yorks four homers, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, as the Mets rallied for their 13th straight victory over the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3 on Tuesday night.Sometimes its good, sometimes its bad, Cespedes said, through a translator. When things work out, its great.Whenever the Mets play the Reds, they get the result they want. The winning streak is their longest against Cincinnati. The club record against any opponent is 15 straight wins against Pittsburgh in 1986-87. New York has won 18 of its last 20 against Cincinnati, including its division-clinching win at Great American Ball Park last Sept. 26.Overall, New York has won 13 of 17 to tighten the NL wild card race.Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes had solo shots off Brandon Finnegan. Cespedes connected off Michael Lorenzen (2-1) for his 28th homer, putting the Mets ahead to stay.Every time you see Ces go to the plate, you think hes going to do something special for this ballclub, Reyes said. You think hes going to hit it out.Reyes isnt the only one thinking it.When youre a star, thats what you do, manager Terry Collins said. Thats why theyre in the middle of the lineup. They come through when you need them.The Reds thought they were in good shape until Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out in the seventh.Then Cespedes does what he can do, manager Bryan Price said.Alejandro De Aza had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth.Rafael Montero made his second start of the season and gave up Adam Duvalls two-run homer in 4 1/3 innings. Josh Smoker (2-0) allowed one hit in one inning. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 46th save in 49 chances. The closer has allowed one earned run in 15 2/3 innings since Aug. 1.The Reds have dropped 11 of 15 overall, including the first two games of the series that concludes Wednesday.Grandersons fourth homer in his last seven games gave him 24 for the season. The Mets have hit six homers in the first two games of the series, five of them solo shots.BRUCE GETS A HITMets RF Jay Bruce singled in four at-bats. In his first series against his former team, hes gone 1 for 8 with three strikeouts.NICE PLAYReds 1B Joey Votto made a diving catch of Wilmer Flores liner to end the fifth inning, stranding two runners.NEW ADDITIONSThe Mets called up OF Brandon Nimmo, INF T.J. Rivera, INF Eric Campbell, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Erik Goeddel and INF Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Reds called up INF/OF Tony Renda, OF Steve Selsky and RHP Josh Smith from Triple-A Louisville.TRAINERS ROOMMets: LHP Steven Matz is playing catch but hasnt thrown off a mound. Matz has been sidelined since the middle of August by tightness in his pitching shoulder.Reds: RHP Homer Bailey is limited to playing catch as he tries to get rid of soreness in his right biceps. Theres no timetable for when he might throw off a mound again. He felt soreness after his last start on Aug. 28.UP NEXTMets: Noah Syndergaard (12-8) is 3-1 with a 1.63 ERA in his last four starts. Hes 2-0 career against the Reds with a 2.42 ERA in three starts. The Mets have won all three games.Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (8-2) is 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA in three career starts against the Mets, with all three games ending in losses.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay Nike Vapormax Plus Sale . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. Nike Vapormax Plus Cheap . 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With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. White Vapormax Plus Cheap . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. SOCCERCHICAGO -- U.S. womens goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans early departure from the Rio Olympics.Solo called the Swedes a bunch of cowards for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team. Sweden ousted the U.S. 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal match.U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Solos comments were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.The 35-year-old Solo, who was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, will not be eligible for selection to the national team until February.PRO FOOTBALLSAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.The Chargers statement said they believe Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16-game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games. They characterized their previous offers to the Ohio state defensive end as fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.Bosa is the only first-rounder who has not signed with his team.Negotiations stalled over when Bosas $17 million bonus would be distributed and offset language in the contract.San Diego said it offered an initial signing bonus payment larger than any draftee received in the last two drafts, and more money in 2016 than anyone draftee except Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.OLYMPICSRIO DE JANEIRO -- Nearly 80 percent of the tickets for next months Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro remain unsold, but sales have increased sharply since the end of the Olympics, organizers said.On Tuesday, 133,000 tickets were sold, a new daily record for the Rio Paralympics, which will be held Sept. 7-18.So far over 600,000 tickets, just over 20 percent of the 2.5 million available, have been sold.The sports in highest demand are athletics, swimming, 5-a-side football, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.Poor Paralympic ticket sales have compounded the financial challenges in Brazil that have already hit operations at the Olympics.Organizers have announced budget cuts that will mean one venue will close down, facilities will be dismantled and the workforce will be reduced.BRIGHTON, Mich. -- U.S. ski team physician Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher has opened The Sports Neurology Clinic at The CORE Institute.The director of the clinic says his goal is to help as many athletes as possible with their neurological health at the 7,000-square foot facility about 35 miles west of Detroit. His team of neurologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and neuropsychologiists will treat athletes of all ages.ddddddddddddKutcher was the U.S. ski teams first specialist evaluating and treating concussions during the 2014 Winter Olympics. He is the NBA concussion program director, advises the NFL and NHL Players Associations and helped to create the NCAAs concussion-related policies.Kutcher founded the University of Michigans NeuroSport program, which he says limited the number of athletes he could evaluate.NEW YORK -- U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the serious distraction he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.Feigen says in a statement on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas, that I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall.He maintains the group didnt force their way into a bathroom and a gun was pointed at them.Feigen says he paid the driver the cab fare and as I walked away, the man with the gun pointed it at me and my teammate and ordered us, in Portuguese, to sit.Feigen was pulled off an airplane last week by police for more questioning. He says he paid a fine of $10,800 for return of his passport.COLLEGE FOOTBALLSOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says his first reaction to six players being arrested over the weekend was disappointment.Kelly says he reacted like any father would, saying after feeling disappointment he then felt embarrassment. He says then he was mad as hell.Five players were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after being stopped for allegedly speeding in Fulton County, about 40 miles south of South Bend. Three face an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of an unlicensed handgunIn a separate incident, cornerback Devin Butler was accused of tackling a police officer and punching him during an altercation outside a bar near campus. Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team. Kelly kicked starting safety Max Refield off the team.Kelly said the other four players are practicing with the team and will be available to play in the opener against Texas unless the university takes action.HOCKEYGLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history.Braid has a long association with the NHL.She worked part-time for the Coyotes last year and has served as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.Braid also spent seven years with the Athletes Training Center as director of skating development. Among the skaters she worked with while there is New York Islanders center John Tavares. ' ' '