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  • August 16, 2019
    Finn Russell inspired Glasgow to an impressive 23-14 win at Top 14 champions Racing 92 on Saturday.?The Scottish sides European Champions Cup quarter-final hopes faded with defeat at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir last season but they are in position to qualify this time around thanks to tries from Alex Dunbar and Ali Price.Argentina wing Juan Imhoff put the hosts ahead in the opening exchanges before Dan Carter scored late-on, but it was not enough to lift them off the foot of pool one ahead of next weeks return clash at Scotstoun.It took last seasons Champions Cup runners-up seven minutes to hit the front after a frantic start. World Rugby Player of the Year Carter sent a long pass to Casey Laulala, who sent Brice Dulin racing away from his own half. The full-back combined with Joe Rokocoko, who powered towards the try line but he was brought down, and the ball was worked back to the blindside, where Imhoff dotted down at the corner for his second try in as many Champions Cup matches.But Glasgow earned a penalty just inside the Racing 22 metre line moments after the restart, and Finn Russell got his side on the scoreboard. He added another penalty to cut the gap to a single-point, and it was to get even better when Dunbar raced in for a try after half-an-hour.Russell took the ball at first receiver and sent his centre crashing through a hole in the French defence to score, with the in-form fly-half adding the conversion for a 13-7 lead. Jonny Gray then secured a vital turnover to help his side secure their advantage at half-time.Gregor Townsends team-talk clearly had a positive effect on his players as they raced out of the blocks to take control in Paris. Russell was at the heart of things again as he was brought down just short of the Racing line, but his half-back partner Ali Price spotted a gap and sniped in to score at the base of the posts after 42 minutes.The conversion was duly added by Russell to give Glasgow a 20-7 lead. Ryan Wilson then got his hands on the ball at a ruck to earn Townsends men a crucial penalty deep in Racing territory. Russell made no mistake to put his side 16 points ahead with just 15 minutes remaining.Carter then danced through the Warriors defence to score, before converting to bring his side back to within nine points, but it was too little, too late and Glasgow look set to fight-it-out with Munster for top spot. Kerry Wood Jersey . The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Kosuke Fukudome Jersey . 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James Neal scored a hat trick as the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference final for the third time in six seasons by closing out the Senators 6-2 in Game 5 on Friday night. Just as Ottawas franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson foresaw following a 7-3 Penguins rout in Game 4, the Senators werent good enough to rally from a 3-1 deficit for the first time in six attempts in franchise history. After winning Game 3 on home ice with a comeback that started in the final minute of regulation, they were outscored 13-5 in two runaway Penguins victories. "They were better than us in each and every game and I was just trying to put the pressure on them," said Alfredsson, who acknowledged after Pittsburghs 7-3 win in Game 4 it would be extremely difficult for the Senators to rally. "I still believe that we could do it, if we win one game I think that comment helps us, and thats where it came from." The 40-year-old Alfredsson, an Ottawa fixture since 1995, said he will decide at some point in the off-season whether he will return for a 17th NHL season. "Its really tough with four young kids at home," Alfredsson said. "Thats kind of where I struggle personally. Ill talk to (the Senators) and see what they think. I think I still can play, I really enjoyed the playoffs and had a lot of fun with it. Ill take a little bit of time, I dont want to make a quick decision." Coach Paul MacLean said of Alfredsson and defenceman Sergei Gonchar: "My expectations are they will come back until they tell me." After beating Montreal the opening round following an injury-filled season in which they surprisingly made the playoffs, the Senators were good enough to win only once in a series decided by Pittsburghs offensive execution and a scoring depth that ranges far beyond Crosby and Malkin. Brenden Morrow, Kris Letang and Malkin each added singles for the Penguins on Friday, while Neals goals gave him five in the final two games of the series. "We got to our game a lot. The depth we had showed," Crosby said. "Different guys chipping in, the whole way through we didnt have many lulls where we lost momentum at any point." The Penguins were aided by the solid goaltending of Tomas Vokoun, who made 29 saves and doesnt appear willing to give back his job to former Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury any time soon. Pittsburgh, which led the conference during the regular season, will play either the Boston Bruins or New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston leads 3-1 in a series that resumes Saturday night. "They have a good team and theyre really pushing for it," Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson said. "Right now, theyre playing the way they want to. The first two games (in Pittsburgh) we werent prepared for what they were bringing, they played really well and we definitely didnt play the way wanted to. ... They came out and started stronger the last game (Game 4) and this game as well." For the Senators, who generated only goals by Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris, it was yet another disappointing conclusion to a season. They have failed to advance past the conferencce semifinals since reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2007, but they advanced one round further than they did a season ago.dddddddddddd "A lot of things have to go right for you to get past each round," goalie Craig Anderson said. "The deeper you go, the harder it gets. The better teams keep advancing and the opponents get tougher and tougher. We have to continue to get better. If youre not growing youre dying, and we need to keep growing." Much like the series, Game 5 didnt take long to decide as the Penguins overwhelmed Anderson with waves of scoring attempts -- even when Crosby, who had just an assist, and Malkin werent on the ice. "We didnt respond to start Game 4 and we didnt respond after losing Game 4," Turris said. Malkin did get Pittsburghs fourth goal, his fourth of the playoffs, on a short breakaway created by the turnover Neal generated at mid-ice in the final minute of a second period in which Pittsburgh scored three times. Neal added his second of the game unassisted at 11:07 of the third, and his sixth of the playoffs and third of the game with 2:39 remaining. "Everything hes done, especially the last couple games, hes created a lot of chances for himself," Crosby said of Neal. "That whole line (Jarome Iginla-Malkin-Neal) has been pretty hard to stop. Theyre not fun to play against." The Penguins are averaging 4.27 goals a game through 11 playoff games, the best such pace of any team since the 1992-93 Penguins averaged 4.17 goals per game. Pittsburgh has also scored at least four goals in nine of 11 playoff games, only once failing to score fewer than three, a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3 in Ottawa. But they recovered from that lone defeat in the series to easily win the final two games, including the Game 4 rout in which MacLeans post-game news conference lasted only 13 seconds and Alfredsson couldnt generate much optimism for a series comeback in a quiet dressing room. "I think weve been confident the whole series against Ottawa," Letang said. "We knew that playing a north-south (fast-paced) series would get us rewarded." In Game 5, the Penguins never trailed after Morrow, who missed Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, beat Anderson down low off a pass by Mark Eaton 6:25 into the first. The play was started after longtime Senators antagonist Matt Cooke beat Jared Cowen to the puck and threaded a pass to Eaton. The goal was reviewed briefly before it was determined Morrow did not use a distinct kicking motion while directing the puck by Anderson. Neal made it 2-0 on a power play created by Jean-Gabriel Pageaus interference penalty nearly 7 1/2 minutes into the second, and Letang pushed it to 3-0 with a 4-on-4 goal just over five minutes later. Tyler Kennedy skated the puck out of his own zone before sending a pass to the left circle to Letang, who cut into the high slot to beat Anderson with a hard wrist shot. Michalek, reunited on a line with Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, finally got Ottawa on the board late in the second period. But the Senators didnt have nearly enough -- not in this game and not in the series. "They (the Penguins) really showed the step you have to take to continue to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs," MacLean said. "I can tell them its going to be hard, its going to be hard, its going to be harder, but I think we got a solid lesson in terms of what it takes." ' ' '