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  • 04 Jun
    With the four teams from North America going to the Rocket League Championship Series Live Finals LAN decided, its time to have the ultimate playoff to decide the seeding for the main event. Both North America and Europe will each have a single-elimination Regional Championship tournament among the top four teams of each region for a purse of $25,000. When the dust settles, these could be the matches that decides who gets closest to the $125,000 prize pool in Amsterdam.Heres how North Americas best stacks up on Nov. 12.Match 1: Orbit vs. Take 3While these are two very good teams, this matchup could be extremely one-sided. Orbit has looked very good recently and come in as the regular season number-one seed from North America. Take 3, on the other hand, qualified through the Regional Playoffs coming in as the bottom seed, beating a surging Vendetta 3-2 in the final qualification match.If Take 3 is to have a real chance of taking down Orbit it will need to come out swinging early, banking on the fact that Orbit hasnt played in RLCS in two weeks. The biggest issue for Take 3 will be the lack of offensive pressure leading to goals over the last three weeks. Take 3 seems to be missing that last bit of scoring lethality it needs to really become a world top contender.Overall these two teams should be separated by a fair margin, Orbit should win comfortably but as its the first match of the day and both teams come in fresh anything could happen. Take 3 will have a slim chance if it takes game one and can control the series; if not, this could be a very quick show.Prediction: Orbit 3-1 Take 3Match 2: NRG vs. GenesisThis should be a very close set. NRG, the number two team from regular season and one of the stalwart top teams of North American Rocket League, is coming up against Genesis, the longtime bronze medalists of North America. Expect a back and forth with two of the most consistent teams in the world. NRG should have a small edge here, as it has forever been one better than Genesis, yet if ever there were a time for an upset it would be now. Genesis qualified over Vendetta -- who came so close twice to qualifying -- and looked to be really coming together with its passing plays and team coordination.This match will probably go to five games and every single one of them should be close. If NRG can keep the form that had them finish second best in the regular season, expect it to walk out as the winners and at least a top two seed at the grand finals. This match could go either way but NRG will have the edge to see it through.Prediction: NRG 3-2 Genesis Nike React Sale . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. Nike Odyssey React Clearance . The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Lions have not announced the hiring, which was first reported by ESPN. Lombardi, the grandson of former Green Bay Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, has been an offensive assistant on Sean Paytons New Orleans staff since 2007. . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. Nike Shox Clearance . -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring. Nike Odyssey React Sale . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. 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.WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- American Sam Querrey edged Finlands Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (12) on Wednesday to advance to the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinals. Querrey had 19 aces, but lost the first set to the left-handed Nieminen after leading 4-1. Querrey then had to overcome five match points in the third-set tiebreaker to advance to his fourth tournament quarterfinals this season. "I just played some sloppy points (in the first set)," Querrey said. "I missed a few when I was up 4-2, and I missed some easy forehands later on. That kind of got me down, and it took a while for me to get back into it. "That was just a lack of confidence right out of the gate ... but I knew that if I could get into a tiebreaker, I could win my serve and grind out a few points on his serve." The 29th-ranked Querrey will face unseeded Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Spains Roberto Bautista Agut. "Its allways painful to lose a tight match," Nieminen said.dddddddddddd. "When it got to 6-6 (in the third-set tiebreaker), I saw that he looked tired. Thats when I stopped playing the way I did before, and missed some shots. I wanted to make him run, but I should have gone for my shots like I did before." Querrey is the lone American player remaining in the final hard-court tournament before the U.S. Open next week. Qualifier Steve Johnson, who upset second-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy on Tuesday, lost to Taiwans Lu Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2. In other third-round results Wednesday, Jurgen Melzer of Austria beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3; Dmitry Tursunov topped fellow Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 7-5; and Spains Fernando Verdasco downed Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-7 (10), 6-3. Tommy Robredo, at No. 22 the highest-ranked player remaining in the tournament, faced Frances Gael Monfils in the night match. ' ' '