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  • 12 July 2019
    BEIJING - Norways Thomas Ulsrud led from start to finish in defeating Sweden 8-3 to claim the gold medal Sunday at the world mens curling championship in Beijing. [b]Taysom Hill Saints Jersey[/b] . Canadas Kevin Koe had to settle for fourth place after falling 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze-medal match. Koes Calgary rink came into the 10th end down by three, but couldnt muster the comeback, scoring just a single point in the final end against the Swiss team. Despite failing to medal, Canadian coach Rick Lang said there was no reason to push any panic buttons, considering Canada has finished in the top six at every international curling event this season. Koe also gave credit to his team. "Im proud of the guys. We had a great run. World championship, two Brier titles, a Brier final -- obviously this was very disappointing, but its been a great team." [b]Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Saints Jersey[/b] . -- The anointed starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders is strengthening his hold on the position this training camp instead of losing it. [b]Drew Brees Youth Jersey[/b] . The game got off to a less-than-ideal start for the Jets as Oliver Ekman-Larsson found a wide open net from the slot and opened the scoring for the Coyotes a lead in the first period, but Olli Jokinen answered back just over half a minute later.TORONTO - Asked about the role he fills on his new team Raptors guard Lou Williams, a man of few words, didnt beat around the bush. Score, he said, without hesitation. Play with energy. One of only a few incoming Raptors who project to have any meaningful impact this coming season, Williams is still adapting to his new surroundings, his new teammates and his new coach, who will challenge the 10th-year combo guard in ways hes not yet accustomed to. In many ways the 27-year-old fits like a glove. For nearly the entire fourth quarter of Fridays come-from-behind preseason win over Boston, Williams shared the backcourt with Kyle Lowry, a pairing that has more in common than their ties to the city of Philadelphia. He plays with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, Williams noted of Lowry following a 116-109 win in Torontos exhibition home opener. I love to surround myself with those types of guys, that are very passionate about trying to win basketball games. Every night he goes out there he lays it on the line. Through three quarters, Lowry had nearly as many fouls (five) as points (eight), Williams had missed all three of his attempts from the floor in 14 minutes of action and the Raptors trailed by six. No sweat. Williams misfired on his next three tries before finally getting one to fall five minutes into the final frame. Taking a pass from Lowry, the newcomer pump faked on the right elbow, drove into the defence, absorbed the contact in what would become a three-point play and buried a runner to give Toronto its first lead of the quarter. He had waited a long time, longer than expected, for his first Raptors bucket on home court and his reaction said it all. With a big smirk on his face, Williams put his head down and shrugged as if to say, finally! It was just nice to just make a shot, he admitted. I make my living off of making shots so if youre not making shots its not a good night for you. Just to put one in and just put [three] more points on the board, that was great for me. Lou, he got it going, said Lowry, who scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth as Toronto outscored the visiting Celtics 29-16 to seal the victory. Hes a fourth-quarter player. Everyone knows that. Indeed, Williams is no stranger to the big moment, something hes proven after just three exhibition outings. Making his Raptors debut on Sunday, a win over the Kings in Vancouver, Williams went into the fourth without a field goal before hitting five of nine attempts, playing the final 12 minutes. Known for his late-game heroics as a member of the 76ers - burning Toronto on a number of occasions - Williams was once one of the premier reserves in the NBA before joining his hometown Hawks and succumbing to injury. Now, 20 months removed from serious knee surgery and coming off a lost season in Atlanta, Williams is looking for redemption and the Raptors are looking for a player that can help take them to the nextt level. [b]Michael Thomas Jersey[/b]. A resilient group, last years Raptors were one of the NBAs best fourth-quarter teams, outscoring opponents by a margin of 195 points, tops in the league. Their undoing often came in closing time, the final few minutes of tight games, when their offence would go stale. They were just 3-8 in games decided by three points or less and 1-6 in overtime. Enter Williams. Hes always been a third and fourth-quarter player, if you look at his history, said Dwane Casey. Lou has made a career of doing that. Thats the time when guys win games, Williams said. Thats when they play the hardest, thats when everybody concentrates the most and thats always been an area Ive had a strong suit in. Mostly, his adjustment will come on the opposite end. If he hopes to play a significant role in Caseys rotation and remain on the floor in crunch time, he knows hell have to appease his defensive-minded head coach first. He has to give it to us on the defensive side, Casey said. Thats his biggest challenge because that hasnt been his reputation. He can do it but weve got to have that consistently from him. Hes a defensive coach, Williams said of Casey. And thats what this team has hung their hat on, thats how theyve had success in the past. So I just want to come in, be one of the guys and do the same things he would expect from everyone else. This will likely require some work from both parties. Williams will have to adapt, learn the schemes and make a concerted effort to, at the very least, be an adequate defender. Casey and coaching staff may need to get creative. Paired with Greivis Vasquez, another guard with some defensive shortcomings, Williams was part of a unit that allowed Avery Bradley to go off and the Celtics to rip off a 16-7 run at the start of the second quarter. Surrounded by four plus-defenders - Lowry, James Johnson, Patrick Patterson and Amir Johnson - he was also part of the group that turned the game around, holding Boston to 16 points on 29 per cent shooting in the fourth. [Im] still finding my rhythm, he said. I took some positives out of tonight but at the same time its still preseason. Raptor returns After sitting out the teams first two games nursing a couple minor ailments - hand and knee - Patrick Patterson didnt miss a beat coming off the bench in his preseason debut Friday. He gave us defensive energy, Casey said of Patterson, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards in his return. Well take that. He brings a defensive energy to the court that you cant really put a premium on. Terrence Ross, who missed Tuesdays loss in Sacramento with a sore right ankle, was also back in the lineup. Re-joining the starting unit, Ross added eight points in 27 minutes. Back-up centre Greg Stiemsma was unavailable having failed to pass the leagues baseline concussion tests, the result of a hard fall in Tuesdays game. Hell be re-examined Saturday. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB JerseysWholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '