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  • 02 Aug
    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork. [b]Jose Martinez Jersey[/b] .com) - Maria Sharapova cruised to a win over Peng Shuai on Sunday to set up a marquee meeting with rising star Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. The second-seeded Sharapova, who is chasing her second career Australian Open title at the age of 27, needed just 75 minutes to knock off the 21st-seeded Peng 6-3, 6-0. Well, when youre playing the match youre not thinking about the next one, said Sharapova. Youre thinking about the current match. I wasnt thinking to try to finish it out as fast as I can. I just wanted to do the right things and play the right way. I thought I did a good, solid job of that. Bouchard, seeded No. 7, had a tougher time against Irina-Camelia Begu but overcame a 61-minute second set to win 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. The 20-year-old Canadian was runner-up at Wimbledon last year and has been the focus of some attention this week after a male interviewer asked her to give us a twirl following a second-round win. The request drew wide criticism, including from tennis great Billie Jean King, who called it sexist. Sharapova is 3-0 all-time against Bouchard, with each of their meetings coming in the past two seasons, including a three-set battle in the semifinals of the French Open last year. Yeah, well, I would definitely look forward to that match. I think its always great to play the best players in the world, said Bouchard. Weve had a couple matches, and a good match last year. You know, I think I was close. It was just a tough battle. But I think Ive progressed a lot since then, and, you know, I definitely want to keep playing my game no matter what. Also Sunday, No. 3 seed Simona Halep cruised past Belgiums Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with 10th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who defeated Germanys Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2. Halep, who has yet to drop a set, will play in the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year. Yeah, a lot of confidence I have now because I didnt lose a set, said Halep. I had good matches here in first week, so Im really happy that Im in second week now like last year. Here I started to play my best tennis in Grand Slams. So means a lot for me. I really have more confidence now to play the quarterfinals. It is the third time Makarova has made the quarters in Melbourne after strong runs in 2012 and 2013. She also reached the fourth round in 2014 and 2011. [b]Steve Carlton Jersey[/b] . "I had a pretty good year," the soft-spoken Granberg told TSN.ca with a grin from the teams annual rookie tournament in London. A fourth-round selection in 2010, Granberg is worth keeping an eye on with NHL training camps rolling around in less than a week. The six-foot-two, 200-pound defender may not possess the wow-inspiring theatrics of fellow prospect Morgan Rielly, but nonetheless has a chance to contribute with the Leafs when all is said and done this season. [b]Stan Musial Jersey[/b] . A fully booked flight forced me to leave two hours later. After a nice meal in which I studied the stats of the Argo win, I prepared to leave the restaurant. As I was gathering my things to leave many large individuals began to walk up and wait for tables.SEATTLE -- Every chance he got during the week, Percy Harvin got into Pete Carrolls ear and asked for a chance to not just make his awaited debut in Seattle, but do it both as a wide receiver and a kick returner. And every time Harvin pleaded, Carroll said no. With less than a minute left in the first half, Carroll relented and gave Harvin a shot at the kind of game-changing play the Seahawks waited an extra three months to finally see. Against his former team, Harvin made certain to deliver in a 41-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. "It was something I wanted real bad and not just because I wanted to make a big play, but Im a kick returner so I wanted to get back there and get a feel for the kick returning again," Harvin said. "It was a chance to make a big play and he came to me and I was able to make it." Harvins 58-yard kickoff return late in the first half set up Russell Wilsons 19-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 10 seconds left in the second quarter, and the Seahawks rolled to their franchise-record 13th straight home win. Harvin made his highly anticipated Seattle debut after missing the first 10 weeks of the regular season following hip surgery. While he was mostly a decoy offensively, he provided two of the biggest plays as the Seahawks improved to 10-1 and stayed on top of the NFC heading into their bye week. Harvin pulled in a juggling third-down conversion for 17 yards in the second quarter that led to Marshawn Lynchs second TD run and gave Seattle the lead for good. Then came his kickoff return at the end of the half that helped give the Seahawks take a 24-13 lead at the break. Harvins two touches were athletic and impressive, and a brief peek at what the best team in the NFC could be adding for their final five games. "The glimpse of us having the firepower all over the field, thats what weve been waiting on this whole season," Baldwin said. After the game, Harvin revealed the hip surgery wasnt his only procedure in the past year. Harvin had an appendectomy late last fall and a tumour was discovered in the appendix. "Hes an extraordinary football player, but hes a better competitor," Carroll said. "Thats what we love about him." Wilson and Lynch wouldnt let Harvins debut take the entire spotlight. Wilson had two touchdown passes, each showing off his unique skills, while Lynch hadd two touchdowns running and one receiving. [b]Custom St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys[/b]. . Coming off consecutive games rushing for more than 100 yards, Lynch was held to 54 yards on 17 carries. Wilson was done early in the fourth quarter after completing 13 of 18 passes for 230 yards and a career-best passer rating of 151.4. His TD pass to Baldwin at the end of the half was dropped into a tiny throwing window just over the outstretched arm of Minnesotas Xavier Rhodes. Then he added a second TD in the fourth quarter when he backhanded a pass between two Vikings defensive linemen to a wide-open Lynch for a 6-yard TD. "A little shortstop, second baseman flip. A double play," Wilson said. Seattle put the game away with a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers on poor decisions by Minnesota QB Christian Ponder. He threw behind Adrian Peterson and was intercepted by Bobby Wagner. Three passes later, Ponder threw into the belly of Walter Thurmond and he returned the interception 29 yards for his first career touchdown. Ponder finished 13 of 22 for 129 yards, one TD and a lost fumble. Peterson was held to 65 yards on 21 carries after running for 182 against Seattle last year. "Defence played well. As an offence, specifically me, we need more," Ponder said. Harvins big moment was the result of Seattle being aggressive at the end of the first half. Seattle used a timeout and Joe Webbs poor decision to step out of bounds to force Blair Walshs 45-yarder to cut the lead to 17-13 with 48 seconds left in the half. Catching the ensuing kickoff 4 yards deep in the end zone, Harvin sprinted untouched through the middle of the Vikings coverage before Marcus Sherels pulled him down from behind at the Minnesota 46. From there, it took Wilson only 36 seconds to find the end zone. After a run by Robert Turbin and completions of 12 and 10 yards ate up Seattles final two timeouts, Wilson dropped a perfect pass to Baldwin and just beyond the reach of Rhodes for a 24-13 halftime lead. NOTES: Harvin was given a chance to return after Jermaine Kearse suffered a concussion in the first half. He was Seattles only injury, Carroll said. ... Seattle also welcomed back starting offensive tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung for first time since September. ... Minnesota WR Greg Jennings (Achilles) was a surprise inactive after being listed as probable. ' ' '