Archive for July, 2012

Tancredi rallies Canada into women s soccer quarters

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Canadas womens soccer team took control of its fate at the Olympic tournament on Tuesday in Newcastle, rallying behind a pair of goals by Melissa Tancredi for a 2-2 draw with Sweden in their final group-stage match to advance to the quarter-finals.



Source: http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/soccer/story/2012/07/31/sp-olympics-womens-soccer-canada-sweden-christine-sinclair.html?cmp=rss

Russell The beautiful bronze medals

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

These are early days, but so far, athletes from Quebec have done the heavy lifting when it comes to producing Canadian medals at the 2012 Olympics, writes CBCSports.cas Scott Russell.



Source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/opinion/olympics2012/2012/07/the-games-the-beautiful-bronze-medals.html?cmp=rss

Seahawks continue veteran receiver reclamation program with Braylon Edwards (Shutdown Corner)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
RENTON, Wash. -- It may seem that the Seattle Seahawks under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have built a home for wayward receivers, but that's just the way things have shaken out during the duo's three-year tenure in the Emerald City. Carroll got one solid year out of Mike Williams, his old USC receiver, in 2010 -- two years after Williams has essentially eaten himself out of the NFL. In 2011, Williams was limited by injuries, and though he maintained a mentor relationship with his younger teammates, the end was clearly near. Williams was recently released, soon after the Seahawks sent a low pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Kellen Winslow, who found himself on Greg Schiano's bad side. Veteran Antonio Bryant, who played with Winslow in Tampa Bay in 2009, was signed late last weekend after two full year out of the NFL -- yes, very much like Williams. In fact, Bryant took Williams' roster spot. The next move for the Seahawks was to sign Braylon Edwards to a one-year contract, which they did on Tuesday. Edwards, selected third overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, had mixed tantalizing potential with frustrating underperformance throughout his career, and that was reflected in his last two seasons. He caught 53 passes for 905 yards and seven touchdowns for the 2010 New York Jets, establishing himself as a legitimate deep threat, but fell far short of that designation for the 2011 San Francisco 49ers. Before a torn meniscus ended his season nine games in, he caught 15 balls for 181 yards and no scores. Anytime you lower your yards-per-catch average by half a first down in a single season (17.1 in 2010; 12.1 in 2011), talk is going to start that you're about done. Finding himself in a bunch of veteran receivers without current employment that included Williams, Terrell Owens, and a very confused Plaxico Burress , all Edwards could do was to wait for a call. He worked out for the Seahawks last Thursday, and Carroll saw enough to invite him back for training camp. "I like what they've got going on out here," Edwards said after a Tuesday practice in which he showed that he still has quite a bit left in the tank. "Just walking and talking to these guys. When I came on my interview, it's just a high, positive organization. Just walking around, there's a lot of positivity and you can just see the energy that these guys have. These guys are happy to come out and play for Coach Carroll, they're happy to play for their position coaches, and it seems like they have the team moving in the right direction. That's something that I definitely want to be a part of going into my eighth year." One didn't know what to expect of Edwards after his disappointing 2011, but he made it clear early on that he was ready to establish a physical presence. Asked to run quick five-yard comebacks in 11-on-11 drills, he first beat starting right cornerback Brandon Browner, then starting left cornerback Richard Sherman with the same concept. Seattle's corners are the NFL's most consistently aggressive at the line, and Browner was especially eager to see of the new guy could withstand the push-and-pull. Edwards came through well, showing that he's prepared to mix it up at the line. Any questions about his speed and sometimes inconsistent hands were put to rest later in the practice, when he beat close coverage and brought in a juggling catch on a 25-yard sideline route. It's early yet, but Edwards may have already shown more than he did in much of last season. "Braylon worked out really well for us a week ago, so we had him in mind that he might be a guy that could help us if we got a shot to get in there," Carroll said of his ever-changing receiver corps. " He responded to it well, I know he's a great aggressive football player, we watched him play against us last year, early in the season, and he did a very good job against us, and made us think that maybe he might come in here and have a little something competitive left. He's in here to see how far he can take it and we're happy to have him." More than Bryant, who seems more a gliding receiver ideally suited for patterns over the middle to stump zone coverage, Edwards seems primed to replace the Mike Williams Seattle got at his best two seasons ago -- a player able to get open on intermediate routes and in short areas. From there, just as Williams once did, Edwards has the potential to let his toughness and catch radius take over. "I don't have any idea what it will work out like, but he's played a lot of football," Carroll said of the man now wearing Williams' old #17 jersey. "He's a tough competitor; he blocks and is aggressive when he gets his chances.  He runs aggressively with the ball in his hands and he's got a big catching range, so there are similarities.  He's wearing 17 out there so it looks a little bit the same, so we will see what happens, we'll see where he fits in.  It's just too early to tell." Edwards understood the similarities -- he played against the Seahawks twice last year -- but he's trying to establish his own thing.

If Antonio Cromartie is Jets’ Second-best Receiver, Add that to Their List of Problems (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
If ever there were an indictment of an NFL team's receiving corps, it would be a secondary defender on the same team proclaiming, as New York Jets DB Antonio Cromartie did Tuesday on the ESPN show "First Take," that they are the second-best receiver.

Cubs trade Canadian Ryan Dempster to Rangers

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Texas Rangers have obtained Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, a move to fortify their rotation for the stretch run. In return, the Cubs receive minor league infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks.

U S wins women s team gymnastics gold Canada 5th

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Americans lived up to the hype and then some, winning their first Olympic gold medal in womens gymnastics since 1996. Won it in a rout, too. Their score of 183.596 Tuesday night was a whopping five points ahead of Russia. Romania won the bronze medal.



Source: http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/gymnastics/story/2012/07/31/sp-womens-gymnastics-canada.html?cmp=rss

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