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2 ноября 2015 г. 07:25

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NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans are happy to win a game again and avoiding becoming the first team to lose to the Indianapolis Colts. Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping . A running back controversy may be inevitable. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 224 yards and a touchdown, and Nate Washington scored twice and the Titans beat Indianapolis 27-10 Sunday. Rob Bironas kicked field goals of 51 and 50 yards, and Jason McCourty recovered a blocked punt in the end zone as the Titans (4-3) snapped a two-game skid that seemed longer with the losses wrapped around the bye week. "Obviously, the wins the bottom line, and theres things we know weve got to improve upon," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "But its good to get to 4-3 the way the last two weeks went. Were going to enjoy this." The Titans also sacked Curtis Painter twice and intercepted him twice, turning those turnovers into 14 points for their first win in this AFC South rivalry since Oct. 27, 2008. Hasselbeck credited defence and special teams with helping an offence that had four three-and-outs against a Colts defence giving up 416 yards a game. "Theres a lot to correct, but Im very excited about the win," Hasselbeck said. "I wish we were all more excited. Thats a good win for us at home. It would not have been good if we did not win after two games of losing. It was nice to get back to winning a game." The Colts (0-8) never really threatened to win their sixth straight in this matchup. Already without Peyton Manning, who signed autographs in the end zone during warmups, the Colts trailed 20-0 by halftime coming off a 62-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Colts outgained Tennessee 399-311, but couldnt overcome 10 penalties for 66 yards. "I think we had eight in the first half or something like that, which is highly uncharacteristic of us," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "You couple that with a couple turnovers, and its a tough day." The Titans came in with the NFLs worst running game, and Chris Johnson said they thought theyd have a chance to run against a group giving up 150.9 yards per game. Johnson struggled again and heard more boos from the home fans as he ran 14 times for 34 yards. This time, backup Javon Ringer was more productive as he ran 14 times for 60 yards. He also caught a team-high five passes for 42 yards and was on the field late in the fourth quarter. Titans coach Mike Munchak said they were just rotating the backs trying to fix a running game that remains a work in progress. Johnson said people must not be used to the rotation, which Tennessee really hadnt used since 2008 with LenDale White. "The running game hasnt been where we wanted it to be all year, so I guess they just trying new things," Johnson said. Indianapolis reshuffled its offensive line again due to injuries with left tackle Anthony Castonzo, left guard Joe Reitz and right guard Ryan Diem out. Jeff Linkenbach swung from right to left tackle. The Colts pulled within 20-10 when Donald Brown capped an 80-yard drive with a four-yard TD with 13:29 left. The Colts got their lone sack of Hasselbeck and forced the Titans to punt with 9:38 left. But Titans defensive end Jason Jones tipped Painters pass into the air, and linebacker Barrett Ruud hauled in the interception with 8:18 remaining. Hasselbeck found Washington alone in the end zone for a 14-yard TD pass to seal the victory with 5:20 left. Indy tried to rally and had first-and-goal twice down the stretch. But Michael Griffin broke up a fourth-down pass to Dallas Clark with 2:37 left, and Painter missed connecting with Pierre Garcon on the second with 26 seconds remaining. "We certainly know what were capable of doing," said Painter, who threw for 250 yards and ran for a team-high 79 yards. "We came out in the second half and moved the ball well and played well. Weve just got to get sharper and not be inconsistent." Tennessee relied on special teams most of the first half as the offence bogged down early, settling for field goals of 51 and 50 yards from Bironas. Patrick Bailey broke through and blocked Pat McAfees punt, and McCourty grabbed the ball out of the air before falling to the ground for the TD and a 10-0 lead with 9:52 left in the second. McCourty also tipped a pass intended for Garcon to Griffin for the interception. That seemed to give the Titans a spark on offence along with Ringer at running back and Johnson watching from the sideline. With first-and-goal at the Colts three, Washington ran in for his first rushing TD just before halftime for a 20-0 lead. Notes: The Titans improved to 63-37 in their 100th game at LP Field. They are 3-1 at home this season under Munchak. ... The block was the first for McAfee in 172 punts. ... The TD was McCourtys first of his career. ... Griffin has 16 career interceptions. ... Colts WR Blair White hurt his leg in the first quarter and returned. But he left again in the second quarter and did not return. ... Colts CB Terrence Johnson was helped off the field putting little weight on his right leg, but he returned. ... The Colts had been intercepted only three times coming into Sunday, tying St. Louis for the second fewest in the NFL. Wholesale Jerseys Cheap . The three-time All-Star scored 26 points to lead Oklahoma City past the Charlotte Bobcats 116-99 Sunday night. He was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. Wholesale Jerseys . -- Kevin Stadler might be playing in the Masters for the first time, but hes already showing his old man a thing or two.In Sochi, the most memorable moments were not always golden. Much has already been written about the Olympic champions in figure skating at these Games.  Their achievements deservedly applauded, their celebrations ongoing, and their names will go down in history.  While I too applaud their efforts and accomplishments, there were numerous performances other than the winning ones that also provided for me some noteworthy and unforgettable moments. Collectively, the Pairs Short Program, the Free Dance and the Ladies Free Skate had some of the best skating I have ever seen. Quality, competitiveness, variety and depth had us first riveted and then lifted us to our feet.  We were left in awe of the events remarkable performances and the audience certainly got more than their moneys worth. Speaking of audience, the Russian audiences were always vociferous in their appreciation of their own and were often an intimidating presence for others in Sochi. In my mind, they were a game-changer more so in these Olympics than in any of the other Games that I have attended.   It felt a little more like a hockey crowd and while they didnt cheer when one of their skaters competitors made a mistake, the excited chatter when an error occurred was noticeable and undeniable.  It created a strange buzz throughout the skating events.  The Russian skaters, for the most part, thrived on it and capitalized.  Such was the case for the second-ranked Russian team of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov who, for me, stole the show in the Pairs. This was the team that in the last season - despite being injured and missing two months of training - has totally reinvented themselves.  In one season, they have added new lifts, perfected the triple-twist and revamped their skating style and technique dramatically.  It was the improvement of their overall quality of skating that impressed me the most and gave them a new found power and command.  The fact that the Olympics were at home and that they were training alongside the World Champions provided the perfect fuel for the improvements they made. One saw clearly that the Russians are back in form to dominate in the Pairs event once again if the rest of the field doesnt take notice and respond quickly.  Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in the Ice Dance delivered the moment they had hoped for at centre ice in Sochi.  Their Free Dance was undoubtedly their best of the season and was a skate that will be remembered for years to come as an "all-time great performance."  What they have done for the sport of ice dance with their beautiful lines, connection to each other, versatile portrayals, and athleticism is they have clearly defined the sports identity. They bring the sense of dance to the forefront and stay true to it usually at a price, because the artistic risks they take add technical difficulty, which I believe has often gone unrewarded.  The Free Dance event was spectacular in Sochi with all teams delivering dramatically and once again the wonderful careers of Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa and Scott were revered and celebrated.  Did the judges get it right?  The debate will rage on and in the end there were no losers, only winners in what was a captivating dance event. The ladies were as hot in the Free Skate as the men were not.  Coming in, the mens free skate had the potential to be the best mens event ever.  Patrick Chan, with his world renowned eedges and choreographic complexity combined with his mastery of the quad, set the bar for what was expected to win gold at the these Games. Wholesale Jerseys China. He had been the driving force in mens skating since Vancouver and it was the teenager from Japan, Yuzuru Hanyu, who had been able to move in and keep pace this season.  They had been so impressive all year that it felt to me that they were exhausted from the expectation and belief that it would take "perfect" to win in Sochi. The men tried valiantly but left points on the table and in the end, it was Japan who had its first ever gold medal in mens Olympic skating.  In hindsight, the wacky competitive schedule that the men had to endure will likely be revamped.  It was the first time in at least 30 years that they had to compete on back-to-back days at the Games.  That fact in itself can be challenging but on top of it, when the men finished the short program just before midnight, they had the draw and the mandatory press conference for the top finishers which took them into the early hours. They were left with about a seven hour turnaround at the village before they had to return for the morning practice.  The guys werent complaining but their legs did late that night when they competed in the Free.  After a stellar lead up season and awesome practices in Sochi, one could only "feel" for the guys that they didnt have "that moment" in the Free Skate at the Games. In all of the wonderful moments that made up the Ladies event, it was the performances of Japans Mao Asada and Carolina Kostner of Italy that touched and inspired me most.  Both were personal victories for these skaters, who after the Vancouver Games came at the challenge of Sochi in very different ways but with the same intense personal conviction.  Mao, second in Vancouver with her trademark triple axel, decided that her favorite jump -  while worth more than any other -  was not enough to make up for some of her other  jumping deficiencies. So she committed herself to taking apart her technique and relearning and rebuilding her jumps from the ground up. It was a long, almost three-year process. I watched and admired her work ethic and her respect for her craft throughout the rebuild process in her determination to have no weaknesses.  To watch her triumph in the Free Skate was a delight!  Its so good for the sport and Im so happy for her.  In 16th after the short, Mao was too far back to contend but for me her performance was the evenings big winner.   Mao won our respect and hearts and so too did Kostner with her charming Bolero.  Carolina, in her previous two Olympics, literally fell apart.  In the Vancouver Games, her Free Skate was so desperate that she sobbed as she finished.  Of that skate she said, "I felt ashamed and nobody should have to feel that way at an Olympics."  So, this was about righting that wrong.  Her goal this time was not about placements, even though she was a contender.  It was, she said, about leaving the ice with a smile on her face.  Her performance touched everyone, and especially those of us who have witnessed her turbulent past and watched her new found love for the sport.  One couldnt help but admire her excellence and feel her sense of joy and gratitude. She left the Games this time with a smile and a medal, and for me it just doesnt get better than that! wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys china jerseys from china nfl jerseys cheap authentic cheap jerseys ' ' '

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