starting with the qualifying campaign for next seasons Euro

starting with the qualifying campaign for next seasons Euro

Postby xusuwen96 » 2017年Dec月27日(Wed) 09:46

TORONTO -- First game of the season and the Toronto Rock locker-room is jumping. The music is blaring and kids of assorted size -- most in team jerseys -- have the run of the boxy Air Canada Centre dressing room that is normally home to visiting NHL and NBA teams. A dozen pizza boxes cover a table in the middle and Rock captain Colin Doyle, in the wake of Fridays season-opening 16-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks, is beaming. "The best part of playing in this league is bringing your kids into the room and letting them see the guys and hang out," said the 36-year-old Doyle, who has three daughters. "Youre not going to become a millionaire (so) you might as well have fun doing it. "We can get pretty gloomy when we dont win but why not have fun with this? This is a great opportunity. The crowd (of 11,120) was great tonight, everybody was excited. I thought we put on a real worthwhile performance, we didnt cheat anybody. They all went home happy, so thats a good feeling." It took Doyle less than 12 minutes into his 17th pro lacrosse season to claim a Gordie Howe hat-trick of sorts. Doyle scored the Rocks first goal, taking a pass on the edge of the crease and then faking out Roughnecks goalie Mike Poulin before putting the ball past him as he flew through the air. He followed it up with two assists before taking umbrage at Calgarys Andrew McBride cross-checking a Rock teammate in the face near the Roughnecks goal. Doyle made a beeline for McBride and the two were soon trading stick shots and shoves. Perhaps not a fight but Doyle had sent a signal that he had his teammates back. "I felt it was a cheap shot at his head," Doyle explained later. "Maybe a little out of discipline but I dont like seeing that stuff, not to my teammates." Doyle finished with two goals and two assists on the night, upping his career regular-season totals to 486 goals, 780 assists and 1,266 points in 238 games. The six-foot-three 215-pounder from Kitchener, Ont., ranks second all-time in the National Lacrosse League in assists and points and fourth in goals. Buffalos John Tavares leads all the categories. Doyle has won just about all there is in lacrosse. Named NLL Rookie of the Year in 1998, he has hoisted the Champions Cup six times and been named MVP of the champion game three times. A 10-time all-star, he was named league MVP in 2005 and won the league scoring title in 2005 and 2009. Away from the NLL, he has won the Mann Cup four times -- even serving as an emergency goalie for the Six Nations Chiefs in 2013 before scoring the game-tying goal and winner to decide the series -- and helped Canada to the World Indoor and World Lacrosse Championships. Doyle says he feels every bit of his 16 previous NLL campaigns but takes good care of his body and hopes to feel younger as the season wears on. Winning helps. His skills remain sharp. He clearly measures his output but the bag of tricks remains very deep. Faced with a Roughnecks defender at one point Friday, Doyle initiated contact and then rolled away before flicking a shot at the goalie. "Hes one of a kind," said Rock teammate Jesse Gamble, who played box lacrosse with Doyle last summer. "Hes always energetic, hes always got a great attitude. He always gets guys feeling like theyre ready to play the game ... You couldnt ask for a better captain. Plus what he does on the floor. He leads the team both on and off the floor." Calgary coach Curt Malawsky is a friend and former teammate of Doyles. Asked what makes him special, Malawsky offers one word -- character. "He takes teams on his back, he does the dirty work when it needs to be done. He scores nothing but big goals. Off the floor, a consummate professional and hes all about the team. "Im very proud to call him a friend and hell be a first-ballot NLL Hall of Famer. Anyone who watches the NLL, he should be our poster boy for it." Rock coach John Lovell is also a fan. "Hes ready to go for another season. Its a great plus to have." As for Doyle, he was just glad to put the grind of training camp behind him. Friday night was almost a perfect start to the season, despite the fact that backup goalie Zak Boychuk tripped and fell over as he stepped onto the field during introductions to Guns N Roses "Welcome to the Jungle." "It was about as good as it can gets, I think, as far as starts go," Doyle said of the game. "I really didnt know what to expect. You never know going into a season how good you are or who you are or any of that. "Not that we discovered it all tonight but we showed a little glimpse of what we can be when things go well and when were disciplined and all the right things happen." Away from the field, Doyle has put a teaching career on hold to sell synthetic grass fields across Ontario. He plays lacrosse 10 months of the year, putting his stick down only in October and November. Day jobs are a necessity in a league that has a maximum salary of $27,217 for veterans. Designated "franchise" players get an additional $5,000 for the season. "Its not all about the dollars and cents," Doyle said. "We take a lot of pride in what we do and in hopefully impressing the people who pay to come and see us play." Kyle Anderson Jersey . Phoenix got injured centre Emeka Okafor and a top-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2014 -- giving the rebuilding Suns potentially four choices in the opening round. The Suns also sent guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. Custom San Antonio Spurs Jerseys . Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night. ... ll-jersey/. 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"It was pretty close, but I knew it was fair," said Ortiz, who watched the ball sail into the seats before leaving the batters box. "I wanted to make sure it was fair. I wanted to keep watching it." The Rangers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth and brought in Neal Cotts to face Ortiz with one out and two on in the bottom half. Ortiz, who had been 0 for 5 with five strikeouts against Cotts, lined a 1-1 fastball down the right-field line. Because the ball was much higher than the pole, which was named for former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky, it was hard to tell where it crossed into foul territory. The pole is just 302 feet from home plate. "From our angle, its extremely difficult to tell," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We felt like it would be inconclusive at best with any type of replay that was available." Umpire Jerry Meals signalled a home run. Rangers manager Ron Washington waited until Ortiz crossed home plate and came out to ask for a review. After a brief chat with home plate umpire Jordan Baker, the crew went to the visitors dugout and returned a short time later to confirm the original ruling. After 44.1 seconds, the play was upheld. "You cant count the big boy out. You cant count this ballclub out," said Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, who did not earn a decision after leaving a 1-1 game in the sevennth inning.dddddddddddd"Once again, you had the big man up in a big situation and he comes through." Andrew Miller (1-0) earned the victory despite allowing the Rangers to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his second save. Alexi Ogando (0-1) allowed two runs in the loss. "Ortiz is one of the best and one of the clutchest hitters," Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said. The Red Sox scored in the third inning on two walks and a swinging bunt single that was thrown away for an error by pitcher Robbie Ross. The Rangers tied it in the seventh on Mitch Morelands homer and took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Andrus scored on Alex Rios sacrifice fly. But Ogando walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the bottom half, and then A.J. Pierzynski blooped a popup down the right-field line that fell in for a single. One out later, Ortiz delivered his 24th career go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later. "I felt comfortable with Neal up against him," Washington said. "David won." Miller pitched one inning for the win. Ogando struck out four but was charged with two runs on one hit and a walk in his two innings. NOTES: The Red Sox activated LHP Craig Breslow and optioned RHP Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Peavy left his only other start this season with the score 2-2 after 6. ... Andrus has hit safely in all nine games this season. Rios had hit safely in the first eight before going 0 for 2 with a walk on Wednesday. ... 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