NHL Play of the Year showdown continues

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VIENNA - The 213th-ranked Jaroslav Pospisil of Czech Republic stunned sixth-seeded Gael Monfils of France 7-6 (Innocent, 7-5 to win his first match on ATP level at the Erste Bank Open on Wednesday, while seeded Czech players Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol advanced to the quarterfinals. The 32-year-old Pospisil, who usually competes on the lower-ranked Challenger circuit, lost in the final qualifying round Monday but replaced Marinko Matosevic after the Australian withdrew with a shoulder injury. "This is an amazing feeling," said Pospisil, who had lost his previous six main-draw matches. "For sure Monfils wasnt at his best today," said Pospisil, who will play Dominic Thiem of Austria in the second round. "He arrived late from his Asia trip and I have been training here since Friday. That was a huge advantage for me." In the opening set, Monfils held off four break chances while serving at 5-4 down but failed to score a point in the tiebreaker. The 31st-ranked Frenchman, a former world No. 7, battled back from a break down to level at 4-4 in the second set but dropped his serve again at 5-5. Pospisil served out the match without conceding a point. Earlier, fifth-seeded Stepanek outlasted Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (5) to reach his second quarterfinal of the season after losing in the last eight at Eastbourne in June. "Its all about practice and preparation. This is the result," Stepanek said after the match lasted for more than 2 1/2 hours. "It was very close." Stepanek saved two set points while serving at 5-4 down in the opening set. After levelling the match, Lacko received treatment for a right thigh injury. Stepanek missed his first match point at 5-4 in the final set before closing out the victory with his 15th ace. "In the second set, he got physical troubles but I didnt know how to handle the situation," said Stepanek with a hoarse voice. "You can hear that I am not 100 per cent healthy either." Eighth-seeded Rosol served 10 aces while beating Mirza Basic of Bosnia-Hercegovina 6-3, 7-5 to reach his third quarterfinal of the year. In first-round play, Lukasz Kubot of Poland defeated Florian Mayer of Germany 7-6 (1), 6-4. The 74th-ranked Kubot, who came back from 3-0 down in the second set, next plays third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy. Aaron Ekblad Jersey. Having won the first leg 1-0 in Barcelona, Madrid entered the match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium already in control and quickly sealed its place in the semifinals when Jese Rodriguez scored in the seventh minute. Jussi Jokinen Jersey. -- On any given day here at his companys Silicon Valley headquarters, Vivek Ranadive is ready to compete against any employee who wants to challenge him to any contest. http://www.panthersfansstore.com/Roberto-Luongo-Jersey/. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that its believed the Flames are working towards a new contract with the defenceman. Shawn Thornton Jersey.Y. - For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end. Dave Bolland Panthers Jersey.cas NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with a man whos spent most of his career on highlight reels and a goalie actually "reaching back" for a save.MELBOURNE, Australia - Adam Scott moved in the right direction Saturday at the Australian Masters, shooting a 1-under 71 to pull to within four strokes of the lead as he attempts to win the tournament for the third consecutive year.Scott got some help from gusty winds that affected the last few groups. He trailed by six when he finished, but an hour later, Paul Spargo, playing in the final group, was the leader after a 71 and a 54-hole total of 8-under 208.That was one stroke better than second-round leader Michael Wright, who bogeyed four holes on the back nine for a 74 and after he and fellow Australian Spargo were told they were on the clock for slow play.Im happy with the result considering the conditions, I made some good shots coming in, said Spargo. Who knows what well get weather-wise tomorrow.The forecast for Sunday was for lighter winds from the south, just the opposite of the strong northerlies that buffeted Metropolitan Golf Course on Saturday.Three Australians were tied for third, two strokes behind — 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert, who had the round of the day with a 65, Nick Cullen (66) and James Nitties (67).I was quite fortunate to get out before the weather really hit, said Herbert, whose 7-under came in mostly calm morning conditions. That wind was really tough on the last four holes.ddddddddddddGeoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, shot 71 and was in a group three shots behind and tied for sixth.Scott, tied for eighth with seven others, shot 39 on the front nine after three bogeys and a birdie, but made a run on the back with four birdies in eight holes before making bogey on 18. Twice he needed two shots to get out of bunkers.Still, Scott remained optimistic heading into Sunday.I hung in there, I felt I swung the club today better than before, and thats something I need to keep going for tomorrow, Scott said. You never know, I might be within shouting distance.Anyone sitting in my position is going out with no pressure. Posting a number is a big thing in a golf tournament with some tough finishing holes here.Scott will go up against world No. 1 Rory McIlory at next weeks Australian Open in Sydney, where the Northern Irishman is the defending champion.Last year at Royal Sydney, McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to relegate Scott to second and prevent the Australian from capturing all three of his countrys majors — the PGA, Masters and Open.Americans Zac Blair (69) and Boo Weekley (70) were at 2-under, six behind Spargo. Another American, Kyle Stanley, shot 73 and was another stroke back. Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '


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