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Host Australia takes on an China on Thursday in the most anticipated of the quarterfi
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Host Australia takes on an China on Thursday in the most anticipated of the quarterfinal matches at the Asian Cup, while two-time champion South Korea meets 2011 semifinalist Uzbekistan. Serge Ibaka Jersey .Heres some things to watch:___AUSTRALIA VS. CHINA (1030 GMT): Australia should be boosted by the return of captain Mile Jedinak, after the Crystal Palace skipper missed the past two games due to injury.Its going to be great to have him back, Australia coach Ang Postecoglou said Wednesday. Hes our most influential player when hes out there and Im sure it will give all the other players a lift.Several key players who were rested for the loss to South Korea in the last group-stage game are also in the frame to return in Brisbane: Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse and Matthew Leckie. Those players should help Australia get back to the attacking potency that saw the Socceroos score four goals in each of their first two games before drawing a blank against the Koreans.China should have captain Zheng Zhi available despite the back injury he sustained against North Korea; a game the Chinese won to complete a perfect group stage of three wins from three games. However there is concern over the availability of central defender Zhang Linpang, who has a calf strain. China coach Alain Perrin said it will likely be a game-day decision on whether Zhang can play. With Australian attacking duo Cahill and Tomi Juric posing a strong aerial threat, China can ill afford to lose its defensive lynchpin.China has the edge in recent contests against Australia, winning two and drawing one of the past three meetings, and did have the better group-stage record, but Postecoglou dismissed that.You dont get an extra chance just because you won your three group games, Postecoglou said. The previous records are now extinguished ... even the ones that have won their three games, they wont be sitting any more comfortably in this phase.___SOUTH KOREA VS. UZBEKISTAN (0730 GMT): South Korea topped Group A by beating Australia 1-0 in the last game, making the Koreans one of four teams to complete pool play with a perfect record. It also maintained a flawless defensive record, having kept a clean sheet in all three games. The defensive strength has, however, been a requirement rather than a bonus, as the team only scored three goals in the group stage, despite boasting creative talent such as Bayer Leverkusens Son Heung-min. The lack of attacking coherence may in part be due to the injuries and illness which have hampered the South Korean squad through the tournament, forcing coach Uli Stielike to use 22 of his 23-man squad. Son missed the last group game due to illness, but is expected to be fit for the game in Melbourne.Uzbekistan needed a victory in its last group-stage game in order to reach the knockout stages and withstood the pressure — plus some contentious refereeing decisions — to beat Saudi Arabia 3-1. Coach Mirjalol Qosimov blasted the Saudi players after the game for repeated instances of simulation which made life difficult for the referee.South Korea is a perennial power in Asian football, at national team and club level, yet has not won the Asian Cup since its second edition in 1960, having lost three finals since. The South Koreans have only lost to Uzbekistan once. But the two teams are evenly matched, as demonstrated in the qualifying for the 2014 World Cup when the they played to a 2-2 draw in Tashkent and South Korea eked out a 1-0 win at home. Tracy Mcgrady Jersey . - Pierre-Maxime Poudrier scored twice and added an assist, and Antoine Bibeau made 43 saves as the Val-dOr Foreur downed the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6-3 on Sunday to force Game 7 in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final series. OG Anunoby Jersey . Simon (10-3) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings to break a tie with the Dodgers Zack Greinke and Cardinals Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in victories. Simon went to spring training as a relief pitcher and moved into the starting rotation when Mat Latos was recovering from elbow and knee surgeries. http://www.nbaraptorsonline.com/Authentic-Vince-Carter-Raptors-Jersey/ . And rest hardly led to rust for the two-time defending NBA champions.BROOKLYN - There are more than a few self-inflicted ways to explain the Raptors Game 3 loss, a contest they deserved to lose, but when it was all said and done the conversation surrounded a familiar quandary. How much did a series of questionable late-game calls derail Torontos comeback bid? "I mean, is that something new," Patrick Patterson asked rhetorically on the heels of Fridays 102-98 loss to Brooklyn, giving the Nets a 2-1 series advantage. Its not the first time hes made this point. Its not the first time hes had to. "In regards to calls not going our way or us feeling a certain way about referees, it has been taking place all year long," he continued. "For us to think it is going to change in the playoffs, we are fooling ourselves." The Raptors were making one final push, flirting with what would have been another unlikely comeback - which has become something of a specialty - when a couple of poor calls shifted the attention from their wretched play to the men in grey. They were down by as many as 15 points midway through the fourth quarter as they began to chip away at their well-earned deficit. Patterson hit a triple, his first of two during the run, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both converted three-point plays. A disappointing Barclays Center crowd went from apathetic to pathetic in a hurry and before long, the Nets lead was down to four. Surprised by the comeback? "No," Patterson exclaimed. "We have done that all year long." That they have. Unfortunately, procrastination is a dangerous thing, especially in this league, especially at this time of the year. More often than not it renders you vulnerable to the elements. With 47 seconds remaining, Greivis Vasquez was whistled for a foul, one he and his team vehemently disagreed with. Moments later he was slapped with a subsequent technical foul, a rare late-game penalty - especially in the playoffs - for the fairly pedestrian protest that took place. "I wasnt really cursing or anything like that," Vasquez told reporters after the game. "I was just saying he pushed me off a little bit and they called a tech. Thats just the way it is." "I cant remember one [being called at that point of game]," DeRozan added. "Its tough, especially during that time." From that point on five fouls were called, three on the Nets, two on Toronto, one of which was intentional. The officials had put their stamp on the game. "Lets let the game be dictated by [the players]," urged Dwane Casey, who is frequently tight-lipped after his team gets jobbed by the officials, a disturbingly consistent occurrence. This night was no different. Casey began his post-game address by using whatever voice he had left to apologize for his warn out vocal cords. "Again, I like my money but Ive got to go back and loook at the tape," he said, pleading the fifth. Jonas Valanciunas Jersey. "I had a different view of [those calls] than [the officials] did." The Raptors coach was barely audible but his face said it all. This is a topic hes grown tired of dodging. "I dont want to talk about the referees," said Vasquez, another Raptor who would rather not write a cheque to the league office Saturday morning. "The referees are going to go to sleep fine, Im not going to go to sleep because we lost." "That wasnt really dictating the game or anything like that. Cant blame it on the referees. Were not going to make excuses. It was just a play and I got a tech. Its part of the game." Therein lies the unfortunate reality. The officials didnt do them any favours, they rarely do, but the Raptors can and should only look inwards. Following a hot start, carrying over from Tuesdays spirited fourth-quarter run, they were outplayed, outmuscled and outworked for the bulk of the evening. The Nets outscored Toronto 58-43 in the second and third quarters, shooting 58 per cent and holding a 20-point advantage in the paint during that stretch. Brooklyn was the aggressor on both ends of the floor and naturally that physical style of play favoured the home team. "They picked up their defence, they were a lot more aggressive," said DeRozan, who led the Raptors with his second straight 30-point outing. "Weve just got to continue to play through the hits, be more aggressive in games. Weve just got to be more conscious of doing that." Thats playoff basketball for you and no one does it better than a veteran, battle-tested team like the Nets. Want proof? See Lowry, as he hobbles out of the visitors dressing room, taking most of the boroughs ice along with him. "Hes been in a 15-round bout," Casey said of Lowry, who tweaked his right knee injury late in the first quarter, limiting him throughout the game, and needed one stitch to close up a cut - still bleeding after the game - on his lower lip. "Its part of the playoffs, man," he said. "Im happy, Im excited to be icing up at this time [of year]." Any doubt hell be in the lineup when the Nets host Game 4 on Sunday? "Is that a trick question," Lowry asked. Hell be ready to go and his team will need him. Theyll need Amir Johnson - seven points in 28 minutes Friday - to be better. Theyll need something, anything from Terrence Ross, who was held to five points, struggling in his third straight playoff contest. Theyll need to move the ball, protect it and engineer a more efficient and cohesive offence. Most of all theyll need their defence, theyll need to match Brooklyns physicality. "Its 2-1," Vasquez pointed out. "[Theres] no need to panic at all. This Sunday is going to be a must-win for us. We cant go home [down] 3-1." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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