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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Lions released third-string quarterback Joey Elliott on Thursday. Elliott had not seen any action with the Lions in 2013 after joining the club following three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Elliott passed for 2,101 yards to go along with five touchdowns and 12 interceptions with Winnipeg last season. He was third on B.C.s depth chart behind starter Travis Lulay and Thomas DeMarco. With Elliotts release, rookie quarterback Chris Hart moves up to No. 3. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-david-hawthorne-saints-jersey/ . Referee David Jones saw goaltending and counted the basket that gave the Rockets a 101-98 victory on Tuesday night. Harden scored 33 points and Omer Asik tied his career high with 22 rebounds for the Rockets, who earned their first playoff berth since 2009 when the Jazz lost to Oklahoma City. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-robert-meachem-saints-jersey/ . Istanbul emphasized its firsts: First Olympics in Turkey, and first in a majority Muslim country. Madrid began the three cities final push on Friday before the International Olympic Committee vote. "We believe that having a responsible budget represents the new way to understand the games," Madrid Mayor Ana Botella said. http://www.authentic-saints.com/elite-will-smith-saints-jersey/.S. Anti-Doping Agency says a representative of Lance Armstrongs offered the agency a donation in the range of $200,000 to $250,000 in 2004 and the agency immediately rejected it. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-corey-white-saints-jersey/ . The Leafs head coach had an up-front conversation with Mikhail Grabovski at the tail-end of Wednesdays morning skate at Consol Energy Center, impressing upon him the need for increased tenacity or a return to his usual form. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-mark-ingram-saints-jersey/ . Halladay was roughed up Sunday by the Miami Marlins in a 14-2 defeat, his second poor outing in a row. After the game, the two-time Cy Young Award winner acknowledged he has been pitching with a sore shoulder.As the likes of Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron and other G8 leaders have had time this week to digest Chelseas thoroughly absorbing ascendancy to the European summit, EURO 2012 nations opened their doors to their training camps. With next Tuesdays deadline to submit final 23-man rosters fast approaching, a heavy schedule of international friendlies over the weekend provides opportunity for players to stake their claims for a place on the plane to Poland-Ukraine. A Champions League winners medal tucked away in the trophy cabinet alongside his EURO 2008 and South Africa 2010 medals, Fernando Torres joined up with his Swiss-based Spanish teammates on Friday after been granted a few days rest following the heroics of Munich. Dropped from Del Bosques squad for Februarys match against Venezuela a few days after Chelsea was humbled in Naples - the turn around in El Ninos fortunes after he was called up on Monday are in stark contrast to his fellow striker David Villa. Having broken a leg at last Decembers Club World Cup the hourglass finally ran out early this week for the man who leads Spain as their all-time top scorer. His goal scoring pedigree and prowess as Spain conquered Europe first and then the world will be sorely missed. As will the kinship Villa has struck up with Torres as the most expensive footballer in English football continues to rediscover the form that convinced Abramovich to pay £50M for him in the first place. As Torres and his fellow Chelsea player Juan Mata who also received the nod from Del Bosque on Monday travel to Switzerland ahead of Spains friendly with Serbia on Saturday the European Champions still have a number of key players to arrive in camp due to the late scheduling of this seasons Copa del Ray. Another nation without their full complement of players are England who opened their camp in Manchester on Thursday without the Chelsea quartet of Lampard, Terry, Cahill and Cole. With Florent Malouda already in camp and a birthday celebrating Petr Cech in Austria alongside his Czech Republic teammates it didnt take long for the English media and public alike to find reason to question how serious England are taking their preparations. Some going even so far as to question if John Terry was making the decisions and not the recently installed Roy Hodgson. Terry still being mocked and ridiculed for his dash to the locker room to get into his Chelsea kit and take part in the on field celebrations in Munich. No one will need reminding of the events in South Africa where, led by John Terry, a number of players appeared more focused on the action away from the pitch than on it. The defining image of the last World Cup wasnt Andres Iniestas extra time winner but Lampards non-goal. With the IFAB expected to sanction goal-line technology at their AGM in Kiev on July 2 how ironical it is that almost a year after events in Bloemfontein that at Englands final warm up fixture at Wembley against Belgium next Saturday goal-line technology is set to be tested. Sepp Blatter, an advocate of GLT recently spoke in Ottawa on the thorny issue and his hope that the technology will be available at next summers Confederations Cup with any and all kinks removed in time for the 2014 World Cup. Blatters counterpart at UEFA Michel Platini is diametrically oppossed to goal line technology and is most voice-full that technology has no place or play no part in the beautiful game.dddddddddddd Its no coincidence that on Thursday afternoon Europes governing body announced additional referee assistants would be in action for EURO 2012 bringing the total number of match day officials up to six. Originally introduced for the 2009/10 Europa League and the Champions League the following season, this will mark the first time at the national level that two extra pairs of ears and eyes will be placed on the pitch. Put in place right next to each goal they almost act as behind the net cameras and alert the referee on matters only specific to goal-mouth incidents. This is Platinis vision to help rid the game of on-field decisions that have blighted football - especially so in recent seasons. Of all warm up matches this weekend the most appetizing ones involve two of South Americas finest, Brazil and Uruguay. With Brazil very much focused on the London Olympics they take on the 1992 European Champion Danes in Hamburg on Saturday afternoon. Whilst earlier on Friday in Moscow Russia drew 1-1 with the 2011 Copa America champion Uruguayans. Russia, who lit up EURO 2008 until bowing out to Spain in the semifinals, will look to put the disappointment of failing to qualify for South Africa 2010 behind them under Dick Advocaat who has faced stern criticism in Moscow for their overly defensive style and his seeming unwillingness to blend youth with experience. Arshavin, who announced himself on the world stage four years ago will need to display his talisman-like self in Poland-Ukraine if he wants to convince Arsene Wenger to take him back to London having returned to Zenit on loan during Januarys transfer window. Thursdays news that influential defender Roman Shiskin would play no part in the tournament certainly heaps more pressure on Advocaat who will be in search of a new job if Russia dont emerge from Group A and what appears on paper certainly the weakest of groups. Smarting from defeat at last Saturdays Champions League Final, Joachim Löw will need to coax the very best out of the large contingent of Bayern Munich players in the German squad between now and their opening fixture against Portugal on June 9. Its not expected hell use too many Bayern players in Saturdays warm up against Switzerland - physical and mental recuperation are more vital at this stage. With this last week starting off on a sour note for Arjen Robben, quickly followed up with the news Villa will miss the tournament, the matches over the weekend where invariably EURO 2012 nations have matched themselves up against nations who play a similar style of football to those they will face in the group stage provides opportunity for the coaches to run the rule one final time before Tuesdays squad deadline. Importantly it also provides opportunity for players who have been competing against each other through the gruel and toil of a long season to build camaraderie both on and off the pitch as their nation goes in search of one of the world footballs most elusive trophies. Measuring two feet tall and weighing eight kilograms, only nine nations have had the privilege of hoisting it since the tournaments inception back in 1960. Will there be a 10th name added come July 1? ' ' '

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