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BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelonas next two matches will go a long way to making or breaking its Spanish league title defense. Nomar Mazara Jersey .Barcelona hosts league leader Real Madrid in two weeks. But before the seasons first clasico, Luis Enriques side must try to break its peculiar curse at Real Sociedad.Not a particularly daunting ground for most visitors, Anoeta Stadium has proven to be a quagmire for Barcelona.Barcelona hasnt won in its last six visits to San Sebastian, making the trip to the upscale Basque city on the Atlantic coast one of its most difficult of the season.Barcelona can ill afford another slip on Sunday, when it plays Sociedad a day after Madrid will try to increase its four-point advantage when it hosts struggling Sporting Gijon.It will be a very complicated game, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi said of Sociedad. We will play at a stadium where we havent been able to win lately and things get complicated. We need to win.Whether its the often wet and cold conditions, Sociedads relatively talented team, or Barcelonas own squad choices, which have included second-choice players in recent years, Sociedad has Barcelonas number.Barcelona lost at Sociedad 1-0 in April, part of a late-season slide which almost cost it the league title. Barcelona needed to win its last match to secure back-to-back championships.Sociedad, which won the league in 1980 and 1982, has beaten Barcelona in the last four seasons at home, and is in its finest form in years.Socieded coach Eusebio Sacristan, a former Barcelona player and reserve team coach who took over for the fired David Moyes last year, has led the club to its best start through 12 matches since 2002, when it finished runner-up.Sociedad has risen to fifth place after winning its last four matches, outscoring opponents 10-1. Only Madrids ongoing five-game winning streak surpasses that. Sociedad has also won four in a row at home, including a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.Offseason signing Willian Jose has a team-leading six goals, while forward Carlos Vela has scored four times, and veteran midfielder Xabi Prieto has added three more.This season we have more resources, Sacristan said, while urging his team not to take too much confidence from their positive precedents.This is a new season. We have to focus on this match, not on statistics about the past, he said. We will have to exploit our virtues to the maximum.Messi and Luis Suarez will be back after Barcelonas top two scorers missed the scoreless draw against Malaga last weekend. Suarez was suspended for accumulated bookings, while Messi was sick. They have eight league goals, matched only by Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi scored both of Barcelonas goals in its 2-0 win at Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.Barcelona has been better on the road than at home so far. It has won only three of six league matches at Camp Nou, and won five of six away.Besides Madrid, another team that will be pulling for Sociedad is Sevilla. In third place, the Andalusian side can overtake Barcelona in the standings with a victory over Valencia on Saturday. Ivan Rodriguez Jersey . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. Cheap Rangers Jerseys . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. http://www.cheaptexasrangersjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-jurickson-profar-jersey . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. LATROBE, Pa. -- A farewell to the King turned somber when Jack Nicklaus, his voice cracking as a large tear formed in his left eye, urged the elite and the everyman to remember how Arnold Palmer touched their lives and please dont forget why.I hurt like you hurt, Nicklaus said. You dont lose a friend of 60 years and dont feel an enormous loss.The service Tuesday at Saint Vincent College in Palmers hometown was filled with just as much laughter and warmth from stories of the most significant figure in modern golf. Nearly 1,000 golf dignitaries from around the world, referred to by former LPGA Commissioner Charlie Mechem as the elite battalion of Arnies Army, crammed into the basilica.Some 4,000 others headed to remote sites across the college to watch. Long lines of traffic formed two hours before the service began.Palmer died Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh at age 87 as he was preparing for heart surgery. His family had a private funeral Thursday and asked that a public service be held after the Ryder Cup so no one would be left out.We were looking down at the air strip and the fog just suddenly lifted, Ernie Els said after landing in one of several private jets that descended on Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe. This is a beautiful day. Weve all met different people in life. He was a man who didnt change. It didnt matter if you cut the grass or you were a president. He was the same with everybody. He was just ... he was the man.Palmer won 62 times on the PGA Tour, including seven major championships. He inspired the modern version of the Grand Slam by going over to the British Open and making it important in the eyes of Americans again. He was a captain twice in the Ryder Cup, and the gold trophy the Americans won Sunday at Hazeltine sat on a table for guests to see as they took their seats.But this service was more about the lives Palmer touched than the tournaments he won.In the large portrait at the front of the stage, Palmer wasnt holding a golf club or a trophy. It was just the King and that insouciant grin that made everyone feel like they were friends, even if they had never met.Have there been better golfers? Perhaps, but not many. Has anyone done more for the game? No one has come even close, former R&A chief Peter Dawson said. Is there a finer human being? I havent met one yet.Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and a few other members of the U.S. team were there. So was the generation before them, Tom Watson and Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino and Mark OMeara. Dozens of others were there, along with the heads of every major golf organization. All of them alternately smiled aand wiped away the occasional tear. Ferguson Jenkins Jersey. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said he had known Palmer since 1957 -- Finchem was 10 that year -- because when you saw him play, it was the same thing as meeting him. He said Palmer brought so many people to golf because of his attacking style, his television appeal and how he carried himself.He had this other thing, Finchem said. It was the incredible ability to make you feel good -- not just about him, but about yourself. I was amazed by how people reacted to him. He took energy from that and turned right around and gave it back.Mechem, the former LPGA commissioner who became one of Palmers closest advisers, set the tone for the service by asking the crowd to remember the image of Palmer walking up the 18th fairway, hitching up his pants and giving a thumbs-up. Still, a touch of sadness was inevitable.Theres an old saying that there are no irreplaceable people, Mechem said, his voice cracking toward the end of the ceremony. Whoever made that line didnt know Arnold Palmer. There will never be another.Among the more poignant tributes was Palmers grandson, Sam Saunders, who plays on the PGA Tour.There wasnt a big difference between the man you saw on TV and the man we knew at home, Saunders said.Saunders grew up calling him Dumpy because thats what his older sister said when trying to call him Grumpy. The name stuck. Thats how Saunders had Palmer listed in his phone, and he used that number more times than he could remember.The last call was a week ago Sunday at 4:10 p.m., shortly before Palmer died.He answered on the first ring. He was in the hospital preparing for surgery the next morning, Saunders said. He told me to take care of my babies, my entire family. I intend to do that and make him proud. I told him I loved him. He told me he loved me back. That was the last thing we said to each other, and I will cherish that the rest of my life. And Ill take the best piece of advice he gave me, to talk less and listen more.Palmers co-pilot, Pete Luster, flew Palmers plane over Saint Vincent College for nearly an hour before the service. The crowd gathered outside the basilica when it was over to watch Luster fly overhead and tip the wing.He made one more pass in the plane -- tail number N1AP -- and then soared upward until it disappeared behind a large, white cloud.Higher. Faster. Thats how Palmer used to fly, thats how he used to play. Thats how he lived.He was the king of our sport, Nicklaus said. And he always will be. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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