CLEVELAND -- Sitting on a stage last week alongside No. Cheap Jerseys Online . 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and new coach David Blatt, general manager David Griffin said he hoped this would be a monumental off-season for the Cavaliers. Its already been quite a summer. And LeBron James is still out there. Cleveland kept its momentum rolling early Tuesday by getting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a new, five-year, $90 million contract extension. Irvings deal, completed with a handshake in New York with owner Dan Gilbert, cements a commitment with Cleveland that wasnt always so strong. "Im here for the long haul Cleveland!!!! And Im ecstatic!!" Irving wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the agreement was reached. "Super excited and blessed to be here and a part of something special." For months, Irvings future with the Cavs seemed uncertain. There were reports he wasnt happy in Cleveland as well as speculation the Cavs didnt believe he was a cornerstone player. There were trade rumours and rumblings the team was not going to offer him the maximum extension. Whatever differences there may have been seem to have been worked out. Griffin, who likes to refer to his team as "family," has the Cavs united. James surely has noticed. The Cavs have waited four years for their chance to lure the four-time league MVP back home. This may be the perfect time. Because Irvings extension doesnt kick in until the 2015-16 season, the Cavs have room under the salary cap to pursue free agents. They would have to move some other contracts if the reports are accurate that James will only sign for a max deal. Griffin has said clearing space to accommodate a five-year, $120 million contract would be extremely easy. The hard part might be getting James to believe the Cavs, who have not made the playoffs since he left in 2010, are title contenders -- now. Theyve got some quality pieces for sure, but do they have enough? Irving, who played in a career-high 71 games this past season, has established himself as one of the NBAs elite point guards, and now that the contract situation is no longer an issue, it may unburden him to play the best basketball of his life. The 6-foot-8 Wiggins would have been the top pick a year ago if he hadnt gone to college and James has long admired the 19-year-olds gifts. Its somewhat interesting that Griffin said Wiggins potential greatness would come at shooting guard, perhaps leaving an opening at small forward for a certain former Cavalier. To entice James, the Cavs may need to make a blockbuster move. Theyve got some assets to play with and a trade involving talented guard Dion Waiters could bring back a starter. Griffin hinted that he isnt done remodeling the Cavs. "We need to continue to work on the defensive side of the ball," he said at Wiggins introductory news conference. "We need to get better from a basketball IQ standpoint, from a shooting perspective. And all of those moves will be forthcoming." For several years, the Cavs have been involved in trade rumours involving Kevin Love, who has one year left on his deal with Minnesota. If Cleveland can package the right pieces together, they may be able to pry Love away from the Timberwolves. Love and James were teammates four years ago in the London Olympics, where they helped the U.S. win a gold medal. Back then, James said that when he won his first championship with Miami, his thoughts quickly shifted to Cleveland and what might have been. "I wish I could have won one there," he said before a practice. "I could only imagine how the parade would have been down East Ninth Street. Of course I thought about it because Cleveland helped me get to that point. The days that I spent there helped me get to the point where I was able to finally win one. Its just unfortunate I wasnt able to do it there." Its possible James will re-sign with the Heat and the Cavs will move on without him. But if they decide to pursue the two-time champion in the days ahead and get a meeting with James, the Cavs can sell their team and tug at his heart. James has never rejected the idea of a return to Cleveland. Maybe this is the summer to mend fences and start anew in a familiar place. Mike McDonald Jersey Online . Serves hit by her surgically repaired shoulder often missed the mark, resulting in 12 double-faults. Garrett Wolfe Jersey Online . - First-timer Chris Harris Jr.ST. LOUIS -- Jordan Zimmermann needed just 76 pitches to throw his second straight complete game for the Washington Nationals. He made one big mistake, and Matt Adams drove it over the wall in centre to lead Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory Friday night. It was "a changeup that was down the middle," Zimmermann said. "He made me pay. Its tough, but tomorrows another day." Lynn threw eight innings of two-hit ball and Adams homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list. Zimmermann (5-3) threw a two-hit shutout at San Diego his last start and worked 19 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings before Adams hit his fourth homer on a 1-0 pitch with two outs in the second. He gave up three hits, two of them by Adams, in eight innings against St. Louis for his seventh career complete game and third in a loss. Zimmermanns 76 pitches were the franchises lowest total in a complete game since it relocated to Washington in 2005. The Nationals turned two double plays. "I was throwing a lot of strikes and they were coming up hacking," Zimmermann said. "I was locating the fastball, got a lot of groundballs and had good defence behind me." Just no offence. "He was on and we were off," cleanup man Adam LaRoche said after going 0 for 3. "The majority of the time when Ive seen Jordan, hes really had it." Adams was activated from the 15-day disabled list from a strained left calf earlier Friday and rookie Oscar Taveras was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Lynn (7-4) struck out eight with no walks against the NL East leaders, who had won 10 of 13. Trevor Rosenthal added three more strikeouts in the ninth, working around rookie second baseman Kolten Wongs two-out error on Denard Spans routine grounder for his 18th save in 21 chancess. Cheap Jerseys Paypal. Zimmermann is 0-5 against the Cardinals and 0-2 against the Pirates, the only two NL teams he hasnt beaten. The Cardinals have won 10 of the last 12 regular-season meetings, and beat the Nationals in the 2012 NL division series. Lynn retired his first 16 batters. He got some help from his defence when shortstop Jhonny Peralta went into the hole to snare Jayson Werths one-hop liner in the fourth and threw to first to end the inning. Jose Lobaton singled with one out in the sixth for Washingtons first baserunner and took an extra base when left fielder Matt Holliday bobbled the ball. But Zimmermann popped out and Span flied out to centre to end the inning. "Needless to say, he had pretty good stuff," LaRoche said. "Both guys did." Werth singled with one out in the seventh but was erased on LaRoches double-play ball. Lynn is 22-9 at home for his career, and shut out the Yankees in his first career complete game on May 27. He surrendered six runs in a total of 8 1-3 innings in a pair of losses in his next two starts at Toronto and against the Giants. The game was played in a snappy 2 hours, 3 minutes, fastest of the season at Busch Stadium. "Just a pretty quick, lifeless game offensively," LaRoche said. "Its amazing how quick that game was." NOTES: A pair of 2009 first-round draft picks are matched on Saturday with Stephen Strasburg (6-4, 2.99 ERA) opposing Shelby Miller (7-5, 3.59 ERA). Miller is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA against Washington. ... All four of Adams homers have come at home. ... LaRoche made two nice defensive plays at first, scooping up the relay on Peraltas double-play ball in the fifth and then snaring Matt Carpenters smash in the sixth. ... Zimmermann had won seven straight decisions in June before Friday, dating to 2012. ' ' '
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CHICAGO - After finding ways to lose the past two weeks, the Washington Capitals turned the tables on a tough opponent. Bryon Russell Jersey .Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson, and Joel Ward scored in a 4:52 span late in the second period, and Washington rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Friday night, ending a five-game losing streak.Braden Holtby made 38 saves for the Capitals, who were 0-4-1 since winning at Calgary on Oct. 25.Brandon Saad and Duncan Keith scored for Chicago, which led 2-0, but then came unglued after Burakovsky scored with just under 5 minutes left in the second.Chicago is a very good hockey team and they made us look pretty normal, Washington coach Barry Trotz said. But we were resilient.Holts was good in net and we got some timely goals, finally. Back-to-back-to-back.And for the first time since their last victory, the Capitals allowed fewer than four goals.It felt like this got switched over for us, said Ward, whose deflection with 5 seconds left in the second turned out to be the game-winner. We were up 2-0 in a couple of games and had the lead slip away.Shows you how fast there can be a turn of events.For the Blackhawks, that turn was in the wrong direction.I thought we played a perfect 35 minutes, then basically shot ourselves in the foot with mental mistakes, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. A couple of plays that are totally unacceptable.Corey Crawford made 21 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost three of four and are 3-6-0 in their last nine.The Blackhawks played their first game without forward Patrick Sharp, who is expected to miss a month after injuring his right knee Tuesday at Montreal. Sharp led Chicago last season with 34 goals and 44 assists.Washington star Alex Ovechkin was held without a point after having two assists on Tuesday to become the leading scorer in franchise history.The Blackhawks dominated as the first period progressed. Saad opened the scoring with 2:48 left in the period on Chicagos 15th shot to complete a 2-on-1 break with Marian Hossa.After taking Hossas cross-ice pass, Saad fired a low one-timer that struck the inside of Holtbys left pad and slid into the net.Ovechkin was penalized for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson with 16 seconds left in the first, and Keith scored on the power play 56 seconds into the second to make it 2-0. He swooped into the right circle and fired in a rebound through traffic.The Capitals then connected three times late in the period to take the lead. The last two goals came 42 seconds apart in the final minute.We were doing a lot of things right, had a 2-0 lead and nothing serious and giving up nothing, Quenneville said. Then we make a bad decision and its in our net. And its in our net. And its in out net.Burakovsky cut it to 2-1 with 4:57 left to complete a 2-on-1 with Troy Brouwer. After faking a pass, he closed in and fired a perfect shot over Crawfords left shoulder and just under the crossbar.We got an unbelievable goal by (Burakovsky) there to get us going, Ward said. That transitioned for a couple of other guys to chip in.The Blackhawks were scrambling in their zone following a failed clearing attempt, and Johansson tied it at 2 with 47 seconds remaining in the period on a low shot from right circle that ticked in off the stick of Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook.Wards goalmouth deflection of Matt Niskanens shot from the point with 5 seconds left in the frame put Washington ahead.The Blackhawks didnt regroup and didnt sustain consistent pressure until late in the third. Holtby made an sharp save on Kris Versteegs shot from the left circle with about 90 seconds left.NOTES: Washington C Brooks Laich returned after missing seven games with an injured shoulder. ... The Blackhawks recalled F Peter Regin from Rockford of the AHL to fill Sharps roster spot. Also still out for Chicago is F Daniel Carcillo (lower body), who missed his seventh game. ... The Capitals and Blackhawks meet again in the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on Jan. 1. To promote the outdoor game, the two teams wore Winter Classic stocking caps in Fridays warm-ups. Ben Poquette Jersey . -- David Ortiz saved his only hit for a key moment for the Boston Red Sox. Jerry Sloan Jersey . -- Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday.Ales Hemsky will stay with the Edmonton Oilers this season. After a summer of speculation that the 29-year-old winger may be playing elsewhere in the NHL, general manager Craig MacTavish confirmed on Wednesday that the career Oiler isnt going anywhere. "Hes off the market," said Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish on Wednesday. "We want (Ales) to come in and make an impression. We want him to play a prominent role." Hemsky is entering in his 11th season with the Oilers and has one year left on a two-year, $10 million contract he signed last summer. "Its important to me that when you walk through the door, you have a fresh canvas," MacTavish added. "Well offer Ales thaat. John Stockton Jersey . " MacTavish promised to make changes to the Oilers over the offseason and suggested that captain Shawn Horcoff and winger Ales Hemsky could be done with the club. While Horcoff was later dealt to the Dallas Stars, MacTavish addressed Hemskys future in late july and said he believed he can be a useful piece for the club. "I take this as a new fresh start," added Hemsky on Wednesday. "Ive been through the good and bad and I just want to help turn things around." In 38 games last season, he scored nine goals and added 11 assists. He has 17 points in 30 career playoff games with the Oilers and helped Edmonton reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2005-06. ' ' '