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BARCELONA, Spain -- Fernando Llorente played for Athletic Bilbao for the first time this season and added a goal to Aritz Adurizs double to help secure a 3-3 draw at 10-man Espanyol in the Spanish league on Sunday. Llorente had not played through the first three rounds after telling his boyhood club he wouldnt renew his contract beyond next summer, adding to Bilbaos tumultuous off-season that saw it lose midfielder Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich. The Spain striker said that his decision to leave Bilbao was "personal" and one that "people have to respect." "It hurts that people doubt me, I have always given my all for Athletic," Llorente told Spanish radio SER after the game. "In January I will be free again to negotiate, but I want to push that all to the side now to help my team. The less people talk about me, the better." Also on Sunday, Atletico Madrid outlasted Rayo Vallecano 4-3 in a Spanish capital shootout as Diego Costa set up two goals and earned a penalty that Radamel Falcao converted for his ninth goal in six games for club and country this season. Joan Verdu appeared to set Espanyol on its way to an easy win at Cornella-El Prat stadium after assisting Javi Lopezs 18th-minute opener and punching in a rebound from a shot by Samuele Longo in the 44th. But Aduriz started Bilbaos fightback with a thumping header in the 56th, and Llorente went on as a substitute in the 69th and scored on his first touch two minutes later, firing in a pass from Iker Muniain to make it 2-2. Longo, on loan from Inter Milan, reclaimed the lead for the hosts in the 80th, only to be sent off with his second booking for celebrating his second goal with his new team by embracing the fans in the front row. Bilbao quickly made good on its numerical advantage when Aduriz whipped home a vicious volley three minutes later to split the points. Elsewhere on Sunday, Mallorca drew 1-1 at Osasuna after both teams went down a man in the first half, Real Sociedad beat Zaragoza 2-0 thanks to goals by Inigo Martinez and Carlos Vela, and Granada drew 1-1 with Deportivo La Coruna at home. Atletico paraded the European Super Cup it won by thrashing Chelsea before playing a combination of its best, and then worst, football against its crosstown rival at Vicente Calderon stadium. Diego Costa, who played on loan at Rayo last season, set up Mario Suarez in the 29th and Jorge "Koke" Resurrecion in the 49th with short crosses they redirected into the net. "We believe in (Diego Costa), he is strong, aggressive, and he can play both inside and on the wings," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. "We thought he could take advantage of the spaces behind (the defence)." Arda Turan made it 3-0 for Atletico in the 51st before Falcao blasted in a spot kick five minutes later after Diego Costa was fouled by Javi Fuego in the box. But just when it appeared Atletico would rout Rayo, its defence relaxed and let Andrija Delibasic net a quick brace in the 82nd and 85th. Leonardo Carrilho then grabbed a third goal in the 89th after another defensive lapse to give Rayo a brief flash of hope in what would have been the most incredible of comebacks. Simeone did not blame his players for flirting with disaster, instead saying that the three second-half substitutions he made unsettled his team. "We were in control of the game until I rushed the changes. The responsibility for the end of the game is mine," he said. On Saturday, leader Barcelona routed Getafe 4-1 to remain perfect through four rounds, while Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Sevilla to fall eight points behind its archrival. Also, Valencia beat Celta Vigo 2-1, while Malaga downed Levante 3-1. Valladolid hosts Real Betis on Monday. wholesale jerseys .C. -- B.C. wholesale nfl jerseys . -- Anna Goodman claimed a slalom silver medal at the Canadian Championship on Sunday in her last race before retiring. http://www.chinacheapnfljerseysstore.com/ . -- Jim Harbaugh might have learned more about his San Francisco 49ers during 20 minutes of sleepwalking than at any other time in his two years as their coach. cheap jersey . Zach McAllister (6-8) pitched five-hit ball over 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs as Cleveland improved to 2-1 with interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. cheap jerseys nfl store . But captain Christine Sinclair acknowledges its time for the seventh-ranked Canadians to deliver against top opposition. "Were a very confident team right now and we feel that on any given day we can beat the Japans, the U.TORONTO -- A break for the holidays didnt slow down Ben Scrivens and the Toronto Marlies. Joe Colborne and Keith Aucoin scored first-period goals, Scrivens made 19 saves and the Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 in American Hockey League action Wednesday afternoon. "I liked the way we played," Marlies coach Dallas Eakins said. "I was nervous before the game coming off the (holiday) break. We hadnt practised in a few days and the guys probably ate some (unhealthy) food yesterday, like I did. "But we were physical early and that got us into the game, and the one thing that really showed up was our skill. I liked our goaltending, I liked our defensive awareness and I liked our power play." Scrivens lost his shutout bid late in the third period when Frederic St-Denis point shot was deflected at 18:12. Nathan Beaulieu scored from behind the net at 19:59 to round out the scoring. Mike Kostka had the other goal for the Marlies, who won their third consecutive game and for the ninth time in 11 contests. Matt Frattin added three assists before an AHL-record indoor crowd of 18,800 at Air Canada Centre, the home of the NHLs Toronto Maple Leafs. "I was just trying to make some plays, use my linemates and get pucks at the net," Frattin said. "They werent the prettiest goals, but we got lucky bounces and we got a 3-0 lead. "It felt like we didnt close out the game the way we wanted to, but we got the win and were geared up to start the second half of the season after the Christmas break." Toronto improved to 17-9-2 to take sole possession of first in the AHLs North Division. The Marlies also moved to within one point of the Charlotte Checkers for toop spot in the Western Conference.dddddddddddd "Playing in (Air Canada Centre) with a big crowd is a big opportunity for our players," Eakins said. "Ricoh Coliseum is our home rink, but if things go south (with the lockout) at the NHL level, maybe well play here again." Hamilton lost its fifth straight game to fall to 10-15-3. Bulldogs goalie Cedrick Desjardins stopped 30 shots in a losing effort. The Marlies led 2-0 after the first and 3-0 heading into the third. Colborne opened the scoring with his second goal of the season -- and first in 18 games. He went hard to the net and tucked Paul Rangers rebound past Desjardins at 4:48 of the first. Colborne, drafted 16th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2008, was traded to the Maple Leafs on Feb. 18, 2011, as part of the deal that sent Tomas Kaberle to Boston. Aucoin made it 2-0 when he scored three seconds after Hamiltons Jared Tinordi was sent off for tripping. Frattin won a faceoff in the offensive zone back to Kostka, who quickly passed the puck to Aucoin on the left point. His slapshot went past a screened Desjardins at 14:08. Toronto went up 3-0 during a two-man advantage late in the second. Nazem Kadri fed Kostka at the top of the right faceoff circle and the Marlies defenceman blasted a shot past Desjardins at 19:04. Hamiltons Zach Stortini was given a match penalty and a game misconduct for a check to the head of Kadri at 14:51 and Antonie Corbin was sent off for cross-checking at 18:06. Toronto went 2-for-7 on the power play while Hamilton was 0-for-3. The Marlies travel to Grand Rapids for two games against the Griffins on Friday and Saturday, while the Bulldogs host the St. Johns IceCaps on Friday. ' ' ' 

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