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On the bench. Rollins was benched after a pair of baserunning blunders Thursday in Philadelphias 3-2 win over the New York Mets. http://www.cheapnfljerseysforsale.us.com/ . -- Canadas Graham DeLaet is quietly becoming the Cinderella of these FedEx Cup playoffs. wholesale jerseys china . Anderson and Trent Guy each scored two touchdowns as the Alouettes took the battle for first place in the CFL East Division in an unexpectedly easy 31-10 win on Sunday afternoon. Montreal (8-4) leads the Argonauts (6-6) by four points with six regular season games left for both clubs. wholesale nfl jerseys . Lotus struggled tremendously in its debut season, and was down to only one team after the Indianapolis 500. Lotus chief operating officer Aslam Farikullah said Friday the decision to ask to be released from its IndyCar contract was not easy, and the manufacturer has not ruled out someday returning to the series.EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Dustin Brown caught the hockey worlds attention early in the Los Angeles Kings incredible playoff run. Now its Anze Kopitar getting the international notice that often eludes West Coast players, and his teammates couldnt be happier. Kopitar has 18 points in the post-season, including 14 in the Kings last 11 games. With a goal and an assist in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, the NHLs first Slovenian player moved into a tie with New Jerseys Ilya Kovalchuk as the post-seasons leading scorer. "Hes pretty amazing," Kings centre Mike Richards said Tuesday. "Id put him top-five, top-three in the league with his skill level and everything he does. Hes a laid-back guy who doesnt like the spotlight too much. He probably enjoys being out here where you dont get that much attention, and you can just do your thing." With eight goals, Kopitar is tied with Philadelphias Claude Giroux and Danny Briere as the post-seasons leading goal-scorer. He even shares the league lead in plus-minus with Brown, whos also plus-15. Kopitar is getting every defences attention, but he has contributed splendidly throughout the post-season. The Kings leading scorer in the regular season is even more motivated after missing last years first-round playoff series loss to San Jose when he broke his ankle with seven games left in the regular season. "You have to win in this league to get recognized," Kopitar said. "Thats what good players are going to do. Right now, its a lot of fun to play in this environment, on this stage." 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Kopitar scored two goals in his NHL debut, skating around Anaheim defenceman Chris Pronger for the first score with a move that still thrills Brown nearly six years later. Kopitars physical maturation in the past two seasons has been impressive. The former finesse forward now handles the puck along the boards with a command that recalls fellow California NHL stars Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf, fighting off defences with his size and agility. "Ever since my first day in the league, Kopi has been surprising me every day with something new," Kings defenceman Drew Doughty said. "Ive never seen a player whos that good on his backhand, and thats just the start of his skills. Hes got something new all the time, and hes a big reason were here." ' ' ' 

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