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The Montreal Impact were victorious in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tournament on Saturday evening, beating the Columbus Crew 1-0 (0-0 halftime), in Orlando, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. jordan basketballschuhe kaufen . Midfielder Justin Mapp scored the games only goal. "We are very satisfied with the tournament. We finished this game very professionally and we were almost perfect defensively," said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. "We came away with the trophy and are heading back on a high note." "It feels good, even though its just preseason, but its our last game leading up to the opener next weekend," said Mapp. "I think weve gotten what we wanted out of this trip and it feels good to leave with a good taste in our mouths and confidence going into next week." "Its always fun to win this type of event," said defender Hassoun Camara. "We got to work on all the stuff that weve been practicing during the camp and now we head back ready to work for next Saturdays game." The Montreal Impact opened the scoring in the 54th minute when midfielder Andrea Pisanu played a corner kick towards the penalty spot. A Crew defender cleared the ball out with a header before Justin Mapp, parked near the top of the box, one touched the ball forward before getting off a low shot that hit the post and rolled past the diving goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum. The Impact enjoyed much of the possession in the early going of the first half with a number of plays into the 18-yard box, including a cross from the right flank by Pisanu in the 10th minute towards Marco Di Vaio posted nine yards out. The Impacts DP was brought down in the box, but the referee yelled play on. In the 17th minute, Crew forward Jairo Arrieta fired a left-footed shot from just outside the box, near the left corner, that was caught by Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Crew winger Dominic Oduro used a fake in the 48th minute to find space for himself just inside the box, down the right flank, but his shot to the far post went just wide. Then a minute later, Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier found the ball square to goal just outside the penalty area, but his low shot slid wide of goal. In the 66th minute, defender Matteo Ferrari used a diving header to clear out pressure from the Crew as a ball was played into the box 12 yards out. Perkins came up with a big save to preserve the lead in the 84th minute as a free kick was played in to forward Ethan Finlay, whose header was caught by the Impact keeper, diving to his right. air jordan basketballschuhe schwarz . Make sure you join us for our TSN Pre-Game shows an hour prior to each game. air jordan basketballschuhe kaufen . Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told TSN on Friday that all the rumours on the web and on Twitter this week of Luongo going to the Toronto Maple Leafs after the lockout are "not true. . It didnt get unpredictable. At least, not to anyone on the Spurs. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have thrived in situations more uncomfortable than trailing on the road in the fourth against a sub-. air jordan basketballschuhe günstig . Leipheimer was Armstrongs teammate for five years during stints with the U.S. Postal Service, Astana and RadioShack teams before joining Quick Step this season. The team said in a statement Tuesday that Leipheimers contract was terminated in "light of the disclosures. michael jordan schuhe deutschland . Exhibit 52D was the FedEx box that once contained the beer can. Then came exhibits of gauze, tissues, syringes, cotton balls and needles, some of which were once inside the beer can, using up letters of the alphabet all the way to X.LOS ANGELES -- Dwight Howard had a simple message for the Lakers after Chandler Parsons 34-foot, line-drive 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer added five more minutes to the final game of Los Angeles already exhausting regular season. Nothing has been easy for the Lakers all year long, Howard told his teammates. Why should the finale be any different? With five more minutes of perseverance, the Lakers ended up with quite a reward. After getting up Wednesday morning with no guarantee their season wouldnt end that night, they surged into the seventh playoff spot in the West with a 99-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. Steve Blake scored 24 points and Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double for the Lakers (45-37), who only clinched a post-season berth about 10 minutes before tipoff. Despite Parsons improbable tying basket, Los Angeles won again without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, earning a first-round date with second-seeded San Antonio. "Im proud of the whole team and the way they stepped up at the end of the year," said Blake, who added seven assists and seven rebounds to cap his second impressive game in Bryants absence. "We definitely expected more at the beginning of the year, but were proud were here. ... I couldnt believe it when a couple of days ago somebody said we even had a chance to be in the seventh spot, and now were there." Gasol had 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists in his second triple-double in three games for the Lakers, who avoided the embarrassment of missing the playoffs for just the second time in Bryants 17-year career. Howard had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Lakers, and the All-Star centre blocked James Hardens shot in the final seconds of overtime to finish up the Lakers fifth straight win, their eighth in nine games. "From where we were 20 or 30 games ago, a seven (seed) is pretty good," coach Mike DAntoni said. "We shouldnt have been in that spot in the first place, but its our fault." Antawn Jamison added 16 points as the Lakers won their second straight without Bryant, who tore his Achilles tendon last Friday and watched another game from his home in Orange County. Nash hasnt played in eight games with a hamstring injury, but the Lakers finished the regular season with a gritty comeback win despite Chandlers heroics. "Weve fought through so much adversity already," Gasol said. "We knew we could handle a little more." Parsons hit a tying 3-pointer from three steps behind the line at the regulation buzzer for the Rockets (45-37), who will face top-seeded Oklahoma City after losing four of six to end the regular season. Harden scored 30 points and Parsons had 23 for the Rockets, who already knew they were back in the post-season after a three-year absence, but could have ended up in three seedings depending on Wednesdays results. Houston had a shot at the No. 6 spot before Golden State beat Portland earlier, but Los Angeles holds the tiebreaker on the Rockets. air jordan 6 retro schuhe. "If we play their pace, their two big guys just control the game after a while," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "We went through some stretches where we struggled offensively. We were stopping them, but they were just getting second and third shots. That killed us." Houston led for most of the night before the Lakers went ahead with 6 1/2 minutes to play, but both teams struggled offensively in the final minutes before Parsons ended up alone with the ball near midcourt in the final seconds after a broken-play scramble. His desperate 3-pointer had almost no arch, but dropped in to force overtime. Neither team made a shot in overtime until Gasols jumper with 2:26 left, ending a field-goal drought of more than eight minutes for the Lakers. After Jodie Meeks drove the baseline and dunked in the final minute, Howard stepped in front of Harden and blocked the Houston stars drive with 20 seconds left. Blake and Meeks hit free throws in the final seconds to wrap it up. "The Lakers did a good job down the stretch, and we didnt do as good of a job," said Jeremy Lin, who had 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting. "We didnt get the looks we wanted to get, and we ended up with a lot of tough shots down the stretch." The Lakers nursed a small lead over the Jazz (43-39) down the stretch of their tumultuous season, but Utah held the tiebreaker. The Lakers were aware that the Jazzs 86-70 loss in Memphis had clinched Los Angeles eighth straight post-season berth, but the Lakers still had ample reason to play hard against the Rockets, given their likely preference for facing San Antonio instead of Oklahoma City, which easily ousted the Lakers in last seasons second round. Houston stayed ahead for most of the first 3 1/2 quarters with steady offence from Harden and Parsons, particularly in transition. The Lakers personnel deficiencies showed in their second game without Bryant, with coach Mike DAntoni even fielding a backcourt in the first quarter featuring seldom-used Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock, signed from the NBA D-League last weekend. Houston built its lead up to 11 points in the third quarter, but Los Angeles chipped away steadily in the fourth, going ahead 81-79 on Blakes fourth 3-pointer with 6:36 to play. NOTES: Howard grabbed his 9,000th career rebound in the first quarter, becoming the youngest player to reach the mark, 14 days faster than Wilt Chamberlain. Howard, who went straight from high school to the NBA, is only the 13th-fastest in terms of games (697). ... Houston has won just one playoff round since 1997. The Lakers havent been knocked out in the first round of the post-season since 2007. ... Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki of "The Big Bang Theory" attended the game, with Houston native Parsons wearing a Rockets hat. ' ' '
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