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SUNRISE, Fla. cheap china jerseys . -- The Florida Panthers all took the ice for warmups wearing No. 16 jerseys with Fernandez on the back, a tribute to late Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.How fitting, then, that the Panthers real No. 16 got the game-winner in overtime.Aleksander Barkov scored 2:48 into the extra session, and the Panthers topped the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.You can tell that somethings been going on, Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson said, especially now that No. 16 gets the overtime winner.Matheson set up the winner, knocking New Jerseys Damon Severson off the puck behind the net, then spinning and finding Barkov alone in the right circle. Barkov one-timed the puck past Cory Schneider, and the Panthers spilled onto the ice in celebration.He was my favorite baseball player, Barkov said of Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident last month. I dont really watch baseball, but I knew him, I knew he was playing in Miami and it was a big loss for all of South Florida and for all of America.Roberto Luongo stopped 23 shots for Florida, the last two of those coming in the final 2 minutes of regulation. Schneider stopped 32 shots for the Devils, including all 16 he faced in the third period.They came at us pretty hard in the third but we got a point, Schneider said. A couple breakdowns in the overtime and they put it in.P.A. Parenteau, claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders earlier this week, scored for the Devils. Jonathan Marchessault got the scoring for the night started for Florida.And without Luongos heroics late, Panthers fans wouldnt have gone home happy.He stopped Taylor Halls one-timer from the low slot as a mass of bodies swarmed his crease, then got his glove out just far enough to grab Andy Greenes slap shot from the left point with 29.9 seconds remaining.Florida controlled play in the OT, and got its first home overtime win since March 30, 2013 -- also against New Jersey.Thats my fault there, Severson said of the final play against Matheson. I got the puck in the corner, won the battle, and I tried to go behind the net. I heard reverse. I knew we had tired guys out there and I didnt want to just throw it away. I ended up tripping up on the skate and there was a back-door play there. Tough play to end the game.The Devils went to the Stanley Cup final in 2012 and havent seen the postseason since, in a rebuilding place where Florida seemed to be perpetually stuck until the last couple seasons. The Panthers won the Atlantic Division last season and -- even without injured forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau to start the season -- think they have enough to contend for a title.We start a new era of the Florida Panthers this year, Panthers owner Vincent Viola said before the game. Youll see new uniforms on the team, youre going to see a whole bunch of new faces on the ice ... and theres only one purpose and one mission -- to win the Stanley Cup.The first two goals of the night bounced off Devils skaters.Florida opened the scoring midway through the first when Marchessaults shot was saved by Schneider, who actually knocked the puck into defenseman Ben Lovejoy and watched it ricochet into the net. New Jersey tied it in the final minute of the period, when Yohann Auvitus shot from the right point was deflected by a leaping Parenteau.That was it, until Barkovs dramatic winner.Unbelievable, Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said.Game notes The Panthers presented a $35,000 check to Fernandezs foundation in a pregame ceremony. ... It was Jaromir Jagrs 23rd NHL opening night. His teams are now 16-5-2 in those, with 11 wins in the last 12. ... Devils center Travis Zajac played in his 700th regular-season game. ... The Panthers Atlantic title banner from last season hangs from the rafters on the same end of the rink as their bench.UP NEXTDevils: Visit Tampa Bay on Saturday.Panthers: Host Detroit on Saturday. cheap jerseys from china . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. wholesale jerseys china . The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrators decision suspending him for the 2014 season and post-season. https://www.chinajerseysreplica.us/ . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. It was a good week for England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and New Zealand, while the Springboks, Italy, France, Australia and Argentina fell to defeat. We take a look at the big question surrounding each of the top teams in international rugby.Argentina Argentina rack up the air miles, but also travel wearinessArgentina coach Daniel Hourcade says his top players will have made close to 50 trips this year and been to 18 different cities as they cope with the rigours of Super Rugby, the Rugby Championship and the end-of-year tours.This schedule is not sustainable for high performance athletes and they were short of their best when they faced England in a match which brought down the curtain on their 2016. Hourcade said post-match that they were travel weary but did not use that as an excuse for their inability to see off 14-man England.In part it is down to the tough season that we have had after many trips and games. For the players it was a new season, Hourcade said. On the other hand the team had chances in the last 20 minutes and werent able to score, but not because they were tired. -- Tom HamiltonAustralia Indiscipline, execution cost Wallabies dearlyThe Wallabies grand slam drought will continue for at least another few years after their three-match winning run came to an end in Dublin. Michael Cheikas side were forced to defend for much of the first half, a situation that saw them give up a 17-0 lead, but when they did finally secure some possession the improvements in their attack from the last month were there for all to see.Still, this will certainly feel like a lost opportunity for Australia. While the improved shape of their attack was obvious, the execution of the final touches was not. The Wallabies butchered several excellent attacking opportunities with poor- or pushed final passes while their breakdown work was also, at times, ineffective.And then there was a 13-3 penalty count they found themselves on the wrong side of. Cheika may have some cause to moan about the referee, but his side were their own worst enemy and they now must regroup ahead of next weeks final clash with England. -- Sam BruceWeek 5 vs. England, Twickenham, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. GMTEngland Rokoduguni and Yarde state their claim in front of Eddie JonesWith Elliot Daly expected to be handed a suspension on Monday following his red card against the Pumas, Jones now has to decide who will start on the wing against Australia on Saturday. It looks to be a straight shootout between Baths Semesa Rokoduguni and Harlequins Marland Yarde.As chance had it, they faced each other on Sunday in the Aviva Premiership with Jones watching on from the stand. Both played well with Rokoduguni making one outstanding break while Yarde made more runs with ball in hand than his Bath counterpart.Jones usually wants one speedster -- Jonny May -- and one more physical winger, an attribute both Yarde and Rokoduguni possess. It will be fascinating to see whether Jones backs Yarde, a winger he knows well, or gives the more unpredictable Rokoduguni a shot against the Wallabies. -- THWeek 5 vs. Australia, Twickenham, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. GMTFrance Les Bleus on the verge of a return to running rugby glory days? Guy Noves will have plenty of time to digest Frances narrow defeat to New Zealand as he prepares for the Six Nations. He will most probably do so with a feeling that Les Bleus could and really should have secured their first victory against the All Blacks at the Stade de France.The amount of try-scoring opportunities that were created by the hosts should be seen in a positive light, but by the same token that the majority were not taken is a concern. Simple errors cost them at crucial times, and with a little more composure in vital areas France would have been celebrating on Sunday morning. It is the job of the head coach to acknowledge such shortcomings and come up with a solution.Noves has 68 days to do exactly that before France visit England in February. It would have been galling for some French fans to witness exactly how a nation once famed for its flair in attack floundered in Paris. But those supporters who headed towards the Gare du Nord on Saturday night did so in fairly good spirit.They have plumbed some fairly low depths since New Zealand beat them in the 2011 World Cup final. The performance on the weekend at least hinted at a return to the days of free-flowing rugby. Noves side might not have possessed the skillset to get over the line here, but in having a go they gave their fans reason to cheer. Now they must back it up in what promises to be one of the most keenly contested Six Nations of recent memory. -- Martyn ThomasIreland Ireland choke Wallabies to ice sweet?NovemberIt was the catalyst for their famous victory over Australia at 2011 World Cup, and the choke tackle again proved invaluable for Ireland against the Wallabies in Dublin. Joe Schmidt had clearly done his homework, as was the case with the victory over New Zealand in Chicago, with his forward pack able to force a turnover time, and time again by holding the Wallabies up and earning the maul call form referee Jerome Garces.Schmidt will surely be just as pleased with the performance of the youngsters he was forced to throw into the Test cauldron following the injuries to Jonny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and the late withdrawal of Sean OBrien.Paddy Jackson has experience at running the side from 10 at the top level, but he still could have been forgiven for a shaky outing given the opposition. He was ably supported by Garry Ringrose and young flanker, and man of the match, Josh van der Flier. The openside was superb stepping in for Sean OBrien just hours before kick-off. fake jerseys china. -- SBItalyOne huge step forward, two steps backHow big of a presence does Sergio Parisse have? Perhaps the defeat to Tonga showed that an Italy without Parisse, is an Italy in dire need of some leaders on the field. Parisse was the only change from the side that defeated the Springboks a week earlier, and in his absence Italy faltered.While Carlo Canna,?Tommaso Allan and Edoardo Padovani were all on target with kicks at the weekend, they still lack a fly-half to control the game.?Italy led 7-0 and should have taken advantage when Valentino Mapapalangi was sin-binned 25 minutes in. But Canna should have controlled the game between their first try 13 minutes in and the second to put them back in front at 14-13 before the hour mark. They lack leaders.Leaders like Parisse to galvanise the team, leaders at fly-half to control games and leaders around the field to prevent stupid sin-binnings. But this defeat could be better for Conor OShea, as he looks to build towards the Six Nations. They wont go into the competition with the heightened expectations which came after defeating the Spingboks. OShea has a lot of work on his hands before February. -- Killian OConnorNew Zealand All Blacks will learn from November experience Character has been a watchword for the All Blacks this month, and as they head home to recuperate from a bruising end of year campaign they will do so knowing they produced the goods when they needed to. New Zealands last two wins, against Ireland and France, were not necessarily pretty but on both occasions they found a way to win, and when the dust settles that is all that matters.Steve Hansen will have learned a huge amount about some of the more inexperienced players in what is still a fairly new team. TJ Perenara is someone who has brought into the All Blacks ethos, and the scrum-half could not have chosen a better time to put his hand up with Aaron Smiths off-field problems creeping onto the pitch.Other success stories include the centres Malakai Fekitoa and Anton Lienert-Brown, while Scott Barretts emergence will please Hansen given his sides reliance on superstar locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock. Kieran Reads captaincy will also only benefit from his experience in the Northern Hemisphere this month.It might not have been the scintillating rugby we have come to expect, but this All Blacks side will only get better as the British and Irish Lions visit to New Zealand edges closer. The rest of the world has been warned. -- MTScotlandBright future as Cotter enters last six months?Last year Greig Laidlaw spoke about how Vern Cotter gave the team belief to back up one-off performances and become a more consistent team. The November series was testament to that; that the stuttering pretenders are no more. They showed they can compete with teams at the top of World Rugby.While they disposed of Georgia, it was the victory over Argentina and heartbreaking defeat to Australia which showed their character and grit. Their back-line excites once more with the addition of Huw Jones, and one wonders how much more progress this team might have made if Scotland had paid Clermont to get the coach the year before he arrived at Murrayfield.With Cotters departure in June, he will be hopeful of a few more big performances come February. Scotland may just have cast their perennial underachievers tag aside under Cotter and will be confident of causing a few problems comes the 6 Nations. -- KOCSouth Africa How to stop the rotWhen a Union releases a statement planning a review and governance overhaul, you know its been a pretty poor series from the Boks. Its now eight defeats in 12 games under Allister Coetzee and the positives get ever more difficult to find. Although he has been plagued by injuries, in short, there arent any.The writing was on the wall for Coetzees team in the summer, when Ireland beat them in the first of three Tests, yet somehow manage to leave the series victory behind them. If it was a fresh start they were after, he shouldnt have waited until defeat to Italy to drop players. He might have been forgiven eight defeats had he gone for inexperience from the outset. He looked to them out of desperation at the weekend and it didnt pay off.They will have the likes of Jan Serfontein, Handr√© Pollard, Cobus Reinach and Eben Etzebeth back from injury next year, but they need to give a coach free reign to get the best out of them and some up and coming Boks talent. -- KOCWales Glimmer of hope at Novembers end?For the most part, it wasnt pretty, but Wales equaled their best autumn series after defeating a below-par Springboks. The mistaken-riddled performances against Argentina and Japan are now a distant memory. Ahead of the Six Nations they needed some optimism and it was supplied, in part, by the man of the match performance by Justin Tipuric.?He was everywhere. Having blocked down a clearance from Elton Jantjies, he provided some superb carries, a steal in the first-half. He rounded off his display with a great try, stepping inside Johan Goosen to score, after bursting onto a Faletau pass.But their back-line didnt provide the excitement which we had grown accustomed to from the Wales sides of old. Jonathan Davies, George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams et al showed glimpses, but will need a huge improvement if they stand a chance at wrestling back a Six Nations trophy they last won in 2012 when they claimed a Grand Slam. -- KOC ' ' ' 
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