TORONTO – Shortly after 11 oclock on Saturday morning, Brett Lawrie wandered into manager John Gibbons office for a brief conversation. Jeurys Familia Jersey . There were two topics: the status of Lawries injured right hamstring and where he would play when he returns to the lineup. Gibbons confirmed Lawrie will sometimes play second base. "Hes got no problem with it," said Gibbons. "He basically said, hey, whatever the boys need. I mean, hes here to win. Thats the name of the game and like I said, I think it makes us better." Lawrie was less enthused but reiterated what he has said before and what Gibbons offered on Saturday morning. "Just doing it for the team," said Lawrie. The differences between second base and third base are many. The footwork is different. The timing is different – third base is called the "hot corner" for a reason. Lawrie has history at second base, having played the position in Milwaukees minor league system. Part of his hesitation for making the switch is grounded in the pride he takes in how hard hes worked to become a gold glove calibre third baseman, doing so almost entirely at the major league level. "I worked my butt off to get where Im at," Lawrie told TSN.ca on Friday. "Im not saying its not going to help the team. Im here to do what it is to help the team but I worked my butt off to be that good at third base and continue to do what Im doing. I work every day over there. Still continuing to get my work in and second base, it is what it is, man, its not what Im here to do. I worked my butt off to do what I do out there." Lawrie has appeared in four games at second base this season. He started at second six times last year. His limited time there doesnt make him feel more comfortable. "Not necessarily," said Lawrie. "You got to have comfort to do it a bunch of times in a row and Ive only done it for a couple of games but you need a few games under your belt to make it comfortable." Out of action since leaving in the fourth inning of Monday nights game in Philadelphia, Lawrie is nearing a return. Its been a daily process, as each day Lawrie has been intensifying the demands on his hamstring. "He came out and ran and felt pretty good today," said Gibbons. "What were going to do is were going to make him do it one more day and if all is well hell be ready to go on Monday. So I would expect to see him on Monday." If Lawrie plays on Monday night in the series finale against the Angels, expect to see him at third. Los Angeles is scheduled to start left-hander C.J. Wilson. Juan Francisco is a left-handed batter. The realignment is aimed at keeping Francisco in the lineup against right-handers, against whom he has greater success. "Weve been watching him ever since he got here," said Gibbons. "Hes a pretty good player. Hes off to a great start. I dont think wed be doing our job if we just decided to sit him and not take advantage of what hes doing." Put together Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista, Encarnacion, Lind, Navarro, Francisco, Lawrie and Rasmus and its a potent, long lineup one through nine. If someone is struggling, the next guy can pick him up. If the Blue Jays can keep everyone healthy for a period of time, it would give Gibbons a bona fide American League East lineup. "A good whatever division lineup," said Gibbons. Tim Tebow Jersey . Dane Dobbie had four goals and two assists, Karsen Leung had two goals and two assists, and Matthew Dinsdale scored two and helped on another for Calgary (6-3). Shawn Evans and Jeff Shattler had eight-point games with a goal and seven assists apiece, and Jon Harnett and Geoff Snider also scored. Mets Jerseys China . Still, Inter moved one point ahead of Parma in the race for fifth place and the final Europa League spot. Udinese remained 14th, 11 points above the relegation zone. Inter was beaten 2-1 by Atalanta at home on Sunday and has won only seven of 16 matches at the San Siro this season, as the squad seems to still be searching for its identity under new owner Erick Thohir and first-year manager Walter Mazzarri.BOSTON -- Living dangerously? Or just business as usual, showing off their resiliency and character? Its probably a bit of both for the never-say-die Boston Bruins, who climbed out of what looked to be a deep hole with four third-period goals for a stirring 5-3 comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon. The scoring spree started midway through the final period, lasted seven minutes 58 seconds, and buried the Canadiens who had seemed in control after Thomas Vaneks second power-play goal of the game gave them a 3-1 lead 6:30 into the third. With each goal, the sellout crowd of 17,565 Bruins faithful at the TD Garden roared louder. At golf courses across the continent, Toronto Maple Leafs must have felt the Habs pain during the third-period collapse. The Vancouver Canucks were probably also cringing at their summer retreats. It was the Bruins first four-goal period in the playoffs since a 5-2 decision over the Canucks in Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final. The win sends both teams to Montreal with the second-round playoff series tied at one game apiece. Game 3 is Tuesday at the Bell Centre. "The way we just battled back through, I felt, a lot of crap that we put up with today was pretty indicative of what our teams all about," said Boston coach Claude Julien. "It just shows that if you focus on the things you need to focus on, this is a pretty good team that can accomplish a lot." Asked to elaborate on what he meant by crap, Julien declined, saying "I think anybody who watched the game knows whats going on there." Thats coach-speak for bad officiating. The Bruins took nine penalties to the Canadiens six and were punished twice on the power play. One of those Boston penalties was a late second-period bench minor. "The referee -- I kind of told him that I didnt agree with his calls," said a straight-faced Julien, drawing laughter. Trailing 3-1 midway through the third period, Boston pulled even on goals by Dougie Hamilton at 10:56 and Patrice Bergeron at 14:17. Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 3:32 remaining and Milan Lucic added an empty-net goal to cap a remarkable comeback. "Weve got to look at the big picture," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien, looking slightly more morose than usual. "I thought we played really well for 50 minutes. Even in the third period, the first 10 minutes we were almost perfect." "We got some breaks last game and they got the breaks (today)," he added, referring to the Habs 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 1 on Thursday. "So theres no way to panic. Were going home. We know its going to be a long series. Were ready for that." But then he offered a glimpse of the emotions behind the calm mask. "It would have been nice, honestly," he said wistfully. "It would have been nice, because we were in a position to pick up two games here. It would have been a great accomplishment." Hamiltons shot through traffic, on Bostons second shot of the third period, started the comeback. Bergeron then scored on an angled shot that deflected in off defenceman Francis Bouillon. Bad coverage and a bad bounce was how Therrien saw the two goals. Torey Krug found Smith cruising in towards goal and the Bruins forward rifled a shot past Carey Price for Bostons third goal in five minutes 28 seconds. Lucics empty-net goal came with 66 seconds remaining. "They were playing desperate at the end of the game and they found a way to put it in the net," Price said. "Weve just got to regroup, realize what the situation were in, were in a good spot, and move forward." Up until the comeback, penalties and ill discipline had cost the Bruins, who led 1-0 after the first period before giving up three straight goals. The Canadiens, who went 2-for-3 on the power play in Game 1, were 2-for-6 this time out. "I think in the first and mainly the second period, emotions got the best of us," said Smith. "We spent way too much time in the penalty box. Youre not going to come out of the period with a lot of positives after that happens. "Third period, we tried to focus and regroup. After that second intermission, we tried to come out with a different outlook. Jacob Rhame Jersey. " On Thursday, Boston came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits before falling victim to a P.K. Subban shot in the second overtime. Smith, for one, knows that the Houdini approach to playoff wins is probably not the preferred route to victory. "It ended up working out great but its tough when youre relying on the third period to come back in games, for sure." Goalie Tuukka Rask said the comeback showed the Bruins character. "I think we make it unnecessarily hard for ourselves sometimes, but its a great, gutsy win today." Boston outshot Montreal 35-28 Saturday. Including blocked and missed shots, the Bruins have directed 161 shots at goal to Montreals 112 in the first two games. But the margin was much closer Saturday, with Boston holding a 63-54 edge, The Habs pulled ahead late in the second on the power play. Montreal, with four skaters to Bostons three after Andrej Meszaros joined a Hab and Bruin in the box, went ahead 2-1 at 18:09 of the second after Zdeno Chara failed to clear the puck. Montreal reloaded and Subban sent the puck to an unmarked Vanek in front for a tip-in goal. Vanek scored again at 6:30 of the third, tipping in a Subban blast with Hamilton in the box for his third of the playoffs. It was vindication for Vanek, whose play has been under scrutiny of late. Subban, meanwhile, extended his points streak to five games. On the negative side, he was minus-two for the game despite his two assists. Montreals line of Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque, the best trio in Game 1 with a combined plus-six, was minus-nine Saturday. Chara, meanwhile, finished the afternoon at plus-five. At the other end, Price frustrated the Bruins for most of a second straight game. The Bruins didnt help their cause managing just one shot on goal in the first 10 minutes of the third period until they came alive. Despite all the talk of the need for discipline, there was plenty of niggle in this game with eight minors (four per team) called in the first period alone. Nothing major, but clearly no love lost either. The skirmishes started on the opening faceoff as Bostons Brad Marchand and Montreals Brendan Gallagher, both little magnets for mayhem, tangled. As he was in Game 1, Subban was booed whenever he had the puck. The subject of racial abuse on social media after his winning goal in Game 1, the Montreal defenceman got support from Gary Bettman before the game. The NHL commissioner condemned "bias and hatred," saying "it has no place in our game and its not acceptable." Subban, shaking his wrist, headed to the dressing room during the first period for repairs after getting tangled with Marchand in the corner and making contact with the Bruins skate. He soon returned, showing off his mobility as he skated circles around assorted Bruins. Daniel Paille opened the scoring at 13:02 of the first after Carl Soderberg retrieved a long rebound off the back boards and fired a quick, accurate pass over to his teammate who was unmarked in the slot. It came on Bostons 10th shot, compared to five for Montreal, and followed some fierce Bruin backchecking in the neutral zone. Boston outshot Montreal 13-6 in the period, with Pacioretty taking three for Montreal. The Canadiens came out hot in the second and tied it up at 1:09 after a Boston turnover. The Habs missed two glorious chances -- Rask stopped a Gallagher shot and Brandon Prust was unable to stuff in the rebound -- before Tomas Plekanec retrieved the puck, circled the goal and passed to Mike Weaver whose shot beat Rask through heavy traffic. Montreal had seven of the first eight shots of the second period. A Boston goal with 4:36 remaining in the period was called off, with Lucic ruled to have directed the puck in with his glove. There was no complaint from Lucic, who didnt celebrate. Seconds later, a sprawling Price denied Lucic with a spectacular pad save. Montreal outshot Boston 15-13 in a second period that saw six minors called, with four against the Bruins. Boston, whose power play ranked third in the league with a 21.7 per cent success rate during the regular season, is 0-for-5 with the man advantage through the first two games of the series. ' ' '
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Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork. Milwaukee Bucks Shirts .com) - Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder took down the struggling Bucks 114-101 on Tuesday. Westbrook finished with a game-high 28 points, Durant scored 23 and both handed out seven assists in Oklahoma Citys third straight win. The Thunder, who are finally healthy and have won five of their last six games, improved to 4-1 since Westbrook returned to the lineup and 3-1 with Durant. Reggie Jackson donated 18 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka made all five of his shots and free throws for 15 points. A lot of guys chipped in and contributed to the win, said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. I like the speed we were playing up and down the court. O.J. Mayo led Milwaukee with 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 17, but the slumping Bucks got destroyed on the glass. The Thunder, who entered the game with a plus-6.5 rebounding margin over their last six games, outrebounded the Bucks 54-31. Milwaukee has lost five of six on the heels of a three-game win streak. We missed a lot of shots that we normally make and I think that carried over to our defense, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said. The Bucks led 31-26 after the first, but the Thunder flexed their muscles in the second. Ibakas layup at 4:50 tied the game at 47 and jumpstarted a 12-0 run. Jabari Parker finally ended the surge with a jam 3 1/2 minutes later, but OKC still led 61-52 at halftime. The Bucks got within seven points twice early in the fourth quarter, but no closer. Durant and Westbrook checked out with 3:36 remaining with the game well in hand. Game Notes The Thunder improved to 5-5 at home ... Durant and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins both had a game-high nine rebounds ... Both teams shot 4-for-21 from behind the arc. Milwaukee Bucks Gear .Bacca took advantage of Cristian Alvarezs hesitation to head a lobbed pass over the goalkeeper and then used his feet to roll the ball into an empty net in the eighth minute. The Colombia strikers 10th goal pulled him level with Lionel Messi as the leagues third-leading scorers, far behind Cristiano Ronaldos runaway tally of 23 goals. Cameron Reynolds Jersey . The deal will pay Hainsey $3 million for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and $2.5 million in 2016-17.Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Bhavik Patel, a Web.com Tour player the last two seasons, was suspended by the PGA Tour for use of performance-enhancing substances. The PGA Tour, which oversees the Web.com Tour, released a statement that read, The PGA Tour announced today that Bhavik Patel has violated the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policys ban on the use of performance-enhancing substances and has been suspended for one year. He accepted a provisional suspension on October 7, 2014, and he will be eligible to return on October 7, 2015. In the stateement, Patel stated, In an effort to overcome an injury, I made a lapse of judgment. Adrian Dantley Jersey . I regret my decision but have learned from the experience and look forward to returning to competition. Patel competed in 12 Web.com Tour events in 2014. He made the cut in seven events and finished 114th on the money list. His best finish was a share of sixth at the Chile Classic. The 24-year-old also had a sixth-place finish in 2013 at the Colombia Championship. He made 14 cuts in 21 starts that season and finished 56th on the money list. ' ' '