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June 8 at Philadelphia.

While acknowledging that Steven Smith took some convincing to sit out the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour in order to rest and re-charge for Australias forthcoming fixtures, coach Darren Lehmann has strongly defended the move as being in the teams best interests. Dennis Schroder Jersey .We just wanted to make sure that hes fresh and ready to go for South Africa and then the big summer ahead, Lehmann told reporters in Colombo. It was well-planned and well thought out, and thats what were doing.Australia are due to tour South Africa for 5 ODIs in September-October, before hosting them for three Tests in November. That will be followed by home series against New Zealand and Pakistan. Australia will then tour New Zealand and India early next year.Despite leaving the tour early, Smith has emphasised his desire to continue captaining Australia in all three formats, and Lehmann backed that sentiment.He wants to keep doing that and were very happy with the way hes leading the side, Lehmann said.Smiths departure will give David Warner the opportunity to captain his country for the first time. Warners captaincy experience so far is limited to leading Sunrisers Hydrabad in this years IPL season and a lone match as captain of Sydney Thunder in an earlier edition of the Big Bash League.If Steven happened to get injured then we need David to have some experience, Lehmann said. So thats another opportunity and thats important for us to get him that experience. Theyre a great leadership duo together and Davids been exceptional over the last couple of years, coming through some difficult times and now playing really well.Obviously wed like him to make a few more runs in this tour but, having said that, with the leadership, he did really well with the IPL side [Sunrisers Hyderabad] so were confident hell do a good job for us.The move to send Smith home mid-way through the ODI series in Sri Lanka has been criticised by a number of former players. Michael Slater tweeted that the captain should be there to the end, while Dean Jones and Michael Clarke felt that, if Smith had to be rested, it should have been done before the ODI series began, rather than halfway through it. Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene also expressed surprise, wondering if other Australia captains would have done likewise. Lehmann accepted that past players were entitled to their opinions, but reiterated his stand that resting Smith was for the best.We respect our former captains and former greats who have an opinion. Theres no dramas, theyre entitled to that. But we think its the best thing for Steven to get him right and ready to go. Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Kent Bazemore Hawks Jersey . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. http:///...r-basketball-jersey/ . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. CHICAGO -- Anthony Ranaudo homered for his first major league hit and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, making his Chicago White Sox debut something hell never forget.Ranaudo hit an opposite-field homer in his ninth career plate appearance and didnt allow a hit until Kris Bryants tying solo homer with one out in the sixth before the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 8-1 on Wednesday night.At first, Ranaudo thought his big hit ended up in the Wrigley Field ivy for a double.I kind of pulled up at second base, Ranaudo said. I looked back at home and realized it was a home run from the way everybody was reacting and stuff, and I had to finish out the jog. It was fun.Javier Baez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer deep into the left bleachers in the seventh and Addison Russell added a grand slam in a five-run eighth.Jason Hammel (10-5) allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings. Hector Rondon pitched a perfect eighth, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth -- striking out Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia -- in his Cubs debut.Bryants 26th homer tied the score 1-1 and matched his total last season when he was NL Rookie of the Year.I was locked in. Once he got that hit, I realized it, Ranaudo said of the no-hitter.Baez went deep on a full-count pitch against Ranaudo (1-1) to chase the right-hander.After Ben Zobrists RBI double in the eighth, Russell followed two hitters later with his 12th homer to help the Cubs end a two-game slide and snap the White Soxs four-game winning streak.Ranaudo allowed three runs and two hits -- both homers -- in 6 2/3 innings.I was nibbling a bit in that first inning, trying to be too perfect, Ranaudo said. I think I settled in a little bit after that and was a lot more aggressive and kind of letting the ball eat.Chapman had 20 saves in 21 chances this season with the Yankees before the Cubs acquired the hard-throwing lefty on Monday for a package of prospects.The adrenaline was pretty good even though it wasnt a save situation, Chapman said through translator, catcher Miguel Montero. It was fun to hear the crowd cheering.The 6-foot-7 Ranaudo, acquired from Texas on May 12, was 5-3 with 3.20 ERA at Triple-A Charlotte in 13 starts. In two games with the Rangers this season, the 26-year-old righty was 1-0, but had a 17.18 ERA and walked eight -- including five in a May 10 game against the White Sox.He waas better than that in his 10th major league start and 14th appearance. Taurean Prince Hawks Jersey. .The way it started out, it was maybe a little bit of nerves as he was out there, and he settled down. The kid was fantastic, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.The White Sox beat the Cubs 5-4 and 3-0 in the first two games of the crosstown series. The fourth game is Thursday night.Ranaudos homer was the first by a White Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle went deep on June 14, 2009, at Milwaukee.Ranaudo said he last homered in high school in New Jersey.That was definitely cool, definitely something Ill remember the rest of my life, he said.CLEAR SALE-INGVentura expects nothing unusual when ace Chris Sale starts the finale of the crosstown series with the Cubs on Thursday night after serving a five-game suspension for destroying the White Sox 1976 vintage uniforms and being scratched minutes before his last scheduled start on Saturday.I think its going to be fine, Ventura said. Players always have their teammates backs, and thats no different with our clubhouse.Pitching coach Don Cooper offered unequivocal support for Sale.Hes a passionate guy about a lot of different things, Cooper said. Weve seen examples of that before, but I know him to be a good kid and Im looking for him to get back and move on and keep going.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 22. INF Carlos Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (sprained left wrist) threw a side session Wednesday that went well, Ventura said. He could possibly start Sunday against the Twins or Tuesday against the Tigers.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Sale (14-3, 3.18) tries for a third time to become the majors first 15-game winner. After reaching 14 wins on July 2 at Houston, Sale gave up eight runs in a loss to Atlanta in his final game before the All-Star break. In his only start after the break, he tossed eight innings of one-hit ball at Seattle -- and exited with a 3-0 lead -- but closer David Robertson allowed four runs the in the ninth.Cubs: RHP John Lackey (7-7, 3.79) has dropped five straight decisions since his last win on June 8 at Philadelphia. In his last six starts, Lackey has a 6.38 ERA. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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