CANBERRA, Australia - South Korea began its Asian Cup campaign with a difficult 1-0 win over Oman on Saturday through Cho Yong-cheols goal in first-half stoppage time. Wholesale Air Jordan .Winning coach Uli Stielike said he hoped the close victory would give his team added incentive as the tournament progressed.South Korea joined Australia on three points in Group A, although the Socceroos are top on goal difference after a 4-1 win over Kuwait on Friday.On a wet afternoon in the Australian capital, both teams had their moments in the first half. South Koreas star attacker Son Heung-min hit the top of the crossbar with a looping shot after seven minutes.Omans running led to openings that attackers Qasim Said and Abdulaziz Al-Maqbali could not capitalize on.The only goal of the match came when former English Premier League goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi could only parry a Koo Ja-cheol shot and Cho poked the rebound home.Koo went close to extending South Koreas lead just before the hour but his fierce header was tipped over the bar by Al Habsi.South Korea dominated the second half when Lee Chung-yong and Son went close to extending their teams lead.The winning side almost paid the price for failing to finish off the game after 75 minutes, but Oman striker Abdulaziz Al Maqbali miskicked when free at the back post.I prefer to start a tournament like today in a tough game and learn from our mistakes ... compared to winning 5-0 and everyone saying that you will win the Cup, Stielike said.In the second half, we did things very much calmer and cooler and our game was much better.Omans French coach Paul Le Guen said his team gave their best and fought on the pitch. He could only look forward to his teams next match Tuesday against Australia in Sydney.It will be tough against Australia for many reasons but we will fight, he said. They are a good team and are at home and have one more day recovery, but I like the fighting spirit of my team.South Korea stays in Canberra to take on Kuwait, also on Tuesday. Air Jordan Outlet . After overcoming a three-goal deficit the Senators forced the game to overtime only to watch it slip away as Seth Jones scored the winner 3:49 into the extra period as the Nashville Predators defeated the Senators 4-3 Monday night. Cheap Retro Jordan .com) - Former foes from the Mountain West Conference battle in the 23rd annual Las Vegas Bowl, as the 23rd-ranked Utah Utes clash with the Colorado State Rams at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday.PHOENIX - Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot.He was waiting to corral Richard Shermans fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the Super Bowl.His eyes were up and focused on Peyton Mannings fluttering pass that fell into his arms for a pick six in the second quarter of last years Super Bowl. And he hustled downfield to be in position to recover a fumble in the second half, all of which added up to the former seventh-round pick becoming an unlikely Super Bowl MVP.Fast-forward 12 months with the Seahawks back in the Super Bowl and Smith doesnt stand out as part of this Seattle defence. Slowed by an ankle injury since the off-season, Smith is still an important part of Seattles special teams, but he rarely sees the field on defence.In Seattles two playoff victories, Smith was in for two defensive snaps. Both were goal line situations in the NFC championship against Green Bay.It hasnt been difficult at all. Im part of a team, thats my role. I dont see it as anything different, Smith said. Of course its hard not to get the reps in the game and be ready.Smith didnt exactly become a household name after being named Super Bowl MVP. But he certainly became more recognizable.He was the surprise choice, highlighted by his 69-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave Seattle a 22-0 lead over Denver. Nearly anyone on Seattles defence could have earned MVP honours after the 43-8 rout. Smith just happened to stand out a little more than anyone else.Of course, being MVP came with all the trappings: The day after press conference; the parade with Mickey Mouse; a new truck. But for Smith, the only difference he felt was people want to put mics in your face nnow. Discount Air Jordan. Hes handled it great. I had no concern about that. Hes had a lot of fun. Its been a great thrill to be able to represent as an MVP in that game. He got the truck and everything, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ... Hes worked like crazy and been there for us every step of the way.Still, the return to the Super Bowl has not gone how Smith hoped. He was slowed throughout the off-season by ankle surgery that carried over into training camp. Smith never saw the practice field until Aug. 19.It didnt go as smoothly as expected and its something I have to deal with, he said.He played 52 snaps in Week 2 against San Diego, but three weeks later didnt see the field on defence in Washington. Smith started three games when All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner was out with a toe injury. One of the best games of Smiths career came in a Week 7 loss at St. Louis when he had a career-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble.But when Wagner returned after Seattles Week 11 loss at Kansas City, the Seahawks cut down on their rotations at linebacker. The Seahawks went almost exclusively with K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin and Wagner, and when Irvin became a pass rusher, Seattle would bring in an extra defensive back.Smith didnt play a single defensive snap between Weeks 12 and 15. He was in for nine plays in Week 16 at Arizona and 16 plays in Week 17 against St. Louis, but that was it.The decreased playing time has raised the question of Smiths future in Seattle as hell become a free agent in the off-season. Smith seems realistic about his spot now and potentially in the future.As far as being a reserve player, Im a seventh-round draft pick, Smith said. 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TORONTO - Tyler Hansbrough hasnt played in over three weeks but his long-awaited return to the court could be around the corner. Albert Almora Jr. Jersey Cubs . The Raptors forward has been sidelined for 11 games, longer than originally expected, after aggravating a lingering left ankle injury against his former team in the Jan. 1 win over Indiana. Although theres still no clear timetable - hell be a game-time decision in Philadelphia Friday, the case for most of this month - Hansbrough has ramped up his work and believes hes made significant progress. "Today was the most Ive done on it," Hansbrough told TSN.ca prior to Wednesdays contest. "Its definitely getting better, just a few steps but its improving. I feel like Im right around the corner from playing." Participating in practice to some degree for nearly two weeks, Hansbrough continues to work with Torontos renowned training staff to strengthen his ankle. Originally categorized as day-to-day with an ankle sprain, Hansbrough was removed from the injury report altogether and is now simply being listed as inactive while the team waits for him to say hes ready to go. The 28-year-old has been hesitant to rush his return, opting to play it safe and wait until hes close to 100 per cent, according to team sources. "Obviously I want to be out there but its just one of those things where its taken a while," Hansbrough said. "But its getting better." "There was really no set schedule," he continued. "Im improving, I know that, so when Im there, Im there and Ill be ready." The team estimated he would need four-to-five days of rest after he missed his first game with the ankle ailment, and third of the campaign, in Washington on Jan. 3. The injury has turned out to be more intricate than they anticipated. "Its more of a bruise," Dwane Casey said last week. "I dont want to rush him back and I dont think he wants to rush back either," said Casey ahead of the Bucks game on Jan. 13. "If he had to go, if it was a playoff game tonight, hed probably be able to go." That was 10 days ago and still, Hansbrough and the Raptors are taking things game-by-game. "I sat down with the trainers and we kind of came up with when we thought Id be ready," said the forward. "I feel like Ill be on the court very soon." In his fifth NBA season and first with the Raptors, Hansbrough is averaging 5.5 points - a career-low - and 5.0 rebounds in 28 contests. Signed to a two-year deal last summer, his contract is only partially guaranteed for next season. With the former Pacer sidelined, a couple of newly acquired bigs have stepped up and seized the opportunity in Caseys generally strict nine-man rotation. Often the first player off Torontos bench, Patrick Patterson is averaging 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds since coming to the Raptors in the Rudy Gay trade last month. Chuck Hayes, also acquired in that deal, has earned the trust of his coach with his veteran savvy on defence. Although he was playing well before getting hurt - even supplanting starter Amir Johnson earlier in the season - and Casey is a strong believer that you shouldnt lose your job to injury, the Raptors coach has a tough decision to make when Hansbrough is finally able to make his return. Certainly its not a bad problem for a coach to have, but what will Hansbroughs role be when hes back in uniform and how will Casey juggle his five bigs? "Well see," Casey said after practice Thursday. "Tylers a valuable part of what we were doing earlier, his intensity and what he brings to the table is important but those other guys have really set the tone for the second unit." "Im sure hes not going to be able to come in and go full-bore for big minutes but we want to get him back in the rotation at some point." Mookie Betts Jersey Red Sox . - Mike Magee converted two penalty kicks in a 10-minute span of the first half and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday. Kyle Schwarber Jersey Cubs . Sizemore, who turned 29 on Jan. 4, has been limited to six games over the past two seasons because of an injured left knee that twice required surgery. He originally got hurt on Feb. 25, 2012, during a fielding drill in Oaklands first full-squad spring training workout and had surgery that March 21 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Rookie Tesho Akindele scored three goals and Fabian Castillo added two in FC Dallas 5-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. Castillo opened the scoring in the 30th minute. He outran the defence to win a loose ball, was nearly pulled down but composed himself and chipped home a finish. He won a one-on-one matchup in the 74th minute and calmly bent in a shot for his fifthh goal in his last five games. David Justice Jersey Braves . Akindele scored on a well-placed shot inside the far post in the 43rd minute, poked in Castillos miss in the 58th and sent home another rebound in the 86th. Chris Wondolowski had a chance to pull San Jose (6-9-6) within a goal just before halftime, but his penalty kick sailed over the crossbar. Dallas (11-7-6) pushed its undefeated run to nine games. ' ' '