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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Forget about the surprisingly small number in the win column. Last time Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor checked, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were still dangerous.Besides, even at 4-7 the Saints are in first place in the NFC South.No, seriously.Its a distinction the Steelers (7-4) cant boast. Even after winning four of five, Pittsburgh heads to the final weekend in November tied for last in the AFC North. So forgive Taylor if he talks about the Saints as if theyre a potential playoff team.Four wins aint got nothing to do with No. 2 offence in the league, No. 3 passing, Taylor said. They can say what they want to say, theyre still the top offence in this league.And as ugly as it has looked at times, Saints coach Sean Payton isnt letting his frustration bubble over. Since the NFL expanded to a 12-team post-season format in 1990, 17 teams who were under .500 after 11 games made the playoffs, with seven of them winning at least once in January before bowing out.New Orleans is convinced it can get there even if whatever wiggle room the Saints have could disappear if they dont get it together soon.I think theyre grown men and theyre smart enough to understand whats at stake, coach Sean Payton said. But make no mistake about it, weve got to play better football.Which is something the Steelers have been doing for more than a month, even if they havent made any inroads on first-place Cincinnati. It will likely take at least 10 wins and probably 11 to emerge from the crowded AFC North with a playoff spot. Pittsburgh figures it has already used up its allotment of losses to teams with dreadful records after falling to Tampa Bay and the New York Jets. The difference between those two teams and the Saints is obvious. Neither of those two has Brees.He dont do nothing wrong, you know, Taylor said of Brees. Hes the Peyton Manning, Tom Brady. Hes that calibre.Of course, Taylor includes Pittsburghs Ben Roethlisberger into that group, too. The 11-year veteran is in the midst of the finest statistical season of his career. It wont matter much, though, if the Steelers fail to make it to January.Weve got to put together a stretch of football like we never played before, Roethlisberger said.Some things to look for as New Orleans searches for respect and the Steelers try to build momentum:HOMECOMING I: Pittsburgh wide receiver Lance Moore spent nine seasons in New Orleans and his 346 grabs with the Saints rank fifth in franchise history. Hes still waiting for his role to be defined with the Steelers. This week that role included giving insight on how Brees works.I have no problem sharing that information if I think it will help us win, Moore said.HOMECOMING II: New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis played four years with the Steelers before the Saints lured him home in 2013. Lewis is now one of the most consistent players on an inconsistent defence and will find himself matched up with good friend Antonio Brown, who happens to lead the NFL in receptions.NEW FACES: Pittsburghs bye week wasnt completely drama free. The Steelers cut running back LeGarrette Blount one day after a 27-24 Monday night win over Tennessee when Blount headed to the locker room before the final gun as a small protest for his lack of carries. Blounts abrupt departure led the Steelers to promote undrafted rookie Josh Harris to the active squad. Harris now finds himself as the primary backup to workhorse LeVeon Bell.FEELING GOOD: The Steelers are 6-1 following bye weeks under coach Mike Tomlin and are getting healthy at the right time. Taylor will likely play after missing two months with a broken right forearm. Safety Troy Polamalus sprained knee is also good to go.Seeing young guys come up, make plays, do what they need to do is exciting, Taylor said. For me to get out there with them, I feel good.ROAD BLUES: The Saints are just 1-4 away from the Superdome this season and will likely see rain and blustery conditions at Heinz Field. Its not exactly ideal for an offence predicated on timing and precision.There is always a wind there that you have to be mindful of, Payton said. You pay to extra attention to the footing, what type of cleats youre wearing, and youll make sure you get acclimated pregame. 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Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled past fellow Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-4. Nadal eventually overcame his 103rd-ranked opponent to reach the third round, rebounding from a surprise loss to Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. Jordan 5 For Sale Canada . The traditional pre-Masters event was halted early due to inclement weather. Harrington, who tied for first in 2003 and won in 2004, became the first three-time champion of the event. MONTREAL -- As soon as Impact manager Frank Klopas was handed his championship medal, he kissed it. In the midst of a tough season in Major League Soccer, Klopas and his Montreal squad were awarded the silverware after defeating Toronto FC 1-0 in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday. Montreal defended its Voyageurs Cup, taking home the trophy for the second consecutive year after winning the two-legged final 2-1 on aggregate. The win is a major victory for a squad sitting at the bottom of the league standings. "You have to seize the moment," said Klopas, who won his first trophy as an MLS coach. "This was one of our goals as a team. When its there in front of you, you cant let opportunities get away. You cant take them for granted." Because the Impact scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the final at BMO Field on May 28, a scoreless draw in Montreal would have been sufficient for the overall victory. And the game was scoreless heading into stoppage time before Felipes first Canadian championship goal sealed Montreals win. Felipe powered home a decisive strike to the right of TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik minutes before the final whistle to give the Impact their third Voyageurs Cup in the competitions seven-year history. "When I get on the field, I just want to do my best and do my job and keep doing the job I did today," said the soft-spoken Felipe after the game. As a result, the Impact (2-1-1) advance to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League and will represent Canada in the annual club competition featuring 24 teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Impact join the New York Red Bulls and El Salvadors C.D. FAS in Group 3 of the Champions League, which gets underway in August. "Its important for us to represent Canada well," added the Brazilian-born Felipe. Montreal has now taken back-to-back Canadian championships after Toronto FC lifted the trophy four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Montreal won the inaugural event in 2008. Toronto (1-2-1) made it interesting late Wednesday. Needing just one goal to move on, Jonathan Osario came awfully close to the winner in the 83rd minute of play when he skipped past an Impact defender and hit the post to keeper Evan Bushs left. "We just couldnt get that goal," said TFC manager Ryan Nelsen. "Hitting the post really summed it up. We had nice periods of play, controlled the ball for most of the time, but just couldnt get that break that would have won us the tournament." Toronto has otherwise had Montreals number since the tournament launched. TFC are now 7-2-2 all-time against the Impact in the Canaadian championship.dddddddddddd Nelsens men came out flying from the get-go, putting instant pressure on Bush. Benefiting from winger Alvaro Reys good speed down the touchline, Toronto got several good crosses into the box in the games first 30 minutes. Star striker Jermain Defoe had a volley blocked in the fourth minute of play, and skied a free kick from an advanced position in the sixth. In the 26th, a rocket by midfielder Kyle Bekker missed the net just wide. "I played a very young team over two legs that deserved to win," said Nelsen, whose team is sixth in the league with 16 points from 10 games. "Imagine whats going to happen next year when they start to mature. This is great experience for those guys. They played against Montreals top team. Next year well be even better." The tide turned in Montreals favour at the half-hour mark, with the Impact seemingly gaining confidence from a Jack McInerney header off a corner that missed just over the bar. From there, the Impact came close to opening the score on many occasions. Two left-footed volleys from Marco Di Vaio went wide, and a Hernan Bernardello free kick forced a good save from Bendik, who sprawled to his left to stop the shot in the 43rd minute. It was Montreals only attempt on target in the first half. In the end, the clean sheet was the Impacts second in as many games. Montreal has not conceded a goal in the Canadian championship at Saputo Stadium since joining Major League Soccer three years ago. "I knew it was going to be a close game," said Klopas of the second leg. "With the quality players (Toronto) have in the final third, we just had to make sure we defended really well. Sometimes things are just meant to be." Montreal will look to build on the victory when the team returns to MLS action on June 11. With just two wins from 12 league games, the Impact are last in the Eastern Conference. "Regardless of how we started the season, things take time," said Klopas. "My group never lost faith. We stuck together as a team. Winning some games has made us even stronger." Last season, the Impact finished last in their CONCACAF group. In 2008-09, the team reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, losing 5-4 on aggregate to Mexicos Santos Laguna. Toronto FC were also beaten by Santos in the semifinals of the tournaments 2011-12 edition. "I want to wish Montreal the best in the next leg representing Canada," said Nelsen. "I hope they do really well." Notes: Acquired on Monday by Montreal, Mamadou Danso was ineligible to play in the final. a Toronto heads back to BMO Field for an MLS game with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. China NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online Stitched Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Outlet College Jerseys For Sale Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys For Sale Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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