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Chiefs fans gather in London to party on the team’s tab

LONDON — More than 4,000 miles from Kansas City, Jon Cartwright lifted his pint cheap nfl jerseys of London Pride Ale in a toast to the Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys.

He wasn’t alone. Hundreds of Chiefs fans from all over the world — England, wholesale jerseys Spain, Canada, other parts of the United States and, of course, Kansas City — had come to party with their cheap nfl jerseys favorite NFL team.

It was all being paid for by the Chiefs, who wanted to reward their ticket holders who were coming to London for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions Jerseys at Wembley Stadium.

So the Chiefs took over a pub, The Admiralty, in London’s Trafalgar Square. They decked the place out in Chiefs red and yellow and threw open the doors to their ticket holders.

Among those mingling with Chiefs fans were chairman Clark Hunt, former Chiefs players Christian Okoye and Will Shields and even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Cartwright surveyed the scene from the pub’s second-floor balcony and watched with some amazement at the scene so far from Arrowhead Stadium.

“I’ve never seen another Chiefs fan in my hometown,” said Cartwright, a Chiefs fan from Southampton in the United Kingdom, about 75 miles from London. “So all these Chiefs fans in one place is really something to see. Even to be in London and see Chiefs fans walking down the street is amazing. You just don’t see that here.”

The party really was a spectacle, at least considering it was so far from Kansas City. The Chiefs expect between 800 and 1,000 of their ticket holders in London and about 400 of them to stop by The Admiralty at some point Friday afternoon.

The party was half-party, half-pep rally. The Chiefs brought some wholesale nfl jerseys of their cheerleaders from Kansas City. Most fans were wearing a Chiefs jersey or other team apparel.

At one point, Mitch Holthus, the team’s radio play-by-play announcer, grabbed a microphone and began to play to the crowd.authentic-stitched-nfl-jerseys-cheap

“We’ve made history because today we unite two kingdoms, Chiefs Kingdom and the United Kingdom,” Holthus shouted to a loud roar. “It is beyond awesome to see all Kander of you here … and to have the Chiefs in London to play this game.”

He was followed by Hunt, who joined in on the fun.

“I want to raise a toast to the best fans in the National Football League,” said Hunt, who is usually more reserved in public. “There are two things on Sunday I’m really looking forward to. First, of course, is a big Chiefs’ win. And second is the national anthem, when we tell the world that Wembley is home of the …”

He allowed fans to shout “Chiefs,” the traditional Arrowhead Stadium ending to the anthem.

Hunt later jumped behind the bar to pour tap beers for some cheap jerseys fans.

“In some ways, this is almost overwhelming,” he said later in an interview. “There are people here from all over the world and they’re all here because of the Chiefs.”

Hunt invited Goodell to not only the game, but the party. Molina He took them up on both invitations.

Wearing a light blue dress shirt and a navy blazer, Goodell wasn’t dressed for the occasion but fit in anyway. He shook hands, posed for photos and chatted with Chiefs fans for a couple of hours.

His presence was just another factor in making the Chiefs’ pub party in London an unusual event.

Blackhawks’ Panarin quickly adapting to NHL life

CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Tikhonov sat in front of his locker stall and smiled.

He was being asked about Artemi Panarin, his friend and teammate. Questions about Panarin have been frequent for Tikhonov since he and Panarin decided to leave SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League and join the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Is Tikhonov surprised by how smoothly Panarin, a 5-foot-11, 170 pound left wing, has transitioned to the NHL?

“No,” said Tikhonov, the grandson of the legendary former Russia national team coach of the same name. “You know, I hate saying, ‘I told you so,’ but I’ve been telling a lot of people the last two months that this kid’s going to be really good and I guess you can kind of see the results. He’s only going to get better and I think everyone should be really excited that he’s here.”

The Blackhawks certainly are happy. The 23-year old rookie wasn’t drafted, likely because of his size, but he’s developed into an elite player. Prior to coming to the NHL, his skill and style in the KHL drew comparisons to Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane Jerseys.

“I always thought [about cheap jerseys my size], because all my coaches were telling me to eat Chicago Cubs more, go to the gym, gain weight,” said Panarin, via Tikhonov’s translation. “I was always eating more. I was eating everything but the silverware and the plate. All my life I’ve been kind of fighting it. Now it’s gotten to the point where I’m over it. I can play without the heavy weight and size. Those coaches that told me I couldn’t play without size, I wanted to prove they were wrong.”

Panarin has accomplished that goal.

He’s found a steady spot at left wing on the Blackhawks’ second line, opposite Kane. Entering the Blackhawks’ game Monday against the Anaheim Ducks (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, PRIME, FS-SD, CSN-CH), Panarin has two goals and eight points in eight games. He’s never rattled with the puck on his stick, thinks the game at a high level and isn’t a defensive liability.

“[Panarin] just goes to the right areas,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews Jerseys said. “He knows where to go to get the puck. And when he gets it, he’s responsible. He thinks on his feet incredibly well. That’s one of the most remarkable aspects of his game, on top of what he can do with the puck.”

And Panarin has excelled at a relatively low salary, which is key for the Blackhawks; according to war-on-ice.com, Panarin’s cheap nhl jerseys two-year contract has an average annual value of $812,500.

Panarin drew contract offers from a list of NHL teams, but the Blackhawks were the best fit.

“I chose this team because it really fits my style,” he said. “I like to play with the puck a lot. My heart fell upon Chicago right away [and] I stuck with that choice.”

The Blackhawks previously had one Russian player since coach Joel Quenneville was hired in 2008-09, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. But after signing Panarin wholesale jerseys they signed Tikhonov to a one-year contract and acquired center Artem Anisimov from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Brandon Saad Jerseys trade.

Tikhonov, a lanky 6-2 forward, wasn’t assured of a roster spot. His fluency in English and close friendship with Panarin might have played a role in him starting the season in Chicago, but his play earned him a closer look.

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Artemi Panarin Left Wing – CHI GOALS: 2 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 8 SOG: 19 | +/-: 4 Quenneville has tried him at left wing on the top line with Toews and right wing Marian Hossa Jerseys, and he’s determined to stay there. Taken by the Arizona Coyotes with the 28th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft, he played 61 games with the Coyotes in 2008-09. But this is the first time he’s All Star Game been in the NHL since then; he’s spent five of the past six seasons in the KHL.

“I had a little taste of it here years back and I think I might’ve even taken it for granted a little bit,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it was easy getting [to the NHL]. That was obviously cheap nhl jerseys a tough journey. But you kind of start to relax, like, ‘Oh, you’ve made it.’ And all of a sudden the next year you’re not there anymore. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of hard seasons [in other leagues], and this year I’m definitely not going to let the opportunity get away from me.”

Anisimov, playing wholesale nhl jerseys for his third team, is making a good impression as well. The day of the trade with the Blue Jackets, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman gushed about acquiring the 6-4, 198-pound Anisimov to center the second line.

Playing between Panarin and Kane, Anisimov hasn’t disappointed, with three goals in eight games. He retrieves pucks, buzzes the net and translates for his linemates during stoppages. His only struggle thus far is describing what it’s like to play with such elite talent.

“[They] see what’s going on, on the ice, and just react to the situation,” Anisimov said. “In the offensive zone it’s two guys who are like … I don’t have words for this.”

Others will find the right words if that line helps the Blackhawks make another long run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In the meantime, the Blackhawks are just enjoying their new comrades.

“They’re great hockey players and great guys; my type of guys, I guess,” said forward Andrew Shaw Jerseys, whose humor has helped bridge the language gap with Panarin. “We’ve tried to make it an easy transition for [Panarin], and he’s opened up. He’s a funny guy. All of them are actually quite hilarious. So we look forward to playing with them all year.”

First lady to join LeBron at University of Akron event

authentic-nba-jerseys-from-china — First lady Michelle Obama will join Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James at an event highlighting the importance of post-secondary wholesale jerseys education hosted at the University of Akron.

Officials say Obama will use the platform to speak about her Reach Higher campaign, which encourages students to aim for more than just a high school diploma.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the event, scheduled for Oct. 21 on the northeast Ohio school’s campus, cheap jerseys will be closed to the public.

Thousands of students and parents affiliated with the LeBron James Family Foundation’s Wheels for Education program and the Akron I Promise Network will be in attendance.

The Akron native’s foundation recently wholesale nba jerseys partnered with the school to provide free college education cheap nba jerseys to any of the 2,300 students enrolled in the foundation’s I Promise program.

Dez Bryant participating in on-field conditioning work

Dez Bryant was back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

The star receiver reported to practice for conditioning workouts while teammates went through a light, non-padded practice during their bye week wholesale jerseys, per the team’s official website.

Bryant, who has been out since suffering a broken bone in his foot during a Week 1 win over the New York Giants Jerseys, wore cleats, shorts, shoulder pads and his helmet to work with the Cowboys’ medical staff on the side wholesale nfl jerseys, per the report.

On Wednesday, coach Jason Garrett spoke optimistically about Bryant’s status, calling the wideout day to day.

“He has made a lot of progress,” Garrett said. “He is moving around. I think he feels good.”

Seeing Bryant back on the field in any fashion is a positive step towards getting the Pro Bowler back following the team’s cheap nfl jerseys bye week — a date the Cowboys‘ brass has circled for a possible return since Bryant underwent surgery.

Bryant said Thursday of his status: “We’re getting there.” The wideout does not plan on taking time off during the bye, per NFL Media’s Desmond Purnell. Purnell added a giddy Bryant bounced around the locker room without any limitations. 

With Tony Romo‘s return still weeks away and Matt Cassel set to make his first start under center, getting Bryant back following the bye would be a huge boon for an floundering offense. The Cowboys are trying to overcome a three-game losing skid and remain afloat in the NFC East cheap jerseys. 

We’ll have a better idea about Bryant’s condition next week as the Cowboys ramp up for their Week 7 tilt versus the Giants in New York.

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Bulls beat Timberwolves 114-105 in NBA preseason game

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — E’Twaun Moore scored 18 points to lead the Chicago Bulls jerseys to a 114-105 preseason victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves jerseys on Saturday night.

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The big attraction, however was Canada native and reigning NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins jerseys, who had nine points in 24 minutes for the Timberwolves.

Wiggins received the loudest cheer when the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft was introduced to the sold-out crowd of 15,294 at MTS Centre, many sporting shirts with his No. 22.

Tyus Jones jerseys had 18 points for the Timberwolves.

The last NBA game in Winnipeg in 2012 also drew a packed house.

The teams crossed the border as part of this year’s Canada Series cheap jerseys. Five NBA teams are playing four exhibition games in cities that don’t have teams – Vancouver wholesale jerseys, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.

Wiggins, 20, is considered a role model for the next wave of aspiring Canadian professional basketball players cheap nba jerseys. It’s a distinction the Vaughan, Ontario native doesn’t mind.

“I’m fine with that wholesale nba jerseys. I feel that I carry myself pretty well,” Wiggins said after the Saturday morning shootaround.

“I do things off the court, on the court, to help the people around me. I like to give hope, create opportunity for others.”

The red jerseys of the Bulls were also peppered throughout the crowd, with fans loudly cheering as they took a 22-point lead with just over 9 minutes left in the second quarter.

Minnesota closed the gap to 65-55 at halftime and made it a six-point deficit with just over 4 minutes left in the game before Chicago pulled away.

The preseason has been extra special for Wiggins as he’s been playing with his older brother, Nick, who signed with Minnesota last month.

The 24-year-old, who played in the final 90 seconds, said he’s proud of his brother’s impact on the game.

“With Andrew being the No. 1 pick and the year before (Canadian) Anthony Bennett jerseys being the No. 1 pick, you can see a lot of uprising,” said Nick, a guard who’s played in Germany and with NBA teams in development and summer leagues.

“Kids are just starting to believe in themselves, that they can compete with kids across the border.”

The Timberwolves play the Toronto Raptors jerseys in Ottawa on Wednesday. The Canadian Series wraps up Oct. 23 in Montreal with a game between the Raptors and Washington Wizards jerseys.

Cards optimistic Yadier Molina will make postseason roster despite injury

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals jerseys catcher Yadier Molina jerseys will try to play in the NL Division Series while wearing a splint to protect his injured left thumb.

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Molina, a seven-time All-Star widely considered the best defensive catcher in the game cheap jerseys, met with a hand specialist on Monday.

Molina partially tore a ligament on Sept cheap mlb jerseys. 20 making a tag at the plate and hasn’t played since. St. Louis said the injury was still present wholesale mlb jerseys, and he will test the splint during workouts the next few days.

General manager John Mozeliak said Molina, 33, was feeling stronger and added he was “still optimistic” Molina would be on the postseason roster.

Backup Tony Cruz jerseys would be the starter if Molina is unable to play. Cruz batted .204 overall but was 11-for-38 (.289) with five doubles and four RBIs after taking over in the regular season.

Ed Easley jerseys, a 29-year-old rookie, was the backup while Molina was out and was 0-for-6 on the year with one RBI.

St. Louis starts its postseason at home Friday night against the Chicago Cubs jerseys or Pittsburgh.

Molina missed about two months with a torn ligament in his right thumb last season. He returned for the final month of the season, then was 5-for-21 with no RBIs in the postseason.

The team has said this injury is not as severe wholesale jerseys. He hit .270 with four homers and 61 RBIs in 2014.