Tom Bradys foot-up slide in the AFC championship

PARK CITY, Utah — Canadian skeleton rookie Cassie Hawrysh showed shes ready to contend with the worlds best, racing to fourth place in just the second World Cup of her career Friday. Haloti Ngata Ravens Jersey . The 27-year-old from Brandon, Man., finished in a two-run combined time of one minute 41.27 seconds on the Park City track, the skeleton venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics. “Finishing fourth for me in just my second race is great so not getting on the podium doesnt matter at this point,” said Hawrysh, who was 11th last week in Lake Placid. “I was in the mix in training this week, but training is training and you just never know on race day. I was really pleased with how it went.” American Katie Uhlaender won the gold, but was a bundle of nerves as she stood in the finish area, waiting for one final challenger to cross the line. “It was like watching a scary movie and not wanting to really look,” said Uhlaender, the reigning world champion. When she did, she almost couldnt believe her eyes. She had won gold, edging Britains Elizabeth Yarnold by one-hundredth of a second, her combined time down the 15-curve course 1:40.93 seconds. Yarnold was second in 1:40.94. Germanys Anja Huber (1:41.21) took bronze. Mellissa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., was seventh. Calgarys Sarah Reid, who won the World Cup opener in Lake Placid last week, had a poor first run and finished 11th overall. “Im telling you I broke the curse when I won worlds,” Uhlaender said of Februarys competition in Lake Placid, N.Y. Before that the two-time Olympian was dealing with so much emotional upheaval, she had a hard time coping. “I was in a really bad place for a long time,” the 28-year-old Uhlaender said Friday. She shattered her left kneecap in a snowmobile accident after the 2008-09 season — about the same time she was dealing with the loss of her father, former major league outfielder and scout Ted Uhlaender. He had spent eight seasons with Minnesota, Cleveland and Cincinnati as a player, and died of cancer in February 2009. After losing what she called her “foundation,” she persevered through even more operations and a lengthy rehabilitation. In May she was still in tears, telling her coach that she feared shed never be the same again. “I didnt have strength in my left leg, I couldnt do a single-leg squat, then all of a sudden in June, I started hitting the numbers I hit in 2007,” said Uhlaender, who dominated the World Cup circuit with five golds during the 2006-07 season. As Fridays race showed, she is back and building momentum. “Im finally healthy. I have no hip pain, no knee pain,” she said. The five-foot-three, 136-pound Colorado resident also has no more pain in her heart. “When I won worlds, I felt like I was finally able to let go of the fact that my father is no longer here. Its motivated me even more to keep his legacy alive,” she said. That she does by wearing his 1972 National League championship ring around her neck, taped to her sports bra during races but visible along her collar as she accepted a bouquet of flowers atop the podium. What would his reaction be to Fridays down-to-the wire win? “Hed be jumping in his boots,” Uhlaender said with a huge smile. Uhlaender finished a disappointing fifth last week in Lake Placid, N.Y., in the seasons first World Cup event. But she hadnt participated in the team selection trials by virtue of her world victory, and wasnt familiar with the three-heat format. She was primed Friday, and was second after the first run, then held on as Yarnold couldnt match her speed. “Its so close right now, it could be anyones day,” Uhlaender said. Christian Thompson Jersey .Y. — Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesnt. Anquan Boldin Jersey .500 and gain a bit of ground in their bid to make the playoffs. Jared Dudley scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and the Suns beat the Hornets 92-75 Sunday night to pull within 1 1/2 games of Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. . The Rangers were forced to come back from a 3-2 series deficit to topple the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in the conference quarterfinals. New York ultimately won Thursdays Game 7 by a 2-1 score in regulation to advance into the second round for the first time since 2008. Bobby Rainey Jersey . Offensively, Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan are the two biggest trade pieces available. While the New York Rangers have been widely considered the frontrunners for Nash, the fact that both the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins failed to land Parise means these two powerhouse teams will now focus on Columbus and perhaps, engage in a bidding war that Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson predicted would happen once Zach Parise made his move. Haloti Ngata White Jersey . — Justin Williams remembers every game of the Carolina Hurricanes 25-game grind through the 2006 playoffs.OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Tom Bradys foot-up slide in the AFC championship game did not sit well with Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard. During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end of an impromptu run. The quarterbacks upraised leg hit onrushing Ravens free safety Ed Reed, who emerged from the play without injury. But Pollard believes Brady should be disciplined by the NFL, which levies fines on defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits. Joe Flacco Jersey. Pollard said Monday, “If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions.” He said Brady “knew what he was doing. It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it. If they dont, thats fine. If they do, then thats fine.” ‘ ‘ ‘

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