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There have been many times of late where its been easy to get down on the world of professional sports - riddled with scandal, protected by lawyers and driven in almost every way imaginable by the almighty buck. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Official . Its enough to make a sports fan cynical, or at the very least make them struggle to remember what it is that drew them to professional sports in the first place. And then you get a couple of nights like the folks of Kansas City have experienced this week. And well, it isnt hard to understand that living there might feel just a bit different than it did a few days ago. The Chiefs victory at home over New England on Sunday night, combined with their stunning comeback against Oakland in the American League wild card game on Monday night are a couple of wins for the ages. Now lets be clear - great moments in sports are merely entertainment spectacles that dont lower crime rates, help the tax base, improve roads or build better schools. But that doesnt mean they cant positively affect quality of life in a place. If you lived in Kansas City today, chances are youd have a little more in common with your neighbor, with the person who sits at the desk across from you at work or the business associate youre meeting for dinner. Because sports provides a shared emotional experience unlike anything else there is. It is that sense of oneness, that feeling of being in it all together as members of the same tribe that has real value in an age where society is so fragmented in so many different ways. Sports really does provide a sense of commonality or community unlike anything else. Here in Toronto, which may be one of the most diverse places on earth, it sure seems like the moments weve shared to the greatest extent have been centred around sporting events. If youre old enough, think back to either of the Blue Jays World Series wins in the early 1990s, the Leafs run to within a game of the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 or the Argos ending the citys long Grey Cup drought in 1983. If youre not old enough to recall those, then think back to the Raptors and Brooklyn Nets last spring. And if youre from another part of the country, well, think back to Canada 1972 or Vancouver 2010 and ask yourself whether you ever felt more Canadian? I can recall back when the Toronto Blue Jays reached the World Series for the very first time in 1992, people took to the streets in their cars and on foot. They shouted, they screamed, they celebrated - and they wanted to share it all with complete strangers. I stood on a downtown street with a friend who was not a huge sports fan and he made a simple observation - that there was nothing else that could have happened, no civic announcement or other kind of good news that would send people into celebration with strangers in a way that was happening before our eyes. And as we stood there, this great big city felt like a much smaller place, a place where everyone could relate to the same experience on at least one thing because we were all experiencing great moments together. Chances are thats what it feels like this week in Kansas City. A great reminder that even when sports gives us reason to toss it aside, we stay with it because it gives us moments we can share like no others. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Cheap .C. - The housecleaning continues for the B. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Grey . Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller and Tim Jitloff underlined the squads enormous potential on the Rettenbach glacier in Austria. http://www.nikeairmaxwomens90.com/ . They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared "to return to normal basketball activity," a decision made three days after he was concussed in Game 2 of the Indiana-Miami series.ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout helped secure home field advantage for the American League in the World Series with his MVP performance in the All-Star Game. Now all the Angels have to do is get to the Fall Classic. Efren Navarro singled home a run with two outs in the 16th inning on Friday night, and the Los Angeles Angels came out of the All-Star break with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners and a new closer. After the 10th inning, the Angels announced they had acquired two-time All-Star Huston Street from the San Diego Padres in a multiplayer deal that included five minor leaguers. The Angels also get pitcher Trevor Gott, and the Padres get pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon. "Were it not for the fact that we had the ability to control Huston for a year and two months, it would have been far more difficult to justify giving up the type of package that we gave up to get him," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We had to get a guy like Trevor Gott included in the deal to replace some of that lost value. "Hustons 30 years old, and arguably having his best season as a major leaguer," Dipoto added. "Hes been one of the more consistent closers in baseball over time and one of the highest percentage conversion guys in the league for a number of years. I feel really strong about his character and what he brings to the clubhouse. It really deepens the back end of our bullpen and it gives us the opportunity to make games shorter." One of the more enthusiastic Angels following the trade was Jered Weaver, who was charged with two runs and six hits in six-plus innings and struck out eight. "Obviously, its tremendous any time you can add a guy like that to your bullpen. Well take that any day of the week," Weaver said. Dominic Leone (2-2) gave up a one-out double to Trout in the 16th and intentionally walked Josh Hamilton with two out after a comebacker by Albert Pujols. Navarro batted for John McDonald and stroked the first pitch up the middle to bring home Trout. Hector Santiago (2-7), the ninth AAngels pitcher, allowed one hit over 2 1-3 innings to get the victory. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Orange. Mariners righty Tom Wilhelmsen allowed one hit over four innings, struck out four and threw 51 pitches in the longest of his 192 big league appearances. "It was a tough one. We all are doing everything we can to win," Wilhelmsen said. "Everybody is. I told him (manager Lloyd McClendon) had another inning in me. I cant remember the last time I pitched four innings. Its been a long time." The Angels have won six straight, and are a major league-best 27-9 since June 6. Robinson Cano, who was 4 for 6 with a walk, greeted Jason Grilli with a leadoff drive to right-centre in the 10th and got to second with a pop-up slide. But shortstop McDonald, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner for the injured Erick Aybar, kept his glove on Cano after getting Trouts relay from centre field. Scioscia requested a video review, and Cano was ruled out. Seattle righty Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings and was lifted after just 77 pitches. The new no-collision rule played a huge part in the Angels scoring the games first run, after Hendrick led off their two-run fifth with a single and came all the way around on Freeses double to the wall in right-centre. Second baseman Cano got the relay from right fielder Chavez and got the ball to the plate in plenty of time to get Kendrick, who jarred the ball loose from Mike Zuninos glove on an attempted sweep tag. Freese continued to third on Zuninos error and scored on Hank Congers single through a drawn-in infield. NOTES: The worst-line-of-the-night award went to Mariners 3B Kyle Seager, who was 0 for 7 with three strikeouts. ... The Angels agreed to terms with LHP Sean Newcomb, their No.1 draft pick last month and the 15th overall selection. ... When Weaver threw a called third strike past James Jones in the fourth, he became the second Angels pitcher with at least 100 strikeouts in nine consecutive seasons. LHP Chuck Finley had a 12-year streak from 1988 through 1999. All-time strikeout king Nolan Ryan spent eight seasons with the Halos. ' ' '

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