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OAKLAND, Calif. Dallas Cowboys Gear . -- Coco Crisp makes the Oakland Athletics go from the top of the order, and figures to be doing so again in 2014. The As exercised their $7.5 million club option for the centre fielder Friday, though general manager Billy Beane announced it as soon as the season ended with a five-game division series loss to the Detroit Tigers for the second straight year. A switch-hitter and speedy leadoff man, Crisp hit a career-high 22 home runs in the leadoff spot for his most homers since he hit 16 with Cleveland in 2005. Even Crisp himself was surprised by the power surge. "Luck of the draw for me. I have, I guess, enough power to do since Ive done it," Crisp said late in the year. "But thats not my game. Its part of it, a little bit but 20 home runs, 20-plus home runs has kind of caught me off guard. I think it caught a lot of people off guard, especially having more home runs than stolen bases. "Ill take it. Next year it might go back to normal where I hit 10 to 15 and steal more bases. I hope thats what it is. Its just one of those years Im grateful for." Oakland also exercised its $8 million option on left-hander Brett Anderson as planned and declined an $8.5 million option on catcher Kurt Suzuki and an $11 million option outfielder Chris Young. Young gets a $1.5 million buyout and Suzuki $650,000. Beane envisions Anderson back in the rotation in 2014 after a late-season stint as a reliever following an injury-shortened season. Anderson has a $12 million option for 2015. The As still must decide whether to re-sign 18-game winner Bartolo Colon, though the club seemed hopeful last month. Colon and closer Grant Balfour became free agents Thursday. Crisp, who turned 34 Friday, just concluded his fourth season with the As and a $14 million, two-year contract and helped Oakland win back-to-back AL West titles. He hasnt played more than 136 games in a season since arriving in the Bay Area, limited to 75 in 2010 and 120 last year. He batted .261 with the 22 homers, 66 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 131 games this year. Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland considered containing Crisp the biggest key for Detroit to beat the As in the division series for the second straight season. Crisp is a career .278 hitter in 30 post-season games for Boston and Oakland. "I think everybody feeds off of Coco here, not necessarily just experience, just how good he is," manager Bob Melvin said before the playoffs. "Ive said often when were playing well, hes playing well. He sets the tone for us, and youve seen hes taken his game to a whole new level this year as far as the power dynamic goes, but still has the ability to steal bases. Hes got quite the awareness in game when he needs to run and when he doesnt, and since weve been swinging the bat better, hes been a little less apt to run because he doesnt want to run into an out. He knows that weve been better offensively." Dallas Cowboys Store . -- The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerback Perrish Cox to a one-year contract. Custom Dallas Cowboys Jerseys . New Zealand brushed aside England 26-7 to win the event and reclaim top spot in the overall standings. The All Blacks, the defending World Series champions, won their third tournament this season in style, running four tries past England to claim their 11th Cup championship in Hong Kong and first since 2011. https://www.cowboysjerseysale.com/ . At this point, even he isnt sure when it is going to stop. The right-hander dropped his fourth straight decision in Los Angeles 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, leaving his status very much in doubt as the Dodgers prepare for the stretch drive.SOCHI, Russia -- Natalie Spooner had a hat trick Sunday as Canadas womens hockey team defeated Russia 6-1 in exhibition play in the city that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Jocelyne Larocque, Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Meaghan Mikkelson had the other goals for Canada, which will take on the Russians again on Tuesday. The two-game series is a chance for the Canadian team to get together and also get accustomed to the venue and Sochi itself. "First and foremost the goal is the familiarization so that were as well prepared as for the Olympic journey as we can be," said Canadian head coach Dan Church. "The second is thaat we get off on the right foot in terms of implementing our systems and getting the players accustomed to the expectation of the coaching staff. Stitched Cowboys Jerseys. ." Church says that Sochi is a city still very much under construction as the Games in February rapidly approach. "Theres a lot of construction here on the site," he said. "Theyre working 24 hours a day and its amazing how much they get done." The games with Russia are being played at the secondary rink Shayba -- the venue for the preliminary-round games of the Olympic womens tournament. Canada won gold at the Vancouver Games back in 2010. ' ' '

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