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TORONTO -- The lesson for the Toronto Marlies on Friday was never take a teams record for granted. Following back-to-back wins against the Western Conference-leading Grand Rapids Griffins, the Marlies found themselves over confident against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday and fell 6-3 in American Hockey League play. The Crunch, 11th in the Eastern Conference, entered Fridays action having won just twice in their previous 10 games. "We probably overlooked them and maybe looked at their record the last little bit, but theyre a team of winners," said Toronto forward Troy Bodie. "That team won the Calder Cup two years ago, they were two wins away from winning it last year and thats a team you cant take lightly." Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice and Brett Connolly chipped in with a goal and two assists for the Crunch (14-14-4) while Cedric Paquette and Pierre-Cedric Labrie each scored once. Trailing 2-0 in the second period, Syracuse battled back to score five unanswered goals and take a three-goal lead. "Puck management is everything," said Marlies coach Steve Spott. "We turned it over, its 2-2 and then its anybodys game. You have to manage the puck properly, the neutral zone at this level is so important. We turned over the puck on their first goal in the neutral zone. That got them back in the hockey game." Carter Ashton scored shorthanded at 14:24 of the first and Andrew Crescenzi at 5:03 of the second period to put Toronto (18-11-3) ahead 2-0. Ashtons shorthanded goal was the Marlies fifth of the season. "I thought our first 20 minutes was great, we had four 2-on-1s and a breakaway for five quality chances that we didnt capitalize on and thats where youve got to make hay," said Spott. "We allowed them to stay in the game, (but) give Syracuse credit. They hung in and hung in and they capitalized on our mistakes." The win helps Syracuse avoid its third straight loss. Mike Duco had the other goal for the Marlies, who lost for the first time in three outings. "What bothers me more than anything was our push back, we didnt have that push back or that edge here tonight," said Spott. "The nice thing is, Ive got healthy bodies and well re-arrange the line-up for (Saturday) afternoon." Kristers Gudlevskis made 32 saves for his seventh win of the season while Torontos Drew MacIntyre stopped 31 shots. Notes: The two teams play for the second, and final time this season, on April 12 in Syracuse. ... Toronto concludes its two-game homestand against the Utica Comets on Saturday. Lane Taylor Super Bowl Jersey . -- Stacy Lewis shot 7-under 65 to lead the LPGA Tour team to the championship of the 3Tour Challenge on Tuesday. Dean Lowry Super Bowl Jersey .  Almost 40 years to the day, the two teams will meet again, this time at BC Place, to celebrate the past and try to earn important points for the present. http://www.packersonlineteamstore.com/ge...ersey.html . His head snapped back from the impact and hit the floor. The All-Star power forward was all right afterward, a relief for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Paul Hornung Super Bowl Jersey . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. Aaron Jones Super Bowl Jersey .Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around the image including jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka shook his head and laughed when he was asked about that bubbly Japanese pop song he warmed up to -- the one that was written just for him and hasnt been released yet. "Id appreciate it if you could wait another month," to ask about it, he said through a translator. Theres a lot about the young Japanese star thats a work in progress. Tanaka struck out 10 over seven innings of his first start at Yankee Stadium, showing off the nasty split-fingered fastball that made him the prize pitcher of the off-season after going 24-0 in Japan. But he also gave up another early homer, this time a soaring three-run shot to Jonathan Schoop in the second inning of the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 victory over New York on Wednesday night. "Thats something I need to adjust," Tanaka said of the trouble in the first couple of innings, "But its really hard to make an assessment just by two games." Nick Markakis had an RBI single and Chris Davis a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Shawn Kelley as the Orioles rallied for their second straight win. Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson connected against Miguel Gonzalez in the second. Alfonso Soriano tied it with a groundout in the fourth. The Orioles lined four straight hits to centre field off Kelley, pitching the ninth for the second time in place of the injured David Robertson. Ryan Flaherty and Schoop each got hits on an 0-2 pitch from Kelley (0-1) and Markakis singled in Flaherty and, after Delmon Young had his third hit of the night, Davis made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly. I felt like they did a good job getting the barrel to some good pitches," Kelley said. "If I bounced some of those balls, maybe theyre swing and misses." Tommy Hunter gave up two hits to start the ninth and a sacrifice fly to former Oriole Brian Roberts before getting Yangervis Solarte to ground into a double play for his third save. Brian Matusz got two outs (1-0) in the eighth. "Its not always going to be pretty, you just look at the result," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. There were many empty seats on a brisk night in the Bronx despite it being New Yorks first chance to see the prrized Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees this winter -- plus a $20 million rights fee paid to his team in Japan, Ratuken.dddddddddddd Tanaka warmed up to "My Dear Fellow" by the Japanese group Momoiro Clover Z. He then received a rude welcome from Markakis. The Orioles leadoff batter grounded the first pitch of the game right back at Tanaka, hitting the right-hander on the foot before it deflected to shortstop Derek Jeter, who made the throw for the out. In similar fashion to his first big league start at Toronto, Tanaka was tagged early before settling in. He gave up three runs -- two earned -- in the first two innings Friday of a seven-inning outing in which he struck out eight. This time, Schoop hit a drive high above the left field pole in the second inning. But Tanaka gave up just three more singles -- seven hits overall -- and a walk on 101 pitches. "Again, it seemed like he got better as the night went on," manager Joe Girardi said. Gonzalez was equal to the task, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked one and struck out three. Adam Jones came up to a smattering of boos before his first at-bat a day after he said, "They should let us have a shot to kick em with our metal spikes," about two fans who ran on the field during Tuesdays game. The fans shenanigans got a huge cheer from the crowd. Jones struck out his first two times up to hardy cheers. Jones wasnt alone. Tanaka had the Orioles flailing at his nasty split-fingered fastball all night, many bouncing in the dirt. "Were not the same hitters he faced over there. We groove, we hack," said Jones, who singled in his third at-bat off Tanaka. NOTES: Tanakas walk of Matt Wieters in the third snapped a streak of five straight games in which the Yankees starter did not allow a free pass. ... Orioles LHP Johan Santana (shoulder) will pitch BP Saturday in Sarasota, Fla. ... RHP Dylan Bundy (Tommy John surgery) threw 35 fastballs. Manager Buck Showalter said it went well. ... Up next: The Yankees begin a four-game series against Boston Thursday. Michael Pineda (1-0) makes his first Yankee Stadium start. The Orioles open a series against Toronto in Baltimore on Friday. ' ' 'Phoenix blue-line. In behind the Coyotes defence, Bouma darted in and snapped a perfect shot into the top corner. Vermette cut the lead to 2-1 on a short-handed goal less than five minutes later but Stajan restored the two-goal cushion before the period ended . "Weve been down lately in a lot of games and weve got to be better," said Doan, who got Phoenix back within one at 6:50 of the third. "If you look at our record, weve been average if that and weve got a lot better team than an average team." Smith, who had 23 saves, falls to 17-15-8. Notes: Flames LW Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed his sixth game. Also not dressed for Calgary was LW Paul Byron (foot)... Missing for Phoenix was C Martin Hanzal (lower body), who missed his second game and D David Schlemko (upper body). Both are day-to-day... Calgarys only two regulation wins in the last 21 home games have come against the Coyotes. They also beat Phoenix 4-1 on Dec. 4... After 48 games without one, the Coyotes have short-handed goals in two consecutive games... With Henrik Sedins streak ending, Vermette (361) and D Keith Yandle (353) now have the third and fourth longest active iron-man streaks in the NHL. ' ' '
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