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Evans having a solid year in Tampa

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CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after surviving a nervous finish to draw 1-1 with Senegal for a 4-2 aggregate win in the African playoffs on Saturday. Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. Ivory Coast won the first leg 3-1 at home and held the Senegalese at bay in neutral Morocco until deep into the second half when Drogba dragged down Sadio Mane. Substitute Moussa Sow scored from the 77th-minute spot kick to put Senegal within a goal of eliminating Africas top-ranked team in a major upset. With Senegal surging forward in the dying seconds, and just after coming within inches of a game-changing second goal, Ivory Coast broke away on the counterattack and Yaya Toure set up Kalou four minutes into injury time for the score that sealed their progression. Ivory Coast made its World Cup debut only in 2006 and has never got out of the group stage, but there are higher hopes in Brazil for the team that boasts some top stars. It will join African champion Nigeria at the World Cup, which beat Ethiopia 4-1 on aggregate earlier Saturday to become the continents first team to qualify. Ivory Coast and Senegal met for their second leg in Casablanca because of a stadium ban on Senegal after a riot in an African Cup qualifier between the teams last year. It was also the first Senegal game since the death of Bruno Metsu, the French coach who led the Senegalese to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup, the teams first and still only appearance at the finals. Senegal was far more adventurous in the early stages as Ivory Coast tried to protect its aggregate lead and Dame Ndoyes header was kept out only by a goal-line clearance from Drogba. Papiss Cisse shot straight at Ivorian goalkeeper Boubacar Barry when clean through three minutes into the second half. wholesale jerseys . -- The Orlando Magics rebuilding process will continue without Glen Davis. wholesale nfl jerseys . -- A judge handed New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail Thursday as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in Nebraska last summer. http://www.chinajerseys.cc/ .Federer, who arrived in Australia on Saturday, has a first-round bye in the Australian Open tune-up tournament. 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Seattles defence the Saints is not however; Peyton Manning atones for last seasons clunker and evens his Super Bowl record. Hetherington: Broncos over Packers For the second straight year, the Denver Broncos will reach the Super Bowl, this time facing the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIII. The best two quarterbacks of the regular season will engage in a shootout for the ages as the defensive stars on each team are forgotten. Ultimately in getting the ball last, Peyton Manning leads the Broncos into Matt Prater field goal range to set up the winning kick. Manning matches his brother Eli with two Super Bowl rings, Broncos beat the Packers, 34-31. Most Valuable Player Hetherington: Aaron Rodgers returns from a season derailed by a broken collarbone and takes the league by storm. Eclipsing his NFL-record passer rating of 122.5 (set in his 2011 MVP season), Rodgers puts up a career-high in yards, while his receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb both top 1,000 yards receiving. Rodgers falls short of his career-high touchdown mark of 45 thanks to the rushing ability of Eddie Lacy, but his domination is rewarded with a second MVP title and an entrance into the debate of greatest quarterback of all-time. Fisher: LeSean McCoy: I could go quarterback here and Peyton Manning will certainly be up there at the end of the year, but Im really intrigued with what LeSean McCoy will do in Chip Kellys offence. Shady put up monster numbers in Philadelphia last year and with Nick Foles presumably starting at QB all year, he may even improve upon them this year. If he can score 20 touchdowns like he did just two years ago, an MVP award will be within reach. Defensive Player of the Year Fisher: Ndamukong Suh I love those big tackling machine linebackers and could definitely see Luke Kuechly repeating as winner, but my pick is Ndamukong Suh. Hes not the easiest guy to cheer for but he gets results. If Suh can stay healthy and out of trouble hell put up DPOY worthy numbers but the kicker for me is the DT is in a contract year, hell be looking to cash in with a big impact year. Hetherington: Earl Thomas The defensive player of the year often comes from one of the leagues top defences. This year, it will come from the NFLs top secondary, the Legion of Boom. Though, Richard Sherman will make headlines for the Seattle Seahhawks, free safety Earl Thomas will be regarded as the top player in the Seahawks dominant pass defence and he will be rewarded for it.dddddddddddd Thomas has made the Pro Bowl in three straight seasons and been named a First Team All-Pro in each of the last two seasons, now he adds the DPOY title his impressive résumé. Offensive Rookie of the Year Hetherington: Kelvin Benjamin The landscape of this award could change drastically if first-round quarterbacks Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater see significant playing time in 2013. However, as it stands, the rookie wholl receive the biggest workload is wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Playing as Cam Newtons top passing option with the Carolina Panthers, Benjamin will receive plenty of targets and make the most of them. His six-foot-five frame will allow him to high-point and haul in jump-balls in the endzone and reach 10 touchdowns in his debut season. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will make this a two-horse race, but a better team record and better comparable production will give Benjamin the edge for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Fisher: Carlos Hyde I like Mikes pick and think Benjamin is in for a big year as Cam Newtons favourite target in Carolina. I could see Mike Evans having a solid year in Tampa Bay as well but Im going high-risk, high-reward with my Offensive Rookie pick. If Frank Gore continues to defy his age and the miles on his body, Carlos Hyde will be nothing but a solid backup this year. But if Gore goes down or falls off a cliff production-wise, and history suggests theres at least a chance of that happening to a 31-year-old running back with more than 2,000 career rushing attempts, then Hyde becomes this years Eddie Lacy a lead back in a very good offence. Defensive Rookie of the Year Fisher: Calvin Pryor Right after the draft, I thought the Raiders Khalil Mack or the Rams Aaron Donald would have the best opportunities to put up Defensive Rookie of the Year numbers. But after his awesome preseason performance Im switching my pick to Calvin Pryor. The New York Jets have their problems, but they usually manage to finish with a decent defensive unit. If the teams injury-ravaged secondary can hold up throughout the year, Pryor will get a lot of the credit, deservingly so. Hetherington: Ryan Shazier Oppositely of on offence, the race DROY will be one of the closest in recent memory. Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, C.J. Mosley, Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will all make strong impressions on the league. However, working in the middle of the Pittsburgh Steelers defence, linebacker Ryan Shazier will win the award. Shazier will bring the most balanced stat line of any rookie at the end of the season as he combines over 100 tackles with multiple sacks and interceptions. In 2014, the Ohio State product will quickly etch his name into the storied history of the Steelers defence with an award-winning rookie campaign. cheap nfl jerseys Cheap nhl Jerseys ' ' '

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