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#1 30-11-2016 09:31:13

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TORONTO -- A December road game against the Buffalo Bills has never shaped up so well for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons face the Bills on Sunday at Rogers Centre, meaning Ryan and Co. wont have to deal with the wind, rain and snow being forecast for Buffalos home venue, Ralph Wilson Stadium, in Orchard Park, N.Y. It will be Buffalos sixth regular-season "home" game in Ontario as part of the Bills Toronto Series, which began in 2008 and was renewed in January for another five years. The Bills (4-7) are 1-4 at Rogers Centre and 0-3 in December contests there. Whats more, Atlanta (2-9) plays its home games in a dome. "I think obviously playing in a dome this time of year late in the year thats an advantage for both offences," Ryan said. "It can be difficult to go out there and play when its windy and cold and youre either getting hail or snow . . . so I think both offences, it cuts you a little bit of a break." But once again receiver Stevie Johnson and his Buffalo teammates must deal with the disadvantage of being the home team indoors in a different country. "Yeah, they must have fixed the schedule or something out there in Atlanta," Johnson said. "Who put the schedule together to have them come to Toronto?" Buffalos roster features two Canadians: rookie defensive lineman Stefan Charles, a Toronto native who grew up in Oshawa, Ont., and veteran linebacker Jamaal Westerman, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but grew up in Brampton, Ont. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff grew up in Guelph, Ont., and played at the University of Guelph. Charles, claimed last month off Tennessees practice roster, could see more playing time Sunday as defensive tackle Kyle Williams (back) is questionable. Williams, 30, has a career-high seven sacks and 48 tackles this season. The Bills Toronto Series was unveiled in 2008 as event organizers wanted to show Toronto was a viable NFL city. Rogers Communications Inc. paid US$78 million to stage eight games -- five regular season, three exhibition -- expecting southern Ontario fans to flock to Rogers Centre. But a slow economy, high-priced tickets -- initially averaging over $180 each, compared to roughly US$51 at Orchard Park -- and struggling Bills teams have made it a tough sell. Last year, a series-low 40,770 spectators watched Seattle dismantle Buffalo 50-17. Some ticket prices were reduced to make games more affordable but that hasnt resulted in a sellout. The average ticket price last year was roughly $99. Greg Albrecht, in his second year as the executive director of the Bills in Toronto Series, expects a crowd of about 40,770 on Sunday. But with events planned for the entire weekend, a pre-game show featuring "some surprises from the Department of National Defence," and a half-time performance by The Beach Boys, Albrecht said this has become much more than just a football game. "That is absolutely my goal, to make this the preeminent NFL experience in Canada," he said. The series has been good financially for the Bills as the original deal more than doubled what they wouldve made holding the games at Orchard Park. It has also allowed the NFL club to establish a foothold in Canadas biggest market. But the Bills lose their huge home-field advantage playing late-season games in cold, blustery Orchard Park. Also, fans at Rogers Centre cheer as much -- or more -- for Buffalos opponents as they do the home team. However, Albrecht has a plan to help remedy that. "Were looking for the craziest fans when the Bills are on defence," Albrecht said. "Four of those fans, one per quarter, will be picked and prior to the end of the game were going to do a contest, basically an on-field event, and the two winners will be flown to Barbados for a week with their family. "Its a pretty high-end prize but its just an incentive to get people to really start making a lot of noise and creating that crazy NFL fan experience here in Toronto." The series has also created much speculation regarding the Bills potential relocation to Toronto after owner Ralph Wilson, 95, passes away. Such talk gained more steam last week amid reports that rocker Jon Bon Jovi has aligned himself with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment -- which owns the NHLs Maple Leafs and NBAs Raptors -- to purchase the Bills and move them to southern Ontario. "In my view, this is something were building to create more NFL awareness as well as build up the Bills fanbase and celebrate the NFL in Canada," Albrecht said. "The future of the team, who owns it and where it goes is a little bit beyond my purview. "Im here to make sure were doing what we can from a corporate partnership base, from a fanbase and make this the best NFL event that we can make." But that hasnt stopped some Bills players from criticizing the series. Centre Eric Woods blasted the Rogers Centre after last years contest. "I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke," Wood told a Buffalo radio station. "Its a bad atmosphere for football. I mean, nobody wants to play there. "I guess for opposing teams it beats the hell out of going in somebody elses stadium and dealing with a bunch of crowd noise. I dont think its turned out the way we wanted, and I hope we dont renew it. That sucked." Woods was signing a different tune this week. "I kind of said that in the heat of the moment after the game last year, and Im looking forward to it," he said. "Hopefully my feelings will change after this game." Buffalo rookie head coach Doug Marrone said the Bills could make Rogers Centre an inhospitable environment for opponents by playing better there and giving Toronto fans more to cheer about. "I think we do have some fans in Toronto and I think if we play well well create more fans," he said. "I think we can over a period of time, with success, really create that type of advantage for us over there." Still, Ryan is preparing for the worse at Rogers Centre. "Well anticipate going into it where its going to be really loud and difficult for us to communicate, and then obviously adjust if its different," he said. "But Im hoping weve got a bunch of supporters up in Toronto and they show up this weekend and are pulling for us." Dave Cash Jersey .com) - DAngelo Harrison posted 21 points to guide No. Steve Carlton Jersey . Costa injured his right thigh muscle against Barcelona last Saturday and had sought treatment in Belgrade from a doctor specializing in using fluid derived from horse placenta to repair damaged cells. http://www.philliesbaseballshop.com/jua … es-jersey/ . 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The Dodgers (93-68) have won four straight, including an NL West-clinching victory over San Francisco on Wednesday. Colorados bullpen retired 18 straight, a stretch that spanned from the sixth inning until the 12th, but couldnt turn that into a win. Van Slyke singled with one out, advanced to second when Tim Federowicz was hit by a pitch, stole third, and came home on Morales wild pitch. Scott Van Slyke single-handedly won the game for us right there, catcher A.J. Ellis said. That was a big base hit. We hadnt had a baserunner in quite some time. Then for him to show off not just his speed, but his baseball savvy. Give him a lot of credit for baseball IQ and knowing what was needed for us to get off that field. Rookie Carlos Frias (1-1) pitched three scoreless innings for Los Angeles for his first major league win. Carlos was amazing, Ellis said. Giving us three innings like that, he kept giving us chances to come back and make something happen. Morales (6-9) took the loss for Colorado (66-95), which has dropped three straight. The Rockies took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning, but the Dodgers erased it with a four-run spurt that knocked starter Eddie Butler from the game. (Butler) looked pretty sharp early, but it got away from him in the fifth, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. I felt like he threw some good sinkers, but I think he started to catch a lot of the plate in the fifth inning and he got nicked up there. Los Angeles rapped out four hits in the inning, including Van Slykes tying RBI single and Matt Kemps go-ahead RBI double. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly subbed ofteen, and by the top of the sixth, eight of Los Angeles nine starters had been replaced -- including pitcher Dan Haren.dddddddddddd Theres still (post-season) roster spots open, Mattingly said. Were kind of throwing guys out in different spots and seeing what we get. The Rockies chipped away against the Dodgers bullpen. Charlie Culberson singled home Michael McKenry in the sixth, and McKenry cut the deficit to 5-4 with a solo homer in the eighth. Ben Paulsen tied it in the ninth, sending Paco Rodriguezs first pitch down the right field line, just inside the foul pole, and into the seats. Paulsen has made quite an impression, Weiss said. Good hitter. Really pretty swing. Hes done a nice job. Haren took a no-decision but continued a recent hot stretch with a solid outing. He pitched five innings, allowed two runs and six hits, walked none and struck out four. He has a 2.09 ERA over his last seven starts, dating to Aug. 26. Haren wasnt available after the game but left a sign on his locker for media that read: I felt good. Im ready for the playoffs. Butler, making his third career start, gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings for Colorado. TRAINERS ROOM: Dodgers: 2B Dee Gordon was removed in the second inning due to right hip irritation. His removal was characterized as a precaution by team staff and he is day to day. ... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder inflammation) didnt report any pain after throwing off a mound Friday. He will throw a full bullpen session Sunday. Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu (sprained left knee) will have an MRI on Monday. He was injured while diving for a ball in the series opener. UP NEXT: Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (16-8, 2.74) looks to remain unbeaten since Aug. 9. He is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his last seven starts. Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman (3-4, 5.29) wraps up his rookie season. Bergman, 26, has won three of his last four decisions. Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '



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