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#1 24-09-2017 11:20:31

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CHICAGO -- If you want to end a drought, come to the Windy City.After

CHICAGO -- If you want to end a drought, come to the Windy City.After 111 years, Ireland secured their first win over the All Blacks at Soldier Field, a wonderful place that has spent the past couple days celebrating the Cubs first World Series triumph in 108 years.This was the best test match seen this year. As the skyscrapers of Chicago loomed large over the historic ground, Ireland and New Zealand played an epic with the cheer greeting Henshaws 76th-minute score to hand this city yet another moment of sporting history -- a 40-29 Irish triumph.When Ireland first played the All Blacks in 1905, it was at the old Lansdowne Road in Dublin. This was an altogether different occasion, as the heroic men in green played under the beating Chicago sun to create their own slice of history.From one to 15, they were immense. Jonathan Sexton was masterful at fly-half, while Rob Kearney repaid Joe Schmidts faith to put in the most assured performances at fullback. Then there was the relentless effort from Henshaw in defence. Thats before anyone mentions Conor Murray, who was outstanding and the best player on the pitch.Then there was the pack, headed by the brilliant Jamie Heaslip, with the green machine keeping the All Blacks pack at bay. Before the match, Ireland formed a No. 8 formation to face the Haka in honour of the late, great Anthony Foley. The pack emulated his warrior spirit by putting in tackle after tackle and ensuring that anything wearing black was to have the hardest of tasks to break them down.All week, Ireland talked about the opportunities on offer at Soldier Field -- the opportunity to experience Chicago, the opportunity to have another crack at beating the All Blacks and the opportunity to make history. They ticked all three off the list with a performance focused on intelligent rugby and unwavering focus. They did not put a foot wrong in the first half and moved the All Blacks from left to right.Then came the black wave in the second 40. That relentless, punishing, blink-and-you-miss-it attack in which the flattest of passes are thrown and defenders are left spinning on the spot.The introduction of TJ Perenara was the moment when the game swung in the All Blacks favour. Aaron Smith looked out-of-sorts at scrum-half, and that pace with which they played throughout the Rugby Championship was strangely lacking. But Perenaras introduction after 45 minutes signalled the shift up in gear.Ireland did their best to hold on to the lead, with Conor Murrays penalty after 59 minutes giving them a bit more of a buffer, and around the 73rd minute mark, the All Blacks machine was in top gear and Ireland looked like they were on the back foot.But then came the turnover, the kick forward by Simon Zebo and the 5-metre scrum with four minutes left. The wonderful Murray managed to get the ball to Henshaw, and history was made.It was the focus that was so impressive. The record 62,300 crowd watched enthralled, but Ireland never looked rattled. The All Blacks went for them in the fourth quarter of the game, but Ireland always managed to have a foothold. It was Schmidts rugby ethos personified -- one of intelligent rugby and sticking to processes.Chicago will be in for another night of celebration after a week when it has gone into overdrive for the Cubs. The Irish flags flew at Soldier Field, those in green bounced up and down, and for the second time in a week, folks pinched themselves and remembered loved ones who missed out on the opportunity to see history made, and smiles broke out from ear to ear while tears flowed.On Friday, Chicagos river was turned blue in honour of the Cubs, and who knows, they might bring out the green dye used on St. Patricks Day.Tonight Chicago will be painted green with the partying going on long into the night. The Windy City is officially the new capital of sporting theatre and the place where sporting dreams come true. Adil Rami France Jersey . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. 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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If fifth-ranked Louisville wants to remain in the playoff discussion, the Cardinals will have to do something theyve never done before.Louisville (8-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 7 CFB) can end with their best league finish by beating Wake Forest (6-3, 3-2) on Saturday night. While coach Bobby Petrino expected improvement in the Cardinals third year in the league after back-to-back 5-3 finishes, this year has included a breakthrough against the top tier with a 63-20 pounding of then-No. 2 Florida State that thrust Louisville and Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson onto the national scene.Though the Cardinals will need a lot of help to overtake No. 2 Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC) -- which dealt them their only league loss last month -- Petrino likes still having a shot at the Atlantic Division.We went into the year with the goal to compete for a national championship, Petrino said on Monday. I really liked our team when we started this off and I felt like we had a shot at it. I think weve played well and well just keep working at it.No matter how the ACC shakes out, Louisville remains hopeful of being considered for the four-team playoff. The second ranking comes Tuesday night, and the question is whether the Cardinals standing will improve with Texas A&M (No. 4 CFP) sustaining its second loss.Petrino said players were upset by last weeks initial ranking that made their road to the playoff more difficult. But it told the Cardinals that improvement was needed after close calls such as their 32-25 escape at Virginia and judging from Saturdays 52-7 rout of Boston College , total domination is now their objective.We just felt like we shouldve been (rankeed) higher, cornerback Stacy Thomas said, but we dont have any say-so in that and just have to play each week and show we deserve to be there.dddddddddddd Whenever theres a team ahead of us that thinks theyre better than us, thats motivation.Petrino seemed bothered by having to run up the score but didnt say whether that would be the norm to influence the playoff committee.The only thing that we can control is how we play and how we go out and perform and win games, he said.Jackson certainly seemed inspired to do his part with another multiple-touchdown performance that bolstered his Heisman credentials.The sophomore quarterback got Louisville out to a 35-0 lead by accounting for five TDs before leaving the game before halftime with forearm cramps and finger numbness. Jackson returned to score twice more in the third quarter, capping another big day with a 53-yard scoring run that raised his season TD total to 45.Jackson and Louisville now face an improved Wake Forest team thats bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, when the Demon Deacons played in the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals have won all three series meetings but after last years 20-19 squeaker over Wake in Winston-Salem, theyre not taking anything for granted.Especially with margin of victory possibly determining their playoff chances.Thats our philosophy as an offense, to score every time, center Tobijah Hughley said. Were really worried about what we can control, so were going to focus on scoring every time we get the chance.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '



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