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NEW YORK -- Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Frank Dancevic won opening matches within
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NEW YORK -- Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Frank Dancevic won opening matches within seconds of each other to advances into the second round of the U. Nike Air Max 270 Sale Dames .S. Open on Monday. Montreals Bouchard managed to find a way past Czech Karolina Pliskova 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to win in her U.S. Open main draw debut. Dancevic, a product of Niagara Falls, Ont., defeated Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7). It was Dancevics first victory in New York in four attempts after first-round losses in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Bouchard needed two hours 16 minutes to advance, with 26 winners and 32 unforced errors in her battle on hard court. Rain ended Vasek Pospisils match against Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva early. Pospisil missed on winning chances in the third set but left the court leading 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 0-4. The Vernon, B.C., native appeared to have picked up a leg injury during the match. The 19-year-old Bouchard, ranked 59th, lost the opening set on a break but rallied back to take the second set after 91 minutes on the court. Bouchard hung tough in the final set, closing out the tight victory with a break in the final game form a return long over the baseline. "I was expecting good things for myself. I wanted to play and compete at my best," said Bouchard. "I didnt play that well, but I fought my hardest. Im proud of that but I hope to improve for the next match. My serve was working the entire match, even at the end when it was tight. "I was able to hold easily and put pressure on her. I felt fine at the end but I think she was getting tired. I was running for balls and broke her for 6-5. That was the key to the match. When I had my chances I tried to impose my game." Dancevic, a qualifier who ranks 152nd, kept up his momentum in his four-set victory. The 28-year-old took a two-set-to-one lead and recovered in the fourth set after losing an early break against Haase. Dancevic took it into a tiebreak, where he ran off a 4-0 lead before taking the victory on the third of four match points. The Canadian jammed his toe on a shot and also scrapped his right elbow with a few dives on the hard court. "Im pretty happy with my performance today. I jammed the toe really bad in the second set and ended up cutting half of my toe nail off," Dancevic said. "I was struggling to move and worried about what might happen later in the match. I served better as the match went on, but we were both getting a bit tired in the fourth set and trying to win it on serve. "The tiebreaks really made the difference, I played pretty well in them and thats what gave me the victory." It was a late start for most of the Canadians in action, with only Torontos Sharon Fichman on court early. The No. 95 Fichman was beaten by Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who lost the Roger Cup final this month to Serena Williams Cirstea won the match 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 against Fichman. Tenth seed Milos Raonic begins play on Tuesday against Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. Nike Air Max Kopen .com) - The disappointing Ottawa Senators hope to record consecutive wins for the first time since early November, as they visit the Boston Bruins on Friday for the opener of a home-and-home series. Nike Air Max Classic Bw Nederland . Coetzees finish, with six birdies and no bogeys, took him to 19-under 268 overall and past South African compatriots Thomas Aiken and Justin Walters, the overnight co-leaders. Coetzee was flawless on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club to clinch his maiden title after 24 top 10 finishes. http://www.airmaxkopennederland.com/ .com) - Guard Greivis Vasquez and forward Patrick Patterson, two key pieces to the Toronto Raptors run to an Atlantic Division title in 2013-14, were both given qualifying offers by the team on Saturday.SARASOTA, Florida – On a pristine, cloudless Saturday morning before his Blue Jays took to the field to play the Orioles, manager John Gibbons assumed his familiar perch behind home plate to watch his charges take batting practice. That time around, the cage is as much a part of baseballs daily routine as a beer and a hotdog is to a fan in the stands. Coaches, scouts, broadcasters and other media hover, tossing verbal barbs, telling stories and sharing laughs. Occasionally, especially in spring when the atmosphere is relatively laid back, the list of invited guests expands and on this day, Gibbons welcomed two men strongly influential in his life. To his left stood his high school baseball coach, Syl Perez and on his right, Frank Arnold, Gibbons high school football coach. The two are spending these early days of camp with the man they mentored. Its a chance for the men to catch up, reminisce about old times, and for Gibbons to share his pro experience with two people whove helped him along the way. "Your high school years are very big years in forming who youre going to be," Gibbons told TSN.ca. "When youre in athletics, if you get the right guys, it can steer you the right direction, teach you discipline, the work ethic and all the right stuff that benefit you in life." Arnold, 72, is a legend in Texas high school football, a state where "football is king," as Gibbons likes to remind the uninitiated. Gibbons played but didnt start at MacArthur High School in San Antonio. He was a running back, although in hindsight, Arnold thinks Gibbons was better suited to play linebacker because he was athletically inclined and had good instincts. Arnold also took notice, almost immediately, of Gibbons upbringing, especially his supportive parents, William and Sally. "Great kid, great family, never had, you know you have some parents who are a little overbearing, his parents were right there to support him," said Arnold. He had a knack for baseball, although Gibbons admits he was a late bloomer, especially offensively. A senior catcher graduated after Gibbons sophomore season, a year in which Gibbons played the outfield, and Perez had someone else pegged as the teams next catcher. Gibbons was still an unknown commodity. The coaching staff tried him at third base. It wasnt the right fit. "I dont care where I put John Gibbons, he was a catcher," said Perez. "I mean, it was in his DNA. He carries himself like a catcher." Perez had Gibbons and the would-be catching successor get behind the plate and simulate throwing out base stealers. "I timed him," said Perez. "From the time the sound hit the mitt to the time it hit the shortstop or second baseman at the bag. The other young man was very accurate but John was kind of like a Nolan Ryan. He was not very accurate, or not as accurate, but he would only average two seconds and sometimes slightly less than that. The other kid was 2.3, 2.4." Funny thing, Gibbons ended up catching that year. The other kid played third base. Both were all district at the end of the season, Gibbons in spite of a batting average below .200. He was that good defensively. His game rounded into form in his senior year, thanks to a scout named Buzzy Keller, who in advance of the baseball season, instructed Perez on a new hitting pphilosophy featuring a more compact swing. Nike Air Max 1 Aanbieding. Perez coached up Gibbons and the results were immediate. "John batted .500 in 19 games and he hit 10 home runs," said Perez. "Its not that he hit 10 home runs, its how far he hit those 10 home runs that really got him to be a lot more noticed. A lot of our practices were very, very well attended and of course, he went 24th overall in the first round (1980) to the Mets." A series of injuries derailed Gibbons big league playing career, the nail in the coffin being the Mets acquisition of Gary Carter before the 1985 season. He stayed around the game, coached at various levels over a number of years, and by 2004, was into his first run as manager of the Blue Jays. "Hes old school and the old school way of thinking is, good catchers become good managers," said Perez. "Theyre the only ones looking the other way at the entire defence. Lets face it, he may have been not a starter in his major league life but when hes in the bullpen catching and working with folks like the Dwight Goodens and such, Im sure hes going to learn some things." Gibbons credits Arnold and Perez with teaching him some of the tactics he employs to this day. "You get to this level, its a little different," said Gibbons. "Guys are very successful when they get to this level so theyve got a good idea of what they do. Theres not as much coaching, teaching and things like that and you give these guys a little more leeway because theyre adults. But theres a lot of the same principles that work. I dont care if youre in high school or big league baseball, you have to have discipline. You still have to play the right way." Gibbons fair, jovial but stern-when-he-needs-to-be personality endears him to those who know him best and have known him the longest. "Personally, I think he has the demeanour, the ability to work with people," said Arnold. "I hope he gets lucky this year because last year they had some bad luck, in my opinion, with injuries and other things. I follow him, I watch him all the time and Im very proud to say that I was around him." Arnold continued, "John is going to be the same on the docks with some dock workers as he is at some high class place with the boss. I just think hes a quality person. Hes not flashy, he is what he is but hes always good to people." Coming off a disappointing 74-88 season, a startling and uncomfortable thud after the offseason hype of a year ago, Gibbons knows there is pressure to rebound. His mentors know it, too. "Nobody wants you unless you win," said Arnold. "I dont care what level, what league so I wish him well and hope he has some great luck this year. I hope some of the guys have some great years because I think he deserves it." Gibbons is aware the fan base is angst-ridden, unsure of whether the Blue Jays can compete in the ultra-tough American League East. He knows about the Twitter faction thats popularized the "FireGibby" hashtag, understands and accepts its a fans right to be upset, but wants to be clear about something he says wont change, win or lose. "I want people to know that I care about Toronto, I care about Canada, and nobody wants to win for the fan base more than I do because I know they deserve it." ' ' '
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