q12345Avatar de q1234512 862 billets | Profil Recherche Google

ce blog tous
Derniers billets Connexion



tal yards with Alabama midway through the third quarter

MONTREAL -- A crew of Montreal baseball lovers appears willing to do just about anything to get their team back, even if it means driving to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays. . They werent necessarily cheering for the home team. Organizers say about 1,000 Expos fans, hoping to attract the attention of major league baseballs movers and shakers, packed into the outfield bleachers at the Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. The group wore the defunct clubs traditional red, white and baby blue and held up signs promoting their cause. "Our goal is to celebrate the history of the Expos and show that there is still a viable market for it," said Matthew Ross, who runs the website Expos Nation and helped organize the trip. "We do everything we can to drum up nostalgia for the team and at the same time focus on the future." About 200 people made a similar trek to Toronto last season. This year, the group convinced a former player, Bill Atkinson, and manager, Jim Fanning, to attend. Nearly a decade after the Expos left town, theres a small but growing movement to bring a team back to the city. The possibility has become a recurring topic on local talk radio shows and has even influenced Montreal street fashion. The teams logo has become a source of city pride and a statement for young people barely old enough to have seen them play. Ross said the pain of the Expos messy 2004 departure has begun to dissipate. These days, people are more focused on joyful memories, and Expos greats like Andre Dawson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, he said. The Montreal Baseball Project, a group founded a year-and-a-half ago by former Expo Warren Cromartie, is a focal point of the renewed interest in the team. At events around the city over the past year, Cromartie has made his sales pitch for bringing back baseball. "The slogan that I put out there, that I want to continue to put out there, is: Montreal wants baseball back," Cromartie said in an interview. Cromartie pointed to the death of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, a fan favourite when he played at Montreals Olympic Stadium, as a key rallying point. Last summer, several former Expos returned to Montreal to pay tribute to Carter and meet with fans. A Montreal street was named after him earlier this year. Cromartie said the revival of the Canadian dollar, more television revenue, the advent of social media and increased revenue sharing in baseball make a team in Montreal a realistic possibility. His group has about $400,000 from the Montreal Board of Trade and private business partners to explore the possibility of bringing a team back. A feasibility study in the works could be ready by September, he said. Even if it doesnt happen anytime soon, Ross believes the city is a viable baseball market under the right circumstances. Its no accident the group chose to attend a game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the leagues more troubled franchises, he said. In the past few years the team has been rumoured to be on the move and the teams owner recently mused that Montreal was a good baseball market. When asked whether he believed the Expos would ever return, Ross, 35, said it would be "very difficult and very tough." "That doesnt mean that we cant stir the pot a little bit," he said. That strategy appeared to work on Saturday. The event created plenty of buzz on social media, even drawing the attention of political leaders. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, a Montreal MP who attended Expos games with his prime minister father as a child, sent out a series of messages supporting the cause. "Good to see more than 1,000 members of Expos Nation attending the Blue Jays game today," Trudeau wrote on Twitter. "Gone but not forgotten!" Prime Minister Stephen Harper later got in on the act as well, saying on Twitter, "I hope that the efforts of Expos Nation will one day be rewarded with a team in Montreal." . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts passed for three touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards to help No. 1 Alabama overcome a slow start and beat FCS team Chattanooga 31-3 on Saturday night.With the offense struggling to get going, the Crimson Tide (11-0) spotted the Mocs (8-3) the games first three points and didnt really shake them until late in the third quarter. The defense had a more Bama-like performance, and hasnt given up a touchdown in 13 quarters.Hurts was 15 of 21 for 136 yards a week after torching Mississippi State for 347 yards. He had a 47-yard TD pass to Calvin Ridley and added two 1-yarders to Gehrig Dieter, including one in the final minutes that made the score look a little closer to what most expected.Damien Harris rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown and Ridley gained 94 yards on seven catches.Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart did not play in the game, but it wasnt clear if hes injured.It was a milestone win for Alabama coach Nick Saban, whose 41-5 record as the No. 1 team gives him the most of any coach. He had been tied with Ohio States Woody Hayes (40-4-1) and Florida States Bobby Bowden (40-5).Chattanoogas first-quarter field goal put Alabama behind for the first time since Kentucky scored the first three points on Oct. 1. The Mocs trailed just 14-3 until deep into the third quarter before Harris raceed 25 yards for a touchdown. Alejandro Bennifield completed 16 of 21 passes for 106 yards for the Mocs, who sacked Hurts three times.Alabama wasnt exactly pushing the Mocs around early. Chattanooga stopped two runs from the 1-yard line in the second quarter before Hurts rolled right on fourth down and hit Dieter in the end zone for a 14-3 lead.That was set up by a muffed punt at the 9.THE TAKEAWAYChattanooga: Was almost even in total yards with Alabama midway through the third quarter. Didnt allow a sack to a defense that came in with the most in the nation.Alabama: It was probably the least impressive performance of the season, considering what `Bama is expected to do to FCS teams. Left tackle Cam Robinson and backup Korren Kirven, who started at right guard, both left late with injuries.POLL IMPLICATIONSChattanooga: Came in ranked No. 11 in the FCS coaches poll and shouldnt be judged much for this one.Alabama: Still a lock to be No. 1 in the AP poll and playoff rankings, especially with teams behind Tide struggling.UP NEXTChattanooga: Finished the regular season and awaits its playoff fate.Alabama: Hosts Auburn in the Iron Bowl seeking a third straight win over its in-state rival. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys China ' ' '