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Postby ruogu1234 » December 3rd, 2019, 2:56 am

SAO PAULO - Traditional Brazilian club Palmeiras was held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Paranaense but escaped relegation thanks to Vitorias 1-0 loss to Santos in the final round of the Brazilian league.The eight-time national champion needed to win the home game to guarantee its spot in the top flight without depending on other results, but the draw was enough after Vitoria failed to win its match in Salvador.Bahia also had a chance to escape demotion but lost 3-2 at Coritiba. Criciuma and traditional Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo had already been relegated.Palmeiras finished with 40 points, two ahead of Vitoria and three in front of Bahia. Botafogo ended with 34 points and Criciuma with 32.Cruzeiro, which clinched its second consecutive league title two rounds in advance, ended the tournament with a 2-1 home win over Fluminense with one of the goals coming from a remarkable side-volley by Bolivia striker Marcelo Moreno.The victory gave Cruzeiro 80 points, the most since the tournament began being played with all teams facing each other twice, at home and away. Cruzeiro also broke the record for most victories with 24 from 38 matches. The four-time national champion led from the sixth round and finished 10 points ahead of second-place Sao Paulo, which lost 1-0 at Sport on Sunday.Atletico Paranaense opened the scoring in Sao Paulo with a header by Ricardo Silva in the 10th minute, and Palmeiras equalized with a penalty converted by striker Henrique in the 20th. Henrique ended as the tournaments second-best scorer with 16 goals, two less than Fluminenses Fred.Palmeiras, the Brazilian team with the most national titles, had lost five straight coming into the final round. Celebrating its centennial, the team was trying to avoid being relegated for the second time in three years. The club played in the second division in 2003 and 2013.It was only the second match at Palmeiras new stadium, a 43,000-capacity arena in the heart of Sao Paulo. Local authorities had tried to move the decisive match to a different stadium because of security concerns. The new Allianz Parque was built by World Cup standards, without fences between the stands and the pitch, which ignited fears of a mass invasion had Palmeiras failed to remain in the first division.Vitoria would have stayed in the top flight had it beaten Santos at home, but it lost after conceding a goal in second-half injury time.The tournaments final round marked the retirement of Coritiba playmaker Alex, the former Brazil midfielder who thrived with Turkeys Fenerbahce and also with Palmeiras and Cruzeiro. He was crucial when Cruzeiro won the 2003 Brazilian league title.The 37-year-old player cried after he was substituted and met with his wife and his children on the sidelines at the Couto Pereira Stadium in Curitiba.On Saturday, Internacional beat Figueirense 2-1 in Florianopolis with an injury time winner to secure third place and an automatic spot in the group stage of next years Copa Libertadores. The teams first goal was scored in the 90th after Figueirense had gone ahead in the 49th.The result hurt Corinthians, which finished fourth despite a 2-1 win over Criciuma at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo. The popular club will have to play a playoff to get into the group stage of Latin Americas most important competition.After the match, Corinthians made official that it wont keep former Brazil coach Mano Menezes next season. His replacement has not been announced.___Follow Tales Azzoni at Air Force 1 Discount . The Toronto Argonauts (11-7) look for an opportunity to repeat as CFL champions when they host the surging Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) on Sunday. Air Force 1 2020 .com) - Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was named the National League Player of the Month for April. . Gonzalez participated in his final game on Sunday, Atlantas 21-20 defeat at the hands of the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers, having posted four catches for 46 yards. Air Force 1 On Sale . They kicked off the still-going trend of host cities winning the Grey Cup and sent Hall of Fame head coach Wally Buono to the front office a champion. Air Force 1 Store . Griffin scored 13 of his 31 points in the final 7:05 and Dudley got 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter, leading the defending Pacific Division champions to a 112-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. "Dud is a shooter.CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are taking a more direct approach to generating offence without injured star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. So far, its working. Rookie Jeremy Morin scored and set up Patrick Sharps go-ahead goal in the second period, and injury-depleted Chicago held on to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday afternoon for its third straight win. The Blackhawks ground out the victory despite playing without Toews powerful skating and Kanes puck-handling skills for the third game. Forward Brandon Saad was a last-minute scratch. "Weve simplified our game quite a bit," said Sharp, who scored his team-leading 33rd goal. "Were not trying to make as many plays offensively. Were battling hard. "Usually when you battle hard individually and as a team, good things happen. Weve raised our battle level lately, but were just keeping things simple. Getting pucks in, getting pucks out." And some younger players, such as Morin, are getting more ice time and showing just how deep defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago is. "Im just taking it day by day every time Im in the lineup, trying to make the most of it," Morin said. "Were comfortable out there. "Im just playing the game right now and letting things come." Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago, which is two points behind Colorado for second place in the Central Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks have three games left. The Avalanche, who lost in a shootout to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, have four games remaining. Toews, Chicagos captain, sat out his third game with an upper-body injury suffered last Sunday when he was drilled by Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik. Kane, who has resumed skating, missed his ninth with a lower-body injury suffered against the Blues on March 19. Toews and Kane are expected to return for the start of the playoffs. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka connected for St. Louis, which lost its second straight and remained two points behind idle Boston for the NHLs overall point lead and race for the Presidents Trophy. Both the Blues and Bruins have four games remaining. Chicagos Corey Crawford made 21 saves and St. Louis Brian Elliott made 31. "We had moments where we did everything to ourselves and gave them opportunities really out of nothing," Elliott said. "Its a wake-up call right now and weve got to figure it out." The Blues skated without two of their top forwards, including leading goal scorer Alexander Steen who missed his third game with an upper-body injury. Vladimir Tarasenko has been sidelined since mid-March with a hand injury.dddddddddddd The Blues, who were shut out by Colorado on Saturday, have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their past 10 games. St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said his team is looking a "little bit tired" and needs to "find a way to re-energize" and start skating, buzzing and shooting again in the offensive zone. "Our offensive game is based on offensive energy," Hitchcock said. "When we dont have it, we dont have near enough zone time. "We score by volume (of chances) and when we dont get the volume we dont score. The last couple of games we havent gotten the volume we normally get." Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk agreed. "A lot of our offence comes when were grinding away down low," he said. "When were shooting, theres rebounds and were beating guys to pucks." Chicago dominated territorially in the chippy first period and outshot the Blues 11-3, but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes. Schwartzs power-play goal at 1:57 of the first opened the scoring. After taking Brenden Morrows pass, Schwartz fired from the left circle, but his shot hit traffic in front of the net and bounded back to him. His second shot got through the screen and beat Crawford low. Crawford made a pad save on Patrik Berglunds short-handed breakaway attempt midway through the first. Elliott stopped several prime Chicago chances in the final minutes of the first as Chicago turned up the pressure. With 1:30 to go, he blocked a point-blank short-handed shot by Marian Hossa, who rocketed in alone past Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo. Morin tied it at 1 at 8:34 of the second, when he drove to the net and pushed in a rebound of Bryan Bickells shot. Bickell had picked off a pass at centre ice before cruising back into the Blues zone and firing from the left circle. Sharp put Chicago ahead 2-1 with 27 seconds left in the second when he completed a 2-on-1 break with Morin. Morin carried the puck down the right side, then passed to Sharp who fired a shot past Elliotts stick side from the left circle. Kruger made it 3-1 just 56 seconds into the third. Elliott got a piece of Joakim Nordstroms shot from the right wing, but the puck trickled to the left goal post. Kruger punched it in. Sobotka cut it to 3-2 with 2:02 left when his flipping shot from the left wing knuckled under Crawfords glove. Smith scored into an empty-net with 3.3 seconds left. NOTES: Blackhawks D Johnny Oduya sat out his third game with a lower-body injury. Healthy scratches for Chicago were D David Rundblad and forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Matt Carey. ... Blues scratches were defencemen Ian Cole and Jordan Leopold and F Dmitrij Jaskin. ' ' '
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