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Arizona is on the brink of closing out the Giants, who played

LOUISVILLE, Ky. wholesale jerseys . -- Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will forgo his senior season with the No. 18 Cardinals and enter the NFL draft. Projected as a first-round selection and possibly the first QB taken this spring, Bridgewater completed 71 per cent of passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns this season, including a career-best 447 yards with three TDs in Saturdays 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Bridgewater said in a release that the decision "was extremely difficult," but added that attending Louisville "was one of the best decisions I could have ever made." With Bridgewater starting, the Cardinals won 27 games and tied a school record with this years 12-1 finish. Despite some lacklustre efforts following a loss to Central Florida, Louisville entered the bowl game with the nations 18th-ranked passing game at nearly 303 yards per game and 34th in total offence at 453.1. Bridgewaters career highlight was last years 33-23 Sugar Bowl upset of Florida in which the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Miami native earned MVP honours after passing for 266 yards and two TDs. His decision wasnt surprising considering he began the season as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate before those prospects dropped with the October loss to UCF that also ended the Cardinals chances of winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship. However, Bridgewaters pro stock remained steady and even gained steam down the stretch after he rallied Louisville past Cincinnati with a gutsy 14-yard scramble on fourth-and-12 and an off-balance 22-yard TD pass to Damian Copeland in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals won 31-24 in overtime to clinch the Russell Athletic bowl bid. Bridgewater consistently remained coy about his future, even after leading the Cardinals to their second consecutive bowl win. Late in the season, Louisville coach Charlie Strong even suggested the possibility that his star quarterback might return for his final year. But after talking with his family and Louisvilles coaching staff, Bridgewater chose the option that was long expected. He leaves as Louisvilles No. 3 career passer with 9,817 yards and 72 TDs against 24 interceptions. His 68.3 per cent completion rate is a school record. "These past three years have allowed me to mature as a person and leave the university as better person and with my degree in hand, which was one of my goals," Bridgewater said in the statement. "I will cherish every moment on the field and off the field, and every bond that I built. I will forever represent the university with the utmost pride and respect." Waiting in the wings to succeed Bridgewater are redshirt freshman Will Gardner, freshman Kyle Bolin, and junior Brett Nelson. cheap jerseys china . -- Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Marqise Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth more than $5 million. cheap china jerseys . The league announced the decision on its website Saturday, shortly before AC Milan was due to kick off against Genoa at 6 p.m. local time. The 25-year-old Morosini died about an hour earlier after suffering cardiac arrest during his teams Serie B match at Pescara. PHOENIX -- Becoming NL West champions has been a notion off in the distance for the Arizona Diamondbacks for weeks, something plausible, yet still just out of reach. Now that its closer to becoming a reality, the Diamondbacks are ready to snatch it up. Aggressive on the basepaths and with their bats, the Diamondbacks jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in an 8-5 win on Wednesday that cut their magic number for clinching the division to two. "You dont want to beat around the bush too much, just go ahead and get it done," said Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, the biggest beneficiary of Arizonas take-it-now approach. A day after stranding 11 runners in a loss to Pittsburgh, the Diamondbacks put pressure on the Pirates from the start, setting a team record with four stolen bases while scoring three runs off Russ Ohlendorf (1-3) in the first inning. Miguel Montero hit a homer for the first his three hits in the inning and Arizona tacked on five more runs in the third with two-run hits by Aaron Hill and Ryan Roberts to finish with 11 hits. That was more than enough run support for Miley (4-2) and J.J. Putz closed it out with a flourish, striking out the side in the ninth for his 22nd straight save and 43rd overall. Now, with 90 wins after a pair of 90-loss seasons, Arizona is on the brink of closing out the Giants, who played the Dodgers later Wednesday. The Diamondbacks get a day off on Thursday before opening a three-game series at home against San Francisco on Friday. "We cant celebrate until happens," said Chris Young, who had two hits and drove in a run in a five-run third inning. "Im sure a few guys will be watching the Giants tonight and tomorrow, but if we can come into the Giants series ready and playing good baseball, we should be able to do this." Pittsburgh didnt go quietly despite the big early hole. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle used 15 different position players and six pitchers, and his team did manage to chip away at the lead in the later innings. But Pittsburgh, like it has most of the second half of the season, came up just short, losing for the 10th time in 14 games. Derrek Lee homered and drove in two runs, and Ryan Ludwick added a solo shot for the Pirates. "The attitude and the effort has been there all year," Hurdle said. "They are playing the game to win, whether it is September 21st all Aprril 21st that hasnt changed. cheap jerseys from china. The execution has been problematic the last 50 games." Arizona lost to Pittsburgh 5-3 Tuesday night, thanks to ineffective hitting with runners on and several defensive gems by the Pirates, but still moved closer to its first division title since 2007 with San Franciscos loss to the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks went right at the Pirates in the series finale, pulling off two double steals in the opening inning. Justin Upton had a sacrifice fly to drive in one run and Montero added two more with his 18th homer to right. Arizona piled it on the third, chasing Ohlendorf after three straight singles -- Youngs drove a run -- and a walk. Roberts followed with a two-run double to the corner in left off Jared Hughes, who then issued a four-pitch walk to Miley, a .083 hitter. Hill made it 8-1 with a two-run single to left after fighting off several good pitches. Ohlendorf allowed seven runs on seven hits in two-plus innings. "I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand real good and I made good pitches, and they took good swings," said Ohlendorf said. "I had a really good approach and I didnt make enough good pitches." Miley wasnt particularly sharp, but plenty good enough with the support his teammates provided. The left-hander worked through plenty of traffic, giving up Ludwicks solo homer in the second inning and an RBI single to Lee in the fourth. Miley was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning after allowing two runs on five hits. The Diamondbacks had some nice defensive plays to help the effort, including Hills shovel throw from second to get Alex Presley in the third inning and first baseman Lyle Overbays over-the-rail grab on Matt Pagnozzis foul pop in the sixth. "Weve just got keep pushing, keep winning ball games and seal the deal," Miley said. Another game or two like this and they will. NOTES: Montero has an 11-game hitting streak at home. ... Arizona gets Thursday off before starting its series against the Giants. Rookie RHP Josh Collmenter will start for the Diamondbacks after allowing three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to San Diego his last outing. ... Pittsburgh heads home to play Cincinnati with RHP Edinson Volquez facing Reds LHP Jeff Locke. Volquez will be making his third start in the majors after losing his first two outings with a 6.75 ERA. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '

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