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    PORTLAND, Ore. Roberto Osuna Jersey . -- The Los Angeles Clippers goal in their opener was to keep the Portland Trail Blazers from making 3-pointers.The strategy worked: Portland made just four of 18 attempts from the perimeter and the Clippers came away with a 114-106 victory Thursday night.Chris Paul said the Clippers had the luxury of being able to watch Portlands opener two days before.We just saw the clinic they put on at the 3-point line, so we just tried to make it tough on them and get them inside the line, said Paul, who had 27 points.Blake Griffin also had 27 points and added 13 rebounds in what was a contentious game that had fans booing the officials after two flagrant fouls called on Portland players in the fourth quarter. Chris Paul hit a 3-pointer that gave the Clippers a 102-90 lead with 4:07 left and the crowd headed for the exits.The Clippers were the last team in the Western Conference to start the season. Portland opened at home on Tuesday with a 113-104 victory over Utah that included 13 3-pointers.Damian Lillard led the Blazers against the Clippers with 29 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late. His layup got the Blazers to 107-102 with 35.9 seconds left but the rally fell short.I just think we grew frustrated with the way some things went, Lillard said. When were in that situation weve probably got to do a better job of controlling what we can control.The teams last met in the opening round of the playoffs last season. Portland dropped the first two games of the series, but Paul broke his right hand and Griffin reinjured his left quadriceps tendon, and the Blazers won the next four to take the series. Portland would go on to fall to the Golden State Warriors in the conference semifinals.Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer that capped a 16-0 run to put the Clippers up 37-27. Griffins layup extended the lead to 49-38 with less than five minutes left in the first half. Paul made a 3 to end the half and the Clippers led 58-49.The game got testy in the third quarter when DeAndre Jordan and Mason Plumlee got into a bit of a pushing match, resulting in offsetting technical fouls.Portland rallied to keep it close throughout the quarter and Allan Crabbes jumper made it 76-73, but Marreese Speights answered for the Clippers with a 3-pointer. It was tied at 82 going into the fourth quarter.Raymond Felton put the Clippers ahead 90-84 but they couldnt extend it any further until midway through the quarter when the game got chippy again and Plumlee was assessed a flagrant foul.I wont comment on the officiating, but obviously I didnt like some of the calls, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.That shifted the momentum, and the Clippers went up 95-89. CJ McCollum was called for a flagrant on Jordan, who missed both free throws. J.J. Redick made a 3-pointer that put Los Angeles ahead 98-89.When you shoot 40 percent on the road and you have the grit to still win the game, that was pretty cool, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.TIP INSClippers: The Clippers went after veterans in the offseason, bringing in 11-year pros Felton and Brandon Bass, eight-year pro Speights, and seven-year pro Alan Anderson. ... Los Angeles started Luc Mbah a Moute at small forward.Trail Blazers: Lillard opened the season with 39 points against the Jazz. ... Chance The Rapper was among the fans at the game. ... The Blazers made just four of 18 3-point attempts.TOGETHER: Paul, head of the NBA players union, is one of a group of players that lent their voices to an NBA video to spread a message of unity. Along with Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver and Carmelo Anthony, the video ends with the words Theres only one way to work through our challenges -- together.The Trail Blazers have been linking arms during the national anthem for the seasons first two games.PLUMLEES GESTURE: He landed in the seats before his dustup with Jordan, startling two kids sitting courtside. After the game he brought them back to the locker room and signed a pair of jerseys for the youngsters.As for the officiating? He said it shouldnt be a distraction.If you are a mentally tough team you dont let that bother you, Plumlee said. Youve got to play through stuff.UP NEXTClippers: Host the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.Trail Blazers: At the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Devon Travis Jersey . Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday. The fine is the fourth this season for Goldson. He was fined $30,000 for a hit on the New York Jets Jeff Cumberland in Week 1. Troy Tulowitzki Jersey . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. . Defenceman Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Canucks breathed a sigh of relief with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. Embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez will sign with the Dallas Cowboys after being released by the Denver Broncos, a source told ESPNs Adam Schefter.Sanchezs deal with Dallas will be for one year, according to the source.Sanchezs future in Denver looked bleak after Broncos coach Gary Kubiak named Trevor Siemian his starting quarterback and had rookie Paxton Lynch take all the snaps in the teams preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals.Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said he had a long talk with Sanchez on Saturday morning as the veteran quarterback was being told of his impending release.I will tell you this ... he handled it with great class, Elway said. I know hes disappointed. He wanted to stay here and, you know, we just thought with where we are, we thought it was best for us to [go] different ways at this time. But Mark was great, and you know what? He handled everything great ... I thought he handled it great, and its just unfortunate he didnt win that job.Sanchez was traded to Denver by the Philadelphia Eagles in March.The Broncos save $3.5 million and a seventh-round draft pick by releasing Sanchez, who would have been owed $4.5 million for the season. The other $1 million is guaranteed but with offsets. The Broncos now will have to pay only that portion that exceeds whatever the Cowboys will be paying him, up to $1 million.Sanchez was 20-of-30 passing for 219 yards and one touchdown, with one intercepttion, in two preseason appearances, including a start in the preseason opener in Chicago. Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Authentic. e lost two fumbles in the closing minutes of the first half of the preseason game against San Francisco, meaning he had three turnovers in 46 snaps on the field.The Broncos did quickly add a veteran quarterback to the mix when they signed Austin Davis.Davis, a fifth-year veteran who started eight games for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014, was released by the Cleveland Browns this past week when rosters league-wide went to 75 players.Elway reaffirmed Davis is coming on board to help mentor Siemian and Lynch -- neither has thrown a pass in a regular-season game -- and that Siemian is the Broncos unquestioned starter.Hes coming in to learn the offense, Elway said. ... Trevors the guy, weve got a lot of confidence in Trevor and know he can do the job. Its Trevors job, and hes not going to be looking over his shoulder. Hes got a lot of support, and Trevor earned the job. Im excited about him -- Im excited to see him play.Aside from Sanchez, the Broncos parted ways with 21 other players, including three other veterans with extensive regular-season experience: RB Ronnie Hillman, DL Henry Melton and FB/RB Juwan Thompson.?ESPNs Dan Graziano and Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.?Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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