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    导出博客文章BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine tennis has been dreaming of this year for decades, the year that ended with the Davis Cup finally traveling home. Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys .It was arguably the toughest Cup schedule in years, with all four series played abroad. But one match after the other, Argentina had the team spirit it lacked on other occasions (exactly four) to conquer the most desired trophy in Argentine sports.Sparked by Juan Martin del Potros epic five-set comeback win against Marin Cilic on Sunday, Argentina rallied to beat Croatia 3-2 and clinch its first Davis Cup crown. It is only the second time a team has won after playing every series on the road (France also did it in 2001).Captain Daniel Orsanic was the mastermind behind the success, selecting the best of what was available for each series and making sure the group was ahead of individuals in each of the four victories against Poland, Italy, Great Britain and Croatia.Delpo showed his huge heart after turning around the match that looked lost, Orsanic told reporters after Sundays victory. Federico played a perfect match under huge pressure. Im really proud to be part of this fantastic team.It started in March against Poland. Without Del Potro, who had just returned to training in February after undergoing wrist surgery for the third time, Argentina got gutsy victories from Guido Pella and Leo Mayer to seal a 3-2 win. Carlos Berlocq and Renzo Olivo were also in the lineup.Delpo made his Davis Cup comeback after a four-year hiatus against Italy, teaming up with Pella for a crucial doubles point. Federico Delbonis was the hero of the series with two singles victories, including an upset of Fabio Fognini on Sunday for a 3-1 quarterfinal win.In semifinals, Argentina were clearly the underdog in Glasgow against reigning champion Great Britain. But Del Potro rebounded from his gold-medal defeat against Andy Murray in Rio and beat the three-time Grand Slam winner in five sets. And while Great Britain rallied to even the series at two, Mayer remained calm in the deciding match to beat Daniel Evans in four sets and book a ticket to the final.Zagreb, Croatia, was the final stop, as Argentina was vying to snap the longest drought in its history. Argentina first played in Davis Cup back in 1923. Fresh were the memories of Cincinnati (1981 against the United States), Moscow (2006 against Russia), Mar del Plata (2008 against Spain) and 2011 (Seville, once more against Spain). And, even more important, there was a feeling that some of those opportunities had been squandered because of a lack of teamwork and unity.Trailing 2-1 heading into Sundays final day, Del Potro rallied back from two sets down to seal a historic five-set win against Cilic in 4 hours, 53 minutes. Delbonis did not hesitate and closed his match in straight sets against Ivo Karlovic.With the victory, Argentina became just the third team to come back from 2-1 down in the final since the World Group Davis Cup format was introduced in 1981. Jaromir Jagr Jersey . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. Custom Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. http://www.hockeyflyers.com/authentic-robert-hagg-flyers-jersey/ . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Just last season, Minnesota Vikings coaches gave Xavier Rhodes boxing gloves to wear during drills in practice.The idea was having Rhodes better learn how to effectively play cornerback without risking penalties for grabbing at the receiver.Opponents arent winning many rounds with Rhodes these days.Rhodes picked off Carson Palmer twice, including a 100-yard touchdown return that was the longest in team history, and helped lead the Vikings to a 30-24 victory over Arizona on Sunday that stopped their four-game losing streak. The fourth-year player, drafted by the Vikings in the first round out of Florida State with the selection they received from Seattle in the trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin, is tied for fourth in the NFL with four interceptions.Those are huge splash plays that everybody notices, but hes tackling, doing everything right, free safety Harrison Smith said. Hes playing lights out.The performance was prolific enough to trigger an NFL Network interview with Deion Sanders , the Pro Football Hall of Fame member and most famous of the many cornerbacks Florida State has produced. Sanders, who became well known for his flamboyance, teased Rhodes for not adding any flair to the end of his return.Though he plays with plenty of fire, Rhodes isnt much for show. He was too exhausted for a celebration by the time he reached the end zone for the first time since high school, so much so that he requested an oxygen mask on the sideline to help recover.My legs were dead, Rhodes said, and I was just tired.The receivers Rhodes has been covering lately have been worn out, too, from Kelvin Benjamin to Odell Beckham Jr. to DeAndre Hopkins. Palmer threw in his direction nine times, with three completions for a total of 19 yards.This week coach said to play our defense, be aggressive and go out there and tackle. Tight coverage, sack the quarterback, and this week we did all of that, Rhodes said. We accomplisheed all of our goals. Travis Konecny Jersey. Including, most importantly, victory. The defense didnt escape blame for the losing streak, with one issue an overzealous attempt to produce the kind of momentum-changing plays that Rhodes had on Sunday. The problem is when players chase them, usually out of desperation to boost a struggling team, other issues often arise.Rhodes and Smith, for example, each whiffed in overtime two weeks ago when they converged on Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate after a catch that he took into the end zone to win the game.We are all trying to make plays, Rhodes said. You just need to be disciplined.Thats just as important as aggression for a cornerback in this league, as Zimmer has long reminded his pupils. Zimmer, who coached Sanders for five seasons as the defensive backs coach in Dallas, has developed an affinity for Rhodes since taking the job three years ago.If we would just play a solid, fundamental football game and let the big plays come to us, they do, Zimmer said, adding: Theyre not always going to come, but you just have to do your job first and then the rest will happen.Just like that interception late in the second quarter with the Vikings clinging to a 13-10 lead and the Cardinals at third-and-goal at the 9. Palmer argued that cornerback Captain Munnerlyn held the intended target, John Brown, before Rhodes swooped in from behind.Im a competitive guy and he said he felt like his receiver was held on that play. I didnt think so at all. Im entitled to my space, and my space is on the field. He ran directly into me, so I jammed him up. I didnt grab. I didnt yank. I let him go. Balls in the air, Munnerlyn said. 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