FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Sheldon Rankins Womens Jersey . - Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the intention is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday nights loss at Green Bay.Jones had 11 catches for a team-record 259 yards with one touchdown in the 43-37 loss to the Packers. He watched from the sideline after leaving the game in the fourth quarter with the injury.Smith said Jones and safety William Moore, who hurt his foot, were sore on Tuesday and may miss practice time this week.How much practice time theyre going to get, we dont know that at this point in time, Smith said. Its our intention to have those guys ready to go against Pittsburgh.The Falcons (5-8) remain tied for first in the NFC South. If Jones cant return, it would be a big blow to Atlantas hopes of winning the NFLs worst division.Jones has a combined 448 yards receiving in his last two games. He set a personal high with 189 yards in a home win over Arizona on Nov. 30 before topping that total with the team record against the Packers.He showcased on the national stage the kind of player that he is, said quarterback Matt Ryan. That kind of production is huge for our football team.Ryan passed for 375 yards and a season-high four touchdowns against Green Bay.Again, when theyre in sync, it really is very difficult to slow those guys down, Smith said of Jones and Ryan. Julio is an outstanding wide receiver. In my mind hes the best in the NFL. In the last few weeks, youre not going anyone who can put games together back to back like that. Of course for a receiver to have a big game, the quarterback has to be able to distribute the ball and Matt has done a very good job.Jones stats back up Smiths claim. He leads the NFL with 1,428 yards receiving, a career high.Jones was leading the NFL in catches when his 2013 season ended with a broken bone in his right foot in a Week 5 loss to the Jets. He broke the same bone during his college career at Alabama.The fourth-year receiver has made his successful return from the foot injury, and now there is a new concern. He moved stiffly on the sideline following the injury. At one point he grabbed his helmet as if he planned to return to the game before being sent back to the bench.The Falcons have won three of five, including a split of back-to-back games with Arizona and Green Bay, two of the NFCs top teams.After Sundays visit from Pittsburgh, Atlanta finishes the regular season with NFC South games against New Orleans and Carolina.New Orleans and Atlanta are tied at 5-8, but the Falcons already have a win over the Saints.The opportunity keeps coming up for us, Ryan said. I think collectively we need to seize it. We are at the point in the season where it is time.Even if they lose to the Steelers, the Falcons would win the South by beating the Saints and Panthers.I just think we need to play consistent football, said running back Steven Jackson. I think the last two weeks we played two of the best NFC if not the best NFL teams, and by in large we competed at a very high level.Smith said he had no update on cornerback Robert Alford, who missed the game with a wrist injury.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Charles Odum on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CharlesOdum Wil Lutz Saints Jersey . -- The defending Canadian womens curling champions squandered an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the standings Tuesday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Sam Mills Youth Jersey . You can, too, Clay Buchholz, if we ignore the sixth inning of Game 2. Doug Fister and Jake Peavy, youre up next in Game 4 and theres a lot to live up to.WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba has been diagnosed with a mild neck strain after suffering discomfort while playing for the United States at the world hockey championship in Belarus. "After consultation with the Team USA medical staff and officials, it was determined that he should return to Winnipeg as a precaution due to his previous injury history," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday in a statement. "Jacob flew to Winnipeg this past weekend and met with teaam doctors for a series of tests which revealed he had sustained a mild neck strain. Marshon Lattimore Saints Jersey. "This will not affect Jacobs off-season training or preparation for next seasons training camp in any way." Trouba missed over a month of action with the Jets this past season due to a neck injury. He had 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) over 65 games in his rookie campaign. In four games with the U.S., the 20-year-old blue-liner had three points (2-1) and averaged over 23 minutes of ice time. ' ' '
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Ive been a Blackhawks fan since I knew what hockey was.The 6-foot-6 Darling was called up from Rockford of the AHL last Tuesday after Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sustained an upper-body injury.Seasoned backup Antti Raanta started the first three games after Crawford went down, but Darling found out he would get the start on Sunday after Chicago lost 3-2 at St. Louis on Saturday night.After turning aside a few early chances, Darling seemed in charge.I try to give off that illusion, he said. I was pretty nervous to start with, but once you get a few pucks, its just another hockey game. The guys played really great after that.Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agreed about his teams effort and was impressed by Darling, who signed with Chicago as a free agent on July 1 after bouncing around the minors with nine teams in four leagues.I thought it was our best four-line rotation of the year, Quenneville said. We needed (Darling) early in the game, and he was settled down, patient. He controlled his rebounds, handled the puck well.Patrick Kane assisted on Toews goal for his 500th NHL point.Milan Michalek scored a short-handed goal for the Senators, who have lost two straight.The game featured a matchup of goalies from the Chicago area.Ottawas Craig Anderson, from Park Ridge, Illinois, stopped 43 shots, including a second-period penalty shot by Andrew Shaw.The Senators hurt their momentum by taking penalties and being short-handed six times. They also didnt bear down arouund the net, coach Paul MacLean said. Byron Scott Jersey . We created opportunities, but I dont know if we made (Darling) as busy as we could have or would have liked to have, MacLean said. We did have some chances, but I dont think the (difference) ends up being their goalie.Darling was chosen by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, then turned pro in 2010 after two seasons with the University of Maine. He was 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average with Rockford before being called up.Chicago outshot Ottawa 17-12 in the scoreless first period.Toews opened the scoring 21 seconds into the second with a wrap-around goal.Anderson slid out and overcommitted to Toews as he skated down the left side of the slot. The Chicago captain circled the net and tucked in a shot from the right side before Anderson could get back into positon.Anderson turned aside Shaws penalty shot with his shoulder just over a minute later.Michalek tied it with a short-handed goal at 7:08 when he completed a nifty 2-on-1 rush with Alex Chiasson from the doorstep. Michalek and Chiasson raced down the ice against Brent Seabrook after Brad Richards failed to hold the puck in the Ottawa zone.Seabrooks screened power-play goal with 6:22 left in the second put Chicago back ahead. Seabrook fired a shot from the blue line with Bryan Bickell parked in front.Darling was sharp in the third. Chris Phillips fired a rebound wide of a half-open net with 3:45 left.NOTES: Crawford has resumed skating. ... Quenneville said LW Daniel Carcillo is expected to miss four weeks because of a right knee injury sustained Saturday at St. Louis. ... Only one referee, Steve Kozari, worked the game because fellow official Eric Furlatt was ill. ... Goalies from the Chicago area have faced each other in an NHL game at least once before. On Feb. 20, 2012, Chicago native Al Montoya entered in relief for the host New York Islanders against Ottawas Anderson. ... A moment of silence was observed before the national anthems to honour those killed in last weeks attacks on Canadian armed forces members. ' ' '