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. - Mark Ingram sprinted to his left, turned to his right, snagged a short pass and accelerated up field.Practicing without limitations on Wednesday, Ingram looked ready to return to a New Orleans offence that once again ranks among the NFLs best when the Saints play at Detroit on Sunday.However, New Orleans could be without tight end Jimmy Graham, who leads the clubs in receptions, yards receiving and touchdown catches.Graham wore a helmet to practice and participated in stretches, but otherwise stood around and watched the portion of individual drills open to media. The Saints later announced that Graham sat out the team drills, which are closed to reporters, and coach Sean Payton declined to discuss Grahams prospects for playing against the Lions.Payton also stopped short of guaranteeing that Ingram would play in Detroit.Hes doing well and we will kind of see how we handle that on Sunday, Payton said. Obviously we value depth at that position.Ingram said he could play with a little pad on the hand he broke in Week 2 at Cleveland. The running back needed surgery and missed three games before New Orleans had last weekend off.Im ready to go, full-go, 100 per cent full-tilt, Ingram said. They havent babied me or eased me into practice, so Ive been doing everything — catching, running blocking.A former Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama and 2011 first-round draft choice, Ingram looked in his first two games like he might have his best season yet.Hes gained 143 yards on 24 carries — good for a team-high 6 yards per carry. He also scored three touchdowns.It was disappointing, frustrating to have an injury, Ingram said. There wasnt much I could do about it. I had to get the surgery, just try and be positive and it wasnt a long term injury.The Saints still moved the ball well in his absence, with hard-running second-year pro Khiry Robinson and veteran Pierre Thomas sharing most of the carries.The Saints rank eighth in the NFL in rushing with about 133 yards per game, and theyre averaging 5.2 yards per carry as a team.Meanwhile, New Orleans ranks second in passing with 309.8 yards per game, and quarterback Drew Brees said hes confident the Saints offence is dynamic enough to maintain such production if Graham sits out.Different guys will have opportunities, Brees said. If Jimmys not able to go, were going to miss him. But Im really confident those other guys are going to do a great job.Brees stressed that he has plenty of confidence in veteran tight end Ben Watson as well as second-year tight end Josh Hill, whose seven catches include one for 37-yards and a 34-yard touchdown.While the Saints are 2-3, moving the ball has not been one of their problems. Their 442.8 yards per game ranks behind only Indianapolis, which averages 444 yards. However, the Saints are 13th in scoring with 26.4 points per game. Theyve been hurt by 10 turnovers, including Brees six interceptions.I feel like weve run the ball very well. I feel like weve been very balanced. I feel like weve maintained a lot of long drives that ended up in touchdowns, Brees said. Id say weve turned the ball over too much, which is my responsibility, more so than anybody.Brees said the Saints also are not hitting on as many big plays as usual, but added, You can only take what the defence is giving you. You dont want to read into that too much because then all the sudden you feel like we have to manufacture these big plays, we have to force these big plays, and if theyre not there, thats when some of those mistakes come.Since Payton, who designed the offence, and Brees arrived in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints have never ranked worse than sixth in yards gained for a whole season, and have ranked first four times.Right tackle Zach Strief has also been with New Orleans since 2006, and noted, As long as we have Drew and as long as we have coach Payton, I think that well be a consistently good offence.Notes: FB Erik Lorig, who has yet to play this season because of an ankle injury, practiced fully on Wednesday, as did C Jonathan Goodwin, who was knocked out of New Orleans previous game with a knee bruise. ... Those missing practice included LBs Ramon Humber and Kyle Knox, both with ankle injuries, and CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring).___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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.ca. Hello Kerry, After watching Nino Niederreiter clobber Alex Burrows with an open-ice hit on Wednesday, do you think he should have gotten more than the two minutes for interference.OROPA, Italy -- Enrico Battaglin sprinted to victory on a tough uphill finish to claim the 14th stage of the Giro dItalia on Saturday as the race hit the first of the high mountains. The Italian came from behind to overtake Jarlinson Pantano in the final 50 metres and edge out Dario Cataldo on the line after a climb to the sanctuary of Oropa, the scene of Marco Pantanis memorable victory in 1999. Pantano finished seven seconds behind. "I didnt believe I could do it until the last kilometre. My legs were at their limits, I was tired too," Battaglin said. "Then I saw that others too were breaking down. Then I gained some meters immediately, I gritted my teeth and I passed them in the last 20 metres. It is a superb win for me, what a fight." Rigoberto Uran of Colombia retained the overall lead but saw his advantage cut on the 164-kilometre (102-mile) route from Aglie. Cadel Evans -- who wore the pink jersey earlier in the race -- gained five seconds and is now 32 seconds behind Uran. Rafal Majka is third overall, 1:35 behind. "We lost a few seconds, but its no worry," Uran said. "The team is doing well, Im calm. But the Giro is still very open." It was the second of three stages dedicated to Pantani, the Italian cyclist who won both the Giro and Tour de France in 1998. He was found dead in a hotel room on Valentines Day in 2004, and a coroner ruled he died from cocaine poisoning. As the Giro entered the final week, the race entered the mountains and Fridays route had four categorized climbs including the steep final ascent. The breakaway of the day was formed of 21 riders but the peloton were happy to let them go, with none of the eescapees less than half an hour behind Uran in the overall standings. Charles Barkley USA Jersey
. . The first two weeks of the Giro had been littered with crashes on wet roads, and even though the day was dry there was another crash with around 102K (63 miles) remaining as the peloton went through a roundabout. No one was seriously injured but Kanstantsin Siutsou later quit the race. Pieter Weening -- who won the ninth stage -- also retired during the day. The gap to the breakaway group went up to more than 10 minutes because of the crash but was back down to 9:29 at the start of the category 2 climb up to Alpe Noveis. And the peloton had gained more than two minutes at the top of the ascent after a gradient of up to 16 per cent. Nicolas Roche escaped from the break on the highest climb of the day, up the Bielmonte, which has a ski station at the summit. As he crested the top, he had 10 seconds on the remainder of the original break, which was down to 12 cyclists. The Irish cyclist was caught on the descent and Albert Timmer and Manuel Quinziato took over the lead before the latter had a mechanical problem at the start of the final climb. Timmer made an attempt to stay in front but was caught with 2K (1.2 miles) remaining by Cataldo and Pantano and dropped shortly after. Battaglin powered to catch the lead group inside the final kilometre and he surged forward again on the cobbled ramps up to the finish. Strong climbers Nairo Quintana and Domenico Pozzovivo will be looking to gain more time on Uran as the Giro stays in the mountains. Sundays 15th stage is mainly flat before another tough climb up to the finish of the 225K (140-mile) leg from Valdengo to Montecampione. Wholesale Bruins Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Red Wings Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Stitched Panthers Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Online Wholesale Senators Jerseys Lightning Jerseys China Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Authentic Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys Cheap Stitched Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Devils Jerseys Authentic Cheap Islanders Jerseys Authentic Rangers Jerseys China Cheap Flyers Jerseys Wholesale Penguins Jerseys Cheap Stitched Capitals Jerseys Wholesale Blackhawks Jerseys Avalanche Jerseys China Cheap Stars Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Wild Jerseys Predators Jerseys China Cheap Stitched Blues Jerseys Wholesale Jets Jerseys Cheap Stitched Ducks Jerseys Cheap Coyotes Jerseys Online Flames Jerseys China Wholesale Golden Knights Jerseys Oilers Jerseys China Cheap Kings Jerseys Authentic Cheap Stitched Sharks Jerseys Canucks Jerseys China
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