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tinctive and gifted striker who will contribute significantly to Melbourne City FC,"
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 44 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 110-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers (32-11), who snapped a two-game losing streak coming off a 2-2 road trip. The Blazers have not lost three straight this season. Wilson Chandler had 18 points for Denver (20-21), which has lost four of their last five games after a five-game winning streak. The Blazers trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but chipped away at Denvers lead to pull to 91-90 on Wesley Matthews turnaround fadeaway before taking the lead on his 15-foot jumper. The teams wrestled for control, but Aldridges jumper put Portland up a 102-99 with 3:08 left. Chandler and Timofey Mozgov made consecutive baskets to regain the lead for Denver, and it was back-and-forth until Aldridge made four consecutive free throws to shouts of "M-V-P," from the Portland crowd, giving the Blazers a 108-105 lead. Chandler missed a jumper with 8 seconds left and Aldridge made more free throws for the final margin. The two-time All-Star, who came in a disappointing fifth among Western Conference frontcourt players in All-Star voting, made eight straight free throws to close the game. Blazers owner Paul Allen addressed the media at halftime, talking on a wide range of topics including a contract extension for Aldridge, which the team will consider "at the appropriate time." Kenneth Faried got two quick fouls early in the game and had to sit, but the Nuggets still led 30-28 at the end of the first quarter, paced by Anthony Randolph off the bench. Nate Robinsons 3-pointer stretched Denvers lead to 44-37, and the Nuggets went on to lead by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. Portland went on a 9-0 run to close to 51-48, but Denver held on to 67-59 lead at the half. Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to stretch Denvers lead to 78-63. The Nuggets led 91-86 heading to the fourth. Earlier in the day, Aldridge and teammate Damian Lillard were named to the 2014-16 U.S. mens national team pool, the first step toward making the Olympic team. Faried was also invited. The All-Star team starters were also announced before Thursday nights game. Aldridge finished fifth in fan voting among Western Conference frontcourt Blazers, while Lillard finished seventh among guards. Both players will have a chance to make the team if they are selected by the leagues coaches. NOTES: The Blazers defeated the Nuggets 113-98 in Denver their first meeting of the season on Nov. 1. ... Portland is the only team to have used the same starting lineup all season. ... The Nuggets announced earlier this week that forward Danilo Gallinari will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a second surgery on his left knee. Gallinari averaged 16.2 points per game last season for Denver. ... Actor Billy Dee Williams was at the game. Arsenal Jerseys . With one week left in the regular season, Cornish - voted The Toughest Player To Bring Down - is a leading candidate for the CFLs Most Outstanding Player award. He has rushed for 1,799 yards and could break Willie Burdens club record for rushing yards in a single season with a 98-yard performance against the B. Sokratis Papastathopoulos Arsenal Jersey . -- The Vancouver Whitecaps remained unbeaten with a scoreless draw at the New England Revolution on Saturday. http://www.arsenalsoccerproshop.com/Auth...al-Jersey/ .Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will head into the regular season short on experience at quarterback after trimming the roster on Friday. Danny Welbeck Arsenal Jersey .Bekker was added Wednesday in exchange for allocation money after two seasons with Toronto. The native of Canada had 29 MLS appearances, including 16 starts. Hes also played in 13 games for the Canadian national team. Lucas Torreira Arsenal Jersey . TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that its believed the Flames are working towards a new contract with the defenceman. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Spains all-time leading goal scorer David Villa will play a 10-match guest stint in the A-League with the rebranded Melbourne City. Villa, a member of Spains World Cup team in Brazil, left Spanish league champions Atletico Madrid and will play in New York Citys inaugural MLS campaign beginning in March next year. To build match fitness, Villa will be loaned to sister club Melbourne City, which changed its name from Melbourne Heart after being bought by English Premier League champion Manchester City this year. The A-League season begins in October. "Its very good for me in every sense," Villa said in a statement released by Melbourne City on Thursday. "From a football point of view its the opportunity to play in a new league in a different country, and of course it will be ideal for me to get some competitive football in the period before the MLS season gets under way. "What Ive always done throughout my career is do the best I possibly can. Ill be giving everything for the team, just like I have with every club Ive played for." Villa has scored 56 goals in 94 matches since making hiis first appearance for Spain in 2005.dddddddddddd Citys head coach John vant Schip said Villa was still "at the peak of his game." "He is playing in his third World Cup in Brazil, has just won the Spanish league and is an instinctive and gifted striker who will contribute significantly to Melbourne City FC," vant Schip said. "We are confident David will be an incredible asset to the playing group and his experiences in Europe and for his country will help our players not only on the pitch, but in training as well." The 32-year-old Villa scored 15 goals in 47 games for Atletico Madrid this season, with his last match for the club being the Champions League final loss to cross-town rival Real Madrid. Australia media were comparing the 10-match stint as the biggest coup for the A-League since Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero signed with Sydney FC on a two-year contract. Del Piero scored 24 goals for Sydney and was the clubs leading scorer in both seasons he played. He left the team as a player at the end of this season, but says he might remain with the club in an off-field capacity. ' ' '
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