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Chicago Cubs superfan Bill Murray had prime seats for Game 6 of the World Series, to no ones surprise. Authentic Soccer Jerseys Australia .The surprise was the person sitting next to him.According to, the woman to Murrays right is Karen Michel, a random Cubs?fan who met Murray outside Progressive Field on Wednesday.He turns around and says, Here, heres a ticket, she said. And he kind of shuttled me into the door. I thought it was just a ticket to get in. But it was a ticket to sit right here.What a lucky break for Michel, and a lovely gesture by Murray. Lets see who gets to sit next to Murray for Game 7. Cheap Soccer Jerseys China . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Australia . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. The Flyers have claimed three straight and four of the last five encounters with the Sens overall and Philly has won two in a row and three of its past four tests in Canadas capital city. ANGERS, France -- Tour de France leader and world champion Peter Sagan has weighed in once more with his strong concerns for rider safety. But this time, he has called for the world body of cycling to introduce a law change that would allow for less congested and dangerous finales.Sagan (Tinkoff), who kept the yellow leaders jersey by finishing fourth in Mondays 223.5km Stage 3 from Granville to Angers in Brittany behind winner British sprinter Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), believes the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) should look at neutralising stages that are settled in bunch sprints several kilometres before the finish.He believes if the times for overall classification were taken before the race neared the finish, it would stop those vying for overall victory from getting involved in the sprints as they have been to avoid the crashes or splits that can happen and lead to costly time losses.It very dangerous. That is how I see things, Sagan said after the stage. Sagan is still first overall, eight seconds ahead of second-placed Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (FDJ) and 10 seconds up on Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.At 14 seconds are all but four overall favourites, led by Briton Chris Froome (Sky) in fourth. Further back are Italys Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in 28th overall at 25 seconds, Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) in 31st at the same time, Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in 57th at 1:02 and Australian Richie Porte (BMC), who is 77th at 1:59.Sagans call to the UCI follows his outburst on Sunday, when he won Stage 2 and took the leaders yellow jersey. He spoke of the safety hazards that come with riders in the peloton not respecting each other.Its very hard to enjoy racing on the bike, Sagan said Sunday. When I did my first Tour de France, it was a different race. Now everyone rides as if they dont care about life. Last year, it was very bad, and this year is very bad, but its the riders decision how they ride.You never know if youll be able to continue in the race. Today, Im in yellow, but maybe tomorrow I go home; this is the Tour de France, he added. In this moment, Im not an important rider in peloton [to change things]. Nobody cares. Its as if they lost their brains. I dont know what has happened. There are stupid crashes.Before there was respect: When someone did something, they threw bottles at him or beat him with a pump, but cycling has lost this.The stakes are now so high in cyclingSagans argument earned much agreement from Cavendish. The Manx Missile, whose Tour stage win took his tally to 28 overall in the Tour and tied him with the second-best all-time mark with French icon Bernard Hinault, also believes there has been a change in mindset among riders.The mentality has a changed a little bit. Some guys -- not all GC guys -- in the past, they used to all go to the back and roll in in a gentlemans kind of agreement, Cavendish said Sunday. Now, there are some riders who actively want to be ahead of the split. Its not just that they dont want to get caught out, so they dont want to be behind the split. They try to be up there hoping there is a split so they can get a few seconds. This is nothing to do with the course really, you know. Its more the riders.He has got a point, but the problem is that the stakes are now so high in cycling. There is more money going, Cavendish added about SSagans comments. Soccer Jerseys Australia. He earns so much money that guys want to do so well to emulate how much money he earns. So they are going to try and take risks to do that.The difference between guys who win and lose is evident. The guys who win understand it. They have respect for each other. They are the first to congratulate the other guys who win. Its the ones who never win anything ... not all of them, its not fair to bracket every rider, but generically a lot of guys dont win, and they kind of feel bitterness toward the guys who win. Instead of appreciating what they have done, they kind of resent it.Its getting more dangerous in the bunchAdam Hansen, an Australian delegate of the Cyclistes Professionnels Associé, said the organization has asked the UCI to consider timing general classification in sprint stages with three kilometres to go.Hansen, 35, who is racing in a record 15th-consecutive three-week grand tour here, said Sagans remarks on Sunday were correct, but he added that the issue of respect among the riders was a responsibility for the riders to resolve and not the CPA.Hansen, who is not the CPA delegate at the Tour (those delegates are ex-French cyclists Jan Xavier and Pascal Chanteur), said the CPA believes it would be a bit safer if the times were taken at three kilometres to go [in a stage], not up until the final sprint.That way the sprinters can sprint and do their messy stuff, Hansen explained, and GC guys can relax and get out of the sprinters teams way.Hansen added that the CPAs proposed rule change on timing overall classification times in sprint stages would reduce stress leading up to and during a sprint finish. The proposed change is part of a CPA security plan that has been submitted to the UCI that also includes proposed measures for better security overall in races.Asked of Sagans concerns about rider behaviour, Hansen told ESPN: It is true what he says, thats for sure. Its getting more dangerous in the bunch. On the other side, there is more pressure from sponsors, the teams are getting stronger, teams are getting smarter. I think the level between the riders is becoming closer, so this doesnt help, either.Hansen also cited the last stage of this years Giro dItalia that he raced in. The race jury took times at the end of the second last eight-kilometre finishing circuit due to wet conditions.A lot of guys sat up and said, We dont want to be in that fight. We dont want to risk our lives just to get the same time. Hansen said. We got the same time, so we were out of the race and let the sprinters race [for the stage win] and that was a spectacular finish.That is one of the things riders are pushing for -- to have the rules changed so it is safe for the riders. Otherwise, we sort of get forced to race like idiots.Hansen said the race jurys call for the Giro final was backed by the majority of riders there from a poll taken through a new online communication system from the CPA. He said results have been used to bolster the CPAs UCI submission on race safety.I think 96 percent of the Giro riders agreed [neutralising the stage] was the right decision, Hansen said. Its definitely what the riders want, but trying to get the UCI to change the rules is something different. 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