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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins playtime with the Stanley Cup is over, the names that led the franchise to its fourth title last spring forever etched onto their sports most prized possession. The confetti from the celebratory downtown parade long since swept up. The glittering championship rings have been handed out too.The final bit of pomp comes on Thursday night, when the 2015-16 Stanley Cup banner is raised to the rafters at newly renamed PPG Paints Arena ahead of the season opener against Washington. It will provide one last moment of reflection on a remarkable six-month stretch in which the Penguins morphed from uninspired to unstoppable under coach Mike Sullivan.Then the puck will drop. The game will being. And the quest will start anew.Were all excited to get the regular season underway and start this new challenge, Sullivan said. Were all ready for training camp to be over and we can move into the next phase of our next season ... Im sure therell be butterflies for everybody.What there wont be -- at least on the ice -- is Sidney Crosby. Pittsburghs captain skated Wednesday and briefly participated in practice in a non-contact jersey but remains out indefinitely while recovering from a concussion.While admitting its a game you want to be a part of, the two-time MVP has no plans to rush back. He spent the better part of two seasons trying to get right following a concussion suffered in January, 2011 and learned pretty quickly trying to predict how his body would react is fruitless.I think Ive spent more than enough time being in this situation, he said. You have to be patient. You have to make sure you listen to your body. If youre ready youre ready and if youre not, dont take any chances.If last season taught the Penguins anything, its that theres time. They stumbled through the first two months before Sullivan was brought on to replace Mike Johnston, beginning a sprint to the Cup that included an upset of longtime rival Washington in the second round of the playoffs.The defending Presidents Trophy winners will get an up-close look at what they missed out on Thursday night. While goaltender Braden Holtby is more worried about staying focused during the long break between pregame warmups and puck drop, his teammates will be thinking of what might have been.Itll sting a little, said defenseman Matt Niskanen, who left the Penguins in the summer of 2014 to sign with the Capitals. Itll sting a little knowing that they beat us to get to their championship. I dont think well need that extra motivation, but itll provide a little, Im sure.Washington general manager Brian MacLellan believes coach Barry Trotz and players will have the right perspective and believes its fitting for the Capitals to start their season on the same sheet of ice where their bid for the franchises Cup ended in six contentious games.Thats where we want to be. We want to do that, MacLellan said. Its not an easy thing to watch, but I think its a good thing to watch.Holtby said theres no bitterness toward the Penguins -- only frustration for not playing well enough to win the series. Trying to bury another painful playoff exit, the Capitals hope facing the Penguins on opening night is a jumpstart.Someone had to be the team that was there when they raised the banner, so it might as well be us, center Jay Beagle said. Lets get it going right away. Dont ease into the season. Lets go right away.---AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Arlington, Virginia contributed to this report. Adrian Peterson Youth Jersey. The formidable trio of Canadian receivers -- individually known as Chris Getzlaf, Rob Bagg and Andy Fantuz -- will share the field at Mosaic Stadium one more time on Sunday. Marshon Lattimore Saints Jersey. This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. Alvin Kamara Womens Jersey. -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. Adrian Peterson - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. NEW YORK -- Its a few weeks before Notre Dame and UConn face each other and a lot could change before then. For now, the two perennial basketball powers sit atop The Associated Press womens basketball poll.Both teams received 16 first place votes from the 33-member national media panel Monday. The Irish remained the No. 1 team in the poll after knocking off then-No. 17 Washington to win the Preseason WNIT on Sunday. That victory came a few days after a slim four-point win over Green Bay.UConn also was unbeaten on the week, topping Florida State in the Huskies opener before beating then-No. 2 Baylor last Thursday. UConn capped off its week with a victory at LSU on Sunday for the teams 78th consecutive victory. The Huskies would still have to beat two other ranked teams -- No. 18 DePaul and No. 14 Texas before facing the Irish in South Bend, Indiana on Dec. 7. Notre Dame has a bit of an easier schedule.South Carolina garnered the other first place vote and is third in the Top 25. Louisville and Baylor are next in the poll. The Gamecocks and Cardinals square off Sunday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Womens Challenge. Thats nnot the only good game between top teams this week.ddddddddddddBaylor, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 11 Syracuse and DePaul are all playing in the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving.What makes this tournament a great tournament is the level of competition top to bottom, said DePaul coach Doug Bruno, whose team opens up against Western Kentucky. You got really strong teams that arent recognized, but are really good like George Washington and Florida Gulf Coast and Western Kentucky. Then you also got the elite nationally ranked teams Baylor, Ohio State and Syracuse.Maryland, Mississippi State, Ohio State, UCLA and Florida State round out the top 10 teams.Michigan State and Gonzaga entered the Top 25 in the bottom two spots this week while Indiana and Missouri fell out. The Zags knocked off No. 11 Stanford on Friday night. They were one of five unranked teams to beat Top 25 opponents last week.---Find the womens basketball poll online at: Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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