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CLEVELAND -- Aroldis Chapmans footwork was more important than his fastball with the game on the line Thursday night.Chapman -- sprinting to cover first base with two on and two outs in the ninth inning -- beat Tyler Naquin to the bag by a split-second and preserved the Yankees 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.The speedy Naquin hit a shot toward the hole that first baseman Mark Teixeira dived at, then deflected toward second baseman Starlin Castro, who rifled it to Chapman in full stride.Umpire Tom Hallion initially ruled Naquin safe to load the bases, but the call was overturned on a game-ending challenge by New York manager Joe Girardi.I thought the ball was by (Teixeira), but he made a great play for us, Chapman said through an interpreter. I felt the guy was out all along, but we had to wait on the call.Didi Gregorius had two hits and scored twice for the Yankees, who are 3-4 on their 10-game trip. The veteran shortstop hit his career-high 10th home run.Chase Headley added two singles and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth, while Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and an RBI apiece.American League Central leader Cleveland lost its second straight home game after winning 13 in a row at Progressive Field.I think we kind of knew that call at the end was going against us, Indians manager Terry Francona said. You kind of brace for it.Girardi felt the same way, as did the thousands of Yankees fans who celebrated loudly when the announcement was made.Chappy can make that play because hes a great athlete, Girardi said. Thats why you work on it every day. I was a little worried when he hit it, but Tex made a great play to keep it in there.New York right-hander Ivan Nova (6-5) stopped a two-game losing streak and earned his first road victory since June 3, against Baltimore. He struck out six in 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, in the opener of the four-game series.Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller followed and combined for 2 2/3 scoreless frames. Chapman gave up a single and a walk in the ninth before picking up his 17th save, hitting 100 mph on 16 of his 28 pitches.You want to get our bullpen the lead because if you do, its almost a sure win, Nova said. It was good tonight because we beat a team thats in first place.The Yankees scored three times in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead. Headley and Ellsbury had RBI singles, while Rob Refsnyder delivered a sacrifice fly that chased Indians starter Trevor Bauer (7-3).Naquin and Jason Kipnis homered in the third to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead. New York tied the game in the fifth when Gregorius went deep and Gardner had an RBI single.A-ROD UPDATEYankees DH Alex Rodriguez, who has 695 career home runs, was not in the lineup for the second straight game. The three-time AL MVP is batting .220 with eight homers and 28 RBI in 50 games. Its been a struggle, especially against right-handers, for him, Girardi said. Alex has been doing it for a long time and hes been a very productive hitter. Its not easy.TRAINERS ROOMYankees: DH Carlos Beltran (right hamstring tightness) did not play the field as Girardi attempts to manage his injury. Beltran was initially hurt on June 29, against Texas.Indians: RHP Zach McAllister (right hip discomfort) was placed on the 15-day DL. He allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning Wednesday in a 12-2 loss to Detroit.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Chad Green earned his first major league win in his last outing, going six innings in a July 3 start at San Diego.Indians: RHP Corey Kluber is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees. He last faced them on Aug. 9, 2014. JuJu Smith-Schuster Steelers Jersey. In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Cameron Sutton Womens Jersey. -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars. Cameron Sutton Steelers Jersey. The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. T. J. Watt Jersey. PETERSBURG, Fla.MONTREAL -- Soccers world body struck a blow against Quebecs turban ban Friday, saying such headwear is perfectly acceptable on the pitch for now. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said in a statement it is temporarily authorizing the wearing of male head covers at all levels of Canadian soccer. It is effectively applying a 2012 ruling that allowed specially designed hijabs for women. The statement outlines certain rules for allowing the male headwear on the pitch. "(FIFA) authorizes the CSA to permit all players to wear head covers ... in all areas and on all levels of the Canadian football community," FIFA said. FIFAs position came four days after the Canadian Soccer Association suspended Quebecs soccer federation because the provincial body banned Sikh headwear. The move risked turning Quebec into a soccer pariah, with players in the province isolated from national and interprovincial competition. The Quebec organization had cited safety issues for its decision and the fact the garments were not endorsed by FIFA. FIFA responded that the head coverings are allowed -- on a trial basis and just for the time being. The issue will be discussed in October by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which determines the rules of the game, and a final decision is expected in March 2014. The Quebec Soccer Federation said Friday it welcomed the news "with enthusiasm and relief." It said it had been waiting for clear instructions from FIFA. However, the Quebec body has not said exactly what it will do next. It is to hold a news conference Saturday morning and issue a ruling with respect to the "lifting of the ban." The impact of the spat has already been felt. This weekend, at least 20 out-of-province teams are skipping a tournament in Montreal. Some players in Quebec leagues have also decided to wear turbans in protest of the ban. That ban had the support of the Parti Quebecois government and some sovereigntists have even used the case as an argument for Quebec independence. However, many federal politicians opposed the ban and applauded the CSA suspension -- with the Conservatives and Liberals being the most forceful. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair had also written to FIFA, seeking clarification and expressing his hope children would be allowed to play. In Ottawa, Sports Minister Bal Gosal said he was optimistic FIFAs statement could help end the stalemate. "I am optimistic this development will help the CSA and the Quebec Soccer Federation pursue their discussions and resolve the current situation very soon, so all Canadians, especially the children, can get back on the field continue to play the game," Gosal said in a statement. There are certain guidelines regarding the headgear. FIFA outlined the details in a letter to the Canadian Soccer Association, dated Thursday. According to FIFA, the headcover must be the same colour as the jersey; must keep with the professional appearance of the players equipment; and must not be attached to a jersey or pose any danger to the player wearing it. The World Sikh Organization welcomed FIFAs declaration. "Its been our position from the outset that the accommodation of the turban shouldnt hinge on FIFA rules but instead on the Canadian tradition of diversity and acceptance and also on Canadian rules and law," said spokesman Balpreet Singh. "This announcement is certainly good news. Its absolutely clear now that any restricction on the wearing of the turban is illegitimate and were hopeful the Quebec Soccer Federation will now immediately lift its ban.dddddddddddd "The children should really be allowed to play as soon as possible." A pro-turban community event planned for Montreal on Saturday will go ahead as scheduled, albeit under a different tone given Fridays announcement. Mukhbir Singh, vice-president for Quebec and the Atlantic region for the World Sikh Organization, says hes thankful for FIFAs stance. He said the public support has been uplifting and refreshing. Singh, 25, a Montreal soccer player who has also been forced off the pitch, said he hopes the Quebec federation moves quickly to change its position. "Whoever is affected by these recent developments, I hope they are all back on the field and no one misses another soccer game," Singh said. The community event in the citys west end will go on as scheduled. "Our goal was to rally together in a positive manner, to open a dialogue with the community," Singh said. "We didnt want it to be a protest or a statement, we want it to be a positive event where we could explain that Sikhs are part of Quebec, we speak French and English and weve been here for a very long time. "The fact is were just like everyone else." Other soccer associations from outside Quebec welcomed the FIFA directive. Quebec was the only province to not abide by a Canadian Soccer Association to permit turbans on the pitch. "We should not be barring any person from participating in sport, we have to find a way to be more inclusive ... we have to find a way of bringing more people into the sport," said Lucille Abate, president of York region soccer association, a Toronto-area organization with a total of 25 teams and roughly 55,000 members. Abate said her association supported the suspension of the Quebec branch. "Discrimination of any sort wont be tolerated, it shouldnt be tolerated in sports," she said. Political reaction from Quebecs three major parties was mixed, with the PQ saying FIFAs intervention demonstrated that the Quebec Soccer Federation was in the right to ban turbans while awaiting a clear response. Premier Pauline Marois said the final decision remains the Quebec bodys prerogative, but she said the coverage of the issue that painted Quebecers as racist and intolerant was "disgraceful." "I believe that Quebec society is welcoming, that wants to integrate all of those that want to participate in its values and participate in this reality that we represent collectively which accepts differences but also shares common values," she said. The Coaltion for Quebecs Future says that regardless of the FIFA decision, the final call should be the Quebec federations. "What I said since the beginning, since Day 1 is the same: the Quebec federation should decide, and well approve what they will decide, thats it," said Leader Francois Legault. Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said that it was important to properly classify the debate. "This wasnt a debate on religious neutrality of the state or on reasonable accommodation, it was a debate on sport," Couillard said. "Our position on that was let the kids play together." Couillard, who has a background in medicine, said if player safety is truly at question, then it needs to be proven and examined over an extended period. - with files from Peter Rakobowchuk Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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