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Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic is looking for his team to build on the momentum from a draw in Perth to take on Melbourne Victory in a game they always look forward to.The sixth-placed Wanderers have one win this A-League season and three successive draws since after Sundays 2-2 draw against Glory.As much as he knows the challenge the Victory present on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, he dearly wants to earn the three points.Weve had fantastic matches against Melbourne Victory, they are a very good side and fantastic club, but they are the games you look forward to, he said.Popovic left Perth reasonably happy with the point especially after going down a goal in the second half before Brendon Santalab snatched the equaliser in the 67th minute.All in all, against a very good team who is dangerous in attack we held firm to get a point away from home.It capped another strong performance by Santalab who continued to make a strong case to remain a starter with an impressive game in Perth.What Santy is doing is not a surprise to us and whether he is on the bench or whether he starts, its always for the good of the team and what we believe is the best decision for that game. Were not surprised with how well hes doing, Popovic said.The Wanderers coach was full of praise for under-fire goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, who made a terrific late save off a Chris Harold shot.He was very good and made a crucial save at the end. You expect your keeper to do that, we do anyway, he said.Its the only save he made and if he can average one save a game Ill be very happy. Charles Barkley Suns Jersey. -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Steve Nash Suns Jersey. - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Eric Bledsoe Suns Jersey. Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Jason Kidd Suns Jersey. The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard and Chase Utley homering in the same game brought back memories for Phillies fans.This time, though, Utley went deep twice as an opponent and got curtain calls after each of his two home runs -- including a grand slam -- in his first game at Citizens Bank Park since last seasons trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Those cheers came after fans greeted him with a 1 1/2-minute ovation before he struck out leading off the Dodgers 15-5 rout of the Phillies on Tuesday night.Howard marveled at the reaction to one of Philadelphias most beloved athletes.It just goes to show the body of work hes done here, the respect that the fans have had for what he was able to accomplish here and help us to be able to accomplish, Howard said. I thought it was very classy by the fans.Utley acknowledged the fans reaction.Its completely overwhelming, Utley said. The standing ovation my first at-bat is something Ill never forget. It was truly special.Utley was a six-time All-Star in 13 seasons as Philadelphias second baseman, helping the team win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series. Fans showed their appreciation with four standing ovations.Its something you cant really describe in words, Utley said. Its a special feeling to see the fans show that much support.In the fifth, Utley hit a two-out solo homer off Vince Velasquez (8-5) and raced around the bases in customary fashion. Fans clamored for a rare curtain call by a visiting player, and Utley obliged to another standing ovation.In the seventh, Utley hit a grand slam off Michael Mariot, and fans again cheered him back out of the dugout. It was Utleys seventh career grand slam. His first career hit was a grand slam at Veterans Stadium.Its just good to be back, he said. I tried to downplay it as much as possible, but its been something Ive been looking forward to for a long time.Howard launched his 375th career homer with a blast to center in the seventh. It brought back memories of when he and Utley used to produce monstrous numbers batting third and fourth for the Phillies.It was against us, so it was a little bittersweet, Utley said. But anytime Ryan hits a home run Im definitely happy when Ryan is successful. Hes one of my better friends. Im happy hes playing well.Likewise, Howard was glad to see Utley have success in his return. And even though Utleys cap was blue, Howard always will consider him a teammate.Hes always going to be a Phillie at heart, and I think hes always going to be a Phillie to everybody here, Howard said.WELCOMING UTLEYUtleys presence put a buzz in Philadelphias ballpark during whats been a lackluster season. Fans applauded when he jogged to the outfield for warmups, and he twice stopped to sign autographs beetween conversations with former teammate Ryan Howard in center field.dddddddddddd There were signs throughout the ballpark welcoming Utley back.We had a lot of great times here at this stadium, Utley said prior to the game. I spent so much time here, so many great memories. I cant really say enough about the support I received. Obviously we had some great players and great coaches, but the fans kind of took us to the next level.As Utley hit leadoff wearing his familiar No. 26, public address announcer Dan Baker introduced him to shouts and applause, including from players on both teams. Utley doffed his helmet and waved to the crowd, and when he tried to step to the plate, fans continued their ovation. Plate umpire Ron Kulpa moved to clean home plate while Utley stepped out again, touching his heart and raising his fist in appreciation.I truly believe without their support and without them pushing us to be better, we would not have had the team that we had, Utley said of the fans.Utley was traded last Aug. 19 and never got a chance to acknowledge the fans because the trade wasnt finalized until after the game that night.I didnt really have an opportunity to say goodbye, Utley said. If I were to write up a script (last year), it would have gone a bit differently.He departed the Phillies after playing 1,551 games, compiling 1,623 hits, 142 homers and 916 RBI. Utley remains one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes ever for his talent, hustle and grit.There are so many times Id meet a father with his son, or even a mother, who would praise the way I played and would tell me they want their son to play that way, Utley said. To me, thats a true compliment.VELASQUEZ LOSES AGAINVelasquez gave up five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to fall to 0-3 with a 6.03 ERA in his last six starts.MAEDA WINS AGAINKenta Maeda (12-7) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and one walk for the Dodgers, who began Tuesday a half-game back of the Giants in the NL West and leading the NL wild-card race by 3 1/2 games.KENDRICK, GRANDAL HOMERHowie Kendrick had four hits, including a home run and a triple, and drove in three runs and Yasmani Grandal homered and had three hits for Los Angeles.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: Velasquez appeared to be favoring his left side in his final inning. He limped off the field when manager Pete Mackanin removed him from the game. Velasquez had a stint on the DL from June 10-27 for a right biceps injury.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Scott Kazmir (9-6, 4.44) faces Phillies RHP Jake Thompson (1-1, 8.68) in the second matchup of the three-game series. 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