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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Tony Parker finally has an international title to go with his three NBA rings -- although it was his Fran

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Tony Parker finally has an international title to go with his three NBA rings -- although it was his France teammates who stole the spotlight in the European championship final. Zane Gonzalez Jersey . With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. It was a victory that ended a decade of frustration for Parker and a talented French generation, which lost the final against Spain two years ago and took bronze in 2005. "Its been an unbelievable journey chasing this title," Parker said. "I would change nothing." The San Antonio Spurs guard led France to the under-18 world championship title in 2000, and said he made a promise back then that he would give the senior team its first international success as well. Thirteen years later, its mission accomplished. "I went to everyones room last night in the hotel and I told them that there was no way we were going to lose this game," Parker said. France broke open a close game by finishing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for four minutes. The French lead grew to 22 points with three minutes remaining in the third and Lithuania never came close to a comeback. Batum had 17 points and Diaw added 15, while Linas Kleiza led Lithuania with 20. Parker finished with 12 points, after scoring just four through the first three quarters. But his scoring and leadership during the run to the final -- including 32 points against defending champion Spain in the semifinals -- earned him the tournament MVP award. "We had a perfect plan, the coach said they would double-team me and that I had to trust my teammates and not to worry if I dont score much," Parker said. After finally capturing that elusive gold -- in Frances record 36th appearance in the tournament -- Parker led the French team into the stands to celebrate with their fans after the final buzzer. Spain beat Croatia 92-66 earlier Sunday to earn the bronze medal. Guard Antoine Diot all but secured Frances victory with a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the third quarter, after a Lithuania turnover gave France the possession with 0.9 seconds left. Diaw threw the ball to Diot, who nailed a 3 that was upheld after the referees viewed the video to make sure he had beaten the clock. Batum finished the first half with 17 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the field and making three of four 3-pointers. Diaw took over in the third, scoring 11 points on drives to the basket and outside shots. "We didnt do a bad job defending Parker, but we forgot about the others," Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas said. France coach Vincent Collet said his team had learned from the times it came up short in the past. "It wasnt the easiest way, but we improved starting with the quarterfinals. Its the 36th Euro for France and the first title, you can imagine how we feel," Collet said. Kenny Britt Jersey . -- Josh MacDonalds second goal of the game kept his team alive as the Peterborough Petes edged the host Kingston Frontencas 6-5 in overtime on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action. Custom Cleveland Browns Jerseys .J. - Pete Carroll is in support of the NFL looking further into whether medicinal marijuana could beneficial for players. http://www.footballbrownsnflprostore.com/Youth-Ricardo-Louis-Elite-Jersey/ . When the Dallas Mavericks needed to stop a Golden State rally in the fourth quarter, they looked for defensive help from the rookie point guard playing in just his sixth game.TORONTO -- Canadian soccer may never forget the 8-1 drubbing in Honduras that ended Canadas World Cup qualifying drive in brutal fashion. But almost two years on, the Canadian men finally gave fans something to cheer about by ending a 16-game winless streak (0-11-5) that began that hot, humid day in San Pedro Sula. Canada needed just one point from that Honduras game to advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, where anything can happen. Instead the Central Americans joyfully put Canada to the sword in October 2012, turning what could have been a celebration into a wake. The road back started 13 months ago under new coach Benito Floro, who marked a milestone Tuesday with his first win in his first game on Canadian soil. Second-half goals by Marcel de Jong and Tosaint Ricketts gave Canada a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in an international soccer friendly, marking the end to one of the darkest chapters in Canadian soccer annals. "This is what the guys needed," said captain Julian de Guzman. "It (Honduras) is still hard to forget but getting these wins and performing well will definitely help that go away." "Massive, a massive win at home ... Were all delighted," added Simeon Jackson. The Canadians were treated to a pre-game dressing room visit by Mike Tyson and George Chuvalo. The win was the first in eight games (1-4-3) for Floro, a 62-year-old Spaniard who has coached around the world. And it marked the first time since 1995 that Canada has turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead (the 1995 Caribbean Cup against Jamaica). Floro estimated his team is perhaps only at 40 per cent of where it should be. He liked some of what he saw but that didnt stop him from reeling off a shopping list of mistakes on the night. In truth, Canadas defence was carved open at times and there were too many giveaways. But on this night, the glass was more than half-full. Canada outshot Jamaica 16-8 (8-5 in shots on target) and had seven corners to the Jamaicans one. Canada had not won since Oct. 12, 2012, when it beat Cuba 3-0 in a World Cup qualifying game at BMO Field. The Canadians had gone winless since, starting with the Honduras drubbing four days later. Canada was outscored 29-4 during the winless run. But under Floro it has now scored five goals in its last three outings. Fresh from ending one streak, the Canadians are building another. They are unbeaten in three, with ties against Moldova and Bulgaria in their two prior matches. Jamaica is ranked 85th in the world, compared to No. 122 for Canada. The night seemed right for Canada to end its winless streak. The Canadians were playing at home, had the benefit of a lengthy camp under Floro, a side that was close to full strength and was facing a young and green Jamaican side that had only two short training sessions in advance of the game. De Jong, a fullback, gave Canada a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute with a stylish left-footed free kick that curled in from just outside the penalty box for his second in Canadian colours. Ricketts padded the lead in the 72nd minute, pouncing on a mistake by goalie AAndre Blake after he dropped a cross from Jackson. Seth DeValve Jersey. It was his seventh goal for Canada. Fellow defender David Edgar had scored a highlight-reel goal via volley for Canada in the 31st-minute, one minute after Jamaicas Kemar Lawrence scored on a free kick that was a carbon copy of de Jongs strike. Goalie Milan Borjan had to be sharp in the second half to blunt Jamaican attacks as the Canadian defence wobbled at times before a BMO Field crowd of 12,162. And the Canadians, after some early jitters, did play some attractive football. The Jamaicans relied on Canadian mistakes largely for their counter-attacks. Jamaica went ahead via free kick after de Guzman hauled down an attacker just outside the box. Lawrence, who plays club soccer in Jamaica, curled a left-footed shot into the top corner in the 30th minute. Canada answered a minute later with a set play off a corner from Patrice Bernier, who found Edgar outside the box. The Birmingham City player volleyed home a low long-range shot through traffic, reminiscent of his 2007 strike for Newcastle against Manchester United in terms of distance and velocity. It was Edgars second goal for his country. Bernier becomes the third Canadian to record an assist in his milestone 50th match, joining Dwayne De Rosario and Atiba Hutchinson. De Rosario, who came on in the 85th minute, made his 78th appearance for Canada, tying Mark Watson for third on the Canadian all-time list (Paul Stalteri leads with 84, while Randy Samuel is at 82). Both teams turned the ball over repeatedly in a cautious start to the match. The Jamaican squad featured just one player (midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas) with more than 20 caps. Eleven players came in to the game with less than 10 national team appearances. The entire Jamaican squad totalled 126 caps. Canadian veterans de Guzman (71), Hutchinson (67), and Bernier (49) came into the game with 187 caps between them. The visitors roster featured four players with English clubs, one from Finland and four from the MLS with one from the second-tier North American Soccer League. Six others were from domestic clubs and one plays NCAA soccer. Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks withdrew from the Jamaican squad this week due to an ankle knock. The Reggae Boyz starting 11 included Philadelphia Union goalie Blake, defenders Morgan of Leicester City, Nyron Nosworthy of Bristol City, Alvas Powell of the Portland Timbers, midfielder Watson of FC Dallas and forwards Simon Dawkins of Derby County and Deshorn Brown of the Colorado Rapids. Jamaican head coach Winfried Schaefer, who won the African Nations Cup in 2002 with Cameroon, was using the game as a warmup for the mid-November Caribbean Cup. Jamaica was coming off an 8-0 loss in June to a World Cup-bound France in Lille. Prior to that, the Jamaicans lost away to Serbia (2-1) and Switzerland (1-0) and tied with Egypt (2-2). Schaefer brought only 10 players from his summer roster to Toronto. "The level is not very high for our team," said Schaefer, lamenting the squads lack of practice time before the game. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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