The Sunshine Coast Lightning have snared Diamonds shooters Caitlin Bassett and Stephanie Wood for the inaugural season of the eight-team Australian netball league.The pair were announced on Thursday as the first signings for the Lightning, a joint venture between the NRLs Melbourne Storm and the University of the Sunshine Coast.Its a significant coup for the new franchise, with Bassett arguably the worlds best shooter and Wood a player firmly on the rise.I believe we are looking at the next permanent Diamonds shooting combination, coach Maria Taurua said.Steph has the maturity, speed and smarts, and has now been given the opportunity to expand her playmaker skills, shes a product of Sunshine Coast and was the first player that we needed to sign.Caitlin is world class. Shes agile, unassumingly physical and mentally tough and she will do her job over and over again under extreme pressure.Caitlin has, and will continue, to win games single-handedly. She is the linchpin of our team.Bassett, 28, has played only in her home state of Western Australia, first for the Perth Orioles and then for the West Coast Fever in the trans-Tasman competition.Wood, 24, is from Queensland and played for the Sunshine Coast Lynx in the state league before signing for the NSW Swifts two years ago, playing a part in their back-to-back grand final defeats.I was ready to give netball up a couple of years ago so I am just taking the opportunities given to me, and having another team in Queensland has given me the chance to come back home which is a dream come true, Wood said. Cheap Texans Jerseys . LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. Wholesale Custom Texans Shirts . 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. http://www.customtexansjersey.com/ . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. Tytus Howard Jersey Large . The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said hed like to play the outfield. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says hes thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros. Authentic Custom Texans Jersey . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sprinter Michael Assefa went from despair to elation in less than 24 hours at the U.S. Paralympic trials, all because of a broken blade.Assefa was in the blocks for the final of the 200 meters Thursday night when the prosthetic he wears in place of his lower left leg snapped.A dejected Assefa, from Frankfort, Ill., was left sitting next to the track as the race went off.I had my accident where I lost my leg four years ago, and I set out a goal to go to the Paralympics ever since, so to have it break right before the race was devastating to me, Assefa said. I thought all my chances were gone.Assefa, who was injured in a train accident, was unsure of what would happen next. But a team of people were standing by ready to help.Theres no real process. Theres no protocol for it, Assefa said. So a bunch of guys here -- we have a great community -- they called the manufacturers, they overnighted a blade for me, and this morning we got iit in.ddddddddddddHis doctors fitted him with the blade just 45 minutes before the start of the 100-meter finals on Friday.Assefa ran the race in 13.3 seconds, crossing the finish line third in the heat. The time doesnt guarantee him a spot on the American team -- under the rules of the Paralympics, national teams are limited in size and U.S. officials have to decide who is in and out -- but it gave Assefas hopes a big boost.He walked off the track with sweat dripping down his face and a big smile. He posed for pictures with family, friends and fans while fighting back tears.Im blessed, Im excited, Im ecstatic, Assefa said. I want to go drink a beer.---Allison Gasparetti is a journalism student at Penn State. Penn State and Georgia are partnering with The Associated Press to supplement coverage of the 2016 Paralympics. ' ' '
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