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LAS VEGAS -- Chris Paul scored a career pre-season high of 40 points and added 11 assists to lead to the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Pauls layup with 22 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime. He played 42 minutes, adding seven rebounds and going 12 of 13 at the free-throw line. Denver had a chance to win in regulation, but JaVale McGees 6-foot jumper from the right side was short at the buzzer. Darren Collison had 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Clippers (4-2), who outscored the Nuggets 14-7 in overtime. Blake Griffin added 17 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes for Los Angeles, which trailed 104-100 with 47 seconds left in regulation. Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph scored 16 points apiece for the Nuggets (2-3) and Andre Miller added 15 as Denver had seven players score in double digits. Paul had 15 points by halftime, when the Clippers trailed 47-46. The Clippers shot 52 per cent from the field and the Nuggets were at 49 per cent. This is the second straight year the Clippers played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Last year, the first time the Clippers hosted a game in Las Vegas, Ty Lawsons layup at the buzzer gave Denver a 106-104 win. The teams played the fourth game on the Las Vegas Strip. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Sacramento Kings nine days earlier at the MGM Grand Arena. The Lakers also played the Philadelphia 76ers on the Strip in 1981. Wholesale Jerseys For Sale . Brassard and Coyotes defenceman Derek Morris were battling for position in the crease when a nudge from Morris sent Brassard on top of Smith late in the third period. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping . Ryu (8-3) allowed a run and three hits in six innings and struck out six in his 13th start. In his first 13 starts last season -- his first in the major leagues -- the left-hander was 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA. This was the ninth time this year that Ryu has allowed fewer than three earned runs, and he is 7-0 in those games. Berkman almost left the game last off-season before signing with the Texas Rangers. He then had another injury-plagued season and was limited to 73 games. Wholesale China Jerseys .com) - The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with running back Jackie Battle on a one-year contract Friday. Stitched Authentic Jerseys . - Young and old.TORONTO -- The road to Sochi doesnt necessarily start in Raleigh, N.C., but the competition for spots is hot with the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina doesnt have half a dozen no-brainer Olympic selections like the Boston Bruins or Detroit Red Wings, but Hurricanes games should become must-see events for management teams over the next couple of months. They feature a roster that includes potential Canadian Olympians Cam Ward and Jordan Staal, potential U.S. defenceman Justin Faulk and a handful of others. "Theres a lot of guys on our team that are potentially candidates for their countries," coach Kirk Muller said. "Its a double added pressure, I think, on a personal note for those guys that theyre thinking about it because of when the teams going to get selected." Alexander Semin is a good bet to make Russias team. Former Maple Leafs winger Nik Borschevsky, a scout for Russia, was set to be in attendance for Carolinas game in Toronto on Thursday night. Jiri Tlusty could represent the Czech Republic, Tuomo Ruutu might suit up again for Finland and defenceman Andrej Sekera could be there for Slovakia. And thats not even counting captain Eric Staal, whos a lock for Team Canada as long as hes healthy. "I think your focus has to be on Carolina first, and then you kind of let those things happen," Staal said before the season. "Obviously its a goal of mine to defend that gold medal and be in Russia for Team Canada, but first and foremost Ive got to take care of the way I play, and thats with the Hurricanes." Almost five months before the tournament begins, thats a common refrain for Olympic hopefuls. "Thats always in the back of your mind, but I wouldnt say the guys in this room think about that a whole lot," centre Jordan Staal said. Faulk, who attended U.S. Olympic orientation camp outside Washington in August, said he and his teammates dont talk much about Sochi. That was more popular a topic during the pre-season and will be in January once the rosters have been announced. But until then, the Hurricanes will be watched. They face Team Canada general manager Steve Yzermans Tampa Bay Lightning twice before rosters must be finalized, including two days before the deadline. Ward, who went into Thursday nights game 0-2-3 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, probably has the most to gain from strong play early in the season, considering Canadas question mark in goal. "Hes a guy that he always seems to make big saves at key times and hes a big-game player," said Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, who played in front of Ward with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. "Hes won a Stanley Cup and hes right in that mix of those top goalies in the league." Canadas deppth at forward could make it difficult for Jordan Staal to crack the roster.dddddddddddd But the idea of playing on an Olympic team with brothers Eric and Marc, a defenceman with the New York Rangers, certainly is an attractive idea. "It would be really cool," he said. "Obviously Ive got to keep getting better and keep working harder and try to get that opportunity to play on that team. But obviously watching Eric winning the gold, you want to do it yourself. Hopefully I can keep improving my game and try to find a spot on that roster." Time to do that is limited. "If youre off to a slow start, youre thinking, This team doesnt get picked at the end of the year," Muller said. "So they know theres a countdown clock going on." Its also counting down for management staffs, which are constantly evaluating talent. For Canada its coaches Mike Babcock of the Red Wings, Claude Julien of the Bruins, Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues and Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, general managers Yzerman, Ken Holland of the Red Wings, Peter Chiarelli of the Bruins and Doug Armstrong of the Blues and Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe. The United States has coaches Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Todd Richards of the Columbus Blue Jackets and general managers David Poile of the Nashville Predators and Ray Shero of the Penguins watching, along with an extensive advisory board of GMs. "Theres a big group of people that are doing the role of picking the team," Faulk said. "I think theyre all kind of scouting on a daily basis, whether its Poile from the stands or whoever it is." It gives Muller some natural curiosity about players psyches. "Itd be interesting to talk to other coaches as the season goes along and see early on guys are off to a really good start, some guys on teams are not and how that definitely is in their minds like, Geez, I thought this was the year Id be able to make the Olympic team," he said. "Anyone whos off to a slow start, hes going, Geez Ive got to (improve)." Either way, being in the middle of so much Olympic conversation tells Eric Staal that the Hurricanes have "elite" players. Carolina came away with four medals from the 2010 Games in Vancouver: Staals goal, U.S. defenceman Tim Gleasons silver and bronzes for Finlands Ruutu and Joni Pitkanen. "I think our focus is going out there and playing a team game right now, and I think if we do that then it helps our chances to make that team," Faulk said. "I think when you have that, guys having the opportunity to make Olympic teams, I think obviously its fun to be around because theyre good players, which just helps your team." ' ' '

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