DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jeff Gordon had long planned to be at Darlington Raceway this weekend, largely to greet fans and answer questions about his career as a four-time Sprint Cup champion.Gordon now has a more important role this weekend as fill-in driver for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- gain a victory in the Southern 500 that could lead the Hendrick Motorsports team into NASCARs championship chase.And there may be no better place for the 45-year-old Gordons experience to shine through than Darlington, where hes third all-time with seven victories.Its a track that Im comfortable on and that I like, Gordon said this week. I hope I can put that with a result that this team deserves.It has been a whirlwind summer for Gordon, who was fully vested into his post-Sprint Cup life after making the final four Chase contenders before losing the title to Kyle Busch last November.Gordon enjoyed his role as NASCAR Xfinity broadcaster earlier this season, played a leadership role as an equity partner in Hendrick Motorsports and had some quality time with wife Ingrid Vandebosch and their two children, 9-year-old Ella and 6-year-old Leo.It was balancing out really nicely, all going according to plan, he said.Thats when owner, business partner and friend, Rick Hendrick, asked Gordon to return to the car once more to help an Earnhardt team in crisis. Earnhardt, NASCARs most popular driver from 2002 through last year, was diagnosed with concussion symptoms from a hard crash at Michigan in June and was told by doctors he needed time out of the car to recover.Gordon first drove the No. 88 Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 in July, finishing 13th. Gordon raced the next three events ending at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago where he was 11th, his best relief showing.After missing last weeks summer race at Michigan -- he had a previous commitment and felt it wasnt fair to the team not to devote his full attention to racing -- Gordon is back at the Lady in Black, an egg-shaped oval only David Pearson (10 wins) and the late Dale Earnhardt (nine victories) have tamed any better.Gordon said unlike before In his limited Sprint Cup engagement, he feels like he has solid strategies and notes to offer crew chief Greg Ives and the team from his 16th-place finish in 2015 -- what was supposed to be his final ride around Darlington.First time all year I have some valuable notes about the package and what the car should be like, he said. Im hoping that can help me get up to speed and help the team.Gordon took to NASCARs oldest superspeedway almost from the get go. His first win here came in 1995, just two years after he first drove a Sprint Cup car here. He swept both events in 1996, including the Southern 500 to join Bill Elliott as the only racers to capture the Winston Million bonus for winning three of the sports crown jewel events in the same season.Gordons last victory in 2007 may have been the most memorable. He was worried about overheating the last few laps and didnt think hed make to the end. After taking the checkered flag, Gordons radiator blew up in victory lane.There was steam everywhere, he said with a laugh.Gordon has stayed sharp at Darlington with five top-10 finishes in the past seven races there. He believes hes got another strong run in him.Youve got to be willing to really put yourself out there and take that risk at Darlington, Gordon said. You cant be intimidated and you have to respect it.Gordon figured Earnhardt would have returned to the drivers seat by now. He said his former teammate continues making progress, although Hendrick Motorsports has not announced plans for the No. 88 beyond Darlington. Alex Bowman has also sat in for two races that Earnhardts missed.Gordon said the surprise racing stint has not whetted his appetite for more and hell happily head back to his post-racing life on the sidelines once Earnhardt is cleared to return.This weekend, though, Gordon is focused on what hes done so well in his career -- succeeding at Darlington. Julius Nattinen Gear . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. Antoine Vermette Gear . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. http://www.anaheimducksgear.com/jason-chimera-gear/ . 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West Indies were reduced to 17 for 4 in the first T20, before being bowled out for 115, and were tottering at 19 for 3 while chasing 161 in the second T20. They lost both matches and now the teams move to Abu Dhabi for the third T20 on Tuesday.The one glaring thing I can see [that went wrong in the first two matches] is the batting, especially top-order batting, Brathwaite said on Monday. We havent been making the most of the first six overs with only two fielders out. And then it became harder and harder…in the first game we had five wickets down. And then chasing 160 and [being] only 20-odd after the first six, its going to be a lot more difficult especially with such huge boundaries. So our top-order batting and the misuse of the first six overs was our downfall in the first two games.Their top three batsmen - Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis and Andre Fletcher - fell for low scores, leaving much of the work for the middle and lower order. While openers Charles and Lewis managed scores of 7 and 10, and 1 and 3 respectivly, No. 3 Fletcher scored 2 and 29. Among all batsmen who have batted in the two T20s, only one - Dwayne Bravo - has scored over 30. Brathwaite said it was the collective effort he was concerned about, and not the performance of any single player, when asked about Andre Fletchers form.Its about each and every person, not only one single one, Brathwaite said. As a batting unit we did not come to the party, we didnt perform as we wanted to do in the two games. We dont want to single out Fletcher. He has done very very well for the West Indies in the recent past and if you remember he had scored a match-winning 80-odd against Sri Lanka in the [T20] World Cup. So one or two bad games do not make him a bad player. Fletcher knows what he has to do to be better than he has been in the first two days, so has the top order. Its about them going back to the rooms, recalibrating, finding ways and means to execute different plans.West Indies biggest positive has been their legspinner Samuel Badree, their only bowler to concede at less than seven runs per over in the series so far. Even though West Indies were defending only 115 in the first T20, he opened the bowling and finished with 4-0-27-1, taking the only wicket that fell. In the second T20, Badree was their most economical bowler with figures of 4-0-24-1. He bowled Pakistan opener Sharjeeel Khan on both occasions.ddddddddddddSimplicity [is his strong point], he keeps it simple, he knows his strengths, Brathwaite said about Badree. I think himself and Imad Wasim are quite similar, as in they are not big turners of the ball and they probably wont keep you awake at night but when they get into the game and the way they bowl wicket to wicket - you miss I hit - thats been successful for Badree, the No. 1 bowler in the world and you can see why.Brathwaite also reflected on his learnings as captain from the second series he has been leading his team in. He took over from Darren Sammy and won his first series as T20 captain when they beat India 1-0 in the two-match series in Florida last month. Brathwaite said he was feeling more confident with his role as captain with more matches under his belt, even though they were trailing 2-0 in the current series.I have learnt a lot. So I am not really judging myself and thinking because I want to win the series and make the West Indies fans happy, he said. If we can help the fans to continue to enjoy T20 cricket then Id think I have done a good job. Up until now, we havent so its up to me to motivate the guys for the next game to help put a smile on the fans faces.I dont know if its more comfortable or more familiar but Im still new into the job, but thats not an excuse [for losing]. As we go on, I feel a lot more confidence with things. I dont know for how long Ill be in the job for but just want us to do a good job and even get better at it.The visitors had faced extremely hot conditions in Dubai last week and are likely to face more of that in Abu Dhabi with the highest temperature expected to go close to 40 degrees. Brathwaite said they had not adjusted that poorly but stated it was more likely to be a bigger factor during the ODIs and Tests in the coming weeks.It is what it is. The heat wont change, probably it will be hotter as we go into the 50-over as we start early and then Test cricket which will see longer days. So I wont say its easy but you know we have to adjust, we havent adjusted that poorly. However, we have completed the 20 overs within the time frame and coming off the field dont think too many guys were panting. So we seemed fit enough to get through 20 overs with good intensity. The heat is a factor but I dont think it had any bearing on them getting on to 160 and us not restricting them to 140 or 150. Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '