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TORONTO -- After making moves to bolster its attack and midfield, Toronto FC has turned its attention to the backline by acquiring American defender Justin Morrow from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money. John Starks Jersey . The deal also adds experience to Torontos young roster. In four years with the Quakes, Morrow has played in 71 regular-season games and two playoff games with 65 starts. Only Toronto midfielder Jeremy Hall (114) has played more MLS games. "In Morrow, we are adding a young all-star calibre player to our back line," Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a release Tuesday. "Justins steady presence, versatility and MLS experience make him a great addition to the club." The move beefs up the Toronto backline with the 26-year-old Morrow able to play both fullback and centre-back. Morrow adds depth to captain Steven Caldwell and Doneil Henry in the middle of defence and will likely challenge Ashtone Morgan at left back. Mark Bloom appears to have inherited the right back position from Englands Richard Eckersley, who is likely to move on once the team buys out the $500,000-plus last year of a contract renegotiated to make the number more palatable in 2013. Fullbacks Jonas Elmer and Ryan Richter and centre back Gale Agbossoumonde are also on the Toronto roster. Torontos defence, in a state of flux for the first half of the season, yielded 47 goals in 2013. That was down from 62 in 2012 but still ranked 14th in the 19-team league. Morrow, who made US$139,562 last season with San Jose, has two career goals. Its the latest in a series of off-season moves by Toronto FC as it bids to leave a 6-17-11 season far behind it. Toronto unveiled Brazilian striker Gilberto last Friday, its newest designated player. Jermain Defoe is expected to join him in the January transfer window in a megabucks deal that will make the Spurs and England forward the face of the Toronto franchise. While club officials have not confirmed the signing of Defoe, privately they see it as a done deal. The firing of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is a complication given the new boss might be more amenable to trying to keep Defoe. TFC officials hope that any such wooing will be too little, too late. Toronto also recently traded away the rights to goalie Stefan Frei and midfielder Bobby Convey for draft picks, acquired Brazilian midfielder Jackson from FC Dallas and re-signed goalie Joe Bendik to a new deal. Toronto also appointed Greg Vanney as assistant GM and head of its academy. San Jose picked Morrow in the second round -- 28th overall -- of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Morrow also started for the U.S. in a 0-0 friendly against Canada last January and was on the bench for World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico in March. Judging from his Twitter account, Morrow is a Cleveland Browns fan with a sweet tooth and a taste for travel. He played collegiate soccer at Notre Dame where he made 89 appearances in four seasons. Having played under Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark while he was in charge of Stanford, Nelsen takes the Fighting Irish connection seriously. Morrow joins forward Bright Dike as Notre Dame alumni on the Toronto team. Tracy McGrady Jersey . Leaning forward with both hands on his knees, Buffon appeared to be resting or somehow trying to withstand the rain. Or perhaps the 36-year-old goalkeeper and Italy captain was reflecting on this: He is only the third player in history to be part of five World Cup squads, along with Germany great Lothar Matthaus and former Mexico goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal. Mario Hezonja Jersey . The start of the seasons fifth and final major was delayed two hours due to heavy rain in the area. The tournament eventually began, but with water on the greens and the rain persisting, players were called back to the clubhouse less than an hour after the first group teed off. http://www.officialknicksfanstore.com/ki...ks-jersey/ . - Benched Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman said he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and voluntarily entered the NFL substance abuse program more than a year ago after mistakenly taking a medication to treat the condition.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee that will not require surgery but will sideline him at least two weeks and potentially longer, coach Doug Marrone said Friday. Manuel was injured in the third quarter of Buffalos 37-24 loss at Cleveland on Thursday, when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run. Marrone said it is too early to determine an exact timetable for Manuels return. "What we need right now is for it to calm down, see where were at," Marrone said, "see where hes at in probably a week to see how its progressing, where he is, then get it down in to a little bit more of a window." Rookie Jeff Tuel came in for Manuel but was ineffective, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards. Marrone said the Bills (2-3) will look into acquiring another quarterback and did not rule out the possibility of that player starting Buffalos next game Oct. 13 at Cincinnati (2-2). Manuel had already gained a first down on the play on which he was hurt, but Marrone defended the quarterbacks decision not to slide. "This one (Thursday) night was a tough situation because I really dont think he saw the guy coming to the inside until late," Marrone said. "You see him get the first down and you see him trying to get as much as you can and then try to protect himself." After hitting Manuel, Gipson pumped his fist and stared in the direction of the quarterback on the ground. Bills centre Eric Wood called some Browns players "classless" for the way they reacted to Manuels injury. "The hit was fine," Wood said. "What ticked me off was the way they acted afterwards. I hope our defence never acts like that when they injure an opposing quarterback because youve got to show some class in that situation. "Theres a few guys over there that obviously didnt." Wood singled out Browns safety T.J. Ward, claiming he told Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso, Wards former teammate at Oregon, that he should have warned Manuel that Clevelands defence was coming after him. "That is completely inaccurate," Ward said on a conference call. "I did speak to Kiko and he went to Oregon with me. But anytime a player gets hurt, you never praise or root for players to get hurt. Its competitive sport, a violent sport, but when you see players go down, no way in any shape or form its a celebration." In the first quarter, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered what ended up being a season-ending knee injury when he got his leg caught underneath him in a slide and was hit near the head by Alonso. Emmanuel Mudiay Jersey. Several Browns wanted a penalty called on the hit. "I dont think there was any intention there," Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said. "Brian was sliding. It was just an unfortunate thing. I think his cleat got caught up underneath him." This is the second time Manuel has been out with a knee injury. He missed the final two weeks of the preseason after hurting his left knee while scrambling in a win over Minnesota on Aug. 16. Kevin Kolb started the following weekend at Washington, but sustained a season-ending concussion during that game. The Bills were forced to scramble to address their depth at quarterback by signing free agent Matt Leinart and acquiring Thaddeus Lewis in a trade with Detroit. Leinart was cut a day after the Bills preseason finale vs. Detroit. Lewis was cut a day later before being re-signed to Buffalos practice squad. The Bills are banged up at other positions, but an extra weekend of rest will help them recover. Leading receiver Stevie Johnson has a strained back muscle that is not expected to keep him out of action, Marrone said. Johnson left Thursdays game in the second quarter and did not return. He sat out most of spring practices with a back injury. Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd (plantar fasciitis) and starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist) will both practice this week, Marrone said, and the Bills are hopeful one or both players will be able to make his regular-season debut against Cincinnati. Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) are also close to returning, Marrone said. "Its part of the game to lose guys, lose games," running back Fred Jackson said. "Youve got to come back and respond. Weve got a good, extended period before our next game so hopefully we can get some guys back from injuries and do what weve got to do to hit the ground running when we get to the next game." Buffalo released punter Shawn Powell on Friday after he finished with 23.1 yards-per-punt net against Cleveland and failed to land one inside the Browns 20. Powell also struggled with angling punts away from Clevelands Travis Benjamin, who returned seven punts for a franchise-record 179 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown return. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '
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