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      MONTREAL — The Montreal Impacts faltering offence could be getting a big boost this weekend. After a month watching from the sidelines, star striker Marco Di Vaio will likely dress for Montreal when the last-place Impact (1-5-4) face the Colorado Rapids (4-4-3) in Denver on Saturday. “I think Im ready to go,” said Di Vaio on Wednesday before the team left for the American southwest. “I trained yesterday, alone at first and then with the team. And today I took part in the whole session. I feel good after the injury. I can go.” The star striker injured his hamstring on April 19 in a 4-0 road defeat to Sporting Kansas City, leaving the game in the 56th minute. He then played in most of Montreals victory over the Philadelphia Union the following week, but has since missed the clubs last four games. “Obviously, if Marco comes back, it will help,” assistant coach Mauro Biello told reporters on Wednesday. “We have a good record when hes in the lineup. Were just waiting for him to be at 100 per cent.” Despite only scoring once in five appearances this season, Di Vaios return could spark a struggling club looking to build on back-to-back respectable results. Montreal played to a 1-1 draw against second-place D.C. United last Saturday three days after a midweek victory over NASL side FC Edmonton in the Amway Canadian Championship. “The confidence is growing,” Impact defender Jeb Brovsky told the teams website. “As a team, the chemistry is going up. This team is going in the right direction. It takes only two or three games to really change things around in a season. We have a tough road game. Its time to see what were made of.” With seven points from 10 games, the MLS-worst Impact are looking to climb from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The team has only scored three goals in its last five MLS games. Two of those were courtesy of striker Jack McInerney, who has now scored five times in all competitions since joining the Impact in April. And while the combination of McInerney and Di Vaio up front in a two-striker formation has yet to click for Montreal, the team is hoping the two connect for goals on Saturday. “Were happy that Jack is scoring goals, and that Marco is coming back,” said Biello. “We have to keep working on that chemistry up front. With players like that, we can give a lot of trouble to our opponents.” Montreal will hope to trouble a Colorado side going through struggles of its own. The team has only scored four goals in its last six games, and is coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season. Last week, defender Drew Moor scored his first goal of the season late in the game, a consolation prize in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. While Di Vaio may be returning to the Impact lineup, the Rapids will still be without top-scorer Vicente Sanchez, who sprained his knee in a May 3 win. Sanchez has scored five goals this season — four of those from the penalty spot. “(The Rapids) have a few injuries,” said Biello. “But they have a lot of speed up front and a lot of quality in the midfield. Were expecting a team thats looking for a victory, especially at home. They lost their last home game. We have to be ready for a team that will push and pressure us.” The Impact will also have to cope with high altitude. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because, at one mile above sea level, it is one of the most elevated cities in the United States. For Montreal, it will mean a risk of dehydration and altitude sickness. “The altitude is definitely an issue,” said Denver-born Brovsky. “We are a fit team, so that should help. But well have to make sure that we arent running around aimlessly.” Excited to be going back to his home city, Brovsky promised to fill a section of Dicks Sporting Goods Park with Impact supporters. “I already made a lot of calls, and a lot of people are amped up,” he said. “So hopefully we have a home atmosphere in Colorado. Hopefully theyll be pretty rowdy — which I know my family are.” Notes: Newcomer midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran could make his Impact debut against the Rapids. The Canadian international was acquired by Montreal last week from Toronto FC. a The Impact have lost both their games against the Rapids since joining MLS. a Marc Burch (hamstring) and Nathan Sturgis (foot) are both doubtful for the Rapids. a The Impact and Rapids wont meet again this season. 14:34ET 23-05-14 Chris Borland Jersey.Y. – Dustin Tokarski stopped all 43 shots he faced as the Hamilton Bulldogs blanked the host Syracuse Crunch 3-0 on Saturday in American Hockey League action. White Womens Michael Wilhoite Elite Jersey. Turns out, the alternative wasnt any fun for Malone, either. Durant scored 30 points and embraced a role as a facilitator by finishing with nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past Sacramento 108-93 on Sunday night. http://www.official49ers.us.com/Black-Justin-Smith-49ers-Jersey.html. – The Colorado Rapids say theyve received a first-round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick, allocation money and a contract buyout from FC Dallas as compensation for coach Oscar Parejas leaving to take the same job with his former club. Ronnie Lott 49ers Jersey. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema scored two goals each Wednesday night in a 6-1 rout of Schalke in the first leg of their second-round matchup. “We played a very, very good match,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “We got well into the match, scored two early goals and that opened the game and left us able to counter and to use the speed of our players. Bruce Ellington. The Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal sustained minor damage during the protests, but demonstrators stayed away on Sunday and officials said the stadium passed its first test, with only minor adjustments needed going forward.PEORIA, Ariz. – Another year, same routine at the outset of spring training for Felix Hernandez. The Seattle Mariners ace threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Monday, and as in recent years, will be ramped up gradually in order to get him ready for opening day on March 31. The preparation for the season opener began with him throwing fastballs, curve balls and changeups. Manager Lloyd McClendon and pitching coach Rick Waits both said Hernandez looked great. Last February, Hernandez was brought along slowly in part because he left spring training to return to Seattle to sign his new contract, and got behind on his scheduled work. The idea has been to not make him pitch as much in February so he can be at full effectiveness in late March or early April. “Not bad,” Hernandez said of his days work. “Beginning was a little wild. I was up. But then the ball came out pretty good.” Hernandez said he might pitch in game action by the seventh game of spring training. Hernandez has taken a mentoring role with young Taijuan Walker, who is working toward being in the Mariners starting rotation when the season begins. Hernandez feels both Walker and left-handed starter James Paxton, both entering their first full seasons with the club, are ready to join the rotation and welcomes their questions. “They have a lot of talent,” Hernandez said. “They just need to keep working hard and do their thing.” Hernandez had similar guidance from former teammates Eddie&nbbsp;Guardado, Joel Pineiro and Jamie Moyer when he was starting his big-league career.dddddddddddd Hernandez realizes he isnt the only big name on the Mariners, now that star second baseman Robinson Cano has arrived. He welcomes another All-Star. “He can hit a lot, man,” Hernandez said. “Glad I dont have to face him. Its all about winning. Thats all we need to do.” Hes also glad to have a proven closer in Fernando Rodney on the team. “This club, its going to be a lot of fun this year,” Hernandez said. “I cant wait.” NOTES: Cano is expected to join the Mariners in time for Tuesdays first full-team workout. He was not at the teams spring training site on Monday, when position players reported for physicals. Canos physical is complete except for a brief check-in with team medical staff before he takes the field … Walker threw his first bullpen session of spring training after being held out with a sore throwing shoulder, and said he felt great. He threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, and will have his next session on Thursday … Infielder Nick Franklin, who played in 102 major-league games as a rookie in 2013, is viewed primarily as a shortstop, McClendon said, and will get some at-bats as a designated hitter in spring training. Franklin and Brad Miller are the primary contenders for the starting shortstop spot. … Relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez arrived Monday, the veterans first day in camp after dealing with international visa issues. ‘ ‘ ‘

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