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PARIS — Monaco consolidated second place and put leader Paris Saint-Germains title celebrations on hold by winning 1-0 at Rennes in the French league on Saturday.David Legwand Sabres Jersey . PSG could have clinched the title this weekend if Monaco lost and it won on Sunday at Lyon. For now, Monaco pulled within 10 points of the leader. Emmanuel Riviere chased a through ball from Jeremy Toulalan to score with a sliding effort in the 55th minute. Riviere then had a close-range attempt diverted onto the bar by Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil in the 63rd. Lille kept pace with Monaco, staying six points behind in third, by edging Valenciennes 1-0. Divock Origi took a pass from Salomon Kalou to score with a low strike in the 70th minute. „It wasnt easy but the most important thing is to take the three points,“ Lille coach Rene Girard said. „It seemed to me that we missed a bit of gas in the tank, a bit of freshness. But the boys managed to do what they needed to do.“ Elsewhere, Ajaccio midfielder Mehdi Mostefa volleyed home in the 86th to salvage a draw and delay his teams relegation after Bordeaux substitute Jussie opened the scoring in the 62nd. Sochaux kept its slim hopes of safety alive by defeating Toulouse 2-0 to climb to 18th place. Jordan Ayew headed in a cross from winger Roy Contout to put the hosts ahead in the 15th before returning the favour in the 49th for Contout, who doubled the lead with a header. Evian beat Bastia 2-1 to move eight points clear of the relegation zone. Denmark international Daniel Wass scored the winner with a powerful free kick in the 48th. Vincent Aboubakar scored in stoppage time his 14th league goal in a 2-1 win over Nice to fire Lorient into the middle of the table. Gilles Sunu gave Lorient the lead in the 19th before Nice leftback Timothee Kolodziejczak levelled by converting a rebound in the 30th. On Sunday, Saint-Etienne faces Reims and Nantes hosts Guingamp. On Friday, Marseille edged Montpellier 3-2 to keep alive its slim hopes of a European spot. Pat Lafontaine Sabres Jersey . He played like an All-Star when the Pacers really needed it. After 48 hours of questions and criticism, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and altered a handful of others to help the Pacers get even in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 86-82 victory over Washington. Jack Eichel Jersey . They blew it. Nick Bjugstad scored in a shootout and Tim Thomas denied Detroit three times in one-on-one duels, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 win over the Red Wings on Sunday night after trailing by two goals twice in regulation.Coach Ephraim Mashaba packed plenty of bags for the African Cup of Nations because hes certain his South Africa team will go all the way to the final — and he needs to make sure he has enough clothes.Were confident about it (making the final), Mashaba said on Wednesday before his squad departed South Africa. Alone, Ive got six bags.Bafana Bafanas players have prepared for a long stay in Equatorial Guinea, Mashaba said. To giggles, he told reporters and officials at Johannesburgs OR Tambo airport not to expect the team back home until Feb. 10, two days after the final.And stashed in one of those bags was an outfit for a party after the tournament, he said.Even if Mashaba truly believes South Africa will pack a punch at the African Cup, recent history doesnt back up his prediction.South Africa didnt get out of its group at the Cup of Nations in 2004, 2006 and 2008, and didnt qualify at all in 2010 and 2012. It lost in the quarterfinals in 2013 as host.But the team has shown signs of a turnaround since Mashaba — who is known at home by his nickname Shakes — took over last year. South Africa was impressive in qualifying this time and unbeaten in the decisive group stage, eliminating defending champion Nigeria.Thats given South Africans perhaps their most positive outlook for a Cup of Nations sincee the country won the title in 1996 and made the final two years later. Dale Hawerchuk Jersey. ut South Africas challenge in 2015 is significant. It plays top-ranked African team Algeria first up in Equatorial Guinea, then Senegal and Ghana in by far the toughest group.All the teams are equal, the bullish Mashaba said. When they say the group of death, it gives us motivation. It will be good to beat the No. 1 team on the continent.I have told the players not to fear anybody because we have no reason to feel inferior.Mashabas squad is mainly home-based, with a smattering of overseas players like England-based midfielder Dean Furman and forward Tokelo Rantie. The big surprise was Mashabas decision to leave Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero out of his final 23.Mostly, Mashaba has restored confidence after the team was called a bunch of unbearable, useless individuals a year ago by South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula following its early exit from the lower-level African Nations Championship.On Wednesday, Mbalula wore a yellow and green team jersey and saw the players off at OR Tambo airport, backing them to succeed this time.South Africas squad flies to Gabon for warm-up games against Cameroon and Gabon before the African Cup.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ‚ ‚ ‚

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