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England at the time

Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury are playing some of their best basketball in the final weeks of the regular season, most notably on the defensive side of the court. Rangel Ravelo .The Mercury have returned from the Olympic break and won three straight games, holding their last two opponents to under 70 points. That could spell trouble for the offensively challenged Connecticut Sun on Friday night, when Phoenix visits Mohegan Sun Arena.The Sun (10-17) are 10th in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 84.3 points per game. But, like the Mercury, Connecticut is playing well down the stretch. The Sun have won two of three since returning from the Olympic break, including an impressive 84-80 victory over the league-leading Minnesota Lynx.Connecticut has moved into 10th place in the league standing and is just a game behind eighth-place Seattle for the final postseason spot. The Sun, however, will be shorthanded in the final seven games of the regular season.Rookie forward Morgan Tuck, the third overall pick, will miss the rest of the season after injuring her knee in Sundays win over the Atlanta Dream.I feel terrible for Morgan that she will not be able to complete her first WNBA season on the court, Sun coach Curt Miller said on the teams website. She has a tremendous future with the Sun, and I am confident she will approach the rehabilitation process like the champion she is. I cant wait to have her back with us next year.To help fill the void, Connecticut signed forward Asia Taylor, a 2014 draft pick of the Minnesota Lynx. The Sun will need all the help they can get in order to slow down the surging Mercury.Taurasi, the fourth-leading scorer in the WNBA, and Brittney Griner have been fueling Phoenixs push up the league standings. The Mercury (13-14) sit in sixth place and could realistically finish as high as fourth. The top eight teams, regardless of conference, qualify for the postseason.Griner had 20 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists in the Mercurys win over Indiana on Tuesday. Giovanny Gallegos . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Jordan Hicks . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/custom-andrew-knizner-jersey-large-1071q.html . The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrators decision suspending him for the 2014 season and post-season. Kevin Pietersen has admitted that he would not be comfortable touring Bangladesh in the current circumstances.The ECB announced on Thursday that Englands Test and ODI tour of the country would go ahead as planned after assurances from the Bangladesh government. A terrorist attack in Dhaka in July left many dead but a delegation of ECB and PCA officials visited Bangladesh in recent days and concluded that the security measures in place assured the team of safety.But Pietersen says that he would be unwilling to go at present and feels that senior England players, especially those with families, will be equally reluctant.Its not somewhere Id like to be for the next six weeks, Pietersen told ESPNcricinfo. The young ODI side might not have too many issues, but the older Test side might have a few issues.Some of the older guys might have kids and other responsibilities, and might think How can I get out of going to Bangladesh? They may think of this as an opportunity to get out of a Bangladesh tour. Theyll be looking at it. I know a lot of journalists dont want to go to Bangladesh. So its going to be tough.This is going to be one of the hardest decisions Alastair Cook has to make. Would I want to go? No. But I dont think one guy can pull out. If one goes, youve all got to go. It would be difficult to pull out of the tour.Pietersen was captain of the England team that returned to India in late 2008 after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Having originally abandoned the tour during the ODI series, Pietersen was at the forefront of those arguing that the team should return to play the two Test series.But now, as aa father of two, he admits it would be a much harder decision. Nelson Briles. And he accepts that he now has greater sympathy for those players who were originally less keen to return to India - not least Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff - due to their responsibilities as parents.Ultimately, the whole squad, including Flintoff and Harmison, returned to India. But there was cynicism from some players over Pietersens motives for wanting to return and he feels the episode damaged a lot of relationships.Thats why Ive said I wasnt the right person to captain England at the time, Pietersen said. I didnt understand the circumstances of the guys who had kids at that time. I didnt understand it at all.I think it damaged a lot of relationships for me with the side and senior players. I wish I wasnt captain of England at that time.I did it before I had kids. It makes a huge difference. Your responsibilities change. Your priorities change. It would have been a harder decision.Pietersen was speaking at Wellington College where his charitable foundation (The KP24 Foundation) is running a residential camp for 70 young people, many of them from ethnic minorities and quite a few refugees fleeing war, identified by county cricket boards and the Chance to Shine charity.This is about helping kids, he said. Its what Ive dedicated myself to since Ive calmed down on my cricketing front. I hope this is my legacy. Its far more important than a stupid sport.For more information visit kp24foundation.com ' ' '