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LONDON - Canadian Milos Raonic withdrew from his final group match at the ATP Finals on Thursday after suffering a leg muscle tear in a loss earlier this week to Andy Murray. China Adrian Peterson Jersey .The seventh-seeded Raonic was scheduled to play U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, but was replaced in the Group B pool by Spanish substitute David Ferrer.Raonic, who was 0-2 at the year-end event, said he suffered the injury late in the first set of Tuesdays 6-3, 7-6 loss to Murray.At first it felt like cramping but when I got up from a changeover and had to stand, I knew it was something else, he said.The 23-year-old Canadian said the low-grade tear in his quadriceps muscle measures three by five centimetres and is about a centimetre deep.Obviously I feel pessimistic right now, Raonic said, adding doctors told him playing might risk more damage and cost him up to six weeks of recovery time. I had a great time here. It was very different from last year as an alternate. Fortunately I was able to play well in my last event (Paris) to qualify here and give myself opportunities. I wish I could have competed, but it is what it is.Six-time champion Roger Federer will take on Andy Murray in the other Group B match. If the 17-time Grand Slam champion beats Murray and Nishikori defeats Ferrer, then the Scot will be eliminated from the indoor event.Also Thursday, Torontos Daniel Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic signed off on their doubles partnership with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 11-9 win over Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Nestor and Zimonjic improved to 1-2 but did not qualify for a spot in the weekend semifinals. Ferrer, who trained in London this week, has no chance of making it to the singles semifinals.At the Paris Masters last month, he saw his hopes of qualifying for the Finals vanish after losing a tough battle to Nishikori in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard came within two points of victory but failed to hold on to his lead.Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., said he was looking forward to facing Nishikori, who had won four of their five meetings.This experience this week motivates me a lot, he said. I felt I did pretty well, but know I can do a lot better. My season has been consistent, but I would have liked to have had a few more chances to win big matches.I really badly wanted to play, the competition here is about facing the best and being on top of your game.The eighth-ranked Raonic said it came down to weighing the merits of playing at half-speed and risking further injury or ending his season with prudence.It would be unfair to fans if I were to step out there and play a mediocre match all way through or if things got worse and I had to stop, Raonic said. The doctors said that if I were to play Id be walking a tightrope.That was a factor in my decision, I didnt want to accept it, but I had to listen to the doctors and my team.Raonic, one of the three newcomers in London with Marin Cilic and Nishikori, picked up his sixth career singles title with a victory at The Citi Open in Washington last August. A month earlier, he reached a career-high No. 6 in the world rankings.Raonic made his first French Open quarter-final appearance this year and also advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time.Nestor and Zimonjic, two-time champions at this event, will team up with different players next season. The 42-year-old Nestor is tabbed to play with Indias Rohan Bopanna.The Nestor-Zimonjic duo closed out their second run as partners with a flourish, mounting a comeback in the match tiebreak by winning six straight points. They saved a match point before Zimonjic came through with two straight volley winners for the victory.They entered the match with a slim chance of reaching the semifinal round and were officially eliminated from contention when they dropped the first set.Any time you win a match, its more good than bad, said Nestor. We had our chances in the opening set, that will make today a bit tougher to remember. But in the last match of the season we played well, thats all you can ask.There were still ranking points at stake. I thought I was playing well and Ziggy was playing well also.———With files from The Associated Press. Cheap Vikings Jerseys . Behind the talents of rookie Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames will look to keep pace Thursday night when they face the Minnesota Wild in the second of a six-game homestand. Wholesale Vikings Jerseys USA . The All-Pro left tackle agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles on Wednesday. Peters was signed for 2014, and his new deal adds four years through 2018.Tyler Seguin thought the Dallas Stars couldve been a contender. They still might be, but itll take some work.More than a quarter of the way through the regular season, the Stars are 11th in the competitive Western Conference and five points back of a playoff spot. Along with the successes of the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens, the Stars struggles have been among the biggest surprises in the NHL so far.Weve lost games we probably shouldve won, general manager Jim Nill said recently. But its that old analogy: When you dig a hole, it takes more dirt to fill it in. Were finding more dirt right now.Seguin said before training camp that Dallas was ready to contend with the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, the top teams in the West. A trip to the playoffs last season, even though it ended in the first round at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks, infused plenty of belief in the Stars, and off-season additions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky added to that.(Being a contender is) something earned more than just given, and I think we did that last year, Seguin said in September. But thats one year. We want to be a consistent team.Consistent, the Stars have not been. Coming into Tuesday nights game at the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas is 3-4-1 in its past eight games.Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen (.905 save percentage) hasnt played well, and backup Anders Lindback — whose struggles in replacing Ben Bishop for the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring all but handed a first-round victory to the Canadiens — has been worse with a goals-against average of 4.63 and save percentage of .861.A young, unproven defence hasnt helped, so Nill changed up his blue-line by trading veteran Sergei Gonchar to Montreal for forward Travis Moen and Brenden Dillon to San Jose for Jason Demers. Kevin Connauton was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and call-up John Klingberg (three goals and five assists in 10 games) has been better than advertised.Up front, the Stars are without winger Valeri Nichushkin until March after he had hip surgery. And Hemsky still hasnt panned out with just a goal and five assists in 23 games.Weve had a lot of guys on our team (who) just havent clicked, Nill said.The opposite is true for the Predators, whose 34 points through 23 games were tied for tops in the league pending the Lightnings game Monday night at the New York Rangers. Nashville has gotten superb goaltending from Pekka Rinne, who leads all starters with a 1.82 GAA and .933 save percentage.Theres no question that psychologically you probably play a little bit different with Pekka in net than we did last year for 51 games that he wasnt there, GM David Poile said. Its a good difference and its a big difference and its one of the huge factors of why were winning more games than were losing right now.Rinne missed much of last season with a hip injury and an infection. Cheap Fran tarkenton Jersey. He returned for the end of 2013-14 and starred for Finland at the world championships.Now that hes in a groove again on a winning team, Rinne said, Its great to be back.The Predators are back in contention under new coach Peter Laviolette thanks in large part to some new additions. Twenty-year-old Filip Forsberg is Nashvilles leading scorer, and his linemates — free-agent signee Mike Ribeiro and trade acquisition James Neal — have produced plenty, as well.We believe that we have a good team here and we can compete against any team, Ribeiro said. Obviously we have one of the top goalies, the defence corps, and if we can play well defensively and be able to score two to three goals, it gives you a chance to win with the goalie that we have.Goaltending has been crucial to the early success of three Canadian teams: Ryan Millers Canucks, Jonas Hillers Flames and Carey Prices Canadiens.Miller (2.42, .911) has stabilized the position in Vancouver after a few years of drama surrounding Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo. After shutting out Columbus last week, Miller said hes still building the right kind of game to play with this team.So is Hiller, signed to be the Flames starter after getting pushed out by younger depth in Anaheim. He and Karri Ramo have been excellent in Calgary, and defensive scoring has gotten GM Brad Trelivings team into a playoff spot in the early going.Early on it was our goaltender making a bunch of saves and our defence scoring, Treliving said. We needed more than that to have sustained success. Weve got a lot of season. Were encouraged of how were playing and where we are, but we theres a lot to clean up and a lot to get better in. For me its encouraging that were having some success.Coach Bob Hartley is up there with Laviolette among early Jack Adams Award candidates, but Treliving didnt want to comment on a possible extension. This was supposed to be another rebuilding year for the Flames, which also means they wont be hard-core buyers at the trade deadline, even if this kind of winning continues.Were still looking at this as taking a long-term view, Treliving said. Were not going to give up young assets, long-term assets for something thats going to help us for two weeks.Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has already been making moves, specifically to add depth on defence and free up cap space in 2015-16. In addition to turning two more years of Moen into one of Gonchar, Bergevin sent Rene Bourque and his contract to Anaheim for Bryan Allen and his expiring one.Second in the Atlantic Division to the Lightning going into Mondays action, the Canadiens have relied on Price (2.34, .922) in a major way.Obviously goaltendings been very good, Bergevin said. Overall I think our compete levels been there most of the year, and when you compete and you have good goaltending, youll win your share of games.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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