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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Cheap Wholesale Asics . - Mike Smith is not giving up on the Falcons season, just as he wouldnt give up in the closing minutes of a lopsided loss to Seattle. Smith was criticized for exposing quarterback Matt Ryan and others to injuries by leaving them on the field late in Sundays 33-10 loss to the Seahawks. The coach said he wouldnt abandon the idea of trying to win. Similarly, Smith said Monday he hasnt given up on the season even when three straight ugly losses have left the Falcons 2-7. The Falcons already have matched the high mark for losses in Smiths first five seasons — a 9-7 finish in 2009. Atlanta trails first-place New Orleans by five games in the NFC South. Smith said hes heard plenty of negative talk about the outlook for the remainder of the season, including this weeks game at Tampa Bay. "This season is not over," Smith said. "I know people want to say doom and gloom. Thats not the case. Weve not played the type of football that wed like to play in the first nine games. It is well below our expectations and were going to continue to work and get ready to play the Buccaneers." Smith acknowledged there must be improvement on both lines and in the running game. In his third game back from a hamstring injury, Steven Jackson was held to 11 yards rushing on nine carries. Seattles Marshawn Lynch ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Smith said Seattle dominated both lines. "I think we did not win the physical battle ... they won that handily," Smith said. "I felt like they won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. Thats where games are won and lost." As a result, Jackson often had no chance. "Of course Im frustrated," Jackson said. "The thing about it is you have to keep chipping away. No one is going to come in the locker room and save us. We have to save ourselves. ... We cant dwell on it. One thing about being a professional, you have to acknowledge the things you made a mistake on and move on to the next one." The Falcons quickly fell so far behind that they abandoned any hope of balancing their offence in the second half. Ryan had to carry the load. "On our first possession of the second half, we were down 26-3, and at that time your run game basically goes out the window," Smith said. It was not a new problem. "I know that Steven is a guy who gets stronger as the game goes on," Smith said. "Unfortunately, in the last three weeks the game has gotten so out of hand coming out after halftime weve had to basically ditch the run and start throwing the football, so we havent had an opportunity to really concentrate on running the ball for 60 minutes." Left tackle Sam Baker was held out with a knee injury. He has missed five games this season. He played on Nov. 3 against Carolina but couldnt stay off the inactive list two straight weeks. "Yes, it is a concern when youre not able to play consecutive games," Smith said. The offensive line lost centre Todd McClure, who retired, and right tackle Tyson Clabo, who was released, from the 2012 starting unit. Mike Johnson, who was expected to replace Clabo, was lost for the season when he dislocated his left ankle and broke his left leg in training camp. With Bakers ongoing knee problem added to the mix, the lack of continuity on the line has been a constant issue that resurfaced against Seattle. "A couple of our opportunities to run it, we never got a chance to get it going," Smith said. "There were some individuals and individual blocks and combination blocks that were executed very well and there were some blocks that were not executed very well on the same play. As a unit, youve got to hit on all your blocks if youre going to have a chance to have a successful running play." Smith said linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be activated off the injured reserve list by Wednesday. Weatherspoon, one of the defences leaders, has been out since hurting his foot the second week of the season. Smith said he had no update on tight end Tony Gonzalez, who briefly left Sundays game with a toe injury. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org Asics Shoes Sale Online . "Uuufff," was all shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria could come up with after Stantons latest mammoth shot. Wholesale Asics Shoes . 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If didnt want attention I would have been a librarian, so I think its all good.I just need to make sure I know the priority is tennis.The Westmount, Que., native — who was named the WTAs most improved player this week — said it didnt take long for her to realize life would be drastically different as she shot up the rankings, especially after Wimbledon.It took me a couple days to get over it and get used to the whole situation, said Bouchard, the first Canadian singles player to make a Grand Slam final in the modern era. I dont know if its something you do get used to ... everyone, especially in Montreal, just coming up to you and talking to you and asking for pictures and trying to take your picture.Thats just one side of it. Of course theres a lot of off-court requests and things like that. I really just need to manage my time better. I feel like Ive done a good job, but thats definitely what I need to do.Bouchard, who rose as high as No. 5 in the world and also qualified for the season-ending WTA finals, said making her first Grand Slam semi at the Australian Open in January was a watershed moment.I kind of just proved to myself I could play on a big stage, she said. I played on centre court in the quarters and was able to win a tough match and play with all the attention and everything surrounding that tournament.I proved to myself I could handle those situations and I could play with the top players in the later stages of Grand Slams, which is so crucial.The current world No. 7, Bouchard said she tries to look ahead, but added that her loss at Wimbledon to Petra Kvitova is one she would like to have back.Just to be able to play it (again), whether I were to win or lose ... just to experience that moment again, she said. Besides that Im not going to dwell on the past. I think its important to just learnn from it, but keep moving forward. Asics Shoes Clearance Sale. Bouchard said her approach and confidence on the court is one of the biggest changes shes undergone in the last 12 months.I have so much more experience now than November 2013, she said. Ive really gone through a lot. I feel like nerves going on a big stage have improved, staying mentally tough in matches. When Im playing a good opponent — top-10, top-5 — I believe in myself more now than I did.Bouchard said she wants to cut down on the number of tournaments she plays in 2015 to reduce wear and tear after she suffered some injuries as the season wore on. She has also yet to decide if she will play in Canadas World Group I Fed Cup tie against the Czech Republic in February.When you go deeper into the draws, especially at bigger tournaments, its just so much more stressful on the body and the mind, said Bouchard. Its important to have those rest periods.(But) its hard for me to scale down tournaments because I love playing and Im so competitive.Bouchard, who earned US$3.22 million in prize money in 2014, pointed to that competitive spirit as one of her key attributes.I put a lot of pressure on myself because I have high expectations, said Bouchard. I just always want to try and be the best I can be at everything I do, whether its tennis or a board game with my family.Bouchard defeated Karolina Pliskova in Nurnberg, Germany, in May for her first career WTA title, but she stumbled a bit after Wimbledon, including a loss in her opening match of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.It just showed me how much I can still improve, Bouchard said of the second half of her season. I feel like Ive raised my level so much this year, but I feel like I can still do so much better.Bouchard just got back training a few days ago and will play one tournament in the new year before the Australian Open in January.While many people were caught off guard by her success, Bouchard said she expected nothing less.Tennis is something Ive been doing since I was five years old and Ive had dreams of winning Grand Slams since I was very young, she said. Ive put in 15 years of hard work (and) Ive always believed in myself. Great results are great, but to me theyre no surprise.This year has definitely been a good step forward for me in my journey. ' ' '

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