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The second Counter-Strike major of 2016 is almost upon us. Jason Kidd Jersey . For the third year running, ESL One Cologne will play host to CS:GOs premier competition, which features 16 teams vying for the lions share of a $1 million prize pool.Eight Legends, those that placed in the top eight at MLG Columbus, and eight Challengers, teams that qualified for Cologne, have been sorted into four groups that will begin play July 5 in the Lanxess-Arena.The months since MLG Columbus have seen a shakeup in terms of the hierarchy of CS:GO. Weve witnessed the birth of a new era in the game, and with it, a new paradigm of greatness. The battles fought at Cologne will not just be in the minutiae of what happens within the server, but will also be clashes of legacy between the teams.Living LegendsThe newly christened SK Gaming squad enters as defenders of the title. Since winning Columbus as Luminosity Gaming, the team has won two more tournaments and reached the finals in a third. This impressive run has solidified the teams standing as the best in the world; no other squad has been playing at this level in recent months. Not one to be complacent, SK has been undergoing boot camp in Europe for some time now in preparation for the major.This tournament is a chance for the squad to build a legacy. Having already won a major and achieved what was previously unthinkable, Gabriel FalleN Toledo and his band of Brazilians are yet again on the cusp of greatness, but with victory they could enter into the pantheon of the best teams to ever play the game. With a target on its back and a veritable group of death awaiting it, SK must overcome its toughest test yet to truly ascend.One of the teams standing firmly in SKs path, and one of the teams that is already in the conversation to be the best of all time, is the Swedes from Fnatic. However, the teams run at Columbus was a disappointing one, and evaluation in the interim does not lead to kind critiques. With semifinal finishes in both ESL Pro League and Esports Championship Series (ECS), it appears as if the dominant days of Fnatic are behind it.Nonetheless, historically Fnatic has matched up well against the Brazilians, with many series wins over them in early 2016. The return of Olof olofmeister Kajbjer is a promising sign. Regarded as the best player in the world before his injury, his reincorporation to the team brings with it a certain swagger that is the hallmark of Fnatics play. This tournament will also be the first in more than two years in which Fnatic isnt a near-consensus favorite to win. Free of undue expectations and reinvigorated by the return of its superstar, Fnatic could play spoiler to SKs dreams of a second major title.Once rivals to Fnatic and two-time major champions themselves, the French team EnVyUs also comes into Cologne looking to return to former glory. To say 2016 has been an underwhelming year for the previously elite team is a bit of an understatement. It went from winning the final major at Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca in 2015 to bombing out of Columbus in groups; the shocking fall from grace has been the impetus for change within the structure of the team.With a retooled focus on star AWPer Kenny kennyS Schrub, EnVy aims to at least regain Legend status at Cologne with a playoff berth. Its group draw looks somewhat favorable, as it faces a Virtus.Pro team it recently dispatched at ELeague along with two middle-of-the-pack squads in Team Liquid and mousesports. EnVys chance to return to the top starts here; displaying dominance over this group would be a fitting start.Something to proveThe third team in the group of death with Fnatic and SK is the resurgent French side Gamers2. With a 2-3 loss to FalleN & Co. in the ESL Pro League grand final, followed by a 2-0 win over them in the Esports Championship Series Season 1 grand final, G2 is the only team that has proved it has the ability to match the Brazilians. Its form of late has been brilliant behind the stars of the team, Richard shox Papillon and Adil ScreaM Benrlitom.Two of G2s players have previous major titles, but the team as a whole comes in with a chip on its shoulder. Not so long ago, G2 had been counted out as a team capable of winning a title, but a recent hot streak has it shooting up the global rankings and garnering many a fan with the flashy play of shox and ScreaM. This teams sights are set no lower than winning the $500,000 first-place prize, but it must first survive the group-stage onslaught awaiting it at Lanxess.Earlier in the year, Natus Vincere was in contention for the spot that SK Gaming now holds. Before Columbus, it had beaten the Brazilians with regularity, but lost a battle of will in the finals at Columbus to fall just short of taking home the prize. Since then, the team has been quiet on the international stage due to Ladislav GuardiaN Kovács latent injury and failures to qualify for the LAN finals of the biggest leagues.Columbus is a chance for NaVi to prove it has what it takes to be the best. Surely, it has the talent to match any of its rivals with GuardiaN and Egor flamie Vasilyev leading the way. Its grinding, patient, terrorist-side tactics and facilitation of its star-AWPer closely resembles SKs play, and it could be said that NaVi was the progenitor of this style before the round-time changes brought it to the forefront. Still, the question remains, does NaVi have the team cohesion and mental fortitude to win a major?Final thoughtsThere are many other teams in contention at Cologne, but these five all come in with something more at stake than simply earning sticker money and having a good showing. The majors are the biggest stages in Global Offensive, the tournaments that immortalize moments, the pages upon which Legends are recorded. A lot of focus will be on the new SK with the veteran Brazilians, but a surging EnVyUs and revitalized Fnatic could pose problems. Harrison Barnes Mavericks Jersey . It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5. Jose Barea Jersey . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball. http:///...es-mavericks-jersey/ . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. CLEVELAND -- After their last off day of the regular season Monday, the Cleveland Indians are ready for the sprint to the finish.The Indians will play 13 games in 13 days to finish the season, all of them against American League Central rivals: the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.It starts Tuesday at Progressive Field with the first game of a three-game series against Kansas City. Cleveland is fresh off winning two of three games at home against Detroit, giving the AL Central Division-leading Indians a seven-game lead over the second-place Tigers.The biggest concern for the Indians is the composition of their rotation after Carlos Carrasco sustained a season-ending broken right hand when he was hit by a line drive in his Saturday start.Carrascos injury came just days after Danny Salazar was shut down, probably for the rest of the year, with a strained muscle in his right forearm. So with the start of the postseason two weeks away, Clevelands rotation is Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and three question marks.Josh Tomlin (12-8, 4.75 ERA) will start Tuesday night against the Royals. Barring injury, Tomlin, who was taken out of the rotation for two turns after a horrendous August in which he went 0-5 with an 11.48 ERA, likely will be the No. 3 starter in the postseason.The No. 4 spot probably will go to rookie Mike Clevinger, who will pitch Thursday against the Royals. Cody Anderson is another candidate. He will pitch Saturday in the No. 5 spot in the rotation.At this point, however, nothing is certain except manager Terry Franconas confidence that the rotation isnt in as dire straits as it might appear.(Losing Carrasco and Salazar) makes it more challenging, but that doesnt mean we cant get it donee, Francona said. Jose Barea Mavericks Jersey. he manager described the Carrasco injury as a kick in the stomach, but he quickly added that the Indians are prepared to handle whatever is thrown at them the rest of the way.If you look ahead too far, it seems daunting, but were looking at it in smaller terms, Francona said. We just need to be one run better than the team were playing that day.On Tuesday, that team is Kansas City. The Royals are out of picture in the AL Central race, and they are longshots, at best, in the wild-card race. However, they are still the defending World Series champions. They sit five games behind the two teams tied for the two AL wild cards, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles.The Royals are coming off a 3-4 homestand that began with them getting swept by the Oakland As in a four-game series. Kansas City then swept a three-game series from the White Sox, including an 8-3 win Monday.It ended strong, Royals manager Ned Yost told MLB.com. It is what it is. Coming off a real good series in Chicago last week, I felt like we had some momentum, and Oakland just stomped on that momentum. But we gathered back up.The Royals are 5-8 against Cleveland this year and have been outscored 65-46.Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Royals on Tuesday night. In four starts against Cleveland this year, he is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA. In 11 career starts against the Indians, he is 3-6 with a 6.38 ERA.Tomlin has started three times against the Royals this year, going 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA. In 19 career appearances, 15 of them starts, against Kansas City, he is 8-4 with a 4.66 ERA. 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 ' ' '