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Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw thinks his side got their reward for refusing to panic against Argentina. Nike Air Max Womens Black And White .The scrappy Scots struggled to shake off the streetwise South Americans but eventually ground out a 19-16 win thanks to their captains stoppage-time penalty.It was sweet relief for the Gloucester scrum-half after he admitted letting Australia off the hook in last weeks narrow 23-22 defeat when he struck the post with a conversion.But having earlier seen his side cancel out Nicolas Sanchezs opening try with a quick-fire Sean Maitland touchdown, the captain kept his nerve when he was given a second chance, knocking over the decisive kick with 82-and-a-half minutes on the clock.Laidlaw, who kicked 14 points in total, said: That post doesnt like me at the minute. I struck it lovely but it just stayed dead straight and hung out to the right.The boys were giving me stick for taking two goes to win it but I was pretty happy to see the second one go between the posts.The key was after they scored. We stood under the posts and said, Dont panic, we can score tries.We hit straight back and scored then pegged them back straight away. Psychologically that was a huge blow to them.We were still annoyed from that Australia game last week so we were delighted to get on the right side of one today.Amid cold and wet conditions in Edinburgh, they struggled to keep hold of the ball while their fresh-faced pack toiled against the wily Pumas pack.But head coach Vern Cotter said: Its nice to be able to come away with the win. We knew it was going to be an arm-wrestle but I thought the boys responded really well.It wasnt perfect by any means but what we saw was a lot grit and character. The guys got what they went for and there are a lot of positives to come out of the game.We dominated territory in the first half, which I thought was good. We had opportunities and perhaps didnt make the most of them but it wasnt going to be an open game. Argentina came to squeeze us and get the win that way. We defended well and the win was a reflection of our determination.What I really liked was that they scored a try and we scored one ourselves straight back. That was important. Im very proud of the way the guys went about their business. Nike Air Max Womens USA . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. Nike Air Max Womens Discount . The giant slalom world champion slipped during her first run in the morning, landing on her back and then twisting forward before getting her leg caught in the protective material on the side of the slope. http://www.nikeairmaxwomens.com/ .R. Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore. Earlier this week, Churchill Downs announced two tweaks in its Road to the Kentucky Derby. Thats the series of prep races offering a graduated scale of points to the first four finishers, points that will determine which horses start in the Kentucky Derby should the first leg of the Triple Crown attract more entrants than its 20-starter limit.One of these changes is perfectly sensible, if somewhat innocuous. The other, in the opinion of this corner, is not.The alteration I think almost all of us will agree with and quickly forget about is Churchills replacing the Grey Stakes with the Sam F. Davis Stakes.The Davis is run at Tampa Bay Downs in mid-February at 11/?? miles on dirt. Even though the Davis was won this year by Destin, who later missed by a nose in the Belmont Stakes, the list of winners of the Davis Stakes does not exactly read like a whos who of Triple Crown lore.However, the Davis is the local springboard to the Tampa Bay Derby, which with time is incrementally becoming a higher-profile Kentucky Derby prep. And the Davis fits the profile of a Road to the Derby race far better than the Grey Stakes. The Grey, run in early October, four months before the Davis and seven months before the Derby, has, as Churchill took the effort to point out in its announcement, attracted fields of just six or fewer in three of its past four runnings.Moreover, unlike the Davis, the Grey is run on Woodbines synthetic main track, which resembles the kind of dirt surface on which the Kentucky Derby is run only in the sense that both are shades of brown.So replacing the Grey with the Davis makes sense because it puts the emphasis on 3-year-old dirt form. But in this case, its a slight emphasis. The Davis is a 17-point prep with 10 points to the winner. For purposes of comparison, the final major Kentucky Derby preps offer 10 times the points.The other, far less agreeable change Churchill made in its Derby prep schedule was the introduction of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. Apparently taken by the ninth-place finish in this years Derby by the Japanese colt Lani, Churchill has designated two 1-mile dirt races at Tokyo Racecourse (yours truly visited that track many moons ago; if you ever get the chance, go!) as Derby points preps.The first of these will be the Cattleya Sho on Nov. 26, and the second will be the Hyacinth Stakes, to be run on an as yet undetermined date early next year. The typical sliding points scale applies to both races, but the Cattleya Sho is worth a total of 68 points with 40 going to the winner, and the Hyacinth is an 85-point race with 50 going to the winner.Churchill has made the Japan road to the Derby different from the traditional road in the sense that only one spot in the gate will be open to a Japanese contestannt, and that would be the one who accumulates the most points over these two designated races. Nike Air Max Womens Yellow. Among the issues I have with this concept is, the Cattleya Sho is by far the most valuable 2-year-old race in terms of Derby points this year. It offers twice as many points to the winner as the Breeders Cup Juvenile and four times as many points to the winner as every other 2-year-old race in the schedule, races that include the Champagne, Breeders Futurity, Remsen and Los Alamitos Futurity.The point value of the Cattleya Sho completely contradicts the proper emphasis placed on 3-year-old form in the traditional Derby points preps. It also guarantees that the winner of the Cattleya Sho will have a spot in the Derby gate if his connections want, and if the first two finishers of the Hyacinth decline. Not even the Breeders Cup Juvenile winner will be able to claim that.As for the Hyacinth, sure, its points must be blended with the Cattleya Sho. But while its not as egregious as assigning 170 Derby points to the UAE Derby, which has yet to produce an even marginally competitive Kentucky Derby starter, Churchill still valued the Hyacinth on the same level as the Risen Star, Fountain of Youth, Gotham, Tampa Bay Derby, San Felipe and Rebel. And I find that astonishing.The only reasonable conclusion to reach here is Churchill really, really wants Japanese participation in the Kentucky Derby.What I fear here is the Japan road to the Derby will actually produce a horse game enough to come, which might very well deny a much better horse a spot in the Derby gate. This scenario already existed with the UAE Derby, but it now increases exponentially with this new concept.Call me na?ve or provincial if you want, but I want the very best horses possible in the gate for the Derby, and there is little reason to think shippers from Japan or the UAE will help achieve that end.Ironically, the introduction of the Japanese road to the Derby would make sense if Churchill were attempting to maximize Japanese simulcast wagering on the Derby. But as colleague Matt Hegarty reported a couple of days ago, Japan, which boasts one of the largest betting markets in the world, does not allow simulcast wagering on the Derby.Perhaps the introduction of the Japan road to the Derby is Phase 1 in an attempt on the part of Churchill to move a step closer toward Japanese wagering on the Kentucky Derby. But it could be years before Japan softens its stance on international wagering. It might never soften its stance at all. 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