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NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Paul was scratched from a second straight crucial game in the New Orleans Hornets quest to remain in the playoff hunt when he was ruled out from Wednesday nights matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. Hornets coach Monty Williams said he could not project a return date for his all-star point guard, who is being monitored daily by a neurologist hired from outside the team. "Its up to the doctors," Williams said. "He feels good. Hes progressing the way that they want him to, but its one of those things that they dont want to mess around with." Paul has been out since his collision with Clevelands Ramon Sessions during New Orleans victory over the Cavaliers on Sunday night. Paul attended the Hornets shootaround Wednesday morning wearing practice gear, but Williams said he only watched and rode a stationary bike. He went straight to the Hornets locker room afterward without speaking to reporters. Paul is averaging 15.9 points and 9.6 assists for the Hornets, who entered Wednesdays action clinging to the seventh out of eight playoff seeds in the Western Conference, with ninth-place Phoenix only two games behind. While Paul is out, Jarrett Jack will start at point guard. Jack, acquired last November in a trade with Toronto, has been on one of his most productive stretches of the season lately, averaging 18.8 points in his last five games, including 23 points in a start at Chicago on Monday night. "Hes played well," Williams said. "Hes defending top guys. Hes used to it. "Hes been a starter in this league so he knows what hes got to do to carry a team and run a squad. Its good to have a guy like Jarrett." The Hornets also hoped to get a boost from the possible return of small forward Trevor Ariza, who has missed three games with a groin strain but practiced with the starters during Wednesday mornings shootaround. Williams said he would decide Arizas status shortly before Wednesday nights game, but Ariza sounded confident of his return. "Im feeling better. Im going to give it a go tonight and see how things go," said Ariza, who is one of the Hornets top one-on-one defenders and is averaging 11 points and 5.4 rebounds. "This is one of those injuries where if you dont take care of it, it will linger. "Its tough, man, because we are in a position where every game counts. Its a tight race, but youve got to take care of yourself, so if we do get into the playoffs it wont keep lingering." Meanwhile, the Hornets decided to add at least some depth to their backcourt in Pauls absence by signing Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract. The six-foot-three McNeal, a former Marquette standout, has played in 40 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. Williams said he did not expect McNeal to play right away but to be ready if needed. nfl cheap jerseys. "Right there you just knew inside your gut as a player that sits on that bench, you knew we had just turned the corner," Strawberry said Thursday before a pregame ceremony at Citi Field honouring Carter. jerseys nfl for kids cheap. Mark Cueto scored a hat trick in his first World Cup appearance since the 2007 final and fellow wing Chris Ashton also crossed three times to take his tally to 14 in 16 internationals. England never threatened to match the 134-0 win it racked up against the same opponent a decade ago, but avoided being pulled into an arm wrestle with the Romanian forwards and cut out most of the breakdown infringements that marred its wins over Argentina and Georgia. http://www.nfljerseysforkidscheap.com/. Promoters InterBox and Groupe Yvon Michel announced Wednesday that the former world champions will meet May 25 at Montreals Bell Centre. wholesale nfl jerseys. In just his sixth career start, Humber (2-2) carried a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings and tallied five strikeouts. Adam Dunn went 1-for-2 and added the eventual game-winning RBI in the fourth inning for Chicago, which halted a three-game skid. cheap nfl jerseys for kids. Fisher made birdies on three of his first six holes and then birdied four of the first five holes on his back nine. "Its been coming for a while and its nice to see the hard work paying off," Fisher said. CALGARY -- Two weeks after a franchise record seven-game losing streak on home ice, the Calgary Flames appear to be turning their fortunes around. Mark Giordano scored the game-winner and Karri Ramo made 27 saves as the Flames knocked off the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Thursday night for their fourth consecutive victory - all of them at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It comes two nights after Calgary knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. "I would say tonight, by far, is probably our best team win of the season," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "As a coaching staff, we cannot be more happy than we are right now. Those guys deserve the credit. We beat quite a hockey club tonight. From Karri Ramo to the six D to the four lines, everyone is chipping in." Leading 1-0 after the first period, the Flames grabbed a two-goal lead at 3:38 of the second. Mikael Backlunds shot missed the net but the puck caromed sharply off the end boards and out the other side where Giordano rifled it in the short side as goaltender Alex Stalock scrambled across. "There wasnt much room for Backs and I knew he was going to shoot it so youre just trying to read the rebound and with the new nets with them being a bit shorter, it comes out at different angles and the goalie doesnt really have a chance to get across," Giordano said. "It was a good bounce and I just tried to fire it as hard as I could on net." The ninth goal of the season for Giordano extends his career-high scoring streak to eight games (four goals, four assists). "I wouldnt have believed it (was possible). It just seems like Im getting a couple of bounces. Im trying to be aggressive and it seems the pucks coming to me at the right spot," said Giordano. Lee Stempniak, rookie Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (20-27-7) and Jiri Hudler added an empty-net goal. Backlund and Dennis Wideman each had two assists. The Flames, who are enjoying their longest winning streak since reeling off five victories in a row in March 2012, are 4-0-0 with one game to go on a five-game homestand. "Sometimes it goes this way. The main thing is we kept working and nobody gave up when things were bad. Everybody learned from those and we started to do the right things," Ramo said. Eriah Hayes, with his first NHL goal, was the lone Shark to solve Ramo. San Jose (34-15-6) has lost three straight. The Sharks entered the game on two straight shutouts after losing 1-0 to Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, and 3-0 in Edmonton on Wednesday, thanks to Ben Scrivens record-setting 59 saves. "Its a big concern of ours right now. In our last eight games, weve only scored 13 goals and 10 have them have come from three players," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.dddddddddddd "Obviously with injuries and every team goes through them, you need others to pick up the slack and weve got to find that." San Jose was held to eight shots in the first period but racked up 13 in the second, including multiple chances to score on Ramo. In one mad scramble around the Flames net, Hayes nearly scored only to have the puck cleared off the goal-line by Giordano. The Sharks finally cashed in 46 seconds into the third as this time Hayes would not be denied. After Chris Butler lost the puck in front of his net, a quick passing sequence with Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau set up Hayes less than 15 feet away and he buried a quick shot over Ramos glove. "Were getting tons of chances, great opportunities right in front like that. Its a little frustrating right now that the bounces arent going our way. Once the bounces start going our way, were going to be scoring a lot of goals," said Hayes, playing his 13th NHL game after being recalled from Worcester (AHL) on Jan. 4. That goal ended a stretch of a 160 minute, 36 second scoreless drought for the Sharks, who racked up 103 shots on goal before Hayes connected. "I think we just need to get back to finishing," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton. "We havent finished particularly well in the last three games and its definitely shown on the scoreboard. Youve just got to concentrate in that last half-second to see where youre going to shoot and put it in." The Flames restored their two-goal cushion after Ladislav Smids shot went wide and bounced out the other side for Joe Colborne, who directed it in front for Monahan. The rookie redirected it out of the air for his team-leading 15th goal. "Obviously, its a different feeling in the room right now. We have confidence as a group, were sticking together, working hard and were having fun doing it," Monahan said. Stalock finished the game with 26 stops as his record fell to 7-4-0. Making his fifth start in his last six games, Ramo improved to 11-10-4. Notes: The Sharks record for being shutout was 190:22 set in February 2007... Calgary LW Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed his ninth game. He is back practising with the team and hopes to play Saturday against Minnesota... Tyler Kennedy (lower body) did not play for San Jose. He was hurt Wednesday night in Edmonton... Calgary is 16-9-7 in one-goal games and 4-18 in games decided by two-or-more goals... 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