Middlesex post a first innings total of 361 against Hampshire

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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The speed and scoring touch that made Jaromir Jagr one of the NHLs best players are gone. Even the famous mullet that flowed from beneath his helmet disappeared many moons ago. But his passion for hockey remains. Now hes bringing that back to Pittsburgh, the city where he won Stanley Cups in his first two seasons. More than two decades later, the 41-year-old right wing can help the Boston Bruins win their second title in three seasons. First, they must beat the offensively potent Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. The first two games are in Pittsburgh, with the schedule to be announced after the Western Conference semifinals end Wednesday. "I dont really remember the last time I was in this position," Jagr said after practice Tuesday. "It doesnt happen very often and the players should realize that. Its not automatic to make the playoffs or automatic to be in the last four teams to play for the Cup." Jagr was just 18 when his rookie season began in 1990. He was on the Penguins team that beat the Bruins in six games in the conference finals. A year later, Pittsburgh swept Boston in the same round, winning the first game on Jagrs overtime goal. The Penguins went on to win their first two Cups those seasons. Way back then, he didnt concern himself with how long he might keep playing. "I dont think you think that way at all," he said, but "if you love something, it doesnt matter what it is. If you love your job, you love your wife or somebody or something, you just want to be with that all the time. So, to me, I love this game. So as long as I can play, I want to play. Thats the reason Im playing. I just love it." That desire has taken him to six NHL teams, with a three-year break from 2008-11 to play in Russia. He brought it to the Bruins, who needed an offensive boost, when they obtained him from the Dallas Stars on April 2. But Pittsburgh is the city where he established himself. "A lot of people still remind me (of) that, but it happened 13 years ago, the last time I played for them," Jagr said. "So its a long time and 23 years ago was my first game." But what if someone had told him when he was starting out that hed be playing for the Bruins against the Penguins in the playoffs all these years later? "I dont think anybody would have told me that," Jagr said with a laugh. "I was 18 years old so I didnt think that far ahead. I was kind of thinking, Whats going to be tomorrow? not Whats going to be 20 years later?" Hes already won a playoff round this season against a former team. The Bruins won the conference semifinals in five games over the New York Rangers, where Jagr set the clubs single-season record with 54 goals in 2005-06. Bruins fans havent seen that scoring skill all that often. Jagr scored just two goals in 11 regular-season games and none in 12 playoff games for Boston. "I always love to score. Nothing is going to change me," he said. "Maybe something greats going to happen a little later." Its not as if he hasnt come close. "I think its unfortunate that his numbers dont reflect his play," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I can remember twice, hes got the open net, right next to it, and gets robbed twice. Its got to be a little frustrating for a guy like him. "Hes there. Hes in the right position." With his big body and vast experience, Jagr still controls the puck while shielding opponents from it until he can make a good pass. When he was moved up from the third to the second line during the playoffs, his new linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, started producing. "Hes made a lot of good things happen with that line," Julien said. And Bergeron expects Jagr to score soon. "Its right there. The goals are coming," Bergeron said. "Hes an amazing player. Im learning a lot. You need to learn where to be on the ice with new linemates." The Penguins certainly arent taking him lightly -- not one of the greatest players in their history. "Hes still got that good ability to get a shot off in tight spaces," Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby said. "So, yeah, I definitely think hes still a threat out there." Brenden Morrow was Jagrs teammate with Dallas this season until being traded to Pittsburgh on March 24. "Hes still just as excited as any 18-year-old in the locker room," Morrow said. "His skills are still there. His big bodys tough to move when hes planted and has possession of the puck. He played real well for us in Dallas, scored some big goals. "Hes a threat every time hes on the ice." Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, just 17 months older than Jagr, agrees. "I dont look at birth certificates," he said. "Hes still got game, maybe not the same hair as he did when he was in Pittsburgh, but hes still got game." A game that -- as it did 22 years ago -- can still help a team win a Stanley Cup. 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Andrew Gale (44) and Adil Rashid took Yorkshire past 200 before the captain became Jake Balls fourth victim of the innings, caught by Steven Mullaney.Rashid (19) followed soon after but some big hitting from Liam Plunkett (51) took the visitors past Nottinghamshires first innings total.Alex Hales dug in for a 145-ball 34 opening up for Notts before being bowled by a Jack Brooks (1-34) ball that kept low.Steven Patterson also took 2-17 to add to Yorkshires advantage before Patels counter-attacking knock has given hope to Notts for the final day. Watch it live on Sky Sports 2 from 10.55am on Wednesday.James Anderson (3-72) took three wickets in five balls as Lancashire took charge of their game clash with Somerset, bowling them out for 313 on day three at Taunton. James Anderson celebrates one of his three wickets as Somerset collapse The hosts were then made to follow on, finishing scoreless one over into their second innings, still 180 runs behind Lancashire.Ashley Giles side made the ideal start to the day as Kyle Jarvis (2-56) had Marcus Trescothick caught and bowled for five. Somerset regrouped though, making it to lunch at 101-2 at the interval, Chris Rogers (55) passing fifty.However, Somersets innings was thrown into turmoil as Anderson ripped through the middle order shortly after the interval, reducing them to 102-5.James Hildreth - the last wicket to fall - scored 130 and Jamie Overton 51 to put some gloss on Somerssets score, but it wasnt enough to see them avoid the follow on.ddddddddddddJack Burnham (135) hit a maiden first-class hundred as Durham ended day three with a 86-run lead over Surrey, closing on 543-7 at the Oval. Jack Burnham hit a maiden first-class hundred for Durham on day three against Surrey Scott Borthwick (77), Michael Richardson (68) and Paul Collingwood (75no) also hit half-centuries as Durham - who began the day on 156-2, 301 runs behind Surrey - dominated Surreys attack.Ben Stokes managed only 12, caught and bowled by Zafar Ansari, but Burnham ploughed on and reached his first Championship century off 166 balls.A century from Dawid Malan, in a partnership of 182 with John Simpson, helped Middlesex post a first innings total of 361 against Hampshire. Dawid Malan hit 121 for Middlesex as they build a slender first-innings lead over Hampshire Ryan McLaren took 4-74 for the hosts at the Ageas Bowl, but they conceded a first innings lead deficit of 25 runs.Malan quickly went past 50 in the morning session and had reached his ton before lunch as he and Simpson frustrated the Hampshire attack.Simpson (65) reached his half-century early in the afternoon session but was unable to convert it, falling to James Tomlinson the over after Malan (121) had been dismissed by Mason Crane.James Harris (57) and Tim Murtagh (39no) added some quick-fire lower-order runs, before the latter then removed Michael Carberry as Hampshire closed on 76-1 in their second innings. Also See: Notts v Yorks scorecard Surrey v Durham scorecard Somerset v Lancs scorecard Hants v Middlesex scorecard ' ' '

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