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SAINT-DENIS, France -- France defender Samuel Umtiti looks set to spend Sunday night trying to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring for Portugal in the European Championship final.Two months ago, it seemed highly unlikely Umtiti would even be at the tournament.But the 22-year-old center half is now tipped to start after an impressive performance in the 2-0 win against Germany in the semifinals.He has the mental strength and character to play at the highest level, said France coach Didier Deschamps.He did not previously seem so sure.When Deschamps named his 23-man squad on May 12 -- before UEFAs May 31 deadline -- Umtiti was only among the eight reserves.Two weeks later, Real Madrid center half Raphael Varane pulled out with a thigh injury.It seemed logical that Umtiti would be called up. But instead Deschamps chose Adil Rami, even though Rami was not on the reserve list.But as Frances defensive woes worsened, with Jeremy Mathieu being ruled out with a calf injury, Umtiti finally got called up on May 28.Just in time.Ironically, Umtiti took Ramis place in the lineup, making his international debut against Iceland in the quarterfinals. Having previously overlooked him, Deschamps is now a big fan.He knows that I believe in him, despite his young age, Deschamps said Saturday at a pre-match news conference. Some people arent even mature at 30 while some are at (22) -- which is his case.It has been a hectic few weeks for Umtiti, who is joining Barcelona from Lyon for a reported fee of ?25 million ($27.6 million).His upsurge in form is surprising given how poorly he played during last seasons Champions League, where Lyon finished bottom of its group. But Umtiti finished the season strongly, as Lyon hit form to finish second in the French league behind Paris Saint-Germain.Born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, he rose through Lyons widely-admired youth academy before making his debut in the 2011-12 season.Against Germany, Umtiti made two crucial interventions.The first came in the 32nd minute when he stole the ball from forward Thomas Mueller just as he was about to shoot. Early in the second half, with Germany 1-0 down and pressuring strongly, he made a key interception to thwart a dangerous break by winger Julian Draxler.Umtiti also passed well from the back and cleared danger with commanding headers from crosses.Technically hes ready, mentally hes ready, veteran France right back Bacary Sagna said. Its the start of something special for him. Charles Barkley Jersey .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. Kevin Johnson Jersey . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. http://www.cheapsunsjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-shaquille-harrison-jersey . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. Josh Jackson Jersey . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. Jared Dudley Jersey . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. ZHUHAI, China -- Third-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic overcame a slow start to beat Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday and win the Elite Trophy.After losing her opening three service games, Kvitova won five straight games to take the opening set.Kvitova carried the momentum into the second and dispatched the fourth-seeded Ukrainian in 1 hour, 10 minutes to claim her 19th career title.I played her in Wuhan and I was a break down there as well from the beginning of the match, Kvitova said. I just probably knew that its still nnot the end, so I was just trying to play point by point.dddddddddddd That was kind of the style of the match.The result completed a dominant week for Kvitova, who dropped just 18 games in her four matches.Kvitova has reached six finals in the WTAs Asian swing, winning in Wuhan and Zhuhai.The tournament in Zhuhai featured the 12 players on the tour who didnt qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week. ' ' '

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