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For the last 20 years, many Western companies have invested in China, but things have changed and many of them are moving to or at least opening new branches in other countries. Businesses looking for new markets, unexploited opportunities in other growing Asian markets both to hold down costs and to reduce over dependence on China are entering new emerging markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, ... Due to the language barrier and cultural differences, most companies that do business in Vietnam have found out that they must create their own localized version of their website if they want to target the local Vietnamese. These localized versions are not simply translated versions of the original websites, however. They need to be adapted, adjusted, tweaked to match the cultural backgrounds and browsing behaviors of the target audience in Vietnam.

In this article, we will give you a brief overview of the current stage of web design in vietnam ho chi minh city, a few things to note if you want to utilize the services here or need to launch websites that target this market. As a Digital Service Provider ourselves, we will try our best to give you un-biased reviews and instructions on how to pick the best solution for your next website project.

There is no shortage of IT talents in Vietnam, in 2015 Cushman & Wakefield releases global comprehensive report which ranks Vietnam at the world’s premier destination for business process outsourcing. Two years passed, and Vietnam is still one of the top destinations for IT service outsourcing. In fact, several of the global top tech companies have opened offices in Vietnam to take advantage of the growing IT work force.

The trend in web design in Vietnam has also changed dramatically in these recent years. While a large number of businesses still have not realized the importance of brand building via website tools, the market now has quite a few web design agencies with world level creative teams. In fact, many of the best selling items on Evanto Market are "made in Vietnam".

Mobile first when it comes to websites for Vietnam

While the majority of the website in Vietnam is still 10 years behind the world with generic layouts, unfriendly design, incompatible web pages, things are changing quickly. Some business owners have realized that a website is a useful tool, and a worthy investment to quickly reach potential clients. In Vietnam, there are 140 million mobile cellular subscriptions. That’s 1.5 cellphones for every one person. Retailers in Vietnam are selling more smartphones than feature phones, with the number of smart phone users quickly approaching 30% of the population. With cheap data plans and the new 4G coming, now it's time to go mobile in Vietnam, and now it has never been easier (and competitive) to reach the audience online.

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For business owners, this means that when it comes to website design services in Vietnam, most of the service providers should be already familiar with Responsive and Adaptive website designs and what it takes to design and develop websites that work on multiple devices.

“ Website is quickly becoming an essential marketing channel in Vietnam. ”

Vietnamese companies do not invest in website design

Many websites in Vietnam look like they were made 10 years ago with busy, cluttered design and and terrible user experience. You may think this is limited to just small companies in Vietnam, and you will find yourself dead wrong. Many of the worst websites in Vietnam belong to huge companies in various industries, it seems like these businesses never use their own websites and online services just to see how difficult it is to navigate and use their sites.

The cost of designing a website in Vietnam is quite reasonable compared to the rest of the world; we have an article covered the website design pricing in Vietnam which may give you a hint. When it comes to website design service in Vietnam, there can be a huge difference among the price quotes from different service providers. Most business would opt for cheaper quotation due to the lack of understanding how service providers calculate the cost of a website and the differences among the options. To respond to this emphasis on price, many digital agencies here resort to 2 options:

Use pre-designed & pre-developed templates to cut down the time and cost of website projects.
Invest little or no time in research, design, and development.

In my opinion, both options are equally bad, but if you have to choose I would recommend going with option 1. As we have covered in our website templates vs custom designs, with templates at least you will get something decent for a reasonable price. The same does not apply when you skim your time on design and especially development which usually result in many hidden issues down the road that will soon bite you back in the future not so far away. 

Beware of the cheaters. Some website design agencies in Vietnam claim that they create bespoke website for their customers while what they actually do is modifying pre-made templates with a few minor changes. This action is unfair for both the businesses and other agencies that actually do a proper job. Authentic Web design & Digital Marketing agencies need to be upfront with the clients if they are going to use templates/pre-made elements or not. 

There is one HUGE issue with using template approach

Using the template approach will go against everything that website development best practices tell us: Content goes before Design. I have covered this topic in great details in another article Content first approach website design, please check it out if you are ready to start a new website project and haven't heard about it. If you really have to use templates, I suggest that you should still start with Content first, then based on your Content you can pick the most appropriate template design.

In fact, in many cases the small players seem to invest more in the image of the website while the big guys don't seem to find it necessary to put their effort in making a great online experience for their visitors. Website design, when done right, requires true commitment from both the owners (stakeholders) and the web design service providers. The research phase of the website project alone can be longer than 2 weeks and requires multiple workshops and brainstorming sessions. 

Take a look at our case study for Furniture Online Shopping Website to see how the research and planning process for a website usually take place. From our experience, we found most big businesses do not care enough (or have dedicated team) to work with us during the research and design process while the small businesses do not have the budget for this activity.

Hint: For small businesses to stand out (and it's really easy to beat the big players on the web), you can make time to do your own research and planning. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us for free consulting services, and our articles section is a great starting resource to learn more about websites and how to plan for your next website project.

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Website design in Vietnam is largely impacted by its culture

If you have a chance to go to a local market in Vietnam, you can see the many colors it has. Vietnamese culture is strongly influenced by Chinese culture due to the history and close proximity of the two neighbor countries. This cultural background deeply affects how we pick and choose the color patterns when we work with our partners who want to target the Vietnam market. However, Vietnam also inherits and absorbs Western styles during its journey to search for independence and modernization. This specific type of cultural mix presents us with barriers and challenges but also opportunities and chances to experiment and discover new things.

Most web design agencies in Vietnam are taking inspiration from Western style design, especially the American design style to be specific. This comes at no surprise as most of the world leading websites come from the US and the Vietnamese people are more associated with the US (Hollywood) culture. Western European design style is a rarity here in Vietnam mostly due to a low-key appearance of famous European brands as well as the mostly minimalist and mono-color style that does not resonate with Vietnamese people's love for colors and noise.

Recently, there is a new trend of design that mixes the modern style with Vietnam's cultural elements and values to create a unique design of Vietnam and for Vietnam. We are seeing this trend being applied mostly to traditional products such as herbs, medicines, foods as well as organic produces (which has recently become a trend in Vietnam). We look forward to seeing this to rise as a unique design trend of Vietnam, for Vietnam, similar to what we see in the other similar markets such as Japan and China.

“ A typical colorful scene at a local market in Vietnam. ”

There are limitations when designing a website for Vietnamese audience

The Vietnamese language tends to be a bit more verbose than English for example, which usually causes the navigation to look a bit more cluttered. The Vietnamese alphabet (chữ quốc ngữ) is a Latin alphabet with additional diacritics for tones and certain letters. As you may have guessed, there is a very limited number of fonts that support the display of Vietnamese alphabet which vastly reduce the choices for the designers.

As noted, colors play a big role in designing in Vietnam, and the designers should equip himself deep understanding of various meanings of colors and how they can be associated with other social aspects. There have been cases where we were told to use or not to use certain colors because they may not play well with the birth year of the owners. If you come from the Western culture this may sound absurd to you, but this belief comes from Feng-shui and Chinese astrologywhich plays important role in the decision making process of many business owners (especially with ones from Northern provinces such as Ha Noi).

Most websites in Vietnam use open-source platforms

Many businesses in Vietnam often ask for the full source-code for the websites and most digital agencies opt for open-source platforms for that reason. Among the most used open-source website platforms in Vietnam are: 

Wordpress (Blog, Personal, Corporate website)
Joomla (Personal, Corporate website)
Drupal (Corporate website)
Magento (eCommerce website)
OpenCart (eCommerce website)
Prestashop (eCommerce website)

Most business owners in Vietnam consider the websites one-off projects which leads to many website design service providers in Vietnam not offering maintenance and further promotion and development packages. The usual process of a web design and development process in Vietnam is:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Deployment

The website is often deployed to a server of the client's choice and full permission and management of the host and the website will be transfered to the client. By keeping everything on the local servers or servers that they own, businesses create a false sense of security and data integrity for themselves because they do not trust service providers in dealing with data. This is usually the case when business owners consult with their own in-house IT or IT influencers who usually recommend owning everything on the company's own data-grid. However, this proves to be a disaster down the road for many businesses in Vietnam for several reasons:
Most businesses in Vietnam are SMEs without capable in-house IT teams specialized in the web. In 99% of the cases, the website will be left the way it is without any security and software upgrade for as long as it is still online (or until it gets hacked which happens more often that you may want to believe).

Setting up and maintaining the infrastructure of a website is a complex and on-going process. There are many softwares involved under the hood to keep the website running smoothly and securely. In-house IT, even if present and with the skills, usually do not have sufficient time to take care of all this since they are usually tasked with other things as well.

Websites in Vietnam are not used to their full potential

Many business owners in Vietnam tasks a web agency or freelancer to do a website just because they think it's something necessary to put on the business card. The website is usually not given lots of thoughts, preparation and care during the planning, design, and development process. A website is not a one-off project. After the launch of the website then comes the content management, SEO improvements, User Experience measurement and optimization,...

Most businesses that do not focus 100% on the online channel do not have the expertise and resources to manage all these tasks. Once launched, most websites are left un-maintained, out-dated, and not fully used to their full potential. This is a sad fact and a huge waste of resources for the owners of the websites as well as the people who visit these websites to look for useful information. There are several factors that affect this:

  • Most business owners do not have enough information and understanding about the website, how it works and how it can help them to grow their businesses.
  • Most companies consider website a cost, not an investment because they lack the knowledge and experience (as well as the determination) to track, measure and improve the Return on Investment of the website.
  • Managing a website can be a very overwhelming and time-consuming task. Most businesses do not have dedicated teams to take care of the website or digital marketing due to budget constraints.

The custom web design services is maturing and slowly transforming into the next generation. We believe that the next big things in Vietnam will have everything to do with technologies and especially with the web. We cannot wait to see more and more changes come to this 100 million people market to improve people's lives, to connect everyone together.

The cost of having a custom web design services in Vietnam is still high compared to the general cost, and that forces many businesses to resort to using cheap and low quality web services. A custom, high quality website has to come with a high price tag and lengthy project duration. And that is reasonable, because a high-end custom web design requires a highly skilled and experienced design team and development team working for months from start to end. But can't a high-end, custom made website be more affordable?
website design in Ho Chi Minh city

“ We empower everyone for the world wide web. ”

Located at the center of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh city, the Southern tech hub, arguably the largest of Vietnam country, Nilead team is inspired to solve this problem. We do not want to simply be a web design/development agency, we want to be a website solution provider. Our vision is to provide high quality custom web design services that are affordable to empower businesses to go online and to connect to their users. Our web design platform, or website design, and its growing eco-system is our answer to this problem:

  • A powerful platform that can flexibly build all types of complicated system.
  • Hosted solution that can take away all the troubles of dealing with security and hosting.
  • Full website management services that assist businesses in growing their business online.
  • An eco-system that provides the necessary tools for businesses to grow.
  • Professional yet cost efficient web solution for small businesses (coming soon)

If you are looking for an awesome Website Design Partner in Vietnam to penetrate Vietnam's market or global market, we are at your service. We offer full suite service including Website Design, Website Management, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Email Marketing and Marketing Automation. We have experience working with customers around the globe and we have data centers in different continents to best serve your needs.

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Smith later said Incognito deliberately tried to twist his ankle while holding his legs in the 2012 game. Incognito was not fined for that play. Houston general manager Rick Smith was unhappy with Antonio Smiths actions. "Thats obviously something we cant have in our game," Rick Smith said. Smith must sit out Houstons visit to San Diego to begin the season Sept. 9. He also will lose about $400,000 in salary for his seventh rules violation since 2011. "Im disappointed in myself because Ive got to make sure that my players keep their composure on the football field. Thats my job," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. "Theyve got a job when they get out there to maintain their composure regardless of circumstances. Theres no excuses. We cant hurt the team, and I talk to our guys about that all the time. If someone is going to miss some time, that hurts the team." The Texans said league rules forbid Smith from speaking with the media while he is suspended, but Rick Smith said the player will appeal the punishment. "Theres an appeal process that has to take place and well support Antonio in that effort and participate in that as well," Rick Smith said. "I certainly believe that they will consider and theyll listen. Theyll give us a fair opportunity to present our side of it, and I think weve got a legit case to present, and hopefully they hear us." Anttonio Smith was fined three times for unnecessary roughness and three times for illegal hits before the latest incident. Mario Lemieux Jersey. Smith may attend team meetings before the next two preseason games, but will not participate in practice or play Sunday against New Orleans or Aug. 29 against Dallas. Beginning Aug. 31, Smith is suspended for Week 1 of the regular season and may not take part in any team activities. 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I think hes done some really good things; I think there are some plays he wishes he had back.But hes a seasoned, veteran player whos been in this situation before and now its time to come out on the other side of it, Jackson added. So he understands the environment were going into, he understands all the elements that are laid before him — I think our whole team does.The Bengals had their worst offensive showing of the season at Indianapolis on Oct. 19, failing to cross midfield until the fourth quarter during a 27-0 loss, their first shutout in five years. With receiver A.J. Green sidelined by an injured right big toe, Dalton completed only 18 of 38 for 126 yards and was sacked three times.Its unclear whether Green will be available for the rematch. He got a concussion during a loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night and was held out of practice on Wednesday. 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The 25 men who would comprise the Blue Jays opening day roster gathered with coaches, management and high-level members of the ownership hierarchy for the annual start-of-the-season dinner, held this year just prior to the departure to Montreal for two exhibition games. It was at this dinner that Blue Jays president Paul Beeston addressed the club and, according to multiple sources within the organization, pledged to the players that additional money would be made available to acquire assets in-season if they produced a winner. Playing well of late and with a record of 60-50, good for a three-game lead over the Mariners for the American Leagues second wild card spot, if this isnt a winner then its at least the closest the franchise has fielded since the heady days of the early 1990s. Yet, there was nothing at the deadline. Nothing unless you count right-handed hitting infielder Danny Valencia, acquired from the Royals for Erik Kratz and Liam Hendriks on Monday. While Jon Lester (Oakland), David Price (Detroit), Martin Prado (Yankees) and reliever Andrew Miller (Baltimore) changed addresses, the Blue Jays stood pat but the general manager said it wasnt because of budget restrictions. “We absolutely had the financial resources to add at this trade deadline. If we had a deal, obviously we were in dialogue with (president) Paul (Beeston) all the time and certainly hes keeping ownership up to date, any deal that we felt was a good baseball deal, the finances were certainly there for us,” said Alex Anthopoulos. “That has never been a problem and it was just one of those things that we couldnt find a baseball deal that made sense for us and thats really what it came down to.” Its hard to imagine, looking at the deals the Yankees made for Prado and Chase Headley (earlier this month), that finances didnt play a role in the Blue Jays losing out on both. Prado was acquired for Peter OBrien, a former second round pick who was playing at Double-A. Maybe the Jays were scared off by Prados .686 OPS in his age 30 season, a number well off Prados career .764 OPS, suggesting the start of a decline. Theres no doubt the two years and $22-million left on Prados deal would be worrisome, even though hed be an upgrade at second base. Headley was acquired for Yangervis Solarte – considered by the Yankees to be one of those “Quad-A” players, a strong Triple-A player but not someone who can put it together long enough at the big league level – and Rafael De Paula, a 23-year-old pitcher who hasnt sniffed higher than Single-A. Headley has only the prorated amount of his $10.5-million 2014 salary owed. The Jays took a pass. Lester, Price and John Lackey (St. Louis) were each swapped in deals involving big league players going both ways. Anthopoulos wasnt willing to delete from his current roster. A lack of positional prospect depth, rendering the Jays with little to offer other than whats off the big league roster, surely contributed to the quiet day. Dalton Pompey, an outfielder from Mississauga, is the only position player prospect of any consequence playing at Double-A or higher. He currently toils for New Hampshire, having been promoted from Single-A Dunedin earlier this season. You can find reasons – money, contract term, what youd give up, the type of season a guys having, attitude – that would prevent a ballclub from acquiring anyone at anytime. It seems Anthopoulos found them. His top players, including one of the games best, Jose Bautista, and the longest tenured Blue Jay, Casey Janssen, expressed dismay the club wasnt improved. “I just think from an overall perspective of all these teams getting better, we know its going to be a tough time for us,” said Janssen. “One that isnt impossible but were going to have to do everything right. Obviously, we value our prospects, we value our players, Im sure the other teams do as well. Maybe they just vaalue the player or the opportunity to get into the playoffs more. Jannik Hansen Jersey. . It takes something to get something and congratulations to those teams that got those guys. Bautista addressed the media, spent about six minutes with the assembled horde, and used a variation of the word “disappointed” four times. “Of course its a little disappointing that we somehow werent able to get anything done but everybody around us thats in contention, and even some teams that arent in contention like the Red Sox, somehow figured it out,” said Bautista. “Theres still time to get stuff done. Itll be a little more difficult having to put people through the waiver process but its not impossible.” Bautista believed different players would have different reactions. Approached for comment, Mark Buehrle said he didnt know enough about the state of the franchises finances or the depth of its minor league system to offer an educated opinion. He was glad Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez remained in the fold, two potential face-of-the-franchise guys who are as much contributors to the present as they will be in the future. Another player, who will remain nameless, shrugged and muttered an expletive loosely related to bovine excrement. If other teams improved and the Blue Jays didnt the club will have to await the returns of Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind and hope those reinforcements are enough to propel the team to the playoffs. What happens to this team if one of its starting pitchers gets injured is another matter. Todd Redmond could backfill. Then who? Brad Mills? The rotation has held up reasonably well but remember it is trotting out a couple of 23-year-olds (Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman) who are entering unchartered territory. “Weve heard 92, 93 and I think were tired of hearing it,” said Janssen. “We want to put our on stamp on Toronto and across baseball. For me in my eight years here, Ive never been this close, never had such an opportunity to make it into the playoffs and I think thats where this excitement level for this trade deadline was. Its finally our time, its finally beating down the door and we wanted to come on the scene as strong as we can. Like I said, it didnt happen, we just have to regroup and go about our business again.” Anthopoulos worked the phones. “We were open minded, you definitely want to hear what other clubs have to say and what ideas they might have to say, but when you start to look at your 25-man, and youre trading some of your best players, to address an area of what might be a weakness, or a need, and youre ultimately creating another weakness, create a hole, it wouldnt make any sense for us,” he said. “We definitely talked to clubs and had dialogue and all that, just didnt find anything that made the club better.” Turning 34 in October, Bautista wants to be afforded the best opportunity to win. Now. If not, well, it seems uncertain what would become of this team in the offseason. “All I can say is it gets to a point for everybodys situation and everybodys job that trying and excuses are not good enough,” said Bautista. “For everybodys sake I hope we all play great from now until the end of the season and Im one of those guys who really wants to win. Ive been playing for a long time and never experienced it.” RASMUS DISCIPLINED Colby Rasmus was originally in Thursday nights starting lineup but, about an hour before the game, he was replaced by Nolan Reimold. The official line was an “internal team decision.” After the game, a 6-5 win over the Astros, manager John Gibbons wouldnt say why Rasmus was benched. The player offered up the reason: tardiness. “I was late getting here to the field,” said Rasmus. “I wasnt here when I was supposed to be here and they punished me as they should have.” Rasmus wife and daughter are with him in Houston. 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BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is apparently so popular in the city that some residents think he should be mayor. Isaiah Oliver Jersey . Ortiz, fresh off his third World Series championship with the team, received several write-in votes in Tuesdays election. But contrary to initial reports, Ortiz did not finish third in the balloting. City elections officials say 560 write-in votes were cast altogether, but they dont count those not cast for declared write-in candidates. Therefore, the exact number of votes the World Series MVP received is unclear. State Rep. Marty Walsh got almost 52 per cent of the vote to beat City Councilor John Connolly in the contest to replace Thomas Menino, the citys longest-serving mayor, who decided not to seek re-election. Ito Smith Jersey . On Wednesday, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hit back. In a passionate defence of himself and the London clubs medical staff, the Portuguese coach rebuked the "incompetent people" who have attacked Tottenham for allowing Lloris to continue playing after being briefly knocked unconscious against Everton on Sunday. Logan Paulsen Falcons Jersey . Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres came to an agreement on a big trade that may only offer incremental improvement to the Blues in their quest for a Stanley Cup.TORONTO - Edmonton welterweight Ryan (The Real Deal) Ford has been suspended for six months for stepping into the cage with a broken arm to face Jake Shields on a World Series of Fighting card last month.Pat Reid, executive director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, said Ford got the ban for lying about his health on his statutory declaration to a commissioner of oaths.Ford (22-5) took the main event fight to Shields (30-7) in the early going but lost via submission at four minutes 29 seconds of the first round aat the Edmonton Expo Centre on Oct. Custom Falcons Jerseys. 11.After the fight, Ford released a video, which he said was made Oct. 2, acknowledging he had broken his ulna — one of the two long bones in the forearm — two days earlier in training.He said he fought with the injury because he needed the paycheque.Fighters had to go through pre-fight blood work, MRIs and eye examination before going through physical testing in front of a doctor and an exercise physiologist.Ford had to do 10 knuckle push-ups among the tests. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '
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FALL RIVER, Mass. Chad Ruhwedel Penguins Jersey . - The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sundays Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned.Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Bradys last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots 2012 loss to the New York Giants. Now he is on trial for murder, charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancees sister.The trial is playing out just as Hernandezs old team is preparing to take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL championship game.Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh closed the second day of testimony Friday by telling jurors they may watch the game if it is important to them, but they must be vigilant for mention of the case or Hernandez.You hear that word, youve got to walk out of the room, Garsh said. Distance yourself.The judge previously told jurors that they are not allowed to discuss the case with anyone, even to tell their families or employers that they are sitting on the jury for Hernandez. During jury selection, jurors were asked if they were Patriots fans, but that did not mean they were automatically disqualified from being selected.Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots when he was arrested.Earlier Friday, Lloyds mother, Ursula Ward, was overcome with emotion and had to leave the courtroom as a prosecutor showed graphic photos of her sons body at the industrial park where he was found. The 27-year-old Lloyd was shown lying on his back with his left fist curled in a ball over the gunshot wounds to his chest.It was the second straight day she left the courtroom in tears.Lloyds body was found riddled with bullets in an industrial park near Hernandezs North Attleborough home, not far from Gillette Stadium.On Friday, two men who worked at a business in the industrial park described a teenage jogger coming to their office early on the evening of June 17, 2013, then leading them down to an empty lot.One of the men, David Swithers, said he stopped about 20 feet away and saw a man on his back. The judge had cautioned jurors that the images would be graphic and that they shouldnt let their emotions sway them in the case.He was stiff and motionless. There were flies flying in and out of his nostrils, he said. I called 911.Also testifying Friday was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who was dating Lloyd. Her sister, Shayanna, 25, is Hernandezs fiancee and the mother of his 2-year-old child. The sisters sit on opposite sides of the courtroom, Shaneah with Lloyds mother and Shayanna with Hernandezs family. Shayanna Jenkins was not in court Friday.Shaneah Jenkins testified that she introduced Lloyd to Hernandez and that although they had a cordial relationship, they were not close. She said the two men would hang out in the basement or smoke marijuana together when they came to visit, but that, apart from the weekend Lloyd was killed, the two men did not spend time together without her there.Hernandezs lawyer, Michael Fee, told jurors in his opening statement that Hernandez and Lloyd were friends and that Hernandez had no reason to kill him. He said they could have some day been brothers-in-law.Shaneah Jenkins is expected to resume testimony the next day court is in session. That could be Monday, though the judge told jurors a snowstorm forecast for then could delay that.In a separate murder case that has yet to go to trial, Hernandez was charged last year in Boston with killing two men in 2012 after someone spilled a drink on him at a nightclub. The judge has ruled that prosecutors in the Lloyd case cannot tell the jury about those slayings.___Follow Michelle R. Smith at: http://www.twitter.com/MRSmithAP Justin Schultz Penguins Jersey .ca. Hi Kerry, Thursday nights Bruins-Blackhawks game had a goal by Patrice Bergeron initially waved off by the referee, but video review clarified it was a good goal. Phil Kessel Penguins Jersey . Its great to be back for another season in Banditland, and Im looking forward to another competitive season with my teammates, said Tavares.FIVE QUICK NBA THOUGHTS 1. NBA FINALS FORMAT: I like the revised 2-2-1-1-1 format effective this season. This change was long overdue. Gives the competitive advantage to the team that has earned it with the overall No. 1 seed and thats the way it should be. At last, common sense prevails. 2. NERLENS NOEL (Sixers): Likely out for the season as he rehabs knee and Philly prepares for the 2014 NBA Lottery. Good seats readily available for these home games. Liked him at Kentucky and Im all for him taking his time and being right for 2014-15 season. Thats the cost of doing business when you decide to take a risk with an unhealthy player with great potential. Andrew Bynum and now this. Fans of this squad will be doing the math early and often on amount of Lottery balls. 3. LUIS SCOLA (Pacers): Loved this pick-up in the off-season. As crafty as they come in the post. Hes a veteran who is a true pro and will give Indy a legit/reliable lane paint scoring threat in its second unit profile. Hes lost a step no doubt but hes still got enough to give a contending team a boost. 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Worth staying with it a bit longer to see if it comes together. Im sure his name will continue in trade speculation rumours but his current team protected its investment and has further evaluation time to see if he can become a consistent rotation guy that impacts winning. This season determines that in Minneapolis. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '
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CHICAGO -- This time, the Chicago Cubs were shut down by Mat Latos. Logan Paulsen Falcons Jersey . Starlin Castro had an RBI single for Chicagos only run in a 4-1 loss to Latos and the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. The Cubs began the day with a .232 team batting average, which was next to last in the National League. They managed just six hits in the series finale against Cincinnati. "The story for us has been that were not scoring enough runs for the starting pitchers and for this bullpen," catcher John Baker said. "Its frustrating for us position players." Its also frustrating for first-year manager Rick Renteria. "Theyre all chipping away at their approaches, but were facing some pretty good chuckers too," he said. "We just obviously werent able to generate a whole lot of runs." Edwin Jackson (5-8) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for Chicago, which has dropped four of five. Starlin Castro had two hits and drove in a run. "Its a tough lineup. Theyre going to make you work," Jackson said. "I thought for the most part I was able to contain them until the sixth inning. They kind of busted it open a little bit." With the wind blowing in on a cold summer night, Devin Mesoracos five-game homer streak came to an end. The Reds catcher was tied with Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Bench, George Crowe and Ted Kluszewski for the franchise record. Latos (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings in his third start after beginning the season on the disabled list. It was his first win since Sept. 2 against St. Louis. Latos was coming off a frustrating no-decision against Toronto, when he was staked to an 8-0 lead and was unable to hold on. He gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings as the Blue Jays rallied for a 14-9 victory Friday night. The Cubs fell to 12-31 against Cincinnati over the last three seasons. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect eighth and Aroldis Chapman finished for his 14th save in 15 chances. Pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano doubled off the front of the basket in right field with two outs in the ninth. The call was upheld after Renteria called for a review, and Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Mike Olt to end the game. Cincinnati went ahead to stay with three runs in the sixth. Todd Frazier scored from first on Joey Vottos opposite-field double to left. After Mesoracos single, Jay Bruce lined a double off third baseman Luis Valbuenas glove to drive in Votto. Jackson struck out Chris Heisey before James Russell came in, and Skip Schumaker executed a perfect suicide squeeze to give the Reds a 4-1 lead. "It was the first one in my life. College, big leagues, you name it," said Schumaker, who also had two doubles in the game. "I saw the sign. It worked out." Bruce put the Reds in front with a two-out double down the right-field line in the first, scoring Frazier from second. Votto tried to hustle home from first but was cut down at the plate on Darwin Barneys relay throw. The Cubs tied it in the fourth. Ryan Sweeney reached on a leadoff double, advanced on Anthony Rizzos groundout and scored on Castros base hit. NOTES: Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a bruised right heel. ... RHP Dallas Beeler will make his major league debut in Game 1 of Chicagos day-night doubleheader Saturday against Washington. The 25-year-old Beeler is 5-3 with Triple-A Iowa. ... Mesoraco was picked off first base after originally called safe by umpire Trip Gibson in the fourth inning. The call was overturned by replay review. Calvin Ridley Falcons Jersey . - Erick Torres scored his 10th goal of the season on a stunning volley, and Chivas USA edged 10-man Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night. Custom Falcons Jerseys . -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne -- and making him the starter.SOCHI - What she remembers most is what it felt like to stand on the blue-line, proudly watch the Canadian flag rise for the first time and hear OCanada belted out passionately amongst a sea of Americans. "Just that feeling of complete satisfaction," said Jayna Hefford. "Feeling like everything we went through paid off." It was 2002 in Salt Lake City and the first of three consecutive Olympic gold medals for the national womens hockey program with Hefford, a native of Kingston, Ontario, scoring the game-winning goal in triumph over Team USA. The bid for a fourth straight gold begins Saturday at Shayba Arena with a preliminary round matchup against Switzerland. "Its a memory and a feeling Ill never forget," said Hefford of winning gold for the first time, one of three on the roster to do so in 2002, 2006, and 2010. "It was a special time so Im hoping we can recreate it here [in Sochi]." Getting to that point is certain to include yet another round of hostilities with an American team bent on ending Canadas run of dominance at this event. Though theyve captured four of the past five World Championships, beating the Canadians each time, the US squad has fallen in two of the past three gold medal games, yet to triumph at the Olympics since 1998. "Obviously we haave a great rivalry with them," said Hefford, "but theres a lot of games before then and if we dont take care of ourselves here we could face them either earlier than we want in a medal round or not get to a medal round so its really day-by-day and I think thats the best way to look at it. Logan Paulsen Jersey. " These will be the fifth Olympics for Hefford, but she says the experience remains as fresh and exciting as it was 16 years ago when womens hockey was first introduced to the Olympic stage in Nagano - she and the Canadians were edged by the Americans in the gold medal game. "You still have that youthful energy and that excitement," she said. "Its so exciting to be here. You try to take lessons that you learned along the way and bring them into this one, but it still feels like the first one." And thats just one of the lessons shell try to impart on a group of teammates itching for their first taste of gold - enjoy the moment. "It goes by so quickly and you wait so long to get here so really just take in every day and enjoy that," said Hefford, also advising patience with the teams plan of attack. "Theres tough days and theres going to be challenges in these next two weeks, but believe that in the end we can be where we want to be." Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '
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New York, NY (SportsNetwork. Geron Christian Jersey .com) - Kobe Bryant earned his 17th trip to the All-Star Game by being voted in as a starter for the Western Conference. Bryant earned one of the Wests starting guard spots over the leagues leading scorer, James Harden, but the Lakers revealed Thursday Bryant has a right torn rotator cuff and will be sidelined indefinitely. Bryant garnered 1,152,402 votes --- 83,034 more than Harden. The other starting guard for the West is Golden States Stephen Curry, who overcame Clevelands LeBron James over the past week to earn the most overall votes with 1,513,324. James, an All-Star starter in 11 straight seasons and two-time All-Star MVP, accumulated 1,470,483 votes. Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Grizzlies center Marc Gasol make up the Wests frontcourt. New York forward Carmelo Anthony and Chicago big man Pau Gasol will join James in frontcourt for the Eastern Conference, while Washington point guard John Wall and Torontos Kyle Lowry make up the backcourt. Lowry (805,290) jumped Miamis Dwyane Wade (789,839) for the final guard spot. Atlantas Mike Budenholzer and Golden States Steve Kerr will be the head coaches for the game, which is set for Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden. Paul Richardson Jersey .C. -- Clemson celebrated a senior class Saturday that brought the program back as a national contender. Jonathan Allen Redskins Jersey . The defeat leaves the 41-year-old Nestor to concentrate on the mixed-doubles event after winning 12 straight matches and winning Australian titles in Brisbane and Sydney with two different partners. "This was a little bit of a let down, but all credit to them," said Nestor.The Oakland As, owners of the best run differential in the majors, have taken over top spot in the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings, ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants. The As have scored 296 runs -- most in baseball -- while allowing 181, the fewest in baseball. Their plus-115 run differential is 56 runs ahead of second-best San Francisco. Among those moving up this week, the Chicago White Sox are up from 16 to 10 with rookie first baseman Jose Abreu returning to the lineup, and the Washington Nationals are up from 19 to 13, in part because of the effectiveness of starting pitcher Doug Fister, who was injured to start the year. The New York Mets skyrocket from 26 to 15, with one 14-inning losss their only blemish in the past seven games. Kevin Hogan Redskins Jersey. The Texas Rangers creep up from 21 to 16 and the Boston Red Sox, winners of seven straight before Mondays loss, jump from 28 to 20. Heading the other way, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim couldnt hold top spot for long, going from one to five, after getting swept soundly by the As. The slumping Philadelphia Phillies sink from 18 to 25 and the Tampa Bay Rays drop seven spots, from 22 to 29, after losing seven straight along with a couple of starters to the injured list. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '
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REGINA - The Swift Current Broncos well-rounded defence started the Western Hockey League season off with a bang. Jakub Voracek Jersey . Coda Gordon and Julius Honka had a goal and two assists each as Swift Current crushed the Regina Pats 7-2 in the season opener for both teams. Brycen Martin and Connor Sanvido had power-play goals for the Broncos (1-0-0), while Dillon Heatherington, Zac Mackay and Tanner LeSann also scored. Geordie Maguire scored both of Reginas (0-1-0) goals. Landon Bow made 25 saves for the win. Dawson MacAuley played the first two periods for the Pats, stopping 13-of-18 shots. Teagan Sacher turned aside 4-of-6 shots in the third. Both teams had discipline problems throughout the game. Swift Current had 39 minutes of penalties, while Regina racked up 31. Matt Read Jersey . - PGA Tour rookie Tony Finau shot a 9-under 63 at Del Monte and had a two-stroke lead over Billy Andrade and Lee Janzen of the Champions Tour after Thursdays opening round of the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational. Brian Propp Jersey . According to Tony Barrett of The Times, the Liverpool captain is set to announce that he will leave the club at the end of the 2014-15 season.PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Wednesday but the team insisted it has nothing to do with his right wrist. Roethlisberger banged the wrist off a helmet in the first quarter of last Sundays loss to New Orleans but did not miss a play. Roethlisberger said early Wednesday he was ready to rock and roll but spent practice in sweat pants, though he did throw briefly afterward.. Radko Gudas Jersey. Roethlisberger has struggled in recent weeks after tossing a record 12 touchdown passes in wins over Indianapolis and Baltimore. He has four touchdowns and five interceptions in his last three games. The quarterback says he lost feeling in two fingers against the Saints but he still threw the ball 58 times in a 35-32 defeat. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '
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At a press scrum last Thursday, the day before the Redblacks were to play their season home opener and officially open the new TD Place Stadium, one of the owners, Roger Greenburg, was asked why he decided to become the co-owner of a football team. Albert Wilson Jersey . His answer just may be the best example of why football will work this time, when it didnt on two previous occasions in Ottawa. Im paraphrasing, but the chairman/CEO of Minto Developments said that he believes there are four pillars that make up a strong community. The first is the medical system. Second, is the education system. The third is the arts and the final one is the sports culture. He went on to say that the Senators have contributed to the sports culture, but it was time to add to that with the return of professional football to the city and the addition of professional soccer. Greenburg and his partners John Ruddy, William Shenkman and Jeff Hunt wanted to be part of building and strengthening one of the pillars of a strong community. In other words, this ownership group has done all of this for the right reason - to strengthen the community that they live in and they were rewarded on Friday night for all their hard work and perseverance. Fridays home opener was an unforgettable experience and, hopefully, showed one of our other major cities in the country, that happens to be only about four hours away, just what is possible. The Redblacks didnt score a touchdown on the field, but they did in the stands and that is what mattered most. Jeff Hunt said the team could have sold another 15,000 tickets to the game and that will translate into demand. Based on the in-game experience on Friday night, nobody should be surprised to hear that the next home game will be sold out soon. The atmosphere was electric. It was a young energetic crowd, who partied like they were attending a rock concert. In fact, in what was an ingenious move, there was also a rock concert going on before the game to get people pumped up for kick-off at what was a Canadian-style tailgate party. TD Place Stadium is fantastic with great sightlines and a design that not only looks outstanding, but is designed to enhance the fan experience for soccer and football, specifically. It doesnt feel like an all-purpose facility that accommodates many, but pleases none. The game itself was not a masterpiece, but it had an exciting finish when, down by two, Redblacks QB Henry Burris hit Kerrie Johnson on a deep ball to set up the game winning field goal. It wasnt a walk-off winner by Brett Maher, but when Ricky Ray was intercepted in the dying seconds, it was game over and the crowd erupted. The games MVP was the crowd, that included Prime Minister Steven Harper, who sat beside CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon and Rough Rider great, Russ Jackson. In fact, one of the highlights of the night was when our TSN cameraa caught a fan walking by the PM and the commish to shake hands with Jackson. It was not a slight to our country leader or the leagues top man, but a show of respect for history of football in Ottawa. And speaking of the telecast, I owe the football fans in Ottawa an apology for mistakenly saying that the five Grey Cup teams in the 60s and 70s were all coached by Frank Clair. My intention was to say that all the Cup teams in the 60s were coached by Clair. Jack Gotta was the coach from 1970-1973 and George Brancato was the coach when the Rough Riders beat Saskatchewan to win in 1976. The telecast wasnt perfect and neither was the night - apparently, some of the concessions ran out of beer and the traffic was a bit tricky, which, of course, was pointed out by some sportswriters...I swear some people would complain that their ice cream is too cold. I recently went to a George Strait concert in Dallas at AT&T Field, one of the most elaborate and state-of-the-art stadiums in the world and it had traffic issues, as well. In fact, it was so jammed up, I ended up tailgating in the parking lot for almost two hours after the event waiting for it to clear. On Friday night, the small issue were just that - small - and didnt, in any way, take away from the success of the event. It was a look at what is possible, even in Ontario ,when it comes to CFL football. The capacity of TD Place Stadium is 24,000, which just may be the perfect number and a blueprint for a possible stadium in Toronto. Our country has great football fans, but just not the volume to consistently fill a 40-to-50,000-seat stadium and at 24,000 in the stands, owners are making money. For those who would say that, if the NFL were in Toronto, they would sell out the old SkyDome, I would remind those people that the NFL regular season games played in Toronto were not sell-outs and not even close. In fact, sources have said that upwards of 20,000 tickets to the games in the Buffalo Bills series were freebies, handed to people on the street. No, 25-30,000-seat stadiums are the perfect size for CFL football, professional soccer and summer concerts and, for proof of that, look no further than Friday night in Ottawa. It can work in Toronto, as well, with a stadium at a realistic capacity and one built for football and soccer, specifically. It worked in Montreal, it is working in a big way in Winnipeg and, after Game One in Ottawa, it looks like it will be a huge hit there, as well. The answer may be BMO Field, which seems to still be part of the plan for the Argos. On our TSN set in Ottawa, Commissioner Mark Cohon had this to say when asked what it would take to replicate the Ottawa plan in Toronto: "The answer is a smaller stadium like BMO," said Cohon. "We know that they have a four-year deal left with Rogers Centre. Were talking to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, were talking to the city of Toronto and were working to see if we can move [the Argos] into BMO Field and replicate what we have [in Ottawa.]"  The blueprint for the correct business model has now been created and now all that is needed in Toronto is for David Braley, or whomever buys the Argos, to start building the fourth pillar in that community. Congratulations again to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and, on behalf of the football fans in our country, thank you. At the end of the night in Ottawa, the scoreboard read Redblacks 18 - Argonauts 17, but the true winners were the fans and the community in our nations capital. Danny Amendola Jersey . The Red Sox maintained a share of the AL wild-card lead Tuesday night, using four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 and set up a dramatic conclusion to the regular season. The skidding Red Sox were 6-19 this month before rebounding to edge the last-place Orioles. Josh Sitton Jersey . The commissioners office said Friday that Sears tested positive for metabolites of Methandienone. Sears will be 23 in March. He signed with the Braves in June 2013 out of Arizona Christian, an NAIA school, and is on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Braves.Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to have more self-belief after they were pegged back to a 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday Night Football. Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead at Anfield in the 51st minute after a one-two with Daniel Sturridge.But Harry Kane replied for Spurs shortly afterwards and neither side could grab a winner in a frantic final half an hour. Its a deserved draw, Liverpool boss Klopp told Sky Sports. It didnt look like there were six or seven positions in table between us, but if we want to change that situation we have to stay in the game.In nearly all moments of the game its about belief, not attitude, and we are not sure we can beat teams like this all the time. We can, but we didnt show it today and in the end its only a draw. Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead There were encouraging signs from Liverpool during an entertaining match as they went close on several occasions.And while Klopp acknowledged his side let Spurs back into the contest, he saw some positives going forward.To become a winner you have to learn, he said. 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