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导出博客文章Theyve had 12 months littered with off-field distractions, but Sydneys AFL focus rarely wavers.Michael Talias arrest last Sunday was the latest in a series of incidents to have rocked the Swans stretching back to the final week of July last year.Back then, club icon Adam Goodes opted to take a week off after relentless booing from opposing supporters over several weeks.The debate over his actions had barely subsided before the clubs other indigenous superstar Lance Franklin missed the clubs finals campaign due to a mental health issue.Fast forward into the current campaign and the club enjoyed a relatively uneventful first half of the campaign before the calendar again clicked into July.The leadup to the Round 16 game at Geelong was dominated by the revelation of a feud within the family of co-captain Kieren Jack.A patchy run of form reading loss-win-loss-win-loss was followed by the news that injured off-season recruit Talia had been charged with being in possession of a quantity of a prohibited substance and will appear in court next month.For a club that prides itself on its professionalism and positive image it was another blow and unwanted distraction.The Swans have long been regarded as one of the cleanskins of Australian sport, a supremely well run club with a strong player-driven culture and one that rarely generates a negative headline.However, if recent history has taught us anything, its that the resilient Swans are rarely blown off course for long by gusts of off-field turbulence.If anything, adversity hardens their resolve.The game Goodes opted to miss ended in an emotion-charged 52-point win over Adelaide in front of their largest home crowd of the season.In their first game after losing Franklin they were ferociously competitive in a nine-point away loss to minor premiers Fremantle.The Swans capacity to push distractions aside and produce a performance of laser-like intensity was evident again earlier this month.After days of headlines about the Jack family dispute they produced one of their best performances of recent times in a memorable 38-point victory at Geelong.All of which suggests that Carlton better be beware and brace for a fiercely focused Sydney side at the SCG on Saturday, as the Swans seek to generate positive on-field vibes in pursuit of a high ladder position and a seventh straight finals campaign. 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Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko picked a good time to break his scoring slump.Jay Bouwmeester tied it in early the third period and Tarasenko scored the winner late in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.He looked like he had his skating legs today, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Tarasenko. He was a determined player. He stayed with it. We stayed with it. When your best player stays with it, it forces everybody else to do that.Carter Hutton stopped 20 shots for his second win of the season, helping the Blues improve to 4-1-1 at home this season and give them five wins in the last six meetings with the Blue Jackets at Scottrade Center.Josh Anderson scored for Columbus, which was coming off a 10-0 win against Montreal the previous night and snapped a three-game winning streak. Curtis McElhinney finished with 28 saves.Bouwmeester ripped a shot past McElhinney from the left dot at 2:16 of the third with his first goal since Feb. 22, 2016, against San Jose.It was a good play by (Scottie Upshall), Bouwmeester said. I dont know if they were coming off a change or some sort of transition. The whole side of the ice was kind of open. Its good when you get a chance like that.Tarasenkos wrister with 43 seconds on the clock in overtime broke his seven-game goal-scoring drought.You cant give a guy like that that kind of time to come in, Hutton said. Ive been victimized by him before so it was nice to see it went in and it was a nice win for us.Even though they outshot the Blue Jackets 8-3, the Blues were held scoreless in the first period for the sixth consecutive game. The three shots by Columbus were the fewest by an NHL team this season for the first period.McElhinney came up big for the Blue Jackets with a pair of saves on Tarasenko from the slot early in the second period. McElhinney also got help from his post as Upshall hit iron with a wide-open net on a rebound attempt.ddddddddddddMaking his first start this season, McElhinney turned away the first 24 shots, before Bouwmeester snapped Columbus team shutout streak at 121 minutes, 49 seconds.I watch Nick Foligno fight (Ryan Reaves), Columbus coach John Tortorella said. I watch Mac play the way he did in net. I watched some other guys do everything they possibly can to try to win the hockey game and then I see a few of our top guys, they did not give enough.Anderson put Columbus up 1-0 with an unassisted goal with 7:05 left in the second period. A turnover by Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk went right to the tape of Andersons stick, who ripped a point-blank shot by Hutton for his third goal in his last two games.Shattenkirk credited the forecheck of Boone Jenner for creating the turnover.I did a good job of getting body positioning on him and I was trying to separate from him and as I went to go get the puck to push it forward he gave me just a nice little touch right on my stick which whacked it right to the net front, Shattenkirk said. I just got to protect it a little bit better and be able to skate that out.Game notes Bouwmeester was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000 career NHL game on Tuesday at New York. ... Blues F Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. ... Columbus set a franchise record in goals in a 10-0 victory over Montreal on Friday. In contrast, the Blues scored nine total goals in their previous six games. ... Blues D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) and Blue Jackets F David Clarkson (lower body) sat with injuries.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Host Anaheim on Wednesday night.Blues: Host Colorado on Sunday. ' ' '

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