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  • NEW ORLEANS -- Greivis Vasquez drew a round of applause when he first checked in against the team for which he played the past two seasons. Cheap New Balance 574 Trainers . Later, he all but silenced the New Orleans crowd with five straight points that gave his new team the lead for good inside the final two minutes. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Vasquez finished with 14, and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a resilient 107-100 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night. "I was blessed enough to be out there at the end of the game," said Vasquez, who was traded by New Orleans after last season in a deal that brought Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans. "I had a really rough first half and then the second half I was just on a mission," Vasquez said. "I like close games, man. Im not afraid. I would never be afraid. Im the type of player that would risk everything. Thats how I got (the starting point guard) job here in New Orleans." Kyle Lowry scored 23, Amir Johnson added 17 and Vasquez finished with 14 to help Toronto overcome a 14-point first-half deficit and snap a two-game skid. Tyler Hansbrough, playing additional minutes with starting centre Jonas Valanciunas sidelined by a sore back, grabbed 13 rebounds, seven on the offensive end. "Thats psycho-T at his finest," DeRozan said of Hansbrough. "He went out there, played extremely hard, got rebounds and came up with some big rebounds late in the game. Thats just him." The game was tied at 94 when Vasquez scored five straight points in a 36-second span on a running floater and a driving layup as he was fouled -- the latter coming after Vasquez rebounded his missed jumper for one of Torontos 22 offensive rebounds. "Its cool to have a teammate like that because you see how much he wanted it," DeRozan said of Vasquez. "Thats why we call him Spicy. You never know what youre going to get until you eat it." Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which was without All-Star Anthony Davis because of an illness. The Pelicans could not deny that Davis absence, one game after his career-high 40 points and 21 rebounds in Sundays overtime win over Boston, was a factor. "Obviously, with a guy that can rebound like Anthony, its hard to make up for that," rookie centre Jeff Withey said. Evans had 18 points for the Pelicans. Eric Gordon added 15, but was shut out in the second half, when his playing time was limited after he was called for his fourth foul in the middle of the third quarter. "Once he got in foul trouble ... I think that probably broke his rhythm," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. Brian Roberts scored 11 points, while Alexis Ajinca and Austin Rivers each had 10 to keep New Orleans in front for most of the game. New Orleans led 94-90 on Witheys free throw with 4:26 left. But during the next 50 seconds, Johnson slammed home a putback dunk and followed that with a driving layup as the shot clock expired to tie it at 94. Next came Vasquezs five straight points, followed by Lowrys free throw and Johnsons tip shot to cap a 12-1 run from which New Orleans never recovered. "We played decent defence, forced them to miss and they got rebound after rebound," Williams said. "We missed a lot of shots, layups in the paint, but the rebounding tonight was not good at all." Gordon, Aminu (12 points) and Evans (10 points) all reached double figures in the first half, much of which was controlled by New Orleans. The Pelicans seemed to surprise the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors by racing to an early double-digit lead. Rivers driving layup gave New Orleans a 31-18 lead late in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the lead reached 14 points several times, the last on Aminus layup that made it 50-36. At that point, there was 5:20 left in the second quarter, which was about all the time Toronto needed to nearly pull even. The Raptors outscored the Pelicans 20-7 to close the half. DeRozan scored nine during the stint, including a three-point play on a driving layup and a 12-foot fade at the halftime horn that made it 57-56. NOTES: The Pelicans went 3-3 on their six-game home stand. New Orleans next plays at Atlanta on Friday, then hosts Miami on Saturday to open a four-game home stand. ... The Raptors have not lost three straight since making a seven-player trade with Sacramento on Dec. 9. New Balance 420 Womens .B. - Spencer Smallman and Nathan Noel each scored in the shootout as the Saint John Sea Dogs beat the Charlottetown Islanders 3-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play Wednesday. New Balance 574 Trainers UK Blue . Messis father, Jorge Horacio Messi, is apparently still under investigation for an alleged 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from Messis image rights from 2007-09. Messis public relations firm confirmed Spanish media reports that the state prosecutor has asked for Messi to be dropped from the investigation that began in June 2013.BASEL, Switzerland - David Goffin kept up his remarkable form as he beat fourth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors.It was Goffins 42nd victory in 44 matches since his straight-sets loss to Andy Murray at Wimbledon, and the first time the 23-year-old Belgian has beaten a top-10 player.Its one of my nicest victories, if not the nicest, the seventh-seeded Goffin said. Its really pleasing. I cant really comprehend what Ive achieved since Wimbledon: more than 40 victories, two titles ... I think Ill only realize what Ive achieved when Im on holiday.Later Friday, teenager Borna Coric upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (4) to announce himself as one of the rising stars of tennis.Nadal announced after the match he will have season-ending appendicitis surgery. He was playing just his third tournament since Wimbledon due to a wrist injury and looked nowhere near his best.It was difficult in the whole match, in the whole tournament, Nadal said. Every day I felt more tired, I tried to practice, to get fit but it was not possible. The past four, five months have been very tough for me. Its been difficult to play and compete.Coric, meanwhile, was in sparkling form.Its an unbelievable feeling, Coric said. Im so proud of myself and I hope I can play the same game tomorrow.There was pressure but I didnt have anything to lose, because if I lose I lost to the No. 1 in the world. I never played against him so I didnt know what would happen, whether he would kill me or not.There was no such slip-up for Roger Federer as the top-seeded Swiss remained on course for his sixth title in Basel after beating fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4), 6-2.In the Goffin-Raonic match, the Belgian broke early on but was broken back when serving for the opening set, shortly after some lights went out and halted the match for approximately 20 minutes.The seventh-seeded Goffin saved another break point at thee start of the second set before breaking in the penultimate game before serving to level the match. New Balance 574 Trainers UK. Goffin took a decisive lead in the seventh game of the final set and he threatened to break again but Raonic saved two match points — one with his 21st ace.The Belgian finally converted his fourth match point when Raonic returned a powerful serve long. Goffin has won four Challenger and two ATP titles this year and played with confidence against the Canadian.I tried to make the most of my game after the lights went out, Raonic said. I came back trying to serve harder. and hoping to find rhythm that way. I created some opportunities in the start of both sets, but I didnt make the most of them.Hes been playing well. He has confidence in the tight moments due to how hes played the last four five months.Also Friday, Ivo Karlovic defeated Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4.The loss hurts Raonics chances of earning a qualifying spot for the season-ending ATP event in London. Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., will need a strong showing next week in Paris as he battles Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori and Dimitrov for the last three spots in the eight-man field.Raonic, who is 45-17 on the season and currently ninth in the points race, knows he needs to take advantage of his last chance at the Bercy arena starting Monday.Im hoping in these next few days I can pick up my physicality by working in the gym, Raonic said. All I can do is fight to the last point, whenever that might be. Hopefully it is later rather than earlier in Paris.Canadas Vasek Pospisil will play in the mens doubles semifinals in Basel with temporary partner Nenad Zimonjic — the former partner of Torontos Daniel Nestor — on Saturday.Pospisil, from Vancouver, teamed up with American Jack Sock to win the Wimbledon title this season. They will play next week in Paris in hopes of qualifying for the year-end event in doubles.———With files from The Associated Press. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '