RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- The younger brother of Ivory Coast players Yaya and Kolo Toure has died in Britain, the Ivory Coast Football Federation says. Air Jordan China . Ibrahim Toure died Thursday aged 28, the Ivorian federation said in a statement on its website, and Yaya and Kolo were informed soon after Ivory Coasts 2-1 loss to Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil. The IFF did not give a cause of death but said Ibrahim died in Manchester, where Yaya plays his club football for English champions Manchester City in the Premier League. British media reported that Ibrahim had died after a battle with cancer and had been receiving treatment in Manchester. "A tough day for the Toure brothers. Just hours after the (Colombia) match ... Kolo and Yaya have learned of the death of their younger brother," the IFF said in its statement. "The entire Ivorian delegation in Brazil supports them in this painful circumstance." Yaya captained the team against Colombia in Brasilia, while Liverpool defender Kolo was on the bench. The federation didnt say if the brothers would now leave the World Cup, where Ivory Coast is second in Group C behind Colombia and has a good chance of qualifying for the second round for the first time. Manchester City, where Kolo also used to play, released a statement saying "the thoughts of everyone connected with City are with the Toure family at this most difficult time. "Ibrahim was a regular visitor to Carrington (training ground) and was a popular figure among the staff and players and was extremely close to his two older brothers," the club said. Yaya, the current African player of the year, is a pivotal player in midfield for the West Africans. Ibrahim Toure played professional football himself, most recently for Lebanon club Al Safa. Air Jordan Outlet . Mesoraco hurt his hamstring while scoring from second in Friday nights 5-4 loss at Atlanta. Chapman was hit by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19, breaking his nose and a bone above his left eye. The left-hander looked strong while throwing 43 pitches in batting practice before Saturday nights game against the Braves. Cheap Jordan From China . This is the final meeting of the season between these teams.? The Capitals were 5-4 winners in a shootout Oct.BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Matt Moulson is sensing something different around the Buffalo Sabres after their first third-period comeback win of the season. "We had a great first period, an awful second period," Moulson said. "Maybe before we wouldve folded it in then but (interim coach Ted Nolan) had some good words in between periods for us and that helped jump start us a bit." Buffalo is 1-21 when trailing at the start of the third period after Moulson, Marcus Foligno and Matt Ellis scored to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. It was Buffalos first regulation win since Nov. 15 against Toronto, when Nolan took over for the fired Ron Rolston. "I love playing for him and a lot of guys go through the wall for him," Moulson said of Nolan. "Thats what you want from your coach, a leader like that. Hes probably one of the best in that position." Mark Scheifele scored two goals in 36 seconds to build a 2-0 second-period lead for the Jets, who have lost four of their past five games. "Lets be honest, our second period was horrendous," said Sabres captain Steve Ott, who also scored. "We had turnovers after turnovers and they capitalized twice on it. It simply wasnt good enough." What Nolan say after two periods that made such an impression on Moulson and the Sabres? "I just raised my voice a little bit longer than I usually do," Nolan said, "But I just said we gotta compete. If we compete, were good and we cant compete for 55 minutes, we have to compete for 60 minutes." The Jets were playing their third game in four nights and got through a scoreless first period that saw Buffalo outshoot them 19-7. "I never really liked the game even from the onset," Jets coach Claude Noel said. At the 1:02 mark of the second period, Scheifele moved between two stick-checking Sabres into the slot, scoring on a point-blank wrist shot over Ryan Millers right shoulder. Thirty-six seconds later, he carried the puck down the right side of the Sabres zone before taking a step toward the net and beating Miller over the same shoulder to give the Jets a two-goal lead. Scheifele has five goals and five asssists in his past 12 games after getting just five points in his first 24 games. Jordan China. "I think we thought that the opponent would fold up and play and obviously that wasnt the case," Noel said. Ott put the Sabres on the scoreboard at the 10:16 of the second. Drew Stafford took a shot that Ondrej Pavelec redirected to Ott. The Sabres captain scored his fourth goal of the season and his first since Nov. 15. Stafford and Ott paired up on their next shift, but Pavelec was able to cover up Otts one-timer. The Sabres broke through 50 seconds into the third period when Foligno went to the net and tapped in a pass from Cody Hodgson to tie the score at 2. Less than two minutes later, with Eric ODell in the penalty box for hooking, Moulson deflected Christian Ehrhoffs shot past Pavelec to give the Sabres their first lead of the night. The power-play goal relieved a unit that had scored on just two of its previous 30 opportunities. "Our momentum took over like we played in the first period and that was the difference," Ott said. Buffalo added a fourth goal when Kevin Porter, recalled earlier in the day from Rochester of the American Hockey League, stole the puck from Eric Tangradi in the slot. His high backhand shot was batted out of the air by Ellis and past Pavelec. Buffalo hadnt scored more than three goals in its previous 16 games. "You have to play the percentages, Im a strong believer in that," Moulson said. "Eventually, they gotta go in. Weve been getting a lot of shots recently, a lot more than we were getting before. We eventually gotta find the back of the net at some point." The Sabres had a 3-on-1 break during a first-period power play, but Pavelec pushed Hodgsons shot wide of the net. Buffalo outshot Winnipeg 31-27 for the game as 12 different Sabres recorded points. Miller made 25 saves in the win. NOTES: The Sabres recalled Porter and D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester before the game, sending D Mark Pysyk, D Brayden McNabb and LW Luke Adam down to the Americans. ... C James Wright was scratched for Winnipeg, making way for C Eric ODell. ... The Sabres next play Thursday at home against Boston. ' ' '
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Joe Crede Jersey . -- The Royals shook up their coaching staff Thursday in an attempt to jumpstart their failing offence, making Dale Sveum the hitting coach and Mike Jirschele their third base coach. Pedro Grifol, who took over as hitting coach last season, will now instruct catchers. The moves were announced after the Royals finished off a disastrous homestand that included a sweep at the hands of Houston, and before they opened a four-game series in Toronto. Sveum said the Royals havent done a good enough job this season of hitting pitches in the upper half of the strike zone. "The bottom line is weve struggled with elevation and weve swung at pitches down in the zone probably way too much," he said. "From thigh high to the top of the strike zone, were not doing enough damage." The Royals began the day last in the majors with 21 homers, putting them on pace to match the 1976 club for the fewest in franchise history for a non-strike-shortened season. Theyre also last in the American League in runs and slugging percentage. "There is not one man in the lineup thats hitting the ball well," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said Wednesday. "Were just cold." Yost said "a different voice can make a difference," to struggling batters, but the Royals have heard plenty of voices about hitting: Sveum is Kansas Citys fifth hitting coach in less than three seasons. The Royals let go of Kevin Seitzer two years ago in the hope that somebody else would help the club generate more power. Seitzer was eventually hired by the Blue Jays, who currently lead the majors with 76 homers -- more than Kansas City is on pace for all season. Jack Maloof and Andre David were hired before last season, but they only made it a couple of months before they were reassigned within the franchise. It was at that point that the Royals hired Grifol and Hall of Famer George Brett on an interim basis. The Royals showed signs of life once that duo was in charge, slowly climbing into playoff contention. Grifol was given the job on a full-time basis after Brett stepped down in July, but lasted less than a year in the role. "Hes the one that pulled us out of our trouble last year," Yost said of Grifol Thursday. "A year later, we find ourselves in the exact same spot." Sveum, a former Brewers and Cubs manager, had been serving as the Royals third base coach. But he also has plenty of experience as a hitting coach, helping Milwaukee finish in the top three of the National League in homers in each of his three seasons. "Hes got experience, he studies hitting," Yost said. "Hes got a lot of knowledge. He helped Prince Fielder get, in my opinion, to the next level as an offensive performer." Ross Detwiler White Sox Jersey . The goals took Liverpools tally in the Premier League this season to 70, overtaking Manchester City as the top scorers, and left the fourth-place team just four points behind league leader Chelsea. Hugh Duffy Jersey . The thinking at the time was Clowney could have already been promised he would be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, therefore negating any need to meet with any other teams. The plot took another twist this week.Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar is going back to the minors. The righty was sent back down to Triple-A Buffalo for the second time this week in order to make room for Liam Hendriks who will get the start Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Delabar waas sent down Tuesday but was called back up for Thursdays game against the New York Yankees when Brett Cecil went to the disabled list. Jack Mcdowell White Sox Jersey . The 30-year-old has appeared in 30 games this season, recording a 4.91 earned run average and a 3-0 record. ' ' '