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AYIA NAPA, Cyprus -- With the country in turmoil, Ukraines national football team says it is a symbol of the countrys unity. The Ukrainians are scheduled to face the United States in a friendly on Wednesday in Cyprus, a match moved from Kharkiv to Larnaca for security reasons. "The national team is a symbol of unity because players come from all over Ukraine," said its captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk on a wind-swept practice pitch behind the teams hotel in the coastal resort of Ayia Napa. "Were all one big family, were all united." Speaking ahead of the teams training session on Tuesday, Tymoshchuk said the troubles at home do weigh on players minds. "Its a dangerous situation," he said. "We have our families, we worry but we hope that we can keep the peace in Ukraine as quickly as possible." Team spokesman Alexander Glyvynskyy said Wednesdays match is dedicated to the people of Ukraine under the slogan "Peace for Ukraine." "We are not ready for war," Glyvynskyy said. "We hope that we can be good neighbours (with Russia) in the future." Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko said he wanted his teams performance to send a message of unity back home. "Most important is unity and concentration, its important for all Ukrainians," Fomenko said. "I told the players to play like one unit." Despite threats to cancel the match, Ukraine football association president Anatoliy Konkov said Tuesday the game would go ahead. "(We) reached a consensus to play the USA after all," Konkov said in a statement that also praised the American team. "(They) stood behind us to protect the national interests and territorial integrity of Ukraine." The match, which will be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, is a key warm-up for the United States ahead of this years World Cup. But for Ukraine, which failed to qualify for the tournament in Brazil, it will serve as preparation for the qualifying tournament for the 2016 European Championship. "This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. Fomenko said earlier in Kyiv that he expects Wednesdays game to be similar in style to a Premier League match, since many of the American players play for English clubs. Glyvynskyy said he expects the Americans to play an attacking game, but that Ukraine is injury-free and has all its best players available. "The players want to play on an official level and want to test their level of play after a two-month winter break," he said. He added that Cyprus was an ideal location for the match because it was relatively simple to organize at short notice and there are no problems with visa issues. Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium has hosted many of Cyprus international matches, but its not the Mediterranean islands top football venue. The GSP Stadium in Nicosia, however, is unavailable because Cyprus is hosting Northern Ireland in another friendly. Its the second time in recent weeks that Cyprus has been selected as an alternate venue for a match involving a Ukrainian team. Last month, a Europa League match between Dynamo Kyiv and Valencia was moved to the Cypriot capital. Vapormax Plus Store .Y. - DeMarre Carroll felt as though he couldnt miss in the second quarter as he outscored the Brooklyn Nets 14-13 all by himself. Air Max Plus 270 Sale . -- Oakland Athletics third baseman Scott Sizemore has undergone surgery on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. http://www.airmaxplusstoresale.com/ . -- David Freese is starting to pick up his run production, which is something the Los Angeles Angels have been waiting half a season to see. Air Max Plus 97 Cheap .com) - Guess whos back, back again? Josh Gordons back, tell a friend. Vapormax Plus Black Cheap . "Well over 50 (per cent)," coach Claude Noel said Tuesday after practice, where the Jets were looking at ways to cut down the scoring chances theyve been giving away.MIAMI - Mat Latos sat in the left-field plaza at Marlins Park as he reminisced about attending the first game in franchise history when he was 5 years old.A few feet away, Michael Morse shared his memories of going to the same game.The two new teammates are South Florida natives who grew up Marlins fans, and they joined their favourite team as a result of deals last week. The Marlins also acquired Dee Gordon, a Central Florida native who attended games in Miami as a youngster when his father, former major leaguer Tom Gordon, pitched against the Marlins.Its a blessing to be able to play for a team you grew up watching, Latos said. You take pride in that. This your home turf.The Marlins held a celebratory news conference Friday to welcome the newcomers. Shortly after the session disbanded, the Marlins busy front office added two more players, acquiring infielder Martin Prado and right-handed pitcher David Phelps from the New York Yankees for right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, first-baseman Garrett Jones and minor league right-handed pitcher Domingo German.Several hours later, they were at it again, shipping NL comeback player of the year, third baseman Casey McGehee, to San Francisco for a pair of right-handed minor league pitchers, Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.Morse, who was born in Fort Lauderdale, was 11 when he sat in the upper deck in right field watching the Marrlins first game in 1993.dddddddddddd He remembered the questionable called strike on the franchises first pitch from Charlie Hough.It was a little outside, Morse said with a laugh.Latos said he went to 15 to 20 games a year as a kid and afterward would chase players outside the stadium seeking autographs.I cant express how amazing it is to come home, Latos said.The right-hander, who further strengthens Miamis solid rotation, was acquired in a trade with the Reds. Gordon, a leadoff hitter and All-Star second baseman, was obtained in a seven-player trade with the Dodgers. Morse, who is expected to play first base and bat cleanup behind Giancarlo Stanton, signed a $16 million, two-year contract as a free agent.This is home, Morse said. This is where Ive grown up. This is where my wifes home is. Her family is from here. My family is from here. My soon-to-be first child will be from here. This is unreal.As Marlins fans Morse and Latos know all too well, the team hasnt been the playoffs since its World Series championship season in 2003. But the newcomers agree the flurry of off-season moves has positioned the Marlins as potential contenders in the NL East.They want to win, and theyre showing it right now, Morse said — and that was before the trade with the Yankees was disclosed. This organization is on the rise once again, and Im so happy to be a part of it. ' ' '

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