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Finn not so much the attack leaderIt has been a tricky summer so far for Steven Finn. Cheap Nets Jerseys China . He was told by Trevor Bayliss to channel his frustrations on being withdrawn from the World T20 through injury - when Finn himself felt he was fit to play - into taking wickets. It hasnt quite worked out that way. After an inconsistent Test series against Sri Lanka, he was talking up being the attack leader in the one-day side. It was a position he assumed last summer, but since last September against Australia he hasnt played an ODI due to his run of injuries. Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Chris Jordan have all played ahead of him in this series, their ability to club a long ball - highlighted by Plunketts tie-sealing blow at Trent Bridge - giving England enviable batting depth. Finn, who will play for Middlesex in the Championship from Sunday, may now not be certain of his place in the Pakistan Test series once James Anderson and Ben Stokes are available. Those frustrations are likely to bubble up again.Life without StokesStokes gives England sought-after balance to their side, but they adapted well in his absence. The teams preferred route is to chase a target and their belief is that they can hunt down anything - as was witnessed at The Oval and, in differing circumstances, when they secured a tie at Trent Bridge despite being 82 for 6, chasing 287. So, Eoin Morgan has been content to use a five-man bowling attack; Joe Root is the fill-in option but was lightly used for only three overs in the series. When fit, Stokes will return to the side and that will open up the question of who misses out. Jonny Bairstow has taken the batting role in this series - and has been outstanding in the outfield - but it could be that the philosophy of packing the batting from one to eleven means means that a five-man attack is retained.Rashid No. 1Adil Rashid is now cemented as Englands main one-day spinner if the pecking order in this series is any guide. When the ground dimensions at Bristol and Cardiff have led England to re-balance their attack with an extra quick bowler, it has been Moeen Ali who has made way for Jordan. Rashid has played every game of white-ball cricket since his England comeback against Ireland, in Dublin, last May. He began this series with two frugal displays at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston - 70 runs come off 20 overs - and though Sri Lanka then took the attack to him he did not shrunk from the challenge. His brace of wickets at The Oval played an important part in ensuring Sri Lanka could not immediately kick on after the rain break. There will also have never been a better No. 11 for England.Mendis is a gemKusal Mendis showed glimpses of his quality in the Test series and his adaptability has been on display in the one-dayers. After a slow start to the series he produced two sparkling half-centuries at Bristol and The Oval, the second of them a particularly eye-catching display as Englands bowlers were put under rare pressure, and was settling in nicely in Cardiff before being beaten by Bairstows bullet arm. Sri Lanka have wanted to give youth its head at the top order; coach Graham Ford is trying to oversee a rebuilding phase in the batting order and Mendis has a key role to play. That he hasnt managed to convert into three figures on the tour will be a disappointment and was a factor among all Sri Lankas top order in the one-dayers.Whither Sri Lanka spinThe days of throwing Muttiah Muralitharan the ball for a match-defining 10-over spell are long gone, but even post-Murali there was an expectation to face some probing spin when playing Sri Lanka. However, now that Rangana Herath has ended his one-day career, and Sachithra Senanayake has drifted out of the scene having struggled to adapt to a remodelled action, the resources are looking thin. There is hope that legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who showed promise at the World T20 but was injured for this tour, could be part of the answer but it is asking a lot of him. In defence of the incumbents the pitches in this series have offered them precious little and a return to home soil may revive confidence. But, still, the numbers are not pretty from this contest. Seekkuge Prasanna finished with 1 for 234 and an economy rate of 6.62 and Suraj Randiv was shelved after one match where he went for 62 off eight overs. That Sri Lankas leading spinner in the series was part-timer Danushka Gunathilaka with four wickets says a lot. Cheap Nets Jerseys . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Dzanan Musa Jersey . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. http://www.cheapnetsjerseys.com/ .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Elijah Lee and the rest of the Kansas State defense trudged to the locker room at halftime against Texas Tech on Saturday night fortunate to be ahead.Then, the Wildcats made a solemn vow.Second half, the veteran linebacker said, with sternness to his voice, we had the mindset that they cant do to us what they did to us in the first half.They proceeded to shut down Patrick Mahomes and the Red Raiders over the final 30 minutes, holding on for a 44-38 victory highlighted by touchdowns in all three phases of the game.Texas Tech only scored 10 points in the second half, seven coming in the games final minute.We came together as a defensive unit and we were like, `We have to eliminate all the big plays, Kansas State cornerback Duke Shelley said. This game was on us.Mahomes, despite an ailing shoulder, still threw for 504 yards and two touchdowns while running for three more scores. But the Red Raiders junior quarterback also threw a pick that was returned for seven and failed to convert three fourth downs in the second half.He also failed to get off a throw to the end zone from midfield on the final play of the games.Hes a tough kid, said Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who acknowledged Mahomes did not practice fully this week. We wouldnt put him out there if he couldnt handle it.Still, the result was the 196th win for Kansas States Bill Snyder, and it came in his 300th game leading the Wildcats. It also came day after the Hall of Fame coachs 77th birthday.Not that he was in much of a mood to enjoy it.Snyder was terse in his postgame comments, particularly when asked about burning through his three timeouts in the second half. But he was proud of the way his defense performed in the second half.They got a ton of yardage, Snyder said. We put them in some fourth down situations, which was good, because they didnt convert any.Indeed, the teams waged a back-and-forth offensive showdown in the first half with Pringles TD return givinng the Wildcats a 31-28 advantage with 1:31 left before the break. Cheap Swingman Nets Jerseys. But it wasnt until the Red Raiders chose to go for it on fourth down -- twice -- in the third quarter that the game pivoted.The first came inside the Kansas State 5 on the first possession of the second half, when a field goal would have tied the game. The second came later in the third quarter, when a sack gave the Wildcats the ball at the Texas Tech 47 -- and set them up for a touchdown that made it 38-31.Trying to be aggressive, Kinsbury said. We felt like we had a chance there with the play calls that we liked. They made a good play on the ball, just didnt go our way.The Red Raiders finally did punt on fourth-and-1 at their own 34 early in the fourth quarter, but their defense allowed Kansas State to go 71 yards for a field goal that made it a two-possession game.Texas Tech failed to convert another fourth down a few minutes later, the Wildcats added one more field goal, and not even a late touchdown by the Red Raiders was enough to change the outcome.GUT PUNCHPringle was playfully -- maybe? -- punched in the gut by teammate Dominique Heath while celebrating his kickoff return touchdown. He crumpled to the ground and lay there for a moment, and said afterward that the uppercut knocked the wind out of him. Im feeling good now, he said.THE TAKEAWAYTexas Tech: The Red Raiders can score with anybody, but they also can allow anybody to score with them. Kansas State barely sniffed the end zone in a 17-16 loss to West Virginia last week.Kansas State: The Wildcats, tops in the Big 12 defensively entering the game, allowed Texas Tech to go 6-of-7 on third downs in the first half. They went 3-of-9 in the second half.UP NEXTTexas Tech: West Virginia visits Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.Kansas State: No. 20 Oklahoma awaits the Wildcats on Saturday. ' ' '