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LONDON -- After a gloomy start to 2014 for English Premier League teams in Europe, Tottenham achieved what five rivals failed to do -- win. Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all opened the Champions League knockout phase with first-leg losses, while Chelsea drew. But on Thursday, straight after Swansea was knocked out of the Europa League, Tottenham overturned a 1-0 deficit against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to win 3-1 at White Hart Lane and advance to the round of 16. Roman Zozulya headed the Ukrainian side in front at the start of the second half but, after Christian Eriksen levelled from a free kick, he was dismissed for head-butting Jan Vertonghen in the 62nd minute. Within six minutes, Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice to set up a meeting with Benfica, which beat PAOK Salonika 3-0 to go through 4-0 on aggregate. 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Rookie Christian Vazquez got his first three major league hits and drove in three runs, while David Ortiz had three RBIs to break open the game in the sixth inning and lead Boston over the Houston Astros 8-3.Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.Roethlisberger looked left, cocked his arm and completed his entire throwing motion, luring a Panthers linebacker toward the anticipated trajectory. The ball never came out, but a crowd of defenders gathered in that part of the field.Big Ben then used another, quicker pump fake to draw the nickel cornerback further away from his favourite target Antonio Brown. Finally, Roethlisberger delivered the ball into the back right corner of the end zone behind the two defenders still close enough to get a hand in the way.Touchdown.The NFLs best quarterbacks have become better, post-modern offences are more complex and the rules against down-field contact have been made stricter. Many times, though, the success of a passing play comes down to a simple old standby tool thats been in the quarterbacks belt since the legalization of the forward pass.The pump fake.Its just as much Johnny Unitas as it is Andrew Luck.Youve just got to have great eyes. Dont look at the quarterback. Hes like Medusa. He turns you into stone, Minnesota cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said, using Greek mythology to explain how to avoid getting beat by it.Easier said than done.Youre taught to react. So every action is key, Denver cornerback Tony Carter said. If youre a half-second off, its enough.Examples of defensive players frozen by pump fakes in critical situations arent hard to find. Here are three from this season:— Dallas trailed the New York Giants with barely a minute left in November, and the Cowboys offensive line gave Tony Romo almost 9 seconds to throw a second-and-short pass. Romo wound up with a big fake that sucked a safety into the shallow part of the field, and Dez Bryant eluded two other defenders on a crossing pattern to grab the go-ahead touchdown.— The following week, Green Bay took a 10-point lead on New England late in the first quarter when Aaron Rodgers found Richard Rodgers a step ahead of the safety for a 32-yard scoring pass. How did the rookie tight end get open? Rodgers faked a throw to his right toward Jordy Nelson, prompting the other Patriots safety to head that way.— Just last Sunday, Roethlisberger added another clip to his personal fake-throw highlight film, albeit during a less-dramatic 4-yard pass against Atlanta. He pivoted right and found Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann right in front of him. One pump wasnt enough to get Biermann out of the way, so Roethlisberger raised his arm again as Bieermann leapt high in hope of a bat-down.ddddddddddddThe ball didnt come out that time, either. Roethlisberger slung a sidearm throw to Brown, who manoeuvred for a nominal gain. The Steelers kept that drive going and drained the clock for a seven-point victory.Kroy made a great play, Roethlisberger said. Thats the only option: Get it out as fast as you can.Roethlisberger was being rather modest.We know the play is never dead with him, tight end Heath Miller said.Being 6-foot-5 sure helps.It helps when youve got hands like his, Steelers backup Bruce Gradkowski said. I could never do that. Id have the ball come out.Defences arent helpless, of course.Agile ends like Biermann, Houstons J.J. Watt or Denvers DeMarcus Ware are trained to disrupt even the shortest of throws when theyre not pursuing a sack against a deeper drop. Creating better passing lanes through the line and linebackers, then, is one reason to use the pump fake.The other is to clear a safety away down the field. Typically, a receiver on one side will run a predetermined double route — like a slant-and-go — while the guy on the back side of the formation gets free on, say, a move up the seam.Sometimes, well, its just improvisation.CBS and SiriusXM analyst Rich Gannon, a 17-year NFL veteran and the league MVP in 2002, used the skill well while running the West Coast offence with Oakland. Luck, who with Seattles Russell Wilson is one of the best young pump-fakers around, remembered watching Gannon do that while growing up.Gannon learned from TV, too, whether one of his peers like John Elway or Troy Aikman or Dan Marino.Sometimes I would pump knowing I had no inclination to even throw it that way, Gannon said. I knew where I was going to throw it. I just needed to move a linebacker so Id have a bigger window to throw the football behind him. So it just comes with experience. When youre a young guy, youre just trying to throw it to the open guy. When you get older, youre learning to manipulate the defenders.Even the best ones.Against an aggressive guy like me, a lot of quarterbacks try to pump fake me. Just trick plays, double moves, Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. Its not going to be anything regular because they understand your understanding of what theyre trying to do.___AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton in Englewood, Colorado, and AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Renton, Washington, Will Graves in Pittsburgh and Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL websites: and Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '

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