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SAINT-DENIS, France -- Portugal is facing France in the European Championship final on Sunday. Here are five Portugal players to watch:---CRISTIANO RONALDOThe most compelling character on the Stade de France stage.Ronaldo had a difficult start to Euro 2016: He was uncomplimentary about crowd-favorite Iceland, missed a probable match-winning penalty against Austria, and was furious when Hungary took the lead for a third time in their 3-3 draw.But hes still here, after raising his game and his team at key moments as Portugal steadily improved through the knockout rounds.The way he leapt high in the air to head the opening goal against Wales in the semifinals suggested Ronaldo is energized again.Aware of where he stands in the Ballon dOr race, Ronaldo knows that victory on Sunday could bring him a fourth career award ahead of Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and Frances Antoine Griezmann.---PEPEThe love-him-or-hate-him Real Madrid defender had an excellent Euro 2016 until a thigh muscle injury kept him out of the semifinal.Pepe deserves a chance to play after being on his best behavior, and marshalling the defense through tightly-fought knockout games against Croatia and Poland.It would also reunite Pepe with referee Mark Clattenburg after their memorable meeting at the Champions League final in May. Pepes play-acting after minor clashes with two Atletico Madrid players prompted a disapproving, tongue-wagging gesture from Clattenburg and a repeated warning to Look out.---JOSE FONTEAt age 32, defender Fonte is reaching a late-blooming career peak.When Ronaldo and Pepe played at the 2010 World Cup, Fonte was preparing for another season in the third tier of English football with Southampton.Since then, Fonte was central to Southamptons rise to the Premier Leagues top half.Fonte stepped on the international stage when Fernando Santos became Portugal coach in 2014. His first call-up came in Santoss first match -- a 2-1 loss to France in a friendly at the Stade de France.Fonte had to wait for his chance at Euro 2016, replacing veteran Ricardo Carvalho after the draw with Hungary in the last group game.---RAPHAEL GUERREIROGuerreiro was born to Portuguese and French parents in the northeastern suburbs of Paris just 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Stade de France.The 22-year-old left-back has impressed at Euro 2016 after playing just once in Portugals eight-match qualifying program. When he did not play here, Portugal trailed three times before salvaging a draw with Hungary.Guerreiro has been lively going forward and provided the cross for Ronaldos header against Wales.This should be no surprise to Borussia Dortmund, which acted early in the tournament to sign Guerreiro from French club Lorient.---ADRIEN SILVABetween the tough defense and the star attackers, Portugal has relied on a trio of Sporting Lisbon midfielders to link the play.Sporting captain Adrien Silva has been perhaps the standout alongside teammates William Carvalho and Joao Mario.Like Guerreiro and Fonte, Adrien Silva is a relatively late arrival in Santoss plans.Adrien Silva did not play in the group-stage games, and his neat passing has coincided with Portugal improving in each game since. Cheap Jaguars Jerseys Authentic . Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. 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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers arent quite ready for prime time.They also arent out of the playoff chase because of a tough loss that ended their five-game winning streak, the longest since their Super Bowl-winning season of 2002.Weve just got to keep winning, see how it plays out, Winston said after a 26-20 loss at the NFC-leading Dallas Cowboys in his first Sunday night game.The Buccaneers (8-6), who couldnt muster a comeback in the fourth quarter after erasing a 17-3 deficit and taking a 20-17 lead, dropped a game behind Atlanta in the NFC South with two games left to play.After Winston threw touchdown passes to Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate in the third quarter, Tampa Bay had only one first down on their five possessions in the fourth quarter.The Bucs punted with just over 2 minutes left after Winston was sacked and had two incompletions.Ezekiel Elliott, the rookie leading the NFL in rushing, then had a 15-yard run before the Cowboys (12-2) were forced to punt with 1:38 left.With the Bucs at their own 11, Winston had an 11-yard completion for their only first down in the final quarter before an incompletion and fumble they recovered and then two more incompletions.We had a chance in the fourth quarter. Were not playing for chances, were playing for keeps here, first-year Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said. I can only hope that this experience will help us.Elliott rushed for a career-hhigh 159 yards, including a 2-yard TD when he celebrated by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle in front of the stands.ddddddddddddWhile the Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Bucs are currently outside the NFCs top six.Tampa Bay split its two games with division-leading Atlanta. The Bucs go to New Orleans next weekend before closing the regular season at home against Carolina -- those are the two teams behind them in the division.Im not sure of all the scenarios yet, Koetter said. Right now, Dallas is the No. 1 seed. We came to their place and didnt play our best game.Dallas bounced back after their franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended, hanging on after Winston had rallied the Bucs.Winston threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns but had four turnovers, including an interception that led to Dan Baileys 38-yard field goal that gave Dallas a 23-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.Every game in the NFL is a must win, Brate said. It gets amplified here at the end of the year. Its a great opportunity for us. We put ourselves in a good spot. Things didnt go our way today, but if we win our last two, we feel like we have a good chance of making the playoffs.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Black China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '

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