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Round Six has to be one of the highlights so far this season with table-toppers Manchester Thunder losing out to the reigning champions Surrey Storm on Monday. Victory for the Storm came days after their one goal defeat to Loughborough Lightning, who were edged out against a Team Northumbria outfit that have now recorded back-to-back wins.Yorkshire Jets will want to forget their last few fixtures, losing to Celtic Dragons in a battle at the bottom, while Team Bath couldnt stop high-flying Hertfordshire Mavericks and the league table was blown open on Monday night, making for some eagerly anticipated Round Seven matches. Early impressionsOn paper the teams that were tipped as contenders fill the top five places and have confirmed that they are in the hunt for this years title.Many, myself included, hinted in pre-season that it was unlikely that the 2016 champions would go undefeated and that is true after Thunders first defeat against Storm, who bounced back from defeat to Loughborough just 48 hours earlier. Dan Ryan felt the Manchester Thunder were average in so many departments in their defeat to Surrey Storm The top four are a familiar force with Jets unable to find their 2015 form. But figures rarely tell the whole story and the stand-out attraction this year has to be the nature of the wins and the one-goal thrillers we have already seen.Loughborough have a penchant for these type of games but will no doubt rue their defeat against Team Northumbria, who had only won one game before their clash. It proved costly for Lightning and leaves them in fifth place ahead of Friday nights crucial clash with Team Bath.Storm appear to be finding form and confidence, perfect timing ahead of London Live and they may well make it a clean sweep of victories at the Olympic Park venue that has served them well. Helen Housby - Manchester Thunder Team Bath have work to do against the best teams in the league. Despite some patches of play being among the best seen so far, the deficits in each of their losses have been too great.Thunder find themselves in need of more homework after a first defeat and will welcome a Roses match-up with the Jets, a fixture in recent seasons that has been closely contested. This time around I fear Manchester will prove too strong and coach Dan Ryan may get an opportunity to expose more of his combos and inject players off the bench.Farewell JadeTonight marks the last game for Loughborough superstar Jade Clarke before she departs for the Southern Hemisphere and the Adelaide Thunderbirds - a much talked about move but one just too good for Jade to turn down and I wish her well. Loughborough Lightnings Jade Clarke is heading for Australia With the loss of Sasha Corbin so early in their campaign Loughborough will be digging deep to ensure they can remain competitive despite the adversity they have been dealt.So much time is spent throwing the spotlight on key individuals but I feel that this years winners, more so than ever, will need to be the best team, whose environment is cultivating the culture needed to perform under the increasing pressure our league demands.Team-by-teamWho has the versatility and strength in depth to cope when players pick up injuries? Who will perform when the team need them the most or just get simply get shut down by their opponents? These will be the squads that stand the best chance. Superleague: Ones to watch The stars of the Superleague Every team is showing their strengths, whether its the physicality and man-on-man defence combined with one of the strongest midcourt combos in the league of Thunder; the range and stature of Mavericks defensive unit coupled with an exciting circle attack of Sam Wallace and Englands Georgie Fisher learning her trade.Loughborough have a great mix of an off-marking and man-on-man defence style, with the ability and accuracy of Peace Proscovia and Kadeen Corbins combinations at the other end of the court.Surrey have the experience of winning, holding the title and when the likes of Rachel Dunn and Pamela Cookey are on form like on Monday, they can beat anyone. Sky Sports netball experts Natalie Seaton and Julie Corletto analyse the importance of Rachel Dunn Dragons have shown that they can compete with teams for longer periods and with a target such as Georgia Rowe it starves teams of the much needed turnover opportunity, the key for them will be in taking more ball from the more clinical attacking units and shooters.Team Bath boast two of the most prolific and accurate shooters so far in the league with Chelsea Lewis and Lenize Potgieter in fine form but the challenge for the south-west outfit is to afford them more opportunities at goal.For Jets they will need to find some consistency if they are to get the results and with Stacey Francis leading the way there is no doubt they will not let up that pursuit.Team Northumbria for me are still a dark horse, you cant ignore their result against Loughborough and I believe they have the capacity to repeat this in the second half of the season. Netball London Live We preview Saturdays Copper Box showdown London LiveSo attention turns to Round Seven and London Live. Who will come out on top in an eagerly anticipated derby?it is always tough to call and sitting side-by-side in the table going into the weekend, there is not much to separate them, with both confident coming off Round Six wins against other top four teams.The experience and relationship of Dunn and Cookey far outweighs that of the Mavericks newly formed shooting line-up so Linsay Keable, Layla Guscoth and Sam May will have their work cut out if they are to force errors but they have the capacity to do so on a good day.I feel it will be won or lost in the midcourt and a match-up between former Mavericks player Sophie Candappa and Kiwi Joline Johannson is an intriguing one. Surrey will need to service their circle well and win ball early before Mavericks get a chance to feed the impressive Wallace.Mavericks will need to be smart, steal some ball and be clinical from it. My gut feeling says Storm on a good day will rise to the occasion and may just edge it but either way it should be closely contested. Also See: London Live: Storm v Mavericks Superleague: Ones to watch Superleagues new era Roses set for summer series Kendall Fuller Super Bowl Jersey . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. Reggie Ragland Super Bowl Jersey . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. http://www.thechiefsshoponline.com/Yout ... fs-Jersey/ . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. Christian Okoye Super Bowl Jersey . There was no hesitation from the 40th-ranked Pospisil, from Vernon, B.C., who admitted that he cut back on his training sessions over the last few days to conserve energy as the long ATP season finishes next week at the Paris Masters. Martinas Rankin Super Bowl Jersey .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. MIAMI -- Three days after Jose Fernandezs death, the Miami Marlins keep finding new sources for fresh tears. One such example was provided by catching coach Brian Schneider, whose 6-year-old son adored the late Marlins ace and followed him around the ballpark like a puppy.After Fernandez died in a boating accident over the weekend, Holden Schneider attended kindergarten Monday and wrote a story about his favorite major leaguer. When his dad circulated the image among the players in the Miami clubhouse, eyes welled on cue.My kids just gravitate to Jose, Schneider said. After batting practice on Saturday, I didnt see Holden for a half-hour or 45 minutes. He was out there on the field with Jose. Heres this little boy who doesnt know any different, and everybody knew how much he looked up to Jose.Guys told me they were doing good, and then they read that, and they started to tear up. And when I read it, I teared up too.This is how life unfolds as the Marlins play out the season under the most trying of circumstances. They hold daily meetings to discuss changes in the schedule and ways to honor their late teammate amid suppressed appetites and restless nights of sleep. Meanwhile, the games go on as usual.Monday night, Dee Gordon launched an improbable home run into the upper deck and the Marlins rode a wave of adrenaline to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets. On Tuesday, the wave subsided in the face of?Noah Syndergaards pitching, and the Marlins lost 12-1 to the Mets.On Wednesday, a public memorial for Fernandez will begin outside Marlins Park at 2 p.m. ET, and a funeral motorcade will leave from the park at 2:16 (in honor of Fernandezs uniform number). Fans will have an opportunity to pay their respects throughout the evening during a public viewing at St. Brendans Catholic Church in Miami.On Thursday, an open date in the schedule, Marlins players, coaches and front-office personnel will attend a private mass with Fernandezs family. The Marlins will then fly to Washington for a season-ending series against the Nationalss.ddddddddddddThe atmosphere at Marlins Park on Tuesday couldnt possibly have matched what took place in the series opener when Fernandezs teammates honored his memory with one touching gesture after another, and Gordons early homer sent a surge through the air. The Miami hitters were overwhelmed Tuesday by Syndergaard, and Marlins starter Tom Koehler lasted a mere 3 2/3 innings while falling behind 4-1. The New York lineup piled on late against the Marlins bullpen.I think everybodys doing the best they can, Koehler said. Were not trained to handle anything like this. As professional athletes, we kind of get desensitized to a lot of things. Were able to go out and play regardless of the situation. But its usually individual situations. One guy might be dealing with something on a normal night and the other 24 arent. This hit everybody. So everybody deals with it in different ways.As manager Don Mattingly has routinely pointed out, the Marlins have no road map or historical precedent to navigate the nightmare theyve encountered. The team has made grief counselors available for the players, but talking, venting and crying can only achieve so much.The Marlins left the ballpark late Tuesday knowing they would be eliminated from postseason contention with a San Francisco Giants victory. At 78-79, Miami can post its first winning record since 2009 with wins in three of its next four games. But its a challenge for Mattingly or anyone else in a Miami uniform to find perspective amid the heartache.Obviously, we see so much on television and what people are saying nationally, Mattingly said. Its hard to get a feel when youre in the middle of it. You dont get to see where the waves and the ripples are going. We know whats coming the next few days, but I dont know if we know the full impact of it. As time gets away from us, Im sure guys will look into it more, read more and see how far those ripples go. ' ' '

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