Roy Hodgson learnt a lot from his England side on a spectacular night in Berlin, but for the Sky Sports News HQ crew this was also a test of our Euro 2016 credentials. Zapatillas Nike Baratas España . SSNHQ chief football reporter Nick Collins, cameraman Ben McNamara and production manager Steve Bone, together with myself as the producer, have followed England on their journey to France, and will be there with them in June, so this was just as much of a friendly challenge for us as it was for the players.The start of the trip was a test of stamina for Ben and I, as we met at Heathrow at 5.30am to fly out for the traditional news conference and training session the day before the game (Nick and Steve had travelled the previous day to see the German news conference and carry out recces). Heathrow was a hive of activity even at this early hour, but rather than flights being filled with people on business trips, Good Friday meant our fellow travellers were mostly off on holiday for the bank holiday weekend.As soon as we landed we were straight to it, filming at traditional tourist landmarks around the city to form part of the piece that would run on SSNHQ the following morning. These filming opportunities are often the best way for us to see the cities we visit, as there isnt much downtime. It was also a chance for me to educate Ben on Berlin a little, as I described Brandenburg Gate as Berlins equivalent of the Arc de Triomphe and told him the characters on their pedestrian crossings are famous...although I couldnt explain why. Gemma got straight down to filming with the rest of the Sky Sports News HQ crew following their arrival in Berlin We then went to see England arrive at their hotel - a beautiful five-star haven in the city centre with a doorman dressed in a traditional beefeater costume to welcome the visitors from England. At Roy Hodgson and Gary Cahills news conference Nick pressed Roy on what sort of line-up he would be selecting the following evening, but he wasnt keen to reveal many details. Unbeknown to Nick, as he was busy quizzing Roy on his options, Steve, Ben and I were being sent messages from back at SSNHQ querying the poor sound quality of the news conference. Unfortunately as this was from a single feed to all of the TV crews in the room there wasnt anything we could do about it. Thanks to the magic of the editors back at Sky, viewers wouldnt have been able to notice the problems once the clips made it to air.The team trained at the Olympic Stadium in the early evening and SSNHQ took the first few minutes live. Nick introduced the session and stepped out to show the players going through their warm-ups as he recapped some of the key lines Hodgson had told us in the news conference. A doorman dressed in a traditional beefeater costume welcomed England as they arrived at their hotel One of those newslines was that Theo Walcott had suffered a dead leg and would not be training. However, as Nick had progressed to talking about the battle between Butland and Forster to start in goal, I spotted Walcott in the group of outfield players, participating in the warm-up. I frantically grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled THEO across it before holding it in front of Nick whilst pointing to the area that Walcott was in. It might not have made seamless TV (live training rarely does as its difficult to predict where the players will be at any one time), but Nick managed to divert off topic to inform the viewers that Theo Walcott was now training with the group and we suspected this would just be for the beginning of the session (we later confirmed with the FA that this was the case).Open training lasted just 15 minutes, but that late change wasnt the only story we had to adapt to. The FA press officers informed us that during the embargoed news conference that Roy holds with the newspaper journalists, the England boss had indeed revealed his starting 11 and it would be appearing in the newspapers that went online around 2230. Roy Hodgson was given nothing away at his pre-match press conference Given that Hodgson had been so adamant with us that he would not be naming his team in advance, he had requested that the media officers informed us of what he had said, but under the same embargo. He also wanted to have a quick word with Nick on camera so we would have something fresh to run in the morning about the team. Cue a mad scramble to do a quick interview with Hodgson on the touch line at training, trying to hide from the prying eyes of other crews.Matchday usually allows us a lie-in before we make our way out around lunchtime to film shots of England fans in the city centre and conduct a few quick interviews with the supporters who have made the trip. We then head to the stadium around five hours before kick-off to do lives previewing the game. We were greeted on Saturday with airport-style security at the media entrance, with body scanners, police dogs and checks on all of our equipment. This was being trialled given events in Paris and Brussels. England comeback stuns Germany England came back from two goals down to beat Germany 3-2 on Saturday. During the game itself we send pictures and snippets of information to the online blog (when stadium wifi allows!), but in the main, as were non-rights holders, the match is actually the quietest part of our day. But this one was anything but quiet...You dont need me to tell you what happened in that 90 minutes, although Steve and Ben did need me to tell them about the final 10 or so, as they had to leave the game early to hold our spot in the post-match mixed zone. As theyre both Tottenham fans they were delighted to hear about Eric Diers winner!My route to reach them to tell them the news was somewhat convoluted as I took a wrong turn and ended up in the corporate hospitality area and someone from the German FA kindly volunteered to take me to the mixed zone...via the changing room area! So I walked in from the same direction as the players would for their interviews. I was greeted by the cameras expectantly awaiting the teams...I must have been somewhat of a disappointment. Nick Collins speaks to the England fans in the city centre ahead of the match We had quite a wait for England players to come out and do media as they all had waited in the dressing room, just savouring the moment. But when we did hear from them, it was a moment to savour for us. What a refreshing situation to be in a Roy Hodgson post-match news conference where journalists cant help but praise decision making and execution.This is Englands final away match before they travel to Marseille to face Russia in Euro 2016 (their May warm-ups will be in Manchester, Sunderland and Wembley), and if that trip is half as eventful as this the tournament will have got off to a flying start for England.Lets just hope Im writing about a dramatic win over a dominant European force on July 11, the day after the final of the Euros. Also See: Hodgson hails best night Rooney wont start at Euros England player ratings Butland suffers injury Zapatillas España . 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TAMPA, Fla. Balenciaga Shoes Wholesale China . -- Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night. Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 5-2 lead from the low left circle during a power play at 10:47 of the third. The Lightning star, playing in his fourth game since missing 45 games after breaking his right shin Nov. 11, also had an assist after three pointless games. Callahan scored from in-close to put the Lightning up 3-2 at 12:04 of the second. The Lightning obtained the right wing from the New York Rangers for former captain Martin St. Louis at the trade deadline. Tampa Bay, which had lost five straight (0-3-2) also got goals from Sami Salo, Michael Kostka and Tyler Johnson. Goalie Ben Bishop won his 30th game this season. Tomas Fleischmann, Quinton Howden, Scottie Upshall and Brandon Pirri scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 14. Upshall and Pirri scored in the final 1:05 to get Florida to 5-4. Johnson made it 4-2 with 1:07 left in the second when he sent the puck into the slot and it deflected off Florida defenceman Ed Jovanovski and past goalie Dan Ellis. Stamkos assisted on Johnsons goal. The teams both scored twice in the first 8:18 of the game. Florida, which entered last in road power play at 6.5 per cent (8 for 124) converted its first chance on Fleischmanns goal at 1:44. After Salo tied it at 5:38, Howden put the Panthers up 2-1 on his first NHL goal, coming from the low left circle just 12 second later. Kostka tied it at 2 at 8:18. NOTES: It was Stamkos first goal since Nov. 9 against Detroit. ... Lightning C Valtteri Filppula had three assists. ... Ellis, acquired from Dallas for Tim Thomas on March 5, made his Panthers debut. ... It was Howdens first NHL game this season and 19th overall. He was recalled from San Antonio of the AHL Wednesday. ... Florida LW Sean Bergenheim didnt play due to a lower body injury. ... Salo (lower body) and teammate Radko Gudas (left leg) both played. Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Wholesale . They kicked off the still-going trend of host cities winning the Grey Cup and sent Hall of Fame head coach Wally Buono to the front office a champion. Air Jordan 1 Retro High Og Cheap . -- Each time the Utah Jazz threatened Memphis lead, the Grizzlies responded with defensive stops.TORONTO - With spring training just over a month away, many big-league baseball players are starting to get back into their workout routines in preparation for the 2015 season.For Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the pre-season plan is a little different. The veteran right-hander has to give his nails extra attention since theyre critical for his unique pitch.I just kind of let them go in the winter, Dickey said Friday. And then when it comes time for like around late January, I start treating them with some product and making sure that theyre filed right, and the nail hardener is on there, things like that.Dickey was joined by teammates Jose Bautista, Aaron Loup, Todd Redmond and Dalton Pompey for a media availability at Rogers Centre to kick off the Blue Jays Winter Tour. The tour will include stops in Calgary, Banff and Vancouver next week. A chipped or broken nail can significantly hamper Dickeys ability to throw the unique pitch, which can float, dive and flutter en route to the plate. The over-the-counter hardener is used so the nails can withstand the rigours of a full season.Dickey tries to keep his nails at a consistent length and also has to be mindful of tasks that other players wouldnt be concerned about — like making sure a nail doesnt crack while hes doing up a zipper, for example.He doesnt go into nail salons unless theres an emergency.I do my own stuff, Dickey said in a recent interview at a different promotional event. Im probably the only major leaguer out there that could go on the disabled list for a broken nail. Cheap Fake Nmd . I dont trust many people with my nails. I do it all on my own.To throw the pitch, Dickey puts his index and middle fingers just behind the horseshoe-like seam on the ball. He digs his nails in on top and supports the bottom of the ball with his thumb on one side and fourth finger on the other.The thumb must stay off the seam to prevent the ball from spinning. Dickey then winds up and bends his wrist at an almost 90-degree angle before essentially pushing the ball out.With no spin, the ball floats toward the plate, often handcuffing batters with its slower speed and directional changes.Knuckleballers are quite rare as it can take a long time for a pitcher to master it. Dickey, 40, started out as a conventional pitcher but found the most success as a knuckler later in his career.So is it a fun pitch to throw?It can be. It can also be maddening, he said. When its going good, theres not anything better in the world. But when its going bad, it can be really ugly.Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award with the New York Mets in 2012 and joined the Blue Jays the following year. Hell be counted on to help anchor Torontos starting rotation again in 2015.Dickey reached the 200-inning plateau for the fourth straight season last year, finishing with a 14-13 mark and 3.71 earned-run average.Spring training begins next month and the Blue Jays will kick off the regular season April 6 in New York.———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. ' ' '