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Dual premiership-winning coach Chris Anderson fears rugby league may be dead in 10 years if the NRL doesnt get its house in order. Anton Forsberg Jersey .Anderson is pleading with selfish club bosses to end their war with ARL Commission chairman John Grant for the greater good of the game - or face catastrophic consequences.But while he is seriously concerned about the threat from AFL and soccer, those two rival football codes arent Andersons biggest worry.Our biggest danger is rugby union, the former Canterbury, Melbourne, Cronulla, Sydney Roosters and Kangaroos coach told AAP.Not as in it taking it over, but a Murdoch or a Packer coming in and saying rugby union in Australia needs grassroots competition. They (the ARU) havent got enough money to make it happen.Weve got the best grassroots competition in Australia so if Murdoch came in and said to every player were going to double your wages and youre going to play rugby union next year.Its a big world sport. Its taken over Europe. Rugby leagues died in Europe. All good players now go to union; in England, in France.So its a big game. Its growing in America. Thats our danger. If we dont get our house in order, our danger is well be playing rugby union in 10 years.Anderson can understand NRL club bosses for being upset at having their promised funding from 2018 cut.But hes still siding with Grant and the commission, who instead want to invest in grassroots rugby league to address declining player numbers.Theres more than just NRL. The clubs dont see that. They just see themselves, Anderson said.Clubs are a little bit selfish. I think the structures not right. The structure needs to be that the clubs cant run head office. Head office has to run the clubs.You cant throw a ton of money at the clubs and not put it into development.And we need to change the way that weve treated country rugby league. The demographics have changed there.If we dont change those things, rugby league will die. AFL are genius in grassroots (development). They throw a lot of money at grassroots.If we dont do that, theyll hurt us.As well as rugby union, Anderson worries about the continuing surge of AFL and football on the back of the Socceroos three straight World Cup appearances.All our kids played soccer til they were eight or nine and then came to rugby league. Now theyve got a reason to stay in soccer. Pierre-Luc Dubois Blue Jackets Jersey . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Sam Gagner Blue Jackets Jersey . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. http://www.bluejacketshockeystore.us/Cam-Atkinson-Jersey/ . -- An ugly goal by Nick Bonino helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes on a night when their ragged power play continued to struggle. CLEVELAND -- The Indians put on a historic base-stealing display Friday night -- at the Angels expense.Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases to help Cleveland tie the franchise record with eight and the Indians routed Los Angeles 13-3.Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor added steals for Cleveland to match the record that was first accomplished on Aug. 27, 1917, against the Washington Senators. The eight steals allowed also are the most in club history for the Angels.You have to trust your instincts and go, said Davis, the American League leader with 31 steals. Theres something you look for and go off that.Our baserunning set the tone, Indians manager Terry Francona said. We had hits to get on. We stole bases. We just didnt run with abandon. We were intelligent.Brandon Guyer, who had five RBI, homered in the second and had two-run singles in the fifth and eighth. Ramirez was 3 for 5 with a home run -- extending his hitting streak to 16 games -- and Kipnis was 4 for 5 for the AL Central leaders.Carlos Carrasco (8-6) allowed three runs in seven innings and won for the first time since July 20.Tyler Skaggs (1-1) gave up seven runs in five innings for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in two runs and Kole Calhoun homered.Los Angeles has lost eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 1999.The Indians ran wild on the combination of Skaggs and catcher Geovanny Soto. Davis stole second and third and scored in the first. Ramirez duplicated the feat in the fourth.Davis and Ramirez each stole second in the fifth, and Kipnis swiped second in the first.Skaggs, making his fourth start of the season, took the blame for the steals.Its a mixture of a lot of things, all of theem my fault, he said. Ryan Murray Jersey. . Definitely slow to the plate. This loss is on me today. I got to be better.It seemed like it kind of affected him on the mound, Davis said. His pitches -- I dont know the locations they were in -- but it seemed like Kip was getting some good pitches to hit. And he usually hits good pitches really well.Lindor stole second in the sixth with Deolis Guerra pitching. Sotos throw sailed into center field, allowing Kipnis to score. Ramirez, Kipnis and Lindor each drove in two runs.Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana didnt play after being hit in the head by a foul ball while standing in the dugout Thursday. Santana was back in the dugout wearing a batting helmet Friday and scrambled out of the way of another foul ball in the first inning.THIS ONE WAS A WINThe 1917 Indians lost the game when they stole eight bases against the Senators, dropping an 11-9 decision. Hall of Fame right-hander Walter Johnson pitched in relief, allowing one run in the final five innings.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: 1B C.J. Cron (broken left hand) began a minor league rehab assignment on Friday and is expected to play five or six games before returning to the Angels.Indians: Santana will undergo further evaluation to determine if he has a concussion.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Matt Shoemaker pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 11 against the Indians on June 11 at Angel Stadium. Hes pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings versus the Indians.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (0-1) will make his fifth major league start in the third game of the series. 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