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With the NBL season approaching its halfway point, the gap between the haves and have-nots is plain to see. Nike Scarpe Air Max 90 Uomo Prezzi .The powerhouse Sydney Kings sit top of the ladder after defeating the Perth Wildcats 83-72 in the Saturday night home leg of their double-header against the defending champions.It was a different story in Adelaide where the bottom-placed 36ers slumped to their fourth straight loss, going down 105-87 to Brisbane.Sydneys success is due in no small part to the firepower they have added to their roster, signing reigning MVP Kevin Lisch, dual Olympian swingman Brad Newley and NBA imports Josh Powell and Steve Blake.With the NBL allowing each side to sign three imports this season, it has never been more important to add the right players.But part of that equation is having the money to attract quality talent, something Adelaide coach Joey Wright is all too aware of.The 36ers boast the best scorer in the competition in star guard Jerome Randle but desperately lack depth, and a shortage of funding and corporate backing is preventing them from making any import changes.We dont have the finances to do that. Its not even an option for us, Wright said after Saturdays loss.Thats something we have to accept. Were sticking to the guys weve got who have to step up and get the job done.NBL general manager Jeremy Loeliger has admitted several teams are over the leagues soft $1.1 million salary cap and will have to contribute to an equalisation subsidy for struggling teams next season.But Loeliger said talk of a two-tier competition with a division between rich and poor clubs was being proved wrong.Everyone said that Cairns, by all rights given the economic situation of respective clubs, should be on the bottom of the ladder but its just not true, he said earlier this month.Everyone says Melbourne at the beginning of the season were the clear favourites and they are sitting at the bottom of the ladder.Melbourne welcomed back star shooting guard Chris Goulding in style with an 84-79 win over Cairns on Friday night.Goulding, who was sidelined for a month with an ankle injury, drained eight of his 12 three-point attempts to finish with 30 points.The Wildcats beat Sydney at home on Thursday but will sweat on the fitness of big man Matt Knight, who injured his shoulder in the return leg in Sydney.David Stockton, the son of NBA legend John Stockton, scored 17 points on debut to help the New Zealand Breakers to a 100-85 win over Illawarra on Friday. Nike Roshe Run Uomo . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Nike Air Max Thea Scontate . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. http://www.itscarpesaldionline.com/...air-max-90-uomo.html . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors.With James Taylor forced to retire due to a heart condition and Nick Compton solid rather than spectacular in South Africa this winter, spots are up for grabs in Englands middle order. So just where might the selectors be looking ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am on Thursday, May 19?Whether the decision-makers want wise old heads or fresh faces, there are a fair few options… Ian Bell Michael Atherton makes the case for Ian Bell to re-join the England test side for the series against Sri Lanka When left out of Englands tour of South Africa, many wondered whether it might be the end of the 34-year-olds Test career, especially as hed pondered his retirement from international cricket following Englands most recent Ashes triumph, the fifth of his career. What else is there for him to achieve?But with the sad news of Taylors enforced exit, suddenly there is a spot open for Bell and he is hungry to fill it, scoring 174 in Warwickshires opening County Championship game of the season against Hampshire. Also, lest we forget, Bell loves batting at five! In the 60 of his 205 Test innings he has batted there, Bell has hit nine of his 22 hundreds - his average of 48.25 bettering his career 42.69.Gary Ballance Ballance and Joe Root could be reunited in Englands middle order Potentially the next cab off the rank is Ballance, who played understudy as the spare batsman for the tour of South Africa. Dropped mid-Ashes last year when struggling to perfect a top-order technique batting at three, a move lower down the order could see him feel considerably more comfortable.Plus, Ballance hardly failed too greatly in his early efforts in Test cricket, scoring 1,194 runs in his first 15 Tests at an average of 47.76, so he would argue he deserves another shot. It could come at five, or perhaps England look to plug him in again at three, with doubts remaining over Compton, a man yet to get going this season.James Vince Nick Knight has called for England to pick Hampshires James Vince at three for the first Test against Sri Lanka Vince is another potential floating option should England choose for a greater middle-order shake-up. Nike Air Max 2015 Scontate. Long earmarked for Test success, the 25-year-old is a regular in Englands white-ball squads. Squads being the optimum word, as Vinces role has mainly been that of chief benchwarmer, with just four T20I - albeit impressive - performances to his name, and one rained off ODI against Ireland last summer.While its obvious the management like having him around the set-up, the main hindrance to Test recognition was seemingly a poor 2015 in the County Championship for Hampshire, Vince averaging only 28.58 as he struggled with the step-up from Division Two. But he has started well this year, striking a vital 119 against the reigning county champions no less, having come to the crease with his side 9-1 following Yorkshires mammoth 593-9 declared.Jonny Bairstow Could England pick Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler? Bairstow smashed a first-class career-best 246 in that Yorkshire innings, before smiting 198 against Surrey on Monday. Moving the wicketkeeper-batsman back up to five in the order would free up space for England to bring back Jos Buttler at seven. It would also mean that Bairstow - who had a tricky time of it behind the stumps in South Africa - can give up the gloves and focus solely on batting.It may be that Buttler is still absent from the side for the first Test against Sri Lanka, what with his IPL commitments for Mumbai Indians, but England could still choose to relieve Bairstow of the gloves and perhaps give an opportunity to talented keeper-batsmen like Adam Wheater of Hampshire or Surreys Ben Foakes.Jason Roy Surreys Jason Roy starred for England at the World T20 His place in Englands white-ball sides seemed under threat after a poor series in South Africa with just a combined 120 runs over seven ODI and T20I innings at the top of the order, but he bounced back emphatically at the World T20. Roy smashed 183 runs in six innings, at a strike-rate of 148.78, producing three particularly vital knocks to help England navigate their way to the final.Roy hit 43 off 16 balls in the record run-chase against South Africa, 43 off 39 against Sri Lanka to help book a semi-final spot, and then 78 off 44 in that semi win over New Zealand. His opportunity in Test cricket could come far sooner than expected. Trevor Bayliss is a big fan, and first division cricket this year batting at five for Surrey could be enough to persuade him to plump for Roy. Who would YOU pick in Englands middle order? Let us know by commenting below if viewing on skysports.com or tweet us @SkyCricket...Then head to Sky Sports News HQ and Sky Sports digital platforms on Thursday morning for first news of Englands Test squad to play Sri Lanka. 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