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ROME -- A traitor. Blackhawks Jerseys From China . A mercenary. An ingrate.Napoli fans have no shortage of insulting words when it comes to describing Gonzalo Higuain, the striker who transferred to rival Juventus for an Italian-record 90 million euros ($100 million) after scoring 36 goals last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record.So it will be interesting to see what type of reception Higuain gets from his former teammates when he faces his old club for the first time as Napoli visits Juventus on Saturday.Ill greet him like a father does with a son who has really (ticked) him off, Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said.Napoli forward Dries Mertens, one of Higuains best friends when they played together, was asked if he would prepare a trick to celebrate Halloween.No. At most, Ill give him a slap, Mertens said with a laugh.Napoli fans are banned from attending the match for security reasons. That may prevent replicating a scene like when Luis Figo returned to face Barcelona after transferring to Real Madrid in 2000 and a pigs head was thrown onto the field.Juventus doesnt visit Napoli until April.Other strikers have left Napoli at the height of their powers in recent years -- namely Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, who went to Paris Saint-Germain -- but the fact that Higuain moved to the clubs fiercest domestic competitor has sparked more outrage.With 71 league goals in 104 Serie A matches for Napoli the past three seasons, Higuains popularity in Naples was beginning to approach that of Diego Maradona, his fellow Argentine who led Napoli to its only two league titles in 1987 and 1990.When the transfer was announced in July, Napoli fans publicly threw their Higuain shirts, banners and scarves into the trash.Outside the San Paolo Stadium at Napoli matches this season, vendors sell toilet paper with Higuains image printed on it.He prefers the money to our love, read a headline in Naples Il Mattino newspaper after the transfer.The artisans on Naples famed San Gregorio Armeno Street placed placards in the hands of Higuains Christmas figurine that read, Im a traitor and Im a mercenary.Higuain was lambasted for performing medical exams with Juventus in secret in Madrid.Neapolitans were met with betrayal this summer, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said. (Higuains) brother (and manager) told me in February that he wanted to leave because there were no other stars in our squad besides him.Higuain attempted to calm the tensions before the season started by thanking Napolis fans for supporting him the past three years, but that only seemed to cause more problems.Ten games into the season, Juventus holds a four-point lead over third-place Napoli.Higuain enters on a four-match scoring drought in all competitions, while Napoli has struggled to replace him at center forward.With seven goals in eight matches in all competitions, newly signed Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik was filling in quite nicely until he severely injured his left knee.Manolo Gabbiadini, who had performed well as a backup to Higuain the past two seasons, struggled to replace Milik, then was suspended for two matches for a reaction foul last weekend.As a result, Sarri has been relying on a three-man forward line with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon flanking Mertens. The trio has been labeled the piccoli line for the players small stature.We dont have a natural striker right now and weve got to adapt, Sarri said.Besides Higuains recent troubles, Juventus has its own injury problems in attack with Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca each out for several weeks.Higuain started the season with six goals in seven Serie A matches but hasnt scored since. He struggled again in a 4-1 win over Sampdoria on Wednesday.Higuain will score again soon, and by the end of the season hell have scored many, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.A goal against Napoli would be difficult for his former fans to digest.---Follow AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampf ;Discount Blackhawks Jerseys . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Wholesale Blackhawks Jerseys . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. http://www.cheapblackhawkschinajerseys.com/ . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim. New Zealanders 324 for 7 dec (Latham 55, Williamson 50) and 235 (Ronchi 107) drew with Mumbai 464 for 8 dec (Yadav 103, Pawar 100, Lad 100)ScorecardIn the second innings of their warm-up match against Mumbai, Luke Ronchi and Martin Guptill combined to give the New Zealand team management a selection headache sooner than they would have anticipated. While Guptill followed his first-innings failure with a duck, Ronchi scored a blistering century on a last-day pitch that had begun to misbehave.It would be a dramatic move if a batsman who has opened only three times in first-class cricket replaced an opener in whom New Zealand have invested, but if there ever was a time and a place to do so, this might be it. Guptill averages 29.59 in Tests, which drops to 20.68 in Asia. He may be sensational in limited-overs cricket, but Tests and spin have not been his best friends. Concurrently, there is no better place than Asia for a non-opener to think about converting. It is often the best time to bat, before the ball begins to turn, reverse swing or gets too soft to travel.Ronchi got his crack at a top-order spot in the second innings, much like his previous three forays playing for Western Australia before he moved to New Zealand. Mumbai declared immediately after Siddhesh Lads century - the third of their innings. Then, out walked Ronchi alongside Guptill, the only specialist batsman who did not get a long hit in the first innings. With it being the third day of the game, the flat pitch had dried out and was offering turn and variable bounce, enough for Mumbai to open with the left-arm spin of Vishal Dabholkar.But Guptill cant blame the pitch for his dismissal. In Dabholkars first over, the batsman edged a half-volley, seemingly playing inside the line of the ball and giving the slip fielder an easy catch. Ronchi looked in much better control, and displayed more scoring options against spin and the slow nature of the pitch. He swept with authority, drove the quicks with power, found gaps repeatedly and was difficult to pin down at one end for the pressure to build.My game plan is to get off strike, Ronchi said after the match. If the field is in, I go over the top. [A] couple over the top, then a few gaps, and get off strike. Thats the way I go about it. If it works, fantastic. Doesnt work all the time, but the best way to bat sometimes is to be at the other end. If you can get yourself off strike, it is a good thing.Even if New Zealand were to stay conservative and dont open with Ronchi, he might be quite useful in the middle order. Almost all of his 107 runs came in the ccompany of bowlers. Blackhawks Jerseys Outlet. The New Zealanders used the final day of the game to give chances to those who didnt get them in the first innings. Guptill and Henry Nicholls were the only specialist batsmen repeated before they had no choice but to send others in. Ronchi put on 23, 64 and 47 runs with Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult respectively. Batting with the tail could prove crucial on raging turners; Ravindra Jadeja frequently gave India the match-tilting runs from around 120 for 6 in the series against South Africa.Asked if he might have staked a claim for the opening position, Ronchi said: Maybe, but its just the position I was given in the second innings - to go out and open. [I] just wanted to sort of have a hit and do as best as I possibly could. If it comes up I certainly wont say no, but you never know what Hess [Mike Hesson] and Kane [Williamson] are thinking. So I will just go about my business and do the best I can for my team whenever given the chance, I guess.I have no idea [what role they have in mind for me]. Its up to them. Whatever they say, I will try to do my best. If given a chance, that is. If I am not playing, I am not playing. If I am playing and batting at 11, I am more than happy. Whatever role they ask me to perform, I certainly wont say no.If New Zealand do want Ronchi in, Nicholls may in danger of going out. He scored 1 in the second innings, but was undone by a ball that jumped out of the rough. If Nicholls does play the first Test in Kanpur, as a middle-order batsman, he would have to face one of the most difficult spin environments without any prior experience. Going into that with 30 runs from two innings would not make him feel good.This is when just one warm-up match on such a tough tour becomes unfair. A batsman needs time out in the middle to develop the methods and confidence to play spin. As another example, Santner jumped out of the crease to try to get to the pitch of a ball, and was stumped off Lad. He bats in the lower order for New Zealand and his runs could be very crucial. If selected for the Test, and having failed against a part-timer in a practice match, will he have the confidence to run at R Ashwin or Jadeja?The odd misbehaving delivery aside, New Zealand batted relatively comfortably through the rest of the day. They were bowled out for 235 in the fourth of the mandatory 15 overs in the last hour of play, but Mumbai did not take up the chase of 96 in nine overs. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '