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  • March 21, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

    Melbourne captain Cameron Smith has kicked the Storm to the top of the NRL ladder after a dramatic 15-14 golden-point victory over South Sydney. Air Max Wholesale China .The Rabbitohs went within 60 seconds of recording their first-ever win at AAMI Park on Saturday night before hooker Damien Cook was penalised for a dangerous tackle on Storm fullback Cameron Munster, allowing Smith to nail a 40m penalty goal to level the scores at 14-all as time expired.Opposing halfbacks Cooper Cronk and Adam Reynolds each missed a field goal during golden-point time before the ever-reliable Smith drilled the match-winner to send the Storm above Cronulla on the table, following the Sharks 30-14 defeat to Canberra earlier in the day.The opening half was evenly matched, with the referees awarding a high number of penalties, including an on-field obstruction ruling on a potential Storm try in the 23rd minute.Souths centre Aaron Gray also had his four-pointer cancelled over a double movement.The visitors eventually opened the scoring five minutes before the main break, with Reynolds lobbing a kick into the path of Alex Johnston to touch down out wide.Reynolds nailed the conversion from the sideline for a 6-0 lead, then Greg Inglis almost doubled the advantage two minutes later, with his angled run cutting through the Storm defence before the video review ruled obstruction.Melbourne responded immediately after halftime, with Marika Koroibete diving over in the corner to level the scores.The Storm appeared to click into gear, finally able to break through the Rabbitohs defensive line.With Jesse Bromwich eating up metres through the middle, the ball went wide for Cheyse Blair to put the home side ahead 10-6.But the Rabbitohs struck back after a Sam Burgess offload released Greg Inglis deep into Storm territory.From the next set of six, Reynolds went to the air again for Angus Crichton to score his first NRL try and give his side a 12-10 advantage.A Smith penalty goal levelled the scores at 12-all but a penalty against Christian Welch for a crusher tackle allowed Reynolds to regain the lead with 10 minutes remaining.However, the Rabbitohs could not hold on and despite a much improved performance, slumped to their ninth straight defeat.Storm coach Craig Bellamy praised his skipper for the late-game heroics.We got that penalty there and Smithy stepped up, said Bellamy.That was a great kick under pressure. And to kick that field goal as well, added Bellamy. Thats why he is a special player.?We were very lucky tonight and it was a couple of big plays from Cam that got us home.While feeling his side were off the pace, particularly in the opening half, Bellamy was full of praise for the Rabbitohs.They had a tough week last week and we knew there would be some sort of bounce-back effect from that.I thought they defended really well tonight. It probably disappoints me to say it but I think they out-defended us tonight.Despite the loss, Souths coach Michael Maguire was proud of his teams efforts, particularly in defence.The Storm threw plenty at us, said Maguire.Our boys really dug deep many times to repel them and put ourselves in a great opportunity at the back end but it just wasnt to be.We have been working hard to achieve that type of performance for the past couple of months, added Maguire.We will get a lot out of that game. I think the boys really found what the South Sydney rugby league team is all about. Fake Air Max 97 . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium. Fake Vapormax . -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. . -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans, a franchise that has struggled in recent years, find themselves at a turning point at the very same moment the Cleveland Browns are hoping to find themselves.Both teams have new coaches coming off an offseason filled with change in the front office and on the roster. Yet the Titans (2-3) start a three-game homestand Sunday needing a victory for their first winning streak since the end of the 2013 season. The Browns (0-5) are trying to avoid their first six-game skid to open a season since losing the first seven in 1999 as an expansion team.The Titans insist they arent in position to believe theyre better than the Browns.I mean, weve won five games in the last two years, so I dont think were (at a) standpoint to look at a team and judge them by their records, cornerback Jason McCourty said.Titans coach Mike Mularkey, given the job permanently in January after taking over last November on an interim basis, has had one simple message coming off a 30-17 road win at Miami.Its not about home, two in a row, the fans, the Browns have beaten us twice, Mularkey said. Its about weve got to win this football game. Win this game.Browns coach Hue Jackson has been scraping together his roster, with injuries forcing him to start three different quarterbacks and play five overall, and 10 starters having missed time. Cleveland lost 33-13 to New England last week, and this is the Browns fourth road game of the season, with a visit to Cincinnati next.But the Browns have won five of the last seven against Tennessee.I wasnt part of that and this is a new team and a new year, Jackson said. I think well come in ready to play. Obviously, our guys are working hard. Were eager and hungry for the opportunity and grateful for the opportunity to come to Tennessee and play a game against a good football team.Here are some things to know about the Browns and Titans:MURRAY ON THE RUN: Tennessees DeMarco Murray looks like the running back who won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. He ranks second in the NFL with 461 yards rushing and has at least 114 yards or more in two of the past three games. He leads the NFL with 33 first downs and has five TDs combined rushing and receiving. Yeezy Boost 700 Store. . The Titans rank second in the NFL in rushing per game, averaging 148.6 yards, with Marcus Mariota coming off his best game running -- 60 yards in Miami.KESSLER BACK AT QB: The Browns will start rookie quarterback Cody Kessler for a fourth straight game, even though the third-round draft pick out of Southern California hurt his chest last week in the first quarter. He was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst, who injured his knee in the fourth quarter and was released two days later.SACK FLOODGATES: Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo already has six sacks this season for the best start of his career, and now some of his line mates believe theyve finally broken through themselves. Tackle Jurrell Casey and linebacker Derrick Morgan got their first sacks of the season last week in Miami and joined Orakpo in finishing with two each. Tennessee is now tied for eighth in the NFL with 12 sacks.BROWNS LEFT SIDE: Protecting the quarterback could be an issue for Cleveland. Starting left guard Joel Bitonio sprained a foot last week and is out indefinitely, while Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas did not practice Wednesday because of a knee issue. Thomas has started all 149 games in his career and has not missed an offensive snapped since being drafted in 2007. His consecutive snaps streak of 9,262 is the longest active streak in the league.HORTON CONNECTION: Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton had that same job the past two seasons with Tennessee and left the Titans in January after interviewing for the head coaching job hours before Mularkey was hired . Mularkey made Dick LeBeau his defensive coordinator and also changed the offense. Mularkey says he knows how Horton approaches and calls a game. I dont know how much difference its going to make in the game, Mularkey said.---AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.---Online:AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Teresa M. Walker at ' ' '