WINNIPEG - It appears the honeymoon is over between the Winnipeg Jets and their fans. Scorpio Shoes Discount . Once rare game tickets at the MTS Centre are available, and those who attend have booed their 16-18-5 team for inconsistent play that has the club sitting at or near the bottom of their new, tough Central Division. Armchair general managers have also called for roster changes to the transplanted ex-Atlanta Thrashers team, while likeable head coach Claude Noel has had his job security questioned. And the fans arent the only ones voicing their frustration. Players are fed up with looking for the positives in each loss. "Its what you do out on the ice. You can blow smoke as much as you want in the media," right-winger Blake Wheeler told reporters after the Jets lost a sixth straight game at home on Dec. 14. "Weve been blowing smoke for three years – everyone, myself. Everyone thats stood in front of a microphone for the last three years, weve said the same (expletive)." The airing out of frustrations in Winnipeg is something new. When the Jets were resurrected in 2011, fans enthusiastically embraced the return of the NHL after a 15-year absence. Thirteen thousand season tickets with a minimum three-year commitment were snapped up, and unlucky fans paid $50 to join a wait list. The team was loudly cheered by 15,000 grateful admirers at home games, and were even given a standing ovation when the inaugural season ended with an overtime loss and no playoff berth. After last seasons NHL lockout ended, fans were just happy to head back to the rink and their adoration continued despite another campaign without post-season action. But in this third season, cracks are starting to show. When the home winless streak finally ended with a 5-2 victory over Florida on Dec. 20, there was relief, but no fist pumping as the team headed out on the road for what ended up being losses to Vancouver and Edmonton before its three-day Christmas holiday. Before boarding the plane for the road trip, Wheeler was asked if he senses the marriage with fans is hitting rocky times. "I think the expectations have risen every year," he said. "We took a step last year and we just missed the playoffs. I think a lot of us felt we were a playoff team. "And now, I think this is the best group weve had since weve been here so I think the expectations have risen pretty linearly since weve been here. "(The scrutiny) comes with the territory. Its a market that cares about the product on the ice and theyre very passionate. Theyre very enthusiastic when youre winning and very enthusiastic when youre losing, its just a different kind." Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian got a different view of fans when he recently missed 15 games with a groin injury. Did he feel the winds of change while sitting in the press box? "Its a touchy subject," Bogosian said. "Theyre usually pretty loud, but sometimes if the team is not playing as well as we should, some people get unhappy." Behind his mask, goalie Ondrej Pavelec hasnt noticed more unforgiving fans this season. "They cheer for us every time," he said. "Sometimes we play bad, we dont deserve it and theyre still there. I dont see any difference." He and Wheeler havent been sought out by fault-finding fans. "The people are all very respectful," Wheeler said. "When people see us out and about, theyre happy to see us out in the community. "The wins and losses are obviously very important, but at the same time were still people. Theres nobody that wants it more than we do in this locker-room. Its just a matter of going out there and doing it." Noel acknowledged fans have higher expectations this season. "I think weve had that sense for a while," he said. "After the first year, we had that sense that they would like more performance and the honeymoon is over. "We dont sit here and take our fan base for granted. They expect us to work, and they should, and perform." Prior to Winnipegs loss to the lowly Sabres in Buffalo earlier this month, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff revealed hes felt heat from critics. "If youre able to find a way to improve, then you try to act on it," he said. "But change doesnt always equate to improvement. "Change can certainly placate phone calls, emails on the different venues out there, but that doesnt necessarily mean thats the proper direction to go." Cheveldayoff, who extended Noels contract earlier this year through the 2014-15 season, was also asked if Noel is doing a good job. "Coaching in this league is a tough job," Cheveldayoff said. "Theres lots of second-guessing that goes on everywhere. "And thats the nature of it when youre in the public eye like this. Everyones got their own interpretation of whether someones doing a good job, not doing a good job. At the end of the day, I know that (all the coaches are) working hard and doing all they can." Ua Curry 4 Outlet . -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season. Threadborne Shoes Online . The Brazilian heads into Saturday afternoons race coming off a close runner-up finish to Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Indianapolis 500. LAS VEGAS -- Bantamweight champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey made short work of Alexis Davis, demolishing the Canadian in just 16 seconds in the co-main event of UFC 175 Saturday night. It was a dominant performance by the reigning rock star of MMA. Davis, ranked second among 135-pound contenders, literally didnt know what hit her. Rousey hurt Davis with a punch to the face at the centre of the cage, punished her with a knee then took her down with a hard judo throw, with Montreal referee Yves Lavigne stepping in seconds later after Davis absorbed some 10 rapid-fire blows to the face. A stunned Davis had no idea what had happened as she clung to the ref after the stoppage before a Mandalay Bay Event Center crowd of 10,088 that hardly had time to take its seats. "Obviously a lot going through my head right now," Davis said at the post-fight news conference. "Well, what are you going to do. Theres a lot of stuff that I didnt do that I wanted to do ... But live and learn from your mistakes. Just get back up and keep fighting." The 16-second knockout is tied with Frank Shamrocks win over Kevin Jackson for second fastest in a UFC championship fight. Andrei Arlovskis 15-second KO of Paul Buentello is the fastest. Rousey was promptly offered the UFC 176 main event on Aug. 2 -- featherweight champion Jose Aldo recently pulled out due to injury -- to which she said in the cage that she would consult her coaches and go ahead with their say-so. UFC president Dana White said later that he had no idea why the offer was made, calling it "the biggest idiotic move in the history of our production team." Rousey will need time off to heal, despite the short outing. She had nine stitches near her knuckle on the first finger of her right hand after the fight, the result of a cyst that had caused the skin on her knuckle to come loose after her last few fights. The champion also said she will need knee surgery down the line to correct a chronic issue. Rousey did say she was open to fighting on the UFCs New Years card. The 27-year-old Rousey came into the fight as a 10-1 favourite to beat Davis, a 29-year-old from Port Colborne, Ont., who fights out of San Jose. If the co-main event was short and violent, the main event was 25 minutes of sweat, strategy and stamina. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman needed to dig deep to dispose of former light-heavyweight title-holder Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida via a 49-45, 48-47, 49-46 decision. "Hes as good as I thought," Weidman said of Machida. Asked if he was ever hurt in the fight, the champion replied: "Probably. I cant remember right now." He said later he had been unable to hit the last two weeks because of hand issues, acknowledging his camp had been fraught with problems. In the past, Machida has been accused of being a boring fighter. But the Brazilian gave Weidman everything he could handle and aggressively went for the finish late after falling behind early. He was rewarded with loud cheers after the fight. "Hes a true champion," Machida (21-5) said of Weidman, who had never gone five rounds before. The battered Brazilian smiled and held his fist up as he walked out of the cage. Weidman left wrapped in a U.S. flag. Weidman, who came in as a 2-1 favourite, looked much bigger in the cage than Machida and stalked him in the first round. The elusive Machida dodged blows and looked to counter-attack but Weidman kept coming. Weidman (12-0) scored a takedown late in the second round, smothering Machida while doing damage at the fence. When the Brazilian got up, he ate a knee. Machida went down again in the third, to cheers from the pro-U.S. element of the crowd. Weidman cut him with a punch late in the round and took him down again before bodyslamming him to the canvas. Machida, to his credit, kept getting up. The Brazilian nailed Weidman with a body kick in the fourth round, only to have the champion make a "Bring it on" gesture. Machida, knowing he needed something big, started coming forward and connecting. Both men showed damage from an electric, bruising round that had the crowd chanting "Machida." Weidmans rib cage looked like Machida had taken a baseball bat to it. The fifth round was equally brutal. Machida survived a head kick and the two tired fighters kept punching. A Weidman takedown was followed by a wild Machida flurry as the fight ended. Machida, his face ravaged by ugly red abrasions and bumps, held an ice pack on his head at the post-fight news conference. "Ill be back better," he said. It was Weidmans first outing since back-to-back wins over Anderson Silva. Weidmans basic purse was listed at US$225,000 with a matching win bonus, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Machida was on a basic $200,000 purse. The two also got an extra $50,000 each for fight of the night. Rouseys purse was listed at $60,000, with a matching win bbonus, and she picked up another $50,000 for performance of the night. Buy Under Armour Wholesale. Davis was on $24,000, with a matching win bonus. The commission figures do not tell the whole story, however, since the UFC does not detail all the details of its fighter compensation. Rousey, with her fourth title defence, improved her record to 10-0 while Davis fell to 16-6. The champion finally smiled in the wake of her lopsided win, with the crowd cheering her on. It was a matchup of the only female fighters with 3-0 UFC records. A smiling Davis, who has black belts in Brazilian and Japanese jiu-jitsu, entered to "Royals" by Lorde. Husband Flavio Meier, a BJJ black belt who trains and corners her, wasnt far behind. A stone-faced Rousey, an Olympic bronze medallist in judo, followed to Joan Jetts "Bad Reputation." There was drama on the card backstage when Dutch heavyweight Stefan (Skyscraper) Struve, slated to make a comeback after a heart scare, fainted backstage and was scratched from his bout with Matt Mitrione. White said Struve passed out while warming up. When he came to, he had an elevated heart rate. White said doctors initially thought it might be a panic attack. "With his health and safety in mind, hes been removed from the card and is currently under the care of the medical staff," the UFC said in a statement. The six-foot-11 Struves MMA career appeared over last year when he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. He was given the OK to resume fighting by his doctors in the Netherlands and the UFCs cardiologist. The night started with wins by five straight underdogs before veteran bantamweight Urijah (The California Kid) Faber stopped Alex (Bruce Leroy) Caceres via third-round submission in the featured undercard fight. Faber, a 35-year-old former WEC featherweight champion who has never lost a non-title fight, was a 10-1 favourite. Caceres, 26, had won four of his last five with another victory overturned due to a positive test for marijuana. Caceres length and unorthodox style was making life difficult for the five-foot-six Faber, who scored takedowns but failed to do much damage. But the veteran came out strong in the third, driving Caceres back across the cage with a flurry of blows and then grabbing a leg to tip him over. Caceres (10-6 with one no contest) gave up his back and Faber (31-7) finished him off by rear-naked choke at 1:09 of the third round. Faber, who thought he might have broken a rib in the first round, is ranked second among 135-pound contenders while Caceres is No. 12. Bantamweight Russell Doane (14-3) opened the pay-per-view portion of the card with a 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 split decision win over Marcus (The Bama Beat) Brimage (6-3). Middleweight Uriah (Prime Time) Hall survived a gruesome toe injury to win a 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 decision over Brazils Thiago Santos. Hall, who has been called out by White for not delivering on his skills in losing his first two UFC fights, showed his grit by fighting on with a broken toe from the first round. Halls toe was pointing up as the second round started. The doctor spoke to Hall after the second round but allowed the fight to continue. Every time the bent toe was shown on the big screens, the crowd groaned. Especially post-fight when a shot showed the bone protruding. "Any movement I would feel my bone shift in and out of the skin," said Hall. To add insult to injury, a limping Hall was kicked in the groin in the third round. Hall, who limped out of the ring holding onto a cornerman, received thunderous applause after the decision was announced in his favour. He later tweeted an X-ray of the busted toe. Earlier, middleweight Luke Zachrich (14-3) won a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 decision over Brazilian TUF alumnus Guilherme (Bomba) Vasconcelos (3-2). Middleweight (King) Kevin Casey (9-3) spoiled the Octagon debut of Bubba (The Fighting Texas Aggie) Bush (8-3), putting him down him with a left hook before finishing him off with a string of elbows on the ground for a 61-second TKO. Bantamweight Rob Font (11-1) enjoyed a spectacular debut, hammering George Roop with a right to the head that literally had the six-foot-one Roop (15-2-1) out on his feet. Roop buckled and then fell to the ground, with referee Chris Tognoni stepping in at 2:19 of the first round. Font, who spent some three years delivering pizzas, also got a $50,000 performance of the night bonus. Brazilian middleweight Bruno Santos (14-1), a five-foot-nine slab of muscle, evened his UFC record at 1-1 with a 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 split decision over Chris Camozzi (19-8). Welterweight Kenny Robertson (14-3) won a unanimous 30-26 decision over Brazilian Ildemar Alcantara (20-7). Saturdays card was part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas, a glut of MMA offerings that concluded with a weekend Fan Expo and two UFC cards: UFC 175 and Sundays finale to Season 20 of "The Ultimate Fighter." ' ' '
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