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TORONTO - It speaks volumes about Toronto FC that after a lengthy presentation to local media about the teams vision, the questions afterwards focused almost entirely on the immediate status of Jermain Defoe.No matter what general manager Tim Bezbatchenko and coach Greg Vanney do to right the ship down the line, the future is now for TFC.Eight losing seasons, nine managers and several other tattered visions have taken a toll. Talk is cheap when your franchise record is 62-120-74.The official line on Defoe? Hes coming back but well listen to offers.On Thursday, Bezbatchenko and Vanney laid out their plans for the future along with Jim Liston, the MLS clubs director of sports science and Michael Rabasca, director of cognitive development.It was an impressive show.Toronto measures everything from shoe size to heart rate as players progress through the ranks. The club has 23 principles on the field — 13 attacking and 10 defensive — that will be taught from the under-10 side team to the first team. Players are tracked on eight traits: motor general, motor specific, emotion, cognitive, life, psyche, social and personality. Practices are planned to test players ability to solve problems and react to situations on the field. Apparently even grit can be measured.Players are given daily schedules and tasks tailored to their needs, logging in by computer.A new USL feeder club is in the works to help bridge the gap between the first team and the senior academy side.Everything is up for consideration. It was noted that famed Dutch club Ajax has its youngsters learn martial arts as part of their physical education. Toronto has introduced gymnastics to its under-12, -13 and -14 players to help with their balance and co-ordination.Brain power can be improved too. Rabasca, whose career has involved both coaching soccer and occupational therapy for traumatic brain injuries among other issues, believes that TFC is on the cutting edge when it comes to the cognitive development side.For Vanney, whose brain is clearly firing on all cylinders, its all about helping players process whats going around them on the field.The former defender, who played both in MLS and France, believes that North American players have the physical tools to play at the highest level anywhere You add in the cognitive, the ability to read the game, the ability to do that in a timely manner at the proper speed, to have the solution, to have all of that sorted out prior to receiving the ball, thats where I think we fail. Thats where I think we are short. The presentation over, it was all about Defoe in the question-and-answer session.The player has never indicated that he doesnt want to be here, said Bezbatchenko. Hes a professional soccer player and hes committed to being (on) whatever team hes on.I think theres a community around him that maybe has indicated in various ways that they could be here or elsewhere, but from him no.Is it any wonder that Defoes future with the club has continued to be an issue?Bezbatchenko says the 32-year-old Defoe is recovering from groin surgery, is back running on the field and is in regular contact with club staff.But the GM also says that the team has contingency plans, in case Defoe or anyone else leaves.We have names, we are actively vetting those names, watching films on those names, speaking to clubs about names on that list.If someone comes and there is an offer, well consider it, he added.Defoes future has been the source of speculation since Toronto turned down a club-record transfer bid at the end of the summer transfer window. The next transfer window opens in January.Vanney, once again the voice of reason, saw two different Defoes last season.At the beginning, there was a striker who was sharp, healthy and scoring goals.He was that guy around the building and also on the field, said Vanney.Then Defoe was left off Englands World Cup squad and was plagued by a nagging injury — hes not necessarily in the same place that he was at the beginning.Defoe then left for treatment in England.The question is which Defoe comes back. Vanney says the first indication from the player is positive, that he wants to get healthy so he can perform.We like that guy, said Vanney. That guy can make a difference in this league. And the guys like him in the locker-room.Bottom line? A fit, healthy and motivated Defoe is a huge asset — for someone.Well see where it all falls out in the end, said Vanney. I feel very confident that if he shows up, we have a plan for him. If he doesnt show up, well have another plan that were very comfortable with.So we will stay on our toes on that. The football world moves very fast on any given moment so well be prepared.To Vanneys and Bezbatchenkos credit, they are thinking long-term, well beyond Defoe.As Vanney noted, when he walks through the door the final time he wants to leave a legacy for the franchise and Canadian soccer — something that was largely lacking in the past.If people leave and you have to start back from scratch, its very hard to get anywhere, he said.As Toronto FC fans know well.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter China NFL Jerseys . -- John Fox will coach the Denver Broncos from the sideline and not the booth upon his return Sunday five weeks after heart surgery. Wholesale NFL Jerseys China .com) - The NBA will be on display overseas Thursday with the New York Knicks taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at O2 Arena in London. http://www.jerseyswholesalenfl.net/. 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Fraziers soft line drive resulted in an inning-ending double play in sixth, when the Reds had loaded the bases against Kyle Lohse. "Fortunately, I got another chance," Frazier said. "The best thing about baseball is you get another chance tomorrow. This time, I only wanted three innings." Heisey drew a two-out, four-pitch walk from Tyler Thornburgh (3-1), and Frazier followed with a line drive that one-hopped the wall. Heisey beat shortstop Jean Seguras off-target relay to the plate to give the Reds three wins in their four-game series against the team with the majors best record at 21-11. "Heisey grinded out a walk and then had to bust it," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "They played the ball perfectly." Third base coach Steve Smith had been criticized by some for having runners thrown out at home several times this season. "Im not known for my eagle eye at the plate. The key is not to get caught up in the moment and swing at bad pitches" said Heisey, who was inserted into the starting lineup when Jay Bruce was scratched with a sore left knee. "Any time the ball is down the line or in the gap, Im thinking of scoring." Brandon Phillips greeted reliever Brandon Kintzler with a tying 425-foot homer to centre with one out in the eighth, Phillips second homer this season and first since April 5. Sam LeCure (1-1) pitched the 10th for the win. Lohse allowed a season-high eight hits, including Brayan Penas home run. Lohse lasted 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs with one walk and two strikeouts. "It was a weird outing for me," Lohse said.dddddddddddd"They did a good job mixing it up. At first, they were super aggressive. I tried to use that, and they starting taking. They made me work for the outs that I got." Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon, who hadnt allowed more than two runs in any of his first five starts, gave up three in seven innings, along with five hits. Scooter Gennett hit Simons third pitch of the game 357 feet into the right-field seats for his second homer of this season. The Brewers made it 2-0 in the third on Jonathan Lucroys two-out, RBI single. Pena hit the first pitch of the third inning 456 feet over the right-field wall for his third homer of the season, all in the last five days. He left for a pinch runner with a tight hamstring in the seventh. Khris Davis restored the two-run lead with a solo homer in the fourth. Cincinnati again made it a one-run game in the bottom half on Fraziers sacrifice fly after Phillips led off with a double -- his fourth hit in five at-bats since getting Friday off. Milwaukee had been 4-0 in extra-inning games and 4-0 in one-run games. "We need to send a message that were in this thing and we have to prove it to ourselves," Price said after the Reds improved to 15-16. "Being around .500 isnt what were all about." NOTES: Davis has 15 home runs in his two-year big league career, including five against the Reds. ... Price expects LHP Aroldis Chapman to be activated for the Reds homestand that is scheduled to start Friday. Chapman is due to take Sunday and Monday off before starting and pitching an inning for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. He is to throw an inning of relief on Wednesday. Chapman is coming back from surgery to repair injuries to his left eye sustained when he was struck by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19. ' ' '

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