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    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- With a spectacular swivel-and-strike, James Rodriguez provided one of the highlights of the World Cup and gave Brazil reason to worry. Corey Davis Titans Jersey . Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday -- setting up a meeting with the host nation. Rodriguez added to his growing list memorable moments in Brazil when he gave his team the lead with a long-range volley as he turned in the 28th minute. He scored the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated an Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez. "I think now the toughest is coming up," Rodriguez said of the quarterfinal match against Brazil. "Im happy because we are making history and as a young man I dreamed of being here. And of course we want to do even more." Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the World Cups biggest revelation. In the absence of injured star Radamel Falcao, the Monaco winger has become the focal point of a Colombia team that won all three of its group games with impressive attacking play. Uruguay, meanwhile, simply couldnt find anyone to fill the absence of Suarez. The team struggled badly in attack and replacement striker Diego Forlan was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was likely his final World Cup appearance. Colombia is playing its first World Cup since 1998 and has already achieved its best-ever result. "Congratulations to all the Colombian people," said coach Jose Pekerman, who is from Argentina. "The people in Colombia deserve this." Colombia will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on July 4 in Fortaleza after the host nation beat Chile in a penalty shootout earlier Saturday. But Rodriguez showed once again that the Brazilians have every reason to be wary of Colombia. The opener was his most spectacular goal yet. He chested the ball down with his back to goal well outside the area and in one fluid motion turned around and fired a left-foot volley that went off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. It was a goal that came seemingly out of nowhere and provided another example of the technique and creativity that has made Rodriguez one of the standout players of the tournament. Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira tried to clear the ball with a diving header, but it went straight to Abel Aguilar, who headed it forward toward Rodriguez. His manoeuvr only took a split second and left goalkeeper Fernando Muslera flailing helplessly as the ball looped over him and into the net. Rodriguez ran over the corner flag and thrust both hands out to his sides in a "how about that" gesture. "I think he is the best player of the tournament so far," Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. Rodriguezs second was a perfectly executed team move as Colombia worked the ball over from the right flank to the left, where Pablo Armero sent in a cross that was met by Juan Cuadrado at the far post. Cuadrado headed back across goal toward Rodriguez, who slotted in from just a few yards (meters) out. This time, the entire team ran over the corner flag for a celebratory dance. Tabarez tried to respond with a double substitution, taking off Forlan and Alvaro Pereira for Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani. That livened up the attack, with goalkeeper David Ospina having to make good saves from Cristhian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira before diving to push away a shot from Edinson Cavani in the 84th. But in the end Uruguay simply couldnt cope without Suarez, who was banned for four months for biting an opponent in the group-stage victory against Italy that sent the team through to the next round. Suarez also missed Uruguays first game of the tournament, a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, before scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over England. "We all knew what happened, but we had to forget about it and think positive," Tabarez said. "Suarez is a great player, and I dont need to say it. He is very important. But we knew he wasnt going to play." ------ Lineups: Colombia: David Ospina; Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Juan Zuniga; Carlos Sanchez Abel Aguilar, Juan Cuadrado (Fredy Guarin, 81), James Rodriguez (Adrian Ramos, 85); Teofilo Gutierrez (Alexander Mejia, 68), Jackson Martinez. Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Diego Godin, Alvaro Pereira (Cristhian Stuani, 53), Cristian Rodriguez, Martin Caceres; Jose Gimenez, Maxi Pereira, Egidio Arevalo, Alvaro Gonzalez (Abel Hernandez, 67); Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan (Gaston Ramirez, 53). Taywan Taylor Titans Jersey . Each day, provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. Defensive Depth TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun is reporting the Toronto Maple Leafs have considerable interest in unrestricted free-agent defenceman Dan Boyle. Jonnu Smith Titans Jersey . 1 and reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki was among Thursdays third-round winners, while second- seeded Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the draw at the $4.RENTON, Wash. - Everyone has seen Percy Harvin take the quick screen or a handoff on a fly sweep and turn a play that starts at the line of scrimmage into a gain of 20 or 30 or more yards.But after five games this season with the Seattle Seahawks, questions remain about whether Harvin can be more of an option as a pass catcher down the field.Well, we know hes got speed and we know he can go down the field with speed, Seattle offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell said. Hes got great quickness so we can use him in that. The test always is, is to make sure some of those guys get the ball in their hands.The Seahawks are still trying to figure out how best to use the unique talents of Harvin within a run-first offence. Seattle never got its trial and error opportunity with Harvin last season following his trade from Minnesota because of hip surgery that limited him to one regular-season game. His on-field influence was never fully felt until the Super Bowl.So that process is happening for the first time now. The difficulty in fitting Harvin in was most evident last week in Seattles 30-23 loss to Dallas.I just think they overall had a great defensive game plan just taking away the bubble screens, some of the sweeps they took away, Harvin said. Overall (their) defensive co-ordinator had a heck of a game plan. It slowed us down. It threw us off rhythm.Marshawn Lynch finished with only 10 carries and just two in the first half. Seattle attempted to throw three wide receiver screens to Harvin that went for zero yards and he had three rushes for (minus)-1 yard. The fact Harvin finished with nearly as many overall touches as Lynch had carries had fans in an uproar that a run-first team was not leaning on its workhorse. It didnt help that Seattle finished with only 48 offensive plays and was 5 of 13 on thirdd downs. Taywan Taylor Jersey. We want to get the running game going, we want (Lynch) to be a big factor, and we want you to have to deal with that running game that number 24 brings us. And when were not, were not quite the same and we dont want it to be that way, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.This season, Harvin has 22 receptions, with 12 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. He has only one catch on a ball thrown more than 10 yards, according to STATS Inc. Harvins average of 6 yards per catch is last among all wide receivers in the NFL averaging at least two receptions per game.The average point where Harvin is catching the ball through five games is 1.1 yards past the line of scrimmage, also the lowest number in the NFL. Against Denver, Harvin finished with 42 yards receiving, with 41 coming after the catch.Harvins numbers are slightly skewed because of big plays that have been called back due to penalties. He had a 40-yard touchdown catch against Washington called back because of a penalty. But for the most part, Seattle has simply thrown the ball to Harvin immediately and asked him to try to break a big play.While the clamour is for Harvin to be used more down field, the track record throughout his career is that Harvin is not much of a threat down field. Harvin has 303 career receptions and only 11 of those came on a throw that travelled more than 20 yards, according to STATS. More than half of his receptions — 241 total — have come within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and 115 of those behind the line of scrimmage.Im just staying within the offence. When my number is called, Im trying to do it to the best of my ability, Harvin said. When I dont have the ball, just try and affect the game in the same way.___AP NFL website: and 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 ' ' '