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The Montreal Canadiens have locked up defenceman Alexei Emelin with a four-year, $16.4 million contract. Emelin, the teams leading hitter, has played 105 games over two seasons with the Canadiens, tallying six goals and 19 points. "I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team," Emelin said in a statement. The 27-year-old was injured in the Canadiens 2-1 victory over Boston on April 6 when he put a check on Bruins winger Milan Lucic and bounced back hard onto the ice. Emelin underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and MCL his left knee and is expected to return to the lineup sometime in November. In 38 games for Montreal before being injured last season, Emelin tallied three goals and nine assists along with 33 penalty minutes. "He is an important part of our group of core players," said general manager Marc Bergevin. "He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude. "He can play big minutes against the opponents best players, and hard-hitting defencemen of his type are hard to find. We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come." Emelin was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Pat Tillman Youth Jersey . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Andy Isabella Jersey . The two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medallist informed ESPN on Monday he plans to compete in Apsen, Colo. http://www.thecardinalsshoponline.com/Youth-Kurt-Warner-Cardinals-Jersey/ . -- Hee Young Park topped the leaderboard at 8 under Friday in the suspended second round of the Kingsmill Championship. Kyler Murray Womens Jersey . -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has a broken bone below his right eye after being struck by a bad-hop grounder, sidelining the star slugger for at least a week with opening day on deck. Andy Isabella Womens Jersey . Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in their first home game since Gwynn died of cancer Monday.CLEVELAND (6-4) at ATLANTA (4-6)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Falcons by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cleveland 6-4, Atlanta 5-5SERIES RECORD — Browns lead 10-3LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Browns 20-10, Oct. 10, 2010LAST WEEK — Browns lost to Texans 23-7; Falcons beat Panthers 19-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Browns No. 17, Falcons No. 22BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (15), PASS (14).BROWNS Defence — OVERALL (22), RUSH (30), PASS (11).FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (24), PASS (6).FALCONS Defence — OVERALL (32), RUSH (24), PASS (32).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Despite record, Browns are tied for last in AFC North. Despite record, Falcons are tied for first in NFC South. ... Browns WR Josh Gordon returns after serving 10-game suspension for violating NFLs drug policy. Gordon led league with 1,646 yards receiving in just 14 games last season. ... Of Gordons 14 career TDs, 13 have been longer than 20 yards. ... Browns have forced 13 turnovers in past five gammes, most in league during span.dddddddddddd ... Browns QB Brian Hoyer set franchise record with 30 incompletions against Houston. ... Hoyer is 9-4 as starter but future remains uncertain and big road win could help chances to re-sign with Browns. ... Cleveland hasnt won consecutive road games since 2008. ... Atlanta K Matt Bryant has made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts this season, his only misses coming from 57 and 59 yards. ... Falcons WR Roddy White is 42nd receiver in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards receiving. He is 59 yards away from passing TE Shannon Sharpe (10,060) for 41st on career list. ... Falcons, averaging just 96.1 yards per game on ground, will look to bolster those numbers against Cleveland defence that has struggled to stop run. ... Falcons are playing first home game in six weeks. ... Atlanta is 38-14 at Georgia Dome in Mike Smiths seven years as coach.___AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '