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    December 19, 2019 10:24 AM MSK

    ORCHARD PARK, N. Balenciaga Shoes Sale Australia .Y. -- Bills general manager Doug Whaley is more eager to see Jairus Byrd make his season debut this weekend, than to try to project the two-time Pro Bowl safetys future in Buffalo. Whaley told The Associated Press on Thursday that while he is not actively shopping Byrd, the Bills would listen to offers if another team called. "Our focus right now is Jairus getting on the field and playing the best he can for the Buffalo Bills," Whaley said. "We are not actively on the phone hammering out trying to look for a trade. By the same token, (team president) Russ Brandon would listen if someone wanted to trade. "So if the phone rings, were going to listen. But that doesnt mean were out trying to trade." Whaley stressed the same rule applies to any player on the roster with the NFL trading deadline approaching Oct. 29. As for Byrds future, Whaley didnt entirely rule out the possibility of the Bills re-signing the fifth-year player once his one-year franchise tag expires after this season. "Absolutely, I mean theres always a possibility," Whaley said. "Its one of those things where you can never say never. Will he be on the team? We hope so. Were not sure, but were going to do everything thats best for the Buffalo Bills in the future." The immediate future for Whaley is Byrd preparing to make his long-awaited season debut on Sunday, when the Bills (2-3) host the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2). Byrd is set to play after he missed the entire off-season because of a contract dispute, and the first five games of the season because of plantar fasciitis in both feet. "Were very much excited for him to get back out there," Whaley said. "Its going to help our defence. Its going to help our offence. Its going to help our team." Byrd has the potential to be a significant difference maker, which is a reason the Bills made a one-year $6.9 million franchise-tag tender in March to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Though the move allowed the Bills to retain Byrds rights, it led to a stalemate in contact negotiations during which the two sides were unable to reach a long-term deal before a July 15 deadline. Byrd didnt report to the team until he finally accepted the one-year contract Aug. 21. That didnt mean he was ready to play. Byrd has spent the past seven weeks being treated for the foot condition that had nagged him since last season. Whaley said the team has been impressed with how Byrd has handled himself throughout his rehabilitation, which has included the player spending extra time on the field following practice. On another topic, Whaley was encouraged by the progress rookie quarterback EJ Manuel showed in his first five starts before being sideline indefinitely by a sprained right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland last week. "Obviously, you want him to go out there and take the live reps, but hes doing a good job," Manuel said. "Are we discouraged? More for the kid, because he was growing and learning." The first-round pick out of Florida State was off to inconsistent start before being injured. He completed 85 of 150 attempts for 985 yards passing with five touchdowns and three interceptions. "In any rookie quarterback, youre going to have some bumps in the road," Whaley said. Manuel will continue developing from a mental perspective by travelling with the team and watching games from the coaches box. "Yes, we do think theres time and a combination of learning that can go on off the field," Whaley said, "and off the field that we think will benefit this guy down the road." Nike Off White Air Force 1 Australia . Consider it received. Attacking on offence early and often, the Penguins topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night as Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to help give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference playoff series. Air Max 95 Mens Australia .  City has reached new heights under manager Manuel Pellegrini as they transition from big spending/immediate impact to perennial contender.  Yaya Toures seeming discontent Tuesday may complicate that, as does the little issue of Financial Fair Play.When Canadian doubles tennis star Daniel Nestor was playing in the U.S. Open last week, his daughter Tiana was back home in Toronto attending her first day of kindergarten. Like they do almost every day of the 35 weeks Nestor is on the road, the concerned dad and his daughter shared the details of their days via Skype. "(Tiana) is very shy," Nestor said from Belgrade, where Canada will battle Serbia this weekend in an historic Davis Cup semifinal. "Shes one of those kids who, if shes somewhere for three hours, the last hour she comes into her own. The first two hours shes not being herself. She definitely needs some pushing and motivation to open up. Hopefully she comes around because I was like that too. If shes as shy as I was growing up, it will be tough for her. "But shes a lot better looking than I am, so that should help her," he added with a laugh. Modern technology, Nestor said, has made travelling easier. Its helped the father of two daughters -- Tiana will turn five in December, Bianca is six months old -- remain on the ATP tour, where hes claimed 81 mens doubles titles, including eight Grand Slams, in a pro career that has spanned more than two decades. The Toronto native is the oldest regular player on the tour, having turned 41 last week during his 21st consecutive U.S. Open appearance. (No, he didnt celebrate. "There is nothing about turning 41 worth celebrating," he joked.) Nestor, however, doesnt plan on walking away from the game just yet. And why would he when there are still so many reasons to play, including Canadas unprecedented recent performances on the international stage. "People ask me how long Im going to play. When you have a talented (Canadian) team and potential to play in these types of matches in years to come, thats what keeps me going still," he said ahead of Fridays opening matches on the clay of Belgrade Arena. "If were able to win this, it will definitely be a top moment (in my career)," added Nestor, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2000. "Even being in this situation is a top moment." Canada has never made it this far in the event that begins each year with 130 countries and sees only 16 teams qualify for the World Cup. This weekends winner moves onto the final in November against the winner of the other semifinal between Argentina and Czech Republic. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will lead the Canadians versus world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbia in the semi that is expected to draw 15,000 fans each day. Nestor, who was born in Belgrade, will team up again with 23-year-old Vasek Pospisil. The two recorded a dramatic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 win in Canadas Davis Cup quarter-final victory over Italy last spring, a marathon thriller that lasted an exhausting four-and-a-half hours and set the stage for Raonics singles win that ensured Canadas advancement. Despite the near two-decades age difference -- or perhaps partly because of it -- the two complement each other well. Pospisil is the more energetic and emotional of the two, who reached the third round of last weeks U.S. Open in their first Grand Slam together, while Nestor is the calming influence. "Vasek right now is really confident,, hes playing great tennis in singles and hes always had great doubles instincts," Nestor said. Adidas NMD R1 Australia. "Hes serving great. Big first serve and second serve, hes a big hitter from the baseline, and very capable at the net too. Its always nice playing with a young guy thats explosive and eager." By comparison, Nestor described himself as a "perfectionist," and "someone whos able to do all things fairly well, but I wont say Im the best at anything." Pospisil, a Vernon, B.C., native who now calls Vancouver home, considers himself lucky to play alongside the veteran who secured the world No. 1 mens double ranking for more than 100 weeks. "(Nestor) is a legend and someone I looked up to for many years growing up," Pospisil said. "So obviously playing with him the first few time was nerve wracking. I feel much more comfortable now a year or two later and Im really able to appreciate it. "Having experience like that on the court beside me is extremely valuable not just to our partnership but also to me as a young player on the Tour." Nestor hopes to play through 2014, and turn around what hasnt been the greatest 2013. Hes changed partners a handful of times this season, most recently parting ways with Swede Robert Lindstedt, saying "We were getting on each others nerves a little bit too much. . . We just decided it was time to move on." His world doubles ranking has plummeted -- hes currently No. 13. So before the curtain comes down on his career, hed love to claim a couple more Grand Slam titles and see his ranking climb back to the top. He said his body, remarkably, feels a lot better than it did back in the early days during his injury-plagued singles career. He travels with his own physiotherapist now. He draws inspiration from older athletes such as Niklas Lidstrom, the former Detroit Red Wings defenceman and seven-time Norris Trophy winner who retired at the age of 42. "There are a lot of athletes who have endured," Nestor said. "I think a lot of it is that people retire because theyre fed up or sick of it. Yes, it is very tough not being with my family all the time. But from what Ive heard from people whove retired, they all say This is the best it is. So Ill make the most of it and then move on." As his career winds down, he said he appreciates being in the moment more. He and wife Natasha make a point of sightseeing when she travels with him. He hopes to bring his family to the Australian Open in January -- Tiana made the trip to Melbourne once before, but it was when she was too young to remember. "Definitely the life and the camaraderie with the other players is something I appreciate a lot more now. I was very shy when I was younger, and didnt always enjoy the lifestyle," Nestor said. "For sure I do appreciate it more. I know the days are numbered, so I really try and soak it up as much as I can until the day is done." Serbia, meanwhile, earned its spot in the Davis Cups final four with a win over the United States, a performance that saw Nestors former partner Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac upset the legendary Bryan brothers -- Mike and Bob -- in mens doubles. ' ' '