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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Erik Hurtado wanted to make sure his first start of the season for Vancouver wasnt his last, and he came through with the lone goal in the Whitecaps 1-0 victory against the Columbus Crew on Saturday. Tytus Howard Jersey . Not only was the 37th-minute strike the difference, it was also the second-year midfielders first Major League Soccer goal. "I dont know if it changes my confidence," Hurtado said. "Its a weight off my shoulder getting my first MLS goal. I know the team has faith in me. The coach has faith in me." The Whitecaps (4-2-4) have won two straight and extended their unbeaten streak to four games while also winning for the first time on the road this season. "It was a super match of football," Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said. "It was two teams that wanted to play." Robinson praised the effort of the struggling Crew (3-4-3) under first-year coach Gregg Berhalter. "Columbus plays the right way," he said. "I told Gregg that before the match. Columbus at home playing an attacking style, theyre not getting the breaks at the moment, as youve seen the last couple of games." While Columbus had 12 shots, Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted needed to make only two saves for his second shutout of the season. The Crew, who have not scored in 321 minutes, are 0-4-3 after winning its first three games. They were shutout for the third time in seven days after road losses to Sporting Kansas City and Houston. "The guys were running on fumes," Berhalter said. "You could see the difference, it was clear. (Vancouver) had a bunch of players running around that were fresh. We didnt have it physically." Hurtado, making in his fifth career start while appearing in his 22nd game, scored off a long ball by Ousted, who earned an assist. "I just tried to put it on his chest and luckily he made some magic out it," Ousted said. After taking the pass from Ousted, Hurtado dribbled left between three Crew players then unleashed a rising shot from 21 yards that settled in the upper left corner past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Steve Clark. "I chested it toward the goal," Hurtado said. "I got a little touch that set me up for the shot and kept my eye on the ball. I connected with it smoothly. "It hit my sweet spot right on my left foot. It felt good. When I saw it go past the keeper, I knew it was going under the crossbar." Columbus pushed for the equalizer at the onset of the second half only to see Ousted come up big, diving to his right to get a hand on a shot by Jimenez in the 48th minute. "The guys in front of me did really well, especially in the second half, blocking a lot of shots and clearing a lot of things," Ousted said. "It got hectic like it always does when you only have a one-goal lead. We handled it pretty well." Striker Omar Salgado, the Whitecaps first-ever draft pick in 2011, returned to the club after being loaned to the Charleston Battery (USL Pro) in March. He replaced Hurtado in the 74th minute for his first MLS game since October 2012, and nearly scored in the 88th minute. His breakaway chip shot over Clark rolled past the right post, however. The Whitecaps next play Wednesday at home against Toronto FC in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal. TFC won 2-1 on May 7. Arian Foster Womens Jersey . They have homered once every 27.3 at bats, which just happens to be the third best mark in the American League, albeit just 10 games into the season. Custom Houston Texans Jerseys . "This isnt really the week you want to lose Chris Greaves," fellow lineman Glenn January said Wednesday after practice. Greaves is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a knee injury in last weeks 36-28 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. http://www.officialhoustontexanspro.com/...ns-jersey/ . Hamels threw seven sharp innings to earn his 100th career victory, Domonic Brown had a career-best five RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-1 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.Alex Hammond looks ahead to the opening English Classics and thinks Marcel has an each-way chance in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Richard Johnson was finally crowned champion jockey for the first time on Saturday; do you think anyone can wrestle his shiny new trophy off him in the next few years?I dont think there is a single racing fan or professional in the game who would begrudge Richard Johnson his first title. He has had to wait over 20 years to get his hands on the trophy; and a new trophy at that as the last one was quite rightly given to Sir Anthony McCoy. Over the years there have been a handful of jockeys, both Flat and jumping, that you have huge sympathy for as they were top class, but never champion. Like Johnson until now, they were born in the wrong era. We all have our own thoughts on that, but Adrian Maguire was a close second to Richard Dunwoody and was a prodigious talent. Dickie said that the championship was his biggest achievement; he has said that if he had gone his whole career without getting his name on the roll of honour it would be his one regret. Thats how much it means to these sporting heroes, they travel thousands of miles each year, day in day out, in the quest to be the best of a very good bunch. You can see that Johnson is buzzing with the accomplishment; you can see he has no intention of giving up the accolade any time soon. Like the colossus before him, you get the impression that while he is riding, he wants to be the best. Aidan Coleman put up the closest fight, but even he was 105 winners behind the new champ. Without the firepower of John Ferguson, who provided him with 59 of those winners, its going to be even harder for him in the future. Our new champ has the hunger and drive, and barring injury, he should keep a tight grip on the title for a few seasons to come. Paul Nicholls just edged out Willie Mullins in the UK trainers championship in the end, how do you see this battle developing next year?As much as that must have been bad for the blood pressure of the protagonists, the trainers title going right down to the wire like that was a PR exercise that will be hard to beat in future campaigns. The only thing it may have done is whetted the Mullins appetite to try and win the British championship in future. Until the season was well into its autumn, Mullins didnt seem to take the title bid seriously, when he did it was almost too late. Still, a sliding door here and a change in luck there and it could easily have been reversed. It will be interesting to see how Irelands champion tackles the British season in future. I cant see him changing too much early on, but if things go well, then things may change from the New Year onwards. One thing is for sure, I wouldnt be lumping on Nicholls to win the 2016/17 season at the current prices as there is more than just Mullins snapping at his heels.The Flat season really cranks up a gear this weekend, give us three equine stars on the level to follow in the coming months.Im getting my head round the Flat season now and am really looking forward to seeing several horses over the coming months, its hard to narrow it down to threeBig Grinartmouth (Sir Michael Stoute) - There are few trainers better at campaigning high class older horses than Sir Michael Stoute. Dartmouth is a Darley-bred colt, owned by The Queen, and he could give Her Majesty plenty to smile about in the year of her 90th birthday. This four-year-old progressed up the handicap ranks last season and started the 2016 season with a win at Chelmsford on a surface he doesnt really relish. That was in Newburys re-routed John Porter Stakes, which wasnt the strongest runnings of the contest in its history, but this looks like a horse that should continue to improve over middle distance trips.Gifted Master (Hugo Palmer) - I flagged this horse up after his win at Newmarkets Craven meeting and he looks capable of winning his share of races over the specialist trip of seven furlongs and he should be effective over six furlongs too which brings in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Cullen Gillaspia Jersey. Order Of St George (Aidan OBrien) - Im a sucker for a Flat stayer/Cup horse and this horse looks a top-class performer to follow in that sphere. He won three of his four outings as a three year-old culminating in an unchallenged victory in the Irish Leger. It will be interesting to see what route his trainer takes to Royal Ascot for what will no doubt be his first big summer target, the Gold Cup, for which he is already 5/2 favourite with Sky Bet. He seems versatile on most ground conditions, so there shouldnt be too much concern whatever conditions are like in June.As I said, there are so many horses to look forward to, but Ill be disappointed if we dont see these three winning some nice prizes.Air Force Blue is the short-priced favourite for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, will you be taking him on at prices around the 4/6 mark?I wont be backing Air Force Blue, but it doesnt mean he wont win the colts classic. It was interesting to hear Aidan OBrien expressing a slight doubt about this son of War Front staying the mile. His sire was top class over 6/7 furlongs and his dam was speedy too and this colt has plenty of toe, so there has to be an element of doubt. Having said that he won the Dewhurst well, staying on over the seven furlongs and is twice a winner over that trip. When you hear OBrien waxing lyrical about his latest superstar, it feels a bit like the boy who cried wolf. Yeah, yeah you think, as you hear about the best horse he has ever trained. Having said that, those superlatives tend to be backed up by performances on the track, so who am I to take those comments with a pinch of salt? So, he looks hard to beat on all known form, but for me the bet at the prices could be Marcel each-way. Peter Chapple-Hyam has produced horses to win on the big occasion many times in the past and this horse is proven over the mile having won the Racing Post Trophy last autumn. As it was snowing in various parts of the country this week and theres been rain around, the ground is unlikely to be fast and that would play into the hands of Marcel. Hes now 12/1, having been shortened in the last week and that still looks reasonable each-way value - you can also back him with Sky Bet in the market without Air Force Blue at 9/2.And finally, what do you fancy in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday?Aidan OBrien looks to hold the key to this race too with Minding the ante-post favourite and Ballydoyle a pretty handy second string. Minding is bred in the purple being a daughter of Galileo out of a mare called Lillie Langtry, who won the Coronation Stakes and Matron Stakes at the highest level at three. Minding is already proven in Group One company having won the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fillies Mile, the latter over this course and distance. Minding beat Ballydoyle in the Moyglare, but the latter is also a Group One winner having added her name to the list of Prix Marcel Boussac winners at Longchamp in October. Last year their head-to-head record read Minding 1 Ballydoyle 1. I think Ballydoyle looks like a real galloper and at current prices at the time of writing (11/2 with Sky Bet) I have backed Ballydoyle to cause a bit of an upset and beat her stablemate. The fly in the OBrien ointment could be Mark Johnstons Lumiere, who splits them in the market. She had three starts over six furlongs last season, winning the Cheveley Park Stakes, and has loads of speed. However she doesnt look like a one-trick pony and is bred to stay this trip. She could be vulnerable from the front though. Nathras win in the Nell Gwyn gave a form boost to Minding, who beat her in the Fillies Mile. 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