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Cronulla have promised a fiery welcome for North Queenslands much-vaunted forward pack as they seek to finally erase the painful memory of last years NRL finals exit. Nike Air Max 90 Blue .The Sharks will meet the Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on Friday night for a spot in the grand final in what promises to be a hostile encounter.The last time the two sides met, the Sharks ran out 13-10 winners at Shark Park after springing an ambush on the premiers in round 14.The game was full of spite with Sharks back-rower Wade Graham rubbed out of his State of Origin debut after being charged with a high tackle on Johnathan Thurston, while Cowboys prop James Tamou was lucky to escape suspension for a shoulder charge on NSW Blues teammate Andrew Fifita.The Sharks went into the game looking to fight fire with fire after being blown off the park 39-0 by the Cowboys in last years semi-final.That loss in week two of the finals still stings many in the Sharks dressing room and prop Matt Prior said the only way to go with the Cowboys was to take it to the likes of Tamou, Matt Scott and Jason Taumalolo from the opening whistle.I think you have to, especially with their big pack, Prior said.They rely on their big boys to get them forward at the start of the game so youve got to try to match them early or theyll just blow you off the park like they did to us last year in the semi.Prior shapes as a key figure in the Sharks charge to what they hope will be their maiden premiership after a breakout performance in their semi-final victory over Canberra.After inspirational skipper Paul Gallen was rubbed out pre game and losing back-rower Wade Graham 10 minutes into the contest, Prior proved an unlikely hero in their 16-14 win in the nations capital.Having averaged just over 40 minutes all year, Prior played 73 minutes, ran for 223 metres and scored a crucial try to bring his side back into the game just before halftime.With Chris Heighington likely to leave the club next year and Sam Tagataese off-contract, Prior shapes as the answer to the leadership void coach Shane Flanagan could be faced with next year.It was one of the better performances of my career, Prior said.It was good to get a few more minutes. At the back end of the year Ive been lucky enough to get a few more minutes.I wasnt too worried when Wado went down, I know I can play longer minutes if need be. When I come off I feel I can stay on, so I never really doubted myself in that aspect. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Mens . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. Nike Air Max 90 Black .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Wide receiver Andre Johnson says his mother taught him to exit the same way he entered.That explains why he quietly retired midway through his 14th NFL season.Johnson posted a statement Wednesday on Instagram?two days after telling Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey he was retiring.I was taught, by an amazing woman, that how you enter is the same way you should exit, Johnson wrote in the Instagram post that he also shared on Twitter. Mom, I love you for all that you gave and sacrificed.Johnson thanked everyone for their texts, post and calls over the past few days. He also thanked an uncle; his agent, Kennard McGuire; former Houston general manager Charley Casserly, who drafted him No. 3 overall in 2003 out of Miami; the city of Miami; and both the Indianapolis Colts and Titans for allowing me to continue a dream.He also thanked the McNair family and the Houston organization for 12 years of support.To the city of Houston and the most incredible fans on earth, I simply end this journey by saying, Houston is my destination. I am coming home and I will always be a Texan, Johnsonn wrote. Nike Air Max 90 Shoes Sale. Johnson remains the leading receiver in Texans history with 1,012 catches for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. He joined the Titans this season after spending 2015-16 with another AFC South team, the Colts.The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver told Mularkey of his plans to retire Monday without commenting publicly until the Instagram post. He caught only nine passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns this season, including the game-winning TD in Week 2 in Detroit.Johnson retired as one of the NFLs best receivers. He ranks ninth with 1,062 catches and 10th with 14,185 yards receiving, and also caught 70 touchdowns. Johnson led the NFL in catches in 2006 (103) and in 2008 (115). He led the league in receiving yards in 2008 (1,575) and 2009 (1,569).He and former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, are the only NFL players to record four seasons of 100-plus receptions and 1,400-plus yards receiving. ' ' '