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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Two days after arriving in Brazil, Italy is still struggling to get over jet lag. Womens Pacers Jerseys . After watching the Azzurri give up a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Haiti in a Confederations Cup warmup match Tuesday, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli decided to cancel Wednesday mornings training session and let the players head to the beach. "There could be a thousand excuses, from the fatigue to the heat to the jet leg," said defender Giorgio Chiellini, who did not play in the friendly. "The Italian league ended a month ago but Sunday were starting a big tournament and we really want to do well." Against 52nd-ranked Haiti, Emanuele Giaccherini and Claudio Marchisio scored in the first and 72nd minutes before substitute Olrish Saurel pulled one back with a penalty in the 85th and Jean Philippe Peguero equalized in the 90th. "When you see someone like (Alessio) Cerci unable to dribble past a man then you know the guys are tired," Prandelli said. "We need to improve our physical condition -- and work a lot on motivation." The Euro 2012 runners-up also struggled in their previous match, drawing 0-0 with the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier Friday in Prague. "In terms of the result it was ugly, theres no doubt about that," Prandelli said. "We knew there was a risk when we accepted this match but we knew that it was a game for charity and so we wanted to go ahead with it. But we havent got over the jet lag yet." Proceeds from the friendly went to Haiti relief, efforts three years after an earthquake devastated the country. In Group A of the Confederations Cup, Italy opens against Mexico on Sunday in Rio, and then faces Japan three days later in Recife and Brazil on June 22 in Salvador. This tournament is merely a test event for the World Cup in Brazil, which begins exactly a year from Wednesday. The jet leg problem could prompt Italy to arrive earlier in 2014 -- assuming it qualifies, which seems likely considering that the Azzurri hold a four-point lead over Bulgaria in Group B of European qualifying. In Rio, the Italy squad is staying at the Sheraton Barra, located a short walk from the beach. For 2014, the Azzurri are considering basing themselves at more secluded locations in Sao Paulo or Belo Horizonte, where there are large communities of Italians. On the more positive side from the Haiti friendly was Giaccherini scoring the quickest goal in Italy history. Just 19 seconds in, when the Juventus midfielder steered home a cross from Antonio Candreva. The previous record belonged to Salvatore Bagni, who scored just 20 seconds into a 1984 friendly with Mexico. "Im happy and honoured, because it was also my first goal with the national team," said Giaccherini, who often plays as a reserve with Juventus. "But Im disappointed with the result of the match. "Anyhow, this ugly showing with give us more motivation to approach the Confederations at our maximum," Giaccherini added. "Lets hope we see a different squad against Mexico." Also at the Sao Januario stadium, home of the Vasco da Gama club, Italys star striker Mario Balotelli received a positive reception. Often the subject of racist chants in Europe, the crowd of mainly Vasco fans cheered for Balotelli from the start and erupted in celebration when the AC Milan player was sent on early in the second half. Authentic Pacers Jerseys . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. Cheap Pacers Jerseys . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. http://www.cheappacersjerseyschina.com/ . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before.MILWAUKEE -- Larry Drew could have sulked during his last season in Atlanta, complained to anyone who would listen about being a lame duck despite a winning record and three straight playoff appearances. He never did. "When you stay in this game as long as I have, the most important thing is you dont take a negative situation and keep it negative," Drew said. "I thought I would get something positive of it." That came Monday, as Drew was introduced as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks six days after his awkward tenure with the Atlanta Hawks ended with the hiring of his replacement. Drew has a three-year deal with the Bucks, and the team has an option for a fourth season. "I am very, very excited about being here, I really am," Drew said. "Im going to do everything in my power to put this group together as fast as possible, to making us competitive, to making sure these guys are in tune with each other. If I do that, chances are were going to be a pretty good basketball team." If not, hell have to answer to his uncle. Drews uncle, Norman Johnson, has lived in Milwaukee for 49 years, and he joined the coach, his wife and the couples two younger sons for Mondays news conference. "Ive been a Bucks fan ever since the Bucks have been here," Johnson said. "Im very proud of him," Johnson added. "I hope he continues his good work. I think he will." Drew was 128-102 in Atlanta, and the Hawks reached the post-season in each of his three seasons. His first year, they upset Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the first round and then took the Chicago Bulls to six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They reached the playoffs again last year despite having Al Horford for only 11 games. And he did perhaps his finest job this season. Despite knowing he would be out of a job at the end of the year as new general manager Danny Ferry remakes the team, losing All-Star Joe Johnson to an off-season trade and seeing Lou Williams and Zaza Pachulia go down with season-ending injuries, Drew led Atlanta to a 44-38 record. The Hawks took Indiana to six games before losing in the first round of the playoffs. "I feel very good about who I am as a coach," Drew said. "You give me some guys who are willing to play hard every night, who are committed to playing for one another, who are committed to playing for the city, I guarantee you Ill give you a group you can be proud of." Drew repeatedly stressed the importance of building relationships with his players, a quality general manager John Hammond had made a priority after Milwaukees late-season collapse. The Bucks lost 12 of their last 16 games to finish with a losing record for a third straight season, then were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, losing all four gamess by double digits. Youth Pacers Jerseys. Teaching Xs and Os is no longer enough, Drew said, and one of the things he was most proud of during his time in Atlanta was that his players always knew he had their backs. In fact, as Drew was flying to Milwaukee on Sunday, he got a congratulatory text message from Atlanta guard Kyle Korver. "Thats not going to change. Im going to do the exact same thing coming here to Milwaukee," Drew said. "Were going to become buddies. Were going to become good friends." He plans to start reaching out to his new players immediately, starting with John Henson. The rookie had planned to be in Milwaukee later this week, but re-arranged his schedule so he could be here in time for Drews news conference. "You get on the coachs side right away," Drew joked, drawing laughs. "I think hes going to be a real good fit," Henson said. "Hes just what we need. Hes a player relationship guy and the players are going to know their roles." Drew said hes not committed to a specific offensive style -- "Im not a big fan of predictability. Offensively, I think thats very easy to defend." -- but Milwaukees two young big men, Henson and Larry Sanders, will have big roles. Sanders made huge strides in his third season, more than doubling his scoring average (9.8 points) and grabbing more rebounds (672) than he had in his first two years combined. Henson, a rookie, showed his potential with a monster game April 10 in Orlando, flirting with a triple-double with 25 rebounds, 17 points and seven blocks. "This team has really good young talent. Young talent that Im excited about developing," Drew said. "The big guys are going to be a big part of the future. Their development is going to be very important, but you cant teach height, you cant teach length." As strong as Milwaukees frontcourt is, its backcourt is just as unsettled. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, who led the Bucks in scoring, are both question marks to return next season. Jennings is a restricted free agent while Ellis has until June 20 to exercise an $11 million player option. That kind of uncertainty doesnt faze Drew, however. "I wouldnt call it a challenge," he said. "I would just say theres some uncertainty and thats part of the NBA." Though Drew came to Milwaukee as a child to visit his uncle, its been a long time since hes spent any time in the city. On most of his recent trips, all hes seen is the airport, the hotel and the arena. But Hammond made it a point to show him around during the interview process, and Drew came away impressed. That just makes his new job even better. "Its absolutely beautiful here. Absolutely beautiful," Drew said. "Im really excited about being here and being the new coach of this team." 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 ' ' '