BERLIN -- Germany coach Joachim Loew is facing a barrage of criticism from the countrys media for his sides semifinal exit from Euro 2012. Kicker said on its website Saturday that Loew "gambled away" Germanys best chance of ending a 16-year wait for international honours by "seriously altering his lineup and tactics" for Thursdays 2-1 defeat to Italy. The sports magazine said the surprise inclusion of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos to deal with the inform Andrea Pirlo backfired when Germany lost its balance "on the field and in the heads." "The coach went too far," former Germany player Olaf Thon told broadcaster RTL. "Hes the substitution king of the Euros." Loew accepted responsibility for the loss to Italy but defended his changes, telling reporters on the return flight to Frankfurt: "With hindsight you can always say I would have done this or that differently." The 52-year-old coach, whose contract runs through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, added: "The ambition continues unabated to go far in the next tournaments as well, and perhaps reach the final. I think nobody will suffer (this) blow for a long time." Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann had words of support for Loew, who was his assistant during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Klinsmann, the current United States coach, told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper: "The team is nowhere near the end of its development. It was the youngest team of the tournament and soon there will be even younger players forcing their way in." But German daily Bild says Loew "lost a great chunk of his magic" and "Loew messed up. Loew really gambled it away." Bild blamed his tactical changes for sending the wrong signal to his players and damaging their confidence. "It happened then, as it had to: The Italians had already sung us into the ground with their anthem. (Mario) Balotelli alone fired our boy band team away. And Italy showed us once again how to play a semifinal. Mentality is often more important that quality," Bild said. The mass circulation daily reserved special criticism for the players, however, saying captain Philipp Lahm "waffles like a politician," Bastian Schweinsteiger "will never be a leader," and striker Mario Gomez "only had nice hair" against Italy. It addded that the 27-year-old Lukas Podolski "should go into international retirement." Ray Ban RB4125. Then seldom-used guard Rodrigue Beaubois gave Dallas the scoring punch it needed to turn away the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beaubois scored 18 points off the bench and keyed a fourth-quarter run to lead the Mavericks past the Cavaliers, 96-86 on Friday night. Ray Ban RB4098. -- The Baltimore Ravens have released cornerback Domonique Foxworth. The Utah Jazz forward then found his stride. Millsap finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks to lead the Jazz to a 104-99 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Ray Ban RB8302. The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. New Ray Ban RB2140. Guthrie never let anyone get closer than two shots at Lake Malaren on Friday, and he started to pull away with a 20-foot birdie that broke three ways on the 17th. But he misjudged the speed of the 18th green on a long chip and narrowly missed a 10-foot par putt on the final hole.WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have re-signed East Division all-star running back Will Ford. Ford ran 113 times for 594 yards and two touchdowns last season. His 70-yard run in an October game at Calgary was the second longest by a running back last season. He finished with 156 rushing yards in that game. Ford named the CFL special teams player of the week twice last season, in Weeks 11 and 15. During the Week 11 Banjo Bowl against Saskatchewan, Ford ran back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Four weeks later he returninng another kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in Calgary.dddddddddddd Ford also had seven receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown during the 2013 campaign. Through two seasons, he has rushed for 727 yards, a 5.3 yard average, and five touchdowns. "Will showcased his talent last season when he took on the role of our starting tailback and return specialist," general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement. "We are happy to get this deal done and have Will return to our organization in 2014." ' ' '