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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Cheap College Baseball Jerseys . -- The Tennessee Titans have listed defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug as questionable for Sundays game at Kansas City.Both players said that after increasing their practice reps on Friday, theyre planning to play against the Chiefs.Casey, Klug and linebacker David Bass were limited Friday. Bass also was listed as questionable.Linebacker Sean Spence has been ruled out with a left ankle sprain.The Titans (7-6) are tied with Houston for the AFC South lead. Kansas City (10-3) is tied with Oakland for the AFC West.Casey sat out a victory over Denver last week with a sprained left foot sustained Nov. 27 against the Chicago Bears. It was only the second game he has missed in his six-year NFL career.Im feeling 10 times better than it was last week, Casey said. That was definitely what I needed, and Im ready to get going for this week coming up. .. For sure, Ill play.Klug is battling a strained left Achilles and sat out both Wednesday and Thursday to rest the injury.Im playing, if its up to me, he said.The sixth-year defensive end said he couldnt point to a specific play where the injury occurred, only that he developed soreness during last Sundays game that lingered.Titans coach Mike Mularkey was pleased that both defensive linemen practiced Friday. Mularkey said he would continue the evaluation process on Saturday and, if need be, leading up to the game before making a final decision on their status Sunday.I want to see them in the morning after they did more work than they did yesterday, and then well decide if we need to work them out before the game, Mularkey said.Bass, a backup linebacker, emerged on the injury report Thursday with a groin injury. He was listed as limited both Thursday and Friday, and will also be a game-time decision.Spence injured his left ankle in the win over the Broncos and missed the entire week of practice. Mularkey is hopeful that Spence return Dec. 24 against Jacksonville.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap NCAA Jerseys . Pettersen, winner of last years Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France. The second-ranked Norwegian made her season debut after missing the LPGA Tours opening event last month in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury. Wholesale College Jerseys . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. http://www.cheapcollegejerseysauthentic.com/ . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. A new year of League of Legends means a slew of changes from champions and to the rosters of the clubs challenging for the Summoners Cup and to the Summoners Rift itself. One aspect of the game that hasnt morphed over the years, however, has been the drafting phase of the game -- but that might soon change.Currently, the two teams fire bans back and forth until six champions are left off the table. From there, the blue side picks the first champion it want in its composition, and then the red side counters with two picks of its own. At the end, to counteract the blue side from getting the theoretical strongest champion on the board with the first pick of the draft, the red side gets the final choice -- a position that is normally used to try to counter the opposing team, with the blue side having its lineup already set in place.All that could be different in 2017, however, with a possible 10-champion ban system being implemented for the new season. Unlike the current iteration, the draft phase could become a staggered draft, meaning it would flip from banning to picking champions to back into banning champions -- before ultimately picking the final champions for each teams composition out of the remaining champion field.While the image of the drafting process might not be entirely correct -- the blue side would not only get the first champion selection but the last, as well, effectively negating the balance of the draft -- its possible a variation of the staggered draft will make its way into the professional scene for the start of the new campaign. With the amount of champions in the game growing by six to eight each year, it seemed inevitable the draft would need to be expanded.In a world where the 10-ban staggered draft is implemented -- but with the red still getting the final pick of the draft instead of the blue -- it would change the entire complexion of the professional scene. Players with minuscule champion pools would almost certainly become extinct over the next year; while being able to play two to three champions at an elite level has been doable for the past few splits, it would be almost impossible in the new system. While teams could prioritize those players ahead of the rest in the drafting phase every game, that player would eventually become an anchor to the team, pulling down the rest of the club along the way.The winners of the change, as cited by OGN caster Christopher MonteCristo Mykles, would also just so happen to be the region that has won the past four World Championships in dominating fashion: South Korea. Cheap College Jerseys From China. [Ten] bans in LoL is only going to make the gap between Korea and the West wider, due to deeper champ pools of KR players, said Mykles on Twitter. Now there is basically no hope of Western pocket/comfort picks, and many NA/EU players can just be completely banned out. R.I.P. [CLGs] Huhi.This change would almost seem like a gift to a player such as Lee Faker Sang-hyeok. After revolutionizing the mid lane with picks such as Riven when he was a rookie, he has been itching to bring unknown champions to the spotlight with his immaculate touch. The extra bans would simply allow Faker to open up his Pacific Ocean-sized champion pool to swallow up teams whole. Weve already seen what Faker can do on unorthodox champions against mid laners armed with their top choice. What happens when Faker gets to play against a player who is on their fourth- or fifth-best champion? The answer is a continuous montage of gray screens for the opponent.Additionally, the drafting change would make the game more complex. With Riot reinforcing lane matchups to spite lane swapping, the scene has been missing the depth it once had. The drafting changes would make it so that games could be decided, now more than ever, in the pick-and-ban phase. A good drafter -- be it the coach, in-game leader or committee -- could become stronger than the sum of its parts, with smart drafting and picking at the weak points of teams.Last season, the Immortals team had trouble in the drafting phase but was able to overcome its shortcomings by being more talented than a majority of the field. The mishaps in the draft would catch it come playoff time against the best teams in the league, and in this new system, Immortals would be even more open to attacks from smaller clubs.Perhaps in the current system, a certain team could never hope of beating a club with more firepower; adding four more bans, however, with a staggered draft, will separate the simply talented teams to the all-around great ones. As always in League of Legends, its adapt or die. ' ' '
This has been a banner Olympics for the United States. Discount Nike Shoes UK . Entering Tuesdays action, Team USA has won 14.4 percent of the gold medals awarded in Rio, which would be its highest percentage since the Los Angeles Games of 1984, and even that required a boycott by the Soviet Union, East Germany and several other countries. In addition to a few exciting surprises, the American athletes who were expected to star have delivered.In fact, the most difficult thing to do when thinking about the American performances in Rio might be figuring out who stood out the most. In her first Olympics, gymnast Simone Biles blew away the competition, winning the womens vault competition by such a large margin that the silver medalist was closer to eighth place than she was to Biles. Swimmer Katie Ledecky, making her second trip to the Olympics, was so dominant in the 800-meter freestyle that she inspired?memes. And of course, the legendary Michael Phelps finished his Olympic career by adding five gold medals to his record-setting career haul of 23.Even getting past the Olympics, theres an interesting question to gnaw on: Who is the best American athlete right now? Is it one of those three? LeBron James? Serena Williams? Mike Trout? And what about in years past? Who would have held the title the longest?As you now know, Im here to answer those questions. Ive gone through every year since 1912 and done my best to identify who held the Best American Athlete Championship Belt. I started in 1912 to honor Jim Thorpe, who was widely regarded as one of the best -- if not the best -- American athletes of the 20th century. Indeed, he will be our first titlist, although he wont hold it for very long.Ive put together pieces exploring this concept before for running backs, quarterbacks, football defenses?and pitchers. The main difference between an annual award and a championship belt is that you have to outdo the person holding the belt to win the title. Like Ric Flair always said: To be the man, youve got to beat the man.I applied a few rules/concepts in making my selections. Before you get angry, keep in mind that this is merely my list; you could approach this idea with a totally different set of criteria and come up with entirely different results. Heres what I thought about when making my picks:?Were making these selections as if they were being chosen at the end of each year. Hindsight -- except for one notable exception -- doesnt apply. I might mention future success (or lack thereof) in talking about a selection, but in terms of actually making a pick, I considered what each athlete had accomplished in the year in question. That means I cant look into the future, even if that includes part of a season. For example, if I wanted to pick Von Miller for 2015, I could only consider his performance during the 2015 regular season and not what he did in the Super Bowl, which took place in February 2016. With that in mind, awards balloting at the end of each season is very important for this piece. I also relied on three awards that previously chose to measure athletic performance across sports: The Associated Press selections for Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Sports Illustrateds Sportsperson of the Year and the Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.Im not including athletes whose performances were later found to be fueled by performance-enhancing drugs. Without this rule, this list would be dominated by appearances from Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong, with the likes of Marion Jones and Mark McGwire as feasible candidates. We all know that doesnt make sense or feel very appropriate in hindsight. Ill include athletes who had subsequent off-field incidents which didnt directly impact their on-field performance at the time, but Im leaving out Bonds and Armstrong.Athleticism must be combined with accomplishment. Being a freak athlete is great, but that isnt very useful unless youre actually winning things or being very productive at the highest level. Billy Hamilton is an amazing athlete, but Joey Votto is far better at the sport they play.The most important thing is how well an athlete performed versus the other competition in their respective sports. We dont know how Michael Phelps would be at basketball or how Kevin Durant would do as a swimmer. What we do know is how much better Michael Phelps is than a typical swimmer, and how KD blows away the competition in the NBA. Thats how were measuring things here: relative dominance over the other people at your chosen path. With that in mind, its awfully difficult to give an award to an athlete in a team sport if he or she doesnt win MVP and/or produce the best statistics. There will be exceptions if the MVP doesnt really stand out or if the athlete has some other mitigating factors (like playing a second sport at a high level), but were looking for the best of the best here.Im leaning toward Olympians in Olympic years. Its extremely difficult for Olympians in less popular sports to really hold the belt for multiple years, if only because their performances in World Championships and other meets dont generate the same level of attention as typical team sports. With that in mind, given the enormous stage and scope of their performances, Im pushing close races for the belt toward Olympians. In other cases, Ill lean toward the more prominent sport at the time.Im picking humans. Sorry, horses.OK, lets go. In the interest of keeping this under 10,000 words, Im going to produce shorter explanations for my selections between 1912 and 1945, offering longer discussions in the post-World War II era:1912-13: Jim Thorpe, multipleThorpe is widely acknowledged as the finest prewar athlete of the century, although he was really a replacement-level baseball player.1914-17: Ty Cobb, baseballCobb led the league in nearly every major category in 1914, and while there were no MVP votes between 1914 and 1922, his 34.4 bWAR leads all hitters over this four-year stretch.1918-23: Babe Ruth, baseballRuth started this run as a hitting/pitching dual threat before eventually becoming a full-time hitter with legendary results. His 1923 season -- with a .393/.545/.764 line -- was worth 14.1 bWAR alone.1924-25: Red Grange, footballRuth might very well have held onto the belt for a decade, but Grange was a national sensation as a running back for Illinois in the days before the Heisman Trophy. Its fair to say he helped solidify football as a growing national concern.1926-29: Babe Ruth, baseballAfter a disappointing 1925 season, Ruth returned to his league-leading form in 1926 before whacking 60 home runs for the legendary Yankees team of 1927.1930: Bobby Jones, golfJones won the closest thing to a single-year Grand Slam in golf history by winning the U.S. and British Opens along with the U.S. and British Amateur tournaments in one year. The Masters didnt yet exist, of course, because Jones was to design Augusta National three years later.1931-32: Helene Madison, swimmingIn 1931, Madison either set or already held the world records in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle races. She followed that up with three gold medals at the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles.1933: Carl Hubbell, baseballAn above-average starter for the Giants, Hubbell manufactured the season of his life by going 23-12 with a 1.66 ERA, winning league MVP honors before shutting out the Senators twice in the 1933 World Series.1934: Satchel Paige, baseballPaige was still 14 years away from his debut in the major leagues, but in his age-27 season, he was a dominant 14-2 in the Negro Leagues before beating Cardinals ace Dizzy Dean several times in barnstorming games.1935: Joe Louis, boxingWhile Louis didnt win the heavyweight title until 1937, he was named AP Athlete of the Year on the back of an incredible year of fighting. Louis came into the year 12-0 and left it 23-0, winning 11 times while knocking out former heavyweight champions Primo Carnera and Max Baer.1936: Jesse Owens, track and fieldOwens first attracted attention at Ohio State in 1935, when he set three world records at one Big Ten meet, but he became a worldwide star after?winning four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.1937-38: Joe Louis, boxingAfter losing to Max Schmeling in September 1936, Louis rolled off seven consecutive wins before beating Jim Braddock for the heavyweight title in Comiskey Park in June 1937. He would get his revenge on Schmeling the following June.1939-40: Joe DiMaggio, baseballAlready a fine outfielder, DiMaggio took the leap to superstardom in 39 by hitting .381 with 30 homers. He won his first MVP award in leading the Yankees to a World Series sweep of the Reds.1941: tie between Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, baseballI cant pick a winner in 1941, with DiMaggio hitting in 56 consecutive games while Williams batted .406 for the Red Sox. DiMaggio narrowly won the MVP race, but I think its fair to make this our lists first tie.1942: Frank Sinkwich, college footballWith many athletes off to war, the AP Male Athlete of the Year was Sinkwich, who won the Heisman Trophy as a passing and running threat for Georgia.1943: Patty Berg, golfBerg was named AP Female Athlete of the Year while winning the Western Open, then considered a major.1944: Frank Sinkwich, footballNow a professional, Sinkwich won the MVP award for his exploits with the Lions; he threw for 1,060 yards and ran for 563 more. He suffered a knee injury serving with the Marines after the season and wasnt the same player upon his return.1945: Byron Nelson, golfNelson dominated about as much as any one golfer could in 1945, winning a staggering 18 tournaments, including a streak of 11 consecutive events.1946: Ted Williams, baseballAfter the 1942 season, Williams career was interrupted by World War II, so its only fair that he make his way back to the belt upon his return from the Marine Corps. With DiMaggio having a down season by his incredibly high standards (before winning MVP again in 1947), Williams posted a career-best 10.9 bWAR in 1946 with a .342/.497/.667 line. You can make a case that it was just one of a half-dozen seasons at an extremely high level for Williams, but it was the first of his two MVP seasons, with the other coming in 1949.1947-49: Jackie Robinson, baseballRobinsons athleticism was self-evident: He was incredible enough to break the color barrier. Robinson led the league in steals during his debut season with the Brooklyn Dodgers and repeated the feat two years later, when he posted a .342/.432/.528 line in 1949 and won NL MVP. Even ignoring the superhuman emotional and mental strength he showed off the field, Robinson was a supremely underrated player on it, the sort of high-OBP, hyper-efficient dynamo sabermetricians would fall in love with in examining the game with data years later. He probably should have won MVP at least once more, in 1951, when he led the league in bWAR.1950: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golfThere were several years and several sports in which Zaharias would have been a very justifiable selection for this award, most notably for her performance during the 1932 Olympics. In 1950, the first year of the LPGA Tour, Zaharias had a downright dominant campaign. She won all three majors, led the money list, and was named Greatest Female Athlete of the First Half of the Century by The Associated Press, which also awarded her Female Athlete of the Year honors for the fifth time.1951: Dick Savitt, tennisThis?was a year strangely without stars; the AP Male Athlete of the Year was Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, while the Female Athlete of the Year was 16-year-old tennis player Maureen Connolly, who would have a better case for the title when she won a Grand Slam in 1953. The best candidate I can find is Savitt, who claimed both the Australian Open and Wimbledon as a 24-year-old before retiring from tennis the following year.1952: Dick Button, figure skatingButton defended his gold medal from the 1948 Winter Games in St. Moritz by hitting the first triple loop in competition during the finals of the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, culminating a four-year run of dominance. The now legendary commentator won his second gold and combined it with his fifth consecutive victory in the World Championships before retiring and going to Harvard.1953: Ben Hogan, golfThe aforementioned Maureen Connolly?has a strong case here, but this is the best season in the career of one of golfs most famous practitioners. After failing to close out the Masters and U.S. Open with late leads in 1952, Hogan won the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year, a feat yet unmatched in golf history. Hogan was unable to play in the PGA Championship because its dates overlapped with the end of the Open, preventing him from attempting the calendar Grand Slam. He entered six tournaments that year and won five.1954-55: Willie Mays, baseballThe Say Hey Kid had already made his name before 1954, winning Rookie of the Year in 1951 before spending much of 1952 and all of 1953 serving with the U.S. Army. He came back showing no rust, winning his first MVP award in 1954 after posting 10.6 bWAR and capping his season with The Catch in the 1954 World Series. Mays then led the National League again in bWAR the following year while hitting 51 home runs and stealing 24 bases in 28 tries.1956-57: Mickey Mantle, baseballOur belt didnt have to travel far, going from a center fielder in Manhattan to one in the Bronx. Mantle actually beat out Mays to lead the majors in bWAR in 1955, with 9.5 wins to Mays 9.0, but the Oklahoman took his game to another level the following year. Mantle was worth 11.2 bWAR in 1956, as he hit .353 with 52 homers and took home each and every one of the 24 AL MVP first-place votes. Voters were loathe to pick repeat candidates back then, but Mantles 11.3 bWAR the following year was enough to narrowly edge Ted Williams. Mantles Yankees won the World Series in 1956 before losing in seven games to the Braves the following year.1958-59: Jim Brown, footballAfter excelling as a football and lacrosse star at Syracuse (endearing himself to an adolescent Bill Belichick in the process), Brown won the NFLs MVP award in his rookie season of 1957. His line was impressive: 202 carries, 942 yards, 10 touchdowns. It was also the worst performance of his career. A year later, Browns truly legendary run began. In 1958, Brown carried the ball 257 times for 1,527 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, starting an eight-season stretch in which he averaged 1,421 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Outside of Spec Sanders, who ran for 1,432 yards for the 1947 New York Yankees (and none of that is a typo), nobody else in NFL history had come within 380 yards of Browns new rushing record. By the time he retired in 1965, Brown had the three largest single-season rushing totals in league history.1960: Wilt Chamberlain, basketballSee Bill Russell entry below.1961-62: Bill Russell, basketballPicking between Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell in the early 60s is basically unfair, so Im letting the people who were around at the time do the work for me. Chamberlain, who might have qualified based on his absurd dominance at Kansas in the late 1950s, won MVP in 1960, while Russell picked up the honor in each of the three ensuing seasons. This was in the middle of Bostons unprecedented stretch of eight consecutive titles, which wouldnt exactly have hurt Russells rep. If you want to pick Russell all three years for his teams success -- or Chamberlain all three years because he didnt have as much around him -- I wont argue. If anything, the most difficult thing is finding a reason to take the belt off Russell after 1962 ...1963: Sandy Koufax, baseball... One of the greatest pitching seasons in the history of baseball might qualify, though. When I wrote about how Koufax held the pitching championship belt from 1963 to 66, I mentioned how he was an amazing pitcher in the right place (Dodger Stadium) at the right time (the low-scoring early 1960s). That takes some wind out of Koufaxs numbers, but not much. In 1963, the Dodgers ace went 25-5 with a 1.88 ERA and 306 strikeouts against 58 walks in 311 innings. Translate that?to Dodger Stadium in the run environment of 2014?(under the Neutralized Pitching section) and Koufaxs line becomes a 24-11 season with a 1.94 ERA and 306 strikeouts against 60 walks. Not bad. Koufax was worth nearly 11 wins on his own in 1963.1964-66: Muhammad Ali, boxingWhile swimmer Don Schollander won four gold medals and set three world records at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Koufax continued his exploits on the mound, and Russell kept winning NBA titles, with all due respect, there is only one Ali. At 22, Ali emerged as a household name by upsetting heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in February 1964 in Miami Beach, stopping the previously undefeated Liston after six rounds. Ali then knocked out Liston in the rematch the following February and took down Floyd Patterson later that year before beating five opponents around the world in 1966. Ali was then stripped of the title in 1967 for refusing to enter the Army and spent the next 3? years inactive.1967-68: Wilt Chamberlain, basketballChamberlain finally broke through the Russell barrier in the 1967 playoffs, when his Sixers dropped 140 on the Celtics to clinch the Eastern Division finals and end Bostons streak of eight consecutive titles. The Sixers then beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals as Chamberlain claimed his first championship. It was his zenith as a player, too: Chamberlain won three consecutive MVP awards from 1966 to 1968, making his last All-NBA First Team appearance in 68 as well. Chamberlain was traded to the Lakers after 1968, and while he would eventually win a title in Los Angeles during the 1971-72 season, he wasnt regarded as the same caliber of player.1969: Tom Seaver, baseballWith Chamberlain slipping in L.A., the title belt instead stayed East with the pitcher at the heart of one of the most stunning championships in sports history. The Miracle Mets improved by 27 wins from 1968 to 1969, going 100-62 before beating the favored Orioles in five games in the 1969 World Series. Seaver, their ace, went 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA and won his first NL Cy Young Award while finishing as the MVP runner-up to Willie McCovey. Seaver was also named AP Male Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, which pushed him over the top for this belt.1970: Willis Reed, basketballThis?was a weird year. The AP Male Athlete of the Year was 43-year-old quarterback George Blanda; the Female Athlete of the Year was Taiwanese sprinter Chi Cheng. Bobby Orr, a Canadian, was just the second non-American Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Wide World of Sports named Willis Reed its?athlete of the year, and hes a fair choice. Reed won his only regular-season MVP award during the 1969-70 season, even though he led the league in just one statistical category (defensive win shares). He added a Finals MVP for his role in the Knicks seven-game victory over the Lakers, although he famously missed Game 6 with a thigh injury and had to grit his way through 27 minutes in Game 7. Reed takes the award mostly by default.1971: Joe Frazier, boxingHaving filled the void in the heavyweight division after Ali was stripped of his title, Frazier won several heavyweight titles in 1970 and was 26-0 heading into the first Fight of the Century with a still-undefeated Ali in March 1971. Frazier won a unanimous decision over Ali to stake his claim to the lineal heavyweight title. It was Fraziers only fight of the year, but beating Ali was enough to earn him this belt, too. He would beat a pair of unheralded opponents in 1972 before losing the heavyweight belt to George Foreman in January 1973.1972: Mark Spitz, swimmingPoor Billie Jean King chose the wrong year to have the season of her life, winning three majors while choosing to sit out the Australian Open. Even if she had pulled off the Grand Slam, though, it wouldnt have been enough to match Spitzs stunning Olympiad. The Indiana product had the most remarkable single Olympics of the pre-Michael Phelps era, winning all seven of the events he entered while setting seven world records in the process. He won more gold medals in swimming than any other country during the Munich Games.1973: O.J. Simpson, footballNobody could have known what Simpson would eventually do later in life, and while?he?later revealed himself to be an abhorrent human, his 1973 season was viewed at the time as one of the most impressive athletic feats of the era. He became the first back in league history to record over 2,000 rushing yards in one season, pulling that feat off in a 14-game campaign. Simpson averaged 143.1 rushing yards per game, 10?full yards per game ahead of Jim Browns 1963 season in second place. If you understandably dont want to credit Simpson, a logical pick might instead be George Foreman, who knocked out Joe?Frazier in 1973 to?win the heavyweight title.1974-75: Muhammad Ali, boxingIn 1974, Jimmy Connors was about as dominant a tennis player could be without winning the calendar Grand Slam; he won three majors and was denied entry to the French Open by virtue of his status in the debuting World Team Tennis league. Connors went 93-4 on the tour that year, winning 15 of the 22 tournaments he entered. His fiancée at the time, Chris Evert, might very well have been a prime candidate to claim the belt in 1975, given that she won two majors to go along with the Tour Finals.Unfortunately for Connors, Ali had the most notable single year in boxing history in 1974. Ali won his rematch with Frazier in January before beating Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle nine months later to reclaim his heavyweight title. In succession, Ali beat one of the two men who had ever beaten him, Frazier, and then the only guy who had ever beaten Frazier, Foreman. Ali fought four times in 1975, culminating in his rubber-match victory over Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila.1976: Bruce Jenner, decathlonBruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, became a national hero after winning the gold medal in the decathlon, setting a world-record score in the process. In part because track and field in 1972 had been dominated by the Soviet Union, Jenners victory in the decathlon over favored Soviet Leonid Litvinenko was enough to propel Jenner to household-name status. Jenner won AP Athlete of the Year over U.S. swimmer John Naber, who won four gold medals and set four world records in the process.1977-78: Steve Cauthen, horse racingOK, I will admit that I also wasnt expecting to see a jockey end up on this list. At the time, though, Cauthen was regarded as a world-class athlete and swept all of the notable athletic awards in 1977, winning AP Male Athlete of the Year, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. He was a 17-year-old prodigy in his second year as a jockey with a credible claim to be the most successful jockey in the country. The following year, he would ride Affirmed to the Triple Crown, marking the last Triple Crown champ for 37 years. I think you could make a case for Nancy Lopez in 1978, given that she burst onto the LPGA scene and won both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, but how can I take the belt away from a Triple Crown winner?1979: Earl Campbell, footballCampbell might also have had a claim on the title in 1978, when he was named MVP by the Pro Football Writers of America during a spectacular rookie season. The Oilers running back?solidified his claim in 1979, however, by winning the more widely accepted MVP award distributed by The Associated Press. Campbell?led the league in rushing yards (1,697) and touchdowns (19), leading the former Texas star?to narrowly beat out Walter Payton as the leagues top back. Campbell had an even more productive year in 1980, cutting his fumbles in half (eight to four) while rushing for 1,934 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he wasnt the MVP and there was a dominant performance looming in Lake Placid ...1980: Eric Heiden, speedskating... no, not that one. All of the major awards Im referencing for this piece gave their 1980 award to the U.S. mens hockey team, which is understandable, if not very useful for these purposes. But the Americans legendary win over the Russian team overshadowed the incredible efforts of Heiden, who swept the mens speedskating races at five different distances. Heiden set four Olympic records to go with a world record in the 10,000 meters. No other athlete in Winter Games history has won five gold medals during a single Olympiad.1981: John McEnroe, tennisWhile McEnroe won a staggering 27 titles in 1979 and became the world No. 1?for the first time in 1980, 1981 was the most successful year of his?professional career. He conquered his biggest bugaboo as a singles player and won Wimbledon, ending Bjorn Borgs run of five consecutive titles at the All England Club. To that, McEnroe added his third straight US Open singles title, a win at the WCT Finals, his third Davis Cup championship and a pair of major victories as a doubles player. (McEnroe was technically born in Germany, but it was to American parents, and his father was a member of the United States Air Force.)1982-83: Herschel Walker, footballMcEnroe failed to win a Grand Slam in 1982, at which point the best American athlete wasnt even yet a professional. Walker started 1982 with a narrow loss to Dan Marino and Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl, a game in which he scored twice and was responsible for 137 of Georgias 224 yards from scrimmage. The star running back followed up a remarkable 1981 campaign by winning the 1982 Heisman Trophy, rushing for 1,752 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns. A year later, after making his way to the USFL, Walker won the leagues rushing title as a rookie by running for 1,812 yards and scoring 18 times. Nobody else was within 350 yards of Walkers total.1984: Carl Lewis, track and fieldLewis entered four events in the Los Angeles Olympics and went 4-for-4, winning gold medals in the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and long jump -- just as Jesse Owens did 48 years earlier. I suppose you could discount his?efforts some, given that the Soviet Union boycotted the 84 Games, but Lewis was such a freak athlete that the Cowboys and Bulls each selected him late in their respective amateur drafts that year.1985: Bo Jackson, footballThis is a fight between two freakishly athletic running backs. Do you choose Herschel Walker, given that he ran for a staggering 2,411 yards and scored 22 touchdowns during the final year of the USFL en route to winning league MVP? Or do you go for Bo instead, who won the Heisman Trophy while rushing for 1,786 yards and averaging 6.4 yards per carry in the SEC? Im taking Jackson because -- perhaps unfairly -- Walker has already been featured on the list and because Jacksons baseball exploits warrant acknowledgement. In Bos only full season with the Auburn baseball team, he hit .401 with 17 homers in 147 at-bats.Jackson doesnt appear on this list after 1985 because his professional career in both sports was more a collection of highlights than any sort of massive production. Bo was an incredibly effective big-play back for the Raiders, averaging 5.4 yards per carry over his four-year NFL career, but he split time with Marcus Allen and never had a single 1,000-yard campaign. Jackson also barely contributed as a receiver, had some fumble issues and made only one Pro Bowl. And while he?eventually rounded into a fine outfielder with the Royals, producing 3.5 bWAR in 1990, his struggles to control the strike zone and average efficiency (71 percent) as a baserunner made him more exciting than efficient. Jacksons best season in either sport came in 1990; had he stayed healthy, he might have eventually been productive enough to justify a return to the top of this list.1986: Lawrence Taylor, footballTaylors incredible athleticism was hardly new, given that he had revolutionized the role of pass-rusher since entering the league in 1981 and was in the middle of a streak of six consecutive first-team All-Pro appearances. While Taylors Giants were shut out in the playoffs by one of the greatest defenses in NFL history -- the 1985 Bears -- Taylor responded with one of the greatest individual seasons in league history the following year. He became just the second player since the league officially started recording sacks to accrue more than 20 in a season, picking up 20.5, with 18.5 of those coming in eight games against the rest of the NFC East. The Giants went 14-2, and after the calendar flipped to 1987, Big Blue outscored the opposition 105-23 over three games en route to a Super Bowl XXI victory.1987: Magic Johnson, basketballAnother player who it seems should have appeared on this list by now, Johnson had a credible case to claim this award as a rookie playing center in the 1980 NBA Finals, anticipating the small-ball movement by several decades. The 1986-87 season, surprisingly, brought Magic his first MVP trophy after seven seasons in the Association. Johnson led the league in assists per game, and while he was 10th?in points per game, his scoring average spiked by a full five points per game from the previous season. The Lakers went 65-17 under Pat Riley in 1986-87 before beating the Celtics in six games in the NBA Finals, with Magic winning his third Finals MVP in the process.1988-89: Mike Tyson, boxingThe devastating Tyson had already won three alphabet soup titles in 1987, but his first-round knockout of Michael Spinks in June 1988 gave him the lineal heavyweight championship and sent the previously undefeated Spinks into retirement. Tyson was at his peak in 88, fighting three times for a total of seven rounds while adding TKOs of Larry Holmes and Tony Tubbs to the Spinks knockout. The following year, he knocked out?Frank Bruno and Carl Williams in a combined six rounds. Finishing the year 37-0 with 33 knockouts, Tyson was almost too athletic and devastating for the boxing world.1990: Joe Montana, footballWith Tysons reign coming to a shocking end at the hands of Buster Douglas in February 1990, so too did his ownership of this entirely fictional belt.?Michael Jordan had already become an NBA icon, having led the league in scoring for four consecutive seasons, but he had won only one MVP award at this point (in 1988) and was still regarded by some as a player who couldnt get it done in the postseason. (Did he ever turn it around?) In any case, the most obvious candidate was Montana, who won his fourth title in January 1990 and added a second consecutive MVP trophy for his exploits during the subsequent 1990 campaign. This was peak Montana to the point where your author, then 6 years old, was shocked to find out that the state of Montana was not actually named after the 49ers quarterback.1991-93: Michael Jordan, basketballMontana suffered a serious injury against the Giants in January 1991 and sat out most of the next two seasons before finishing his career with the Chiefs. Jordan was the obvious candidate to inherit the belt and grabbed it with both hands. The Bulls won their first title in June 1991 by beating the Lakers in five games, and Jordan was named Finals MVP. Jordan and the Bulls repeated both feats each of the next two seasons, with MJ being named regular-season MVP of both the 1990-91 and 1991-92 campaigns. He added a gold medal as a member of the Dream Team during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and perhaps even more impressively, his side won the famous Dream Team intrasquad scrimmage.1994: Deion Sanders, baseball/footballJordan retired from the NBA in October 1993 and spent 1994 struggling in?minor league baseball. Watching one incredible athlete struggle to play baseball reinforced just how freakishly great Deion Sanders was. This wasnt his best year in the majors, but he generated 5.8 bWAR between 1992 and 1994 over 238 games for the Braves. More notably, of course, he had emerged as the best cornerback in football, as 1994 marked his third consecutive first-team All-Pro appearance as part of his debut season with the 49ers.1995: Shaquille ONeal, basketballSanders slipped a bit in 1995, playing nine games for the Cowboys without making it to the Pro Bowl. Jordan returned to basketball but played only 17 games before losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Magic. You could make a case for the smooth skills of David Robinson, who won league MVP, but Shaq was pure fury as a 22-year-old, leading the league in scoring for the first time while finishing second in the MVP voting. I mean, this was the same guy who was shattering backboards with dunks two years earlier. There are few big men in the history of the NBA who combined young Shaqs strength and athleticism.1996: tie between Michael Jordan, basketball, and Michael Johnson,?track and fieldThis?is maybe the toughest decision on the?entire list. Jordan returned to form during the 1995-96 season, winning his fourth MVP award while leading the Bulls to what probably holds up as the best season in NBA history. (Seventy-two wins and a title is better than 73 wins without one. Dont @ me. Please.) And yet, we know Jordan was an incredible player on an incredible team. What Michael Johnson did at the Atlanta Olympics in?1996 was unprecedented. He set the world record for the 200-meter dash twice, improving on a 19.72-second mark which had stood for nearly 20 years by running 19.66, and then following that up with a truly stunning 19.32 mark. Johnson became the first athlete to win the 200 and 400 during the same Olympiad in Olympics history.1997-98: Michael Jordan, basketballJohnson lost the 150-meter catch distance race to Canadas Donovan Bailey in June 1997, but Jordan kept on ticking. He and the Bulls won NBA titles during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, with Jordan winning Finals MVP both times. MJ added his fifth and final regular-season MVP award in 1998. I dont think this one is especially controversial.1999-2002: Tiger Woods,?golfJordan retired for the second time in January 1999 during the NBA lockout, and when he returned with the Wizards, he wasnt the same player. This works out well for our purposes, given that Woods was ascending during 1997 and 1998 before hitting his stride as a golfing phenom in 1999. After winning just one event (and losing a playoff in a second) in 1998, Woods won eight of the 21 tour events he entered in 1999, including the PGA Championship and the Tour Championship. The latter came as part of a six-tournament winning streak stretching across the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000.Woods 2000 season included 10?victories, three of which came in majors, with his 15-stroke victory in the U.S. Open the most dominant performance by Z-score in the modern history of the PGA Tour. Woods wasnt quite as transcendent the following two years, but he finished the Tiger Slam with the 2001 Masters and won Player of the Year for the third and fourth consecutive seasons. It wasnt until 2003 that Woods seriously declined and opened up the door for other candidates.2003: Tim Duncan, basketballBarry Bonds remarkable performance in the early 2000s would have made him the likely winner during his 73-homer season in 2001 and one of the top candidates in 2003, but Im ruling him out for clean/clear reasons. Lance Armstrong, likewise, was in the middle of his epic run in the Tour de France, but it doesnt feel right to reward him for his accomplishments given what we know now.That leaves a very viable third candidate in Duncan, who was at his zenith. Duncan, then 26, won his second consecutive MVP award in 2003 while also beating the Nets in six games to claim his second NBA title. He was a force of nature against the Kobe-Shaq Lakers in the playoffs, averaging 28.0 points and 11.8 rebounds, including a 37-16 statement in the clinching Game 6. Duncan was great for a long time, of course, but this was the last time he would win league MVP. Serena Williams, who was in the middle of the first Serena Slam, would be a totally reasonable choice here as well.2004: Michael Phelps, swimmingSo lets get this out of the way now: Michael Phelps is the greatest American athlete of all time. Hes the greatest Olympian of all time and its not particularly close: Phelps has 23 gold medals and nobody else has more than nine. The idea that the number of events in swimming inflates Phelps statistics doesnt really hold much muster. If it were that easy, why havent any swimmers before or after Phelps come close to matching his totals? Ian Thorpe, the best swimmer in the world in the era immediately preceding Phelps, won five golds. Matt Biondi ended up with eight. Jenny Thompson, the most decorated Olympic female swimmer in history, also won eight. Spitz won nine. He might have won more had he kept swimming after the 1972 Olympics, but he didnt.If Phelps was narrowly ahead of the competition -- if he had 10 or 11 gold medals -- maybe the inflation case would hold up. But 23?to nine is a landslide. Nobody else has won four gold medals in a single Olympics more than once. Phelps has done it four times. Nobody won eight medals in a boycott-free Olympics before Phelps. He did it twice, both in these 2004 Olympics and again in 2008. To the extent that we can compare athletes across different sports, Phelps has dominated swimming in a way that no other American athlete has dominated his or her sport at the highest level over a longer period of time. And if youre not picking Phelps because its impossible to make those kinds of comparisons, you cant pick anybody else.2005-06: Tiger Woods, golfWith Phelps winning a mere five golds at the 2005 World Championships, the title belt makes its way back to Woods, who returned to form after struggling with his swing and changing coaches between 2003 and 2004. Woods won six events -- including a pair of majors -- in 2005 and eight in 2006, including six consecutive tournaments to end his year. Woods took a two-month hiatus from the tour after the death of his father in 2006, so those eight wins came in just 15 tournament entries. He finished 2006 as the APs Athlete of the Year for the fourth time; the only other athlete to achieve that is Lance Armstrong. I think you could make a case for Reggie Bush in 2005, but Woods was just too good.2007: Randy Moss, footballWoods was about as good in 2007, but he was usurped by one of the greatest offenses in NFL history. The 2007 Patriots were a phenomenon, setting a record for the most points scored in a single season before it was eventually topped by the 2013 Broncos. (By standard score, which adjusts for scoring around the league, the 07 Pats come in as the fourth-best offense in league history.?But DVOA, which adjusts for strength of schedule and the Patriots taking it easy in garbage time, has the Pats ahead of the 2013 Broncos.) Even with the Super Bowl loss to the Giants, which technically took place in 2008, the title belt has to go to somebody from this team.The more difficult question is picking between Tom Brady and Randy Moss. You can make a case for Brady, given that he also simultaneously turned Wes Welker from a relatively anonymous Dolphins backup receiver into a superstar, but Moss was a force of nature in an entirely different way. They both set touchdown records, and Brady won MVP, but Moss was outrunning triple-teams and outjumping everyone in sight.2008: Michael Phelps, swimmingPhelps won eight gold medals in Beijing, setting six world records and a seventh Olympic record during a meet noted for the prevalence of the LZR Racer swimsuit. This was the most successful single Olympiad for an athlete in the history of the modern competition, and if you just pretend it never happened, Phelps would still be the most decorated athlete in Olympics history.2009-10: LeBron James, basketballIt seems like LeBron should have made an appearance by now, right? While nobody doubted LeBrons incredible, once-in-a-generation athleticism earlier in his career, the 2008-09 season marked the first time he was named NBA MVP, a feat he would repeat the following season. James probably deserved more consideration during the 2007-08 season, when he led the league in scoring. James posted a league-leading 20.3 win shares in 2008-09, resulting in a 21-win improvement for the Cavs. He would lead the league in that same category again the following season.2011: Aaron Rodgers, footballWith James scuffling ever so slightly during his first season in Miami, a natural opportunity arose for the best player in football. Rodgers began 2011 by claiming his first and only Super Bowl as part of a playoff run that?included three road victories and a 108.2 passer rating from Green Bays star quarterback. Buoyed by his success, Rodgers unleashed havoc upon the NFL the following year, leading the Packers to a 15-1 record while posting a ridiculous 45-6 touchdown-interception ratio. He finished the season with the best passer rating in league history, and while the Packers fell to the Giants in the playoffs, that wouldnt come into play until January 2012.2012-13: LeBron James, basketballBack to LeBron, who got things down with the Heat after that awkward -- if still excellent -- first season and finally won that elusive championship. He claimed both the regular-season and NBA Finals MVP awards during the 2011-12 campaign, and for good measure, he did it all again the following year. I probably dont need to tell you that LeBron James is a good athlete.2014: Mike Trout, baseballJames and the Heat slipped a bit during LeBrons final season in Miami, with the Heat losing to the Spurs in five games in the 2014 NBA Finals before James made his return to Cleveland. Meanwhile, a 22-year-old Mike Trout finally won the MVP award he had probably deserved each of the past two seasons, leading all hitters in bWAR while posting a .287/.377/.561 line. Im partial to his 10.8-bWAR season of 2013, when he emerged on the national radar with 30 homers and 49 bases. But when youre picking your favorite Mike Trout season, its hard to go wrong.2015: Serena Williams, tennisTrout ceded the AL MVP award to Josh Donaldson, but really, this is more about what Serena did than what Trout failed to do. For the second time, Williams won three majors in a calendar year and completed a Serena Slam, only to come up short in the semifinals of the US Open. Williams won five tournaments, withdrawing from three because of injury, while finishing with a 53-3 record. She was the No. 1 womens tennis player all season, and in winning those five tournaments, she dropped exactly one set in the finals and 12 sets altogether. Serena was unreal in 2015.2016: tie between Simone Biles, gymnastics, and Katie Ledecky, swimmingI tried. I agonized. I went back and forth, picking Biles, then Ledecky, then going back to Biles again. I ruled out Phelps, despite his stunning work in his fifth -- fifth -- Olympics, if only because he wasnt quite as dominant in victory as his two American teammates. Its that dominance which sets Biles and Ledecky apart. Theyre not just winning; theyre lapping the field, almost literally in Ledeckys case.Theres nobody else in American sports who is dominating their competition at quite the same level in 2016. Serena was that dominant in 2015, but she has won two tournaments this year. Steph Curry is a viable candidate, but is he that much better than LeBron or Durant? Can you pick the incredible J.J. Watt when he hasnt yet come close to winning an NFL MVP award? Biles and Ledecky both just dominated the world at their chosen sports at the highest possible level as 19-year-olds. (Think about what you considered pressure when you were 19.) Its not hard to pick them. Its impossible to pick between them. Wholesale Nike Shoes UK . 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CHICAGO -- The Cincinnati Reds hope new pitching coaches will help address whats ailing a revolving door staff.The Reds dismissed pitching coach Mark Riggins prior to Mondays series opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and elevated bullpen coach Mack Jenkins into the role.Theyll also bring up Triple-A Louisville pitching coach Ted Power to oversee the Reds bullpen.The changes came after the Reds had used 27 different pitchers -- including 12 starters -- since Opening Day with poor collective results for a staff ranked at or near the bottom in major league pitching categories.I wish it was a different situation for Mack to enter, Reds manager Bryan Price said. If we put everything else aside and just look at Mack as a pitching coach, I dont think theres any question hes ready to do this job. He knows the organization, hes extremely invested in all the players and his familiarity here gives him a real step up.The problem for the Reds is translating minor league success to the next level.The challenges that weve had at the end of last year and this year is transitioning the pitchers that are pitching well in Triple-A to actually pitching well in the major leagues, Price said. So perhaps the heads together (Jenkins and Power) will allow us to get to a place where we can get over some of these hurdles.Cellar-dwelling Cincinnati (30-54) has lost 15 of its last 19 games after Mondays 10-4 setback to the Central Division-leading Cubs.Entering Monday, the Reds had the leagues worst team ERA (5.51), walked the most batters (364), were 24th in strikeouts (298), 26th in oppponents batting average (. Cheap Nike Shoes UK. 272) and had the fewest shutouts (one).The numbers arent good, Price said.Riggins, 59, was in his first season on the clubs big league staff. He spent the previous four as the Reds minor league pitching coordinator.The Cubs have also had some pitching worries with starters delivering a 6.60 ERA during a 4-7 road trip, including a four-game sweep by the New York Mets that saw rocky outings by reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and left-hander Jon Lester, named the National League Pitcher of the Month for June.But Kyle Hendricks helped allay worries about any Cubs free fall as he scattered four hits and did not allow an earned run over 5 1/3 innings as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with Mondays victory.The return date for outfielder and leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler from the disabled list remains up in the air.Fowler, who was sidelined last month with a right hamstring strain, could be voted an All-Star Game starter but has to be activated by weeks end in order to play.Its not impossible to think that it can be by the end of this week, said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. But its a day-to-day thing. Hes getting better, hes feeling well.The series continues with day games on Tuesday and Wednesday before an off-day for the Reds.The Cubs, meanwhile, host the Braves on Thursday in a makeup of a April 30 rainout. Its part of a run of 24 consecutive games that will carry Chicago into the All-Star break. ' ' '
NEW YORK -- Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton helped the San Jose Sharks get a big win after a rough loss across town the previous nightPavelski scored with 2:11 left to lift the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Discount Nike Shox . Melker Karlsson and Tomas Hertl also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games.Thornton set up both the tying and winning goals by sending the puck at the net, with the first going in off Hertls leg late in the second period. On the winning goal, Thornton sent a pass into the slot and Pavelski deflected it in.He buys that extra second and allows you to get open, Pavelski said of Thornton. When you get open, he puts it in the spot you want and its good to see that one go in for sure.:Pavelski got his fifth point in two games after having a goal and three assists in the Sharks 7-4 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday. The veteran forward liked the way his team bounced back against the Islanders.That was a lot better, Pavelski said. We still havent had a whole lot of time together. Its going to keep coming and each nights a little different. We just forechecked a lot better tonight.Brent Burns also had two assists giving both him and Thornton five on the season. Aaron Dell stopped 21 shots to win his NHL debut, with the last stop coming on Brock Nelsons slap shot in the final second.It took to the very last second to make it real there, Dell said. I didnt really realize it until after I got off (the ice), so that was crazy. ... Its nice to get that one out of the way. Now we got to move forward here and finish the rest of this trip off.The 27-year-old Dell, who appeared in 157 games in the CHL, ECHL and AHL, said he didnt change his approach for his first game in the NHL.I tried not to think about it too much, he said. Just do the same things I always do and it really wasnt too bad. Ive played enough games that I can just do the same thing every time.Anthony Beauvillier and Anders Lee scored for the Islanders, and Jaroslav Halak finished with 24 saves. New York lost for the third time in four games.We could have put more shots on net tonight at certain spots in the game, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. But they are good hockey team. Were there 2-2 and we didnt get the bounce in the third.The Islanders trailed 1-0 after getting outplayed in the first period, but picked it up in the second and took the lead with two goals 2:10 apart in the middle of the period.Beauvillier, one of the Islanders two 19-year-old rookies, tied it with his first career goal at 9:39. Driving to the net, his first shot was stopped by Dell, but he reached out and backhanded the rebound in the air over Dells glove and in.Had a good bounce and it went in, Beauvillier said. It felt good. Would have been better with a win. ... Im just happy to have my first one so I can move on from here and get a second and third one.Lee made it 2-1 with 8:11 left. Jason Chimera backhanded a pass toward the middle to Lee, who wristed it up over Dells shoulder.The Sharks tied it 2-2 with 1:57 left in the middle period as Thorntons shot deflected off Hertls thigh and in.The Sharks controlled the puck most of the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Islanders 10-4. The Islanders failed to get a shot on goal over the last 12:47 of the period.Karlsson got the Sharks on the scoreboard with his first of the season at 5:36. Tommy Wingels brought the puck around the net to the left side and passed it in front to Karlsson, who tipped it past Halak. It was Karlssons 24th career goal in 122 games.Game notes F Joel Ward played in his 600th career game. ... F Patrick Marleau played in his 546th consecutive game. ... Pavelski played in his 418th career game. ... The Islanders lost at home to a Western Conference team for the first time since moving to Barclays Center before last season. After going 12-0-2 here against the West last year, New York won its home opener against Anaheim on Sunday night. ... Free agent signee Andrew Ladd has no points through his first four games in New York. ... Mathew Barzal, New Yorks other 19-year-old rookie, sat out for the third time in four games.UP NEXTSharks: Continue a five-game road trip at defending champion Pittsburgh on Thursday night in the teams first meeting since the Stanley Cup final.Islanders: Continue a five-game homestand against Arizona on Friday night.---Follow Vin Cherwoo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP Wholesale Nike Shoes From China . LOUIS -- St. Cheap Nike Shox Online . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. 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It came at the end of a news conference to announce the naming-rights deal that is for nearly $250 million over 18 years.The agreement will help pay for a nearly completed $500 million stadium renovation that includes a canopy over the stands and new scoreboards.The stadium, which opened in 1987, is home to the Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and Orange Bowl game, and will be the site of the 2020 Super Bowl. Brazils national soccer team will play six or seven games at the stadium in the next several years, and Real Madrid has scheduled a game at the stadium next year, the Dolphins announced.Hard Rock is the eighth name for the stadium, most recently known as Sun LLife Stadium. Nike Shox Shoes Outlet. Hard Rock International, based in Orlando, Florida, has restaurants, hotels and casinos in 70 countries, including two hotels and casinos owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.The NFL approved the naming-rights deal while the tribe is involved in a federal lawsuit over whether it is conducting illegal gambling in its casinos because key parts of the tribes gambling agreement with the state have expired. The Dolphins deal is with the company that owns the Hard Rock brand, not the entity that owns the Florida casinos, the NFL said.Hard Rock is a name that is synonymous with music and entertainment, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. To eliminate any potential confusion, both the Dolphins and Hard Rock agreed that there would be no gambling-related advertising in or around the stadium, which otherwise would have been permissible under our policy.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Cheap Barcelona Jerseys China . -- Leading California by 18 points midway through the second half, San Diego States Jeremy Hemsley thought he and his teammates became a little complacent.Coach Steve Fisher didnt see it that way and was more focused on the outcome -- a big win for the Aztecs, one week after they got blown out by 14th-ranked Gonzaga.Hemsley scored 15 points, Trey Kell converted a 3-point play with 2:21 remaining that pushed a shrinking lead back into double digits and San Diego State beat California 77-65 on Monday night.We let them get some easy looks and we werent rebounding as well as we did in the first half, Hemsley said. Thats something we do have to work on, playing the whole game and not letting the foot off the gas pedal.Malik Pope had 14 points and five rebounds in his season debut before fouling out late in the second half, Kell scored 11 points and Max Hoetzel added 11 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State (3-1). Pope sat out the first three games with a knee injury.The Aztecs shot just 36.9 percent and let most of a 62-44 lead slip away before holding on for their fourth straight win between the two teams.You have to be able to stem the tide and not allow a run to grow and grow and grow, Fisher said. It happens. I dont know that we let up. Cal competes hard and so do we.Both teams struggled shooting most of the game but combined for 67 free throw attempts at the Golden 1 Center, home to the NBAs Sacramento Kings.Ivan Rabb had 19 points and 11 rebounds in his first game of the season for California (2-1).Once Ivan settled down and we settled down we were able to see the defense and we were able to do a better job, Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said.GOLDEN DEBUT FOR BOTH TEAMSThe game was the second NCAA game played at the Golden 1 Center. UC Davis beat Sacramento State 81-72 in the first half of the doubleheader. Former Cal point guard and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson attended the game and sat courtside.POLL IMPLICATIONSMaybe the voters saw this coming. California dropped out of the Top 25 this week despite beating Irvine while playing without three starters. The Bears had a chance to get back in with a win over the Aztecs but thats not going to happen now.BIG PICTURESan Diego State: Fishers team had been playing short-handed in its first three games but got most of the injured guys back. Popes return was key but the Aztecs will need to find more scoring somewhere. They made only 11 of 32 shots after halftime.California: This was a step up in competition and the Bears didnt handle it well early, shooting only 23.1 percent in the first half. That they made it close in the second half was mostly due to the Aztecs poor shooting. Still, what looked like a blowout turned into a tight stretch run and for that Cal can feel good. Getting Rabb back was also big, though its clear hes going to need some time to get adjusted.UP NEXTSan Diego State: Hosts Savannah State on Nov. 28.California: Hosts Wyoming on Friday night. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Outlet . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont. Cheap Soccer Jerseys China . For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. http://www.cheapsoccerchina.com/ . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second.BOSTON -- The trend of hiding injuries is nothing new in sports. But Chicago coach Joel Quenneville may have added a new wrinkle to the art of deception. Blackhawks star Marian Hossa was a late scratch for Game 3 Monday against the Bruins, replaced by Ben Smith. On Tuesday, Quenneville was quizzed why Smith hadnt taken part in the warmup if there was a chance that Hossa could not go. "He would have taken warmup if we wanted him to," Quenneville finally said. "He knew there was a chance he was going to play. He was getting himself ready. "I just didnt want to tip our hand that theres something going on." Theres the rub. Quenneville not only hid the nature of Hossas injury (upper body), he started off by hiding any hint that there was an injury. Did it help? Well, the Bruins won the game and Boston coach Claude Julien admitted only to surprise at seeing the game sheet that omitted Hossa. "But to be honest with you, there wasnt any changes in our game," Julien said. "As I mentioned the other day when I was asked about another player, we dont make our game plan based on an individual. "I can definitely tell you they lost a pretty important player on their roster, but that doesnt mean we change our game. I think its important we stick with what we believe in." The Hossa incident triggered several questions about the practice of not divulging injury information or just offering a blanket upper or lower body description. "I guess well go back to history on that one." said Quenneville. "We dont disclose injuries, particularly come playoff time.&quoot; While he wouldnt detail the when or what of Hossas injury, Quenneville was willing to say why. Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys China. . What is the strategic disadvantage of fessing up, he was asked. "I think thats self-explanatory," the coach replied. Julien said he understands the deception when it comes to protecting a player. "I think if its something that doesnt put your player in danger, I dont see why you shouldnt talk about it," he said. "Theres times where you have to protect your players, and I understand it. I know its frustrating for you guys as media. Youre trying to share that information. The most important thing for us, we can take the heat for that, is protecting your players. I respect that from other teams. When youre playing against each other, stuff like that, you know exactly where everybody is coming from." Then Julien smiled. "Ill share one with you. Yesterday in a warmup. Zdeno Chara fell down, got a cut over the eye. Ill let you know about that. Thats not a hidden injury." Julien had provided those details the night before, when asked about the injury. But Chara himself offered little other than to say he lost an edge. Then the Bruins captain asked if there were questions about the game. Quenneville, meanwhile, stayed mum on how Hossa was injured. The previous night he had rejected reports -- including from his own teams official Twitter account -- that the star forward was hurt in the warmup. "Im not going to get exactly what the injury is or where it occurred but Im going to say hes likely to play (Wednesday) night," he said Tuesday. ' ' '
TORONTO -- Canadian mens basketball coach Jay Triano has seen Brady Heslip hit more than a few shots over the years. Discount Nike Zoom Sale . He watched him do it again Thursday night. The guard from Baylor University, who just happens to be Trianos nephew, scored 18 points and was named player of the game as Canada defeated Jamaica 81-72 in the opener of the Jack Donohue International Classic. "Ive known him his whole life and hes never lacked confidence shooting the basketball," Triano said of Heslip. "Thats a great thing. I want him to shoot the basketball when hes open like that." Heslip, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Canadians pulled away, finished the night 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. "Theres no greater honour than playing for Canada," said Heslip, who grew up in Burlington, Ont. "Thats been instilled (in me) my whole life and its been my main goal. "Everybody wants to be a part of what were doing right now and the direction Canada Basketball is going." Levon Kendall added 16 points for the Canadians, while Jevohn Shepherd chipped in with 12 of his own in the first game of the exhibition showcase being held at the Ryerson Universitys Mattamy Athletic Centre. Jamaica got off to a quick start with the first four points of the game, but the Canadians came back to lead 29-21 after the first 10-minute quarter. Canada saw its lead cut to two at the break thanks in large part to Jamaicas Adrian Uter, who scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half. The hosts got a spark in the third when Andrew Nicholson, who plays for the Orlando Magic, got tangled up with Jamaicas Samardo Samuels. Teammates quickly stepped in between the two to prevent things from escalating, but the exchange fired up Canada. "It was a little chippy out there," said Canadas Cory Joseph, a member of the San Antonio Spurs. "We know its a physical game in FIBA, especially in the lane and you could see that tonight." In addition to the NBA talent suited up to represent Canada, there was plenty of support in the gym with forward Andrew Wiggins, who will play at the University of Kansas this season and is expected to be the top pick in the 2014 draft, among those in the crowd. "Its great just to have all of the media hype, and the support of all the fans," Joseph said. "Were looking to grow from here. Youve got to love it, for people to come out and represent our country. We were just trying to put our hearts on the court for them and it was good." While Wiggins has elected to spend his summer preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA, he figures to be part of the programs future. "Those guys are part of our pool of players," Triano said. "Theyre part of Canada Basketball moving forward. Obviously, Im happy theyre here and theyre a part of this team. Theyre a part of the pool of players that were going to move forward with and them getting to watch is educational for them as far as what we need to do and what were going to have to do better." Canada and Jamaica meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch. The hosts got a spark in the third when Andrew Nicholson, who plays for the Orlando Magic, got tangled up with Jamaicas Samardo Samuels. Teammates quickly stepped in between the two to prevent things from escalating, but the exchange fired up Canada. "It was a little chippy out there," said Canadas Cory Joseph, a member of the San Antonio Spurs. "We know its a physical game in FIBA, especially in the lane and you could see that tonight." In addition to the NBA talent suited up to represent Canada, there was plenty of support in the gym with forward Andrew Wiggins, who will play at the University of Kansas this season and is expected to be the top pick in the 2014 draft, among those in the crowd. "Its great just to have all of the media hype, and the support of all the fans," Joseph said. "Were looking to grow from here. Youve got to love it, for people to come out and represent our country. We were just trying to put our hearts on the court for them and it was good." While Wiggins has elected to spend his summer preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA, he figures to be part of the programs future. "Those guys are part of our pool of players," Triano said. "Theyre part of Canada Basketball moving forward. Obviously, Im happy theyre here and theyre a part of this team. Theyre a part of the pool of players that were going to move forward with and them getting to watch is educational for them as far as what we need to do and what were going to have to do better." Canada and Jamaica meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch. Wholesale Nike Zoom From China . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Wholesale Nike Zoom . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. http://www.discountnikezoom.com/ . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. While theyre busy?trying to re-sign Dwyane Wade?and Hassan Whiteside,?the Miami Heat now face another challenge.On Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets reportedly offered Miami restricted free agent Tyler Johnson a four-year offer sheet worth $50 million. When Johnson officially signs the offer sheet after the NBAs moratorium concludes on Thursday, the Heat will have three days to decide whether too match. Cheap Nike Zoom Free Shipping. Miamis decision is complicated by the back-loaded nature of the offer sheet, similar to the ones the Houston Rockets used to sign Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in the summer of 2012.Is Johnson worth the money? Or should the Heat let him leave? ' ' '
TORONTO -- Canadian mens basketball coach Jay Triano has seen Brady Heslip hit more than a few shots over the years. Discount Nike Zoom Sale . He watched him do it again Thursday night. The guard from Baylor University, who just happens to be Trianos nephew, scored 18 points and was named player of the game as Canada defeated Jamaica 81-72 in the opener of the Jack Donohue International Classic. "Ive known him his whole life and hes never lacked confidence shooting the basketball," Triano said of Heslip. "Thats a great thing. I want him to shoot the basketball when hes open like that." Heslip, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Canadians pulled away, finished the night 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. "Theres no greater honour than playing for Canada," said Heslip, who grew up in Burlington, Ont. "Thats been instilled (in me) my whole life and its been my main goal. "Everybody wants to be a part of what were doing right now and the direction Canada Basketball is going." Levon Kendall added 16 points for the Canadians, while Jevohn Shepherd chipped in with 12 of his own in the first game of the exhibition showcase being held at the Ryerson Universitys Mattamy Athletic Centre. Jamaica got off to a quick start with the first four points of the game, but the Canadians came back to lead 29-21 after the first 10-minute quarter. Canada saw its lead cut to two at the break thanks in large part to Jamaicas Adrian Uter, who scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half. The hosts got a spark in the third when Andrew Nicholson, who plays for the Orlando Magic, got tangled up with Jamaicas Samardo Samuels. Teammates quickly stepped in between the two to prevent things from escalating, but the exchange fired up Canada. "It was a little chippy out there," said Canadas Cory Joseph, a member of the San Antonio Spurs. "We know its a physical game in FIBA, especially in the lane and you could see that tonight." In addition to the NBA talent suited up to represent Canada, there was plenty of support in the gym with forward Andrew Wiggins, who will play at the University of Kansas this season and is expected to be the top pick in the 2014 draft, among those in the crowd. "Its great just to have all of the media hype, and the support of all the fans," Joseph said. "Were looking to grow from here. Youve got to love it, for people to come out and represent our country. We were just trying to put our hearts on the court for them and it was good." While Wiggins has elected to spend his summer preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA, he figures to be part of the programs future. "Those guys are part of our pool of players," Triano said. "Theyre part of Canada Basketball moving forward. Obviously, Im happy theyre here and theyre a part of this team. Theyre a part of the pool of players that were going to move forward with and them getting to watch is educational for them as far as what we need to do and what were going to have to do better." Canada and Jamaica meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch. The hosts got a spark in the third when Andrew Nicholson, who plays for the Orlando Magic, got tangled up with Jamaicas Samardo Samuels. Teammates quickly stepped in between the two to prevent things from escalating, but the exchange fired up Canada. "It was a little chippy out there," said Canadas Cory Joseph, a member of the San Antonio Spurs. "We know its a physical game in FIBA, especially in the lane and you could see that tonight." In addition to the NBA talent suited up to represent Canada, there was plenty of support in the gym with forward Andrew Wiggins, who will play at the University of Kansas this season and is expected to be the top pick in the 2014 draft, among those in the crowd. "Its great just to have all of the media hype, and the support of all the fans," Joseph said. "Were looking to grow from here. Youve got to love it, for people to come out and represent our country. We were just trying to put our hearts on the court for them and it was good." While Wiggins has elected to spend his summer preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA, he figures to be part of the programs future. "Those guys are part of our pool of players," Triano said. "Theyre part of Canada Basketball moving forward. Obviously, Im happy theyre here and theyre a part of this team. Theyre a part of the pool of players that were going to move forward with and them getting to watch is educational for them as far as what we need to do and what were going to have to do better." Canada and Jamaica meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch. Wholesale Nike Zoom From China . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Wholesale Nike Zoom . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. http://www.discountnikezoom.com/ . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. While theyre busy?trying to re-sign Dwyane Wade?and Hassan Whiteside,?the Miami Heat now face another challenge.On Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets reportedly offered Miami restricted free agent Tyler Johnson a four-year offer sheet worth $50 million. When Johnson officially signs the offer sheet after the NBAs moratorium concludes on Thursday, the Heat will have three days to decide whether too match. Cheap Nike Zoom Free Shipping. Miamis decision is complicated by the back-loaded nature of the offer sheet, similar to the ones the Houston Rockets used to sign Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in the summer of 2012.Is Johnson worth the money? Or should the Heat let him leave? ' ' '
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have hired former major league All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to manage Triple-A Charlotte. Saucony Shoes Outlet Online .Grudzielanek spent the past two seasons working in the Arizona Diamondbacks player development system. He played 15 seasons in the majors from 1995 to 2010, was an All-Star for the Montreal Expos in 1996 and won a Gold Glove for the Kansas City Royals in 2006.Other managing assignments announced Wednesday were: Julio Vinas (Double-A Birmingham), Willie Harris (Class A Winston-Salem), Justin Jirschele (Class A Kannapolis), Tim Esmay (Great Falls) and Ryan Newman (Arizona Rookie League). Steve McCatty (Charlotte) and John Ely (Great Falls) were hired as pitching coaches.Richard Dotson will serve as the organizations pitching coordinator and Mike Gellinger as hitting coordinator. Cheap Saucony Shoes Outlet . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. China Saucony Shoes Outlet . Self was acquired from the Buffalo Bandits in a trade for Alex Hill midway through last season, and made his debut in Rochester on March 16, 2013. http://www.sauconyoutletonline.com/ .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. EL PASO, Texas -- A former football player at UTEP has been found not guilty of raping a woman in a dorm last year.Twenty-one-year-old David Hamm was acquitted by a jury Thursday of a single count of sexual assault. He had faced a sentence of 20 years.The woman, a former UTEP athlete, had alleged Hamm forced himself on her after she rebuffed him. He was arrested in November after the woman went to authorities.Hamm was a runningg back for the Miners in 2014, playing in 11 games. Wholesale Saucony Shoes Outlet. He was dismissed from the team the following year for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.He then transferred to McNeese State in Louisiana to play there. An online roster maintained by the university indicates hes no longer with the team. ' ' 'y signs the offer sheet after the NBAs moratorium concludes on Thursday, the Heat will have three days to decide whether too match. Cheap Nike Zoom Free Shipping. Miamis decision is complicated by the back-loaded nature of the offer sheet, similar to the ones the Houston Rockets used to sign Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in the summer of 2012.Is Johnson worth the money? Or should the Heat let him leave? ' ' '
TORONTO -- Canadian mens basketball coach Jay Triano has seen Brady Heslip hit more than a few shots over the years. Discount Nike Zoom Sale . He watched him do it again Thursday night. The guard from Baylor University, who just happens to be Trianos nephew, scored 18 points and was named player of the game as Canada defeated Jamaica 81-72 in the opener of the Jack Donohue International Classic. "Ive known him his whole life and hes never lacked confidence shooting the basketball," Triano said of Heslip. "Thats a great thing. I want him to shoot the basketball when hes open like that." Heslip, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Canadians pulled away, finished the night 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. "Theres no greater honour than playing for Canada," said Heslip, who grew up in Burlington, Ont. "Thats been instilled (in me) my whole life and its been my main goal. "Everybody wants to be a part of what were doing right now and the direction Canada Basketball is going." Levon Kendall added 16 points for the Canadians, while Jevohn Shepherd chipped in with 12 of his own in the first game of the exhibition showcase being held at the Ryerson Universitys Mattamy Athletic Centre. Jamaica got off to a quick start with the first four points of the game, but the Canadians came back to lead 29-21 after the first 10-minute quarter. Canada saw its lead cut to two at the break thanks in large part to Jamaicas Adrian Uter, who scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half. The hosts got a spark in the third when Andrew Nicholson, who plays for the Orlando Magic, got tangled up with Jamaicas Samardo Samuels. Teammates quickly stepped in between the two to prevent things from escalating, but the exchange fired up Canada. "It was a little chippy out there," said Canadas Cory Joseph, a member of the San Antonio Spurs. "We know its a physical game in FIBA, especially in the lane and you could see that tonight." In addition to the NBA talent suited up to represent Canada, there was plenty of support in the gym with forward Andrew Wiggins, who will play at the University of Kansas this season and is expected to be the top pick in the 2014 draft, among those in the crowd. "Its great just to have all of the media hype, and the support of all the fans," Joseph said. "Were looking to grow from here. Youve got to love it, for people to come out and represent our country. We were just trying to put our hearts on the court for them and it was good." While Wiggins has elected to spend his summer preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA, he figures to be part of the programs future. "Those guys are part of our pool of players," Triano said. "Theyre part of Canada Basketball moving forward. Obviously, Im happy theyre here and theyre a part of this team. Theyre a part of the pool of players that were going to move forward with and them getting to watch is educational for them as far as what we need to do and what were going to have to do better." Canada and Jamaica meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch. The hosts got a spark in the third when Andrew Nicholson, who plays for the Orlando Magic, got tangled up with Jamaicas Samardo Samuels. Teammates quickly stepped in between the two to prevent things from escalating, but the exchange fired up Canada. "It was a little chippy out there," said Canadas Cory Joseph, a member of the San Antonio Spurs. "We know its a physical game in FIBA, especially in the lane and you could see that tonight." In addition to the NBA talent suited up to represent Canada, there was plenty of support in the gym with forward Andrew Wiggins, who will play at the University of Kansas this season and is expected to be the top pick in the 2014 draft, among those in the crowd. "Its great just to have all of the media hype, and the support of all the fans," Joseph said. "Were looking to grow from here. Youve got to love it, for people to come out and represent our country. We were just trying to put our hearts on the court for them and it was good." While Wiggins has elected to spend his summer preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA, he figures to be part of the programs future. "Those guys are part of our pool of players," Triano said. "Theyre part of Canada Basketball moving forward. Obviously, Im happy theyre here and theyre a part of this team. Theyre a part of the pool of players that were going to move forward with and them getting to watch is educational for them as far as what we need to do and what were going to have to do better." Canada and Jamaica meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch. Wholesale Nike Zoom From China . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Wholesale Nike Zoom . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. http://www.discountnikezoom.com/ . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. While theyre busy?trying to re-sign Dwyane Wade?and Hassan Whiteside,?the Miami Heat now face another challenge.On Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets reportedly offered Miami restricted free agent Tyler Johnson a four-year offer sheet worth $50 million. When Johnson officially signs the offer sheet after the NBAs moratorium concludes on Thursday, the Heat will have three days to decide whether too match. Cheap Nike Zoom Free Shipping. Miamis decision is complicated by the back-loaded nature of the offer sheet, similar to the ones the Houston Rockets used to sign Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in the summer of 2012.Is Johnson worth the money? Or should the Heat let him leave? ' ' '
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have hired former major league All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to manage Triple-A Charlotte. Saucony Shoes Outlet Online .Grudzielanek spent the past two seasons working in the Arizona Diamondbacks player development system. He played 15 seasons in the majors from 1995 to 2010, was an All-Star for the Montreal Expos in 1996 and won a Gold Glove for the Kansas City Royals in 2006.Other managing assignments announced Wednesday were: Julio Vinas (Double-A Birmingham), Willie Harris (Class A Winston-Salem), Justin Jirschele (Class A Kannapolis), Tim Esmay (Great Falls) and Ryan Newman (Arizona Rookie League). Steve McCatty (Charlotte) and John Ely (Great Falls) were hired as pitching coaches.Richard Dotson will serve as the organizations pitching coordinator and Mike Gellinger as hitting coordinator. Cheap Saucony Shoes Outlet . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. China Saucony Shoes Outlet . Self was acquired from the Buffalo Bandits in a trade for Alex Hill midway through last season, and made his debut in Rochester on March 16, 2013. http://www.sauconyoutletonline.com/ .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. EL PASO, Texas -- A former football player at UTEP has been found not guilty of raping a woman in a dorm last year.Twenty-one-year-old David Hamm was acquitted by a jury Thursday of a single count of sexual assault. He had faced a sentence of 20 years.The woman, a former UTEP athlete, had alleged Hamm forced himself on her after she rebuffed him. He was arrested in November after the woman went to authorities.Hamm was a runningg back for the Miners in 2014, playing in 11 games. Wholesale Saucony Shoes Outlet. He was dismissed from the team the following year for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.He then transferred to McNeese State in Louisiana to play there. An online roster maintained by the university indicates hes no longer with the team. ' ' '
BUFFALO, N. Cheap Air Max Plus Free Shipping .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres are sending top prospect Alexander Nylander to play for Sweden in the world junior hockey championships next week.The Sabres selected Nylander with the eighth overall pick in this years draft. The forward has five goals and 12 assists in 29 games with Rochester in the AHL.Nylander had four goals and five assists for Sweden at last years world juniors. Buffalo announced the move Tuesday.This years tournament opens Monday, with games split between Toronto and Montreal. Discount Air Max Plus . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. Discount Air Max Plus Online . "Jeff is a hard worker who was an important special-teams contributor for us last season," said Stamps GM John Hufnagel. http://www.wholesaleairmaxplus.us/ .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. SEATTLE -- As his career has progressed, Seattles Richard Sherman has become more adept at shadowing a specific wide receiver instead of concentrating on covering one side of the field.He may have quite the challenge coming up Sunday: Atlantas Julio Jones, just two weeks removed from racking up 300 yards receiving against Carolina.I watch the wide receiver play in Julio, hes one the very greatest football minds at his position. He has a real understanding of the game, the coverage, the leverage and that was one of the things when I first met Sherm, said Atlanta head coach and former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. I was so impressed with his football knowledge growing stronger through the years. Thatll be a classic matchup that were looking forward to being a part of.Yes, even the coaches are excited to see how this one plays out.While its not certain Sherman will match up on Jones exclusively, there have been plenty of assumptions this week that that will be the case. And should they face off, there wont be any acrimony. Jones and Sherman have become friends off the field after meeting at the Pro Bowl.Hes a fascinating dude, Sherman said.Once criticized for only playing left cornerback, Sherman has taken on more responsibility for following the opponents top wide receiver in recent seasons. Among those hes chased around are Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, Torrey Smith, A.J. Green and two weeks ago, Brandon Marshall.Marshall got the better of Sherman in the first half of the Week 4 meeting between the Jets and Seahawks. But Sherman came out on top , with Seattle winning 27-17 and Sherman having his first two-interception game since the 2014 season.Jones said he doesnt know what to expect from the Seahawks.If thats what they think is going to slow me down or give them the best chance at being successful, thats what theyre going to do. Im not their coach to decide that. Its whatever they do, Jones said. Im not calling anyone out or anything; nor am I going to shy away from competition. Im definitely going to compete every play, it doesnt matter whos guarding me.Two weeks ago, Jones posted one of the best games ever by an NFL receiver. He finished with 12 catches for exactly 300 yards in the win over Carolina, becoming the sixth player to have 300 or more yards receiving in a game. Wholesale Air Max. . Jones averaged an astounding 25 yards per reception.But he was quieted last week against Denver. The Broncos werent going to let Jones have another huge game, putting double coverage on him for most of the game and holding him to two catches for 29 yards.The Seahawks are viewing that game against Denver as an anomaly.Hes been a great player for a long time, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. He came out as a great one. Hes just got marvelous talents, and hes really fast when he gets going down field, and hes a big playmaker and all that.Shermans shadowing of top wide receivers is also an acknowledgement of the versatility in Seattle secondary. DeShawn Shead and Jeremy Lane both have experience playing as nickel cornerbacks defending slot receives and playing on the outside. Their skills give Sherman the freedom to roam.It gets easier the more you do it. If you never dribble with your left hand and they ask you to dribble with your right, youre not going to be great at dribbling with your left hand. But if they ask you to dribble both, youll be adept at it, Sherman said. Its been something thats been fun for me. Whenever they ask me to do it, whenever the challenge presents itself or a team, its always their decision. Its not like I get to pick or choose which games I do it.Game notes Jones (knee) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. Jones said the day off was precautionary. Im good to go, he said. ... The Falcons hope both starting LBs Deion Jones (ankle) and DeVondre Campbell (ankle) will be able to play. Campbell has missed the past four games, while Jones missed last Sundays win over Denver. ... Seattle QB Russell Wilson said Thursday hes feeling way better, coming off the bye. Wilson said he spent the bye week in California and received treatment on his sprained ankle and knee.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
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