He has the size and strength to be an imposing presence in the paint on a roster that is lacking in the frontcourt. He has the shooting touch and passing skills to make him a perfect fit in international play and in coach Mike Krzyzewski's system. And he has the confidence not to back down against the best competition the United States has to offer. The best-case scenario for this young American team going forward would be to have Cousins emerge as a future building block and reliable contributor to a team that will compete for the World Cup in Spain Spain next summer. And the best-case scenario for Cousins would be to get the kind of structure and guidance that Krzyzewski and managing director Jerry Colangelo can provide to a 22-year-old who has had precious little of either during a volatile first three seasons in the NBA. ''I believe I mature after every season,'' Cousins said after working out with 27 other young players at a USA Basketball minicamp on the UNLV campus. ''I believe people forget I am just 22. At the same time I've got a big responsibility. It's going to take me time, and I'm still learning. But I believe I do improve every year.'' It can be easy to forget that Cousins won't turn 23 until August. The Sacramento Kings drafted him fifth overall in 2010, and he's been in the headlines so often in his first three seasons in the league that it seems like he's been a pro for much longer. He's averaged nearly a double-double - 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds - in three seasons, but has also gained a hot-head reputation for several suspensions and fines during his time in Sacramento. He was in Las Vegas last year as part of the U.S. select team that practiced against the Olympic team in the run-up to the London Games, but that ended on a sour note after a disagreement with Colangelo. That didn't stop Colangelo from inviting him back this summer for a four-day camp featuring some of the rising young stars in the game. The only player with Olympic experience at the camp is New Orleans forward Anthony Davis. With no competition to prepare for this summer, Colangelo and Krzyzewski are using this week to identify and develop some of the country's younger talent. As far as Colangelo was concerned, there was no question that Cousins' name belonged on the list. ''Last year it wasn't a good situation at the end of the day,'' Colangelo said. ''This time around, it's a clean slate for every one of the players. So we're starting from scratch. ... No harm, no foul.'' The gesture seems to have resonated with Cousins, even if he didn't agree with how his time here last year was portrayed. ''I believe the whole thing was blown out of proportion,'' Cousins said. ''What was said between us really wasn't as bad as it (seemed). For him to just push that aside and give me another chance, I'm very thankful for it. I'm going to come in here and make the best of opportunity.'' Cousins said there was a time not long ago when he wouldn't have accepted the invitation to come back to Vegas, with his pride getting in the way. The fact that he's here, in his eyes, is proof of maturity. ''I could've been stubborn and been like, 'Forget that. You had your chance at me,''' Cousins said. ''But I'm going to come in and make the best of my opportunity.'' It's a summer of fresh starts for Cousins, who will be playing for a new coach, a new general manager and a new ownership group that bought the Kings from the Maloof brothers to ensure the franchise stayed in Sacramento. Several team officials, including head coach Mike Malone, visited him at his Alabama home earlier this offseason, and they've gone out of their way to make him feel wanted. New GM Pete D'Alessandro has already called Cousins the face of the franchise. ''It comes with a lot of responsibility, but that being said, it's something I already knew,'' Cousins said. ''But I'm glad it's finally being said. I mean I'm going to take this opportunity and I'm going to do my damn best. Hopefully, I can lead this team to some wins.'' John Calipari coached Cousins in college at Kentucky and has spoken with members of the Kings organization and offered his views on how best to work with Cousins. ''I used to tell the Maloofs, 'You get him right, he's an All-Star,''' Calipari said. ''And he's young. You can't get guys like that.'' Being here with USA Basketball may be the first step for Cousins in putting it all together. ''What's going on for him here is the best thing for his career, being coached by these guys, being in this, taking pride in something other than himself,'' Calipari said. ''It's about this organization. If you want to make it, you make everybody better or you're not making the team.'' ---Any New News please contact us : http://www.underjerseys.us.
Monday 29 July, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.
A person with knowledge of the talks said Tuesday that Pedroia is in the process of agreeing to a deal adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet complete. The new deal was first reported by WEEI. Pedroia is making $10 million this year and is guaranteed the same amount in 2014 as part of a $40.5 million, six-year contract that started in 2009. That deal includes an $11 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound sparkplug was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008. It's important to Pedroia to finish his career in Boston. The deal would expire after he turns 38.
''It's not official or anything, but, yeah, this is my home,'' he said before Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. ''I love being here. I love my teammates. I love the city. So if (the deal is finalized), I'll be pretty excited.'' Pedroia is a big reason for Boston's success. The Red Sox began play Tuesday with a half-game lead over the Rays in the AL East with a 60-41 record after winning just 69 games last season. In 100 games through Monday, Pedroia was hitting .308 with six homers and 57 RBIs. He made only two errors and missed just one game. A new contract ''is not going to change who I am or my role with this team,'' he said. ''My job is to still go out there and try to help us win a game every day and I'll try to do all I can to make that happen.''
The 29-year-old was a backup on the AL all-star team this season and entered the game after starter Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch. Cano can become a free agent after this season, his ninth with the New York Yankees. Pedroia might have received a better deal than the one that's close to agreement if he had become a free agent after the 2014 or 2015 seasons. ''I don't look at it like that,'' he said. ''I want to be at a place where it's special to me and this place has been that.'' And he doesn't expect a rich contract to change the way his teammates look at him. ''They still have to look down at me. I'm pretty short,'' Pedroia joked, ''but it's a good feeling.''
In 956 games through Monday, Pedroia had a .303 career batting average, 96 homers and 466 RBIs. A second-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2004 amateur draft, Pedroia made his major league debut in August 2006. He hit .191 in 31 games that season then had his breakout season in 2007 when Boston won its second World Series championship in four years. He hit .317 with eight homers and 50 RBIs. He did even better in 2008 with a .326 batting average, 17 homers and 83 RBIs, winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. In 2011, Pedroia posted career highs of 21 homers and 91 RBIs with a .307 batting average. He dipped slightly last year with a .290 average, 15 homers and 65 RBIs as the Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East with a 69-93 record under manager Bobby Valentine. ''I love being here,'' Pedroia said. ''I live and die by this team and it's important to me to be here my whole time.'' --- AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. Any new news . plz feel free to contact us : http://www.underjerseys.us/
While the NCAA recently ruled the first two Prime Prep (Texas) Academy basketball products ineligible for 2013-14, raising concerns about the academic standards at a school co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, a third star vowed to return to the school and assured readers of his blog that "everything's fine academically there."
BEAVERTON, Oregon – After months of highly competitive training and testing, The Opening, presented by Nike Football, will bring together 161 of the nation’s top high school football prospects for the ultimate football experience. The four-day competition, taking place at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, from June 30 to July 3, will provide athletes the opportunity to learn from, and compete with, the best in the game.
Known as one of the premier events in high school football, The Opening attracts the best of the best and is designed to help athletes improve their knowledge of the sport, learn position-specific training techniques, and ultimately crown a winner for the Nike 7ON tournament (7-on-7), Nike Elite Linemen Challenge, and SPARQ Rating National Championship.
After an amazing Stanley Cup playoffs that ended with the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup ， hockey fans have already started counting down the days until the 2013-14 NHL season begins on October 1. With the activity on the free-agent market decreasing by the day, we have reached one of the most boring stages of the summer for hockey fans. But it's never too early to make some predictions for next season. Let's take a look at the players with the best chance to lead the league in every major statistical category in 2013-14. The 2013 NHL free agency period started with a bang in early July, but then quietly retreated into hibernation after big names found homes both new and old. Well, it appears the free agency period has returned with a few recent notable signings, including Trevor Lewis signing on with the Los Angeles Kings and Sam Gagner re-upping with the Edmonton Oilers. Surprisingly, the recent signings could lead to more happening soon with so many talented individuals left on the market. There are plenty of quality players still looking for new homes, all of which could help teams across the NHL one way or another. Here are the hottest names you should be watching.Any new news . plz feel free to contact us : http://www.underjerseys.us /
BBC (h/t For the Win) reports four Nigerian football teams have been banned for life from their domestic league following two outlandish games that saw clubs win by the score of 79-0 and 67-0. The clubs were driven to such ends all in the name of promotion. According to the report, Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine were level on goals heading into their respective games and wanted to make sure they stayed just one goal ahead by the end of each match. What transpired was scoring bedlam, and something that had to look obscene and ridiculous to fans taking it all in. Unfortunately, there isn't any video of either game, but For the Win did spot this report that gives a breakdown of what is now being referred to as a scandal. Save your flabbergasted sentiments for the best part. BBC reports "Feeders scored 72 of their goals in the second half, while Police Machine reportedly scored 61 times after the break in their game." One assumes each club went into the break and found out the other team was doing quite well in their game, so they decided to lay it on thick in the second half. Instead, they went above and beyond what any reasonable match-fixer might do, scoring at an outrageous clip during the 45-minute period: once every 37 seconds for Plateau United, according to For the Win. It's enough to make you sit back and imagine the kind of madness that transpired. It wouldn't be surprising to find out the opposition just sat around watching goal after goal fly into the net while fans rolled their eyes off to the side of the pitch. BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji paints quite the picture of players , soccer club soccer club officials and coaches doing their part in the deplorable scene. No video of the game is available, but the quantity of goals is almost incomprehensible. Excluding any stoppage time, Plateau United scored a goal every 37 seconds in the second half. One journalist on the scene reported that referees did not walk the ball from the goal back to the center circle, as is customary, but instead rely on ball boys to quickly throw a different ball on the field and get the game restarted quickly. The astronomic scorelines prompted an immediate investigation by the Nigerian Football Federation, and a severe punishment was levied Monday. All players and coaches from each of the four clubs have been banned from the game for life, and each club faces a 10-year ban from playing in a domestic league. The NFF also recommended banning each of the match referees involved. The punishment is irrelevant for one of the losing clubs, Bubayaro FC, which was disbanded by its owner immediately after the game. Shuaibu-Gara Ahmed Gombe, upon learning of the scoreline, disowned his team. You have to work extremely hard to make it this obvious match-fixing occurred. Perhaps soccer country soccer country attempting to pull a fast one might think twice and make the score far more believable. Any soccer news please contact us http://www.underjerseys.us/ ---Any New News please contact us : http://www.underjerseys.us/