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Wayne Carey and Anthony Stevens have finally buried the hatchet, 14 years after the affair that shocked the AFL. C.J. Conrad Jersey .The pair met for 15 minutes on Thursday to break the tension between the two, which had lingered since Carey admitted to having an affair with his teammates wife in 2002.The meeting was set up by board member and former teammate Glenn Archer at Stevens request, with the pair looking to avoid a repeat of the tense feeling at the clubs 10-year premiership reunion in 2009 at a function this weekend.Its all positive and thats the great thing, Carey told Triple M.Stevo said openly on Open Mike a little while ago that he thought I hadnt properly apologised, so thats where it started.It was a heartfelt apology, thats where it started.Stevens will be honoured with club legend status at the 20-year reunion of the 1996 premiership-winning team at the MCG on Friday night.And while Carey will not be in attendance due to commentary duties, he will be at an informal team gathering on Saturday night.Carey said the pair could now be amicable at events.What will happen now is well be able to all be in a room together and be in a conversation altogether and be able to laugh and smile and enjoy the company and the special people that helped create one of the most special days in our lives. Riley Dixon Jersey . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. Eric Dungey Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. http://www.cheapnewyorkgiantsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes signed coach Bill Peters to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday.Peters has a record of 65-72-27 in two seasons while leading the Hurricanes rebuilding project. They finished this season sixth in the Metropolitan Division with a 35-31-16 record, but earned 86 points -- their most since 2010-11, and a 15-point improvement from Peters first year.We knew it wasnt going to be a quick turnaround, Peters said. It takes time. ... I just like the direction were headed in, and were headed in that direction for a long period of time.The Hurricanes used three rookies in the rotation on defense, and mounted a last-gasp -- but ultimately unsuccessful -- push for their first playoff appearance since 2009 by earning points in 12 of the 14 games that came after trading captain and frranchise face Eric Staal to the New York Rangers. Jon Halapio Jersey. Terms of Peters extension were not disclosed. Peters was entering the final year of a three-year contract he signed in June 2014, when he was hired to take over for the fired Kirk Muller.Youve got a head coach heading into the last year of his deal, Francis said. Its important that if you like him and you want to have him around, you get this done.The Hurricanes have reached the playoffs just once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. Carolinas seven-year postseason drought is the longest among Eastern Conference teams.Professionally, its the right thing for me, and I want to see this thing through, and I want to get in the playoffs, and I want to get on a run, Peters said. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Robson Conceicao couldnt step up onto a medal podium without thinking about where his climb began. JMarcus Webb Jersey .His mind is never far from his impoverished neighborhood, where he discovered and honed a boxing talent that finally lifted him all the way into Brazilian sports history.The lightweight won Brazils first Olympic boxing gold medal on Tuesday night, delighting a frenzied home audience with a unanimous decision over Frances Sofiane Oumiha.Its amazing that my life has changed forever, Conceicao said.The largest boxing crowd of the Olympics filled the arena with songs, cheers and foot-stomping craziness for Conceicao, who found his path out of poverty through the boxing rings of the state of Bahia, the sports biggest hotbed in Brazil.It was an incredible feeling to represent the whole of Brazil and also Bahia, said Conceicao, who stood atop the podium with his arms raised, basking in cheers. I continued to fight because of them. They gave me the strength when I was fighting, so it was an incredible feeling. Its because of them that I got this medal.Conceicao is an appropriate trailblazer in a sport without a rabid passion or fan base in Brazil. Conceicao fights aggressively but with a Cuban-style skill base and an elusive fluidity that contains hints of capoeira, samba and the clever style of Anderson Silva -- Brazils greatest mixed martial artist.Even if they dont follow boxing, everybody in Brazil recognizes something in his style, Conceicao suggested earlier in the tournament. And now theyll all understand the gold around his neck.The 27-year-old three-time Olympian reached the peak of his skills just in time for his home games, storming through his bracket as the third seed and winning gold.He credits his abilities to Bahia, where athletic Cuban fighting styles are often taught by imported Cuban coaches.Bahia has got the strongest reputation for boxing in the whole of Brazil, he said. Thats only because theres a lot of poverty. A lot of kids are encouraged to box to get out, to escape.Brazil had won one silver and three bronze medals in its modest Olympic boxing history, and Conceicao proved he deserved his gold with a strong performance against Oumiha.Conceicaos elusiveness, aggressiveness and creative punching kept Oumiha frustrated and hurt for the first two rounds, and a solid third was too late for the Frenchman.Conceicao collapsed to his knees when the decision was announced. He then jumped against the turnbuckle and onto the ropes, waving his adoration at the singing, roaring crowd. He eventually climbed out of the ring to kiss his young daughter, Sofia, and his wife, Erika Mattos, who is also a boxer.Conceicao claimed Brazils third gold medal of its home Games, joining mens pole vault champion Thiago Braz da Silva and womens judo lightweight Rafaela Silva.Unlike most of his Brazilian boxing teammates, Conceicao is a tested veteran and a serious contender for the top honors in their sport. Along with his Olympic experience in Beijing and London, he finished second at the 2013 world championships and third in 2015.After receiving an opening bye in Rio, Conceicao advanced to the gold-medal match with a quarterfinal win over Uzbekistans Hurshid Tojibaev and a cathartic semifinal victory over Cubas Lazaro Alvarez, a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist.Although Conceicao clearly won his final bout, home teams have received a boxing bump in the previous two Olympics.China won its first two boxing gold medals among its Olympics-leading four total medals from the Beijing tournament in 2008. Britain led the London Olympics with three gold medals and finished second with five total medals.Brazil has just one fighter left in Rio: middleweight Andreia Bandeira, who fights Chinas Li Quan for a medal on Wednesday. Quincy Wilson Jersey . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. 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He learned how to write checks for my grandmother, who never stepped inside a school house. He took care of his younger brother and sister. He learned how to be self-sufficient, and how to ask for help if necessary.These are the things that transformed Luigi Auriemma into Geno Auriemma. They are what made Geno Auriemma into the coach he is today, into the mentor and teacher he has been and will continue to be for these incredible women who pass through his program. The UConn formula is simple: chase perfection, and catch excellence. Being perfect isnt as important as trying your absolute best every single time you step between the lines. Making sure you are 100 percent focused when you come on to the court. And, of course, being a great teammate.The 2015-16 team embodied that formula, and the Huskies season was record-breaking, of course. It was the fourth national championship in a row, a feat that has never been done in the womens game. It was another undefeated season in a program that has seen its fair share of perfection. And it was a crowning achievement for Breanna Stewart, who picked up her fourth straight Final Four Most Outstanding Player award. I wasnt able to go to the game, but I watched the final moments on my phone while at a rehearsal. A friend of mine hugged me from behind as we watched the clock tick down. When Briana Pulido, a walk-on senior who didnt get much playing time but had just as much heart and work ethic as any of the starters, drained a jumper from the corner, the team lost its mind, Dad burst out laughing, and I melted down into tears. That feeling of sheer euphoric triumph will never get old, no matter how many times were there. We treat it like its the last time, every time.For every moment of greatness, however, there seems to be an equal amount of backlash. This year, more than ever, there seemed to be signs of dissent from every corner. Is this good for the game? Is it boring to watch? Is it something we should be concerned about? These questions hardly ever get asked when it occurs on the mens side of a sport. I dont think anyone witnessed the dynastic runs of the New York Yankees or the tear the Chicago Bulls went on in the late 90s and thought to themselves, Yeah, but is this good for baseball? The fact that we still have to deal with these questions tells us that we arent done yet with our quest to make womens sport as respected, visible and equalized as men. Id like to think the success of the UConn women has done a lot to increase the visibility of the game and, of course, with that comes dissenters. But I think my Dad would say, cheekily, At least theyre talking about us.Yes, yes they are.When I think back on my life as a daughter of someone like Geno Auriemma, I dont think about it being weird or strange. The first thing people ask me when they find out who I am is, Is it really weird being his kid? Well, it was weird when Id be getting ready for a run-through of a musical I was in and hear his trademark wolf whistle in the audience. But the whole famous coach thing? Not so much. To me, Dad just had a job. A job that was kind of cool and got him to the White House a bunch oof times. Kemoko Turay Jersey. But a job, like any other parent had.I was not an athletic kid. And thats putting it mildly. I was much more content sitting at home watching the VHS tape of Bye Bye Birdie and eating my way through Ben and Jerrys. But I really liked to play basketball and I could always count on my dad to give me advice. At one point, I got an evaluation from camp that I needed to work on my wrist strength. My dad took me out to our hoop in the backyard and showed me several different shooting drills. He knew, of course, that there was no way I would grow up to be the next Sue Bird. But he knew I wanted to be better, and I worked hard. Dad is a sucker for hard work. Not so much perfectionism, but hard, diligent work. Never taking a play off. Doing your absolute best. I take that seriously in my current role as a teacher -- I dont accept less than 100 percent. Sometimes my students cant stand me.I loved going to practice when I was a kid. Mainly because I worshiped the team, no matter who was playing, but I also liked being around my dad in that environment. Hes incredibly good at turning Coach mode off and on -- he would scream his lungs out at Jennifer Rizzotti to pass the ball more efficiently, then turn to me with a smile and say, Hey, pumpkin! You need a basket to shoot at? Then hed hug me and go right back to yelling at somebody who wasnt getting low enough on defense.Two moments in particular stick out in my mind. Right after we won the national championship for the first time in 1995, I came down to the court with my sister and brother so we could say hello to Dad. He swept me up into his arms and whispered in my ear, Can you believe this? Isnt this crazy? We won the national championship! Isnt that awesome! He sounded like hed gotten an electric shock. At the time it didnt really hit me how important and special that moment was.The second moment was after the buzzer sounded for the 2000 title game in Philadelphia. It was my dads hometown. Tons of family and friends from the area had come to see the final game, including my grandmother and all of my cousins. I came down to the court to see him and he grabbed my siblings and I in a hug that bordered on hysterical. I love you all so much, he sobbed into our ears. I love you guys more than anything, do you know that?I was completely thrown. My dad is not someone who gets very emotional -- at least, not when its directed at himself. But when it matters that deeply to him, in a place that means so much? It was the first time that it all hit me. This was very, very important. Something extremely special was happening.Now look where we are.Not many people get the privilege of watching greatness unfold right before their eyes. It serves as a reminder and a lesson, every single day. A reminder of how deeply lucky I am, and a lesson to never forget where I come from.More on UConn womens basketball? Geno Auriemma passes John Wooden with 11th title?Story ?? Stewart delivers fourth title for UConn?Story ?? UConns senior trio goes out with class?Story ?? Growing up Stewie?Story ?The IMPACT25 is espnWs annual list of the 25 athletes and influencers who have made the greatest difference for women in sports. Explore the 2016 list and more content at espnW.com/IMPACT25. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
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PHOENIX -- One of the most popular Phoenix Suns players from the franchises past will guide the team to an uncertain future. Josh Lambo Jersey . At the news conference on Tuesday announcing his hiring as Suns coach, Jeff Hornacek spoke at length about his readiness for the job and the influences that will guide him. "Ive always felt that Ive been a coach," he said. "My dad was a coach, so Ive been around basketball since I was 5 years old." Hornacek played the first six of his 14 NBA seasons with the Suns. He was traded to Philadelphia in the Charles Barkley deal, then went to Utah, where he found great success as the backcourt teammate of John Stockton. Hornacek retired from playing to spend more time with his family, then eased into coaching, first as a shooting instructor in Utah, then since 2011 as a full-time assistant with the Jazz. His coaching style, he said, would be heavily influenced by his days playing for Cotton Fitzsimmons in Phoenix and Jerry Sloan in Utah. "Hopefully, I can take Jerrys toughness, Cottons enthusiasm and confidence-building and blend them together," Hornacek said, "and become a great coach like some of the great coaches that have been here in the past." He went through a "whos who" list of the best Suns players in the past, from Gar Heard to Walter Davis, Alvin Adams, Kevin Johnson, Barkley and Steve Nash. "Theres been great success here over the years," Hornacek said. But the Suns never have won an NBA title, and things have gone from mediocre to far worse the last couple of seasons. Hornacek inherits a team that went 25-57 last season, the worst record in the Western Conference and second-worst in Suns history. Only the teams inaugural season of 1968-69 was worse. Owner Robert Sarver said that these days the Suns "are selling hope." Hornacek will embody that belief as new general manager Ryan McDonough works to improve the teams unimpressive roster. Phoenix has the fifth and 30th picks in next months draft. Hornaceks philosophy will be to build teamwork with a consistent improvement on the court. He especially looks forward to working with young players, although he knows that fortunes arent transformed overnight. "Sometimes its a tough deal as a coach, as players," Hornacek said. "Youre going to have some struggles and thats when you have to stay positive through that, knowing that youre ultimately striving to get better and you have a higher goal." He said that he will enter the season with no preconceived notions on players and looks forward to the teaching aspect of his job. He said that todays players often havent received much quality coaching before they get to the NBA, often after just a year in college. His experience the last few years with Utah, Hornacek said, showed him that the demeanour of young players is not indicative of their willingness to be taught. "They may look at you and you might think theyre not paying attention," he said, "but they really do want to learn." McDonoughs first task when he replaced the fired Lance Blanks was to find a coach. He had heard all the great things about Hornacek but said the hiring seemed "almost too obvious." After McDonough met with Hornacek last week, he understood what all of those who had promoted him for the job were talking about. The team then moved quickly over the weekend to finalize the deal. Hornacek brings an amiable personality to a challenging job. He thinks thats an asset, because when he does come down hard on players, it will be a rare occurrence that gets their attention. "You have to find that fine balance between being able to get on guys and not harping on them all the time," he said, "because if you do that theyre going to tune you out." Hornacek has a home in Phoenix but McDonough said the new coachs abilities, and not the fact that he had such strong ties to the Suns, were the reason he was hired. "That was a bonus," McDonough said. Hornacek replaces Lindsey Hunter, who became interim coach after Alvin Gentry and the team parted ways in mid-January. Hornacek was drafted in the second round by Phoenix in 1986, the 46th selection overall. He eventually became part of a high-scoring backcourt with point guard Kevin Johnson, but he was sent to Philadelphia in the Barkley trade. Hornacek spent less than two years with the 76ers before being traded to Utah, where he played alongside Stockton for six-plus seasons, helping the team twice reach the NBA Finals. He averaged 14.5 points, topped by a career-best 20.1 points in 1992, his final season with Phoenix. He retired in 2000, and after working with the Jazz in various roles, he became a full-time assistant coach in 2011. Cheap Jaguars Jerseys . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. Leon Jacobs Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. 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They won their third straight overall and seventh in eight games to grab a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series with a win that left coach Lionel Hollins very impressed with the comeback. "We are a team that just plays hard and doesnt quit," Hollins said. "We scratch. We claw. They said grit and grind. I dont know what the heck that means, but we go out and we just battle. We compete. Were not the most talented team thats in the playoffs when we started out. Were not the most talented team thats left in the playoffs. But we go and compete." The Grizzlies have won only two playoff series in their rather short history. They know what a 3-1 lead means. "We have an opportunity in front of us that we can take advantage of," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. "I know our guys are focused. Were treating it one game at a time. We know theyre going to fight like they have their backs against the wall just like they did tonight. Theyre going to play with a sense of urgency, and we have to be ready." Game 5 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder have played in the Western finals each of the past two playoffs. But they dont have Russell Westbrook in this series, and Kevin Durant hasnt been able to make the key plays at the end now in three straight games. "Its not over yet, and we understand that," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Its the first to four. Theyre in a good position, but our challenge is not impossible. Its something that we can do. We just have to focus one possession, one game at a time. Hopefully, we can do that and come back here Friday night. Theres a barbeque festival right?" The Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 9-3 in overtime as Oklahoma City went 1 of 8 from the floor. Durant scored 27 points. But the man leading the league this post-season in scoring missed all five of his shots in the extra period, including a layup in the final seconds. Durant went 2 of 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime and had only five points. He did score on a driving layup that forced overtime. The All Star played 48 minutes and was just short on his shots as the game wore on. Asked why he drove for the tying layup in regulation instead of a 3 to win, Durant said he saw a wide-open lane. "I just went to get as close as I could and try to send it to overtime, which we did," Durant said. "They made more plays than us in overtime, and they got the win." Durant got the help from his teammates that he had been needing. Kevin Martin scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had his best game of the series with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson had 15. Nick Collison even added 10. Even with a break early in the second quarter, Durannt played 48 minutes, 19 seconds. Leonard Wester Jersey. Not that Durant will acknowledge hes tired. "Well, it is midnight, and my bedtime is usually around 12 oclock or so," Durant said. "Im a little sleepy because its past my bedtime. But other than that, Im good." Conley led Memphis with 24 points and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each had double-doubles. Randolph had 23 and 12, while Gasol had 23 and 11 along with six blocks on the day the Defensive Player of Year was named to the NBAs second All-Defensive team along with Conley, who had four steals. Allen, who finished with 10 points, had three steals on the day he edged LeBron James for most points for the NBAs All-Defensive team. In 2011, the Grizzlies were the team that blew the big lead in the first half of Game 4 with the Thunder pulling out the win to even up the series. They also wasted home-court advantage last year in the playoffs in the opening round against the Clippers. This time, the Thunder were up by as much as 17 in the first half and 12 in the third. But Memphis used a 20-8 run in the third to get back into this game. The Grizzlies had a chance to close out the win when Ibaka blocked a shot by Randolph just before the buzzer in regulation before doing just that in overtime. "Two years ago when we went three overtimes and we werent feeling like this two years ago, so it feels good," Randolph said. "But were focused, and we know what we got to do Wednesday. Come out and play. Theyre going to come out and play hard. Its not over yet." But Allen scored to open overtime, then Randolph rebounded a miss by Gasol and scored on a putback. Derek Fisher, who missed his first four shots, finally hit a 3-pointer. But the 38-year-old veteran also had his inbound pass stolen by Allen with 21.1 seconds left and Memphis up 100-97. "We came up a little short," Brooks said. The Thunder spent most of the past two days talking about the need to make shots. They did just that to open the game, hitting three of their first five in scoring the first seven points and led 29-18 at the end of the first quarter for their biggest lead in this series. Ibaka found his shooting stroke after struggling through this series, and he had nine points in the first 12 minutes, including a 3-pointer, with seven rebounds. Oklahoma City had its biggest lead on a corner 3 by Durant that gave Oklahoma City a 46-29 lead with 4:26 left. Memphis showed signs of life trimming the Thunders lead to 56-48 at halftime. Oklahoma City thought it had a double-digit lead when Ibaka beat the buzzer with a putback off a missed Durant 3. But officials reviewed the play and waved the bucket off. Tayshaun Prince said the Grizzlies talked at halftime in the locker room happy to get it under 10. The pep talk was simple. "We just told ourselves: Look, we cant play no worse than we did in that first half," Prince said. 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ALLEN PARK, Mich. Mike Iupati Jersey . -- The Detroit Lions locked up two of their 2013 draft picks, signing punter Sam Martin and running back Theo Riddick?to contract extensions on Friday.Martin signed a four-year, $13.6 million extension days before the season, as first reported by the NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN. The deal makes Martin the third-highest-paid punter in the NFL, according to ESPN Insider Adam Caplan.Riddick agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million extension plus incentives up to $12.75 million, according to ESPNs Rob Demovsky and Caplan and multiple reports.The 26-year-old Martin was Detroits fifth-round draft pick in 2013 and is considered one of the better young punters in the NFL. He has played in every game since then for the Lions as the punter, kickoff specialist and holder. He has punted 220 times in his career for 10,216 yards, an average of 46.44 yards per punt.Martin has a net punting average of 40.86 yards and had 75 of his punts (33.9 percent) inside the 20-yard-line. Hes kicked off 218 times with 131 of them being hit for touchbacks.Riddick, 25, caught 80 passes last season for 697 yards -- both Lions single-season records for running backs. He has become Detroits primary third-down and two-minute back and one of the more effective pass-catching backs in the league.They are the second and third players to sign a contract extensions from their class along with cornerback Darius Slay, who signed a $50.2 million extension right before training camp.Its pretty good, man. You build a championship team off your draft class, I feel like, Slay said. Be able to keep the guys around thats accustomed to what we do and how we practice and you build with each other. Terry Wright Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Jordan Simmons Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. http://www.cheapseahawksjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-jarran-reed-jersey . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. Week 5 was revealing.Clemson now stands alone in the ACC. With its game-winning field goal, North Carolina changed the season for Florida State. With its improbable Hail Mary touchdown, Tennessee officially solidified its spot as the top team in the SEC East. And Washington, which bullied Stanford for four quarters, made an in-your-face playoff statement that was impossible to ignore.We now have a much better idea of who to take seriously in the College Football Playoff race -- and who has faded into their shadows. The selection committees first ranking isnt revealed until Nov. 1, but heres a look at the most legitimate contenders in each Power 5 conference, and who is next in line:Pac-12In the drivers seat: Washington.Potential pitfall: The nonconference schedule. ESPNs Football Power Index favors Washington in each of its remaining games, and theres no way the selection committee leaves out an undefeated Pac-12 champ. The Huskies want to leave no doubt in the committees mind theyre top-four quality, though. If they lose a game or two, their weak nonconference schedule of Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, which is ranked No. 127 out of 128 (just ahead of Baylors) according to ESPNs Stats & Information, could keep them out.Next in line: StanfordHow to make a playoff push: Washington has to lose twice in order for Stanford to claim the North title, but the Cardinal have bigger problems than their lone loss. Stanford was outplayed in every phase of the game and simply didnt look like top-four material. Stanford was a two-loss Pac-12 champ last year, so the Cardinal have made the comeback before, but theyre going to need some serious help.Big TenIn the drivers seat: Ohio State, MichiganPotential pitfall: The best of the West. Were not going to know whos the best in the Big Ten until Ohio State and Michigan play on Nov. 26 in Columbus -- unless, of course, Wisconsin or Nebraska have something to say about it. Michigan was able to escape Wisconsin, but the Buckeyes have to beat both Wisconsin AND Nebraska during the regular season. And what if the Badgers regroup and win the West? There could be a rematch of Saturdays contest, which was far from a convincing win for the Wolverines.Next in line: Nebraska, WisconsinHow to make a playoff push: Their only hope is an upset in the Big Ten championship game, and well know whos got the best shot at that on Oct. 29, when Wisconsin hosts Nebraska in a game that will determine the division leader heading into the committees first ranking. Wisconsin first has to get past Ohio State on Oct. 15, though. The Badgers have a bye week to regroup, but another loss would knock them out of the playoff picture. Nebraskas three toughest remaining games are on the road, including trips to Ohio State and Iowa.SECIn the drivers seat: AlabamaPotential pitfall: The next four weeks. Three of the next four games are on the road (Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU), and each of the next three opponents are ranked (Arkansas, Tennessee and A&M). Alabama has to stay focused, disciplined and healthy -- things it has struggled to do at times this season -- in order to escape October unscathed.Next in line: Tennessee, Texas A&MHow to make a playoff push: Beat Alabama. Tennessee could have two shots at this. The Vols host Bama on Oct. 15, and they ccould also meet the Tide again in the SEC title game. D.J. Fluker Jersey. With its win over Georgia, Tennessee separated itself as the top team in the East, but it faces Bama and Texas A&M the next two weeks. The Aggies are undefeated and in great shape, but they have to win at Alabama on Oct. 22 to take the lead in the West Division. All roads to the CFP go through Tuscaloosa.ACCIn the drivers seat: ClemsonPotential pitfall: An upset in the ACC title game. Not even a loss in Tallahassee on Oct. 29 will keep Clemson out of the ACC championship game now that Florida State and Louisville have both lost. Clemson would have to lose twice to lose its grasp on the Atlantic Division title, and ESPNs FPI projects the Tigers have at least an 85 percent chance to win each remaining game except their meeting with Florida State. The Tigers stand alone in the ACC, so the biggest remaining threat to their playoff hopes is an upset in the conference championship game.Next in line: LouisvilleHow to make a playoff push: Pray the ACC gets two teams in. Its not impossible, but its extremely difficult. The selection committee can put more than one team in from the same conference, but fast-forward to early December, when the committee is watching the Pac-12 champ, Big Ten champ, SEC champ and Clemson all earn statement wins against another ranked opponent and Louisville isnt even on its TV screen. Louisville would first have to knock Houston out of the conversation to have a chance.Big 12In the drivers seat: BaylorPotential pitfall: Strength of schedule. Baylor needs to go undefeated to have a shot at a CFP spot because its overall strength of schedule will again be one of the worst in the country with nonconference wins against Northwestern State, SMU and Rice. It hasnt helped that Oklahoma, Texas and TCU already have two losses each. Its possible Baylor doesnt have any wins over ranked opponents this year, though West Virginia should sneak into the committees top 25 if it keeps winning.Next in line: West VirginiaHow to make a playoff push: Play somebody. The Mountaineers have yet to play a ranked opponent or a road game. WVUs schedule is backloaded, and ESPNs FPI projects a less than 50 percent chance it will beat Oklahoma State, Texas and Oklahoma. West Virginia ends the season at home on Dec. 3 against Baylor. If both teams can run the table until then, that game will mean something, but it looks like a long shot.Group of 5In the drivers seat: HoustonPotential pitfall: The Power 5s. Its not just Louisville thats standing in Houstons way on Nov. 17, which is an already sold-out Thursday night home game for the Cougars. Its also the Big Ten champ. The Pac-12 champ. The ACC champ. The SEC champ. It also didnt help Houston that Louisville lost to Clemson, because there goes the Cougars chance to claim a win over the ACC champ. Houston has to go undefeated.Next in line: Sorry, Boise State fans. There is no other potential playoff crasher waiting in the wings. The Broncos simply dont have the schedule strength, even with an undefeated season. Houstons résumé is different because it has Oklahoma and Louisville, but theres still no margin for error. ? Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun is back, and Aramis Ramirez is out again. Minkah Fitzpatrick Dolphins Jersey . Its been that kind of season so far for the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun was activated from the disabled list on Monday after he was sidelined for a month with a bruised right thumb. While the 2011 NL MVP returned to the active roster, the Brewers decided to put Ramirez on the DL again with a nagging left knee injury. "Its exciting more than it is a relief," Braun said. "Being on the DL is not something I enjoyed. Definitely made me appreciate the last six years having never spent time on the DL because its just a lot of long, boring days. I excited to be back. I excited to be able to compete again and be able to contribute, hopefully contribute to some better baseball." Milwaukee dropped two of three against the New York Mets over the weekend and is last in the top-heavy NL Central. The parade of injuries for the Brewers started in spring training, and a shaky bullpen and rotation have played a prominent role in their decline. Braun is batting .304 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 57 games this season. He was not in the lineup for the opener of a three-game series against Cincinnati, but he planned to test his hand again in batting practice and could be available to pinch-hit. "Its not close to 100 per cent, but we dont expect it to be close to 100 per cent all year," Braun said. "So as long as its good enough, Im thrilled about that." Ramirez sprained his left knee on April 5 and was placed on the DL the next day. He was sidelined for a month, but the injury has lingered. He is batting .271 with five homers and 26 RBIs in 54 games. The move for Ramirez is retroactive to Sunday. Putting the third baseman on the DL right now allows the Brewers to use the upcoming All-Star game to minimize the amount of missed games for the slugger. Logan Schafer got the start in left field against Cincinnati, and former Reds prospect Juan Francisco was at third for Milwaukee. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke also said before the game that right-hander Wily Peralta remains in line to start on Tuesday. Peralta was forced to leave his last outing in the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Washington due to a strained left hamstring. "No restrictions," Roenicke said. "Its all going to be dictated on whats happening. If he feels something, then, obviously, well address that. As far as pitches and things, theres no restrictions." Dan Marino Womens Jersey .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. Miami Dolphins Jerseys . 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Andy Murray insists he is not thinking about the world No. 1 spot after beating Gilles Simon in straight sets to reach his second successive final in Asia.The 29-year-old will play Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard shocked current No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final.It will be Murrays career-best 10th final of the season following last weeks success at the China Open in Beijing and he is continuing to close the gap to Serbian Djokovic at the top of the world rankings.Although Murray is confident of becoming the worlds best player, he is realistic in his chances of achieving that feat this year.He told Sky Sports: I said that I want to try to get to No. 1, but this year is going to be extremely difficult.The loss (by Djokovic) today helps me a little bit, but Im still quite far away from him, so Im not thinking about the No. 1 ranking this week or right now.The start of the year Novak had was incredible and because it was three, four months ago, its almost like people are forgetting that he won the Aussie Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and French Open, so hes a long way ahead of me.I just want to finish this year as best as I can, its been the most successful in my career.. 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He beat (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga in the round before so hes obviously playing very well.He pushes the top guys a lot, hes improving all the time and hes going to be highly-motivated for his first Masters Series final, so a lot to play for for both of us and it should be a great match. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. John Stallworth Jersey . -- Hakeem Rogers pumped in eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points to propel Tennessee Tech to a 98-51 win over NAIA-member Crowleys Ridge on Sunday.Rogers finished 9 for 15 from the field and his eight made 3s also was a career best. Aleksa Jugovic and Markell Henderson added 13 points apiece for Tennessee Tech (4-6). Colton Blevins got his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and JaCardo Hawkins had 10 points.Tennessee Tech scored 18 of the games first 24 points and never trailed. In the second half, Rogers hit a 3 with 4:41 left to give Tennessee Tech a 40-point lead and the Golden Eagles continued to pad it down the stretch.Crowleys Ridge emptied the bench, giving 16 players time on the court. Hunter Turner was the only Pioneer to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Joe Greene Jersey . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Kevin Rader Jersey . Thousands of Southern California fans enveloped the Trojans to celebrate an improbable win secured by an interim coach, an inconsistent kicker and a thin defence that wouldnt break. http://www.cheapsteelersjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-kameron-canaday-jersey . Oyama had six birdies and two bogeys at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA Tour. "I have been having this neck ache thats been affecting my golf recently," Oyama said. North Dakota State?linebacker Nick DeLuca is practicing this week with the expectation that he will return from a shoulder separation to play in Saturdays showdown against Eastern Washington.DeLuca injured his left shoulder in the top-ranked Bisons season-opening win over Charleston Southern on Aug. 27. He did not practice last week as the five-time reigning FCS champions were on a bye.The fact that hes practicing leads me to believe hell have an opportunity to play, coach Chris Klieman said.The 6-foot-3, 245-pound DeLuca, a ssenior nominated for STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year, led North Dakota State with 135 tackles last season. JT Jones Jersey. he Bison, who also have won five consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles, are hosting an eighth-ranked Eastern Washington squad that just beat Washington State from the Pac-12. The Big Sky squad won the most recent FCS national title (2010) prior to NDSUs five in a row. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Mike Iupati Jersey . -- The Detroit Lions locked up two of their 2013 draft picks, signing punter Sam Martin and running back Theo Riddick?to contract extensions on Friday.Martin signed a four-year, $13.6 million extension days before the season, as first reported by the NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN. The deal makes Martin the third-highest-paid punter in the NFL, according to ESPN Insider Adam Caplan.Riddick agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million extension plus incentives up to $12.75 million, according to ESPNs Rob Demovsky and Caplan and multiple reports.The 26-year-old Martin was Detroits fifth-round draft pick in 2013 and is considered one of the better young punters in the NFL. He has played in every game since then for the Lions as the punter, kickoff specialist and holder. He has punted 220 times in his career for 10,216 yards, an average of 46.44 yards per punt.Martin has a net punting average of 40.86 yards and had 75 of his punts (33.9 percent) inside the 20-yard-line. Hes kicked off 218 times with 131 of them being hit for touchbacks.Riddick, 25, caught 80 passes last season for 697 yards -- both Lions single-season records for running backs. He has become Detroits primary third-down and two-minute back and one of the more effective pass-catching backs in the league.They are the second and third players to sign a contract extensions from their class along with cornerback Darius Slay, who signed a $50.2 million extension right before training camp.Its pretty good, man. You build a championship team off your draft class, I feel like, Slay said. Be able to keep the guys around thats accustomed to what we do and how we practice and you build with each other. Terry Wright Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Jordan Simmons Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. http://www.cheapseahawksjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-jarran-reed-jersey . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. Week 5 was revealing.Clemson now stands alone in the ACC. With its game-winning field goal, North Carolina changed the season for Florida State. With its improbable Hail Mary touchdown, Tennessee officially solidified its spot as the top team in the SEC East. And Washington, which bullied Stanford for four quarters, made an in-your-face playoff statement that was impossible to ignore.We now have a much better idea of who to take seriously in the College Football Playoff race -- and who has faded into their shadows. The selection committees first ranking isnt revealed until Nov. 1, but heres a look at the most legitimate contenders in each Power 5 conference, and who is next in line:Pac-12In the drivers seat: Washington.Potential pitfall: The nonconference schedule. ESPNs Football Power Index favors Washington in each of its remaining games, and theres no way the selection committee leaves out an undefeated Pac-12 champ. The Huskies want to leave no doubt in the committees mind theyre top-four quality, though. If they lose a game or two, their weak nonconference schedule of Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, which is ranked No. 127 out of 128 (just ahead of Baylors) according to ESPNs Stats & Information, could keep them out.Next in line: StanfordHow to make a playoff push: Washington has to lose twice in order for Stanford to claim the North title, but the Cardinal have bigger problems than their lone loss. Stanford was outplayed in every phase of the game and simply didnt look like top-four material. Stanford was a two-loss Pac-12 champ last year, so the Cardinal have made the comeback before, but theyre going to need some serious help.Big TenIn the drivers seat: Ohio State, MichiganPotential pitfall: The best of the West. Were not going to know whos the best in the Big Ten until Ohio State and Michigan play on Nov. 26 in Columbus -- unless, of course, Wisconsin or Nebraska have something to say about it. Michigan was able to escape Wisconsin, but the Buckeyes have to beat both Wisconsin AND Nebraska during the regular season. And what if the Badgers regroup and win the West? There could be a rematch of Saturdays contest, which was far from a convincing win for the Wolverines.Next in line: Nebraska, WisconsinHow to make a playoff push: Their only hope is an upset in the Big Ten championship game, and well know whos got the best shot at that on Oct. 29, when Wisconsin hosts Nebraska in a game that will determine the division leader heading into the committees first ranking. Wisconsin first has to get past Ohio State on Oct. 15, though. The Badgers have a bye week to regroup, but another loss would knock them out of the playoff picture. Nebraskas three toughest remaining games are on the road, including trips to Ohio State and Iowa.SECIn the drivers seat: AlabamaPotential pitfall: The next four weeks. Three of the next four games are on the road (Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU), and each of the next three opponents are ranked (Arkansas, Tennessee and A&M). Alabama has to stay focused, disciplined and healthy -- things it has struggled to do at times this season -- in order to escape October unscathed.Next in line: Tennessee, Texas A&MHow to make a playoff push: Beat Alabama. Tennessee could have two shots at this. The Vols host Bama on Oct. 15, and they ccould also meet the Tide again in the SEC title game. D.J. Fluker Jersey. With its win over Georgia, Tennessee separated itself as the top team in the East, but it faces Bama and Texas A&M the next two weeks. The Aggies are undefeated and in great shape, but they have to win at Alabama on Oct. 22 to take the lead in the West Division. All roads to the CFP go through Tuscaloosa.ACCIn the drivers seat: ClemsonPotential pitfall: An upset in the ACC title game. Not even a loss in Tallahassee on Oct. 29 will keep Clemson out of the ACC championship game now that Florida State and Louisville have both lost. Clemson would have to lose twice to lose its grasp on the Atlantic Division title, and ESPNs FPI projects the Tigers have at least an 85 percent chance to win each remaining game except their meeting with Florida State. The Tigers stand alone in the ACC, so the biggest remaining threat to their playoff hopes is an upset in the conference championship game.Next in line: LouisvilleHow to make a playoff push: Pray the ACC gets two teams in. Its not impossible, but its extremely difficult. The selection committee can put more than one team in from the same conference, but fast-forward to early December, when the committee is watching the Pac-12 champ, Big Ten champ, SEC champ and Clemson all earn statement wins against another ranked opponent and Louisville isnt even on its TV screen. Louisville would first have to knock Houston out of the conversation to have a chance.Big 12In the drivers seat: BaylorPotential pitfall: Strength of schedule. Baylor needs to go undefeated to have a shot at a CFP spot because its overall strength of schedule will again be one of the worst in the country with nonconference wins against Northwestern State, SMU and Rice. It hasnt helped that Oklahoma, Texas and TCU already have two losses each. Its possible Baylor doesnt have any wins over ranked opponents this year, though West Virginia should sneak into the committees top 25 if it keeps winning.Next in line: West VirginiaHow to make a playoff push: Play somebody. The Mountaineers have yet to play a ranked opponent or a road game. WVUs schedule is backloaded, and ESPNs FPI projects a less than 50 percent chance it will beat Oklahoma State, Texas and Oklahoma. West Virginia ends the season at home on Dec. 3 against Baylor. If both teams can run the table until then, that game will mean something, but it looks like a long shot.Group of 5In the drivers seat: HoustonPotential pitfall: The Power 5s. Its not just Louisville thats standing in Houstons way on Nov. 17, which is an already sold-out Thursday night home game for the Cougars. Its also the Big Ten champ. The Pac-12 champ. The ACC champ. The SEC champ. It also didnt help Houston that Louisville lost to Clemson, because there goes the Cougars chance to claim a win over the ACC champ. Houston has to go undefeated.Next in line: Sorry, Boise State fans. There is no other potential playoff crasher waiting in the wings. The Broncos simply dont have the schedule strength, even with an undefeated season. Houstons résumé is different because it has Oklahoma and Louisville, but theres still no margin for error. ? Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
LATROBE, Pa. Tommylee Lewis Jersey . -- The last thing the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions wanted from their two-day joint training camp practices was a fight.Instead of inefficient, fight-filled workouts, the Steelers and Lions went through a pair of intense, yet productive practices, featuring only a few minor skirmishes on the second day, heading into their preseason opener Friday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.Its just good to get some unfamiliar faces and some unfamiliar schemes to really test us, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. The benefit of it is unbelievable.The Steelers previously hosted Buffalo at St. Vincent College in 2014, but it was the first joint training camp practice for the Lions since 2000 against Carolina.You get an even more realistic look, rather than waiting until the first preseason game, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. The intensity of the practice, I think when youre working against someone you havent worked against, it automatically takes it up.The practices didnt feature any live tackling between the two teams and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was excused from the first session Tuesday. He worked out on Wednesday.There was a distinct AFC North flavor with former Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata now with the Lions. Wide receiver Marvin Jones and defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry, also with the Lions, were both members of the Cincinnati team the Steelers beat in a memorable AFC wild-card game in January.You try to work together to get better, Ngata said. Youre not trying to come out here and be a big dog and try to finish guys. You just come out and get some productive work.Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and Lions cornerback Darius Slay were two of the most productive during the first day of practice. Slay sat out Wednesday with a `medical situation according to Caldwell.The two battled head-to-head on Tuesday though, as Brown got the better of Slay two out of three times with deep-ball touchdowns during one-on-one drills. Brown had a rare end zone drop on another deep ball, but beat Slay again later in practice.The first (deep route) I expected for the crowd, but three in a row, I was like `oh my goodness, Im already going to die here, Slay said. He said `Im going deep all day Slay, and I said `no, you cannot. He tried to kill me, man.Brown, who caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards last season, set NFL records, becoming the first player in league history with 526 receptions in his first six years and the first to catch at least 125 passes in consecutive seasons.Slay, the Lions top cornerback, regularly lined up opposite the now-retired Calvin Johnson in practice. The former second-round pick came away impressed by the slippery 5-foot-10 Brown.Its different because I can get my hands on Calvin, said Slay, who recently signed a $50 million deal that runs through the 2020 season. I never seen that kind of guy in my division, whos shifty and makes big-time plays. Hes one of the best in the business. It can only make me better.Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense also seek improvement after finishing 20th in the league last season. The group took a step Tuesday when Stafford connected with tight end Cole Wick in the corner of the end zone. Jones, who signed a five-year contract after setting career highs last season in Cincinnati, drew double coverage on the play, allowing Wick to break free.Theres tons of work to be done between now and the season opener, Stafford said. Thats what these days are for. Its fun to come out and get different looks that we dont see when we play our defense.Game notes Roethlisberger, Brown, RB LeVeon Bell, C Maurkice Pouncey, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Markus Wheaton and first-round pick CB Artie Burns arent expected to play Friday against the Lions. Romeo Okwara Jersey .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. Matt Nelson Jersey .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. http://www.wholesalelionsjerseys.com/?tag=youth-eric-lee-jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. LOUDON, N.H. -- He was one of NASCARs first superstars, but Fred Lorenzens memories of his Hall of Fame career have dimmed as he battles dementia. His Daytona 500 victory, the wins he piled up to become NASCARs first $100,000 driver, his life on the road, all have been largely extinguished.Lorenzen still has flickering moments when he remembers his days as NASCARs Golden Boy -- called that for his rugged, movie-star looks. Like in recent years, when he visits Chicago Speedway, not far from his assisted living facility.His face just lights up when hes there, said his daughter, Amanda Lorenzen Gardstrom.Nearly 45 years after his last Cup race, Lorenzen hoped he could still make his mark on the NASCAR community. Inspired by Dale Earnhardt Jr.s decision to pledge his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Lorenzen became the second known driver to make the same decision.Gardstrom made it official Friday with a pledge to Legacy co-founder Chris Nowinski. As auto racing grapples with the issue of concussions and head trauma, one of NASCARs pioneers is now alongside Earnhardt in the donation queue.As a family, we decided we wanted to support Dale Junior and all work together toward a healthy future for these drivers, she told The Associated Press.Earnhardts concussion history -- he missed two races in 2012 -- spurred his decision to pledge his brain to the Legacy, a group that works with Boston University on research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease that doctors believe is caused by repeated blows to the head.Gardstrom is convinced the 81-year-old Lorenzen has CTE as a result of years of brutal wrecks and hits in the 1960s, one of the most dangerous eras in racing history. Lorenzen won the Daytona 500 in 1965.He never stopped to heal, she said.She wants to help, and knows her father does, too, and to advance the understanding of concussions and their treatment in NASCAR.Its the younger generation that we really need to educate, she said. Theyre young, theyre hungry, but when they get in a wreck and get a concussion, they know if they dont get back in the car, someone else is going to take it. We want to change the culture of the sport.Earnhardt has become the face of concussion awareness in sports and will skip Sundays Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because of concussion symptoms. There is no timetable for when NASCARs most popular driver might return.The 41-year-old Earnhardt had already intended to be an organ donor, so he said in April that giving up his brain made sense. Earnhardt said he was motivated by reading about three former Oakland Raiders who donated their brains in honor of teammate Ken Stabler, who died in 2015. The quarterbacks brain showed signs of CTE.I think the protocols and the advances that we have made in trying to protect ourselves are great things, Earnhardt said at his pledge announcement. IIm excited about what NASCAR has done. Marvin Jones Jr Jersey. They have really taken this head-on.Gardstrom felt the same sense of motivation when she read about Earnhardts pledge. She said Lorenzen, inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015, first showed signs of dementia about a decade ago. He has memory loss and uses a wheelchair at Oak Brook Healthcare in Illinois.The Elmhurst, Illinois, native was one of NASCARs first stars to hail from outside the sports Southern roots.The hardest part right now is that his racing memories are starting to go, Gardstrom said. That was the one thing that was really wonderful, to connect and see him light up when he talked about racing.Shed like to see others in the sport talk more about concussions.That hasnt necessarily been a hot topic of conversation in any of our meetings, Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch said.Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was part of a 54-member panel that picked Lorenzen for induction into the hall. Johnson has yet to consider donating his brain to the Legacy.I am an organ donor so it wouldnt bother me to do that, but its something Ive not taken steps in and have not discussed at all, he said.In the 15 years since the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. at the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR has introduced a series of measures designed to keep drivers safe, from helmet and restraint systems to impact-absorbing barriers along concrete walls, all designed to cushion high-impact blows.NASCAR also mandated in 2013 that drivers submit to baseline neurocognitive assessment. When a driver in NASCAR cant return his damaged car to the garage, a trip to the care center is required. Under a new three-step process, a driver showing any indication of a head injury must go immediately to a hospital. Concussed drivers must be cleared by an independent neurologist or neurosurgeon before they can get back in a race car.Gardstrom wants NASCAR to take even more steps.We dont have to wait until more drivers brains are studied to make a better concussion protocol, she said.Former athletes in other sports have sued their leagues, contending that the risks of concussions were hidden from them so they could return to competition. Gardstrom has no interest in a lawsuit.No money is going to bring my dad back, but what my goal now is, is to make sure the NASCAR family doesnt have to go through the similar things were going through now, she said.Lorenzen hasnt been forgotten by todays racing stars -- they appreciate a driver who won 26 times in the Cup series. Tony Stewart introduced Lorenzen at his hall induction. Jeff Gordon leaned in for a chat with Fearless Freddie last year at Chicagoland before the race.He was such a humble guy, that I dont think he ever realized what an impact he had on the sport, Gardstrom said. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
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