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After elation at victory in the last round in Singaporethat Shabazz Napier Jersey delivered Vettel already has beneath him. He had led the championship at every round until Monza but the first corner crash in Singapore, eliminating him from the race, proved hugely costly. Closing the gap to Hamilton is paramount. He knows it and has psychologically reset since the last race. “The way Singapore happened you can look at it again and again; it doesn’t matter,” he said. His demeanour mirrored that of Hamilton after this race last year – a sense of acceptance of the position and a determination to do everything within his power to continue the fight. “We have to go here, and that’s the good thing about racing, the part that I enjoy,” he said. “That’s what you fight for, you fight for every centimetre, every tenth that you can find somewhere, over a lot of laps in the race or over one lap in qualifying, to make the difference. I’m sure that, as a team, we can make that difference.” Thus far Ferrari have done just that – their revised bargeboard and floor package was working well. Their pace was impressive regardless of everybody else’s performance. Should Mercedes be unable to find what is making the difference in their garage by qualifying on Saturday morning, Vettel could be in the best possible position to ensure Hamilton endures another disappointing weekend in Maa commanding 28-point lead in the world championship, Lewis Hamilton was adamant he was taking nothing for granted before the final six races. On early form in Malaysia, he was absolutely right to do so. The season has ebbed and flowed between the British driver and his rival Sebastian Vettel, and in Sepang on Friday it was Hamilton who struggled with a car suffering from a “fundamental” problem. Mercedes have little time to turn it round before a difficult day in practice becomes a potentially disastrous weekend. Banishing thoughts of past failures is second nature to those at the top of their sport but Hamilton will have to work hard to ensure he does not allow any sense of foreboding through his natural defence mechanism. Last year an engine failure while leading this race was a crushing blow to his championship ambitions and Nico Rosberg took the title. This year he http://www.officialblazershop.com/authentic-6-shabazz-napier-jersey.html came to Sepang on top, with a strong points lead at a circuit that should suit his Mercedes strongly over Vettel’s Ferrari. The long straights and high-speed corners echo Silverstone and Monza, where his car was dominant. When he took it out, however, Hamilton discovered not the car of the British Grand Prix but rather that of Russia and Monaco – where the setup, balance and grip had eluded him. The first practice session was run in the wet but come dry conditions in the afternoon Mercedes were presented with a mystery. Vettel was quickest, with a new lap record, and followed by his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton could manage only a distant sixth, a full second and a half back and was clearly struggling for grip – losing the rear and heading across the gravel though turn seven. The timing sheets had, understandably, set alarm bells ringing. “It’s been a very difficult day,” said Hamilton. “I’ve been struggling with the car, so we have to review and try to understand where we have gone wrong with the balance. We’re hoping that we’re able to find our bearings overnight and regroup for tomorrowThe team have previously described their car as something of a “diva”. It had proved difficult to master the reasons why it was working so well at certain tracks and so poorly at others. After Monaco they were confident Matt Forte Womens Jersey they had largely solved the conundrum but Sepang has proved once again there is work to be done. The issue does not appear to be straightforward and is being taken wholly seriously by the team. “The car seems to be unbalanced and that triggers an awful lot of consequences, it was certainly one of the worst Fridays I can remember,” said the Mercedes executive director, Toto Wolff. “There is a gremlin in the car. You can compare Malaysia a little bit to Silverstone, where we have been very good. We’ve been very good in the high-speed [corners], we are not at all good in the high-speed here. There is a fundamental  issue in the car that we need to find out.” The team had brought new parts to Malaysia and must examine whether they have contributed to the problem, which could not simply be narrowed to a specific set of tyres, temperature or fuel load. They were off the pace in the wet and dry and on both short and long runs, as Wolff admitted. “The lap time is reality, the stopwatch always tells the truth,” he said. “The lap time today http://www.officialnikejetshop.com/mike-pennel-jersey-for-sale-c-71.html showed that we are not quick enough.” A stable car that they can push is the goal, something laysia
Florida's attorney general doesn't want O.J. Simpson to return Sean Couturier Authentic Jersey to the state after he's released from prison in Nevada. Attorney General Pam Bondi sent a letter to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie L. Jones on Friday saying that she should immediately tell Nevada officials that Florida objects to Simpson serving his parole in Florida. "Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson's background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable," Bondi said in the letter. "Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal." Simpson's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, said earlier Friday there's "no doubt'' Simpson is going to Florida. LaVergne didn't specify where the former sports and movie star would live, although Tom Scotto, a close friend who lives in Naples, Florida, has offered his home. Scotto didn't respond to messages seeking comment. Besides the robbery and kidnapping Simpson was convicted of in Nevada in 2008, Bondi listed the two murders for which Simpson was found civilly liable as reasons to reject his relocation. She also noted a history of violence and destructive behavior, including a time he was arrested for speeding in his powerboat in a manatee zone. Florida corrections officials have said in the past that they must accept the transfer if Nevada's request meets the established criteria. Simpson previously lived in http://www.authenticflyerstore.com/authentic-53-shayne-gostisbehere-jersey.html Florida before his 2008 conviction. He becomes eligible for release Sunday, but LaVergne said he doesn't know where or when it will happen. He expects to learn more when Simpson notifies him that he is being moved from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada. Release plans are in motion but need to be finalized for Simpson to be freed, perhaps as early as Monday in Las Vegas, Nevada prisons official Brooke Keast said. Citing safety concerns, she said the plans were not being made public. Simpson's attorney said he will begin pressing for answers if his client is not free by Oct. 8. LaVergne said he spoke with Simpson by telephone Thursday and that he is excited about his pending freedom. "He's really looking forward to the simple pleasures," LaVergne said. "Seeing his family on the outside, spending time with them, eating food that's not packaged." Simpson wants to eat steak and seafood and get a new iPhone, LaVergne told ABC's "Good Morning America." Simpson won parole in July after serving nine years of a possible 33-year sentence for his 2008 conviction on armed robbery, kidnapping and other chargesThe Anthony trade and Jackson's ouster give the Knicks a chance to start over http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Bill_Russell_Jerseyagain. New York now has seven potential rotation players at age 25 or under and could have significant cap space in two summers, when the Knicks hope their young core could attract attractive potential free agents. The Knicks also own all of their first-round draft picks going forward. Assuming they make their first-round selection in the 2018 draft, it will be the first time they've drafted in the first round in consecutive seasons since 2008-09. "Obviously now we have the opportunity to turn the page a little bit," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. The plan now is to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and big man Willy Hernangomez. For a team that has chased ill-fitting pieces or stars on the down slope of their careers in the past, this seems like a strangely rational approach. Combine that with the idea that the Jackson-Anthony drama is in the rearview mirror, and the Knicks actually have a chance to function as a "normal" NBA franchise. "Part of my job," team president Steve Mills said, "is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we've been going through." Mills, of course, has been in New York for much of the craziness since the turn of the century -- the Anucha Browne Sanders civil suit, the ill-fated Larry Brown era, the Charles Oakley incident, and more. Perry, the Bob Cousy Authentic Jersey man Mills hired as general manager, is optimistic that better times are ahead
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning MVP, has signed a five-year, $205 million Terence Newman Jersey contract extension, league sources told ESPN. The deal starts with the 2018-19 season and delivers Westbrook the biggest guaranteed contract in NBA history -- six seasons and $233 million through 2022-23. It includes a player option on the 2022-23 season, league sources said. Westbrook's agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti finalized the deal Friday afternoon, league sources said. The plan was to announce it Sunday before a public team scrimmage at a local high school, but Westbrook showed Keith Hernandez Jerseyup at the practice facility Friday and said it was the day to make it official. By signing for the designated player veteran extension, it allows for Westbrook to sign for 35 percent of the salary cap and five additional seasons. Westbrook will earn $233 million, which includes $205 million for the new extension and $28 million for his 2017-18 salary. His 2018-19 salary, the first year of the extension, will be $35.3 millionThe Thunder confirmed they had signed Westbrook to a multiyear extension in a news release Friday afternoon. "We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform," Presti said. "To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary. I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder." In the statement, Westbrook, 28, said there was no place he'd rather http://www.minnesotavikingsauthorizedstore.com/tom-johnson-jersey-elite be than Oklahoma City and that he was "so honored" to continue his career with the ThunderWhen you play in Oklahoma City you play in front of the best fans in the world, I'm looking forward to bringing everything I've got, for them, this city and for this organization. WHY NOT?" he said -- a sentiment he echoed in an Instagram post Friday afternoon
The two obvious choices in MMA would be a lightweight title defense Dan Hamhuis Authentic Jersey against next weekend's interim champion or a third fight with Diaz (19-11). Diaz submitted McGregor in March 2016, before dropping a majority decision in a rematch five months later. Diaz has not fought since their second fight"I'm happy they're fighting," said McGregor, on Ferguson and Lee. "This is what I wanted, because they're all bums at the end of the day. Make no mistake about that. I'm just happy they're fighting. I want to see them compete. "Too many of them pull out right at the wire, and we're still not at this fight yet. So, I'm just going to pray that this one goes ahead. Of course, Nate is still there waiting, but he'll be left waiting until we figure something out." In addition to those two options, McGregor mentioned undefeated lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) and Justin Gaethje (18-0), as well as former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2). A superfight between McGregor and St-Pierre has drawn speculation ever since the latter attended McGregor's first fight against Diaz at UFC 196. McGregor expressed interest in that matchup but doesn't believe St-Pierre will win an upcoming middleweight title fight against Michael Bisping in November"It's another money fight, even though he's been retired," McGregor said. "I don't know. I think he's going to get his ass whupped by Bisping. To be honest, I think it's a mistake for him to step in at that weight after so long out." Many observers praised McGregor's effort in the boxing ring, considering he was facing an all-time great in Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs). Mayweather, 40, has repeatedly promised he will not fight again. Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) made headlines in recent months http://www.officialdallasstars.com/Adidas-Dino-Ciccarelli-Jersey related to McGregor. He quit his role as McGregor's sparring partner for the Mayweather bout after two sessions and accused McGregor of leaking pictures that inaccurately represented what happened. McGregor told ESPN that Malignaggi did not perform well and was "looking for a way out." That drama could serve as the storyline for a potential fight. McGregor has won UFC titles at 145 and 155 pounds. His boxing match against Mayweather produced the second-largest gate in combat sports history, behind Mayweather's 2015 bout with Manny PacquiaoFresh off one of the richest events in combat sports history, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is the No. 1 target of virtually every boxer and mixed martial artist in the world. And he certainly knows it. During a public appearance Friday in Glasgow, Scotland -- McGregor's first since last month's lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather -- the Irish star laid out a long range of options for his next opponent, including the winner of next week's interim title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. "There's an interim [UFC] belt on the line right now, that's an option," said McGregor, via MMAFighting.com. "Of course, the Nate Diaz trilogy fight is there"Maybe one of these boxing guys. Maybe [retired former boxing champion, Paulie] http://www.officialsstlouisblues.com/Adidas-Carter-Hutton-Jersey Malignaggi would come over and do an MMA bout. Maybe I could entice Floyd back. We could either do a rematch in boxing or, like he said originally, we'll do an MMA fight next. They are the options that are on the table for me right now." McGregor (21-3) lost to Mayweather via 10th-round TKO on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, in what marked his professional boxing debut. His next fight is expected to take place Amos Youth Jersey back in the familiar setting of the UFC, although the 29-year-old has not publicly committed to that as of yet.
Fresh off one of the richest events in combat sports history, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is the No. 1 Orlando Arcia Womens Jersey target of virtually every boxer and mixed martial artist in the world. And he certainly knows it. During a public appearance Friday in Glasgow, Scotland -- McGregor's first since last month's lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather -- the Irish star laid out a long range of options for his next opponent, including the winner of next week's interim title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. "There's an interim [UFC] belt on the line right now, that's an option," said McGregor, via MMAFighting.com. "Of course, the Nate Diaz trilogy fight is there"Maybe one of these boxing guys. Maybe [retired former boxing champion, Paulie] Malignaggi would come over and do an MMA bout. Maybe I could entice Floyd back. We could either do a rematch in boxing or, like he said originally, we'll do an MMA fight next. They are the options that are on the table for me right now." McGregor (21-3) lost to Mayweather via 10th-round TKO on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, in what marked his professional boxing debut. His next fight is expected to take place back in the familiar setting of the UFC, although the 29-year-old has not publicly committed to that as of yet. The two obvious choices in MMA would be a lightweight title defense against next weekend's interim champion or a third fight http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewers.com/Paul-Molitor-Jersey with Diaz (19-11). Diaz submitted McGregor in March 2016, before dropping a majority decision in a rematch five months later. Diaz has not fought since their second fight"I'm happy they're fighting," said McGregor, on Ferguson and Lee. "This is what I wanted, because they're all bums at the end of the day. Make no mistake about that. I'm just happy they're fighting. I want to see them compete. "Too many of them pull out right at the wire, and we're still not at this fight yet. So, I'm just going to pray that this one goes ahead. Of course, Nate is still there waiting, but he'll be left waiting until we figure something out." In addition to those two options, McGregor mentioned undefeated lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) and Justin Gaethje (18-0), as well as former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2). A superfight between McGregor and St-Pierre has drawn speculation ever since the latter attended McGregor's first fight against Diaz at UFC 196. McGregor expressed interest in that matchup but doesn't believe St-Pierre will win an upcoming middleweight title fight against Michael Bisping in November"It's another money fight, even though he's been retired," McGregor said. "I don't know. I think he's going to get his ass whupped by Bisping. To be honest, I think it's a mistake for him to step in at that weight after so long out." Many observers http://www.authenticsandiegopadres.com/Johnny-Manziel-Jersey praised McGregor's effort in the boxing ring, considering he was facing an all-time great in Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs). Mayweather, 40, has repeatedly promised he will not fight again. Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) made headlines in recent months related to McGregor. He quit his role as McGregor's sparring partner for the Mayweather bout after two sessions and accused McGregor of leaking pictures that inaccurately represented what happened. McGregor told ESPN that Malignaggi did not perform well and was "looking for a way out." That drama could serve as the storyline for a potential fight. McGregor has won UFC titles at 145 and 155 pounds. His boxing match Luis Sardinas Womens Jerseyagainst Mayweather produced the second-largest gate in combat sports history, behind Mayweather's 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In late February, a few weeks after being released from the Knicks, Brandon Jennings sat in the visitors locker room of Madison Square Garden and reflected on his brief time in New York amid the ongoing Phil Jackson-Carmelo Anthony drama. "It definitely took a toll on the team," Jennings said then. "Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo." Whether it was Anthony's free agency, Jackson's critiques of Anthony's play or Jackson's wishes to trade Anthony, the drama between the All-Star forward and team president enveloped the KnicksThat's why some of Anthony's biggest supporters in the locker room knew trading Melo would be best for both the club and the player. "It Martin St. Louis Youth Jersey just has to happen," one player said. The hope, among some players, was that the end of the constant Anthony-Jackson drama -- most of which was brought on by Jackson himself -- would help lift the cloud hanging over the franchise. And, if the first week of training camp in preparation for t he 2017-18 season is any indication, that appears to have happened already. "It feels totally different," one person who spent time around the team this week said. "There's just a lighter feeling around here nowCoach Jeff Hornacek was a bit more diplomatic earlier this week. "For us, it's a new start," he said. "The young guys are enthusiastic about the new beginningThe Anthony trade and Jackson's ouster give the Knicks a chance to start over again. New York now has seven potential rotation players at age 25 or under and could have significant cap space in two summers, when the Knicks hope their young core could attract attractive potential free agents. The Knicks also own all of their first-round draft picks going forward. Assuming they make their first-round selection in the 2018 draft, it will be the first time they've drafted in the first round in consecutive seasons since 2008-09. "Obviously now we have the opportunity to turn the page a little http://www.rangersteamonline.com/Mats_Zuccarello_Jerseybit," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. The plan now is to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and big man Willy Hernangomez. For a team that has chased ill-fitting pieces or stars on the down slope of their careers in the past, this seems like a strangely rational approach. Combine that with the idea that the Jackson-Anthony drama is in the rearview mirror, and the Knicks actually have a chance to function as a "normal" NBA franchise. "Part of my job," team president Steve Mills said, "is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we've been going through." Mills, of course, has been in New York for much of the craziness since the turn of the century -- the Anucha Browne Sanders civil suit, the ill-fated Larry Brown era, the Charles Oakley incident, and more. Perry, the man Mills hired as general manager, is optimistic that better times are ahead"I feel really good about the narrative about the New York Knicks being a positive one going forward in terms of ... functionality," Perry said in an interview on SportsCenter. "I just really feel good about the situation." Of course, there are http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Tyler_Zeller_Jersey still reasons to be skeptical. There's the presence of owner James Dolan, who was heavily involved in major decisions before Jackson came aboard in 2014. During that span, the Knicks won just one playoff series. Dolan, however, gave complete control of basketball decisions to Jackson upon his hiring and said in a statement after Jackson's ouster in June that he'd remain uninvolved with basketball decisions going forward. There's also the Porzingis situation. The third-year forward skipped his exit meeting with Jackson and Mills last April over frustration with dysfunction surrounding the team. Porzingis said earlier this week that he wasn't angry with the team, deflecting questions about the past by saying he wants to focus only on the present. Mills, for what it's worth, is confident that any ill feelings between Porzingis and the club will be sorted out. "Whatever issues there were last year, we'll make sure those aren't a part of who we are moving forward," Mills said. "And [we'll] make sure that our players understand exactly what we expect from them and that they understand what to expect from us as management and make sure we have a good environment moving forwardOn Porzingis specifically, Mills added: "I think we're really good at building relationships with people, and I'm very confident that we will make him feel good about being a Knick and make him feel good about the environment here." One litmus test for the Knicks will be whether Porzingis decides to sign an extension this summer or next. But that's an issue for another time. For now, after the first week of camp, things have been unusually quiet around the team. For starters, there haven't been any controversial tweets or mixed messages Walter Brown Authentic Jersey about the triangle offense. All of this has brought a sense of normalcy to the Knicks this week -- one that Hornacek hopes is here to stay. "Can our guys now handle distractions? I don't know," Hornacek said. 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Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning MVP, has signed a five-year, $205 million Darren O'Day Authentic Jersey contract extension, league sources told ESPN. The deal starts with the 2018-19 season and delivers Westbrook the biggest guaranteed contract in NBA history -- six seasons and $233 million through 2022-23. It includes a player option on the 2022-23 season, league sources said. Westbrook's agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti finalized the deal Friday afternoon, league sources said. The plan was to announce it Sunday before a public team scrimmage at a local high school, but Westbrook showed up at the practice facility Friday and said it was the day to make it official. By signing for the designated player veteran extension, it allows for Westbrook to sign for 35 percent of the salary cap and five additional seasons. Westbrook will earn $233 million, which includes $205 million for the new extension and $28 million for his 2017-18 salary. His 2018-19 salary, the first year of the extension, will be $35.3 millionThe Thunder confirmed they had signed Westbrook to a multiyear extension in a news release Friday afternoon. "We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform," Presti said. "To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary. I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder." In the statement, Westbrook, 28, said there was no place he'd http://www.officialoriolestore.com/Dylan_Bundy_Jersey rather be than Oklahoma City and that he was "so honored" to continue his career with the Thunder"When you play in Oklahoma City you play in front of the best fans in the world, I'm looking forward to bringing everything I've got, for them, this city and for this organization. WHY NOT?" he said -- a sentiment he echoed in an Instagram post Friday afternoonAfter a historic MVP season, during which Westbrook averaged a triple-double of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists, his choice promises the Thunder relevance and contention into the foreseeable future -- and even stands as a victory for the NBA's beleaguered small-market teams. The timing of Westbrook's extension could become a crucial cog in the recruitment of his new Thunder teammate Paul George, who will become an unrestricted free agent in July. For Westbrook and Presti, the chance to convince George to spurn big-market overtures, including from his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, could go a long way in selling George that his best chance to beat Golden State belongs with the core of Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma CityWestbrook, a two-time All-Star Game MVP, has become an iconic NBA figure in Oklahoma City, one of the league's most thrilling and unique talents and owner of an off-court persona built around the fashion industry. Westbrook signed a 10-year contract with Jordan Brand http://www.officialmetsproshop.com/Curtis_Granderson_Jerseyin September to become the face of the shoe giant. In the aftermath of Kevin Durant's free-agent departure to the Warriors in July 2016, Westbrook agreed to a contract renegotiation that extended his contract through the 2018-19 season, including a player option on the final year. Amid the Thunder's despair in losing Durant, Westbrook's shorter-term commitment gave Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver the ability to pursue the trades with Indiana and New York to acquire George and Anthony, respectively. Westbrook was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft out of UCLA, and rapidly developed into one of the NBA's Darryl Strawberry Jersey biggest stars. ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks and ESPN.com's Royce Young contributed to this report
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning MVP, has signed a five-year, $205 million Darren O'Day Authentic Jersey contract extension, league sources told ESPN. The deal starts with the 2018-19 season and delivers Westbrook the biggest guaranteed contract in NBA history -- six seasons and $233 million through 2022-23. It includes a player option on the 2022-23 season, league sources said. Westbrook's agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti finalized the deal Friday afternoon, league sources said. The plan was to announce it Sunday before a public team scrimmage at a local high school, but Westbrook showed up at the practice facility Friday and said it was the day to make it official. By signing for the designated player veteran extension, it allows for Westbrook to sign for 35 percent of the salary cap and five additional seasons. Westbrook will earn $233 million, which includes $205 million for the new extension and $28 million for his 2017-18 salary. His 2018-19 salary, the first year of the extension, will be $35.3 millionThe Thunder confirmed they had signed Westbrook to a multiyear extension in a news release Friday afternoon. "We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform," Presti said. "To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary. I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder." In the statement, Westbrook, 28, said there was no place he'd http://www.officialoriolestore.com/Dylan_Bundy_Jersey rather be than Oklahoma City and that he was "so honored" to continue his career with the Thunder"When you play in Oklahoma City you play in front of the best fans in the world, I'm looking forward to bringing everything I've got, for them, this city and for this organization. WHY NOT?" he said -- a sentiment he echoed in an Instagram post Friday afternoonAfter a historic MVP season, during which Westbrook averaged a triple-double of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists, his choice promises the Thunder relevance and contention into the foreseeable future -- and even stands as a victory for the NBA's beleaguered small-market teams. The timing of Westbrook's extension could become a crucial cog in the recruitment of his new Thunder teammate Paul George, who will become an unrestricted free agent in July. For Westbrook and Presti, the chance to convince George to spurn big-market overtures, including from his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, could go a long way in selling George that his best chance to beat Golden State belongs with the core of Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma CityWestbrook, a two-time All-Star Game MVP, has become an iconic NBA figure in Oklahoma City, one of the league's most thrilling and unique talents and owner of an off-court persona built around the fashion industry. Westbrook signed a 10-year contract with Jordan Brand http://www.officialmetsproshop.com/Curtis_Granderson_Jerseyin September to become the face of the shoe giant. In the aftermath of Kevin Durant's free-agent departure to the Warriors in July 2016, Westbrook agreed to a contract renegotiation that extended his contract through the 2018-19 season, including a player option on the final year. Amid the Thunder's despair in losing Durant, Westbrook's shorter-term commitment gave Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver the ability to pursue the trades with Indiana and New York to acquire George and Anthony, respectively. Westbrook was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft out of UCLA, and rapidly developed into one of the NBA's Darryl Strawberry Jersey biggest stars. ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks and ESPN.com's Royce Young contributed to this report
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In late February, a few weeks after being released from the Knicks, Brandon Jennings sat in Julio Jones Youth Jersey the visitors locker room of Madison Square Garden and reflected on his brief time in New York amid the ongoing Phil Jackson-Carmelo Anthony drama. "It definitely took a toll on the team," Jennings said then. "Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo." Whether it was Anthony's free agency, Jackson's critiques of Anthony's play or Jackson's wishes to trade Anthony, the drama between the All-Star forward and team president enveloped the KnicksThat's why some of Anthony's biggest supporters in the locker room knew trading Melo would be best for both the club and the player. "It just has to happen," one player said. The hope, among some players, was that the end of the constant Anthony-Jackson drama -- most of which was brought on by Jackson himself -- would help lift the cloud hanging over the franchise. And, if the first week of training camp in preparation for the 2017-18 season is any indication, that appears to have happened already. "It feels totally different," one person who spent time around the team this week said. "There's just a lighter feeling around here nowCoach Jeff Hornacek was a bit more diplomatic earlier this week. "For us, it's a new start," he said. "The young guys are enthusiastic about the new beginningThe Anthony trade and Jackson's ouster give the Knicks a chance to start over again. New York now has seven potential rotation players at age 25 or under and could have significant cap space in two summers, when the Knicks hope their young core could attract attractive potential free agents. The Knicks also own all of their first-round draft picks going forward. Assuming they make their first-round selection in the 2018 draft, it will be the first time they've drafted in the first round in consecutive seasons since 2008-09. "Obviously now we have the opportunity to turn the page a little bit," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. The plan now is to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and big man Willy Hernangomez. For a team that has chased ill-fitting pieces or stars on the down slope of their careers in http://www.officialsfalconsauthenticshop.com/Justin_Hardy_Jersey_Cheapthe past, this seems like a strangely rational approach. Combine that with the idea that the Jackson-Anthony drama is in the rearview mirror, and the Knicks actually have a chance to function as a "normal" NBA franchise. "Part of my job," team president Steve Mills said, "is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we've been going through." Mills, of course, has been in New York for much of the craziness since the turn of the century -- the Anucha Browne Sanders civil suit, the ill-fated Larry Brown era, the Charles Oakley incident, and more. Perry, the man Mills hired as general manager, is optimistic that better times are ahead"I feel really good about the narrative about the New York Knicks being a positive one going forward in terms of ... functionality," Perry said in an interview on SportsCenter. "I just really feel good about the situation." Of course, there are still reasons to be skeptical. There's the presence of owner James Dolan, who was heavily involved in major decisions before Jackson came aboard in 2014. During that span, the Knicks won just one playoff series. Dolan, however, gave complete control of http://www.footballpanthershop.com/Kevin_Norwood_Jersey_Cheapbasketball decisions to Jackson upon his hiring and said in a statement after Jackson's ouster in June that he'd remain uninvolved with basketball decisions going forward. There's also the Porzingis situation. The third-year forward skipped his exit meeting with Jackson and Mills last April over frustration with dysfunction surrounding the team. Porzingis said earlier this week that he wasn't angry with the team, deflecting questions about the past by saying he wants to focus only on the present. Mills, for what it's worth, is confident that any ill feelings between Porzingis and the club will be sorted out. "Whatever issues there were last year, we'll make sure those aren't a part of who we are moving forward," Mills said. "And [we'll] make sure that our players understand exactly what we expect from them and that they understand what to expect from us as management and make sure we have a good environment moving forwardOn Porzingis specifically, Mills added: "I think we're really good at building relationships with people, and I'm very confident that we will make him feel good about being a Knick and make him feel good about the environment here." One litmus test for the Knicks will be whether Porzingis decides to sign an extension this summer or next. But that's an issue for another time. For now, after the first week of camp, things have been unusually quiet around the team. For starters, there haven't been any controversial tweets or mixed messages about the triangle offense. All of this has brought a sense of normalcy to the Knicks this week -- one that Hornacek hopes is here to stay. "Can our guys Kony Ealy Womens Jersey now handle distractions? I don't know," Hornacek said. 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Police said Friday they found "no evidence" that officers used excessive force in detaining Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett during an August incident in Las Vegas and that they had reasonable suspicion to make the stop. Bennett has accused police officers of racial profiling, saying they pointed guns at him and used excessive force in the incident, which occurred outside a nightclub after the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight on Aug. 26The body camera of the officer who initially detained Bennett was not turned on. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday that police sorted through 861 videos, including from body cameras from other officers and hotel security cameras, and found that 193 were pertinent to the investigation. From there, they said they pieced together a timeline of the incident and played video for the media at a news conference. They said Bennett's detainment lasted about 10 minutes, seven of which were spent in a police car. The video shown by police showed an officer with his weapon drawn over Bennett on the sidewalk. Police said Bennett was handcuffed, moved to a police vehicle and spoken to by another officer, who told Bennett that police were looking for an active shooter. After an exchange with police that lasted a few minutes, police took the handcuffs off Bennett and he was told he could leave. Bennett shook one of the officers' hands and walked away. Lombardo said the internal investigation showed that the officers behaved "appropriately and professionally" and that "the incident was not about race." He said two other individuals were also detained in a similar manner, one black and one Hispanic. Bennett told reporters earlier this month that the incident was "a traumatic experience for me and my family" and he was considering filing a civil rights lawsuit. Bennett first gave his side of the incident on Twitter on Sept 6. He http://www.officialcapitalsauthentic.com/Jay_Beagle_Jerseysaid that officers pointed guns at him "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time" and ordered him to lie down on the ground. Bennett wrote that one officer, with his gun drawn, warned him that he would "blow my f---ing head off" if he moved. Another officer jammed his knee into Bennett's back and handcuffed him, according to Bennett. "The Officers' excessive use of force was unbearable," Bennett wrote. "I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed. All I could think of was 'I'm going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threatBennett wrote that he was placed in a police car before officers confirmed his identity, realized he was not a suspect and released him "without any legitimate justification for the Officers' abusive conduct." "They apparently realized I was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man but Michael Bennett a famous professional football player," he wrote. The video police shown on Friday showed Bennett identifying himself as a Seahawks player after police allowed him to get out of the police car and told him he was not under arrest. Lombardo said the intent of Friday's news conference was not to "disparage" Bennett, acknowledging there are "two sides to every story." "Mr. Bennett has a valid perspective as a person who experienced a reasonable suspicion stop for a felony crime," he said. "Those who experience such a stop, especially when they have not committed a crime, are not likely to http://www.officialblazershop.com/authentic-21-noah-vonleh-jersey.html feel good about it. But there is a reason why officers are trained to do what they do and what they did that night
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