srijeda, 06.04.2011.

Butler star Mack will consider NBA options


HOUSTON -- Shelvin Mack is a junior at Butler, but like his senior teammates, he could be ready for the next chapter in his life.

There are two options: Declare for the NBA draft, or prepare for another season as a Bulldog. Those choices will be discussed in the coming days, his coach, Brad Stevens, said at Reliant Stadium.
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"You have to figure out where a person might get drafted and is it worth going early," Stevens said. "If you're a (marginal) guy in the first round, is it worth taking that risk?

"If you're not a first-rounder, are you willing to give up your last year of college knowing that you may not play?"

Mack is considered a possible first-round selection, though his stock rose in the Final Four. Under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement, first-rounders (picks one through 30) receive guaranteed Fashion Show Collections contracts for the first two years, with the team having the option to extend the deal for a third (which usually happens) and a fourth year.
Mack's former teammate, Gordon Hayward, was the ninth pick last year, and his first two years carried a guarantee of $4.9 million. He stands to make $11.1 million if Belts,Scarves & Accessories he stays for four years.

Hayward left Butler after his sophomore year because he was an almost certain first-round pick following a strong run to the national championship game.

Mack isn't expected to be such a high pick. Jordan Crawford's situation is a better comparison. Crawford played a year at Indiana before transferring to Xavier. He left the Musketeers after his third year out of high school and became the 27th pick in the draft.

That led to a contract of $1.04 million and $1.1 million the first two years, both guaranteed. The third season will be worth $1.2 million, the fourth $2.1.

Four years: $5.4 million. But it could have been nothing had Crawford been the first pick of the Belts second round -- No. 31 overall -- and not earned a roster spot.

Mack and other collegiate underclassmen have until April 25 to announce their intentions and until May 8 to withdraw.

One question Mack won't have to ask is how Stevens feels about his options.

"My advice: I won't have any advice," Stevens said. "I will present him with facts. He'll know I support him either way."

06.04.2011. u 10:09 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

srijeda, 23.03.2011.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay to miss rest of season

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay received a second opinion on his injured left shoulder and the outlook is discouraging.
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The team announced Tuesday that the 24-year-old will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a left shoulder subluxation. Surgery became a necessary course of action after visiting noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Gay hasn't played since injuring the shoulder against Philadelphia on February 15, and the news of his impending operation -- which has yet to be determined -- comes with the Grizzlies clinging to a playoff spot.
Memphis is eighth in the Western Conference and holds a two-game lead over Houston. The Grizzlies haven't reached the postseason since the 2005-06 campaign.

Gay averaged 19.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 54 games this season. He inked a multi-year contract with the Grizzlies last summer.

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subota, 12.03.2011.

NBA Rescinds Stoudemire Technical: What's Wrong with Them?

There are several areas where NBA officiating seems to be a flawed Franken-Sterncreation, that creates more conflict that it resolves.

As a fan, I watch games to see the players play and watch players (coaches) determine the outcome of games. The officials absolutely have a role in the game, but the more the officials are part of the background the better.
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The NBA position on technical fouls:

When the NBA established its new position on technical fouls in September of 2010, justifiable cause for a technical foul called on a player included:
Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.
Players making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court.
Running directly toward an on official to complain about a call.
Demonstrating disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled.
The practice of rescinding a technical foul is confusing because the technical foul still impacts the game in which it occurs. With each technical foul rescinded, fans have to wonder, if the criteria for technical fouls is adequately defined by the league itself. Every technical foul rescinded seems to state that the officials are too quick with the whistle and are over applying the powers granted to them by the league.

The league has gone to great lengths to increase the amount of respect accorded to the officials and reduce player activities that disrespect the officials authority. Yet, at the same time, it has gone to exceptional lengths to make undermine the authority of the same officials by rescinding calls made on the court and in the game.

A Look at some of the Rescinded Technical Fouls:

Friday, March 11, 2007, the NBA rescinded Amare Stoudemire's 16th technical foul. This is another of the many technical fouls rescinded by the league this season and the third of Amare Stoudemire's technicals to be rescinded by the league this season.

The expanded rules are being applied by the referees, but then, the league rescinds the technical foul to help players avoid game suspensions, such as the suspension from Monday's game that Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic received. Incidentally, the Magic lost Monday's game against the Blazers as they attempted to compete with their best player watching from afar.

Dwight Howard gets a lot of technical fouls, but considering how often and how hard he is fouled, the suspension policy seems to be biased against him. The refs look the other way and have not seen fit to call flagrant fouls against players that intentionally strike Howard around the face, neck and shoulders.

Would you be upset if someone did this to you?
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Under the guidelines, Howard is required to stuff his feelings and just continue to take the beating. Despite rumors to the contrary, big guys hurt to, and constantly receiving excessive hard fouls can shorten a player's career.

In a similar fashion, Andrew Bynum had a technical foul rescinded by the league on January 10, 2011. The league rescinded the second technical foul Bynum received in the Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks game.

While rescinding the foul was a beneficent act by the league, the problem remains that the technical foul was called and enforced during the game, and Bynum was ejected from the game. So, apparently not all technical fouls are technical fouls. Fortunately, the Lakers went on to win the game and thoroughly drubbed the Knicks.

But, what if it was a close game and Bynum was ejected on a pity-pat technical foul? What if it were the playoffs? What if you change Andrew Bynum's name to Kobe Bryant in a Game 7 of the Finals? What is the good of rescinding a technical foul after the game in that scenario?

The Future of Technical Fouls:

The NBA needs to come up with better defined guidelines to be used in calling technical fouls or completely eliminate either the suspensions for technical fouls or the process of rescinding technical fouls.

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Player suspensions are appropriate under many circumstances, such as physical altercations, pushing a referee, jumping into the stands to chase down a jeering fan and events of that sort. But, to suspend a guy because he is a whiner goes too far. Let the referee hit the player with a technical, give the opposing team a free-throw attempt and possession of the ball.

At the beginning of the season, the number of technical that were assigned for minor acts was disturbing to watch. The total number of technicals issues was not that much higher than any other season, but the reasons the technicals were called, in many cases, were bordered on obscene, and the new guidelines took more from the game than they added.

As it is, we have seen that the refs have had to bite down on the whistle instead of blowing it more and more as the season has progressed, and the competition has heated up. And, when the playoffs come and the stakes are higher, the refs are going to need to swallow the technical whistle even more to avoid throwing most of the star players out of the games inside of the first quarter.

Basketball is a wonderfully-spirited game, and rules are in that place to allow matters to be settled and penalties to be assessed on the court and in the moment. Secondary review of the technicals for the purpose of rescinding them undermines the authority of the referees more than the complaints of the players on the court.

In the future, fans can hope that a player will once again be able to “smack his own arm,” “incredulously raise his hands” or inquire about a foul in a “civilized tone” without being called for a technical foul that will only get rescinded later when the league realizes that its players will spend too much time off the court for something that easily could have been ignored.

12.03.2011. u 07:53 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 28.02.2011.

Sunday notebook: Panama CLARO Championship

Feb. 27, 2011
By Nationwide Tour staff

• Mathew Goggin earns his third career title in 79 career starts on the Nationwide Tour
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• Earns his first title in his first career start in this event
• Wins at the age of 36 years, 8 months, 14 days
• His victory comes 11 years, 6 months and 19 days since his last win on the Nationwide Tour, the third-longest time span between victories:
Omar Uresti 12 years, 11 months, 8 days 1994 Shreveport Open2007 Livermore Valley Wine Country Ch.
Skip Kendall 12 years, 8 months, 27 days 1994 Carolina Classic2007 Chitimacha Louisiana Open
• Collects first-place check for $99,000
• Earns the 45th Nationwide Tour title by an Australian (25 different players)


• Jimmy Walker is the only player in Nationwide Tour history to win the first tournament of the year and also wind up No. 1 on the final money list. Walker won the inaugural BellSouth Panama Championship to open the 2004 season. Walker had two wins, two seconds and seven top-10 finishes to wind up No. 1 with $371,346.

• Tommy Biershenk's T4 finish is his first top-10 since a pair of T5 efforts in 2007. It's also his best week since a third-place at the 2002 Samsung Canadian PGA Championship.

• Sam Saunders, playing on sponsor's exemption, finished T10 this week -- his career best finish. Saunders fired a 7-under in the third round to move into contention. He shot a 1-over 71 today and wound up at 6-under 274. Saunders' previous best was a T15 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am a few weeks ago.

• North Carolina's Elliot Gealy also carded a 71 today to wind up T10, his career-best effort on the Nationwide Tour. This was Gealy's 49th career start and his previous best was a T11 at the 2004 Chattanooga Classic.

• Scoring averages for the week:

28.02.2011. u 07:45 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

srijeda, 16.02.2011.

MMQB Mailbag: Ten things I think about Titans, Bengals, labor, more

The NFL's silly season officially has begun. Here are 10 Things I Think I Think on matters on and off the field:
1. I think Titans fans alarmed by the hiring of Chris Palmer as offensive coordinator shouldn't be. Good football man. Trusted by Eli Manning when he was his position coach with the Giants. They should be much more worried about who Palmer will be coaching. There's no long-term quarterback there.
2. I think San Diego GM A.J. Smith was partially right today when he said after franchising Vincent Jackson that the Chargers very much want Jackson on their team. He should have added "at a price very favorable to the team,'' which is what, over 2010 and '11, San Diego will have gotten Jackson for.
3. I think it's not over for Carson Palmer in Cincinnati. Jay Gruden's going to convince him he can be great in Gruden's West Coast offense, and I believe Marvin Lewis will do Palmer a favor and make sure neither Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens will be on the roster opening day -- whenever that is.
4. I think I like the brainpower Cleveland's brought in to help young coach Pat Shurmur, with Gil Haskell, Keith Gilbertson, Ray Rhodes and Mike Holmgren just down the hall to be sounding boards for Shurmur in his first head coaching job at any level. But I also fear very strong-willed coaches in the past -- Holmgren and Rhodes -- might be overbearing for Shurmur at times. They've got to make sure they're resource people and not more than that.
5. I think you shouldn't get too excited about anything in the negotiations between players and owners. History says players have gotten ticked off at pompous or overbearing owners during job actions in 1982 and 1987, the way some players are angry at Carolina owner Jerry Richardson for whatever he said in a meeting 10 days ago. None of this stuff really matters in deal-making. The two sides are going to hate each other for the entire process, and that is not too strong a word.
6. I think if I were doing an over-under for when a deal gets done, I'd set it at Sept. 13. And I personally would bet the over.
7. I think NFLPA czar DeMaurice Smith might do a lot of things in negotiations with the owners, but the one thing he won't do is be pressured into taking a deal he doesn't like. Read Jim Trotter's story in Sports Illustrated when it hits newsstands this week and you'll learn that Smith is about as resolute as they come.
8. I think there's a 10-15 percent chance a deal gets done by the March 4 "deadline'' for the end of the current CBA. That's because this deadline is not a deal deadline. It doesn't matter.
9. I think the most surprising thing in commissioner Roger Goodell's letter to newspaper editors that was released Tuesday is one of the things he said about why the current system has to change. He wrote: "The status quo means failing to recognize the many costs of financing, building, maintaining and operating stadiums. We need new stadiums in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego ... '' Very interesting that the first city mentioned is a city that doesn't have a team, a city that could well take one of the current franchises strling to get a new stadium built.
10. I think the city of San Diego needs to take the threat of the L.A. stadium very seriously.
Now for your e-mail:
• AN IDEA ABOUT THE NUMBER OF REGULAR-SEASON GAMES: "My wisdom of Solomon: split the baby solution to the 18-game impasse: Go to a 17-game season with one more bye week. The league gets two more weeks of televised football. The players get another bye to help alleviate the health concerns of the extra game. The extra game on each team's schedule is a neutral site -- London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, etc. -- where the league can grow the fan base. All 32 teams split the revenue of all the neutral site games. Two or three preseason games. Can you pass that along to Roger and DeMaurice?''
-- Michael Turner, Sunnyvale, Calif.
I'll do my best. In fact, they might even be reading this along with you right now. I love the neutral site idea, but remember, every time the NFL goes to a neutral, it costs the league money and takes away revenue of one more home game for a team.
• MATT WANTS TO SEE THE HEADS OF LINEMEN PROTECTED. "While the NFL's attentiveness to head trauma may not be going away, is it going to address systemic issues? All that I have read indicates the issue is at least as much about repetitive low-level brain trauma (e.g. linemen hitting each other off the snap EVERY down) as it is about traumatic injury. But at least from a rules perspective, responses seem to be all about traumatic blows. What will the NFL do to protect linemen? Do they have the courage to make fundamental changes to the game (like outlawing the 3- and 4-point stance)? And what is your opinion on Joe Paterno's idea that advanced equipment may actually make players more reckless?''
-- Matt Perkins, Rockville, Md.
I'm interested in seeing the long-term results of the study by the University of North Carolina, where each practice is monitored, and each helmet contact recorded. That could tell how much damage is done by the buildup of the kind of incidental contact that happens in football. As far as Paterno's idea goes, I think the better technology for helmets, the better the chances are that players and stewards of the game won't be as vigilant about individual contact plays.
• THAT'S THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. "Peter, the downside -- in my opinion -- to the never-ending methods of easier communication is that all of the sourpusses who don't get what they want on every issue can now be heard from in a myriad of ways. The shameful, pathetic postings, messages and rants about your role in the HOF voting process is a painful reminder of the close-mindedness that is rampant in the world today. There are likely millions of us who believe that you and your fellow voters are doing a fantastic job and wouldn't trade places for anything.''
-- Lee Simmons, Erie, Pa.
Thanks. I don't know what to do about that except answer the charges as honestly as I can. The genie's out of the bottle. We're not going back to a lower form of communication, Lee.
• I AM ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SUPER BOWL IN INDIANAPOLIS. "Peter, I'm already getting tired of the national media guys whining about what an awful Super Bowl it will be in Indianapolis. It'll be too cold. We won't be able to get around if it (gasp) snows. They can't play golf. There'll be nothing to do. There's only two decent restaurants. It's a small city, they can't possibly know how to host a major event. (And on and on and on.) I know you have been to Indy many times, so you know how downtown and the stadium area lay out. I assume you saw the host committee's booth in Dallas too, so you probably know a bit about their plans. It's very early, but how do you think Indy should do as a SB host city? Any words to calm the doomsayers (or conversely, make the locals worried)?''
--J.H., Indianapolis
I love going to Indy every year for the Scouting Combine. The biggest reason is that it's so convenient. You don't need a rental car, or, really, transportation of any kind. Everything's right there in an eight-block-square radius. The restaurants are good, and it's a convivial atmosphere when everyone in the place is there for the same reason. So don't fret. Indy's going to do well.
• WE'RE ALL JUST GUESSING ON THIS ONE, MARCUS. "I have not heard this mentioned at all, but what would be the drop dead date for a season to happen this year? And what is the minimum amount of games that need to be played for a season to actually count? I can't imagine it's less than eight games. If it's less than 16 games, then how do you make the schedule work out to be fair? What if they only play 10 games and the Eagles play six NFC East games and the Cowboys only play four? So many issues, but would love to hear your early thoughts.''
--Marcus, Charlotte
Fairness is going to be out the window if the schedule is cut down to nine or 10 games. It'll be the luck of the schedule, and when you were supposed to play certain teams. As far as the drop-dead date, I'd say it'd be sometime around Nov. 1. You figure teams are going to need three weeks to get ready to play, and they'd have to play at least nine games to make the season seem even remotely legitimate.
• I AM A BAD BEER MAN. "Peter! You were in Northern California and you use your Beernerdness section to mention a Peruvian beer? For goodness sakes, that's the equivalent of traveling to Wisconsin and talking about the wonderful Panamanian cheddar you sampled while there! Here, in no particular order, are some phenomenal Bay Area breweries to which you gave short shrift: Lagunitas, Russian River, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Magnolia, 21st Amendment. That's just off the top of my head. To add insult to injury, you were there for the opening weekend of Beer Week SF and seem to have missed it. Time to pick up your game Mr. King.''

16.02.2011. u 04:28 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

subota, 08.01.2011.

Mercury News editorial: Luck's example should inspire higher academic standards at other schools

The feel-good story of the season in college football has to be Stanford star quarterback Andrew Luck, who announced Thursday that he'll pass up being the NFL's No. 1 draft pick and instead return to The Farm next fall. He wants to graduate before turning pro.
We only wish more football players and the universities they represent valued a college degree as highly. The graduation rates of Auburn and Oregon, the universities playing for the national championship Monday, are embarrassing.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the NCAA's primary measure of academic achievement dropped Auburn's football team from No. 4 to No. 85 among 120 major college programs. The sharp decline resulted not from a change in academic performance but from the Times' discovery of outrageous loopholes in Auburn's reporting, which the school has now corrected.
It's especially appalling that Auburn has the highest disparity in graduation rates between white players (100 percent) and black players (49 percent) of any bowl team. Overall, its football graduation rate in 2009 was just 59 percent.
Oregon, the pride of the Pacific-10 Conference, is worse. The Ducks' graduation rate of 49 percent is in the bottom 10 percent of all major schools. The only Pac-10 school lower is Arizona (41 percent). Stanford's football graduation rate is 89 percent, seventh in the nation.
It's a misconception that some schools' graduation rates are low becauseplayers go pro. The NCAA reports that only 2 percent of all college players wind up in the NFL.
Luck's decision is so important because he's a role model. Kids can see how much he values a degree, even with millions of dollars dangled by the NFL. And for cynics wondering how serious a scholar Luck is, the architecture major has a 3.5 grade-point average.
Of course he now can cash in, so to speak, on being the ultimate Big Man On Campus. But he's earned that for sure.

08.01.2011. u 01:49 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

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