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The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to sign guard Alex Abrines to a three-year deal worth $18 million, sources confirmed to ESPN. Thurman Munson Jersey .com.The agreement was first reported by EuroHoops.net.Abrines, 22, was selected 32nd overall by the Thunder in the 2013 draft but remained with FC Barcelona for the past three seasons. Last season, he won the Euroleague Rising Star award (top under-22 player in Europe), topping 76ers lottery pick Dario Saric for the honor. Past winners include Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Mirotic.Abrines signed a long-term deal with Barcelona last year through 2019 and will have to pay a $2.2 million buyout to be released from his contract. The Thunder are allowed to contribute $650,000 toward the buyout.The Thunder have been high on the 6-foot-6 Spanish guards development the past couple of seasons, but Abrines was not expected to join the team this season. However, with the departure of Kevin Durant, both cap space and apparent playing time has opened the door for Abrines to make the jump. His signing also likely signals the likely end of Dion Waiters tenure with the Thunder. Waiters, 24, is a restricted free agent, and has yet to ink an offer sheet with anyone, but unless the deal is a bargain, the Thunder are unlikely to match.Without Durant, the Thunder are in desperate need of perimeter shooting, and Abrines is known primarily as a marksman -- he hit 41.7 percent from 3 last season for Barcelona -- but has a well-rounded offensive skill set and sneaky athleticism. His struggle will likely be on the defensive end, as scouts have said he needs to get stronger to guard at the NBA level.Abrines will compete for Spain in the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil. Mariano Rivera Jersey . Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Custom New York Yankees Jerseys . After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. http://www.yankeesauthorityshop.com/Wade-Boggs-Jersey/ . Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons.Plymouth are set to enter the 2017 National League under new ownership after securing agreement with the land owners to continue speedway at the St Boniface Arena. Former rider and ex-Trelawny promoter Mark Phillips has joined forces with Laurence Rogers, most recently of Coventry Storm, to form the new promotion.They will attend an interview with the sports management committee prior to the forthcoming National League AGM, and subject to final acceptance by the leagues members, will then be permitted to join the meeting to agree the rules for the 2017 season. Phillips said: This is an early Christmas present for the Plymouth fans. We have gone about things quietly but on Monday everything fell into place and the Devils should hopefully be lining up at the start of the 2017 season in the National League.We have our plans in place and now the work really starts for us as we commence work to find a team sponsor and other backers and advertisers. We are also undertaking some work at the arena so things will start to get really busy from now on. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! Rogers added: I have known Mark since he rode for me at Somerset back in 2000-01 and we have remained good friends.He approached me to see if I would become involved in this venture and here we are now, just needing the member teams of the National League to rubber-stamp our league spot at the AGM in December and I am very hopeful they will welcome the Devils back into the league. Starlin Castro Yankees Jersey. .A lot of planning has already been put into this and we are determined to succeed. Wolves were crowned the 2016 Elite League Champions after beating Belle Vue Aces in the second leg of the Grand Final in Manchester. Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Trailing by nearly a point entering the final rotation and with his chances of a second Olympic all-around title very much in jeopardy, Japans Kohei Uchimura pondered what for the last seven years has been unthinkable. Nike Air Huarache Womens Australia .He thought about losing.I felt really close to admitting that it might be really difficult, Uchimura said.It was. It just wasnt impossible. Not for the greatest mens gymnast of all time. Delivering a fearless high bar with a gold medal on the line, Uchimura put all the pressure on Ukraines Oleg Verniaiev. And when Verniaievs routine minutes later ended with a small hop and an ever-so slight lean to the left on his dismount, Uchimura was back where he has always been while Verniaiev shrugged his shoulders.What are you gonna do? Its Uchimura. Maybe thats why Verniaiev couldnt stop smiling even though Uchimuras total of 92.365 was less than a tenth ahead of Verniaievs 92.266.I think this is really the coolest thing in the world, Verniaiev said. The very fact we can compete with him is amazing. Today we managed to put on an amazing show.One that ended the way it always has since Uchimura captured his first world championship in 2009: with Uchimura standing atop the podium with a gold medal around his neck and the Japanese anthem playing over the loudspeakers.This really was the trickiest for me, Uchimura said after becoming the first man in nearly 50 years to repeat as Olympic champion.Looked like it. Verniaiev led from the second rotation on, answering every time it seemed Uchimura was ready to take over. When Uchimura drilled a 15.566 on vault, Verniaiev responded with a 15.5. Verniaievs precise parallel bars routine -- his body pencil straight as he pressed into a handstand, his legs seemingly duct taped together -- put him up by .901 points heading into high bar. When Uchimuras high-flying set ended with a stuck landing and a 15.8, Verniaiev needed a 14.9 to win Ukraines first all-around Olympic title.Instead, he got a 14.8. And he seemed kind of pumped up about it.Im quite happy I managed to make Kohei very nervous, Verniaiev said with a laugh.Max Whitlock earned Great Britains first all-around medal in 108 years by taking bronze, just ahead of Russias David Belyavskiy. American Sam Mikulak recovered from a fall on vault and finished seventh. Chris Brooks finished 14th, capping a memorable rise through the qualifying process to make his first Olympic team at 29.Really, though, the night belonged to Verniaiev and Uchimura. Their two-hour duel provided the closest call in Uchimuras run of two Olympic crowns and six world all-around championships.Theres only the tiniest gap, a 0.1 gap, Uchimura said. I really have no confidence I should say, that I can beat Oleg.Verniaiev equated Uchimura to the gymnastics version of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, territory the ever gracious Uchimura shied away from immediately.Everybody in the world knows these names, he said. But Kohei Uchimura? Who is this man? I dont think Im well known in the world.Theres time. Uchimura will take a break following the Rio Games but has no plans to retire. The next Summer Olympics are back home in Tokyo. The opportunity to finish things off in front of his fellow countrymen and his daughter will be far too attractive to pass up.By then my daughter would be old enough so that I really hope I will be able to show her what her father can do, he said.Heres the answer: pretty much whatever he wants.Uchimura arrived in Rio as the overwhelming favorite to back up the all-around gold he won in London four years ago. Yet he stressed repeatedly the only thing that mattered was the team gold. That triumphant moment happened Monday when Japan soared to victory.While Uchimura was exulting in triumph, Verniaiev was just warming up. Ukraine qualified for the team final but basically gave up when Maksym Semiankiv couldnt participate in the finals because of an injury. Rather that put in a replacement athlete to fill in for Semiankiv, Ukraine instead just entered two athletes instead of three, dooming whatever medal chances they had.Verniaiev shrugged off the decision and insisted his team did not tank on purpose so he could prep for the all-around.We never blew a single contest, he said, calling it a silly and unpredictable situation. Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Mens . PAUL, Minn. Nike Air Huarache Womens . According to a report from the Vancouver Province, the Lions are expected to replace former DC Rich Stubler with defensive backs coach Mark Washington. http://www.imprezzy.com/nike-air-huarache-mens-82-sb/ . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. MILWAUKEE -- Rookie Julio Urias battled through six innings for his first major league victory, Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and the Los Angeles Dodgers hung on for a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.Dodger center fielder Joc Pederson crashed face first into the wall in deep center after catching Chris Carters sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth. Pederson crumpled onto the warning track. After several minutes, he got up with assistance of several teammates and head trainer Neil Rampe. Pederson walked off holding his chest and was replaced by Yasiel Puig.Urias (1-2) walked a season-high six and struck out six in his seventh start overall and second against Milwaukee. The 19-year-old left-hander kept every Brewer hitless except for Ryan Brauns two-run double in the third and Jonathan Lucroys double in the sixth.Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 23 save in 26 chances. Seven of the Dodgers last nine victories have been by one run.Urias didnt get a decision in the Dodgers 3-2 victory on June 17, holding Milwaukee scoreless for five innings, allowing a walk and five hits while striking out a career-high eight.Milwaukee pulled to 6-5 in the eighth on Lucroys two-run double off Pedro Baez and Carters sacrifice fly off Joe Blanton. The Dodgers ended the rally when catcher Yasmani Grandl recovered Blantons wild pitch and threw back to him to just get Hernan Perez, who stole third and kept coming down the line. The Brewers challenged the tag play and after a review of 1 minute, 19 seconds, the out call was upheld.The Dodgers went ahead with three runs on five hits in the top of the fourth off Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson (4-8).Gonzalez and Pederson each drove in a run before Urias capped off the scoring with his first career base hit and RBI.Grandal made it 6-2 when he hit into a fielders choice with the bases loaded in the fifth.The Dodgers gave Urias some early run support in the second.Gonzalez singled and took third when Trayce Thompson snapped a 0-for-19 stretch with a base hit. Thompson stole second, but catcher Lucroys throw hit him and bounced away ffrom shortstop Jonathan Villar. Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Womens. Thompson bolted for third and Gonzalez scored on the throwing error. 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LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder surgery) allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. He threw 26 pitches before a rain delay ended his sixth rehab start.Brewers: OF Alex Presley was designated for assignment and INF/OF Jake Elmore had his contract selected from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Elmore started at second base.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Brock Stewart makes his major league debut on Wednesday. Selected in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, he started this season with Rancho Cucamonga before advancing to Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts.Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (4-1, 3.67 ERA) makes his 11th start overall and second against the Dodgers this season. He received a no decision at Dodger Stadium on June 16. He allowed five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four. 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After amassing 25 years of experience at the NBA, Donna Daniels assumed she would continue on the hardcourt track. Corey Kluber Indians Jersey . And for the record, she would have been perfectly content with that. As an executive, she was able to keep things fresh over the span of her career by spearheading different departments in sales and sponsorship at headquarters, while also being influential in launching a D-League team and two WNBA teams at their inceptions.Then the New Jersey Devils organization sought out NBA commissioner Adam Silvers blessing to speak with Daniels. He graciously gave it, and Daniels began her next chapter as senior vice president for business services at the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center this past April. As for how shes adapting to an entirely different professional sport, shes more than equipped in transitioning after spending her formative years relocating from town to town as her family followed her fathers trajectory as a football coach.With the puck dropping in the Devils opener on Thursday -- and their home opener next Tuesday -- Daniels details her journey for espnW and explains why she believes in the never say never concept.On the moveMy dad was a high school and college football coach, so we moved almost every two years while I was growing up. He would come home on a Friday and say, OK, Im on to my next place, and he would be gone on Monday. My mother would stay behind with us to get our studies situated and to sell the house, and then we would meet him at the next destination. It was very exciting, but adapting was definitely a way of life for us -- next team, next school, next set of friends. I have a younger sister and brother, and they were on board as well. I think some of us adjusted better than others, but we helped each other as a group. For me, it was an amazing way to grow up. I didnt really know anything else.Bleacher creaturesWe tried to get to as many games as possible, which included the away games. We would get up at 4 a.m., and my mother would load us all into our wood-paneled station wagon. Sometimes it would take six hours to get there for kickoff, but we lived and breathed it. My dad was able to drive back with us if the team won, which was such a treat. But if they lost, he usually had to go back on the team bus. (Although we probably wouldnt want him in the car with us anyway when they lost!) But then we would say our goodbyes in the parking lot and pile back in the wagon to drive six hours home. Its just what we did.Trial and errorMy father was the coach at Hobart and William Smith in upstate New York when it was time for me to go to college, so I decided to go there to continue to be near my family. I ended up majoring in English because even though I grew up in the sports world, I didnt really understand back then that there was a whole business side to sports. My best friend went into retail in Albany after graduation, so I thought maybe thats what I wanted to do. I think I lasted two months. But I learned what I didnt want to do very quickly, and Im appreciative of the opportunity for that realization. So I decided to move to New York City to see if I could make it there, although I didnt fully understand what that even meant. I just wanted to survive somehow.Garden varietyI landed a job at a medical advertising agency, which turned out to be the most amazing first job I could have. I lear
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Trainer John McArdle is excited to have his forgotten three-year-old Power Trip back in work. Bryan Rust Jersey .Power Trip missed the spring after one run when he succumbed to an unexplained sickness.Power Trip has been back in work for just over a week and McArdle says the gelding has come back 40 or 50kg heavier.McArdle sent Power Trip to Adelaide for the Lightning Stakes at Morphettville to start his spring campaign which ended up being his only appearance.He only had one run and came from last to run fourth behind Viddora and Ocean Embers and then he got sick, McArdle said.Were not 100 per cent sure what it was.He wouldnt eat, but his bloods and that were all right and we scoped his gut, so whether he was a little travel sick, were not sure.We gave him three months off and hes come back a lot better for it.Power Trip showed potential from his first start when he downed subsequent Group One winning three-year-old Flying Artie in the Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington.The then two-year-old returned in the autumn and finished fourth in the Blue Diamond Stakes before stepping up to 1400m and running sixth in the Sires Produce Stakes.Power Trip is the younger brother of Beau Rada and McArdle says the pair are chalk and cheese.Beau Rada weighs in around 510kg and is 15.1 hands while Power Trip tips the scales at 590kg and is 17 hands.While Beau Rada has struggled to get past 1000m McArdle hopes Power Trip may extend out to 1600m and be a contender for the Australian Guineas in March.We have to get him back first and firing and if he looks like hell run the mile then well head towards the Australian Guineas, McArdle said.After that he could possibly go on to Sydney, but if not a couple of those nice sprint races and then maybe even on to Adelaide, but well be guided by how he comes back. Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first half of the season. Mario Lemieux Penguins Jersey . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. http://www.penguinshockeypro.com/authentic-kris-letang-penguins-jersey/ . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. TOKYO -- A Tokyo metropolitan government panel reviewing costly Olympic venues has proposed downgrading the expensive rowing and canoeing site for the Tokyo Games to temporary quality, or moving the events to an existing site in northern Japan.The city-commissioned panel of outside experts, in a report submitted to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Tuesday, said a downgrade could decrease the estimated construction and operational cost of the Sea Forest venue from an original 70 billion yen ($700 million) to about 30 billion yen ($300 million).Alternatively, using the existing facility in Miyagi would require investing an estimated 35 billion yen ($350 million) to meet Olympic standards.Koike will discuss the report with officials from the International Olympic Committee and other parties later Tuesday.The panel of academics and business consultants that the governor set up has said the cost of the Olympics could exceed $30 billion -- four times the initial estimate -- unless drasticc cuts are made. Paul Coffey Penguins Jersey. The panel came up with an option of moving rowing and canoeing to Naganuma, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Tokyo, after the projected cost for a new venue in Tokyo Bay soared to $490 million, seven times the initial estimate. The Naganuma site is part of the area still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.Panel chief Shinichi Ueyama said it is the only realistic alternative to the Sea Forest considering the additional construction work and other preparations which would be required.The report said that the total cost for the current Sea Forest site could be around 33 billion yen to 45 billion yen ($330 million to $450 million) if redesigned for largely temporary use.The city panel also proposed options of moving two other sports -- volleyball and swimming -- from planned new venues to existing ones. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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The series can still be drawn and England could still leave India as the No. Welington Castillo Jersey . 2 rated Test side but, as they head for Mumbai (or Dubai, in a few cases), it doesnt feel much like it.Its not just the tour-ending injuries to Haseeb Hameed and Zafar Ansari, or the somewhat less threatening injuries to Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad. Its the sense that, five Tests into their Asian adventure, England still do not know their best side or even what the balance of that side should be.On the face of things, the call-up of Keaton Jennings is as a direct replacement for Hameed. But its more than that. Its an acceptance of a lack of confidence in the original squad and in Ben Duckett (who has already opened in Test cricket) and Gary Ballance (who spent much of his Test career at No. 3) in particular. In retrospect, it was a mistake for England to take Ballance to India if they had decided after the Bangladesh segment of the tour not to pick him. They had the opportunity to change the squad, they failed to take it and have struggled with a lack of batting options.One of the victims of that imbalance has been Moeen Ali. While he might well have benefited from some stability - most batsmen do - he has been shunted up and down the order to the point where his role has changed almost by the match. In his 35 Tests, he has batted everywhere in the top nine; a panacea for Englands failings, but one that comes at its own cost.Its hard to argue with the selection of Jennings, though. He scored more runs than anyone else (1,548) in Division One in 2016 and, while few of them were against spin, he did make a fourth-innings century against a Warwickshire attack including Jeetan Patel (arguably the best spinner in English domestic cricket).He is well-organised, patient and, perhaps crucially, brought up with more than a hint of the South African culture that seems so popular with key figures in English cricket; more of that later. Its probably not ideal that he is another left-hander - England may well have four in their top six against two fine offspinners - but ideal left this tour a while ago.The selection of Liam Dawson is more contentious. He claimed only 20 Championship wickets in 2016 and they cost 43.65 each. Nor was that an aberration: in 2015 he claimed 22 at 38.63. He is respected as a defensive spinner, a decent batsman and a good fielder, but it is unlikely his selection has plunged the India camp into a state of fear. He simply doesnt take enough wickets and, if his main role is as a bowler, that is quite an issue.Few would claim Dawson is the best left-arm spinner in county cricket. But equally few would have made the same claim about Ansari or Samit Patel, who fulfilled the role this time last year. The truth is, England have a shallow talent pool and they arent after the best specialist: they are after a left-arm option who can bat, field and will be low-maintenance on and off the pitch. They have assessed Dawson as a member of the limited-overs squads and decided they like his character and range of skills.With those parameters, he may prove a useful selection. He will not buckle, even if India attack him; he will be a reliable fielder, even of England are out there for five sessions; he will not be intimidated with the bat, even if he is asked to save a match. But even if he does tie up an end with his fairly flat, fairly quick spin - and that will not be easy against this India batting line-up - it is not entirely obvious who will be attacking at the other end. Besides, for a team that talks of its positivity and aggression, it seems odd to opt for a bowler whose strength is not wicket-taking but bowling maidens.Its not especially unusual to pick players on a hunch rather than on statistics, though. The selection in the Mohali Test of Jos Buttler, who had played only one first-class game in the previous 12-months, could only be justified on the basis of potential and, in the past, much the same might have been said about David Gower, Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan. It sends a less than encouraging message to those involved in county cricket, but that is nothing new.You have to feel for Somersets Jack Leach. Having taken 65 Championship wickets at an average of 21.87 in 2016, albeit benefiting from Tauntons spin-friendly wickets, he would be justified in feeling somewhat hard done-by as he comes to term with this latest rejection. Anyone watching county cricket last season would be hard placed to name a better left-arm spinner available to England.But it seems the selectors remain unsure how he would cope with the glare of international cricket. Chris Rogers, his Somerset captain this year, suggested Leach emotionally had a bit of a way to go before he was ready and it seems the experience of Simon Kerrigan, who wilted in the spotlight of the Oval Ashes Test of 2013, continues to weigh heavily on the team managements minds. Leach is 25, though, and coped well with the expectation of a Somerset side pushing for their first Championship title on pitches where he was supposed to do the bulk of the damage. The selectors may well be doing his strength of mind a disservice.There may also be an issue here with Trevor Bayliss knowledge - or lack of knowledge - of county cricket. He never played it, has never coached in it and, through no fault of his own, hardly has the time to watch it. As a result, he does not know who the best players are and he has not had the opportunity to build up relationships with coaches, umpires and players in the domestic game who might have helped him. Instead, he remains heavily reliant upon Andy Flower - who is not officially a selector - who watches a lot of cricket and works with the best developing players. It is Flower who is managing the Lions team in the UAE and Flower who told Jennings of his selection.You wonder if he told Bayliss, too. For it is hard to avoid the suspicion that both these selections owe much to his influence. The tough simplicity of Jennings and the combative all-round skills of Dawson are both characteristics Flower always seemed to admire in his players; arguably more so than flair and specialist skills. None of this is necessarily a bad thing - quite the opposite, a man with Flowers knowledge and passion can only be an asset - but it might prove slightly at odds with Bayliss apparently bolder, more positive approach. Nearly three years since he stepped down as head coach, Flower power is still very much alive in English cricket. Luis Gonzalez Jersey . 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The series can still be drawn and England could still leave India as the No. Welington Castillo Jersey . 2 rated Test side but, as they head for Mumbai (or Dubai, in a few cases), it doesnt feel much like it.Its not just the tour-ending injuries to Haseeb Hameed and Zafar Ansari, or the somewhat less threatening injuries to Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad. Its the sense that, five Tests into their Asian adventure, England still do not know their best side or even what the balance of that side should be.On the face of things, the call-up of Keaton Jennings is as a direct replacement for Hameed. But its more than that. Its an acceptance of a lack of confidence in the original squad and in Ben Duckett (who has already opened in Test cricket) and Gary Ballance (who spent much of his Test career at No. 3) in particular. In retrospect, it was a mistake for England to take Ballance to India if they had decided after the Bangladesh segment of the tour not to pick him. They had the opportunity to change the squad, they failed to take it and have struggled with a lack of batting options.One of the victims of that imbalance has been Moeen Ali. While he might well have benefited from some stability - most batsmen do - he has been shunted up and down the order to the point where his role has changed almost by the match. In his 35 Tests, he has batted everywhere in the top nine; a panacea for Englands failings, but one that comes at its own cost.Its hard to argue with the selection of Jennings, though. He scored more runs than anyone else (1,548) in Division One in 2016 and, while few of them were against spin, he did make a fourth-innings century against a Warwickshire attack including Jeetan Patel (arguably the best spinner in English domestic cricket).He is well-organised, patient and, perhaps crucially, brought up with more than a hint of the South African culture that seems so popular with key figures in English cricket; more of that later. Its probably not ideal that he is another left-hander - England may well have four in their top six against two fine offspinners - but ideal left this tour a while ago.The selection of Liam Dawson is more contentious. He claimed only 20 Championship wickets in 2016 and they cost 43.65 each. Nor was that an aberration: in 2015 he claimed 22 at 38.63. He is respected as a defensive spinner, a decent batsman and a good fielder, but it is unlikely his selection has plunged the India camp into a state of fear. He simply doesnt take enough wickets and, if his main role is as a bowler, that is quite an issue.Few would claim Dawson is the best left-arm spinner in county cricket. But equally few would have made the same claim about Ansari or Samit Patel, who fulfilled the role this time last year. The truth is, England have a shallow talent pool and they arent after the best specialist: they are after a left-arm option who can bat, field and will be low-maintenance on and off the pitch. They have assessed Dawson as a member of the limited-overs squads and decided they like his character and range of skills.With those parameters, he may prove a useful selection. He will not buckle, even if India attack him; he will be a reliable fielder, even of England are out there for five sessions; he will not be intimidated with the bat, even if he is asked to save a match. But even if he does tie up an end with his fairly flat, fairly quick spin - and that will not be easy against this India batting line-up - it is not entirely obvious who will be attacking at the other end. Besides, for a team that talks of its positivity and aggression, it seems odd to opt for a bowler whose strength is not wicket-taking but bowling maidens.Its not especially unusual to pick players on a hunch rather than on statistics, though. The selection in the Mohali Test of Jos Buttler, who had played only one first-class game in the previous 12-months, could only be justified on the basis of potential and, in the past, much the same might have been said about David Gower, Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan. It sends a less than encouraging message to those involved in county cricket, but that is nothing new.You have to feel for Somersets Jack Leach. Having taken 65 Championship wickets at an average of 21.87 in 2016, albeit benefiting from Tauntons spin-friendly wickets, he would be justified in feeling somewhat hard done-by as he comes to term with this latest rejection. Anyone watching county cricket last season would be hard placed to name a better left-arm spinner available to England.But it seems the selectors remain unsure how he would cope with the glare of international cricket. Chris Rogers, his Somerset captain this year, suggested Leach emotionally had a bit of a way to go before he was ready and it seems the experience of Simon Kerrigan, who wilted in the spotlight of the Oval Ashes Test of 2013, continues to weigh heavily on the team managements minds. Leach is 25, though, and coped well with the expectation of a Somerset side pushing for their first Championship title on pitches where he was supposed to do the bulk of the damage. The selectors may well be doing his strength of mind a disservice.There may also be an issue here with Trevor Bayliss knowledge - or lack of knowledge - of county cricket. He never played it, has never coached in it and, through no fault of his own, hardly has the time to watch it. As a result, he does not know who the best players are and he has not had the opportunity to build up relationships with coaches, umpires and players in the domestic game who might have helped him. Instead, he remains heavily reliant upon Andy Flower - who is not officially a selector - who watches a lot of cricket and works with the best developing players. It is Flower who is managing the Lions team in the UAE and Flower who told Jennings of his selection.You wonder if he told Bayliss, too. For it is hard to avoid the suspicion that both these selections owe much to his influence. The tough simplicity of Jennings and the combative all-round skills of Dawson are both characteristics Flower always seemed to admire in his players; arguably more so than flair and specialist skills. None of this is necessarily a bad thing - quite the opposite, a man with Flowers knowledge and passion can only be an asset - but it might prove slightly at odds with Bayliss apparently bolder, more positive approach. Nearly three years since he stepped down as head coach, Flower power is still very much alive in English cricket. Luis Gonzalez Jersey . 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Its easy to forget that Leonard just turned 25 this past June and enjoyed a massive 28.4 percent leap in scoring from 2014-15 to last season. Leonard is again enjoying a steep ascent on offense both in terms of shot volume and, more significantly, from the free throw line.As I wrote this past June, The playoffs confirmed for me that Leonard is a surefire top-five fantasy selection for 2016-17 drafts. In fact, Leonard ended up going seventh, on average, in ESPN drafts this fall. My lofty opinion of Leonard was due to his increasing offensive workload and his teams reliance on him -- and not LaMarcus Aldridge?--?as its chief creator in the postseason.With Tim Duncan retired and significant mileage on Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, this is undoubtedly Leonards team. For those that landed Leonard late in the first round, you just might have netted a dark horse candidate for the top overall fantasy asset this season.After perusing the upcoming week of the NBA schedule below, be sure to check out our trendspotting notes, as we delve into a number of rising players and intriguing trends.Access the downloadable forecaster chart PDF hereMatchup ratings are based on a scale from 1 (poor matchup) to 10 (excellent matchup). These are calculated using a formula that evaluates the teams year-to-date and past 10 games statistics, their opponents numbers in those categories and their performance in home/road games depending on where the game is to be played. The column to the left lists the teams total number of games scheduled, as well as home games, and lists the overall rating from 1-10 for that teams weekly schedule.Ratings roundupFor those playing in weekly head-to-head leagues, maximizing games played can prove paramount to almost all other factors. Even if your opponent hoards greater overall talent, you can surpass them statistically if you can guarantee more games in your weekly profile. When it comes to streaming players, then, we should look to identify teams with busy schedules.The Sacramento Kings, for example, lead the NBA with five games this week. Its rare to find a five-game stretch in a given slate, so this makes shares of guys like Ty Lawson, averaging more than 35 minutes as the substitute starter at point guard, and even Matt Barnes?and his 27 minutes per game somewhat attractive as rentals for the week ahead.The Atlanta Hawks enjoy a strong rating this week thanks to three home games out of four contests in total. They have inviting meetings with the likes of the fast-paced Lakers, Kings and Rockets. The?Cleveland Cavaliers play just three games this week, but its nice to see that they only play up-tempo opponents. That could extract increased exposure and output from LeBron James and his fellow stars.As for some of the weaker profiles this week, the Brooklyn Nets face a series of capable defensive teams prone to slowing the pace. The Charlotte Hornets play just two games this coming week, making them an avoidable source for streaming given such a limited slate. Similarly, the Miami Heat are limited to two games with one coming against the down-tempo, defensive-minded Raptors.Surging in CharlotteMichael Kidd-Gilchrist could serve as an awesome approximation of Leonard if you missed out on him in drafts. While he doesnt possess Leonards shooting touch, its nice to see such rich rebound and steal potential from the versatile forward after he played in just seven games last season. A gifted rebounder for his position, MKG enjoyed a league-high 30 rebounding chances in the season opener, which are defined as being within 3.5 feet of an available board.With nearly 35 minutes played in the first game and available in half of ESPN leagues as of press time, Kidd-Gilchrist is a strong early waiver warrior to consider for your player portfolio. With real defensive prowess and upside in steals and even blocks, this forgotten forward could prove to be quite valuable this season.Myles aheadOne fear for the Pacers Myles Turner was a potential lack of minutes on an increasingly deep roster. Yet, with 37 minutes played and 19 field goal attempts in Indianas first game, its clear hes a priority player on the new-look roster.Tabbed as a breakout candidate for this season, Turner led the NBA playoffs last summer with 3.3 blocks per game and a Whiteside-like block rate of 9.8 percent. Turners per-36 rates of 16.3 points, 8.7 boards and 2.3 blocks from his rookie campaign suggest increased minutes could propel fantasy stardom for the second-year big man.Croatian impactIll be writing a waiver wire column which debuts on Sunday but, as a preview, heres a widely available asset to admire early this season. Its?Dario Saric?of the 76ers, who could provide helpful numbers as a key rotation cog. The rookie enjoyed 20 rebounding chances in his debut thanks to his playing nearly 28 minutes.We saw his knack for playmaking emerge for Croatia in the Olympics this past August, and he might have the steadiest minutes profile of Philadelphias collection of big men. Even though he struggled from the field, there is upside found in his exposure rates (12 shots and the strong minutes). Saric is a name to watch in the early weeks of the season. Cory Spangenberg Jersey . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. Randy Jones Padres Jersey . 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Theres another one of the pitching staff Deacon was a member of while at Alabama. Theres also a picture of his daughter, Jodie Carlson, posing with Bear Bryant. Jodie, Daniels mother, worked in the Alabama recruiting department when Bryant was the football coach.But the item Deacon is most proud of and the one you see when you first walk in the room -- partly because it sticks out like a sore thumb -- is an Auburn No. 38 jersey hanging on the wall.Things work out, I really think, like theyre supposed to, Deacon said. I accept things as they happen. Ive seen some things happen that I didnt understand at the time, but I look back later on and said, That was the best thing that happened.His grandson going to Auburn is one of those instances.As the son of a man who played tennis for Alabama and a woman who worked for Bear Bryant, Daniel Carlson had no choice growing up. He was going to bleed crimson. His dog was even named Bama.Though the family lived in Colorado, they still cheered for Alabama every Saturday and would typically make the trip to Tuscaloosa for a game every year. It was an opportunity for Daniels parents to show him around the campus and take him by the tennis complex or the sorority where his mother used to live.I just remember how big the stadium was, Daniel said. I was a little kid and we rarely got to go, so it was always impressive.When the time came to pick a school, Alabama wasnt an option.Deacon still remembers when Daniel, who was in high school at the time, got the call from an Alabama staff member telling him that Saban wanted to meet with him. Grandfather and grandson were driving back from Auburn, and Daniel was flying out to Colorado the next day. They agreed to drive down to Tuscaloosa in the morning and listen to what Saban had to say.When they arrived, they went to Bryant-Denny Stadium, where there was a camp going on for younger kids. Saban walked by them and, without breaking stride, said, Follow me. So they followed Saban into a room where he laid out the plan, explaining academics, football and everything in between. Then he told Daniel he wouldnt sign a kicker that he hasnt seen kick and talked about arranging a way to see him kick. The meeting itself took no more than 10 minutes.He stood up, shook Daniels hand. He turned around, said, Deacon, Ill see you later, and he was gone, Deacon said. So we got in the car and I took him back home. It was that quick.That was the last time Daniel would talk to Saban until this past summer, four years later, when he came to support his little brother, Anders, at Alabamas kicking camp. When Deacon, Daniel, Anders and the boys uncle walked into Sabans office after the camp was over, Saban looked at Daniel and said, I know who you are.Saban might not have remembered their meeting from four years ago, but its hard to forget somebody who had made seven field goals against him the past two seasons. Carlson has kept making kicks, hitting on 22 of 25 this season and becoming a finalist for the Lou Groza Award -- given to the nations top kicker -- for the second consecutive year.Jodie Carlson can do orange now. She was the only one in the family wearing orange when the family was together in the grandparents house this week. Dave Winfield Jersey. When it came time to take a family picture, she wore the Auburn scarf a relative had made for her.Shes even planning to wear orange when Auburn plays at Alabama on Saturday.I havent bought anything but orange-and-blue stuff since Daniel signed, Jodie said. Im definitely all in the Auburn family.This is the same woman who bailed on a date in college because she was so upset about Alabama losing a football game. She later met her husband on a blind date at a different Alabama football game in Birmingham.The only reason he went was because he didnt have a ticket, and I had two, she joked.Jodies allegiance to the Tide came from her dad, though, and Deacon wasnt as thrilled when Daniel first committed to Auburn. He and his wife called Daniel that day to give him a hard time about his college choice and even coined the nickname Turncoat for their grandson.That started with me, Deacon said. Daniel said he was going to Auburn, so next time I talked to him, he said, Now, Bubba, youre going to come to some of my games, arent you? I said, Turncoat, I dont do Auburn. Ill do some out-of-town games, but I dont do Auburn. Ive taken you out of the will and from now on, youll be known as Turncoat.Deacon might have been kidding about the will, but when he said he didnt do Auburn, he was serious. From 2013 to 2015, he never went to a single one of Daniels games at Auburn. Hed go see Daniel play at Mississippi State or at LSU -- he wore an Alabama shirt to Daniels game at Mississippi State -- but he wouldnt step foot on Auburns campus.That changed earlier this month when Deacon made the trip to Auburn and watched his grandson make three field goals in a 23-16 win over Vanderbilt.He even wore like a pink-orange-colored shirt, Jodie said.It was a salmon shirt, Deacon corrected her. Thats as close to orange as I get.Deacon, Juanita, Jodie, Anders and the rest of the family will be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to watch Daniel play. Theres no telling what color shirt each of them will be wearing or even which team they will be rooting for. Its family, but theres also a lot on the line for No. 1 Alabama. Theyd love to see the Tide win another national championship this year.Were conflicted, Juanita said. We love that little fella.Before you assume anything, the same thing happened two years ago. It was Daniels first Iron Bowl as Auburns starting kicker, and Alabama was ranked No. 1 in the country, vying for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Two days before the game, Daniel left after practice and drove up to his grandparents house to spend Thanksgiving with his family. It was the last time hed see any of them until Saturday after the game.I remember the last thing Grandpa said was, Hey, I hope you kick like four or five field goals and do great, and you still lose, Daniel said. And sure enough, thats what happened.Daniel made five field goals, including four in the first half, but Alabama rallied in the second half and won the game 55-44.He called me that night after the game, Daniel said. He was really happy. Of course, he was bummed I lost. But at the same time, its really funny that it actually happened. I think thats almost the ideal scenario for him.What about this year? What would happen if Daniel had a chance to kick a game-winning field goal at the end of the Iron Bowl to spoil the Tides perfect season?I think Id like for him to make it, Deacon said.Deacon might not wear orange. He might have waited until this year to go see Daniel play a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. But jokes and nicknames aside, nothing is more important than family.Its always been in good fun and in good humor, Jodie said. Our family love is much stronger than any sport. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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HOUSTON -- In the postgame locker room after the Houston Rockets 126-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, James Harden teased teammates, laughed about excess shower water caught in his beard and joked with reporters. Jakub Zboril Bruins Jersey .It was a stark contrast from the more solemn and stern version of Harden from last season.Ive been having fun all year, even in games we lose, Harden said. This is a special group of guys, coaching staff included, and this locker room is definitely enjoying this ride right now.Harden had 26 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season to help the Rockets overwhelm the Trail Blazers in their highest-scoring game of the season.Harden completed the triple-double in the third quarter. The Rockets rebounded a night after scoring just three points in the final 6 minutes of a 105-103 loss in Oklahoma City.Its the chemistry, Rockets coach Mike DAntoni said. Everybody is feeling good about themselves. Were going to make mistakes, and we still have some improving to do, but as long as they come with that attitude every day and work at it and fix their mistakes, good things will happen.C.J. McCollum led Portland with 26 points, Maurice Harkless had 19, and Damian Lillard 18, his second-lowest output of the season.We kind of suck right now -- its that simple, Lillard said. Were usually a pretty good offensive team. Weve been bad on offense and bad on defense. Were trying hard, but were not making the smartest plays -- just not good enough. Were not very good right now.Blazers coach Terry Stotts was much less harsh in his assessment of his teams second straight loss. Portland outscored Houston by a combined 12 points in the second and fourth quarters but was ultimately doomed by a 29-point deficit in the first and third quarters.The game was tied at 62 at halftime, but Houston took a 100-83 lead into the fourth quarter.Theyre very good at what they do and Harden is key to that, Stotts said. Houston is a very good offensive team -- its a challenge to guard them.Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley made his season debut after missing the first 11 games following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Limited to 25 minutes, Beverley had 11 points, three assists and three blocks.Our defense is getting a lot better with him out there because of his toughness, DAntoni said about Beverley. He is smart and plays with an edge. Youve got to have that.Playing without backup center Nene, Houston frequently featured smaller lineups with Montrezl Harrell filling in with interior defense while starting center Clint Capela was on the bench. 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This gives clubs a feel for a players potential for improvement and also provides context behind why a particular player may be terrific in one area of their game but struggle in another.Athletic and skill testing, while insightful, should not have much if any effect on the draft stocks of the players in attendance, but rather it should be viewed with an understanding of those results in the context of what the player shows on game day.Draft combine record holder in the 20m sprint and repeat sprint Joel Wilkinson (former Gold Coast defender and briefly an NFL prospect with the Arizona Cardinals) was unable to practically apply the speed he demonstrated on the track, in game, providing little offensive run.By contrast, there will be other players who will test poorly, either due to injuries they may be carrying or they may seem faster in game due to their quick footy brains. Cyril Rioli is a perfect example of testing results deceiving and not telling the full story. In his draft year, his speed testing was surprisingly average. His 2.96 second 20m sprint would not have placed him inside this years top 10 while his 8.89 second agility time is rated below average. But then as soon as he steps onto a footy field, his speed is undeniable.There are countless exceptions with the other forms of athletic testing and also the skill testing. For skill testing, ex-Blue Clem Smith is a recent example where the result from the testing is completely contrasting to what he showed in the under-18s. He finished inside the top 10, a result entirely opposing anything recruiters had seen of him during the year in what for Smith was clearly one of the weaker elements to his game from his junior career.While it is interesting to see how players compare in the testing, it should ultimately be looked at with an understanding of those results in the context of the games the players have put forward during the season, to provide more meaningful insight into why players are strong in particular areas of the game and not as strong in others.Who didnt test?Hugh McCluggage, Will Brodie, Tim Taranto, Will Setterfield, Todd Marshall, Daniel Venables, Jy Simpkin, Alex Witherden, Jack Graham, Brad Scheer, Luke Ryan, Josh Daicos, Hamish Brayshaw, and Elliott Himmelberg all sat out due either to soreness or injury.Testing resultsClean hands test (score out of a possible 30)Ben Jarman (28) Oliver Florent (28) Ryan Garthwaite (28) Callum Brown (27) Jarrod Berry (27) Will Hayward (27) Patrick Lipinski (27) Sam Powell-Pepper (27) Jack Bowes (27) Isaac Cumming (26) Joe Atley (26) Myles Poholke (26) Jonty Scharenberg (26) Harry Perryman (26) Jack Maibaum (26)Kicking test (score out of a possible 30)Jordan Ridley (27) Isaac Cumming (26) Jarrod Berry (25) Ben Long (25) Sam Walker (25) Josh Williams (25) Ben Jarman (24) Tom Williamson (24) Dylan Clarke (24) Kym LeBois (23) Willem Drew (23) Josh Battle (23) Jake Waterman (23)Goalkicking test (score out of a possible 30) Sam Powell-Pepper (30) Harry Morrison (25) Joe Atley (25) Josh Williams (25) Jonty Scharenberg (25) Ryan Garthwaite (25) Zachary Sproule (25) Tim English (25) Liam Baker (25) Ben Jarman (24) Tyson Stengle (24)Beep test Jarrod Berry (level 15.1) Oliver Florent (15.1) Griffin Logue (15.1) Harry Morrison (14.12) Dylan Clarke (14.12) Sam Powell-Pepper (14.7) Liam Baker (14.5) Tom Williamson (14.5) Patrick Lipinski (14.5) Jordan Gallucci (14.5)20 metre sprintJacob Allison (2.87 seconds) Ben Ainsworth (2.90) Josh Rotham (2.92) Josh Williams (2.93) Bailey Morrish (2.93) Taylin Duman (2.93) Esava Ratugolea (2.93) Will Hayward (2.94) Tony Olango (2.94) Shai Bolton (2.95)Agility Tom Williamson (8.15 seconds) Jack Maibaum (8.19) Sam Powell-Pepper (8.24) Harry Morrison (8.26) Oliver Florent (8.26) Matt Guelfi (8.29) Isaac Cumming (8.29) Ben Ainsworth (8.36) Jack Scrimshaw (8.39) Andrew McGrath (8.38)Standing vertical jumpJordan Gallucci (89cm) Esava Ratugolea (76) Will Hayward (73) Griffin Logue (71) Bailey Morrish (71) Shai Bolton (68) Callum Brown (68) Josh Rotham (67) Max Lynch (67) Jacob Allison (67) Jack Bowes (67) Tom Williamson (67)Running vertical jump (left foot)Andrew McGrath (96cm) Shai Bolton (94) Cameron Zurhaar (92) Brennan Cox (92) Tony Olango (91) Jordan Gallucci (91) Oliver Florent (90) Bailey Morrish (90) Will Hayward (90) Esava Ratugolea (89) Tom Williamson (88) Harry Morrison (88)Running vertical jump (right foot)Griffin Logue (91cm) Bailey Morrish (91) Esava Ratugolea (89) Jordan Gallucci (86) Andrew McGrath (85) Ben Ainsworth (84) Tom Williamson (83) Jack Scrimshaw (83) Declan Watson (83) Mitchell Hinge (83) Jack Bowes (82)Repeat sprint total (six x 30 metre sprints)Jordan Gallucci (24.36 sec) Andrew McGrath (24.44) Bailey Morrish (24.83) Jarrod Berry (24.99) Ben Ainsworth (25.01) Kym LeBois (25.08) Griffin Logue (25.09) Shai Bolton (25.10) Myles Poholke (25.20) Jacob Allison (25.30)3km time trialJarrod Berry (9min 46sec) Tom Williamson (9:50) Dylan Clarke (9:52) * Mark OConnor (9:56) Griffin Logue (9:58)What do the numbers mean?Griffin Logue was one of the standouts during the athletic testing. The 193cm, 92kg key defender from Western Australia excelled. He finished equal first in the beep test and running vertical jump, top five in the standing vertical jump and 3km time trial and top 10 in the repeat sprints.Logue may push as high as the top 10 in this years AFL draft and has intriguing potential. Some see scope in Logue to develop into a big-bodied midfielder in the future. His endurance results, in addition to his evident burst of speed when going for 50/50 balls in games, suggests if he can win the ball and make good decisions with it in traffic, that this is a potentially realistic and intriguing vision of development.In the skill testing, every year there is a selection of players who surprise in finishing in the top 10 of that particular category. Ben Jarman though, not surprisingly was a standout with an equal-top score in the clean hands test while also featuring inside the top 10 in the kicking and goalkicking tests. Jarman was always clean with his disposal during matches while also showing composure under pressure. Jarman at 175cm is a capable forward and midfielder who is expected to be selected in the national draft, as a father-son selection by either Adelaide or Hawthorn. He looks likely to feature somewhere from the second round onwards.One of the most interesting players in this years draft is Esava Ratugolea, a 194cm, 95kg key forward and relieving ruckman, who tested well. He finished second in the standing vertical jump, third in the running vertical jump (left foot) and also inside the top 10 in the running vertical jump (right foot) and 20m sprint. Ratugolea is thought to be of interest to clubs in the latter half of the draft with his raw athleticism and the application he shhows on the field, throwing himself at every contest something that some may view as mouldable. Jimmy Hayes Jersey. .Breaking the previous draft combine record in the standing vertical jump was athletic 183cm midfielder Jordan Gallucci. Gallucci also finished first in the repeat sprint and inside the top 10 in the beep test and running vertical jumps off his right and left feet. Athletically during games, he is at his best accelerating away from centre bounces and has some hot games where he puts his athletic attributes on full display.Likely top-two pick, Andrew McGrath, a 179cm running half-back flanker and midfielder, had the highest running vertical jump off his (left foot) at the combine. He also finished second in the repeat sprint, top five in the running vertical jump off his (right foot) while squeezing into the top 10 in the agility test. McGrath has demonstrated outstanding run and carry off half-back and can be found several times each game providing meaningful run and carry with ball in hand. Occasionally when he pushes down back he has also shown some aerial marking prowess, though its his running with ball in hand that really wows recruiters.If anyone was to break a jumping record, many would have predicted Ben Ainsworth rather than Gallucci based on how high he has elevated during the season for several of his marks up forward. Nonetheless Ainsworth, a 179cm forward and midfielder, performed strongly at the combine. He placed second in the 20 metre sprint, top five in the repeat sprints and top 10 in the running vertical jump off his (right foot) and in the agility test. Ainsworth has built a strong reputation this year for his athletic leaping and strong marking up forward, but he has also at times when pushed up the field shown eye-catching acceleration with ball in hand.Dylan Clarke, the brother of North Melbournes Ryan, was another notable performer in the athletic testing, finishing inside the top five for both the beep test and 3km time trial. Clarke, a 187cm, 85kg, big-bodied stoppage specialist, is a dominant contested-ball winner and having such outstanding endurance in game means he is able to get from contest to contest. He also, much to the surprise of those who have watched him this season, finished in the top 10 in the kicking test. During the season Clarke has shown inconsistency by foot, not always hitting his intended targets.While in games he comes across as more of a burst athlete, 186cm, 83kg, strong bodied utility, Sam Powell-Pepper performed excellently in the agility and beep tests. He finished third and sixth in each of the tests respectively. He also finished inside the top 10 in the clean hands test and surprisingly was the only player to achieve a perfect 30/30 in the goalkicking test. On game day, Powell-Pepper has demonstrated excellent ground-ball winning ability, having the cleanness to hit the ball and win it at high speed. He also has an explosive sidestep and ability to change direction which also shone through with his agility test results.Having an impressive draft combine was Brisbane Academy prospect Jacob Allison, who finished first in 20m sprint and top 10 in the standing vertical jump and repeat sprints. At 194cm, 79kg, he is a tall outside runner who boasts a penetrating kick and excellent athletic ability. During games he sometimes uses his pace to break the lines and sometimes he takes leaping marks. These however are elements to his game that he should look to develop into greater weapons in the future. After making the 2015 Under-18 All-Australian Team, this year Allison has fallen out of the first round mix, dropping below his high standard of performance in 2015. Nonetheless he is still likely to feature in the national draft and may feature somewhere towards the middle of the draft.With the best time in the 3km time trial, equal best in the beep test and top five in the repeat sprints, Jarrod Berry impressed most in the endurance categories. He also placed inside the top five in the clean hands and kicking test. The 191cm utility often displays bursts of speed in game with ball in hand, breaking the lines on the outside. His kicking while sometimes damaging during games when he has time and space has often proven inconsistent when pressured. Berry has clean hands overhead and at ground level, but is not uncommonly gifted in either area of the game. He is an above average mark overhead and a capable but not freakish or super powerful ground ball winner. Berry is in the first-round mix and failing a placing late in the first round is expected to be selected somewhere in the second round.Coming second in the running vertical (left foot) and top 10 in the standing vertical, repeat sprints and 20m sprint was Shai Bolton at 178cm, 68kg - one of this years most exciting forwards. Athletically, Bolton stands out when he has ball in hand. It is surprising not to see him inside the top 10 in the clean hands and agility tests which dont do his play justice. Bolton is a one-touch player who can pick up the ball on the move at speed and break the lines, take on the game and dodge and weave around would-be tacklers like it is routine. Given his evident leaping ability from the testing, his game could be furthered by developing into more of an aerial marking threat which he isnt currently as more a ground level player who displays substantial hurt factor with ball in hand. Bolton has developed strongly this year and is likely to feature in either the first or second round.Pushing up draft boards in the last month of the season, Will Hayward a 186cm, 76kg forward had a strong draft combine. He placed top five in the clean hands and standing vertical jump and top 10 in the 20 metre sprint and running vertical jump (left foot). Hayward as a forward does his damage close to goal and his results correlate with what he has shown during games. He a strong mark overhead who can take the ball at the highest point but then is also clean at ground level. He has good acceleration on the lead, often creating separation between himself and his opponent. Hayward also has shown he can leap and take a mark overhead. Hayward is said to be pushing potentially towards the back-end of the first round but is more likely to feature somewhere in the second round.While unable to finish inside the top 10 in any category, Sam Petreveski-Seton narrowly missed out in several categories and requires a mention given the athletic attributes he has demonstrated over the past two seasons. His endurance testing was solid which is a big tick and his speed testing was not far behind the top 10 either. With Petreveski-Seton unable to make the top 10 in any category, it is a clean indication that the athletic and skill testing does not tell the whole story. Petreveski-Seton is one of truly freakishly clean players at ground level and has explosive acceleration, evasiveness in traffic, a sidestep that can get him around just about anyone and a natural instinct with ball in hand to take on the game at every available opportunity. He is also one of if not arguably the best dual-sided kick in this draft. 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