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Selma native, Cincinnati Bengals’ Michael Johnson says he’s blessed, thankful

Jan 28, 2013 | by Robert Hudson, Selma Times-Journal
Selma native, Cincinnati Bengals’ Michael Johnson says he’s blessed, thankful

With another successful season in the books, Selma native and Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson has continued the trend of improving his play year after year. After posting a career high of six sacks and helping the Bengals advance the NFL playoffs in 2011, Michael Johnson recorded 11.5 sacks and helped the Bengals to another playoff berth in the 2012-2013 ...

New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith's unrelenting desire to hustle has caught his teammates' attention

Jan 26, 2013 | by John Reid, NOLA.com
New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith's unrelenting desire to hustle has caught his teammates' attention

After Friday’s night game against the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith sat in a chair in front of his locker looking like he had been in a tussle instead of a game.

There were red marks on his lower arm, his right shoulder was heavily wrapped and two large ice bags covered both knees. Though Smith said he ...

Beyond Bounds: The Life Of Lou – Part I

Jan 26, 2013 | by Shane Kitzman, minnesota.cbslocal.com
Beyond Bounds: The Life Of Lou – Part I

On the court, Lou Amundson‘s a role player who provides the gritty hustle plays.

Off the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward with the long locks is far from fitting into any one simple stereotype.

Musician? He follows in his dad’s footsteps with improving guitarskills.

Artist? Oil pastels are the 30-year-old’s go-to.

Scrabble star? “I reign supreme in my friend group,” he said.

And yet the ...

Gordon Hayward’s game can reach All-Star level

Jan 26, 2013 | by Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune

Gordon Hayward made a sweet move a few games back, setting up the most important shot of the night against the Miami Heat, going behind his back to the left with his dribble, rising in rhythm, dusting a soft jumper, hauling home a big Jazz win and looking like … what’s this, an NBA All-Star?

Here’s a question nobody who booed ...

David Lee first Warrior to make NBA All-Star team since 1997

Jan 24, 2013 | by sfexaminer.com
David Lee first Warrior to make NBA All-Star team since 1997

At long last, the Warriors have an All-Star.

Forward David Lee became the franchise’s first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997 as the NBA unveiled the reserves for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.

Lee, 29, is averaging 19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and has been instrumental in Golden State’s surprising 26-15 record this season.

Basketball: Former Aggie star Jaycee Carroll still firing away in Spain

Jan 22, 2013 | by Jordan Winnett, The Salt Lake Tribune
Basketball: Former Aggie star Jaycee Carroll still firing away in Spain

Utah State’s all-time leading scorer, Jaycee Carroll, hasn’t made a basket for the Aggies in over four years, but the 6-foot-2 sharpshooter has continued to fill it up overseas as a pro.

Carroll followed up his impressive college career and Western Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year senior season by signing with Italian League club BancaTercas Teramo, where he averaged 16.4 ...

Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel adjusts to Spanish league, works toward NBA

Jan 22, 2013 | by Jordan Winnett, indystar.com

Far from Mackey Arena, former Purdue star Robbie Hummel plays for a team in northwestern Spain, where the language is a mix of Spanish and Portugese -- and harder for him to penetrate than any defense on the basketball court.

"The language barrier is tough," Hummel said. "I took Spanish in high school and middle school, but that doesn't do (anything) ...

Sean Considine talks about chance for a Super Bowl ring

Jan 21, 2013 | by Matt Trowbridge, rrstar.com
Sean Considine talks about chance for a Super Bowl ring

Byron's Sean Considine thought his NFL career might be over two years ago when the NFL locked out the players. Considine worried a special teams veteran and backup safety might be forgotten in the mad rush to sign players. Instead, Considine was quickly snapped up by Carolina. And he signed with Baltimore this year and now has a chance to ...

Why Pistons' Will Bynum Should Be in the Discussion for Sixth Man of the Year

Jan 21, 2013 | by Chris Madden, Bleacher Report

With all the attention given to the Detroit Pistons' rookie phenom Andre Drummond,  it's no surprise that Will Bynum has flown under the radar this season. The career backup isn't a household name, but if he continues his current level of play he might be.

Over the past month Bynum has been an absolute force off the bench, and if that ...

Newly signed Pargo helps Hawks top 'Wolves

Jan 21, 2013 | by Jay Clemons, Fox Sports South
Newly signed Pargo helps Hawks top 'Wolves

The life of an NBA player on a 10-day contract usually consists of scout-team reps in practice and a prime seat on the bench for gameday.

It rarely involves a breakout performance — especially on Day 1 of the temporary deal.

But that wasn't the case for guard Jannero Pargo, who rolled for 16 bench points and four crucial three-pointers on Monday, ...

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