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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Cheap Basketball Shoes Sale . - Major league baseball teams spend a lot of time working with their prospects on hitting and throwing, on throwing to the cutoff man and which base to cover on the wheel play.But theres more to it than that.Theres who gets a tip on road trips. Where the rookies should sit on the team plane. And please think twice before sending that picture out on Twitter.Its all the stuff you dont really think about but you need to know, said infielder Sean Coyle, a 22-year-old Red Sox prospect who spent last year with Double-A Portland. Its what really goes on when you get called up to the big leagues. You think its a magical experience, but it takes hard work.To learn all this, the Red Sox sent their prospects to Harvard for the week not to sit in a classroom, but because the school has a bubble at its century-old football stadium where they could work out. Players ran sprints, played long toss and stretched out under the inflated dome that protected them from the Boston winter.They also got a chance to hear from Red Sox manager John Farrell and other members of the coaching staff, and to learn what would be expected of them if they get the call. There were also presentations from general manager Ben Cherington and team chief operating officer Sam Kennedy; from members of the medical and media relations staff; from the clubhouse attendants and travelling secretary; and from veteran players.Left-hander Brian Johnson said much of the advice he received was common sense, but it was helpful to hear a reminder from those who had been through it. Among the things that stood out for him was listening to former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek describe how he would prepare for games.Johnson, who was 13-3 in Single- and Double-A last year, said the players were told to think of themselves as the CEO of their own company.I represent myself, my parents, my family, he said. You can ruin it all by just hitting the send button.The program included two baseball workouts a day but also visits to the Jimmy Fund, a cancer charity long-affiliated with the Red Sox, and to a local school to paint murals. Ten players took part in the camp, including 27-year-old Rusney Castillo, who joined the organization from Cuba and played 10 games with the Red Sox last September, and rookie phenom Mookie Betts.Ben Crockett, the Red Sox director of player development, said even the players who have already made their major league debuts could benefit from the talks.Maybe theres something they saw and didnt ask because they were a rookie, he said. This is a safe environment for that.Crockett said the goal is to help players focus as much as they can on the things they can control on the field.Theres different things to be aware of, he said. The general things didnt change.The team has held such sessions for the past 10 years, and it has only become more important as social media proliferates and with it the opportunities to find trouble. Other teams hold similar camps, often patterned on an off-season program started by Major League Baseball.Blake Swihart, 22, spent most of last season in Double-A and has been rated the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox system. He said players were reminded that being a member of the team carries a responsibility.Everywhere you go in the city, people are going to know you, he said. Everyone knows whats right and wrong. Be professional. Cheap Basketball Shoes Discount .com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets rewarded starting goaltender and pending restricted free agent Sergei Bobrovsky with a four-year contract extension on Friday. Cheap Basketball Shoes . Hamels threw seven sharp innings to earn his 100th career victory, Domonic Brown had a career-best five RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-1 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak. http://www.cheapbasketballshoesstore.net/ . LeBron James believes hes a major reason for their early failures. TORONTO -- NBA players might be enemies on the court, but they are united off it. Thats why the Toronto Raptors say theyll make a gesture of support for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night over the Donald Sterling controversy. "Were united. . . Youve got to respect that," said Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan. "Thats the great thing about us. Society is not in that place anymore. You see guys from all different cultures, all different parts of the country, different parts of the world all coming together as one. Comments like that are uncalled for." The Raptors will join a chorus of support from around the league when they host Brooklyn in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference series at the Air Canada Centre. Sterling, the longtime Clippers owner, was banned for life by the NBA on Tuesday in response to racist comments he made. DeRozan wouldnt specify what the Raptors silent protest might entail, but it will likely be similar to Miamis. On Monday night, the Heat ran out of the tunnel in their warmups, huddled at centre court and tossed their white jerseys to the ground. They wore their red warmup shirts inside out, hiding the team logo. Sterlings comments outraged players around the league when the story broke last Saturday. The Raptors were in Brooklyn between Games 3 and 4, and the story was the topic of conversation during the teams bus ride to practice. "We live in a society where were much past that," DeRozan said. "From the comments that Sterling said, were much bigger than that. The game came a long way and society came a long way to take three steps back." Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said the NBA "is a bbrotherhood.dddddddddddd" "Its not many of us, its a fraternity, we all support each other," Lowry said. "Thats what makes the NBA and professional sports so special. . . on the floor were enemies but off the floor were all brothers." NBA commissioner Adam Silver also fined Sterling US$2.5 million, in the first moves toward forcing a sale of the Clippers and permanently removing Sterling from the league. DeRozan said that nothing less than Sterlings removal is enough, adding players cant feel comfortable playing for an owner like him. The Raptors were among numerous teams that chimed in with their support of their league commissioner. "As a proud member of the National Basketball Association, we stand strongly in our belief that the comments attributed to Mr. Sterling have no place in our society or sport," the team said in a statement. "Our organization will always work to contribute to a culture of diversity and acceptance in this league and fully support the actions taken today." Raptors coach Dwane Casey said it was unfair to question players about the controversy while theyre in the midst of the playoffs. "Its unbelievable that someone would say that in 2014," Casey said of Sterling. He added: "For me to have to stand here and talk about this when we have a game (Wednesday) night speaks for itself. Im consumed with (Wednesday) night, but still, what happened last week is real and affects all of us." The Raptors and Nets are tied with two wins apiece in the best-of-seven series. The series heads back to Brooklyn for Game 6 on Friday. Game 7, if necessary, will be in Toronto on Sunday. 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