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Dec 12, 2012 7:46pm
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Champ Bailey Pink Jersey . —The
Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled their renovated locker room Thursday, a $3 million
project that includes 80-inch televisions, two small waterfalls, a 41,000-watt
stereo system and neon lights in every stall that can change eight different
colours. It did nothing to lure Maurice Jones-Drew back to town. Jones-Drew
failed to report with the rest of his teammates for the start of training camp,
his latest attempt to get a new contract. First-round draft pick
Justin Blackmon, one of the few remaining unsigned rookies, also was a no-show.
Complicating negotiations with Blackmon is that the fifth overall pick pleaded
guilty to aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Okla., earlier this week. The Jaguars
want protection in case the former Oklahoma State receiver has another off-field
incident. Jones-Drews holdout is much less complex but could last longer.
Jones-Drew wants a new deal after leading the NFL with 1,606 yards rushing last
season. He has two years remaining on a five-year, front-loaded contract worth
$31 million. He is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million
in 2013. Owner Shad Khan and general manager Gene Smith insist they have no
plans to negotiate a new deal with their star player, not wanting to set a
precedent of paying players with two years remaining on lucrative deals that
included large signing bonuses. No one inside the building was surprised by MJDs
holdout. After all, he skipped the teams entire off-season workout program,
including a mandatory, three-day minicamp last month. New coach Mike Mularkey
can fine Jones-Drew up to $30,000 for each day of training camp he misses. “When
I talk to him Ive even asked him, for the team, to be here,” defensive tackle
Terrance Knighton said. “But guys have their own agenda. Being in the NFL, its
about the team, but you also have to take care of home. Im pretty sure thats
what hes doing. Well be behind him regardless. I cant wait for him to get here,
though.” Coming off a career year, Jones-Drew wants to be one of the leagues
highest-paid backs. His average salary per year ranks eighth among NFL backs,
behind Minnesotas Adrian Peterson, Tennessees Chris Johnson, Philadelphias
LeSean McCoy, Houstons Arian Foster, St. Louis Steven Jackson, Carolinas
DeAngelo Williams and Seattles Marshawn Lynch. Both sides have valid arguments.
Jones-Drew signed his deal in 2009, before rushing for at least 1,300 yards in
three consecutive seasons. Not only has he seemingly outperformed his contract,
MJD is the face of the franchise and probably the only player on the roster
known outside small-market Jacksonville. The Jaguars, meanwhile, paid him based
on the expectation that he would flourish as a starter after spending the first
three years of his career splitting carries with Fred Taylor. And the team isnt
enamoured with paying a running back into his 30s, especially one who takes as
many pounding hits as Jones-Drew does. “Its part of the business,” quarterback
Blaine Gabbert said. “We cant dwell on that. We cant harp on the fact that hes
not here. Hell be here in due time. Hell learn the offence when he gets here. We
know what Mos going to bring to the table day in and day out, game in and game
out. He led the league in rushing last year and hes going to do that again this
year.” Jones-Drew is entering his seventh season. He has 6,854 yards rushing,
2,473 yards receiving and 74 total touchdowns. He carried a career-high 343
times last season, averaging 4.7 yards even though defences knew he was the
focal point of Jacksonvilles offence. Nonetheless, some wonder whether the
Jaguars could have matched its 5-11 record without No. 32 in the backfield. Plus
the Jaguars have missed the playoffs each of the last four years. But with new
ownership, a revamped coaching staff and added playmakers on the NFLs worst
offence, they feel they are close to turning things around. And Jones-Drew is a
key to getting it done—if and when he gets to camp. “Hes a competitor; he
loves football,” Knighton said. “Hopefully thats what bothers him the most about
being away from the team and not being on the field and wants to come back. ...
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Olympic Games appearance for the Saskatoon, Sask.Five thoughts from Day Nine at
Euro 2012: 1. Why the simultaneous kickoffs? Plenty of people were asking me on
Twitter why both games on the final day of group play kick off at the same time.
This rule came into play following some shenanigans at the 1982 World Cup in
Spain. Both West Germany and Austria could advance to the knockout stage out of
group 2, provided the Germans won the game by less than two goals. They knew
this before their game because the other group game between Algeria and Chile
had been played the day before. When West Germany took the lead after 10
minutes, the two teams proceeded to stroll about the pitch for the rest of the
game; content in knowing they would both be advancing. Ever since, major
tournaments have changed their format so that the final group games kick off
simultaneously in order to prevent a similar situation. 2. Needing just a point
is not always an advantage. Russia needed just a point against Greece to advance
to the knockout stage today – and they played like the outcome was a foregone
conclusion. While the Russians had plenty of possession against the Greeks, they
lacked any kind of cutting edge in attack. Dreadful defending from the Russians
gifted Giorgos Karagounis a free run at goal, which he obliged by hammering the
ball beyond Vyacheslav Malafeev to give Greece the only goal of the game. Greece
showed a much stronger desire throughout, and will be hoping to pull off an
upset in the quarterfinals against the winner of Group B. 3. Russias potent
attack found wanting. Russia came into their game against Greece full of
confidence, having scored five goals over their first two group games. That
confidence proved to be misplaced, as they missed chance after chance to get the
goal they needed. With 31 attempts on goal, the Russians only managed to find
the target twice – an appalling conversion ratte. Ryan Clady Jersey. Blasting the ball at the
goal from distance – 19 of their attempts came from outside the penalty area –
never threatened to trouble Michalis Sifakis in the Greek goal, because the
Russians simply couldnt hit the target. 4. Replacing Rosicky not a problem for
the Czechs. Tomas Rosicky missed out on the Czech Republics 1-0 win over Poland
through injury, but his teammates proved that they could take up the slack left
by his absence. It wasnt his direct replacement, Daniel Kolar, who had the
biggest impact on the Czech performance, though. It was much more of a
collective effort, with Tomas Hubschman doing an effective job of keeping the
Czechs in possession. Petr Jiracek added his second goal of the tournament, and
Vaclav Pilar was lively on the opposite side of the field. The Czechs did a good
job of nullifying the Borussia Dortmund trio of Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub
Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski – which hampered Polands ability to
control the game. 5. What a turnaround for Greece! After their performances over
their first two games, it was difficult to see a way for Greece to get into the
knockout stage. They were woeful defensively, with the left side of their
defence leaking all three of the goals they conceded in the tournament to date.
Credit to Greek coach Fernando Santos; he dropped Jose Holebas, the left
fullback, and brought in Giorgios Tzavellas as his replacement. Santos was also
helped by the return of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who was harshly sent off for
two dubious yellow cards in Greeces first game, and missed the loss to the Czech
Republic through suspension. Coming into Saturdays play, Russia and Poland were
both in control of their destiny. They have no one to blame but themselves for
failing to take advantage of their opportunities, much to the delight of Greece
and the Czech Republic. ’ ’ ’ 

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