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TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is enthused about the teams prospects after watching many of them play in instructional league games this month.New York boosted its system by acquiring shortstop Gleyber Torres, outfielders Clint Frazier and Rashad Crawford and left-hander Justus Sheffield in trades for veterans Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran.Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin joined the big league team in August and sparked the Yankees to a wild-card run, one that ultimately fell shortThe last two months, we had one bad road trip and it was bad, Steinbrenner said Friday. But other than that we were right in it. Being able to bring some of those kids up the beginning of August when the games really mattered, I think we learned a lot and saw a lot. We saw what they were made of. It was a great experience for them.Steinbrenner watched Fridays finale with special adviser Reggie Jackson, vice president of player development Gary Denbo and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. The prospects acquired in the trades joined pitcher James Kaprielian (recovered from a flexor tendon strain) and first baseman Greg Bird (back from shoulder surgery).The quality of the players is as good as its ever been. Thats including if you go back into the early 90s when we had a lot of those guys that ended up going on to win championships for us, said Denbo, who was a Yankees minor league manager and coach during the period. I think this group of players reminds of me of that group.HALL OF FAME FATHER?Hal Steinbrenner is excited about the possibility of his father George Steinbrenner being voted into the baseball Hall of Fame. George Steinbrenner is among 10 candidates on the Todays Game Era ballot to be voted on by a veterans committee Dec. 4 and announced the following day at the winter meetings.He certainly deserves to be there, at least my familys opinion and I think a lot of fans opinion as well, Hal Steinbrenner said.The Yankees won seven World Series titles and 11 American League pennants in George Steinbrenners 37 full seasons as team owner. He died in 2010.STAR POWERJackson, Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Orlando Hernandez, Tino Martinez, Alfonso Soriano and Nick Swisher were among the guest instructors during instructional leagues three-week run.I want to ensure that our players have a healthy respect for the guys that have come before them and kind of put this organization in a position to have the respect that it does from around the world, Denbo said. Having those guys around has all kinds of benefits for our players. To share their experiences and going back to when they were young players and talk about the things that they had to get through and how they got through them holds great value for our guys. ... Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was at Fridays game to watch his son Cavan play for the Toronto Blue Jays instructional league team. Corey Dickerson Rays Jersey. LeBron James and Chris Bosh didnt need any more. Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. Alex Cobb Jersey. The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. http://www.theraysfansshop.com/Wade-Davis-Jersey/. -- The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases. Joe Maddon Rays Jersey. 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They pretended October never happened and picked up where they left off in their last game in September, the one when they were ranked No. 3 and embarrassed No. 12 Oklahoma, 45-24.It felt like September, what with a full day of tailgating in brilliant sunshine warm enough that one parking lot attendant on the west side of Ohio Stadium wore shorts. The Buckeyes even dressed for a reset, although one from September 1916. They wore scarlet jerseys with gray vertical stripes, plain gray britches and plain dark gray helmets, all as a tribute to the Buckeyes first Western Conference (the Big Ten to you) championship won a century ago.By the time the Buckeyes took the field on Saturday night, No. 4 Texas A&M had lost at Mississippi State and left open the final spot on the playoff dance card. By the time No. 5 Washington faced California in the Pac-12 After Dark, Ohio State had made a compelling case for leapfrogging the Huskies.Compelling as in a final score of Buckeyes 62, Cornhuskers 3. As in the Buckeyes scoring on 10 of 12 possessions. As in the Huskers getting four first downs on their opening possession and five in the rest of the game. As in Ohio States biggest margin of victory over a ?ranked team ever.Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard described the sense of urgency that gripped the Buckeyes over the past week, how they repeated plays at practice to eliminate mistakes, how he watched more video, how he awoke early to come in for treatment to freshen his legs.I think we were just taking stuff for granted, Hubbard said. Taking Victory Meal [on Sunday night] for granted. Taking the success we had, since theres so much here at Ohio State, for granted. The young guys had really never experienced a loss. They were thinking we were just going to win every game just because we were Ohio State.People were taking it for granted, myself included. Everyone was. We just needed a wake-up call, and we refocused ourselves.Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett played like the Heisman candidate he once resembled, completing 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 39 yards. This was the Barrett we expected to see all season: calm in the pocket, able to run or pass, moving but never panicking, even when he missed sure touchdown throws two times in three snaps in the first half.I was comfortable, and I knew we were on the edge of it to really break through, Barrett said. I wasnt surprised, if thats what you want me to say.Barrett doesnt have any trouble finding Curtis Samuel, which is more than you can say for the Huskers defense. Samuel caught two of those touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder on the first play of the second half, and finished with 178 all-purrpose yards.dddddddddddd Neither Barrett nor Samuel touched the ball in the fourth quarter.The Buckeyes defense contributed two scores, with its fifth and sixth pick-sixes of the season; the fifth one set an Ohio State season record.And the Huskers scored one lousy field goal. If you wish to move lousy three words earlier in the previous sentence, the facts would back you up. After a 7-0 start to the season and a gutty overtime loss at Wisconsin last week, Nebraska showed up before 108,750 fans utterly unprepared for what awaited them. It took Ohio State only three plays to let the Huskers know.On third-and-3 at the Nebraska 31, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. took a three-step drop, looking left. Ohio State linebacker?Raekwon McMillan?followed Armstrongs eyes, then deflected the pass to safety Damon Webb, who returned it 36 yards for the record-setting touchdown 94 seconds into the game.That would not be the worst thing that happened to Armstrong on Saturday night. In the second quarter, two drives after Armstrong broke Taylor Martinezs school record for career total offense (10,233 yards), he came around left end for an 11-yard run. At the left sideline, Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker hit Armstrong at his hip and swept his legs out from under him. Armstrong came down on his right shoulder and slammed his head into the FieldTurf.Armstrong left the field strapped to a board, with his left thumb up to let everyone know he could move something. And with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, in the TV timeout after Ohio State extended its lead to 45-3, Armstrong emerged from the visitors tunnel in a black sweatsuit and jogged across to the Huskers sideline, where he embraced his fellow seniors -- tight end Trey Foster and then wide receiver Alonzo Moore.Armstrongs recovery removed the only cloud over Ohio States night and probably even took some of the sting out of Nebraskas performance. A little bit of perspective, and all that. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer began his comments after the game by saying, Wow, I didnt see that one coming. Then he took the long view, explaining that these are teenagers, in the process of maturing.Weve all been around this sport long enough [to know] that when that youth grows up, its kind of cool to watch, Meyer said. And Im hoping thats whats happening here. Im not saying it is yet, because weve got a lot left.Nebraska coach Mike Riley, for his part, sounded more mystified than downcast.It looked very strange to me, he said. I didnt feel like we played very loose.Meyer called it an A to Z very good performance by our guys, as in from the first minute to the last. As the Buckeyes offensive backups drove downfield in the final minutes, punter Cameron Johnston kicked a few in the net at the south edge of the Ohio State team area. But the scrubs kept moving the chains. Though Johnston held for eight extra points and two field goals, he never got onto the field for a punt. That begged one question to Johnston after the game:Would he shower?Probably not, Johnston said with a laugh, and then he ran to join his teammates. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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