, a sellout crowd and another step toward a new arena.

MILWAUKEE – Three straight wins, a sellout crowd and another step toward a new arena. Uomo Nike Air Max 2013 nere verde Scarpe . On and off the court, it had to be the best week in recent memory for the Milwaukee Bucks.Jared Dudley scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo had 17 off the bench to help the Bucks beat the struggling Portland Trail Blazers 95-88 on Saturday night.John Henson added 14 for the Bucks, who had won consecutive road games at Miami and Orlando. The Bucks had a pretty big week off the court, too, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a funding plan that could represent a major step toward building a new arena in Milwaukee.Bucks coach Jason Kidd insisted this was the kind of potential he saw from Day 1 when he took the job — or Day 2, or whatever day were on right now, he then conceded.Its a great situation, Kidd said. Were a young team, were in the process of doing a lot of building. With the new arena right there, with a young team learning how to play the right way, theres a lot of good things and a lot of buzz about the city of Milwaukee.Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 19 points apiece for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.It was a tough back-to-back and I thought after the loss last night in Atlanta it was going to be a tough place to play tonight, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. Milwaukee is playing very well, and their defence showed what they have been doing all year.Aldridge had to deal with double-teams from the Bucks that generally kept him contained, and Lillard couldnt capitalize on his opportunities, shooting 6 for 19 from the field.Its been a tough month, Lillard said. Id rather it be this month than next month or March. I think we can learn something from it.The Bucks held the Trail Blazers to 37.1 per cent from the floor, which tied Portlands lowest shooting percentage in a game this season.Its been a tough stretch for us, theres no sugar-coating it, Matthews said. Were not playing well. Were not doing what were supposed to do. But, with stretches like this, weve got the talent to overcome it, and were going to.Milwaukee entered the fourth quarter with a 76-65 lead after finishing the third on a 7-0 run that included a long jumper by Jerryd Bayless with 1.8 seconds left. Mayo then hit a long jumper and a 3-pointer to start the fourth. A few minutes later, recent Bucks addition Kenyon Martin blocked a shot by Lillard, and Bayless hit a 3 on the other end to put the Bucks ahead 84-69 with 9:15 left.For Milwaukee, the most surprising stat of the game might have been 18,717 — a sellout crowd, only the teams second of the season.The crowd was the best Ive seen in a long time, Henson said. They got into it early and often. I think its starting to pick up here, so its cool.___TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Center Robin Lopez remained out as he continues his recovery from a broken right hand. … Lillard celebrated emphatically after making one of the most impressive plays of the night, grabbing a loose ball near the top of the key, driving the lane and flying in for a dunk with 3:22 left in the second quarter.Bucks: Milwaukee is 16-0 when allowing fewer than 90 points. … Giannis Antetokounmpo had a pair of highlight-reel moments, a two-handed, alley-oop dunk from Brandon Knight early in the first quarter and a fast-break windmill slam in the third.ROUGH NIGHT?As if the All-Star snub wasnt bad enough, Lillard might not have gotten much sleep Friday night. He posted a message on his Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday morning saying, Pfister hotel in Milwaukee haunted … Idc what nobody say.Lillard isnt by any means the first professional athlete to report an odd experience at the Pfister, which was built in 1893 and is arguably the nicest hotel in town.I was hearing noises in the hotel, Lillard said after Saturdays game. I came to my door — there is a storage room right outside my door — I looked up and the storage room (door) was cracked open, the light was off, I was like, what? Thats a real story. It was weird.FRESH LOOKNew arena plans aside, the BMO Harris Bradley Center got a few tweaks, giving the Bucks locker room a new look, complete with a personalized photo plaque in each players locker.Kidd said the changes show the commitment of the teams ownership group. But he didnt necessarily think players fret too much about locker room conditions: As long as the uniforms hanging up, thats all that matters, he said.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Tuesday night vs. Utah.Bucks: Monday night at Toronto. Nike Air Max 2015 Uomo [nere/argento] Feather Scarpe . The Rangers said Ortiz had surgery Friday and will be out for three months. The left-hander was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 32 appearances last season. Nike Air Max 90 2015 . HEROES Kris Letang – With the Penguins missing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Letang had five assists in a 5-3 win over Winnipeg, giving him 12 points (1 G, 11 A) in his past six games.CALGARY — Unlike her two previous Olympic Games, Mellisa Hollingsworth heads to Sochi, Russia, less of a favourite and more an underdog. Shes fine with that. Hollingsworth, from Eckville, Alta., joined Sarah Reid and John Fairbairn of Calgary and Eric Neilson of Kelowna, B.C., as the first skeleton racers named to Canadas 2014 Olympic team Wednesday. Another man and woman may be added to the skeleton team in January. Reid, Fairbairn and Neilson are Olympic rookies. The 33-year-old Hollingsworth says her third Winter Games will be her last and she does not intend to bow out quietly. “Im definitely ready to step up to the plate,” she declared. “Im still striving. Im not there to participate, Ill tell you that.” Hollingsworth owns over 30 world championship and World Cup medals. The last time many Canadians saw her, Hollingsworth was tearfully apologizing on national television for finishing fifth in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Hollingsworth won a bronze medal in 2006, so the pressure to win a medal at home was enormous. Heading to Sochi, shes felt empowered by Canadians reactions to her public despair almost four years ago. “I feel a lot stronger from that experience,” she said. “A lot of that has come from Canadas support of people not throwing me under the bus for not winning a medal at those Olympics. “That was a big eye-opener to know people are still behind you because of your character and not necessarily your result. Thats my definition of success right there.” Hollingsworth was informed Sunday by head coach Duff Gibson, the 2006 Olympic mens champion, that she was going to Sochi. She won silver at the 2012 world championship, but felt short of the criteria for automatic nomination to the 2014 Olympic team. Reid and Neilson both met the standard of four top-six World Cup results last season and in the first half of this season. Fairbairn earned Canadas second male spot because he is currently Canadas top-ranked male in the spot. Hollingsworth ranked No. 2 among Canadian women behind Reid to earn the second female berth. “Sure, its not the way I came in every other Olympic year kind of on fire and leading the World Cup standings, but then again at those Olympics Games I didnt achieve what we thought I could,” Hoollingsworth explained. Adidas ZX Flux. . “I won an Olympic medal in Torino, but I was expected to win gold. Same thing in Vancouver.” Canada had to rank among the top two countries in womens skeleton and in the top three in mens skeleton on Jan. 19 in order to qualify a third sled for both sexes. Defending Olympic mens champion Jon Montgomery was not among the group introduced Wednesday at a Calgary mall theatre. The Russell, Man., slider faces an uphill climb to claim the third mens berth should Canada get it. Montgomery took the 2011-12 season off from racing to build a new sled from scratch, but has yet to adjust to it and his results have suffered. Cassie Hawrysh of Brandon, Man., and Robynne Thompson of Calgary are in the running for the possible third position on the womens team. Reid, a bronze medallist at the 2013 world championship, and the experienced Hollingsworth are Canadas best chances to continue the countrys run of Olympic medals in the sport. Hollingsworth also tried a new sled this season that did not work for her. She didnt qualify at fall selection trials for Canadas World Cup team and opened the season on the secondary Intercontinental Cup circuit. When she had the opportunity to race a recent World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., Hollingsworth got back on the sled shed been on for a decade and a half and finished eighth. “I was doing everything possible to get on some new equipment and get onto that state of flow on a new sled and it just did not work for me,” she explained. “I spent 15 years of my life learning the ins and outs of that sled that its become an appendage, another part of my body. I went to Lake Placid and felt like me again. This is the first time since the world championships in 2012 that Ive been this confident or this comfortable on my sled.” For that reason, shes hoping to build momentum in the four World Cup races before the Sochi Games in February. “Im the strongest and the fastest Ive ever been,” Hollingsworth said. “Im pushing a sled very, very well and now Im confident in my sled that I have, the old sled and knowing it can still go fast. “Ive got four more opportunities to see where things can go result-wise, but it really doesnt matter. What matters is Sochi.” Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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