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He is Australias most decorated basketballer, achieving almost everything during a celebrated 20-year playing career. Jace Sternberger Packers Jersey .On Thursday night, the great Andrew Gaze chalked up his first win as a rookie NBL coach after guiding the Sydney Kings to a pressure-relieving 88-84 win over the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong.But the last thing the seven-time NBL MVP and five-time Olympian wanted was to hog the limelight after Sydneys round-two victory, especially with a Saturday night home clash with the Cairns Taipans to prepare for.Im more happy for the players, Gaze said of his maiden coaching triumph.As I keep telling these guys Im here to try and help them, and I get excited with their joy and excitement because I know what theyve been through as players.My relief is that these guys care. They care about the game, they care about winning, they care about the opportunity they have, so I feel the pressure that they go through and I was more relieved that we broke our duck and got a win in a very, very tough environment.Ive had more than my fair share of unbelievable times and now Ive got this opportunity to share in some more in a different capacity.Whatever this journey of mine is, I just want the players to enjoy the experience, to be able to enjoy the wins and deal with the losses.Losses have piled up for Sydney in recent years and thats a trend Gaze hopes to reverse.The club cleared out half of last seasons playing roster and recruited some big names to fill the vacancies.Eyebrows were raised when the Kings lost last weeks season-opening home game to the Brisbane Bullets, but the hard-earned road win over a formidable foe like Illawarra underlined the Kings potential.Pleased as he was to see his side register its first win, Gaze had already shifted his attention to the Taipans, who lost in overtime to titleholders Perth last week.Its a very limited time to recover and we dont have a lot of time to prepare, he said.We have a video session [on Friday] and a walk-through session on game day, but it is what it is.All teams have to do it. Im not crying and saying weve been harshly done by, but it does make it tough. Darnell Savage Jr. Jersey . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. Darnell Savage Jr. Youth Jersey . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. http:///...iams-Packers-Jersey/ . The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings. He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season. MIAMI -- Dee Gordon and the Miami Marlins wore their emotions on the sleeves of their No. 16 jerseys.Jose Fernandez would have loved it.Gordon homered leading off the first inning for the Marlins, who totaled 14 hits and mixed cheers with the tears of the past two days by beating the New York Mets 7-3 on Monday night in their first game since Fernandez died in a boating accident.Adam Conley pitched three scoreless innings subbing for Fernandez, who had been scheduled to make his final start of the year. Justin Bour went 3 for 3 and Gordon had four hits, including one that will go down in Marlins lore.Paying tribute to their charismatic ace, the left-handed-hitting Gordon stepped to the plate as a righty leading off the first. After one pitch, Gordon switched to his customary left side -- and pulled a 2-0 delivery into the upper deck for his first homer of the season.New Yorks Bartolo Colon (14-8) allowed a season-high seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.Mike Dunn (5-1) pitched a perfect fourth for the win.New York still leads the NL wild-card race with five games to go.INDIANS 7, TIGERS 4DETROIT -- Cleveland clinched the AL Central title, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a victory over Detroit.Kluber left after four innings with right groin tightness, joining Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in a group of talented Cleveland pitchers dealing with injuries. But even those concerns were secondary when the Indians poured onto the field to celebrate their first division title since 2007.Buck Farmer (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings for the Tigers, who fell two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.Andrew Miller (10-1) won in relief, and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 33 chances.CUBS 12, PIRATES 2PITTSBURGH -- Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs while major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings, and Chicago won its 100th game of the season.Baez helped the NL Central-champion Cubs reach triple digits in victories for the first time since 1935.Hendricks (16-8) dropped his ERA to 1.99 by scattering seven hits, striking out five and walking none. He has not allowed more than three runs in 22 consecutive starts.The Pirates entered the day 4 + games out of the second NL wild card with seven games to play.Rookie Chad Kuhl (5-4) was rocked for five runs and eight hits in three innings.DIAMONDBACKS 14, NATIONALS 4WASHINGTON -- All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos left Washingtons loss to Arizona with an apparent right knee injury that could be a major blow to the NL East champions.Ramos landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumpiing to catch a relay throw in the sixth inning. Jace Sternberger Womens Jersey. He immediately called for medical attention and clutched at the same knee he injured badly during the 2012 season, when he tore his ACL and medial collateral ligament.Washington was already without reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper due to a thumb injury, slugging second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained glute) and 15-game winner Stephen Strasburg (elbow).This loss left the Nationals one game ahead of the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the series.Tanner Roark (15-10) allowed five runs in four innings.Zack Godley (5-4) got the win behind three scoreless innings in relief.YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 5TORONTO -- Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and Aaron Hicks added a winning blast as New York avoided a four-game sweep.Leading 3-2 heading to the ninth, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called on Jason Grilli (7-6) to close it out because Roberto Osuna was unavailable after pitching the previous two days.Teixeira tied it 3-all with a one-out drive into the second deck drive in right. Didi Gregorius singled and Hicks followed with a two-run homer.Tommy Layne wrapped up his first save by getting Troy Tulowitzki to foul out. Adam Warren (4-2) got the win behind two perfect innings.BREWERS 8, RANGERS 3ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jonathan Villar had two home runs and a career-high five RBI, and Matt Garza beat his former team.The loss dropped AL West-champion Texas a half-game behind Boston in the race for the leagues best record. The Cleveland Indians pulled within a half-game of the Rangers.Garza (6-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Rangers starter Martin Perez (10-11) was looking to set a career high for wins in a season.REDS 15, CARDINALS 2ST. LOUIS -- Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two of Cincinnatis four homers in a rout of St. Louis.Reds starter Tim Adleman (3-4) retired the first 10 Cardinals he faced and went a career-long seven innings. It was his first win since Aug. 19.Jaime Garcia (10-13) lasted just one inning in the shortest outing of his career.WHITE SOX 7, RAYS 1CHICAGO -- James Shields pitched six effective innings for his first win in two months, Justin Morneau and Carlos Sanchez each hit a two-run homer and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.Shields (6-18) allowed one run and seven hits, using six strikeouts to help wriggle out of several jams and help Chicago win its third straight.Tampa Bays Drew Smyly (7-12) allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings in losing for the first time since July 18 at Colorado. ' ' '