Nate James and Jon Scheyer have been handed the keys to the Tesla. Cheap New Balance Shoes Online Australia . Theyre not about to go joyriding.We dont want anything to happen on our watch while hes away, James said.Can you blame them?He would be Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski; he of the five national championships and more than 1,000 wins; he of the Basketball Hall of Fame; and he of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a graduate whose steely-eyed stare could leave a grown man weak in his knees. And he currently is in Rio where hes leading the U.S. mens basketball team, the best basketball players in the world, in his final go-round as Olympic head coach.Meantime, back in Durham, North Carolina, sits his Duke mens basketball team, which will arguably be one of the best college basketball teams in the country this coming season, winding up its critical offseason conditioning.Essentially, James and Scheyer, two of Krzyzewskis two assistants, have been given one charge: Dont mess it up.Theres no question you feel a huge responsibility to make sure youre holding up what he would want, Scheyer said. The big thing we tell our guys is, how do you want this team to look when he gets back? The first chance he gets back to watch us again, how do you want to be?That, indeed, might seem like good fuel to get the old motor running.The good news is the coaches know their boss pretty well. James and Scheyer both played under Krzyzewski and have been on staff for a few seasons. James came on board in 2007-08, just as Krzyzewski was prepping to head to Beijing for that Olympic run. With Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski manning things on campus, he often found himself as the lone man on the recruiting trail, tying up loose ends. He repeated that role in 2012, when Krzyzewski headed to the London Games.Now, with associate head coach Jeff Capel in Rio, James is the old veteran on staff. He and Scheyer, who has been on staff since 2013, are the guys in charge while Nolan Smith is the low man on the totem pole as the newly hired special assistant.The staff got through July relatively easily. The coaches were fairly certain about who they were interested in -- and those players already knew of Dukes interest -- so there was no need to explain why Krzyzewski wasnt around. It got a little tricky when they spied someone who hadnt initially been on their radar.Whenever theres a new recruit thrown into the mix, it creates a slight problem, James said. We were gym-hopping a lot to begin with, so we were limited in the number of guys we could see and we also had to think, Ok, how can we make this work without him feeling like we dont have any interest?But as vital as planning for the future is, handling the present is really critical this year for Duke. With Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, the anchors of the nations No. 2 recruiting class, joining Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones and Luke Kennard, the Blue Devils will be among the heavy favorites to win it all next season. All of the players already are on campus, working on conditioning drills and individual workouts. Thats the easy part. Most high-caliber athletes are accustomed to training and weight lifting.The harder part of the winning formula is combining the old with the new. That worked exceptionally well two years ago, when Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones mixed seamlessly with veteran players on the roster, the lack of friction as much the reason for the 2015 national championship as the talent on the roster.Krzyzewski used that offseason -- in particular the month of August, when the freshmen were on campus -- to foster team building. That year, the Blue Devils participated in a program called Dear World, in which people write meaningful phrases on their bodies and then share the stories behind them.Now its up to James and Scheyer to ensure this critical early time goes smoothly. Though Krzyzewski is in frequent contact -- usually via text, or through Capel -- hes surprisingly not a micro manager. The Army man in him has left his soldiers to figure things out on their own, entrusting them to do what they think will work best with the players.He gives us complete freedom, letting us follow our instincts, Scheyer said. Of course hes keeping tabs, but he really leaves it up to us.Realizing that the dog days of August arent exactly fun for anyone, the coaches decided to try to use the reason for Krzyzewskis absence as their tool. Lets call it the Blue Devil Heptathlon.The coaches have divided the team up into three groups of four -- the gold, black and white teams -- and created their own pseudo-Olympic games. There are no individual event medals, just points assigned to each with an overall gold awaiting the group that scores highest.Weve got the medicine ball throw, like a shot put, the mile run, a bunch of relays, James said.At last update, Jones, Giles, Frank Jackson and Chase Jeter had the early lead for the overall gold medal. This week as the U.S. enters the quarterfinals and medal rounds, the Blue Devils will gather to watch and celebrate their own, as yet still to be determined, gold medalists.Were trying to be as creative as possible, without getting anyone hurt, James said with a laugh.Thats probably not a bad idea. If youve been handed the keys to the Tesla, the last thing you want to do is crash it. New Balance Outlet Store Australia . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. Cheap New Balance Shoes Australia . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. . Once again, DeLaet finished tied for second at a PGA Tour stop on the weekend, this time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The pride of Weyburn, Sask.LOS ANGELES -- The newest hot, young thing in Los Angeles is a guy you cant take your eyes off of. Hes well-built, with a winning smile and engaging personality. He doesnt say a lot, preferring to let his performance speak for him. Hes getting rave reviews, and is a hit on the Internet. Hollywood isnt after him yet, but if Yasiel Puig keeps this up, opportunities will surely come calling. Fittingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie plays for a team co-owned by Magic Johnson, a guy who knew a thing or two about showmanship and style during his NBA days. The 22-year-old right fielder (say Yah-SEE-el Pweeg) has shown plenty of both while creating a buzz that had been missing at Chavez Ravine so far this season. Puig was batting .464 with a .964 slugging percentage going into Monday nights game against Arizona. His first week in the majors was a memorable one, with 13 hits in 28 at-bats, four home runs and 10 RBIs in his first seven games since coming up from the minor leagues. He was named NL player of the week on Monday. Puig electrified the last-place Dodgers with a multi-homer game and a grand slam, and helped them to four wins in seven games, big for a club with a $215 million payroll that has greatly underperformed. "As long as the team is pulling together, Im happy to be a part of it," he said in Spanish through a translator. Manager Don Mattingly loves Puigs personality and enthusiasm for the game, evident by the way he runs hard, whether its to take up his position in right field or charge around the bases. "Its just infectious the way he plays," Mattingly said. "Seems like theres a joy in his game. Its the way youre supposed to play. He just looks so fresh." Puigs splashy debut and the ensuing excitement its created have drawn comparisons to Manny Ramirezs arrival in Los Angeles in July 2008. The following month, Ramirez hit .415 with 25 RBIs, nine home runs and 21 runs scored as a section of left field became "Mannywood." He finished fourth in voting for the NL MVP award that season. Eventually, the good times ended when he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. "Id seen Manny play and knew what he could do," said Mattingly, then a Dodgers coach. "But this cat is a different animal. The more you see it the more you believe it." Puigs talent and the lift hes given to the injury-riddled Dodgers remind some of Angels star Mike Trout and Washington left fielder Bryce Harper, whose breakout seasons boosted their teams. With centre fielder Matt Kemp and left fielder Carl Crawford on the disabled list, the Dodgers called up Puig from Double-A Chattanooga on June 3. Mattingly put him in right field and had him batting leadoff. Puig turned heads with an amazing throw in the ninth inning of his first game. He caught the ball near the wall and fired a line drive to first base that doubled off the startled runner to end the game with a double play in a 2-1 victory. The next night, Puig hit two home runs in a 9-7 win. He came down to Earth last Wednesday with an 0 for 4 night that included two strikeouts. But he bounced back the following night with the grand slam, inducing Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, whos seen plenty of remarkable feats, to proclaim, "I dont believe it!" Puig became just the third player since 1900 with three homers in his first four career games, according to information provided to the Dodgers by Elias Sports Bureau. Oh yeah, he homered again last Friday. Puigs ability to speak English is limited, and Mattingly was asked how he communicates with the rookie during games. "I dont have tto communicate, just kind of go," Mattingly said, smiling and putting his hands together in a clapping gesture. New Balance Cheap Australia. Puigs exploits last week drew four curtain calls. Actor and fellow Cuban Andy Garcia came to check him out. The Dodgers rushed T-shirts and jerseys with his No. 66 into production and had them for sale late last week. "Im very happy because the fans are wearing my T-shirt and saying my name," he said. Even if some of his teammates arent quite sure how to pronounce it. Count Skip Schumaker among them. "Theres a different energy from the Cuban," the second baseman said. "Hes just been amazing for us and it feels like something is going to happen every time he comes up." Puigs five-tool skills have dazzled Dodgers fans, who cheer for his speed, power and strong throwing arm. His at-bats are must-see baseball, no matter what the score of the game. Hes a free swinger, whether hes putting the ball in play, fouling it off or taking a strike. "Hes up there with an intent to do damage," Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly said. Each time Puig comes to the plate, he pauses on the edge of the grass and uses the tip of his bat to draw a cross in the dirt. "Just giving thanks to God for all the good things hes doing for me," he said. One week is too soon to tell whether Puigs impact will be a lasting one. "Well see how he does six or eight weeks into the season, see what kind of adjustments people make to him and he makes to them," Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson said. Rookies often slump when they face pitchers a second and third time during the season. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke cautions, "Its early so well see how it keeps going. You dont want to give someone too much credit too soon." The Dodgers gave Puig a lot of money even though only two of their scouts had even seen him. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder signed a $42 million, seven-year contract last June, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and is making $2 million this season. Puig is the first Cuban to play for the Dodgers since pitcher Danys Baez in 2006 and the first position player since Zoilo Versalles in 1968. He lives in Miami, where he bought a house for his parents and 17-year-old sister, all of whom attended his big-league debut last week. Puigs first week heroics may have taken fans by surprise, but the Dodgers knew what he was capable of. They saw his talent in spring training with the big-league club, although he was sent down to start the season, with the front office hoping he could learn the game and hone his hitting away from the spotlight. Attention found Puig in April when he was arrested for driving 97 mph in a 50 mph zone in Chattanooga, Tenn. On the field, he was hitting .313 with eight homers and 37 RBIs in 40 games before getting called up. Puig has seemingly adjusted well in the clubhouse, where his corner locker is located between fellow Spanish speakers Luis Cruz and Adrian Gonzalez, whose fatherly advice for the rookie was "just be yourself." "Hes an energetic guy, eager to get on the field, loves the game, always has a big smile on his face," Gonzalez said. "This isnt something hes not prepared for." Taped above Puigs locker is a photo of a Hanley Ramirez bobblehead with Puigs face superimposed on it. Ramirezs name has been crossed out and Puigs written in. As he goes out in Los Angeles to search for his beloved Mexican food, Puig is getting recognized and gladly signs autographs for all comers. "Im really happy that Im living my dream," he said. ' ' ' 


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