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  • Jun 16
    CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. [b]Cheap MLB Jerseys China[/b] . LeBron James believes hes a major reason for their early failures.We got a four-game losing streak, so I stink, he said. Im not doing my job.With the Cavs at 5-7, playing uninspired and not close to living up to enormous expectations, James offered the blunt critique of his own game Monday at the teams shootaround as they prepared to host the Orlando Magic.After a day spent with family and watching football, James, who called the Cavs fragile following Saturday nights loss to the Toronto Raptors, said he has to do a better job leading the way. Hes staying positive, cognizant that if he isnt upbeat his teammates will follow his example.Me being the leader of the team, if I start hanging my head low then its going to start going to everyone else, he said. They look up to me. They look to me to make a difference and Ive got to stay positive even through the rough times. As Ive said before, this is not the darkest point that well see this year. Ive seen dark and this is very light to me.Cleveland, picked by many to win the NBA title in James homecoming season, went 0-4 last week with losses to Denver, San Antonio, Washington and Toronto. James wasnt himself, averaging just 18 points per game, committing a turnover in the closing seconds of the loss to the Spurs and inexplicably not hustling back on defence in the loss to the Wizards. Hes made uncharacteristically foolish passes and shown frustration with his body language.James has tried to send messages to his teammates during interview sessions.After the loss to Toronto, he cautioned that the Cavs problems would probably grow worse before they got better, a forecast that chilled some Cleveland fans already dealing with the onset of an early winter.On Monday, James said the Cavs tough times could linger.This is not the biggest adversity point that well hit, he said. Do I think were going to get to the finals? I dont know. I dont know what the future holds, but from my perspective its not as bad as it may seem.James reference point for dark times is different from any of his teammates. He often sites the 2011 NBA Finals, when he and the Miami Heat squandered a 2-1 lead and lost in six games to the Dallas Mavericks, as the low point of his career.The collapse haunts James.Its still here with me, he said. I think about it every day. Every day at some point something that happened in that series pops in my head.When he was in Miami, James had All-Star Dwyane Wade, a former NBA champion, to help him lead. He doesnt have that luxury in Cleveland. While Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are elite players, neither have been through the grind of a championship season.Hes going it alone, and to this point the load has been heavy for James.Its a different feeling, he said. But something I was ready for. I knew it would be the biggest challenge of my career thus far, and I accept the challenge. When we lose I take full responsibility and when we win the team wins, thats what its all about. [b]Authentic MLB Jerseys[/b] . Scrivens stopped 48 shots and captain Andrew Ference scored in overtime as the Oilers pulled off a 4-3 upset of the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. [b]Wholesale MLB Jerseys[/b] . Louis Cardinals won the World Series last season, but after losing first baseman Albert Pujols to free agency and manager Tony LaRussa to retirement, they opened the 2012 season in 12th spot in the TSN.NEW YORK, N.Y. - NFL teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons. The league and the players union agreed Tuesday to increase the number of practice squad members from eight to 10. "Its the No. 1 way for teams to develop players because ... once the season starts, those guys are a part of the team," Saints coach Sean Payton said in support of the change. "Theyre involved in drills. Theyre involved in every element. All you have to do is look at the past five years, practice squad players that are now on the 53-man rosters, and theres a ton of them." Packers coach Mike McCarthy was also pleased. "I think its awesome. They could give us as many as they want to. If it goes to 10, I think its great. Its an opportunity to keep your players, continue to train them, trrain those guys. [b]MLB Jerseys China[/b]. "It gives them an opportunity for an NFL job. So weve never looked at it as having 53 players. We always talk in terms of having 61, and Ill be thrilled if it goes to 63." Also, criteria for practice squad eligibility has been expanded in two categories. A player must have a minimum of six games on a practice squad — increased from the previous three games — for that year to count as one of three permissible seasons on the squad. And each team now can sign a maximum of two practice squad players who have earned no more than two NFL seasons toward free agency. Aside from that exception, a player with one or more accrued seasons cant go on a practice squad unless he spent fewer than nine games on a clubs 46-player active list in each of his pro seasons. ' ' '