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  • July 12, 2019
    MINNEAPOLIS -- New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to brush an official as he protested being hit out of bounds in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.Any contact was light and innocuous, but the NFL beefed up its rules after last season to include a strict ban on unnecessary contact with officials during games.NFL rules currently state: Under no circumstance is an official to allow a player to shove, push, or strike him in an offensive, disrespectful, or unsportsmanlike manner. The player shall be disqualified from the game, and any such action must be reported to the commissioner.?The contact occurred with six minutes, 22 seconds remaining before halftime at U.S. Bank Stadium.Beckham and Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes had been exchanging verbal barbs for several plays when Rhodes hit Beckham out of bounds after a 4-yard catch. Referee Brad Allens crew did not penalize Rhodes for the late hit, but Beckham was penalized for taunting when he rushed toward Rhodes and bumped him.Beckham then sought out line judge Tom Symonette and, while protesting the hit, appeared to make light contact with him. If Allen had judged there was contact, he would have been within his authority to eject Beckham from the game.?As it is, Beckham will be automatically ejected if he commits another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The automatic ejection rule was put in place this season in large part due to Beckhams behavior in a game last season against the Carolina Panthers. He has struggled to rein in his emotions this season as well. Phillip Lindsay Womens Jersey . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. Drew Lock Broncos Jersey . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. . The 28-year-old from Calgary matched his career best after missing just one shot in his two rounds of shooting in the mens 10-kilometre sprint competition. Smith finished in 23 minutes 15. Shannon Sharpe Broncos Jersey . That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. Courtland Sutton Broncos Jersey . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Watching major league baseball games could be a bit of a challenge for Liam Hendriks when he was in school. After all, he grew up in Perth, Australia, where the time zone is 12 hours ahead of North Americas Eastern time zone. So he would wake up by 7 a.m., turn on the TV and watch as many innings of a major league night game as possible before it was time to go to school.My parents would leave to go to work, and I would be sitting there watching and then wind up running late for the school bus, he said. It was a 10-minute walk to get to the bus, and I would usually leave with five minutes to go, so I would have to run to the bus. And if I missed the bus, I would have to run to school.Young Australian baseball fans have been able to watch Hendriks on their screens in recent seasons, though that might have meant being very, very late for the school bus in 2016 since he pitches for the Oakland Athletics, who usually play in the Pacific time zone.There have been 30 Australian-born major leaguers, beginning with Joe Quinn from 1884-1901. He would be the only Aussie in the majors for another 85 years until Craig Shipley played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1986 to start a growth in the sport Down Under. Dave Nilsson reached the majors as a catcher in 1992 and went on to become an All-Star, as did Grant Balfour, who debuted in 2001 and also pitched in a World Series.At the start of this season, Hendriks was the only Aussie in the majors, but three more were called up later: Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher Warwick Saupold, Minnesota Twins rookie third baseman James Beresford and veteran reliever Peter Moylan, who made it back to the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals.We go through peaks and valleys with guys coming over here, Hendriks said. Well go through the stage when a lot of kids are coming over here a lot more, and then well go through the stage where not so much. Lately, weve had a lot of kids going to college over here [in the U.S.] rather than go into pro ball. Some guys who might have been fringe players, they can head to college and maybe mature a little bit and hone their skills a little bit under American tutelage, which generally is a bit better than some of the Australian coaches down there.Hopefully these [three] guys getting in the big leagues this year definitely will spur a wave. Well see how long that takes to kick in, but generally we have 40 guys in the minors at any one time. The number is usually 30-plus kids trying to get their chance, and hopefully clubs will recognize how much they persevered to get over here and how much they sacrificed as well for that opportunity.Hendriks, 27, got his start in baseball as a child, when his parents gave him the choice between playing the very popular cricket or the less popular T-ball. They said, T-ball is like half an hour every Saturday and cricket is like six hours every Saturday. You can choose whatever you want but ...He chose the quicker game and wound up loving baseball. As he grew older, he would play at a baseball school in South Fremantle, though it was not a short commute. After his school day ended at 3:30 in the afternoon, he would take a series of buses and trains that could take two hours to reach the baseball school.dddddddddddd He would practice for an hour and a half and then head home. He also would occasionally pitch on fields that had a dirt mound on the actual diamond but a plastic mound on which relievers warmed up.I think it builds character, Hendriks said of starting a baseball career in Australia. I think a lot of guys when they get over here, you know what theyve gone through, what theyve grinded through to get here.Hendriks signed with the Twins in 2007 and reached the majors with them in 2011, though he lost his first nine decisions as a starter. He has worked exclusively out of the bullpen the past two seasons (he was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015). Heading into Fridays game, he had a 3.79 ERA in 51 appearances for the As this season, more than a run below his career mark of 4.91.Hes an aggressive guy that just wants to pitch, and hes moved himself up to spot where its a prominent role for us, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. Aggressiveness is his thing. I dont want to stereotype, but it seems like a lot of the Australian players are aggressive guys.Melvin has managed a fair number of Aussies, including four in 2012, when pitchers Grant Balfour, Travis Blackley and Rich Thompson and third baseman Luke Hughes all were with the As. Well, we wear green and gold uniforms, so you would expect them to want to come here, Melvin said, referring to Australias national colors.Hendriks says the Australian Baseball League, which started in 2010 and receives some funding from MLB, is helping the sport grow there. Former big leaguers such as Nilsson and Graeme Lloyd provide valuable coaching while active, and former minor leaguers provide good competition on the field (the ABL season runs from November to February).Weve been lucky that we have had a lot of guys whove had professional baseball experience over here, Hendriks said. Anytime you get a chance to work with a guy like Graeme, it can take you from being a fringe guy to all of a sudden youre learning a new pitch or a new technique and way to attack hitters that gives you an edge that some scouts are looking for and the opportunity to maybe come over here.There are also more scouts in Australia these days. As Aussie former big leaguer Ryan Rowland-Smith said before the 2014 MLB opener that was played in Sydney: When I signed 13 years ago, there were a handful of teams that were serious about sending scouts over and trying to sign you. Now every team sends someone over there.Hendriks says baseball is in the top 10 of Australias favorite sports and maybe pushing the top five.With the World Baseball Classic coming up, that will help and raise the popularity, like swimming and gymnastics in the Olympics, he said. Hopefully, we can win a couple games and advance to the second round and put on a good show for the guys back home.And one they will be able to watch without being too late for school or work. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '