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    John McGinn has been named Scottish Championship player of the season but believes Neil Lennon could make him an even better player next term. The Hibs midfielder enjoyed a fine campaign at Easter Road after joining from St Mirren last summer, helping the team win the Scottish Cup and reach the League Cup final.His latest accolade comes in a season which also saw him win his first senior international cap in March, putting in a man of the match performance as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0. Hibernians John McGinn has been awarded the Championship Player of the Season Despite their historic Scottish Cup success, Alan Stubbs failed to guide Hibs back to the Premiership and has since elected to take over at Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham.Lennon is interested in becoming the next Hibernian manager, but is seeking assurances over the clubs budget, according to Sky sources.Asked whether it would appeal to play under the former Celtic boss, McGinn was in no doubt and thinks it reflects well on the club that Lennon has shown an interest in the vacancy.Definitely; like the old gaffer, he [Lennon] played at the top level and Im sure he would make me a better player but whoever the board decide, I am interested to see what it would be like and would be keen to learn under them, McGinn told Sky Sports News HQ. Neil Lennon has been linked with the Hibernian job I think it is a big thing for the club that people who have managed at the top level are getting linked with it but whether it is him or someone else, I am sure the board will make the right decision and we are all looking forward to impressing the new manager.The 21-year-old says he is keen for a repeat of the scenes during their Scottish Cup winning parade where thousands lined the streets in the Scottish capital.The scenes you saw on the Sunday in Edinburgh sends out a message of what this club can achieve, the potential it has got and hopefully we can get a tenth of the people who were lining the streets to come on a Saturday and really maximise the potential the clubs got. McGinn made his Scotland debut against Denmark We are desperate in the dressing room to get the club back up to the Premiership and get it flourishing again.McGinn says he remains committed to Hibs, despite the prospect of another season in the Scottish Championship.The Scottish Cup was special and was an amazing day for one part of the city of Edinburgh but making my international debut was on a par. It is something that I didnt expect to happen at the start of the season, he said.I remember sitting in with the gaffer [Stubbs] and he told me he would definitely make me a better player and I was wondering how he could guarantee that but after working with him and the coaching staff, I realised I was getting better and better. McGinn enjoyed a fine debut season at Easter Road I am confident in myself that I can carry it on next season and hopefully improve on this year. I have developed here and in the Championship and have been given opportunities at a higher level from here, so I dont see it being a problem next year and hopefully the opportunities can still come around.Personally it has been brilliant and I think this award tops it off for me. It has been a season full of ups and downs and I am just delighted. Also See: Lennon seeks Hibs assurances SFAs Regan backs Hibs chief Forster torn over Hibs future Hibs agree Stubbs compensation Cheap Vapormax Plus Uk . Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs. Cheap Nike Air Vapormax Uk .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. . Cuban testified Thursday that he was upset when the companys CEO told him news that would reduce the value of his shares, for which hed paid $7.5 million. 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MINNEAPOLIS -- Out of the doghouse and into the end zone, Cordarrelle Pattersons career renaissance kicked into overdrive on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.Patterson returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown to put the Vikings in control of the game, and also had four catches for 53 yards in Minnesotas 30-24 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.Once thought of as the dynamic playmaker who would take over as a focal point of the Vikings offense once Adrian Peterson was ready to retire, the 2013 first-round draft choice entered the season hanging on to a roster spot for dear life. He had two catches for 10 yards all of last season, then watched the Vikings spend a first-round draft choice on another receiver before declining to pick up the fifth-year option on Pattersons contract later in the summer.Over the span of 10 games in a contract year, Patterson has gone from an afterthought in the offense to a featured element. In addition to his return and receiving duties on Sunday, Patterson took a read-option handoff from Jerick McKinnon to get the defense focused on him, then flipped the ball to quarterback Sam Bradford in a play that drew a penalty downfield and set up a Vikings touchdown.When youre involved, you cant even sleep at night, Patterson said. Last night I couldnt even sleep because I was just so excited about today. I knew it was going to be a good game for me, man. Ive got a couple friends in town and I told them its going to be a good game for me.He also converted a third-and-1 with a 30-yard reception that set up another touchdown, and opened the second half with his fifth career kickoff return TD, which ties him with Percy Harvin for the most in Vikings history.When you look what he does on special teams, when the balls in his hands, you just feel like hes one of those guys if we can get him five, six, however many touches it is a game, you know that hes going to create something positive, Bradford saaid.dddddddddddd Anytime the balls in his hands, hes got a chance to take it all the way.When the Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell in April and declined Pattersons contract option, the writing appeared to be on the wall for a player whose physical tools were never questioned, but whose carefree personality led to doubts about him as a consistent threat on offense. Pattersons good friend Adam Thielen, an undrafted player out of Division II Minnesota State, Mankato, had surpassed him on the receiver depth chart. His future was uncertain.Nicknamed Flash both for his blazing speed and his colorful personality, Patterson first showed coaches that he was playing with a different attitude when he started covering punts as a gunner. Its one of the most thankless tasks on the field. He forced a key fumble against the Giants and gradually started earning more playing time on offense as well.The approach endeared him to no-nonsense coach Mike Zimmer, and Patterson has seen his role grow each week.Its been cool to see him have success because Ive seen what he does in the offseason, said Thielen, who had five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Ive seen how positive he is. Its easy for guys in his situation to not have that mindset and not work hard. But its good to see when guys deserve it and they go out and make it happen.The Vikings never needed Patterson more than Sunday, when they carried a four-game losing streak into a crucial home game. Patterson broke out some socks with his own likeness on them -- Last night I was packing my bag and said hey, I need to pack these, he said -- and broke the game open with a kick return that gave the Vikings a 27-17 lead.Tonight Im going to sleep like a baby, he said with a wide smile. Im going to sleep too good.---AP NFL website: and ' ' '