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After borrowing uniforms, Troy Howard unified basketball raising money to buy their own

Fundraising efforts for uniforms are underway for the Troy Howard Middle School unified basketball team, now in its second year of play, as the start of the season approaches.

During its inaugural season in 2019, the young Lions had to borrow uniforms to play its slate of unified basketball games.

Now, the Lions are seeking to raise $2,500 to purchase uniforms of its own.

The team has 21 players on its roster representing Troy Howard and Northport’s Edna Drinkwater School, with nine of those being partner players.

The school intends on purchasing 22 reversible uniforms for the program that will allow the team to simply turn the uniform inside-out for its home and away contests. These uniforms will remain with the program for future seasons until they need to be replaced.

Additionally, the players will receive warm up jerseys with their names on the back that they will keep at the end of the season — a tradition at Troy Howard for its non-unified basketball teams.

Unified basketball has grown in popularity across the state at the high school level, and is beginning to grow at the middle school level. Locally, there are varsity unified basketball teams at Belfast, Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Mount View.

The sport partners students with developmental disabilities (Unified Student Athlete) with students without developmental disabilities (Unified Student Partners) to train, compete, and represent their school, a press release about the sport noted in 2015. Unified Sports, the release continued, impacts all kinds of students and helps promote physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and social inclusion.

“Unified basketball is such a wonderful program and has a great impact on all the players and fans,” said Troy Howard assistant principal and athletic director Alta Seekins.

During its inaugural season last year, many partner players were mostly unaware of what they were signing up for when deciding to join the unified basketball team, but they were willing to participate and help out, Seekins noted.

“I’m so pleased that not only did all of the partners still at THMS enthusiastically rejoin this year, but several of the partners that moved on to the high school are playing on the BAHS unified team,” said Seekins. “The relationships built between the players has carried on throughout the year and the special olympians feel more a part of the whole school community and have established positive peer relationships. It’s common to see ‘high fives’ and greetings as students move throughout the school.”

The middle school unified basketball season will include four contests, as well as an exhibition contest.

The season will begin with an exhibition contest against the unified basketball team from Belfast Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 27 at THMS at 3:30 p.m.

The exhibition contest will serve as a fundraiser, with donations being accepted at the door, for the Susan Black Scholarship Fund.

The late Susan Black, a long time Belfast educator and supporter of unified athletics and the Special Olympics, will be honored at the game. All money raised through concessions and donations will go to the fund.

In non-exhibition play, Troy Howard will open the regular season Wednesday, March 11 at home against Ellsworth at 4 p.m. for its lone home game.

The remainder of the season will see the Lions hit the road to challenge Nokomis (March 17), Brewer (March 26) and Ellsworth (April 6).

Michigan State Spartans To Wear 2000 Throwback Unifroms

The Michigan State basketball program will wear throwback uniforms against Maryland on Saturday (6 p.m. on ESPN) to commemorate its most recent national championship.

Aside from the Nike swoosh and the patch in honor of Zachary “Smoothie” Winston — the late brother of guard Cassius Winston — the throwback uniforms are an exact replica of what the Spartans wore during their 89-76 win over Florida in the 2000 NCAA Tournament final.

Originally designed by Reebok, the asymmetrical uniforms feature Michigan State’s arched banner wordmark across the chest and a Greek key pattern for trim. The jersey uses an ornate number font, while the shorts prominently display the Spartan logo on one side and the Block “S” inside a contrasting panel on the other.

Michigan State, interestingly enough, is one of a handful of schools with a national championship to its name that is forced to wear a silver tab on the back collar of its jersey rather than a gold tab. That’s because the latter is only reserved for those schools who won a title while outfitted by Nike, and both of the Spartans’ championships (1979 and 2000) predate that relationship.

The program has six Final Four appearances since then, though, hence the silver tab.

Three 49ers are among the best-selling NFL jerseys of 2019

And you can probably guess which three

The NFL Players Association released an updated list of the top 50 players

Not that they were flying under the radar recently, but the San Francisco 49ers have the whole country’s attention now that they’re in Super Bowl LIV (albeit as underdogs). The Niners have looked dominant all season and are full of stars, too: Four players were voted to the Pro Bowl and another eight were chosen as alternates. The only real way to judge an NFL player’s star quality, however, is by how many fans buy his jersey.

OK, so that’s not true, but it’s a lazy, hot-take way to introduce this fact: Three 49ers stars are among the top 30 NFL players in terms of jersey and merchandise sales, according to the NFL Players Association. If you’re an avid Niners fan, you can probably guess who they are.

15. Jimmy Garoppolo

22. George Kittle

29. Nick Bosa

It’s no surprise that the Niners’ dashing quarterback ranks among the top 20, as dashing quarterbacks tend to be quite popular. Kittle is a two-time Pro Bowlers who wears shirts featuring his shirtless teammate, and Nick Bosa was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. All of this checks out.

If you’ve somehow made it this far into the season without any of their jerseys, your wallet is probably thanking you. But now’s a decent time to pick one up, too, as you’ll get the Super Bowl LIV commemorative patch on jerseys, and you can tell people you were a fan before the 49ers won their sixth Super Bowl (assuming that happens).

The Niners’ opponent in the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs, have only two players among the top 50 in terms of jersey and merch sales. But one of those players is Patrick Mahomes, who ranks No. 1 on that list. Chiefs tight tend Travis Kelce came in at No. 35. Here’s the rest of the top 10, just for kicks:

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Ezekiel Elliott
  4. Baker Mayfield
  5. Odell Beckham, Jr.
  6. Khalil Mack
  7. Aaron Rodgers
  8. Dak Prescott
  9. Saquon Barkley
  10. JuJu Smith-Schuster

Of course, you can already get 49ers NFC Champions gear, too—or you can wait to see if they win the Super Bowl. It’s your money, so you do you.

LeBron James shouts out Klay Thompson for college jersey retirement

It’ll never get old seeing the moments when game recognizes game. Especially when part of that game belongs to LeBron James.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson had an emotional day at his alma mater when his No.1 jersey was retired by Washington State on Saturday.

King James took to social media to give his sign of respect to Klay on the honor.

When one of the best recognizes you, it means something.

Over the years, the two have tipped their caps to one another. LeBron even jokingly (maybe not) tried to recruit Klay after he scored 43 points in a game right before Klay coincidentally would become a free agent.

Klay will be a Warrior for a long time after signing a max-contract with the team, so those hopes are lost, but it’s pretty obvious there are no hard feelings there.

He wasn’t the only one to show love for Klay.

Steph Curry was there acting like a proud papa for his longtime teammate as he watched Klay give his speech. And, of course, no Klay event is complete without some love from former Dub Zaza Pachulia.

Klay had a lot of support on a very important day.

Atlanta Falcons To Unveil New Uniforms In April

After 17 seasons in their current set, the Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday night they’ll unveil new uniforms in April.

Team owner and CEO Arthur Blank sent a letter to season ticket holders informing them of the looming changes.

“Time and again, we’ve heard you ask for new uniforms over the years,” Blank said. “We’ve listened to your feedback and worked closely with Nike and the NFL over the past two years to create a look that represents you and reflects Atlanta’s culture, pride and unity.”

The Falcons have worn red or black jerseys since their inception in 1966 with periods that included white, silver and/or black pants pants. The team also wore red helmets through the 1989 season — with thin gold stripes for the first four seasons to appease Georgia Tech fans who thought Atlanta looked too much like rival Georgia — but switched to black lids in 1990.

Atlanta went through a major rebrand ahead of the 2003 season that included a new logo and all-black uniforms with a unique sleeve design and piping down the pants. That look has remained, though the Falcons promoted the red alternate with white pants to the primary set one year later.

The team wore throwback uniforms on several different occasions in the last decade — most recently pairing their 1990s-era helmets with their 1966 throwback jersey and pants — in addition to an all-red Color Rush set in 2017. The clamoring for the throwback uniforms, as well as the recent trend of teams donning simpler uniforms, would suggest the Falcons will follow suit. It remains to be seen if they choose black or red helmets, however.

In addition to the uniforms, it appears Atlanta has slightly modified its wordmark. The header of the letter Blank sent to fans included a wordmark with a bolder and more condensed font than the previous wordmark, while the letter “T” no longer has a serif and — like the “O” — features an indented notch.

With the announcement, the Falcons will join the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams in unveiling new uniforms this spring.

Liverpool signs Nike deal to be official kit supplier starting in 2020-21; what will the uniforms look like?

The English giant is moving on from New Balance at the start of next season

Liverpool announced on Tuesday that it will move one from New Balance at the end of the season and begin a new partnership with Nike starting next season. The Oregon-based sportswear giant will supply the uniforms for the first team, women’s team, academy, staff and the club’s foundation starting in June. Here’s more from the team’s announcement:

Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce Nike, the world’s leading footwear and apparel company, as its official kit supplier from the 2020-21 season.

The multi-year partnership, which begins on June 1, 2020, will see Nike manufacture and supply Liverpool FC’s playing, training and travel wear.

As official kit supplier, the agreement will see Nike outfitting the men’s, women’s and Academy squads, as well as coaching staff and Liverpool FC Foundation.

The partnership coincides with our move into a new, state-of-the-art training facility in Kirkby for the 2020-21 season, a project that includes investment in improved sport facilities for the local community.

Now, this isn’t really a surprise at all, and switching brands is quite common for soccer clubs when deals expire. You see some stick with one brand for a long time like Adidas and Real Madrid or Barcelona with Nike. But take Arsenal as an example, which in recent years has gone from Nike to Puma and then to Adidas. Liverpool has never worn Nike in its history, starting with Umbro in 1972 before Adidas (1985-1996), Reebok (1996-2006), Adidas (2006-2012), Warrior Sports (2012-15) and New Balance since 2015. This will mark the third straight American apparel brand for the Reds, who are owned by American sports company Fenway Sports Group, who also own the Boston Red Sox.

Now the big question is — what will the kits look like? It’s too early to tell, obviously, but the news didn’t stop those on the social media from creating renderings of what the kits could look like. Here’s a sample:

Liverpool joins Brighton Chelsea, Tottenham, Preston North End and Hallam FC as clubs sponsored by Nike in England. You can watch Liverpool in the Champions League and Premier League on fuboTV (Try for free).

2020 NHL Winter Classic: The Logos, Uniforms, and Design

The 2020 NHL Winter Classic is today, and for the first time ever the annual event is being held in a warmer climate city. The Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas plays host with its 92,000 seats waiting to be filled with patrons daring to brave a relatively warm +14°C (58°F) to see the Nashville Predators take on the home team Dallas Stars.

The Cotton Bowl on the morning of the 2020 Winter Classic

The overall theme of the design surrounding the event this year is the old west.

Designed by NHL Creative Services along with Fanbrandz out of New Jersey, the 2020 NHL Winter Classic logo is based on a belt buckle, a fashion accessory traditionally associated with Texans, cowboys, and Texan cowboys.

“As you start going through this process, we collectively brainstorm and discuss, ‘What makes the most sense for this event, this location, without being too whimsical?’”, said Paul Conway, the NHL’s VP of creative services to NHL.com at the time it was released.

“You want to be careful not to be too predictable on a certain level”, Conway continued. “You want to make sure it comes across and feels like it’s part of the Winter Classic brand, yet still feel unique. But everything certainly takes form and takes root in that early development.”

DALLAS STARS

While the official press release made no direct mention of it (saying only it’s based on Texas hockey history), the Dallas Stars 2020 Winter Classic logo and uniform are both clear tributes to the old Dallas Texans team of the 1940s.

The jersey is green with white shoulders, a single white stripe on each sleeve with both featuring a patch — a Winter Classic patch on the right arm, and a new State of Texas patch on the left. The Dallas Texans used both a shoulder yoke and the sleeve patches as well.

Player name and numbers are in a block, serif font — the same style as the “ST*RS” wordmark across the chest.

In an effort to create a more overall vintage hockey uniform feel, pants are beige (as they were in the NHL in the 1920s) and gloves are plain leather coloured (as they were in the NHL until the late 1950s). Both the pants and gloves do add a bit of colour with some green trim.

A look at the two Dallas Texans uniforms which appear to have inspired this Stars design… First, this design which looks a lot like the logo, sleeve, and socks striping:

And then the shoulder yoke, waist striping, and sleeve patches:

Mash together the best bits of both uniforms and ta-da! You’ve got yourself a great looking uniform. It’s magic!

Goaltender Ben Bishop has a special mask for the game featuring the Stars retro logo as well as the Cotton Bowl stadium and Big Tex wearing the Stars Winter Classic jersey:

The mask art was done by DAVEART.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

With a heavy nod to the old Nashville Dixie Flyers, who played in the Eastern Hockey League from 1962-1971, the Nashville Predators 2020 Winter Classic uniform replicates the Dixie Flyers style of a large horizontal stripe across the middle of the jersey and the team name scripted within it.

“The new jersey was created with a heritage aesthetic, featuring designs inspired by Nashville’s rich hockey history and its passionate hockey fanbase”, read the release from Adidas. “The script crest, felt block lettering and classic striping create a nostalgic look suitable for the NHL Winter Classic’s celebration of the game’s origins outdoors.”

On the shoulder is a “fauxback”-styled Predators logo, this new logo “represents the Predators’ size, strength, and speed” and is given a retro look “to pay homage to the history and heritage of hockey in Nashville”.

Like the Stars, this jersey also includes a patch featuring the 2020 Winter Classic logo on the opposite shoulder:

As mentioned earlier, this entire jersey a clear tribute to the uniforms worn by the Dixie Flyers, Nashville’s minor league hockey team in the 1960s. Like this Predators jersey, the Dixie Flyers uniforms included a similar horizontal stripe and scripted wordmark.

Of course, both goalies for the Predators have custom mask designs ready for today’s game, here’s Pekka Rinne’s who embraces the Preds new “fauxback” style logo:

While Juuse Saros has a new mask which includes a photo of Rinne himself (along with another Finnish hockey player Kimmo Timonen):

And here’s your good-looking uniform matchup for the game:

Game time is set for 2 pm ET (or 1 pm in Dallas)… but I’d be surprised if the puck is dropped before 2:30.

COLLECTOR’S CORNER: MUST HAVE ROOKIE JERSEYS

The NHL is becoming a younger league with each passing season. Players are making their debuts in their teen years and becoming superstars in their early 20’s. All hockey fans around the world love seeing players making their debuts and seeing them thrive and make an impact in the game. For all of those who have become jersey collectors or are fans of the game, the hottest jerseys on the shelves are those of the newest players in the league. If you are someone thinking about purchasing a jersey of one of this year’s rookies here are five players that are must-have jerseys for this year’s rookie class.

5. Ottawa Senators- Brady Tkachuk

Brady Tkachuk was drafted 4th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft out of Boston University. The American born winger followed in the footsteps of his dad Keith, and his brother Matthew by playing in the NHL. Through 16 games in his young career, Brady is a point per game player and he brings a gritty style of play to the Senators lineup. He earned the respect of hockey legend Don Cherry after his fight with Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings. Brady has the skill and the grit to his game that will make him a force in this league for a long time coming.

4. Dallas Stars- Miro Heiskanen

One of the biggest topics of the 2018 NHL offseason was where Erik Karlsson would end up. The Dallas Stars were one of the teams interested and the Senators asking price was their top prospect Miro Heiskanen. The Stars declined to go through with that trade route and kept their top prospect. That decision turned out to be a great one for the Stars. The 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has been a staple at the blue line for the Stars. Coming out of the draft Miro drew comparisons to Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang. His puck moving skills are very similar to that of Letang. The Finnish born blueliner has a tremendous offensive upside and is magic with the puck. Heiskanen shined in his NHL debut and took all of two shifts in the NHL to wow the fans. Miro Heiskanen will become a household name and will have a phenomenal career down in Dallas.

3. Montreal Canadiens- Jesperi Kotkaniemi

The 3rd overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft became the first athlete born in the 2000s to play in a North American major professional league. Kotkaniemi is a Finnish born center that possesses a high hockey IQ with a dangerous shot. Going into the draft Kotkaniemi sat outside the top 10 on the draft boards for all the NHL insiders. When the Montreal Canadiens were on the clock with the 3rd pick, they knew they had something special in Kotkaniemi and in his first season, he is turning heads. The 18-year old drew comparisons to Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings when he was drafted back in June and he is playing the role that Kopitar does for the Canadiens. The high hockey IQ that was seen by the scouts has come to show in the NHL game. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is going to be a staple down the middle for the Montreal Canadiens and is a great cornerstone to build a franchise around.

2. Buffalo Sabres- Rasmus Dahlin

The team that won the NHL Draft Lottery was getting the prized possession of Swedish born defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. The Buffalo Sabres won the draft lottery and welcome Dahlin with open arms. The Swedish born defenseman drew high praise from a fellow countryman in Detroit Red Wings legend Niklas Lidstrom. Lidstrom was asked about Dahlin and said, “He is better than what I was at that age.” One of the best defenseman in the history of the game saying that you are better than them is one of the best compliments a player can get. Dahlin has made a ginormous impact on the Buffalo Sabres this year. The Sabres have gone from the bottom of the league to the top in just one season. Dahlin has made nothing but highlight reel plays with and without the puck. Hockey fans around the world are in for a treat watching this once in a generation player night in and night out. If Dahlin can fulfill his prophecy he is on pace to have a hall of fame like career.

1. Vancouver Canucks- Elias Pettersson

Drawing the respect and comparisons to The Great One by The Great One himself is one heck of a way to start a career. Elias Pettersson was drafted 5th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Ever since making his NHL debut he has done nothing but score and put up points for the Canucks. Pettersson became the youngest player in NHL history to score 10 goals in his first 10 games. The highlights of Pettersson have been plentiful. Against the Red Wings he scored on a booming slap shot that drew comparisons to Wayne Gretzky’s famous slap shot goal and after getting tripped up he made a nice pass to set up teammate Brock Boeser for a goal while lying on his stomach. In the Canucks yearly skills competition Pettersson won the hardest shot completion with a shot of 99.4 MPH. The shot wowed fans all over the world due to the fact he still only weighs 176 lbs. Once he develops and becomes bigger, his shot can become lethal to opposing teams and goalies. Pettersson, in his very young NHL career, is close to a point per game player with 42 points in 38 games and is already being considered a lock for the Calder Trophy(Rookie of the Year). Vancouver has something very special in Pettersson and for hockey fans and jersey collectors around the world, his jersey is a must-have.

Nike, Ohio State Now Selling “Alumni” LeBron James Jerseys

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes than LeBron James – literally and figuratively. But it’s also well-known that he didn’t attend any college, let alone Ohio State.

So it’s a little weird to see that an Ohio State LeBron James “alumni” jersey is suddenly being sold by Nike.

But that’s exactly we have on the market according to Ohio State reporter Andrew Lind.

Nike is now selling a basketball jersey with the Ohio State name and colors, and with LeBron’s No. 23 jersey number on both sides.

LeBron has stated on some occasions that if he likely would have attended Ohio State if he had gone to college.

He ultimately went to the NBA straight out of high school, staying in his home state of Ohio by being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers – less than 50 miles from his hometown of Akron.

One can only imagine what kind of success Ohio State would have found with a talent like LeBron.

But it’s still pretty weird to think of LeBron as a college alum for anyone, let alone a school that prides itself on its football program like Ohio State does.

From Football to Baseball, Tim Tebow’s Jerseys are Perfect Keepsakes

If you take a look at my Facebook posts from middle school, you’ll come across a lot of Tim Tebow quotes. He was such an inspiration growing up. As a young woman, it’s rare that you look up to a college football player. Tim Tebow once turned a huge Texas fan into a Florida Gators fan. Hook ’em forever, but Tebow’s college football days were everything to me.

Take away his football talent, and you still have a man with an impressive skillset. After his time in the NFL, Tebow pursued a baseball career. Although he’s no longer playing professional football or baseball, you still have an athletic and influential person that sports fanatics and analysts still talk about today. Pay homage to the man with your own Tim Tebow Jersey.

Tim Tebow Jerseys

1. Tim Tebow Autographed Nease High School (White #5) Jersey w/”05 State Champs” – Tebow Holo

Throwing it back to the good ol’ high school days. Here’s where it all started!

2. Unsigned Tim Tebow Florida Blue Custom Stitched College Football Jersey Size Men’s XL New No Brands/Logos

Tebow’s Florida uniform topped jersey sales lists for years, even if he never made a dime off them.

3. Unsigned Tim Tebow Denver Orange Custom Stitched Football Jersey Size Men’s XL New No Brands/Logos

Relive Tebow’s playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers over and over. Show people you’ve been a longtime fan of the 2007 Heisman winner with this Denver Broncos jersey.

4. Nike Tim Tebow #15 New York Jets NFL Jersey Adult Size 48

Right after Denver released Tebow, he had a short career with the Jets. I feel like Jets fans are just as passionate as Dallas Cowboys fans, so go ahead and get the jersey. Forget the stats.

5. Tim Tebow New England Patriots Jersey Nike Youth Large Rare 14/16 Hard To Find

You either love them or you hate them. Regardless, Tebow was once a Patriot, so we were all rooting for them at some point.

6. Tim Tebow #11 Philadelphia Eagles Jersey White Size 52

This jersey is just strange to look at. Number 11? Yep, technically Tebow was an Eagle at some point.

7. Majestic Tim Tebow New York Mets Youth White Home Official Cool Base Player

Tebow was a talented baseball player. Rumor has it a Los Angeles MLB team had an eye on Tebow when he was in high school. Can you imagine if he would’ve went into the major leagues instead of the NFL?

Well, after his football career ended, Tebow played with the Mets for a minute. You can remember his time with the minor leagues with this Mets jersey.

8. Tim Tebow Jersey Authentic New Tork Mets Sz 44 Majestic

He’ll never catch Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso on the field, but Tebow is still one of New York’s favorite players. This Mets jersey is nice! It’s only $70, which isn’t bad for a jersey. Show off your love for number 15.

Visit the NFL Shop for more top seller replica jerseys and collectibles. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way of showing your Tim Tebow pride, consider number T-shirts. Now, when is this guy going to be inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame?