SAN FRANCISCO - Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. Its a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager.Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday.Bochy doesnt have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick.Dynasty blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.The Giants closed it out with a 3-2 win in Game 7 at Kansas City on Wednesday night, sealed by Series MVP Madison Bumgarners five shutout innings as a reliever this time.A lot has to go right. First off, it starts with the talent, Bochy said. I mean, you need that, which we have. Then you have to deal with a lot of things maybe during the season. Every manager says, Hey, were fine, we have a good chance to get there if we stay healthy. But that doesnt always happen.In a remarkable every-other-year pattern, San Francisco somehow finds its best form in even years. With new faces and old ones, with castoffs and misfits and some key midseason acquisitions.Few clubs have captured three championships in a five-year span. The last National League team to do it was the St. Louis Cardinals with Stan Musial from 1942-46, so the Giants are the first of the free-agency era.The Oakland Athletics won three straight crowns in the early 1970s, and the New York Yankees captured four in five years from 1996-2000.Still, San Francisco was never considered a favourite or the best team in the regular season any of these times. Twice in this stretch, the Giants missed the playoffs altogether.After a runner-up finish in the NL West to the Dodgers at 88-74, they took the wild-card card route this time.On Wednesday night, Tim Hudson became a champion after a 16-year wait and Michael Morse got there following 10 major league seasons.Its the greatest group of guys I ever played with, Morse said. Its a group of guys who believe in each other and the outcome was a World Series victory.This city has had a football dynasty. So now the storied baseball franchise is doing its best to catch up with the NFL team in town. The Niners ruled in the late 80s and 90s, winning five Super Bowls.A unique element for Bochys latest winning roster is the talented crop of homegrown players who made it happen.There are the big names — Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval. And the emerging ones — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik.You look at most of our team — like Joe, me, Buster, Pablo, Belt, Bum. Its loaded with a lot of good players and a lot of players who are pretty similar in kind of their approach to the game and theyre pretty even-keel, said Crawford, the shortstop.Pablos a little bit different but me, Joe, Belt, Bum, Buster, were all pretty levelheaded at any point in the game whatever part of the season it is, whether its playoffs or midway through the regular season. We dont really change. That says a lot with how well weve done in the playoffs and the post-season in recent years, he said.Nothings really too big for us, he added.Eight players have been on all three winning World Series teams: Bumgarner, slugging third baseman Sandoval, Posey and relievers Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum. Matt Cain, too, but he was hurt this year.General manager Brian Sabean, longest-tenured in baseball, cant put a finger on why the mix keeps working. He is proud of the core of players who were drafted and came through the system and played such a huge part this time.Its a testament to player development and scouting. Thats what we all hope for, that you can plug your holes from within and build your team from within, Sabean said. Thats a surefire way to kind of keep things moving forward. It prevents you from having to go into the market, whether its free agency or more so the trade market.The Giants survived skids in June and September before winning the wild-card game at Pittsburgh. They then beat Washington in the Division Series and St. Louis in the NL Championship series.It has started with Bochy and his spot-on decision making, from resting the relievers regularly early in the season so hed have every one of them for the October run, to going with Bumgarner at every chance.But you have to play good baseball for six months, whatever, to get there, Bochy said. Once you get there, youve heard guys say, Well, its a crap shoot, but you have to play your best ball. You have to have the pitching. Thats obvious. But youve got to execute.For the Giants, its about every player doing his part and serving a role, because, as Sabean puts it, We dont have a star system here.Its everybodys got to pull on the same chain and everybodys got to be ready to play, he said. They understand the culture.Dynasty or not, Affeldt has solved a potential problem at home.The lefty reliever and Game 7 winner has three young sons — and, now, three championships.My three boys now all get to have rings on their finger, he said, And Im very happy about that. Alex Bregman Astros Jersey . The Tiger-Cats announced on Friday the linebacker has signed a new contract with the team through the 2016 season. 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Coach Tom Crean added another responsibility to Ferrells plate Sunday: guarding the opponents top scorer. Ferrell came through on both ends -- scoring 27 points and shutting down Nik Stauskas -- to lead Indiana to a 63-52 upset of No. 10 Michigan. "Yogi is playing at an extremely high level," Crean said. "Hes a true lead guard with everything he does." Against the Wolverines, that was just about everything. Ferrell drained seven 3-pointers, two shy of the Assembly Hall record, in eight attempts and limited Stauskas, one of the nations best scorers, to just six points, 12 below his average. "This is a great win because Michigan is such a great team," Ferrell said. The Wolverines (16-5, 8-1 Big Ten) had been the last unbeaten in conference play, off to their best Big Ten start since 1976-77. Indiana ended their 10-game winning streak by holding them to their lowest point total of the season. "I think its really good for us," coach John Beilein said. "I didnt think we were going to go undefeated. We hadnt lost since Dec. 11, against Arizona. In the long run, we have to get better." What made Ferrells matchup with Stauskas so impressive is that Ferrell is a point guard, giving up 6 inches and nearly 30 pounds to Michigans small forward. Stauskas was 1 of 6 from the field and spent many possessions on the left side of the court away from the action, rarely touching the ball at times. "They were denying Nik in the corner," said Caris LeVert, who had 12 points and joined Derrick Walton Jr., who scored 13, as the only Wolverines in double figures. Glenn Robinson III was also quiet, contributing nine points. Indiana (14-8, 4-5) had lost three of four but rode a tight, creative defence and Ferrells hot shooting to a win that might shift its season. Crean decided Ferrells awareness, quick hands and intensity were the perfect antidote to Stauskas deadly shooting and effective passing. "Youve got to make his catches hard and his looks even harder," Crean said. "Youve got to be conscious of where he is at all times. Im proud of our whole team defensively. Yogi was the catalyst." With Stauskas limited, the Hoosiers led most of the way in improving to 12-2 at Assembly Hall. Noah Vonleh added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who shot 54 per cent to the Wolverines 40 per cent. Indiana may have reinvigorated its hopes for an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament by securing a second victory over a top 10 opponent. The Wolverines are a common victim and no stranger to coming up shorrt in this series.dddddddddddd Dating to last seasons run to the national title game, the Wolverines are 27-12 in their last 39 games -- with three of the losses to the Hoosiers, who are 24-8 against Michigan over the last 18 seasons. Michigan was outrebounded 31-22 and shot just 3 of 13 from behind the arc. As Ferrell drained one 3 after another, fueling the crowd early and late, the Wolverines normally prolific offence was off from the start. Michigan had more turnovers (8) than field goals (7) in the first half and scored just six points on its final 11 possessions to trail 25-22 at halftime. It took a few breaks to stay that close. Walton was fouled twice in the half shooting behind the arc and converted all six free throws. The Wolverines also pushed the ball effectively for transition opportunities, scoring eight fast-break points. After Indianas defence was slow to get back and allowed Zak Irvin a layup, Crean called a timeout with 10:08 left in the half. Out of the stoppage, the Hoosiers scored on five of their next six trips to grab a 22-18 lead. Facing their fourth halftime deficit since November, the Wolverines never got over the hump. Three free throws from Austin Etherington and a fast-break layup by Evan Gordon gave Indiana a 49-41 lead with 7:41 to play, causing Beilein to call time out. After Stauskas free throws cut the deficit to 53-49 with 4:04 to play, the Hoosiers clamped down, getting two stops before another basket by Gordon pushed the lead to six. The Wolverines came up empty on their next two trips before Etheringtons free throw made it a seven-point game, and Indiana pulled away from there. Gordon had eight points for Indiana, despite only being cleared to play early Sunday morning because of a nagging illness. Having missed 39 of his last 55 shots entering the day, Gordon emerged from the throes of that miserable shooting slump by attacking the basket repeatedly. "He played as fast and as aggressive as weve seen," Crean said. Stanford Robinson scored seven points and Will Sheehey added six for Indiana, but Ferrell played 37 exhausting minutes to make it all possible. His 3 off a kickout gave Indiana the lead for good at 32-29 with 16:06 remaining. The sophomore later scored nine straight Indiana points, including 3s on consecutive possessions, to make it 43-36 with 10 1/2 minutes left. "Once I hit a couple, they all felt good," Ferrell said. "I was going to let it fly." Ferrell did, Stauskas did not, and Michigan paid the price. "Hes terrific," Beilein said. "They take their quickest player and dont let Nik get the ball. We had no answers for Yogi." Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaWholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap JerseysWholesale Jerseys ChinaWholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap Jerseys WholesaleCheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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