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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Anthony Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash. The 26-year-old pitched 42 innings in 24 relief appearances this year, compiling a 5.36 ERA with no decisions. He also was 4-6 with a 5.45 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Tucson. Bass made his big league debut in 2011 and has 4-8 career record with a 4.09 ERA in 18 starts and 57 relief appearances. The trade was announced Wednesday. Houston also will get a player to be named or cash. [url=]Wholesale Jerseys China[/url] . -- Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, is expected to practice on Wednesday. [url=]cheap jerseys from china[/url] . -- Auburns Gus Malzahn has been named Home Depot Coach of the Year, and Washingtons Austin Seferian-Jenkins was selected the John Mackey Award winner for the nations outstanding tight end. [url=][/url] . 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Down by 22 early in the fourth quarter, the Raptors - on the heels of yet another fierce comeback - had cut their deficit to six as Kyle Lowry launched what could have been a game-changing three pointer.MIAMI -- LeBron James spent two days trying to figure out the right words. An assistant jotted some ideas on notecards, which were ignored. So when the moment came to deliver his MVP acceptance speech, James spoke emotionally about family, charity, history and what the Miami Heat organization means to him. And he finished with a flourish. "Heat nation, we have a bigger goal," James said. "This is very overwhelming to me as an individual award. But this is not the award I want, ultimately. I want that championship. Thats all that matters to me." James accepted his third NBA MVP award Saturday, making him the eighth player in league history to win that many. The others -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone -- all have won NBA titles. On Sunday, James resumes that quest. "Hes going to get his," Heat President Pat Riley said. "He will get his championship. And there might be a lot more there, too." James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league, with fans on combining for one vote. He earned 1,074 points, topping Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant (889 points, 24 first-place votes), the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul (385, six first-place votes), the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (352, two first-place votes), and San Antonios Tony Parker (331, four first-place votes). James lauded the other top candidates for the MVP, and lauded his teammates and those around him even more. "This is a team game and I wouldnt be receiving what Ive received in the past and now in the present without my teammates and without my family and friends whove helped me to this point," James said away from the stage. "Even though its an individual award, I always go back to my teammates. I always go back to my friends and my family. No one can do it alone." When the results were released, Durant offered congratulations. "LeBron, thats like unheard of for a guy to get three out of four MVPs," Durant said. "A good friend of mine. Im happy for him and of course I would love to have the MVP but at the same time, Ive just got to keep improving, keep getting better and hopefully Ill have one soon." The way some around the Heat see it, Saturday could have been a fourth straight MVP for James. His numbers this season -- 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game on 53 per cent shooting -- are extremely comparable to last season, when he finished a distant third in the MVP race behind Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard. Similar numbers. Much better result. And James understands why. A year ago, following all the fallout that accompanied his decision to leave Cleveland and sign with Miami, James realized there was no way he was going to have voters back him for a third straight season. Long before the results were in, James knew the 2011 MVP wasnt going to be his. "I just felt like there was nothing good that was going to come out as far as the individual accolades," James said. "I wanted to be an MVP for this team, but it didnt matter to me what the outside world was saying. It didnt matter what the voters were saying last year. It was just about this team." "Im not saying thats changed," he added, "but I think time heals all." Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo won the MVP while playing for the Buffalo Braves in 1975. McAdoo said James had to deal with "absolute hate" last year after his move to Miami, and some believe the repercussions kept him from getting as many MVP votes as he may have deserved a year ago. Thats no longer a problem. "Hes alrready a Hall of Fame player.dddddddddddd Thats in the bag," McAdoo said. "If you ask him, a world championship or an individual award, hell take the world championship every time." Abdul-Jabbar was 26 when his third MVP season -- out of a record six -- ended. James is 27. Riley, the former Los Angeles Lakers coach during the Showtime era, has an affinity for both. And he thinks he can see a parallel as well. "Hes got 10 more years at least ahead of him at a very high level," Riley said. "You just know his competitive nature and how he prepares himself and how he plays. That could be out there for him." James got the word about this MVP award Thursday. Longtime friend and close associate Randy Mims delivered the message because James couldnt be reached when the call came. Of all the messages Mims has given James over the years, this one was unforgettable, he said. "It was kind of an honour, honestly," Mims said. "A huge honour. His response, it was like a breath of fresh air, like, Wow, I did? I know what was put into this year, being part of it. I know what we went through last year and trying to just rebuild him, his game, some of the things he wanted to get back to doing as a person." James was out shopping Friday night when word began to spread that he won. Even though James already had spent a day processing the news, he said it was moving to hear others react. "This is crazy," James said. James posed with the trophy Saturday and will get to show it off to Heat fans Sunday afternoon when presented with the prize again by Commissioner David Stern before Miami faces Indiana in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series. James voice broke a couple of times as he spoke Saturday -- highly uncharacteristic for him -- and he confessed he was more nervous than he expected. "I see my two sons, I do what I do and I try to perform at the highest level every night, and a big part of the reason is those guys. I dont want to let them down," James said, pausing for a brief moment as he looked at fiancee Savannah Brinson and his sons. "Secondly, my teammates, like I said. The reason Im up here today is because of those guys. If those guys dont sacrifice what they sacrifice every single night ... I wouldnt be up here." Moments later, he asked the entire Heat roster to join him on the stage, and the players huddled behind him. "These 14 guys right here, they give everything," James said. "And they give me everything." Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "We do not take LeBron James for granted, not here in this organization." Heat guard Dwyane Wade grabbed the trophy before the ceremony started, a playful jab and nothing else. When he was having an MVP-calibre season but finished third in 2009, Wade said James would be a candidate for the award for years to come. He didnt mind then, and minds even less now that theyre teammates. "Its amazing to think about it in that sense -- three in four years," Wade said. "And there could have been one last year. It just shows how great of a talent, how great of a player that he is. Obviously, as an organization, were excited, especially coming off of last season and everything that happened and was said." James came into this season with a new mindset, a happier one, one that meant he wasnt going to play this season the way he did last year when he was consumed by trying to silence critics. The critics, he knows now, wont be going away. Well, maybe unless he wins that title. MVP awards are nice, but James knows they simply dont compare. "Id give all three of them back for an NBA championship," James said. "Its all I care about. Its all I know." ' ' '
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