The weak and weary need not apply for Sams Club. Kenley Jansen Womens Jersey . TSN basketball analyst and former Toronto Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell announced his midseason inductees to the illustrious self-titled club Thursday, and they all had one thing in common. “Sams Club members come in, we punch the clock, we do our job and we go home,” he told TSNs Cabrel Richards. “We know who and what we are. Were dirt diggers, were grimy, we get in the dirt, we can take it. You know why? Because were mentally tough and we wont give in.” The midseason entrants are not among the NBAs elite and none of them were invited to the All-Star Game in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Here are the selections for Sams Club through the first half of the season. Amir Johnson, PF, Toronto Raptors: “The most important things that Amir Johnson brings to Toronto are mental toughness, rebounding and defence. Hes added the three-ball to his game and you look at Amir Johnson, he had a stretch where he averaged about 18 points a game and shot way over 50 per cent.” Tony Allen, SG, Memphis Grizzlies: “Tough, single-minded, a defensive guy, a guy that fights through screens, a guy that dont need the basketball. Hes been out, missed some games, but theres no better on-the-ball defender than Tony Allen. Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers: “Hes in the club because hes tough. Hes not an all-star to me but hes the most improved player. But Lance Stephenson brings a certain toughness, he has a certain bravado that he gives to the Pacers. Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls: “Taj Gibson is mentally tough. Hes a great defender, shot blocker, takes the toughest four or five every single night. Carlos Boozer has been complaining recently about his minutes in the fourth quarter. Taj Gibson has taken those minutes because he plays defence, rebounds the ball, and now lately hes scoring the basketball.” Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland Trail Blazers: “He takes the toughest offensive player every night, whether its point guard, two-guard or small forward. Very unselfish guy, doesnt call for the ball, excellent shooter, just plays his role.” P.J. Tucker, SF, Phoenix Suns: “Just tough. Just put him out there. See, part of being a part of Sams Club is you have to get better every year in and year out. Now P.J. Tucker is over a 40 per cent three-point shooter, a guy that can shoot, but hes the best defender on this Phoenix team. You talking about tough, gritty and grimy, theres nobody in the United States that I would rather walk down a dark alley with.” While Stephenson looks to be the front-runner for the NBAs Most Improved Player award, the other new members of the Sams Club will likely not see any league-wide recognition for their efforts. Mitchell, though, doesnt think a lack of attention will bother this group of “dirt diggers.” “We dont want it.” Julio Urias Womens Jersey . Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that the team is quietly gauging interest on the Senators captain, though Spezza has a limited no-trade clause and carries a large contract. Enrique Hernandez Dodgers Jersey . -- Golden State Warriors reserve centre Ognjen Kuzmic is expected to miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on his fractured right hand.MINNEAPOLIS -- Diagnosed with cancer in his neck, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has taken leave from his job for treatment and recovery. The timetable for his return is unclear, but the prognosis is optimistic. Though sobered by and concerned about the news, the Twins expressed confidence in the ability of their front offices long-time leader to beat the disease and get back to running the team. "I dont doubt hell get this knocked out," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "Hes a tough bird, as he would say." The Twins released a statement on Monday from Ryan, who thanked his doctors, friends and colleagues for their work and support. "Its my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible," Ryan said. During his recent annual physical exam, the 60-year-old Ryan asked team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni to examine a hard lump on his neck about an inch in diameter that had appeared a few weeks earlier. Further tests revealed squamous cell carcinoma. The squamous cells are in several parts of the body, but Eyunni said the source and cause of the cancer was undetermined. All that was known, he said, was that it was in his lymph node but had not spread to anywhere else. "The good news is we caught it early," Eyuinni said, adding: "As you know, both mentally and physically, hes very strong. So with treatment and radiation, its going to help him a lot. Hell recover better than someone who is not healthy." Ryan was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and expected to have surgery on Tuesday. Radiation treatment will likely follow. But once removed, Eyunni said, this type of cancer does not come back. "It should be completely done. It does not regenerate anymore," Eyunni said. Despite the positive outlook for a full recovery, this close-knit organization felt a collective anxiety and letdown upon learning of Ryans condition. "My family is praying for Terry Ryan and his family. Cancer is a terrible thing and we are hoping for a fast recovery," reliever Brian Duensing said on Twitter. "Cancer news hit close to home today. Sickened to hear about one of the men I respect most. My prayers are with you Terry," closer Glen Perkins tweeted. Manaager Ron Gardenhire, in an email, said hes had a "rough few days" in regard to Ryans cancer. Mike Piazza Jersey. "You wont find a better boss or a better friend," Gardenhire said. Ryans primary concern, his colleagues said, was with his wife and adult children and how they would take the news. "But beyond that, he took it really well," Eyunni said. "He says, Doc, lets move on. I want to get this done." Ryan initially became general manager in 1994, stepping down 13 years later, citing burnout. After serving as a special assistant to general manager Bill Smith for four seasons, Smith was reassigned, and Ryan reassumed the job in 2011. In his statement, Ryan expressed confidence in Gardenhire, Antony and the rest of the baseball operations department to keep the Twins on the right track. "I met with Terry last week when he told all of us what was going on, and I started asking him questions about how he wanted me to handle this and that, and he just looked at me and basically said, Youve been around here long enough. Youve been in all these meetings. You know what goes on in spring training. Just go down and do your thing," Antony said. "He said, You know what youre doing. So that felt good." In addition to vice-president of player personnel Mike Radcliff, a member of the organization since 1987, special assistants Smith and Wayne Krivsky and have each previously been major league general managers, Krivsky with Cincinnati. For now, theres no plan on when or how much to consult with Ryan regarding general operations and key decisions. Antony told Ryan to call him when he feels good enough to participate. The Twins start spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., next week. "All I want to hear is the call that he says he had his checkup and the thing is completely gone and now he can start getting back to a normal routine and life, and whether that comes in March or April or whatever, it doesnt matter," Antony said. "Its the end result more than anything." He added: "There comes a time you need to put your family and your personal health and everything in front of your job and the game, and hes a smart enough guy to know that this is the time to do that right now." ' ' '
ERIE, Pa. Jonathan dos Santos Mexico Jersey . - Otters goaltender Devin Williams made 28 saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season as Erie blanked the visiting Saginaw Spirit 3-0 in Ontario Hockey League action on Thursday. Dylan Strome and Dane Fox each scored for the Otters (40-10-2), while Brendan Gaunce added a short-handed goal with 1:02 remaining in the game. Connor Brown picked up two assists. Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 23 shots for Saginaw (25-22-5) in the losing effort. --- STORM 8 STEELHEADS 0 GUELPH, Ont. — Robby Fabbri and Jason Dickinson each scored twice and added an assist as the Storm dominated Mississauga. Matt Finn scored a goal and helped on three others, Zac Leslie had a goal and an assist, Zack Mitchell had a goal and two assists, and Brock McGinn also scored for the Western Conference-leading Storm (40-9-3) to pull his tally to 33 on the season. Chase Marchand started in net for the Steelheads (20-29-4), but was pulled after giving up five goals on 28 shots through 40 minutes. Spencer Martin stopped 10 of 13 shots in relief. Guelph outshot Mississauga 41-24, holding the Steelheads to six shots in the second period. --- BATTALION 2 WOLVES 0 NORTH BAY, Ont. — Jake Smith turned away all 25 shots he faced as the Battalion edged Sudbury. After a scoreless first period, Barclay Goodrow scored his 24th of the season at 15:46 of the second to brake the stalemate for the Battalion (28-18-6). Vincent Praplan added his 16th of the year at 3:08 of the third to extend North Bays lead to 2-0. Franky Palazzese made 29 saves for Sudbury (27-16-8). --- PETES 4 GENERALS 3 (SO) PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Josh MacDonald scored in regulation time and again in a shootout to lift the Petes over Oshawa in a penalty-filled affair which resulted in six game misconducts. Steven Varga and Connor Boland also scored for the Petes (24-23-4), who racked up 51 penalty minutes on 19 infractions. Oshawa (32-15-5), which took 23 penalties totalling 55 minutes, got power-play goals from Mitchell Vande Sompel and Dylan Smoskowitz, while Bradley Latour added a short-handed goal. Daniel Altshuller started in net for the Generals, making all 18 saves before being handed a game misconduct penalty. Ken Appleby stopped 23-of-26 shots in relief. Peterborough goaltender Andrew DAgostino also got a game misconduct. He stopped 14 of 15 shots and Jason Da Silva made 19 saves on 21 shots in relief. --- SPITFIRES 4 GREYHOUNDS 3 WINDSOR, Ont. — Slater Koekkoek scored a power-play goal at 11:16 of the third period to lift the Spitfires over the Greyhounds. Remy Giftopoulos had a goal and two assists for Windsor (32-17-2), while Ben Johnson, and Steven Janes added the other Spitfire goals. Jared McCann, Patrick Watling and Tyler Gaudet replied for Sault Ste. Marie (35-13-5). Jean Dupuy chipped in with two assists. Spitfires goalie Dalen Kuchmey made 39 saves for the win, while Sault Ste. Maries Matt Murray turned aside 30 shots in the loss. --- FRONTENACS 10 COLTS 6 BARRIE, Ont. — Darcy Greenaway and Spence Watson each had two goals and one assist as the visiting Frontenacs toppled the Colts. Henri Ikonen had a goal and two assists and Ryan Verbeek scored a goal and helped on another for Kingston (28-19-4). Mikko Vainonen, Samuel Schutt, Warren Steele and Conor McGlynn also scored and Matt Mahalak made 23 saves for the win. Zach Hall scored a hat trick and added an assist for the Colts (25-22-3) while Andreas Athanasiou scored twice. Kevin Labanc added the other Barrie goal. Mackenzie Blackwood started in net for Barrie, but was pulled after he allowed seven goals on 31 shots through the first two periods. Daniel Gibl stopped 12 of 14 shots in relief. Miguel Layun Jersey . You can see all the action on TSN2 beginning at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Chicago won two of three games during its stay at the United Center. The club began the homestand with a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on March 1 and fell to Colorado on Tuesday before posting another blowout win in Thursdays tilt against Columbus. Carlos Salcedo Jersey . Wayne and Cindy Tuck of Ilderton, Ont., closed out round-robin play earlier in the day with a 7-3 win over Finland but needed a win over Austria to reach the final eight.Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Behind 21 points and six assists from Michael Carter-Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers started a seven-game road trip with a 96-88 win over the Orlando Magic. Five players reached double figures for Philadelphia as it ended a five-game losing streak. Nerlens Noel posted 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Henry Sims and Robert Covington joined Noel by posting double-doubles as well. Sims had 12 points and 12 boards, with Covington recording 11 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Oladipo led all scorers with 23 points for the Magic, who have lost four straight and six of their last seven. Despite getting 19 points and 17 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic, Orlando was outrebounded by Philadelphia 52-43. Orlando extended its lead to as much as 11 in the third quarter but it would last just one possession. After a 76ers timeout, JaKarr Sampson hit a 3 that started a 7-0 burst to make their deficit a more manageable four points. The Sixers scored the last eight points of the period to lead 64-60 after three. That run continued into the fourth quarter and after seven straight points in the first 2 1/2 minutes, Philadelphia led by 11. Sims capped the 15-0 run with a layup and emphatic slam dunk. Evan Fournier scored four straight points to cut Orlandos deficit down to seven points, but Carter-Williams wrapped up a 6-0 run with a 3-pointer to extend the Sixers lead to a game-high 14 points. Hector Moreno Jersey . Philadelphia did not make a shot from the floor in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game, but it held Orlando off to come away with the victory. Neither team led by more than five points in a back-and-forth first quarter. A late 8-0 run with four points from both Covington and Sims helped give the Sixers a 23-20 lead after 12 minutes. A 9-0 Magic run halfway through the second period gave them a lead they would only briefly relinquish in the second period. Kyle OQuinns triple started the spurt and he ended it with a layup after grabbing an offensive board. Tobias Harris scored the final five points of the quarter to give Orlando a 42-37 lead at the break. Game Notes Vucevic has 100 career double-doubles ... The 76ers have committed 17 or more turnovers in nine straight games ... Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak at Orlando ... The three-game season series between these teams concludes on Feb. 22 in Orlando ... Philadelphia heads south to Miami to continue its trip Tuesday while the Magic host Boston. ' ' '