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GREEN BAY Justin Layne Jersey , Wis. (AP) — Cardinals, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to the team he coached for most of the past 13 seasons.On Wednesday, he got his chance. Interim coach Joe Philbin allowed McCarthy back into Lambeau Field to speak to the team, and the players bid him farewell with a standing ovation.“He held it together as much as you can,” third-year defensive tackle Kenny Clark said on Thursday. “It was emotional. It was emotional for all of us. Mike came in, and we were surprised he was even coming in. Seeing him, gave him a round of applause and thanked him. He was emotional about it, we were all emotional about it.”Linebacker Clay Matthews spent all 10 NFL seasons with McCarthy.“I was happy to see him,” Matthews said. “Obviously, first thing’s first, you understand that this is a business and not many people get that opportunity. For him to invest the past 13 years in this team, has given his heart and soul to us, to have that kind of closure, it was great of the organization.“I know we really enjoyed it. I’m sure he did from a closure standpoint. Obviously, we gave him the respect he deserved and sending him off with some final words.”The Packers enter Sunday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons having lost five of the past six games to tumble to 4-7-1. Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, who were only 2-9 at the time, sealed McCarthy’s fate.Less than three hours after the game ended http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/benny-snell-jr.-jersey-authentic , the team announced McCarthy’s firing.Wednesday’s return provided some closure.“Mike came by the office, I think Tuesday we all saw him as a staff, which was great,” Philbin said. “Then we talked, and he wanted an opportunity to speak with the team. I was 100 percent, fully supportive of that, and he did a fantastic job talking to the team.“Not just about football and winning football games, but his passion. His passion for the game, his love for the players was clearly evident. I’m sure it was emotional for him and everybody in the room. It was awesome. I thought he did a great job.”The Packers reached the playoffs eight consecutive seasons spanning 2009 through 2016, a streak at the time matched only by the New England Patriots.However, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing most of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone, the Packers finished 7-9. The return of Rodgers for this season failed to return the Packers to championship contention and, ultimately, cost McCarthy his job.“It was great” to hear from McCarthy on Wednesday, receiver Randall Cobb said. “It was great that he had that opportunity. I think he’s given a lot to this organization.“Unfortunately, that’s a part of the business, not only for players but for coaches Zach Gentry Jersey , for everyone. Changes happen. This is a business, at the end of the day. They made a business decision.”Notes: Clark was the Packers’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes one NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field. “I was really happy. I always try to help people out and I always try to give back. For the Packers and everybody to recognize it, it’s cool.” … RG Byron Bell (knee) and RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) missed practice for the second consecutive day. LS Hunter Bradley (ankle), who was injured on Wednesday, did not practice, either. PRO FOOTBALLNEW YORK (AP)The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. The 26-year-old safety became a free agent this offseason when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired.Kaepernick previously filed a collusion grievance that is in the discovery stage. He deposed several league owners and executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell. Reid is using the same attorneys as Kaepernick.PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve for the 2018 season to give him more time to recover from spinal stabilization surgery.The move will open up a roster spot for the AFC North champions as they begin organized team activities later this month.Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert ruled Shazier out for 2018 earlier this year. Shazier, injured in a game at Cincinnati last December, walked publicly for the first time in nearly five months when he strode onto the stage to announce Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in last week’s NFL draft.The 25-year-old Shazier has remained active in the organization during his rehabilitation.PRO BASKETBALLPHOENIX (AP) – The Phoenix Suns hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.The 46-year-old Serbian becomes the first NBA head coach born and raised outside North America. He served as a Suns assistant from 2008 to 2013, a stretch that included Phoenix’s 2010 run to the Western Conference finals.Kokoskov agreed to terms with the Suns after the team conducted a long series of initial interviews followed by second interviews with what general manager Ryan McDonough termed ”a handful” of finalists.Kokoskov inherits an exceedingly young team that compiled a 21-61 record, worst in the NBA and second-worst in franchise history.He succeeds interim coach Jay Triano, who took over after Earl Watson was fired three games into the season.HOCKEYThe NHL is staging more exhibition games in China this fall, hoping to make further inroads in establishing hockey as a sport in the world’s most populous nation.The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames will face off Sept. 15 in Shenzhen in southeast China and then again Sept. 19 in Beijing in the second incarnation of the China Games.The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing last September L.J. Collier Jersey , the NHL’s first foray there.China represents an as-yet untapped resource for the NHL, especially ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.Commissioner Gary Bettman has so far been noncommittal about the NHL going to the 2022 Games after skipping South Korea this year, but the work is already underway in China, where the NBA has had a presence for decades.NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson three games for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese.The league announced the suspension less than 24 hours after Wilson broke Aston-Reese’s jaw with a violent collision near the Washington bench in the second period of Washington’s 4-3 victory over the Penguins in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series.The league pointed out Wilson’s status as a repeat offender as a factor in the length of the suspension it handed out.Game 4 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh.COLLEGE BASKETBALLLOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) – Siena hired Jamion Christian to replace Jimmy Patsos as its men’s basketball coach.Christian spent the past six seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s. He had a 101-95 record there with NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2017. Christian previously was an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth, William & Mary, and Emory & Henry, and was director of basketball operations at Bucknell.He takes over a team that went 8-24 under Patsos last season, the program’s third-worst showing since it moved to Division I 42 years ago and its third straight losing season.AUTO RACINGDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Spencer Gallagher was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating its substance-abuse policy, less than a week after winning his first career Xfinity Series race.The 28-year-old Gallagher agreed to participate in NASCAR’s substance-abuse recovery program. Other details were not disclosed.Gallagher took the lead on the overtime lap Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway to win for the first time in 49 tries in NASCAR’s second-tier series. Gallagher is winless in 59 starts in the Truck Series. He has never made a Cup Series start.OLYMPICSMOSCOW (AP) – The head of the Russian Olympic Committee is stepping down from his post, three months after athletes from his country were forced to compete at the Pyeongchang Games as neutral athletes.Alexander Zhukov said he wants to focus on his political career as a deputy speaker of parliament for the ruling United Russia party.Zhukov has led the ROC since 2010 and spent much of that time battling allegations of widespread doping in Russian sport. His intention to leave paves the way for vice president Stanislav Pozdnyakov to take charge at scheduled elections on May 29. Pozdnyakov is the only confirmed candidate.

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