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FORT MILL, SC–The PrimeTime Players kicked off their 2014 home slate on Saturday with a 135-101 victory over the Carolina Gladiators in front of a packed house at the Banks Street Gym. Fans arrived in droves early to catch the presentation of the 2013 USBasket.com All-TRBL Awards to PrimeTime’s Chris Moore, Terell Smith, and Malaciah Jones, all of whom received huge ovations from the home crowd.

The game started off on shaky footing for the home team, as the Gladiators were able to convert on several easy baskets due to missed defensive assignments and miscommunications in transition. A pair of Chris Moore three-pointers broke the lead open for PrimeTime and a strong close to the quarter for Thomas Pfaff in the paint gave them a 33-26 lead heading into the first intermission.

In the second quarter, PrimeTime was able to correct some early defensive issues and lock down the Gladiators’ offense. It didn’t hurt that the Players shot just under 73% for the quarter from the field, including 11-of-11 from inside the three point line. A 15-5 run to close the half put PrimeTime up 70-46 at the break.

The Gladiators were not to be counted out, though, as they came out with a renewed energy in the second half. Demarco Williams scored 17 of his game-high 39 points in the third quarter and the Gladiators outscored PrimeTime 33-31 in the period. Brian Mobley carried the bulk of the weight for the Players, scoring 10 in the period behind a pair of back-to-back three pointers to stop a Gladiator run.

The fourth quarter saw the Gladiators run out of steam and the PrimeTime Players were able to coast to a second straight victory to open the season. Chris Moore knocked down a trio of threes and Brian Mobley poured in 11 more points to add to the cushion between the two teams.

Moore finished with 31 points and 10 assists to lead PrimeTime, while Malaciah Jones and Thomas Pfaff also contributed double-doubles of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 17 points, 10 rebounds respectively. Mobley had 26 points and Terell Smith filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. James Dillard had 12 points, Jamarius Colston had nine, and Victor Street rounded out the scoring with two points while dishing out six assists. Tay Raymon did not score but had four rebounds and a beautiful steal at mid-court that turned into a behind-the-back pass to Pfaff for a big dunk to ignite the crowd mid-way through the third quarter.

Demarco Williams led the way for the Gladiators with 39 points and 16 rebounds, while Omonzo Bellamy contributed 18 points and six rebounds. Desi Crisp (nine assists) and Maurice Murphy chipped in 15 apiece and Richard Green finished with 11.

The PrimeTime Players will be back in action next Saturday in Durham against the Bull City Legacy. Their next home game will be April 26th at the Banks Street Gym against the Palmetto Flight.

The PrimeTime Players continued their winning ways in the TRBL on Saturday, opening the season with a 142-94 victory in Spartanburg.

PrimeTime wasted no time getting into the swing of things in the new season, racing to 41 first quarter points. Reigning MVP Chris Moore got off to a hot start of his own, hitting 3-of-4 from behind the arc in the opening quarter on his way to 13 points.

South Carolina kept the game close behind Ben Thompson’s long distance shooting and trailed by only 11 at the end of the first quarter.

The tables turned in the second period, however, as South Carolina hit on only 4-of-17 total shots for only 12 points. PrimeTime did not take their foot off the gas, scoring 33 points of their own and taking a 32 point lead into the halftime break.

The third quarter quickly turned into the Thomas Pfaff show as the PrimeTime center came off the bench in a huge way, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Pfaff finished the game with 31 points.

Chris Moore led all scorers with 37 points and finished one assist away from a triple-double as he logged 10 rebounds. Malaciah Jones had 24 points and eight rebounds, Brian Mobley notched 17 points and 10 rebounds, and James Dillard added 12 points while snagging 17 rebounds on the evening.

Jamarius Colston chipped in 13 points and five rebounds and Victor Street added a true point guard line, tallying 13 assists without a single shot attempt. Tay Raymon rounded out the stat sheet with eight points and four rebounds.

Ben Thompson led the way for the All-Stars with 25 points, Chase Holmes added 21, and Davone Allen recorded his team’s only double-double on the night with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

PrimeTime will be in action again this Saturday, April 12th, as they host the Carolina Gladiators on opening night at Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill, SC.

PANTHERS SIGN WR AVANT

The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent wide receiver Jason Avant to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

 

Avant, 6-2 and 210 pounds, joins the Panthers after spending the first eight seasons (2006-13) of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2013, Avant started a career-high 13 games and totaled 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns. In the three seasons prior (2010-12), Avant averaged 52 catches and 633 yards per year.

 

“We are happy to have Jason with the Panthers,” says head coach Ron Rivera. “He provides a versatile player at receiver and brings good size as well as experience to the position.”

 

Selected out of Michigan in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Eagles, Avant has played in 116 career games with 52 starts. He recorded 297 catches for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has also seen action in eight postseason contests with four starts.

The Carolina Panthers have signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract before free agency, the team announced Friday.

 

“The special teams unit was a large part of our success last year and we are excited to keep Graham as a part of our team,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. “Graham has shown range and accuracy in his field goal kicking, and his strong leg has been a weapon for us on kickoffs.”

 

In 2013, Gano played in all 16 games for Carolina, converting 24-of-27 field goal attempts to establish a career high with an 88.9 field goal percentage. Gano set a franchise record and tied for the NFL lead for the most made field goals of 50 yards or more with six. He was the only kicker in the NFL with more than three attempts from 50-plus yards without a miss from that distance. Gano placed 76-of-82 kickoffs in the end zone with 63 touchbacks to lead the NFL with a 77.8 touchback percentage, the highest touchback percentage in the NFL since 1994.

 

Gano joined the Panthers in 2012, playing in the final six games of the season. In 22 games with Carolina, Gano has converted 33-of-38 field goal attempts, including 7-of-8 from 50-plus yards.

 

A veteran of five NFL seasons, the first three with the Washington Redskins, Gano has converted 92-of-118 field goal attempts in his career. In 2010 with Washington, he tied the NFL record for the most overtime field goals in a season with three, previously accomplished by John Kasay for Carolina in 2003 and Jason Hanson for Detroit in 1994.

CBS AND NFL NETWORK TO EACH TELEVISE 8 GAMES

NANTZ, SIMMS TO BROADCAST THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES

 

NEW YORK – The National Football League will team with long-time broadcast partner CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season, it was announced today by NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and LESLIE MOONVES, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and SEAN McMANUS, Chairman, CBS Sports.

CBS will air eight early season games that also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also televise eight late-season games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday.

The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team, including JIM NANTZ and PHIL SIMMS, on all Thursday night games. In a new twist, NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports announcers.

The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option.

“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is. I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.”

“The NFL is the most powerful programming in television,” said McManus. “To add a primetime NFL package to our successful Sunday AFC package further strengthens our position in the sports marketplace.  We look forward to having Jim and Phil and our top production team showcased in prime time on Thursday nights.”

 

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FANS MAY BID ON AFC & NFC PEARL DRUM SETS & DRUM STICKS AT NFL AUCTION THROUGH FEBRUARY 7

 

The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and the NFL announced today that the drum set custom built by PEARL DRUMS that Chili Peppers drummer CHAD SMITH will play during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOWwill be auctioned off at NFL AUCTION (www.nfl.com/auction) to benefit MAKE-A-WISH.  Earlier this month, BRUNO MARS invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him during the show.  Smith with Pearl Drums, his endorsing company, are offering this kit for auction after the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show which will be broadcast on FOX from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

 

This drum kit will be a Custom Built “Limited Edition” Series Pearl Drum Set that includes limited edition Sabian Cymbals. After the show, the kit will be broken into two Drum Sets – an AFC kit and an NFC kit. Both the AFC and NFC Drum Sets will be auctioned off to benefit Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

 

Both the AFC and NFC kits will feature all of their respective conference team logos.  This Clear Plexiglas Pearl Drum-Set will feature a custom Wrap material provided by Brand Imaging Group and with a lighting package provided by Drumlite.

 

Each Kit will include the following:

  • Pearl Drums
  • Bass Drum 26 X 16 inches
  • Mounted Tom 12 X 8 Inches
  • Floor Tom 14 X 14 inches
  • Floor Tom 16 X 16 inches
  • Snare Drum 14 X 6 ½ inches (STE1465S) Steel Sensitone Hi Hat Stand (H1000) X (1) Snare Stand (S2000) X (1) Pedal (P2000C) X (1) Boom Cymbal Stands (B1030) X (4) Tom Arm (TH1030) X (1)
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • 14 inch RHCP Hi Hats
  • 21 inch RHCP Ride
  • 19 inch RHCP Crash
  • 20 inch RHCP Crash
  • 19 inch Chad Smith Holy China

 

In addition, three pairs of autographed drum sticks made by Vater will be available on NFL Auction to benefit Make-A-Wish including the pair Chad uses on Super Bowl Sunday and pairs from rehearsals.  The drum sets and drum sticks will be available on NFL Auction through February 7, 2014.

 

The Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show.  The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide.

 

The PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW is an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER and directed by HAMISH HAMILTON.

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NFL AUCTION is the official auction site of the National Football League and the only place to bid on guaranteed and authentic signed, game-used items and unique NFL experiences. Over the past five years NFL Auction has donated more than $5 million to a variety of nonprofit organizations. NFL Auction donates 100% of its net proceeds to support NFL and team charities. For more information, please visit www.nfl.com/auction.

 

Billboard’s 2013 Artist of the Year, BRUNO MARS is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician. The 18-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner has sold over 130 million singles worldwide. His current album Unorthodox Jukebox and his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans have a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mars has an impressive catalog of 22 “Hot 100” hits. Mars is nominated for multiple major categories at this year’s Grammy Awards including both “Record” and “Song of the Year” for his hit “Locked Out Of Heaven,” in addition to “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Unorthodox Jukebox and “Best Pop Solo Performance.” Bruno and his eight-piece band The Hooligans are set to launch the second leg of their sold-out Moonshine Jungle world tour in North America this summer.

 

One of the most successful acts in rock history, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer, Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album” for Stadium Arcadium, “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group” for “Dani California,” “Best Rock Song” for “Scar Tissue,” and “Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal” for “Give It Away.”  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest studio album, I’m With You, was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 29, 2011.

 

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MAKE-A-WISH grants more than 14,000 wishes each year that have profound impacts on children battling their illness, wish families, and even entire communities. Former wish kids say a wish-come-true can make them feel better socially and emotionally, improve their health and strength, give them confidence, make them more compassionate, and even help saves their lives.

Allgaier to compete for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors


Phoenix Racing announced today that Justin Allgaier will be the driver of the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet SS during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Allgaier, who finished fifth in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship points, will be a candidate for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award.
 
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I intend to make the most of it,” said Allgaier. “I am very grateful to Harry Scott and BRANDT for having faith in me to compete against the best drivers in the world.”
 
“Justin has worked extremely hard to get to this level and he is ready to take the next step,” said team owner Harry Scott Jr. “Working with competition director and crew chief Steve Addington, I think the No. 51 can turn some heads this year.”
 
BRANDT will be the primary sponsor for the No. 51 for 21 races during the 2014 season. The agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products has been active in NASCAR since 2011 and sponsored the No. 51 for four races in 2013.
 
“The entire BRANDT team is excited about moving to the next level,” explained Rick Brandt, company president and CEO. “We looked long and hard at this opportunity and ultimately we decided that we needed the broader footprint that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series affords us to drive our business forward. This is about taking our brand to the millions of fans who watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”
 
Joining BRANDT on the car are The National FFA, TradeMark Nitrogen, Nutrients for Life Foundation, Precision Tank and Grigg Brothers. Together, these partners are supporting the only true ag-focused car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
 
“We are proud to help field the ‘Ag’ car,” said Brandt. “This is an effort to raise awareness and build a positive reputation for agriculture of all kinds. We believe passionately that agriculture is the essential industry and we’re doing our part to get that message out.”
 
“I could not be more proud to represent BRANDT, a leading company that’s headquartered about 13 miles from where I grew up, as we make the leap to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said Allgaier.
 
Allgaier, 27, joins Bobby Labonte as teammates at Phoenix Racing. Labonte will drive the No. 52 for several races in 2014, including the season-opening Daytona 500. Labonte has won 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in his 22-year career and won the series championship in 2000.
 
About Phoenix Racing
 
Phoenix Racing, which was established in 1989, is owned and operated by Harry Scott Jr. and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Scott purchased the team from long-time owner James Finch in September 2013. His vision is to build a championship contender in due time by developing talented young drivers, partnering with dedicated sponsors and competing hard every week.