Raptors clinch top seed in East, set franchise mark for wins in season (57)

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There’s a new regular-season champion in the Eastern Conference.
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Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 92-73 on Friday night, clinching the top seed in the East for the first time in team history.

There’s gratification, but you’re not satisfied, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. We haven’t got to our ultimate goal, but it’s a feeling of gratification.
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And, as Brooks proved, the reality is Jackson wasn’t going to escape being compared to Michael Vick or Deshaun Watson, or any of the other targets of the traditionally lazy, superficial comparisons that infect every sport, but which are amplified during NFL Draft season.

As all that was unfolding, meanwhile, the topic of Jackson not employing an agent emerged. That may or may not be creating an obstacle as the draft draws closer. For instance, it’s certainly plausible Jackson did not find, or has not yet found, an agent who agrees with him about downplaying the position-change angle by any means necessary.

If someone that involved with the next stage of his football life were to hint that, hey, teams want to see you run, want to see your full set of skills 鈥?Jackson would have no reason to hire him. If the alternative is having no agent at all, Womens Zack Kassian Jersey you can see how it’s worth it to him.

Just ready to hit, ready to attack him early, Pearce said of his first career leadoff homer . That was the game plan. You don’t want to wait around and let him bury you with that changeup. He’s got some good stuff.

Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in the 31-year-old’s 176th career start. The left-hander allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after Joey Gallo’s two-run homer. The 445-foot shot down the line in right was the Texas slugger’s third of the season.

After becoming the first Texas pitcher to get the first eight outs on strikeouts in a win at Oakland in his previous start, Hamels (1-2) let four of the first five hitters reach in the left-hander’s second straight home loss. The first was on opening day.

Hamels, who started 9-1 each of the past two seasons, gave up seven runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He struck out 11 in five innings against the Athletics.

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