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DETROIT - As the Raptors continued their historic start to the campaign, the basketball world got a glimpse of the franchises future with the release of the teams new logo on Friday, a look that has been introduced to mixed reviews. Feeding off of last springs wildly successful We the North campaign, which was originally scheduled to be unleashed this season, the Raptors primary symbol will feature a red circular border encasing the team name in white lettering and a silver basketball with claw prints inside. Last year during the playoffs, We the North became a rallying cry for this team, and all of our fans, Raptors president and general manger Masai Ujiri said in a press release. Our new logo represents that attitude and will be an important part of our identity starting next season. The team is set to debut its new look to begin the third decade of Raptors basketball next season - a year in which Toronto will host the NBAs All-Star Game - but not everyone is on board with the rebrand. Originally launched by the club in a short video Friday afternoon, a black and white version of the teams new shield flashed across the screen, sparking a bit of a stir on social media, as it seemed to bear a striking resemblance to the Brooklyn Nets logo. Adopted by the Nets upon their move to Brooklyn, their logo shares the same circular shape, also utilizing a basketball in the centre with white lettering around the border. A simple and clean look, its a trend that has been popularized throughout professional sports in recent years. The consensus in Torontos locker room ahead of Fridays road contest with the Pistons could be described as indifference, verging on disapproval. Dwane Casey had not seen the new logo but indicated hed be content with whatever they gave him to wear on his shirt. Amir Johnson and Landry Fields both appreciated the clean look. But not everyone was impressed. Nope, responded a prominent Raptors player bluntly after being asked if he liked the new logo hell be wearing next season. At least I dont have to pay the bill. However, most of the team acknowledged that the logo itself is less important to them than the actual colour scheme, which they approved of, and the jerseys, which wont be unveiled until this coming summer. Several Raptors staffers, including Ujiri, insisted that once everyone - fans and players alike - see the teams new uniforms theyll come around. In addition to the regular home and away jerseys, theyll also wear a black and gold alternate inspired by Drake, their global ambassador, and the colours of his OVO brand. I think people are going to be floored with what we have in store for next season, the Toronto-born rap artist said ahead of Drake Night on Wednesday. The team said he played a big part in the redesign, in conjunction with Sid Lee, the same creative services agency that is responsible for the We the North campaign. Its gone really well. We have some exciting things in the works. Its going to be a full rebrand. Ultimately, as Ujiri has reiterated even prior to the teams recent success, it doesnt matter what logo they have across their chest as long they are winning. Anything you do, for me, is all based on winning, Ujiri had said on media day ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, his first with the organization. You can have the best name, worst name, you can have any colours you want if you have the right basketball players. TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Fridays win, Torontos fifth straight, followed a familiar formula. The Raptors eased their way into another contest against inferior competition, surrendering 31 first-quarter points to the Pistons, who shot 50 per cent in the frame. After closing the first half on a 22-11 run, thanks in large part to the contributions of their bench, they took control in the third quarter, outscoring Detroit 29-18. I give our bench a lot of credit, they came in and did the job, Casey said after his second unit poured in 59 points in Torontos 110-100 victory. Im really, really excited about the way theyre coming in and establishing a style of play, establishing an identity that you need with your second unit. Six players scored in double figures, including three off the pine. Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 17 points in a tough match-up against Andre Drummond, handing the 5-22 Pistons their 12th straight home loss at the Palace of Auburn Hills. THE DUNK With just over seven minutes to go and the Raptors up 18, James Johnson put the exclamation point on his teams win. Driving baseline, Johnson skied over Drummond, an elite shot blocker, in one of the most electric plays of the season. Best to let him describe it. That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him. That was a big part of the game, said the reserve forward. It was a big play, it boosted us up a little bit. Teams like Detroit, youve got to have plays like that so you dont let them back in the game. It was a big play alright. Less than a minute later, Drummonds frustrations would boil over. With Johnson driving into the lane again, Drummond turned into him with his shoulder. As veteran tough guy Chuck Hayes intervened, a skirmish ensued next to the Pistons bench. Greivis Vasquez held back Johnson, who has been known to have a temper, as Patrick Patterson and Greg Monroe stepped in and exchanged a couple of shoves. I love it, Casey said of the scuffle. No harm. Drummond did what he was supposed to do and James and Chuck and Pat did what theyre supposed to do, which is stand up for their teammates. No harm, Ive seen far worse than that in the old days. Drummond was assessed a flagrant foul on the play and techs were assigned to Hayes, Monroe, Patterson, as well as Drummond. Thats basketball, man, said Johnson, still emotional after the game. Were competitors out there, man. I dont expect anything less from anyone if you really want to win, man. Everybody really wants to win out there, frustration sets in a little bit but other than that, man, no hard feelings. Our team, were built for that, he continued. Weve been brothers since the first day of pre-season. We go hard for each other. I do that for anyone of them, just like you seen Chuck, Pat and [Vasquez] do that for me. Were all a group, were all brothers, we all love each other and thats the big reason for our success. 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United, returning to his Major League Soccer squad with mixed feelings about the Americans World Cup run -- sad that it ended when it did but proud of his teams performance.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Every big shot Wisconsin needed, Frank Kaminsky hit. The 7-footer carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final Saturday night. Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and scored from inside and outside, including three 3-pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). Its Wisconsins first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory. "We want a national championship now," Kaminsky said. "We have made it to the opportunity to get there, so why not go get it?" Ryan had a long tradition of attending the Final Four as a spectator with his father, who died in August. "Today would have been my dads 90th birthday," he said. "I just thought Id throw that in." Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined the locker room celebration, telling the Badgers hed been following them all season. Kaminsky proved the only reliable scorer on a night when the rest of the Badgers disappeared offensively. Sam Dekker was 2 for 5, Ben Brust went 2 for 7, Traevon Jackson was 4 of 14 and Nigel Hayes was 2 of 8. "Their big guy really had a great game," Arizonas Nick Johnson said. "He raised his level." Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that launched just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West Region final in Anaheim in four tries. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points, and Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds in the relentlessly physical game. It was the record-tying seventh OT game of this years tournament. Johnson stood with his hands on his hips, staring straight ahead, while Kaminsky and the rest of the Badgers rushed to celebrate. "I wish I would have taken one less dribble, get the shot off, give us a little chance," Johnson said. Jackson added 10 points for the Badgers, and Kaminsky was chosen as most outstanding player of the West Region, part of a breakout season for the junior with the deadpan sense of humour. "They tell me hes funnier that he used to be, and his eyes are more wide open now," Ryan said..dddddddddddd"If you see him sitting sometimes you think, Oh, look, Franks asleep. Hes not asleep. But hes got that sleepy look." Kaleb Tarczewski scored 12 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points for the Wildcats, who were trying to get coach Sean Miller to the Final Four for his first time. Instead, Miller was sent to the sidelines on the same day his younger brother Archies Dayton Flyers lost to Florida in the South Region final. "When you lose, its like a car crashes," Miller said. "Its just -- youre done." The first 40 minutes were a back-and-forth struggle between the only 1-2 seeds remaining in the regionals, with neither team leading by more than three points over the final 12:09 of regulation. Overtime was even more dramatic, with Arizona having an answer for just about everything Wisconsin did. Brust hit a 3-pointer to put the Badgers up at the start of the extra session; Gordon answered with a 3 to tie it up again at 57. Kaminsky scored inside and Gordon dunked at the other end for another tie. Kaminskys jumper and a free throw by Josh Gasser gave Wisconsin a 62-59 lead. Tarczewskis two free throws and Jordin Mayes tip-in drew the Wildcats to 64-63 with 58 seconds left. T. J. McConnells jumper missed, but Arizona got the offensive rebound and found Johnson, who missed and got called for the push-off on Gasser with 3 seconds left. "I thought it was a really, really tough call," Miller said. "Im going to stop there. Ive already been fined." Wisconsin inbounded on the baseline, and a scramble ensued in front of Arizonas bench with 2 seconds left. The initial call gave the ball to the Badgers. The referees viewed replays for several minutes before deciding Wisconsin touched the ball last. "It was the longest minutes of my life," Hayes said. Ryan said, "Mainly we spent most of it knowing that it wasnt going to be our ball." That call set up the final play, with Pac-12 player of the year Johnson unable to bail out the Wildcats. "I knew he wasnt going to pass it with only two seconds on the clock," Gasser said. "It was a good battle out there, and fortunately, he didnt make a play there." Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys Cheap Braves Jerseys Cheap Orioles Jerseys Cheap Red Sox Jerseys Cheap Cubs Jerseys Cheap White Sox Jerseys Cheap Reds Jerseys Cheap Indians Jerseys Cheap Rockies Jerseys Cheap Tigers Jerseys Cheap Astros Jerseys Cheap Royals Jerseys Cheap Angels Jerseys Cheap Dodgers Jerseys Cheap Marlins Jerseys ' ' '

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