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MIAMI - Pat Riley stood along a wall in what the Miami Heat call Championship Alley, the hallway that links the teams locker room and the court inside AmericanAirlines Arena. Brewers Corbin Burnes Jersey .The corridor is lined with photos of great moments from Miamis three championship runs since 2006. Updating some of those photos has seemed like a rite of summer in recent years, with the Heat making five trips to the NBA Finals in the past nine seasons.Needing new images this summer seems highly unlikely.Riley, the Heat president whose media sessions occur only a handful of times each year, spoke out Thursday about Miamis struggles this season, with the franchise falling from the highest rungs of the NBA to a level where its simply fighting to grab a playoff spot.Its just been very, very frustrating that we havent been able to overcome the adversities that we have faced, Riley said. And they are not excuses — they are adversity. ... Were in the fight. Were not in the fight like we were before for the top of the conference, OK? We are in the fight for five or six other teams for, probably, the playoffs, spots six, seven and eight.So get real about it. Dont feel sorry about it. And get after it.The Heat (18-24) play host to Indiana (15-29) on Friday night, a matchup of the two teams that met in last seasons Eastern Conference finals and are now fighting for mere playoff spots.For the first time since 2004, the Heat has no one selected as an All-Star starter. Miami is 16 1/2 games behind sizzling Atlanta in the Southeast Division and enters Friday holding down the No. 7 spot in the East — with the next four teams in the conference standings all within three games of the Heat.Have we relegated ourselves to the thinking of were just a playoff team? No, Riley said.Riley and the Heat have engaged in some conversations about trades, though they seem largely initiated by other clubs. Riley said the team has not made any trade offers to anyone and said any deals the team makes before next months trade deadline would be with the intent of improving this year.He insists that Miamis current roster, even with injury issues, is enough to make the playoffs.Im not going to move chairs, Riley said. If theres something that makes sense that we could do that could really help us then we would consider it. But were not about to give up assets that we dont have, that we need, to make a lateral move out of desperation.Riley coached the Heat to their first title in 2006, then engineered one of the best coups in league history when he found a way in 2010 to bring LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami and play alongside Dwyane Wade. In four seasons together, that group went to the NBA Finals every year.James left to go back to Cleveland last summer, and the Heat are widely expected to be major free-agent players again in 2016. That doesnt mean Riley is sitting around idly for the next 18 months, however.Im not so sure that what we did in 2010 is anywhere close to what you can do in 2016, Riley said. The rules have changed. Players can force you into sign-and-trades. We were forced into a sign-and-trade in 2010 and we would gladly do it again, and it cost us four first-round picks.Miami has dealt with a constant stream of injuries all season, and Riley said its paramount that coach Erik Spoelstra has some sort of lineup consistency — in terms of player availability — over the final 40 games. Wade and Bosh have both been out, Josh McRoberts season is over because of knee surgery and the Heat have already had 10 players miss some time with injuries.The overall health, and just getting mentally tough to the challenge of what were playing for, Riley said, when asked what the biggest keys to turning the season around now are. And what were playing for is a playoff spot. Humble yourself to that, lets roll and lets go get it. Brewers Taylor Williams Jersey . Lexie Lou earned a commanding 4 1/2-length win Sunday in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks. Brewers Adrian Houser Jersey . Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over 54th-ranked Istomin of Uzbekistan. "It wasnt as easy as the scoreline indicates," said Djokovic, who has won in Dubai on four occasions. . Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Allen Craig on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion on Sunday.DALLAS -- Jamie Benn brought his golden touch to the ice for the Dallas Stars. The Canadian Olympian had a goal and two assists to lead Dallas to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for Dallas (28-21-10), which moved back into eighth place, the final playoff spot, in the Western Conference. Tyler Seguin, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin also scored for the Stars. Dallas scored two of its goals short-handed in regaining the momentum it had with a 6-1-2 record in the nine games before its 19-day Olympic break. While most of Dallas players hadnt been in a game for 2 1/2 weeks, Benn took on penalty-killing duties for Canada in the Olympics. "The more you penalty kill, the more comfortable you are with it," he said. "Ive got quite a bit of penalty-killing time lately and a lot more tonight, so I feel comfortable out there. I thought our group did a great job on the kill tonight and keep building off that." Benn looked completely at home on the penalty kill late in the second period he took the puck away in the Dallas end, skated the length of the ice, faked Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin to his left and put the puck behind the goalie to his right. "Every once in a while, (Benn) comes out with some magic and great skating," Kari Lehtonen said. "He makes highlight-reel goals and great passes." Seguin scored 3:18 into the game, and Dillon gave Dallas a 2-0 lead with a short-handed goal at 6:13 of the first. Benn, who scored two game-winning goals for Canadas gold medal-winning team, assisted on both. "Any time Jamie Benn is going up the ice, youve got to expect a goal," Dillon said. "He just keeps proving every game and every day that hes one of the best players in the world. I think after the Olympics everybody knows that. He just keeps getting better and better." On Dillons goal, the Stars penalty killers skated in two-on-two, but one of the Hurricanes had broken his stick. Benn dropped a pass at the top of the slot to Dillon, who shot into the left side of the net. Carolina coach Kirk Muller rued the Hurricanes poor start. "We werent happy with our first period tonight," he said. "When you give a team like that the opportunity and advantage its hard to come back." The Hurricanes had allowed only two shhort-handed goals, fourth-fewest in the league, in their first 58 games. Brewers Eric Thames Jersey. "We really very seldom get scored on on the power play," Muller said. "Its a couple of mistakes early on that cost us." Lehtonen played for bronze medal-winning Finland in the Olympics. Valeri Nichushkin, whose backhand pass set up Seguins goal, played for Russia. "I thought (Lehtonen) gave us some real big saves, timely saves," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He kept them off the board for the first 40, and in the third he made a few more quality saves." Benn, the Stars captain, said all of his teammates appeared ready. "A little rusty I guess, maybe a little tired sometimes, but I thought our team came out great," he said. "They took care of their bodies over the three weeks and were ready to go tonight." Eric Staal scored for Carolina at 2:42 of the third period. Eakin had an empty-net goal in the final minute. Dallas had finished the first period with an 11-10 advantage in shots on goal, and had an 11-8 advantage in shots in the middle frame. "In the third, we started playing a little bit better, but it was too late," Hurricanes centre Elias Lindholm said. "I dont think we were ready to go from the beginning." Carolina, which had returned to the ice Tuesday against Buffalo, took the first eight shots of the third period, including Staals 16th goal. Andrej Sekera recorded his 100th career assist on the goal. The Stars have 66 points, one more than ninth-place Vancouver. Carolina has lost five of its last seven games. NOTES: Dillons six goals this season include two of the Stars seven short-handed scores. . The Hurricanes had allowed two short-handed goals in their first 58 games. . Carolina forward Alexander Semin, a Russian Olympian, left Thursdays game because of a lower-body injury. Muller said, "Its tough because hes been our hottest forward in the last 15-20 games." . Seguin has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last nine games. . Benns gold medal and Lehtonens bronze from the Olympics were on display. Fans could have their pictures taken beside the medals. . Carolina was 0 for 5 with a man advantage. The Hurricanes havent scored in their last 22 power plays (six games) on the road. . The Stars have allowed only 13 goals in their last 10 games. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '

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