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INDIANAPOLIS -- Emotions arent always the same in the professional game. Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys . Most WNBA players compete nearly year-round in countries all over the globe. When basketball becomes your business, some of the most genuine and pure emotions in sports take a back seat to pragmatism. Its understandable.But then there is a night such as Wednesday, when a team, a league, a city and a sport say goodbye to someone who made them feel those emotions in a bittersweet flood as very few players could.Tamika Catchings career came to an end with the Fevers 89-78 loss to Phoenix at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That meant tears. A whole lot of them.Thats my rock, man, Fever guard Briann January said through sobs. Shes just impacted every area of my life and always been there for me and taught me so much about being a professional, about being a good person.Ive been here eight years with her, and its amazing what she does here. People like her just dont come around often, and I am so lucky to have been around her.Dont we all feel that way, even if we didnt get to be around Catchings as closely as a teammate? Arent we all proud that she represented so completely what we want our sports heroes to represent? For 15 years in the WNBA, didnt she compete every game the way we all dream we could for even a single day?Even when Wednesdays game was essentially over, with just 13 seconds left and the Fever down by 11, Catchings waved off an attempt to sub her out for one last standing ovation.Gotta finish strong, Catchings said. I didnt want to spend 13.1 seconds on the bench knowing that I had 13.1 seconds to give everything that I could.Thats what Catchings has done ever since she first started playing basketball. The daughter of NBA player Harvey Catchings, she faced the challenge of being hearing-impaired and looked to sports as a way to avoid being mocked by other kids. It turned out that she was destined for greatness.Every game Ive played against her, shes been such a warrior, said Phoenixs Penny Taylor, who is also retiring when this season ends and faced the potential that Wednesday would be her last game. I feel happy that were going on. As a team, we worked really hard to win that game. But also, its sad because Tamika is such a great player, and you never want to see great players stop.But they all have to. Ever since Catchings announced last year that 2016 would be her final season, WNBA followers have been dreading the end. Yet there is so much to celebrate about what weve seen from a player who defined effort.Catchings had 13 points and 10 rebounds in her last game, and when it was over, she got hugs not just from her teammates but also from all the Mercury players, who showed their respect and affection.It just makes you really appreciate what shes done, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi said. If anyone wants to play basketball and loves the game, they should use her blueprint because thats how you do it. Theres not many people Ive been around who put that much into it. I said to her, Thank you for everything.Taurasi, Catchings and Seattles Sue Bird each won their fourth Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August. Thats something Taurasi cherishes too.Its an honor to share the court with them, Taurasi said. I think well look back on it, and it will feel good that we did that with each other. We have so much respect for each other, and we really do like each other. Thats the other side of it too.Taurasi has spent her career with Phoenix and is the signature player of that franchise. The same has been true for Catchings in Indiana.Its going to be a change for the whole Indiana franchise now, Taurasi said. Its like, I was a Lakers fan growing up, and now Kobe [Bryant] is not there. And I dont even know if Im a Lakers fan anymore. But I think Indiana is a great organization. It will be tough, but theyll move on. This is a place people want to play.A big reason for that, of course, has been the presence of Catchings, who finishes her career as the WNBAs leader in rebounds and steals and is second in scoring.We wanted her to go on top, and its hard, said the Fevers Marissa Coleman, who was crying like everyone else in the Indiana locker room. Because shes given everything to us and this organization, and I kind of feel like we let her down. I know she doesnt feel that way, but thats how we feel. Were going to miss her. Shes one of my favorite people.Catchings was honored Sunday with a postgame ceremony that included tributes from politicians, coaches, teammates and officials from the WNBA, USA Basketball and the Fever and Pacers. It was as heartfelt and well-done a send-off as any player could hope for, and really, that is the closing memory of Catchings that everyone should hold onto.For her part, Catchings was the selfless leader right until the end.Theyll be fine, Catchings said of the Fever moving on without her. I think its always tough when you look at passing the baton in any organization. You dont replace me. You find players that step up to the plate for the good of the team to do what they need to do. ... Theyll continue to make this organization grow.Catchings reflected on the big picture of her role in the WNBA and her pride that she has been instrumental in its establishment.Were celebrating the WNBAs 20th year, and thats a big deal, she said. I remember the first year and all the people who doubted if we wouldnt make it past two years, three years, five, 10, 15. Were standing here knowing the next generation whove watched us play aspire to follow in our footsteps. And that gives me strength.Catchings recalls being a child and wishing she could play in the NBA like her dad. The WNBA launched in the summer before her freshman year at Tennessee, and she had a new dream.One of those little girls growing up now hopefully wants to be me, Catchings said. But my challenge is for her to be better than I was.That is some challenge. In Catchings, we saw the best. Paul Quantrill Jersey . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. Jacob Waguespack Blue Jays Jersey .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. https:///...ersey-blue-jays.html . Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons. NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce, indeed, broke loose.Bruce launched a three-run homer for his first hit since being traded, Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 4-1 Thursday night for a split of the Subway Series.Bruce had been 0 for 10 since being acquired from Cincinnati on Monday before his drive into the Yankees bullpen in right-center field made it 4-0 in the fifth inning.I told some guys it felt like my first major league homer running around the bases, he said.Bruces 26th homer gave him the NL RBI lead with 83, ended an 0-for-19 rut overall and made him 5-for-56 against the Yankees. He cracked a smile on the way back to the dugout, where Colon and his new teammates greeted him with hearty high-fives.Thats what he can do, Mets manager Terry Collins said. I think its big for everybody.After each team won once at Citi Field earlier this week, the Mets took the wrapup of the two-game set at Yankee Stadium.Colon (10-6) gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings in earning his 228th victory, most among active players. The 43-year-old righty, who spent 2011 with the Yankees, became the first pitcher to win a Subway Series game for each New York team, the Elias Sports Bureau said.He doesnt quite throw as hard as when we had him. He was probably 92-93 (mph). He gets up to 91 now. But its still the same guy, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Hes been doing it for a long time. Its impressive what he does at 43 years old. Hes just got incredible control with really good movement.Colon struck out Brett Gardner to begin the first and fanned no one else, and he walked none. Colon escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the second while retiring 13 of 14 batters.I would say all of my stuff was working, Colon said through a translator.Jerry Blevins took over for Colon and gave up an RBI single to Aaron Hicks. The reliever had stranded his previous 19 inherited runners.Addison Reed pitched a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia worked around a pair of onne-out singles for his 38th save in 40 chances, retiring Rob Refsnyder on a game-ending double-play grounder over the third-base bag. Pat Borders Blue Jays Jersey. Kelly Johnson gloved the ball, stepped on the base and threw to first.Johnson lined the first pitch from Nathan Eovaldi (9-8) in the fifth over the right-field wall. Curtis Granderson doubled with one out, and Eovaldi made a late throw trying to catch him on a comebacker by Alejandro De Aza. With two outs, Bruce homered.Every non-out relaxes me a little bit, Bruce said. I make plenty of outs.The Mets outhomered the Yankees 8-2 in the four-game series, connecting twice each day. The Yankees lead their city rivals 62-46 in regular-season interleague play and beat them in the 2000 World Series.De Aza started in center field after the Mets put slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list and De Aza made the defensive play of the night. He raced into the right-center gap for a diving, backhanded catch to rob Didi Gregorius in the fourth.JAYS JACKSThe last six hits for Bruce have all been home runs. ... Of his 99 hits this season, 54 have been for extra bases.TRAINERS ROOMMets: Cespedes (quadriceps) joined David Wright, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Asdrubal Cabrera and more Mets on the disabled list. Collins said hed never overseen a team hit so hard by injuries.Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup, a day after being hit on the left shin by a pitch from LHP Steven Matz.UP NEXTMets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.48) faces the Tigers for the first time. He is 0-2 in his last four starts. The Mets will try for back-to-back wins for the first time since July 6-7.Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (5-10, 5.13) starts at home, pitching vs. the Indians for the first time in his career. Mike Napoli and Brandon Guyer are the only Cleveland batters who have hit against Pineda. ' ' ' 

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