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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Ryan Pace comes to the Chicago Bears with no experience as a general manager and no ties to the organization. What he does have is one big task on his hands.His job: transform one of the NFLs founding franchises back into a winner.The Bears hired Pace as general manager Thursday to replace the fired Phil Emery, hoping he can rejuvenate a team that just missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.At 37, Pace becomes the sixth GM in team history and the youngest in the league at the moment.He spent 14 seasons with the New Orleans Saints front office and helped build a Super Bowl champion. He was New Orleans director of player personnel the past two years, helping manage their pro and college scouting operations, and he served as the teams director of pro scouting from 2007-12.Pace will join a team coming off a miserable 5-11 season. The Bears quickly fell out of contention in the NFC North, costing Emery and coach Marc Trestman their jobs, and had all sorts of distractions derail a season that began with legitimate thoughts of a playoff berth.The Bears also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard, who spent 12 years in Chicago working under Emery and his predecessor Jerry Angelo, along with Tennessee Titans vice-president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Houston Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gaine.As for the coaching job, the Bears interviewed Arizona Cardinals defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles on Thursday — and Pace was in on that session. Chicago has also interviewed Seattle defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn and Denver offensive co-ordinator Adam Gase for that position.The Bears must decide if theyre going to stick with quarterback Jay Cutler after the offence took a big step backward, and do something about a defence that has ranked among the leagues worst the past two years.New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis praised the hiring of Pace, calling him an outstanding member of the organization.He has been a key contributor in developing our roster throughout the past years, Loomis said. We will miss Ryan and his wife Stephanie however we are excited that that they will be with an organization like the Chicago Bears, of which we have the highest regard.Former Saints players Steve Gleason and Scott Fujita also had good things to say about Pace on Twitter.Ryan Pace GM Chicago Bears. Awesome guy. One of my all time favourite Saints personnel. Sad to see him leave NOLA. Good luck Ryan! Gleason posted.Fujita called him a great guy, great hire.Pace grew up in Texas and played defensive end at Eastern Illinois in the late 1990s. He has a daunting task as he tries to rebuild the team and win back fans after they stayed away from Soldier Field by the thousands late in the season.Chicago has been to the playoffs just four times since the start of the 1995 season. Only Oakland (three), Houston (two) and Cleveland (one) have fewer appearances in that span.The Bears thought they had a contender with a prolific offence returning intact and a rebuilt defence in tow. But little went right for Chicago.Trestman, who was hired to get the most out of Cutler, even benched the highly paid quarterback in favour of Jimmy Clausen for the second-to-last game of the season against Detroit. Cutler wound up starting the final game after Clausen suffered a concussion against the Lions, adding another chapter to a season-long soap opera.The Bears joined the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons as the only teams to give up 50 or more points in back-to-back games in losses to New England and Green Bay. Defensive end Lamarr Houston also suffered a season-ending knee injury celebrating a meaningless sack against the Patriots.While the new general managers most immediate task is to find a coach, some big decisions about the roster loom. Topping that list is Cutler, who signed a $126 million, seven-year contract at the end of last season and then tied Philip Rivers for the league lead with 18 interceptions.The deal, which guaranteed $54 million, makes him difficult if not impossible to trade. Another possibility is cutting him. Wide receiver Brandon Marshalls future with the team is also in question even though he signed a three-year extension through 2017 last May.And a defence that ranked among the leagues worst the past two years under co-ordinator Mel Tucker still needs a major upgrade. The overhaul that brought in Jared Allen among others last off-season did not pay off, and a spotty draft record by Emery and predecessor Jerry Angelo left the Bears lacking depth.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Dede Westbrook Jersey . "This doesnt end anything," he said. "Weve got 10-1 in our last 11 games, and were going home in first place. We just have to keep playing the way we are right now. T.J. Yeldon Jersey . 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Telvin Smith Jersey . - Even with a new coach, the Denver Nuggets still love to push the basketball.Two Atlantic Division foes, each with their own playoff jockeying still to do, jump it up Friday night when the New York Knicks visit Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Raptors. Catch the game on TSN starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. You can also listen to all the action live on TSN 1050 at 7pm et. The Knicks are two games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference race. Both teams only have four games left on the regular- season docket. The Raptors are on the doorstep of the franchises first Atlantic Division title since the 2006-07 season. A win on Friday, or a Brooklyn Nets loss to the Hawks, and Toronto is the division winner and also clinches homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. "Weve got to bring the same effort and focus every night," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after practice Thursday. "Its not something you teach. Its a mindset of understanding where we are in the season and what were playing for." The Raptors have been on a roll of late with four consecutive victories and seven wins in their last eight. The only setback during that stretch was a road loss to the Miami Heat. Toronto, which has won five straight at home, earned its fourth consecutive win with a 125-114 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The 125 points marked a team high since Feb. 27. Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Kyle Lowry, who missed Torontos last three games with a bruised knee, registered 29 points with eight assists in his return to the lineup. "I was happy to be back out there with my teammates,&" said Lowry.dddddddddddd "The guys did a great job while I was out." DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson added 17 points apiece in the win. The Raptors shot 50 percent from the field and 48 percent from long distance. They only committed seven turnovers, but did allow the Sixers to shoot almost 52 percent from the floor. The Knicks have slipped out of the final postseason slot thanks to back-to- back losses. They fell at home to the Washington Wizards one week ago, then fell in South Beach to the Heat on Sunday, 102-91. That was the last time the Knicks took the court, so they should be well rested. "Ive got to get this team in the playoffs. Thats where my focus is," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson. "Thats where everybodys focus should be." J.R. Smith put on a record-setting performance from beyond the arc on Sunday, setting a Knicks record with 10 made 3-pointers. Smith also set a pair of NBA records, with 22 attempts from long distance in a single game and 24 made 3- pointers over a three-game span. He ended with 32 points. Raymond Felton had 15 points and five assists for New York. Carmelo Anthony, who played with a sore shoulder, added 13 points and six assists. "Throughout the course of the game, it just felt like a dead arm at times. Just a tough afternoon," Anthony said. Anthony is expected to play in Fridays crucial contest. These two teams will close the regular season on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Raptors have won both of this seasons meetings with the Knicks and three of the last four as the host in this series. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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