PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Carter-Williams has something to show for being a bright spot in a dismal season for the Philadelphia 76ers. Giovani dos Santos Jersey . Carter-Williams won the NBAs Rookie of the Year Award on Monday after becoming only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2). Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the others. Despite the performance of their dynamic guard, the Sixers were awful this season. They were 19-73 and tied an NBA record by losing 26 straight games. "Id definitely trade this award to be in the playoffs in a second," Carter-Williams said. "Coaches tell me to watch the playoffs to look at how different the game is and I do see it. Its a whole different season. This game is about winning. I hope I set a positive example about leading your team in a good way no matter what. I hope guys that come in know the core of this team takes things seriously and we want to build something special." Carter-Williams received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magics Victor Oladipo finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third. "Michael made an immediate impact on the court this season, but his dedication, professionalism and contributions to both the organization and the Philadelphia community make him all the more deserving of this award," Sixers owner Josh Harris said in a statement. "This is an incredibly proud moment for the 76ers and one we are thrilled to share with him, the city and our fans." Allen Iverson is the only other player in Sixers history to win the award. The 11th overall pick from Syracuse in last years draft, Carter-Williams is the first player picked 10th or lower to win since Mark Jackson did it in 1987 for New York. "Michael performed and represented the Sixers organization this past season in a manner befitting of the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year," said co-managing owner David Blitzer. "He never stopped working from the moment he burst onto the national scene in our home opener through the final horn at last game of the season, and we are proud to congratulate him on this well-deserved award." Carter-Williams had a spectacular debut, posting 22 points, 12 assists and nine steals to lead the Sixers to a stunning 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. He was the second rookie after Shaquille ONeill to be the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in his first week in the NBA. "By opening night, it was clear to us that Michael belonged," Sixers President Sam Hinkie said. "This award marks a lifetime of hard work. ... We congratulate him on this unique achievement and look forward to helping him put in the work necessary to garner even greater success in the future." First-year coach Brett Brown had enough confidence in Carter-Williams to give him the responsibility of leading the team on the court. They traded away All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to clear the way for Carter-Williams. With an eye toward the future, the Sixers traded Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen in February. They have a 19.9 per cent chance at getting the No. 1 pick in this years draft and are also owed New Orleans lottery pick -- unless the Pelicans win a top-3 pick. With possibly two first-round selections, Carter-Williams and 2013 lottery pick Nerlens Noel returning from a knee injury, the Sixers could be a contender soon. "When I first got here, I really didnt know what to expect," Carter-Williams said. "I am not a person that trusts a lot of people. My circle is really close, especially when it comes to basketball, because everyone has an opinion. But I have a lot of trust in coach Brown." Miguel Layun Jersey.Fucale will not only be one of the local boys, he is also a Montreal Canadiens draft pick and will have a huge cheering section when Canada opens the tournament Dec. Guillermo Ochoa Jersey . Ryu (8-3) allowed a run and three hits in six innings and struck out six in his 13th start. In his first 13 starts last season -- his first in the major leagues -- the left-hander was 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA. This was the ninth time this year that Ryu has allowed fewer than three earned runs, and he is 7-0 in those games.PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is trying to keep things as normal as he can these days, believing routine and repetition will lead to a sense of comfort and -- he hopes -- success. Good luck with that. Winless in North America in 2013, the Steelers (0-3) will try to snap out of their funk on Sunday in London when they face the Minnesota Vikings (0-3). While Minnesota is already overseas, Pittsburgh will remain on this side of the Atlantic until Thursday evening. By the time the Steelers arrive in London, they will have less than 48 hours to overcome jet lag and try to turn around their season. It isnt ideal, Tomlin said, but it beats the alternative. "I value normalcy in the early portions of the week from a preparation standpoint and from a practice standpoint -- use of our facilities, the comforts of home if you will," Tomlin said. Even if "home" isnt exactly comfortable these days. Pittsburgh is off to its worst start since 2000 after falling to Chicago 40-23 on Sunday night. While the beleaguered offence took a major step forward in piling up 458 yards -- the teams highest total in four years -- the Steelers also turned over the ball five times. Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions and fumbled twice, with two of the miscues leading to defensive touchdowns. Its the kind of sloppy play Roethlisberger has generally avoided during his 10 years at quarterback. Then again, he isnt getting much help from the guys in front of him. The Bears stunted and twisted their way into the backfield all night, leading to what Tomlin called "confusion" that gave Roethlisberger little time to get his feet set and throw. "All it takes is five to 10 (breakdowns) to produce catastrophic-like results, and thats some of the things that are occurring," he said. "Obviously, we need to strive for more consistency to minimize those things." A more productive running game would help. The Steelers actually took a significant step forward against the Bears, rushing for a season-high 80 yards, including a 25-yard burst from recently reacquired Jonathan Dwyer. While it gave Pittsburgh confidence it could run the ball, it didnt include any job security for either Dwyer or Felix Jones. Rafael Marquez Jersey. Both figure to head back to the bench if rookie running back LeVeon Bell makes his season debut. Bell hasnt played since spraining his right foot in a preseason game against Washington last month. He has been cleared to participate in practice, and Tomlin is "optimistic" the second-round pick will be able to run onto the field at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night. Ditto cornerback Cortez Allen, who has missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury. Slated to start after Keenan Lewis left for New Orleans in free agency, Allen has been slowed almost from the start of training camp. He missed three weeks following a minor knee procedure before the ankle issues popped up. Though William Gay did a solid, if not, spectacular job in Allens absence, Allen has an ability to make things happen when he plays. The Steelers are the only team in the NFL not to create a turnover through the seasons first three weeks. Allen had a hand in two turnovers in the 2012 regular-season finale against Cleveland, the last time Pittsburgh was able to pry the ball away. And for all the progress the Steelers saw in certain areas against Chicago -- including a more consistent pass rush, and wide receiver Antonio Browns career-high 196 yards receiving -- the biggest issue is valuing the football. Pittsburgh hasnt done that through 12 quarters. The Steelers minus-9 turnover margin is tied with the Giants for the worst in the league. Tomlin doesnt like to lay blame in any one place, but allowed that Roethlisberger needs to keep himself and his team out of situations that lead to mistakes. "I expect Ben to be better, Ben expects himself to be better," Tomlin said. "Well continue to work to do that." NOTES: Tomlin said DE Brett Keisel and NT Steve McLendon are dealing with hamstring issues but are expected to play. ... TE Heath Miller, who had three receptions in his return from right knee surgery, will have an expanded role against Minnesota if there are no setbacks this week. ... Tomlin has no concerns about the turf at Wembley Stadium, saying punter Zoltan Mesko -- who played there for New England last season -- called it "awesome." ' ' '
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork. Joe Montana Youth Jersey .com) - The Edmonton Oilers fired head coach Dallas Eakins on Monday. Eakins was in just his second season with the perennially rebuilding Oilers, who reside in the Western Conference basement with a 7-19-5 record. They are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for the fewest points in the league at 19. TSN is reporting that general manager Craig MacTavish will take over the coaching duties on an interim basis. He coached the Oilers for eight seasons from 2000-09. Eakins dismissal comes as the Oilers are in a free fall, having lost 15 of their last 16 games (1-11-4). Edmonton went 29-44-9 last season under Eakins, who landed his first NHL head coaching job on the strength of a four-year stint directing the Toronto Marlies, the top minor league affiliate of the Maple Leafs. Eakins was the Oilers fourth head coach since MacTavishs run. Edmonton hasnt reached the playoffs since losing to the Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. Y.A. Tittle Jersey . Both had to wait out a rain interruption lasting nearly five hours before taking comprehensive third-round victories to join Carling Bassett-Seguso (1983, 1986), Patricia Hy-Boulais (1996-97) and Daniel Nestor (1999) as Canadians who made it into the second week of a major. Deion Sanders 49ers Jersey . Toronto FC hosts the three-time Italian league champions in a friendly Aug. 7 at BMO Field, a game that Roma CEO Italo Zanzi said falls within a key part of their pre-season.NAGANO, Japan -- Defending champion Michael Mulder of the Netherlands won the mens 500-meter race at the world sprint speedskating championships on Saturday. Mulder clocked a time of 34.83 seconds to finish 0.36 seconds ahead of Daniel Greig of Australia. Mirko Giacomo Nenzi of Italy was third with a time of 35.27 seconds. Shani Davis of the United States was 11th with a time of 35.58. Jing Yu of China won the womens 500 with a time of 37.67, 0.33 seconds ahead of Margot Boer of the Netherlands. Defending champion Heather Richardson of the United States was third with a time of 38.04. The world sprint speed skating championships features 50 of the fastest sprinters in the world competing in the 500 and 1,000 metre races. Denis Kuzin of Kazakhstan won the mens 1,000 with a time of 1 minute, 09.37 seconds, edging Davis by 0.07 seconds. Kjeldd Nuis of the Netherlands was third in 1:09. Jimmy Garoppolo Womens Jersey . 56. Hong Zhang of China won the womens 1,000 event with a time of 1:15.17, edging Boer by 0.14 seconds. Jing Yu of China was third in 1:15.61. It was a poor day for Canadas Christine Nesbitt. The London, Ont., native finished fifth in the 1,000 in 1:16.42 and well back in 15th in the 500. William Dutton had Canadas best result. Dutton, from Humbolt, Sask., was fourth in the 1,000 in 1:09.89. Quebec Citys Alexandre St-Jean was 10th, Winnipegs Tyler Derraugh was just behind in 11th and Laurent Dubreuil of Levis Que., trailed in 13th. In the mens 500, Dutton finished fifth in in 35.37 seconds. Dubreuil as ninth while Derraugh tied for 16th. The skaters who start in the inner lane on Saturday will start in the outer lane on Sunday to have equal circumstances for everyone. ' ' '