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Even Packers get in spirit of Aaron Rodgers Day

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Even Packers get in spirit of Aaron Rodgers Day

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Little kids weren't the only ones breaking out their No. 12 jerseys for Aaron Rodgers Day.

Green Bay Packers offensive linemen Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Marshall Newhouse and tight end Ryan Taylor showed up for Wednesday's practice wearing Rodgers jerseys. The Wisconsin Legislature had designated Dec. 12, 2012, as Aaron Rodgers Day in honor of the Super Bowl winner and last year's MVP, and students and workers throughout the state were encouraged to celebrate by wearing his jersey.

``We had some fun with it today,'' said Lang, who may or may not have been the ring leader for the caper. ``He was a good sport about it. He just laughed. He got a kick out of it.

``We like to poke at him as much as we can - there are not very many opportunities for that, for him being as sensitive as he usually is,'' Lang added. ``So we had some fun with it.''

The players wore their No. 12 jerseys for the first few minutes of practice, long enough for Rodgers - and everyone else - to notice. They then put their own back on.

``(I want) to thank my teammates for wearing my jersey for 20 minutes, and getting scared and taking it off,'' Rodgers said.

Rodgers doesn't normally like to be singled out, but said the proclamation was a ``great honor.'' He was even happier that it turned into a fundraiser for the MACC Fund, his favorite charity. Fans were encouraged to donate $12 to the MACC Fund, which is dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.

``It is a special thing,'' he said. ``This is something that will probably only happen once in my lifetime so I appreciate it.''

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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