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Vogel eager to keep Pacers momentum with new deal

Vogel eager to keep Pacers momentum with new deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers like where they're heading and they want Frank Vogel to finish the job.

One day after the team announced it had given Vogel a new contract extension, he walked out of Tuesday morning's shootaround and told reporters he appreciated the message being sent by management.

``It shows what we're building here, something special,'' Vogel said. ``We've turned the corner and we're going to make some noise the next couple of years.''

The Pacers (20-14) have declined to provide details about the new deal, and Vogel stuck with the company line though he did acknowledge it was a multi-year extension that would keep him in Indianapolis beyond next season.

For the affable 39-year-old Vogel, that was enough of a reward for his accomplishments.

He took over as head coach in January 2011 following the midseason firing of Jim O'Brien, inheriting a struggling team and leading it to the playoffs. The Pacers lost to Chicago in the first round.

That summer, Vogel had to deal with the NBA lockout and weeks of speculation about whether he'd stay in Indy or land someplace else. But team executive Larry Bird decided to make Vogel the permanent coach, and Vogel rewarded the Pacers brass by leading the team to a second straight playoff appearance and their first playoff series win since 2005. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, Indiana took a 2-1 lead on Miami but wound up losing the last three games to the eventual NBA champions.

This year has been rough for another reason: the loss of All-Star forward Danny Granger, who has not played yet because of patellar tendinosis in his left knee. While the veteran has stayed mostly quiet on the injury, Vogel said Tuesday that Granger's recovery was on schedule. On Nov. 7, the Pacers said he could miss up to three months, meaning he could be back by mid-February.

Despite losing Granger, and a tough start, the Pacers have won 10 of their last 13 games. Nothing about Vogel's tenure has been easy, yet he's still managed to go 82-56 and his team has a share of the Central Division lead despite losing its top scorer.

``We had to be patient with our personnel, our young personnel and we had to adjust the offensive philosophy for what we were missing with Danny,'' Vogel said. ``I wouldn't say we're even there yet. It's been a work in progress.''

One thing that has helped make things easier, though, is the development of forward Paul George.

``He's continued to grow and with growth also comes confidence,'' said LeBron James, who worked out with George during the summer. ``The good thing, what's been bad for them but good for him, is that they haven't had Danny Granger so it's allowed him to grow and show more of what he can do.''

The decision to extend Vogel's deal came just as Indiana was preparing to host Miami, the Southeast Division champ, for the first time this season. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the Heat know the Pacers are a physical team.

That's just Vogel's style, and he's not about to change things now.

``I don't know if I've changed a whole lot to be honest with you,'' Vogel said. ``I know I have to be firm with the guys and that I need to have a strong coach-player relationship. This is not a dictatorship that I've been running.''

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Alex Ovechkin named to NHL's All-Decade first team for 2010-19

Alex Ovechkin named to NHL's All-Decade first team for 2010-19

Alex Ovechkin once again was named to one of the NHL's All-Decade teams.

This go-around, Ovechkin was named to the first-team for the All-Decade Team spanning 2010-2019. 

During those 10 seasons, there was no one that totaled more than Ovi's 437 goals. Only two others had more than his 730 points.

Through our eyes, we saw him mature from a unique superstar to a once-in-a-generation athlete. Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup in the decade after years of heartbreak and dominant Capitals teams that could never escape the second round. 

Now, he's a mere eight goals away from reaching 700 and further etching his name in the fabric of the sport. 

He is joined with fellow forward Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks. Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, Drew Doughty of the Kings and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Golden Knights rounded out the six-player first team. 

NHL ALL-DECADE FIRST TEAM

Alex Ovechkin - F - Capitals
Patrick Kane - F - Blackhawks
Sidney Crosby - C - Penguins
Duncan Keith - D - Blackhawks
Drew Doughty - D - Kings
Marc-Andre Fleury - G- Golden Knights

NHL ALL-DECADE SECOND TEAM

Evgeni Malkin - F - Penguins
Patrice Bergeron - F - Bruins
Steven Stamkos - F - Lightning
Erik Karlsson - D - Sharks
Zdeno Chara - D - Bruins
Henrik Lundqvist - G - Rangers

The Great 8 was also named to the All-Decade team in 2000-10. Only Zdeno Chara and Sidney Crosby, named to the second team for the last decade, received the recognition last decade as well. 

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Dayton vs. Richmond: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

Dayton vs. Richmond: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

The Dayton Flyers and the Richmond Spiders are set to battle in a key Atlantic 10 matchup. 

Dayton has carried the banner for the Atlantic 10 conference this season. Wins over Georgia and Virginia Tech, paired with a neutral-site overtime loss to Kansas vaulted them quickly into the national conversation quickly. With NBA prospect Obi Toppin leading the way, it's hard to imagine a team topping them. 

In the Atlantic 10, No. 7 Dayton (17-2, 6-0) is unbeaten. Their assumed biggest test was VCU and they handled them by 14 points. 

But Richmond (15-4, 5-1) is sneaky good. Beating Wisconsin in an early-season tournament gave the Spiders a key nonconference win. If they can keep it together and avoid bad losses, the postseason may be in their future. 

The Spiders will have to do it without their leading scorer Blake Francis though. He is out for the next month or so after a sternum injury

Postseason implications are surely on the line. 

Dayton vs. Richmond: How to Watch

Who: Dayton Flyers (17-2, 6-0) vs. Richmond Spiders(15-4, 5-1)

What: Atlantic 10 basketball on NBC Sports Washington

When: Saturday, January 25, 6 p.m. ET. 

Where: Robins Center, Richmond, Va

TV Channel: You can watch Dayton vs. Richmond on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington Live Player

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