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CLEVELAND -- As outspoken, unapologetic and intimidating as ever -- even at age 77 -- Jim Brown has reunited with the Cleveland Browns. Still going strong, the great No. 32 is back where he belongs. "Here I am," he said. The Hall of Fame running back, who was estranged for years from the NFL team where he starred in the 1950s and 60s -- after his previous role was eliminated by former president Mike Holmgren -- was welcomed back to the Browns on Wednesday by new owner Jimmy Haslam. Brown will serve as a "special adviser," focusing on community work, interacting with fans and helping mentor players. Haslam called Browns return a "very special and significant day in Cleveland Browns history." Browns homecoming has been in the planning stages for months, and after a few meetings with Brown, Haslam was pleased to bring back "the greatest Brown of all." "Hes not only the most famous Cleveland Brown of all time and best player thats ever played here," Haslam said. "One of the reasons the Browns remain so popular is when a lot of us were growing up, they followed 32 and he was their hero. So to have 32 back on our team and working with us and being part of not just the Browns but the Cleveland community is tremendously important." Brown, who retired in 1965 at the peak of his playing career to become an actor, is thrilled to be again working for the Browns, his pro football family and the team he helped lead to its last championship in 1964. The years he was disconnected were difficult, but Brown, who was accompanied to the news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium by his wife, Monique, said the Haslam familys desire to bring him back soothed any hard feelings he may have had. "Ive been through many ups and downs here," Brown said. "I like the new ownership. I respect the new ownership. I will stand by the new ownership come hell or high water, and I will be doing everything in my power to help the Cleveland Browns be successful." Brown said being away from the beloved brown and orange was tough. "Nothings changed except I was off the payroll and out of town and it was not a good feeling because Im used to being around," he said. "I have no animosity, I have no thoughts on any of that because this is a tough game. The main thing is, Im very happy to have been invited back." Although he lives in Los Angeles, Brown vowed to have a constant presence with the Browns, who havent been able to win with any consistency since their expansion return in 1999. "You will see as much of me as they can stand because somehow, sometimes I wake up thinking Im the coach and it doesnt work that way," Brown said. "Im going to be here quite a bit and I will be on call to the Cleveland Browns first. My activities, whatever, will take a secondary position to the needs of the Cleveland Browns." Never one to mince his words or hold back on an opinion, Brown promised to continue being himself in his new position with Haslam, who bought the franchise last year from Randy Lerner. "I wouldnt be sitting here if there was not a relationship between the two of us," Brown said, with Haslam seated to his left. "Jimmy doesnt bite his tongue, so I kind of like that. I try not to bite mine, as most of you know. But I think with Jimmy I will be a little more under control." "I doubt it," Haslam said with a laugh. While Browns return has given Haslam a boost with the Browns, he remains embroiled in a federal investigation for alleged fraud at Pilot Flying J, his family-owned truck-stop chain. On Wednesday, two PFJ employees pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy. Federal prosecutors allege members of Pilots sales team deliberately withheld rebates to boost profits. Brown has also had his share of legal troubles, including a string of arrests for assaults on women. He vowed his full sport of Clevelands embattled owner and said the timing of his return could help comfort Haslam, who has maintained he was unaware of any fraud. "That is my guy," Brown said. "I have a relationship with him. I believe in him. I stand behind him. Yes, Im glad this timing is the way it is. Im here, I believe in this man and thats it. I have been through a thousand things, but ultimately I turned out to be a decent human being. Volatile and involved in controversial things and so forth and so on, but in America thats the kind of country we have." Sylvester Williams Jersey . Defenceman Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Canucks breathed a sigh of relief with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. Cheap Barry Sanders Jersey .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. 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Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Martha Karolyi Way is a pinch on the neck. A tilt of the head. A purse of the lips. A nod of approval. A series of directives, most of them blunt, all designed for maximum impact.It is a compound tucked in the Texas woods where the rest of the world slips away so the foundation of a gymnastics dynasty can be laid.For the last 15 years, the U.S. womens national team coordinator has methodically molded a once floundering program into a globe-trotting, podium-topping machine. The group of five young women Karolyi will lead into Rio Olympic Arena on Tuesday night for the Olympic team final is perhaps her greatest creation, and a fitting tribute to all she has built before she heads into retirement.Judging by their showing during qualifying -- when the U.S. posted the top score by a staggering 10 points -- the question may be not if the Americans will win the gold but by how much. Yet its in keeping with the Karolyi Way that all that dominance was met with only a small smile and a reminder that their work is not yet finished.I always tell the girls, were competing against ourselves, Karolyi, 73, said in her distinct Eastern European accent. We dont want to beat this or that. But we want to come as close as possible to perfection.No team, perhaps in any sport, comes as close to it as the U.S. womens program.Looking back, this is exactly what Martha and husband Bela Karolyi had in mind when they defected from Romania in 1981 after helping Nadia Comaneci reach perfection in Montreal during the 1976 games.That was the goal, to build something which works for USA and not try to install a copy of the Romanian system, Karolyi said. I think that was the key because you cannot copy an original.Though the Karolyis and USA Gymnastics enjoyed periods of success in the 1980s and `90s -- helping Mary Lou Retton become the first American woman to win the Olympic title in 1984 and reaching the top of the podium with the Magnificent Seven in Atlanta in 1996 -- it wasnt until Martha took over the program in 2001 when Belas contract was not renewed after a disappointing showing at the Sydney Olympics that the U.S. finally took flight. The proof lies in the 88 world championship and Olympic medals the Americans have captured during her tenure, a number that could be near 100 by closing ceremonies in Rio.She turned the sprawling ranch she and Bela own on the border of the Sam Houston National Forest about an hour north of Houston into an incubator. Where the national team was once a nominal description for a group of factions that came together only for international events, she created a sense of cohesion.Everyone was very combative and competitive, said Rhonda Faehn, who trained under the Karolyis in the `80s and now serves as the senior vice president of the womens program. We were expected to compete as a team overseas and youre still an individual. Its an incredible byproduct of what she has set in place.Team members and their coaches visit the ranch regularly to receive specialized instruction and produce a true sense of camaraderie. The athletes become roommates during camp, staying in comfortable -- if rustic -- suites where cell reception can be spotty at best.Its almost like camping out, said Laurie Hernandez, at 16 the youngest member of Team USA in Rio.dddddddddddd Theres camels and horses and there are bunk beds. We get very close when were there.Its the same for the coaches, who gather after hours to play cards with Martha or hang out at Belas lodge. Theres just one rule: keep the shop talk to a minimum. That time away to decompress helps them stay primed for what happens when they get back to work, a process that feels collaborative rather than competitive.Now there are a lot of coaches I could call and say `Hey, Im having trouble with this skill, do you have any ideas to help out, said Olympic national team coach Aimee Boorman, who is also the personal coach of three-time world champion Simone Biles. Its been an emotional support and a technical support ... and its Martha. She knows what shes doing.Each session begins with the athletes lining up according to height, tallest on the left, shortest on the right. Then a brief pep talk from Karolyi. No wasted time with pleasantries.Very short, to the point, this is how she works, Bela Karolyi said of his wife of over 50 years. Two or three things to work on, then go.And go they do. Training sessions are quiet and intense. There is no wasted movement. While coaches line each apparatus, Karolyi will wander about, offering advice where she sees fit. If the way its delivered occasionally comes across as a little cold, thats not her problem.She is a very intimidating lady, Biles said. Shell tell you how it is. She wants you to succeed. She never wants you to look back and say `I could have given it more.Karolyi stopped measuring the U.S. against the rest of the world long ago. They havent lost a major international meet in six years and are the model of efficiency when theyre on the road. During podium training -- a dress rehearsal on the event floor held before the meet -- the Americans do a couple of sets on each apparatus and then theyre done while their competitors continue to tinker.We used to say that we win our meets in the training gym because all of the other countries sit and watch us train and we dont watch them train, said three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman. You focus on yourself and your teammates and thats the best you can possibly do.The Americans best typically ends in gold. For the women Karolyi coaches, there is something nearly as valuable: a pinch on the back of the neck.To get that was huge, Faehn said. Bela was all bear hugs but Martha, shes the only one you always wanted to please.There will be a few more to go around in Rio but the next chapter for Karolyi and the empire she built beckons. The Karolyis will officially hand over the keys to the training facilities at the ranch to USA Gymnastics later this month. Then the search for her successor will begin in earnest while she travels back to Romania to spend time with family.Its a decision shes at peace with, even if the idea of her walking out of her house one morning during a training camp and going for a walk instead of the gym seems unfathomable.Its hard to replace her, said longtime friend and coach Mihai Brestyan. It will be the hardest job because of the shoes to fill. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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