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29/03/2018

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BALTIMORE -- Jonathan Ogden spent his entire 12-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, played in 11 Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl ring and earned a berth in the Hall of Fame. Victor Valdes Jersey . And Ozzie Newsome saw it all coming -- long before Ogden made his debut as one of the finest offensive linemen in NFL history. Newsome was in charge of the Ravens draft in 1996, the teams first season in Baltimore after moving from Cleveland. The Ravens desperately needed an impact player with the fourth overall selection, someone who could steer the transplanted franchise on a course to greatness. "That was not a pick we wanted to end up three years later going, Good God Almighty, what the heck did we do?" recalled David Modell, the son of then-owner Art Modell and a key front-office component. "That pick had to be good." Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips, a troubled but talented star, was an option. So was Ogden, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle out of UCLA. The day before the draft, Newsome made it clear: Ogden was the choice. "Ozzie said, Jonathan Ogden will be a perennial Pro Bowl player, will play for this franchise for his career and will have a decent shot at going into the Hall of Fame," Modell said. "What a Babe Ruth call that was." Ogden was the first player drafted by the Ravens, and Saturday he will formally become the teams first entrant into the Hall of Fame. "Hes going to be the Ravens golden child forever," said Edwin Mulitalo, who played guard alongside Ogden for eight years. How appropriate that Newsome will serve as Ogdens presenter at the Hall of Fame ceremony. "He brought me in to Baltimore," Ogden said. "I could always go talk to him, be honest with him. Hes just one of the people that I really respect in the business. It just kind of made sense to me." Newsome, in turn, owes a debt of gratitude to Ogden for justifying his decision in the Ravens inaugural draft. Although the team was in dire need of a running back and already had two solid offensive tackles, Newsome chose Ogden because he was the highest-ranked player on Baltimores board. That philosophy remains in place today and has enabled the Ravens general manager to produce two Super Bowl champions. Newsome often considers what might have happened if he picked Phillips, who totalled 35 games for three different teams over a dismal three-year span. "I could say 17 years later, I probably wouldnt have this job. Its as simple as that," Newsome said. "Lawrence had some productive years, but he didnt pan out. And I dont know if we would have been able to provide the structure he needed. We felt like we could have, but I dont know if wed have been able to do it." As a rookie, Ogden played left guard between veteran tackles Orlando Brown and Tony Jones. In his second season, Ogden became an immovable force at left tackle and remained there the rest of his career. Ogden was a star on the field and a leader within the locker room and on the sideline. He didnt have the bluster of the Ravens other first-round pick in 1996, linebacker Ray Lewis, but the big man showed enough emotion to be noticed by his teammates -- especially after being asked to repeatedly drop back to protect the passer. "He was a great pass blocker, and he was a very technical player," Mulitalo said. "But man, he loved to run block. There were times he got frustrated on the sideline, and most of the time it was because we were getting a little pass-happy. Whenever we switched to the run, he was like a little kid. Maybe the most fun playing next to him was when we actually run-blocked. He took pride in doing that." Many of Baltimores biggest games during Ogdens tenure came against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The majority of those duels were gritty, helmet-banging affairs perfectly suited for Ogdens old-school mentality. Along the way, he made a very favourable impression on then-Steelers coach Bill Cowher. "Jonathan is, without a doubt, a Hall of Fame player who is one of the very best left tackles in NFL history," Cowher recalled. "We couldnt beat him with speed rushers, and he would just engulf power rushers. Those long arms, the great feet, the strength -- he has it all." Ogden wont be talking much at the induction ceremony this weekend. He never did much like boasting about himself. "J.O. is one of the more humble guys Ive ever played with," said Jamal Lewis, who ran behind Ogden plenty of times in 2003 on his way to compiling a franchise-record 2,066 yards rushing. "He led by example and was never outworked. Ive never seen anybody protect the left side the way he did." Ogden was only 33 years old when he quit the game after the 2007 season. He had been fighting a nagging foot injury for years and finally had enough. "He could have continued playing," Mulitalo said. "His 75, 80 per cent was probably better than most of the players in the league. But when youre that good, you hold yourself to a different standard, you know?" Current Ravens coach John Harbaugh had just replaced Brian Billick in January 2008 when Ogden dropped by to talk. "I was really excited to meet him," Harbaugh recalled this week. "And then he told me he was going to retire. After I wiped the tears off my cheeks, I hugged him, and I begged and pleaded, Can we get one more year out of you? But he said no." Harbaugh didnt get the chance to coach Ogden, but he knows enough about him to assess his place in NFL history. "Probably the best left tackle that ever played football," Harbaugh said. "Hes one of the two faces on the Ravens Mount Rushmore, for sure." The other, of course, being Lewis, who retired after last season and is a virtual shoo-in to join Ogden in the NFL Hall of Fame. But Ogden will always be the first pick in the history of the franchise, and the first to have his bust in Canton, Ohio. "It feels great," he said. "When I was playing, I was just out there working. I couldnt help the fact that I was the Ravens first pick. It just kind of happened, and in my mind, all I wanted to do was go out there and help the guys win. So I dont look at it in that perspective. When I do step outside of myself and look at it, its like, Wow, that guy, he had it pretty good." Victor Lindelof Jersey . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Paddy McNair Jersey . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. http://www.jerseymanchesterunitedsoccer.com/womens-wayne-rooney-manchester-united-jersey/ . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Ducks havent lost at home to the Calgary Flames since before the 2004-05 NHL lockout.The streaks start even predates Rick Carlyles first tenure with Anaheim.Ryan Kesler scored two power-play goals, Jonathan Bernier had 25 saves and the Ducks beat the Flames 4-1 for their 24th consecutive home win against Calgary.The victory broke the Philadelphia Flyers mark of 23 straight wins at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins from February 1980 through January 1987.Carlyle and the Ducks are mystified by the run, and captain Ryan Getzlaf said any streak is pretty amazing in this league.You string some wins together and maybe they dont feel as comfortable in this building, said Clayton Stoner, who scored the opening goal.Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks.Alex Chiasson had a goal for the Flames, who have not won at Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004. Chad Johnson made 17 saves.For us, we want to ride the wave. And for them, theyd like it to crash, right? said Carlyle, who returned this season for his second tenure as Ducks coach. He also led Anaheim from 2006-12.After Stoner and Chiasson scored in the first period, Kesler put the Ducks ahead 2-1 early in the second with his third power-play goal of the season. Kesler and Corey Perry were creating traffic in front of Johnson when Getzlaf passed in to Perry. The puck slid to Kesler at the top of the crease, and he lifted it in from there.Kesler got his other goal with 6:31 left in the third in similar fashion. Getzlaf shot into a screen set by Perry, and the puck again found Kesler atop the crease for a quick putback score. David Beckham Jersey. In between Keslers goals, Cogliano followed up his own miss on a 2-on-1 break to extend the Ducks lead to 3-1 7:54 into the second.Getzlaf had three assists, tying Teemu Selannes team record of 531 career assists. Getzlaf and Selanne played together for eight seasons, and the only Ducks player with his number retired sent Getzlaf a text message recently letting him know about the upcoming mark.Hes well aware of it. He bugs me, are you kidding me? Getzlaf said. Its a big honor for me to have spent as much of my career here as I have. Those things are a natural progression and hopefully they continue. Being up there with Tee is a big honor for me.Aside from a brief first-period flurry after veteran Deryk Engelland got into a fight with Jared Boll, the Flames had no answers for the second consecutive night after getting pasted 5-0 at Los Angeles.Its tough to win many games when you are not putting more than one in the net, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. We just got to find a way to score ugly ones.The Flames were outscored 16-5 during their four-game road trip.Game notes Getzlaf and LW Nick Ritchie returned to action after missing two games with upper-body injuries. ... Hunter Shinkaruk made his season debut for the Flames after C Lance Bouma suffered an upper-body injury against the Kings.UP NEXTFlames: Open a two-game homestand against Dallas on Thursday.Ducks: Open a three-game road trip at Columbus on Wednesday. Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Stitched Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL ChinaNFL Jerseys Cheap ' ' '