NEW YORK, N. Danny Jackson Jersey .Y. - New York Knicks guard J.R. Smiths suspension for hitting a player in the groin was an easy decision for the league, even without his history of trouble.Smith missed the Knicks game at Detroit on Wednesday, a night after he struck Washingtons Glen Rice Jr. in a game at Madison Square Garden.Smith was dribbling with his right hand when he punched Rice, who was tightly guarding him on the perimeter, with his left with 5:45 remaining in the Knicks 98-83 loss on Tuesday night.NBA officials conducted a review of the play and felt it was comparable to other incidents that earned similar suspensions.When putting everything together, we felt that it was an unnecessary hit to the groin and therefore a suspension was in order, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said.Smith, the former Sixth Man of the Year, was in trouble with the NBA multiple times last season. He began the season serving a five-game suspension for violating terms of the leagues anti-drug program. Later he was hit with a $25,000 fine for using hostile and inappropriate language toward the Pistons Brandon Jennings on his Twitter account and a $50,000 penalty for untying a players sneakers during a game.He had been warned to stop untying opponents laces after he was caught on camera doing it, but then did it again anyway — with Thorn in attendance — to earn that suspension. But Thorn said Smiths reputation wasnt considered before Wednesdays penalty.If you are a recidivist sometimes that may come into consideration, but in this case, no, Thorn said.Instead, he compared the suspension to ones handed down for similar acts to Dwyane Wade two seasons ago and last Nov. 7 to Atlantas Dennis Schroder, who was just days into his rookie season.And he certainly had no reputation for anything, Thorn said.Smith will lose about $54,385 of his nearly $6 million salary. Larry Gura Jersey . -- The Detroit Lions made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free agency. Jake Newberry Jersey . The Wild, playing their first game since leading scorer Mikko Koivu broke his ankle Saturday at Washington, have won three straight for the first time since Nov. 1-5. Koivu underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to miss at least four weeks.BERLIN -- Schalke missed the chance to go provisionally third in the Bundesliga on Friday after being held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Mainz. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann produced a fine reflex save to deny Shinji Okazakis volley in the 29th minute, in a first half of few real chances. Jefferson Farfan came closest at the other end before the break, when the Peruvian combined well with Max Meyer before his shot was deflected just wide of the far post. Yordano Ventura Jersey. Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler came on with 25 minutes remaining to make his comeback from an ankle injury sustained on Dec. 11. The home side could have overtaken bitter rival Borussia Dortmund but remains fourth, while Mainz remains provisionally seventh before the rest of the 22nd round of games. ' ' '
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And then when it comes time for like around late January, I start treating them with some product and making sure that theyre filed right, and the nail hardener is on there, things like that.Dickey was joined by teammates Jose Bautista, Aaron Loup, Todd Redmond and Dalton Pompey for a media availability at Rogers Centre to kick off the Blue Jays Winter Tour. The tour will include stops in Calgary, Banff and Vancouver next week. A chipped or broken nail can significantly hamper Dickeys ability to throw the unique pitch, which can float, dive and flutter en route to the plate. The over-the-counter hardener is used so the nails can withstand the rigours of a full season.Dickey tries to keep his nails at a consistent length and also has to be mindful of tasks that other players wouldnt be concerned about — like making sure a nail doesnt crack while hes doing up a zipper, for example.He doesnt go into nail salons unless theres an emergency.I do my own stuff, Dickey said in a recent interview at a different promotional event. Im probably the only major leaguer out there that could go on the disabled list for a broken nail. Cheap Fake Nmd . I dont trust many people with my nails. I do it all on my own.To throw the pitch, Dickey puts his index and middle fingers just behind the horseshoe-like seam on the ball. He digs his nails in on top and supports the bottom of the ball with his thumb on one side and fourth finger on the other.The thumb must stay off the seam to prevent the ball from spinning. Dickey then winds up and bends his wrist at an almost 90-degree angle before essentially pushing the ball out.With no spin, the ball floats toward the plate, often handcuffing batters with its slower speed and directional changes.Knuckleballers are quite rare as it can take a long time for a pitcher to master it. Dickey, 40, started out as a conventional pitcher but found the most success as a knuckler later in his career.So is it a fun pitch to throw?It can be. It can also be maddening, he said. When its going good, theres not anything better in the world. But when its going bad, it can be really ugly.Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award with the New York Mets in 2012 and joined the Blue Jays the following year. Hell be counted on to help anchor Torontos starting rotation again in 2015.Dickey reached the 200-inning plateau for the fourth straight season last year, finishing with a 14-13 mark and 3.71 earned-run average.Spring training begins next month and the Blue Jays will kick off the regular season April 6 in New York.———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. ' ' '