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NEW YORK, N. Heath Miller Jersey .Y. - Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labour unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries.My dream is for this sport to really have an international flavour, he said Saturday during a half-hour interview with The Associated Press. Does it need teams in other countries? ... If one uses a lot of vision it could.Selig headed the group that forced Commissioner Fay Vincents resignation in September 1992. Owner of the Milwaukee Brewers since 1970, he was put in charge as chairman of the executive council and finally elected commissioner in July 1998 after years of saying he would never take the job.His reign saw expanded playoffs and wild-card teams, interleague play, video review to aid umpires, expansion to Arizona and Tampa Bay, the formation of baseballs Internet and broadcast companies and the start of drug testing — too late for some critics. The only person who headed baseball longer was Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner from 1920-44.Bud will go down in history as the No. 1 commissioner that has served baseball, and without question, said Peter Ueberroth, baseballs commissioner from 1984-89. For Ueberroth, Seligs time heading baseball can be compared only with what Pete Rozelle has done in football and David Stern has done in basketball.Seligs final task was to accept a long and meritorious service award from the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America at a black-tie dinner Saturday night. Now 80, Selig becomes commissioner emeritus Sunday when Rob Manfred, his top deputy, takes over as the 10th commissioner.Its been quite a journey, and the journey I think has changed me in a lot of ways, Selig said. I wish I knew in 1992 what I knew today.Revenue has risen from about $1.7 billion in 92 to just under $9 billion last year. Attendance, which averaged 26,978 in 1992, has been above 30,000 in 10 straight seasons, peaking at 32,785 in 2007 before the Great Recession.With the start of revenue sharing and a luxury tax that has slowed spending by large-market teams, every club except Toronto has made playoffs this century.Selig emphasized consensus over confrontation.All these 30-0 votes that everybody is now talking about were important to me because I learned over the years that unity was so important, he said. We had no unity in the 70s and the 80s and early 90s. It was very fractured, and that was destructive.And that infighting led to stasis.The sport had been not active, really had spent two decades stuck in neutral, he said. It was harmful because other forms of entertainment and sports were gaining in great popularity.To many, he seemed like a rumpled uncle or grandfather. But owners listened to him because he was one of their own.I had a style that was I guess unique, to say the least, Selig acknowledged. I was always very cautious, always very thorough but maybe even became more so over the years. But it worked out well, because I understand my political constituency. A lot of people would be critical. They would say, well, after all, Why does it take him so long to do that?He calls cancelling the 1994 World Series his worst moment. Players struck for 232 days, fearful owners would implement a salary cap. Since then, the sport has had labour peace, and Manfred has two seasons before the current labour deal expires.The foundations of the stability that have been present in baseball and not in the other three sports since then come from the agreements that were made then, said Donald Fehr, then head of the baseball players union and now head of the NHL players.Seligs best nights were when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrigs consecutive games streak in 1995 and when players and owners agreed to a labour deal in 2002, ending a streak of eight work stoppages dating to 1972.He lists Ripken, Derek Jeter and Edgar Martinez as his favourite players to dine with, although he quickly adds and others in fear of leaving someone out. He wont compare players of this era with the stars of his youth, because the game has changed so much, but his voice softened with nostalgia when he said: Henry Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial — they dont get any better than those guys.Selig leaves Manfred with several unsolved issues.While 20 new ballparks opened during Seligs tenure, Tampa Bay and Oakland want new ones, and the Athletics want to build in San Jose, which is on the territory of the San Francisco Giants. Baltimore and Washington are in court over their regional sports network. There is the need to attract young fans and cut down on long game times. Selig never ruled on Pete Roses 1997 application to end his lifetime ban.I wish thats all I had in 1992, Selig said.Even though Selig helped force him out, Vincent concludes Selig has done an exemplary job.He is a masterful internal baseball politician and he was able to keep the owners from fragmenting, from looking for a salary cap, which some of the new guys used to scream about, Vincent said.Selig already has started teaching at the University of Wisconsin and Marquettes law school. Hes getting help from Doris Kearns Goodwin to organize preparations for his memoir — he doesnt plan to sit in front of a computer parsing prose.Ill be talking into something, a little microphone of some kind, he said.He plans on going to Wimbledon with wife Sue. And, as usual, hell be on the telephone with baseball buddies.Ive had a lot of calls today, he said, and they all said, Well, Ill talk to you tomorrow or on Monday. Dermontti Dawson Youth Jersey . Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, Shawn Marion had 22 and the Mavericks beat undermanned Philadelphia 124-112 Friday night, handing the 76ers their 10th straight loss. Diontae Johnson Steelers Jersey .ca presents a week long look at some of the teams and stories that will shape the up coming campaign. .  Bjoergen pulled away from Swedens Charlotte Kalla on the final straight to win in 38 minutes, 33.6 seconds and defend her title from the 2010 Vancouver Games. Kalla was 1.8 seconds back. Heidi Weng of Norway took bronze.ORLANDO, Fla. -- A big early deficit and an opponents hot shooting hand didnt faze Nikola Vucevic or the rest of the Orlando Magic. Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson had five points in overtime as the Magic edged the Charlotte Bobcats 110-105 on Friday night. Aaron Afflalo, who finished with 17 points, sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining as Orlando won its second straight. In overtime, Nelsons 3-pointer with 2:26 left put Orlando ahead for good. "I knew it would turn around," Vucevic said. "I kept my confidence high. I had all good looks," said Vucevic, who was 11-for 22 from the field. "A 15-16 point lead in this league is nothing. You have to keep fighting, grinding and thats what we did tonight." Vucevic, who recorded his fifth career game with 20 points and 20 rebounds, keyed a dominant rebounding effort (57-36) by Orlando. His first-half total of 16 matched Charlottes team total through two quarters. Orlando, which trailed during the first 44 minutes, took a 94-93 lead on an Afflalos free throw with 1:12 left. But Josh McRoberts, who had a career-high 24 points, drove the lane to put Charlotte ahead. Kemba Walker then hit a fadeaway jumper with 14.6 seconds left to put the Bobcats up three -- setting up Afflalos tying 3. "It was great fight by all of the guys," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Whether it was the unit that started the fourth quarter and really got us going defensively to put up a 16-point quarter versus a team like that or the mental fight of Nik Vucevic, who starts out the game 4-for-14 and doesnt give in and wills his way and helps his team. Pretty impressive in a lot of different ways." The Bobcats looked as though they had escaped after Walkers final basket in regulation, but a defensive lapse gave Afflalo a look, and the game went to overtime. "All youve got to do is do what were supposed to do right there and the game ends. That was it," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. "We have to make one play that you make time after time and we didnt make the play.&quuot; Tobias Harris had 15 points for the Magic, while Victor Oladipo added 14 and Kyle OQuinn 13. Louis Lipps Womens Jersey. Nelson, who missed the last four games with a sore knee, had 11. Walker matched McRoberts with 24 points for Charlotte, while Al Jefferson scored 20. Gerald Henderson added 14 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 10. "That was our biggest emphasis coming in: to get to the glass and be physical," Clifford said. "We werent willing to do that to start the game and thats what kept them (Orlando) in the game. I want to see a recommitment to the way we were defending and rebounding early in the year consistently. Were sporadic now." Orlando pulled to within one point twice in the third quarter, the last when OQuinns layup made it 59-58 with 7:17 remaining. Charlotte answered as McRoberts drained back-to-back 3-pointers and scored eight points during a 16-6 run that pushed the Bobcats lead back to double-digits at 75-64. Charlotte took an 81-74 lead into the fourth quarter. McRoberts, whose six 3-pointers were a career high, was often left unchallenged from 3-point range and took full advantage. He was 4-for-6 from behind the arc for all 12 of his first-half points as the Bobcats took a 50-41 halftime lead. Charlotte scored the games first five points and hit nine of its first 11 shots to take a 22-10 advantage on Kidd-Gilchrists dunk with 6:52 remaining. The Bobcats led by as many as 16 in the opening quarter. Orlando used 11 rebounds from Vucevic and eight points off the bench from Harris in the second quarter to get as close as 43-39 with 1:31 remaining in the second quarter. Charlotte then scored the next six points and finished the half on a 7-2 run to take a nine-point halftime lead. NOTES: The loss sent Charlotte 2 1/2 games behind Washington for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. ... This was only the third time since January that Charlotte lost to a team with a losing record. ... This was Orlandos 1,000th regular-season victory. ... Nelson also had eight assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes. ... The Magic went to the free-throw line 35 times, compared to Charlottes 14. 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