James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets.,As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.,Jordan has also admired James’ game for years.,When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side.,James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

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Tampering or not, Bryce Harper didn't back away from his comments about recruiting Mike Trout to the Philadelphia Phillies.,Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal last week, caused a stir Tuesday when he told a local Philadelphia radio show he would campaign for the two-time American League MVP if the Los Angeles Angels outfielder became a free agent after the 2020 season.,"If you don’t think I’m not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you’re crazy,” said Harper.,Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal with the Phillies last week.,When approached by media members Wednesday, Trout didn't have much to say about Harper's comment. read more

What was the betting line on Mike North emerging from his sports-radio retirement for a regular Chicago broadcasting gig?,North left The Score in 2008 but continued in other media ventures across several platforms, including the scandalized internet radio outlet Webio and a morning news and talk show for CBS-2.,One of North’s ongoing activities has been handicapping sports.,“I started handicapping at age 14 and lost for 40 years but haven’t had a losing year in the last five,” North said in ESPN 1000’s announcement.,Phil Rosenthal: Controversial radio host Mike North says he's done with sports »

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If you are a team leader, you probably think you need to keep raising the expectations of the people who report to you.,In fact, your primary job is to inspire people to raise their own personal expectations — accessing intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic motivation.,It’s about developing new habits and ways of communicating not because you should but because it’s time to do things better.,Letting Go of Your Shoulds

Joann, a current client of mine, is working on interrupting some long-held habits that are getting in the way of her next-level of performance.,I’ve found in over three decades of coaching leaders that people develop new habits when they are ready to and not a moment sooner. read more

Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints.,As the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams began their preparation for Sunday's showdown, Peters and Payton downplayed the importance of what occurred during and after the teams' first meeting at the Superdome this season.,Afterward, Payton acknowledged the Saints had targeted Peters because they liked the matchup with Thomas — a bold statement to make about a former Pro Bowl cornerback.,I think Marcus was having fun with it, and I know that he has a whole lot of respect for Coach Payton and the Saints.",Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore thinks Peters should be much more concerned about Thomas than Payton — and Peters undoubtedly agrees.

Digital media company IRISH STUDIO CEO MIKE RICH has joined TOWNSQUARE MEDIA as Market President & Chief Revenue Officer for the DANBURY, CT cluster, which includes Classic Rock WRKI (I-95), Sports WINE-A (SPORTS RADIO 940), and Country WDBY (KICKS COUNTRY 105.5).,RICH, a former executive at TIME, INC., RADIO ONE's INTERACTIVE ONE, and AOL, will report to SVP, Local Media ROB WILLIAMS.,MIKE’s extensive experience and success as a media executive in the music, radio, and digital industries will serve him well as he takes on this important local market for TOWNSQUARE.”,“I look forward to working with the team to continue to deliver world class consumer experiences and marketing solutions for our local audiences and partners, not only with our strong radio brands across multiple platforms, but also with TOWNSQUARE INTERACTIVE and IGNITE.",COO/Local Media ERIK HELLUM said, “Our mission at TOWNSQUARE is ‘local first’, and to achieve that mission we need best of class leadership in our markets, which is why we are so excited to have MIKE join our team.”

Liz was raised in Albany, California, and began a lifelong devotion to music, playing the flute with the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Area Wind Symphony and first chair at Albany High School.,In 2002, Liz left journalism and returned to her first love, music.,She bought and quickly expanded the business, building a new 5,000-square-foot venue for her Creative Music Center and passionately supporting music education on a local and national level.,Liz was elected to the board of directors of both the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).,Liz is survived by her husband, Mike, a sports and entertainment marketing executive in Westport, her daughter, Samantha, and her son, Charlie.

Instead of teams and coaches, Gtramp has brand sponsorships and athlete meet-ups, with some trampoline companies sending flippers to do their thing in a slew of different countries.,And while some of the brands will host exhibition-like contests—take the Gtramp Games created by Greg Roe Trampoline and cosponsored by trampoline company SkyBound USA—on the whole flippers reject traditional competition-based sporting constructs in favor of an all-inclusive, supportive community.,When it finally becomes reasonable to do so, we set out from our hotel near the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and within a few minutes Maxx spots a kid wearing a pink T-shirt with bold, graphic palm trees on the back.,To hear their parents tell it, Solomon and Andrew have always been natural athletes, both with a tendency to throw themselves into whatever sport they tried.,Solomon started flipping—doing many of the same tricks Andrew was doing on his trampoline in L.A.—and the pair followed each other on Instagram (the Gtramp community was relatively small back then).

There was very little change in the top 10 of the latest Connecticut boys basketball top 10 rankings, with minor shuffling in the middle of the list and just one new entry at the bottom.,Sacred Heart, East Catholic, Windsor and Bassick retained the top four spots.,Here are the top 10, with first-place votes and last week's ranking in parentheses, as well as all other teams receiving votes.,Voters: Paul Augeri, Middletown Press; Bill Bloxsom, Milford/Trumbull Pubs; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Dave Grant, WATR-AM; Larry Kelley, Norwich Bulletin; Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal; Mike Madera, GameTimeCT; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Keith O'Brien, Game Day CT Sports; Joe Palladino, Republican-American; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; John Pierson, WTNH; Marc Robbins, CT Sports Now; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird's Eye Sports; Richard Zalusky, The Chronicle; Joe Zone, WFSB.,To sign up for free, local breaking news alerts from more than 100 Connecticut communities, click here.