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49ers in the first of three straight game

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Defence is the primary focus of everything the Miami Heat does, and its been that way since Pat Riley arrived. It might be more than a mantra this year. Miami started the season playing defence at a level that made no one in the organization happy last season, allowing 100.6 points per game, ranking only 23rd-best league-wide after 17 games. In the 65 games that followed, they gave up just 93.6 points per game, the fourth-best rate in the NBA over that span. Playing defence better from the start of the season has emerged as a top priority for the Heat, who left the Bahamas on Friday after wrapping up six practices of training camp that were devoted almost entirely to that end of the floor. "We knew we didnt start off the season like we wanted to defensively," said Heat forward LeBron James, the leagues two-time reigning MVP and a four-time winner of the award overall. "But we knew. I think when you have a problem and you face it, its very correctable, and we knew that. So one thing we talked about was defending and finishing." Training camp officially ended just before 1 p.m. Friday, though the way James sees it, camp actually lasts until Oct. 28, the day before Miami hoists its second straight championship banner and opens a new season against the Chicago Bulls. Theres a ton of things for the team to do in the next 3 1/2 weeks, including play eight preseason games, but continuing to hone that defence-first approach will remain paramount. They remember how frustrating it was to have an almost porous-looking defence for the first few weeks of last season, a year where the Heat wound up winning 66 regular-season games, 27 straight in one stretch. "Sharpen. Sharpen the sword," Heat forward Shane Battier said. "We won games early last year and didnt look good. We dropped a few that, looking back at it, we should have won. We know the Eastern Conference is highly competitive. Not that we cant afford to get off to a slow start ... but we cant afford to get off to a slow start." Chicago will be better, with Derrick Rose healthy again. Indiana figures to be better. Brooklyn has eyes on a title. Its clear that Miami will not have an easy time in the East, and the Heat remember how vital getting that No. 1 seed was a year ago. It gave them the right to play Game 7 in the conference finals against Indiana at home, along with Game 7 of the NBA Finals against San Antonio. "We know the competition got better," Battier said. "We scraped by to get out of the Eastern Conference last year. Obviously, we want to play our best basketball at the end. That doesnt mean we cant start at a higher level and build toward that." Even though the background was paradise -- sun, sand, tropical music and water slides -- the ballroom where the Heat did the bulk of their work on this trip was hardly a vacation destination. James posted a photo of himself, grimacing in a chest-deep ice bath, to his social media accounts. Ray Allen said he dealt with some mild foot soreness while waking up muscles that had not been used since last June. Michael Beasley described camp as exhausting. Udonis Haslem said he was originally excited to spend some free time in the casino, then quickly realized that he would better serve himself by getting off his feet. Point guard Mario Chalmers said this was a camp unlike any of his first five with the Heat, mainly because he didnt recall a camp where everyone arrived in such good shape. "Last year I think we had a little hangover coming off that first championship," Chalmers said. "Maybe we celebrated a little bit too much. We didnt come into camp as focused and ready as we did last year. You can tell right now, everybodys hungry for that threepeat." Which, the Heat know, will start at the defensive end. "I would probably say 70 per cent of our camp was defence, other than player development," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That makes me a little bit uneasy. While we have corporate knowledge of our offence, we will need to spend a lot more time on it next week. And we will. Well address that." Anthony Barr Elite Jersey .C. -- Its one game Kevin Koe never looks forward to playing. Fran Tarkenton Camo Jersey . Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - James Shields allowed just one unearned run and threw his major league-leading fifth complete game as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of Florida with a 2-1 victory. http://www.nflvikingsus.com/Womens-Anth … c-Jersey/. The NFC East rivals hope to save face Sunday night at FedEx Field. You can see all the action on TSN beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. Washington is a disappointing 3-8 on the season and has lost three in a row, including Monday nights 27-6 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in the first of three straight games in D. http://www.nflvikingsus.com/Elite-Antho … FL-38.html . Fair or not, its championship or bust for the star-studded Heat, who is squaring off with the much-improved Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in South Florida. Greg Jennings Authentic Jersey . -- Colin Campbell believes that when it comes to video review, the NHL does it right.The Montreal Canadiens annual golf tournament took place Tuesday and that can only mean one thing - hockey season is right around the corner. The Habs open up the 2013-2014 NHL season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 1 and even though camp doesnt start until September 11, all players were on hand with the exception of Tomas Plekanec and Davis Drewiske. Plekanecs father passed away over the weekend and Drewiske was with his mother who is ill. This was the first official Canadiens event for newcomers Daniel Briere, George Parros and Douglas Murray. One of the questions going into this season is where will Briere fit in the Canadiens lineup. Briere, a centre who was bought out this past offseason by the Philadelphia Flyers, realizes his role on the Habs will most likely be playing on the wing. "That is not an issue at all," said the 35-year-old Gatineau, Quebec native said this morning at Laval-sur-le-Lac golf club. "I can play the right wing, the left wing, in the mmiddle.ddddddddddddquot; Another question surrounding the Habs lineup this season is will Alex Galchenyuk make the move to centre? Head coach Michel Therrien said Galchenyuk will take on more responsibility this season, but would not say if that means having him play down the middle. "Time will tell when Galchenyuk will be ready to be a centreman," Therrien told the media. Tough guy George Parros and captain Brian Gionta are questionable for the start of the season. Parros underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder at the end of May and Gionta is recovering from a torn biceps tendon in his left arm, he was operated on in May as well. Both players are hoping to be ready for opening night but if not, they are expected to join the team shortly afterwards. Also, Alexei Emelin is not expected back from his knee injury until after late November at the earliest. The teams rookie camp is the next stop on the agenda for the Canadiens, taking place from September 5-9. ' ' '

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