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HOUSTON - J. J. R. Richard Jersey .J. Watt had a season for the ages to help the Houston Texans make a seven-game improvement from last years 2-14 record.It wasnt quite enough to get Houston to the playoffs, but plenty to leave the Texans encouraged entering the off-season.Nine and seven is progress, but progress isnt good enough, first-year coach Bill OBrien said. The mission here is to win. I think our players understand that and they know there is a lot more out there for us as we head into the future.Watt, who won NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, had the best season of his four-year career. He had 20 1/2 sacks to become the first player in NFL history with two seasons with 20 or more sacks after also making 20 1/2 in 2012.But the defensive ends sacks were only a small part of what Watt did in 2014. He finished with 78 tackles and led the league with 29 tackles for losses and 50 quarterback hits. He also forced four fumbles and swatted down 10 passes.And those statistics dont even address his scoring.Watt had a fumble return and an interception return for a touchdown and surpassed the 20 sack plateau with a safety in Houstons season-ending win over Jacksonville. His other scores came on offence, where the 6-foot-5, 289-pound Watt showed his huge hands werent just good for batting down passes by grabbing three touchdown receptions.So where does OBrien think Watts season ranks in NFL history?Its got to be one of the best of all time, OBrien said.His dominant season has him in the conversation for NFL Most Valuable Player, an award that hasnt been won by a defensive player since Lawrence Taylor won it in 1986.Watt insists he doesnt think much about the possibility of becoming the third defensive player to be MVP.I left everything I had out there on that field trying to help my team win, doing whatever I could to be the best football player that I could be, he said. However they want to vote, whatever they want to write, they can write whatever they want, but I know that I left it all out there.The winner will be announced Jan. 31.When pressed on what it would mean to him to be voted MVP, Watt said he prefers to think about how teammates, coaches and fans feel about him rather than worrying about awards.You can quantify greatness however you want, but for me its knowing that somebodys in their living room watching the game that Ive never met and theyll never meet me, but they get a smile when I make a play, Watt said. And thats one of the best feelings in the whole world.Some things to know as the Texans wrap up the season:QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS: Houston started the season with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched after nine starts in favour of Ryan Mallett. But Mallett was injured after just two games and Fitzpatrick got his job back. He won the first two games after his return before breaking his leg in the third. Rookie Tom Savage replaced him in that game and was also injured. Houston signed Case Keenum and he started the last two games.Mallett is a free agent and Fitzpatrick has one-year remaining on the deal he signed last off-season, but OBrien wasnt ready to say what hell do at the position.JOHNSONS FUTURE: Receiver Andre Johnson remains under contract with the Texans, but at 33 and with a hefty salary, theres been speculation he might not be back with the team next year.I can still play the game. I know that, Johnson said. Whatever is meant to happen will happen and Ill cross that bridge when I get there.Johnson finished with 85 receptions for 936 yards.TOUGH LUCK ROOKIE: Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney missed most of his rookie season with injuries. The outside linebacker sat out the start of training camp because of sports hernia surgery before suffering a concussion late in camp. Then in Week 1, he injured his right knee and had arthroscopic surgery. He played three games after that, but never felt right and eventually had season-ending microfracture surgery earlier this month. The problem could cost him some time next year, too, with the recovery from the procedure expected to take up to nine months.FOSTERS YEAR: Running back Arian Foster rebounded from a back injury and surgery that caused him to miss the last eight games of 2013. Foster produced his fourth career 1,000-yard rushing season. He finished sixth in the NFL with 1,246 yards rushing despite missing three games with hamstring injuries.LESSONS LEARNED: OBrien, who joined the Texans after two seasons at Penn State, learned a lot in his first season as an NFL head coach. Hes looking for much more from himself in Year 2.The improvement starts with me, he said. I told our team: There is a lot more out there and it starts with the head coach.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Evan Gattis Jersey . Ashton scored a hat trick -- giving him 13 goals in 16 AHL games this season -- to power the Toronto Marlies to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Lake Erie Monsters in AHL action on Sunday. Colby Rasmus Astros Jersey .C. -- The Hornets have placed the teams future personnel decisions in the hands of Rich Cho after Rod Higgins has stepped down as the teams president of basketball operations on Friday.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseballs payroll perch, part of an off-season spending spree that has the average salary approaching $4 million for the first time. The Dodgers are ending the Yankees 15-year streak as baseballs biggest spenders and as of Tuesday had a projected payroll of $235 million, according to study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. New York, which last failed to top the payroll rankings in 1998, was a distant second at $203 million. After that, it was another huge gap to Philadelphia at $180 million, followed by Boston at $163 million and Detroit at $162 million. Houston is last at $45 million, up from $27 million at the start of last year, and Miami at $48 million remains 29th. Some large-market teams are among the smaller spenders, with the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs projected at $89 million, ranked 22nd and 23rd. Rodriguez, who holds the record for the largest deal in baseball history at $275 million over 10 years, is suspended for the season for violations of baseballs drug agreement and labour contract. Because of the ban, he will earn only $2,868,852 of his $25 million salary — 21 days pay for the 183-day season. Greinke would have become the highest-paid player, even if Rodriguez was getting all his cash. The pitcher has a $24 million salary in the second season of his $147 million, six-year contract, and because he can opt out of the deal after the 2015 season, baseballs accounting rules call for his $12 million signing bonus to be prorated over the first three seasons. "Weve got great ownership and a great fan base, and we need to do what we can to win games," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said last week in Sydney, where Los Angeles swept its opening, two-game series against Arizona. "I dont think the guys worry about it. I know we dont worry about it," Colletti said. "Were expected to win, and thats how we go about it. Money doesnt mean you win. Money just means you have a chance to get the best players." As of Tuesday, the average salary projected to be between $3.95 million and $4 million, with the final figure depending on how many players are put on the disabled list byy the time opening-day rosters are finalized at 3 p. Evan Gattis Astros Jersey. m. Sunday. That translates to a rise of 8 to 10 per cent from last years opening average of $3.65 million and would be the largest increase since 2006 or possibly even 2001. "Im not surprised. With the type of revenues clubs are enjoying these days, the average salaries are going to go up," New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. Illustrating the rate of escalation, the opening-day average was $1.07 million when Derek Jeter first reached the major leagues in 1995, broke the $2 million mark in 2001 and spurted past $3 million in 2008. "I think its great. I think it just shows the game is growing, fan interest is there," said Jeter, the Yankees captain who is retiring at the end of this season. "The business of baseball seems like its booming pretty good right now." The average U.S. wage in 2012 was $42,498, according to the Social Security Administration, the latest figure available and an annual increase of 3.12 per cent. Following Greinke on the highest-paid list are Philadelphias Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee at $25 million, the Yankees CC Sabathia at $24.3 million, and Seattles Robinson Cano and Texas Prince Fielder at $24 million each. The APs figures include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income for players on active rosters, disabled lists and the restricted list. For some players, parts of deferred money are discounted to reflect current values. Payroll figures factor in adjustments for cash transactions in trades, signing bonuses that are the responsibility of the club agreeing to the contract, option buyouts, and termination pay for released players. For instance, the Yankees are receiving $18.6 million from the Los Angeles Angels to cover most of the $21 million due to outfielder Vernon Wells, who has been released, and $13 million from the Chicago Cubs to pay most of the $18 million owed outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The Mets payroll include buyouts to Johan Santana ($4.9 million present value) and Jason Bay ($2.7 million present value). ___ AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler and Jon Santucci contributed to this report. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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