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|Josh Harris is finally having some fun being an owner of sports franchises in three cities Josh Rosen Youth Jersey , three leagues and two continents.
It’s been a long wait for Harris, who has led investment groups that bought the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA in 2011, the New Jersey Devils of the NHL in 2013 and a share of Crystal Palace of the Premier League in England in 2015.
After years of losing, the Sixers and Devils finally returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
”You see the bags under my eyes,” said Harris, who has been doing a lot of traveling since the postseason started.
The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, beat the Miami Heat in five games in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
The Devils lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Even overseas, Harris has seen a turnaround. After going seven straight league games without scoring to begin the season, London-based Crystal Palace is close avoiding relegation.
”I think that what it is is validation,” Harris said during an interview late Wednesday at the Devils’ headquarters at the Prudential Center.
”All these teams we started with a long-range plan and a real strategy about what we wanted to accomplish. We knew it would take several years to get there. We inherited situations that were not set up as well as we would have liked.
”So this is more validation of what we thought. It’s much more fun to be going to games and matches now than to be planning for the draft lottery.”
Harris has seen the Devils transform from an older team to a younger team that skates as well as any franchise in the league. Hiring former Pittsburgh Penguins executive Ray Shero to be his general manager has played a major part in the makeover along with following a plan that built the organization around scouting, analytics Derrius Guice Jersey , sports science and acquiring players who fit into a set culture that stresses a fast, attacking style and teamwork.
After a horrible 2016-17 season in which they finished last in the Eastern Conference, the Devils rode the play of forward Taylor Hall and No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier to a 27-point improvement and a playoff berth.
They just ran into a better and more playoff-ready team in the postseason.
”We have said all along we are not going to rest until we win a Stanley Cup,” said Harris, who along with partner David Blitzer, led a group that paid $320 million for a majority share of the Devils, which included the rights to operate Prudential Center arena. ”It’s not easy to do that. Everyone says it, but we are serious about it. This is a stepping stone, but a good stepping stone.”
Blitzer is a partner in all three franchises.
Harris said the Devils need to add more talent to improve, having their existing players get better and to continue to develop their young players in the minor leagues. He said he would gladly spend to get the right elite player.
”As this young team comes together, this is a little analogous to Philly on the basketball side, where you start to see what you have and what you need Cheap Derrius Guice Jersey ,” Harris said.
”When you are building that, it’s a little hard to figure what you need. When you go into the free agency market, you need to know what you need because typically in the free agent market it is very competitive. You get 80 cents of value for a dollar because it a competitive market, so you need to know what you need.”
Money is something Harris understands. He is an equity investor who co-founded Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s largest alternative investment firms.
His group spent $280 million to buy the 76ers from Comcast Spectacor in 2011.
Philadelphia was the hottest team in the NBA postseason, winning its final 16 games to finish 52-30 behind the play of Joel Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons.
After its winless start, Crystal Palace has an 8-11-9 record (wins, ties and losses) for 35 points. It is in 14th place in the 20-team league, with three regular season games left.
Harris and Blitzer each own 18 percent of the soccer club along with club chairman Steve Parish.
More NHL hockey: Gorkys Hernandez is hitting for power, grinding through long at-bats and moving baserunners with timely bunts – and his teammates are taking notice.
Hernandez drew a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning after his earlier solo home run, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night.
”We’re going to be talking about him for a while Mike McGlinchey Jersey ,” Giants starter Derek Holland said of Hernandez. ”He’s been doing outstanding this year, he’s been a huge part of this team.”
Tom Murphy doubled to start the ninth for the Rockies on a hit that sliding Hernandez couldn’t secure in center field, and the ball kicked back toward the infield. San Francisco left third base uncovered, but despite base coach Stu Cole wildly gesturing, Murphy never looked up and stopped at second. DJ LeMahieu wound up grounding into a game-ending double play that was confirmed on replay.
”There’s a lot of chaos going on at that point. Rarely do you see that type of situation occur where you have three guys covering second base,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. ”Pitcher, third baseman, first baseman end up going over there.”
Tony Watson (2-2) recorded the final out of the eighth before Sam Dyson closed out Colorado for his third save.
The Giants loaded the bases in the eighth against Adam Ottavino (3-1), whose scoreless streak ended at 15 innings with his first run allowed since May 8 at home against the Angels.
Andrew McCutchen had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning before the Rockies tied it at 2 on Ian Desmond’s two-out double in the eighth off Mark Melancon.
Austin Slater and pinch-hitter Hunter Pence had consecutive singles to start the seventh before advancing on a sacrifice bunt by Hernandez, who homered to tie it in the third. Rockies starter Chad Bettis intentionally walked Buster Posey to load the bases for McCutchen, and Ottavino relieved and gave up the go-ahead run. Slater just beat center fielder Gerardo Parra’s throw to the plate.
Bettis gave up two runs and six hits in a 6 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked four.
He had allowed five or more runs in his previous five starts but hadn’t lost Marcus Davenport Jersey , a streak that is tied for the longest in major league history with Rube Walberg from June 1-18, 1932. All of Bettis’ decisions have come away from Coors Field.
Desmond hit a one-out solo homer in the second to put Colorado ahead before Hernandez tied it.
Four of Hernandez’s 10 home runs have come against the Rockies. His previous career high was three, and he didn’t hit any last year.
”It feels great, last year having nothing (homers) to this year having 10,” he said.
Following the Giants’ first day off since June 7, Brandon Crawford had three hits and scored the deciding run on the walk by Hernandez after a one-out single and steal of second.
San Francisco improved to 6-2 on its current homestand.
”We’ve been playing better,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ”Hopefully we can build on this, and we’re going to have to.”
Holland matched his season high with eight strikeouts while pitching a season-long 6 2/3 innings. Looking to win back-to-back outings for the first time in 2018, the lefty settled for a no-decision. He allowed six hits, the one earned run and walked two.
Three intentional walks by Colorado pitchers were the team’s most since three on June 24, 2016, against Arizona.
Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn (upper back strain) and RHP Scott Oberg (back strain) each responded well from rehab outings with Class A Modesto – both pitchers struck out two with a walk in a scoreless inning – and were set to play catch Tuesday. ”They’re healthy Shaquem Griffin Seahawks Jersey ,” Black said. ”I think they’ve checked off a couple boxes health-wise. We have some decisions to make.”
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija was tagged for five runs in the first inning and six in all of his rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento at Albuquerque as he works back from tightness in his pitching shoulder. Samardzija allowed seven hits in four innings with six strikeouts, two walks and a pair of home runs. … RHP Johnny Cueto (right elbow sprain) is set to pitch for Sacramento on Friday, throwing up to 70 pitches. … 3B Evan Longoria is underway with his initial rehab work following surgery for a fractured left hand. There is still no timeline change from the initial indication of six to eight weeks, Bochy said.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (7-6, 3.55 ERA) makes his 10th road start out of 16 2018 outings and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two appearances against the Giants this year.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.20) makes his fifth start of 2018 needing one strikeout for No. 1,500 of his career – and playing in his 239th career game would become the fourth-fastest lefty to accomplish the feat in the live-ball era, according to STATS.