NEW YORK -- Mark Sanchez got a few dozen of his New York Jets teammates together to practice for three days in private. Yep, one of the NFLs chattiest teams went silent and got to work. No cameras. No fans. No reporters. "We just wanted to be able to focus," Sanchez said during a conference call Wednesday. "I think weve seen the extreme in Hard Knocks, and how everything with the media, every little thing, if you sneeze, its out there in print, on a blog or on TV. This is our chance to really just relax and do it our way, keep it quiet, have fun with the guys and keep it just a team thing." About 40 players wrapped up three days of player-run workouts at Fairleigh Dickinson University, across the road from the teams facility in Florham Park, N.J. Unable to work out at the facility because of the lockout, it was the first time the Jets players have gotten together as a large group since the end of last season. "It was definitely a success, got some of the younger guys acquainted with veteran players, got everybody back again," Sanchez said. "It was good to see everybodys face again and make sure guys are looking like they are in good shape, and they definitely looked like that." Centre Nick Mangold remains hopeful that he and his teammates can soon get back to business as usual. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners met with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland. "As much as we get to do these player workouts and stuff like that, its not the same as having, for myself, an elite offensive line coach like Bill Callahan out there coaching me," Mangold said. "So I think that it would be a good thing for us to get everything wrapped up in time." Sanchez and his brothers, Nick and Brandon, helped organize the workouts -- dubbed "Camp Lockout" -- which included film sessions and 7-on-7 and team drills. Mangold and right guard Brandon Moore sent emails to several players, who agreed to gather from Monday through Wednesday. Sanchez also credited FDU basketball coach Pete Marion for setting things up at the school. The days began with an hour of film study, followed by two hours of on-field work. Sanchez also made copies of old playbooks that he distributed to all of his teammates. "When you dont have that time, potentially not going to Cortland, potentially not going to training camp," Sanchez said, "this was as close to that as we could replicate." Sanchez, Mangold and Moore ran the offensive position groups, while cornerback Darrelle Revis and linebackers Bart Scott and David Harris ran things on the defence. "The 7-on-7 was pretty competitive and the team stuff, as far as tempo, not anything crazy," Sanchez said. "Guys just wanted to make sure we stayed injury-free and I think we did that." In behind-the-scenes footage shown on defensive tackle Sione Pouhas YouTube channel, the players are seen going through drills wearing specially made "Camp Lockout 2011" T-shirts -- green for defence, white for offence and red ones for the quarterbacks, just like in regular camp practices. LaDainian Tomlinson and first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson are among the many players seen in the video. The players preferred to not give a full attendance report, but among those who didnt participate reportedly included some of the Jets biggest free agents: cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Braylon Edwards. ESPNNewYork.com reported that wide receiver Santonio Holmes attended at least one day, but didnt participate in drills. "Thats something I kind of expected and can understand," Sanchez said. "As teammates, its hard because you want those guys there, but as a professional football player and somebody who understands that there is a business side to this sport, unfortunately, I understand where these guys are coming from." The players also had some down time, including a three-point shooting contest in FDUs gym, which running back Joe McKnight and cornerback Drew Coleman won. They took home Hugo Boss suits as their reward. "We had a good time with it, make sure guys are having fun, getting a little conditioning in at the same time," Sanchez said. "I dont even think they even realized that they were, so it was good." Sanchez said players are considering additional workouts "in small pockets" until the lockout ends. He got the offensive skill players together for his "Jets West" camp in Southern California in early May, and several defensive linemen have been working out at a high school in New Jersey. "It actually worked the opposite of what a normal off-season is," Sanchez said. "Were together so much and the off-season seems so short that when you get those times off, guys want to get away and focus on their family and relax. ... Well, now, weve been apart for so long, guys couldnt wait to get here and see each other again and have fun." Cheap Jerseys China
. Barcelona says Fabregas will be sidelined seven to 10 days due to a strain to his right thigh picked up after coming on for the last 10 minutes of Fridays 3-0 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao. Cheap Jerseys
. Croatias Marin Cilic defeated Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., 6-4, 6-4 in the first round Wednesday while defending champion David Ferrer of Spain ousted qualifier Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B. http://cambridgediversity.org/cheapjerseysfromchina.html. Behind a swarming defence, an offence fueled by big plays and opportunistic special teams, the Aztecs rolled to a 49-24 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.CHAMAPIGN, Ill. -- Coming to Illinois on Saturday, a long list of milestones were on the line for Michigan State. Best start in team history. A chance for Tom Izzo to move up the ladder of Big Ten coaching wins. And, oh yeah, the top spot in the conference standings to protect. The Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) checked off all those boxes, holding off Illinois in a sometimes frustrating, physical contest, 78-62. Izzo, who moved past Illinois Lou Henson and into the No. 4 spot on the list of all-time Big Ten wins with 215, called the victory a sign of progress. "Were getting there," he said. "Were gutting things out. Were better defensively than we were a month ago, were better rebounding than we were a month ago." No Spartans team before this one started with 17 wins in its first 18 games. The shot at that served as motivation, said Denzel Valentine, who had a game-high 11 rebounds and 15 points. "We kept saying, Lets make history," he said. While Michigan State won its 10th straight, Illinois (13-6, 2-4) has now lost four in a row. The frustration was apparent during several loud exchanges between coach John Groce and officials. The last one earned him a technical foul. But Groce said Michigan State was just better. "Todays issue wasnt fight; todays issue was we ran into a really, really good basketball team," he said. Izzo said he talked with Henson, who was at the State Farm Center, before the game, but downplayed moving into the No. 4 spot. Bob Knight holds the No. 1 spot with 353. "Its nice," Izzo said. "Im going to call Bob and make sure he realizes theres no worries. Nobodys catching him." Michigan State owned the boards early against the Illini, outrebounding them 24-10 over the first 20 minutes. The Spartans used that edge to open up a 10-point lead by halftime and held the Illini at arms length the rest of the night. Gary Harris had a game-high 23 points and Keith Appling added 15 for the Spartans. Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 15 points. Illinois closed to within six at 59-53 with 6:11 in the game on a pair of free throws by Abrams. But almost as quick as those shots sparked a little hope for Illinois, Appling snuffed it out with a long 3-pointer from the top of the arc. "For wwhatever reason, we fell down in the zone," Groce said.dddddddddddd "Appling made a big shot." Michigan was up 62-53 with 5:43 to play, and with the Illini shooting a tepid 37.7 per cent and unable to drum up many second chances, Michigan was comfortably out front. The Spartans played without 6-10 centre Adreian Payne, out for a third consecutive game with an ankle injury. But against an Illinois team with little inside presence, they didnt seem to need him. "We learned to play without him," Harris said. "Some other guys stepped up. Were building a deeper team." Michigan State outrebounded Illinois 38-25. Valentine was at times dominant, particularly in the first half. He had nine rebounds by halftime and held Rice to 12 points. Rice entered as the conferences second-leading scorer, averaging 17.7 points a game. The Spartans also made the most of their shots, sinking 55.8 per cent of them. Illini big men Nnanna Egwu and Maverick Morgan had a combined five rebounds and four points. Egwu hasnt scored in his past two games in spite of starting both and playing 55 minutes. Groces frustration has been growing with the losing streak. After Wednesdays loss to Purdue he charged toward officials to complain about calls. Early in the first half Saturday night, he shouted across the court at his own team after a miss, "I didnt want that!" He then turned and slammed his fist into the scorers table in front of the Illinois radio crew. Late in the game, after several confrontations with officials, he threw his suit jacket and was called for a technical foul. Groce declined to discuss his exchanges with officials or their calls, but both he and Izzo said they believe there are problems with how rule changes designed to increase scoring are being called. "In my opinion, its completely different than maybe what I saw on the (NCAA) video that was sent to me in the fall," Groce said. "I think everybodys confused," Izzo added. "Its hard on everybody." Illinois has a tough road ahead with its next four at No. 11 Ohio State, at Indiana and then at home against No. 14 Iowa and No. 3 Wisconsin. The Spartans play their next two at home, Tuesday against Indiana and Jan. 25 against Michigan. ' ' '