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    October 12, 2018 7:30 am IST


    Veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.

    The 11-year pro with four franchises posted a message on Instagram saying "after 27 years of playing football [url=http://www.officialmapleleafsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-nazem-kadri-jersey]Adidas Nazem Kadri Jersey[/url] , today I say farewell."

    An All-Pro with San Diego in 2007, when he led the league with 10 interceptions, Cromartie was one of the NFL's best cover cornerbacks for much of his career, making four Pro Bowls. He also scored the longest touchdown in league history, returning a missed field goal by Minnesota for a 109-yard score in 2007.

    Cromartie, 33, spent his first four seasons with the Chargers, making the playoffs each year. He then joined the Jets and made the AFC championship game with them in 2010, his first of four straight seasons as a starter in Rex Ryan's defense.

    He spent 2014 with Arizona, returned to the Jets in 2015, and finished his career in 2016 with Indianapolis.

    Cromartie's ball skills, size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and speed made him a desirable commodity even though he was an inconsistent tackler and often gambled in coverage. The Chargers selected him 19th overall in the 2006 draft.

    "To The San Diego Chargers and the Spanos Family, thank you for believing in me," Cromartie wrote. "Thank you for taking a chance on a young kid from Tallahassee, Florida who did not play much in college. You believed in my ability and my potential to play at a professional level, and I will forever be grateful."

    With the Jets in 2010, he combined with Darrelle Revis to form one of football's best cornerback tandems.

    "I grew as a player, a man, and as a leader," he wrote of his time in New York. "The brotherhood I built here was undeniable. My heart will forever embrace the feeling of running through the tunnel and out onto the field with my brothers. My family and I will forever Bleed Green."
    LeBron James used to downplay winning division titles.

    Not this time. Not after what these Cleveland Cavaliers have been through this season.

    This one is worth appreciating.

    ”I’ve kind of like been a hypocrite of that because I’m always moving and trying to figure out how we can be better the next day or whatever the case [url=http://www.authenticsdenverbroncos.com/cheap-royce-freeman-jersey]Royce Freeman Color Rush Jersey[/url] ,” James said. ”So it’s always hard for me to be like, OK, another division crown after everything that’s gone on with our team and our ballclub this year, but it’s a pretty cool thing.”

    James had 26 points and 11 assists, Kevin Love scored 28 points, and the Cavaliers got their 50th win along with that Central Division title by beating the New York Knicks 123-109 on Monday night.

    The Cavs reached 50 wins for the fourth time in four seasons since James returned from Miami and the 11th time in franchise history. James has won a record 10 straight division titles in Cleveland and Miami.

    Cleveland pulled within a half-game of Philadelphia for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference, bouncing back from its loss to the 76ers on Friday and winning for the sixth time in seven games.

    A division title and 50 wins would have been considered shoo-ins for the Cavs before the season, but after injuries, trades and a leave of absence for coach Tyronn Lue, nothing seemed certain.

    ”It’s been it feels like a number of seasons within the season, but it’s also gone by pretty fast,” Love said. ”I know I was injured for a number of games, but it still feels like it was a little bit of a blur, so we got one more left at home and as we always say the real things starts.”

    J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who made 19 3-pointers and won for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden.

    Wearing black sneakers that read ”I’m” on the left shoe and ”King” on the right, James also had six rebounds and a few of his usual powerful dunks, including one where he broke in with a head of speed and Michael Beasley appeared in position to stop him before seeking safety and running by him out of the way .

    Beasley scored 20 points for the Knicks in their final home game of the season, which opened a home-and-home series. Rookie Frank Ntilikina added a career-high 17 and Courtney Lee also had 17.

    ”I feel like I’m getting better,” Ntilikina said. ”I’m feeling more comfortable.”

    The Knicks remained without injured starters Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter.

    The Cavs led by only six with under 4 minutes left, but James found Love for a basket, then followed Clarkson’s two 3-pointers with one of his own to put away the game.

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    TIP-INS

    Cavaliers: Cleveland nearly had its whole roster available, but Rodney Hood was ruled out with a sore left Achilles tendon. Guards George Hill (sprained left ankle) and Jose Calderon (sore left hamstring) both returned. … James can play in 82 games for the first time in his career if he plays Wednesday instead of resting for the playoffs, and that’s the way he’s leaning. ”I’m healthy, so I’m playing,” he said.

    Knicks: Hornacek said Hardaway and Kanter most likely wouldn’t play Wednesday, but didn’t rule it out. … Hardaway was called for a technical foul at the end of the first half.

    MASTERS MAN

    Masters champion Patrick Reed was seated courtside, wearing his green jacket. Love and actor Chris Rock were among those to greet him.

    COURTING THE KING

    James said Monday morning he hadn’t seen the billboard that went up near MSG urging him to play for the Knicks next season, though he was aware of it. Similar billboards had already gone up in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland and his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

    ”Same reaction as I had to every last one of them this year,” he said of the newest entry. ”I think it’s very humbling that cities and organizations want me to play for them, especially at this juncture of my career, so that’s it.”

    UP NEXT

    The Knicks will try to win in Cleveland for the second time this season, after a 114-95 victory on Oct. 29.

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