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    March 30, 2018 8:02 AM +0430

    Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers gave in to the NFLs ultimatum that they cooperate with the leagues investigation into their alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs for one reason:We werent willing to fall on the knife for something we didnt do, Matthews told reporters in Kansas City following the Green Bay Packers preseason game Thursday night against the Chiefs, a 17-7 loss. Air Max 97 Blanc Cassé .Both maintained their innocence from the start when they were linked to PEDs by an Al-Jazeera America report in December, but they (along with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison) werent cleared until Wednesday?-- a week after they finally agreed to sit down with league investigators.They agreed to talk after the NFL said the players could face a suspension if they didnt cooperate by Aug. 25.Peppers said he wouldve liked the situation to have been resolved sooner.I feel like we all couldve handled the situation a little differently to get better results, [but] Im pleased with how it turned out, Peppers said. Thats pretty much it.Matthews said he was never worried about being suspended until the league gave them a deadline to talk, but he is still bothered that he had to answer to what he called ridiculous allegations.Whos to say that somebody can just come out and say anything and next thing you know youre sitting down for something thats absolutely ridiculous, as it was in this case, Matthews said. Like I said, I maintained my innocence. I really had nothing to worry about until those ultimatums were put in place, and at that point, we sat down for the interviews and were ultimately cleared.When asked whether he made the decision to be interviewed by the league on his own or if the NFL Players Association told him to do it, Peppers said: It was a process.There was a lot of back-and-forth for months, Peppers said. We communicated with the PA back and forth about how to best handle it, so I think last week we came to a decision that we needed to just go ahead and do it and hopefully get it resolved, and thats what happened. Nike Air Max 97 / 1 x Sean Wotherspoon . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. Homme Air Max 97 . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. INDIANAPOLIS -- Tamika Catchings cherished every precious moment Sunday -- from hearing her favorite National Anthem singer right through her farewell speech.In between, fans, teammates and former players serenaded her with the same chorus: Thanks for the memories.Yes, on a day the Indiana Fever blew past beat Dallas 83-60 for the teams most lopsided win of the season, the score didnt really matter. One of the best and most beloved stars in WNBA history was about to say goodbye to her adopted hometown.I remember thinking after getting hurt my senior year at Tennessee, thinking nobody is going to want me. Ive got a broken wheel, and who goes to the store to buy something thats broken? Catchings told the fans after the game. But thank you, thank you.Yes, she started preparing for this moment in February 2015 after signing her final contract.But the rousing send-off still teetered between heart-felt thoughts, trips down memory lane, job proposals and even a comedy routine.Throughout the more than one-hour ceremony, Catchings, who declined gifts during her farewell tour, collected a few Sunday: A new Lexus, a framed USA Basketball jersey surrounded by team photos she competed on, two chairs and a specially designed Hoodie from Nike, a painting of her in a shooting stance and a custom-made poster with the word relentless above her photo.The one she appreciated most might have been the $100,000 check from Pacers Sports & Entertainment to her Catch The Stars Foundation.Fans had plenty of chances to cheer Sunday.But when she departed for the final time, with 1:33 left to play, the fans gave Catchings a prolonged ovation as she walked toward the bench, hugged her replacement and everyone on the bench. Former coach Lin Dunn was caught wiping away tears.Back in 2001, what we didnt know then but what we do know now is that we got the crown jewel of the WNBA, Fever chief operating officer Kelly Krauskopf said.It was a special day for everyone.Fever players wore new white shooting T-shirts to honor Catchings. Fans wore different white T-shirts, with the hashtag 24Forever emblazoned across the chest. Coach Stephanie White, who is bound for Vanderbilt after this season, even participated by wearing a nifty all-white outfit and the shooting shirt underneath her jacket.And the crowd was full of familiar faces.Friends and family came in from out of town. Former teammates such as Tully Bevilaqua and Katie Douglass came back, too. Air Max 97 Homme Silver. Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird and Olympic gold medalist Paul George sat together, and Reggie Miller returned to the venue where his own farewell ceremony took place during the spring of 2005.Like Millers farewell that day, anything Catchings did on the court -- make a basket, draw a foul, grab a rebound -- drew a loud cheers.During timeouts, a kaleidoscope of memorable moments played on the video board. So the four-time Olympic gold medalist, who carved out her own niche in Indianas long, illustrious basketball history, couldnt disappoint the fans.She didnt. Catchings scored eight points in the first quarter, finished with 16 and added seven more rebounds to the WNBAs career record. Not bad for a 37-year-old star.When the postgame ceremony began, the emotions really flowed.She is unwavering in her passion, her love, her beliefs, longtime teammate Briann January said. This is the same woman who cracks herself up with corny jokes and Shirley Temples. People like you dont come along often Catch. I love you to death and everything youve done for me. Twenty-four forever.White shared similar sentiments as she fought back tears.Tamika, I was lucky to be your teammat4e, Im honored to be your friend, White said, pausing. I am so proud, so proud of who you are and we thank you for gracing us with your presence every day and making us better people.The 10-time All-Star and five-time WNBA defensive player of the year finishes her career with 457 games played, second on the career scoring list (7,382) and as the career leader in free throws made (2,004), steals (1,074) and rebounds (3,316).Catchings will play at least one more home game -- Wednesday night against Phoenix -- but that didnt take away from all that she was being honored for Sunday.I think of all the tears Ive shed after losses, I think of all the tears Ive shed after wins, I think of all the tears that Ive shed during the hard work and when you give that much, my tears have already been shed, she said. Ive lived here longer than I have literally anywhere my whole entire life, so this is home, and Im so thankful that this journey ends here today on this court. 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