Gabe Freeman is typical of the many players sweating it out several rungs below basketball's top tier -- good enough to play professionally, but in medium-to-small centres like Charlottetown, Saint John, N.B., and Orangeville, Ont.
Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors went on an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away for their 14th victory in 15 games, 103-89 over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Thousands of Broncos fans celebrated Denver's Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers in downtown streets and amateur fireworks lit up the sky around town. Police reported some arrests but no major damage or injuries.
Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver's two touchdowns and the Broncos defence frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Cam Newton, Von Miller bothered Carolina's quarterback from start to finish Sunday, forcing two fumbles and compiling 2 1/2 sacks in a showdown between a couple of shutdown defences.
Coming into Super Bowl XLVIII two years ago, Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos had the NFL's top-ranked offence, but that wasn't enough to help them overcome the league's leading defence in the Seattle Seahawks.
Marshawn Lynch, the mercurial Seattle Seahawks running back, sent a tweet during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with a pair of cleats hanging from a power or telephone line, giving one of the surest signs that he's set for retirement.