New York, NY (SportsNetwork. Custom Cardinals Jerseys .com) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been named the first-team quarterback on the 2014 Associated Press All-Pro squad, while Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt earned recognition at two different positions in balloting released Friday. Watt, favored to win his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in the last three seasons, received 45 of a possible 50 votes to earn first team honors at defensive end. He also garnered five votes at defensive tackle to make the second team at that position. Watt and New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski were the only unanimous selections. Rodgers was tabbed as the top quarterback on the All-Pro team for the second time in his career, with the first coming during his MVP season of 2011. The Packers star was named atop 44 ballots, with Dallas Tony Romo taking in three votes to earn second-team distinction. The Cowboys had a league-high four first team All-Pros in running back DeMarco Murray, wide receiver Dez Bryant, rookie guard Zach Martin and offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Murray was joined by Pittsburghs LeVeon Bell in the first team backfield, with fellow Steeler Antonio Brown alongside Bryant at wide receiver. Brown was a near-unanimous choice, collecting 49 votes. Co-headlining Watt on the first team defense was Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, who finished just shy of an NFL record with 22 sacks this season. The unit also included three members of the Seattle Seahawks in cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and inside linebacker Bobby Wagner. Sherman and Thomas were repeat selections, as were Watt, Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Carolina inside linebacker Luke Kuechly and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas received the fifth first team All-Pro nod of his career, while New England cornerback Darrelle Revis was chosen for the first time. The remainder of the first team offense consists of Packers fullback John Kuhn, Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda, Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri and Cincinnatis Adam Jones, who was named as the top kick returner. A pair of Buffalo Bills, Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus, comprised the defensive line along with Watt and Suh. Baltimore outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, San Diego safety Eric Weddle and Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee rounded out the first team defense. Dexter Fowler . Now the Minnesota Vikings have set their sights on soccer. Jordan Hicks . Sijsling, ranked 74th in the world, was leading 6-0, 4-1 when his Italian opponent called it quits after just 39 minutes on court. In a match pitting together two qualifiers, Michal Przysiezny of Poland defeated local favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) for only his second Tour win of the season.LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Atlanta Hawks just keep rolling on the road.They pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98 Monday night and earn their seventh straight road victory for the first time in 21 years.They have been doing it by building double-digit leads on opponents floors.We really cant control the crowd and a lot of stuff, so we just go out there and do the best we can, said Al Horford, who had 16 points for the East-leading Hawks. Coach always stresses the importance of defending and rebounding, and I feel like weve been doing a good job of that.Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Jeff Teague added 20, and DeMarre Carroll had 17 points and eight rebounds in Atlantas fifth straight win overall and 19th in 21 games.Right now, Atlanta has unshakable confidence, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Not so for the Clippers, who fell to 7-10 against teams that currently have winning records.Defensively, we have no presence, said Chris Paul, who had 10 points and 10 assists before fouling out with 1:50 to play.Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Clippers, whose biggest lead of nine came at the start of the game. DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and J.J. Redick had 14 points as the teams three-game winning streak ended.If we knew exactly what we need to address, Griffin said, hesitating to find the words. Its just not something we can snap our fingers and fix.Dennis Schroders driving layup gave the Hawks the games first double-digit lead, 82-72, early in the fourth. It came near the start of an 18-6 run that extended their advantage to 95-78, largest of the game. Schroder had seven points, Pero Antic five, and Millsap four in the spurt.We werent executing and making good decisions early, but our defence put us in a position where we could kind of hang around and keep it at six or eight, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. We made a little run at the end of the second quarter, then the defence maintained its place, and offensively we got into a little bit of a rhythm.The Clippers committed six of their season-high 21 turnovers in the fourth, when the Hawks had one. Atlanta shot 48 per cent from 3-point range, and the Clipperrs were held to 28 per cent. Paul Goldschmidt. We missed a lot of open shots and were very lax with the ball, Rivers said. We lost the game because we turned the ball over and gave them easy shots. We were forcing a lot of passes.Griffin made one of two free throws to tie it 67-all late in the third before the Hawks scored 10 of the last 12 points to take a 77-69 lead going into the fourth. Carroll had six in the spurt. Griffin and Paul both picked up their fourth fouls in the quarter when the Clippers briefly led by two.The Clippers turnovers led to 23 points by the Hawks, who came in averaging 26.5 in four previous games.TIP-INSHawks: They had 13 steals. ... The last time they won seven straight road games was Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 1993. ... Their bench was 1 for 12 from the field in the first half. ... Atlanta has won eight straight against West foes, equaling their streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 18, 1997. ... They snapped a three-game skid against the Clippers at Staples Center. ... They won the season series 2-0, having taken a three-point victory at home less than two weeks ago.Clippers: Former Laker Dennis Rodman sat behind the teams bench. ... They shot 50 per cent from the field in the opening quarter before dipping to 36 per cent in the second. ... Informed that he remains Atlantas franchise assists leader with 3,866, Rivers joked, Atlanta has not had a lot of good players. Rivers played for the Hawks from 1983-91 at the start of his NBA career.SHOOTIN SCHRODERSchroder had all seven of his points in the fourth after going 0 of 4 in the first half.Its great for him as a young player to stick with it, Budenholzer said. Hes a very confident young man, and he made some big plays. He also did well defensively. Were trying to do it as a team, and different guys at different moments are finding ways to help us.SEARCHING CLIPPERSLike Griffin, Jordan cant quite put his finger on why the Clippers struggle against the NBAs best teams especially defensively.You see it in spurts of us having the right tools to be a defensive team, Jordan said. Then theres times where we look like we dont know what were doing.UP NEXTHawks: Host Memphis on Wednesday.Clippers: Host Lakers on Wednesday. ' ' '
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