CLEVELAND -- For one more Sunday, Jim Brown felt the kind of emotional surge that made him an NFL legend.The greatest player to wear a Cleveland Browns jersey, and in the conversation as the best in league history, Brown was immortalized as the team unveiled a bronze statue of the running backs likeness outside FirstEnergy Stadium.The 8-foot-tall sculpture, which weighs more than 2,000 pounds, depicts No. 32 at the top of his game. Hes in motion, the football tucked tightly under his left arm, his right arm cocked to ward off an oncoming tackler.Although the tribute came 51 years after Brown walked away from the game at the peak of his career to pursue an acting career in Hollywood, the 80-year-old was moved by the tribute.Its a fantastic moment, he said, standing at the podium steadied by a walking cane. Its a great moment because I feel it throughout my body.Brown retired at the age of 29, ending a nine-year run in which he led the league in rushing eight times and was the MVP three times.He was a devastating runner, able to not only outrun defenders but blast through them. He finished with 12,312 yards rushing, 126 touchdowns and established a legacy few have approached.When you mention the Cleveland Browns, I think the first thing everybody thinks about is Jim Brown, owner Jimmy Haslam said.I think one of the reasons we have such a tremendous fan base today is that so many of us grew up watching Jim Brown play and remember 32 and how he dominated for nine years.The unveiling took place about three hours before the Browns played their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.The ceremony was attended by some of Browns teammates, Browns coach Hue Jackson, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, who sported a white No. 32 jersey.In his opening remarks, Brown, who has been a community activist for much of his life, was moved by seeing so many people he has known for years.There is a natural feeling that I have today of joy and celebration, said Brown, who was joined on the dais by his wife, Monique, and son, Aris.This represents one of the highest moments of my life because when I look at the audience, about 95 percent of the people I know personally and most of them I know through the work that they do, the work that I do and the work we do together in the community to make it a better community.Jimmy Haslam said Browns value to the team cant be underestimated.It means a tremendous amount, he said. Jim turned 80 last year and I watch him relate to our players who are almost 60 years younger than him and he still has the ability to relate, Haslam said.Jim is a very wise man, hes been great counsel to Dee and I as we learn the NFL business. Hes a very smart, savvy guy who I think relates to people of all ages and people of all color.Brown was once distanced from the only team he ever played for, but Haslam and his wife, Dee, welcomed him back to the organization four years ago as a special adviser.The Haslams were instrumental in the commission of the statue, which the team noted was to honor the many on-field accomplishments of Brown.The statue -- the first erected outside the lakefront stadium -- also brought some criticism to the team because of Browns long history of violence against women. He served four months in jail in 2000 for failing to attend counseling.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Chile Jerseys . 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When Marian Hossas shot eluded Quick for the go-ahead goal two periods later, the Blackhawks knew they had cracked their foes star goalie and the formula for winning at Staples Center. The Kings are teetering in the Western Conference finals -- and Chicago needs just one more win to topple the defending Stanley Cup champions. Hossa scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Blackhawks moved to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals with a 3-2 victory Thursday night, ending Los Angeles 15-game winning streak at home. "They were playing so well at home, and to finally break that streak, were happy about it," Hossa said. "We knew about it. We talked about it before the game. We were hoping to break it, and we got it." Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and Patrick Kane tapped in the tying goal as Chicago rallied from a second-period deficit to beat the Kings. Los Angeles hadnt lost in its rink since March 23, including eight playoff games. Bickell had a goal and an assist for the top-seeded Blackhawks, who took a 3-1 series lead even without suspended defenceman Duncan Keith. After losing Game 3 in listless fashion, the Blackhawks had a solution to every dilemma, from the Kings two early leads to the absence of Chicagos ice-time leader and top defenceman. "We knew our defence was going to step up, and they did," Bickell said. "We had a good feeling coming in. We had a bitter taste from the last game. They had a big start, but we stuck with it and eventually got it back." Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago. Slava Voynov and Dustin Penner scored for the Kings, who had the NHLs longest home post-season winning run since 2009. The champs know they are in trouble after failing to hold on to a late lead in front of their Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie. "Its an incredibly skilled team," Kings defenceman Drew Doughty said of Chicago. "Were not getting into something we didnt know. When you turn the puck over like that at the blue lines, with the skill they have, its only a matter of time before they put one on the scoreboard. Hopefully we learned our lesson, and weve got to win the next one." The Blackhawks thrived without Keith, who served a one-game suspension for high-sticking Jeff Carter in the face during the second period of Game 3. Sheldon Brookbank filled in while Chicago played strong team defence in front of Crawford, allowing just two shots by the desperate Kings in the third period. "Right from the first couple shifts, we were moving our feet, playing with speed," said defenceman Brent Seabrook, who led Chicago with 26:20 of ice time. "We were getting in on the forecheck and making good plays. It was big for our group to come back with a good effort." Los Angeles hadnt lost a playoff game at home since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals last season, winning nine straight overall. The Kings also had been outstanding when playing with a lead in front of Quick, who stopped 25 shots, but Los Angeles uncharacteristically surrendered that 2-1 lead late in the second period. The high-scoring Kane ending his seven-game goal drought in a quiet post-season by charging into the crease to tap home the tying goal on a rebound of Niklas Hjalmarssons shot and Bickells deflection late in the second period. Hjalmarsson finished with two assists. After Los Angeles killed a penalty to open the third period, Michal Handzus caught the Kings napping and set up a break with the speedy Hossa, who ripped a precise shot for his seventh goal of the post-season. "Thats one thing that (coach) Darryl (Sutter) has been hard on us for right now," Doughty said. "Were making too many turnovers, in the neutral zone especiallly.ddddddddddddThat was a cause of two of the goals. We made turnovers and they came back down on odd-man rushes and scored. If we want to win, its something we cant be doing." The Kings played their third straight game without centre Mike Richards, who has an apparent concussion after a big hit from Chicagos Dave Bolland in the series opener. Richards was the Kings leading post-season scorer with 10 points when he got hurt. Los Angeles unbeaten stretch at home ended in unusual fashion with the blown lead, and the low-scoring Kings title defence could be over in two days. The NHL hasnt had a repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, and Los Angeles has managed just eight goals in four games against the powerful Blackhawks. "They didnt have many great scoring chances," Crawford said. "We mostly kept them to the outside. It was great for us to shut them down." Chicago needs one win in three games to advance to its second Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1992. The Blackhawks have been mostly rolling since their 5-2 victory in the season opener at Los Angeles in January, ruining the Kings banner-raising ceremony. The Blackhawks hadnt won a playoff round in the past two seasons since their Stanley Cup triumph, replenishing their roster on the fly around their talented young core. Just nine players remain from the championship team, but its safe to say the rebuild is complete for a team that won its second Presidents Trophy with a 36-7-5 regular season, followed by a gutsy rally from a 1-3 series deficit against Detroit to escape the second round. The Kings opened Game 4 with the same urgency they showed two days earlier, forcing their way into Chicagos zone and preventing the Blackhawks usual slick passing. Los Angeles fourth line created the first goal just 3:28 in when Kyle Clifford passed from behind Chicagos net to Voynov, who skated in alone for a slap shot past Crawford. The goal was Voynovs sixth of the post-season, extending his single-season playoff record for Kings defencemen. Chicago responded, easily killing a penalty while holding Los Angeles without a shot for about 11 minutes. The Blackhawks evened it on an innocent-looking play by Bickell, whose wobbly shot somehow got out of Quicks glove for his eighth goal of the post-season. Bickell is on a remarkable playoff run before unrestricted free agency this summer, scoring a goal in each of the past three games and five of seven overall. The Kings went back ahead early in the second period on another strong shift by their newly assembled big line featuring Carter, Penner and rookie Tyler Toffoli, who has taken Richards place in the lineup. They also victimized the Blackhawks third defensive pairing: Carter drove the net while Chicagos Nick Leddy failed to knock him off the puck, and Penner swept home the rebound of Carters backhand when Brookbank couldnt move him out of the crease. Chicago tied it late in the period when Hjalmarsson launched a long shot through Bickells screen and past Quick. Kane tapped it home for a much-needed boost for the prolific scorer who had managed just two goals in the playoffs after getting 23 in the regular season. After Hossa scored his second goal of the series, Quick made an exceptional glove save on Kane later in the third period. But Quick and the Kings have yielded 10 goals in the series -- the same number they gave up in six first-round games and seven second-round games. "Its a loss. Theyre all the same," Quick said. "Weve just got to win one game. Thats all weve got to do." NOTES: The Kings lost at home in regulation just four times in the regular season. ... Brookbank played only 6:50 and was a minus-2, but coach Joel Quenneville praised his work. ... Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown has one goal in the last nine games, none in the conference finals. Top scorer Anze Kopitar has one goal in 13 games, also none in this series. Brown and Kopitar tied for the NHL playoff scoring lead last season with 20 points apiece. ' ' '
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