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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A couple of California college kids who came north for a nonstop summer of baseball relaxed in the shaded grandstand one bright afternoon, before the gates opened and the Rochester Honkers hosted the Mankato MoonDogs.The two teams had just played a lunch-time game in Mankato and bused 80-some-miles across the flat farmland of south-central Minnesota to Rochester for the second half of this dual-city doubleheader, part of the 72-games-in-76-days schedule in the flourishing, fostering Northwoods League.Theres nothing Id rather be doing than be out here, said Casey Worden, a senior-to-be at UC Riverside who homered in the first game that day for the Honkers.The teammates marveled at the abundance of green grass around the five-state, one-province footprint of the league. They missed seeing the mountains but not the smoggy sky.And theres actually stars at night, said Mark Contreras, another UC Riverside rising senior.Future stars arent hard to find on the field, either.With Curtis Granderson, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer among the alumni, the Northwoods League has served as a meaningful stepping stone for many a college player to a professional career over two-plus decades. The reach of this 18-teams-and-growing league designed to simulate the minor league grind has only increased.I enjoy playing the game. Its a muse to me, Contreras said. If the draft does happen for me, then I have that confidence Ive lasted that many games and can do it here.The Northwoods League founders werent sure how long it would last past its 1994 inception. Dick Radatz Jr., a former college player with operational and promotional experience in the minor leagues and with major league spring training in Florida, needed a job and wanted to stay in the sport. So he helped spawn the league with a $25,000 down payment that drained his savings. There were five teams then, two of which remain in operation in their original city.A little bit of inspiration and a little bit of desperation, Radatz said. In the early years we were robbing Peter to pay Paul. If you had a good night in Wausau you had to get that money down to Dubuque to pay those bills.With a shorter season than the minors, the Northwoods League had fewer bad-weather nights on which to sell tickets. Games were affordable for families, and some teams created all-inclusive party decks to keep 20-somethings coming. The first alumnus to reach the majors, Jeff Weaver, debuted in 1999 for the Detroit Tigers.The for-profit model, with 5 percent of team revenues redirected to the league, fueled investment in innovation like an in-house webcast on track to feature four high-definition cameras at every site by next year. So many season subscriptions were sold that Google and YouTube started asking the league questions about its success. This year brought three-man umpire crews.Now the new-franchise fee is $1 million. League-wide attendance this summer entering the weekend was 1,597 per game, with a league-high average of 5,681 fans flocking to see the Madison Mallards. Next year could bring one to four expansion teams. The number of all-time alumni to reach the majors rose this month to 153 , with more than half since 2011 and 56 active this season.This is the best competition Ive seen my entire life, said MoonDogs All-Star Jordan Kozicky, a Minneapolis native who redshirted his freshman year at Minnesota.Current college enrollment is the only prerequisite for participation, with clubs recruiting players through connections at various NCAA programs. Strict rules protect pitchers, such as five days of rest required after appearances of 100-plus pitches. Relievers cant pitch on consecutive days.Gracious hosts house and feed the players when theyre in town.Its truly like a second family. They treat you like one of their own, Worden said.Travel is an integral part of the experience. The North Division stretches 500-plus miles from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Waterloo, Iowa. The eight teams in Wisconsin have a long way to go around the lake to get to Battle Creek or Kalamazoo in Michigan. Yes, thats a lot of napping. Its also time for players from different regions to bond over pizza or Mafia, the group strategy game that gets top billing on the MoonDogs bus.Anything thats this compacted is going to bring the best out of you, Honkers pitching coach Demetre Kokoris said. The more adversity, the better. The more games you play, the more scenarios that come up. Im a firm believer that the more challenging you can make things, the better off it is.The Cape Cod League, with 292 alumni playing in the majors in 2015 alone, has long been the amateur-league summer standard for pro prospects. It has 10 teams no more than an hour apart playing a 44-game schedule. Naturally, the Northwoods Leaguers are proud of their bus miles and game logs.I just focus on trying to get better every day and playing the game hard because you love it, said MoonDogs All-Star Jake Shepski, a Chicago-area native playing at Notre Dame who entered the weekend with a league-best .384 batting average and ranked in the top five in homers and RBI. Then I think everything will just work out the way its supposed to. Nike Air Force 1 NZ Sale . -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Nike Air Force 1 NZ Online . Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. http://www.nikeairforce1salenz.com/ . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. Nike Air Force 1 NZ . Louis Blues teammates who would also be participating in the Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey, that is. Cheap Nike Air Force 1 NZ From China . And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates. From Pierre LeBrun While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact hes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie. ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The biggest change for newly crowned Formula One champion Nico Rosberg this year was staying calm despite his often turbulent relationship with rival Lewis Hamilton.Rosberg won his first F1 title on Sunday to end his Mercedes teammates bid for a fourth title overall. Hamilton won the race itself but Rosbergs second place was enough for him to finish five points ahead in the standings.The German driver focused on himself the whole season, not allowing the frustrations of his rivalry with Hamilton to unsettle him.For sure its a key ingredient as to why Im here now. Its the approach Ive taken, Rosberg said. Ive really learned to focus hard. It takes a lot of sacrifice to stay so focused for the whole year.When Hamilton sealed last years title with three races to go at the United States GP in Austin, Texas, he made a dismissive gesture toward Rosberg.The three podium finishers each get a cap: with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd written on them. Race winner Hamilton tossed Rosbergs second-place cap toward him with barely a glance in his direction, let alone consoling words.Rosberg reacted by tossing it straight back at Hamilton even quicker than it had arrived.Hamiltons gesture appeared to be one-upmanship, goading right at the precise moment when his teammate was utterly dejected.Austin was a horrible experience for me, Rosberg said.But getting so irritated that day merely exposed his frustration to the watching world, while Hamilton smiled serenely.Rosberg showed far more mental strength this year.Even at pre-season testing in Spain, he seemed different. Less edgy, less verbose, and quietly determined to turn his fortunes around.All season long he has repeated the mantra of taking it one race at a time.The clich? from one of the more eloquent drivers became a force field, helping him to block everything else out and stopping him looking too far ahead or thinking too much about Hamilton.Publicly, at least, he spoke about Hamilton like he would any other driver, rather than the rival haunting his title dreams.There have been tensions this year.They crashed on the final lap in a dramatic end to the Austrian GP in early July, when Hamilton was desperately trying to overtake RRosberg.dddddddddddd It followed a similar incident on the first lap at the Spanish GP in mid-May -- although both went out so neither gained points.But after what happened in Austria, both were warned by Mercedes that they risked having team orders imposed on them.Mercedes had seen this before in 2014, when their drivers feuded at the Monaco GP and the Belgian GP.Tensions were still apparent heading into the final race of 2014 in Abu Dhabi. Before that years title decider, Hamilton was asked if there was something he could do to ensure a clean race. He said there was not.In a flash, Rosberg snapped at the British driver: Yes, Lewis can do something to keep it clean, which is drive cleanly himself.It was Rosberg once again rising to the bait.But after this years incidents, Rosberg reacted in a low-key manner, noticeably steering away from score-settling.Even in the days before this race, Hamilton was stepping up the mind games, repeating that he thinks he has been the better driver this year and consistently bemoaning his bad luck with engine problems.If Hamiltons intention was to dominate the pre-race news conferences before their latest title decider, then he won hands down.But Rosberg was clearly not interested in engaging in a war of words and, while Hamilton hogged the limelight with his audacious statements, Rosberg sat next to him, cupping his chin on his hand, visibly detached as he looked away into the distance.If Hamiltons intention was to undermine Rosbergs composure, then it failed.Their rivalry goes back to when they were racing karts against each other as teenage friends and shared rooms together at races.The two 31-year-old drivers are contrasting characters.The jet-setting Hamilton has always loved to travel, often using his bright-red Bombardier Challenger private plane.He has a taste for the high life, with high-profile friends in the music and fashion industry such as singer Rihanna, designer Stella McCartney and model Gigi Hadid.In contrast, Rosberg, who has a young daughter with his childhood friend and wife, grows and eats his own vegetables. 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