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DURHAM, N.C. -- As she waited for her son to emerge from the Duke locker room, Sherry Allen should have been giddy. The Blue Devils had just beaten Florida State, their sixth win in seven games, and her son, Grayson, again had led his team in scoring with 18 points.Instead, Sherry stood silently, trying to identify the feeling gnawing at her insides. Finally, it hit her. She felt helpless. And the recognition that she couldnt stop what was about to happen to her son and, worse, couldnt prepare him for it practically paralyzed her.I realized that this was going to change him forever, Sherry said recently, recalling that February evening. I also knew he didnt know that. He wasnt going to know until it was too late, until he had the reality of it.What does it feel like to be caught in the social media storm known as going viral? To the Allens, it was like being swept up in a tidal wave. In a matter of 17 days, Grayson Allen went from a mild-mannered, Bible verse-tweeting potential All-American to the biggest villain in college basketball.He did this to himself, purposefully tripping two opponents. First it was Louisvilles Ray Spalding on Feb. 8, then Florida States Xavier Rathan-Mayes on Feb. 25. The first incident was surprising; the second incomprehensible, a pattern of dirty behavior that no longer could be written off as a Did he or didnt he do it intentionally? debate. No, he did it, with his right foot out, left heel up. It turned Grayson Allen into a trending topic on Twitter, an ignominious YouTube sensation and the topic of conversation around the country.I cant blame people for saying what they did, Grayson said. I probably would have said the exact same thing.Now, with a new college basketball season around the corner, the Allens are waiting with trepidation to learn the statute of limitations on 2016 basketball crimes. When does last years viral video disappear?It is time, Sherry said, to put it to rest.Of course, she knows better. Sherry knows neither she nor anyone in her family gets to call a moratorium on the Grayson Allen tripping conversation. Her son now knows that, too. He understands he cannot undo what has already been done. He also knows some opinions of him will never change.I know theres never completely a blank slate, Grayson said. Thats going to be replayed and not forgotten about. But for me, every opportunity I get to step on the court is an opportunity to play the game again and play the game the right way.And, if after all of that, people choose to like him or loathe him, Grayson Allen isnt terribly concerned. He just hopes they will come to know who he really is.Instead of who they think he is.SO IMAGINE you live your entire life doing the right thing. You make good grades and star on the basketball court to earn a scholarship to Duke. You parlay that into?spots on the All-American team and the Academic All-American team.Youve been on the planet for 20 years, or the equivalent of 630,000,000-plus seconds, and despite all that good, all of those achievements, the two worst nanoseconds of your life have come to define you.This is what haunts Grayson Allen and his family.He is ashamed of himself. Not in that fake, must-give mea cupla kind of way, in which he simply says, Im sorry. I made a mistake. I take responsibility. Of course hes sorry and knows what he did was wrong. Thats the easy part. Dealing with the embarrassment? Thats what causes him to twist his fingers into pretzels and choose each word carefully and deliberately as he sits with ESPN for on- and off-camera interviews earlier this month. Its the enormity of it all thats still causing him so much distress.His teammates tried to brush it off. Freshman Frank Jackson cracked a joke about Allens little tripping problem. Senior Amile Jefferson said it was all merely because people are going to talk, adding that, when youre one of the best players in the country, any story they can have on you, especially when its negative, theyre going to put it out there.But they werent him. They werent the one caught in the crosshairs. He was. Allen spent a lifetime building a reputation as a person of high character, only to see it all disintegrate with two kicks of his feet. It wasnt his teammates, either, who put Mike Krzyzewskis own scruples under the microscope, with people questioning how a man of such high moral standards refused to even suspend his star player. No, Allen had to deal with that.And his teammates didnt have to face their parents after that Florida State game. He did. He had to come face to face with the reality that he hadnt just embarrassed himself; he disappointed them.It was a lot, Grayson said, letting the simple words hang before continuing. That was an emotional moment, an emotional night for me after that game.Allen holed up in his room for days. His parents called repeatedly telling him theyd get through it, to let it go and move forward.But thats so hard to do when its on every sports channel, even in our local newspaper here (in Jacksonville, Florida), Sherry said.Following the first kicking incident, an story?examined?if Allen would be the next hated white player from Duke. The story linked Allen to Christian Laettner and J.J. Redick, two villains who, unlike Allen, came before him and embraced the hate.I didnt exactly help my own cause, Allen said.The fervor trailed him through the rest of the season, chasing him like a recurring nightmare. Away games were awful, neutral-court NCAA crowds only marginally better. Social media was especially cruel.Most of the time when things like this happen, youre watching someone else on TV or seeing something on Twitter about someone else, he said. Theres always something going on with Twitter, and youre watching it like, Oh its this person. And then all of a sudden its you, and it feels completely different.He avoided all of his accounts as best he could, but hes a college student, drawn to the social flame like a helpless moth. He couldnt avoid the media scrutiny, foregoing the no comment route and instead answering the same questions over and over. He offered no excuses because he really didnt have one.Even now, months later, Allen doesnt have an explanation for his behavior. He likens it to a moment in middle school when an opposing mom hissed miss it during his free throws. After he made his free throws, he couldnt help himself -- he stuck his tongue out at her as he ran back down court.Except then he was 12.On a much larger scale, this was exactly the same thing, Allen said. Its definitely the same feeling, the Did I really just do that? Like, youve got to be kidding me. You are so much smarter than that.HIS HOPE NOW is that maybe, in some twisted way, this will help him.Hes a master at challenging himself. Always has been. His mother recalls a kindergarten-aged boy who would frantically write, erase and rewrite his numbers and letters until they perfectly matched up with the dots on the paper provided. Today, thanks to doubling down on courses, Allen will be within enough credits of earning his degree that he will be permitted to walk at graduation, a full year early.As a kid, a shoeless -- and occasionally sockless -- Allen would spend hours alone on his Florida driveway shooting baskets, perfecting his shot until the net barely moved when the ball slashed through it. Now he enters his third season just 68 points shy of 1,000 at Duke.While hes driven, Allen is not one to naturally court attention. Hes more a natural-born introvert who describes his off-court personality as timid. When the ebullient Duke freshman Harry Giles walked in for his interviews last month, everyone knew hed arrived in the room. Allen almost snuck in. Thats how he likes it. His teammates say he is one of the best at video games. Yet when given the chance to boast about his skills, the best Allen can come up with?is: Id like to take the top claim on that.Its only on the basketball court that he truly comes out of his shell. The same person who sneaks into a room happily unnoticed is impossible to ignore once he crosses the lines. He plays with a recklessness that borders on foolishness, a self-assuredness that could be misconstrued as cockiness.But that fire only burns internally, fueling him to play harder and work harder but not necessarily inspiring others to do the same. Krzyzewski, in fact, challenged Allen at the start of last season to stop being so selfish with his passion and use it instead to challenge his teammates. Allen became better, but leadership remained an uncomfortable, unnatural fit. Given his druthers, Allen would somehow be the best and let someone else be in charge.The harsh glare of the spotlight forced him out of his comfort zone.?Our boy is definitely growing up, William Allen said of his son.And now, given all that he has been through in his relatively short time at Duke, Grayson can lend some guidance to a freshman class loaded with talent and the burden of expectation.It wasnt a smooth ride to get here to my junior year, he said. I couldnt really tell those guys, teach them about adversity or anything like that if its something I didnt go through. I think now I can talk to them a lot more.THEY WANT to move on. Not just the Allens. Ray Spalding and Xavier Rathan-Meyes would like to as well. When asked to talk about their individual encounters, Allens victims both declined. Each said through athletics department officials that they harbored no ill will toward Allen. As far as they were concerned, the whole thing was in the past.What will it take for everyone else to feel the same? A season without incident??If Grayson Allen cant get that blank slate, what then can he do to at least get a second chance?His mother knows the answer, only this time its not making her feel helpless.Weve moved forward because we know what kind of player he is and what kind of person he is, she said. Now he just needs the chance to show everyone else.A little dose of the real Grayson Allen. Not just the viral one. Russell Wilson Womens Jersey . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. Michael Dickson Seahawks Jersey . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. . Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. The Anahim Lake, B.C., native was stellar in making 39 saves in his home province and Lars Eller got credit for a bizarre short-handed winner as the Canadiens defeated the Canucks 4-1. Marquise Blair Womens Jersey . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. Chris Carson Seahawks Jersey . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. CLEVELAND -- Justin Mastersons teammates gave him one run of support. Clevelands ace, with a little help from the bullpen, made sure that was enough. Masterson took a shutout into the eighth inning and outdueled Texas Yu Darvish in the Indians 1-0 win on Saturday night. Michael Bourn homered to lead off the first inning for the games only run. Masterson (12-7), an American League All-Star, struck out eight and allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He shut down the Rangers and beat Darvish (9-5), who struck out 11 and held the Indians to three hits in six innings. Masterson knew runs would be tough to come by. "I was thinking, OK lets keep going, maybe one an inning, that would be great," Masterson said. "I knew that probably wouldnt happen with Yu out there, the great pitcher that he is." Darvishs only mistake came on his second pitch when Bourn hit a line drive that barely cleared the wall in right field. The home run was hit in Bourns first career at-bat against the Texas ace. "I heard a lot about him," Bourn said. "I believe the hype." Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Masterson retired the first two hitters in the eighth but was pulled after Nelson Cruzs two-out single. Joe Smith retired Adrian Beltre on a line drive to left that was caught on the warning track. "Wow, that was impressive on both sides," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Thats a tough game to win." While not as pleased with the outcome, Rangers manager Ron Washington praised both pitchers. "Yu was outstanding," he said. "After that second pitch to Bourn, they couldnt hit him. But we couldnt hit Masterson, either." The Rangers have lost 11 of 14 and are 2-7 since the All-Star break. Masterson had struggled against the Rangers before Saturday, going 0-4 with a 7.54 ERA in eight career appearances. He retired nine straight batters before Cruzs single and was given a standing ovation by the 24,242 fans as he walked to the dugout. "You want to stay in there, but I trust Tito (Francona) when he comes out there," said Masterson, who threw 113 pitches. Masterson, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by retiring Cruz on a ground ball, has been the winning pitcher in three 1-0 games this season. The other two were complete game performances against the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. "The great thing about the 1-0 games is they go quick," he said. "Everyones pretty happy about that. Its just nice. You feel like youre getting out there. Sometimes that helps keep that rhythm you have." This oone took 2 hours, 37 minutes to complete.dddddddddddd "Sometimes you have to win games like that," Francona said. "Thats what the leader of your staff does." Masterson has allowed one earned run in 14 2-3 innings in two starts since the All-Star break. He took a no-hitter into the seventh on Sunday against Minnesota. Darvish leads the majors with 172 strikeouts and has reached double figures seven times this season. Darvish, who threw 123 pitches, has failed to last seven innings in six straight starts. He has lost both starts to Cleveland this season. Bourn took an aggressive approach after taking Darvishs first pitch for a ball. "I didnt want him to get ahead too deep into the count," Bourn said. "I know how tough he is." Darvish took control after Bourns homer, striking out the side in the second and fanning two batters in the third, fourth and fifth. Cabrera reached third with two outs in the fourth, but Jason Giambi struck out. Jason Kipnis bid for a leadoff homer in the sixth fell a couple of feet short as Cruz made the catch in front of the right field wall. Michael Brantley doubled and Carlos Santana walked with two outs. Brantley stole third, and Santana stole second during Giambis at-bat. The inning ended when Leonys Martin ran down Giambis drive in left-centre. Elvis Andrus singled in the second inning and has had a hit in all 36 career games against Cleveland. After scoring eight runs and rallying from a 7-1 deficit in Fridays loss, the Rangers offence returned to its lacklustre ways. Texas right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who was assaulted while walking on a Cleveland street Thursday night, didnt pitch for the second straight game. Scheppers, who sustained facial cuts and bruises, said before Saturdays game that he was available to pitch. NOTES: Beltre struck out in the first, ending a stretch of 83 straight plate appearances without a strikeout. His previous strikeout was on July 3 against Seattle. ... OF David Murphy wasnt in the lineup despite being 4 for 4 with two homers against Masterson. Washington said Murphy will play Sunday in the series finale. ... Bourn has seven career leadoff homers. ... RHP Josh Tomlin (Tommy John surgery) pitched a scoreless inning in his first minor league rehab start for the Indians team in the Arizona rookie league on Friday. Tomlin, who had the surgery last season, is expected to return in 2014. ... Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5) takes on Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando (4-2) in the finale of the three-game series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Ogando is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in eight career games against Cleveland. ' ' '

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