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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama honored the Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House on Thursday for completing what he described as one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of the National Hockey League as they won their fourth Stanley Cup.Obama noted that he has now been able to celebrate with eight Stanley Cup winners during his presidency with all of the teams based in the United States. He smiled when noting he recently reminded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of that achievement.This is a nice bookend for my presidency, Obama said.He also tweaked Phil Kessel, who had 22 points in 24 playoff games last season.We are here to celebrate an extraordinary achievement, the president said to begin his address. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion.The Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, overcame a tough start to the season with Obama noting that they were closer to last place than first in late December. He credits their persistence and teamwork as critical factors in completing the turnaround.What I like best about this teams victory is that no one thought they could pull it off, Obama said. I obviously sympathize with that. They said the same thing about me.Obama said a lot has changed since the Penguins first visited him in the White House in 2009. Back then, the color of his hair was more like a hockey puck. Now, it more closely resembled the color of the ice, he said, and Sid The Kid was still a kid.Crosby said his second White House visit was even better than the first because he has a greater appreciation of how difficult it is to win the Stanley Cup.It doesnt get old, Crosby said. NFL Jerseys China . Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Wholesale NFL Store 2018 .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Cheap NFL Shop . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville is determined to get back on the gas against North Carolina State after its high-scoring offense was slowed down by Duke.The visiting Wolfpack not only want to keep the brakes on the seventh-ranked Cardinals and Heisman Trophy contender Lamar Jackson, but knock off a ranked opponent along the way.North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces its second straight top-10 road opponent in Louisville (5-1, 3-1). The Wolfpack would like to make up for missing a huge opportunity in last weeks agonizing 24-17 overtime loss at No. 3 Clemson .The Wolfpack defense did nearly everything necessary to win, forcing four turnovers and returning an interception for a touchdown. N.C. State drove toward a potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation but missed, opening the door for the Tigers to win in OT. Now the Wolfpacks attention is squarely on Louisville.We believed we were going to win when we went down there and played good enough to win and just didnt get it, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. Those guys understand what they have to do to do it again, and we dont have any time to lick our wounds. Were playing, in my opinion, as good or better (a) team this week.Louisville would like to prove it after scoring a season low in points in its 24-14 escape of Duke .The output was more than 30 points less than the Cardinals nation-leading average coming in, and having the ball for just over 22 minutes was a factor. But Louisville made the most of its limited time of possession behind Jackson, who accounted for 325 of its 469 yards on offense along with a touchdown each passing and rushing -- including the late game-sealing score.The Cardinals accepted the outcome but know they could have done better. Improvement is certainly needed against N.C. State, which ranks fifth in the ACC in time of possession (31:50 per game) and has a blueprint to follow in keeping the ball out of Jacksons hands.We neeed to be more consistent, said Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, whose teams are 5-1 against N.ddddddddddddC. State. We didnt have a lot of touches in that game and we had some good drives and came away with no points, so weve got to take care of the football.---Some other things to watch as the Wolfpack visit Louisville on homecoming:HEISMAN HYPE: Jacksons playing down being a Heisman favorite hasnt stopped the school from touting him. Louisville has even launched a website promoting him, , featuring his eye-popping statistics and lighting up a letter in his name after each game. Jackson said that while it was his childhood dream to win the trophy, the reality of actually being mentioned still hasnt hit me. I dont really think about it.NO RETURNS: Its been something close to that for the Wolfpack punt coverage, which has allowed just two returns for six yards this season. Theyll have their hands full against Cardinals return man Jaire Alexander, who took one back 69 yards for a TD against Florida State and had a 90-yard TD return last week against Duke nullified by an illegal block penalty.GOOD HANDS PEOPLE: Five Cardinals have at least 119 yards receiving with wideouts James Quick and Jamari Staples leading the way. They have 480 and 410 yards respectively with Quicks four TDs topping the receiving corps. 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