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ATLANTA -- Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimmings athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.Ledecky earned four golds and a silver medal in Rio. She became the second woman since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to sweep the freestyle events at the same Olympics. She also swam the anchor leg on the winning 4x200 free relay and the second-place 4x100 free relay.Ledecky collected the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fifth straight year. She won the 800 free by 11 seconds.The USA Swimming Award was given to Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for his and USADAs efforts in providing fair sport for clean athletes. The award is the highest honor given annually by the national governing body.Dave Durden of the University of California at Berkeley, who coached five members of the U.S. Olympic team, received the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year.Olympians Haley Anderson and Jordan Wilimovsky earned open water athletes of the year following fifth-place finishes in Rio. Orlando Cepeda Jersey . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont. Hank Aaron Jersey .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. http://www.thebravesteamshop.com/ . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Babe Ruth Jersey . 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The professionals have almost no job security unless theyre at the very top of their preferred game. Even then, a top players peak on average lasts only a year or two before that player is surpassed by the next generation.At last weeks Scouting Grounds, Riots League of Legends combine for the NA LCS that wasnt really a combine at all, fun was the name of the game -- as well as learning and competition. Thats why it was one of my favorite events of the year.As I sat in the Immortals house early last week, I watched BmxSpecks, a 20-year-old aspiring jungler from Toronto, marvel at the fact that he was practicing in the same seat as former NA LCS MVP Reignover, whom Specks idolized the past two years. Specks laughed as he locked in Reksai for one of his first scrimmages as part of Team Mountain, the amateur team of five that was drafted by the Immortals organization to face off with the junior teams created by Team Liquid (Ocean), Counter Logic Gaming (Cloud) and Echo Fox (Infernal). Specks hoped his forthcoming Reksai play wouldnt sully Reignovers monitor. (Spoiler: He played well.)[Immortals] taught us a lot, the jungler said following the conclusion of the weeklong exhibition/experiment. If I were to take anything from Scouting Grounds, it would be that the players, on all four teams, were taught a lot. From media training to practicing in a real pro environment to playing onstage, the players were given a crash course in how the pros live. The short week was packed with practicing, learning from Riot, playing official games and practicing some more until the players had to leave the team houses and return to their hotels.Its a tournament youre supposed to showcase your skills, but I learned more in this tournament than I did in my two years of playing solo queue, said Tuesday, 18, from Quebec, Canada, and the top pick of Team Mountain. Of all the players on the team, Tuesday was the one expected to have the best chance of making a pro roster one day.A talented individual player, Tuesday impressed in spurts but learned the difference between playing online and at an offline setting. He came in confident, expecting to be the top player at his position in the field, and he left a more developed player, learning from his mistakes and becoming a player he would have never realized without Scouting Grounds.Team Mountain went 0-6 and lost all their matches. The team did well in scrims; however, in official matches, the team failed to scratch, continually doing well in the early-game before failing in the latter parts of the match. If the tournament were conducted online, the team probably would have swept the field and won the championship. That isnt what it takes to become a pro, though, and they learned it the hard way. The losses kept piling up, and with little time to breathe or practice, the five amateurs were overwhelmed, succumbing to the pressure.After the final loss, the team sat silently in its designated green room, with a Team Mountain logo situated on the door, the players mumbling to themselves or going outside to get some air.The one request all the players on the team made to Riot Games, if there is a Scouting Grounds 2, is more games. More opportunities to play. More chances to learn. And, if possible, a longer event. The players from Team Mountain, and assuredly for the rest of the groups, werent ready to go home. They were learning, having the time of their lives, and the clock was striking midnight, ready to send them on their way home baack to the North American solo queue, where bad habits die hard and the development they received might wash away with no coaches to keep them focused.ddddddddddddI learned I can play more champions, said Bobjenkins, 17, the top laner from New Jersey who entered this tournament seen as a one-trick Kennen with not much else in the arsenal. To the surprise of no one, including himself, Kennen was banned in every game Bobjenkins played, which forced him onto the likes of Gnar and Yasuo.Im not a one-trick anymore. I think I improved on reading the map better, being more vocal and calling out teleport flanks more, Bobjenkins said.Even when the team was two matches down with four straight losses, the players attempted to calculate ways they could somehow make it into the final match with one game remaining. Just one more match. Just two more matches. Just more games was their thought process. When the dream of playing on the LCS stage was ultimately destroyed for good, there was no yelling between the players or pointing the finger. It was sadness, like the last day of summer, realizing that soon the world would return to monotone colors and daily life would begin once more.I want to be a pro even more so after getting a taste of what its like, said Shynon, 21, the teams marksmen and shot-caller throughout the event. Knowing that those world-class players practiced there [at the Immortals house] makes an even bigger fire [within me] to go pro.The other four members mirrored in response. The losses, while stinging, were not the takeaway for the players or coaches involved. It was a training ground more so than a scouting ground, with the players focusing on self-improvement over standing out amongst their teammates. Riot awarded the players in NA solo queue who did well enough in the Ladder to get the wall, and only the players who passed the personality test were invited.Whether or not we see Tuesday suit up for an NA LCS team in the future is not the barometer of success for Scouting Grounds. Making it as a pro is difficult, paved with countless people with the same amount of skill and devotion who fail to make the cut for one reason or another. If the players who leave Scouting Grounds return to solo queue with a positive mindset, and even are a little better than before, more informed, and able to create a healthy, optimistic environment for the future of North Americas online and minor league scene, then Scouting Grounds is a success, and a sequel should be a when and not an if.I like everyone on their team. Theyre pretty cool, said Winter, the teams support, in giving his final thoughts on the entire journey. I thought players on the other teams might be toxic, but actually not. Theyre all super cool.Its the truth of the event. At the end of the final between Team Ocean and Team Cloud, where Ocean swept Cloud to win, Riot had an after-finals meet-and-greet with all the players, media and any staff from professional or minor league teams that came to watch the action. Although a few players were hurried along to talk to representatives from teams, the rest stayed on the LCS stage, looking around at the monitors and setup, talking with pros about their love of the game -- for some of them, it was their first time to do so.Joshua Dardoch Hartnett, one of the coaches for Team Ocean and the former jungler for Team Liquid, stood at the peak of the stage, talking casually about the game as the group of amateurs, some of them older than him, hung on his every word and stared at the real-life example of somebody who went from nowhere a year ago to one of the brightest talents in the western region.When asked if I saw any players I thought could be future NA LCS players, I honestly couldnt answer. Too little time and too little data to see how the players grew over days of practice.When asked if I had a good time, if I had fun? The answer without hesitation is yes.It was one of the most fun events of the year, and it wasnt even streamed. 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