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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Robinson Cano balanced on one leg and stretched his arm, keeping in unison with the rest of the Seattle Mariners during their pre-workout stretch. Click, click, click. Fans wearing his No. 22 focused their smartphones and snapped shots. Photographers lenses followed him across the field from drill to drill. The second baseman drew a crowd and was the centre of attention for his first workout with the Mariners on Tuesday. The former New York Yankee might as well get used to it. "Even more fun than what I thought," Cano said afterward. "Being embraced by teammates, coaching staff, the manager, the front office -- I feel like Im part of this team right away. Not going to take long to get used to this uniform." Seattle fans have already warmed to him. Approximately 200 fans showed up at Seattles spring training complex to watch the franchises new cornerstone do some stretching, some throwing and some fielding on a hot, sunny morning. Cano got a 10-year, $240 million deal to be the centerpiece of Seattles rebuilding. On his first day, the fans followed him from field to field. "Theres a lot more people than previous years," said Matt Massot, 18, of Seattle, who wore a Cano shirt to his fourth spring training. "When you add Robinson Cano, it cant get any more exciting." Seattle fans are celebrating their Super Bowl championship and hoping that Canos signing gets their baseball team turned around, too. The Mariners lost 101 games in 2008 and again in 2010. They went 71-91 last season with a young roster that finished 25 games behind Oakland in the AL West. First-year manager Lloyd McClendon is trying to raise expectations in the clubhouse, which is one area where having Cano will definitely help. Cano chose Seattle over the Yankees, who are accustomed to high expectations. "One of the messages that Im trying to send to my players is we dont have to take a backseat to anybody, and that includes the New York Yankees or anybody else," McClendon said. Cano sidestepped a question about how long it will take the Mariners to become a championship contender. "I dont want to say we are close, but I know weve got a team that can go out there and compete," Cano said. "Weve got some good, young talent. I dont want to say were going to be in first place, second place, last place. "I want to show these young guys all the things I learned in New York, the experiences I have, and what it takes to make it to the playoffs and win a championship." Of course, Mariners fans know firsthand that one high-profile player cant turn a team into a winner. Seattle traded Ken Griffey Jr. -- the face of the franchise -- to the Cincinnati Reds before the 2000 season. Griffey got a nine-year, $116.5 million deal from his hometown team, which failed to reach the playoffs while he was part of it. "That was pretty bleak in Seattle," said Steve Tennyson, a retired teacher from Rochester, Wash., who was selling souvenirs at the spring training complex for the ninth year. "A lot of people still hold a grudge. They have a tough time getting over losing your icon." Tennyson stood next to a table of souvenirs that featured shirts with Canos number. Asked his reaction when he heard that Cano had chosen to play for the Mariners, Tennyson pumped his right fist. "Yes!" he said. "They need an impact player. This will attract quality players. It may take a while." Cano brought some star power to the first day of full-squad workouts. After doing a group interview in part of a room thats used for the team cafeteria, Cano stepped into a hallway that links the clubhouse and fields. A few television cameras followed, leading to another impromptu interview. Several of his new teammates were heading to the fields carrying their bats. Instead of squeezing around the cameras, they stopped and watched for a few minutes, careful not to interrupt the interview. It was Canos moment. Asics Outlet Store Canada . It was the first game back in Columbus for Rangers star Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in goals, assists and games. He was given a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period, but was booed loud and long after a second-period, two-handed shove up high on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Asics Running Shoes Discount Canada . The Canadiens captain, who underwent surgery on his injured biceps in the off-season, had been skating with the team in a non-contact capacity since last week. http://www.clearanceasicscanada.com/. Hes recovered from a scary injury and cleared to play. Mingo, who was hospitalized with a bruised lung he sustained in an Aug. Asics Shoes Canada Online . 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"As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it," Belfort said in a statement provided to Fox, the UFCs broadcast partner. "Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time." The 36-year-old Belfort has been open about his use of synthetic testosterone in recent years. His sanctioned steroid use has coincided with a career resurgence for the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who won three consecutive bouts by early-round knockout in 2013 while fighting in his native Brazil. Belfort claimed he needed TRT because of low testosterone, an argument which generated wide criticism because he failed a drug test for elevated testosterone in 2006 following a bout in Las Vegas for the Pride promotion against Dan Henderson, another acknowledged TRT user. Use of performance-enhancing drugs can lower the users natural testosterone levels. Belfort hadnt fought in Nevvada since February 2011, before his announced TRT use began.dddddddddddd. He had intended to apply for an exemption to use synthetic testosterone before UFC 173. White and the UFC have been increasingly critical of TRT use in recent months, with White telling The Associated Press in January he supported the elimination of therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone. White hailed the Nevada commissions ruling Thursday. "We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field," White said. "We also intend to honour this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling." The Nevada commission had granted therapeutic use exemptions for several fighters in recent years, including contenders Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir, but had never approved synthetic testosterone for a fighter who had failed a drug test for anabolic steroids. Machida is another former UFC light heavyweight champion from Brazil. He is getting a title shot against Weidman in just his third bout at 185 pounds after winning four of his last five fights overall. Weidman took the title from longtime UFC champion Anderson Silva last July and defended it in a rematch in December when Silva broke his leg while kicking Weidmans knee. Weidman has been critical of Belforts testosterone use, once saying Belfort "looks like the Hulk now" and hoping the UFC wouldnt schedule their bout in Brazil, where drug testing is considered much less stringent than in the U.S. ' ' '

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