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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Controversial tennis player Nick Kyrgios will be free to participate in an NBA celebrity game in February after being released from his contract with an ATP event in the Netherlands. Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu Shoes Blue .Richard Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion and tournament director of the ABN Amro event in Rotterdam, posted a link to a statement on Twitter late Wednesday saying hed agreed to cancel the contract at the request of Kyrgios, the 21-year-old Australian who this week received an eight-week ban from the tennis tour for tanking a match in China.Krajicek said he made the decision so Kyrgios, an avid basketball fan, could attend the annual NBA All-Star weekend and play in a celebrity game on Feb. 19, the same day as the final in Rotterdam.He said Kyrgios manager had made the approach to withdraw several weeks ago and tournament organizers decided Tuesday to terminate the contract.We wanted to hold him to his contract, said Krajicek. You see what can happen when he is tired and has little meaning, as in China.We want a top tennis player seen on the court. If every week he is focused on tennis, he might be mentally burned out after six months. He needs an outlet.The ATP, which runs the mens tennis tour, suspended Kyrgios on Monday and fined him an additional $25,000 for conduct contrary to the integrity of the game following an investigation into his behavior during a second-round loss to German qualifier Mischa Zverev last week at the Shanghai Masters.The No. 12-ranked Kyrgios gave little effort during the 6-3, 6-1 defeat, and he already had been fined $16,500 for failing to give a full effort, unsportsmanlike conduct and verbal abuse of a spectator.He was banned until Jan. 15 -- a day before the start of the Australian Open, but the suspension could be reduced to three weeks if Kyrgios agrees to enter a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist.Kyrgios issued a statement Monday offering another apology for his conduct in Shanghai, saying he will be back in 2017.Its not the first time that Kyrgios has run into trouble with tennis authorities. Last year, he insulted Stan Wawrinka with crude remarks during a match in Montreal. He received $12,500 in fines as well as a suspended 28-day ban and a potential further $25,000 fine if he picked up any other major offenses over the following six months. His probation for that ended in February.Kyrgios attracted criticism for his performances at Wimbledon and at the US Open, for deciding not to play at the Olympics because of a spat with an Australian team official, and for firing back at retired players who have offered advice. Ultra Boost 3.0 Triple Black For Sale .C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. Adidas Deerupt White .S. Open champion Justin Rose birdied the first hole with a blind shot he hit to a foot of the pin, and he stayed in front Tuesday until he completed a 4-under 67 for a two-shot lead over Jason Dufner in PGA Grand Slam of Golf. . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning arent in a hurry to anoint themselves championship contenders.They expect to be in the hunt for the NHL title after reaching the Stanley Cup final two years ago and coming within one victory of a return trip last spring, however theyre not taking anything for granted.Weve accomplished a lot and weve done a lot, but at the same time that doesnt really matter. This time of year every team starts 0-0 and it doesnt matter that we won a conference title two years ago, forward Tyler Johnson said.Whether were picked first or last were thinking were a team thats going to win, Johnson added. Obviously were happy people have faith in us and want us to do well and think we have a chance to do well. But at the same time we have our own expectations, and thats to win.General manager Steve Yzerman enhanced the chances for another deep run in the playoffs by keeping a talented nucleus intact, beginning with re-signing captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68 million contract.Defenseman Victor Hedman received an eight-year, $63 million deal. Backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy got a new deal worth about $3.5 million per season after filling in admirably for an injured Ben Bishop during the playoffs.I dont really talk about the Stanley Cup today because its so far off and so much needs to happen between now and then, Yzerman said.Our focus is to make the playoffs, and we go through the steps to get there, the GM added. Last year, our record wasnt great. I thought we played reasonably well, but we didnt score goals. We lost a lot of games and points because we didnt score enough.The Lightning lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. They made it back to the Eastern Conference finals last season, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.I think last year was good practice for this year, Bishop saiid.NMD R1 Mens Shoes Sale. Going into last year we had a big target on our backs and that hasnt changed this year. I think you look around our division and you see every team added a lot.JOHNSONS JOURNEYCenter Tyler Johnson feels rejuvenated and is looking for a bounce-back year after a wrist injury affected his production last season. He said the wrist didnt feel like it did pre-injury until July. After scoring 13 times in the playoffs two years ago, Johnson had just 14 goals during the 2015-16 regular season.WHERES THE JUICE?Surprisingly, the usually potent Lightning offense struggled last season on the power play. Tampa Bay finished tied for 26th in the NHL, converting 15.8 percent of its chances. The team was last in road power play at 10.1 percent.Our power play wasnt effective, but in general we didnt score enough goals, Yzerman said.BISHOPS RETURNBishop got an early start on his comeback from an ankle and shin injury that sidelined the last six games of the Eastern Conference final against Pittsburgh, taking part in last months World Cup of Hockey. I feel good, the goalie said, adding he faced some pretty intense practices up there against some really good shooters. Definitely kind of a step in the right direction.HOME-ICEThe Lightning saw a dip in their home record last season, going 25-13-3. Tampa Bay had a 32-8-1 record en route to the Eastern Conference championship two years ago.Our team plays hard, these guys are very competitive, they are very professional, Yzerman said.I think going through the start of last season it was a grind coming back after making the finals. They will be better prepared for the grind this year, the GM added. 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