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MIAMI -- A year ago Marcell Ozuna was a newly demoted minor leaguer, sent to Triple-A following a 1-for-36 slump that erased his perpetual smile and magnified doubts about his future with the Miami Marlins.All of which makes his first All-Star Game that much more momentous for Ozuna, who will start in center field Tuesday for the National League.The smile is back as he reflects on his journey of the past 12 months.I dreamed of being an All-Star, he said. But a starter in one year? Its impossible.Ozuna was promoted to the starting lineup because of injuries to other players, but his statistics are All-Star worthy, thanks in part from the mentoring of first-year Marlins batting coach Barry Bonds. Ozuna is hitting .307 with 17 homers and 47 RBI, and ranks among NL leaders with 99 hits and five triples.As for defense, to underscore his excellent play in center field, Ozuna threw out the Reds Brandon Phillips on the bases on both Saturday and Sunday.Ozo is unbelievable, teammate Giancarlo Stanton said. Its what Ive seen over the years -- you got spurts of it. But its a matter of being able to lock that in day in and day out, which he has been doing. Its only the beginning for him.But in early July 2015, Ozuna was literally headed the wrong way -- to Triple-A New Orleans. An 0-for-3 performance at Wrigley Field, dropping his average to .249, sealed the Marlins decision to demote him midway through his third major league season.I remember it like it was yesterday, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. He had been having a rough stretch, and in that particular game he just looked overmatched. They were bad at-bats.Ive seen him since he was 16, and it was the first time I had ever seen him hang his head. We spoke after the game, and I was like, `Ozo, whats up? He said, `I dont know. He had no answers. He was completely lost. That was when we decided it was in his best interests to send him down. Its hard when you dont see Marcell Ozuna with a big smile; thats who he is.Ozuna spent six weeks with New Orleans and showed some improvement when he rejoined the Marlins, batting .278 with six homers in 44 games. Even so, he was on the trading block during the offseason.Ozuna concedes he was out of shape in 2015, so this year he reported for spring training lighter and fitter. He immediately began to bond with Bonds, and the home run king began preaching strike zone discipline to the free-swinging Ozuna.He talked to me about how you have to be patient and selective, Ozuna said. Right now I trust what I can do. I say, `Dont rush.As a result, he no longer swings so often at bad pitches. His walks are up and his strikeouts down.What did Ozuna tell Bonds upon learning he would start for the NL stars in San Diego?I said, `Thank you, Ozuna said.The All-Star Game will be his first since Class A in Florida in 2009. His parents, two sisters and two children will be at the game.I feel happy for my family because theyre proud of me, he said.Hes not the only Ozuna smiling these days. Cheap Wholesale Air Max Shoes .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. Air Max Sale Cheap http://www.airmaxcheapwholesale.com/ . The defending champion beat Gael Monfils of France 7-6 (6), 6-3, while second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain dispatched Edouard Roger-Vasselin, also of France, 6-3, 6-3. Making his first appearance since injuring his wrist a month ago, Del Potro had difficulty with his service games in the first set. Cheap Nike Air Max Clearance . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Air Max Wholesale Free Shipping . Kiriasis and brakeman Franziska Fritz finished two runs in one minute 55.41 seconds -- a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Meyers and Lolo Jones, who likely bolstered her Olympic hopes by helping give USA-1 a huge push in the second heat. PITTSBURGH -- Another second-half lead gone -- this time against crosstown rival Pittsburgh -- and Duquesne coach Jim Ferry wondered if his young team was on the verge of an emotional collapse.It very easily could have been `Here we go again, Ferry said.Only it wasnt. Not with Mike Lewis II, Emile Blackman and Tarin Smith knocking down jumpers. Not with the Dukes holding Pitt star Michael Young in check over the final 20 minutes. Not with the Dukes finally pushing back after spending the last 15 years getting pushed around by the bigger, deeper and more talented Panthers.Lewis II scored 10 of his 15 points over the final 20 minutes, including five straight during a late game-turning surge to lift Duquesne to a 64-55 upset on Friday night. Emile Blackman led the Dukes (4-5) with 21 points and Tarin Smith added 12 for Duquesne, which beat the Panthers (6-2) for the first time since 2000 in a rivalry that dates back to 1932.We were really pumped for this game, Dukes guard Rene Castro said. We know the history of it. We know we hadnt won in a long time. We were glad to change it.Young finished with 19 points for Pitt but struggled to get much going with senior forward Jamel Artis watching from the bench in a sweatsuit while serving a one-game suspension for failing to live up to the standards of a University of Pittsburgh basketball player. Cam Johnson added 14 points and Chris Jones chipped in 11 but Young made just 1 of 11 shots in the second half and the Panthers made just 3 of 22 3-pointers and none in the second half.There was nothing about our play that was good enough to win, said Pitts first-year coach Kevin Stallings.Three days after throttling Maryland on the road in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Panthers looked appeared to be in control after going up by 10 late in the first half. The Dukes, however, responded by getting to within a point at the break and kept rolling. A 3-pointer from the corner by Lewis up Duquesne up 47-38 with 12:35 to go. Pitt responded with a to briefly reclaim the lead on a Ryan Luther lay-up.The Dukes, who have struggled to close out games at times -- most notably in losses to Canisius and Tennessee-Martin -- didnt back down this time.dddddddddddd. Castro and Blackman drilled back-to-back 3s and Duquesne never trailed again then celebrated when the student section stormed the court at PPG Paints Arena.I think its just really big for our team, Blackman said. We really needed this.BIG PICTUREDuquesne: The victory gives Ferry a massive boost at a time he desperately needed it. The Dukes were picked to finish near the bottom of the Atlantic 10 and still have issues but the play of its backcourt should give them a serious uptick in confidence at least in the short term.Pitt: Young needs help, particularly when Artis is not on the floor. Pitts bench managed just two points in all and shot a combined 1 of 8 from the field. Mike had a bad night and that caused some panic in our team and we didnt have enough firepower to solve the problem, Stallings said.HUGE LOSSStallings anointed Artis his teams point forward before the season began and hes lived up to responsibility for the most part. Artis put up a brilliant 22-point, six-rebound, three-assist performance in the romp over the Terrapins not far from his hometown of Baltimore. Stallings stressed its just a one-game penalty for Artis and considering the issues Pitt had moving the ball -- getting just nine assists on 20 field goals -- they certainly need him.Hopefully we wont have to be without him very much, Stallings said. 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