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Mitchell Johnson hopes to pursue a mentoring role in Australian cricket, with the aim of helping young players adjust to the major lifestyle changes that come with reaching the elite level. Otis Sistrunk Jersey .Nearly a year on from his international retirement, Johnson is preparing for his first home summer as a spectator, although he will still have a playing role after signing with the Perth Scorchers for the BBL. However, he also believes he has plenty to offer off the field, given his own personal experience of a rapid rise to the big time.I came from not much money and to all of a sudden earn big cash was really exciting, and you want to spend it and do this and do that, Johnson told reporters in Perth on Wednesday. But I had good people around me ... Through cricket Ive experienced all the highs and lows. Im in the process of figuring out where to go with the mentoring side of things and hopefully in the next year or so I can be part of guiding these young guys.Johnson used the example of controversies in the National Rugby League to highlight the need for off-field assistance for players, who could easily find themselves led towards questionable behaviour without proper guidance.I think were seeing a lot of sportsmen falling into the trap of earning big money and theres gambling and theres drinking and theres lots of things going on, Johnson said. Definitely theres a real challenge there, looking at it from a cricket point of view, for Cricket Australia and the ACA to bring in some past players and hopefully mentor. Im definitely looking into that at the moment. Its something thats at the front of my mind.Its been like this for a long time, its not just now. But I guess theres more opportunities now. Theres more money involved in sport. I guess the example that I see is growing up in north Queensland and seeing what the [NRL team] Cowboys have gone through now.Getting that good coin now and you see in the papers theres a bit of trouble with a few players, they come from nowhere to all of a sudden earning big money and I think just a bit of guidance would be great. I dont think a lot of sportsmen are getting that guidance or mentoring at the moment. Art Shell Jersey . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Michael Crabtree Jersey . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. http:///...-willie-brown-jersey . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. PHILADELPHIA -- The St. Louis Cardinals were riding a five-game winning streak entering Saturdays game in Philadelphia.They were fresh off of a come-from-behind, ninth-inning comeback victory against the Phillies on Friday.It was another game in which they hit at least two home runs in a game, their ninth consecutive game of such stature. They became the first National League team and just the fifth team in MLB history to hit two or more home runs in nine straight games.Saturday night, that came to a close. Only Jeremy Hazelbaker went deep in a 4-2 loss for the Cardinals.Its hard to hit one a game for a consistent amount of time, St. Louis manager Matheny said. I thought today might be a day, especially when Hazelbaker hit one early. You could it the way guys were taking their at-bats there was an opportunity to maybe do it again.Hazelbakers home run gave St. Louis nine players with double-digit home runs on the year -- the most in baseball and tied for the most in a season in franchise history (2000).The Cardinals look to keep slugging the ball in Sundays rubber match at Citizens Bank Park against young righty Vince Velasquez (8-5, 4.14 ERA).Velasquez, 24, has given up three home runs in each of his last two starts. Velasquez was blitzed for five runs -- all in the fifth and sixth innings -- on seven hits in 5 2/3 iinnings while striking out 10 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Aldon Smith Jersey. .Velasquez is likely nearing an innings limit, but the Phillies said they dont have an exact number or date in mind just yet. Hes thrown 113 innings in 2016.In Vinces case, we do, we are targeting a specific number of starts, innings, pitches, trying to manage his workload, Philadelphia general manger Matt Klentak said Wednesday. He goes out (Tuesday) night, and I know with the three home runs the line wasnt as impressive as it mightve looked at times, but (damn) his stuff was good last night. He was lights out.St. Louis counters with right-hander Mike Leake (8-9, 4.78 ERA).The Cardinals, who have a 1 1/2-game lead for the second wild card spot in the National League, need Leake to start improving if they want to continue to make a playoff push.Leake, signed to a five-year, $80 million deal last offseason, has allowed at least three runs in five consecutive starts. He hasnt won in three August starts and his 1.28 WHIP is his worst since 2012. Leakes ERA h