SUNRISE, Fla. Dante Pettis Jersey . -- Vincent Violas first event as owner of the Florida Panthers opened in a manner worthy of a West Point graduate like himself, with a colour guard presenting a U.S. flag and an Army sergeant singing the national anthem. Viola sang along and clapped at the end. His enthusiasm was evident, as he hopes it will be in his new role. Viola was formally introduced as the Panthers principal owner, chairman and governor on Friday, after spending $250 million for the team and the operating rights to the BB&T Center, where Florida plays its home games. "We understand the privilege of the stewardship that ownership of a sports franchise really means," Viola said. "We dont really own anything. The players sweat, sacrifice their health in later years to do well on the ice, to provide the right feeling and connection to the fans. Its about the players and the fans and our service to those two respective groups that will determine our success. I really, truly believe that." Viola also gets the Saveology.com Iceplex where the Panthers train, along with teams development partnership with Boyd Gaming, an effort to put a casino adjacent to that arena. His acquisition of the Panthers happened quickly, starting about a month ago when he asked NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to have lunch. "A very nice lunch," Bettman said. Must have been, since Viola didnt wait around to complete the deal. He and his family -- his sons are hockey-mad -- plan to relocate to South Florida soon, and Viola said hes already assured general manager Dale Tallon that any resources the team needs to move closer to the ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup will be available. As part of the deal, Douglas Cifu takes over as the Panthers vice chairman, partner and alternate governor. Team president Michael Yormark was promoted, now getting chief executive officer as part of his title. "When you think back at the 20-year history of this team ... there has been one constant," Bettman said. "South Florida has always been an important, terrific hockey market for us and weve had passionate, loyal fans for the Florida Panthers. Well, today, we open a new chapter." Viola is the chairman and CEO of Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm with offices in the U.S., Singapore and Ireland. Hes taking over a franchise that has been to the playoffs only once since 2000 and finished with the fewest points in the NHL last season. Then again, his resume shows hes never hidden from a challenge. Viola is a graduate of West Point, once chaired the New York Mercantile Exchange and was so moved by the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks that he decided to found a centre devoted to helping military officials combat terrorism. Viola helped ensure that the mercantile exchange reopened quickly after the attacks on the World Trade Center, earning him a citation saying in part that "his actions embody the American Spirit in its most noble form." "With Vinnie as the principal owner, we are going to be looking at an era where I think there will be unprecedented commitment," Bettman said. "Vinnie represents a focus and a determination to bring out excellence, commitment, hard work, teamwork, and hell make sure that the resources that this club needs -- not only to be competitive, but to be a winning, successful team -- will be available to the club and to the players." Viola said he has a long hockey background, as a fan. The Brooklyn native was a New York Rangers fan going back to the early 1960s, when he couldnt afford a good seat at their games, or really one that allowed him any decent view of the ice. Eventually, his seat kept getting better. And he said watching the Panthers at the end of last season provided him with the intuition that the time was right to call Bettman and start thinking about getting a view from an owners suite. "Its poised to win," Viola said of the Panthers. "And Im committed." Cassius Marsh 49ers Jersey .Kessy tried to show what he can do playing left wing for the Oilers in 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in pre-season action. Fred Warner 49ers Jersey . -- Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford made it through a third straight practice without any setbacks and expects to play in Oaklands regular-season finale against San Diego. http://www.49ersauthoritystore.com/Authentic-Jeremiah-Attaochu-49ers-Jersey/ . Cleveland has won the first two of this set and has won six straight games since losing back-to-back tilts to open the year. Seattle, on the other hand, has now lost six in a row following consecutive wins to kick off its campaign.Simon Mignolet insists Jurgen Klopps Liverpool are still a work in progress ahead of their Saturday Night Football clash against Tottenham. Klopp, who moved to Anfield in October, started his Liverpool career with a 0-0 draw with Spurs and despite some inconsistent performances along the way, there have been plenty of positives for the German as he prepares for his 39th game in charge of the Reds.The former Borussia Dortmund boss has already led his side to a Wembley final this season and master-minded his sides progress to the Europa League quarter-finals, knocking out Manchester United on their way to a tie against his old club. Liverpool, who sit seven points behind fourth, are also still in the hunt for a Champions League place but Mignolet, speaking in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, thinks there is still room for improvement.Away from home at Tottenham I think we played a good first game under Klopp, Mignolet said. The gaffer came in and I think you saw the changes he made immediately as we got a good result away from home.Hes tried to change many things since hes come in. It wasnt easy at the beginning because we had so many games. When you play a lot its difficult to change things because you are constantly recovering and then going back into the next game, he added. Klopp takes charge of his 39th match as Liverpool boss against Tottenham Over the time hes been here everybody has seen what hes tried to change in different aspects of our game, both in attack and defence and with the mentality of the players.Its still a work in progress and we are still trying to do that on a daily basis together with him.Klopp is well known for his exuberant touchline celebrations and Mignolet thinks the passion the German shows on the sidelines is beginning to rub off on the Liverpool players. Mignolet thinks Klopps positive attitude is starting to rub off on the players It was the initial change when he arrived, Mignolet said. He wanted us to be positive and he wanted us to bbe on the front foot. Korey Toomer Jersey. Also, his enthusiasm and his character was very positive towards the players. You felt he was behind all the players and you could see it in the games.Hes playing his own game on the sidelines and thats what you want as a player because you feel hes there behind you and that only makes it easier to play as a player on the pitch. Mignolet signed a new long-term deal at Liverpool in January Liverpool showed their faith in Mignolet by handing him a new five-year deal in January, but things have not gone quite as well for his Belgium team-mate Christian Benteke, who is ruled out of the clash with Tottenham through injury.Benteke has scored just seven goals in 24 appearances for the Reds since his big-money move from Aston Villa, but Mignolet has thrown his support behind the 25-year-old, claiming he still has plenty to offer at Anfield. Mignolet has backed Christian Benteke to come good at Liverpool When you are a striker you want to score goals, Mignolet said. You want to play every single game but weve got such a big squad and everybody is fighting for a place in the starting 11.It isnt always easy to play every game but Christians got that mentality to keep his head down and focus on the next game. He will always be ready when called upon. Hes had a few problems with a couple of injuries this year as well but everybody knoce can score very important goals but he can also hold the ball up for us which is good to give the defence a breather. We know what he can do and hell always work hard to help us out.Watch the full Simon Mignolet interview on Soccer Saturday from 12pm. 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