Month: April 2017

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The Zen Master has deconstructed two entire Knicks rosters after handpicking his team.

In 2015, he signed Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Robin Lopez, and Kevin Seraphin. None of those players were on the team the following season. Last summer, Jackson traded for Derrick Rose and signed Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, and Joakim Noah to free agent deals.

The Knicks waived Jennings midseason so that he could sign with the Washington Wizards. He gave Noah one of the worst contracts imaginable: four years and $72 million for a 32-year-old center who played 29 games last season with the Bulls. Rose becomes a free agent this summer and was relatively healthy until a torn meniscus in mid-March ended his season prematurely.

After missing out on the playoffs six of the last seven seasons, the Dallas Wings have not one, not two…but THREE picks in the first round. With a definite need for post presence and an off-guard to play alongside Skylar Diggins, there’s plenty to choose from for the Wings. It would not be surprising to see Alaina Coates go with their first pick, and if Plum does happen to fall beyond the first pick, Dallas will definitely make a move for her. If not, they should go local, as in Baylor guard Alexis Jones.

If that were to happen, then we would be looking at possibly the most surprising draft in WNBA history.

San Antonio already has six guards on their squad, including last year’s draft picks Jazmon Gwathney and Moriah Jefferson, as well as 2015 All-Star Kayla McBride. And San Antonio needs some post help. To add to that, they also own the fifth pick in the draft, so it does stand that the Stars could get a quality post player and STILL get Plum.
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Why are Raiders moving to Las Vegas?

The statement of reasons clarifies the timeline of the application process that resulted in the Raiders’ move to Vegas being approved after they were denied a potential move to Los Angeles.

Long story short: The Raiders needed a new stadium in Oakland. Oakland failed to propose an adequate stadium solution. The Raiders tried to move to Los Angeles. The NFL said no to the L.A. move and gave Oakland its last chance. The NFL again didn’t like Oakland’s proposal. The NFL did like Las Vegas’ proposal.

Here’s the short story long, via the NFL’s release.
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Kyle Korver Kids Jersey On March 27, 2017, League membership considered an application from the Oakland Raiders to relocate the club’s home territory to Las Vegas, where the club would play in a new stadium to be built through a public-private partnership.

The Indians arent a perfect team, but theyre devoid of major holes when theyre healthy. The rotation is fantastic. The bullpen is solid, and thats underselling it. And if Francisco Lindor is a superplayer now, as he appears to be, the lineup will be, uh, super.

The defense is an open question, though. Theyre projected to have an above-average defense, according to FanGraphs, with a lot of help coming from Lindor, but Im not sure if that factored in Carlos Santanas adventures in right field. There will be days with Santana in right and the mending Michael Brantley in right, and defensive stats are lukewarm on both of them, which is a nicer way of saying they hate them. Theyll need a strong defensive center fielder on those days.


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Ray McDonald rape charges dismissed after accuser fails to testify

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Rape charges against former NFL star Ray McDonald were dismissed Monday after his accuser failed to testify in court, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

According to the report, the woman also filed a civil suit against the former 49ers defensive end and received a settlement of more than $100,000 prior to the criminal trial.

A.J. Green Authentic Jersey After 12 seasons with the Texans, Johnson signed with the Colts in 2015 and played half of the 2016 season with the Titans, bringing his career totals to 1,062 receptions for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns. He had seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career and made the Pro Bowl seven times.

The University of Miami product also holds multiple individual game records for the Texans, including most receptions (14), receiving yards (273) and receiving touchdowns (three) in a game.

Johnson, 35, and leaders of the Texans will speak on his career at a news conference Wednesday in Houston. Many of us have agonized over this decision to an unhealthy degree. There have been long, restless nights mixed with moments of clarity when we thought we had a handle on things. At various points in the last month, I felt sure that I was voting for LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, only to change my mind when new information presented itself.

No matter who we choose, there will be a backlash. Harden backers have convinced themselves that anyone who does not agree with them is a fool. Russ resistors believe that anyone who doesnt vote their way is favoring the system over the individual. Kawhi believers are sure that we do not value defense enough. LeBronologists merely counter with, Dude. LeBron.


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Swearing Celtics Kid is the perfect summary of the Game 1 loss to the Bulls

What happens when the Bulls unpredictably beat the Celtics in a series everyone thought was over before it began? Let this young Boston boy explain.

This kid is every sports fan. Dejected, upset — angry at the world. When someone tries to console him he’s not interested in your friggin’ pat on the back. This is what happens when the Bulls go on an 8-0 run at the end and you witness Jimmy Butler drop 30 on you.

The internet has made this kid their hero after he echoed the feelings of every Boston sports fan.

Limited Womens Garry Gilliam Jersey Jameis Winston had nothing but positive things to say about Adrian Peterson after spending some time working out with the free-agent running back. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Last year, Peterson opened a 35,000-square-foot gym called O Athletik, which features everything from free weights and machines to a steep incline hill, batting cages, an indoor soccer field and an MMA training area. The club is more of a fitness center than an athletic training center, although it caters to both.

Winston chose Houston to gather his receivers a few weeks ago because several of them live in the area. Mike Evans, Derel Walker, Josh Huff, DeSean Jackson, Freddie Martino and Bernard Reedy all joined him, as did his trainer, Tim Grover, his quarterback coach, George Whitfield, and Peterson.
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Suspended running back Doug Martin reported for the first day of the Buccaneers’ offseason program on Monday and “looks great right now,” general manager Jason Licht said.

The Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on WR Mike Evans’ contract, the team announced Monday.


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Fan gives TV viewers a weird dance show during Twins-White Sox game

Friday’s Twins-White Sox game was not just the place where Minnesota fans entertained themselves with a game of flip cup. @E_Dilla on Twitter noticed another fan at the game entertaining not just himself, but also attentive television viewers. This guy knew he was on TV, so he just went for it and danced his heart out.

I wish to see more of this man at other MLB games, and I want him to get buck wild next time. Hit the dab, do the running man, moonwalk — whatever, man, just give the TV viewers some sick moves. I feel a little bad for his partner sitting next to him, but when you’re at a televised baseball game, I think you should be able to get weird on camera at least once.

Dez caught it. Or not. This one is on the refs and the rulebook, but of course Romo throws the most controversial incompletion in NFL playoff history. Some guys have all the luck.

Sunday at the Masters is going to be great, because it’s Sunday at the Masters. I’m not throwing advanced golf knowledge at you by making that point. But this leaderboard is especially awesome. It’s got a handful of the longtime best players in the world (Spieth, Fowler, Scott, Rose, and the like), some rising young stars (Thomas Pieters, Jon Rahm), major Cinderellas (William McGirt), and the veteran star who’s never won the big one but has another chance to do it this year (Garcia). The storylines will rule.

Players will go off from the first tee not long after 10 a.m. ET, and CBS will begin live television coverage of the final round at 2 p.m. ET. (That’s an hour before the normal TV start time at the Masters, golf’s notoriously hard-to-watch major.) Players should come to the finish around 7 p.m. ET, with the green jacket ceremony afterward.

Here’s the leaderboard through three rounds. During the tournament, the board at the official Masters website updates automatically throughout each round.
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NBA and NHL have similar setups

James Dator: Hold up, what? Hawaii is definitely No. 1. You get morning NFL, west Coast NBA starts as soon as you get home from work. It’s perfect.

MH: My reasoning for central time zone as No. 1:

It makes NFL Sundays easy to compartmentalize, schedule-wise. You get a whole morning to set things up, and then from noon to 10, you get an entire slate of football that finishes just before a reasonable bedtime. Should you choose to watch all your locally televised games from start to finish, you can get a good night’s rest after Sunday Night Football. This is also fitting for most college football games.

NBA and NHL have similar setups, but West Coast games tend to end after midnight.

UCLA’s Jim Mora went on record, saying former QB Brett Hundley was ready for the NFL, but wasn’t ready to start immediately. He also publicly said former LB Myles Jack was taking a pretty big risk leaving early.

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In spite of the David vs. Goliath framing that’s easy to do heading into this game, these are two powerhouse teams loaded with star power.


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Martellus Bennett bought state championship rings for a Chicago high school basketball team

Martellus Bennett is keeping busy during the offseason. Most recently, he released a rap EP. But he’s also been doing some charitable works.

“There’s no question it should be ended,” Fowler said on Monday from Augusta National. “I don’t think you could find one player that would say otherwise. Now if there’s an official always monitoring any video or anyone on camera, that’s fine, and I have no problem with that, if that’s an official. You look at other sports, they go to someone in the video booth and there’s an official in there that can look over stuff, great.

Thompson’s misfortune was just the latest rules brouhaha to occur during a major, with those involving Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open and Anna Nordqvist at the U.S. Women’s Open the freshest in memory. Both competitors learned of their violations during the same round, compared with Thompson finding out the next day.
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Everything won’t be perfect for the defending national champions. UNC might still be in some NCAA hot water, and its 2017 recruiting class isn’t slated to be as good as usual. There’s just one four-star and a couple of high three-stars on the way, according to the 247Sports Composite. UNC isn’t likely to install a couple of dominant one-and-dones next season. Then again, it didn’t this year, and things worked out fine.
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At this point Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin has good value and he could take over the left tackle spot in Denver. However, considering that the Broncos have added linemen Menelik Watson and Ronald Leary this offseason, they may be under the belief they don’t need to take a blocker early. If that’s the case, I love the fit of McCaffrey. Leading up to the draft the feeling is that McCaffrey will be a top-20 pick, and that’s exactly where Denver sits.


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Report: Erik Walden Suspended One Game by NFL

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Some people tried to (stupidly) say it was a good move that motivated the Colts and helped the team out. Well, according to various media reports, we know that at least the latter part most definitely isn’t true.

Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden has reportedly been suspended one game by the NFL for headbutting Titans’ tight end Delanie Walker during Thursday night’s game between the two AFC South opponents. That means that Walden will miss this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

A wide receiver with over 150 yards receiving. A quarterback completing over 80 percent of his passes. Blocked punts, successful onside kicks, trick plays, sacks, fumbles and interceptions: the Bucs had it all on Sunday for the first time this year.

Caleb Rutherford of the Falcoholic is protesting Falcons games due their awful play this season:
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Erik Walden will have the chance to appeal the suspension, but honestly, he’s just lucky this wasn’t longer – because it very well could have been. The officials clearly mishandled the call during the game, hitting Walden with only a 15-yard personal foul penalty when he should have been ejected from the game.

Would Luke Kuechly and A.J. Klein be cleaning up as many tackles? Maybe not. The Panthers’ front seven is the result of a lot of moving parts coming together on a consistent basis: a deep, talented rotation of defensive lineman, of which Lotlelei is a key component, to go with some of the fastest linebackers in the NFL, both in thinking and in foot speed.