Month: August 2017

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Le’Veon Bell not leaving Steelers unless they trade him

Le’Veon Bell is prepared to spend his career in Pittsburgh.

Despite failing to reach a long-term deal with the franchise this offseason, the Steelers running back on Sunday tweeted that he doesn’t plan on leaving the team unless he’s traded.

“I haven’t heard that about T.J.,” Joseph said Tuesday (via The Denver Post). “I’ve been on the practice field. He’s one of our better players, so I would be surprised if he was, but I have not heard that.”

The Broncos owe Ward $4.5 million for the season with a cap hit of $5.75 million. If the team were to trade him they would still have to pay the $1.25 million difference of his prorated signing bonus.

Denver has had one of the best defenses in the NFL over the past few years with Ward being a big part of it. Since the Broncos signed Ward in 2014, Denver has been ranked first each of the past two seasons in passing defense and ninth in 2014. He recorded 87 tackles with an interception in 14 games started last season.

Collins is a good player, but he is neither a difference-making player nor does he play an expensive position. The Browns disregarded both when they signed him. This contract treats Collins as if he’s an elite inside linebacker or a very good rush linebacker. He is neither of those, which puts his contract in a class all by itself and about $4 million per year too high.seahawks_159


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The LaVar Ball family reality show is actually happening

There’s about to be a lot more LaVar Ball and his family for you to watch — if you’re into it. Deadline is reporting that the Ball family has agreed to star in a docuseries, which is being produced by Facebook.

Landon was born without irises in his eyes, a condition called aniridia — so he’s never been able to properly watch a basketball game. In fact, he’s never been able to see anything clearly. But with the help of new technology, he can watch the Jazz play for the first time.

Elite Youth DeShone Kizer Jersey eSight is worn like glasses, and houses a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything the user is looking at, and enhances the video feed and displays it on two LED screens in front of the users’ eyes, KUTV explained.

In April, Landon got the chance to watch the Jazz play using the glasses — but at the end of the game, he had to give them back. But now, he has a pair that he can wear all the time.
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And the person responsible for helping Landon get the high-tech glasses? Joe Ingles, who footed the $10,000 bill for the technology. And while Landon is more than happy he can now see, he’s also excited by what Ingles was able to do for him.

All of this contributed to Caldwell-Pope’s weird July — one that isn’t over yet. Few teams were in the market for restricted free agents in the first place. It was believed that it would take a big contact to pry KCP away from Detroit — this likely turns out to have been not true — and of course Caldwell-Pope isn’t going to sign a contract less than what he believes he’s worth.


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we’re not even a quarter of their size and we’re the underdog.

Game Mens Dennis Smith Jersey Did George need to be told the Lakers lusted for his services? L.A. has chased pretty much every big name free agent for a half-decade! Of course the Lakers will be interested in 2018, assuming they have cap space.

What exactly could L.A. have told George that would change any sort of contract calculus? George didn’t make the All-NBA team, which means he was not eligible to sign a Durant Rule supermax contract extension at 35 percent of the salary cap like James Harden did. There was no real financial benefit to signing an extension with Indiana this summer without that.

Did George need some other team to tell him he should opt out in 2018 and consider his options while setting himself up for a major pay raise? If he did, he needs new representation. That George would reject an extension this summer and opt out next July is exactly what every other star would do, even if they planned on staying put in free agency. (The calculus for, say, Russell Westbrook is different because he is eligible for the Durant Rule extension … but only if he remains in Oklahoma City.)

Kris Stone, Under Armour’s basketball sports marketing director, said Under Armour has to fight their way up to the top as the underdog.

Authentic Kids Eric Kendricks Jersey If you look at all the other brands we’re competing with, we’re not even a quarter of their size and we’re the underdog. Dennis was overlooked in the draft. We’re both still trying to climb a mountain.


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NBA schedule 2017-18: Full national TV schedule by team

The 2017-18 NBA schedule was just unveiled, so we now know which teams will be lucky enough to play on national TV often this year. (ESPN, ABC, or TNT — no NBATV here).

As expected, we’ll see a lot of the Warriors (31) and Cavaliers (27), but we’ll also see plenty of the Rockets (28 times) and Lonzo Ball’s Lakers (23 times). Below is the breakdown by team.
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The 2016-17 NBA season didn’t quite live up to the lofty standards of the prior year. This time, the Warriors were able to defend a big lead in the NBA Finals to earn Stephen Curry his second championship ring. The Cavaliers are hoping some minor changes will be enough to get them back to the promised land, though a tumultuous offseason could blow up those plans. Cleveland made modest additions this summer, adding players like Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, and Derrick Rose to the fold.

The last piece could be especially important given one of 2017’s biggest headlines: Kyrie Irving wants out. Cleveland may have to trade their All-NBA point guard after he reportedly tired of sharing the spotlight with LeBron James. While the franchise will have no problem finding a suitor for its 25-year-old playmaker, getting a fair return will be difficult. Irving’s desire to ditch the Cavs could signal the rise of a new champion in the East. It also might make those 27 national TV appearances a mistake.
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Butler, an all-star forward in town for Dwyane Wade’s youth camp, was dealt against his will this summer, traded in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the first-round pick that became Lauri Markkanen. He averaged 24 points, six rebounds, and 5.5 assists for the Bulls last season and maintained that he wanted to stay and win in Chicago.


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Jaylon Smith returns to start for Cowboys in preseason 19 months after knee injury

It has been 596 days since Jaylon Smith suffered a knee injury to end his college career and Saturday he returned to play football for the first time.

The Indianapolis Colts struggled to do anything offensively with Scott Tolzien under center, so there weren’t many snaps for the first-team Cowboys defense, but Smith stood out in his limited time on the field.

Here, Mahomes found De’Anthony Thomas on a 3rd and long, keeping the drive alive for the Chiefs.

Mahomes showed his ability to handle pressure by sticking in the pocket, and still making a poised throw to Jehu Chesson, getting the Chiefs near the red zone.

After the game, Carr was asked why he put his hand on Mack during the national anthem:

“Obviously, we’re not protesting. You know, we’re not doing anything like that. What we wanted to do is show all the kids that look up to me, look up to him, that white kids, black kids, brown kids, blue, green, doesn’t matter, can all be loving to each other.

Props to this dad for dancing how everyone would expect a dad to dance, which is to say at a wedding, or at a state fair concert, or chaperoning at a school dance:

What did you have before the game? Was it coffee? Should I take up coffee now so I can dance like this? The Vikings were down by 14 at this point, but you don’t mind, you just want to dance.

And I don’t blame you because it’s preseason, where none of this matters. Blair Walsh cared more about this game than you did, but my dude, you wanted to be seen on camera and become a highlight, and I respect the hell out of it. I don’t know if there’s a Dancing Sports Fan Hall of Fame, but I hope you get enshrined in it someday.redskins_105_6f444ce429598e12-180x180


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Sidney Crosby loses teeth, drops jaws as Penguins clinch playoff berth

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Sidney Crosby, as the running joke on social media went, had a hat trick in Tuesday’s 3-1 Penguins win over the Sabres.

This one wasn’t of the goal-scoring variety.

All in a game’s time, the Pittsburgh captain, deemed the darling of referees everywhere, got away with a blatant penalty that fell on blind eyes and appeared to embellish another. In between he scored what might stand as the goal of the year, the type of superhuman effort NHL fans have some to expect from the world’s most talented player.

The Sidney Crosby Hat Trick.

Authentic Mens Brandon Tate Jersey Mouths were agape when, as the seconds ticked off in the first period, Crosby turned on the jets, split a helpless quartet of Sabres defenders down the middle and scored his 41st goal of the season with an impossible one-handed backhand. To the top corner. Robin Lehner was incredulous. So was everyone else.

The IOC, which distributes 90 percent of its revenue for the development of sport in the world, obviously cannot treat a national commercial league better than not-for-profit International Sports Federations which are developing sport globally.

The ice hockey tournament at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 will nonetheless be a very exciting one, because the players from all the other professional ice hockey leagues and their athletes will participate, and will be very much welcomed by their Olympic teams.


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This sounds like Hunter desperately wants to be a part of a Goodfellas remake but couldn’t think of anything better.

Probably because the position-player pitcher is here to prevent injury and fatigue, not create it. And it’s a trend that’s going strong and makes too much sense to go away. While baseball is cyclical and this could go the way of the stolen base, there’s very little risk to go with the measurable reward of keeping your bullpen fresh. I wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers stayed in the 20s.

That would be Carlos Moncrief, an outfielder who touched 97 in a blowout for the Sacramento River Cats this year. All that needs to happen is for the Giants to find themselves in a blowout, which, gee, stranger things have happened.

Until then, stay vigilant, folks. There are a couple of stragglers who haven’t used a position player to pitch this millennium, and the rest of the league is leaving them way behind. The position-player pitcher is a more common creature these days, but I’m not tired of it yet. Apparently, neither are managers.

This sounds like Hunter desperately wants to be a part of a Goodfellas remake but couldn’t think of anything better. If he did get cast in such a film, any character with this moniker would absolutely be the first one to tell everyone about a heist and get shot because of it.

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Fist is just a nickname we’re really about to let happen? Really? Combined with Chris Stickman Sale on the same team, the Red Sox are really cornering the Are You Sure About That One? market.


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2017 Home Run Derby livestream: How to watch them belt dingers online

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A potential battle of two gigantic humans hitting baseballs is the possible endgame of the 2017 Home Run Derby, with defending champion Giancarlo Stanton and current major league home-run leader Aaron Judge the two favorites on Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami.

ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, with Karl Ravech taking over hosting duties this year from Chris Berman. Ravech will be joined on the broadcast by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Mark Teixeira, and reporter Buster Olney.

Last year, the company secured 33% ownership and Disney CEO Bob Iger says the decision marks a big strategic shift for the company.

Matt Asiata Authentic Jersey While this could mean practically nothing for fans once it actually arrives as a consumer product, the ways in which Disney decides to monetize their current sports holdings could shake things up in the sports streaming world.

Will fans have to pay extra to watch certain baseball games on ESPN depending on their market? Will a cable login no longer be enough to catch Sunday Night Baseball week in and week out? Or will this simply be a move closer to HBO’s launch of HBOGo, where it makes it easier for cord cutters to watch content previously reserved for cable subscribers?

However it pans out, Disney is making a big move to try and intelligently monetize a massive sports streaming platform and baseball will be a part of it.


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Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette, Marqise Lee won’t play against Buccaneers

Two of the Jaguars’ most important players will not be on the field Thursday when they face the Buccaneers.

Running back Leonard Fournette is nursing a foot injury, while receiver Marqise Lee has a right ankle sprain, coach Doug Marrone said.

To play it safe, Marrone will keep both players sidelined as they heal.

“We’re just being smart on it,” Marrone said, via ESPN.com. “Obviously we’re going to be smart with him and Marqise, so we’ll probably hold those guys out for at least until after the game.”

Fournette has not been practicing and Marrone said the former LSU star will evaluate him over the weekend. Fournette did practice after the Jags’ win against the Patriots last week, but said his foot was hurting Saturday after practice.

Whether it’s right or not, basketball players have an impact on children. That’s why the league emphasizes professionalism at all times, and hands out suspensions or fines when players act out. But there’s a grey area, as we saw earlier this year with Kyrie Irving.

During All-Star week, the title-winning point guard said on a podcast that “the Earth is flat,” a theory that has been proven false, but has gained popularity lately.

His comments were mocked by journalists and NBA fans because it’s a stupid theory. But beyond the jokes, his comments were actually harmful because kids who listen to him are likely to believe him. And according to an NPR article, that’s exactly what happened.

In a story headlined, “The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake News,” NPR’s Avi Wolfman-Arent spoke to a science teacher who said Irving’s comments have made his kids believe in the flat Earth theory.

She tells her students — like Nick Gurol, whose middle-schoolers believe the Earth is flat — that, as hard as they try, science teachers aren’t likely to change a student’s misconceptions just by correcting them.

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Raines was, of course, one of the great leadoff hitters in baseball history.

The second is this: It was fair to wonder if Raines would ever wind up in Cooperstown, which makes his arrival in baseball’s sacred museum a fascinating story.

He’s a very deserving member of baseball’s elite club, without a doubt, but he was in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the ballot before he was voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America last winter (full disclosure: This was my first year as a voter, and I voted for Raines).
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So in that sense, maybe it was fitting that Raines was the last of the five inductees to speak, following John Schuerholz, Jeff Bagwell, Bud Selig and Ivan Pudge Rodriguez. I’m surely not used to batting fifth, Raines said with a grin during his speech. Although I feel like I had the power and speed to do it.
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Raines was, of course, one of the great leadoff hitters in baseball history.

He finished his 23-year career with 808 stolen bases, which is fifth all time, and a success rate of 84.7 percent, which is the best in baseball history for anyone with more than 400 attempts. He scored 1,571 runs and finished with a career on-base percentage of .385, just a hair under Tony Gwynn’s .388. Even though he wasn’t known for his power, he popped 170 homers in his career.

Frustration probably isn’t the right word; jealousy definitely is, Thomas said, laughing. I mean, there’s no reason to hide it. I would say anybody is jealous that I won [Sunday]. I was jealous that Sergio [Garcia] won [the Masters]; that Brooks [Koepka] won [the U.S. Open]; that Jordan won. I wanted to be doing that, and I wasn’t.

It’s a cool little friendship we have, Thomas said. I think it shows where the game is right now, where all of us are. We obviously all want to win. We want to beat the other person. But if we can’t win, we at least want to enjoy it with our friends. I think that we’ll all be able to enjoy this together, and I know it’s going to make them more hungry, just like it did me.