Month: July 2017

NBA players prefer Instagram to Tinder to sleep around on the road

The NBA is more streamlined these days. Everything from travel, food, sleeping and even the taboo hookups on the road are catered to its players.

An article for ESPN The Magazine takes readers inside the life of NBA players during road trips and how a “Tinderization of the NBA,” as one GM put it, is actually beneficial for the league.

He shot around with his teammates Saturday, and he’s expected to be with the Warriors on their two-game road trip that begins Monday in Oklahoma City, Durant’s former home. It will be the first time he’s traveled with the team since he began rehab March 1, the San Francisco Chronicle noted.

With Durant’s knee to be re-evaluated in less than a week, the Warriors are cautiously optimistic he’ll be back for the playoffs.

“You just try to let a guy rehab and do what he wants to do at his own pace,” Draymond Green said. “I feel like when you start talking to a guy — ‘Hey, man, how you doing?’ — then all of a sudden they want to rush back. … Take your time. Get right. When he’s ready, obviously, we want him back out there.”

As for the Blue Devils, coach Mike Krzyzewski has a lot of work to do following the loss of Kennard. Duke must replace talent and scoring from Kennard and Tatum as well as leadership from seniors Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones. There hasn’t been any word on the draft status of junior New Vikings Jerseys Cheap guard NBA Jerseys For Sale Grayson Allen, though he still has until the April 23 deadline to declare. Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan had Duke at No. 2 in his way-too-early Top 25 prior to Kennard declaring for the draft, but seeing Kennard and Allen leave the program in the next month could drop the Blue Devils outside of the top 10.

Someone is selling a life-sized balloon sculpture of Joel Embiid for power tools

You can always find weird things for sale on Craigslist, but this is pretty amazing. Someone is trying to sell a life-sized balloon sculpture of Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, in exchange for power tools or lumber.

“One team that New York and Houston had hoped would facilitate a multiteam trade for Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers, plans to participate in a deal for Anthony only if he decides to expand his no-trade clause to include them, league sources told ESPN.”
The addition of Anthony to the roster would give the Trail Blazers US Cheap Jerseys Club one of the most dynamic scoring tandems in all of the NBA assuming Portland would not have to part ways with either C.J. McCollum or Damian Lillard.

If they were able to get a deal done, considering the Knicks essentially need the favor of someone taking Anthony’s contract off of their books, it is unlikely they would have to give up either one of their dynamic guards.

So the Blazers want Anthony for themselves now, but Anthony has yet to extend his list of teams he’d be willing to go to in a trade to Portland. That is the next essential step for the Blazers if they want to get a hold of Anthony.

Mills and Perry, meanwhile, are trying to arrange a meeting with Anthony, according to ESPN.com’s sources, as the new front office considers not trading the 14-year veteran in an effort to buy time for his value to rebuild since the new Knicks regime isn’t happy with the offers it has gotten and trade talks are stalled.

The Knicks realize selling Anthony on returning would be tough, in part because Jackson wasn’t the only person in the organization pushing for Anthony’s exit.

Meantime, according to ESPN.com’s league sources, the Rockets are determined Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap to complete a complicated multi-team deal and think Anthony is focused on being in Houston in 2017-18.

Chargers safety Dexter McCoil relishes every stop with return trip to LA

Chargers safety Dexter McCoil can’t wait to get back to the place where it all started.

“LA is LA,” McCoil told Sporting News. “I feel like it’s a dream place to visit. I think everybody should come visit, just to see how it is. I’ve just happened to had the Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys opportunity to live there twice. It’s a blessing.”

McCoil’s two-time path to Los Angeles is a winding one that has stretched across four time zones, three different professional leagues and two countries. McCoil parlayed a successful stint with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL into a shot with the Chargers, but it took thousands of miles in the car to get there after his college career at Tulsa ended.

Fick built on the success of a solid 2001 campaign by getting off to a hot start in 2002. The first half of 2002 saw Fick hit .290/.352/.479 with 11 HR and 40 RBIs. Fick was the lone Tigers representative on the AL roster, and he recorded a hit and scored a run during his time on the field for the AL.

This was Fick’s last above average season at the plate. He bounced around several places following this including Atlanta, Tampa Bay, San Diego, and Washington. On a side note, Fick will be remembered as the player who hit the final home run in Tiger Stadium history.

Both Clippard and Shreve noted that the law of averages comes into play over a 162-game season, and that baseball goes through different phases.

“Everything feels the same and we all feel like we’re gonna do good every day, and that’s what we take into every single game,” Clippard said. “We’re not going out there trying harder or less. It’s just kind of the ebbs and flows of a baseball season.”

Still, the sometimes-streaky nature of the game can play with one’s mind.

The fact that Blount turns 31 in December isn’t a deterrent

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was lit up for six runs (five earned) in six innings Tuesday in a 7-3 loss against the Royals. Hernandez gave up two home runs, walked four batters and struck out five while scuttling to 3-3 with a 5.04 ERA this season.

Aaron Judge left a dent, literally, in Yankee Stadium with his 28th Cheap Soccer Jerseys For Sale home run of the season:

Rays (44-41) at Cubs (41-42) 2:20 p.m. ET — The Cubs will try to head back in the right direction by sending struggling John Lackey (5-9, 5.24 ERA) to the mound to face off against Blake Snell (0-5, 5.36 ERA). The Cubs are now 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central, and Milwaukee is showing they aren’t a fluke. Something is going to have to click for Chicago after the All-Star break in order to save the season.

The Eagles took long enough, but they finally landed their veteran early-down and short-yardage back for 2017, LeGarrette Blount. It confirms the idea that they will soon be moving on Cheap Sports Jerseys from Ryan Mathews, who carries both major concern over his recovery from neck surgery and a hefty salary ($4 million).

Philadelphia, after missing out on Dalvin Cook in the draft and having undrafted rookie Corey Clement as the only viable pure power option, needed Blount’s thundering style and finishing ability to round out its backfield. Blount fits well into Pederson’s offense and will find plenty of room to rumble behind the Eagles’ elite line, especially with the Eagles being able to stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally in 2017.

The fact that Blount turns 31 in December isn’t a deterrent, as there are enough guys to spell him in passing situations. Blount is an upgrade over Mathews for the simple fact that the Eagles can trust him to be durable and complementarily productive. Combining wih their new top wideouts, there’s significantly more home-run ability around Wentz.

Third baseman Evan Longoria agrees that this is one of the best offenses he’s seen during his time in Tampa.

Morrison may be leading the team in dingers, but he’s quick to say that this is the best offense he’s ever been a part of.

“Top to bottom, guys have been doing a lot of different things, but the one constant is they can go deep at any time,” Morrison said.

Third baseman Evan Longoria agrees that this is one of the best Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys offenses he’s seen during his time in Tampa. While he recognizes the franchise is better known for its history of pitching and defense over the past decade, he’s not surprised that this team is becoming more offensive.

“We believed the offense was going to be there. … The pieces are in place, and it’s cool seeing it come together,” Longoria said.

Home runs are way up across baseball, but they’re skyrocketing for the Rays. And it’s been a buildup years in the making. After finishing in the bottom five with 117 home runs in 2014, the Rays hit 50 more home runs in 2015. In 2016, they hit 49 more than their 2015 output: a total of 216.

Their 128 home runs in their first 84 games has them on a pace for 247 on the season. That would be the seventh most in MLB history.

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For Betances, it turned out that his issues were both mental and physical. He said he’s working through some mechanical changes with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bullpen coach Mike Harkey to iron out some of his recent problems.

“I was getting out of whack with my mechanics, and some stuff that I’m doing now (is) taking me back to where I first started in the last couple of years,” Betances said, regarding his foot position and the way he gets set. “It allows me to get a better direction towards home and keep my mechanics simple instead of too many moving parts.”

That should be the biggest red flag of all.

However, Waller is also the fourth NFL player this offseason to be suspended for a year, all for substance-abuse violations … all at least believed to be marijuana-related.

Two days before Waller, ESPN reported that former Bill and Steeler Karlos Williams got the one-year ban. Less than two weeks ago, it was former Brown and Steeler Justin Gilbert. Right after last regular season ended, it was the Cowboys’ Randy Gregory.

Four players, added to the list that already includes Josh Gordon, Rolando McClain and Sammie Lee Hill, and a list from which the Steelers’ Martavis Bryant just returned. At least one player each season since at least 2014, in fact, has been given that sentence.

That should be the biggest red flag of all.

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Sam Bradford is the man, and it’s odd to realize that he’s turning 30 this year and entering his eighth season since going first overall in 2010. He has his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, hired by Mike Zimmer to replace Norv Turner at midseason last year, taking over permanently. He also has a new quarterback coach, Kevin Stefanski, getting a staff promotion. More important, he doesn’t have to do the crash course in their scheme the way he did when he was acquired right after Bridgewater’s devastating training-camp knee injury.

They need to translate numbers (career high in yards and passer rating, career low in interception percentage, NFL record 71.6 completion percentage) into a far more productive offense (23rd in total yards, 29th in yards per play, dead last in rushing and in yards per carry). And they have to do that with several new weapons and a rebuilt offensive line. More? They’re still hoping to find out soon how far Bridgewater is back. For now, the break-glass-in-case-of-emergency quarterback is Case Keenum.

The Vikings can’t count on Bridgewater being ready for Week 1

It’s eaten at him over the past year, of course. Curry was not entirely healthy last season, but he did not use that as an excuse. He had a critical turnover with just over five minutes to play in Game 7, and Curry concedes that it still bothers him. In part, as much as this year’s finals for the Warriors have been about the excellence of newcomer Kevin Durant, it’s also been a shot at redemption for Curry.

Here in Game 2, the Curry absolution tour truly took hold: He logged a triple-double, persistently attacking the Cleveland defense (even James) on his way to 32 points, to go with 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He was far from perfect — Curry committed eight turnovers and was 7 of 17 from the field — but he provided the ideal counter punch to another sterling performance by Durant, who finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

“I’m playing with a lot of energy, that’s the biggest thing,” Curry said. “Trying to be aggressive every opportunity I have. I think there’s another level that I can get to … But just trying to be aggressive and enjoy this moment, man, just playing in The Finals and the journey is unbelievable. I want to keep it going.”

Zimmer noted that Bridgewater “has a long way to go” and will not be able to join his team on the practice field until he gets the OK to take that next step from his doctors.

The Vikings can’t count on Bridgewater being ready for Week 1, so they’re still committed to Bradford, at least for the short term. Bradford’s contract also expires after the season. Sooner Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys or later, the Vikings need to see if Bridgewater can continue his career, or else they’ll Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys have to search for a franchise QB yet again.

Kevin Love, Cavs throw first-quarter haymaker to give Cleveland puncher’s chance in NBA Finals

For the first time in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cavaliers threw the first punch. It was a six-minute punch that set the tempo for a fast-paced, physical, free-flowing, record-setting 137-116 victory against the Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.

Kevin Love delivered the biggest blows in that first-quarter run and a few more afterward as part of a 23-point performance that included 6 of 8 shooting from 3-point range. The Cavaliers nailed 24 3-pointers, a NBA Finals record.

“They make me feel good,” Green said. “They show me how important I am to them. They be at home thinking about me. If you come to the game chanting my name, you at home thinking about me. So shout out to them, thanks for the love.”

Of course, it was not all love from Green. He was reminded that he nearly got a second technical foul for his overreaction to a call in the third quarter. The arena PA system played Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack!” in anticipation of his ejection. Green played up to the crowd, waving his hands and encouraging more chants.

NBA FINALS: Here’s why Draymond Green wasn’t ejected from Game 4

But Green said he knew he had not been given the T on the previous tech that had been assigned to him in the first quarter. That foul was retroactively assigned to coach Steve Kerr.

And Green will have something going for him next week that he did not have in last year’s series: He will be able to play in Game 5 this time. Last year, Green was suspended for Game 5.

“Thank God I get to play on Monday,” Green said, before Cheap China NFL Jerseys smiling and Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys adding, “Hopefully.”

It’s easy to look at those numbers and give credit to the Warriors for staying active defensively

The fourth-year guard out of Michigan was really good this season, earning starters minutes as the season went on. But you have Thabo Sefolosha (if he isn’t too mad about Mike Dunleavy playing over him in the playoff loss), Kent Bazemore and Tauren Prince, who grew at the end of season at that position.

Hardaway averaged a career-high 14.5 points on the season. He improved exponentially and will command a hefty salary. Paying him could limit other options, but losing him takes away precious points. If you think Prince — who is a better defender — can step up, then maybe you can let THJ go. If not, you have to pay the piper.

It’s easy to look at those numbers and give credit to the Warriors for staying active defensively. That’s only part of the problem, though. According to NBA.com tracking data, the Cavs are 9 of 30 on wide-open 3-pointers (no defender within six feet) and 11 of 46 when a defender is within four to six feet.

Klay Thompson has done an incredible job challenging Irving in one-on-one situations. Durant can guard just about every position on the floor. Draymond Green is the best defender in the NBA. It’s possible to accept all of that and still point out the Cavs have missed shots they normally make. They can’t afford to miss many more if they want to stay alive.

This one is particularly rough in hindsight with all the stars that came right after the No. 10 pick. An injury-prone drop machine, Ebron has done little to live up to his draft status. That Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys said, he’s still holding down a starting job and the Lions don’t have Cheap Basketball Jerseys steelers_130much depth in the passing offense. So Ebron will get another chance to put it all together next year.

NBA Draft scouting report: Why Markelle Fultz is clear-cut top prospect in talented 2017 draft class

A true late-bloomer, Markelle Fultz didn’t even make his varsity team at DeMatha Catholic until his junior year of high school. But since that point, it’s been a meteoric rise for the 6-5 guard who spent his one-and-done season at Washington. He’s the clear No. 1 player in the 2017 NBA Draft, a player in a tier all to himself.

Simply put, Fultz is one of the 10 best prospects to enter the NBA over the last decade. Here’s why he’s the prize of this selection process — and why the Sixers wanted him so badly.

In a move to clear cap space and likely prepare for the arrival of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers are trading guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for center Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, according to The Vertical.

The Lakers will shed the final three years of Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million contract, along with a young starter in Russell, as they begin to target big names via trades or free agency. Lopez is on an expiring contract, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, the summer when LeBron James and Paul George will be unrestricted free agents.

There is some hope that Bridgewater can play this season. He threw passes in OTAs and his rehab is going well, according to Zimmer.

“You know like sometimes when you see a guy every day you don’t Cheap NFL Jerseys USA steelers_124notice the progress that he’s made,” Zimmer said. “I’m gone for two weeks, and obviously he’s not on the tape. I come back yesterday, and I say ‘Well, Teddy is moving better, quite a bit better in my opinion’.”