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NEW YORK -- The Connecticut Suns playoff chances are setting. Grant Hill College Jersey .With just four games left, they sit in 10th place after an 89-82 loss to the New York Liberty on Friday night.We might need a little divine intervention, said Chiney Ogwumike, who scored 20 points for the Sun. We have to take care of business, handle business win games. This was a huge game for us, but we played hard.The Sun (11-19) are two games behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot and will need a lot of help even if they do win their final few games to avoid missing the postseason for a fourth straight year. To make matters worse, they traded their first round pick in the 2017 draft to Los Angeles to acquire Jonquel Jones before this season started.While Connecticut is on the outside looking in, New York has already clinched the No. 3 seed. The Liberty (21-10) hope to use the final few games to get healthy. They were down to eight healthy players against Connecticut with Shoni Schimmel (concussion), Tanisha Wright (knee), Kiah Stokes (hip) and Shavonte Zellous (back) all sidelined.Thats the most important thing to get healthy, said Tina Charles, who led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds.The Liberty rebounded from a disappointing loss to Seattle on Wednesday when they were blown out at home.We need to find a level where were consistent, Charles said. We have to know how to get ourselves out of situations when things arent going our way.The Sun didnt go down without a fight. Every time that it seemed New York was in control, Connecticut would battle back. The Liberty led by six at the half, and opened up a double-digit advantage early in the fourth before the Sun got within 78-76 with 4:39 left.New York scored the next seven points, capped by a 3-pointer by Epiphanny Prince to finally put the game away.Courtney Williams scored a career-high 20 points.Charles, who played four years in Connecticut before being traded to New York before the 2014 season, has excelled against her former team. She matched her career-high 32 points earlier this season. She was well on her way to that mark again with 17 in the first half on Friday.After one basket where she also drew a foul, the Madison Square Garden fans, which included U.S. track star Tori Bowie, started chanting MVP. Charles dad led the cheers while holding up a sign with his daughters No. 31 on it.Im not all about that. Im not about all that flashy stuff, thats for his enjoyment, Charles said. I love that hes very supportive. He didnt do it any other season. He only did it in 2012 (when Charles won MVP). It just shows he knows my game and knows when Im playing at a certain level and thats the level of respect I have for my father. Thats one of the reason I wanted to play here. So that he could have those moments. Harry Giles College Jersey . The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Lions have not announced the hiring, which was first reported by ESPN. Lombardi, the grandson of former Green Bay Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, has been an offensive assistant on Sean Paytons New Orleans staff since 2007. Jahlil Okafor College Jersey . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. 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He sees all sorts of numbers that he could get and make a special year even more special. When Altuve is zeroing in on things, he rarely gets denied. It wouldnt surprise me if he has a good day.Altuve said he is way different as a hitter this year than when he won his first batting title in 2014. Two years ago, Altuve finished with just seven home runs and 59 RBI. But with one game left this year, the infielder already has career highs of 24 homers and 96 RBI.Im trying to do damage at the plate, Altuve said. Before, I knew if I hit a weak ground ball, I could be safe. Then I understood that if you hit a double or drive in a run, its better than hitting a single. Im not trying to hit a home run every time. Im trying to look for my pitch and put a good swing on the ball.When Altuve won his last batting championship, he served primarily as a leadoff hitter. This season, he has batted mostly third.Hes done a great job of being a complete hitter this year wherever Ive put him, Hinch said. Hes taken it personally to improve hhis plate discipline. Christian Laettner College Jersey. ltuve will face right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in Sundays finale. Chacin replaced right-hander Jered Weaver, who was scheduled to start on his normal turn in the rotation. But Weaver experienced tightness in his lower back during his last start Monday night, and felt stiff during a bullpen session Friday.Regardless, Weaver faces an uncertain future after Sunday. The 11-year veteran, who turns 34 on Tuesday, will be a free agent after spending his entire career with the Angels. Weaver will finish this season with career highs in earned-run average and home runs allowed after fighting nagging injuries and declining velocity for the past three years.Its a weird feeling, Weaver said about the uncertainty. Ive been here for 11 years. Its all Ive known.The possibility that his last start Monday night might his last with the Angels made Weaver wistful.I was telling a couple of guys that I was a little emotional coming down the tunnel here, Weaver said Monday night. I tried to say Hi to as many workers as I could.Meanwhile, right-hander Brady Rodgers will make his first major-league start for the Astros. Rodgers was named the Pacific Coast Leagues pitcher of the year and the Astros minor-league pitcher of the year after going 12-4 with a 2.86 ERA at Triple-AFresno.But since being promoted Sept. 2, Rodgers has allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings covering four relief appearances. 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Chelsea moved to within a point of the Premier League summit with their impressive 2-0 win over Southampton on Super Sunday. Danielle Hunter Jersey . Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were on target as Antonio Contes side clinched a fourth consecutive Premier League victory at St Marys Stadium.The Blues are emerging as serious title contenders. Here, we look at some of the reasons why they could go the distance... The system worksA change of formation has been the catalyst for Chelseas recent improvement. Since switching from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3 after their 3-0 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, the Blues have won all four of their Premier League games without conceding a goal.Its the system Conte has used throughout his coaching career, and its taken no time for Chelseas players to adapt. Defensively, the back three of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta are afforded plenty of protection by Nemanja Matic and NGolo Kante, and theres added support from wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness discuss how Chelseas players have bought into Antonio Contes coaching methods Weve worked hard on the shape the managers brought and were getting the rewards, said Cahill after Sundays victory. Opponents are struggling to create openings against Chelseas packed defensive ranks. Southampton only mustered one shot on target at St Marys, and the run of four consecutive clean sheets highlights Chelseas new-found solidity.Contes got them well-drilled, said Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness. They sit in and defend their box. They have a lot of players who are good at defending in the air and on the ground.The new system has also unlocked Chelseas attacking potential. The Blues are lethal on the break and clinical in front of goal. They beat Manchester United 4-0 despite having just 43.9 per cent of possession, and they recorded a similar figure against Southampton. Souness described their first-half display at St Marys as a masterclass in counter-attacking football. Southampton wont be the last team who struggle to contain them. Conte lauds Chelsea work ethic Antonio Conte hailed his sides work ethic against Southampton. Hazard back to his bestHazard has been the biggest beneficiary of the change of formation. The Belgian grew disillusioned on the left flank last season, but he has been given licence to roam in the new system and doesnt have to worry about defensive responsibilities. According to Opta, his average position has been even more advanced than Costas in three of Chelseas last four games.Hazard is focusing on what he does best. His opener was brilliantly taken, and he has now scored more goals in 10 games (five) than he managed in 31 appearances last season. He was named man of the match for the second consecutive match after his starring role in last weeks thrashing of Manchester United, and this was arguably an even better performance. Eden Hazard shone at St Marys, scoring one and setting up another He combined brilliantly with Costa throughout, and his assist for the Spaniards goal was one of five chances he created across the 90 minutes. Hazard was a constant threat. Southamptons defenders were reduced to fouling him more often than any other player, and Gary Neville was impressed by some of the positions he took up in central areas.Its impossible for a right-back to go there, its impossible for a centre-back to come out, and its a nightmare for a midfield player to think about him, Neville said. Hes just free and released. Hes not stuck out on the left-hand side. Hes there and hes always got five yards of space.Hazard lost his way last season, but the 2014/15 Player of the Year is back to his old self under Conte, and Chelsea are feeling the benefits. When he plays like this, few players in the Premier League can match him. Conte has the smile and snarl Antonio Conte is striking the right balance with his players, says Jamie Redknapp. Clinical CostaCosta is another player who struggled to replicate his 2014/15 form last season, but, like Hazard, he is back with a vengeance under Conte. The 28-year-olds brilliant second-half strike was his eighth Premier League goal of the season, putting him top of the scoring charts ahead of Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku.Hes a brilliant player to have in your team when hes playing like today, said Neville in the Sky Sports commentary box. Hes a handful up front, and he defended three or four balls out of his own six yard box as well.Its quite the transformation from last season. Costa is leading the line with tireless intensity again, and hes playing with confidence too. He has hit the target with 71 per cent of his shots compared to 53 per cent last season, and his conversion rate is up from 23 per cent to 33 per cent. He left the pitch to loud cries of Diego, Diego, Diego from the away end at St Marys. Costa is back and hes lifting Chelsea. Costa celebrates after scoring his sides second goal The Kante-Matic partnershipEvery title-winning side needs a strong central midfield pairing and NGolo Kante and Nemanja Matic are certainly providing it for Chelsea. Kante was a force of nature in front of Leicesters back four last season, and hes now producing a similar level of performance for his new team.He made more than twice as many interceptions (seven) as any other player on the pitch against Southampton, and he impressed with the ball, too, finding a team-mate with 92.2 per cent of his passes - a higher accuracy rate than any of his team-mates. It was a performance in keeping with his recent form. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea highlights Kante has injected energy and dynamism into Chelseas central midfield, and Matic has impressed alongside him. The Serb struggled last season, but he is playing with authority again now, taking it in turns with Kante to run from box-to-box. There was one particularly impressive moment in the first half when he robbed Steven Davis high up the pitch before sending Costa through on goal.Chelseas powerful pairing have dominated the midfield in each of Chelseas last four games. Its bad news for Cesc Fabregas, but Conte will be hoping it continues.No European commitmentsThere were few positives to take from Chelseas 10th-placed finish last year, but not having to juggle European commitments this season could help their cause. The Blues new playing style demands high-intensity (they have outrun their opponents in each of their last three games) so the lighter load is especially beneficial. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. It also gives Conte more time on the training ground with his players. If you ask me if I prefer this situation, I dont, because Chelsea must be in this competition, he said back in August. But because we are not, I will have a whole week to train with my players. That gives me a chance to work with them more compared to other managers in previous seasons.The previous weekend of Premier League football was a good example of what can happen. Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham all failed to win after their midweek exertions in the Champions League, while Chelsea and Liverpool beat Manchester United and West Brom respectively after an uninterrupted schedule. Chelsea stand to benefit from a clearer fixture schedule than their rivals Also See: Conte lauds Chelsea work ethic Conte has the snarl and smile Adam Thielen Jersey . 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Warwickshire 257 for 2 (Porterfield 92, Hain 88) beat Northamptonshire 254 for 9 (Wakely 70, Cobb 50) by eight wicketsScorecard An opening stand of 180 from Sam Hain and William Porterfield powered Warwickshire to an eight-wicket Royal London Cup victory over Northamptonshire at Edgbaston.Northamptonshire posted a solid total of 254 for 9 thanks to Alex Wakely, who top-scored with 70, Josh Cobb and Ben Duckett. But Warwickshire, who suffered a pre-match blow when Jonathan Trott was ruled out after hurting his back in the warm-ups, made short work of the chase thanks largely to Hains 88 from 108 balls and Porterfield, who made 92 from 112.The Bears headed straight off north in good heart for Wednesdays game in Durham while Northamptonshire need to bounce back against Worcestershire at New Road.After the visitors endured more misfortune with the toss (they have lost it in all six RL Cup games this season) they were put in and started well, passing 100 for the loss of just one wicket in the 20th over with partnerships of 48 in eight overs between Cobb and Adam Rosssington and 55 in 13 between Cobb and Duckett.But they were pegged back by three wickets in 29 balls. Cobb embarked on a single that wasnt there and was calmly run ouut by Tim Ambrose for 50 before Jeetan Patel struck twice in three balls. Brian Robison Jersey. 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He has 21 homers this season after his 17th career multihomer game.Oswaldo Arcia had a two-run shot during the second and Brad Miller added a third-inning solo drive as the Rays took a 4-1 lead against Dylan Bundy (2-2), who allowed four runs and five hits over 3 1/3 innings in his first major league start.Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, has thrown 38 innings in 22 relief appearances this season. He was limited to a combined 17 minor league games the previous two years after Tommy John surgery in 2013.Its all part of the process, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Its more about us not scoring runs today.Showalter said Bundy will remain in the rotation.After Erasmo Ramirez went two scoreless innings for the Rays, AL All-Star Alex Colome got the final three outs to get his 20th save in as many chances.Manny Machado had a first-inning sacrifice fly and Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer in the sixth for the Orioles.Baltimore went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position through five innings, including a two-oout flyball by Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the fifth. Jordan Matthews Jersey. TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: Showalter said OF Hyun Soo Kim, who was out of the lineup for the third straight game due to a strained right hamstring, is getting close. Kim went through a running program.Rays: RHPs Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and Brad Boxberger (left oblique) are both scheduled to make their first rehab appearance Monday night for Class A Charlotte. ... INF Steve Pearce (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to be with Charlotte for the third consecutive day Monday.LONGOS LONG BALLLongoria (eight) is just the third third baseman, joining Eddie Mathews (nine) and Scott Rolen (eight) to reach 20 homers in at least eight of their first nine seasons. ... Longoria has 32 homers, including 31 while playing third base, off the Orioles. The only third baseman with more against Baltimore is Alex Rodriguez, who has 32.NUMBERS GAMEBundy allowed three homers in his 38 innings out of the bullpen. ... Arcia was hitless in 21 at-bats before his homer. ... Bundy struck out four and walked three during his 70-pitch outing.COBBS CONDITIONRays RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) had a 25-pitch bullpen session and the team said he might throw off a mound again Wednesday. He was originally scheduled to make his third rehab start for Charlotte Sunday but it was decided that he would work on mechanics instead. 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Washington is aiming to monitor his minutes during back-to-backs for health reasons, which is fine, but its an important distinction to draw as they are not doing it for production reasons. Wall actually averaged more points and rebounds (while sustaining his percentages and assist totals) on zero days rest last season than on any other amount of rest. Wall hasnt double-doubled in nearly two weeks, a streak that I feel ends tonight.Renee Miller -- Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail BlazersPoint guard is unusually tough, or easy, tonight, depending on how you look at it. Many of the normally reliable options face ugly matchups with slow-paced, defensive-minded backcourts such as Utah, Miami, New York, Milwaukee and Washington. That leaves Lillard and James Harden, facing off in tonights highest point total (and closest) game, as my top guard options. Lillard has been at his best this season at home in competitive games. I think we get the more important half of that equation right tonight, and I feel comfortable with Lillard in all formats given the alternatives.Joe Kaiser -- Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ersEmbiid sat out Wednesdays win over Washington and should have lively legs for tonights big matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. While Embiids salary is rising on DraftKings and FanDuel, he remains a solid value on both sites as he continues to make the most of every minute on the court. He has a floor of around 20 and a ceiling of close to 40, which makes him a very nice option on Thursday, particularly on FanDuel, where hes cheaper.Player to fadeKyle Soppe -- Dwyane Wade, SG, Chicago BullsIts not you, its me. And by you I mean Wade and by me I mean the Jazz. Utah boasts one of the premier defenses in basketball and with them facing another bottom-10 team in terms of pace of play, I expect this to be an ugly game for fantasy purposes. The limited number of possessions will put the onus on efficiency and Im just not buying that from Wade in this spot. The 28.6-percent career three point shooter has taken 21.1-percent of his shots from distance this season (not to mention no more than five free throw attempts in six straight), not a trend I am buying long-term. Wade has yet to produce more than five dimes in a single game this year, so if the points arent there, it is going to be difficult for him to reach value tonight. If youre looking for a pivot, Id look to the Wolves Zach LaVine in what projects to be the second-highest scoring game of the night (with an implied total that opened 16 points higher than the Bulls/Jazz game)Renee Miller -- Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago BullsI include Gibson here because I already trash-talked a bunch of point guards Im not using above, and because I so often rely on him as an affordable, safe play. 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I got the calls from home (Gerroa on the NSW south coast) and they were like, Just wait a minute. Its coming, its coming, Fitzgibbons said.Hawaiis Coco Ho registered the best heat score of 15.60 in the llast one of the third round, posting 8. 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Left-hander Cole Hamels and right-hander Yu Darvish were struggling before pitching gems in the first two games of the Texas Rangers three-game series against the Oakland As.Hamels pitched seven shutout innings in a 3-0 victory on Friday night when the Rangers clinched the American League West title. Darvish blanked the As for seven inning in a 5-0 win on Saturday afternoon.Both pitchers got back on track in what were likely their next-to-last starts before the postseason begins.On Sunday, right-hander Colby Lewis will try to regain his pitching groove when the Rangers go for a series sweep at the Oakland Coliseum.Hes a real important guy on our team, too, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said of Lewis after hitting a pair of two-run homers. He carried our team in the first half.Lewis will make his third start since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle in the back of his pitching shoulder. Lewis went 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in his past two starts. In his last start, he gave up three runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the As.Lewis is 12-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 29 games, including 27 starts, in his career against Oakland. He has more career wins and starts against the As than any other team.In his last start at the Coliseum on June 16, Lewis took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and settled for a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory. He improved to 6-0 with that win but has lost his past three starts.As rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton will make his fourth career major-league start and try to pitch his fourtth straight gem. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Corey-Moore-Jersey/. Hes 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and has allowed one earned run in each of his three starts.Its been good, Cotton said. My confidence is now higher, but the jobs not done. I think I have one or two more starts to go and I want to go out there and give my team a chance to win and go out there and pitch the way I know how to pitch and have fun out there on the mound.Cotton joined John Henry Johnson and Rich Harden as the only pitchers in Oakland history to start their careers with three straight outings of at least five innings and one or fewer earned runs.As manager Bob Melvin said what has stood out most about Cotton is the poise he has had from the minute he took the mound in his debut on Sept. 7 in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland.I know he was a little nervous in the bullpen, but once he got on the mound, he looked like he was really comfortable, Melvin said. Hes with a new organization, hes pitching at the big leagues for a first time. Theres a lot of things that can unnerve you on the mound, and it didnt look like that was the case with him.The stuff you see. The stuff is good, but I think the confidence that he had when he first took the mound probably impressed me the most. Hes another guy that definitely well take a hard look next year in the rotation.Cotton is one of three pitchers the As acquired from the Dodgers earlier this season in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and left-hander Rich Hill. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Youth NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Throwback Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL T-shirts Discount Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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As part of a series looking at the mind, body and soul of an athlete, ESPNs Prim Siripipat will speak to various tennis players throughout the US Open.NEW YORK -- A year ago, Roberta Vinci pulled off one of the most epic upsets in US Open history.The No. 43-ranked Italian stunned No. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals, ending Williams 33-match winning streak in majors -- and her quest for the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Grafs feat in 1988.After the match, Vinci was emotional, calling it the best moment of her life. Beforehand, it was a much different story. Did she really believe she could beat Williams heading into it?No. Really! No ... Vinci said in her on-court interview. When I woke up, I said OK, I have the semifinals today. Try to enjoy it. Dont think about Serena. Play.Although it was a painful defeat, Serena acknowledged the 12-1 underdog played her heart out.I thought she played the best tennis in her career, Serena said. Actually, I guess its inspiring. But, yeah, I think she played literally out of her mind.Added Vinci: The power of the mind and the mental game is important for this kind of sport.This past Wednesday, that positivity was evident again when Vinci, 33, was down a break in the second set of her second-round match.With American Christina McHale, 24, leading 3-2, the now No. 7 seed maintained her focus and turned a difficult moment into an opportunity. Vinci won four straight games on her way to a 6-1, 6-3 victory.Vinci faced another test of will Friday in her three-set win over Carina Witthoeft, 21, of Germany. 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Slow, deep breaths also help with nerves and pressure, which happens to all players.When asked how often she gets nervous, Vinci said, Always. I always feel the pressure. Im always nervous ... every single match and especially at the beginning. Then, step by step, I try to calm down, focus and the pressure gets low, and then I get back into the match.3. Forget about the future.This means dont worry about winning or losing. Yes, as a competitor, of course you want to win. However, getting too wrapped up in results can cause more stress and cause an athlete to lose focus on the things that will help them earn a victory.Stay focused every single point and dont think about the results, Vinci said. Just play your game.4. Think positive.Her belief may have fluctuated, but Vinci stayed positive throughout the entire match regardless of what was happening.With that said, it begged the question to ask Vinci one more time about the trust in herself. Did she really not believe she could beat Williams? Not even a little bit?OK, a little bit. A little bit ... yes, Vinci said.Just a little bit of belief. Thats all it takes.Prim Siripipat joined ESPN as an anchor in 2011 after spending three years in Miami covering the Dolphins, Heat and Marlins. She has appeared on SportsCenter, First Take, NBA Tonight and ESPN Radio. She played tennis at Duke University and, shortly after, began a career in broadcasting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @ESPNPrim. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Youth NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Throwback Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL T-shirts Discount Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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LOUIS -- Milwaukees Ryan Braun fouled off the pitch he liked before coming through for the Brewers.Braun hit a solo home run in the ninth inning and the Brewers beat St. Louis 2-1 on Sunday, dropping the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race.The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild-card slot.Braun connected on a 3-2 fastball off Kevin Siegrist (5-3) for his 27th homer of the season and 19th in his career against the Cardinals.The 0-1 pitch was the best pitch to hit, said Braun, who fouled it off. It was better than the one I hit. The one I hit out was on the black in.Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell liked Brauns approach in the at-bat.He hit a couple of foul balls there where he took really good swings, Counsell said. Hes (Siegrest) tough on rightys, always has been. Braun got himself back in the count and he made a mistake. It was a no-doubter.St. Louis had tied it in the eighth when Matt Carpenter doubled and scored on Stephen Piscottys sacrifice fly off Tyler Thornburg (6-5).Thornburg struck out three in the ninth.We only used Thorny once in the last week so he was well rested, Counsell said. We gave him the extra outs. Hes got a great mentality in this role.The Cardinals fell to 32-39 at home this season.Its always disappointing, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. In these close games, you feel like you got a real shot and theyre always hard to swallow when it doesnt work out.The Brewers other run came in the first on singles by Scooter Gennett and Braun and a sacrifice fly from Chris Carter.Milwaukee had just four hits in the game, with Braun getting the only one after the fifth inninng. Ozzie Albies Jersey. Zach Davies pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking one.This is a game where you have to battle even harder, Davies said. 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Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored a few highlight-reel goals for Ottawa. Thursday’s winner is going to stand out among them.
Pageau scored on a penalty shot in overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night.
Pageau beat goalie James Reimer five-hole on the winner.
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The Panthers dropped three points behind New Jersey with a game in hand for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Devils lost to Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime Thursday.
”Any other time of year you play a back-to-back game and you get a point out of the building on a back-to-back you’d be happy with it,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. ”Obviously two points are what matter the most for us in the race that we’re in. We saw what was happening on the scoreboard on the Jumbotron, and it was a chance to gain a point on a team we’re chasing and we didn’t get it done.”
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”It was time because we deserved the last game and we deserved this one,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. ”I think Reimer has played terrific against us this year, and I’ve been told it’s not just this year for some reason, and he was doing it again tonight. I thought we deserved more goals than that.”
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Both teams had several chances in overtime before Pageau converted with 16 seconds left after being tripped by Mike Matheson on a breakaway.
Paajarvi tied it 16 seconds into the third period by tipping Zack Smith’s shot.
Erik Karlsson assisted on Paajarvi’s goal for his 50th of the season. It’s his fifth time reaching the mark.
Pageau had a number of chances in the second period and made good on one and was robbed on another.
Ottawa took a 1-0 lead on Pageau’s 13th as he chased down his own shot that went wide and tucked it in behind Reimer 1:24 into the period.
The Panthers tied it with a power-play goal when Ekblad tied a franchise record for goals by a defenseman with his 16th. Just 1:31, later Florida took the lead as Dadonov took a pass in the slot and rang a shot in off the post.
Pageau looked like he had a sure goal late in the period, but Reimer made a great glove save to preserve the lead.
The Senators appeared to open the scoring at the 14-minute mark as Pageau broke in on Reimer, but upon review it was ruled the puck never crossed the goal line.
NOTES: Ottawa D Chris Wideman was shut down for the season with a hamstring injury. … Ottawa F Mark Stone skated Thursday and is hopeful of playing soon. Stone missed his tenth straight game with a leg injury. … Senators F Marian Gaborik missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury. … Florida’s Maxim Mamin Danny Trevathan Jersey , Radim Vrbata, Connor Brickley, Micheal Haley and Ian McCoshen were healthy scratches.
Panthers: Play at Boston on Saturday.
Senators: Play at Detroit on Saturday.
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A six-year-old cancer survivor got on the field with the Jets during their Saturday night scrimmage.
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Texans WR Keke Coutee is out with a hamstring injury.
The Colts released an unofficial depth chart.
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Titans CB Logan Ryan hosted a dog adoption event at the team’s stadium.
Rookie WR Courtland Sutton has impressed at Broncos camp.
A hamstring injury kept Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens out of practice Saturday.
Chargers WR Mike Williams was wired for sound during a big day at practice.
The Raiders got a brief mention in Randy Moss’ Hall of Fame speech.
Which defensive backs are the toughest for Cowboys WR Allen Hurns to go against?
Projecting the Giants’ final depth chart at wide receiver.
Plenty of Eagles fans turned out for Brian Dawkins’ Hall of Fame induction.
Washington DL Jonathan Allen feels healthy and ready to step up his game.
Brian Urlacher’s former Bears teammates and coaches were in Canton on Saturday.
Nick Bellore has made the switch to fullback for the Lions.
The Packers had a big crowd for their family night practice.
The defense got the better of the offense at Vikings camp.
Temporary tattoos were part of a joke pulled by the Falcons offensive linemen.
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Sasha Rearick is stepping down from his role as the U.S. men’s Alpine ski coach to lead the development side in a restructuring move by the organization.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the change Wednesday. A men’s coach will be named later.
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Rearick has spent the last decade leading the team. In his new role, he will work with athletes, coaches and clubs. He also is part of the organization’s ”Project 26” initiative, which examines national team development with an eye toward the 2022 and `26 Winter Games.
Military Humvees, officers in combat gear and the occasional F-16 flying over downtown Minneapolis are all part of the beefed up security measures that come with hosting the Super Bowl. But those images can be scary for some immigrants and refugees who are worried about terrorism, deportation or even a war they can’t forget.
A special team with the city of Minneapolis has been working for weeks to reassure immigrant communities that all the extra muscle is here to keep them safe. The team is reaching out through radio and television broadcasts, social media and in-person meetings with elders and community members. The goal is to keep communities informed about everything from security to transportation issues, and let them know they can also participate in the fun.
”It’s a welcoming place … for people to come downtown and enjoy,” said Michael Yang Eric Ebron Jersey , a southeast Asian community specialist with the city. ”You shouldn’t have to fear anything.”
Minnesota has been a welcoming state for immigrants over the last several decades, thanks in part to its social service programs. The state is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S., roughly 57,000 people according to the latest census figures, most of whom live in the Minneapolis area. The state also has the second-highest Hmong population, behind California.
The team of community specialists in Minneapolis does outreach in immigrant communities all year, but is working with more partners and intensifying efforts in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. Officials believe they have created a model for future Super Bowls or other large events. Among other things, the team is broadcasting weekly radio programs in Spanish, Somali and Hmong and is contracting with others to share social media messages in Spanish http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/brian-quick-jersey , Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Oromo and Lao.
The messages are being tailored to each community because while one community might believe armed guards are preventing a terror attack, another might see those same officers as an immigration raid.
”Every community has their own take on the event and their own fears and concerns and we address them by giving them the right information, telling them what’s going on,” said Rose Lindsay with the community relations unit in the Joint Information Center set up for the Super Bowl.
Yang said that even though Hmong immigrants have been in Minnesota for decades, images of the war they left behind are still fresh. Some people he’s met tell him that the armed officers remind them of the military taking over the streets of Laos. Others expressed concern about helicopters or other aircraft flying overhead, saying it reminds them of enemy aircraft.
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The Hmong have also expressed fear of a terrorist attack or hate crimes, and weeks ago elders were asking families to stay away from the Super Bowl activities. Yang said his work has helped ease fears. Other team members agree.
Abdirashid Ahmed, an East African community specialist, is working to explain the Super Bowl to community leaders, faith leaders and other community members. In addition to face-to-face meetings, he’s also monitoring social media to see what the community is talking about.
After a car caught fire in a Somali neighborhood this week, many community members went to social media and asked if there was a terror attack. Ahmed said because of the infrastructure that’s been set up, officials were able to respond within minutes to let the community know it was a mechanical fire and they had nothing to worry about.
When asked if there is fear of racial profiling in a community where some members have been the subject of terror investigations Derrius Guice Jersey , Ahmed said there is always that concern because of the current climate. But as far as it relates to the Super Bowl, ”people are not asking the same kinds of questions they were asking me a month or two months ago.”
”We have been explaining everything,” Ahmed said. ”The law enforcement agencies coming to Minneapolis … they will be here to protect everyone, not to harm.”
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– Anthony Davis stole the show and the New Orleans Pelicans stole home-court advantage from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Davis had 35 points Matt Slauson Jersey , 14 rebounds and four blocks, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo won the backcourt battle, and the Pelicans held on for a 97-95 victory on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.
Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans escaped after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit.
”It’s the playoffs,” Holiday said of his final block. ”A lot of excitement and a lot of energy especially in the building. Obviously, that was a really big stop and at that moment it felt good to get a stop. It felt good to know that all the hard work we put in this game, we got the win, so we did a really good job at that.”
Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and six points.
Portland made a charge that cut it to 93-92 on McCollum’s 3-pointer just inside a minute left. Lillard missed in the lane with 15 seconds remaining with the Blazers still down one Jerry Hughes Jersey , and after Davis made two free throws, Holiday blocked Pat Connaughton’s layup with 6.3 seconds to go.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts and several players said that the play was designed for a 3-pointer, but the Pelicans successfully took those options away.
Perhaps that had something to do with Rondo knowing everything the Blazers were ready to throw at them and relaying that knowledge to his teammates.
”He’s in a different mindset,” Davis said. ”He was up all night watching film. When they were calling plays out there he was telling us what it was in our version before they had a chance to run it. He’s definitely locked in. The way he played tonight with 17 assists, he’s just in a different mode for the playoffs.”
Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while McCollum had 19 points.
The sixth-seeded Pelicans were the only road team to win on the opening day of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and also blocked four shots to help Davis earn the first victory of his playoff career.
It looked like it would come easily, as the Pelicans extended a nine-point halftime lead to 69-50 on Holiday’s dunk with 4:25 left in the third quarter. It still seemed safe when Davis threw down a thunderous alley-oop slam from Rondo with 6:09 to play, letting out a scream as Portland took an 86-72 lead.
Portland’s rally came up short Ray Nitschke Jersey , but the Blazers vow to do better in Game 2 with regards to going after Davis.
”Getting to the basket, he’s around,” McCollum said. ”You know, he blocked my shot in the first quarter, maybe made some contact. But he’s always there, he’s always around roaming. But there’s no excuses. We got to play better.”
Portland’s two stars finished with just three combined free-throw attempts. McCollum says it’s on them to force the issue.
”Maybe we need to be more aggressive getting downhill,” McCollum said. ”You’ve got to figure out how the referees are reffing the game and go from there.”
Pelicans: New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry is a believer in ”Playoff Rondo,” the idea of Rondo elevating his game in the postseason. ”I think there is a sense of confidence that he has, especially this time of the year,” Gentry said. ”He’s a really bright player. One of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around. I’ve obviously had the opportunity to coach Steph (Curry) Sonny Jurgensen Jersey , Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Grant Hill. When you start talking about the extremely smart players, he’s one of those guys. I also think he has a way of giving confidence to the other guys. He makes them believe in themselves.”
Gentry says he relishes having someone who can lead the team in the way Rondo can. ”I know it’s like an old clich锟? but it really is like having an extra assistant coach.”
Trail Blazers: Among the challenges for the Blazers in this first-round series, none ranks higher than defending Davis. Terry Stotts said that he would begin the series with Jusuf Nurkic, who did not see much time on Davis in the regular season, on the All-Star big man.
Nurkic played 24 minutes, finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
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Game 2 is Tuesday night in Portland.
The Panthers signed left tackle Matt Kalil as a free agent in 2017 and watched him get off to a slow start as he recovered from hip surgery while playing in a new offensive system.
Kalil has been healthy this offseason and a new offensive coordinator hasn’t forced him to do the same kind of learning because he’s played for Norv Turner in the past. With those two things off the table, coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers “expect him to improve and be better for us this year.”
Kalil seems to think he’ll fulfill that expectation.
“I think from Week 4 on I started playing better and better, and toward the end of the season I was playing where I want to be,” Kalil said, via the Charlotte Observer. “I think that carried over to [organized team activities] and to camp, and obviously I’m way ahead of the curve of where I started last year.”
The Panthers lost one starting offensive lineman in free agency when Andrew Norwell signed with Jacksonville and right tackle Daryl Williams went down with a knee injury early in camp, so a stronger season from Kalil would be a welcome development up front in Carolina.
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Taking on the NFL and football’s Super Bowl champs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles and instead threw his own brief ”Celebration of America” after it became clear most players weren’t going to show up.
Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame.
Trump tried to turn the fracas into a referendum on patriotism and tie it to the dispute over players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. However, Eagles players never knelt during the ”Star-Spangled Banner,” throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl.
The White House accused Eagles team members of pulling a ”political stunt” and abandoning their fans by backing out at the last minute. Indeed, few apparently were going to come, though some expressed disappointment that they’d been disinvited and complained Trump was unfairly painting them as anti-American.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year.
No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.
On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl – a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump – Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes’ claims.
Rhonda Faehn Colt McCoy Jersey , the former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics, said she first reported an allegation against Nassar to Steve Penny, her then-boss, on June 17, 2015. Nassar was not arrested until more than a year later. He is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography, and hundreds of athletes have said they were abused by him, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman Kenny Clark Jersey , McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles.
The revelations about Nassar’s conduct over two decades and the way it was handled by Penny and others have led Congress to call for drastic reforms of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and other sports’ governing bodies.
Faehn said Penny warned her and others not to discuss the allegations against Nassar and that she wrongly assumed he had taken the allegations to law enforcement.
NEW YORK (AP) – Lou Lamoriello moved quickly to shake up the New York Islanders by firing coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow and naming himself the team’s new GM just two weeks after taking over as president of hockey operations.
Lamoriello made the moves that begin to reshape the organization in his image, two weeks to the day ownership said he’d have ”full authority over all hockey matters.” Lamoriello left the Toronto Maple Leafs to run the Islanders and will begin the search for a new coach immediately.
The end of Snow’s tenure seemed inevitable after owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin brought in Lamoriello to oversee the hockey operations department. The Islanders missed the playoffs eight times in Snow’s 12 years as general manager, including the past two seasons.
Weight, who took over for the fired Jack Capuano in January 2017, just finished his first full season as head coach.
NEW YORK (AP) – Something Bob Baffert always dreads has come true ahead of the Belmont Stakes: Justify drew the No. 1 post for the colt’s bid to sweep the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday’s race.
Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.
History http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/micah-hyde-jersey , however, may be on Justify’s side. Since 1905, a leading 23 horses have won from the No. 1 post. The last to win from there was Empire Maker in 2003 when he spoiled Funny Cide’s Triple Crown bid.
Justify won the first two legs of the series from the No. 7 post. He ran on sloppy tracks both times and the forecast for Saturday calls for a 60 percent chance of rain.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Pitcher Meghan King settled down after a rough start to complete a record-setting Women’s College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title.
The Seminoles (58-12) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0. They lost their opener before winning six straight to become just the third team to come through the losers’ bracket and take the title.
King broke a World Series record for lowest ERA among pitchers who threw at least 10 innings with a mark of 0.20. She earned four wins and a save in Oklahoma City while allowing just one earned run in 34 1/3 innings.
King was on such a run that Florida State’s ace throughout the season, Kylee Hanson, never had to pitch in the championship series.
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PARIS (AP) – Novak Djokovic’s neck was bothering him. Then his right leg was.
The way he faltered at the most crucial of moments in the French Open quarterfinals might have hurt him the most against an opponent who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing receiver Allen Hurns and saving $7 million in 2018.
Hurns will be a free agent and able to sign with any team that wants him.
His future had been in doubt for months, since Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged late last season. Hurns really became expendable when the Jaguars signed two receivers last week, bringing back Marqise Lee and adding Donte Moncrief in free agency.
Hurns would have been behind Lee and Moncrief on the depth chart, and Jacksonville felt his salary was too high for a backup who has missed 11 games the last two seasons.
Hurns has 189 receptions for 2,669 yards and 21 touchdowns in four years since signing with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie from Miami. But he caught just 74 passes for 961 yards and five scores the last two years while dealing with a sports hernia in 2016 and a high ankle sprain in 2017.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2018 season with new backup quarterbacks.
The Seahawks acquired quarterback Brett Hundley from the Packers on Wednesday for an undisclosed draft pick.
Green Bay announced the trade late in the day Marcus Martin Jersey , completing the deal on the cusp of the preseason finales for all teams.
The addition of Hundley gives Seattle a proven backup behind Russell Wilson. The Seahawks are reportedly sending a late-round draft pick to Green Bay and coach Pete Carroll said it was another opportunity to improve the Seahawks roster.
“It his fourth year now, he’s played quite a bit and started a bunch of games last year,” Carroll said. “We’ve been able to see him and really see how he has developed, and we liked him coming out of college as well. He’s big, he runs well, he’s got a good arm, he’s got good vision on the field, he’s made a lot of big throws and big plays. He really gives you the thought that he could come in the game and keep it moving. So we just thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Hundley stepped into a starting role last season for the Packers when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. Hundley started nine games and the Packers went 3-6. He threw for 1,836 yards and nine touchdowns, but also threw 12 interceptions.
His acquisition likely means the end of Austin Davis’ stint as Wilson’s backup in Seattle. Davis has been with the Seahawks since the start of the 2017 season.
In Green Bay http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/malik-hooker-jersey , the deal means that DeShone Kizer has won the backup job behind Rodgers. The former second-round pick started 15 games for the winless Cleveland Browns last season as a rookie and was acquired by the Packers in the offseason.
Seattle’s backup quarterback situation has been tenuous for several seasons ever since Tarvaris Jackson was not re-signed after the 2015 season. Wilson played through significant injuries in 2016 with Trevone Boykin only being used in brief moments and last season Wilson took every offensive snap with Seattle avoiding having to use Davis as a replacement.
But Davis has been inconsistent this preseason and rookie seventh-round draft pick Alex McGough has shown enough promise to be a development option as a backup for the future. That still left Seattle in a shaky spot not wanting to use a rookie should something happen to Wilson and why the trade for Hundley makes sense.
Hundley started nine of 11 games last season when Rodgers was injured. His best game came in Week 13 when he threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Cleveland. But Hundley also had games where he struggled, twice failing to pass for more than 100 yards in losses to New Orleans and Tampa Bay.
Hundley is also entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be a free agent after the season.
The deal could also clear the way for the Packers to keep promising undrafted free agent Tim Boyle as a third quarterback.
“I think I’ve progressed pretty fast. It’s a pretty hard offense. I take pride in the fact that I’m learning every day. Obviously, having (Rodgers) in front of you helps you out a lot,” Boyle said Tuesday. “But it’s a business and I understand that, so whatever happens, happens.”
It’s been quite a day for the Raiders, with a certain trade being the top story for the silver and black. Here are the moves they made to get to 53 on the roster.
Waived are receiver Marcell Ateman, tight end Marcus Baugh, receiver Saeed Blacknall, tight end Pharaoh Brown Geron Christian Jersey , receiver Martavis Bryant, running back James Butler, tight end Paul Butler, linebacker Jason Cabinda, cornerback Jarell Carter, quarterback Connor Cook, linebacker James Cowser, cornerback Antwuan Davis, defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/patrick-dimarco-jersey , defensive tackle Connor Flagel, cornerback Antonio Hamilton, guard Cameron Hunt, offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, safety Dallin Leavitt, safety Quincy Mauger, cornerback Raysean Pringle, guard Jordan Simmons, defensive lineman Shakir Soto, linebacker Azeem Victor Danny Trevathan Jersey , tackle Jylan Ware, receiver Isaac Whitney, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, and tackle Ryan Yurachek.
The following veterans were released: offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, center James Stone, and cornerback Shareece Wright.
Cornerback Dexter McDonald was waived/injured. Two players were placed on injured reserve: kicker Eddy Pineiro and running back Chris Warren III. Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes will move to reserve/PUP.
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KANSAS CITY Adam Shaheen Jersey , Mo. — The opener of the Boston Red Sox’s three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday night went as anticipated on paper.
The Red Sox jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings and Chris Sale dominated the Royals, striking out 12 in six innings. The Royals scored four meaningless runs the final three innings against the Red Sox bullpen in a 10-5 loss.
The Red Sox and Royals will meet again Saturday night and Boston will again be heavily favored.
Boston (60-29) leads the majors with 60 victories and has a major league-best .674 winning percentage. The Red Sox are 31 games above .500 for the first time since concluding the 2013 season at 97-65.
Their 60 wins are the fourth most after 89 games in the 118-year franchise history. The only teams with more wins after 89 games were the 1946 Red Sox at 63-26 and the 1912 and 1978 clubs at 61-28.
Boston is 5-2 on its nine-game, 10-day trip to New York, Washington and Kansas City. It is 32-17 away from Fenway Park.
The Red Sox are 3-1 against the Royals this season. The Royals went 8-4 against the Red Sox in the previous two seasons, Boston’s worst record against any opponent during that span.
Left-hander David Price will start for the Red Sox on Saturday. He is 9-6 with a 4.28 ERA in his first 17 starts.
Price is coming off a poor start on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, allowing eight runs and nine hits across 3 1/3 innings.
Before that Kemoko Turay Jersey , Price had been magnificent in his previous nine starts, posting a 7-1 record with a 2.72 ERA. He allowed 17 earned runs in 56 1/3 innings during a span from May 12 through June 26. He allowed no more than three earned runs in any of those starts.
Price is unbeaten in seven career starts and one bullpen appearance against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA against Kansas City, giving up 12 earned runs in 50 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox’s dynamic duo of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are tough on any pitching staff and that was the case again Friday.
Betts led off the game with a home run, the 100th of his career. He joins Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice and Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players with 100 home runs before their 26th birthday.
Betts is batting .369 (41-for-111) with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 26 career games against the Royals. His batting average is the best for any opposing hitter with a minimum of 100 at-bats against Kansas City.
Martinez hit a two-run shot in the second inning and leads the majors with 27 home runs. Only Carl Yastrzemski, 29 in 1969 Marvin Harrison Jersey , and David Ortiz, 31 in 2006, had more homers before the All-Star break. Martinez leads the American League with 73 RBIs.
The Royals will send rookie right-hander Brad Keller (2-3, 2.09 ERA) to the mound as they attempt to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Keller, a Rule Five pick from the Arizona Diamondbacks, threw an eight-inning J'Marcus Webb Jersey , complete-game six-hitter at Seattle in his previous start, only to lose 1-0 to the Mariners.
He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 appearances at Kauffman Stadium. He has a 2.25 ERA in three home starts.
Keller made two relief appearances in May at Boston. He got the final two outs of the seventh inning withoutout giving up any runs in a 5-4, 11-inning victory on May 1 and the next day threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Former Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been arrested and accused of punching a police officer.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pettigrew had a confrontation with a limousine driver when he refused to pay the $97 fare at 3 a.m. today. The driver called police, who found Pettigrew visibly intoxicated. When they asked him his name, he refused to give it, argued with officers and then punched an officer three times in the chest Kyle Fuller Jersey , according to the report.
Pettigrew was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of services and public drunkenness.
The Lions chose Pettigrew in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He played his entire career in Detroit, with his last game coming when he suffered a torn ACL midway through the 2015 season. Although he hasn’t officially announced his retirement, he is presumed to be done playing. Pettigrew was previously arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in 2017.
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The Minnesota Vikings have signed offensive tackle Brian O’Neill Adam Vinatieri Jersey , their second-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh.
The four-year deal was done Friday, before Vikings rookie minicamp began. They have three of their eight draft picks left unsigned: first-round cornerback Mike Hughes, fourth-round defensive end Jalyn Holmes, and fifth-round tight end Tyler Conklin.
O’Neill was the 62nd overall selection, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound converted tight end. He played in all 38 games over the last three seasons for the Panthers, forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. The Vikings lauded his athleticism but stressed the need for him to add strength. O’Neill is likely headed for a backup role this season behind starting tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers.
No debate that the most important position in the NFL is quarterback. But in fantasy, there may be as much depth at the position as there ever has been.
Sure, we’d all like Green Bay superstar Aaron Rodgers to start for our teams, but that privilege may not be worth a third- or fourth-round pick in most leagues.
Unless you’re in a league in which you can start more than one QB (superflex/2 QB leagues) or one that awards 6 points for a touchdown pass, do not take a QB until the eighth round at the earliest.
This isn’t to say that you should completely pass on players like Rodgers or New England’s Tom Brady. If Rodgers falls to the fifth round or later, the value would be too good. But generally Aaron Lynch Jersey , load up on as many running backs and wide receivers as possible.
The depth at QB means you can get a player like Philip Rivers (Chargers), Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) or Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) later in your draft. They each have warts but it’s better to have depth at RB or WR in the middle rounds rather than take a QB that may not outscore someone you can draft several rounds later by anything more than a few points per week.
History tells us that there will be several top QBs that will outscore others at that position by a significant amount, but the passers ranked No. 4 to No. 13 will be separated by about 4 fantasy points per week. That just isn’t enough of a difference to justify passing on a third running back or receiver.
A question that every fantasy owner should ask when thinking about drafting a top-level QB is whether the team will look better with that QB and a running back like Marlon Mack, or with a receiver like Golden Tate and Luck. Take the second option every time.
When it comes to quarterbacks and other positions, fantasy analysts place players in tiers. Rodgers is in a tier all by himself. He is the best fantasy QB today and it may not be all that close. Don’t be worried about the broken collarbone from last season. Rodgers has the arm strength to throw every pass required and although he won’t run as much as Carolina’s Cam Newton or Seattle’s Russell Wilson, he still has the ability to escape the pocket to gain yardage on the ground or more importantly, buy time for one of his receivers to get open.
The next tier has a few more options: Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz, Houston’s Deshaun Watson, Newton, Wilson and Brady. Any one of them can start for your fantasy team but they aren’t perfect by any means.
Newton had accuracy problems throughout his career and they aren’t likely to improve much this season. Still, his ability to scramble for yardage and TDs make him valuable. Wentz may or may not be ready for Week 1. If you draft Wentz, you may feel the need to select Nick Foles later as insurance. While no one can truly blame you for doing so Josh Sitton Jersey , it’s a waste of a valuable bench slot. Watson is also coming off a torn ACL and one has to wonder if he will be able to move around as well as he did last season, and let’s also not forget that he only has a handful of starts under his belt. You may love Wilson for what he did last year, but now that Doug Baldwin (knee) could miss the entire preseason and Jimmy Graham left via free agency, there just isn’t much left for him to throw to. Brady may be the greatest real-life QB of all time, but the team lost Nate Solder and Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman is suspended for four games. Throw in that rookie running back Sony Michel will undergo knee surgery and maybe this won’t be his year.
After those top QBs are gone, wait another round or two and just take whoever’s left. Drew Brees (New Orleans), Kirk Cousins (Minnesota), Matthew Stafford (Detroit), Roethlisberger, Rivers, and Luck round out the next tier. Brees is not the QB he once was. The Saints have one of the best ground attacks in the game and a legitimate defense. They don’t need Brees to put the ball in the air 40-plus times a game anymore. Cousins has solid weapons around him and a strong defense. Now that he finally has the big contract he may finally relax and put up big numbers. Stafford is about as consistent as they come and is a safe play. Yeah, starting Roethlisberger on the road can be an issue as his splits are awful but perhaps a change in coordinators eliminates that problem. Rivers is sort of a forgotten man but like Stafford http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , also very consistent and won’t cost you much. Luck’s price is only going to get higher as fantasy owners start to believe in his health.
The position is so deep that even if you don’t end up with one of the top 12, you still have the likes of Matt Ryan (Atlanta), Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco), Alex Smith (Washington) and Marcus Mariota (Tennessee) available.
That gives you the wiggle room to wait while filling other positions early.
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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
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