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The Miami Dolphins are ready to add two receivers after trading Jarvis Landry Thurman Thomas Jersey , and the likely newcomers include one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets.
Former New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola and ex-Kansas City Chiefs wideout Albert Wilson are discussing contract offers and are likely to sign with the Dolphins when the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The person confirmed the talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no final agreement.
Wilson’s contract would be a $24 million, three-year deal, a second person said.
Miami earlier agreed to trade Landry, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver, to the Cleveland Browns for two draft picks.
On the eve of free agency, the Dolphins released veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons as expected. Reserve safety Walt Aikens discussed re-signing with Miami and is likely to reach a deal, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Amendola, 32, is a nine-year NFL veteran with 426 career receptions and 19 touchdowns, and since 2013 he has played in 13 postseason games with Brady and New England. Last year, Amendola caught 61 passes for 659 yards.
Wilson is from Port St. Lucie Corey Grant Jersey , Florida. In four seasons with the Chiefs he caught 124 passes for 1,544 yards, including 42 receptions for 554 yards last year.
Timmons’ departure clears $5.5 million in cap space for Miami. He went AWOL on the eve of last year’s opener, was briefly suspended and played poorly when he returned.
Aikens has been with the Dolphins since his rookie season in 2014 and has become a key contributor on special teams.
The rumor mill is in overdrive, with nuggets such as these: LeBron James has looked at schools in Los Angeles, he’s not particularly fond of Houston and he’s hugging restaurant diners in Miami.
Ah, free agency is back.
It technically starts Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EDT in the East, 9:01 p.m. Saturday out West, but is already well underway everywhere in the sense that everybody is talking about what might happen. James is once again the biggest domino that will fall; he may opt out of his contract, but that doesn’t mean he’ll leave Cleveland – and he may opt in for nearly $36 million next season, but that doesn’t mean he’s certain to be staying, either.
Boston guard Kyrie Irving has a word for these days: Pre-agency.
”That’s actually a title to describe what’s going on now Tarell Basham Jersey ,” Irving said. ”But yeah, we know that 12 a.m. July 1st, that’s when it just starts getting nutty.”
James is hardly the only person who will create that nuttiness.
Paul George has a decision to make about his future; stay in Oklahoma City or move on, with the Los Angeles Lakers believed to be his dream destination. San Antonio has big decisions to make about Kawhi Leonard; they can take a risk and keep him for the final year of his contract, offer him a new deal or trade him elsewhere. And what happens in their cases will surely impact what James does, much in the same way the Chris Bosh decision in 2010 helped really pave the way for him to go to Miami.
Thing is, nobody knows what’ll happen. Hence, the intrigue.
”That’s the challenge in this league,” James said during the NBA Finals, when his Cavaliers were swept by Golden State. ”I think every GM and every president and every coaching staff is trying to figure out how they can make up the right matchups to compete for a championship and win a championship.”
The Los Angeles Lakers will have about $61 million in cap space; half the league might not have any. So this summer, with cap space for most teams at a premium, the biggest moves might have to come through trades.
”There has been a lot of discussion with a lot of teams about a lot of players Donte Jackson Jersey ,” Heat President Pat Riley said. ”I just feel there’s a restlessness on the part of teams, and also there’s a reluctance to do things. … It’s hard to pull the trigger on that kind of thing.”
Golden State’s Kevin Durant will be a free agent in name only – he’s already said he’s returning to the Warriors. Golden State will spend free agency bolstering its bench, and the best team in the NBA should be better in the next couple of weeks.
All that’s left to decide there is what terms Durant wants.
”Whatever he wants,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers said. ”Sometimes you don’t negotiate. … He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign `a’ deal. I want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms.”
Philadelphia isn’t tampering, but isn’t being shy: Both coach Brett Brown and newly minted rookie of the year Ben Simmons have come out this offseason and said how much a great veteran will help their team.
”Maybe that is a free agent, a big free agent who we can lean on and learn from,” Simmons said.
He didn’t say ”LeBron,” but sure sounds like James.
Houston will look to add James as well in an effort to find the formula that will supplant the Warriors. The Rockets nearly ousted Golden State in the Western Conference finals, wasting double-digit leads in both Game 6 and Game 7 of that series – all while Chris Paul, who seems likely to stay in Houston but could choose to leave, was sidelined with a bad hamstring.
But Rockets star James Harden Andy Janovich Jersey , the NBA’s MVP, didn’t sound like he would be clamoring for James to come to Houston.
”I don’t think there is a piece that we need to bring in or take away,” Harden said. ”We’re great with what we have.”
Miami is the place where James left Cleveland for once before, and it’s clear that he still enjoys South Florida. And the rumors about him and the Lakers have swirled for some time, though Lakers President Magic Johnson – perhaps offering a word of caution – said the rebuild of his team will take two summers.
”We don’t know what people are going to decide to do and we can’t control that,” Johnson said. ”So if guys decide not to come here, it’s not a failure. We turn to next summer. Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure.”
James isn’t looking to fail. But until he decides where he can win, everyone waits.
AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this story.
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NEW YORK — The New York Islanders know Thursday night will be their final home game of the season as well as the last time they call Barclays Center their sole home.
But the most important bit of information remains unknown Andy Janovich Jersey , and will likely remain a mystery for almost three more months: Will Thursday night also be the final time John Tavares suits up at home for the Islanders?
An uncertain future will overshadow the waning days of a disappointing season Thursday night when the Islanders host the New York Rangers in a battle of teams playing out the string.
Both teams were off Wednesday after playing Tuesday. The host Islanders edged the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 while the visiting Rangers fell to the New Jersey Devils 5-2.
The local rivals will be playing for nothing more than pride and the opportunity to avoid finishing in last place Thursday, when the Rangers (34-37-9) will take the ice one point ahead of the Islanders. This is only the sixth time since the Islanders (33-37-10) joined the NHL in 1972-73 that both teams will miss the playoffs.
Soon, the Islanders will find out if failing to reach the postseason for the second straight season and the short-term uncertainty of their arena situation are enough to drive Tavares away from the only team for which he’s played.
Tavares, whom the Islanders selected with the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, is scheduled to reach free agency July 1. And while his attendance at press conferences earlier this season announcing the Islanders’ plans to build a new arena on Long Island and to split the next three seasons between Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum (the team’s old home) could be construed as good signs for his future in New York, he has offered no hints one way or the other as the season has spiraled downward.
The Islanders are just 8-17-5 since the All-Star break and have just one winning streak of longer than two games since November.
“Obviously, the season will end on Saturday,” Tavares told reporters following practice Wednesday. “I want to go about it the right way and be the best captain I can be. When the time is right, it will all come to fruition and it will all be over at the same time. It’s gotten to this point now. I can’t say how it’s going to go going forward.”
The Rangers, who are winless in five games (0-4-1) at Barclays Center, will not be sad to see the Islanders exit Brooklyn. Lately Tony Romo Jersey , the Islanders have thrived against the Rangers regardless of locale, going 8-1-2 against their closest rival since the start of the 2015-16 season.
“Obviously, we haven’t had a lot of success against the Islanders,” head coach Alain Vigneault told Newsday following practice Wednesday. “It’d be good for us to change that, and we’re getting an opportunity tomorrow to do that.”
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak will likely get a chance to continue his mastery against the Rangers, who will start backup netminder Ondrej Pavelec.
Halak has sat the last three games — his most recent action was March 27, when he recorded 33 saves and earned the win in a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators — but is 17-7-0 in 25 career games against the Rangers, including 3-0-0 this year and 10-3-0 since joining the Islanders prior to the 2014-15 season.
Pavelec hasn’t played since last Friday, when he took the defeat after recording 43 saves in the Rangers’ 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is 4-8-3 in 15 career games against the Islanders.
Andrew Wiggins left Minnesota’s arena on Monday night with the hope that Denver would lose and, thus, secure the Timberwolves a spot in the playoffs.
He planned to track the Nuggets on his smartphone like most of his teammates Sam Acho Jersey , but there was no viewing party in the works or anxious huddle around the high-definition television in the locker room.
The Timberwolves mostly were just relieved they did their part by beating Memphis, considering way they’ve playing lately.
”It’s our fault for leaving it up to chance,” Wiggins said. ”So we’ve just got to wait and see.”
Fittingly for a once-promising season that has become a slog to the finish, the Wolves wound up watching the Nuggets rally past Portland about an hour after they left the court at Target Center. That kept Denver tied with Minnesota at 46-35 for eighth place in the Western Conference with two days remaining on the schedule.
Well, guess who their final opponent is? The Nuggets will bring a six-game winning streak to Target Center on Wednesday night.
”If it was easy it wouldn’t be fun,” center Karl-Anthony Towns said after practice Tuesday. ”If it was easy it wouldn’t be the Minnesota way.”
The Wolves’ last trip to the playoffs ended with a loss in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals in 2004, when Kevin Garnett was patrolling the post. Towns? He was 8 years old. Wiggins was 9.
”They’ve prepared themselves all year for this,” coach Tom Thibodeau said, expressing confidence in the team’s young cornerstones to perform up to the task despite missing critical postseason experience.
With the Nuggets and Wolves only one game behind New Orleans, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, the winner could receive quite the reward. Both Denver and Minnesota can still finish as high as fifth.
There’ll be some relief and satisfaction just to be part of the 16-team tournament after the 82-game grind Chris Jones Jersey , but avoiding the eighth seed and a matchup with league-leading Houston would be preferable. Same goes for seventh place and pairing with defending NBA champion Golden State, a daunting foe even if star Steph Curry isn’t cleared yet to return from his knee injury.
The Wolves were in control of a spot in the playoffs, as high as third place, for most of this season until Jimmy Butler’s absence began to catch up to them and their primary competitors in the West cranked up their games. The Wolves have won both games with Butler back from the meniscus cartilage injury in his right knee, after going 8-9 without him, but losing at home to the Grizzlies two weeks ago even with their emotional leader and best all-around player missing was still inexcusable. Just one more win, and they’d already be safely in.
Nothing ever comes easy for this snake-bitten franchise, though, a history that Towns and Wiggins are well aware of.
”I’ve been here my whole career now,” Wiggins said. ”So it’s about time we do something.”
The Nuggets have their own long-frustrated fan base, with their last appearance in the playoffs coming in 2013. The last time they passed the first round was 2009 Aaron Lynch Jersey , one of the franchise’s three trips to the Western Conference finals since joining the NBA. The others were in 1978 and 1985.
Seven of Denver’s last nine opponents are headed to the playoffs. The other two were against the Timberwolves, without Butler, and the Los Angeles Clippers, the only other teams in the league that haven’t clinched but sport winning records. The Nuggets eliminated the Clippers (42-39) by beating them on Saturday.
They’ve had to do this the hard way, too.
”We wouldn’t want it any other way,” guard Gary Harris said.
The Nuggets have produced a remarkable series of clutch performances, with fourth-quarter moxie pushing them to this point as much as any specific skill or strength. They held the Blazers to just 33 points in the second half on Monday night, further galvanizing their belief that not only can they make the playoffs but be a factor once they begin.
”It’s as high as it can be,” coach Mike Malone said. ”I don’t know if it can get any higher. To not play your best basketball and still find ways to win is a really encouraging and confidence-building type of feel.”
AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton in Denver contributed to this report.
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The San Antonio Spurs are not going to win 50 games this season John Miller Jersey , nor have they been able to produce the game-to-game dominance in 2017-18 that has been commonplace during a two-decade run of NBA excellence.
But the Spurs still have a chance to make the playoffs for the 21st consecutive year. That goal, no, accomplishment, can be reached with a win in one of their final two games, the first of which is Monday against the Sacramento Kings at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Spurs (46-34) took another step toward the postseason with a 116-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday behind 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 17 from ageless (actually, 40-year-old) guard Manu Ginobili.
Ten of Ginobili’s points came in the fourth quarter, including eight straight in a 49-second stretch midway through the quarter that pushed the Spurs’ advantage to 101-89 and allowed San Antonio to cruise down the stretch.
“I was just feeling good,” Ginobili said about the decisive sequence. “A couple of shots went in Mitch Unrein Jersey , and I was feeling that type of rush and that type of excitement. Flow, they call it. So I was trying to use it.”
Ginobili hit all seven of his shots in the win, three of which came from behind the 3-point line. He was 4 of 4 from the field and 2 of 2 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.
“I’m very happy that it happened again today in an important moment,” Ginobili said. “It made me feel good, and it helped the team get a lead and then rest of the guys that were in there the last five minutes were amazing both defensively and offensively, so very solid game.”
Point guard Dejounte Murray added 17 points for San Antonio, Rudy Gay scored 16 and Patty Mills had 13 for the Spurs.
The Spurs remained sixth in the Western Conference standings. If the playoffs started today, San Antonio and Portland would play each other in the first round.
“Our team defense was good Henry Anderson Jersey , tough cover,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Our big guys were at the rim the way they needed to be. Our smalls chased really well, so I thought our team defense gave us the opportunity to win the basketball game.”
Monday’s game will be the regular-season home finale for the Spurs, who have won 32 of 40 games at AT&T Center this season, the third-best home record in the league.
The Kings have an opportunity to put a monkey wrench into all of the Spurs’ good feelings with an upset. Sacramento can draw on the momentum it built Friday with a 94-93 win at Memphis.
The Kings won when guard Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down a 16-foot jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining. He then stole the inbounds pass to end the game.
Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings with 18 points, Buddy Hield finished with 14, and De’Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson each scored 13. Bogdanovic had just eight points but made the game’s biggest shot.
“He’s struggled shooting the basketball, it didn’t seem like he had a lot of energy Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey ,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said about Bogdanovic. “And he’s got the purest heart ever — he’s just exhausted mentally and so he kind of lost focus. We got him some good looks.”
Bogdanovic said the games at this point of the season are a grind on his psyche and don’t give him the same feedback at the end.
“It’s more mental because we’re out of the playoffs,” Bogdanovic said. “But we’re still trying to win and still trying to play the right way. It’s tough, but we’ll figure it out, and we want to finish the season strong.”
Kings forward Zach Randolph missed his eighth straight game, the last four for personal reasons. Monday’s game is the road finale this season for Sacramento.
San Antonio has won 13 straight games over Sacramento and has beaten the Kings 10 consecutive times at the AT&T Center.
A Kings win would allow Sacramento to avoid the season series sweep by San Antonio or the fourth consecutive year.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated shortstop Jorge Polanco after he served an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Polanco was reinstated Monday before the Twins’ game with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Speaking through the team’s interpreter, Polanco said that the time away from the game ”was very difficult.”
The Twins are hoping that the 24-year-old shortstop builds off his breakout 2017 season. Polanco batted .316 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs over his last 55 games in 2017.
”I’m really glad that I’m back,” he said. ”Looking forward to going out there and playing hard.”
Polanco flied out to left in his first at bat of the 2018 season.
Twins manager Paul Molitor welcomed Polanco back.
”It’s good to see him,” Molitor said. ”He had to pay a price for something that happened. He took it head on Kony Ealy Jersey , took accountability and did his time, so to speak.”
Molitor had a bit of advice for Polanco.
”Be yourself,” Molitor said. ”Don’t worry about trying to make an extreme impression or whatever it might be that you might try to make up for lost time. Just be the player that we know that you can be. That’ll be plenty good enough.”
To make room for Polanco on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated outfielder Ryan LaMarre for release or assignment.
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Tyler Seguin’s first 40-goal season likely will end with the Dallas Stars missing the playoffs for the second straight year.
And the win that came with the high-scoring forward’s personal milestone is a little too late for their dwindling postseason hopes.
Seguin’s empty-netter in the final minute put him at 40 after John Klingberg scored a goal while adding to his NHL-leading assist total for defensemen in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Jason Spezza scored a goal for the first time since Jan. 16 as the Stars won for just the second time in 11 games – a slide that wiped out any realistic playoff hopes and left their fate in the hands of St. Louis Keelan Cole Jersey , Anaheim and Colorado.
Seguin was the sudden star at the end of the home finale when his shot from behind his own blue line made him the third Dallas player to reach 40 goals in a season on the night that the first, franchise icon Mike Modano, dropped the ceremonial first puck as part of the club celebrating 25 years in Texas.
”What he’s done this year I’m really proud of him,” said goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 33 shots. ”He’s taken a role as a complete 200-foot player. I didn’t even know it was the first time. I feel like he does something like that every year.”
The Wild, still holding the third playoff spot in the Central Division and in solid wild-card shape with four games remaining, lost the second of a home-and-home set two nights after beating the Stars 5-2 in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s season-best seven-game point streak ended in the sixth straight game that the Wild gave up the first goal.
”You can’t keep giving up leads, letting the other team score the first goal and expect to win every time,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”It’s hard to keep pace in the game.”
Seguin and Jamie Benn assisted on Klingberg’s eighth of the season for a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Klingberg had his career-best 56th assist on the first-period goal by Spezza, who took a pass from Alexander Radulov ahead of the defense before his shot from close range trickled under the right left of Devan Dubnyk Kyle Long Jersey , who had 32 saves.
The Wild are still in good shape with 96 points but could use another win to erase any doubt.
”We don’t want to start thinking about the situation down the road,” Dubnyk said. ”We’ve done a good job not doing that all year, so now’s not the time to start doing it.”
Radek Faksa scored short-handed for Dallas 19 seconds into the third period, but Zach Parise answered with a power-play goal 70 seconds later. The Stars’ Remi Elie had taken a holding penalty late in the second.
Mikael Granlund topped last season’s career high with his 44th assist on Parise’s goal.
NOTES: Wild D Ryan Suter went off with a lower-body injury late in the second period. He wasn’t using his right leg as he was helped through the tunnel to the locker room. ”I hope it’s not as bad as it looked when he was coming off,” Boudreau said. … Spezza has eight goals in 75 games. His previous low when playing at least 75 games was 22 goals in 2003-04, the 34-year-old’s first full season in the NHL.
Wild: Final home game of the regular season Monday against Edmonton.
Stars: Start of season-ending three-game West Coast trip Tuesday at San Jose.
The new owner of the Carolina Panthers is committed to keeping the team in the Carolinas.
And Charlotte is clearly his preferred choice.
But David Tepper left a bit of wiggle room on his first day as owner of the team.
The NFL unanimously approved Tepper’s $2.2 billion purchase of the team from Jerry Richardson on Tuesday, leading to immediate questions about the new owner’s thoughts on replacing 22-year-old Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
”What’s the name of the team? Carolina Panthers. It’s going to be the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said. ”And that means this team has to have some kind of presence in the Carolinas and last time I saw, how many are there? That’s right, there’s two of them.”
Tepper seemed to be implying that he might consider other cities in North and South Carolina if efforts to build a new stadium in Charlotte fall through. The lease with Bank of America Stadium runs for only one more season.
But Tepper reiterated several times that the largest city in the Carolinas is the best place for the team.
”There is a logical place for this team [url=]Tyler Boyd Jersey[/url] , and it’s Charlotte,” he said. ”And far as a new stadium, again, you’re asking me too much and the only thing I have a market on now is lack of knowledge. I’ll call it stupidity, so I’ve got that down. I’ll learn a lot more in the future.”
Tepper’s purchase was the first order of business at the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. He was quickly approved after passing muster with the owners’ finance committee during a morning session.
”We congratulate David and welcome him to the NFL,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Tepper is paying an NFL-record price to buy the team from Jerry Richardson, the team’s founder and only owner since the Panthers entered the league in 1995.
Richardson abruptly announced he was selling the team last December after coming under investigation from the league for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. The probe is ongoing.
Tepper is the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, with a reported net worth of $11 billion. Already familiar to the league as a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, his purchase was quickly approved.
Tepper said he plans to formally take over the team in July.
In the meantime, he reserved judgment on both a new stadium and those who are running the football side of things Dan Skuta Jersey , most notably general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera.
”I do think they have a great team down there right now,” Tepper said. ”The biggest thing I can do is have a great appreciation of how stupid I am. Sometimes, it’s better to do nothing than to do something.”
Bank of America will be the NFL’s seventh-oldest stadium after Los Angeles opens its new facility for the Rams and Chargers , and the Raiders complete their move from Oakland to Las Vegas .
That has raised the prospect of the Panthers seeking another home if they can’t get a new stadium of their own.
Tepper touched on the idea of bringing a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte, which could improve the financial viability of a new stadium. The city was passed over in MLS’ latest round of expansion.
”The first thing I care about is winning. The second thing I care about is winning. And the third thing I care about is?” he said, waiting for the media to give the obvious answer. ”That’s on and off the field. That includes charity aspect, community aspect and how you make a community better. So you win a lot of ways, and I don’t like losing in any way.”
Rivera said he looks forward to working with the new owner.
”He has a sense and a feel for football and he has been around it,” the coach said. ”Eventually I know we will sit down and talk some football and talk about this team.”
While the owners were approving Tepper, the new-look Panthers were holding their first organized workouts some 250 miles away in Charlotte.
”For a lot of people Marcus Cooper Jersey , I am sure they are ready for some closure and for that transition to start,” tight end Greg Olsen said. ”I think this transition has been inevitable for a little while since it was announced that the team would be sold. I think for a lot of people in the building, the players, the team, just to put all of this to rest and move forward in the new direction that the team is going with.”
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Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann finally got to a point that something had to be done to try to fix his troublesome right knee.
McCann had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday after going on the disabled list for the second time this season Josh Reynolds Jersey , and the third time in less than a year, because of knee discomfort.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com and the Houston Chronicle during a 5-3 win at Texas that the team was optimistic that the surgery would resolve the issue that kept recurring. While not specific about the procedure or a timetable, the GM said he’d expect McCann back in September to get ready for October.
Manager A.J. Hinch said before the Astros’ 5-3 win at Texas that he and McCann had a long conversation about the knee problems when the team played in Tampa last weekend.
”It’s just continually the same issue over and over with his right knee,” Hinch said. ”One of the options is surgery, and he went back to Houston to take care of it.”
Catcher Tim Federowicz, who made two starts earlier this season when McCann was on the DL, was promoted from Triple-A Fresno.
Max Stassi was the Astros’ starting catcher Tuesday night against the Rangers. Hinch said Stassi would get the bulk of the catching during McCann’s absence.
But Stassi never got behind the plate against the Rangers. He was hit by a pitch on his right (throwing) wrist while batting in the first inning. He stayed in the game to run Cory Littleton Jersey , but Federowicz went to catch when the Astros took the field.
X-rays were negative, but Stassi has a bruised wrist and was considered day to day.
Shortstop Carlos Correa, who has been out since June 26 because of lower back soreness, also was back in Houston. He is eligible to come off the DL as early as Friday, though Hinch wasn’t sure if Correa would be ready to play then.
”He’s been reporting to Minute Maid (Park) every day and working with our people there,” Hinch said. ”The good news is that everything has been a step forward. The uncertainty is still we haven’t done any baseball activities yet, so we don’t know how that’s going to impact his timeline until we get home.”
McCann missed nine games during his first DL stint this season before being activated June 8 Byron Jones Jersey , the last time Houston played at the Rangers.
He was also on the DL for 11 days last August because of right knee soreness before the Astros went on to win their first World Series title. McCann played in all seven World Series games.
His latest DL move was retroactive to Monday, a day off for Houston.
McCann has hit .206 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 50 games this season. He was in a 1-for-26 slump before going on the DL for the first time this season on May 29. He hit .171 (7-of-41) with one homer and three RBIs in his 13 games in June after returning from the DL.
Stassi has hit .255 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 49 games for the Astros. Federowicz hit .328 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 38 games at Fresno.
”I have a lot of confidence in Stassi and Fed, both with major league time,” Hinch said. ”They’re comfortable, they know our pitchers, they know our program, our preparation LeGarrette Blount Jersey , all things that make me feel really good about going into each particular game.”
Georgia Southern University has honored Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, an alumnus killed by a drunken driver in February.
News outlets report Jackson's parents, Wesley and Mary Jackson, were presented with his honorary bachelor of science degree during Saturday's commencement ceremony. Wesley Jackson yelled "Georgia" as they left the stage, and was met by a "Southern" from the crowd.
The 26-year-old and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, were killed in Indiana when authorities say they were struck by 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala. Authorities say Orrego-Savala was living in the U.S. illegally and didn't have a license.
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LONDON -- Demonstrating their efficient transformation under Antonio Conte, Chelseas players reeled off an 11th successive victory in a Premier League season for the first time Saturday. Authentic Cheap Jerseys .Diego Costas header secured a 1-0 win at struggling Crystal Palace, sending the leaders nine points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal.It came on the first anniversary of Jose Mourinho being fired with the west London club a point above the relegation zone. Apparent harmony in the dressing room has replaced the palpable discord with the players which triggered Mourinhos exit.Although the wins are racking up, Chelsea might soon pay for its inability to kill off games with the Palace success completing a hat trick of 1-0 victories.The defense, though, is watertight under Conte, keeping nine clean sheets in the winning run that started after a 3-0 humbling at Arsenal and the switch to a three-man defense.The manager must be a tailor and try and find the right fit for the team, said Conte, the former Italy and Juventus coach. For sure, for me, it wasnt easy to arrive and understand very quickly the characteristics of my players. I needed a bit of time.I tried a different solution before changing the formation, but I think the most important thing is the mentality, our strong mentality. Also hard work during the week -- tactical work, physical work, analysis.With mist descending on the Selhurst Park field, the only goal in the lunchtime kickoff came from Chelseas first attempt on target in the 43rd minute.Costa rose above Scott Dann to meet Cesar Azpilicuetas cross and net his 13th goal of the season. The Spain forward has eclipsed last seasons haul for Chelsea before the halfway point has been reached.If wed arrived here today without the right concentration and focus, the will to fight and go into battle with your opponents, wed have lost this game for sure, Conte said. Instead, we have great quality but the players are putting that quality into the team.Chelsea, though, will have to cope without Costa at home to Bournemouth on Dec. 26. Chelseas top-scorer picked up a fifth booking of the season for a tackle on Joe Ledley before scoring.Midfielder NGolo Kante, who also accumulated five yellow cards with his second-half caution, also has two weeks off before the New Years Eve game against Stoke.Palace manager Alan Pardew might also have an enforced break -- unless results improve. Chelsea condemned Palace to an eighth loss in 10 games to leave the south London club three points above the relegation zone.Chelsea are very sound defensively and didnt really give us any chance to get at them as much as wed have liked, Pardew said. They were confident in their defending, (with) good shape and discipline to their actions, and did enough offensively to edge it.Chelsea equaled the 2009 teams 11-match winning run set across two seasons in 2009.Arsenals 14-match winning run in 2002 remains a Premier League record -- for now. Cheap NFL Jerseys . The team says the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. 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Theres a lesson in there somewhere.11. South Florida Bulls: Sun Dome, opened in 1980The dreary building was given a much-needed facelift in 2012 and, paired with the Bulls first NCAA bid in 20 years, it was supposed to signal a turnaround for USFs fortunes. Things didnt go exactly as planned. Instead two years later Stan Heath was fired, and third-year coach Orlando Antigua now has a nice building in sunny Tampa to welcome visiting teams to. But hes still trying to rebuild his team. USF is 12-23 in its past two seasons at home, and the Dome averaged just 29 percent of its capacity last season.Fun fact: Alice Cooper played the first concert in the arena in 1980. He opened with Welcome to My Nightmare.10. East Carolina Pirates: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, opened in 1967 Theres potential here, which is why East Carolina pulls in at No. 10 instead of 11. What Williams Arena has going for is its not too big. It seats just 8,000, which puts a low demand on a fan base that hasnt tasted a whole lot of success. And when the Pirate faithful crowd in, it can be difficult for anyone to play there (see the win over Temple last season.)Fun fact:?One of the arenas highlight moments came in 2002, when the Pirates beat both Louisville and then-No. 9 Marquette at home, in their first season as members of what was then Conference USA.9. UCF Knights: CFE Arena, opened in 2007 You get to be near Disney World. Everyones happy at Disney World. How tough can visiting UCF be? Mix in the fact that the Knights, and their student section Knightmare, havent been terribly intimidating: They ranked 112th in attendance last season. And youve got a big, fairly innocuous looking building that could be just about anywhere in the country. Not much to fear.Fun fact: In 2008, Lupe Fiasco played a concert inside the arena. Outside, a presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain played on a big screen. When concert goers stuck around to watch the debate outside, the building hosted a massive presidential watch party.8. Tulane Green Wave: Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse, opened in 1933Truth be told, the fieldhouse is a pretty sweet gem of a gym on the New Orleans campus and better yet, the old place was given a complete facelift in 2012. And at just 4,000 seats its got all the ingredients to be a tough bandbox. But until the Green Waves play can match the facility, the fieldhouse will be stuck near the bottom of the rankings.Fun fact: In 1975, President Gerald Ford announced the end of the United States involvement in the Vietnam War in the fieldhouse. The war is finished, as far as America is concerned, Ford said to cheering students.7. Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Donald W. Reynolds Center, opened in 1998 When your new athletic director makes reviving attendance one of his premiere goals, you have a bit of an issue. But Tulsa AD Derrick Graggs initiative has merits. In the Golden Hurricanes first six seasons at the Reynolds Center, they averaged more than 7,000 fans per game. In the past three seasons, theyve dipped to 4,745. In 2013-14, the year Tulsa won 11 games in a row to earn its first NCAA ticket since 2003, the Golden Hurricane brought just 4,528 people to the building.Fun fact: Before the Reynolds Center opened, the Golden Hurricanes played in 13 different sites in their programs history, including a 20-year run of practicing on campus but competing downtown.6. Houston Cougars: Hofheinz Pavilion, opened in 1969 Theres an asterisk here because, in 2018, the Cougars will open an entirely redesigned facility, and the Hofheinz family (the late Judge Roy Hofheinz is a UH alum) is currently suing the university over the naming rights. The school announced an unnamed donor, who pledged $20 million to the redesign, will get the new naming rights. The family says that violates their contract. The asterisk also exists because when the redesign is done, Houston could conceivably move up the rankings. Just as the team is improving under Kelvin Sampson, a new and improved building could make for a tougher place for opponents to play.Fun fact: A mover and a shaker in Houston, Hofheinz helped bring Major LLeague Baseball to Houston (in the form of the Colt . Wholesale Baseball Jerseys 2018. 45s before they became the Astros) and develop the Houston Astrodome.5. Temple Owls: Liacouras Center, opened in 1997 Philly loves its basketball, and Philly knows its basketball, so the fans who come to watch the Owls play are as passionate as any youll find. But Temple has two things working against it: a large commuter student population and too many other options in town. The students who do show up are boisterous, and when folks commit to Temple games -- usually when a big opponent comes to play -- it can be as good an atmosphere as youll find. The struggle is to make that the case because Temple is playing, not because of who Temple is playing.Fun fact: For years the city and the university fought over who would control a $5 million donation Temple had made for a housing project, which was included in the costs of constructing the new arena. As only he could, then Temple coach John Chaney used his postgame media conferences to publicly lambast city officials over the stalled project, going so far as to accuse City Council president John Street of blackmail. No surprise, the two sides soon reached a compromise and construction began.4. Memphis Tigers: FedExForum, opened in 2004This is a tough call because of what FedEx Forum once was and, of course, what it could be once again with new coach Tubby Smith at the helm. As the Tigers struggle on the court, their in-house intimidation factor takes a hit, too. Attendance at Memphis games has been steadily declining, bottoming out at a little more than 12,000 this past season. But if Smith can turn around Texas Tech, surely he can turn around the Tigers.Fun fact: When undefeated and No. 1 Memphis hosted No. 2 Tennessee in 2008, the game was considered such a blockbuster, tickets were rumored to be selling for $10,000 and Entertainment Tonight sent a TV crew to keep tabs on the celebrities in attendance.3. Cincinnati Bearcats: Fifth Third Arena, opened in 1989 Playing the Bearcats, who love nothing better than to ugly up a game, is no fun anywhere. Playing the Bearcats at home, where their crowd is just as relentless as they are, can be downright overwhelming. In the past three seasons, Cincinnati has lost all of seven games at home, but fan attendance is not as dedicated as it once was, and the arena has long needed serious work. When some fans even cited the building as a reason they chose to stay home, the school went to work with a fundraising plan and this year announced it signed a deal with a construction firm ... just in time for possible Big 12 expansion.Fun fact: Despite its bank name, most locals still call the building The Shoe, referring to its original name: Myrl H. Shoemaker Center.2. Connecticut Huskies: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, opened in 1990 Just getting to Gampel is difficult. Storrs sits only 28 minutes away from Hartford, but its tucked in the middle of nowhere, an outpost down the road from the interstate. And thats on a good day, not on a lovely New England winter day in, say, January or February. And Gampel is not a building you would expect a national program to call home. Its an intimate 10,000-seat arena, of which former coach Jim Calhoun once said, When you walk out there on the floor, you can see the faces, the fans can see the perspiration on the players, and you can really feel the pulse of the crowd. The Huskies, by the way, are 168-30 there. The Huskies also play a portion of their home schedule at Hartfords XL Center.Fun fact: The university originally approved plans to build a new arena in 1979, the same year that UConn joined the Big East. Design changes, an original plan included a flat roof with an artificial turf field on top, and cost overruns delayed the start of construction until 1987.1. SMU Mustangs: Moody Coliseum, opened in 1956 Before Larry Brown arrived in town, SMU averaged 2,013 fans per game. Last season the Mustangs lost one game at Moody. The Hall of Famer can be accused of lots of things, but the man knows how to turn around a program. 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When were healthy, when were fresh and we have that chip on our shoulder against big time opponents ... we dont change the way we prepare for these kind of games, but I do think our guys have an added motivation.Louisville (9-2) entered the game ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings, but was outdone by a Houston team that saw its own playoff hopes foiled by two losses to unranked teams after a 5-0 start .Showing the world once again that Houston is the greatest school, a great place to be, a great environment, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver said. We work hard for everything that we ever had and will have. Were legit. Were go-getters. No matter the task, we always come through the other side.The victory was Houstons second this season over a team ranked third after the Cougars (9-2) knocked off Oklahoma to open the season and it was their fourth straight win over a top-10 team.Things went wrong quickly for the mistake-prone Cardinals when they fumbled awau the opening kickoff. Greg Ward threw his first touchdown pass on the next play to make it 7-0. Brandon Radcliff lost a fumble later in the first and Houston added a field goal on the ensuing drive to make it 10-0.Jackson threw for 211 yards and a touchdown, but it didnt come until the second half.That was a heck of a football team in Louisville and a heck of a player in Lamar Jackson, Herman said. Still in my opinion, nothings changed. Thats the best player in college football, and our defense did a good job of putting pressure on him.Houston then scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second quarter to push the lead to 31-0 at halftime. Catalon caught a touchdown pass, ran for another score and Houston got the third score in that span on a 50-yard pass by receiver Linell Bonner after a lateral.Louisville opened the second half with a 12-yard touchdown pass by Jackson, but he fumbled in the red zone on the next possession to ruin a chance to close the gap.The Cougars were in Jacksons face constantly, sacking him a season-high 11 times and keeping him from hurting them with his feet. He ran for a season-low 33 yards after piling up 338 yards rushing combined in the last two games. The 11 sacks were tied for the most allowed in the country this season.Honestly, we try to do this every week, linebacker Steven Taylor said. It just felt good for us to accomplish this and show the world that were capable of coming out and being aggressive and doing good at that.After Jackson was sacked for the 10th time he threw up his hands and two of his lineman looked to be yelling at each other about who was to blame for his latest takedown.It was so loud, you couldnt hear words, Oliver said. But you could see he was yelling at his o-lineman, but you couldnt hear what he was saying. Im guessing he was yelling at them for false starts.But the Cougars werent done getting after him just yet. On the next possession he threw the ball away while under heavy pressure from Tyus Bowser and was flagged for intentional grounding, giving the Cougars a safety.The Cardinals set a season-high with 15 penalties, punted a season-high six times by halftime and the 11 sacks they allowed were more than double their previous season-high. 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Im not saying its the fans fault, but Im just saying, it would be nice if they would shut the f--- up a little bit.Minnesota committed 13 penalties in the?17-14 win, which cost the Vikings 137 yards. But the noise from the capacity crowd of 66,813 seemed to be a positive overall.The fans were unbelievable. They were loud, coach Mike Zimmer said. Ive been in some of these games before where theres a lot more green in the stadium. There was a lot of purple in here tonight, and they were as good of a crowd as Ive seen. In my opinion, it was pretty darn loud.The big debut of the gleaming new $1.1 billion stadium was indeed a grand one, the culmination of a decadelong struggle to replace the drab and dingy Metrodome.More than 20 stars from the teams proud past were in attendance, including the entire Purple People Eaters defensive line that led the Vikings to four Super Bowls in the 1960s and 70s. 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After the video, members of Princes band, The New Power Generation, joined the orchestra for a stirring rendition of Purple Rain that culminated with shimmering, purple confetti blanketing the crowd in tribute to the Minneapolis native, who died in April.It exceeded my expectations, said commissioner Roger Goodell, who was in attendance. And you know where you are. Youre in a Vikings stadium. And this is part of the Minnesota community. You can see how it fits into the community walking around the outside. The way they brought the tradition and the history of the team in, I think its really incredibly well done.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. 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I usually go to things like that for inspiration. I like seeing guys in their atmosphere. Conor McGregor punches Eddie Alvarez in their UFC lightweight championship fight Beckham Jr was picked up by the TV cameras in the immediate aftermath of McGregors spectacular victory and appeared to look disinterested as he watched the celebrations alongside English singer Ellie Goulding, but he insists that was far from the case.It is just something about seeing someone else in their own zone and sure enough, after he won the fight, that was my first UFC fight ever and everybody is tweeting at me asking why am I mad that he won, I am like, I came here to see him. 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I just stayed focused and did what I had to do and stayed the course.After playing 187 minor league games, Moncada was selected from Double-A Portland on Friday and made his major league debut, coming off the bench to play third base in the seventh inning of a 16-2 rout of the Oakland As.Moncada, 21, will make his first major league start Saturday at third base against the As, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.Hes an extremely athletic, exciting young player, Farrell said. Has hit better from the left side of the plate. Has moved over to third base and handled the position well.I think a lot has been made of (only) eight or 10 games played at third base at Portland, but hes played a number of games at Cuba at third base before coming to the states. Now granted, this is a quicker pace, quicker level, but he wouldnt be here if we didnt feel he could step in and contribute.In the seventh inning, Moncada made a nice backhand stop of a ground ball and strong throw to gun down As second baseman Chad Pinder. At the plate, he walked in the eighth and scored from first on a double, showing his speed. He struck out in his final plate appearance.In a three-inning look, you see some exciting skills, Farrell said. The fist play he gets is deep at third base and he makes a good, strong throw across the diamond. Scores on a double to right-center field where he ... runs through a stop sign, but you see the straight-away speed is outstanding. It was a glimpse, but he had a chance to show off two of the tools.Moncada hit a combined .294 with six triples, 15 home runs and 662 RBI and 45 stolen bases in 106 games for Class A Salem and Portland this year. Wholesale MLB Jerseys. Im just looking to not to do too much, just play the same baseball that Ive played in the time thats remaining, Moncada said. Im really just sticking to what Ive done to get me to this point.While Moncada makes his first major league start, Red Sox left-hander Rick Porcello will make his 236th career start and attempt to pick up his 19th win of the season. Porcello (18-3) leads the American League in victories. His previous career high for wins was 15 in 2014 with Detroit. He went 14-9 as a rookie for the Tigers in 2009 but was 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA last season, his first with Boston.Porcellos one of the best pitchers in the league this year, said Dave Dombrowski, Bostons president of baseball operations. Hes gone out there and given it to us on a consistent basis. ... 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CLEVELAND -- Talk about a power hitter.The Indians brought out one of the biggest sluggers in sports on Friday before Game 2 as Cavaliers superstar LeBron James addressed the crowd and then cheered on the Indians during their 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.Wearing a blue throwback Cleveland uniform from the 1970s and a red cap, James, who led the Cavs to an NBA title in June, walked onto the field shortly before the first pitch along with several of his teammates.Standing near home plate, James whipped up the home crowd.Were here for these guys over here, James said, pointing toward the Indians in their dugout. Just like you guys were behind our back throughout our championship run, we all have to rally together for their championship run. Always believe something, Cleveland.Its always us against the world. 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Anthony Martial scores from the penalty spot at Old Trafford With Wayne Rooney out for the next few weeks and some big games coming up - including Sundays Manchester derby, live on Sky Sports - Red Devils fans can take some positives from these three youngsters for this season and beyond.Solid SakhoNot always one to come in for praise, Mamadou Sakho was a rock in defence for Liverpool. He was constantly sniffing out the ball in the danger areas and made a number of vital blocks from chances that at times came thick and fast from United.In total, he made ten clearances in 90 minutes for his side - the rest of the team 11 between them - and also had the highest pass completion rate of 89.4% from the starting side. While Rashford was bright, Sakho was constantly on his tail and kept him in check during the first half. Mamadou Sakho was in fine form for Liverpool on Thursday night He constantly found himself in the right areas, but needs to find the same consistency on a regular basis.Klopp avoids sour Old Trafford bowJurgen Klopp is the first Liverpool manager since Graeme Souness in October 1991 to avoid defeat in his first game at Old Trafford as Reds boss.Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers all failed before Klopp, whose record against Louis van Gaal now reads W3, D1, L2. Jurgen Klopp is the first Liverpool manager since Graeme Souness to avoid defeat in his first game at Old Trafford as Reds boss Klopp has now reached the last eight of European competition as a manager for the third time in four seasons, and with a favourable draw, this could be Liverpools best chance of playing Champions League football next season.A European first for UnitedAnother unwanted record broken with Uniteds defeat over two legs; they have now lost their first European tie against English opposition, having won their previous five. 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Well keep it in-house and well move on from there.The Rays struggles havent been limited to any one part of their team -- their starting pitching has consistently failed to get beyond the fifth and sixth innings, and their bullpen has been terrible in the past three weeks, allowing runs in 18 of the last 20 games.In the ninth inning of the last six games alone, the Rays have given up 19 runs, this after allowing a total of 23 runs in the ninth inning of the first 77 games.Wednesdays game offers two struggling starters with ERAs over 5.00 -- Los Angeles right-hander Jered Weaver is 6-7 with a 5.51 ERA, and Rays left-hander Drew Smyly is 2-9 with a 5.53 ERA, so it could be another high-scoring affair after seeing the two teams combine for 30 hits in Tuesdays game.As rough as the first eight innings were, the Rays were down just 7-5 entering the ninth, seeing closer Alex Colome come back off the disabled list with a scoreless ninth. Enny Romero faced three batters and allowed all three to score on C.J. Crons three-run home run, and then Dana Eveland replaced him and gave up four hits for three more runs.In the other dugout, the Angels, whose victory over the Rays Tuesday was just their third win in 15 games, were thrilled to show the depth of their lineup for once, with Mike Trout getting a rare day out of the starting lineup and Albert Pujols a quiet 1-for-6 on the night. The rest of the batting order came through for 15 hits, including a pair of homers and four RBI from first baseman C.J. Cron, something manager Mike Scioscia was happy to see.We need our lineup to get deeper, particularly the guys that are going to hit right after Mike and Albert, Scioscia said, talking about players like Cron and Jefry Marte. The 5-6 hole for us is really important. Hopefully with C.J. getting comfortable, and Marte has thunder in his bat. Hopefully well start getting a little deeper.As rough as the first eight innings were, the Rays were down just 7-5 entering the ninth, seeing closer Alex Colome come back off the disabled list with a scoreless ninth. Enny Romero faced three batters and allowed all three to score on C.J. Crons three-run home run, and then Dana Eveland replaced him and gave up four hits for three more runs.In the other dugout, the Angels were thrilled to show the depth of their lineup for once, with Mike Trout getting a rare day out of the starting lineup and Albert Pujols a quiet 1-for-6 on the night. The rest of the batting order came through for 15 hits, something Mike Scioscia was happy to see.We need our lineup to get deeper, particularly the guys that are going to hit right after Mike and Albert, Scioscia said, talking about players like Cron and Jefry Marte. The 5-6 hole for us is really important. Hopefully with C.J. getting comfortable, and Marte has thunder in his bat. 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But here the Kentucky kids are with a roster dotted with veterans -- an almost unattainable luxury.Its been a journey, Kelley said as his players ate an early dinner at a picnic Wednesday, hours before play begins in the 70th Little League World Series.One that picks up where it left off last year for infielder Spencer Newman and pitchers Devin Obee and Carson Myers. All three were on the Bowling Green team that went 2-2 last year.Now, theyre the old guys who started last year and helped lead Bowling Green to a 3-0 romp through the Great Lakes Regional into the 16-team championship field in South Williamsport.Both Devin and Carson pitched last year, Kelley said. That gives them that advantage of having been on the mound and in the spotlight in that situation. So that certainly helps. I think in terms of those three being leaders on the team, can kind of calm the nerves.It also helps that their teammates already got a taste of playing inside Howard J. 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