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Earlier this month, the Independent League Sonoma Stompers made headlines by?signing two women to the team. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redskins-Sam-Huff-Jersey/ . And it clearly didnt take long for the women to prove they could hang with the men on the baseball field.Fourteen games after her debut, Kelsie Whitmore showed young girls everywhere that anything is possible on Wednesday after hitting a single past the first baseman during the Stompers game against the San Rafael Pacifics. Although she isnt the first woman to get a hit in a professional game, it is the first time it has happened with two women on the same team.While the crowd, which included her proud parents, was understandably excited, she wasnt satisfied. A lot of the guys were asking why I wasnt jumping up and down, she said in a phone interview with MLB.com.My thought process was Thats just one hit. I need more.And Whitmores history-making wont end there. She is slated to make another first on Friday night when she takes the mound with her USWNT teammate Anna Kimberly playing catcher. The two will become the first all-female battery in professional baseball in over 60 years.Kit and Dottie from A League of Their Own would be proud. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redsk...an-Reed-Jersey/ . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redsk...nderson-Jersey/ . Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redsk...cholson-Jersey/ . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose received a mix of boos and cheers during introductions before his first game back in Chicago on Friday night. He also was booed the first few times he handled the ball.But Rose walked off of the Bulls floor with a smile and celebratory high-five from teammate Joakim Noah after helping the New York Knicks?to a much-needed?117-104 win at the United Center.Afterward, Rose said the boos from the home crowd didnt bother him.It was all fun, man. I love competing, he said after recording 15 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in his best performance as a Knick. I love when the crowd is into it. I knew it was going to be some yells. I knew there was going to be some boos. Im from here. Im used to it. Ive been getting it ever since I was in sixth grade, going on the West Side of Chicago and playing and me being a South Side. Im used to it.Noah, a teammate of Roses for eight seasons in Chicago, was greeted with a loud ovation during his introduction. He said afterward that it was difficult to keep his emotions in check.There was a lot of love in the building, Noah said. I was trying to stay as focused on the game as possible.Rose and Noah were later featured in a video tribute by the Bulls at the first timeout. The montage showed highlights throughout their Chicago careers.The home crowd then cheered both players as they walked on the floor following the video.It means a lot, Rose said. I played eight years here, figured out how to play the NBA game. I had great coaches along the way in the past, and this is a new chapter here.The initial boos for Rose were probably the result of the complicated legacy he left in Chicago.Rose, a Chicago native, was drafted by the Bulls with the No. 1 overall pick out of Memphis in 2008. He was named Rookie of the Year that season and earned the NBA MVP award after thee 2010-11 campaign, becoming the youngest player to win the award. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redsk...n-Grant-Jersey/. But Rose suffered his first knee injury in the playoffs the following season and suffered several injuries over the next four seasons. In total, he played in just 39 percent of his games following the initial injury. During that span, Rose received criticism over what some perceived to be a cautious approach to his rehab.The Bulls missed the playoffs last season, when Rose played in 66 games. He was traded to New York in late June. A few days later, Noah opted to sign with Knicks as a free agent after spending his first nine seasons in Chicago.Noah said earlier Friday that it was an appropriate time to break up the core of the Bulls. He later added that he and Rose, his close friend, did all they could to win a title in their years with the Bulls.Even though we didnt win a championship here, I know how hard and bad Derrick wanted to win one, how bad I wanted to win one. It just didnt happen, Noah said. There are no regrets. We gave everything we had for this city.Said Rose: Only thing I can do about that is say I gave it my all. I really tried. I had multiple times, many times, where I envisioned winning a championship here. It never happened, so Ive got to take [those] visions and take them to New York.The Knicks improved to 2-3 on Friday, thanks in part to strong performances from Rose, Noah and Kristaps Porzingis (27 points, five rebounds). 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Late goals from Divock Origi and James Milner mean Liverpool go back to the summit of the Premier League this evening as they comfortably beat Sunderland 2-0 at Anfield. Thiago Alcantara Jersey . Despite only scoring twice the hosts dominated for the majority of the game and could have taken the lead on several occasions but they had to wait until the 75th minute when Origi fooled everyone; the winger was in a position to cross but opted to curl an effort right into the corner and beyond the reach of Jordan Pickford in the visiting goal. The game was put to bed in injury time as Didier Ndong hacked down Sadio Mane and Milner stepped up to score his fifth of five penalties this season. Good chances went begging for both sides as Dejan Lovren headed the wrong side of the post before Emre Can sent a bicycle kick inches wide of the woodwork. Sunderland had their fair share of opportunities but Loris Karius was in inspired form to keep out efforts from Steven Pienaar and Duncan Watmore. It isnt all smiles for the hosts though who had to deal with Philippe Coutinho being stretchered off midway through the first half. It will be an anxious wait to see the full extent of the Brazilians injury. While Liverpool moves to the top, Sunderland slips to the foot of the table. Arturo Vidal Jersey . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. Christian Fruchtl Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. http://www.fcmunichpro.com/ . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics ended a 19-inning scoreless streak on Marcus Semiens home run off Kyle Hendricks in the eighth inning.Beyond that, manager Bob Melvins ballclub couldnt do much at the plate -- a recurring theme throughout the three-game series with the Cubs as well as since the All-Star break.Semiens 23rd home run of the season in the eighth inning prevented Oakland from being shut out for a second straight game but not much else went right in a 3-1 loss to Chicago on Sunday.Thats why you lose games, Melvin said after his team lost for the eighth time in nine games. Granted we had some decent pitching performances, certainly today. We couldnt do enough offensively to put any pressure on them. We needed to score more runs to give (the starters) some help.Oakland starter Sean Manaea (3-7) bounced back from a rough outing against the Angels but remained winless since June 29. The rookie left-hander allowed two runs over six-plus innings, struck out four and walked two.It wasnt enough on a day when the As managed only four hits, including two infield singles.I just needed to focus more, said Manaea, who has a 2.58 ERA over his last six appearances. I was kind of throwing my pitches and I wasnt really thinking about them. I was just going out and throwing them without really locating them.Kyle Hendricks pitched into the eighth inning for his fifth win since June to help the Cubs complete the three-game sweep.Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both homered off Manaea. Bryants home run was his 27th this season, one more than the two-time All-Star had in 2015 when he was the NLs rookie of the year.The Cubs seventh straight win improved them to a major league-best 69-41 and marked their 10th series sweep this season. Joshua Kimmich Jersey. That topped their mark from a year ago, and increased their lead in the NL Central to 11 1/2 games over St. Louis.Ive been on some nice teams but this is trending in the right direction, Maddon said. Its up to us to maintain that daily and not get too far ahead of ourselves.Hendricks (11-7) was dominant against an As team that had dropped seven of eight going into the day. Chicagos right-hander allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings, struck out four and retired 17 straight before Semiens one-out home run in the eighth.Hendricks lowered his ERA to 2.17, second-lowest in the majors among qualifiers behind the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw.The As had not scored since the sixth inning of Fridays loss to the Cubs before Semiens home run, a towering solo shot that ended Hendricks day.Pedro Strop retired two batters and Aroldis Champan pitched the ninth for his third save since arriving in a trade from the New York Yankees on July 25.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: RHP Sonny Gray was placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. Its the second stint on the DL for Gray, who was pulled from his start against the Cubs on Saturday after only five innings. ... Chris Smith, a right-handed reliever, was called up from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on the roster.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (7-7) faces the Orioles on Monday at the Coliseum. 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WIMBLEDON, London -- The clamour surrounding Andy Murrays title quest here may have already moved towards fever pitch, but he is blocking out the noise. Joshua Kimmich Jersey .The world No.2 enjoyed his best clay-court season (18 wins, 3 losses) and is fresh off a record fifth Queens title with a favourable draw in SW19.Add to that his reunion with coach Ivan Lendl and Britain is dreaming Murrays name will be etched on the Centre Court Rolls of Honour for a second time next Sunday.?I used to look ahead a lot more than I do now and think a lot about it, he told the BBC. Now its just a thought that comes into my head, and I can move on from it fairly quickly.The thing is, the more you tell yourself not to think about something, the more you do. Its how you deal with that. Im able now to put it to one side.Murray and Lendl, unbeaten in six matches, are certainly off to a hot start. Another six wins would see them claim their second Wimbledon title, having ended a 77-year wait for a British male singles champion in 2013 during their first spell together.But the Scots tactic to keep his mind focused on the present could be linked to cultivating a home environment.He has surrounded himself with family in SW19 -- wife Kim took their baby daughter Sophia for her Wimbledon debut Tuesday and Murrays grandparents were also there.Conserving his energy for the latter rounds wasnt the only reason Murray wanted to take care of business quickly on Centre Court in his opener against Liam Broady.I havent seen her [Sophia] since I came off, Murray told a press conference after his win. I wont get to see her now. Shell be in bed when I get back.Ill have as much contact with her as I can during the tournament. When Im playing, its obviously more difficult.Nick Kyrgios is another player here keeping his family close. The controversial 21-year-old Australian received a code violation?for swearing in his win over Radek Stepanek but by his standards has seemed a lot more zen.I actually dont like travelling that much, he said. Ive been told: How are you going to be a tennis player if you dont like traveling?I try to bring my family when I can. Having the people that are important to me around me helps a lot, having that sort of home environment.Murray and Kyrgios are on course to meet in what would be an exciting fourth-round contest but you wont catch the Scot admitting he has thought about that.His focus, instead, has been on Lu Yen-hsun, whom he is scheduled to face Thursday. The world No.76 from Taiwan made the quarterfinals here in 2010 with a five-set win over three-time finalist Andy Roddick.Lu, whose late father was a chicken catcher in Taipei, won two Challenger events on grass in the build up to Wimbledon and reached the final of another. He is on an 11-match winning streak and, at 32, has the experience to make things difficult for Murray.Hes had a very good run, Murray told a press conference. On the grass hes played very well. It will be a really, tough match, and a good test for me early in the event. Ill need to perform well in that one.Murray was impressive in his win over Broady -- he defended the only two break points he faced and won 88 percent of points on his first serve, but has admitted there are still some kinks to iron out in his game.I served well and was hitting the ball clean but I can move a bit better, which then improves my defence, he told the BBC. I didnt defend as well in the first match as I wouldve liked. Thats one thing Id like to do bit better. 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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Brian Hill became Wyomings all-time leading rusher early in the second quarter and the Cowboys beat Colorado State 38-17 in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.Hill, who finished with 166 yards rushing and a touchdown, surpassed Devin Moore (2005-08) for the program record for career rushing yards on a 39-yard run to the 5. That set up Shaun Wicks TD run on the next play, cutting Colorado States lead to 14-10.Hill added a 49-yard run to the 1 in the third quarter and followed it with his TD run, bulling through two Rams defenders on a second effort to make it 31-17. Sandro Wagner Jersey. Wyoming (3-2) capped the scoring on Josh Allens 18-yard keeper with seven seconds left in the third.Collin Hill had 370 yards passing for Colorado State (2-3), which led 14-3 before giving way to Wyomings 35-3 run to finish the game. 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Theyve had our number the last four years.The Wildcats (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) have run roughshod through the Utes (4-1, 1-1) in the last four meetings, rushing for an average of 269 yards per game.The Utes could have their best opportunity yet to put an end to that streak when they host the Wildcats on Saturday.Arizona has been plagued by injuries this season with 28 players, including 18 starters, on the injury report at the beginning of the week. Starting running back Nick Wilson, who ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns against the Utes in 2014, is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.And though they ran for 200-plus yards in their last four consecutive games, the Wildcats usually explosive offense isnt what its been in the past.Arizona is ranked No. 51 in the country with 443.4 yards of total offense per game with the No. 65 scoring offense (29.2 points per game).They havent been as prolific offensively as they have in previous years, but theyve been prolific against us all four last years, Whittingham said. Were not overly concerned with whats gone on the first four weeks of the season for them because we know weve had our own struggles with them.Rodriguez said Sundays have become long days, win or lose, as the injuries have piled up. Arizona finished the last game without its top two quarterbacks and top two running backs. Last week, Khalil Tate became the first Arizona true freshman to receive time at quarterback since 2008 due to a rib injury to Brandon Dawkins. Tate may start against the Utes.As a staff, we have to come together with a plan, try to put some guys in place that are maybe more inexperienced,, Rodriguez said. Eddie Rosario Jersey. . We may have to adapt some of our schemes, not just on offense and defense, but on special teams. We will have 11 out there. I dont know how much experience they will have, but well have 11 out there, and get ready to go put the plan together for Utah.Things to watch when Utah hosts Arizona:REAL STRUGGLE: Utah continues to be one of the worst teams in the country in the red zone with a 75 percent scoring percentage -- No. 107 in the nation and last in the Pac-12. The 54.17 touchdown percentage puts them at No. 98.We think we maybe need to be a little more creative down there, Whittingham said.PROMOTED: Utah sophomore Armand Shyne was promoted to starter this week after rushing for 99 yards and two touchdowns against Cal. He has 272 yards and three touchdowns this season. The Utes need him and freshman Zack Moss to carry the load with junior Troy McCormick banged up.BALL SECURITY: Arizona is tied for No. 23 in the nation with just five turnovers in five games. The Wildcats have had three games without a single turnover. Utah has 10 turnovers this season, but has also forced 12, which is tied for No. 6 in the country.We really want to be a nastier team this week, Utah safety Chase Hansen said.HURT, TOO: The Utes have had injury issues of their own. Three-year starting center J.J. Dielman went down last week with a season-ending lower leg injury. Backup Lo Falemaka is banged up and was in a walking boot this week. 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MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho resumes his rivalry with Arsene Wenger on Saturday on the back of a simple message: Give me some respect. Sergio Gomez Jersey .The biggest subplot to the high-profile Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal on Saturday at Old Trafford is the renewal of the often-spiky coaching relationship between Mourinho and Wenger.The managers have clashed repeatedly over the years, either on the touchline -- Wenger once shoved Mourinho in the chest following an argument in the technical area -- or via verbal barbs in news conferences.Mourinho is rarely short of an opinion when it comes to Wenger, having previously called the Frenchman a voyeur because of his regular comments about Mourinhos former club, Chelsea, and a specialist in failure during Arsenals nine years without winning trophy (2005-14).On Friday, Mourinho wondered out loud why, in his opinion, Wenger gets more credit for his achievements.Tomorrow is a match between the two managers with the best record in the Premier League, now Alex Ferguson isnt here anymore, Mourinho said, referring to his and Wengers record of winning three league titles each.Does that mean we should be respected, even in periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr. Wenger has that respect, I dont think I have. Especially because my last Premier League title was 18 months ago, not 18 years ago. I dont think I get that respect.Mourinhos most recent league title came in 2015, at the end of the second season of his second stint at Chelsea. Wenger hasnt won the league with Arsenal since 2004.Yet, Mourinho feels he is targeted for criticism more than Wenger. United has struggled this season in Mourinhos first year in charge and goes into Saturdays game in sixth place, six points behind Arsenal and eight points behind first-place Liverpool after 11 games.Some believe Mourinho is already losing his grip at United after a number of public outbursts toward his players and what some pundits believe to be his outdated playing style compared to some of the younger Premier League managers.Mourinho said his track record of winning league titles at every top club he has managed -- FC Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan -- demands that he gets more time. And, that word again, respect.When I was sacked at Chelsea, I was not in trouble. I had lots of offers, Mourinho said. I could be working in some of the biggest cubs in Europe and I waited for the chance to work at a club where I wanted to be.The arrival of Mourinho in English football in 2004 is one of the major reasons why Arsenal declined as a major force, damaging Wengers reputation in the process. Fueled by Roman Abramovichs heavy spending, Chelsea became the best team in England the season after Arsenal won the championship by going through the 2003-04 campaign unbeaten.That might be the reason why Wenger has had issues with Mourinho. In 13 competitive meetings with sides managed by Mourinho, Wengers Arsenal has never triumphed, drawing six times and losing seven times.Thats not important, Mourinho said. I dont play against managers. Its my team that plays against another managers team. Some records are better than others. But in the end, a football match is an isolated event.Wengers only success over Mourinho came in the 2015 Community Shield.You know, we didnt lose always, Wenger said. 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Theres huge disappointment, of course there is with me for but my players and staff in there, were gutted. Weve come so far as a group and we just couldnt finish it off today. Theres no excuses, were not making excuses because we still have quality players in the squad. I think the key is that we learn from this, Ive learnt from it myself and we come back better and stronger next year.Millwall were forced to change their starting line-up just minutes before kick off as Byron Webster pulled up during the warm-up, and Harris believes it did have an affect on their performance. Highlights of the Sky Bet League One play-off final between Barnsley and Millwall from Wembley It affected us mentally before the game and we tried to paper over it with the club captain Tony Craig coming in to lead the troops but we worked all week on our game plan and set plays and it all sort of goes out the window in the warm up. Andre Schurrle Jersey. Its definitely a learning curve for me and certainly for my players. The goal did give us hope but we never really built the momentum after that. Even if we got to 2-1 going into the last 15 minutes and we could bring the attacking players on, I really fancied us to get the chance.I think it was clear that the chances we made, we didnt put them into the net and that was the difference today. A dejected Chris Taylor of Millwall after losing the Sky Bet League One play-off final The south London club will now begin next season in League One, but the manager is already targeting another promotion push back to the second tier. Obviously it takes some time to digest and get over today. We go away for the summer now but my message to my players is that we come back better next year and we come back to gain promotion next year.This year was a great year for us to learn and next year we have got to be better. 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For those seeking the trend in NBA free agency this year http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-hartman-jersey , it’s this: Most players are either staying put, or taking short-term deals that allow them to hit the market again next summer.
Such was largely the case Tuesday.
Utah kept two of its free agents, agreeing to extensions with Dante Exum (three years, $33 million) and Raul Neto (two years, $4.4 million). Avery Bradley, in a deal that was struck late Monday night, is also staying put – coming to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers on a two-year contract worth $25 million.
Most of the other known deals that were made on Day 3 of free agency were all of the short-term variety.
Tyreke Evans got $12 million to spend next season with the Indiana Pacers. Jeff Green agreed to terms on a $2.4 million Cam Fowler Jersey , one-year deal with Washington – which is expected to seek another one-year pact with Dwight Howard later this month when he finalizes his Brooklyn buyout – and Michael Carter-Williams got a veteran’s minimum deal to play in Houston next season.
All the deals were confirmed to The Associated Press by people familiar with the negotiations, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA offseason moratorium on signings does not end until Friday.
The Jazz have quietly crossed off many items on their summertime wish list, with general manager Dennis Lindsey going into free agency saying he wanted to keep all three of his team’s internal free agents.
Check. Check. And check. The deals with Exum and Neto came one day after Utah agreed to keep Derrick Favors on a two-year, $36 million deal.
Evans will give Indiana’s offense a lift. He’s a proven scorer, someone who expanded his 3-point ability last season when he averaged 19.4 points per game with Memphis.
Green fills a big-man void, after the Wizards traded away starting center Marcin Gortat – the hole that Howard conceivably will fill – and losing backup power forward Mike Scott to free agency. Green, who turns 32 in August Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , spent last season with the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Carter-Williams gives Houston some guard depth behind MVP James Harden and Chris Paul, and Houston gives Carter-Williams yet another chance to restart what was a very promising career. He was the NBA’s rookie of the year for Philadelphia in 2013-14 when he averaged 16.7 points per game. But his scoring average has dropped each year since, and the Rockets will be his fifth team in six seasons.
With LeBron James being a very obvious exception – getting four years to leave Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers – most of the biggest signings so far have been players staying home. Those include Paul staying with Houston, Nikola Jokic with Denver, Paul George with Oklahoma City, Aaron Gordon with Orlando, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Denver’s Will Barton.
Outside of James Authentic Louis Domingue Jersey , the biggest-money deal that involves someone filing a change-of-address card is Dallas’ $24.1 million agreement with DeAndre Jordan. But even that one falls into the short-term trend, since that’s just for next season.
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in London contributed.
Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey will miss the start of training camp after becoming a new father.
Ramsey announced Wednesday on his Twitter page that he would remain in Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bre, and newborn daughter, Breelyn, while the team opens camp Thursday.
Over a picture from Disney’s ”The Lion King,” Ramsey wrote ”for me Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey , family is among the most important things in my life, along with my faith and football. Today starts a new chapter in my life, as Bre and I are blessed to welcome our baby into this world.”
He adds ”as soon as I’m comfortable knowing my family is healthy and happy, I’ll return to Jacksonville to rejoin my teammates on our quest to handle some unfinished business.”
Coach Doug Marrone says Ramsey let coaches know about the potential conflict months ago.
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Two people with direct knowledge the decision confirm to The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign free agent defensive end Trent Murphy to a three-year contract.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the deal was reached before the NFL's business year opened later in the day.
NFL first reported the agreement.
Murphy spent the past four seasons in Washington after being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds Kyle Okposo Jersey , he is best known for his pass-rushing ability. He had 15 sacks in 47 games, including nine in 2016.
Murphy missed all of last season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in a preseason game against Baltimore. Had he not been injured, Murphy would have missed the first four games of the season serving an NFL suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancers policy.
The Bills finished tied for 30th in the NFL with just 27 sacks last season.
Michael Jordan has his guy.
The Hornets owner has finalized a deal to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as Charlotte’s next head coach, according to people familiar with the situation.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the Hornets haven’t officially announced the hiring.
A news conference is expected in the next few days.
The 40-year Borrego has spent 15 years an NBA assistant coach Nathan MacKinnon Jersey , 10 of those with San Antonio under Gregg Popovich. He has been a part of two NBA championship teams – in 2005 and 2007. He also was an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets, well before the team moved back to Charlotte.
This will be his first head coaching job.
However, he did serve as an interim coach with the Orlando Magic late in 2015-16 season after Jacque Vaughn was fired.
The Hornets are in the midst of a major change in the organization.
Jordan fired general manager Rich Cho midway through last season and hired Mitch Kupchak to replace him in April. Kupchak fried Steve Clifford as head coach a few days later.
Under Clifford, the Hornets went to the playoffs just twice in five seasons and failed to win a playoff series.
Among the other NBA assistant coaches to interview for the position were Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga Nate Schmidt Jersey , Raptors assistant Nick Nurse, Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, and Blazers assistant David Vanterpol. Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale also interviewed, but was later hired by the New York Knicks.
Borrego Authentic Joe Pavelski Jersey , Larranaga and Nurse were considered the three finalists for the job.
Now the big question becomes whether the Hornets will shake up their roster this offseason.
If the Hornets chose to rebuild, two-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker is easily the most tradable option because of his salary and production. The team also includes Dwight Howard, Nic Batum, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
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The Cleveland Browns have re-signed free-agent linebacker Tank Carder Devan Dubnyk Jersey , who missed last season with a knee injury.
Carder has been a valuable contributor since the Browns claimed him off waivers from Buffalo in 2012. He has been on the Cleveland roster longer than any player, surviving coaching changes and upheaval.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was expected to start last season before he tore a knee ligament during a Aug. 21 exhibition against the New York Giants. He had surgery and was placed on injured reserve.
Joe Schobert took Carder’s spot and made the Pro Bowl in his second season.
Carder has appeared in 77 games with the Browns and was voted a captain in 2016. The Bills selected Carder in the fifth round of 2012 draft out of TCU.
Not even the signing of free agent Case Keenum could keep the Broncos from staging yet another quarterback competition this offseason.
This time it's a battle for the backup job.
After bypassing a quarterback in a draft that was deep on passing prospects, general manager John Elway declared that Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly would duke it out for the No. 2 job.
That served as a vote of confidence in Lynch, his 2016 first-round pick who hasn't been able to win the starting job, and a golden opportunity for Kelly, "Mr. Irrelevant" in 2017 as the last player picked in the draft.
"With Paxton Martin Frk Jersey , we still think he is young. We are not kicking him to the curb. He can still develop. When we drafted him two years ago, we knew it was going to take some time," Elway said. "Paxton is going to compete with Chad for that backup spot. We are not going to bring another one in for OTAs."
That marked the first time Elway had publicly mentioned Kelly as having a chance to win a roster spot a year after missing his entire rookie season while recovering from wrist and knee surgeries.
"I thought of it as, OK, perfect, I can get more reps," Kelly said Saturday after serving as the only quarterback during a 90-minute walkthrough that capped the Broncos' three-day rookie orientation. "I just look at it as another opportunity to get better each and every day and each and every rep."
Kelly's offseason work habits have resulted in a reshaped body.
Kelly said "eating a lot of spinach and chicken paid off instead of fried food. ... I came here and knew I needed to move around and get back to my old playing weight back in early college and high school. So Brandon Saad Jersey , I'm kind of feeling I can move around and so some things with my legs but also be powerful in throwing the ball."
Kelly has impressed both on and off the field.
"Well, I've been proud of Chad overall," coach Vance Joseph said. "I mean, he's been here every day. He's worked his butt off. And he's changed his body. Last year he was a little tubby kid. He is really lean now. He's eating right. He's working hard. He's definitely put the work in.
"And he's throwing the ball really well right now."
So much so that bare hands are a bad idea for receivers, suggested tight end Jake Butt.
"He can rip that thing now," said Butt, who also sat out his rookie season. "You've definitely got to wear gloves. He'll be spinning that bad boy pretty tough. He's learning the offense Nate Thompson Jersey , he's taking leadership, he's doing a great job."
Joseph insisted Lynch was handling himself fine, too.
In March, the Broncos declared Keenum the starter as soon as he signed. In April, they said Lynch would have to beat out Kelly for the backup job.
"I think Paxton's done a good job, also," Joseph said. "I think for Paxton and for our football team Womens Will Butcher Jersey , it's been a weight off all of our backs to have a starting quarterback and have everyone's role defined from Day 1."
He said that allows Lynch to "relax and get better each day and not worry about a competition."
Joseph suggested Lynch could learn how to handle adversity from Keenum.
"Case has been through some ups and downs throughout his career. So, he can learn from Case on how to handle those things," Joseph said. "And it takes time to be an NFL quarterback. And you would hope with Case being here, he can sit back and relax and get better as a quarterback and not worry about being the guy right now and just compete to be our backup."
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Police responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home invasion Womens Deryk Engelland Jersey , according to reports released Thursday.
Police responded early Tuesday to the home in Milton, just outside Atlanta, after McCoy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon called 911. The reports from Milton police show that officers had previously been called to the home in July 2017 and in April and June of this year, but no violence was reported during any of those incidents.
In a recording released Thursday of Cordon’s 911 call she can be heard describing her alleged attacker to a dispatcher and saying she believed the attack was connected with her ex-boyfriend.
”My face is demolished right now,” Cordon said during the call.
A man entered the home around 3 a.m. Tuesday and demanded specific pieces of jewelry that McCoy had given to Cordon and that he had asked her to give back many times, Cordon’s lawyer Tanya Mitchell Graham said in an emailed statement Tuesday.
McCoy had often suggested to Cordon that she ”could be robbed because the jewelry was expensive,” the statement said.
The man tried to take bracelets from her wrist, leaving bruises, and hit her in the face multiple times with a gun Jeff Petry Jersey Kids , the lawyer said. Cordon’s cousin was also hurt when she was hit in the back of the head.
”He just kept asking for jewelry. I think it’s got something to do with my ex-boyfriend because my ex-boyfriend and I are,” Cordon said before being cut off by the dispatcher asking if she needed medical help.
McCoy, who turned 30 on Thursday, is preparing to enter his fourth season with the Bills. He spent his first six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he led the NFL in yards rushing in 2013 before being traded to Buffalo in 2015.
He took to social media Tuesday to deny a wide range of allegations posted earlier in the day by a woman who appeared to be friends with Cordon, accusing him of hurting his former girlfriend. McCoy has since hired prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney Don Samuel.
Fulton County Magistrate Court records show that McCoy initiated eviction proceedings against Cordon on July 3, 2017, saying that the pair were no longer in a relationship. Court records show two attempts to serve Cordon with the document but no other action.
That evening, police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the home Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey , according to a police report. Cordon wasn’t there when officers got there, but they spoke to McCoy, who told them he and Cordon had broken up and had been having issues.
Cordon had had been accusing him of cheating on her and had posted on social media about that and their breakup, McCoy told police. He also said Cordon had failed to return jewelry lent to them by jewelers for events despite multiple requests.
He told police he had started eviction proceedings against Cordon and was trying ”to be very careful about being around her given the climate of domestic abuse in his profession.” He told police he would bring Cordon’s things, which were piled on the driveway, back inside.
Cordon came home while police were there and also told officers the relationship was over. She said she had nowhere else to go and would be staying at the home.
Shortly before midnight April 11, police again responded to a domestic dispute at the home. Dispatchers reported that ”the callers had everything worked out, but it sounded a little heated over the phone,” a police report says.
McCoy and Cordon separately told an officer they had worked everything out and the argument hadn’t been physical. Cordon told the officer she had called because McCoy was moving some furniture out of the house that she wanted to keep.
Cordon called police from Virginia on June 1 to say she saw people removing things from the home through security cameras that she could monitor on her cellphone Anders Lee Jersey , a police report says. McCoy was also out of town.
When police arrived, they spoke to McCoy’s mother who said her son was moving out and had asked her to get his stuff so he wouldn’t have to deal with Cordon, the report says. She said McCoy had said Cordon could stay in the house until it sold since she had two small children, but that he wanted his things.
Police said any disputes over belongings would have to be resolved in court, and movers left with just McCoy’s clothing and shoes, the report says.
McCoy’s friend, Tamarcus Porter, filed eviction proceedings against Cordon on McCoy’s behalf on June 6. In a court filing challenging the eviction proceedings, Cordon’s attorney said Cordon and McCoy had discussed marriage over Memorial Day weekend and that McCoy gave Cordon ”a substantial gift” on May 29.
A hearing on the eviction proceedings is planned for a later date.
The 49ers placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve Monday after he tore his ACL in practice on Saturday.
It goes without saying that this wasn’t what the team hoped to see when they signed McKinnon as a free agent this offseason and McKinnon said he was “devastated” when he realized that he would not be OK for a Week One matchup with the Vikings. McKinnon spent the last four years with the team and feels the game “probably meant a lot to me” than other members of the team.
McKinnon’s going to be out for a lot more than a week Josh Morrissey Jersey , of course, and he also addressed the rehab process that will start after he has surgery in the near future.
“My main thing is just I’m excited for the process,” McKinnon said, via the Sacramento Bee. “It’s going to be a challenge, everything is a challenge. Everybody that knows me knows I love challenges, so I just see it as probably one of the toughest challenges I’m going to have to face, but I’m excited for it.”
The 49ers’ plans have been scrambled, but they got a head start on a new approach by signing Alfred Morris after McKinnon strained his calf in August. He’s also played for head coach Kyle Shanahan in the past and the 49ers will be hoping that Plan B turns out to be a successful one.
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The McCourty twins are back together.
The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots on Thursday Michael Frolik Jersey , reuniting him with his brother Devin. The Browns also sent a seventh-round pick to the Patriots to get a sixth-rounder in return.
"Cleveland it's been real!" Jason McCourty wrote on the Twitter account the brothers share. "I wish nothing but the best to the guys in that locker room!"
The Browns have been one of the most active teams in the NFL this offseason as they try to rebuild from last season's 0-16 record. They have already traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and three-time Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry, while signing seven free agents, including running back Carlos Hyde.
They also made a deal on Wednesday to send defensive lineman Danny Shelton to New England for a third-round pick in 2019. But the defending AFC champion Patriots have mostly been losing players, including receiver Danny Amendola, left tackle Nate Solder, defensive back Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis.
After spending his first eight seasons with Tennessee, Jason McCourty Kevin Hayes Jersey , 30, started 14 games and led the Browns with three interceptions and made 65 tackles last season, the most for any player in the secondary.
He became a locker room leader, but also ruffled feathers by saying the team never should have gone winless after both coach Hue Jackson and new general manager John Dorsey bemoaned the team's lack of talent.
"The talent in this locker room is not the talent to go win a Super Bowl this year, but this locker room is far more talented than 0-16," Jason McCourty said following the season-ending loss in Pittsburgh.
"I'm kind of tired of hearing so many people say, even within the organization Authentic David Perron Jersey , is we don't have the guys or we need more guys. Let's work with the guys we do have and find ways to win games."
Also Thursday, the Patriots re-signed running back Rex Burkhead. A 2013 sixth-round draft pick who spent his first four seasons with the Bengals, Burkhead has run for 639 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 64 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns in his career.
Auston Matthews kept his points streak going, and William Nylander was the main reason why.
The two each had two goals and an assist as the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Monday night.
Andreas Johnsson also scored as Maple Leafs extended a franchise record with their 48th win and matched the team mark for points (103) set in 2003-04.
Matthews has five goals and 10 points during his seven-game streak to give him 60 points in 60 games. Meanwhile, Nylander is up to 59 points. They trail only Mitch Marner (69) in team scoring with two regular-season games remaining.
”I feel like we’ve had (chemistry) since we started playing with each other last year and especially with (Zach) Hyman as well,” Matthews said. ”The more you play with somebody, obviously Joe Thornton Jersey , you build more chemistry and get to know them and have a feel for where they’re going to be in certain areas. We definitely showed that tonight.
Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 32 shots to help Toronto win for the 15th time in the last 17 at home while getting their 28th win at the Air Canada Centre.
”Home’s been pretty good to us and we feel we have an advantage when we step into the arena here,” Matthews said.
Sam Reinhart got his career-high 24th goal for the last-place Sabres, and Jason Pominville also scored. Chad Johnson finished with 31 saves.
Buffalo came into the game following a 7-4 win Saturday at Nashville.
”You think you’re heading in the right direction and then you take a step back,” Pominville said.
Matthews broke a 1-1 tie on the power play at 5:01 of the second period as he scored top shelf on Johnson from just inside the faceoff circle.
Nylander made it 3-1 on a breakaway at 7:39 after Matthews caught Buffalo on a bad line change and made a stretch pass ahead to the streaking Swede, who broke in alone to beat Johnson glove side.
Nylander added his second of the period for a three-goal lead, going backand-to-forehand before snapping it under the bar for his 19th a little less than three minutes later.
”I thought the first period was pretty good, then we tied it up with the power-play goal Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey ,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. ”Then we didn’t manage the puck very well, get caught on a line change and game gets out of reach. (The Leafs) have a terrific rush game and can finish.”
The Sabres pulled to 4-2 with their second power-play goal 2:56 into the third when Pominville put home a rebound for his 14th.
Matthews made it 5-2 with his second power-play goal of the game, finishing off a Nylander pass for his 33rd goal and 60th point in 60 games.
Johnsson opened the scoring at 5:44 of the first when he deflected a pass from Tomas Plekanec past Johnson.
Buffalo had its opportunities to put a goal on the board before the period was through with Toronto defenseman Roman Polak taking back-to-back high sticking penalties – including a double minor – but the Sabres couldn’t get much going.
Polak had 5:37 of ice time in the first, a secondary assist on Johnsson’s goal and six minutes in high-sticking penalties.
The Sabres began the second period with more than three minutes remaining in Polak’s double minor and finally took advantage when Reinhart deflected Rasmus Ristolainen’s point shot past McElhinney to tie it at 2:27.
NOTES: Toronto’s 103 points 14 years ago came before the NHL started using shootouts to decide games tied after overtime. The Maple Leafs have seven shootout wins this season. … McElhinney made rare back-to-back starts, with coach Mike Babcock choosing to give starter Frederik Andersen some extra rest. Andersen has faced the most shots of any goalie this season and is third in minutes played. … Toronto F Leo Komarov was out of the lineup for personal reasons. He was replaced by Matt Martin.
Sabres: Host Ottawa on Wednesday night in their final home game before finishing with two on the road.
Maple Leafs: At New Jersey on Thursday night before returning home to close the regular season.
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More than $500 million in claims were approved as of Monday under the NFL’s concussion settlement Riley Nash Jersey , nearly a decade earlier than league officials estimated they would reach that amount.
Claims administrators in the settlement released an updated report on the concussion settlement information website saying about $502 million had been approved in less than two years of the settlement. The original actuarial estimates from the NFL estimated a little more than $400 million would be paid out in the first decade.
Attorneys for the retired players adjusted their estimates on the total payout of expected claims earlier this month, saying the settlement would likely reach $1.4 billion- almost a half billion more than the NFL originally estimated.
”We encourage all eligible former players to immediately sign up for a baseline assessment, and they can take comfort in knowing that compensation will be available for more than 60 years if they develop a qualifying condition,” said Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the former NFL players. ”The fact that $500 million in claims have been approved in less than two years proves that this settlement is fulfilling its promise to former NFL players and their families.”
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When Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator of the Patriots, he saw a lot of wide receiver Julian Edelman.
Patricia, who became the head coach in Detroit this offseason, won’t be seeing any of Edelman when the Patriots pay his new team a visit in September. With the NFL upholding Edelman’s four-game suspension on Tuesday, we now know for sure that he will be out of the lineup for New England’s Week Three Sunday night game against the Lions.
Edelman will also miss a Week Two trip to Jacksonville for a rematch of the two teams that took place in the AFC title game last season. Edelman didn’t play in that game either as he was rehabbing a torn ACL while Danny Amendola scored two touchdowns and Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards.
Neither of those players remains in New England Justin Williams Jersey , so they’ll need to follow a different path to a win against the Jaguars this time.
The Patriots will bookend those road games with a home opener against the Texans and a Week Four date with the Dolphins before Edelman is back to face the Colts on Thursday, October 4.
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The Indiana Pacers are parting ways with guard Lance Stephenson Womens Luke Kunin Jersey , the gritty veteran who brought energy off the bench in last season’s surprising run to the playoffs.
The team will not pick up the team option next season, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard said Monday.
”This was a very difficult decision, but as free agency begins on July 1, we want to have flexibility so that we can prepare for all of our available options,” he said.
A year ago, Pritchard decided to trade star Paul George before almost surely losing him in free agency and got Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from Oklahoma City in a deal that turned out remarkably well for Indiana.
Oladipo emerged as a leader, earned his first All-Star trip and won the league’s steals title. Sabonis, a lottery pick in 2016, became a key contributor off the bench. Point guard Darren Collison was the NBA’s most accurate 3-point shooter, and Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic thrived in their roles, too. Myles Turner, Indiana’s 22-year-old center Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , was one of the league’s leaders in blocks.
Four of the starting five and Sabonis are already under contract for next season, with Young being the lone exception. He and backup point guard Cory Joseph have player options.
Now Pritchard has decided to part with
Stephenson brought grit off the bench for a team that won 48 games, fell just short of finishing in the top four in the Eastern Conference and was within four points late in a first-round, Game 7 loss to Cleveland. Stephenson, an eight-year veteran, finished the season averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
The decision was no doubt wrenching for a team that bonded in finishing strong: Six players approached Pritchard before the trade deadline and pleaded with the GM not to make any moves because they wanted to close out the season together. Pritchard said it a first for him, and kept the team intact.
A poised and productive Ricky Rubio has been smiling and laughing, masterfully running Utah’s offense in his matchup with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
Meanwhile, the reigning league MVP has been scowling, shoving, fouling http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-j.t.-compher-jersey , complaining and most of all – losing.
It’s fair to say Rubio has been more effective for the Jazz.
The Rubio-Westbrook matchup mirrors what is happening throughout the NBA playoffs: The team that gets the best point guard play usually wins.
Rubio’s all-around success has the Jazz on the brink of advancing. Utah has a 3-1 lead on the Thunder and can finish the series Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
He summed up his play after Game 2, saying ”I did my job, looking for my teammates, and looking for my shot too when it was open. I just took what the game gave me and watched film and got better and we played as a team.”
Maybe it is just that simple.
Rubio is averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8 assists per game against Oklahoma City, all well above his regular season numbers. The 27-year-old is in the first playoff series of his seven-year career, yet he is playing like a seasoned veteran.
Westbrook and the Thunder have tried to throw Rubio off his game, maybe to a fault.
Westbrook has lost his focus at times. He is averaging 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in the series, but he’s shooting just 37 percent from the field and 21 percent from 3-point range.
Rubio went for a triple-double in a Game 3 victory , the first playoff triple-double for the franchise since John Stockton had one in 2001.
Westbrook said he’d shut down Rubio in Game 4, but his efforts backfired – Rubio got more of Westbrook’s attention Claude Giroux Jersey , and the Thunder weren’t as effective helping on Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Utah’s two best players. Westbrook was overly aggressive and had four fouls at halftime. The Jazz rolled 113-96 . On Tuesday, he was fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Gobert in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game.
Westbrook toned down the situation with Rubio after the game.
”It wasn’t about me or him,” he said. ”Let’s get past that. We’re done with that.”
Looking around the playoffs, that’s probably a good thing.
How goes a team’s point guard, so goes the team.
New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons are among the point guards whose play has lifted their teams.
That has been true in the matchup between Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Washington’s John Wall. In Toronto’s two wins, Lowry averaged 10.5 assists, but 6.5 in two losses. Wall averaged 27.5 points and 14 assists as Washington won two games to even the series.
The 32-year-old Rondo appeared to be overmatched heading into the matchup with Portland’s Damian Lillard but showed he is not past his prime.
Rondo averaged 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 13.3 assists to help the New Orleans sweep the Trail Blazers. Lillard averaged just 18.5 points in the series, eight below his regular-season average, and shot just 35 percent from the field.
Philadelphia’s Simmons has averaged 19.3 points Mika Zibanejad Jersey , 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists t help the 76ers take a 3-1 lead in their series against the Miami Heat. In Game 4, he had the first triple-double for a rookie in a playoff game since Magic Johnson in 1980.
Miami’s Goran Dragic is playing well, too – he’s averaging 19.5 points and shooting 49 percent. But when Simmons has been special, the 76ers have won.
Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe and Boston’s Terry Rozier have gone back and forth on the court and in the media. Rozier dominated the first two games – both Boston wins – averaging 23 points on 47 percent shooting while Bledsoe averaged 10.5 points and shot 36 percent.
Bledsoe won the next two matchups, and so did the Bucks. Bledsoe averaged 13 points on 50 percent shooting while Rozier averaged 9.5 points on 26 percent shooting.
Rubio doesn’t have to statistically out-perform Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double the past two seasons. For Rubio, the key has been not trying to do too much. Just be the team’s floor general.
On offense, he takes open shots and finds his teammates. On defense, he can take chances because the 7-foot-1 Gobert can erase most mistakes.
”That is our strength,” Rubio said. ”Play as a team and get a win.”
One more Utah win and Oklahoma City’s season is done.
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The Bengals released defensive end Michael Johnson on Saturday Jake Guentzel Jersey Kids , but his run in Cincinnati may not be over.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said, via ESPN.com, during a Saturday press conference that Johnson has been “one of those pillars that has been here and has given everything he can to this building” during his two stints with the Bengals. He also said that Johnson could return to the team on a new contract once the team works through other roster issues.
Those issues include a pair of injured players. Wide receiver Cody Core and cornerback Davontae Harris are both injured and could be candidates for injured reserve now that they’d be eligible to return after eight weeks on the list. They only kept eight defensive linemen, which makes that an area they could address when and if they make a roster move with Core or Harris.
Because Johnson is a vested veteran, he will not go through waivers so the team doesn’t run the risk that someone else will nab him without a chance to make a case for returning.
WASHINGTON — The next few days will determine whether a players-only meeting and a visit from the Miami Marlins will help lift the Washington Nationals out of their funk.
Washington welcomes Miami to Nationals Park for a four-game series beginning Thursday night.
The Nationals have lost five straight games and 17 of 22. At 42-43, the Nationals are under .500 this far into the season for the first time since they were 60-61 on Aug. 21, 2015.
Wednesday’s traditional 11:05 a.m. July 4 contest was a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Washington’s eighth shutout since June 1 — the Nationals were blanked just seven times all of last season — resulted in a players-only meeting after the game.
“We’ve never been in this position before Authentic Benoit Pouliot Jersey , and I think it’s an exciting time for us,” Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper told the Washington Post. “In years past, we’ve won the division by a lot of games and we’re able to be behind right now. I’m excited to get out there and test it.”
According to press reports, staff ace Max Scherzer instigated the meeting and was the most vocal speaker during it.
“I think anytime Max holds the meeting or holds court, there’s going to be some yelling,” outfielder Adam Eaton told MASN.com. “In baseball, you don’t have that type of intensity all the time Ryan Kesler Jersey , so it’s a little different. I think guys gravitate toward that. I think everybody has a kind of intensity bone in their body, and sometimes things need to be said in that fashion.”
Rafael Devers (sacrifice fly) and Eduardo Nunez (wild pitch) helped break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning, and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six shutout innings Wednesday for the Red Sox.
Washington starter Erick Fedde left in the second inning with a shoulder injury, forcing the Nationals’ already overworked bullpen to cover seven-plus innings. An MRI exam on Fedde was negative.
The Nationals are seven games behind first-place Atlanta and just 7 1/2 ahead of fourth-place Miami. After a stretch of games against the Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox, the Nationals play 21 of their next 27 games against teams with a losing record.
Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 2.63 ERA) opposes Miami right-hander Pablo Lopez (1-0, 3.00) on Thursday night
Hellickson lasted 4 2/3 innings Scott Darling Jersey , giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in his return from the disabled list last Saturday night. He had been sidelined since June 4 with a right hamstring strain.
Lopez was a winner in his major league debut, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings against the New York Mets on Saturday. The 22-year-old struck out five and walked one.
“I was really impressed with his composure,” Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto told the Miami Herald. “He came in just attacking guys with his stuff. It didn’t seem like he was scared of anybody. Pounding the zone. Worked a quick pace, and pitched with great stuff. It was exciting to watch.”
Miami (36-52) won the rubber game of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, hours after losing a 16-inning marathon that ended at 12:41 a.m. Jose Urena tossed five scoreless innings and shortstop JT Riddle drove in two of Miami’s runs and scored the other in a 3-0 win.
Drew Rucinski got the win and Brad Ziegler closed it out for his 10th save.
“It was one of those days, walking into it Matt Murray Jersey , that your bullpen’s pretty much shot,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told the Miami Herald. “You’re hoping for a good outing from Jose and it really couldn’t have gone any better as far as who we had available.”
The normally stoic Charlie Morton actually cracked a smile after he was reminded that his stellar outing gave him 10 wins for just the third time in his 11-year career.
However Steven Stamkos Jersey , the Houston right-hander was quick to point out that he wouldn’t have such success without help from his teammates, a fact that was on display on Tuesday.
Morton (10-1) struck out 13 in seven innings, Jake Marisnick hit a three-run homer in the eighth after preserving the shutout with a big defensive play in the sixth as the Astros got a 7-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
He scattered four hits and walked two for his third straight win to become Houston’s first 10-game winner.
”I didn’t even think about that,” he said of reaching 10 wins for the second straight year. ”Yeah, that’s a lot. That’s good. Honestly the wins, that’s a team thing. I give most of the credit to the guys in there.”
Toronto manager John Gibbons raved about Morton.
”Morton is in a class of his own,” he said. ”He’s in an elite group now. He wasn’t giving us much.”
Evan Gattis put Houston up with a two-run single in the fifth. Marisnick padded the lead with his shot to left field with one out in the eighth and Alex Bregman Brian Gibbons Jersey , who tied a career-high with four hits, added a two-run homer with two outs in the inning for his second straight game with a home run.
Marisnick’s homer came after he dazzled on defense two innings earlier. Teoscar Hernandez singled with two outs in the sixth before Yangervis Solarte drew a walk. Marisnick then robbed Justin Smoak of extra bases when he leaped and bounced off the wall in left-center to grab his fly ball.
”It’s a close game and everything that was on the line with that play … the game is completely different if he doesn’t make that catch,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
Marisnick, who routinely makes tough catches, said that it was definitely in the top-5 in his career and joked about jumping significantly higher than left fielder Josh Reddick on the play.
”I’m going to get a poster made of that with Reddick a little bit lower than me,” he said.
Toronto’s Ryan Borucki (0-1) had a solid start in his major league debut, allowing six hits and two runs while walking four with three strikeouts in six innings.
”I thought he was fantastic against a great hitting ballclub Corey Perry Jersey ,” Gibbons said. ”They put the pressure on him, and he didn’t cave.”
Chris Devenski struck out one in the eighth and Hector Rondon allowed one hit in the ninth to give Houston its seventh shutout this season.
The Blue Jays couldn’t do anything against Morton early as he struck out the side in the first before walking Smoak to start the second. But Smoak was caught stealing and Morton struck out the next two batters to allow him to face the minimum through two.
The last two batters in the second inning were the first of 10 straight retired by Morton, capped by five strikeouts in a row. Russell Martin gave Toronto its first hit on a single with two outs in the fifth and Randal Grichuk followed with a broken-bat single, but Aledmys Diaz grounded out to end the inning.
Bregman, who hit three doubles, doubled with one out in the fifth before Jose Altuve drew a walk. Both players advanced on a wild pitch with two outs before the Astros made it 2-0 on the double to left-center by Gattis.
Houston catcher Brian McCann was shaken up when Solarte hit him on the helmet on his backswing in the sixth inning. McCann was checked out by the team trainer before staying in the game.
Blue Jays: INF Josh Donaldson, who has been on the disabled list since June 1 because of calf tightness Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , strained his left calf while preparing to play in a rehabilitation game for Class A Dunedin on Tuesday. An MRI revealed the acute strain and the team said he’ll be re-evaluated in three weeks. … LHP Jaime Garcia (sore left shoulder) will see a specialist on Thursday before returning to Florida to continue his rehabilitation.
Astros: SS Carlos Correa got a game off on Tuesday as he deals with what Hinch said is ”a little bit of back stiffness.” Hinch said Correa was OK and the day off was more for rest than anything else. … RHP Joe Smith (right elbow inflammation) will throw one more bullpen before beginning a rehabilitation assignment this weekend.
ONE CITY, TWO MVPs
Altuve took a minute on Tuesday to congratulate Houston Rockets’ star James Harden for winning his first MVP trophy a night before. Altuve, who was named MVP for the first time last season, thinks it’s cool that Houston now has two MVPs.
”It was well-deserved … I would have been mad if he didn’t win it,” Altuve said.
Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel (4-8, 3.90 ERA) opposes Marco Estrada (4-7, 4.48) when these teams wrap up the series on Wednesday. Keuchel hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two starts and Estrada allowed just three hits and two runs in seven innings in his last start but took the loss in a 2-1 defeat by the Angels.
Federal authorities say they have intercepted a shipment of 108 phony replica Super Bowl rings representing many past champion teams Nick Foligno Jersey , including the Philadelphia Eagles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the rings were found in an express consignment parcel that arrived June 18 from Hong Kong marked as alloy rings.
Trade enforcement officers noted "poor craftsmanship" and detained the rings to verify their authenticity with the National Football League, the trademark holder.
Customs officials say the NFL confirmed that the rings were phony. Officials say an authorized replica of a Super Bowl ring can cost $10,000 but counterfeit ones are offered on the internet for $25.
At the tail end of the Titans’ offseason program Travis Konecny Jersey , quarterback Marcus Mariota said that he would be gathering the team’s receivers for workouts before the start of training camp later this month.
Mariota didn’t say exactly when those workouts would take place, but Jim Wyatt of the team’s website reports that the quarterback brought his teammates together in Nashville on Saturday and Sunday.
Wide receivers Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe joined Mariota and tight end Jonnu Smith for workouts in California early in the offseason. Wyatt reports some of those players were in Nashville over the weekend as well as others that weren’t involved in the first round of work, but there’s no full account of who was at these sessions.
Matthews and Davis missed time in the offseason because of injuries and the Titans are running a new offense under coordinator Matt LaFleur this season, so any extra work should be beneficial as the team tries to build on last year’s playoff appearance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL long enough, and been with so many different teams, that the quarterback has plenty of experience of playing somewhere in a different uniform.
Coming back to Tennessee is a bit easier thanks to such a short stint with the Titans.
“When I was here, it was such a blur because really it was just a year,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’d just got released from Buffalo and was only here for a quick time. So they’ve done a really nice job with it. It’s almost unrecognizable with some of the stuff and how it’s changed so quickly.”
Fitzpatrick went 3-6 filling in for Jake Locker in 2013. That was three coaches and a handful of quarterbacks ago for Tennessee with Fitzpatrick with his third team since then.
Making the return visit more enjoyable is Fitzpatrick is expected to start a second straight preseason game Saturday night for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay will be without Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season Shayne Gostisbehere Jersey , suspended after the NFL investigated an allegation Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.
Tennessee will start Marcus Mariota, the quarterback drafted No. 2 overall in 2015 after Tampa Bay selected Winston. Mariota is on his third head coach in Mike Vrabel, who will make his home debut Saturday night. Mariota is busy learning offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur’s offense and wants to follow up the touchdown drive he had in their opener at Green Bay.
“If we can go out there, operate at a high tempo, operate where everybody’s on the same page, we’re all communicating, being efficient, that will be definitely success,” Mariota said.
Elsewhere around the NFL, Jacksonville is at Minnesota Darren Helm Jersey , Oakland visits the Rams, Cincinnati is at Dallas, San Francisco visits Houston, Chicago is at Denver and Seattle is at the Chargers.
What to look for around the league Saturday:
JIMMY G AND DEANDRE
Jimmy Garoppolo’s exhibition debut lasted one drive with a few off-target passes and no points. He could get a little more time against Houston after two days of joint practices with the Texans showing him a different style of defense than he usually sees in practice.
“I think it was good. A lot of different looks that we’re not used to getting,” he said. “They run a different defense than what we’re used to so it got our guys thinking and I think we handled it very well.”
Houston star receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed most of the first of two practices with the 49ers after being kicked out for his role in a scuffle with Jimmie Ward. In his return, he reveled in competing against four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman and hopes to get more work in against him Saturday night.
“It’s always good to up against a veteran guy because he can tell your weaknesses, he’s going to tell you after what you need to work on,” Hopkins said. “So, going up against guys like that, it helps me stay on top of my game.”
When the Raiders return to their old home at the L.A. Coliseum for the first time in nearly 24 years to face the Rams in an exhibition game Mark Giordano Jersey , both teams will have key pieces missing.
Oakland edge rusher Khalil Mack and Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, the winners of the past two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards, both are staging contract holdouts as they seek lucrative long-term deals.
That gives both teams opportunities to see what kind of pass rush they can get without the two stars. The Raiders were pleased with the inside push rookies P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst supplied in the exhibition opener against Detroit last week.
The game marks the Raiders’ first game at the Coliseum since losing 19-9 to Kansas City on Dec. 24, 1994. The Raiders spent 13 seasons at the Coliseum before returning to Oakland in 1995, winning the Super Bowl following the 1983 season.
Rams coach Sean McVay is expected to hold out quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and most key playmakers for a second straight game.
COUSINS’ MINNESOTA DEBUT
The previous time the Vikings suited up at U.S. Bank Stadium, they beat the New Orleans Saints in their playoff game on Stefon Diggs‘ last-play touchdown catch from Case Keenum. Kirk Cousins watched that one from home, in awe and disbelief like everyone else, not yet knowing Minnesota was the place he would wind up.
Now Cousins, who signed a three-year Patric Hornqvist Jersey , $84 million, fully guaranteed contract, will put on his new purple jersey in front of Minnesota’s fans for the first time. He is expected to play more than one series after being perfect in the Vikings’ exhibition opener last week at Denver.
“The little bit I’ve been there, it’s a great facility,” Cousins said. “I’m just so excited to hear the crowd and go through warmups and just get a feel for the game-day dynamic. I’m sure it’s going to be second to none in the NFL.”
The Jaguars will be without both cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler in Minnesota. Both were left at home for disciplinary reasons following a scrap between Fowler and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. That ought to create more opportunities for rookie defensive end Taven Bryan, who was held out of the game against New Orleans last week because of an abdominal injury. Bryan was the 29th overall pick in the draft out of Florida.
DALTON HOMECOMING: COLLEGE VERSION
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton gets another college version of his two Texas homecomings in Dallas.
The Houston-area native and former TCU standout threw for two touchdowns in the preseason debut of Cincinnati’s revamped offense, a 30-27 win over Chicago . It’s the third time Dal Denver Broncos Elite Jerseys