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Jets LB calls out Breitbart News blogger for ‘making false claims’ about him

Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins was one of the many athletes to speak his mind about the recent events in Charlottesville. He made comments to the New York Daily News, saying what happened was “American terrorism” among other things.

“It felt good to be out there, get my feet wet, to get the speed of the game. I love to play football,” Gronkowski said, via ESPN.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also started Saturday’s game in Houston, though he had a much better outing as he went 6-of-9 with 67 yards and a touchdown. He said he was “proud” of Gronkowski, who missed the second half of last season with a back injury and needed surgery.

“For him to go out there, and all of training camp, he’s building so much confidence. I’m proud of him, so we just have to keep it going,” Brady said of Gronkowski.

Gronkowski had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three scores in eight games last year. He was left as a spectator amid the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl victory after undergoing his third back surgery.

An NFL general manager’s job is never easy. He must form a roster of more than 50 players within both his team owner’s budget and the league-mandated salary cap.

That job becomes infinitely harder when a GM either overvalues a contract or sees a player dramatically underperform. Those players eat up big portions of the budget without providing the expected production, and the big guarantees force teams to carry those players far longer than they would like.seahawks_011

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Shaq wore a wig and jammed out to Carrie Underwood while accepting LaVar Ball’s basketball challenge

Game Mens Nino Niederreiter Jersey The comments came after Shareef said he thought he could beat LaMelo one-on-one, continuing the absurdity of 2017. This prompted LaVar to respond, because of course he would, then Shaq wore a wig and jammed out to Carrie Underwood — again, because 2017 is weird as hell.

The market for players of Tucker’s skill set aren’t strong in this free agency class for teams with limited funds, and the Rockets were rumored to be in talks with the Cavs to take on another wing defender in Shumpert. But he doesn’t have nearly the offensive upside Tucker does.

Tucker shot 36 percent from distance last season, and though he only shot 41 percent from the field as a whole, he will really be able to stick to his strengths in Houston’s fast-paced offense which now includes not one, but TWO of the greatest passers in the game.

Finding space in the corner, Tucker is bound to be one of a fleet of capable shooters surrounding Chris Paul and James Harden, and he can seriously contribute on the other end as well. He’s able to defends threes and fours in a smaller lineup, and is a versatile threat for D’Antoni to move around.

The Rockets will keep Tucker on a cap-favorable deal too

Game Youth Jarrett Jack Jersey If the deal is an even $8 million per year, the Rockets will be able to move Tucker in the later stages of this contract easily. He’s 31 now, meaning he’ll be 35 by the contract’s final year, but it’s a win-win contract for both parties. Tucker is guaranteed pay, and Houston will keep him for as long as he’s able to fill his three-and-D role.

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Paid to care: Do NBA salaries motivate?

I was young, the Denver Broncos were playing, and Rick Upchurch had just dropped another easy catch. My dad wanted to be sure our next door neighbors were aware of his displeasure. My much-nearer eardrums had nearly loosed my bladder.

It seems inevitable that Irving will be traded, and it’s difficult to gauge what his value is on the market. In recent months, superstars like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and DeMarcus Cousins have been traded for cents on the dollar at marquee positions in the league. But they had fewer years left on their contracts and/or were playing for clubs stuck on the treadmill of mediocrity.

Irving is playing a position where there’s a plethora of talent as a guard. With that said, 20 teams have reportedly already showed some interest in the four-time all-star, with six of the 20 teams making actual offers to Cleveland.
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Game Youth Sio Moore Jersey Irving’s talent speaks for itself. He’s one of the best scorers in the league and can get whatever shot he wants at anytime. Even with his flaws, his shot creation is an invaluable skill, especially during playoff time.

Trading for Irving shouldn’t come cheap. The Cavs are demanding a young prospect, a veteran ready to contribute, and some sort of draft compensation. That sounds about right for a player of Irving’s stature, even in a dwindling trade market. Irving is committed to whatever team he’s traded to for at least two more seasons. That gives him even more value.

In a best-case scenario, the Cavs will be able to get some combination of prospects and picks in return for Irving along with a solid veteran. If they can, that does wonders for their ability to keep James around and build for a future without him.

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The internet’s most explicit NFL podcast returns to get us all psyched up for the preseason.

Jay Cutler didn’t even need 24 full hours as the Dolphins quarterback before the world was treated to the give zero f**ks personality we’ve come to expect. But is he actually going to make a difference for the Dolphins, i.e. will Dolphins fans give AF about the season with 16 games of Jay Cutler under center?

The Jets wide receiving corps is headlined by little-known players like Peake, Robby Anderson, and Jalin Marshall. Anderson may be facing a suspension after an arrest in May, and Marshall was handed a four-game suspension in March for testing positive for Adderall.

Peake — a seventh-round pick in 2016, who finished his rookie season with 186 yards — may have as strong a chance as any to start for the team in Week 1.

Meanwhile, the Jets’ quarterback situation — which will likely feature Josh McCown as a starter over Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty — doesn’t inspire much hope for the offense either.

To be fair to Peake, it’s possible he just means that the Jets roster has talented receivers who will cross the 1,000-yard mark at some point. He doesn’t specifically say that 2017 will be that year, although he did say the team is optimistic about the upcoming season.

“We know what we’re capable of,” Peake told ESPN. “We just have to go out and prove it to everybody. … We’re capable of having a big year. We have big goals and we’re just going to make plays.”

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with positive thinking and seeing the glass as half full. This glass looks pretty close to empty, though.

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Panthers receiver Brenton Bersin had a scary collision with a pair of Texans defenders.

He spent a few minutes down on the field before being helped to the sideline.
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McCaffery is now handling the majority of carries with Jonathan Stewart joining the starters on the bench, but Webb can’t do much through the air and Carolina is forced to punt again.

Deshaun Watson enters the game with a warm ovation from the Carolina crowd. The Texans go three-and-out on his first drive, however.

Joe Webb replaced Derek Anderson, who finished his night with 4-of-5 completions, 76 yards, and the one touchdown.

Beathard’s rookie debut came with much less fanfare than Mahomes’, but the Iowa product looked pretty good. He orchestrated a nice touchdown drive in the fourth quarter with a bomb to a wide open receiver.

Beathard then tied the game with a perfect jump ball on the two-point conversion. He threw another touchdown on the next drive to give the 49ers the lead.
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Mahomes finished his preseason debut with seven completions on nine passes for 49 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Jeremy Maclin is gone now, so the Chiefs are going to need those kinds of contributions from Hill on the outside.

Alex Smith led the Chiefs straight down the field for the remainder of the drive, capped by a short rushing touchdown by Spencer Ware.

The 49ers don’t have a rookie quarterback to look forward to as much as the Chiefs do. C.J. Beathard will be in later, but the real interest will be in the performance of the rookie defenders, namely Solomon Thomas, who stood out early.

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He’s the best in baseball at making you whistle like an old-timey radio guy and say

When you sold the house, did you ever think about painting it over before you sold it? Did people comment on it when they were looking at the house?

No, as a matter of fact when people would come see the house — you know I had it for sale when I was a free agent and I loved the Dodgers but I went to New York — so simultaneously I was building a house up in Northern California where I live now, so I had all of this going on at the same time and I thought you know, when people are coming to the house, I’m going to have to cover it or take it out of there or replace it and it was actually a selling point for the house.

He’s the best in baseball at making you whistle like an old-timey radio guy and say, Boy, this fella is simply the eel’s ankles, I’m telling you, just the leopard’s stripes, he is.

This leads us to one of baseball’s other marketing problems: There are 478 games every season, give or take. So many games. Look, there are games tonight! And tomorrow. And the next day. So, so many games. And Judge or Trout or Correa might get one or two singles in 15 hours worth of baseball stretched over five nights. That’s unavoidable. Getting a baseball-curious person into the Church of Kershaw requires one service every five days. There are no subscriptions, no commitments, no tithing, and less of a chance for disappointment.

The ratios tip a little more in the favor of a tools monster like Trout, who can thrill in the field and on the bases and mess up that rough success/fail percentage that I entered into evidence up there, but it’s not enough. This is my marketing advice for baseball: Sell the pitchers. They succeed more.
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Game Womens Keith Magnuson Jersey Hitters go 0-for-4, and they do it often, even if it looks like a mismatch on paper. Several times this season, (Giancarlo) Stanton will roll into a city and leave without a home run. No one should be surprised.

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Aaron Judge wins MLB’s 2017 Home Run Derby

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were the clear favorites to win the 2017 Home Run Derby, and when Stanton was knocked out in round one by an excellent Gary Sanchez performance, Judge was suddenly all alone with all the expectations in the world.
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In addition, ESPN2 will broadcast the derby in Spanish, and everything will be streamed online through WatchESPN.

Judge, just a rookie with the New York Yankees, has nine of the top 17 exit velocities this season (through Friday), per Statcast. Stanton has four of the other eight. Judge also has the longest home run of the season at 495 feet.

The Dodgers came out of the All-Star break on the same tear they went in with, sweeping the Marlins on the road. The sweep brought Los Angeles’ record to a remarkable 29-4 over its last 33 games and an MLB-best 64-29 on the season.

Boston is a +110 road underdog in the Bronx at sportsbooks monitored by Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox against Jaime Garcia, whose Yankees are a -130 favorite at home.

Womens Brandon Belt Jersey The Red Sox have had a somewhat disappointing season on offense by their high standards, but the team seems to be finding its groove at the right time with the playoffs quickly approaching. Boston is 9-1 over its last 10 games and is averaging a healthy 6.2 runs per game over that stretch.

The trade deadline came and went without Boston making a big splash, but newcomer Eduardo Nunez has proved to be a perfect fit with four home runs, 12 RBI, and a .420 batting average through his first 50 at bats with the Red Sox.

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Packers schedule 2017: Green Bay draws three NFC heavyweight fights early

The Green Bay Packers are looking to defend their NFC North title and reach the playoffs for a league-best ninth consecutive season, and with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback they will always have a chance.

Green Bay, however, is coming off back-to-back 10-6 seasons and needed to run the table in order to make the NFL playoffs in 2016. The team’s 2017 schedule features playoff rematches and five prime-time games along with tours of the NFC South and AFC North.

While the Dolphins and Jets games to open December seem winnable, they come before a short week and a Thursday-night game in Indianapolis. If Andrew Luck is healthy late in the season, that game might come with AFC playoff implications. The Broncos finish off their NFC East slate with their last road game of the season, in Washington for an early kickoff. If things go well for Denver in 2017, its season finale against Kansas City could be for the division.

Divisional matchups against the NFC East and AFC East Patriots, known long before the Broncos’ 2017 schedule was released, meant Denver would be tested again this season. Its actual schedule presents tough game after tough game, with contending opponents spread out throughout the calendar.

It’ll be same song, different verse for the Broncos in 2017; they’ll just have to hope a record near .500 this season will be enough to get them back into the playoffs. With its own division as tough as ever and given the rise of other teams in the AFC, Denver will need to pull off some relative upsets in order to return to glory in the conference.

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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler didn’t exactly do his job at the dish.

Joey Votto hit his 30th home run of the season to give the Reds a 3-0 lead on the Padres. It was the 251st home run of Votto’s career and No. 136 for him at Great American Ball Park to pass former teammate Jay Bruce for the most hit by one player at the stadium, which opened in 2003. Cincinnati won Monday’s game 11-3 as Votto finished the night 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBIs.
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Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 win over the Tigers. Williams struck out just five, and walked two, but lowered his ERA to 4.17.

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler didn’t exactly do his job at the dish. Detroit’s leadoff man went 0 for 4 in the loss to the Pirates.

Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy was roughed up by the Cardinals, who finally got to .500 with their third straight win. Kennedy allowed seven runs, six earned, off six hits and four walks over six innings in the 11-3 loss.

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Montreal. OIympic Stadium is 13 years older than it was when the Expos left for Washington. Think the maintenance is rough in Phoenix? Try keeping a 41-year-old concrete doughnut that has been obsolete for most of its existence from crumbling further, even for just a couple years. The D-backs would have to play there until a new, much smaller park goes up, unless it wants to be a lame duck in Phoenix.

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Yan Gomes walk off three-run homer rewards Corey Kluber’s stellar start

I have a half-Korean friend who owns a steakhouse restaurant, Thames told Sporting News. He told me that you have to go to Chicago to find some good Korean food. But in Milwaukee, well, it’s good but nothing will be like actually being in Korea.

Game Fabian Johnson Jersey Thames still keeps up with friends he made in Korea. He checks his KakaoTalk (a Korean messaging app) to communicate with his former NC Dinos teammates and front office members, and looks at social media to read comments from his Korean fans.

If I’m in a slump, the fans will write me cheer up and fighting, that kind of stuff, he said.

Thames’ time in the KBO also exposed him to the high level of talent found in the league, and he knows there are at least a few players who could have futures in the big leagues.

Who does he think could be the next big KBO transplants? Here are a few players to follow:

Corey Kluber would be the Cy Young Award front-runner if Chris Sale hadn’t been flat-out unhittable this year.

Kluber was practically unhittable Tuesday for the Indians against the Rockies. Kluber struck out 11 without a walk and allowed just one run off three hits in nine inning. But despite that he was in line for a loss with the Indians down 1-0 to the Rockies heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Yan Gomes is one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, but came through with his bat on Tuesday.

After Austin Jackson tied the game with an RBI single, Gomes ensured Kluber’s stellar outing would result in a win.

Game Fran Tarkenton Jersey Gomes came up with Jackson on first and Bradley Zimmer on third and took his winning swing on the first pitch he saw from Greg Holland.