Colon was a lottery ticket for the Braves from the beginning

Maybe Colon hasn’t been told yet. Maybe Father Time will delay that dreaded visit. Some pitchers have been successful well past 44, even after it appeared they might be done. Nolan Ryan pitched until he was 46; Phil Niekro until he was 48, to name two. But they were unique. Ryan worked out obsessively and took excellent care of his body. Niekro stuck around because the knuckleball didn’t put much strain on his arm. And, oh yeah, both were Hall of Fame talents.

Colon was a lottery ticket for the Braves from the beginning, a “you never know,” relatively low-stakes gamble. The gamble didn’t pay off.

The team granted him his latest start as a courtesy, hoping that the three weeks off would help Colon, as he did with the Mets the past two season, continue to defy age and body type and be a productive member Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike of a starting rotation. It wasn’t meant to be.

But it’s not surprising that Colon believes he can still pitch Cheap New York Giants Jerseys at the big-league level. Competitors always want to compete — and believe they can compete — even when their bodies just won’t allow them to be effective anymore. Colon wasn’t effective for the Braves. Wednesday’s outing swelled his ERA to 8.14 and his WHIP to 1.78. It was the fourth time in his past seven outings that he allowed six earned runs or more, and was his third straight outing in which he failed to make it past the fourth inning.

Why he’s here: Like Dallas Keuchel in 2016, Porcello has been a huge disappointment the year after winning the AL Cy Young Award. Even if he wasn’t expected to match last year’s achievements, few could have seen such a major drop in production for Porcello, who hasn’t been able to fool anyone this season. His teammate David Price could’ve taken this spot, too.

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Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper celebrate All-Star selections with huge games

Max Scherzer was doing Max Scherzer things in St. Louis on Sunday, and Bryce Harper showed why he was the leading vote getter for the 2017 All-Star Game.

Scherzer struck out 12 while allowing just two hits in seven shutout innings to help Cheap MLB Jerseys From China lead the Nationals to a 7-2 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. With All-Star selections announced just prior to Sunday night’s game, Harper celebrated his selection by smashing a pair Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants of home runs in his first two at-bats.

“It felt good,” Harper said of his two long balls before heaping praise on Scherzer during an interview with ESPN following the game. “Max went out there and did his thing. I don’t know what you can say about that guy.”

Estrada was drafted by the Phillies in 1997, and he debuted for Philadelphia in 2001. Before the 2003 season, he was shipped to Atlanta for Kevin Millwood. 2004 was Estrada’s first major Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale league season with a significant amount of playing time. He used that opportunity to earn a spot on the NL roster at the All-Star Game.

Estrada hit .332/.382/.481 with 4 HR and 47 RBIs in the first half of the season. Outside of Mike Piazza, this was the best offensive half from a catcher in the NL, so the selection was Cheap Personalized Jerseys justified. Estrada’s bat cooled in the second half. He would spend the next three seasons catching over 100 games for Atlanta, Arizona, and Milwaukee. His career ended in 2008 as a member of the Nationals.

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Broncos suddenly face biggest crossroads since John Elway was hired

For the past six seasons, Denver Broncos football czar John Elway has enjoyed the luxury of an established head coach, franchise quarterback or both under his employ.

Not anymore.

The health-related resignation of Gary Kubiak not only has Elway seeking a new coach. It has left the Broncos at their biggest crossroads since Elway was hired to run the show in 2011.

Moustakas ripped a slider off Astros reliever Ken Giles to give the Royals a walkoff win. Scooter Gennett was the most unlikely source of power Tuesday. The former Brewers infielder crushed four home runs for the Reds in a 13-1 win over the Cardinals. Gennett entered the game with three home runs on the season and just 38 in his five-year MLB career. He hit six total home runs during the 2013 and 2015 seasons. Gennett’s four homers were part of a 5-for-5 night that saw him drive in 10 runs to lead the rout. He is the first player in Reds history, and just the 17th MLB player all time, to hit four home runs in a single game.

Mark Trumbo’s 10th-inning single scored Adam Jones to give the Orioles a 6-5 walkoff win over the Pirates.

White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez was given a home run to lead off a 4-2 win over the Rays despite the fact that the ball stayed in the park and Sanchez stopped at third. He didn’t go home until the umpires ruled the ball hit one of the support rods at Tropicana Field. But did it really?

Nationals (37-20) at Dodgers (35-25) 3:10 p.m. ET — This should be a great pitching matchup with Washington sending their other ace to the mound as Stephen Strasburg (7-1, 2.91 ERA) Cheap Jerseys Promo Code will toe the rubber. The Dodgers will counter with three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.28). Runs could be at a premium at Dodger Stadium.

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Speed was clearly a priority for the Bengals this offseason

Griffin opted out of his $20-plus million player option with the Clippers for next season, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t renegotiate with L.A. and return to the team next season on a longer-term deal.

Griffin has had endorsements with Kia, Nike and Subway, so staying with the Clippers could allow him to maximize his earning potential on and off the court. They can offer him roughly $40 million more than any other team in the form of a five-year, $175 million contract, while keeping him in L.A. for NFL Jerseys Cheap any potential endorsement deals he might choose to explore.

While the post-Chris Paul era in L.A. may be one of transition and changing of the guard, Griffin has averaged 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in seven seasons with the Clippers.

Even when Green wasn’t sidelined last season with a hamstring injury, the lack of deep threats for the offense meant the receiver was often double- and triple-teamed, leaving Dalton’s options to short passing plays to merely extend the drive.

“I think both of those guys can be fun. I feel like both of them can run,” Green said. “Josh is a bigger guy; he can go up over the top of you to make the big catches, but he can also run. I think Cheap Liverpool Jerseys those two, they’ll be fine because they both ran pro offenses in college.”

Speed was clearly a priority for the Bengals this offseason, and with Ross and Malone — as well as second-round running back Joe Mixon — defenses are going to have a tough time keeping up.

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The entire NFL is getting reacquainted with the Minnesota Vikings

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The entire NFL is getting reacquainted with the Minnesota Vikings, and many of them are getting acquainted with each other. The team that’s entering 2017 is recognizable in some areas, but in others, it couldn’t be more different from the same one a year ago.

Losing one of the greatest players in franchise history will do that. So will a catastrophic injury to the franchise quarterback, and a shakeup on and off the field triggered by that injury. The Vikings are going to look a lot different post-Adrian Peterson and, for the time being, post-Teddy Bridgewater.

They have to. Between that and the rapid decline after their New York Yankees Cheap Jerseys 5-0 start last season, they have no choice. Here is where things are changing as the end of minicamp season approaches.

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Celtics could target Marc Gasol after signing Gordon Hayward

As Mannix notes, the Grizzlies have already lost Zach Randolph to the Kings in free agency, and Tony Allen returning to the team feels like more of a longshot with each passing day. The “Grit’N’Grind” era is coming to a quick end, and trading Gasol would signal an immediate move toward the future.

Only that spotlight is now in Des Moines, Iowa, where Schwarber is trying to Cheap Patriots Jerseys regain his batting stroke and confidence after a puzzling slump this season led the Cubs to send him to their Triple-A Iowa Cubs.

The Chicago Tribune reports Schwarber is staying positive in the wake of his June 22 demotion.

“There is no feeling sorry,” Schwarber told the Tribune. “Trust me. I did it to myself. I’m the one who was out there playing every day. This is a positive time.”

The Jets’ somewhat shocking release of Harris came less than one week after the team traded for Demario Davis, who spent his first four NFL seasons in New York and returns after one year in Cleveland. The natural assumption is that Davis will replace Harris as the strong-side linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4.

The weak-side linebacker spot still belongs to Darron Lee, the promising 2016 Cheap Personalized Jerseys first-rounder who started nine games last season and finished second on the team in tackles. The Jets re-signed both Julian Stanford and Bruce Carter to provide depth in the middle of their defense. Spencer Paysinger was brought in for depth, too.

Speaking of promising second-year players, Jordan Jenkins, last year’s third-round pick, holds down outside linebacker after starting 11 games there last season. Lorenzo Mauldin will line up opposite Jenkins and get more chances to provide an impact. Both again will be expected to aid in the pass rush on passing downs.

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NBA free agency rumors: Gordon Hayward to decide Tuesday between Heat, Jazz, Celtics

Gordon Hayward has arguably been the most intriguing free agent this season. On Tuesday, he will make his decision where to play next season, according to USA Today.

The report states that Hayward is deciding between three teams: the Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants Jazz, Celtics and Heat. Gordon reportedly met with members of the Jazz organization Monday, including recently acquired point guard Ricky Rubio and center Rudy Gobert.

While it appears all three teams are certainly in play, the Heat lack the obvious connections of the other two teams. The Celtics have Brad Stevens, who coached Hayward in college at Butler. The Jazz, on the other hand, drafted Hayward ninth overall in 2010.

If he gets Le’Veon Bell signed and happy, Colbert might get moved up again next year, but it’s not like he hasn’t done enough already. That includes massaging enough out of this defense-deficient roster to get the Steelers back to the AFC title game and surviving stumbles like the Martavis Bryant suspension and the Ladarius Green signing. You can’t argue with the results, and the consistent contention.

Just when you wonder if the architect of two Super Bowl winners is running on his rep alone, he reels in a Jeremy Maclin when the Ravens needed him most. For what it’s worth, despite their clear deficiencies and some ugly draft misses (hello, Matt Elam) the last few seasons, Newsome has, in fact, earned the benefit of the doubt over the years.

Hayward’s decision could have a ripple effect throughout the entire league. The team he picks could become a contender, while the teams missing out will be left with a hole in their roster.

“And of course, there was Coach Stevens: Not just for the relationship that we’ve built off the court but also for the one that we started building on the court, all of those years ago, in Indiana.”

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NBA free agency 2017: Clippers’ Blake Griffin reportedly opts out of contract

The last time Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin was involved in a public recruitment during NBA free agency, Griffin tweeted a picture of a chair barricading a door as members of the Clippers Cheap Lebron Jerseys organization attempted to keep DeAndre Jordan from signing with the Mavericks two summers ago.

Thursday night Chrisley showed up on the arm of Kennard and put it out on the interwebs that the potential lottery pick was her man.

And the 19-year-old apparently hitched her wagon to the right horse because Kennard was drafted 12th overall by the Detroit Pistons while Parsons is trying to rehab a meniscus injury.

Meanwhile the slot value for the No. 12 pick this year is $2.29 million. And with NBA wages at an all-time high, if Kennard does anything of value over the next few years he’s bound to be rolling in cash.

Chrisley may have picked herself a good one. Vanderbilt is another “everything but the jump shot” type of player, and that’s apparently coming around at Kentucky. He is a point forward who can handle it, pass it and really get after it on defense. There’s a log-jam at his position at Kentucky. The talent is the talent.

All about physical tools with Jackson. At 6-7 with a 7-3 wingspan and a terrific frame, Jackson could turn into an awesome small-ball 4 who can be effective on both ends. He needs to iron out his consistency as a jump shooter and add to his overall game, but it’s easy to see why NBA scouts have taken notice after he was invited to the combine this year.

Trier is probably going to be the most polished bucket-getter in Cheap Liverpool Jerseys the NBA Draft this year. He’s turned himself into an exceedingly high level shooter who knows how to create space for himself off the dribble. Good chance he’ll be an All-American.

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Jets owner Woody Johnson to be nominated as U.S. ambassador to the UK

After months of speculation, Jets owner Woody Johnson will be formally nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the Cheap Jerseys Website White House announced Thursday.

Should he be approved by the senate, Johnson, 70, will remain the Jets owner but will be required to live in the United Kingdom.

Details within the contract haven’t been announced yet, and it could be interesting to see if Carr backloaded his deal. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted, there is no state tax in Nevada, where the Raiders will eventually move. If you compare that with California’s13.3 percent tax rate you can see why Carr might prefer the really big salary numbers to come on the back end of the deal, potentially saving millions.

Either way, Carr will make plenty of money for his services and should be a Raider for a long time. He has certainly proved his worth with back-to-back Pro Bowl selections and a playoff berth last season, even though an injury prevented him from playing in the postseason.

After suffering a broken leg in Week 16, Carr has been cleared to participate Cheap Jerseys With Numbers in offseason activities, and should be fine for 2017.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. He didn’t miss a beat in his second season and was named the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Second-year performance depends on the player’s preparedness and ability to stay healthy, as well as the play of the other 10 guys on the field and the way opponents adjust. With all of those variables, it’s impossible to predict if last year’s top rookies will take a step back in 2017. But if their numbers do dip, it doesn’t mean they deserve the cliched “sophomore slump” label, either.

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Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman among featured athletes in ESPN’s Body Issue

The ninth edition of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue will hit newsstands on July 7, but the 23 athletes who will grace the pages of the magazine have been revealed.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Patriots receiver Julian Edelman are among the NFL players who will show off their bodies in the issue, which is designed to celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes.

King and Bill Wachtel of the Drum Major Institute Cheap Jerseys Sites have teamed up with the RISE Organization to register the entire Dolphins’ roster to vote by September 27 which is National Voter Registration day.

“The Dolphins are well on their way to being the first professional ball team in American history to have a roster of fully registered voters, and this is just the beginning,” Wachtel said Thursday in an interview with ESPN.

As of Friday afternoon about 90 percent of the team had registered to vote.

“The hope is that translates to encouraging more people across our nation to get engaged and to vote because a vote-less people, as dad said, is a powerless people,” King told the Miami Herald. “One of the most important steps that we can take is that short step to the ballot box.”

The good news for the Chargers is that Bosa plays next to Melvin Ingram, giving them Cheap Jerseys Throwback one of the most fearsome pass-rushing duos in the league. Ingram is adjusting to a different position in new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s 4-3 scheme — a base defense Bosa is familiar with from his time at Ohio State.

And it’s possible his second year in the NFL will mirror his final year at college. Teams end up devoting more resources to keeping Bosa away from their quarterback, and that opens up his teammates to make more plays, even if it means Bosa’s stats may not be quite as impressive as the season before.

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