Month: July 2017

The key to whether the Dolphins can truly push the Patriots rides on the shoulders

The lack of a franchise quarterback, along with unstable management, is the main reason Buffalo has failed to reach the playoffs since the 1999 campaign.

Expect that streak to reach an NFL-high 18 seasons as Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal become the latest head coach/general manager combination to try and circle the wagons with Tyrod Taylor returning under center.

Say what you will about the Dolphins beating only one playoff team last season (Steelers) en route to a 10-6 record and their first postseason appearance since 2008. Miami still enters the preseason with an improved roster and a brilliant young coach in Adam Gase.

The key to whether the Dolphins can truly push the Patriots rides on the shoulders — and left knee — of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was flourishing in Gase’s offense until being lost for the season to a partially torn ACL in Week 14.

The Spurs adding Irving would be dangerous, but it seems unlikely the Cavs would be willing to send Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale their star player to one of the strongest teams in the league. And if Irving’s reasoning for getting out of Cleveland is that he wants to be the focal point, then why would he go to San Antonio? He’d be overshadowed by Kawhi Leonard.

And similar to the Heat, what could San Antonio give Cleveland to make the trade worth it? Leonard is out of the question, and most of the other players are great because they buy into Popovich’s system. Irving to the Spurs just seems unlikely for a number of reasons.

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Jazz’s Rudy Gobert caps monster game vs. Kings with controversial tip-in

Rudy Gobert did exactly what a center is taught to do: He put his hand up and tipped the ball in the basket.

The result of his heads-up play led to the Jazz defeating the Kings 110-109 in overtime Sunday. Only the play wasn’t as simple as it looked.

Initially ruled basket interference, it appeared Sacramento was going to Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China escape with a home win. Officials conferred, deliberated and finally decided Gobert’s basket counted.

“I didn’t know if I had time to get the rebound or not, so when I saw the ball on the side of the rim I just tipped it in,” Gobert said after the game. “I’m from Europe, so I thought it was good.”

There is no basket interference in Europe. Players can play the ball directly off the rim, sometimes even stealing points from their teammates.

Jennings joined in on the fun by changing his bio to get rid of any Knicks affiliation. He also tweeted a pair of eyes (like Isaiah Thomas and Andre Drummond did) but deleted it after getting weird messages from fans, although said, “I’m going to do it again.”

Cryptic emojis with NBA players isn’t a new thing. Most fans remember Cheap Jerseys China NHL a few summers ago when Chandler Parsons started the Emoji War of 2015. Parsons’ tweet was during free agency, which is the only other time in the NBA season that matches the intensity of the trade deadline. Fans and reporters are reading into every thing, so players have fun at their expense.

But while emojis clearly play a large part in all of this, we can’t leave out all of the profile changes as well. Players have added another dimension to the wackiness by changing their bio, profile picture, header, and who they follow/unfollow.

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James Harden not planning to rest despite wrist injury

Every single NBA player has to rest. There is no controversy in that. But resting in a regular-season game when fans have paid good money to see them play; that’s when the arguments begin.

Arguments amongst players, coaches, media and fans reach deafening highs right around this time of year as the season winds down and playoff spots are locked up.

That’s where the Rockets and MVP candidate James Harden sit right now. With six games remaining in the season, Harden is nursing a wrist injury and now is faced with the question: to sit, or not to sit?

Westbrook also became the first player in NBA history to record multiple six-game triple-double streaks in a season.

The Thunder still have six games remaining before the postseason. Barring injury, Westbrook will almost certainly break the record.

LeBron James and Paul George turned in a duel for the ages in a 135-130 double-overtime Cavaliers win. James finished with 41 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 52 minutes of action. George, meanwhile, poured in 43 points with nine rebounds and nine assists.

It’s the first time in James’ career that he’s had at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game. It was his fourth career 40-point triple-double.

The Bucks may have lost 109-105 to the Mavericks, but Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to give Milwaukee fans something to cheer about.

Jimmy Butler continued his fine form by scoring 39 points with six rebounds and Cheap Gaa Jerseys five assists in a 117-110 win over the Pelicans. The Bulls (38-39) are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who was stifled by the Spurs’ vaunted defense, was able to score just five points on 2 of 9 shooting with two assists and one rebound in 27 minutes of action in a Cheap Football Jerseys 109-103 loss.

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Knicks owner James Dolan admits to calling rowdy fan an expletive

A Knicks fan claimed team owner James Dolan yelled at him earlier this week outside of Madison Square Garden. When asked about the incident, Dolan didn’t deny his involvement when he spoke to Deadspin.

“I did call him an a–hole,” Dolan told the website, “because he is an a–hole.”

The fan, Mike Hamersky, took to Twitter and sent a number of tweets to Knicks beat writers to try and get his story out there. He’s since spoken with websites, including Deadspin, to expand on his story and what caused Dolan to get frustrated.

The incident began because Hamersky yelled at Dolan, “Sell the team, Jim!” That’s when the owner approached him and, according to Hamersky, started yelling at him.

Two days after receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for “efforts to promote diversity and tolerance,” Stoudemire was asked by Israeli website Walla Sport how he would feel about having a gay teammate.

His response: “I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner. And I’m going to drive take a different route to the gym.”

Considering he already intimated those comments were a joke while stressing “there’s always a truth within a joke,” the apology feels hollow.

Stoudemire’s apology continued, “I am open to creating a dialogue to Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA assist the fight the LGBT community encounters daily and will continue to focus on playing basketball.”

Should Stoudemire, who currently plays professionally in Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys Israel, create such a dialogue perhaps something positive will come out this. But he has plenty of goodwill to make up for when he has time off from his focus on basketball.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens tired of talking about Indiana job speculation

In not-so-breaking-news, Celtics coach Brad Stevens again said he won’t be coaching in the NCAA Tournament anytime soon.

Stevens, who is a fun but unrealistic name to add to the list of potential candidates to fill the newly open position at Indiana University, shot down any possibility of returning to his home state while speaking to reporters before a Friday matchup against the Nets.

“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else,” Stevens, 40, said. “I’ve made pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit. And I’ll keep saying the same thing. I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction.”

“The message is clear here: Do not underestimate Jeanie Buss,” her attorney, Adam Streisand, said. “There is not going to be a palace coup. Not now. Not ever.”

Because of Jim Buss’ attempt to take over the team, he now has lost his position as a co-trustee. There were four co-trustees within the two thirds of the Lakers that the Busses own.

According to an L.A. Times source, Jim resigned his spot to younger sister Janie, who has always supported Jeanie. Now the two women and Johnny are co-trustees.

Jim Buss refused to delve into the issues with the family, saying in a text message that, “It is difficult for me to remain quiet as many of the articles and stories are full of Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike misreporting and does not Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping cover the truth and reasons of what has transpired.”

The brothers tried to oust Jeanie from her position after she gutted the Lakers’ front office last month, hiring Magic Johnson to be president of the organization and Kobe Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, as the new general manager.

Jim Buss lost his position as executive vice president of basketball operations in that makeover.

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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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