Monthly Archives: August 2017

Jarvis Landry has ‘no chance’ of being traded by Dolphins, says Adam Gase

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has set the record straight with Jarvis Landry, refuting rumors the star wide receiver is on the trading block.

“I told him there is no chance he’s being traded,” Gase told reporters Monday (via the Sun Sentinel).

Smith was charged with felony assault and felony battery after he allegedly beat up his sister’s boyfriend and then stomped on his head, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and online jail records obtained by USA Today.

Online records show Smith was released from jail at 7:15 p.m. PT Thursday, about five hours after he was arrested. His first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Smith, who started 15 games for the Raiders last season and had two interceptions, was already in danger of losing his starting job to fourth-year cornerback T.J. Carrie. Originally a second-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2009, the 6-3, 220-pound Smith spent three seasons with the Chiefs before joining the Raiders in 2016 on a four-year, $40 million contract, including $20 million guaranteed.

An NFL spokesman told Pro Football Talk the league is “looking into the matter to understand the facts.” It’s unclear if Smith, who had a DUI conviction in 2014, will play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams.
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Kings center Georgios Papagiannis leaves Summer League game with apparent leg injury

Sacramento Kings big man Georgios Papagiannis exited his team’s Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns after suffering an apparent left leg injury on Friday.

Papagiannis soared for a defensive rebound in the third quarter but unexpectedly landed hard on his left side. He writhed in pain for what seemed like an eternity and was unable to put any weight on his left foot. Papagiannis was helped to his feet and carried to the exit by his teammates, where he later exited the building in a wheelchair.

Elite Womens Jermey Parnell Jersey The 20-year-old Greek big man averaged 5.6 points and four rebounds in 22 games as a rookie for Sacramento last season. He was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2016 NBA and was subsequently traded to the Kings in the deal involving Marquese Chriss.

Slow Mo Joe was more valuable to Utah than he would be to most franchises. It’s lucky, then, that the Jazz had restricted rights on Ingles. As Utah concentrates on retaining Hayward and Hill, and perhaps moving Derrick Favors and Dante Exum, Ingles could have gone out and find a team willing to pay a 30-year-old low-scoring glue guy.
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But the offer was within reason and Utah needed to keep the team together for another run. There’s peril in a fat Joe Ingles contract, but not so much for the Jazz. They are in control. Now, let’s see if Hayward joins him.

Tucker was a boon for the Raptors as a wing defender, but it’s quite risky to pay big money to 32-year-olds who don’t score or create much. Toronto needs defenders more than most, but Tucker is not irreplaceable. That’s why he jetted to Houston.

He’s choosing to move on, and that means change.

Game Womens David Backes Jersey It may seem like a simple thing to do, but requesting a trade is not easy. Irving is letting everyone know he’s ready to move on from his current situation, but here’s the thing: It’s not really in his control.

Irving might be unhappy, but the Cavaliers don’t have to trade him at all. If they do, they can trade him wherever they see fit. But, as Griffin said, the worst thing Irving could have done for himself was remain in a situation where he was unhappy.

He’s choosing to move on, and that means change. As we all know, most change involves risk. Irving was willing to take that risk. It was a calculated decision — one that takes a lot of faith in oneself and is impossible to make behind youth and ignorance.

Anthony is reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause to join Houston, but will he do so if the Rockets need to gut their team to acquire him? It isn’t clear how Anthony’s conversation with the remaining Knicks front office has gone now that Phil Jackson is no longer there, but it’s safe to say Anthony isn’t inclined to do them any favors.

Houston’s lack of assets is its biggest downfall as it tries to work its second blockbuster trade of the summer, and Anthony’s no-trade clause could haunt New York the entire way through negotiations.
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That’s why a Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets trade could drag out through the summer, if it even happens at all.

Steven Adams without a mustache will take some getting used to

Everything is coming up Thunder! Even after losing Kevin Durant to the Warriors last offseason, the team had the spotlight thanks to Russell Westbrook’s triple-double-laden MVP season. And then the team manages to pull off the deal of the 2017 offseason by acquiring Paul George from the Indiana Pacers. But not everything is wavy with the roster. They lost an important staple of the franchise that has been with them for more than three years.

Sadly, Draymond Green was right when he said during his tour of San Quentin, At the end of the day, you know, whether you want to believe it or not, everybody’s one second away from here. The incarceration rates in the U.S., especially when compared with other countries, show that truer words were never spoken.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the U.S. population makes up only five percent of the world’s population. Yet, the country has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. When put into the context of countries with less democratic societies, like Russia, China and North Korea — where people can be sent to prison camps or killed for a simple tweet criticizing the government — this number should be startling to all Americans.

But it is African Americans who get the worst of the U.S. criminal-justice system.
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Justin Evans Kids Jersey A study by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that an astonishing number of African Americans were exonerated because members of this racial group, above all others, are arrested and convicted at higher rates. Despite making up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, blacks make up 38 percent of the prison population compared to just 59 percent of whites, who make up 77 percent of the country’s population.

Seahawks vs. Chargers 2017 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch online

After a long and heartbreaking offseason, the San Diego Chargers are no more. On Sunday night, they officially take the field as the Los Angeles Chargers in the snug confines of StubHub Center, facing the Seattle Seahawks to wrap up Week 1 of the preseason.

Marshawn Lynch, Bennett’s former teammate with the Seahawks, remained seated for the national anthem before the Raiders’ preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. It’s unclear whether Lynch’s decision to sit is a form of protest. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said that Lynch hasn’t stood for the anthem in 11 years.

Lynch did express support for Kaepernick and his protest last season. So did Bennett.

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett said during a radio appearance on Seattle’s 710 ESPN Radio in May. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.”

Bennett’s decision to sit for the anthem this season is just one of many things he’s doing to bridge racial divides and benefit the community. Bennett has pledged to donate all of the endorsement money he earns in 2017 to charities that benefit minorities and especially women of color.

Once in the red zone and faced with a 3rd and 1, Mahomes used the ol’ wheels to escape pressure, and find his tight end Gavin Escobar for a first down.

“When you are [at training camp], some of this stuff is scripted and he has kind of a way of knowing what is going to come in practice,” he said. “But in a game, down and distance situationally, there’s a little bit more pressure involved.”

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NHL All-Star game 2017: Date, time, rosters for NHL’s midseason event

The 2017 NHL All-Star game, the 62nd installment of the event, will continue the unique four-team format the league started last year.
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That format features a 3-on-3 tournament between All-Star teams from the NHL’s four divisions. The Atlantic and Metropolitan teams will play each other to determine the finals representative from the Eastern Conference, and the Central and Pacific teams will face off to decide the Western Conference winner. Each game will be played in two 10-minute halves, with the winners facing off in a championship game that night.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the 2017 NHL All-Star weekend.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insisted during All-Star weekend Malkin and Ledecky are committed to New York. Bloomberg reported in July the owners, who completed the purchase of the team from Charles Wang in 2014, were exploring building a new arena near Citi Field in Queens.
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A spokesperson for the Islanders declined comment to Bloomberg for Monday’s report.

In many respects the Islanders’ marriage with Barclays Center was set up to fail from the start.

The facility is owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, whose Brooklyn Nets remain its primary tenant. Newsday has reported the Nets get priority over the Islanders while scheduling home games, along with other advantages. As do the many lucrative high-profile concerts hosted by the venue.

This was the Judge and Stanton of World Series matchups

If Darvish had been a free agent this time a year ago, things would have been different in the Rangers’ minds. They would have received a first-round pick back as compensation for Darvish’s departure, and that fact would have meant serious leverage for them at the deadline, as teams would have needed to match or exceed that kind of potential in order to pry Darvish from them.
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With the new CBA making free agency a bit more player-friendly than it was by removing some of the difficulties having compensation attached to a player created, that tactic was out the window.
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The Rangers realized this, but they still weren’t going to give up Darvish for nothing, and they didn’t. Willie Calhoun might not have been the very best prospect the Dodgers possess, but he’s a 22-year-old who is mashing in Triple-A, with his most significant issue being his lack of a position. The Rangers are in the American League, so if the worst thing that happens here is that Calhoun becomes a DH who makes the lives of opposing pitchers terrible, then they’ve done just fine.

This was the Judge and Stanton of World Series matchups, and it happened. Although I guess for the analogy to hold completely true, you would sort of have to get eternally annoyed with the winner of this particular Home Run Derby, which seems impossible.

Every so often, the pachinko ball of this sport clicks off the right bumper, the right spinner, and it careens exactly where you want it to go.

I don’t want to make this too dramatic. This isn’t some sort of allegory, a clash of the metaphors where the beefy big boy sees the beefier big boy trying to outbeef his way to a beefy-big-boy fiefdom of beef that can only be solved with a big boy beef-off. This doesn’t have to be old vs. new.

Rockies acquire Pat Neshek from Phillies for three prospects

The Rockies have acquired RHP Pat Neshek from the Phillies, per a team announcement. Colorado is also receiving cash considerations and will send three prospects back to Philadelphia in return.

It was recently reported that Colorado was looking for right-handed relief help and aggressively so. Now the Rockies have found that help in Neshek, who has a 1.12 ERA in 43 games for Philadelphia, giving him the second best ERA among relievers in the league.
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Through 40.1 total innings, he has a 0.82 WHIP and has struck out 45 batters, allowing runs in two innings all season. He was an All-Star selection, and it’s no wonder that he was chosen for the Midsummer Classic.

Cooper Kupp Youth Jersey As Rosenthal points out, however, Gray is key to the Yankees’ plans to get under the luxury tax in order to reset that penalty, freeing up money for their next wave of signings. For the A’s, moving Gray means they can move their rebuild along faster than if they hold on until the winter. And given Gray’s recent history of health problems, it’s also possible his value will be lower by then, too, and not just because the league won’t be mid-pennant race anymore.

The Yankees aren’t letting the Gray negotiations hold up the rest of their deadline plans, at least, as they acquired Jaime Garcia from the Twins, who went from buyers to sellers with their fall below .500. Garcia should be useful, but he’s also only been around league-average, so he’s not a Gray replacement — he’s part of a larger puzzle, and if Gray does end up on the Dodgers or somehow still the A’s by the time the deadline hits, Garcia will be more of a consolation prize than a primary target.

Roger Goodell: NFL fans should be understanding of national anthem protests

Speaking at a Q&A session with Cardinals season-ticket holders, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urged people to try and understand the perspective of players who choose to sit during the national anthem.

Asked by a Cardinals fan if protests are “going to be another problem” this season, Goodell responded, via ESPN.com. “It’s one of those things where we have to understand that there are people who have different viewpoints. It’s something that I think everybody wants. The national anthem is a special moment for me. It’s a point of pride. That is a really important moment but we also have to understand the other side, that people do have rights and we want to respect those.”

“That’s dead.”

Marshall, who signed at two-year, $11 million contract with the Giants during the offseason, got into it with Richardson after the Jets’ Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. Since then, their relationship has been fractured.

In fact, it’s not the first time Richardson has made barbs directed at Marshall. In the spring, he said the Jets’ locker room is now much better for “15 reasons,” an obvious jab at Marshall since he wore No. 15.

Marshall chose not to lash out at Richardson in that instance, as well.

“I’m not a perfect guy, but I worked extremely hard to get in the position that I am in today,” Marshall said. “The first couple of years of my career, it was rough. And a lot of it I did myself. I hurt myself. But since that point, once I figured things out, I’ve worked extremely hard to be a better person.”

Although he has a great first name and started only two games and played most of another, Minnesota should never want any QB to be like a Spergon. Those three losses were epic fails in 2001, with one touchdown to six interceptions, 10 sacks, a 49.0 completion percentage and a microscopic 38.6 passer rating. Unfortunately, he couldn’t live up to his last name.dolphins_086

both Gausman and Bundy have had bumps in the road this seaso

You don’t see many player options these days. Opt-outs, sure. But not straight player options, which means the 30-year-old Castillo can jump ship after this season if he wants. He’s popped 10 homers in 60 games, with a .280 average and .758 OPS, and he could almost certainly find more of a total guarantee than the $7 million he could get from the Orioles next year.

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Right now Noah Syndergaard would get the most, in money and years. His stuff, his build and his demeanor are ace-quality. He has complicated things this season, but let’s not pretend teams wouldn’t go after him with big bucks as soon as he’s on the market.

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Close behind him would be Jacob deGrom. His problem is his age: He’s 29 now, which could be a complication for teams. He has pitched to a 3.36 ERA this season (3.67 FIP) and has been the ace in Syndergaard’s absence. He’s still just young enough to get a six- or seven-year deal and probably close to $180 million, given how consistently good he has been for New York.