Monthly Archives: August 2017

Saints’ Adrian Peterson: ‘Felt good to get hit’ in preseason debut

Adrian Peterson is feeling like his old self.

The Saints running back made his preseason debut Saturday against the Texans, playing into the second quarter of New Orleans’ 13-0 win in his first exhibition game since 2011.

Dustin Johnson, who also started the day tied for the lead, shot a 3-under 67 to get to 9 under. He finished Round 3 with four birdies and one bogey. Johnson, still ranked No. 1 in the world, has just one top 10 since injuring himself before the Masters.

Jon Rahm, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed are all tied for third at 7 under. Casey, who often contends but has struggled to get over the hump and win, provided some insight into what he thinks it will take for him to win more often.

“Get rid of Jordan (Spieth) and Dustin (Johnson) from the top of the leaderboards,” Casey said, via pgatour.com.

While it appears Spieth is destined for his fourth win of the season, he still faces a tough challenge with so many big names lurking behind him.

There are a few unwritten rules about running backs once they pass a certain age. The Jets pretty much broke all of those rules when they not only signed Forte to a $4 million-per-year contract but inexplicably guaranteed the first two seasons. Forte averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in his first year with the Jets.seahawks_128

Jonathon Simmons, Magic agree to a 3-year deal, per report

Game Womens Bruce Ellington Jersey Jonathon Simmons and the Orlando Magic have agreed to a three-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is worth $18 million, with just $1 million guaranteed in the final year, per Wojnarowski.

The Jazz will likely sign Sefolosha with some of their remaining cap space that arrived once Hayward departed for Boston. He’ll provide insurance on the wing behind Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles, and could swing up to power forward in small lineups, especially if the Jazz elect to release Boris Diaw.

The 33-year-old Sefolosha averaged 7.2 points per game in just under 26 minutes for the Hawks last season. He is a shaky perimeter shooter, but makes up for it with terrific cutting and lockdown defense. However, he lost minutes late in the year as rookie Taurean Prince emerged, so he may already be on the decline.

Sefolosha and new Jazz coach Quin Snyder have a connection from their time when Snyder was an assistant in Atlanta.

Marquese Chriss is standing in the hallway between the floor and a makeshift Summer League locker room in the cozy Cox Pavilion, which seats just 2,500 people. This isn’t the same lanky rookie who entered the league a year ago.

The 20-year-old power forward, drafted No. 8 last season, has put on 15 to 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason. McDonough and Watson agree: Phoenix wants to define Chriss’s muscle. He’s still growing into his body, all while battling much more experienced NBA big men on a nightly basis as a rookie starter.
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That trial by fire was fine with McDonough, who sees Chriss as one of the more unique players in the NBA. Chriss averaged just under a block and a steal in about 21 minutes a game last season, but he also shot 32 percent from three-point range. Throw in his alley-oop finishing ability, and the Suns hope they have a young guy who can play above the rim on both ends while simultaneously stretching the floor to three-point range.

He’s going to be perfect on the floor and off

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Kristian: Whitney had been legit campaigning to draft C.J. Miles since before we started the Expansion Draft. That didn’t stop 10 picks in.

Finally, I gave in, and in truth, we found our starting three. Miles is exactly what I wanted when I said we needed a wing who could play defense, hit threes, run in transition and didn’t have an injury history or off-court troubles. Besides, we could use Fournier’s offense with the second unit, anyway.

In all reality, Miles is that dude. He’s going to be perfect on the floor and off. Knock down three-point shooter. Can play any position on the court. Remember when he played power forward for Paul George? Team first, will do anything to win kind of guy.

Let’s face it. Some of the best food you’ll find in this country is in New York. It’s called the melting pot for a reason: You get food from everywhere on Earth here. How many Clevelanders have salivated over a plate of braised oxtails that’s been slow-cooked for 12 hours, served with rice and peas, mac and cheese, cabbage, plantains, and sorrel?

Jason Pierre-Paul Authentic Jersey They probably don’t understand the gratification that comes with lifting your aluminum tray — one side much heavier than the other — knowing full well your server has blessed you with a copious helping of this sacred dish. With this trade, at the low cost of a 32-year-old LeBron James, Dan Gilbert can bring real happiness to a community that’s been deprived of good food for centuries.

Timberwolves fans are either loving or hating their new jerseys

Limited Youth Sean Lee Jersey The Minnesota Timberwolves have unveiled new home and road jerseys that are drastically different from their previous iterations, part of their New Era, New Look theme that has also presented the Timberwolves with a new, circular logo.

I personally think they look more like a soccer uniform than a basketball jersey. The team definitely needed a change, and I do like the white and navy versions. However, we’ll see about the other ones — especially that awful green alternate, if it ends up being real. Maybe it’ll look better in real life, but I’m not optimistic so far.

The NBA is doing its part to reduce the number of games, too. This NBA season will begin about a week earlier than last year, in mid-October. The league is taking aggressive measures to cut back on back-to-backs and is attempting to eliminate situations where a team must play a nationally televised game on the second night of two consecutive games.

However, the new schedule clearly comes with expectations from the NBA that a team’s star players will suit up during important games. It’s not clear how the NBA hopes to implement the rule — it seems likely that teams that want to rest players could make up an injury or attribute the rest to an ailment that a player would otherwise have played through. But because it’s a two-way street and the NBA has done its part to eliminate difficult scheduling quirks, teams may be inclined to do the same.

There is an expectation among partners that teams are going to act in appropriate ways, (and) find, as I said, that right balance between resting on one hand and obligations to fans and partners on the other, Silver said in an April press conference.
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This season will determine whether this is the right balance.

Roberto Aguayo cut by Buccaneers following rough preseason game

Roberto Aguayo’s rough rookie season convinced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that a kicker competition in 2017 would be a good idea. After Aguayo’s struggles Friday night in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bucs have cut him.

The second-year kicker had three chances to impress against Cincinnati, but he missed an extra point early in the game and a 47-yard field goal attempt with one minute left in the fourth quarter. His only make was a 20-yard chip shot in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, his competition did well with his only opportunity. In the third quarter, Nick Folk nailed a 45-yard field goal.

Aguayo entered the game ahead of Folk on the team’s depth chart, but clearly his performance cause the team to make the decision to cut him.

Glennon completed 2-of-8 passes for 20 yards and threw one interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. It was Glennon’s second pass of the game.

It was not a great start for the offense. And it wasn’t all Glennon’s fault, either. Chicago’s line play was atrocious. Cody Whitehair snapped this ball way — WAY — over Glennon’s head, and all we can do is shake our heads at how everything else unfolded:

The Falcons offense came out against the Dolphins firing on all cylinders, getting on the board early with a Devonta Freeman touchdown. Later in the game, though, the Falcons’ defensive backups looked totally outmatched:

First, Jalen Collins, who started the Super Bowl for Atlanta last season after starting cornerback Desmond Trufant went on injured reserve, gets burned to a crisp. Then Marcelis Branch, who’s fighting for a spot on the free safety depth chart, can’t keep track of Damore’ea Stringfellow to bring him down. It’s a 99-yard score. And it wasn’t the only long one of the night.redskins_103_0fcebec1621a3e75-180x180

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin defiant in wake of NHL’s Olympics decision: ‘I don’t care, I just go’

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That the NHL won’t grant them passage for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang was received as a personal affront to players. Some responded Tuesday: Try to stop us.

Nothing like a good, old-fashioned goalie duel in the playoffs. In Montreal’s Carey Price and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, this series boasts two of the NHL’s most battle-tested postseason netminders. Lundqvist’s 55 playoff wins are most among active goalies while Price’s 23 are good for ninth.

The Rangers also are armed with the NHL’s fourth-highest scoring offense, but Shea Weber and Co. pose a number of fascinating matchup quandaries.

This is the Zdeno Chara Bowl. The Bruins’ hulking defenseman quietly turned in a strong age-40 season, serving as the veteran fulcrum of an otherwise inexperienced blue line. It will be Chara’s 12th and potentially final playoff run. That it begins against the franchise where he cut his teeth with seems fitting.

Those are the marquee events in the annual All-Star weekend competition, of course, but there were no surprises in those two events this year.

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers won the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater competition with a record time of 13.02, defeating Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in head-to-head competition.

The White Sox might be years away from contending

Elite Sean Spence Jersey Anyway, it’s the 10th anniversary of Barry Bonds hitting his 756th home run, and I have thoughts, but they’re not important. If you want Important Barry Bonds Thoughts, I’ve collected those here, and it turns out those weren’t important, either. But that was a substantial article about a divisive, conflicted human being. This one is not.
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My thoughts on the 10th anniversary of 756 are these: Holy crap, 756 home runs are a lot of home runs.

This is obvious, I’m absolutely clear on that, but it’s also something we take for granted. Because when you bring up the record in polite company, there will be instant opinions:

The White Sox might be years away from contending, but when I wrote about the Astros back in 2014, I looked at the struggling teams with top-five farm systems and how they fared in subsequent years.

We’re dealing with a small sample — just 15 teams. But in the last decade, there have been 15 teams who placed in the top five of a Baseball America farm-system ranking, and only one of them didn’t make the playoffs within four seasons. The one that didn’t made it in the fifth season. Only three of the 15 weren’t over .500 four seasons later.

That isn’t to say that a prospect ranking is something that guarantees success. But it’s the sign of an organization that’s doing something right, and an organization that does something right is more likely to do several things right. The White Sox targeted the best prospects in baseball, and they nabbed them in an era when teams are extremely reticent to trade them. That’s evidence that the White Sox front office possess a level of craftiness and skullduggery that will serve them well.

The Mariners are losing Felix Hernandez in the middle of their Wild Card push

The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has been on the DL for almost a week now, since August 2, but the team announced Tuesday that King Felix will now be out for an extended period with shoulder bursitis.
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The injury, which is the same thing that caused him to miss time earlier this season, could keep him out as long as 3-4 weeks and into September.

Willie Calhoun, currently batting .304 for Oklahoma City with 23 homers this year, is a future second baseman for Los Angeles. The Dodgers have that position settled for now so there’s not a great shot he gets called up this year, but the 22-year-old will be in the majors soon enough based on his performance.

Should the Orioles go through with a trade this afternoon, they are also hoping for a top, top guy in return, which could stall some of the ongoing talks depending on who exactly they’re requesting.

The Astros have the 10th-ranked prospect in the minors right now in outfielder Kyle Tucker, and even if they want to hold on to him, they can also offer up the 40th-ranked prospect in Forrest Whitley or the 46th-ranked guy in Franklin Perez — both right-handed pitchers.

Both of the other teams in the conversation right now have similarly ranked guys to enter into negotiations, but those three are the trio that the Orioles could seemingly go after should the Astros be the winner for Britton.

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Kyle Long booted from Bears practice for fighting multiple times

Kyle Long woke up on the wrong side of the bed on Monday.

The Bears left guard was kicked out of practice for fighting multiple times. The incidents were with both offensive and defensive players and during both individual and team drills, according to ESPN.com.

“I recognize the distraction and disruption all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans, for that I am sincerely sorry,” the statement read. “I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the opportunity that I have been given.”

Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process.

The former Ohio State Buckeye led the NFL in rushing last season with 1,631 yards in addition to 15 touchdowns. He accounted for more than 33 percent of the Cowboys’ total yards in his rookie season.

Kundla’s Lakers teams were led by future Hall of Famers George Mikan at center and forwards Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen.

“I was lucky to have Mikan, Pollard, Mikkelsen, all the different ball players. Every one of them was a team man,” Kundla said in 2014. “I didn’t have to motivate these players. They wanted to win.”

In 11 seasons as the Lakers coach, Kundla guided the team to the playoffs 10 times with five division titles. The Lakers again reached the NBA Finals in his final season, but lost to Red Auerbach’s Celtics in four games.

It didn’t matter that Taliaferro had stunk it up for the rival Jets through four seasons before he arrived in New England for 1968, when he had four touchdowns to 15 interceptions in seven games and a 26.9 rating. He had an 8-17 record in total through three seasons with the Patriots.dolphins_102

Chipper Jones’ first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot comes later this year

The Orioles only have one player (Chris Davis) under contract past 2019, which is nice. But there’s zero chance they’ll be willing or able to (or should, honestly) shell out the money it would take to keep even half of those guys who will soon become free agents. It made sense that they would try to move some of those players at Monday’s trade deadline to maximize their trade value. Clearly, that didn’t happen.

Greg Zuerlein Womens Jersey We’ll start with the relatively good news: Davis and Schoop are the type of players who can anchor a playoff-bound lineup, and they’re slated to be in Baltimore at least the next two years. Yes, that’s a lot of money for Davis, but his contract includes a ton of deferred money, which means it won’t totally constrict the budget on a short-term basis. Schoop has become one of baseball’s best second baseman — he has 24 homers and 77 RBIs, with a .304 average and .917 OPS this season — and he’s under control the next couple of years. He will, though, get a healthy bump in arbitration from the $3.475 million he’s making in 2017.
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Though the Angels got a 5-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday, they didn’t get much help from third baseman Luis Valbuena, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before he was removed from the game for a pinch hitter.

Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel is known for the beautiful locks and is having a nice season at the plate with a .304 batting average, but his defense often gets overlooked. A’s outfielder Khris Davis learned the hard way how good Gamel’s defensive play is during Oakland’s 6-3 loss to Seattle.

So, as we’ve seen seven third basemen voted in by the BBWAA, in the coming years we’ll see definitely one, possibly two more. Chipper Jones’ first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot comes later this year, and he’s a slam-dunk candidate.