Josh Hamilton released by Rangers as yet another knee surgery looms

Josh Hamilton has run out of chances with the Texas Rangers after suffering yet another knee injury.

The team has released the former American League MVP from his minor league contract, a spokesman announced Friday — a move that seems likely to bring an end to Hamilton’s hopes of returning to the majors.

The Rangers said Hamilton injured his right knee while rehabbing from a February procedure to repair the meniscus in his left knee. He will need to have surgery on the right knee, the 11th time one of his knees has gone under the knife.

Estrada, 69, was found hours after he was reported missing by his team, Bravos de Leon, and league officials.

According to The Associated Press, authorities, the team and Estrada offered few details about what happened, but, when pressed by reporters at a news conference, team president Mauricio Martinez said Estrada hadn’t been kidnapped but was the victim of an “extortion” attempt without giving any specific information.

Likewise, Estrada was sketchy about what happened but offered a story that involved a hotel, armed men and odd phone calls that kept him awake, a situation known in Mexico as a “virtual kidnapping.”

Earlier Thursday, the team had reported Estrada — who Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal recently underwent heart surgery — as missing, saying in a statement, “We do not know if Paquín could be in a hospital or clinic due to a medical relapse or was a victim of some [crime].” Mexican League spokesman Gabriel Medina said at that point the last known contact with Estrada was Tuesday night, and he missed a scheduled press conference Wednesday morning.

Cubs’ Jason Heyward says racist taunts are just ‘a part of sports’

Jason Heyward wasn’t surprised when he heard Adam Jones’ complaints about hearing racist taunts at Fenway. The Cubs outfielder said, unfortunately, that’s just what happens to black players in baseball.

“It’s a part of sports,” Heyward said Tuesday night. “People are going to say whatever they think is going to help their team win and try and get under somebody’s skin. And then they’ll start drawing a line somewhere. It’s something I feel like a lot of people would just like to not hear anymore ever, but it’s part of life.”

Jones was upset not only because he heard the N-word, but because a fan also threw a bag of peanuts at him during Monday’s game. On Tuesday, Red Sox fans Cheap Jerseys Kids cheered Jones during his first plate appearance, but that didn’t really solve the problem.

The defending World Series champions are just 17-16, in a tie with the Brewers — who won just 73 games last year — for third place in the National League Central. Both teams are just a game back of the Cardinals (18-14), and a half-game back of the Reds (18-15), who snapped the Yankees’ six-game win streak on Tuesday.

While pitching was Chicago’s strength last year, it’s been one of the team’s weaknesses so far this season. Ace Jake Arrieta, who was the 2015 Cy Young winner and threw a no-hitter last year during an 18-8 season with a 3.10 ERA, has seen his ERA balloon to 5.35 after surrendering nine runs, five earned, in five innings on Tuesday.

“We’re all focused on hitting,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I want us to play defense and pitch.”

Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer won’t throw much this offseason

Don’t expect Carson Palmer to get much throwing in this offseason.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday at the team’s first rookie minicamp practice that his starting quarterback likely won’t throw until the end of the offseason work in an effort to keep his arm fresh for the regular season.

“I feel it will feel better [Monday],” Miller said, via ESPN. “I don’t think it is that big of an issue. Just one of gross things that flares up when you are out there.”

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged Miller’s slump but praised his performance so far this season and is hopeful the injury won’t hold back the five-year veteran for long.

“These are tough things for me to address. It is really unfortunate,” Lovullo said. “Shelby has been throwing the ball really well. This is a minor setback for him, but, numbers aside, you just hate to have a situation like this pop up.”

Miller, 26, ERA rose to 4.09 after Sunday, though it’s still better than the 6.15 ERA he posted in 20 starts last season.

“I’ve been in the public eye the last 24 hours,” Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said with a laugh on a conference call Thursday discussing next week’s competition committee meetings in Phoenix.

Vincent got torched by Bennett and other players over his Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale tweet about a video put together to show players what on-field celebrations are and are not “appropriate.” Bennett in particular said what he preferred to do rather than watch the video.

Burglars hit Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig’s L.A. home in $170K heist, police say

Burglars hit Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s $1.8 million Sherman Oaks home last week and made away with at least $170,000 worth of jewelry and other items, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday (via the Los Angeles Times).

Last month, thieves stole a safe containing $2 million Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys in jewelry from singer Alanis Morissette’s home in Brentwood. Also in recent months, former NBA player and current TV analyst Derek Fisher’s home in Tarzana was broken into, as was hip-hop star Nicki Minaj’s Westside home, and burglars are estimated to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry, police said.

The Mets will need the extra bodies to round out their roster this week after losing 14 players to the World Baseball Classic. While Tebow won’t be the only player added from minor league camp for those games, no one — including the team’s regulars — will get more attention.

Tim Tebow is going to start Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox at designated hitter. He’ll face reigning AL Cy Young Rick Porcello.

As luck would have it, the Mets-Red Sox game already was scheduled to be broadcast by the Mets’ SNY network and picked up nationally by MLB Network. Tune in at 1 p.m. ET and at some point in the game you’ll get a chance to see for yourself how well the former Heisman Trophy winner’s transition to baseball is going.

If you miss it, the combined presence of the New York and Boston baseball media on-site likely will have something to say about him.

Darrelle Revis free agency: Best fits include Patriots reunion, Pittsburgh homecoming

The next wave of free-agent signings is underway, and Darrelle Revis is still out there. He says he’s “actually 10 pounds lighter” than he was last season — and that doesn’t include the weight of all those shaky criminal charges that are off his shoulders now.

So, which teams could use a cornerback who’s turning 32 this summer, who just two years ago was still worthy of his “Revis Island” nickname, who has a Super Bowl ring, but who was so off his game with the Jets last year that teams are questioning whether he’s washed up?

Who, in addition, could make the transition to safety that previous Hall of Famers have (Ronnie Lott, Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson), but who some have doubted has the temperament to change?

That’s a lot — but lots of teams have secondary needs.

Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton crushed a ball with a 468-foot home run to left against the Mets. It was one of two home runs on the day for Stanton, who now has four of the five longest home runs at Citi Field in its nine-year history.

The Royals mustered just one hit against the Indians in a 1-0 loss, spoiling a solid start by Danny Duffy. The Royals have just five hits in their last two games and have not Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys scored more than three runs since a 6-1 win over the White Sox on May 3. The Royals are MLB’s lowest-scoring team at just 82 runs in 30 games. The Royals have been shut out four times so far this season and scored just one run on seven occasions.

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis declared cancer-free

Chad Bettis is cancer free.

The Rockies pitcher announced Wednesday on MLB Network Radio that recent exams showed there were no signs of cancer in his body.

“I feel great,” Bettis said. “I got an early Christmas present the other day. The doctor called me on Dec. 22 and told me that I’m cancer-free, so all is good and I’m ready to push forward here.”

Bettis, 27, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and had a testicle removed. He said he was sidelined for two weeks from his conditioning program, but soon was able to resume some workouts.

“After that two-week process, I started full workouts,” Bettis said. “I’m actually throwing now and working out again.”

According to Bettis, he will have blood work done every few months to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned and there are no complications.

Ever since Bettis fully joined the Rockies in 2015, he has posted a 22-14 record with a 4.57 ERA.

So far, their version of “Moneyball” is being inconsistently liberal with their Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys massive salary-cap space. Sure, the extra “currency” for April is nice, but then again, they might throw it all away by giving up too much for Garoppolo. Options are one thing; getting real results with them is another.

The growth of baseball is multifaceted. It’s not as simple as “Here’s a tournament for the world; enjoy.” It’s the prime example of what international growth should be. It’s the crown jewel of expansion in the game. But it might not even be the most important thing MLB is doing to grow baseball around the world.

Aaron Rodgers goes on date with ‘Baywatch’ actress Kelly Rohrbach

Pereira: Let me start by saying that what they are doing now with the three positions was the same thing that Dean was going to do if he stayed. It has gotten too big for one person. Dean’s plan, if he would have stayed, was to have a head of instant replay so that he wouldn’t be the guy making all the decisions on all the plays, kind of like the NBA model. Russell would have been the guy anyway if Dean would have still been there and have a guy that is the head of evaluation and development. This was coming no matter what.

I think that’s a good thing because I know how tough the job is. I get it. Dean, I wish he was still there personally because I think the program was really headed in the right direction. But during the season, it’s 80 hours a week in the office. You are there for all the games, the night games on Mondays and Thursdays and Sunday. It’s the second-hardest job in the league, I think. I give Goodell the nod — barely.

Here’s a guy in Blandino that’s got two kids under the age of five. What kind of family life is he getting? I know that he’s headed to the media. I’m not exactly sure where but after NFL Jerseys China making the jump myself, that first year he’s gonna go, “Oh my God, was this the right decision!” He’s going to be able to spend time with the kids on the beach and have a more normal life.

Do you still feel it’s the right move for the NFL bringing replay reviews into the league office with Dean gone?
Aaron Rodgers is wasting little time getting back into the game — the dating game, that is.

After breaking up with longtime girlfriend and actress Olivia Munn in April, the Packers quarterback was spotted at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday with “Baywatch” actress Kelly Rohrbach.

According to TMZ, Rodgers, 33, and Rohrbach, 27, were getting pretty flirty and holding hands on the Westchester Golf Course but stopped when they noticed people watching them.

The unwritten rules of Manny Machado kindly pointing out that he could murder Chris Sale

Alright, alright, settle down. It looks like we have some unwritten rules to dig into, and time’s wasting, so we have to act fast. Apparently Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox threw at … [squints at notes] … huh, this reads that it was Manny Machado. That can’t be right.

My intern screwed up again.

When Griffin went out after Game 3, there was no one to even fill in as a viable starting option. Marreese Speights failed at the job and was benched. Starting small forward Luc Mbah a Moute swung up a position, but managed a grand two points in 14 starting minutes in Game 7.

That stood in stark contrast to the Clippers’ first-round opponent. When Rudy Gobert struggled with a serious knee injury, everyone from Derrick Favors to Boris Diaw to Joe Johnson stepped forward to mitigate the loss. Where Mbah a Moute had two points in Game 7, Favors had 17 and 11 rebounds. Plus, it was Johnson who won Game 1 with a buzzer-beater and scored 28 points to win Game 5.

Everyone thinks of a Leaf as a shooter, but he only hit Best Cheap Jerseys From China 27 threes (at 46.6 percent) all season. More than anything, he’s a scorer. He led UCLA with 16.3 points per game this and is also capable of doing this:

If Mitchell decides to go back to school, he could vault Louisville to the top five in the preseason polls. There’s also the chance some team falls in love with his elite athleticism at the draft combine and he gets a spot in the late first.

Rivers ruefully had to make the decision.

“I like him,” Rivers said after waiving Ingles in 2014, according to The Deseret News’ Jody Genessy. “We were definitely trying to find ways to keep him. I think he’s going to be a good player.

Ingles’ wife was on a plane from Australia to Los Angeles when the Clippers cut him in 2014. When she landed and got to the hotel, he told her, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, “Hey babe, don’t have a job. What do you want to do?”

George Hill, a point guard who played a huge role in bringing Utah along as well as in beating the Clippers, will be a free agent. Hill and the Jazz couldn’t agree on an extension and he’s the type of player for whom there will definitely be sharp disagreements about his worth. At age 30, he’ll be looking to cash in for his first and possibly last mega-contract. (He’s finishing out a five-year, $40 million deal now, his first off his late first rookie scale contract.) There’s a real possibility that in the rush of early July, the Jazz lose Hill.

This summer is all about Hayward, who will almost certainly opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. As a 27-year-old All-Star, he’s a max player eligible to sign for $30 million in Year 1 of a contract. Utah will surely fork that over, though in grand Spurs Familia tradition, it might come with a presentation on why taking less would help the Jazz Nike Elite Cheap Jerseys compete with the elite teams. (Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey is an R.C. Buford disciple.)

NFL draft: What happens when a team runs out of time?

In the NFL draft, all 32 teams have time limits to get their picks in. In the first round, that is 10 minutes. In the second, it’s seven, and in the third, it drops down to five.

Typically, teams get their picks in well before the clocks hit double zeroes, without any drama or much fuss.

But not always.

When a team fails to get its pick in on time, the next team’s clock starts, but the original team can still get caught up. Essentially, the clock measures the time until the next team can make its pick, rather than the time the current team has to make its pick.

“I see myself as my own player. I try to take pieces from a lot of people,” he said. “Growing up, the first player and the first exposure I had to football was seeing Brian Dawkins flying all over the field. Before the game even started, he’s jumping around in the pregame warmup. His faith in God, his off-the-field was outstanding as well.”

Dawkins, Darrelle Revis, and Charles Woodson are the players he looks to.

Awuzie’s godmother is an aunt to former Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. He’s gotten guidance from former Chiefs star Christian Okoye, the “Nigerian Nightmare” with whom he and Asomugha share a national heritage. (Awuzie’s parents immigrated from Nigeria to the United States.) Fullback Okoye was known for one thing above all else: power.

A nice, clean, one-run difference for every nine innings on Cheap Youth NHL Jerseys average over a full month. Derek Holland’s 2.17 ERA isn’t going to last (even if he might remain super useful). Miguel Gonzalez is still a fine pitcher, but he shouldn’t be an All-Star. James Shields should have given up about a dozen runs so far, not three, and now he’s hurt.