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MLB trade rumors: Cardinals face some complicated buy/sell decisions

Almost three weeks after the Cardinals held a press conference to announce a couple of front-office promotions, one thing team owner Bill DeWitt Jr., said keeps rattling around in my brain.

DeWitt was asked about the possibility of being a seller at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, a rare development for a franchise that’s won at least 86 games in nine straight seasons and made the playoffs in 12 of the past 17 years.

We have a hint of where Irving would like to play. Adrian Wojnarowski reported Irving’s preference would be to play in San Antonio with Gregg Popovich. Woj’s ESPN colleague Chris Haynes said the same, but included some more teams of interest.

The Knicks? Irving wants to stop being LeBron’s teammate to play for the Knicks? Things in Cleveland must really be bad.

This certainly seems odd, but it’d at least fit in with what Irving wants to do. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported the All-Star guard wants to play “in a situation where he can be more of a focal point.” He’d definitely be a focal point with the Knicks, a team in a high-profile market.

Teague flirted with a triple-double by pouring in 20 points with 13 assists and eight rebounds, and Turner scored 23 points with six rebounds.

The Eastern Conference has been disappointing this year, and Indiana is a part of that. After acquiring Teague and forward Thaddeus Young during the offseason many pegged them as a possible Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA threat to the Cavaliers. While that could still happen, it hasn’t been the case thus far.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who was not selected to the Western Conference Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys All-Star team, led Minnesota with 33 points and 10 rebounds.

Rockets’ Patrick Beverley: Resting is ‘bulls—’ and ‘a disgrace to this league’

NBA coaches resting players is still a topic, and Patrick Beverley has some thoughts on it.

“I don’t believe in resting. I think that’s bulls—,” he said after Sunday’s game against the Thunder. “I think that’s a disgrace to this league. I think that fans deserve better. I could care less about coaches asking players to rest or not. It’s up to you to play or not, and if you don’t, you’re disrespecting the game. And I don’t believe in disrespecting the game, because there was a time where I wasn’t playing in the NBA and I was trying to get here. So me resting, I feel like, is disrespecting me, disrespecting the name on the front of the jersey and disrespecting the name on the back of the jersey.”

Giles was ranked No. 1 among the freshman class, but has been hindered by three knee surgeries after suffering multiple injuries, including torn ACLs in both knees. The 6-10 forward will be Duke’s ninth one-and-done player since 2011 and the school’s 11th freshman to enter the NBA.

“Playing in the NBA has been my goal for as long as I can remember, and I’m so excited to take the next step in that journey,” Giles said in a statement. “My time at Duke has been a dream come true. I’ve built so many strong relationships here and I have so many people to thank, from Cheap Liverpool Jerseys my teammates and coaches to our medical staff and strength coach. I can’t understate how proud I am to be Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale part of the Duke basketball program forever.”

Giles, who turns 19 next month, averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils this season. He is projected to be a first-round pick.

Warriors are doing just fine without Kevin Durant, so he’ll rest a little longer

The Warriors provided an update on Kevin Durant’s health Wednesday, essentially saying he’s fine, and he’ll be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days.

Earlier this month, reports said Durant was progressing nicely from his left knee injury and could make a return in the regular season. The first part is accurate, but if he’s held out at least another week then that puts a potential return at the end of the Warriors’ regular-season schedule.

At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him shut down for the rest of the team’s games and make his return in the postseason. There’s no need for Golden State to rush him back into the lineup, espeically with how the team has played without him.

Westbrook stepped in, leading to a shoving match between the two star point guards, with the Thunder’s Taj Gibson and the Warriors’ Draymond Green caught up in the subsequent scrum.

“I was just trying to get in between Russ and (Christon),” Curry told reporters. “And I felt him push me. I kind of let that first one go, then as I kept going there was another little push. And at that point, I just wanted to hold my position.”

Westbrook’s view of the situation was predictably different.

“Protecting my teammates, that’s what’s going through my mind,” Westbrook said. “I think Curry tried to get into it with Semaj, tried to push him, and I stepped right in between.

“That’s it. Once I see something going down with my teammates, I’m hopping in.”

Curry had the final say before halftime, though, collecting Thompson’s pass Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale from the jump ball and nailing a 3-pointer before the buzzer and then sprinting down the tunnel.

“That was dope,” Green said of Curry’s buzzer-beater. “A Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys heads-up play by Klay, to get the pass out to Steph, and a great shot.”

Donnel Pumphrey knows his NFL draft stock depends on pass-catching abilities

MOBILE, Ala. Donnel Pumphrey ended his college career as the FBS’s career leader in rushing yards with more than 6,000 over the last four years. Production-wise, he checked all the boxes NFL teams could ask for in a college running back.

But a different set of numbers likely will impact where, or if, the Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys San Diego State product gets drafted.

Pumphrey weighed in at just under 5-8 and 169 pounds at the 2017 Senior Bowl, the second lightest player at the event in Mobile, Ala., (only above Memphis kicker Jake Elliott). His hand size just 8 ? inches is the smallest of any offensive skill position player. Those three numbers, combined with his eventual 40 time, will be the focal points of his scouting report for NFL decision makers.

Pumphrey been working to shift his national attention from college success to a role NFL teams can buy into. His rushing success is one thing, but for a diminutive running back prospect, his immediate value needs to be as a pass catcher.

Yeah, I certainly know that, Pumphrey said. It’s something I’ve been working on since my junior summer, before the season, getting better with my routes and breaks and such.

Howard doesn’t have to sell his upside to NFL teams; they know he has a rare skill set, and he’ll show his near-Vernon Davis-level athleticism at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in February.

But this week, he needs to show that his lack of production in college isn’t a concern, and that he can be the centerpiece of an offense in the NFL.

Bulls waive Rajon Rondo after one season

The Bulls continue to clean house as they have officially cut ties with Rajon Rondo. The team also waived fellow guard Isaiah Canaan Friday.

Rondo joins Jimmy Butler as now former members of the Bulls, but the Bulls got Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markannen back for Butler in a trade on draft night. They were unable to get anything back for Rondo.

The former Celtics and Kings guard was mentioned in trade talks leading up to his release Friday. But with no takers, Rondo was instead waived.

“There are a lot of variables that the Ravens are having to deal with,” Orr’s agent Rob Sheets told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, via “There’s a lot of internal consternation. One side of the line fighting to get Zach Orr back, and another line saying we need to move on.”

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement Wednesday Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys regarding Orr’s eligibility to sign with another team.

“I spoke with Zach yesterday and he informed me that he would like to continue to play football. He is a free agent,” Newsome said.

Orr spoke with NFL Network Wednesday explaining his thought process Jerseys From China for returning, despite a seemingly heightened severe-injury risk.

The Lions, despite taking Jarrad Davis out of Florida in the first round of this year’s draft, remain in need of linebackers and hosted Orr on Thursday.

While the Ravens have not ruled out re-signing their reigning tackles leader, it appears they are prepared to move forward without him.

Jeff Teague, Timberwolves reportedly reach 3-year, $57M deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves wasted no time finding Ricky Rubio’s replacement. A day after trading the point guard to the Jazz, the T-Wolves reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent Jeff Teague.

According to ESPN, the three-year deal is worth $57 million and includes a player option for the third year. That’s a substantial raise for Teague, who earned $8.8 million last season in his only year with the Indiana Pacers, his hometown team. He spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Hawks.

The Raptors other notable free-agents to-be are Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker, the latter two who proved to be viable options off the bench.

Toronto’s first-round draft selection, OG Anunoby, is already Ravens Cheap Jerseys considered a cheap replacement for Patterson or Tucker, but offsetting the loss of Lowry or Ibaka would be much more difficult.

While Ujiri has said Lowry wants to remain a Raptor, that could change if Ujiri moves on.

When the Cavs eliminated the Raptors from the playoffs, Ujiri called for change, saying, “After that performance, we need a culture reset here. I’ve made it clear.”

Little did he or anyone else know that that change could eventually be him leaving Sports Cheap Jerseys for New York.

But a video shared on social media Thursday pulled back the curtain on the collateral damage caused by head coach firings annually in the NFL. Assistant coaches, many of whom are not at fault for whatever organizational shortcomings lead to drastic changes, are affected and often let go, as well.

This is why Nicki Minaj mentions Giants punter Brad Wing on ‘Skrt On Me’

Punters typically get no love. They’re only on the field for a few plays a game, and sometimes they don’t even take a single snap. Their craft doesn’t get praised when they do well, but if they shank a punt, then they get blamed.

A punter’s life typically isn’t glamorous, but every now and then they get their moment. Take Giants punter Brad Wing, for example. Wing just got name-dropped on Calvin Harris’ new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Nicki Minaj on the song “Skrt On Me.”

“Knowing that I could be really big in China, was really cool to me,” Thompson said on on Nice Kicks’ podcast. “The shoe market, sometimes, it’s over-flooded in the states. So, I US Cheap Jerseys Club was like, ‘Why not, branch out and be global.”

Since signing with ANTA, Thompson has won become an all-star, won a pair of rings and an Olympic gold medal. The more he wins on the court, the more marketable he is off it.

“The tours have been crazy,” Thompson said. “…I could do a USA tour and go to Portland, Seattle, Chicago or wherever. I’m not getting these crowds. But I’m taking a five-city tour in China and there’s thousands of people waiting to see me. I can’t believe it. The hunger from these people just to see Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys one of their favorite basketball players is so cool.”

One of the Panthers’ starting second-year corners, James Bradberry, now has to deal with a broken left wrist from OTAs. But other than that, he has high expectations for a breakout year in coverage. While Bradberry has some shutdown potential, Daryl Worley can complement him with more impact plays on the ball from the other side.

Baseball’s toxic masculinity being challenged and changed more than ever

Years ago, questioning baseball’s unwritten code seemed unthinkable.

Gallinari averaged 18.2 points last season, putting up his best shooting season since his 28-game rookie year (44.7 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from the 3-point Wholesale Cheap Jerseys line, 90.2 percent from the free-throw line). It’s widely expected around the league that Gallinari will leave Denver, and will have plenty of suitors — including the Clippers, Rockets, Celtics, Kings, Spurs and Heat — depending on how the rest of the market shapes up.

“When you have that much cap space, we’re going to be major players next summer. The tide has turned,” Lakers’ president Magic Johnson said (via the Orange County Register). “People want to play here again. It’s exciting times for the L.A. Lakers. I wouldn’t have made that move if I Wholesale Jerseys From China didn’t think I could use that money.”

It was reported June 20 that the Lakers offered to the Pacers the Nos. 27 and 28 picks in this year’s draft as well as the choice of either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson for George, but Indiana turned down that deal.

And with that development the Lakers appear to be ready to stand pat and wait for George in 2018.

“We’ll be very strategic to keep the cap space in 2018,” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said. “We’ll be very sacred about that. We worked very hard to get into that position, so we’ll be smart in free agency.”

And apparently being smart in free agency simply means waiting for George — or even LeBron James, who is likely to be on the market next summer, as well. And don’t forget Russell Westbrook who is a California native and may want to go home to play as well.

New England is now 15-0 with Lewis in the lineup.

It must be pointed out that nearly all of that was against some truly subpar offensive opposition, bordering on atrocious. Their victims were the 49ers, Jets (twice), Rams, Ravens, Broncos, Dolphins and Texans. Thats no murderers row of quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick (the lowest-rated full-time starter in the NFL this season) and Bryce Petty, Jared Goff, Trevor Siemian, Dolphins backup Matt Moore, and Brock Osweiler in the playoffs. Five of the eight wins came against teams in the bottom six in scoring for the season.

None of them are the Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Also, none of that matters to the Patriots, who spent part of Wednesday explaining why theyd done so well holding teams down week after week, better than anyone in the NFL.

Putting it fairly simply: Its not about overwhelming teams with one strength. Its about adjusting to every offense they face and drilling down on stopping it, then doing it again for the next team the next week. It all reflects well on coordinator Matt Patricia and the position coaches and explains why Patricias name keeps coming up in head-coaching conversations every year.

It had been nearly nine years since the last four-homer Cheap Jerseys In US game when Mike Cameron of the Mariners clubbed four dingers against the White Sox on May 2, 2002. Fans may recall that Cameron just missed becoming the first player with five home runs in one game when he flied out to the warning track in his final at-bat.

Lewis rushed 15 times for 69 yards and caught four passes for 51 yards Cheap Jerseys MLB China in his first game. He has been uber-productive ever since.

From an individual numbers perspective, Lewis has proven to be part Kevin Faulk, part Danny Woodhead, part Steven Ridley. From a team perspective, Lewis and the Patriots are a perfect match. Literally.

Every game Lewis has played for the Patriots has resulted in victory. Including Saturday’s 34-16 win over Houston, New England is now 15-0 with Lewis in the lineup.

Meet Vance Joseph: Five fast facts about Broncos’ new coach

Vance Joseph was hired by the Broncos on Wednesday as the 16th head coach in franchise history.

Here are the most important things you need to know about Denver’s 44-year-old replacement for retired Gary Kubiak.

NFC championship game: Packers-Falcons (3 p.m. Sunday, FOX). The last Cheap Jerseys From China time the Falcons played for the NFC championship, their 2013 loss to the 49ers had a 24.2 rating still the lowest for the early conference championship window since 2009. This year’s game should do better thanks to the Packers’ drawing power, but still expect a big drop from Patriots-Broncos in the same window last year. Even so, the numbers should top last year’s NFC title game. Prediction: 25.3.

NBA regular season: Spurs-Cavaliers (8 p.m. Saturday, ABC). The first season of ABC’s NBA Saturday Primetime was a mixed bag. The series delivered big numbers for the Warriors against the Thunder and Spurs, but was otherwise not much better than the 1 PM ET windows it replaced. Expect decent-but-unspectacular numbers for this year’s Saturday Primetime debut, the Spurs against the defending champion Cavaliers. The teams’ Saturday night game last year had a 2.1 rating. Prediction: 2.2.

College basketball: Miami-Duke (8:15 p.m. Saturday, ESPN). With Duke absent Mike Krzyzewski and down to #18 in the country, do not expect their matchup with unranked Miami to compete much Cheap Jerseys Good Quality with Saturday’s NBA game. With that said, ratings should easily top last year’s comparable Arizona-California matchup, which had a mere 0.5. Prediction: 1.1.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate (8 p.m. Saturday, NBC). It is not nearly as big a draw as it used to be, but the U.S. Figure Skating Championship can still deliver solid numbers by today’s standards. Last year, primetime coverage had a 2.3 rating on NBC, just a tick behind competing NBA coverage on ABC (2.4). Expect similar numbers this year. Prediction: 2.2.