Detriot chased Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz after 4 1/3 innings pitched.

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Upton gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the first inning, following up a Castellanos two-run homer, with an RBI single four batters later. Upton struck again with an estimated 337-foot grand slam off Pesky’s Pole in right field during the fifth inning of the Tigers’ 8-3 win.

Detriot chased Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz after 4 1/3 innings pitched. He was scored with six runs (five earned) allowed on eight hits after Heath Hembree served up Upton’s grand slam on a 96 mph fastball. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single to give the Tigers a five-run fifth inning and its eighth and final run of the game.

Boston managed six walks and 12 hits, including seven off starter Daniel Norris, but the Red Sox left 12 runners on base and were left with just three runs to show for it. With nearly a third of June complete, Boston trails the Yankees by four games in the AL East.

Upton’s grand slam was the third of the day in MLB, joining Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Seager with the memorable home runs in an exciting day of baseball.

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NFL players union: League should pay cheerleaders fairly

With a potential class-action lawsuit by NFL cheerleaders brewing, players union executive director DeMaurice Smith called out the league for not ensuring the women were treated properly.

“I think the league should be better than that,” Smith said Thursday during the annual NFL Players Association news conference, via “I think it requires better leadership and I think it requires a better decision by a group of people that everyone in this business can be paid fairly, and we’ll jump into any fight where we think people aren’t.”

According to the lawsuit, league executives and team owners are accused of conspiring the ensure cheerleaders’ wages were kept to a minimum.

Smith said he hasn’t spoken to the group of women who filed the class-action suit, but he remembers the lawsuits filed against individual teams over sex discrimination and minimal wages.

Curling is often the butt of jokes curtailing the less-attractive sports in the Winter Olympics opposed to the Summer Games, but sometimes people find hobbies in the most unlikely of places.

Davis would like to help expand the sport of curling to more African Americans, who he feels may not know a lot about it right now.

“Right now, I feel like a lot of African Americans don’t really know too much about the game of curling,” Davis told The Undefeated. “A lot of times I find that, when people don’t know about something, they kind of shy away from it. If we can continue to introduce the sport of curling to more African Americans, African Americans can then say, ‘Hey, here’s another option for me, maybe I should take this up, maybe I should do this.”texans_130

No rest for the wicked: Patriots preach preparation ahead of Super Bowl 51

Tom Brady has been through this before. The Super Bowl has become old hat for the Patriots quarterback, who will be playing in his seventh Super Bowl when the Patriots take on the Falcons Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

With a two-week break between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, teams put in most of their game plan before they arrive in the host city.

Although Kaepernick regained his starting position last season, the 49ers went 1-10 in his starts and ended the season 2-14, leading to the ouster of general manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly.

Now, with Kyle Shanahan expected to take the reins of the 49ers after the Super Bowl, there has been speculation about whether Shanahan could work with Kaepernick.

The quarterback and the team have fallen on hard times since he led them to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season and was hailed as a quarterback prototype of the future. After a return trip to the playoffs in 2013, San Francisco has gone 15-33 the last three seasons.
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Kaepernick is better known now for his controversial refusal to stand for the national anthem before games last season.

One of the biggest winners from the East-West Shrine Game, the athletic tight end from USC was a shocking omission from the official invite list. McNamara offers awesome seam positioning and finishing ability with strength in traffic, and he proved as much during Shrine Game practices.

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How the Blue Jays’ Devon Travis became one of MLB’s hottest hitters

To take a step forward, sometimes you have to take a step back. Not only is it wise philosophical advice, but in the case of the Blue Jays’ Devon Travis, those words of wisdom are quite literal.

After a dreadful first month of the season in which Travis slashed .130/.193/.195 and was worth a paltry wRC+ of 1, he completely turned around his season in May. Over the course of 26 games in May, Travis slashed .364/.373/.646 and his wRC+ in May alone skyrocketed up to 171.

Another cliché: Baseball has a way of policing itself. The unwritten rules can get a little wonky at times but it’s no different than any other sport. There are just certain things you don’t do: Throw at a batter’s head, style when your team is down big. It’s not all that complicated.
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Can baseball players act like spoiled kids in Toys ‘R’ Us? Of course. Egos can be more fragile than a Jenga tower on a sailboat. The way it should work: You flip your bat down that big, I plunk you on the buttcheek, we go back to sharing drinks with our agent after the game. It’s not always that simple, but it should be.

There’s nothing wrong with flipping a bat. But players need to stay within the moment and remember to not always make it about them.
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If they don’t, well, that’s worth flipping out about.

It’s not as black and white as it seems. But people are also overcomplicating the entire ordeal.

Bautista apologized during the game to catcher Kurt Suzuki, it appeared. But that’s more than likely because the Blue Jays and the Braves finish their four-game set tonight in Atlanta and he realized his ridiculous and untimely flip is probably going to get a teammate drilled tonight, if not Bautista himself, and he wanted to grill up any beef.

Devonta Freeman can’t escape the Super Bowl LI loss, especially on social media

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman hasn’t had an easy time getting over that Super Bowl LI loss. People on social media don’t want to let him forget about it, either.

Freeman said he can’t control what they say, and he doesn’t respond. But that hasn’t stopped folks from reminding him about that blown 25-point lead:

Lynch didn’t just bike around with fans, he was also streaming live on Instagram Stories, and regrettably, that app does not archive streams. So unfortunately, there isn’t any recorded footage from his perspective of the bike ride. It’s a bummer, because from what I recall on the stream, one of Lynch’s pals did a really sick wheelie for what felt like a minute.

Goodell consulted with players before the celebration rules were relaxed.

“The reality is you know that the players want to celebrate; you know they want to exhibit their individuality and excitement that they’re feeling at that point in time. And they’re very creative, as we all know.”

For a league that prides itself on toughness, old-school coaches like Lewis can get sensitive when it comes to something as simple as a celebration in the end zone.

Many of today’s celebrations bring culture to the game, connecting fans with faceless players. It could be through dance, memes, or even other sports. It’s what has made a player like Odell Beckham Jr. so appealing to younger fans.

He helped make the whip a sensation in 2015, turning it into a signature celebration during his rookie season. He’s done tributes as well, including ones to Michael Jackson and LeBron James. Even for those who might not enjoy the NFL as much as more dedicated fans, it’s another way of welcoming people to the game.

Michael Oher still absent as Panthers begin OTAs

Michael Oher continues to miss voluntary offseason workouts for the Panthers, but he is expected to be present for mandatory minicamp next month, a source told ESPN.

The veteran offensive tackle still needs to clear concussion protocol, which he has been under since September. He missed the last 13 games of the season due to the head injury.

Carroll, 30, was pulled over by a Dallas police officer early Monday morning on an unspecified traffic violation. Carroll was booked into the Dallas County Jail and released Monday afternoon after posting bond.
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Carroll, a fifth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2010, spent the last three seasons with the Eagles and started every game last season. He has eight career interceptions and was expected to be a starter this season for the Cowboys after signing a three-year, $10 million contract. Carroll’s signing was followed by the departures of Cowboys cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.

The Cowboys, who resume organized team activities Tuesday, say they’re aware of the situation. Carroll could be subject to a fine or suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Cowboys did select three cornerbacks in April’s NFL Draft, taking Chidobe Awuzie in the second round, Jourdan Lewis in the third and Marquez White in the sixth round.

The video that surfaced in January after Maty Mauk’s redshirt junior season was old at the time it became public. That doesn’t stop the memory from being there, a moment he remembers like it was yesterday.

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His father did make it through treatment and, last year, received a diagnosis of full remission.

Brett Gardner’s three-run homer in the ninth gives Yankees win over Cubs

Brett Gardner just took the wind out of the Cubs’ sails.

The defending World Series champs were up 2-0 on the Yankees with two outs and a 1-2 count on Brett Gardner.

The Yankees did have two runners on base, but with a 25-mile-per-hour wind blowing in and Gardner at the plate the Cubs had to feel confident.

Well, they felt confident until Gardner did this.
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In Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, as the Cubs were battling for their first championship in 108 years, Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo confided in a mic’d up David Ross that he was teeming with nervous energy.
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I’m an emotional wreck, Rizzo told Ross for millions to hear.

It’s only gonna get worse, the veteran Ross responded.

It was a viral, human moment that echoed what It’s a Long Way to October achieved in 1982, but it was also a reminder that we’re unlikely to see anything on that scale again.

It would be much tougher to do this now because Major League Baseball has such stringent rules on microphones, where the cameras can be and where the crews can be, Diamond said. It would be so much more involved.

Not to mention the potential for controversy, as even one hateful word or unfortunate exchange that happens to be recorded can ruin an athlete’s image 鈥?especially in the social media age.

People are more cautious now with the microphones. People have to be careful and more politically correct and those types of things. Back in ’82, we didn’t have all that, Diamond said. In some ways, back then, Long Way to October’ was more authentic of behind the scenes (happenings) than what you see now.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has to be better than this.

We’re going to take a look at the newbies and try and guess what their vote percentage will look like when the results are announced. Two things to keep in mind: First, it’s a crowded ballot, again, and finding spots won’t be easy for voters when you remember that seven guys who received at least 45 percent of the vote are back on the ballot next year.

Authentic Womens Mario Addison Jersey On Monday afternoon, MLB handed down a joke of a penalty, when it announced Barnes was suspended for four measley games. The message is still very clear: MLB does not care about player safety.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has to be better than this. The solution is simple, once he recognizes it’s a problem that has to be addressed.

Let’s stop pretending a baseball intentionally thrown at the head is the same as a baseball intentionally thrown at the shin. The penalties should reflect the much more devastating potential damages.

The first time a pitcher is deemed to have intentionally thrown a pitch at a batter’s head in retaliation, it’s a month-long suspension. The second time, it’s a two-month suspension — and that pitcher is ineligible for postseason play.

Mens Albert Pujols Jersey I’m not saying the suspensions should escalate similar to PED suspensions. This isn’t the same thing. I don’t think pitchers should be banned from baseball after their third conviction, but repeated seven- to 10-game suspensions aren’t enough considering what can happen if a pitch connects with a head (and a four-game suspension is a complete joke).

It doesn’t matter whether the baseball actually makes contact, either.

Browns had better win big on Brock Osweiler gamble … or else

Elite Ian Kinsler Jersey The Browns’ jaw-dropping maneuver to take Brock Osweiler and his anchor of a contract off the Texans’ hands Thursday might have been a classic Moneyball move.

They’d better hope it was Moneyball, because even beyond the first glance, it smells more like Sam Hinkie than Billy Beane. The cost of blowing this deal — wherever it takes the Browns — is so high it could actually take them back not only to where they started, but behind that.

What’s crazy about the DH in the National League is that it would be considered a drastic change, a sport-altering change. While true in one sense, it would actually be less of a change than eliminating the four-pitch intentional walk, which has lots of support, and definitely less than putting a runner at second base at the start of every extra inning, an experiment set to begin in the low minors this season. Neither of those proposals makes sense from a make-the-game-better standpoint.

Elite Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey But the DH to the National League is just the kind of change for the better MLB should want.

It will legitimize the position: Even though the DH has been in place for 44 years, many still view it as an illegitimate position. He’s just a DH or It’s not real baseball are popular cries from critics. Bringing the DH to the National League would certainly help lessen this argument, and perhaps eliminate it. If every team has a DH, it’s really hard to claim it’s not legitimate baseball.

At the same time, elite closer Trevor Hoffman will be inducted before long, as will all-time-best Mariano Rivera. If we reward pitchers who excel in such a specialized role with Hall of Fame induction, the same should apply to hitters who excel in their specialized role. In other words, if the DH is an official position — and it already is — we should embrace it and celebrate it accordingly.

Bills officially decline to pick up Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option

The Buffalo Bills made a controversial decision Tuesday when they officially decided not to pick up wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Though the news was expected, it’s a stunning revelation considering the Bills traded their ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft along with their first- and fourth-round selections in 2015 to move up five spots to get Watkins.

Watkins, still just 23 years old, is a 6-1, 211-pound former Clemosn star that has battled a litany of injuries throughout his first three seasons in the NFL.

Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M — Eluemunor is a British native who moved to the U.S. when he was 14. He has tremendous upside as a raw talent with great strength on a 6-4, 332-pound frame. He played both guard and tackle for the Aggies and has the lateral quickness to make him versatile enough to fit into any system or blocking scheme. Because he was late to pick up football, Eluemunor still has to develop his skills but could be a longtime NFL starter.

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan — Butt tore his ACL during the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State and may have been a first-round pick if healthy. The 2016 Mackey Award winner caught 138 passes for 1,646 yards and 11 over his career. Butt he has NFL size at 6-5, 246 and should find a team willing to take a flier on him early Saturday.

Not only did he take the cruel lessons from the first failure to heart, but those lessons are at the core of his public-speaking business, Ogden Speaking Academy.

“Today,” Ogden told Sporting News, describing his general subject matter, “I’m kind of like, ‘There are things I didn’t do correctly.’ All the things I talk about, that I tell clients not to do, I did them myself.”