Month: August 2017

Eagles WR fined, called out for cheap shot on Packers’ Damarious Randall

In a now-deleted Twitter post on Monday, Eagles reciever Bryce Treggs says he’s starting GoFundMe page to help pay for a $25,000 fine for a illegal hit in an Aug. 10 preseason game against the Packers.

The recipient of Treggs’ block, Green Bay cornerback Damarious Randall, tweeted at Treggs with a similar bold comment.

Treggs attempted to block Randall in the shoulder, but the top of his helmet caught the defensive back in the chin. Treggs, who has caught seven passes for 91 yards in the win over the Packers, says he didn’t mean any harm to Randall.

“As an undrafted guy fighting for a roster spot, you’re always trying to stand out on film. A lot of y’all don’t understand that,” Treggs explained on Twitter Monday. “My assignment was a force block on that play and I was trying to put a physical play on film. Nothing dirty about trying to earn a job.”

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has never been afraid to speak his mind. So when one of the league’s most outspoken individuals has something to say about Colin Kaepernick, you know he’s not going to sugarcoat the topic.

In a startingly candid USA Today interview published Wednesday, Sherman talked about the former 49ers quarterback and his inability to find a role as even a backup QB in the league. Most people suspect Kaepernick’s social-justice activism in kneeling during the national anthem before games last year has made him a pariah around the league, but Sherman was brutally blunt in his take on Kaepernick’s plight.

“What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’”seahawks_044

What will this impending Rockets superteam actually look like?

It’s been a while since we’ve answered your questions, so we spent the latest episode of the Limited Upside podcast emptying our mailbag. Topics include:

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I know we live in a fast news world, where rumors and scoops rule, but I think meda should take their responsibility seriously when talking about important maters that can hurt people. I know who I am and were I come from, and so do the people that really know me.

I’m sad that many people will have read a rumor and will have made a false assumption that can last forever, while they maybe will not read what I’m writing now. What’s sure is that, no matter what, nobody can take away from me the pride for my origins and the love that I have basketball.
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In the past, there has never been any proof to claims that international players were misleading management about their ages even though others have had similar accusations leveled at them. There’s no reason to believe Ibaka has been either.

Andre Roberson, Thunder agree to 3-year, $30 million deal, per report

Leon Sandcastle Womens Jersey Andre Roberson has agreed to a new deal with the Thunder for three-years, $30 million according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi. This continues a summer of solid moves for Oklahoma City after acquiring Paul George via trade and signing Patrick Patterson to a deal. A year after losing Kevin Durant, the Thunder could now run a starting lineup of Russell Westbook, Andre Roberson, Paul George, Patrick Patterson, and Steven Adams. They’re not the Golden State Warriors, but it’s a good start.

Redick joins a budding 76ers team that has benefitted from solid draft picks in recent years.

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Along with youngsters Dario Saric and Robert Covington, Redick becomes the elder statesman of a potential Eastern Conference powerhouse in the making. With a cast full of playmakers, Philadelphia desperately needed outside shooting to space the floor.

In Redick, the 76ers address their primary concern for the summer and move toward their first playoff appearance since 2012.

Non-black performers did not go through the same hassles, according to the lawsuit. Ariana Grande was allowed to bypass metal detectors because she doesn’t like people looking at her. So was the entire production staff for The Ringling Bros. Circus group. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill got the same treatment.

Dennis Smith spurns Adidas and Nike to join Under Armour. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

Patience has finally paid off for Dennis Smith, Jr. The Mavericks’ promising rookie is signing a three-year endorsement deal for $2 million annually with Under Armour including incentives, according to a report from ESPN’s Nick DePaula.

The Spurs have interest in Irving, league sources say, and Irving’s willingness to commit to an extension with the Spurs makes for legitimate win-now deal possibilities for Cleveland.

Irving approached Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for a trade in July; he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James and gave ownership a list of five teams he would like to play for. That list included San Antonio.

Cleveland, with new general manager Koby Altman in tow, has not been in a rush to move the All-Star guard who has been a linchpin in the franchise’s three straight NBA Finals appearances and lone championship in 2016. Irving does not hold a no-trade clause and cannot dictate his new team even if Cleveland wants to keep him.
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If Kawhi Leonard proved anything in his MVP-level outing last season, it’s that he’s nearly capable of doing it on his own. Leonard is a one-man band, strapping up the opposing team’s best player on one end and carrying the Spurs offense on the other.

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Buccaneers vs. Jaguars 2017: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch online

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face an in-Florida rival when they travel across the state to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second preseason game. Both teams sport young rosters looking to make some noise in the NFL playoff picture this season, but they’re still trying to answer some questions before the regular season begins.

Kupp and Reynolds are competing with receivers like Woods and Tavon Austin. Kupp is a solid route runner with great hands and size, and he should get plenty of playing time Saturday. Reynolds and Austin have been dealing with injuries and are both likely out.

Under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Rams are moving away from the 4-3 scheme to the 3-4. This game will give fans a sneak peek at how well the Rams are transitioning to Philips’ scheme.

Dallas already has one preseason game under its belt. The Cowboys knocked off the Arizona Cardinals, 20-18, in this year’s Hall of Fame game. Quarterback Dak Prescott, the reigning NFL Rookie Offensive Player of the Year, didn’t play against Arizona but will play against the Rams, according to Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams.

The big issue for San Francisco during its Week 1 preseason win over Kansas City was the number of penalties they drew — 17 penalties for 131 yards, and another four penalties that were offsetting or declined. Despite some of the shortcomings of the offense, the Niners rotated out their starting offensive line pretty quickly, giving the illusion their first team is all but set.

After two joint practices — one padded, one not — Denver and San Francisco are looking for some answers on offense from their Week 2 preseason matchup, as they inch closer to the regular season.redskins_085_3db84ef65c743710-180x180

When does the NHL season start? Opening games, 2017-18 schedule for 31 teams

If you haven’t already begun counting down the days until the 2017-18 NHL regular season, it’s time to get on it.

Training camps around the league open the second weekend of September. The first preseason game is Sept. 16. And then, without further ado, the Maple Leafs and Jets officially drop the puck on a new year in hockey Oct. 4 (7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet). An hour later, the Penguins will raise another Stanley Cup banner in front of the Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). For the West Coast (or an Easterner’s late-night entertainment), it’s Canucks vs. Oilers (10 p.m. ET, HNIC) and Sharks vs. Flyers (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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When we got together in Michigan for our camp this summer, there was something special with these guys, U.S. coach Bob Motzko told reporters after the game. This team had great camaraderie, tremendous heart and always battled. This is a special group who will forever walk together.

MLB trade rumor grade: Justin Verlander to the Astros?

You thought you were done with MLB trade rumor grades? Oh, my friend, there can be trades in August. There always are. And this one is a doozy: Justin Verlander, former MVP, is tempting the first-place Houston Astros, who are slugging over .500 as a team. They could use another starting pitcher, you know.

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At the same time, the players don’t have to know that. They’re not in the business of correlations and causations and such. They play sportsball. And when they’re expecting reinforcements and reinforcements don’t come, and then they start losing some games, well, this starts to get in their heads, I would imagine:
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It probably won’t happen because baseball doesn’t quite work like that. Think of the Home Run Derby like the bracket of World Series hopefuls before the postseason starts. You know what your dream matchup is.

This time, though, I can use a different response: Yeah, the postseason will tear your innards out and wear them as an ascot, and any prospective baseball fans should learn that right up front.

Ian Clarkin hasn’t missed a lot of bats in his minor league career, and he doesn’t have an upper-90s fastball, but the former supplemental first-rounder has kept runs off the board. Tito Polo was one of the prospects the Yankees got from the Pirates in the Ivan Nova deal, and while he’s the least known player in the deal, he’s proven he isn’t a fish out of water in the minors.

Tim Tebow said hello to a young fan with autism, then immediately jacked a home run

Elite Kyle Brodziak Jersey Tim Tebow is still here, and he is still doing Tim Tebow things like being exceedingly nice to every fan he sees and smiling that gosh-darn sheepish smile while he heads to the batter’s box because he’s just so happy to be playing the game of baseball.

The latest example of Tebow filling the heartwarming gestures quota for the entire St. Lucie Mets squad happened on Thursday, when he greeted a young fan before heading to the plate.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the interaction happened back on July 29. However, it appears the video was only released recently for everyone to enjoy.

During the sweet moment, Seth Bosch (then 9 years old) got Tebow’s attention during a delay that was due to a conference on the mound, and Tebow went over to the young boy.

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Stanton is the only participant this year with any Home Run Derby experience. His seven competitors are all in their first Derby.

As defending champion, Stanton drew the top seed, with the other seven ranked by their seasonal home run total through July 4. The event is three rounds of single-elimination, head-to-head action, with the eight-team field first reducing to four players, then to two for the final round.

ESPN will provide on-site coverage throughout the day on Monday, including an hour-long episode of ‘Baseball Tonight’ from Marlins Park before the Home Run Derby begins. In addition to the ESPN telecast, ESPN2 will televise the Spanish language broadcast, with Ernesto Jerez, Eduardo Perez, and Marly Rivera on the call.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott among Cowboys stars to sit out preseason opener

Everyone knows what to expect for most of the NFL preseason: Stars and starters will play only sparingly in games, if at all.

Still, Cowboys fans looking forward to Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Rams will be disappointed to learn that Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and several other stars are not expected to play at all. Not even that token first series or two many starters around the league get.

Last month, the Ravens waived quarterback David Olson after he spent a week with the team and signed fellow quarterback Josh Woodrum.

The shuffle under center remains ongoing as veteran Joe Flacco recovers from a back injury suffered while lifting weights earlier this offseason. With Flacco hampered by a disc problem in his back, backup Ryan Mallett has been leading Baltimore’s first-team offense throughout camp.

Meanwhile, starting guard Alex Lewis will miss the entire season with a shoulder injury that requires surgery, and rookie wide receiver Tim White also will miss the season after injuring his thumb in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Redskins.

The Ravens expect Flacco to start under center in their regular-season opener Sept. 10 against the Bengals, but he won’t play before then.

He wasn’t the only notable Jaguars player back at practice Saturday, reported. Defensive end Calais Campbell returned after not practicing since July 30 because of an undisclosed medical issue.

The legend of Leaf being the biggest draft bust in NFL history keeps growing. The No. 2 overall pick in 1998 was a dismal 4-14 in his only two years starting in San Diego. Pick an awful number, any awful number for the evidence: a 48.4 passer rating, a 13-33 TD-INT ratio, a 50.0 rating, 65 sacks taken and at least one ugly locker-room incident. Dishonorable mention goes to Craig Whelihan.dolphins_041

We go to great lengths with the soil to make sure it’s not wet and there are drying agents on the ground

Raines was such a positive, happy influence during his career that he even broke down one of baseball’s fiercest competitors, Randy Johnson. Raines was a star with the Expos when Johnson broke into the majors with the club in 1988.

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Here’s a did-you-know fact: He was the one who gave me my nickname, The Big Unit, Johnson said. He was around the batting cage and bumped into me with his hat down.
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That run-in prompted Raines to say, You’re a big unit.

We go to great lengths with the soil to make sure it’s not wet and there are drying agents on the ground, Boras said. I don’t know what technology we apply or the studies that have been done on the composition of having a wet base. That’s certainly something we need to look into. This injury was directly related to inclement weather and a player putting his cleat on the bag and it slipping across because the surface was slick.

In the NBA, when a player hits the floor and there’s perspiration on the floor, they clean it up immediately so the surface isn’t slick. In baseball, we have no one cleaning the bags between innings during inclement weather. Is there observation as the game goes where they would stop and make sure the bag is dry? We don’t do that. We don’t take measures like that for player safety that could easily be accomplished by the grounds crew and the umpires’ observations.