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NBA Finals: Biggest deciding factors for Game 3 of Cavs vs. Warriors

Jun
29

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We’ve seen the Cavs dig themselves out of a massive hole in the NBA Finals before, but staring down a 0-3 deficit against this Warriors team? Forget about it.

That’s what makes Wednesday night’s Game 3 matchup (9 p.m. ET, ABC) so important. Only four teams in NBA history have won the NBA Finals after being down 0-2, and last year’s Cavs became the only team to ever win the title after trailing 1-3.

Matt Slauson Jersey After the series, Fingers compared his relationship to teammates to that of a marriage battle. If you don’t yell at your wife, he said, you must be a hell of a guy.

Also just ahead of that series, a story had leaked that controversial A’s owner Charles Finley had not been making payments to the insurance fund of pitcher Catfish Hunter, as Hunter’s contract had required. Hunter, who had previously vowed never to talk directly to Finley, had hoped to defer the issue until after the World Series, but it became a cloud over the Oaklanders.

Here’s how another A’s star pitcher, Ken Holtzman, sized up Finley: I disagree with just about everything the man does, but at least he knows you and he’s on a first鈥恘ame basis with the players. Hell, I spent seven years in Chicago (with the Cubs) without even meeting the owner. But Finley thinks he knows baseball, and I don’t think he knows that much about the game.

And there was poor Alvin Dark, a devout Christian who had taken over as the manager of the A’s that year and got a quick lesson in just how meddlesome Finley could be. As A’s outfielder Reggie Jackson put it, Al needs religion to manage the A’s. Even Henry Kissinger couldn’t keep peace with this club.

This version of the Warrior is much different, of course. They talk about the sacrifice required to accommodate so much talent on one team, and their coaching situation 鈥?which saw Mike Brown go 11-0 while filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr 鈥?is the envy of the league.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announces ‘100 percent privately funded’ arena

Jun
28

Steve Ballmer has a net worth of nearly $32 billion. The Clippers owner won’t ask for any public money to give his team a new arena in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood.

“We are expanding that investment by entering into an agreement to explore an opportunity to build a new arena for the Clippers in the City of Inglewood,” Ballmer said Thursday in a statement to officially announce plans for the Clippers’ new home building. “I have said from day one that we need to plan for the future. This agreement helps us do that by expanding our options.

He also liked one user’s comment from October referring to him as a shooting guard who can make plays as opposed to a pure point guard. Maybe he wouldn’t be against sliding over to shooting guard if the Lakers do decide to put Ball at the point. Silver Screen and Roll pointed out Russell’s effective field goal percentage and player efficiency rating actually improved when he shifted over to shooting guard.

What’s the most likely scenario here? Russell probably liked the tweet because it reflected positively on him. Russell should have a great deal of pride as a professional athlete, and he wouldn’t give up his starting position to anyone — Ball included — without a fight.

If the Lakers ultimately do draft Ball, Russell might need to adjust to playing off ball (in more ways than one) more frequently. He’ll have that conversation with head coach Luke Walton if necessary. But let’s not assume there’s already a feud brewing because Russell liked a tweet — even if that is so perfectly LA.redskins_005

Your resume is impressive, and the Hawks took notice.

Jun
25

Womens Shaq Lawson Jersey The Kings, at long last, are expecting to come out of this draft with a top-tier point guard prospect. Fox has been the presumed candidate, but again, that is based on Ball being gone. Fox’s quickness and ability to run a drive-and-kick offense makes him a good fit with new Kings guard Buddy Hield, but most scouts consider Ball the better overall prospect.
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Scout: They’ve got a lot of love for Fox as I understand it. Maybe Ball changes that, but I think they like the fit and like the way Fox can be a guy who can help carry an offense by getting to the basket. I am not sure they would budge off of that even if Lonzo is there.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ve spent the past 12 years putting in work with the Warriors. Before you arrived, that franchise was a laughingstock. In the last five years, while you worked with assistant general manager to 2015 NBA Executive of the Year Bob Myers, the Warriors have reached the pinnacle of the league. Before that, you were the Warriors’ director of player personnel for two years after five seasons as an assistant coach and video scout.

Your resume is impressive, and the Hawks took notice.

After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks, principal owner Tony Ressler said. In addition to his significant experience with two organizations that have built championship cultures, he is ready to lead our basketball operations at a critical time for making big decisions as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. We conducted a very thorough search process and believe Travis shares our vision for the team and the ability to implement it as we continue working hard to reach our commitment to bring a championship to Atlanta. We appreciate the willingness of Joe Lacob and Bob Myers of Golden State for allowing Travis and his family to join the Hawks.

NBA Draft rumors: Nets willing to package two first-round picks to move up

Jun
21

This was the John Wall draft, with Washington finding the face of their franchise with the No. 1 pick. Unfortunately for Wizards fans, he still hasn’t taken them past the second round of the playoffs. The Sixers had the No. 2 pick and took Evan Turner, now on his fourth team (Portland) and still trying to fit in as a bench player. Some of the notables who went later and have emerged as All-Star players include DeMarcus Cousins (5), Gordon Hayward (9) and Paul George (10).
After trading away the future No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Celtics back in 2013, the Nets apparently want to move back up the draft board and are willing to package their two first-round picks in order to do so.
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Derek Roy Womens Jersey Cleveland has a 3-1 advantage going into Game 5, so they clearly haven’t been that tough. But the Cavaliers’ surprising Game 3 loss and Game 4 rally showed Lue that Boston is scrambling and pulling off unpredictable schemes to make up for Thomas’ absence.

That is disconcerting.

With Isaiah going down, that’s 29 points a game, and now you got to scheme and try to do something for a whole ‘nother system, Lue said. It’s tough. And we really didn’t know what to expect. But I thought we did a good job of making some adjustments in the end of the second quarter and the third quarter and the second half [in Game 4] that really helped us out.

I think Draymond has made a change since a year ago,Kerr said earlier this season. He talked this summer both publicly with you guys (the media) and internally with us about wanting to grow and wanting to learn from some of his mistakes and he’s backed it up. … He’s doing it in a manner in which he’s kind of maintained his emotion but kept his edge.

Hyde has shifted inside to cover slot receivers.

Jun
20

Hyde entered his fourth NFL season listed as a backup strong safety on Green Bays depth chart. Hes ending it as a starting cornerback with Sam Shields (injured reserve) and Quinten Rollins (neck/concussion) on the shelf.

Along the way, Hyde has shifted inside to cover slot receivers. He has starts at right cornerback, nickel corner and strong safety as well as in three-safety packages. Such responsibilities dont even include Hyde serving as Green Bays primary punt returner and other special-teams duties.

Hydes defensive durability has allowed Green Bays secondary to hang tough despite being forced to use inexperienced DBs like safety Kentrell Brice and cornerback Josh Hawkins both of whom are undrafted rookies in key spots.

There’s only one downside when a franchise has one of it’s own win Sporting News’ Coordinator of the Year honor. Often times, that staff member will be parlaying such success into a head coaching job elsewhere.

This seems the case again with our 2016 winner Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

If he is hired by San Francisco as expected, the honor is well deserved based upon the overall body of work the 37-year-old Shanahan has compiled during coordinator stints with Atlanta (2015-2016), Cleveland (2014), Washington (2010-2013) and Houston (2008-2009).

And in a league where Osweiler and Ryan Fitzpatrick were willingly given eight-figure salaries by playoff contenders, Kaepernick would be a bargain once the deal that paid him a base of $11.9 million becomes moot.

If his stats, salary, age (29) and upside were all that mattered, hed definitely be on someones 2017 roster. The same goes for his leadership and locker-room influence, since his teammates last week voted him it’s annual Len Eshmont award for inspirational and courageous play.

Masahiro Tanaka is bad, and there’s nothing the Yankees can do about it

Jun
18

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The Yankees need a ‘Hiro, baby, who can pitch away the pain. Unfortunately, they’re going to stand by the one who’s been on the mound for them in 2017.

Secondly, where is the context? Was Manning’s ovation, which was less than a year ago, an exceptionally big one Was it bigger than Tom Brady’s the year before or even Joe Flacco’s from Super Bowl 47? If Trump’s ovation wasn’t bigger than Brad Johnson’s after Super Bowl 37, we’re not impressed.

Next, which ovation for Manning is being evaluated Was it in reaction to his postgame words, or just the result of the game? Was it when he accepted the trophy on the field Or how about when the Broncos visited the Whitehouse Maybe it was at the parade in Denver, where there was a whole lot of people standing and applauding. But if they didn’t first get up from a seated position, does it qualify as a standing ovation?

If we’re counting parades, does Trump’s ovation really trump the ones Joe Maddon or Kris Bryant got from Cubs fans How about LeBron James from the whole city of Cleveland Does the ranking extend beyond the United States We can’t ignore the reaction for gold medalists at the Rio Olympics.

There are countless uncertainties, the answers to which could change the game of standing ovation analysis for years to come, and possibly data journalism as a whole.

Game Mens Ben Ijalana Jersey As we continue to ponder, smarter people can focus on the other more serious and concerning alternative facts spewed from President Trump’s administration.

What’s in Tom Brady’s super special super secret drink

Jun
15

Tom Brady brings his own super secret drink to the Patriots’ sideline each week. What’s in itThe 39-year-old quarterbackwon’t say, but he does give itsomecreditfor the MVP-caliber season he’s having.
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Brady spoke about the drink during an interview Monday on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show:

‘I have this lemon drink with a ton of electrolytes in it. It doesn’t have any sugar. I just load it up on electrolytes and…it just keeps me right where I need to be.
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The Patriots training staff makes the magicconcoction for Brady each game andputs it inregular Gatorade bottles.

But what if the drink isn’t all that special

Brady claims he doesn’t know how it’s made, a moment that plays outlike theinspiring ‘Secret Stuff’ scene fromSpace Jam.

Maybe the Patriots training staff wants Brady to realize he’s had the Secret Stuff inside him all along.

True story: That’s just it. With the exception of the 1995-96 NFC championship against Dallas, I’ve never wanted Green Bay to beat a team more than I did that day. The Packers played like they wanted this one, too. That was evident from the start. They beat Seattle for three quarters and change, and a series of ridiculous things happened that led to the meltdown. I spent way too much time on Twitter during this game, too. Way too much wasted energy. I will never do that again.

So the Packers lost, and I just kind of sat staring at the living room floor and did not move for maybe, I don’t know, 45 minutes. There are few things worse than the sinking feeling of knowing your favorite team’s season is over. I can’t imagine how the players feel. My natural instinct is to get away immediately, so I went to the store and bought a birthday cake for my wife, which fell on the next day. I didn’t say anything to the cashier, who just kind of motioned at me toward the ground. I didn’t have shoes or socks on. That’s how disorienting that loss was. (At least I still had pants on.)

Fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 600th home run returns ball for free

Jun
13

Albert Pujols received a special piece of memorabilia he wasn’t sure he’d see again.

The Angels first baseman hit a grand slam down the left-field line against the Twins on Saturday for his 600th career home run, and the young fan who caught it returned the ball to the slugger for free the next day.

Melisa Russell indicated in multiple since-deleted posts late Wednesday that the couple was splitting up, according to the Sun-Times. Reed wrote that her friend has been a loyal, forgiving and kind-hearted wife but found condoms in the couple’s apartment a day earlier.

A Cubs spokesperson told the Sun-Times the team was aware of the accusations, but did not comment. The Cubs later released a statement.

Last night, we were made aware of a serious claim posted on social media about Addison Russell, the statement said. We reached out to Major League Baseball and, following the protocol established by MLB, will fully cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office as it gathers pertinent facts. Addison will not be in uniform tonight to allow him to work through this matter.

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Russell denied the accusation in a statement released by the Cubs late Thursday afternoon.

Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful, Russell said. For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.

Lions to renovate Ford Field with hope of landing another Super Bowl

Jun
11

Jackson was scrutinized and surprisingly cut by the Eagles after putting up a career-high 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. Questions about his character prompted the release, and Washington promptly scooped him up.

“I felt coming from Philadelphia and the image they put out on me, I think I had three years to go out there and prove to everybody that he is not that type of guy,” Jackson said. “He is a team guy he loves to get the ball because what receiver on your team do you know that doesn’t want to get the ball? As far as I am around the locker room with my teammates, all the guys, the coaches, and I think I proved and showed everybody that I haven’t gotten in any trouble off field.

“I have done everything as a family man and I’m just a man about business that wants to go out there and keep producing.”

The Detroit area has hosted the Super Bowl twice. The Lions hope to make it a hat trick in Hockeytown.

The Lions unveiled plans Wednesday for a $100 million renovation to Ford Field. Team president Rod Wood told reporters the city and the stadium are ready for another Super Bowl.

“We’re at the very beginnings of trying to work with some of our partners in the city to form a commission that could focus on bringing things to the city of Detroit,” Wood said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I think with the activity downtown, just think back to when we had the Super Bowl here 11 years ago, 12 years ago now, what’s happened in the city since then, and with what we’re going to do with the stadium. I can’t promise that we’ll get another Super Bowl, but I certainly think the stadium is ready for it.”
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They can match any price for the Patriots.

Jun
08

“They present a ton of problems,” Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said of the Patriots defense. “All 11 guys are interchangeable. Pass rushers who can be linebackers and safeties who can play corner. Don’t have to change much.”

One thing the Falcons like to do near the goal line is use a bunch formation and cross the receivers, running one underneath as inside receivers draw the defensive backs away.

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The Patriots made a big deal with the Browns last October when they traded outside linebacker Jamie Collins for a third-round pick in 2017. For the Browns to also acquire New England’s young impact QB, they can’t get away with low-balling.

Cleveland has something neither San Francisco nor Chicago has: a second, high first-round pick. Having No. 12 overall in addition to No. 1 is a product of passing on the Eagles’ Carson Wentz, now 24, in last year’s draft. In that sense, the Browns shouldn’t shy away from going hard after Garoppolo, 25. He’s not much older, and he’s been well developed in the Patriots’ offense for two full offseasons.

The Browns’ offensive-minded head coach, Hue Jackson, wants a franchise QB. They can match any price for the Patriots. It’s more about whether Jackson and their front office think they can find a preferred rookie at either No. 1, No. 12 or with one of their two second-rounders.