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Trent Richardson backs out of deal to play in CFL

Aug
29

Trent Richardson will not be playing in Canada in the near future.

The running back was planning on flying north of the border to sign a contract with the CFL, but he decided not to go, according to AL.com .

Richardson, 27, said his ultimate goal is to get back in the NFL sooner than later. The contract worked up with the CFL was a one-year deal with a second-year buyout option.

Essentially, Richardson would be locked into a two-year contract with the CFL if he was successful.

Richardson was selected by the Browns at No. 3 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He ran for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns that year in Cleveland, but two games into the 2013 NFL season, he was traded to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick.

In Indianapolis, his production dropped, running for only 977 yards and six touchdowns in 29 games.

Richardson last played in the NFL during the 2015 preseason for the Raiders, when he ran for 42 yards on 15 carries.

According to Goodell, he simply thinks Kaepernick hasn’t earned a job in the NFL after his performance last season. Are you sure it’s not due to his activism which he isn’t backing down from?

“If they (NFL teams) see an opportunity to get better as a football team, they’re going to do it,” the NFL commissioner said at an LA Rams All-Access event in Los Angeles via ESPN.com.

“They’re going to do whatever it takes to make their football team better. So, those are football decisions. They’re made all the time. I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it.”seahawks_043

Hawks won’t match Knicks’ ludicrous Tim Hardaway Jr. offer, per report

Aug
28

The Atlanta Hawks will not match the New York Knicks’ massive four-year, $71 million contract offer to Tim Hardaway Jr., according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It’s not yet official, but the restricted free agent will ultimately be a Knick for the second time in as many years.

It’s no surprise that the Hawks, who are now in full rebuild mode after not even offering Paul Millsap a contract, decided not to match what may be the worst contract of the entire summer.

Patterson may have an opportunity to start in Oklahoma City as a floor-spacer alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The Thunder traded promising youngster Sabonis to Indiana to get George and watched midseason acquisition Gibson sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kids Cody Franson Jersey His per-game numbers don’t jump off the page, but the Raptors were always better when Patterson was in the game. Toronto outscored teams by 10.9 points per 100 possessions last year with Patterson in and just 0.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the bench.

Those numbers are not an aberration. Two seasons ago, they were 9.3 points better with him in and 0.8 points worse with him out. Three seasons ago, Toronto was +5.3 with him in and just +0.8 with him out. Four seasons ago, Toronto was 9.3 points better with him in and just 1.7 points better with him out in the 63 games he played there upon being acquired from the Sacramento Kings in the Rudy Gay trade.
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Patterson isn’t much of a scorer or rebounder, but he simply helps teams win. Those skills will be valuable alongside two ball-dominant players like Westbrook and George, as well as poor perimeter shooters like Steven Adams and Andre Roberson (if he is re-signed).

Teacher used handout to tell students to be like Michael Jordan, not Kevin Durant

Aug
26

Students can learn some things from athletes. Hard work, determination, dedication — these are amazing qualities. One teacher might have taken the idea of athletes as learning tools a little too far:
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This is purported to be a handout given to students on the first day of school. The text seems to indicate this was for a middle or high school language class, and it tells students directly to model their lives after Michael Jordan, not Kevin Durant:

KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that has just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don’t be like KD. Don’t take the easy way out.

Kaepernick is hardly the first person to recognize the inherent connection between America and racism. Nor is he the first athlete to take issue with the anthem.

Elite Youth Michael Schofield Jersey In Sept. 1960, James Timothy Mudcat Grant, a black pitcher for Cleveland, got into an argument with bullpen coach Ted Wilks, one of the heroes of the Cardinals 1944 championship team.

Grant was singing the anthem before a game, but he decided to change some words.

When it got to that part ‘home of the brave and land of the free’ I sang something like ‘this land is not so free. I can’t even go to Mississippi,’ Grant told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer in 1960.

I thought his being a zero on defense would keep him off the court.

Aug
25

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The over-under for his lowest score was 76.5, and that seemed reasonable. There had been 23 starts by athletes from other sports on the Web.com Tour, and the scoring average was 79.4. Jerry Rice played in this event three times and bombed gloriously, shooting in the 80s with regularity, finishing last by eight shots once, and withdrawing another time after being 23-over through his first 27 holes. John Smoltz, often hailed as one of the top athlete golfers and boasting a plus-handicap at one point, got a start on this Tour and shot 84.

Steph’s first shot of the tournament went completely off the grid and landed in the cup holder of a golf cart, and you were already nervous that this experiment was going to get ugly in a hurry:

Curry was rated a 69 in NBA 2K9. He could shoot the lights out when he got hot, but that was about it. Then the injuries came, and he looked nothing like a top-7 pick.
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But then Monta Ellis got traded and the Warriors drafted some talent to put alongside their super shooter. Today, Curry is a two-time MVP, a two-time champ and arguably the greatest shooter to ever touch a basketball.

Isaiah Thomas: even without handcheck rules and with a softer league, I thought his being a zero on defense would keep him off the court.

Sure, Isaiah Thomas went dead-last in the 2011 NBA Draft, but given his stature, the odds were already stacked against him. A few years later, the 5’9 guard became one of the best success stories in the NBA, crashing into giant defenders in the paint or making defenses pay from downtown. And he’s the star of a Boston team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last season.

The 9 best moments from Sunday’s NFL preseason action

Aug
22

Sunday’s preseason action ended up being a tale of two very different games. The first one, between the Lions and Colts, was nap-inducing. The second, with the Chargers welcoming the Seahawks to their new digs in Los Angeles, was actually fun as hell to watch.

On the other side of the ball, the Titans were happy to welcome back quarterback Marcus Mariota after his second season in a row was cut short due to injury. Unlike the Panthers, however, the Titans didn’t fare so well in Week 1 of the preseason, falling to the Jets, 7-3. Mariota only saw enough game time to get off three passing attempts (for two receptions and 15 yards) and get sacked for a 7-yard loss.

Backup quarterback Alex Tanney struggled with the passing game when it was his turn at the helm, but a big issue for the Titans’ offense was with the offensive line and running backs not picking up blitzes and struggling with pass protection.

Receiver Harry Douglas had a solid performance, especially over the middle, and wideout Taywan Taylor had at least one impressive moment with a leaping catch for a deep pass over the defender. The ground game wasn’t too much more successful, led by running back Derrick Henry, who gained 29 yards on eight carries.

The Titans’ secondary posed the biggest threat to the team’s defensive success, with newly acquired CB Logan Ryan having a miserable debut — he was targeted three times by the Jets’ QBs, allowing three receptions for 77 yards and a QB rating of 118.8 when throwing his direction, per Pro Football Focus.

At the end of the day, both teams are making the most out of the practice element that is NFL preseason. Once the Panthers see Newton back in the pocket, and once the Titans finally feel confident in Mariota’s health moving forward, both teams could be looking down the barrel of a winning season.redskins_086_4d44b8c31ee70cb1-180x180

the villains are the weakest parts of the series.

Aug
20

The climaxes of these story arcs always occur conveniently when Buddy’s team is about to play the championship game. Every time he goes missing, everyone is worried that their team is going to lose. But it never feels like things will truly go wrong, because everything always works out in the end and Buddy’s team wins.
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Aside from Snively, the villains are the weakest parts of the series. Their only purpose is slapstick comedy. I wish they created suspense out of the sports scenes instead, but maybe I’m asking for too much. These are kids’ movies, and you can’t deny kids the chance to see two guys drive off a ramp and into a mud pool.

The strength of the pitching (and the extra rest for the super relievers) will help neutralize the Astros’ lineup somewhat. Just because they’re approaching a .900 OPS as a team doesn’t mean that they’ll hit that well against Chris Sale. They’ll want some parity on the pitching side, too.

Verlander was a deserving Cy Young candidate last year. He’s the last one left. The Astros missed out on Yu Darvish, and they’re not going to do themselves any favors by futzing around with the second tier for pitchers like Jeff Samardzija. That’s the kind of move a team would make if it needed to hold onto a two-game lead. The Astros need the kind of move that would give them a chance to win in the postseason even if their lineup was swapped out with the Padres’. Verlander is the last chance for that.

In late June, Tebow hit his fourth professional home run. That pulled him ahead of Jordan, who hit three in 94.
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First, a comparison of two stat lines: Jordan’s as a 31-year-old in Double-A in 1994, and Tebow’s as a 29-year-old with Low-A Columbia earlier this year. (Tebow was recently promoted to High-A Port St. Lucie, and I’ll get to that in a couple of seconds.)

‘For me, there’s really no rush’: John Tavares bides time on Islanders contract talks

Aug
18

Youth Jack Conklin Jersey John Tavares and the Islanders are meandering toward training camp, now less than a month away, seemingly no closer to a long-term contract solution than on July 1, when the face of the franchise was first eligible to lay to rest the rumors about his impending free agency.

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Two things make Joe Thornton’s beard incredible:

1. The gray strip down the middle. How does that happen? It’s like a skunk without the stench (we hope). It’s like that Just For Men Touch of Gray ad. The gray says experience, the brown says energy. He looks like he knows what he’s doing and can still do it!

2. The thing is so wide, you can actually see it when his back is turned.

In the top-heavy East, it’s best not to take them for granted.

If the loaded Metropolitan Division — a.k.a., hockey’s version of the Group of Death — starts to wear on its members, it wouldn’t be all too surprising to see one of those freshened-up Canadian clubs take advantage and make a deep run through an easier path.

Fresh off a second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy, the Capitals are Stanley Cup or bust and hopeful the depth at defense and throughout the NHL’s second-highest scoring forward group can once and for all cure their playoff ills. That’s not to say those Leafs rookies should be taken lightly. Led by 2016 No. 1 pick Auston Matthews and his 39 goals, Toronto is back in the playoffs for the second time in 13 seasons.

Gary Sanchez has custom, Kraken-themed Home Run Derby bats, and they’re amazing

Aug
16

As if being in the Home Run Derby wasn’t cool enough, New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is showing up to the big event with the COOLEST custom bats out there.

Yeah, that’s right — these are custom, Kraken-themed bats. Kraken, as in the giant mythical octopus creature and the sound bats make when you’re knocking ’em out of the park. It’s also Sanchez’s nickname, according to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

The bats were designed by Victus Sports, a company that handcrafts unique designs on bats and other equipment. And just look at the effort that went into creating these bad boys:

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Authentic Womens Sam Koch Jersey He went on to say that everyone in the clubhouse right now believes they can win it all, which is reasonable considering how they are doing in the regular season, but that something extra to shore up the team and improve weak spots during a playoff push would have been nice to see.

Players don’t always readily admit that teams standing pat in what could be a pivotal situation is disappointing to them, so this is some refreshing honesty in a tricky moment for Keuchel.

He also stated, Good teams can always be great, and great teams can always be legendary. Now it’s time to wait and see if the Astros’ disappointing deadline decisions prevent this team from rising to legendary status or if the players they are sticking with will do that without any outside help.

Lions schedule 2017: Detroit’s road back to playoffs looks a lot like 2016

Aug
15

The Lions’ 2017 schedule looks favorable on paper — no long road trips, no terrible cross-division matchups, and winnable road games.

This sounds familiar.

But Detroit had a similarly favorable schedule in 2016 and had to conjure up some fourth-quarter magic and late-season luck to squeak into the playoffs at 9-7. This season, they’re down a couple of impact linebackers in Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy and are thin on the offensive line even with the addition Ricky Wagner, so no game on the schedule is an absolute guarantee (minus the Browns, because obviously). Add in three primetime games against playoff contenders (Giants, Steelers, Packers) and it’s tougher than it looks.

This is not an easy start for the Packers, who have lost just one September game the past two seasons. Back-to-back games against NFC heavyweights Seattle and Atlanta will test the defense and should set the tone for the rest of the regular season. The “Sunday Night Football” showdown against the Falcons won’t be easy given Atlanta will be opening its new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s worth knowing Cincinnati is the only team Rodgers hasn’t beaten as a starter. The Bengals and Packers have a tradition of bizarre finishes. A rivalry game against the Bears closes the month.

The Cowboys will be out for revenge on Oct. 8 after the Packers won a 34-31 thriller in the NFC divisional playoffs last season, and it won’t be easy for the Packers to go to Minnesota the following week. A shootout with Drew Brees seems obligatory on Oct. 22 before what will be a much-needed bye week.

Despite the negative reactions, Seahawks teammate Doug Baldwin and Bennett’s brother, Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, support Michael.dolphins_041

Gray is under club control through the 2019 season.

Aug
13

You sure about that? They didn’t find an acceptable package for Britton, or fellow reliever Brad Brach. Is that because they asked for too much, or because they were afraid to greenlight any deal? The Orioles have a ton of guys who will be free agents after the 2018 season — Britton, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy, to name a few — and they’ll have to move them at some point. Seemed like taking advantage of contenders’ desire to upgrade bullpens in July would have been a perfect time, right? Guess not. Picking up versatile infielder Tim Beckham from the Rays was a no-lose move; he’s under club control another three seasons and will be important when that crop of 2018 free agents departs.

Good job! Great job, really. The Yankees’ desire to land A’s right-hander Sonny Gray was no secret, but somehow GM Brian Cashman managed to land Gray without parting with his top prospects, and he added a bit of international money in the deal, too. He’s done an exceptional job adding contributors to the Yankees for the past year or so without sacrificing the best pieces in the farm system.

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