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MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Braves shoot into top 5; Mets, Dodgers tumble

Jun
23

Soooooo much has happened in baseball since the release of the SN Power Rankings at the beginning of May that we felt we had to churn out a mid-month update instead of waiting until June, which was the original plan.

Why they’re here: If I had to pick a favorite to win the World Series right now, I’d still probably go with the Astros, mostly because that rotation is just ridiculously good and they still have Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa up the middle. But they’ve scuffled as a team lately, with a 6-7 record through the first couple of weeks of May. And they’ll have decisions to make offensively, too. Can they continue to get at-bats to Jake Marisnick (.141 average, 41 strikeouts and only one walk as the fourth outfielder) and Evan Gattis (81 OPS+ as the primary DH)? They’ll want home-field advantage in the AL again, but getting that best record won’t allow for many hiccups.

After spending two years out of football, Manziel in May signed a two-year deal with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League to rebuild his career. The 25-year-old spent the opener on the sideline playing behind Jeremiah Masoli, who completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 344 yards and an interception during the 28-14 loss.

Jones said in late May that Manziel had no chance to overtake Masoli as the starter before the June 16 opener.

But Jones was impressed enough with Manziel’s performance — 12-for-20 for 88 yards and 1 touchdown — in the preseason finale against Montreal and everything he has seen off the field to predict a successful comeback to the NFL.

It’ll take two years, Jones said. They’re [NFL executives, coaches] waiting to see that he’s taken care of his off-the-field problems.

From what Jones has seen so far, Manziel is on the right path.

He’s humble, he said. He’s growing up every day.

Bears bring back Zach Miller, despite serious knee injury

Jun
16

The football career of Bears tight end Zach Miller likely ended last season, when he suffered a serious knee injury against the Saints. Even thought it’s doubtful that Miller will ever play again, the Bears have brought him back for 2018.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears have re-signed Miller to a one-year deal.

Hence Goodell’s concern about bad agents, and the league’s cautious approach to monetizing sports betting efforts.

If there’s legal wagering, the expectation is the wagers that will be bet will grow astronomically and that kind of growth also creates incentives for bad actors and actions, Ganis said.

There’s been, almost, a regular litany of alleged game-fixing [in Europe] — primarily in soccer, but also in tennis.

But the big focus, at least for the immediate future, will be on pushing Congress to enact laws that will not only force above-board gambling entities to reach agreements with the content rights holders.

At stake isn’t just control of one of the most powerful franchises in sports. This fight is also about money. Lots of it. Lots and lots and lots of it.

Because if whoever does have control decides to sell the team, as ESPN’s Seth Wickersham reported last week, the price could be astronomical:

A NFL ownership source told me recently that if the Denver Broncos hit the market — if the team doesn’t stay in the Bowlen family — it’ll go for such a massive sum that it could reset franchise values and make the Panthers seem like a nice little transaction.

Several league sources told me they think it could be as much as $3 billion.

Johnson was the most reliable performer in coach Hue Jackson’s attack last season, totaling 1,041 yards from scrimmage on 156 touches. Among the best pass-catching specialists in football, he finished third among all running backs in receiving yards (693) and fourth in receptions (74).

Tomlinson: Chargers ‘on paper’ are SB title contenders

Jun
09

The star-studded Rams aren’t the only Los Angeles organization facing high expectations in 2018.
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Despite falling just shy of the playoffs last year, the Chargers have been anointed the AFC West’s team to beat by none other than Broncos legend John Elway.

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Now that they’ve added safety Derwin James and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu in the draft, the Bolts’ roster stacks up against any in the AFC.

That’s scary, Lynn told The MMQB’s Albert Breer this week. I don’t know why everybody wants to crown us all of the sudden…. We like our team, we really do. But right now, who in the hell doesn’t like their team? Everyone likes their team right now.

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I’m just taking it day by day, just keeping my faith and knowing my time is coming, he told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday, after the Jets’ fourth organized team activities practice. It has been tough. There are days where I sit back and ask, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ I try to just look at the positives and see that I’m still able to play this game and I am getting healthy.

I’m hoping that the injury bug is gone. It has been frustrating. It’s given me some time to reflect a little bit. It made me miss the game a lot more. It made me appreciate the game a lot more. I feel like mentally, I’m a lot stronger in that aspect, because of these setbacks.

Landon Collins pushing to participate in Giants’ June minicamp

Jun
06

When Giants safety Landon Collins had to undergo a second surgery on his broken arm in April, there were concerns it could be a significant problem: Collins had already had surgery at the end of the 2017 season, and it’s never a good thing when one injury requires two surgeries.

Collins had started every game of his three-year career until missing the final game of last year with that broken arm. Now he’s heading into the final season of his four-year, $6.1 million rookie contract, and he’s eager to make his fourth year his best year.

One NFL player helped Shepherd along the way: Nate Burleson, the former Vikings, Seahawks and Lions receiver who happened to meet Shepherd while Shepherd was working as a doorman at a club. Burleson now works at NFL Network, and the two met again on set, where Shepherd thanked Burleson for his guidance.

Nate, you were actually the first NFL player I ever met, Shepherd said.

Burleson said he remembered meeting Shepherd, who approached him to ask for advice. Shepherd told Burleson that he wasn’t sure if he’d continue playing football, but Burleson said he could see Shepherd had a passion for the game and urged him not to give up. Burleson also gave Shepherd a big tip and told him a day would come when he was making big money playing football.

Before the night was over you said I was gonna make it to the league. You gave me a $100 bill and said, ‘Here’s a little advance on your signing bonus.’ I’ve never forgotten that, Shepherd told Burleson.

Manning threatened to sue Al Jazeera, but he never did.

Jun
04

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The Vikings used the 23rd overall pick on receiver Laquon Treadwell in 2016. He has 21 catches for 215 yards and no touchdowns in two seasons.

Tredwell, 22, played 80 offensive snaps and 47 special teams snaps as a rookie and 500 offensive snaps and 46 special teams snaps last season.
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It seems obviously Treadwell needs to show more, do more and be better in his third season.

It’s important any time you are in your third year; it’s important, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. He is continuing to get better. I think he stopped being so hard on himself and is just letting it flow now. I think that is part of it.

But Treadwell shrugged off the idea it’s a make-or-break season.

Bolden, 23, said he unknowingly used a supplement on the NFL’s banned substance list.

As a professional athlete, I take full responsibility for not verifying the ingredients of the supplement, Bolden said, via a statement released by the team. In the future, I will be much better educated when choosing what to put in my body. It hurts to know that I will not be on the field with my team for the first four games of the season.

Bolden played nine games last season, returning four punts for 23 yards and 19 kickoffs for 396 yards. He played 27 snaps on offense and 122 on special teams.

Victor made an unintentional mistake, but learned a valuable lesson, 49ers General Manager John Lynch said. Professional athletes must be meticulous in their supplement choices. We know Victor is disappointed, but we hope this is a reminder to all our players how important it is to make educated decisions on what to put in their bodies.

Baker Mayfield may have earned the spotlight at the NFL Draft, but Ryan Shazier stole the show.

The Steelers linebacker made a miraculous walk across the stage at AT&T Stadium on Thursday to announce the team’s first-round pick (No. 28), making for one of the Jonathan Huberdeau Youth jersey most memorable moments in draft history.

The winner advances to the NBA Finals to meet the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.

Jun
01

Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0…. Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons…. Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game, he said. I think that the way in which he’s done that and all of the years now that he’s made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it’s unbelievable.
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There isn’t a harder competition under center to peg this summer, but the smart money says McCarron has the job in Week 1, while Allen takes the reins later in the season.

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So it’s no surprise the former Heisman Trophy winner has been working with new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara on widening Brandon Marshall Jersey his throwing stance in an effort to stabilize himself in the pocket and make more accurate throws.

It’s tough because it’s hard to break old habits, Mariota told The Tennessean’s Jason Wolf. I think for a long time I’ve been playing with such a narrow base. If I’m able to accomplish, really, that goal of mine, to stay in a good solid base throughout, I think I can make a lot of the throws that are asked of me in this offense. As I continue to be out here, I’ve just got to continue to be mindful of it and find ways to just self-correct and just get better.

Although new head coach Mike Vrabel says he won’t be afraid to let Mariota run, it’s imperative that Mariota continue to develop into a confident and reliable pocket passer and avoid injury. With the Titans looking to Derrick Henry to provide impact in the running game, developing the Titans ‘ air attack will rest with Mariota heading into his all-important fourth season.

I think the ball comes out a little faster [in a wider stance], Mariota told Wolf. I think if I’m in a narrow base, it takes me an extra second to get to that [wider] base to be able to throw the football. If I’m in a good solid base [to begin with], I can throw at any point in time and make the throws on time.

Dancers live in a world of fear’: why cheerleaders are taking on the NFL and NBA

May
31

Dancers live in a world of fear’: why Womens Vonn Bell Jersey cheerleaders are taking on the NFL and NBA More Both athletes have accused the NFL of discriminating against women. Last season, Davis claims she was fired from her position cheering for the New Orleans Saints after sending a private Instagram photo of herself in a one-piece bathing suit.
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The Flacco-Jackson saga could play out similar to last year’s situation in Kansas City; Alex Smith held off Pat Mahomes until after the season, when the veteran was traded away and the younger QB was named starter.

But if the Ravens and Flacco aren’t rolling by the time midseason arrives, don’t be surprised if the Jackson era begins in 2018.
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Avril suffered a neck injury early last season and played only four games in 2017, leaving many speculating if it would be enough to end his career. The 32-year-old has made it clear that he wants to return to football, but he’ll have to find a new team as he enters free agency.

The injury happened during Week 5 against the Colts when he was inadvertently kicked in the chin. He experienced numbness in his arm the following week and hasn’t played since.

Avril has spent the last five seasons with the Seahawks after beginning his career with the Lions. He has 74 career sacks, 34.5 of which came while he was in Seattle.

I think the biggest thing that I saw today was when they had an opportunity to make plays, they made them, Jackson said. Chubb made them. Denzel did early, almost getting a ball knocked out in one-on-one drills. Obviously, I think Baker made some really-good throws, some tight throws on the field.

Those guys, this is not too big for them. This stage is not.
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Celtics disappointed with Game 3, vow better play in Game 4

May
25

Marcus Morris thought his defense on LeBron James was s—, Jaylen Brown said his lack of offensive aggression was embarrassing, and Al Horford admitted the Boston Celtics were out of sync after the team digested film Sunday of their lopsided Game 3 loss to the Cavaliers.
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But Celtics players were also adamant that they expect a much different effort when the two teams meet in Game 4 on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET).

That [Celtics] team we saw [in Game 3], I’m 100 percent sure it won’t be the same team on Monday, Morris said. After watching film, Authentic Marreese Speights Jersey we did a lot of things that caused us to be in the position that we’re in. I said before, control the controllables, and we didn’t do that.

Celtics players were loose while going through a light workout at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon, eager to move on from an embarrassing effort that trimmed their lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.

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We saw it on film how the lack of communication was horrible. Basically, it was embarrassing, Thompson said. We know with this team. They move the ball a lot, and we’ve got to be prepared to move ball and move bodies. We did that tonight, and we’re going to need that same effort, but probably even more in Game 4.

The fans weren’t apprehensive. We gave them something to cheer about, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

It isn’t just the fans that exude a different vibe than in previous postseasons. This Capitals team has shown a resilience that has been missing in previous incarnations during the Ovechkin era. Take, for example, their first-round rally from an 0-2 hole against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Or losing Game 1 against the Penguins but then closing out their first series win against Pittsburgh since 1994 without injured center Nicklas Backstrom or suspended forward Wilson. Or this Game 6, with their backs against the wall.

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D-backs lose Steven Souza Jr. again to DL stint

May
23

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is going back on the 10-day disabled list because of a strain of the right pectoral muscle.
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Travis Jankowski (L), 30.3 percent, San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals: Play the Padres’ outfield platoon game depending on who’s starting for Washington. The frontrunner heading into Tuesday is Erick Fedde, who has lost his prospect hype and has seen mixed results at Triple-A Syracuse with a 4.35 ERA. Jankowski, now the majority center field, has cooled off after a recent run but has continued producing against righties (.382/.460/.509 in 55 at-bats this year).

Swap in right-handed Jose Pirela (17.3 percent) should Washington announce a lefty instead.

Guillermo Heredia (R), 0.7 percent, Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics: Long classified as a mere platoon player, Heredia is getting a shot to play nearly every day in center field in the initial stages of Robinson Cano’s suspension, and he’s 4-for-10 in the past four games. He’s worth a trial Paul Molitor Jersey as a fifth mixed-league outfielder. The best guess for Oakland seems to be Daniel Gossett or Kendall Graveman, both quite hittable.

Phillies: SS J.P. Crawford (right elbow strain) fielded grounders at extended spring training. … RHP Pat Neshek (right forearm strain) played catch.

RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.82 ERA) starts for the Phillies while LHP Luiz Gohara (0-0, 1.29 ERA) goes for the Braves. Arrieta is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five career starts vs. Atlanta. Gohara struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings in his only outing vs. Philadelphia last season and lost.

Joe Kelly finished the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got into a bases-loaded jam before getting his 14th save in 16 chances when Mallex Smith grounded into a game-ending forceout on his 32nd pitch of the ninth. Jesus Sucre led off with a single, pinch-hitter Brad Miller doubled with two outs and Rob Refsynder walked.
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Cash said Faria is going to miss some time.

Cardinals’ Kirk arrested in Feb. for disorderly conduct

May
21

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and property damage in Scottsdale, Ari. on Feb. 3, nearly three months before Arizona selected him in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Kirk was seen throwing rocks at cars with a friend while attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale earlier this year, according to the Scottsdale police. Kirk’s case is pending.

As a sophomore at Louisville, Alexander snagged five interceptions then dealt with leg and hand injuries during his junior year. He’s 5’11, 190 pounds, but his athleticism and ability to make plays on the football field will stand out in 2018.

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Gore’s presence shouldn’t put a huge cap on Drake’s touchdown production. The 14th-year veteran has tapered off as a finisher near the goal line with seven scores on the ground in the last two years. Expect the Alabama product to handle early and late downs with frequent touches as a receiver out of the backfield.

Through the first four weeks of the previous season, running back Dalvin Cook ranked second in rushing yards with 354 before a torn ACL derailed his rookie campaign.

Now healthy, without Jerick McKinnon sharing touches in the backfield, Cook takes a fresh start with an upgrade at quarterback in Kirk Cousins. Minnesota still has some question marks Dylan DeMelo Jersey concerning the offensive line, but the Florida State product also flashed exceptional hands as a receiver at the collegiate level.聽

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