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Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith: First full practice in pads ‘a great feeling’

Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith took another step Wednesday in his long journey back from a devastating knee injury, practicing in full pads for the first time in 19 months.

“It’s just a great feeling, a huge accomplishment to get back on the field with my teammates,” Smith told reporters (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “It was about moving forward. It was full pads. It’s a lot of things that come with it, the nitty gritty and the real contact. It was something I embraced today and was able to get after it.”

“That’s a coach’s dream, to have that kind of prediction because there is no pressure on you but I think that is total bull,” Ryan said. “If that is the case, why was I fired when I was fired if that’s how bad this team was? So I don’t get that. To saddle them with four wins, I totally disagree with that.”

Later in the interview Ryan showed similar support and belief in President Donald Trump, whom he introduced at a rally in Buffalo in April 2016.

“I am proud to be an acquaintance of Donald Trump. I felt honored he asked me to speak,” Ryan said. “I’m not a politician I don’t know politics that well. Just because I support Donald Trump doesn’t mean I support 100 percent everything he has ever done. I’m proud I know Donald Trump and I support him. And by the way, he happens to be our President. And I think anybody who is against him now is against our country. Without question, I’m proud to be a proud supporter of Donald Trump.”

The full interview can be found here.
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Breaking down stats of Russell Westbrook’s latest triple-double

Russell Westbrook has been putting up a triple-double almost every night this season, but his performance Wednesday night against the Magic was probably his best one yet.

Frank Kaminsky has been playing extremely well lately, but he didn’t bring his A-game against the Cavs Friday night. The big center went 0-for-9 from the field, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range, in the Hornets’ 112-105 loss to the Cavs.

Kirk Mclean Game Jersey Giannis Antetokounmpo picks off a pass and has open court in front of him. What he does next looks like something out of the NBA Slam Dunk contest. Antetokounmpo finished with 34 points in Milwaukee’s 100-97 victory over the Hawks.

Wizards (43-28) vs. Cavaliers (46-24), 7:30 p.m. ET — The Wizards still have an outside shot of catching the Cavs to earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers have been in the dumps lately, going 7-8 over their last 15 games.

Last week, Ball appeared on an episode of In the Zone with Chris Broussard where he discussed how James’ sons, 12-year-old LeBron James Jr. and 9-year-old Bryce Maximus James, would struggle growing up in their dad’s shadow.

Byron Maxwell Game Jersey The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good, Ball said. They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn’t no All-Star, he wasn’t cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn’t all that, that’s why he’s such a monster.

You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.

the Warriors became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff spot with a 112-95 win over the lowly Nets.

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Darius Butler Authentic Jersey Wilson had been drawing interest from NBA types because of his potential as a defensive specialist, a guy who can protect the paint and grab rebounds. But by the end of the year, especially during Michigan’s magical, season-ending spurt that saw them win the Big Ten tournament and now nestle into the Sweet 16, Wilson was much more aggressive and productive on the offensive end. He averaged 11.0 points this year, but has averaged 16.2 since the start of the postseason.

With his combination of size and length, and his potential to knock down 3-point shots, Wilson is looking more like a late first-rounder now. Some of the complaints about his game—especially his passiveness on the offensive end—have been answered.

Bell is, in some ways, a reflection of Wilson, except that he has not had the late-season surged to move his stock out of the second round. He’s super-athletic and has a knack for blocking shots, averaging 2.1 per game, and his future in the NBA is likely as a defensive big man. He has been big on the boards lately, with 12 in each of his two tournament games, and four straight double-digit rebounding efforts. Scouts will be looking for him to continue that kind of effort against Wilson.

The 76ers are probably happy they kept Jahlil Okafor after the 6-11 center scored 28 points with 10 rebounds. Robert Covington continued his hot streak with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Warriors became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff spot with a 112-95 win over the lowly Nets. The Warriors (49-9) actually clinched a playoff berth three days earlier than they did last year en route to setting an NBA regular-season record for wins.

Brandon Jennings asked Knicks for release so he can play for winning team

The Knicks plan to waive Brandon Jennings, according to multiple reports.

The point guard, who was averaging 8.6 points this season, asked to be released by the team, according to ESPN. The reason he asked for a release is because he hopes to play for a playoff-contending team instead of the 24-35 Knicks.

According to The Vertical, New York plans to sign Chasson Randle to replace Jennings. Randle was recently waived by the 76ers as a result of the team’s trade with Dallas.

Jennings was once a promising player in Milwaukee, averaging over 19 points during the 2011-12 season. Recently, however, he’s been bounced around a few teams, and eventually spent some time in the Development League.
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He still has some flashes of great play, scoring 32 in a December game for New York. He probably won’t go anywhere as a starter, but he can be a solid backup guard for a team looking to add depth in a postseason run.

The Mavs are hoping that they can draw a similar outcome with Bogut as the Suns are looking for with Tucker. They’re aware that Bogut has not been deemed worthy of a first-rounder to this point, but what happens when contending teams looking to beef up for a playoff run feel they’ve got to get something done at the deadline?
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Bogut has not been healthy, but he has a championship pedigree, having anchored the Warriors’ defense in consecutive trips to the Finals. The fact that he has struggled to get on the floor might prevent any team from getting desperate enough to give away a first-round pick, but if he can be had for a couple of second-rounders and bounces back down the stretch, he could be the kind of low-risk, high-reward gamble who would pay off for a contender.

Pistons’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrested for suspicion of DUI

Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested hours after the team’s loss to the Heat on Tuesday night and ticketed for driving under the influence.

WDIV first reported the arrest, which occurred after Caldwell-Pope was pulled over around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday for driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer who stopped him smelled alcohol and arrested Caldwell-Pope after conducting field sobriety tests. A Breathalyzer test later registered the player’s blood-alcohol content at 0.08, WDIV reported.

Caldwell-Pope played in Thursday night’s win over the Nets, scoring 12 points. The 24-year-old is averaging 14.1 points per game this season and is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Detroit has six games remaining in the regular season and enters Friday’s contest at Milwaukee 2 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Arriving to a team that had never played in a championship series, Duncan put small-market San Antonio on the pro sports map and did more on the court than anyone else to transform the Spurs into the NBA’s model franchise.

By his second season, he led San Antonio to its first title and finished up with five championships, three Finals MVP awards and two regular-season MVP awards. He’s considered the greatest power forward to ever play, although he starred for a good chunk of his career in the middle.

Regardless of how he’s viewed, he’s most responsible for the Spurs’ amazing near-20-year run of excellence. During his 19 seasons, the Spurs never missed the playoffs once and posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record. That’s the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and No. 1 in the four major U.S. pro sports during that time period.4

Astros star Carlos Correa out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, he said via social media.

Correa posted a picture of himself in a surgical gown with a caption that described the surgery as a success followed by ready for what’s next.

Rodriguez underwent surgery on his shoulder after he was injured in a nasty car wreck in January, just two months after he agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Braves.
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Rodriguez was traveling with his family when they were hit by a stolen car. The driver of the stolen vehicle was killed, and Rodriguez, his wife and two of their children sustained injuries.

Despite the terrifying situation, Rodriguez said God’s power and traditional hard work got him rehabbed faster than trainers anticipated.

Steve Smith Sr Womens Jersey I told them right out of surgery that I was going to be back a lot sooner than they thought, Rodriguez said. I was taught young, you set your mind to something and just keep getting it and winning every day, just see what happens. Again, I’ve had a lot of good people around me, from Pete Cicinelli (Braves major league performance therapist), to Andrew Hauser (director of player health and performance) and the training staff.

Aside from Rodriguez, there are other potential big changes in the Braves’ roster. Manager Brian Snitker told the AJC that shortstop Dansby Swanson won’t be playing everyday, and there is a chance he could be sent back to the minors.

Waiters got into peak physical condition under the Heat’s elite training staff

One year after essentially taking a $3 million make-good contract in Miami, Waiters gets to cash in. And it’s well-earned after the year he had.

Mychal Rivera Limited Jersey Waiters got into peak physical condition under the Heat’s elite training staff, and averaged nearly 16 points and over four assists per game. Sure, he’s still not super efficient with his wild tendencies driving the basketball, but he’s a knockdown catch-and-shoot guy, and he still possesses toughness defensively on the ball. He’s turned himself into a useful player that can be a starter on a solid team in today’s NBA.

Analysis (Foster): Going for a frontline starter now would seem to indicate the Braves believe they have a serious shot at the postseason this year. That seemed a silly thing to say coming out of spring training, but a better-than-expected first half has them in the conversation as a darkhorse contender

Bobby Wagner Limited Jersey The rotation has been quite uneven this season, so an upgrade is definitely needed if Atlanta plans to make a run. It certainly has the prospects and expendable veterans to get a deal done, but the real question is whether it makes more sense to wait until the offseason and try to form a roster that will be in the playoff mix from opening day in 2018.

Analysis (Rivera): Let’s be honest: The Mets need to sell like a grandma selling Super Nintendo games at a yard sale. Their chances of a playoff spot are slim, and if they keep fighting against injuries, things won’t get any better. Duda is an interesting trade chip: He’s in the middle of a pretty good season — he has 14 homers at the All-Star break — and he could offer a team a decent power threat at first base or DH. The fact that the Mets reportedly are willing to deal him to the Yankees is even more interesting, but the cost will be the question.

Giants teammate explains why Eli Manning is similar to LeBron James

If you were asked to compare Eli Manning to any athlete, LeBron James probably wouldn’t be the first name to pop into your head.

But Manning’s teammate, Damon Harrison, did just that Monday on Good Morning Football, and he actually made some sense in the process.

It’s the offseason where I’m not allowed to be working with a team, Jennings said Saturday, via the Lynchburg News & Advance. I’m training myself. I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m always going to be in shape. That’s what I’m known for across the league. A team knows they’re going to have a player that’s going to be in the best shape of their life.

Game Mens JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey Free agency right now, I’m going into year nine. I understand free agency and how it works. I feel like I’ll be landing with a team in the next two months, but right now I feel I’m in such a peaceful place in my life, though, from transitioning to another team, transitioning to other things outside of football, doing all the philanthropic work that I do. I’m just in a peaceful place.

Game Mens Cameron Fleming Jersey Jennings, who in May became the fourth NFL player to win Dancing with the Stars, was cut by the Giants in February along with wide receiver Victor Cruz to free up $10 million in salary cap space. After joining New York in 2014 and having his career-best season in 2015, Jennings posted his lowest total rushing yards since 2013 last season with 593.

NBA Playoffs: Mike Conley, Grizzlies tie series with OT win over Spurs

Mike Conley carried the Grizzlies all game. But the final seconds of overtime belonged to Marc Gasol.

That’s not to say Stevens is a future Hall of Famer, either. Part of the reason for the boomerang of opinion against Stevens has been the way he’s sometimes portrayed as a golden boy of the NBA. That was compounded by an ESPN ranking that had Stevens as the NBA’s third-best coach. The truth — as always — is somewhere in between.

Stevens is a sharp Xs and Os guy, and he has rebuilt the Boston offense to thrive in today’s NBA. He’s helped some mediocre players on the roster get the most out of their ability. On the downside, he can be slow on in-game adjustments. Another knock on Stevens that has been floated from players is that he’s not a great communicator — players can deal with alterations to their roles within the rotation, but Stevens does not always explain those alterations.

But for a purely impartial look at Stevens and where he sits among coaches in the league, we went to three league observers: an Eastern Conference scout, front-office executive and assistant coach. Their takes are as follows.

On a bittersweet note, Thomas’s epic performance came on what would have been the 23rd birthday of his sister, Chyna Thomas, who died in a car crash last month.

“There was no way I couldn’t play on her birthday,” Thomas said. “I wanted to win for her.”

He said: “I can’t even sit up here and say I can [compare]. One thing I do know is that we had a huge halftime deficit and were able to come back and win the game.

“I didn’t know it was the biggest comeback or things of that nature. For myself, I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win no matter who’s on the floor with me. Try to empower them, try to make them better, try to make them believe we can be great every night.

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Russell Westbrook says his ‘friendship’ with the basketball is not a joke

Russell Westbrook wants everyone to know that his friendship with the basketball is not a joke.

The Thunder star elaborated on his previous comments about the basketball being his only friend on the court, when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
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I never shoot like this, James told The Athletic of his feet being on a parallel line. I’m always shooting off the hip. I like it. I’m sticking with it.

James was 6 of 9 from the free-throw line in the Cavaliers’ Game 1 win over the Pacers in their first game of the NBA playoffs.

I think you’ve got to give LeBron a lot of credit for being open to changing something, Korver told reporters Monday ahead of the Cavs’ Game 2 matchup with the Pacers. That’s one of the things I really respect most about him the most since coming here is just how hard he works and how hard he prepares, how open he is to being coached. It just says a lot about him.

If the Cavaliers continue to struggle from the line in Monday’s Game 2, Korver might need to intervene in more of his teammates’ form.

We’re always going to support each other, Bradley said. Not to say our teammates aren’t going to support us as well, but we’re family, so it’s different. I’m going to be there for him no matter what. бн

Game Kids Tennessee Titans Jersey It takes a lot of [guts] for somebody to go through that and still be able to come out and perform at a high level. Even though he wasn’t screaming or the usual Isaiah, he still went out there and fought hard. And it made us want to fight harder for him. We just made some mistakes that are fixable and we’ll have a chance to do it [in Game 2].