Monthly Archives: August 2017

Panthers’ Cam Newton to make preseason debut Thursday

After weeks of rehabilitation, Cam Newton will finally get in on the preseason action.

Barring any further setbacks, the Panthers quarterback is expected to make his preseason debut in Thursday’s game against the Jaguars, coach Ron Rivera confirmed Tuesday.

The Tiger-Cats are 0-8; every other team in the CFL has at least two wins. Jones had been brought on as assistant head coach Aug. 2.

“June and I have established a great relationship, and I feel comfortable and very confident with him handling the on-field product moving forward,” Austin said in a release. “This organization, its fans and partners deserve a championship-caliber team and we fully expect to work together to return us to that level.”

Jones, 64, last worked as a head coach with SMU from 2008-14 on the heels of a stint at Hawaii from 1999-2007. He also was interim head coach of the Chargers in 1998 and head coach of the Falcons from 1994-96.

Jones does have some prior experience in Canada; he was offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1986 and played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1982.

Cobb is still capable of the occasional big game, but since signing this contract, he has continuously declined. Cobb last season had just 610 yards and four touchdowns. His yards per catch fell from over 14 in 2014 to just 10.2 last year. He stands the risk of being a high-priced afterthought in the Packers’ high-powered offense.seahawks_009

Did the Cavaliers new jerseys leak?

If you’re an NBA fan waiting anxiously to see your team’s new Nike jersey for the upcoming season, well, you might just need to look back at some old uniforms. Especially if you’re a Cavaliers fan.

On Tuesday this leaked photo of the alleged Cavs new jersey hit Twitter and got people all riled up. The colors are fine, the cut looks good — but immediately people began to notice a striking resemblance.

The Hawks jerseys in question were their red alternate jerseys, ushered in following the 2014-15 season and worn until now, when they too will have a redesign by Nike. While the alleged new Cavs jersey and that Hawks uniform aren’t identical, they do share some similarities.
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A similar shade of red, yellow accents, a combination of yellow and black for the name/number. There are clearly some differences, but there’s no doubt these new Nike jerseys resemble the Hawks’ old ones.

What do you think? Did Nike get a little too close to the old Hawks uniforms?
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Now he’s landed Gordon Hayward, a scoring wing who appears to be hitting his prime. Hayward put up career highs in points, rebounds, and shooting percentages and he also made the most of his first extended playoff appearance, averaging 24 and 6 for a Utah team that advanced to the second round.

Neither Horford nor Hayward are superstars or franchise players. They alone will not carry you to a championship. At the very least, they are really good players everyone would like to have, including a few teams who tried everything they could to have them on their roster.

What did the Suns do with their newfound cap space?

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We needed a third point guard and we thought Mason III was the best one left on the board. We love his leadership and his tenacity. We’ll probably put him on a two-way contract so he can split time between the Sonics and our G-League affiliate, the Wenatchee Wildmen.
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With unlimited upside potential, Layman can slash, shoot the three, play D, get to the line, and make all the ladies in Seattle swoon! He’s also a Terp and there was no way I was going to let this expansion draft pass without showing my extreme bias.

But the Suns had grand designs in free agency and desperately wanted to free up cap space. They needed Charlotte to select White in the draft. So they agreed to send $3 million and a future first-round pick if Charlotte promised to select White. The Bobcats, needing bodies and salary filler, took the deal.

What did the Suns do with their newfound cap space? They signed a 30-year-old Steve Nash. Nash won the next two NBA MVP awards, the Suns went to the next two Western Conference Finals, and the team changed basketball forever.

The Charlotte Bobcats gave us so little in their decade of infamy, but they gave us the Seven Seconds Or Less Phoenix Suns. Thank you, Bobcats.

During the NBA draft, players will now be able to stash international projects overseas for the first time. Also, you will finally be able to trade players who were just drafted on draft night. That’s huge and was a glaring problem in previous editions.

Adding to the improvement in the financial aspects of the game, players will be able to renounce cap holds, so get Larry Coon’s CBAFAQ added to your bookmarks right now. You’ll have to study up to maximize your cap space and Woj won’t be here to help you.

Jimmy Butler treated 35 Bulls staffers to dinner after being traded to Timberwolves

Over a month after he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler took several dozen Chicago Bulls staffers to a group dinner, according to The Chicago Tribune. About 35 staffers, including behind-the-scenes salespeople, media relations officials, and production team members, enjoyed a meal at a new sushi restaurant called Katana on Sunday — on Butler’s dime.

Vince Biegel Authentic Jersey But management never bought into Butler as the franchise player for the future and moved on this summer. Regardless of his feelings toward the front office, the ex-Bull showed love by taking his old co-workers out for a dinner while in town. It added onto a message he posted on Instagram after learning he’d been traded on draft day.

After an eventful summer that featured multiple All-Stars changing teams, some teams will welcome old friends back as opponents for the first time. Players like Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Chris Paul will return to their stomping grounds in unfamiliar jerseys.

But it’s not just about a homecoming party.
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Holiday NBA schedules were unveiled, fans will enjoy a Finals rematch on Christmas, and a months-long obsession with the highest level of basketball continues on Oct. 17.

In addition, there are no more instances of 4 games in 5 nights. There were 20 such stretches last season. And the number of back-to-back games have decreased from an average of 16.3 to 14.4 per team.

Key and Peele paid Von Miller’s thrusting fine after he imitated Hingle McCringleberry

Keegan-Michael Key went on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss how he and Jordan Peele came up with the iconic series of “East-West” football sketches that have gathered their own cult following.

We also learned that the comedy duo paid Von Miller’s twerking fine after he tried to imitate Hingle McCringleberry:

The 2013 “Excessive Celebration” sketch has become a favorite of NFL players, many of whom have imitated it following touchdowns. The sketch, which pokes fun at the league’s rules on celebrating, centered on rookie Hingle McCringleberry infamously doing “three pumps” after scoring, which resulted in a flag:

It’s not the first time the Colts have had to navigate a field issue. Last year, the team’s preseason opener was canceled when the decision was made to shut down the Hall of Fame game due to unsafe field conditions.

And that’s what me and Khalil are, we’re best friends and we love one another. So, the only reason we did that is to unify people, and to unify the people that look up to us, because obviously, we see what’s going on in the world, and obviously, everyone pays attention to the national anthem nowadays.

Who’s from a different part of America from me, but to be able to have that kind of solidarity and be able to have somebody who’s behind me and know that somebody that I really trust and to be able to see him put everything on the line to be able to support one of his teammates. I thought that was a very special moment and emotional moment,” Bennett said.
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He showed some of his potential at times

These photos clearly show Clark pursuing Ifedi from across the crowd before throwing all his weight into the punch, with both men tumbling to the ground as a result. Ifedi appears to have never seen Clark or the punch coming, and lays on the ground for some time as Clark is pulled away from the pile.

According to Carroll, Clark’s 4-day absence from practice was part of the discipline the team applied for his sucker punch of Ifedi. Clark also apologized to Ifedi and his teammates, with Carroll making these comments on the Brock and Salk show:

Frank is most remorseful about it, and he expressed that to his teammates and guaranteed them he would never go there again Carroll told Brock and Salk Friday morning before speaking with the media at-large after practice. So some really good moments and I think we’re better for it.

In Goff’s seven starts during the 2016 season, the Rams were 0-7. He finished the year with five touchdowns and seven interceptions, but the team knew that the development of Goff would take some time.
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His transition from an Air Raid offense in college meant that the Rams hoped Goff would be able to sit his entire rookie season behind Case Keenum. When Keenum floundered in the starting role, the pressure eventually built on the Rams to the point that the team had little choice but to give Goff a chance.
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He showed some of his potential at times, but those highlights were few and far between.

It gets bonus points for the multiple projectiles going hither and thither.

This is a producer or something-or-rather for the Howard Stern Show, and it’s a personal favorite for one reason: This man’s job is to be made fun of by someone who devastates humans for a living for an audience of millions. And you can see that on his face. He’s not mad that he embarrassed himself in front of Citi Field. Oh, no, no. He had bigger problems.

The Official Go-Go’s YouTube page has a two-minute video of the Go-Go’s throwing out the first pitch, and it doesn’t include the actual first pitch. Do not let the Go-Go’s gaslight you. It was a tremendous first pitch.

It gets bonus points for the multiple projectiles going hither and thither. It was chaos, and I love watching all of the different reactions.

This is also a good time to announce that when I was a kid, I thought they were singing “Alex the Seal” instead of “Our Lips Are Sealed.” Feels good to get that off my chest.

Maybe if Altuve weren’t this good, the Astros wouldn’t have been comfortable with acquiring only Francisco Liriano at the trade deadline. Seems like he might have indirectly hurt the team’s ability to chase a World Series championship because he was so productive. Makes you think.

OK, it really doesn’t make you think, and it’s a supremely dumb argument, but so is the argument that Trout wasn’t the MVP in 2012 because Ervin Santana had an off year. That he wasn’t the MVP in 2015 because Jered Weaver lost his fastball. You say that the goal of every team in baseball is to win the Andrew Cashner Jerseys
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is to win baseball games. And no player has helped his team do that more than Trout in every season since 2012.

Except this year, when Altuve is probably a little more valuable because he’s played more.

Altuve is probably the MVP, even though we have more than a month to go in the season, and my brain is absolutely OK with that. Dude’s good. The voters will probably get it right, and this is the only hot MVP take that I’ll get to have.

NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers send Allen Crabbe to Nets, get much-needed cap relief

If you started a list of NBA teams in need of a cap-relief coupon, the Trail Blazers would be near the top of the list. Fortunately for them, a deal with the Nets will save them all kinds of money.

Portland will trade shooting guard Allen Crabbe — who signed a four-year, $75 million contract with the Nets last offseason as a restricted free agent before the Trail Blazers matched the offer to retain him — to Brooklyn in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Trail Blazers will waive the remaining three years and $18 million left on Nicholson’s contract and utilize the stretch provision to help clear even more money off the books.

“Yeah, at the time it hurt. But there’s new opportunities and I’m here now so this is my next opportunity and I’m looking forward to making the most of it.”
Koetter also spoke to the media about conducting sensitive business, such as releasing a player, with the cameras rolling.

“This appalling story about the female referee removed during an AAU game warrants serious discussion,” the NBA referees union said in a Sunday tweet. “First, the misogynistic comments and intimidation by the coach have no place in basketball or anywhere.

Yes, they have James, but if he leaves next season (which has been highly speculated), then the Cavs don’t have much to work with. Billups isn’t one to turn down a challenge, but it just wasn’t worth it considering everything that’s involved.

Kaepernick remains unsigned following the backlash for kneeling during the national anthem before 49ers games last season in protest against police brutality and racial injustice, though he said he would not continue the protest this season with a new team.dolphins_120

Redskins’ Harvey-Clemons must be more than ‘Josh’ in Washington

The NFL can be a humbling test mentally and physically. It’s a roller-coaster ride that never ends. One day a player can be on top of his game, and everybody loves him. The next day it can all come crumbling down.

Fortunately, Josh Harvey-Clemons knows exactly what such a roller-coaster ride is like after his college football experience.

December could make or break the Bills’ season. Four of the five games are critical in-division draws against last year’s AFC East playoff representatives. The fifth welcomes the Andrew Luck-lead Colts to Buffalo. It’s always nice to lure the Dolphins to New Era Field when there’s a propensity for snow and the Patriots may have little to play for come Week 16, but closing on the road with the playoffs on the line won’t be easy.

The Bills went 1-5 in the AFC East in 2016, including back-to-back losses to the Dolphins and Jets to close, dooming their season. That will need to change.
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Limited Youth Margus Hunt Jersey The Bills improve on their division ledger, finishing strong at 4-2, including a win over the hated Patriots for a second straight year. But the degree of difficulty within a loaded conference proves too high to achieve a playoff berth. Buffalo will need to steal a win or two from the AFC West and NFC South matchups to stay in contention into the holidays.

Pittsburgh has a well-timed bye before back-to-back AFC South showdowns against the Colts and Titans. The Tennessee game marks the start of a stretch of four consecutive prime-time games, and the extra rest will come in handy against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. That’s one of the best games on the 2017 NFL schedule, and it could take on a similar theme as the last time the teams met at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won that 2009 game 37-36 on a last-second TD pass by Roethlisberger.

Indians’ Michael Brantley (ankle) placed on DL

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who left Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, the team announced.

Brantley — slashing .299/.358/.445 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 88 games — missed two weeks in mid-June with an ankle sprain. His .299 average is second among the first-place Indians’ everyday players.

He was hurt Tuesday while running for a ball hit to left field in the fifth inning of an eventual 4-1 win over the Rockies.

Authentic Youth Cordrea Tankersley Jersey Abraham Almonte was in the lineup for Wednesday’s day game as Brantley’s replacement in left field. Almonte is expected to get most of the playing time in Brantley’s absence.
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Thoughts: The Red Sox won the World Series, of course, but they didn’t win these trades. Murphy became an important part of the Texas outfield for years, and Pineiro had productive years as a starter left in the tank. Even Pena hit eight homers with an .855 OPS in 37 games for the Nationals that year, though his big-league career never found its footing. Gagne had a 6.75 ERA in the regular season for the Sox and a 6.23 ERA in the playoffs. Danielson never made the bigs and Carter (no, not the Chris Carter who played for the Yankees this year) only appeared in 13 games for Boston.

Thoughts: Evans had 33 homers and 37 stolen bases in the minors in 2006, but he only played 20 games in the majors, spread over three years. Luna’s best days in the bigs were behind him, and Scalamandre never made the majors.

Weaver struggled during the 2006 regular season (5.18 ERA in 15 starts) but caught fire in the playoffs — he had a 2.43 ERA in five starts, including eight strong innings in the World Series clincher, Game 5. Belliard solidified second base. Sosa struggled in the regular season out of the bullpen and didn’t appear in the postseason.