Monthly Archives: June 2018

Orleans Darkwa cleared after leg surgery

Running back Orleans Darkwa remains a free agent after leading the Giants rushing last season and his attempt to find a job for the 2018 season could get a boost thanks to some positive medical news.
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For every Price Fleury and Roberto Luongo Authentic Wilmer Flores Jersey who have strong NHL careers, there’s a laundry list of top-10 goalies who never panned out. A year after Nashville missed on Brian Finley sixth overall in 1999, Calgary whiffed on Brent Krahn ninth in 2000, and while Al Montoya had a respectable career as a backup, he never lived up to going No. 6 to the Rangers in 2004.

Montoya never played a game for New York, which is a common tale for highly touted goaltending prospects.

Most goalies around the league, with the exception of maybe three or four, they don’t really hit their stride until they’re probably 25 years old, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. That’s seven years down the road and most of those guys have moved on to another organization. Not as many of them make it with the team that drafted them just because of the life cycle.

That, however, is no lock, according to ESPN, which points out that Marshall’s meager guarantee of $90,000 means it would be easy for Seattle Tyler Kroft Jersey to cut him before the start of the regular season.

The 34-year-old Marshall is coming off two surgeries, one on his ankle and one on his toe, and he played in just five games last year. In those five games he managed just 18 catches for 154 yards, a career-low average of 8.6 yards per catch. Marshall hasn’t been able to do much this offseason because of a hamstring injury.

Marshall himself admitted that I’m not where I want to be, not even close, but my goal is to be in midseason form come camp.

If Marshall isn’t where the Seahawks want him to be in camp, don’t be surprised if he’s not on the team when the regular season starts.

Perhaps the biggest name to be non-tendered on Monday is Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

The Capitals announced on Monday that he was not among their RFA’s to receive a QO but that they are still negotiating with him in the hopes of coming to an agreement on a contract. His QO would have been worth $715,000.

What Yankees are thinking about Jacoby Ellsbury, who’s ‘doing pretty well’ in Tampa

There’s a locker in the home clubhouse at Yankee Stadium with a Jacoby Ellsbury nameplate with pinstripe game jerseys and pants drooping from hangers.
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No, the underachieving center fielder who’s been out all season dealing with four injuries and two sicknesses isn’t on the verge of returning.

Yes, that low. Building trust is fundamental in fantasy. When a player hasn’t thrown an NFL regulation football in over 500 days it greatly diminishes owner confidence and raises anxiety. No matter how Luck performed during his peak years, the glacier speed in which he’s recovered raises endless questions. Can he unload the ball outside the numbers with vintage zip? What about his touch on deep balls? Can he withstand the physical demands Derek MacKenzie Authentic Jersey of a 16-game season behind a work-in-progress offensive line? Colts officials continue to look at Luck’s slow advancements through rose-colored glasses. The passer says he’s pain free, though coaches will ease him in during training camp.

Sam Bradford’s knee is much worse than people know, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer said in October, via There’s so much wear and tear in there, and cartilage issues, and constant swelling and pain in there. He doesn’t look at it right now as career-ending, but bottom line is if this continues to swell and continues to be painful, Bradford’s going to have to look at his knee and make a Authentic Marian Gaborik Jersey decision on his career.

Knee surgery’s impact: While Bradford was OK after two years away, the real impact was the long-term toll of multiple knee surgeries. Now a member of the Cardinals and entering his ninth NFL season, knee problems haven’t cost Bradford his career. But they certainly sapped his potential.

Palmer has made the Pro Bowl three times in his career. Remarkably, two of those times were immediately after a season that ended with an ACL tear. The latter was in 2015, when he returned from a season-ending injury to lead the Cardinals to a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC Championship.

MLB Draft 2018: Joey Bart is the best catcher in this year’s draft, and here’s why

As the 2018 MLB Draft quickly approaches, it’s time to take an in-depth look at some of the top prospects in this year’s class.

Next in line is Joey Bart, a power-hitting catcher from Georgia Tech who is likely to be the first backstop taken off the board in June.

After being picked in the 27th round of the 2015 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays as a high school senior, Bart declined the opportunity to turn pro and instead enrolled at Georgia Tech, where he’s been the Yellow Jackets’ starting catcher ever since.

It’s fairly obvious why scouts love Joey Bart. He is a traditional power-hitting catcher in a game that has seen that prototype slowly fade away. He has consistently performed well against some of the best college competition in the nation, improving each season at Georgia Tech, and has a good track recording using wooden bats, something that many draft prospects lack.

He has what is known as easy power from the right side, meaning his natural swing creates enough bat speed and loft that he doesn’t need to gear up and swing for the fences to get the ball out of the park. While his power numbers alone are impressive, as he’s hit 30 home runs and counting in three years in college, Bart has also evolved his approach at the plate, upping his walks and on-base percentage each season in Atlanta. Because of this evolution, clubs now view Bart as a complete hitter and not simply a boom-or-bust power threat.

Why they’re here: Yes, Ozzie Albies has been amazing. He’s shown power few thought his bat possessed — 13 homers, 14 doubles and 104 total bases all lead or are tied for the lead in the NL — but the biggest surprise this year probably is veteran Nick Markakis. In 160 games last year, Markakis hit eight home runs, along with an 0.7 rWAR and a .738 OPS. In 40 games this year, he has seven homers, a 2.2 rWAR and a .952 OPS. The Braves have the NL’s best record, which is something else nobody saw happening in mid-May.

Why they’re here: The snakes are staggering a bit. They were just swept at home by the surging Nationals, and they’re far from fully healthy. Taijuan Walker is done for the year, lefty starter Robbie Ray is out at least through the end of the month and so is third baseman Jake Lamb. Once Ray and Lamb return — and Paul Goldschmidt finally starts to hit like Paul Goldschmidt — the Diamondbacks will be just fine.

Why they’re here: They’re more than just Mike Trout. They’re more than just Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. They’re more than just Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and Mr. 3,000 hits. This is an excellent team that will be in the playoff race all summer long.

Why they’re here: Odubel Herrera (.360) is having an amazing season. Jake Arrieta (2.59 ERA) has been exactly what the Phillies needed, a reliable veteran in the rotation. They aren’t going anywhere.

Robert Griffin III: I’m trying to help nurture Lamar Jackson

When the Ravens drafted quarterback Lamar Jackson, it meant backup quarterback Robert Griffin III has a steeper path ahead of him to make the roster. But Griffin isn’t really competing with Jackson for a roster spot: Jackson’s spot behind Joe Flacco is assured, and the only real question is whether the Ravens keep Griffin as a third quarterback. So Griffin doesn’t see Jackson as competition.
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Instead, Griffin sees Jackson as a talented young player not unlike himself six years ago, and as a player who could use some guidance from someone who’s been there.

When I look at the great athletes, I think of the Kobes and the LeBrons and the Tom Bradys of the world, obviously they take rests and recover, but they also continue to work, too, Barkley said. Working out and keeping up with that, with your conditioning, is another part of health and keeping your longevity throughout the years.

There is a Sweet 16 celebration for his younger sister, and Barkley will head home to join in. Then he plans to train in Los Angeles Steve Nash Jersey (often Beckham’s go-to offseason destination) or Florida.

Or both, Barkley said.

Cardinals RB T.J. Logan, who missed all of 2017, is getting ready for his redshirt rookie season.

49ers pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu hopes to turn his career around.

When it comes to Seahawks S Earl Thomas, no news is no news.

Everybody on the Rams’ roster knows that 32-year-old coach Sean McVay is the man.

Tom Brady sees the end coming sooner rather than later

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady obviously is far closer to the end of his career than the beginning. It’s still not clear how close he may be. But he knows it’s coming.

I think about it more now than I used to, Brady tells Oprah Winfrey in an interview that debuts this weekend, via the Boston Herald. I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming Michael Cooper Jersey sooner, rather than later.

Former Cowboys cheerleader’s suit alleges she was paid less than mascot

A former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has filed a lawsuit against the the franchise for unfair labor practices, claiming the team mascot made more than she did.
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Erica Wilkins, who was with the team from May 2014 to August 2017, filed the suit in U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas on Tuesday and claimed she and other cheerleaders weren’t paid fairly under the Equal Pay Act. The suit claims the Cowboys failed to pay minimum wage and overtime. Wilkins also alleges that she made less than a quarter of what the mascot made.

I want to make a difference for not just past or current members, but for future ones, Wilkins said. No one ever wants to speak out because they’re just so afraid of losing their spot.

Bart, 21, led the ACC with a.359 batting average in 2018 and earned conference player of the year honors in addition to be being named a first-team All-American.

He’s right up there with them, CC Sabathia told Sporting News. I can’t say I’m surprised. I kind of thought he was going to turn into this.

Severino’s always had the talent to be a star, but that 2016 season called his ability into question.

Here in the big leagues, the talent’s not enough. There’s a lot of talented people, a lot of good people that got good stuff out of baseball right now, Severino said. They’re not in the big leagues. You can have a good slider, a good fastball — if you don’t work and you don’t command your stuff, you’re Dylan DeMelo Jersey gonna get bit. That was the problem, that I wasn’t commanding any of my stuff.

When Severino speaks of command, he’s not talking about accuracy. Rather, he speaks of conviction in his pitches, also known as confidence.

It’s hard to talk Eddie Jackson Jersey to Severino these days without those C-words coming up. He speaks of his confidence after nearly every start — the results of those outings typically have him teeming with it.

Trading Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017

Obviously the Patriots regret drafting and then eventually re-upping tight end Aaron Hernandez, but that’s related to tragic off-the-field developments. Instead, we’ll give you a move the Pats might already wish they could have back, strictly for football reasons.
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They would have been better off keeping Garoppolo and hitting him with the franchise tag or even a long-term deal (it wouldn’t have been as lucrative as his new contract with the 49ers because he wouldn’t have started late in 2017). 

It was a rare football mistake for a team that probably wishes it didn’t trade Chandler Jones for Jonathan Cooper and Patrick DiMarco Jersey a second-round pick in 2016 but has generally possessed a Midas touch beyond that.  

What I’m getting at is: ABJF. Anyone But Jeff Fisher. 

The Rams posted a losing record in each of Fisher’s four full seasons as well as the partial year that led to his firing in 2016, and no team in football scored fewer points or gained fewer yards during Fisher’s tenure in St. Louis/Los Angeles. 

But what really cost the Rams is the fact that they held on for so long. The damage Fisher caused might have been limited had they recognized their mistake when everybody else did and fired him in 2014 or 2015. Instead, they let him bring his stale brand of football to a new market and allowed him to get within 100 yards of top 2016 pick Jared Goff. 

A coach who got the absolute least out of Nick Foles and Case Keenum didn’t fare much better with Goff, who bombed as a rookie after spending months under Fisher’s tutelage. Thankfully, the Rams cut bait on Fisher late that season. Just over a year later, Goff was a Pro Bowler, the Rams had the highest-scoring offense in Chad Kelly Youth Jersey the league, Keenum was the league’s seventh-highest-rated passer in Minnesota and Foles won Super Bowl MVP with the Eagles.

Texans rookie OT Rankin recovering from foot surgery

Houston’s offensive line is shaping up as one of the biggest questions marks among NFL position groups this year.

As if protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson ‘s blind side wasn’t enough of a concern following last October’s trade that sent Duane Brown to Seattle, the Texans will be without the services of the frontrunner to replace the Pro Bowl left tackle.

Third-round rookie Martinas Rankin is recovering from surgery to repair a foot injury sustained in last month’s rookie minicamp.

But Ingram has faith in his backfield teammates, which currently consists of Alvin Kamara, Jonathan Williams, Trey Edmunds, Daniel Lasco and rookie Boston Scott, to fill the void during his absence and he had a message for the group.

Just keep pushing, keep grinding, Ingram said. It’s not the end of the world. I’m going to be back, I’m going to be ready and those guys need to step up. Alvin is going to do a great job, I’m sure of it, and the rest of the guys are going to do a great job of preparing and putting themselves in position to have success. I’m going to be rooting for my teammates real hard and hopefully we’re 4-0 when I come back.

Speaking at the Myra Kraft Community MVP event on Tuesday, Kraft went a step further, labeling the Gronkowski scuttlebutt a bunch of hogwash.

I guess when your team is good people are looking for things, Kraft said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. I’ll just tell you it’s a bunch of hogwash that I vetoed some trade. That was never in the works. It’s just completely made up.

I think we have to be careful in society today that people can’t just come out and say things like this bit about us trading Gronk to the 49ers or Tennessee. There’s no basis to it and it gets a life of its own. I just want to go on record at today’s event to make sure that you all understand that there’s no truth that. People shouldn’t be able to do that.

Based on the steady stream of rumor and innuendo emanating from New England, one might get the sense that the Patriots dynasty has begun crumbling around Belichick and Kraft. For all of the offseason drama trailing Brady and Gronkowski, however, the business side of the sport tends to take a backseat once training camps open.

Boone said he had no issue with Tanaka getting sent home for the score.

You take who the person is [running] into account an any Authentic Josh Shaw Jersey play, but at the end of the day, you’re kind of banking on the guy running and his speed and strength of the arm and how many outs, all those things go into the pot, Boone said. Obviously, you’re a little more conservative because we’re not going to have our pitchers stealing and things like that.
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But as far as him being out there, no, we know the speed and the situation, and you play accordingly.

Ohtani left his last pitching start after four innings Wednesday against Kansas City, but the Angels said it was due to the reoccurrence of a blister on his pitching fingers. Ohtani also left Brian Urlacher Jersey his only loss of the year against Boston in April due to a blister.

It was all Toronto after that. The Blue Jays had 56 hits in the series and scored 27 runs.

That first loss here was a kick in the pants, manager Buck Showalter said. We had some things going that were positive for us.

The Orioles have lost four straight and 11 of 13. Baltimore is 9-27 on the road and 19-45 overall, both worst in the majors.

I don’t really know how to describe it, outfielder Trey Mancini said. It’s like the `Twilight Zone’ almost the last couple of months, just the way things have gone. A lot of us are struggling.

Granderson walked in the first, hit a two-run double in the second, a three-run homer in the fourth, an RBI double in the fifth and a single in the sixth. He struck out swinging in the eighth.

It’s really cool to be able to do that, Granderson said.

Eagles’ White House contingent reportedly included Nick Foles…and that’s it?

The number of Eagles who planned to visit the White House to Jaleel Johnson Womens Jersey celebrate their Super Bowl victory was reportedly very low.
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Very few people thought it would be this low though.

Jake Arrieta may have been right about the Phillies’ shifting, as their shifts have cost the team eight runs, which is the worst in baseball. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone who watches a game closely knows that the alignment of the opposing defense is based on a number of factors. The spray sheet of the opposing batter is one of those and is the primary reason for shifted alignments in the first place. But also factoring in is the count, the base-out situation, and the strategy a pitcher wants to use to attack that batter. The alignment can change from pitch to pitch as the game situation evolves and, indeed, this is one of the things I like to observe while taking in a game.

With this new data, analysts now can look at what happened on all those pitches Mark Barberio Jersey NOT put into play when the defense was shifted. The initial results cast into question the wisdom of widespread shifting in the first place.

It’s tough for me to put it into words, what it means to me, but I’m just very thankful and grateful to be a part of this family, Miller said.

Miller dislocated his knee against the Saints on Oct. 29 and had to undergo emergency vascular surgery to save his left leg. He underwent nine surgeries before January. He’s working hard to return to action.

I’m feeling good, Miller said. The knee’s getting stronger daily. Working on strengthening the area, everything around it.

The teams play the second game in the weekend series on Saturday, with Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.36) facing Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.33).Candelario’s homer in 12th gives Tigers 4-2 win over Indians

Jeimer Candelario smacks a 2-run home run to right field in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead over the Indians. (0:28)

DETROIT A bit of bad luck ended Jeimer Candelario’s first chance to end the game in extra innings.

On his second opportunity, he made sure luck wouldn’t be a factor.

Protest policy shows how the NFL has become truly un-American, player turned state senator writes

Protest policy shows how the NFL has become truly un-American, player turned state senator writes More Could someone please explain to me how, in 2018, in America, we could on one hand have the country rushing to make even more money off athletes thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on sports betting, while on the other hand NFL owners strip those very athletes of their First Amendment rights and tell them to shut up and get back to work.
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Certainly we have a good quarterback in Jimmy, Belichick added, and Jimmy could go out there and run everything that Tom can run. We’ve seen that.

Deacon Jones Youth Jersey Forced to trade the former Eastern Illinois star a year later, Belichick lamented that he was breaking up the best quarterback situation in the league.

The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi, formerly Belichick’s right-hand personnel man, once insisted Patriots players would line up to testify on behalf of Garoppolo’s estimable potential.

I’ve watched this guy practice and play for too many practices. This guy is a good player, Lombardi raved last March. And I’m not shilling for Belichick…. I’m telling you, he’s worth the Patriots to hold onto Womens Trent Murphy Jersey him. If I was in New England, I’d be telling Belichick every day, ‘ There’s no way we can trade him.’

Lombardi went on to relay stories of players and coaches walking off the practice field and shaking their heads in disbelief at Garoppolo’s ability.

Gionta played five seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and three with the Buffalo Sabres, ending in 2016-17. He did not receive an NHL offer for the 2017-18 season until he finished playing in the Olympics.

Which Devils prospects will impact NHL in 2018-19?

Now Gionta will be tasked with attracting interest for a second straight offseason. While the Devils valued veteran players such as Brian Boyle and Drew Stafford last season, it’s hard to see general manager Ray Shero and company making a push for Gionta.
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But based on the role he played on a contending team down the stretch in 2017-18, another team could draw interest.

Just because Super Bowl LII is long over doesn’t mean the trash talking has stopped.