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MLB Home Run Derby 2017: Predicting the winners, round by round

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Sitting in the visiting dugout at Busch Stadium before his Marlins took on the Cardinals, Don Mattingly smiled thinking about the upcoming Home Run Derby.

Two of his guys, defending Derby champ Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour, are in the field for the event that will take place at Marlins Park on July 10. I’m actually looking forward to this one, Mattingly said. It ought to be fun. This is one I’m going to watch.

We are, too, Donnie Baseball. Here’s one guess at how the competition might play out.

Jason Pierre-Paul’s Fourth of July celebration in 2015 took a turn for the worst when a fireworks accident led to the defensive end having his finger amputated. He also suffered a broken thumb.

The loss of his right index finger was not career-ending. But the accident was a good reminder of the dangers of the holiday, which comes during NFL players’ free time between minicamp and training camp.

Limited Womens Sherrick McManis Jersey Darren McFadden was entering his second season with the Cowboys when he broke his elbow, an injury that was expected to sideline the running back for at least a couple months. Dallas’ running backs coach told reporters that McFadden fell on his elbow while trying to catch his phone and keep it from hitting the floor.
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That was the initial story, at least.

McFadden a couple weeks later said he had slipped on wet concrete and fell on his elbow — the phone just happened to be in his hand. The phone, thankfully, by all acounts was not harmed.

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Justin Verlander’s strikeout streak ends at 331 games

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Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander failed to register a strikeout Sunday against the Indians, snapping a streak of 331 games of striking out at last one batter.

Verlander’s streak was tied with Curt Schilling’s as the sixth-longest with a K since 1913, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). The last time Verlander took the mound without striking out a batter was April 28, 2007, against the Twins.

Justin Verlander’s streak of 331 straight starts with a strikeout was snapped today.

Verlander lasted less than four innings in Sunday’s 11-8 loss to the Indians. He gave up two runs in the second inning, two more in the third, and with one out in the fourth, he was pulled after giving up a run-scoring single to Edwin Encarnacion.

Verlander’s statline Sunday vs. Cleveland: 3.1 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 earned runs, three walks and zero Ks.

In accordance with the 2017 Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with the NFL communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time, (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Saturday game.

Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with the NFL communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Sunday game, Saturday for a Monday game, and Thursday for a Saturday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player’s condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.
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The Celtics must feel the appeal of creating a superteam in Boston would be enough to entice George to stay.

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Womens Jordan Poyer Jersey Neither Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon nor shortstop JT Riddle could get to the ground ball Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips slapped up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning. The single came with runners at the corners and Johan Camargo easily scored from third to give the Braves a 5-4 walk-off win as Phillips was mobbed by teammates.

Mets (31-37) at Dodgers (44-26), 10:10 p.m. ET — Teams traveling from coast to coast rarely do well and the Mets face a tough challenge Monday with the Dodgers sending ace Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.23 ERA). The Mets will counter with Zack Wheeler (3-4, 4.48), who will have to be at his best to match Kershaw.

Womens Marqueston Huff Jersey Hayward and George would undoubtedly add plenty of firepower to an already strong Celtics team. Boston earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season before falling victim to Cleveland in the conference finals. Adding these two would give them three All-Star players from last season, which at the very least would provide a challenge to the Cavs.

The biggest question mark for the Celtics in all of this, though, is will George stay? It’s not secret he wants to play for the Lakers, and many believe he’ll bolt for L.A. following this upcoming season once he hits free agency. If he’s going to leave, would it be worth it for the Celtics to lose developing players and draft picks for a one-year rental?

The Celtics must feel the appeal of creating a superteam in Boston would be enough to entice George to stay. Of course, this is all hypothetical at this point, but it’d be fun to see once the free agency frenzy begins later this week.

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The topic of Grigson came up when McAfee was asked what NFL trade he would implement immediately.

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Durant took to his verified YouTube page Tuesday afternoon to offer a congratulatory message to Westbrook, as well as several other NBA Awards Show winners.

Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on (the popular video game NBA) 2k all year, Durant wrote. F—in balled out. Gotta respect it!

The first conversation we had together, McAfee told PFT Live. He told me I was the lowest thing in the organization, and he does not want to keep me. Mr. Irsay is forcing him to do it. That’s our first conversation we had.

Whenever he cut our entire team (in 2012) and only kept a couple people, the first conversation he told me I was the lowest thing in the organization and the only reason why I’m there because for some reason, Mr. Irsay won’t cut (me). Literally. It’s not a love-hate relationship. It’s been a hate relationship since day one. Whenever he got fired, I was real excited. It was a great day in my life.

The topic of Grigson came up when McAfee was asked what NFL trade he would implement immediately.
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McAfee said for the Browns, who hired Grigson as a senior personnel executive last month, to send the executive to the Canadian Football League.

The only way the Cleveland Browns could get worse, they brought him in, McAfee said. I’m trying to save the Cleveland Browns because the people of Cleveland deserve it. They’re beautiful, they’re amazing people. I think they should just send him to Canada. I think it would be great news for everybody, and for America, and that’s what I’m really here for. America.

Elite Womens Bernie Kosar Jersey Considering the Browns would have to go 0-16 for them to be worse than last season, that is a bold statement from McAfee.

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Rockies place Carlos Gonzalez on 10-day DL with shoulder injury

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The Rockies placed struggling outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a right shoulder strain.

#Rockies recall RHP Jairo Díaz, reinstate RHP Chad Qualls from 10-day DL, place LHP Tyler Anderson and OF Carlos González on 10-day DL.

Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson will also head to the DL, while reliever Chad Qualls has returned from his DL stint.

Gonzalez, 31, is batting just .221 this season with six home runs and 20 RBIs. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Gerardo Parra will likely get more starts in Gonzalez’s absence, while Ian Desmond could also see time in the outfield.

The Bulls on Thursday agreed to trade star wing Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick (Justin Patton) in this year’s NBA Draft to the Timberwolves for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen).
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Dunn was the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft out of Providence. LaVine, a first-rounder of the T-Wolves in 2014 out of UCLA, is coming off an ACL injury.
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Phil Jackson said Wednesday he’d need a lot in return to trade Kristaps Porzingis, but the 7-3 star is available. Jackson, in an interview with MSG Network, made a point to mention that Porzingis skipped his exit interview with Jackson after the season ended, so pettiness isn’t limited to players.

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Micah Hyde embodies Packers’ versatility, resilience in secondary

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Off the top of his head, Micah Hyde says he can’t recall all the different roles he has filled for Green Bay this season.

He also was unable to immediately recall how many defensive backs hes worked alongside because of the injuries that have hit the Packerssecondary.

That’s a good question, a laughing Hyde told co-host Bill Polian and me earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Ive got to sit down and actually think about that.

Fortunately for Green Bay, Hyde hasnt sat for a game this season. If he had, Hyde and his teammates might be watching on the couch rather than playing in Sundays NFC title game at Atlanta.

The Packers were also decimated by injuries and it started with Brice. The Packers also lost defensive back Micah Hyde (shoulder), linebacker Jake Ryan (shoulder), running back Ty Montgomery (ribs), and offensive linemen Lane Taylor (knee) and T.J. Lang (knee).

It might not have mattered, even with a fully healthy Packers team, the way the Falcons played Sunday. It was pick your poison against the Packers defense.

Ryan will likely be the NFL MVP and played like it Sunday, completing passes to eight different receivers.

It’s exciting, Ryan told Fox Sports. We were great today in all three phases. It feels pretty good.

The Falcons were the NFL’s highest scoring team this season and set a franchise record with 540 points scored during the regular season. Atlanta averaged 40 points in it’s two playoff victories and will be a dangerous team for either the Patriots or Steelers in the Super Bowl. sharks_398

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Warriors are title favorites again, but these six NBA offseason moves could close the gap

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The Warriors rolled through the West playoffs at 16-1 this year, putting together the second-highest margin of victory in NBA history in the process. They’ve staked their claim as the greatest team in league history, and now the question falls to the rest of the league: What are you going to do about it?

Or, maybe, more accurately: What can be done, if anything?
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Abdul-Jabbar was fortunate to play with two all-time terrific passers, as his time with Oscar Robertson in Milwaukee was trumped by glorious later-career triumph with Johnson. Between Johnson’s ultimate point forward ability to play any position and Abdul-Jabbar throwing down his patented sky hook, the Lakers became must-watch, Showtime entertainment under coach Pat Riley.

The first came at 1:29 after Kyrie Irving hustled to gather an offensive rebound off his own miss. After that, James missed a fallaway, free-throw line jumper, a shot he routinely makes. About that shot, James said, We had some really good looks. I had a turnaround jumper in the post fade-away, I make a ton, didn’t go in.
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Second, there was the Kyle Korver shot. With 52.5 seconds to play and Cleveland ahead, 113-111, James had Kevin Durant in isolation and patiently waited until Korver came free in the corner. Korver, mind you, shot 51.0 percent on corner 3s this season, and the Cavaliers brought him to Cleveland in January specifically for this sort of moment. There will be those who bash James for what happened next he passed to Korver, who missed the shot but that’s nonsense. He made the right play. Korver blew it.

You want to attack the paint, coach Tyronn Lue said. You want to put the pressure on them. And if they helped, I thought Korver got a clean look. And just putting the pressure on them. If they help, you got to make the right play, which LeBron always does. And if they don’t, then get all the way to the basket because they don’t have shot blockers.

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NBA Draft 2017: First-round picks still fighting for position in latest prospect rankings

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With NBA Draft day on June 22 quickly approaching, members of the talented 2017 draft class have limited opportunities left to prove they are worth a first-round selection.
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While top players like Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball are likely locks for top-five picks in some order, pre-draft workouts and interviews will still be valuable for many with questions left to answer. Here’s how version 7.0 of Sporting News’ Big Board prospect rankings looks with less than a month to go until NBA commissioner Adam Silver starts announcing draft picks.

Because of the luxury tax, the Cavs have very limited ability to add much in the offseason. They’ll need to find veteran players willing to give up some money to sign small, one-year deals in order to have a chance at a championship. Allen might well stay put in Memphis, but he would be perfect off the bench for the Cavs, providing a defensive weapon against a wing star like Durant who could give James a break. Tucker would add some depth to that fight.

Cleveland also has a question at backup point guard, where Deron Williams was erratic in the postseason. They might not be able to get much better than Williams if he is willing to stay, but a guy like Darren Collison could be a fit if they move on. There will be talk about possible trades of Kevin Love, but that remains a long shot.

James worked on his eighth straight season of leading the NBA in VORP (value over replacement player), while Wade needed help to add to his previous King-less ring. They were 1-2 for Miami in both points and assists while also playing terrific defense. They came through in a tough pair of NBA Finals battles with the Thunder and Spurs with James leading as series MVP twice.
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For all the heat James got for wanting to play with Wade and Chris Bosh, the level of individual results that added up to ultimate team success lived up to expectations in Miami.

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Yet quarterbacks have lifted up more than their share of good-not-great receiver groups.

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In recent years, EA Sports has been adding stadiums to Madden NFL one year prior to their openings. In Madden 25 (2013), it was the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, which opened for the 2014 season. In Madden 16 (2015), it was the Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened this season. The LA Coliseum was added to Madden 17 for the Rams, and next season’s Mercedes Benz Stadium for the Falcons also was added. Should that trend continue, the new Inglewood stadium will first be seen in the 2018 release of Madden NFL 19.

It’s extremely rare for a league-licensed sports game to change as dramatically as having a team relocate or having an expansion take place, and even new stadiums don’t come around every year, so they become intriguing changes and additions for consumers to look forward to and play around with when they do. They also turn the previous editions of a video game series into somewhat of a collector’s item. The Chargers will make it back-to-back editions of Madden with a franchise move and, potentially, newly rendered stadium in the StubHub Center to play in for the next two years.

Remember, of course, that the Packers made the playoffs last year and won a wild-card game without Nelson at all, and made it to overtime against the Cardinals without Cobb for some three-quarters of that game.

The best of this era still depend largely on the cream of the crop to catch the ball, the aforementioned Brown and Jones being the current examples. Peyton Manning never went long in his career, if ever, without elite receivers.

Yet quarterbacks have lifted up more than their share of good-not-great receiver groups. The Seahawksreceivers used slights against their abilities as motivation when they and Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl three years ago, and last week Wilson was still throwing to players a level below. Jimmy Graham has still spent most of his two seasons there injured or returning to form from injury. jays_1232_dd5700fd830b85af-180x180

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Twitter laughs at Tom Brady’s gigantic warming coat

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Tom Brady was wearing a gigantic warming coat on the sideline of Sunday’s AFC championship game.
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With temperatures around 40 degrees in Foxborough, it’s understandable that the Patriots quarterback wanted to escape the cold.

Who cares what (Joe Theismann) thinks Everyone from DMV knows he is one of the most arrogant people ever. His opinion has no value. Story time about my trip to a Redskins game. The game was over we got lost and ran into the players lot. I saw some crazy cars and what I know now as the autograph dudes just chillin. One of them told me and my little bro to wait and the players will come by and we could need them so we did. The first person was… Joe Theisman.

Whenever he goes out and he plays and he controls his emotions, he’s huge for that team. But when he goes out and he allows his emotions to get the best of him, he’s a cancer for that football team and you can see it, it’s evident.

Davis cited last season’s incident between Beckham and then-teammate Josh Norman.

Game Gary Zimmerman Jersey Beckham was ultimately suspended one game for his antics, but Norman was not innocent either.

When we played him, you could see him and Josh going back and forth, you could see that the whole team was getting caught up in that and they wasn’t focused in the first half, that’s why we were able to jump out to a big lead, Davis said of the Panthers’ 38-35 win over the Giants in 2015. They kinda settled down later in the second half in the football game and they were able to come back. It was just really evident that they were not a focused bunch when he was doing all of that.

After getting off to a slow start, Beckham finished the 2016 regular season with 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns.

While Beckham may be difficult to gauge on a weekly basis, a statement like this may have said more about Beckham had it been one of his teammates saying it.

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