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MLB plans 13 international series from 2018-21

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MLB has long benefited from the talents of foreign-born players, though this move is to increase brand awareness and popularity of the sport on an international scale.

Contreras, the Cubs primary catcher who was playing first base on Wednesday, was favoring his right hamstring and had to be helped off the field by two people after the play.

The Cubs have yet to announce a prognosis, but if it is a hamstring injury then it’s not something that normally takes a day or two to get over. The Cubs had to shuffle their defense for the ninth inning. Anthony Rizzo, who pinch-hit for center fielder Albert Almora in the eighth, stayed in the game at first. Ben Zobrist moved from right field to second while Ian Happ went from second to center and Jason Heyward entered the game in right field.

Miguel Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs on June 28 and Contreras has been one of the Cubs more important players since, both at the plate and behind it.

The Cubs have gone 20-15 since Montero’s departure and Contreras is hitting .274 with 21 home runs on the year.
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I do enjoy going up there knowing I’m going to get more at-bats (as the leadoff hitter), he said. Also, I know I’m going to get quality pitches because (the pitcher) doesn’t want me to get a free pass, knowing the guys behind me can hit.

Souza was the most forthcoming of the players SN spoke with about ambushing the occasional fastball they feel is coming their way.

Sometimes when I know I’m going to get a heater, I can go for it, he said. I try to see it right down the middle and let it eat. There aren’t many times in this game when you’re guaranteed a fastball.

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MLB trade rumors: Predicting where Sonny Gray, Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander land

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A trio of pitchers headlines the latest rumors heading into the MLB trade deadline. Surprise, surprise.

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With a critical weekend of games coming up, here are the latest rumors heading toward Monday’s trade deadline.

He actually wasn’t sure how people would take it, so much so he actually asked pitching coach Brent Strom if it was OK.

I just did it on my own and I asked Stromy, to tell you the truth, if it was OK if I did that and he said, ‘Sure, a lot of guys do it,’ he said trying to hold back a laugh. And I was like, ‘OK, sounds good.’

Whatever Peacock is doing this year, it’s working and he’s been able to bounce back from each of his two bad starts. Both times this season he was knocked out of starts early he came back and struck out at least eight batters the next time out. The Astros hope he can bounce back again Thursday after Peacock was touched for seven runs on nine hits, including three homers, over six innings in his last outing Aug. 4.

Peacock missed Houston’s playoff berth in 2015, and the 29-year-old hopes to be part of a deep postseason run this year.
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I’m here to do whatever they tell me to do, he said. Whether it’s starting or relieving I’m just happy to be here, because in spring training I didn’t know what was going to happen, so I’m just happy to be here and happy to help the team out any way I can.

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It’s the repeated hits players experience each week that can lead to CTE.

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The league settled a landmark concussion lawsuit brought by former players in 2013, and after the settlement was finalized, the NFL acknowledged the link between football and CTE. The settlement didn’t provide any relief for players who will be diagnosed with CTE in the future.

The concussion protocol is the league’s primary approach to CTE prevention, but it’s flawed. Concussions affect everyone differently, and symptoms can show up days after the injury, which complicates things. The rules on the field are also designed to prevent head injury, but they’re not always consistently enforced.

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And concussions aren’t the only concern in CTE prevention. It’s the repeated hits players experience each week that can lead to CTE.
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Lynch was already going to be himself — that’s how he’s programmed. But he’s found more inspiration being back in Oakland.

NFL fans will get the expected crotch grabs, repeated answers at press conferences, and consumption of Skittles. But the stakes have been raised.

His first press conference with the team proved that. The awkward yet comfortable way he was standing at the podium was an indicator that he really does not give a damn what anybody thinks. This is his element, and he’s going to bask in it.

Every home game that I get to come to this motherfucker, I’m probably going to be riding with this whole town, Lynch said with a confidence you could only have at home. This is actually born and raised and bred pissing in them hallways and running down them alleyways. I really did that, right here and now I get an opportunity to play here.

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Who the hell is new Ravens QB David Olson?

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The Baltimore Ravens had to sign a new quarterback after Joe Flacco suffered a back injury that will keep him out of practice for a while.

Despite talking up Colin Kaepernick on Thursday, the Ravens passed on the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as well as other free agents with NFL experience to take David Olson instead.

If you’re not sure who Olson is, neither is anyone else.

Even the Ravens aren’t quite sure what his name is. On Thursday night, the team announced the signing of “David Olson” on Twitter, but as of Friday morning, it lists “David Olsen” on its roster.

Like the Browns, the Jaguars have been a joke in the NFL for a long time. But similar to Cleveland, they’ve continued to add young players and complemented it with free agent signings like Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye.

The team’s defense was exciting in 2016 and leaning heavily on Leonard Fournette means Jacksonville shouldn’t take a step back after a 3-13 season last year, no matter how much Blake Bortles does Blake Bortles things.

Donald shot up draft boards after dominant performances at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Despite being a bit undersized for an interior rusher (6’1, 285 pounds), Donald has quickly developed into one of the best all-around linemen in the league. In three seasons, he already has 28 sacks and is a disruptive force on nearly every play. Opposing offenses have their hands full trying to account for Donald’s presence. Now we’ll get to see him work in Wade Phillips’ defensive scheme, which should be a joy. patriots_302-180x180

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Teemu Selanne headlines 2017 list of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

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The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its newest members for the class of 2017.

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The spectator, Jason Waddell, seemed fairly pleased with himself as he was removed from the arena following the incident. Tuesday morning, he was charged with disorderly conduct, disrupting a meeting and possessing instruments of a crime.

The charges sound a bit more consequential than the act itself, and probably will be pleaded down to something approaching a stiff traffic ticket.

For many years, it was common for a Detroit Red Wings fan to sneak a dead octopus into the arena and throw it on the ice. The tentacles of the octopus were supposed to represent the eight victories required to win the Stanley Cup. That’s how old that tradition is. It goes back more than 60 years, to a time when we didn’t have to worry so much about terrible things happening when gathering in public.

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Canadiens sign G Carey Price to 8-year extension worth reported $84M

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Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin on Sunday announced that the team has agreed to an eight-year contract extension with goalie Carey Price that reportedly will pay him an average of $10.5 million per season through 2025-26.

The latter scenario came into play when Burns and his family visited Disney World last month. The family likes to dress in costume when it goes to the park, and apparently pairing a pirate hat with Burns’ impressive beard and lack of front teeth was enough to convince some children he was a henchman of Capt. Jack Sparrow.

I actually signed a couple autographs in kids’ books 鈥?they thought I was a pirate, Burns said in a video posted Tuesday on the Sharks’ Twitter account . 鈥?We always try to dress up and have a good time every day there, so can’t blame the kids for thinking that.

Two days later, the Burns family went with a Star Wars theme and was lucky enough to run into another hirsute hero, Chewbacca.

Alzner, one of the more sought-after defensemen on the market, heads to Montreal on a contract that was more team-friendly than expected: five years at $4.625 million per annum. The 28-year-old fills a need for the Habs, who have a ton of blue line minutes to give.

Mr. Game 7 goes back to the place where he earned his reputation as one of the NHL’s best playoff performers, inking a two-year, $9 million ($4.5 AAV) deal with the Canes. He spent five years in Carolina, winning the Cup in 2006. Now 35, he’s a captain candidate for a young squad on the rise.

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Joel Embiid out Saturday with knee contusion

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Fans of the 76ers gasped in terror when center Joel Embiid limped to the locker room Friday against the Trail Blazers.

Luckily, Embiid escaped with just a left knee contusion, but did not return to that game. He will again be out for Saturday’s game against the Hawks.

There was some hope the rookie center, who is averaging 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, would be able to shake off the injury in time to play against Atlanta.

After the game, Embiid seemed optimistic.

I knew it was OK. I just landed the wrong way, Embiid said. I’m great. The knee’s fine. They did an MRI and stuff, everything looked good.

Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will see additional minutes with Embiid out of action.
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As a player who does everything for his team, who glues together the defense, facilitates the offense and has been critical to the best start in the league, the Warriors’ Draymond Green has a claim to a starting spot. So does Marc Gasol, who has anchored a shorthanded Grizzlies team into a surprising start, developing a 3-point shot and averaging career highs in points (20.5) and assists (4.5) along the way.

But there are also two young big men who are having elite-level seasons for sub-.500 teams. The first is DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, who has bumped up his scoring (28.1 points per game) and assists (4.2 per game) to have his most productive season to date. The Kings are much the same team they were last year, and that’s the issue with Cousins. His big numbers don’t necessarily make the team better.

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Jaguars wanted fans to show excitement, got disappointment instead

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The 2017 NFL season is soon upon us with training camp underway at several locations. Most fans are excited about a fresh start, beginning the year at 0-0 with a season full of possibilities. But Jaguars fans know better, as they’ve been through several miserable seasons.

The last time Jacksonville made the playoffs was in 2007, and there’s not much hope for them to make it in 2017. Sporting News predicts a 5-11 season, placing last in the AFC South. But while the rest of us realize the Jaguars likely won’t go far this year, the team isn’t giving up hope.

Jacksonville’s social team decided it would be a good idea to get fans hyped by having them respond with GIFs of their excitement.

Good idea, in theory, but it turned out to be a disaster. That’s because Jacksonville fans are a special breed, and they are always prepared for disappointment. So the Jaguars’ strategy didn’t exactly go according to plan.

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Tom Thibodeau’s young Timberwolves can’t afford to skip steps on path to success

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(The postseason) makes it interesting, I think for everybody, Thibodeau said this week. For us, I want us to establish a routine. I think if you look ahead and you skip over steps, that is how you slip. I don’t want that. I want them to understand where we are and I want them to understand what goes into winning each game and how you prepare. So, that shouldn’t change.
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But with the elbow injury, Wade’s future in Chicago is now in question. He signed with the Bulls last summer after a bitter breakup with the Heat, taking a two-year contract worth $47.5 million — but with a player option for next season. In explaining why he went to Chicago over his chief other suitor, the Nuggets, Wade pointed to his roots in Chicago and his ability to help his hometown.

He also wanted to close out his career in relative happiness, however. There hasn’t been a lot of that in Chicago’s turmoil-stricken season, with the Bulls limping toward the finish line one game out of the playoff picture. Tensions between players and the coaching staff have bubbled up all season, and the Bulls locker room has been a fractious place.

If Wade came into the year intent on leading a group that needed a strong voice in the locker room, he — like the rest of the Bulls — came up short.

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Waiters couples that with the ability to take defenders off the dribble.

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Waiters has been even better if you isolate those numbers to just the last two months. Since Jan. 17, when the Heat won the first of 13 straight games, he’s shooting 47.6 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. That’s not far off of Stephen Curry’s success rate on the same shots last season (48.8 percent) when he broke his own 3-point record. Considering it has made up a quarter of Waiters’ offense during that time, his consistent shooting has become a huge weapon for Dragic and the Heat. It’s also a nice change of pace from Dwyane Wade, who attempted 16 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers as their shooting guard last season.

Waiters couples that with the ability to take defenders off the dribble. Only five players are currently averaging more drives per game: Isaiah Thomas, Dennis Schroder, John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Dragic. Waiters scores the least amount of points from drives out of that group, but he’s second to Dragic in passes per game. He leads that group in assists off drives as well with 1.4 per game while posting the second lowest turnover rate.

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