76ers’ Joel Embiid to undergo knee surgery

76ers big man Joel Embiid will undergo surgery to repair a previously identified meniscus tear in his left knee, the team announced Wednesday.

Embiid, who missed his first two NBA seasons due to foot injuries, will miss the rest of this season but is expected to be fully healed for the 2017-18 season when he and No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons (foot) are expected to finally take the court together.

The same guy will be putting on the No. 9 jersey for the Wizards coming out of the All-Star break, but he’ll have a different name on the back of it 鈥?and on his driver’s license. The 24-year-old used his time off to complete the lengthy process of legally changing his name to the moniker everyone always used for him anyway.

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Part of his reasoning also stemmed from the fact that McClellan is his father’s name, and Mac has no relationship with him at all.

He said his mother, Angel Johnson, and the rest of the family were on board with the change.
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The West has been so dominant at the top the past few years. You have the Warriors, Spurs and now with how James Harden has been playing, the Rockets. You’ve had your solid core for a few years. How do you guys view the championship window with all that competition in the conference?

Yankees starter Michael Pineda reportedly might need Tommy John surgery

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Yankees fans just got potentially terrible news. Michael Pineda might be out for the year.

According to MLB.com, Pineda has a partial tear of his UCL that could require Tommy John surgery.

Now with the opportunity to go anywhere he’s wanted, Kung-Fu Panda and the franchise that made him a a three-time World Series champion reportedly have mutual interest.

According to FanRag Sports, people close to Sandoval say he would 鈥榣ove’ to go back to the Giants and some Giants people have spoken behind the scenes about the possibility, and they suggest it could be a consideration.

Current Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is slashing .297/.321/.413 and recently activated from the DL, is expected to be moved by the deadline as San Francisco boasts the second-worst record in baseball.

Brian Roberts Jersey So do the Giants give a young player a chance to claim the role or bring back a former fan favorite at a bargain deal once he clears waivers? The latter doesn’t seem like a bad idea at this point. The Giants have nothing to lose and maybe familiar surroundings could remind Sandoval and all of us of what he’s capable.

Something else to keep in mind. Lackey’s a free agent after the season, and if he’s not part of the playoff equation 鈥?he’s probably behind fifth-starter options Eddie Butler and Mike Montgomery, too 鈥?maybe the Cubs try to trade him and get something for beyond 2017. It won’t be much, but anything is more than they’d get when he walks as a free agent (assuming a qualifying offer isn’t remotely likely).

McCoy and Joseph have seen steady progress from Lynch

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Why it might not happen: It’s still Vegas and baseball, which maybe isn’t like oil and water, but is uncomfortable for many. More importantly, the population boom of the turn of the century has slowed down significantly, and there’s the issue of where a team would play.

McCoy and Joseph have seen steady progress from Lynch, and at some point, he can match Siemian’s current floor on the way to finding his ceiling. Lynch was trying to be too much like Siemian last year, and he couldn’t compare or compete. This year, he’s in position to let it loose with his throwing and running, with the mental aspect being less of an obstacle.

That’s the difference between the Kubiak-Dennison precision passing system and McCoy. The new coordinator is better at adjusting his offense to the talents of his QB and thinking outside the box. He’s much more comfortable with freewheeling, which fits Lynch to a tee.

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Mark Schlereth on Tim Tebow: ‘Are you sure you’re left-handed?’

Mark Schlereth says it’s a good thing Tim Tebow is now playing minor league baseball instead of football.
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After announcing he was leaving ESPN this week, the former NFL lineman made his first appearance on The Herd With Colin Cowherd Wednesday while Jason Whitlock was filling in as host.

It’s going to feel good for him. It’s going to be a good feeling, It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when we come here, we’re going to beat the dog s— out of him.

The best part is this quote came from the 11th annual Fam 1st Foundation Football Camp, which was hosted by Lynch in Oakland over the weekend. Even during a fun event for kids, the rivalry between the Chiefs and Raiders is strong.

To the original point, though, Peters said it’s dope Lynch gets to finish his career in Oakland, where he grew up. Coming from Oakland carries a certain amount of pride, and the fact the team is leaving in a few years for Las Vegas makes this even more special. Oakland residents have responded as Lynch had the top-selling jersey on NFL Shop in May.
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As for the rivalry, the Raiders’ success in recent years have made them a prime target for extra shots. The Broncos have their own beef with the Raiders, and the Chiefs’ professional hatred has grown as both teams have started piling up wins.

Look for the Chiefs and Raiders to really go at it on Oct. 19 as they face each other on Thursday Night Football.

Charles Barkley blasts ‘idiots who use analytics’ in rant about NBA player rest

The player rest argument has subsided for the most part now that the NBA playoffs are in full swing, but Charles Barkley is still talking about it. Appearing Monday morning on ESPN’s Mike & Mike the basketball analyst started talking about player rest after complimenting Russell Westbrook.

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I only played in one organization my entire career, but the biggest thing is I came here and I was embraced. not only by the city, by up top, Wade said of the Bulls. I was embraced by the coaches, the players, and it was some good moments and some bad moments, just like every season. But I don’t regret my decision at all.

Here’s why LaVar Ball was so upset with Kristine Leahy

LaVar Ball has apparently been holding a grudge against The Herd co-host Kristine Leahy for at least a month.

During an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Ball’s obvious disdain toward Leahy was evident from his first interaction with her, telling Leahy to stay in her lane.

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Isaiah Thomas, Boston’s diminutive All-Star point guard, played pickup basketball with Markelle Fultz last summer at the University of Washington and he recently said Fultz will be the No. 1 pick, for sure, according to Mass Live. Could the two point guards share the court not only in pickup games during the offseason but on an NBA court as teammates?

While it’s easier said than done, and requires Brooklyn’s league-worst record to pay off for Boston on lottery night, both players are optimistic to the possibility of playing together on the Celtics.

19.9 percent odds of No. 1 pick — The Suns addressed their frontcourt needs in last year’s NBA draft when they selected forward Dragan Bender and made a draft day trade for Marquese Chriss. Josh Jackson would immediately help Phoenix on the wing, where he would play alongside leading scorer Devin Booker and a trio of point guards from Kentucky — Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis — who remain under contract next season.
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Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season

The delayed opening of the Rams’ new stadium from 2019 to 2020 was key in the NFL’s decision to push back. The Rams are set to be the home team for a game in China, and have to give up a home game for an international one in 2019.

According to Sports Business Daily, the numerous moving parts surrounding the NFL’s multiple international games also contributed in the decision to wait another year. The NFL has five international games this upcoming season, with four in London and one in Mexico City.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell first spoke about the possibility of a game in China during the owners meeting last March.

Authentic Youth DeMario Davis Jersey The size and the influence of China in the global marketplace is obviously something that you can’t ignore, Goodell said. You can’t ignore that as a sport, or a business, or as a nation. We know we have lots of fans over there, and more importantly, potential fans over there.

Goodell added that multiple teams were interested in playing globally, but China was a bigger interest.

Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season, and he’ll slide in at strong safety. Amos returns at free, but fourth-round pick Eddie Jackson has a chance to steal that position. Deiondre’ Hall is moving to safety to provide further depth alongside fellow youngsters Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson.

The Bears have three solid corners at the top of their depth chart in free-agency acquisition Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan. But depth behind them — Sherrick McManis, Johnthan Banks, Marcus Cooper, B.W. Webb, Cre’Von LeBlanc — might be an issue.

Meet the Bears season-ticket holder suing to wear Packers gear

A Bears season-ticket holder is suing the team to wear Packers gear.

Let that soak in as the NFL’s oldest and fiercest rivalry lands in federal court.

Russell Beckman alleges in his lawsuit that the Bears wouldn’t let him wear Packers gear on the sideline during pregame warmups last season during a season-ticket holder event, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Authentic Mens Devin Hester Jersey Beckman, who also has Packers season tickets, lives in Mount Pleasant, Wis., approximately 75 miles north of Chicago’s Soldier Field and 140 miles south of Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Cons: Kessler still went 0-8 as the starter, and unless he separates himself in training camp this also feels more like a stop-gap than a real-time solution for a franchise that has played alphabet soup with quarterbacks. Kessler’s accuracy is a plus, but in those eight games he had just 17 completions of 20 yards or more. When you are taking more sacks than completing chunk plays in the passing game, that’s a problem. That’s obviously not all Kessler, but it’s a factor in the decision.
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It looks like it would be easy to hit a homer, I thought. The Braves and Reds apparently agreed.

After only a few pitches from Braves starter Doyle Alexander, the Reds’ first two batters Daniels and Tracy Jones had gone deep. An inning later, the Reds’ Kurt Stillwell also homered. Then Braves catcher Bruce Benedict homered. An inning after that, Murphy homered. Then Ken Griffey. The Launching Pad was at its launchiest.

Reds starter Bill Gullickson did not enjoy serving up all those launches. So, after Griffey’s homer, he plunked Braves shortstop Andres Thomas, who immediately charged the mound and set off a bench-clearing brawl. The whole series of events was, as you might imagine, quite enjoyable to my 11-year-old eyes.

Eric Decker excited about working with Titans’ Marcus Mariota

Eric Decker didn’t need much convincing to play football in Nashville.

One huge factor was working with young quarterback Marcus Mariota, who will be entering his third season with Tennessee. Decker said he admires Mariota and believes they will have great chemistry on the field.
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He’s among some of the most powerful guys in the league, Rangers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy told Sporting News. You put him up there with Aaron Judge, you put him up there with Giancarlo Stanton, in terms of power.

Since being drafted by Carolina in April, McCaffrey’s in-person interactions with the Panthers prior to Thursday were limited to a two-day rookie camp in the first week of May.

When McCaffrey was home in Colorado, he relied on nightly phone calls with Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper, who spent 45 minutes to an hour per day reviewing, explaining and quizzing the rookie running back on the latest batch of plays that the team had installed.

McCaffrey texted with his fellow running backs and studied the Panthers’ linebackers because that’s who you go against every day. He trained with strength and speed coach Loren Landow, and he worked on his route running with his father, former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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McCaffrey said several times that the rule that kept him from using Carolina’s facilities is what it is, but the rookie is in favor of changing it.

I would, he said, or at least make some exceptions.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy.

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They just took it to us right from the beginning, Kerr said of Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. I remember our offense was pushed back to half court the first few possessions. They set a great tone. I think they went up big right away, and so we got to be ready for that initial force.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy. Can they manufacture that same fire without the Oracle Arena crowd and avoid becoming complacent?

There are a couple of things worth noting about this possession. The first is that Curry is the screener and Durant is the ball handler. The Warriors aren’t the first team to figure out the mismatches a 3-1 or 4-1 pick-and-roll can create, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s highly unusual for a 6-3 point guard to set a screen on a 7-footer in the pick-and-roll.

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In this situation, the Spurs choose to trap Durant in the pick-and-roll and send Clark’s defender at Curry to take away an open 3-pointer. Bryn Forbes is successful with the latter 鈥?he shows just enough to prevent Curry from rising up 鈥?but he slips on his closeout and isn’t able to recover to Clark in time. As a result, the Spurs give up an open 3-pointer to Clark in the corner, which he knocks down with ease.