The following showdown is an interesting three-six matchup between the stacked Toronto Raptors and a Milwaukee Bucks team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors welcomed back Kyle Lowry from a wrist injury and ended the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the league. Its a tall order for a Bucks team just scratching the surface of what they can accomplish in the future.
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Saturdays third game is a grind-it-out matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs have a new face, Kawhi Leonard, who makes the show run on both ends of the floor. The Grizzlies still have Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol, but itll be tough for Memphis to compete with San Antonios sustained excellence over the years.
Because if hes hurt or on the Dallas Keuchel path to enigma town, the White Sox surrrrrrrre screwed up.
Is it too early to worry about that? Of course it is! Two starts, two schmarts. Velocitys good. Hes still left-handed. A substantial back catalog of excellent starts. I want my team to trade for him right now.
At the same time, this is the future for the White Sox. Once they decided they werent going to chase the rainbow dreams of a Chris Sale/Quintana/Carlos Rodon future, they wholly committed to the idea of rebuilding. That idea includes trading someone like Quintana for all the prospects, including that one. They decided to slow-play it, though, possibly because they werent enamored of the packages the Astros and Cardinals were offering, which is perfectly understandable and fine.
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Soon after a stunning Super Bowl victory, Patriots players Devin McCourty and Chris Long — along with teammates Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount and Martellus Bennett — announced that they would forgo the tradition of visiting the White House due to the election of President Donald Trump.
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On Friday, McCourty and Long appeared in a video titled StandingPats: (Be Patriots) alongside New England fans, explaining their opposition to Trump and why they made their decision to skip.
Bryant was suspended last March after failing multiple drug tests, derailing the career of one of the leagues top young wideouts. Bryant, 25, averaged 17.3 yards on 76 catches during his first two seasons and scored 14 touchdowns.
Bryant has shared videos of his training and a photo of his infant son wearing a Steelers beanie on Instagram in recent weeks, all of which can be considered positive signs of a turnaround. Bryant also posted a photo Friday of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at age 84 , with the message, RIP Mr. Rooney may God be with his family.
The way its looking, Bryant should soon be back with his Steelers family soon enough. The main reason Im giving my vote to Green is because of the full array of defensive talents he brings to the floor. He can guard everyone from ball handlers to bigs, and often switches onto both in the normal flow of a possession. His ability to cover so much ground, and from so many different angles, allows the Warriors to play their devastating small lineups.
A Santa Clara County judge has dismissed a rape charge against former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald after prosecutors said the woman who made the allegation refused to testify.
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Judge David A. Cena dismissed the charge — one count of rape of an intoxicated person — on Monday. Santa Clara County prosecutor Chris Lamiero said in a statement that he tried to convince the victim to testify, but she refused.
The 49ers released Ray McDonald in December 2014, citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.”
The woman said she slipped and fell on a pool deck at McDonald’s San Jose home in December 2014 and continued to fall after that because of her initial head injury and alcohol consumption. She accused McDonald of carrying her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulting her.
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McDonald faced a maximum of eight years in prison.
Last 8 games (5-3): Avg. percentile performance: 66% (~top 45) | Avg. yards per play: BSU 6.8, Opp 5.4 (plus-1.4) | Avg. performance vs. S&P+ projection: minus-12.7 PPG
For five games, BSU was nearly untouchable. On a per-play basis, the Broncos drastically outgained two Pac-12 opponents 鈥?Washington State by 1.2 yards per play, Oregon State by 1.3 鈥?and handled two potentially confounding conference foes, Utah State and New Mexico. As Colorado State came to town, the Broncos had proved themselves by far the class of the mid-majors.
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Here are some lessons about the first day of 2017 baseball, then. Some of the lessons are more important than other lessons, but the most important lesson is that just because one game out of 162 games doesn鈥檛 have to mean everything, that doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 completely devoid of meaning.
Yes, the first pitch of the 2017 season was thrown in a dome, with catwalks and man-made abstractions blocking out our communal source of life, and that was an abomination.
We won in ’05; we never got invited. I don’t know if we’re going to get invited this time. That’s a bad way to put it.
They invited us in September when they were doing a lot of teams. Well, all my team were already at the NBA training camp and two of them in Europe. So we didn’t go in ’05. And we did go in ’09.
But, you know, the office of the presidency of the United States is the most fantastic place you can be. But let me think on it.
Again, I don’t know that we’re going to get invited. I really don’t. But I know one thing, we’re putting up a nice banner in the Smith Center that’s hard to get.
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The Mets’ rotation isn’t in trouble yet, but they’ve gone from having incredible, enviable depth to having almost none in a matter of weeks. Seth Lugo has gone from maybe just missing the start of the season with some fatigue in his arm to having a “significant” elbow injury. Noah Syndergaard is dealing with a blister, and was removed from his Opening Day start early because of it. Zack Wheeler is around after missing two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but his workload is limited because of all that. Steven Matz was supposed to be in the rotation all year, but instead his elbow kept him off the regular season roster, and now it turns out he might need significant time to recover.
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Despite all this, the Mets still have Syndergaard — a blister can be a problem, but it’s not the end of the world, as his strong first start of the year reminds — as well as Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Robert Gsellman, and whatever number of innings they have planned for Wheeler.
Brian Galliford at Buffalo Rumblings used some pretty awesome slides to break down how the Jets were able to slow Spiller in Week 3, and concludes that formation monotony and poor execution by the Bills were the major contributing factors:
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York said the Niners will try to fill that void.
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Head coach Jack Del Rio noted on NFL Network Tuesday that relocation will be difficult for fans, but it won鈥檛 necessarily turn them away from the team.
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When the Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, the Kansas City Chiefs opened their arms to disgruntled fans. It鈥檚 a tough sell, and fans who aren鈥檛 willing to follow the team to Las Vegas could just as easily choose to root against the Raiders than embrace a different team.
Brandon Bate at Turf Show Times charted Clemens’ performance against the Titans, when the Rams fell, 28-21:
As you can see, it was a bit of a roller coaster performance for Clemens. He did display great accuracy at the start of the game, going 5-for-5 in the first quarter of play, and easing the minds of the restless masses. Truth be told, Clemens started his day going 8-for-8 for 85 yards, but an offsides penalty negated a five yard gain on the Rams’ first offensive drive of the 2nd quarter. Do the math. With the aforementioned penalty, Clemens started his day completing his first seven passes. He’d then go on to throw incompletions for the remainder of the first half [6 attempts], which accounted for 11+ minutes of play.
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Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, Stampede Blue and Turf Show Times, for more analysis and highlights from the game.
Upon arrival at #GronkFest2017, I am handed a beautiful baby pink “Rob Gronkowski Football 101 Women’s Clinic” t-shirt. We are instructed to wear it over any outerwear we have on. Picture 100 women wearing baby pink long-sleeve t-shirts over hoodies and actual coats, looking like lumpy, stale cotton candy. (It’s worse than whatever you’re picturing.) We enrollees had received an email earlier in the week telling us, in big bold letters, “GYM SHOES ARE REQUIRED, DO NOT WEAR HEELS,” so all of the women wore gym clothes. This is probably unfortunate for those ladies who spent the $99 just to see if they could get Gronk’s attention.
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Don’t blame the defense for Tennessee’s ghastly loss to Jacksonville. The unit allowed a scant 3.8 yards per play and shut down a pair of frisky wideouts in Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown. The Titans had their proverbial Achilles tendons cut by the offense’s four turnovers, and things are starting to look dim on that side of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick can turn in a game effort most weeks, but this passing attack will struggle against real defenses and Fitzy can’t count on any consistent support from the game’s most overrated running back.
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More on the matchup: The Panthers and 49ers last met in 2010 at a time when neither team resembled its current iteration. Matt Moore threw two touchdowns in a Panthers win, relying on the leg of long-standing kicker John Kasay to get Carolina over the top, 23-20. Jim Harbaugh’s team is seeing Cam Newton for the first time and has the defensive talent to derail the quarterback. The Panthers will likely turn their attention to the run, but this is the biggest test of the Panthers’ season against a team with a lot to play for in the NFC West.
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The young quarterback sprained his MCL against the New York Giants on Sunday, in a 24-20 loss that dropped Oakland to 3-6. Head coach Dennis Allen acknowledged the knee, which was initially tweaked the week before versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, was a bigger deal than originally thought., per NFL.com.
The Patriots made yet another curious offseason move on Friday, reportedly trading their first- and third-round picks for Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
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New England, thanks to recent trades bringing in Dwayne Allen and Kony Early, now has no picks in the first two rounds, but still has two thirds, a fourth and two fifth-round picks. New Orleans now has five picks in the first three rounds in this year’s draft, including Nos. 11 and 32 overall.
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Methot grabbed Crosby by the jersey after the whistle and had a few words for the Penguins’ captain before leaving the ice.
His finger is destroyed. It’s shattered, and he’s out for weeks, Senators coach Guy Boucher said.
Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson said it was an unfortunate play, but a play that happens all the time. This one just went bad.
[Crosby] puts his stick in as [Methot] is trying to shoot the puck in, and unfortunately, it hits his finger, Karlsson said. It turns out worse than most other times, plays like that happen all the time, but I don’t think it was intentional or dirty.
Crosby echoed those sentiments saying he wasn’t looking to injure Methot.
I was just trying to get his stick, and I think I caught his finger judging by his reaction and their reaction. I’ve gotten those before. They don’t feel good.
“I said it this morning and I’m going to say it again. 200 by 85, whether you’re here or in Philly or anywhere else, it’s the same ice surface,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of his team’s 19-15-3 mark at MSG.
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Tied 2-2 after two periods, Barkov put the Panthers ahead at 7:23 of the third. Huberdeau entered the zone and sent a pass to Jagr, who passed to Barkov and scored his 19th of the season.
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Zuccarello tied it a little more than four minutes later with his 14th of the season at 11:45.
Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Panthers tied the game in the second.
While Wotus has interviewed for managing jobs with the Pirates, Dodgers, Mariners, Rays and Nationals only to lose out to other candidates, Meulens is still waiting for his first interview.
“It’s been known that a few of us want to manage,” Meulens said. “[Bochy] has been putting it out there, too. In that sense, it’s a little frustrating not getting interviews. But I’ve got to wait and be patient. You don’t want to take [a job with] any team and be out after two years because you didn’t have the personnel to have a good year.
“Hopefully this will trigger some interviews this offseason. If not, I have a great job. I’m working with some of best hitters in the game on a daily basis, and I love doing that too. It’s been a great run in San Francisco. If things don’t work out, I’m fine where I’m at.”