Murphy didn’t have a good finish to the 1982 season

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Nobody should pay a price for that, not a team executive, not a backup quarterback.

Murphy didn’t have a good finish to the 1982 season, and Torre didn’t want that sour taste to linger all offseason. So shortly after the season ended, just as Murphy was about to win the MVP award, Torre called him and said he wanted Murphy to go to an instructional league to get some hitting reps, re-focus and take away some positives. But he didn’t send him alone. Torre, along with his brother Frank, went with Murphy to Orlando to work on hitting. Torre pitched BP and Frank helped critique. It worked out OK: Murphy won a second MVP award in 1983. It was incredibly generous and incredibly helpful, Murphy said. It was invaluable.

The documentary shows Torre pushing and prodding Dale Murphy to reach his full potential. The footage only provides brief examples, however. The reality was far greater. When Dale Murphy was on the field and in the cage preparing for a game, Joe Torre was behind the cage working with him every day, Diamond said. Dale Murphy, his MVP seasons, were a direct result of Joe Torre. Most people don’t know that. I know it because I was there every day. Of Torre’s instruction, Murphy said: He knew how to individually reach a guy, and what would help him.

Redskins deny Kirk Cousins’ trade request despite QB’s leverage

Kirk Cousins asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder for a trade, according to ESPN, but was basically told not to get his hopes up.

Cousins wants out of Washington probably because the team lost its two best receivers — DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon — this offseason. The team has also been reluctant to give him a long-term deal, so he’s ready to move on.

As for a trade, many have speculated the 49ers as the likely destination. San Francisco needs a quarterback as it plans to rebuild with Kyle Shanahan as head coach.

According to The AP, he said we took the risk of entering the country illegally because he feared he would miss an October deadline that year that would’ve rendered the White Sox’s eight-figure offer invalid, a contract he later signed.

If I had not been there on that particular day, the deadline, then the contract would not be executed and would no longer be valid, Abreu told jurors. We had to be in Chicago to sign the contract.

Limited Youth Mark Arcobello Jersey That Air France flight was part of a convoluted route from Cuba to the majors, during which Abreu fled Cuba on a speedboat and eventually wound up leaving Haiti with the fake passport, all allegedly with the help of a web helpers and fixers.
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Once he made it to Miami, he would be allowed to remain in the U.S. under the so-called wet foot, dry foot Cuban immigration policy at the time.

Abreu is one of several Cuban players, including with the Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria and Mariners’ Leonys Martin, who have testified in the Hernandez’s and Estrada’s trial that has gone on for a month and is expected to last a few more weeks, according to The AP.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner expected to miss at least three months with shoulder injury

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who was involved in a dirt-biking accident earlier this month, has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his AC joint in his throwing shoulder and is expected to miss at least three months, keeping him out until after the All-Star Break. ‘s Chris Haft wrote Friday that Bumgarner will need about two months of rehab before he can throw and another three to four weeks of bullpen sessions, simulated games and rehab assignments in the Minors before he’s ready to return to the Giants.

Thankfully, the left-hander won’t need surgery on his injured shoulder, so things could definitely be worse.

Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts before the injury.
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But despite their growing national prominence on WTBS, the Braves weren’t exactly a compelling product on the field, having finished at or near the bottom of the National League standings nearly every year Turner had owned the team.

Still, the ever-enterprising businessman/showman saw a marketing opportunity and had his executives get cracking on his idea, which fit in with Turner’s larger goal to turn the Braves into a national television commodity. Through WTBS, Turner wanted to make the Braves, as he would dub them, America’s Team.

Between its conception and its premiere, the project that came to be known as It’s a Long Way to October transitioned from a timeless, generic baseball production into a laser-focused narrative as it documented one of the more unexpectedly dramatic team seasons in MLB history.

Cris Carter pledges to help Michael Floyd’s journey into recovery

Hall of Famer Cris Carter says he’s there for Michael Floyd and wants to be a mentor to the Vikings’ new receiver.

According to, Carter and Floyd spoke earlier about their shared history of battling alcohol abuse.

The former Alabama star, picked No. 8 overall by the Raiders in 2010, has had issues with substance abuse the past couple of years. The NFL suspended him four games during the 2015 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and he was suspended 10 games in 2016 for again violating that policy. Although he was eligible to return late last season, the Cowboys did not activate him.

Last December, the NFL suspended McClain indefinitely for missing a drug test, which the league views equivalent to a failed test.

McClain had signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Cowboys in March 2016.

Ogden reaching out to the NFL Trust paid relatively fast dividends. They got him a grant (from a fund named for longtime union executive director Gene Upshaw) to pay his rent, health insurance and bills for four months. The check arrived from the trust, he recalled, just as his aforementioned cars were about to be repossessed and his phone had been turned off. (He also got a health assessment through the trust and is keeping track of the post-career aches and the warning signs of degenerative brain disease.)

Long story short: It was.

Ogden, 36, whose older brother, Hall of Fame tackle Jonathan, was his Ravens teammate for two years, is in the middle of post-football career No. 2. He’s an entrepreneur, he’s married and has two daughters, he’s gotten football out of his system (he went to one last tryout in Vero Beach, Fla., for a CFL team last month, then called it quits) and, two years ago, he published a memoir, “Sleepless Nights,” with another in the works for next year.

Steelers’ James Harrison spends 39th birthday beasting at gym

Pegula: This morning I informed Doug Whaley that he was relieved of his duties with the Buffalo Bills. I have enjoyed working with Doug. He’s a very good person. I want to wish him the best in the future. This was not an easy decision. We also relieved the pro and amateur scouting departments of their duties and I want to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication. I want to make it clear that this decision was made by Kim and I. We look forward to hiring our first GM as owners of the Buffalo Bills.

I think the main question a lot of people have is why the move was made now as opposed to at the end of the season when you guys let Rex go?

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You said in January that Doug does a good job. I like him, he works hard and he’s a smart guy.鈥?What changed from then to now?

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The Steelers linebacker celebrated his 39th birthday Thursday by pumping some iron at the gym, because how else would the monster veteran spend it?

Before showing off his superhuman strength, Harrison also revealed he’s giving away 39 signed memorabilia items to 39 Steelers fans on Twitter in celebration.

O.J. Howard climbed from a tiny high school to become the top TE in the 2017 NFL Draft

With the 19th pick in this year’s NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected O.J. Howard, marking only the second time a tight end’s been taken in the first twenty picks since 2010. Watch his performances against Clemson in the last two National Championships and it’s easy to see why.

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Howard would have been on display for college recruiters if he ended up at Prattville High School like he expected to. After spending a summer working out with football players from the high school he thought he’d attend, rezoning moved him to Autauga Academy — a school with 273 students compared to the 2,033 students at Prattville.

It was a just a way to get fans to the ballpark, then-Rangers outfielder and later TV analyst Tom Grieve said, according to an report. That sentiment likely in line with what the Rockets want to achieve.

But that was before the mayhem ensued. It began with fans launching remarks at the players and throwing objects from the stands.

And then, according to the report, this happened:
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Things came to a head in the ninth, after the Indians had tied the game at 5-5 and put the potential winning runner on second. A fan jumped over the outfield wall and flipped the cap off right fielder Jeff Burroughs’ head. The story goes that Burroughs, then in the midst of an MVP season, tried to kick the fan and stumbled to the ground. Martin, thinking the fan had tackled Burroughs, told his men to grab bats and rush to Burroughs’ defense. The Indians then left their dugout in the Rangers’ defense.

Marcus Smart on whether he’s about that life: I can show you better than I can tell you’

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A couple of high-level retired players who aren’t totally ancient — Steve Francis and Latrell Sprewell — went undrafted. Rashad McCants, who has floated on the fringes of the NBA for seven years or so, went No. 1 overall. Several players who hadn’t been listed in any BIG3 promotional materials, including Kwame Brown, Jerome Junk Yard Dog Williams, and Moochie Norris, were picked.

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With that, here are the full BIG3 draft results. Special thanks to the heroes who live-tweeted the affair, Joey Devine and Sean Keane.

James Harden just put together the greatest offensive season ever

Everyone knows that James Harden just put together an incredible campaign in 2016-17. His work on offense was so brilliant, that if you take a deep dive into his season, you’ll come to the realization that no one in the history of the NBA has ever had a season on that end of the floor quite like The Beard.

Harden, without another star by his side, was the nightly focal point of his opponents’ defensive game plan. But he had counters for anything and everything coaches threw at him in putting together one of the great scoring seasons you’ll ever see. You can probably count on one hand the guys that have scored as much and as efficiently as Harden did.

But he was also so much more than that. When defenses collapsed on him, he perfected the art of leveraging that attention to create opportunities and open looks for his teammates.

Whether it was feeding Clint Capela or Nene rolling to the rim or Patrick Beverley, Eric Gordon, Lou Williams, Trevor Ariza, or Ryan Anderson spotting up for 3, Harden complemented his dynamic scoring with a historically strong job setting up his teammates. Combine those two elements together, and Harden makes quite the compelling case for the greatest season of offense … ever.

But here we are, once again, with Paul George looking at elimination at the hands of LeBron James. The Pacers had a chance to win Game 1 on the road but came up short. They also blew a 26-point lead in Game 3 at home. Neither of those things were Paul George’s fault. He’s one of the best two-way players in the game who has given everything to Indiana. But have they given it back to him?

Solomon Thomas can be next Michael Bennett for the 49ers

C.J. Anderson Youth Jersey Solomon Thomas is one of the best defensive prospects available in the draft, and No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Thomas came in No. 2 in Dan Kadar’s edge rankings for the draft, only behind Myles Garrett.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

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SB Nation’s Stephen White doesn’t think so. Instead, he sees him more as a Jack Conklin-type player on the other end of the line. While that may sound like a slight, there are much worse things to be compared to than a player who was a first-team All-Pro selection his first season in the league.

Two semesters at two technical colleges later, he wound up back in Stevens Point, playing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association and playing a relatively tough Division III schedule that featured NCAA tournament mainstays like UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Platteville. He earned all-WIAA honors in each of his seasons, then found an unexpected opportunity knocking at his door. Chryst, the coach who had tried to lure him to Pittsburgh, was now at Wisconsin.

Samaje Perine’s vicious running style should help Washington

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Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine used his size and toughness to gain tough yards for the Sooners and will continue to do just that for Washington, who selected him 114th in the fourth round. Perine, at 5’11 and 233 pounds, is a powerful back who consistently gains yards.

Two other teams, the New Orleans Saints and Titans, have a pair of first-round picks. The Saints have the No. 11 pick as well as the No. 32 pick, which they got from the Patriots in exchange for trading receiver Brandin Cooks to New England.

The Titans will first pick at No. 5, courtesy of last year’s draft trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams moved up to draft quarterback Jared Goff, surrendering their 2017 first-round pick in the process.

Limited Womens Phil McConkey Jersey The Rams won’t be on the clock Thursday, but keep an eye on them. They have a history of making some blockbuster trades before or in the draft. The Patriots and Minnesota Vikings will also sit out the first round, unless they trade up.

Even if there’s not a big trade, the first day of the draft usually brings a good deal of excitement. Here’s how to watch it unfold. The Saints have more pressing needs than tailback, especially now that Adrian Peterson is officially a part of the roster. Mark Ingram is coming off his best season as a pro, and while McCaffrey could add value at several different positions — notably as a slot receiver and kick returner — there is a handful of defensive players who could have an even bigger impact at No. 11. If McCaffrey falls all the way to No. 32, it seems much more likely New Orleans would be his landing spot.