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.

MLB.com ‘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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Decades before HBO’s Hard Knocks and other productions brought the inside-access idea into the mainstream, this was a groundbreaking attempt to give fans a season-long, intimate look at the human side of professional sports.
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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 Twincities.com, 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.
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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.

Game Youth Jordin Tootoo Jersey But long before NFL scouts knew his name, Howard had to battle for recognition at tiny Autauga Academy in Prattville, Alabama.

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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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’

Womens Latavius Murray Jersey Like I said before, I ain’t gotta talk about what I am about, I’ll just show you. I can show you better than I can tell you, Smart told a pool of reporters during Boston’s shootaround on Tuesday. It ain’t hard to find me. You heard what he said, I don’t THINK Marcus Smart is about that life.’ Last time I checked, if you gonna say someone ain’t about that life, you should know, right? But like I said, we gonna keep this Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics, not Marcus Smart vs. Jimmy Butler.

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.

Womens Eric Fisher Jersey The league’s biggest prospective draw, Allen Iverson, didn’t show up to the draft despite being the coach, captain, and star of his team, 3’s Company. His teammate DerMarr Johnson ended up making the team’s picks (which seem bad on paper). Francis, who seemed quite invested in BIG3 as players collected in Vegas for a combine and scrimmages, going undrafted actually seems quite sad. (Do they have undrafted free agents and roster size limits in the BIG3? We’ll see.)

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?
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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.

Limited Kids Patrik Berglund Jersey The pick shouldn’t be too surprising, considering 49ers GM John Lynch took the same class as him at Stanford in 2014.

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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.

Alabama set to tie Floridas 9-year streak of 1st-round picks in the NFL draft

The 2017 NFL draft is less than a week away, and several college teams across the country will be represented as their players names get called by commissioner Roger Goodell. One draft streak that will be tied on Thursday night is that for the longest consecutive stretch with a first-round draft pick. The Florida Gators had the second-longest from 1983-91 with a first-round selection.
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Frank Clark Authentic Jersey King also reported that New Orleans believes it can draft immediate contributors between picks 25 and 75. Since defensive backs are the strength of this draft class, the Saints do not need to mortgage high picks for Butler when they could upgrade through the draft. In fact, our own Dan Kadars latest mock draft has the Saints using their No. 32 pick on LSU cornerback TreDavious White.

Butlers price tag could be too steep for New Orleans, too. Trading for Butler wouldnt be a bad idea for a Saints pass defense that ranked last in the NFL in 2016, but one cornerback cannot completely fix that secondary.

Now, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Butler will likely stay in Foxborough for another season. Even if the Saints do not try to negotiate a trade with New England for Butler, other teams will likely call the Patriots to inquire about him.

In college, when youre physically superior to your opponent, some of these issues can be overlooked, but if a lineman struggles with his base in college, he is bound to struggle in the NFL when the game is faster and more precise.

Lack of practice time, which is most appreciated by current players, has no doubt hurt offensive lineman the most, but the NFL is slowly starting to fix the process. Teams are hiring offensive line scouts specifically to help identify college players — players like Ronnie Stanley, Taylor Decker, and Jack Conklin — who are able to smoothly transition to the NFL out of their college systems.

What will the San Francisco 49ers be thinking in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Yes. Even after Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett (presumably) goes No. 1 to the Browns, the 49ers would be reaching if they tried to jump on a quarterback. The team also is not in a luxury position to take another offensive skill player, and the best offensive linemen in this class aren’t worth such high picks.

Although a safety such as LSU’s Jamal Adams or Ohio State’s Malik Hooker wouldn’t be shocking, San Francisco’s choice should come down to a couple of defensive lineman, Stanford’s Solomon Thomas or Alabama’s Jonathan Allen. Thomas is a better scheme fit and has the better overall pass-rush potential wherever he lines up in the 3-4. GM John Lynch can kick off his drafting career with a fellow Cardinal product who can be a cornerstone.

But will any of these first-round series end in an upset? The consensus from our panel is no. The Clippers-Jazz matchup is the closest, but most of our voters believe Los Angeles will emerge. Even Houston-Oklahoma City, which is a competitive battle between top MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden, is a series most believe the favorite will win.

That said, most of us are expecting these series to go long. Only a few of us predicted sweeps, even with the most lopsided of series.

The cliche is that leaders lead by example, but a leader’s true power comes from the authority that his subordinates grant him. There’s not much Chris Paul can do when he scores and scores, yet no one responds to his example. There’s not much that he can do when he forces turnovers even against bigger opponents, and his teammates turn around and give up easy buckets. There’s not much that he can do when he creates and his teammates miss great opportunities.
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