WNBA star Sue Bird comes out as gay, dating USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe

Sue Bird came out as gay to ESPNW Thursday, and also said she is dating U.S soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

In a lengthy interview, the Seattle Storm forward said she never hid her sexuality, but also said she never felt the need to broadcast it to the entire world.

“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend. … These aren’t secrets to people who know me,” Bird said. “I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”

Bird, 36, is the oldest active WNBA player. She has spent 15 years in the league, where she has been an All-Star 10 times and has won two titles. Despite being one of the most prominent women in the league, she said she has always been shy when it comes to her personal life.

Thomas and Crowder led the way for Boston on the offensive end as well. Thomas dropped 31 points and dished five assists, while Crowder had 17 points at 10 rebounds.

Thomas was engaged all night long in a classic point US Cheap Jerseys US Cheap Jerseysguard duel with Kyrie Irving, who dazzled with 28 points of his own.

Deron Williams scored four points in 24 minutes in his first game for the Cavaliers since being acquired this week.

The playoff-type atmosphere at TD Garden was exemplified by the sports luminaries sitting courtside. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was there, and so was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was paid a visit by James in the fourth quarter

James said of the encounter, “I definitely slowed up because Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys I knew it was him. I’m not taking no legend out.”

This was the third meeting of the season between Boston and Cleveland, with the Cavs winning the first two. Note that Kevin Love, who had 56 points and 23 rebounds between those two Cavaliers wins, is still sidelined, but he and J.R. Smith are both expected to return soon for Cleveland.

Bengals are betting on speed in 2017

The Cincinnati Bengals could go in one of two directions this season. They could show last year’s 6-9-1 finish was an aberration, or they could turn the losing into a trend.

In 2015, the Cincinnati Bengals set a franchise record with an 8-0 start to the season. They went on to finish 12-4, made the playoffs, and had eight players voted to the Pro Bowl. Just a year later, down an offensive coordinator (Hue Jackson) and a few key weapons (wideouts Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu), the Bengals sputtered Cheap Stitched Jerseys on offense. Their scoring declined from 26.2 points per game to 20.3, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

To paraphrase: “We’ve been through a lot,” Fisher would remind the press after each game. Usually, “we don’t make excuses” was thrown in there, too.

The Rams struggled to win last season for a lot of reasons. The move was just one small part of that mix, but not enough to paper over four prior years of poor roster building — thanks to a long list of squandered possibilities from trading the second pick in the 2012 NFL draft to Washington for a bundle of draft picks.

This show picks up in the fifth year since Fisher and general manager Les Snead have run the team. It’s a squad without much talent to speak of on offense. The defense, which features a budding superstar in defensive tackle Aaron Donald, is the better unit, but it too was in a down year in 2016. That was in part due to the team’s failure to lock down cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who would’ve provided the show its most compelling player by far.

How the Rams devolved into a four-win team is mostly left up to the viewer to decide. The cameras failed to catch whatever conversation on the subject that might have happened between players and the team’s leadership.

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Nike, adidas and Under Armour dominate the basketball sneaker market worldwide, but there’s still plenty of money to be made in the industry, especially in China, a land inhabited by an estimated 1.3 billion people, 300 million of whom hoop. Li-Ning (Dwyane Wade, Evan Turner, Glen Robinson III), Peak (Dwight Howard, Tony Parker, Lou Williams, George Hill) and ANTA (Klay Thompson, Rajon Rondo, Chandler Parsons) are Cheap San Francisco Giants Jerseys the three most popular domestic brands in the most populated country in the world.

Where they stand: The division title is probably beyond their reach because the Astros seem to be running away with it. But they’re in the thick of the Wild Card race thanks in large part to a dangerous offense that ranks near the top of the league in most categories. Their starting pitching hasn’t held up its end of the bargain, though, and Seattle has struggled to find consistency on the mound.

All the while, the franchise churns on with more winning seasons and playoff berths (now at 22 division titles and 29 playoff berths to go along with the six Lombardi Trophies over the last 45 years). And with the talent and solid organization firmly in place, the Steelers should win another AFC North title and contend for the Super Bowl once again in 2017.

Along with the Steelers’ on-field success, I respect them for being a great contributor to community causes in the Western Pennsylvania area. And for being a team that looks out for the NFL as a league, whether it’s agreeing to leave the NFC and join the AFC as part of the 1970 merger, taking a lead role in helping to settle CBA negotiations, as Dan Rooney often did, or being active on league committees. (Art II is on four, including one of the most important, the Chairmen’s Committee.)

MLB All-Star Game 2017: Best players not on an All-Star roster … yet

The MLB All-Star Game rosters have been announced, and as always, there were more deserving players than roster spots available. You can see the rosters by clicking here, and in this space we’ll tell you the guys who didn’t make the cut.

Yet, that is. As you baseball fans know, we’ll see a Cheap Quality Jerseys lot of subtractions (for injury reasons) and additions to fill those spots. Basically, consider this a list of potential substitutions for the All-Star Game in Miami on July 11.

But before the season began, Henke had decided he would hang up his spikes at year’s end. In fact, Henke and his wife Kathy had discussed him retiring after a tough 1994 season with the Rangers in which he’d dealt with a back injury before players went out on strike in August.

“I told Kathy, I said, ‘You know what? I think I’m done. I’m tired of all the politics in baseball and all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes.’ I said, ‘I’d just as soon go home and be with the family,’” Henke told Sporting News in a phone interview from his Taos, Mo., home.

Only a call from the Cardinals in the months before the 1995 season changed Henke’s mind. Teams would call Henke for two to three years thereafter, trying to coax him back, with Tony La Russa particularly keen. But Henke knew he was done. For one thing, he didn’t want to become another player who hung on too long. He went out on top.

“It’s nice to be remembered in that light,” Henke said. “People remember your last year and they remember how dominant and how good you were that year. They attribute it to the rest of your life, almost. That’s a nice thing, it really is, instead of having people say, ‘Well, you hung on too long.’”

It’s funny, though. Henke’s decision might have cost him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Big3: Ranking the best former NBA stars in Ice Cube’s new pro league

Week two of the Big3 continues Sunday when Ice Cube brings his newly founded professional three-on-three basketball league to the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Big3, which features former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Charles Oakley, Chauncey Billups and Gary Payton, is in its inaugural season. After Cheap Pirates Jerseys seeing the majority of players hoop for the first time in years, it’s time to rank the top 10 players participating in the three-on-three league.

Criteria focuses primarily on career accolades (both team and individual), stat totals, NBA longevity and current age. With that in mind, here are a few guys who just missed the cut: Ricky Davis, Larry Hughes, Jason Williams and Deshawn Stevenson.

According to Ed Werder on the latest episode of the Doomsday Podcast, Favre could have donned #4 in Dallas long before the days of Dak. The Cheap Qld Reds Jerseys Favre-to-Dallas bit starts right before the 30:00 mark:

Werder: I’ve also played golf with Tony before he was, before he was Tony. Before he was Tony, I played golf with Tony Romo. He talked about during the round about how the Cowboys had had an interest in trading for Favre late in his career when he was available, Parcells was the coach.

I said, “Oh yea, I kind of heard that.” And he said, “Well you know, the deal went dead when the Packers asked for me to be in the trade.”

And now I’m like, “Oh really the Cowboys didn’t trade for Favre because they didn’t want to give you up?” And maybe it was true as it turns out, right? He was good enough as it turns out! He had a hell of a good career!
Bill Parcells was the Dallas Cowboys Head Coach from 2003-2006, which happen to be Tony Romo’s first four (how coincidental is that?) seasons in the blue and silver. In that stretch of time the Packers went 10-6, 10-6, 4-12 (the season they drafted Aaron Rodgers), and 8-8.

Big Baller Brand already selling $500 ZO2’s with Lakers color scheme

“I told you. From the words of Zeus, Jesus, everybody said he gonna be a Laker.” LaVar Ball, NBA Draft night 2017.

Now, whether or not Zeus and Jesus told LaVar Ball that his son Lonzo would be drafted No. 2 overall by the Lakers is a matter for discussion some other day. But if nothing else, that revelation gave LaVar’s Big Baller Brand plenty of lead time to prep its latest shoe offering.

Yes, the ZO2’s have now been released in a Lakers’ color scheme. They are available online now, but will be able to ship by All-Star weekend 2018 — which is where? Would you believe that it’s in Los Angeles?

10:36 p.m. Beau Jordan gets the hardest-hit ball of the night for the Cheap Dolphins Jerseys Tigers, right into centerfielder Nick Horvath’s glove. Terrible way to end the inning, but the Tigers do trim the lead to 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Once again, errors cost LSU.

Beau Jordan is up to bat. Can he get these Tigers back in gear?

Gators get the 4-6-3 double play — and the tying run was called back to third because of runner interference from Jake Slaughter at second. LSU has two outs and the tying run at third, but Florida has sucked the wind from these Tigers.

Jake Slaughter reaches base for the second time this game, singling to left, advancing Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys Josh Smith to third. LSU has runners on the corners and you can see doubt creeping in Michael Byrne’s face.

It’s starting to rain in Omaha. The last thing ANYONE wants in Omaha is rain.

Josh Smith rips an RBI-double to finally get LSU on the board. It’s 2-1 Gators, but the Tigers have all the momentum with no outs and the tying run on second.

Ezekiel Elliott reveals nude ESPN The Magazine Body Issue shot

Ezekiel Elliott is the latest athlete to shed his clothes and bare all for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

The 2017 issue hits newsstands on July 7, but the Dallas Cowboys running back gave fans an early preview, posting this image to Twitter on Monday:

“The ninth annual Body Issue celebrates and showcases the athletic form. Its release will include photos, interviews and videos with some of the biggest names in sports.”

Elliott, Julian Edelman and Javier Baez are among the 23 athletes featured in the magazine.

This is an interesting fit for the Celtics at No. 3, as they pick up the No. 2 player on my board. Coach Brad Stevens does as good a job as any coach in the league at creating mismatches on offense, and Tatum is an absolute matchup nightmare at 6-8 with tremendous athletic fluidity. He’s also known as an extremely hard worker, and he has a good chance to reach his All-Star ceiling with the Celtics.

This is an absolutely perfect mesh of talent and fit for Phoenix. Jackson gives them an explosive athlete, high-level defender and elite level competitor to pair with Devin Booker on the wing. It’s hard to imagine a better way for them to utilize their selection here than picking up the No. 3 overall player in this draft in Jackson. This is a home run.

Another absolute home run for the team selecting here. The Kings don’t have a point guard signed for next season, and Fox is an exceedingly high level one. Fox is explosive with Cheap China Jerseys high character and good basketball IQ. He’ll mesh well with Buddy Hield in the backcourt and also help to Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys facilitate the development of the Kings’ young frontcourt players.

Derek Jeter-led group short on money to buy Marlins, report says

Derek Jeter’s group is short of the more than $1 billion needed to buy the Miami Marlins, he told MLB Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

Citing an unidentified person familiar with the negotiations, The AP said Jeter met with MLB and Marlins officials in New York to give them an update on his effort to raise the $1.3 billion bid to buy the team.

Schwarber, 24, is slashing at just .171/.295/.378, though he has 12 homers and 28 RBIs. Perhaps most telling, Schwarber has struck out 75 times in 222 at-bats.

His stay at Triple-A Iowa isn’t expected to last long, according to the report, but it should give him a chance to sort things out away from the limelight — and pressure — of a defending World Series champion team that hasn’t found its stride this season, either.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs also will place outfielder Jason Heyward (scraped hand) on the 10-day disabled list and bring up pitcher Dylan Floro and outfielder Mark Zagunis from Iowa to take the roster spots.

Safety Eric Reid is the most familiar name in the defensive backfield, but his playmaking has been disappointing the last two seasons, capped by a torn biceps that cut short his 2016 season. His tackling and other stats have been good relative to other 49ers defenders, but Reid, in a contract Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids steelers_127year, hasn’t lived up his younger ballhawk self.

That has opened the door for Jimmie Ward, the first-round pick a year later Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys in 2014, to move and take over at free safety. Lynch, as a former standout safety, loves Ward’s versatility to the point it’s make-or-break for Reid lining up next to him.

Watch: Fan yells ‘Deport Roger Goodell’ during PGA tournament

Patriots nation still hasn’t forgiven NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for that whole Deflategate saga. Even Pats owner Robert Kraft told the New York Post last week, “I don’t hold grudges, but I never forget.”

One Patriots fan found a creative way to express his dislike for Goodell Sunday. During the final round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., a man with a New England accent yelled, “Deport Roger Goodell!” after Boo Weekley hit a shot from the 13th fairway.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom the “May 9 Tender” was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2017.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their Restricted Free Agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2017.

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At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal after the club’s last regular season game.

LeBron caught everyone napping on an inbounds pass.

Love ends the half with 22 points (seven 3-pointers). Kyrie Irving has 17. LeBron only has eight, but it doesn’t matter. This has the feel of a January game, and the Celtics are playing for the fourth time in five nights.

over two defenders for a LeBron layup.

Boston cuts Cleveland’s lead to 47-38 just past the midway point of the second. Maybe we’ll have a game?

Crowder has three fouls and Amir Johnson’s shoulder hurts. When it rains, it pours. Oh, and LeBron caught everyone napping on an inbounds pass.

But of all the issues listed here, turnovers figure to be among the easiest for the Cavs to fix.

They won’t have 20 turnovers next game,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said, via the New York Daily News.

Transition defense. The Cavs were outscored in transition, 26-10. They didn’t hustle back on defense a lot, and they often chose to guard Golden State’s 3-point shooters and ignore Kevin Durant as he drove down the middle of the lane for an uncontested dunk.

Said Lue, “It’s a different dynamic when you have Kevin Durant pushing the ball in transition and you have Steph and Klay on the wings.”

On Saturday morning’s SportsCenter, ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo pointed out several instances where the Cavaliers were outhustled on Warriors fast breaks.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of this guy. Despite some concerns over his on-field demeanor (and that whole stupid boat thing), there’s no doubt that Beckham is one of the best receivers in the game. Still only 24 years old, the sky is the limit for Beckham, who’s the focal point for Basketball Cheap Jerseys the Giants entire offense. Eli Manning finally has the big-play threat he lacked for several years prior to this draft. steelers_034