Month: July 2017

Lonzo Ball (calf) hopes to play in Summer League final

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who left Sunday’s summer league semifinal win over the Mavericks with tightness in his right calf, hopes to play in Monday’s championship in Las Vegas.

The No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft says he’ll receive treatment leading up to the title game against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers’ fifth game in six nights.

“I don’t know, I’ve played in a lot of big games man,” James said. “I don’t … I’m the last person to ask about a big game in the regular season. I’m sorry.”

He continued: “Taking nothing from them, they’ve been playing Cheap Dream Team Jerseys some great ball, but like I said, I’m not one to get caught up in regular-season big games. I’m sorry. I’ve been to six straight [NBA] Finals, man. I’m the last person to ask about a regular-season game, dude. Sorry.”

Whether James is hyped or not, he realizes this is an Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys important game. After some recent struggles, the Cavs are finally playing well again as they are riding a three-game winning streak, their first since late February.

This could also be James just playing with the Celtics considering Isaiah Thomas made similar comments earlier in the day.

“It’s just another game,” Thomas said. “I think we’ve got to treat it like that. I mean, being No. 1 in the standings, you don’t feel different. I don’t, at least. I’m treating it like another game.”

Kings’ Buddy Hield brings March magic to NBA at expense of Clippers

Buddy Hield must have been inspired by all the March madness in the air.

The Kings guard scored 11 points in the last five Cheap Bruins Jerseys minutes of Sunday’s 98-97 win over the Clippers in Los Angeles. On this date last year, Hield scored 37 points to lead Oklahoma to the Final Four.

Hield scored just 15 points with seven rebounds in the game. Sacramento fans won’t mind, though, because he saved his best and most heroic form for last.

The goggles didn’t last long, though. James ditched them with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter after missing a 3-pointer. He played just fine after that, finishing with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. In the end, though, the Cavs didn’t have an answer for John Wall (37 points, 11 assists) and Bradley Beal (27 points, six assists) as the Wizards handed the Cavs a 127-115 defeat.

Washington’s victory moved the Celtics within a half-game of the Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 2 1/2 games Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys behind. After looking virtually unbeatable earlier in the season, the Cavs are just 7-9 in their last 16 games.

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is 37, and he almost shot his age Saturday, coming off the bench to score a season-high 28 points to spark the Clippers’ 108-95 win over the Jazz.

Ollie has been talked about as a potential NBA coach for a few years now — he was mentioned for the Thunder job, as well as the Lakers job last year — but he’s not done himself many favors after a rough season (16-17) with the Huskies, which included season-opening losses to Wagner and Northeastern.

Still, there are reasons Ollie managed to play in the NBA until he was 37 despite a career scoring average of 3.8 points: He is smart, disciplined and a good influence on young players. He’s also a very good Xs and Os coach, so despite the poor showing this year, Ollie will continue to attract attention from the league.

Stephen Curry gets dissed, praised on his 29th birthday

Since Tuesday is Stephen Curry’s 29th birthday, it begs the question: What do you get the man who already has two NBA MVP awards and a world championship trophy?

Fox Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd celebrated Curry’s birthday by basically calling him overrated. On his Tuesday show, “The Herd,” Cowherd conceded that Curry is a “really, really good basketball player (but) we have massively overvalued him as a franchise star.”

Schroder: “I don’t understand coach’s decision. Maybe I’m too competitive, I don’t know. I’m just trying to be competitive, trying to win games. But I don’t get that one.”

Budenholzer: “Just a coach’s decision. We need to learn to play together and stay together for 48 minutes.”

Howard: “Listen, we’re a team. It’s OK if we have conversations. It’s not always conflict when you have a conversation with your coach or a team meeting. That’s what you’re supposed to do. So, by him wanting to have a meeting and talk, it’s great. It’s great for our team. It’s great for each other. We’re all open to it.”
Atlanta ended up losing a close game to Golden State, 119-111. Schroder was the team’s leading scorer at the time of his ejection, and may have had a large impact in the final half if he played. But Budenholzer obviously felt he needed to send a message to the team instead.

Bennett’s stock is fairly high at the moment, even NBA Jerseys Cheap with the Cavaliers’ disastrous second-round loss to Florida (65-39 was New Nike NFL Jerseys the unsightly score). His ability to drill discipline into his players, particularly with the pack-line defense his father championed at Wisconsin, is impressive, and he has shown the ability to get the most out of individual players.

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.

Jimmer Fredette’s 361-Mazer is the high-performance hoops shoe you need to know about

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.