Month: August 2017

Saints sign guard Orlando Franklin to one-year deal, report says

The Saints signed veteran guard Orlando Franklin to a one-year deal Thursday, according to ESPN.com.

Franklin, 29, started all 16 games for the Chargers last season before being released in May. At 6-7, 330 pounds, Franklin is a load in the middle of an offensive line. His addition gives New Orleans flexibility after losing left tackle Terron Armstead to a torn labrum in June.

I stick by what I said, I’m not going to make this personal … he was all whiny last week, Barkley told ESPN Radio. I’m good and I’m straightforward, I’m never going to get personal on an NBA player.

James ticked off a well-known laundry list of notorious things Barkley did or said during his playing days, including the famed I am not a role model quote. James was trying to contrast Barkley’s character with his own; James said he has not had any such issues in his career.

MORE: How NBA world reacted to James’ comments

Barkley said he was amused by James doing some homework and Googling Chuck’s history.

Some of the stuff he said about me is correct — (it) doesn’t make the message I said about him incorrect, Barkley said. Some of them are intimidated about LeBron [but] I’m not intimidated at all.

Barkley can repeat and/or expand on that response Thursday Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys if he’s Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer in the studio for TNT’s Inside the NBA.

Ravens rookie Chuck Clark races, beats Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings

Chuck Clark, the Ravens’ sixth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech, is getting ready for his first NFL training camp. The defensive back can bring with him some confidence because, several months ago, he challenged and defeated an Olympic medalist in a foot race.

Clark last winter trained at TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J., the same facility that has produced Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Duron Harmon, Brian Hoyer and dozens of current and former NFL players. It was there Clark worked with Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist who took the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1997 World Championships.

Bolden, who regularly works with football players on their form for the 40-yard dash, also works with Natasha Hastings, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 400 meter relay as well as multiple other titles both national and worldwide.

Another big 4-3 decision for the Niners lies at middle linebacker. Beyond the fact that they would like Reuben Foster and NaVorro Bowman to be healthy enough to be starting options, the question is who’s trusted more alone inside, the natural rookie first-rounder or the stalwart All-Pro slowed by injuries. The other is bound to kick out to the strong side because of his coverage ability.

The trick is the trickle-down effect. Watching previous incarnations of the Seahawks’ scheme, there’s been room for more specialized, 3-4-like Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys outside roles, or the LEO and OTTO, to flank the Cheap Giants Jerseys SAM (strongside) and WILL (weakside).

Watch: Enes Kanter smashes chair, fractures forearm

Thunder center Enes Kanter is a passionate guy. Just ask one of the chairs on the team’s bench.

Kanter took a wild swing at a chair during the second quarter of Thursday’s 109-98 win over the Mavericks. He did not return to the game, and coach Billy Donovan confirmed after the game that he fractured a bone in his forearm.

There is no timetable for his return.

Kanter had four points and four rebounds in nine minutes of action before assaulting the chair.

The Thunder can ill-afford to lose arguably their second-best scorer with playoff seeding on the line.

Ball is going to have his believers and his detractors come draft time. On one hand, the kid is just a winner, a Stu Feiner-level winner. He positively affects teams with his elite basketball IQ, and he has the best vision of any prospect in the draft. He plays with tremendous pace, and his jump shot has proven solid when he gets his feet under him. He’s not a guy who consistently probes the defense; rather, he just keeps the ball moving toward the basket in a way that helps his team.

However, it’s questionable just how strong of an athlete he is, his Cheap Football Jerseys defense is rough at the point of attack and his jump shooting off the Cheap Game Jerseys dribble and on the move might scare off some decision-makers. He’s a complicated prospect that will have a wide prism, with some likely having him as high as No. 2, and others as low as No. 8 or so. System will also matter, as he’ll likely be most successful in an uptempo scheme.

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors: Knicks tried to get Kevin Love from Cavs

The Knicks wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs, according to ESPN.com.

The report claims New York was trying to ship Anthony in a one-on-one player swap involving Kevin Love. The Cavs apparently weren’t interested in the deal at all, and so talks came a stop. Both players are All-Star forwards, but Love is four years younger at 28.

There’s also this bit from Marc Stein of ESPN: Cleveland is not prepared to surrender Love to get Anthony after the role Love played in helping the Cavaliers win the first championship in franchise history in June.

There was never any love lost for this city, Howard said Thursday, via ESPN.com. It’s just the business of basketball. I’m in a great place. This team is in a great place, but if I do get a couple of boos, I will respect it and I understand it and you got to move forward.

Howard, who never really clicked with James Harden while with the Rockets, stood up for his tenure with the team.

I thought, besides the last season, I thought Cheap Fishing Jerseys we had some successful seasons, Howard said. Went to the West finals, which hasn’t been done since Cheap European Soccer Jerseys Hakeem Olajuwon. I thought we had some success.

I know it didn’t end the way we all wanted it to end — that’s the NBA and you have to move forward. Houston is having a great year, this year and our team is also having a great season, and it will be great if both teams ended up in the finals.

Both Atlanta and the Rockets are in good postseason standing in their respective conferences, so this should be a competitive matchup.

Poll reveals NFL ratings fell over national anthem protests

A recent poll by J.D. Power revealed that the dip in NFL ratings last season was largely due to players kneeling during the national anthem, the Associated Press reported.

According to the survey, 9,200 people who went to either a football, basketball or hockey game were asked if they watched fewer games broadcasted and to give their reasoning.

Twenty six percent of people who tuned out of watching football said it was because players knelt during the anthem.

It’s worth noting only 12 percent of those surveyed said they stopped watching NFL coverage, which equates to roughly 1,100 people.

When a team switches from an established 3-4 to a Seahawks-inspired 4-3, as the 49ers are under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, pass-rushing linemen Cheap Hats And Jerseys become big needs. So it was a no-brainer for Lynch to use the No. 3 overall pick on Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, a Michael Bennett-like outside-inside Cheap High Quality Jerseys freak.

Saleh knows he can play Thomas at either end or tackle and get production. The other somewhat known quantity is former Dolphin Earl Mitchell, signed as stopgap at 4-3 nose, albeit a fading, older one. The two Oregon Ducks drafted as 3-4 first-rounders by the previous front office, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, are more wild cards. With their massive frames, they are both suited to stay outside, but it’s unclear whether their explosiveness will translate well as such scheme-specific picks. Buckner is the better bet to build on a strong rookie season and find a higher level of production.

Lynch and Saleh will need make do with this group and re-evaluate in the short term. Solid depth in the rotation, a key for Seattle, is also lacking. Thomas is a can’t-miss, but the rest of the starting line options feel more bust than boom.