Month: August 2017

Jaguars’ Dante Fowler faces three misdemeanor charges from July incident

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler has been charged with three misdemeanors in connection with a July 18 confrontation in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Online court records show Fowler, 23, was charged with battery, criminal mischief and petit theft on Aug. 10. According to an affidavit filed at the time, Fowler punched a man after the pair got into an argument, then took the man’s glasses and stomped on them. He also is accused of taking liquor from the man and throwing it into a nearby lake.

The Jaguars selected Fowler third overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he missed his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL during mini-camp. He played in all 16 games last season, racking up four sacks and 32 tackles.

Fowler’s arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11, the day after the Jaguars open the season at the Texans.

Huntsville, Ala. area clergymen have had enough of NFL owners’ reluctance to employ free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the aftermath of his season-long, silent, non-violent protest of police brutality. So, they’re refusing to be entertained by the league’s products.

Thursday, a group of nearly 10 black pastors and Oakwood University president Leslie Pollard announced an “NFL Blackout”, a boycot, or “mancot” as they referred to it, of the league. Until Kaepernick, who kneeled during the national anthem throughout 2016 as a member of the 49ers, is signed, the men are encouraging other leaders to refrain from watching NFL games, purchasing NFL-licensed paraphenalia and participating in fantasy football. avalanche_188

Mario Chalmers making NBA return with Grizzlies on one-year deal, per report

Mario Chalmers is finalizing a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is partially guaranteed.

The Heat now have committed long term to a core of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Kelly Olynyk, and Tyler Johnson.

Olynyk had a breakout game in the 2017 NBA Playoffs during Game 7 against the Wizards. He led the Celtics with a playoff career high of 26 points in the win. He went 10-of-14 from the field for the game and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter

Olynyk has played all four of his NBA seasons with the Celtics. Last year, he averaged nine points in 20 minutes per game, shooting 50 percent from the field. He has a decent three-point shot as a power forward, shooting 34 percent last season, which makes him a good floor spacer in today’s game.
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But the remainder of Phoenix’s green roster is like box of chocolates — you don’t know what you’re going to get from it … yet. The Suns have eight players between the ages of 19 and 23, the second-most in the league behind the 76ers. Save for Booker, none of those kids has emerged as bonafide future stars in this league. As the West continues to get stronger, Phoenix projects to be at the bottom of the barrel again.

Authentic Mens Boomer Esiason Jersey This is the state of the Phoenix Suns entering the 2017-18 season, and they’re OK with it. Rather than chase big-name veterans as they did in summers past, the Suns sat out free agency to focus on their young core. Conversations with McDonough and head coach Earl Watson make one thing clear: The Suns aren’t rushing the process.

We think and hope that we’ll grow step-by-step over the next couple of years, McDonough said. Maybe at some point it isn’t step-by-step, the switch flicks and we’re pretty good overnight. And if that’s the case, I think with the age of our group and the contractual situation of our group, we have a chance be really good for a long time.

My takeaway from the demo is NBA Live is taking a step in the right direction.

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No, the demo isn’t perfect. Some of the animations flat-out don’t make sense or come off as the game trying too hard to be cool. But these negatives weren’t enough to make me completely give up on it. After this preview, I’m actually looking forward to trying out the full version.

Now, he’s taken his ideology one step further by making a business out of putting women in their place. LaVar knew exactly what he was doing when he chose to repeat stay in your lane. He knew the cameras were watching, and he seized his marketing opportunity.

In repeating the phrase over and over again until it sticks, LaVar is tying consumers’ consciousness between the subtext of stay in your lane with his merchandise, and he’s turning it into a commodity. LaVar wants you to see the video and repeat the words, until perhaps you’ve become charmed enough to feel drawn to buy his shirt.

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New Timberwolves uniform leaks via alleged ‘NBA 2K18’ screenshot

More and more jerseys are being unveiled in the lead up to the NBA season with the league switching from Adidas to Nike. So far, most jerseys have been shown off by teams on their social media accounts, but the Timberwolves might have had their new look leaked by an NBA 2K18 screenshot.
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Any time there’s a leak by way of video game you should take it with a pretty big grain of salt. For years talented people have been modding the PC version of the NBA 2K games in order to change jerseys, add players, and even re-work the entire thing and put Space Jam in the game — so the possibility is there to mock up something and make people believe they’re real.

That said, hopefully these jerseys are legit — because they’re awesome. The Timberwolves are in the middle of a rebranding, which began with a new logo back in April. Naturally new uniforms were coming, especially in light of the league’s switch to Nike.

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This was the first move of the Doc tenure, made to get something in return for Eric Bledsoe when it became clear he was too good to simply be Chris Paul’s backup.

Tom Brady on the sidelines looks like a Madden 18 glitch

Tom Brady didn’t play in the Patriots’ first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t ready.

Just look at him on the sidelines. Yeah, he doesn’t have a football, but look at his agility and awareness in front of all the imaginary defenders coming at him. Put him in, coach! Julian Edelman seems to enjoy it.

Brady kind of looks like a glitch from the latest edition of Madden. We hope they get a patch for this before the release date, as cool as this kind of looks.

Glennon struggled, and that’s the nicest thing we can say about it. He completed just two of eight passes for 20 yards. Trubisky, on the other hand, came in with 1:42 remaining in the first half and ran the team’s two-minute drill with ease.

He looked in command of the offense and hit veteran Victor Cruz on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds on the clock:

In the second half, he looked comfortable and accurate throwing on the run, executing a 75-yard scoring drive on the Bears’ first possession:

He got the team in position for a fourth-quarter field goal, too:

Glennon wasn’t nearly so lucky. His second pass of the game was a pick-six. Poor line play didn’t help, but he never got into a rhythm, and it showed in his quarterback rating, which was zero:

But to understand how the NFL reached the point that it accused the NFLPA of victim blaming, we have to first rewind the clock a little bit. Early Wednesday morning, Yahoo! Sports published a report that said Elliott’s accuser, an ex-girlfriend, spoke to a friend via text about the possibility of blackmailing the running back with sex videos involving herself and Elliott.redskins_007_3367fdd4e46f3691-180x180

Rodgers has been the NFL’s King in the North for a while now

Jon Snow: The King of the North has faced adversity and was even down for the count but came back stronger than ever. There’s an obvious football analogy there. It’s a little similar to Rodgers struggling with a collarbone fracture and poor postseason showing in 2013 only to bounce back with an MVP season in 2014.

Rodgers has been the NFL’s King in the North for a while now, so this fits just right.

(Relax Patriots fans. New England is in the Northeast. Let the middle of the country have something, geez.)

Unfortunately, Rodgers already revealed the answer in an interview with The Ringer. Click if you want the answer and to read all his other Game of Thrones opinions. But I definitely don’t know Rodgers’ favorite restaurant in Green Bay, so it’s a little more fun to play the game and guess.

Limited Youth Gerald Everett Jersey Most notably, both Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson were labeled oft-injured after suffering debilitating injuries in New Orleans.

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Anderson underwent season-ending neck surgery in 2013 and missed 37 combined games the following two seasons. He played in 72 games as a stretch-four in Houston, shooting 40 percent from three-point range.

I sat in the same seat for the actual MLB All-Star Game, and the mood felt completely different.

So definitely before that World Series win and the superstition is creeping in here. Now John’s dilemma is that his wife wants him to paint over it while they’re renovating the house … Would you be the superstitious type to leave it if it wasn’t you up there?
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Oh, absolutely. No I’m keeping it. If I was a Dodger fan I would be keeping it in there, absolutely right. Something that’s true about athletes, and not just solely limited to baseball players, but athletes are quite superstitious. Sometimes it’s just a little bit below level and sometimes it’s just a subtext of something else of what they’re doing.

Sometimes it’s pretty subliminal, and sometimes it’s not — it’s pretty audacious. But I don’t think just leaving a mural on the wall is going to be much of a problem at all here.

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One night later, I sat in the same seat for the actual MLB All-Star Game, and the mood felt completely different. There were some empty seats where there hadn’t been on Monday, and fans were more subdued. Sure, they still danced in the stands and did the wave and tried to get on the Jumbotron, as one does. It was lovely, but it wasn’t … electric.

You know what it felt like? Like we’d gotten to the end of a really fabulous meal when the waiter comes over and says, Does anyone want to see a dessert menu? And you all look at each other, and one person starts to say, Nah, the check would be fine, before someone else says, Well, we can just look, and then next thing you know you’re splitting a molten chocolate cake and a lemon mousse even though you’re pretty full and could’ve just gone home.

‘I’m not trying to be a celebrity’: A night with Marlins Man at the All-Star Game

Laurence Leavy is sitting in the exclusive Diamond Club of Marlins Park, eating a huge piece of rainbow cake. He loves this cake. This is the best cake in the world, he tells me, as he scrapes all the frosting off the side. He puts the huge spoonful of sugar and butter in his mouth, then separates the different colored layers from each other. He starts making his way through them, but not in ROY G. BIV order.

Specifically, attempts to widen the league’s fanbases in Asia, England, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic between 2018 and 2021.

Chicago has been clicking on offense with an average of six runs per game over that 13-game streak while allowing three runs or fewer in 11 of its last 12 games.

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The Brewers are hoping to turn things back around and retake control of first place in the NL Central with a strong performance at home this weekend. Milwaukee is 28-24 at home on the season and 9-2 in its last 11 games at home.

Friday night’s total is set at nine runs at online sports betting sites. The OVER is 8-0 in the last eight games between these two division rivals.

The worst-ever starting quarterback for every NFL team

It was darkest for the Packers, right before the magic they have enjoyed with Don Majkowski, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Everything with Wright was wrong, as they went 7-25 in his five seasons from 1984-’88. He completed only 53.8 percent of his passes despite averaging 6.1 yards per attempt.

Because the Texans have been around just 15 years and got seven pretty good ones from Matt Schaub, Carr is the worst of the limited options. He endured the most brutal stint for a No. 1 overall pick going to an expansion team and never could recover from being rattled for a record 76 sacks as a rookie. He had a high of only 16 touchdown passes despite getting Andre Johnson in Year 2. They went 22-53 with Carr from 2002-’06. At least the Texans were able to somehow win a division title in one year of Brock Osweiler.

They have bungled a lot of franchise QB decisions over the years, but none was worse than Smith, an all-out bust as the No. 3 overall pick in the 1999 draft. His impressive play didn’t translate well from Oregon, as he quickly became a lame Duck in only winning 3 of his 17 career starts. He had just five touchdown passes to his name and took sacks on 11 percent of his dropbacks. It’s capped by an atrocious 46.6 completion percentage.

Matt Ryan: “Every year you go through training camp, you have days where it’s really good and days where it’s not so good. But the thing that fires me up is that good or bad, guys come back to work the next day ready to go. There’s a lot of focus, there’s a lot of energy. We’ve got a lot of young guys out there flying around. Our defense specifically is really young, really talented and they look really fast. But like every year we have a long way to go before the season rolls around.”

Even coming off an MVP season, what were the areas you worked to improve this offseason?dolphins_088

Derek Jeter’s Marlins bid favored after Jeb Bush drops out, report says

Former Yankees captain Derek Jeter is the clear favorite to purchase the Marlins, according to an unidentified member of the group including Jeb Bush that this week dropped out of the process, the Miami Herald reported.
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The numbers beyond W’s and L’s — Sale is 6-3 against AL East foes this season, other Red Sox starters are 15-9 — are striking, as The Globe’s Alex Speier points out:

Among those who have made at least four starts this year against AL East teams, Sale has the lowest ERA (2.06), the lowest opponents’ batting average (.172), OBP (.221), and slugging percentage (.279), the highest strikeout rate (41.2 percent of all hitters), and the best WHIP (0.79). He’s doing all of this while averaging the most innings per start (7 1/3) of any pitcher against AL East foes.

In short, given not only his performance this season but also his dominance in recent seasons, this is why the Red Sox acquired him in December.

Now, Speier writes, he has an opportunity to demonstrate just how capable he might be of carrying the weight of a pennant race on his shoulders.

Pipe dream? Not necessarily: Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reported the Astros and Tigers have been in talks that revolve around Verlander. Dallas Keuchel voiced disappointment with Houston’s lack of movement at the trade deadline; that could force the Astros to consider taking on money (and lots of it, in Verlander’s case) for the stretch run.

The two players most likely to move are both on the Mets: Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera. Bruce is in the midst of one of the best offensive seasons of his career and can become a free agent following the season. He does have a partial no-trade clause that could throw a wrench into things.