The NBA is changing its schedule so superstars won’t rest during primetime games

Womens Otis Sistrunk Jersey The NBA has adjusted its schedule for the 2017-18 season in an effort to prevent key players from resting during regular season games, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The schedule changes should also help players maintain their health.
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This was a big area of concern in the league last season, especially after the Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the Spurs in a nationally televised game in March. The Cavaliers did the same thing the very next week with Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love against the Clippers.

The schedule is set to expand by one week, pushing the start date earlier into October to allow more time off between games, according to Windhorst. That gives the league more room to space games out.

This new schedule emphasis is building off of the NBA’s growing problem with teams resting players, which makes sense from a basketball perspective but damages the business side. The NBA’s hope is that they can create a schedule that has enough built-in rest that star players that make the money in this league rarely need to sit outside of injuries. That’s why the NBA is expected to introduce rules that limit rest for star players this year.

Back in 2012, the San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 for resting players and doing so blatantly. Things have changed since then, and the NBA stopped policing it like that. Now the issue has finally hit a head, and hopefully the league’s new schedule can help compensate for that.

Carson Wentz, Eagles players react to Jordan Matthews getting traded to Bills

There’s always room for debate about Jordan Matthews’s value as a player, but there’s no debate he was a really good dude who will be missed in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room. JMatt was especially tight with Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz.

Ryan Mallett, Ravens: He was awful too, and he’s Baltimore’s starter while Joe Flacco is dealing with a back injury that was supposed to be healed up a long time ago. Mallett missed targets and ended his night with a pair of interceptions. John Harbaugh offered some qualified praise after the game: “I think he’s doing OK given the circumstances.”

Jamies Winston, Buccaneers: He had a good night, giving fans a taste of just what this offense is capable of after a pair of scoring drives to open the game. But he also had a very Jamies-like moment with this throw:

Jay Cutler, Dolphins: Zero f**ks were asked, and none was given. Cutler did everything he needed to do in his preseason debut, which was mostly just prove that he wasn’t overly rusty after being kinda retired. He finished 3-of-6 with 24 yards. The most encouraging sign for the Dolphins and fantasy footballers was that four of his six throws were targeted to DeVante Parker, or as Cutler dubbed him “a faster Alshon [Jeffery].”

Carson Wentz, Eagles: Even Wentz had a rough night on Thursday. He was off the mark with his throws on Philly’s first two drives, before settling into things on the third one. That one looked promising, until LeGarrette Blount fumbled to end the effort. By the way, the Eagles O-line doesn’t look so hot.

Vikings vs. Seahawks 2017 live updates: Scores, results, and highlights

The Seattle Seahawks made their home preseason debut and had a workmanlike win over the Minnesota Vikings, with the defense holding Sam Bradford and company in check all night.

Elite Mens Jelani Jenkins Jersey Russell Wilson looked like he’s ready for the regular season, completing 13 of 18 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scores went to Kasen Williams, who continues to enjoy a dominant preseason. Unfortunately, left tackle George Fant went down with a severe knee injury, which is a big loss to the Seahawks’ offensive line. Still, they’re 2-0 on the preseason and have a lot of positive notes to take away.

Minnesota finally gets into the end zone right before the two-minute warning. Better late than never!

Tedric Thompson picked off Taylor Heinicke, the Vikings’ third QB to play Friday. You can tell we’re deep into a preseason game when somebody named Taylor Heinicke is playing quarterback.

After Dak Prescott’s hot start, Kellen Moore came in and quickly cooled things off. He was stripped by Barkevious Mingo, and Lavar Edwards took the football back to the house for six.
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Moore completed just 10 of 21 passes in the game. Third-string rookie Cooper Rush entered later and threw two touchdowns.

Noah Brown — who blindsided us with arguably the best catch in college football last season — blindsided Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez, who was down on the field for a solid minute.

The NHL announced its decision regarding the Olympics 11 days later.

Alex Ovechkin has seven 50-goal seasons on his resume and 1,035 points in 921 career games; but he has never escaped the second round of the playoffs with the Capitals.

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Henrik Lundqvist currently sits tenth all-time in wins (405) and is the winningest European-born goalie in NHL history. He led the Rangers to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, a five-game loss to the Kings.

Maybe it would have made it a little bit harder (knowing about the Olympics), but definitely this would have been the route I would have taken, to turn pro, Kunin said. I feel that it’s the right thing for me.

Johansson reaffirmed on Friday that USA Hockey will honor the NHL’s decision, citing the longstanding good relationship between the league and the USA Hockey.

Kunin said he is hopeful his USA Hockey days are not behind him.

Whenever I have the opportunity to wear the USA red, white, and blue, I’m always going to say ‘yes,’ he said. Tony said it today: There’s no greater honor than playing for your country and representing the USA. That kind of speaks for itself.

Whenever I get asked to play for my country, there’s no thinking twice; I’m always all-in. If that opportunity hopefully comes more in the future, whether it’s (the Olympics) or something down the road, I’m definitely saying ‘yes.’ But that’s kind of out of my control.

Chris Archer ambushed Astros mascot Orbit with water balloons in the latest installment of their feud

It looks like peace talks between the Rays and Astros didn’t get anywhere this week, as the feud between Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer and Astros mascot Orbit went to the next level on Wednesday night.

In the latest installment of the ongoing back-and-forth between these two, Archer did a nice thing and presented Orbit with his diploma from the University of Raymond — where he learned everything he needed to know about being a mascot.

Lest you think that was truly a good-hearted gesture though, consider how the setup of a prank usually happens. A seemingly nice thing followed by the actual joke.
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So, that’s pretty gross and intensive and it’s understandable why someone wouldn’t be able to jump back into pitching right away after getting out of the hospital.

Karns had his surgery in mid-July and joined Kansas City back in the clubhouse on Friday after a few weeks of recuperating.

After all the serious hospitalization and pain he’s been through, Karns did get one awesome souvenir from the ordeal though: his own rib.
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Nathan Karns was back in the clubhouse. And yes, the surgeon gave him the partial rib that was removed. It wil be a necklace someday.

As far as body parts you get back after a surgery rankings go a rib has to be decently high up there. It’s just a bone so you don’t have to store it in a jar or a bag or anything, and once it’s cleaned up you could even display it around the house as a conversation starter.

Hopefully Karns will fully recover and be back on the mound better than ever post-surgery, but regardless it’s nice that he got a take home prize from the hospital that is one of a kind.

James Jones retires, joins Suns front office

James Jones played for five NBA teams over his 14-year career and was part of three championship squads.

Jones announced his retirement on Wednesday and will join the Suns as the team’s new vice president of basketball operations. Jones earned the nickname “Champ” while helping the Heat win NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. He joined the Cavaliers in 2014 and helped Cleveland win the NBA Finals in 2016 as the Cavs reached the Finals in three straight seasons.

Jones was a second-round pick of the Pacers in 2003 and played for the Suns from 2005-07. Suns owner Robert Sarver said during Wednesday’s introductory press conference that Jones is “intimately familiar with what it takes to win a championship.”

The Spurs adding Irving would be dangerous, but it seems unlikely the Cavs would be willing to send their star player to one of the strongest teams in the league. And if Irving’s reasoning for getting out of Cleveland is that he wants to be the focal point, then why would he go to San Antonio? He’d be overshadowed by Kawhi Leonard.

And similar to the Heat, what could San Antonio give Cleveland to make the trade worth it? Leonard is out of the question, and most of the other players are great because they buy into Popovich’s system. Irving to the Spurs just seems unlikely for a number of reasons.

This is probably the most intriguing destination. It’d be awkward for Jeff Teague, who just signed with Minnesota in the offseason, so he’d probably be involved in the trade somehow. But adding Irving to a roster that already has Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns is an exciting thought.

But, it’d be difficult to make this trade happen without giving up one of those three. Even if it doesn’t happen, the fact Minnesota is even considered by Irving is a big move for the franchise. Instead of being an afterthought, players actually want to play for the Timberwolves. dolphins_002

the Blue Jays were one of the oldest teams in baseball.

For most of the 2017 season, 2018 doesn’t project to be much different, with a core of players in their mid-30s.

Tulowitzki’s days as a middle-of-the-order contributor are long gone. Now it’s merely a case of placing him somewhere in the lineup where he won’t be a liability. In an era when hitters are hitting the ball faster, higher and further than ever before, Tulowitzki has gone in the opposite direction.
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In a perfect scenario, Tulowitzki comes back next year and provides above-average defense for the Blue Jays at shortstop and league-average offense at his position. However, if 2017 is a preview of what’s to come for Tulowitzki, things could take an ugly turn.

Connections made, all parade long. Eddie Murray, for example, noticed a young fan, maybe 8 or 9 years old, sitting in her seat, hands over her ears to drown out the noise, and a big grin appeared on his face. He put his hands over his ears, too, then smiled and pointed to her, to the delight of the girl and her family.

As Johnny Bench’s truck crept past, the great Reds catcher took pictures of fans with his phone, and did his best to get the fans to cheer louder. That worked very well. Randy Johnson recorded the crowd with his phone, too, much to the delight of the fans.

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FBI releases new sketch in hunt for man who kidnapped Cal Ripken’s mother

It has been more than five years since Vi Ripken, matriarch of Maryland’s most famous baseball family, was abducted from her home and returned safely a day later.
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Authorities never made an arrest in the case, but they have renewed efforts to track down the man responsible for the crime by releasing an updated sketch of what he may look like now. Aberdeen Police and the FBI on Wednesday publicized a new composite of the suspect alongside the previous one released shortly after the kidnapping.

The 32-year-old right-hander made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2009, but the Mariners are now his sixth organization. He had 37 saves for the Angels in 2013 and is 11-14 with 73 saves and a 3.59 ERA over his career.

After spending 2016 away from baseball, Frieri signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees after pitching for his native Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. After opting out of his contract with the Yankees, he signed with the Rangers in June.

Frieri is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings between the Yankees and Rangers Triple-A clubs.

It’s not uncommon for teams to deal a veteran player in the minors for a dollar just to give him another opportunity with a different MLB club.

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There have been reports the Mets are interested in picking up Cabrera’s $8 million club option for 2018 because they’re pleased with the way he has played third base. Cabrera’s trade demand earlier in the season could complicate matters: He was openly displeased with the way the Mets wouldn’t commit to picking up that option.

Cleveland’s secondary also came into 2017 in need of an overhaul.

The rest of the group isn’t as notable. Christian Kirksey is a solid and consistent player. An extension signed this spring suggests the Browns expect him to take on a bigger leadership role in 2017 and beyond. The team’s inside linebacker starters will be solid, but after them Cleveland will be forced to turn to players like Joe Schobert, Dominique Alexander, and Tank Carder. That’s not a very intimidating group, especially when it comes to rushing the passer; the Browns’ linebackers combined for just 11.5 sacks in 2016.

Cleveland’s secondary also came into 2017 in need of an overhaul. The Browns ranked 21st in the league after allowing nearly 250 passing yards per game. That middling number looks even worse when you consider how often opponents with a sizable lead would turn to the run in order to grind time from the clock. They also allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a 101.8 rating — a mark slightly higher than Drew Brees’ season total.

You see Josh eventually make friends, thanks to his basketball-playing dog, and go through the awkwardness of being a teenager. You see a widowed mother fall in love and get married to someone new and then try to make things work for her family (which she does). You see the Framm siblings embrace each other when Josh has to leave for college, and Andrea isn’t ready to say goodbye. You see Andrea try her hardest to earn travel money so she can see her best friend who moved to a different state.

You see Noah, the youngest Framm sibling, grow up into a toddler and steal the spotlight, because he’s genuinely the funniest human character Air Bud had to offer.

That’s something he hasn’t had a problem doing for more than a decade.

Hali, 33, played in all 16 of the Chiefs’ games last season, but he only started two of them. That was a big change from the previous season, when he played in 15 games and started all but two. He had just 34 tackles, a career low, and his 3.5 sacks were the second-worst numbers of his career.

On Saturday, Hali pointed out his low snap counts in two losses against the Steelers last season.

Fans should know this. only played 7 snaps last year 2017 playoff game against the Steelers.

That’s something he hasn’t had a problem doing for more than a decade.

If he does continue his prolific play, Brees has a strong chance at finishing his career as the NFL’s all-time king in passing yardage and passing touchdowns. Both coveted records are held by Peyton Manning but are well within Brees’ reach.

The question is whether Brees will be able to keep that pace as he approaches 40.

Brett Favre, Warren Moon, and Vinny Testaverde are the only quarterbacks to ever start more than eight games after turning 40. Tom Brady will presumably be the fourth with his 40th birthday falling in the first week of August.

But for most NFL passers, the late 30s bring sharp drop-offs and the end of the road. Peyton Manning set the all-time mark in passing yards in 2015, but he had quickly become a shell of his former self at age 39.
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After Coughlin was forced out the door, Reese suddenly had the target painted on his back. The GM went into the 2016 offseason seemingly on the hot seat, and decided to invest on defense. Olivier Vernon (five years, $85 million), Janoris Jenkins (five years, $62.5 million), and Damon Harrison (five years, $46.250 million) were among the biggest free agent signings that spring, all in an attempt to improve the defense.
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