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How does someone with a lifetime .360 batting average wind up underrated? Like Creighton and Pike, the beginning of Barnes’ career predates the National Association’s founding in 1871. For the Hall’s purposes, Barnes has just nine recognized seasons, with players needing at least 10 seasons to be eligible for consideration. Cooperstown would do well to revisit this rule at some point as it applies to pre-1871 stars such as Barnes.

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During an interview with WABC’s Bernie and Sid radio show, Ditka said he has no use for journalist a—holes hounding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over his friendship with Trump.
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Surprise: Da Coach is a big Trump supporter.

I like Donald Trump. I think he’s the best man, the best qualified person. I think he’ll do a great job for Americans. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t think that. But we’ll have to wait and see. Let him do his job first, Ditka said. If he can possibly screw it up nearly half as much as Obama, I’ll be surprised.

World Baseball Classic 2017: Schedule, times, how to watch, top players

Fans of international baseball are about to get a real treat with the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic. All other fans will likely be conflicted as they watch their favorite players try to give 100 percent effort in the middle of spring training.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic is a 17-day event that will match teams from five continents. The tournament will begin March 6, and it will conclude March 22 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. This is the fourth WBC, following events in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Japan won the first two tournaments; the Dominican Republic won in 2013.

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Orioles DH Trey Mancini didn’t do any hitting on an 0-for-4 day that included a trio of strikeouts. He also stranded six runners in Baltimore’s 6-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar robbed Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun of extra bases in the eighth inning of Toronto’s 6-2 victory.

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Petty and Hackenberg will keep getting a pass, and a cushion, because they’re young. Whatever the original plans for their development already have been scrapped and replaced with new ones. How long this plan will last remains to be seen.

How many more times anyone is willing to trust the Jets to make the right decision at quarterback? Also up for grabs.

NaVorro Bowman trade rumors shut down by 49ers’ John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan

NaVorro Bowman’s future with the 49ers, considering the injuries that have forced the star linebacker off the field in two of the last three seasons, became questionable when San Francisco went through an organizational overhaul with this year’s hiring of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. The latter brings a defensive scheme in which Bowman has never played in the NFL.

Some believe it shifted from questionable to doubtful when the 49ers signed Malcolm Smith to a free-agent deal and then drafted Reuben Foster. And a recent report from The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi — that San Francisco “definitely” is shopping Bowman — escalated trade rumors around the four-time All-Pro selection.

Lynch and Shanahan, though, called shenanigans on the Bowman trade rumors Thursday with a joint statement issued to NBC Sports Bay Area.

“The report that we have been shopping NaVorro Bowman is completely false,” the statement reads. “From the time we joined the organization, NaVorro has been the consummate professional. It is evident he has been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and we have been impressed by what we have already seen on the field.

“We are looking forward to NaVorro’s future contributions to this team.”

The rawness of his tribute to her — complete with an F-bomb dropped live on NFL Network — was jarring in the context of an event so heavily stage-managed. But there was no denying the former UCLA star’s sincerity as he attempted to regain his composure with help from Deion Sanders.

McKinley took to social media himself Sunday with a response, posting a screengrab of Travis’ tweets as evidence “the devil is alive and well.”nike_chargers_220

Baseball numbers are just the best, aren’t they?

With one month in the books, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite numbers good and bad from the first month of the season.

Hau’oli Kikaha Kids Jersey It hardly seems possible that a guy hitting .420 with a 1.385 OPS, 11 homers and 29 RBIs could be overlooked, but Ryan Zimmerman has been overlooked through the first month of the season. Zimmerman isn’t the only Nationals player producing at an All-Star level (hi, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Max Scherzer!), which means he kind of gets lost in the shuffle. That’s a shame, because his bounce-back story is impressive. His past three seasons have been a washout of injuries and struggles he averaged only 90 games a year and produced a minus-1.1 WAR in 2016 and it wasn’t crazy to wonder whether, at 32 years old, his time with the franchise was nearing an end. Um, nope.

And we have to mention Jason Heyward here, too. He was awful at the plate in 2016, his first after signing a deal for $184 million with the Cubs. Heyward isn’t closer to matching Zimmerman, but he’s hitting .279 with a .747 OPS and has 16 RBIs in 23 games. That’s much better than the .230/.306/.325 slash line he put up last season (and that doesn’t count batting .104 in 16 postseason games). Will he keep it up? We’ll find out.

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It took you long enough. I’ve only got four days left.

David Ross and I have something in common: We’ve both been in a year-long retirement party.

None of this would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of (Cubs owner) Tom Ricketts and his family. Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers at Wrigley about 30 years ago, which is about 30 years longer than most relationships that begin there last.

Former Giants closer Brian Wilson attempting comeback as beardless knuckleballer

In his prime, Brian Wilson was known for his ferocious beard and blazing fastball.

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According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Wilson, who has had two Tommy John surgeries in his career, threw a 30-minute bullpen session at USC on Wednesday, where most of his pitches were knuckleballs.
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Wilson told Brown he always envisioned coming back to baseball throwing the pitch. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014.

I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer, Wilson said. I’m good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It’s going to be pretty fun.

If Ventura’s death over the weekend in a car crash in the Dominican Republic is determined to have been an accident, then the remaining money would go to his estate. The Royals, who had insurance on the contract, would be reimbursed for an amount that hasn’t been determined yet, Fox Sports said, again citing unidentified sources.

However, Ventura’s contract, like many guaranteed MLB contracts, had in it an exception relating to player conduct: Payment on his deal would be nullified because of injury or death resulting from operating a motorized vehicle while intoxicated, Fox Sports’ sources said.

Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Sunday that authorities in the Dominican Republic told him no alcohol was found at the scene of the fatal accident, but Moore said toxicology results wouldn’t be known for three weeks.

Funeral services for Ventura, who was 25 when he died, will be Tuesday in his hometown of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.

Dodgers, Sergio Romo reportedly agree to deal

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Romo, 33, has a sterling career 2.58 ERA with 84 saves and 142 holds with the Giants. He has just six saves since 2014.

With Kenley Jansen firmly entrenched as the team’s closer, Romo will likely work in the seventh and eighth innings for Los Angeles.

He has never pitched more than 62 innings in a season, so it will be interesting to see if he can handle a supposed larger workload.

With the Braves bounced from the playoffs, Diamond, director Mark Johnson and the rest of the crew dove right into editing 400 hours of tape into something not only cohesive but compelling.

How do you choose? How do you format? How do you tell this out-of-nowhere baseball story while also showcasing the behind-the-scenes nuggets that had been the point all along?

The editing process was nearly as daunting as the filming.

So many unexpected gems had been captured during the season: the arguments, the banter, the hijinks. Finding them and weaving them into the overall narrative was just part of the challenge.

After fans were calling for the head of general manager Ruben Amaro, the fruits of Amaro’s labor are starting to show in Philly. The Phillies are quietly building a good group of young players, with Herrera and Maikel Franco leading the charge. So there wasn’t much to do but supplement what they have, and they’ve done that fairly well 鈥?trading for professional hitter of baseballs Howie Kendrick.

Lynch and the 49ers let Pace and the Bears do the reaching.

The Bears are 9-23 under Pace and coach John Fox, who’s way better than that record but needs a far better roster in order to prove it. Are they going to make it better with this draft? Maybe — but they won’t do it with the third- and fourth-round picks they sent to the 49ers to move up for Trubisky.

Or, for that matter, with Trubisky, or with Glennon. Not this year, not likely, not very soon, not without a lot of help.

Decide on your own whether their general manager gave Fox and the Bears the help they need. So far, all he’s given them is a big bill.

A collection of factors led to the slide. The Miami Herald cited three shoulder surgeries and hamstring injuries that he has dealt with throughout his career at FSU. Cook was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge before the 2015 season. He scored an 11 on the Wonderlic test. That’s the best explanation.

This is a case where for the Vikings, the production outweighs the potential problems. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher defended Cook on the ACC teleconference on Wednesday.
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Draft picks: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel, Western Michigan G/T Taylor Moton, Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall, Miami CB Corn Elder, West Georgia FB Alex Armah, Georgia Tech K Harrison Butker

Raiders focused on getting ‘some deals done’ with Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson in offseason

The next offseason goal for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie: Getting “some deals done” with two of the team’s top offensive players.

McKenzie said the franchise plans to focus on negotiations with the agents for quarterback Derek Carr and right guard Gabe Jackson. Each player is entering the final year of their rookie contracts.

The Giants selected former Clemson star Wayne Gallman in the fourth round, but he is projected to be more of a plodder than a true starter in the NFL.

New York has stated that Paul Perkins will begin the season as the starting running back, but he has limited experience, so a guy like Blount could help ease pressure on the 22-year-old.

With that being said, the Lions appear to be the most obvious fit for Blount, who will want guaranteed carries as he finishes the last years of his prime. Though he adds little in pass-catching skills, Detroit is well-covered in that area with Abdullah and Riddick.

Zenner proved towards the end of the season he can be counted on when needed, but the Lions are in a window to compete for the Super Bowl with Matthew Stafford under center.

Blount would provide a nice boost to their offensive attack.

For a while, it seemed as though Blount would re-sign with the Patriots, but they ofted to sign Bills restricted free agent Mike Gillislee instead.

Despite his one-dimensional style, Blount can still help a team win games due to his toughness as a runner and blocker.

Or the QB scrambled across the line of scrimmage before being ruled down.

It was remarkable how much McDowell would win out on an edge as a pass rusher considering how little time he actually spent out there.

Unfortunately for him, the quarterback either ended up completing the pass — meaning no hurry by my definition — on several of those plays which happened to be some of his best pass rushes.

Or the QB scrambled across the line of scrimmage before being ruled down.

If you only look at his stat sheet in the five games I watched the guy had no sacks and just five hurries (by my count) in five games, so it might seem comical to even be considering him some kind of big time pass rusher, let alone a first-round pick, but over and over again I was watching McDowell making these good moves.

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And just as he is hitting the quarterback, the ball is released and ultimately ends up as a catch.

What you think? an agitated Paul said, when asked about his level of confidence of forcing a Game 7. I’m on the team. What you want me to say, no, it’s over? That’s what you want to hear? Yes. Come on, man. You’ve been doing this long enough. Seriously, right?

When asked to expand upon his answer, Paul responded: No, I don’t know. Everybody in here laughing for a reason. Come on, man.
If any off-court moments have gleamed through this year’s playoffs, it’s been the postgame press conference. And we’ve had some crazy ones through just the first round.

Sticking with the theme of players clashing with reporters, Russell Westbrook got into it with one who asked about the difference in the Thunder’s performance with and without the MVP frontrunner on the floor.

Limited Mens Dee Milliner Jersey There was also Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, who was fined $30,000 for ripping the officiating crew his team’s Game 2 loss to the Spurs. Fizdale was irate over the disparity in foul calls, with Kawhi Leonard attempting four more free throws than Memphis as a whole.

NHL draft lottery results 2017: Devils win first overall, Avalanche to pick 4th after stunning draw

The 2017 NHL draft lottery offered some high drama on Saturday night, as the New Jersey Devils jumped from fifth overall to claim the first overall pick.

The Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers also made huge leaps. The Flyers jumped from 13th overall to second overall and the Stars jumped from eighth overall to third overall.

With an offense that ranked No. 5 in the NBA with 109.2 points per game during the regular season, and a defense that ranked in the bottom 10 league-wide, allowing 107.2 points per game, the Wizards are obviously comfortable shooting out with anybody.

That plan can backfire when facing another excellent offensive team like Boston, but Washington will continue to live and die by it and hope to be on the right side of the high score this time around. Washington is 7-1 SU and 4-4 ATS in its last eight games at home.
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Thursday night’s total is set at 218.5 points at online sports betting sites. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five games between Boston and Washington.

With 234 points scored in Game 1 and 248 points scored in Game 2, there has been no shortage of excitement early on in this series. The tempo should remain the same in Game 3, which could be a good indicator of how long this series figures to go.

Game Mens Drew Kaser Jersey A Wizards win would put this series on track to be a shootout, while a Boston win would give the Celtics a 3-0 stranglehold over Washington.