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Texans receiver Jaelen Strong suspended for opener

The Texans will be without third-year receiver Jaelen Strong for their regular-season opener against the Jaguars.

Strong, a third-round pick from Arizona State in the 2015 NFL Draft, was suspended one game by the NFL for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Strong had initially appealed the suspension, which was upheld on Thursday.

The suspension stems from a marijuana possession charge in February of 2016. Strong said he is disappointed by the suspension, but that he has matured and learned from his mistake.

Strong will be eligible to play in Houston’s final two preseason games against the Saints and Cowboys. He will then not be allowed at the team’s facility until after the Sept. 10 opener. Strong, who has 28 career receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns — all coming as a rookie — can return to the team facility on Sept. 11, three days before a Thursday night game against the Bengals.

According to Seahawks beat writer Gregg Ball, Carroll’s assessment that Kaepernick is a starting QB is the exact reason why they didn’t sign him.

Kaepernick’s free agency has been a hot-button issue this offseason as fans and analysts wonder why he’s still without a team. He played respectably last season, and several other quarterbacks with poorer stat lines have found a home since.

The Seahawks have been the only team so far to even give him a workout this year, and heading into training camp, it could end up being too late for Kaepernick this season.seahawks_006

Michael Carter-Williams, Hornets agree to a 1-year, $2.7 million deal, per report

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Michael Carter-Williams and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a one-year deal, according to The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell. The deal will be worth $2.7 million, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, and provides the Hornets with a backup to Kemba Walker after presumably losing several guards from last season to free agency.

Instead, Carter will join Sacramento making more money than he likely could have gotten from anyone else, given the Kings’ huge amount of cap space entering this summer.

Carter spent his last three seasons in Memphis after a three-year stint in Dallas. His numbers have understandably declined, but last year was his best as a Grizzly, averaging eight points and nearly two assists per game while hitting 38 percent of his three-pointers. He also played (73) and started (15) more games than he did in the previous two Memphis seasons.
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Many thought that Carter might join a title contender, allowing him to be a bench piece and role player, but Carter instead is joining a Sacramento Kings team that is a mixture of young and old. Earlier this week, the Kings signed Zach Randolph for a two-year deal and George Hill to a three-year deal.

Either way, we can only hope that Carter plays forever.

A month later, several staffers complained to Hayes about the disparities in security enforcement for black and white entertainers. According to the lawsuit, the practices Hayes had encountered were going on long before Hayes started working for at the Atlanta Hawks.

What happens to Isaiah Thomas now that the Celtics won the draft lottery?

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

Gordon missed 173 of 394 possible regular season games between 2011 and 2016 with the Pelicans, including injuries to both knees, his shooting wrist, and shoulder. In his first season in Houston, he won Sixth Man of the Year, playing 75 games and averaging 16.2 points on 37 percent three-point shooting.

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.
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Reigning All-Star MVP Anthony Davis played 75 games last season, but missed 68 games in his first four years in the NBA. Jrue Holiday suffered a stress fracture in his shin in 2014 and subsequently had a titanium rod implanted from the bottom of his knee to the top of his ankle.

Game Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey The Lynx have not been able to win a regular-season game in Indianapolis since May of 2007. No matter how good their record, the Fever are always a tough matchup for this Minnesota team.

Skylar Diggins-Smith might be the name that pops up, but it was Glory Johnson’s 23 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday that pushed the Dallas Wings to an 85-79 win over the second-best team in the league: the Los Angeles Sparks.

Earlier this season, Thomas said the Celtics could hold off on backing up any trucks if they’re going to sign another max free agent. But after the Gordon Hayward signing and John Wall, Stephen Curry and James Harden received max deals this offseason, Thomas made sure we knew he is ready for his.

76ers fans have big dreams, but that’s fine. Let them live.

This is the fourth of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season.

3’s Company, Tri-State, Ball Hogs, and the Killer 3s didn’t make the playoffs, but all four teams competed against one another at the Key Arena, as well.

These games already took place, but FS1, like every week, will air all four games at 8 p.m. ET on Monday. You can also livestream the action by using the Fox Sports Go app.

Behind Rashad McCants’ 19 points, Trilogy knocked off the Ghost Ballers, 50-39. Al Harrington chipped in with an extra 14 points, but the entire team didn’t shoot well from the field, connecting on 47 percent of its shots.

Game Youth Otis Sistrunk Jersey The Ghost Ballers fought hard in this matchup, but they couldn’t hit shots as well. Even though Ricky Davis and Ivan Johnson combined for 26 points, the team as a whole only made 12 of its 31 shot attempts.

Chris Archer Elite Jersey Rashard Lewis and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf combined for for 37 points to help the 3 Headed Monsters defeat Power. No one else on the team scored more than six points. However, the team only connected on 35.7 of its shot attempts. But Lewis and Abdul-Rauf did just enough to lead their team to victory.

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles

The Buffalo Bills have traded Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for E.J Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the teams announced on Friday. In a subsequent trade, the Bills received Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for Ronald Darby.

Altogether, the trade nets the Bills second-round and third-round picks in 2018 but leaves the roster in a lesser state for the 2017 season. Matthews has been a relatively productive receiver in Philadelphia, but he doesn’t bring the big play ability that Watkins does.

This season, players will have the freedom to wear custom cleats during pregame, up until warmups, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. The league will also be more flexible about the color of cleats players wear during games.

Previously, players could only wear the color of cleats their team chose. This year, players can choose white, black, their team’s primary color, or a secondary uniform color for their game cleats.

Serving the community has been a focus for Boldin, who was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in February 2016. In April, he joined Donte Stallworth, Malcolm Jenkins, and Johnson Bademosi on Capitol Hill to fight for criminal justice reform.

Catching a ball one handed is hard. Catching it that far out in front of you is harder. Snagging it with your inside hand takes a grip that is difficult to comprehend.

I know, I know, he’s wearing incredible gloves. Every time Beckham does something incredible in pregame warmups, people point to the gloves. But hey, everybody else is wearing them too. Beckham’s the only one doing things that don’t make sense.redskins_011_d9f8bfe2eb025537-180x180

We haven’t even mentioned Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom

It was a hopeful precursor to what it might look like if and when the Blues hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. This regular-season celebration and reception wasn’t a surprise, however.
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As Commissioner Gary Bettman said back in August, Having the opportunity to come to a great sports town like St. Louis where the Blues have incredible support from fans and hockey is vibrant on all levels.

Things were indeed vibrant all weekend, and that’s why I couldn’t help but laugh and shake my head. As a St. Louis native, it was humorous to witness the weekend of NHL pomp and circumstance.

Elite Tyrell Williams Jersey While 46,556 packed Busch Stadium for an outdoor hockey game in the fog and rain, the NFL team that left town for Los Angeles under the guise of a fanbase lacking support and a town unfit to support it just finished its season 4-12 and is already turning away fans.

Notably, these youthful Leafs are the second team in history with a trio of 60-point rookie scorers (Matthews, 67; Mitch Marner, 61; William Nylander, 60).

We haven’t even mentioned Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, who quietly finished fourth in league scoring. This series has no shortage of star power.

The unfortunate reality of the aforementioned Group of Death is that the NHL will be out — at minimum — one of its top four teams in the first round. One of those casualties is guaranteed to come from this series. The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins may find the road to a repeat difficult without top defenseman Kris Letang, but the Blue Jackets are reeling, too, having lost six of seven heading into the playoffs. Did we mention Sidney Crosby vs. Brandon Dubinsky?

Nationals vs. Astros odds 2017: Favored Houston looks to buck trends against Washington

The Washington Nationals are 12-1 in their last 13 games against the Houston Astros, including a current stretch of eight straight wins. The Nationals hope to keep that dominance going on Andrew Cashner Jerseys
the road this Tuesday night against the Astros.

Washington is a +150 betting underdog in Houston at sportsbooks monitored by Tanner Roark will start for the road team against Charlie Morton and the Astros, who are going off as -175 favorites at home.

“But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”

What complicates matters for the organization, and prevents it from simply saying “It’s changing today, the time has come,” is that the road is a public road. It is supported by taxpayer money Zach Fulton Jerseys
and falls under the city’s jurisdiction. It is only closed on game days, but that still leads some to believe that the team can make this decision unilaterally.

Not only do the Red Sox have to agree that the time has come but so do any other businesses that abut the road. Fortunately, one other owner (the D’Angelo family) does, and they are on board with a potential switch as well.

Dodgers vs. White Sox 2017 odds: Streaking Los Angeles heavy Tuesday betting favorite

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are 9-0 over their last nine games with three straight series sweeps against the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers will be going for a 10th straight win Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Los Angeles is a -300 road favorite in Chicago at sportsbooks monitored by Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox, who are massive +250 home underdogs.

But it’s not just Judge and Stanton, though they are the favorites. Another rookie slugger, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the field, as is last year’s rookie power sensation Gary Sanchez, Judge’s teammate in New York.

Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas are also in the field. Justin Bour along with Stanton gives the host Miami Marlins two players to cheer. Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon rounds out the field.
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Ichiro signed with the Orix Blue Wave at age 18, and played nine seasons for them, during which time he had a career .353/.421/.522 slash line and racked up a measly 8.12% K-rate. He won seven straight batting titles, and in 1997 he lasted 216 consecutive plate appearances without striking out. Understandably, many MLB teams were interested in him, but before they could acquire him the Blue Wave first had to agree to post him.

Chauncey Billups knew about Kyrie Irving drama when he turned down Cavs job

When Chauncey Billups turned down the Cavs’ GM job, it came as a bit of a surprise. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of a team that’s made three straight NBA Finals appearances with the best player in the league? But Billups revealed Tuesday morning that he knew what we all know now.

Witten and Elliott developed a closer relationship as workout partners during offseason practices and have even spoken since the ban was announced. While Witten still holds himself to a high standard when it comes to fighting domestic violence, he is hopeful the experience will help Elliott mature as a player and person.

“There’s a lot of things there that I just don’t know,” Witten said. “I’ve heard what Mr. (Jerry) Jones has said, and I’ve looked at him as a mentor for 14 years, and I still think a lot of things that just don’t know. There’s a recent investigation that was dropped, too, so that’s something where you grab a teammate and you support him in ways. But that doesn’t mean you come off your standard of what you stand for.

“Quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable even having the conversation right now, but you go through it, and (you’re) in a position to be a leader, and you continue to show the way and allow guys to grow, and I know that’s been a tough year on him. I think that his mindset has been such what he’s said, what he’s already released, I think that that’s a pretty good perspective on what he’s trying to do moving forward.”

Although Elliott was never charged in the alleged 2016 assault, he’s had his fair share of other issues off the field. He was cited in April for driving 100 mph in a 70-mph zone, he appeared on video to expose a woman’s breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, and more recently was accused of punching a nightclub DJ in Dallas, though police suspended that investigation because the accuser was not cooperative.dolphins_122

MLB power rankings: 13 teams best suited to win in October

Before we get to 2017 juggernauts like the Dodgers, Astros, Yankees, Cubs and Nationals, let’s start this post-trade deadline power ranking with a quick history lesson.

Youth Reuben Foster Jersey In 1991, Mark Lemke, a career .225/.290/.303 hitter at that point, hit .417 with three triples and a 1.170 OPS in the World Series.

In 1972, Gene Tenace hit four World Series home runs after hitting five in his 82 regular-season games that year.

In 1987, Tom Lawless smacked a home run and gave us this unforgettable bat flip in Game 4 of the World Series. Lawless hit just two regular-season home runs in his 343-game major-league career.

Goldschmidt’s game, though, gave the Cubs an idea of how to handle him Friday.

Meanwhile, the most overlooked player Thursday may have been Indians’ starter Corey Kluber. The Klubot was the footnote in the lead-up to the Indians’ matchup with the Yankees because it was Sonny Gray’s debut, but he was anything but a footnote in the game. He tossed a complete game three-hitter that featured one run, one walk and 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 Indians win. The Yankees surely hope they don’t have to face Kluber in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Youth Johnny Boychuk Jersey Oh, Hansel Robles what fodder you gave every person who will talk sports Friday. After retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth inning, the Mets reliever hit the first batter in the ninth, then after a sacrifice bunt, he intentionally walked a batter and then walked two more to push the final run across home plate in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies. What’s worse, the final pitch of the game resembled a Nuke Laloosh offering, more so than it did that of a professional pitcher.