Monthly Archives: June 2018

Ray has thrown for 60,736 yards with 324 touchdowns and 177 interceptions in his career with Edmonton and Toronto.

It’s almost like adding a first- or second-round pick to your roster for nothing, Yanetti said of signing older goalie prospects. They’re much closer to a finished product and you’re getting a first- or second-round asset without using a first or second-round draft pick.
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GMs like Tallon who Cam Fowler Authentic Jersey aren’t goaltenders find evaluating the position harder and lean on their goalie coaches. To show just how inexact a science drafting a goalie is, nine went before the Washington Capitals took Braden Holtby in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, and he won the Vezina in 2016 before helping them win the Stanley Cup this season.

In the past decade, teams hardly even try anymore and often stockpile goalies rather than rolling the dice on taking them with high picks.

People are understanding that the timeline of a goalie’s development path is longer and as the development path gets longer, I think inherently there’s more risk, Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. I think teams are managing risk and they’re understanding that because of the length of that timeline that goalies move and sometimes are on their second or third team before they ultimately become the goalie that he probably expected when you drafted him that high.

McCants, who disappointed as a player after the Bucs made him the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft, has spoken extensively about the problems his drug addiction has created over the years and those problems continue to mount.

With one issue squared away, the Hurricanes can now turn to other areas that need addressing.

The futures of the aforementioned Faulk (UFA ’20) and Jeff Skinner (UFA ’19) need attention, of course. Both have been churning in the rumor mill and would likely command a nice haul in return. Keeping Brendan Shanahan Jersey Faulk in that now-formidable backend might seem like a no-brainer. Or maybe not…

If Faulk is expendable, then he’d be best used in a deal that shores up Carolina’s most pressing issue — its goaltending.

Scott Darling hasn’t worked out and Cam Ward isn’t coming back.

Andrew Luck still isn’t throwing a football, and that’s weird.

His bosses with the Indianapolis Colts profess to be fine with it, and that’s really weird.
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We’ve not reached the everyone freak out stage, not yet, but with minicamp Christopher Gibson Authentic Jersey starting in five days and training camp in about seven weeks, that day’s visible on the horizon. Colts coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard speak with such absolute confidence of Luck’s return — Reich has said he is absolutely confident Luck will be ready to open the 2018 season — it’s starting to feel easier to dismiss them entirely than take them at their word.

Some of you don’t see. You see what the Colts ask you to see, that’s your choice, and I’m not mad at ya. Kindly return the favor and don’t be mad at me when I point out that nothing has happened in this Andrew Luck shoulder saga — nothing said, nothing done — to earn our blind faith that every little thing is gonna be all right.

It’s unfortunate that Howard isn’t receiving the kind of praise he deserves. He set the Bears’ rookie rushing record with 1,313 Mika Zibanejad Youth Jersey yards in 2016. In 2017, he became the first running back in franchise history to start a career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Howard’s production suggests he should be the feature back in Chicago’s ground game, and according to NFL Network’s Maurice Jones-Drew, it’s a no-brainer. He recently ranked Howard in the NFL’s top-10 running backs.

Jordan Howard (Bears) Even with the plethora of offensive weapons thanks to some offseason additions, the Bears’ offense still must run through Howard. After rushing for at least 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons, Howard will be a key piece for first-year head coach Matt Nagy and will have to carry Chicago late in the season if the squad is going to make a playoff push. Howard will be given every chance to prove he can thrive in Nagy’s system early in the season. If he establishes himself as a reliable receiver, he could match Kareem Hunt ‘s league-leading 1,327 yards last season.

Gennett, Suarez HRs rally Reds over Tigers 5-3

The Tigers knew exactly what hit them — the daunting combination of a homer-friendly park and a free-swinging Reds offense starting to come around.

Scooter Gennett hit a tying two-run homer , and Eugenio Suarez also connected on the next pitch — a hit originally ruled a double but changed to a homer on review — for a 5-3 victory and a two-game sweep on Wednesday.

The Reds moved ahead in the all-time series 13-11, with two games left at Comerica Park starting July 31.

After managing only a pair of singles through the first five innings, the Reds finally got to Michael Fulmer (3-6). Gennett connected with two outs for his 13th homer, tying it 2-2.

Tyler Mahle (6-6) overcame a pair of solo homers to remain unbeaten in four June starts. The rookie has allowed a total of four earned runs while going 3-0 in the month. He struck out eight in six innings of his team-high sixth quality start.

I was more lucky than good today, Mahle said . If I had to give myself a grade today, it would be a `D.

Raisel Iglesias gave up a hit in the ninth while earning his 11th save in 13 chances.

The Reds improved to 6-1 in interleague games. They’ve won five straight against the AL, tying their best all-time mark. The Tigers fell to 1-7.

Fulmer has little hitting experience in the majors, and it hurt the Tigers in the sixth. With runners on second and third and two outs, the Reds intentionally walked Dixon Machado to bring up Fulmer. He struck out on three pitches, the last one a high 94 mph fastball. Fulmer is 0 for 9 with six strikeouts for his career.

Spangenberg slid into first base with an infield single after initially being called out. After Freddy Galvis singled Spangenberg to third, Hundley blocked a wild pitch by starting pitcher Chris Stratton but threw the ball into center field, allowing Spangenberg to score.

We had him, Bochy said. Nick recovered well. He just yanked the throw a little bit to the left.

Margot followed with an RBI single.

Sandoval’s two-out single in the seventh off Craig Stammen trimmed San Diego’s lead to 3-2.

Stratton (8-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings but was more upset at himself for not getting to first base on Spangenberg’s infield single in the sixth. Giants first baseman Buster Posey made a diving stop but Stratton was late to the bag.

My thought was that it probably was going to go foul there, but Buster made a heck of a play there and you can’t be late, Stratton said.

Padres: C Austin Hedges (elbow tendinitis) continues to make progress in his rehab start with Triple-A El Paso and could rejoin the team soon. The Chihuahuas are playing a series against San Francisco’s affiliate in Sacramento, about 80 minutes north AT&T Park.

Delvin Breaux heading back to CFL

Delvin Breaux made his way to the NFL via Canada once, so he’s going to try it again.
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According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the former Saints cornerback is returning to the CFL to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Breaux was an all-star in the CFL in 2014, leading to his deal with the Saints.

The relationship seems to have been mended considerably in the last few months. Beckham’s latest comments and appearances at spring workouts indicate as much.

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping, Trent Brown Jersey rape and other charges.

The 34-year-old Winslow was ordered to return to San Diego County Superior Court on June 25 for a preliminary hearing.

If convicted, Winslow could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

His attorney, Brian Watkins, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office.

Prosecutors say Winslow began a crime spree last March that included rapes, kidnappings, indecent exposure and burglary and continued until just before his arrest this week.

Via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Bennett spoke at a book signing in Seattle last night and Womens Reggie White Jersey reiterated that his decision to sit during the anthem was never about the flag.

It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore, Bennett said. We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.

Bennett said he would have preferred a different policy, but had no idea how other players would respond.

I don’t have any predictions, he said. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

As other players have, Bennett made a point to say the attention should be on the work players are doing in communities to remedy social problems. Of course, that should have probably been the case before, prior to people hijacking the issue for political advantage.

Then there is the 27-year-old Wilcox, who originally was slated to sign with the 49ers before opting to come east and play with the Jets. He has played in at least 12 games each of his five seasons in the NFL. Like Johnson, the former Cowboy and Steeler brings plenty of experience which should be beneficial to Maye and Adams.

MLB wrap: Yankees, Nationals split unconventional doubleheader

The Yankees and Nationals didn’t have any games scheduled for Monday, but ended up finishing two.
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Finishing a suspended game from May 15, and making up a game from May 16, the two teams split their make-shift doubleheader Monday, with the Nationals winning the first game 5-3, and the Yankees avenging the loss with a 4-2 victory.

With the loss, the Nationals have now dropped six of their last seven games, and superstar Bryce Harper is batting just.211 after another hitless game.

Cardinals at Phillies — Two playoff hopefuls face off with Luke Weaver (3-6, 4.52 ERA) taking the bump for St. Louis, and Vince Velasquez (5-7, 4.74 ERA) starting for Philadelphia. The Phillies have been solid at home, but a small dip in form during June has them third in the NL East. The Cardinals are battling in the tough NL Central. They are starting to get healthy at the right time. The Phillies won on a walk-off Monday.

The rookie, who was called up to the big leagues on June 15, got his first career hit on Saturday against the Rockies. But what he did on Sunday surpasses that tenfold.

Only two players in that Carlos Dunlap Womens Jersey 2008 draft have reached a career rWAR of at least 20, and both still play for the Giants. We already mentioned Buster Posey — he’s in the middle of a nine-year, $167 million contract — but shortstop Brandon Crawford was Ty Sambrailo Jersey a stellar pick, too, in the fourth round out of UCLA. Crawford has a career rWAR of 23.0, and he’s in the midst of a six-year, $75 million deal.

The foundation for three World Series championships was strengthened with the 2008 draft. Posey was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, and his play behind the plate helped lead the Giants to a rather stunning title that season. Crawford joined Posey as a full-time starter in 2012, and both were indispensable members of the 2012 and 2014 World Series-winning teams in San Francisco.

That, folks, is how you judge the success of a baseball draft.

Trading up to draft Robert Griffin III in 2012

Imagine writing this article five years ago. At the time, the blurb on the Washington Redskins would have been a no-brainer.
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After all, the team’s decision to give defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth a seven-year, $100 million contract in 2009 has become a cautionary tale for those who get excited about free agency. Haynesworth had been an All-Pro in each of the previous two seasons, but he played just 20 games in Washington and was out of the league just three years after signing that deal.

He’s back now and trying to earn a roster spot in Baltimore, but the Redskins lost the return on their investment long ago.

Washington surrendered three first-round picks and a second-rounder in exchange for one great season from RG3. And considering the Redskins didn’t win a playoff game in that one great season, it’s a mistake that casts a larger shadow than even Haynesworth.

The three rookie quarterbacks playing in New Jersey/New York — Kyle Lauletta (Giants), Sam Darnold ( Jets ) and Josh Allen (Bills) — spent some time together Sunday at the f inal round of the U.S. Open at unforgiving Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y.

He’d be going on 32 years old at that Michael Saunders Authentic Jersey point, and 32-year old receivers generally do not get paid huge money over multiple years on the open market — even if they’re still extremely effective at that age, like a Larry Fitzgerald. Jones has the size, athleticism, and versatility to remain Authentic Martin Hanzal Jersey a strong option all over the field over at least a few more seasons, and it’ll be interesting to see how confident the Falcons are that he’ll be able to maintain top-level play into his mid-30s. What this contract looks like will tell us a lot about how they view the tail end of Jones’ career going.

One problem: No one will ever remember it.

That’s just what happens when you finish second.

Ingram predicted a Super Bowl victory for the Chargers.

We ain’t been to the playoffs for awhile, Ingram said. I think it’s going to be crazy. This Super Bowl we’re going to win, we’re ready. We’re grinding. We’re just going to keep grinding. We’re going to grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind no matter what. That’s what our main objective goal is to win a Super Bowl. Keep fighting. Keep playing. Keep grinding. No matter what. That’s the goal: We’ve got to bring a Super Bowl to the city.

It ain’t added pressure. I was taught… if you want to do something, you’ve got to say you’re going to go do it, and then you’ve got to go do it. You can’t just say, ‘Well, we’re just trying to win a few games.’ Nah, that ain’t what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win a Super Bowl.

At the deepest position in the NFL, Clark is standing out. For the Packers, receiving what should amount to six or seven years of in-prime play from a penetrating nose tackle is a massive hit on a 27th overall pick.

The team waived the quarterback and former second-round pick of the New York Jets on Tuesday, just three weeks after acquiring him.

The Raiders gave up a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 to get a closer look at Hackenberg, who never played a single snap in two seasons with the Jets.

But Hackenberg received limited offseason work behind Derek Carr, EJ Manuel and Connor Cook.

Hackenberg, the No. 51 overall pick out of Penn State in 2016, was waived along with linebacker Brady Sheldon to make room for defensive tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Frostee Rucker.

Bridgewater, 25, takes pride in his fighting spirit. And he has no doubt where he got it from: his mother, Rose Murphy, who beat breast cancer when Bridgewater was a teenager. 

It’s in my DNA, Bridgewater said. My mom, with her situation, battling breast cancer and defeating that. I just feel like that’s something she instilled in me and I’m glad that I have that trait.

When Bridgwater’s mother was battling cancer, she remained relentlessly upbeat.

Kendrys Morales smacks a solo home run in the 3rd inning to extend Toronto’s lead over Baltimore.

The Baltimore Orioles never recovered after blowing the opening game of a four-game set against the Blue Jays.
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Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-high six RBI, Marco Estrada pitched six innings to snap an eight-start winless streak and Toronto routed the struggling Orioles 13-3 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

Baltimore arrived in Toronto after sweeping a two-game set against the Mets and Rashard Robinson Jersey took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning Thursday, but closer Brad Brach blew the save as the Orioles lost 4-3 in 10 innings.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar each added solo blasts as the Blue Jays finished with a season-high 19 hits. Toronto had 17 hits in an 11-inning win at Oscar Lindberg Jersey Cleveland on May 3.

The injury derailed what had been a strong night for Tanaka on the mound. He lasted five innings, allowing just one run and one hit a leadoff home run to Brandon Nimmo. Tanaka also struck out eight batters.

He was great, Boone said. His splitter was really, really strong. He was cruising. He was really dealing there for a while.

Six of Tanaka’s eight strikeouts came on splitters. That tied for the most splitter-induced strikeouts of his season. He also had six in his April 5 start against Baltimore.

Hopefully, this works for him. It worked for me, Richards said. I understand it doesn’t work for everybody, but our thoughts are with him and we’re going to be right there with him every step of the way.

Documents made available in December showed that Ohtani had a Grade 1 sprain of his UCL, but Eppler said at the time that there were no signs of acute trauma in the ligament.

Dalvin Cook injury update: Vikings RB (ACL) clears another hurdle, goes in live drills

Dalvin Cook is one step closer to being fully cleared for his return.
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The Vikings’ second-year running back was back in action for the first time since suffering a torn ACL in October when he participated in 11-on-11 drills at the team’s OTAs on Wednesday.

While no one knows exactly what is going on with Irving, he was quick to say there was no issue on his instagram.

President Trump spoke for about four minutes on Tuesday afternoon. He made no mention of the Eagles. … There was a smattering of Eagles clothing among the guests – an Eagles cap here, an Eagles shirt there – but that was the only way of knowing that the Eagles were supposed to be appear with Trump on Tuesday while the replacement event took place.

Katherine Faulders of ABC News reported that the White House sent an email to all staffers inviting them to attend the event.

This isn’t the first time Hunt has been in the news for some sort of altercation. Back in February, Hunt was accused of shoving a woman at a hotel after she allegedly directed racial slurs toward him.

A third-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2017, Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards (1,327) last season.

Smorol is clearly loving all of this. The whole time he’s being accompanied by a very earnest and attentive 10-year-old fan named Jack, who’s serving as his assistant GM for the night. Every now and then Smorol will turn to Jack to impart some pearls of general managerial wisdom, much of which seems to involve mischievously closing doors (Watch people get all uptight when they think you’ve locked them out, he tells Jack) and reminding people that it’s a $1 hot dog night. It seems likely Mario Addison Youth Jersey that Jack will go home at the end of the night, look at his father and think, Dad isn’t as cool as Jason Smorol.

While Smorol and Jack head off to another part of the ballpark, I talk to a few of the players, who are getting ready for the game. They all say they don’t mind wearing Adam Gotsis Jersey theme-based jerseys, even the wackier ones. Outfielder Hunter Jones says he likes the promotions that draw upon local heritage, like the Brannock jerseys. You tend to move around a lot in the minors, so learning about something with a local connection helps you feel more grounded, he says. We have a few of the foot devices here in the clubhouse, and now I’m like, ‘Wow, they’re made right here in Syracuse.’ That’s cool.

The Lions would like to believe they’re in a spot where they don’t have to use Johnson as an every-down workhorse聽this early in his career.

They signed LeGarrette Blount in free agency to add a physical element to the offense, and Abdullah and Theo Riddick are still on the roster from last year.
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I’ve grew up in the southeast, know a bunch of people from the southeast and I’ve watched a lot of SEC football over the years,offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said. It sure was fun to watch him compete on those Saturdays when we’re maybe making a road trip or at the hotel doing whatever we do. Came to respect him as a competitor and we’re going to throw him in here and see if he can get better, see how he does.

He’s a true interchangeable safety. He can play on the hash and cover ground, one scout told longtime beat writer Bob McGinn before the draft. Yet he can come down to the slot and cover. He’s what you want. He’s a stud.

James nearly Brandon Belt Jersey found a home in Baltimore, with Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta revealing post-draft that he and Ozzie Newsome would have picked the safety had the Ravens not traded out of the No. 16 spot.

Instead, James is planted in Los Angeles as a core member of a Chargers defensive backfield loaded with talented pieces. His NFL story begins now.

The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.

Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.

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The other three 鈥?Delaware, Montana and Oregon 鈥?opted instead to create sports-based lottery games.