Monthly Archives: July 2017

NFC North 2017 predictions: Lions, Packers set for another duel

Is the world ready for Matthew Stafford to jump ahead of Aaron Rodgers? Probably not. It doesn’t even look normal in print. But the NFC North title is within reach, and the Packers have to prove they’re up to defending it … even with one of the best quarterbacks of his generation.

The vital question is whether Stafford has more help around him than Rodgers has around him. Ironically, had Stafford himself been healthy at the end of last season, the Lions might have been good enough. The Packers got close enough to the Super Bowl to see in sharp focus what they’re missing; now, we get to see if they fixed what needed fixing.

The other big question in the division: Will the Bears finish with the worst record in the NFL?

There’s a huge incentive for entertainment studios and news networks to indulge the public’s appetite for Simpson news. ESPN Films won an Academy Award for its documentary “O.J.: Made in America.” The Disney-owned network will be covering the Simpson story until the day he dies and beyond. FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” garnered huge audiences, critical acclaim and nine Emmys. Virtually every major TV news network cut to live coverage of Simpson’s parole hearing Thursday.

Like many people, I believe Simpson is an unrepentant, sociopathic murderer. Anybody who has ever seen the horrific crime photos from Bundy Drive in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood would never laugh at his antics the way the Nevada Parole Board did Thursday.

More than two decades after Simpson was charged with murder, Americans were motivated enough to watch a parole hearing for the first time. That’s Cheap Jerseys Online how newsworthy his appeal to return to society was.

Will the media frenzy last? Probably not. After a few Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA months, Simpson will likely sink into media obscurity like he did a few years after his acquittal. For now, though, the O.J. reality show continues.

It’s entirely possible that the Harden-Chris Paul experiment will flame out completely

The Heat have become incredibly reliant on both Waiters and Dragic to break teams down off the dribble. One stat unearthed by the Miami Herald makes it clear: Miami goes from shooting 45.2 percent from 3-point range when Waiters and Dragic are on the court to 33.5 percent when one of them (or both) is on the bench. The former would lead the NBA by a significant margin while the latter would be better than only five teams. Whether it’s in transition, isolation or the pick-and-roll, Waiters’ ability to get into the paint has created a lot of open looks for his teammates in the form of kickouts.

The following possession is perhaps the best example of how Dragic and Waiters play off each other. Waiters gets a first shot at creating a basket for himself out of the pick-and-roll with Hassan Whiteside, who is one of the best rollers in the NBA. When the Hawks crowd him outside the paint, he sets Dragic up for a drive to the basket by whipping the ball out to him on the perimeter. Dragic draws a second defender when he gets into the paint and finds Waiters in the corner, who then passes it to Luke Babbitt when Paul Millsap closes out on him.

The Kings came out of the draft with point guard De’Aaron Fox and forwards Justin Jackson and Harry Giles, then made three shrewd signings to add veteran depth, landing Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter. The West is still loaded and a playoff spot is a tall order, but Divac has restored credibility to his operation.

It’s entirely possible that the Harden-Chris Paul experiment will flame out Cheap Giants Jerseys completely, and the potential addition of Carmelo Anthony might not help. But if the Rockets are able to make it work, Harden is due for even more MVP-type numbers. At the very least, he Cheap High Quality Jerseys got himself a commitment from his team that has thus far been unmatched: a four-year contract extension worth about $170 million that will bump his total salary over the next six years to $230 million, a league record.

‘We want AI’ chants don’t convince Allen Iverson to play in Philly Big3 game

Philadelphia fans made it known they wanted to see one of their sports heroes play one last time.

Allen Iverson acknowledged the crowd at Sunday’s Big3 game in Philadelphia, but not even chants of “We want A.I.” from the fans convinced the 76ers Hall of Famer to play in his team’s game at Wells Fargo Center.

This is wishful thinking, but the stuff above is where Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys fans should place their focus, not the off-court dra— oh, OK, here’s a non-basketball bone for those of you in the drama set: Ball wore Jordan XXXIs Sunday because, he told ESPN, maybe he wants to start a bidding war.

Now, we’re not saying the Js caused Ball to hurt his calf Sunday, but Ball hurt his calf Sunday. (UPDATE: He’s hopeful of playing in Monday’s league final vs. the Trail Blazers.) This is not to be confused with the groin injury the Twitterverse was convinced was faked so that Ball wouldn’t have to face De’Aaron Fox again.

With all that drama out of the way, let’s get back to the court.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets to a 120-106 win over the Suns by pouring in 31 points with nine assists and four rebounds. It was his first 30-point game since March 8.

Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls cruise past the Bucks, 109-94, by scoring 20 points with a career-high 14 assists, six rebounds and three steals. Chicago is currently ninth Cheap Euro Jerseys in the Eastern Conference standings.

Kevin Durant says he ‘just didn’t want to play at home’ in D.C.

For years, experts and fans floated Kevin Durant’s hometown team, the Wizards, as a possible landing spot for the star forward when he hit free agency in 2017.

“I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this yet — we’ll find out — but I’ll say it anyway: I’m actually producing and hosting the first annual NBA awards this year,” Drake said on the Cal Cast. “I get to take the reins on it. The ESPYs let me do great things, and I thank them a lot for that. Award shows are sometimes a bit restrictive, but they let me do a lot at the ESPYs. We’ll just expand on that. I love hosting. I love being in a room of legendary, iconic people who I look up to and having that pressure to make them laugh and enjoy their evening. Hopefully that will go well.”

The awards show will be the first of its kind for the NBA but not necessarily for sports. The NFL has been airing an awards show annually since 2011, and for the most part it has been a success. Interest in both leagues is so high that they figured they may as well profit off these awards rather than sending a press release announcing the winners.

Reaction to the NBA’s announcement has been somewhat unenthusiastic. Most fans are upset by the lateness of the event, given that it’s going to air after the NBA Finals. Usually New Vikings Jerseys Cheap the awards are known soon after the regular season is over. For example, Steph Curry’s MVP Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys announcement was made May 11 last year.

A somewhat interesting twist for fans is the reveal that there will be new awards announced in June. What those awards will be isn’t clear, but the release claims we’ll know before the start of the event.

Lamar Odom says he’s sober in candid interview about drug use: ‘I’m a walking miracle’

Lamar Odom has come a long way since he was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel 17 months ago, admitting now he is a “walking miracle.”

The former NBA player told Us Weekly he is completely sober after completing a 30-day stint in rehab in January, and opened up about his past drug use.

“Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling,” Odom said. “Being in the moment is important — how you react, respond, create. If I would have done coke last night, you would have gotten some dickhead here trying to get out of here fast. But you’re getting Lamar now.”

Odom was also candid about the night he ended up in the brothel, revealing he suffered 12 strokes and two heart attacks during the Oct. 13, 2015 incident.

“I wanted to get out and have a good time. Looking back, I might have had a drink to get the mood started, but was I drunk or on drugs? Not at all. I remember lying in bed. Two Wholesale MLB Jerseys women were in bed and then I fell asleep. That’s all,” Odom said. “When I woke up four days later, I was Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China trying to pull the tubes out of my mouth.”

“It would be one thing if you are moving them from Oakland to Freemont [Calif.] but to Las Vegas? I wouldn’t attend a game, I won’t attend a game and I’m not a diehard Raiders fan but I do support the city of Oakland.”

Someone should probably tell Green the Raiders moved to Los Angeles and back to Oakland again, and the Lakers also made a jump to a new city.

But that’s really beside the point: Oakland fans got hung out to dry and should respond by sticking it to owner Mark Davis, like Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who hails from the Bay Area, has already done.

NFL owners on Monday approved the team’s proposal to move from Oakland to Las Vegas and a new $1.9 billion domed stadium set to open in time for the 2020 season.

Those two missteps were going to hurt the Knicks if Jackson stayed on in free agency

Last week, Jackson took another hit as he very publicly dangled the one future hope of the franchise — big man Kristaps Porzingis — in trade talks. Executives around the league questioned how serious Jackson was about trading Porzingis, but, rather, painted it as Jackson’s attempt to punish Porzingis for missing the team’s exit interviews in April.

Those two missteps were going to hurt the Knicks if Jackson stayed on in free agency, so if anything, his departure only puts the Knicks in a better position. Not a NFL Cheap Jerseys great position, of course, but Jackson was poisoning the well in New York.

Besides, player agents told Sporting News that Jackson typically was not involved in free-agent contacts until the very end — the bulk of the negotiations would start with general manager Steve Mills.

“You’d contact Steve first, I don’t think anyone was calling Phil directly,” one agent said. “Steve would run it up the chain, to (Jackson’s top assistant) Clarence Gaines and then you’d wait to see if there was any word back.”

This one actually sounds pretty possible. Not the Chiefs letting their All-Pro, signed-through-2021 stud go, mind you, but the part where the Patriots find another starting tight Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale end to pair with Rob Gronkowski. While it’s unlikely the Chiefs would trade Alex Smith’s security Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys blanket, upgrading from Smith to Brady would be a major win for the pass catcher. If Gronk could stay healthy, that duo would wreak havoc on the poor linebackers forced into coverage against them.

Mourinho said after the Europa League final in May that he was happy for the 31-year-old to stay.

Why he’s here: Trout hasn’t played since injuring his thumb on May 28, and he STILL ranks in the top three in WAR — a cumulative stat, mind you — among all MLB outfielders (he’s second in B-R at 3.4 and second in FG at 3.3). So, yeah, he makes our squad, ahead of healthy stars having great seasons, guys such as Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Marcel Ozuna.

Vicente Iborra says he could not turn down the chance to play in the Premier League and added that Leicester City is the right club for him.

Sevilla announced on Tuesday they had reached an agreement to sell their captain to the 2015-16 Premier League champions for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical.

Iborra, who has scored 30 goals in 172 games during his four seasons at Sevilla, told the La Liga club’s official website: “It’s a project that really attracts me. It’s a club that wants to grow,…

Mourinho said after the Europa League final in May Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping that he was happy for the 31-year-old to stay.

It remains likely, though, that Rooney will slip further down the pecking order next season if the club can secure a centre forward and an attacking midfielder before the transfer window closes.

Wayne Rooney was reduced to a bit-part for Manchester United last season.
Rooney is still hoping to be part of the England squad for Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys next summer’s World Cup in Russia and has been told by manager Gareth Southgate he must be playing regularly to be considered.

Browns reportedly hire Gregg Williams to replace Ray Horton as DC

Hue Jackson is reportedly making wholesale changes to his coaching staff.

The Browns have dismissed Ray Horton as defensive coordinator and replaced him with former Rams assistant Gregg Williams, according to multiple reports.

The second-year pass rusher was reinstated by the Cowboys last month after serving two other drug suspensions this season, the latter of which ended after Week 15.

Gregory’s status for the playoffs had been in limbo while the NFL considered the appeal of his latest violation, which stemmed from missing a required drug test and was first Cheap Jerseys NFL Jerseys reported in mid-November. Gregory had an appeal hearing in New York on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

It’s likely he’ll be forced to sit out all of 2017, at least, under the ban. He will be unable to apply to commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement until Nov. 6, 2017.

Gregory, a second-round pick by the Cowboys in 2015, registered a sack and nine tackles in his two games this season.

Bills guard Richie Incognito on the challenge provided by New England’s defensive front: The biggest thing about them is that they’re multiple (in formations) and personnel. They have the big bodies who Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal can stop the run and the guys they can rotate in who are a little lighter that can get after the quarterback in passing situations. Atlanta has a tall task in getting them locked up.

(The Patriots) are fundamentally sound. They’re always in the right position and they play really well together as a unit.’

Saints quarterback Drew Brees on how to attack the Falcons’ defense: ‘How about stop their offense first (Laughs). Atlanta has done as good a job as anybody of playing complimentary football between offense and defense. Their offense is very explosive and has scored a lot of points. They also take really good care of the football so they don’t put their defense in any tough situations.

The other side of a rebuild: Ex-Cubs reflect on 2016 and what might have been

When the Cubs embarked on a rebuild that started in winter 2011 with a new, powerhouse front office, they bolstered their roster mightily through trade, free Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa agency, and the draft — and ultimately produced a World Series title in 2016.

The court has three 4-point circles — one at the top of the key and one on each wing, well behind the NBA 3-point line — and a player only needs to have one foot in the circle to get credit for a 4-pointer.

In four games Sunday, Big3 players were 6 of 19 from the 4-point circles. Chauncey Billups and Mike Bibby were both 2 of 5 on their 4-point attempts, but no one else made more than one.

The 4-point circles are a great idea. They make the league different from standard 5-on-5 basketball, it’s an exciting play for fans to witness and 4-pointers provide a last-ditch Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys strategy for a losing team to trim its deficit.

Expanding the 4-point zone from three circles to an arc that spans the entire court would give players more opportunities to make 4-pointers and make the long-range offensive strategy less obvious than it is in its current format, where it’s easy to spot a player running to a 4-point circle.

It’s interesting how such low-key owners have operated a team with such a colorful history. Think of these iconic visions: the Immaculate Reception that sealed Pittsburgh’s first playoff win (over Oakland); the photo of the senior Art Rooney puffing on a victory cigar after the Steel Curtain defense crushed the Vikings’ offense in the Steelers’ first Super Bowl win in 1974 (a heartbreaking Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered day for me as a Minnesotan and life-long Vikings fan).

Mean Joe’s famous Coke commercial; Swann’s acrobatic Super Bowl catch against Dallas; Frenchy Fuqua’s flashy shoes; Lambert’s toothless snarl; Polamalu’s wild hair; and of course, the symbol of one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports, the Terrible Towel of Steeler Nation.

After Phil Jackson firing, reality hits New York: Knicks are team with no plan

By Tuesday, it was clear that Phil Jackson really didn’t have a plan for the Knicks. All the tumult of the past seven months in New York was not part of a grand scheme by Jackson to reinvigorate what has become a moribund and lifeless franchise.

If you believed that, you’d be forgiven, since Jackson’s reputation as a genius coach precedes him — drawing up Xs and Os on the sidelines, he was playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers. But as an executive, he was playing chess while everyone else was building Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys basketball teams.

The Bengals wasted no time adding speed to their roster in the 2017 NFL draft. With the No. 9 pick, Cincinnati chose wide receiver John Ross, who made waves at the combine when he broke the 40-yard dash record with a 4.22-second run.

His velocity was no surprise to anyone who tried to cover him in college. Ross was used as the Huskies’ Swiss Army knife, finding success as both a kick returner (three TDs) and at cornerback (18 tackles and an INT) in his first two seasons at Washington. Then he totaled 1,150 yards and 17 scores on offense his final season.

Ross, who’s still recovering from labrum surgery, hasn’t been NBA Basketball Jerseys able to participate in the Bengals rookie camp but is expected to be ready to go this fall and can contribute right away on offense and special teams. Cincinnati is hoping he will come in and complement A.J. Green, and give Andy Dalton some additional downfield options — something that was missing last season.