Monthly Archives: August 2017

LSU shortstop continues to commit heinous blunders on routine ground balls

LSU and Florida have a long way to go in the College World Series final series, and already weirdness has crept into a best-of-three tilt that will most certainly feature lights-out pitching and few runs.

In the top of the third inning and with two outs, Florida NFL Jerseys Wholesale centerfielder Ryan Larson stepped up and dealt a routine grounder into the second-third base gap, the general territory that Tiger shortstop Kramer Robertson is tasked with covering. Robertson fielded the ball cleanly enough. Getting the thing out of his glove, however, that didn’t go so well.

To say nothing of him stabbing this low lacer into the second-third base gap in the top of the sixth.

That ended the Gators’ batting in the sixth, and it’s a mercy that the play didn’t require him to throw to first, inasmuch as he’s been having trouble transferring the ball to his throwing hand these recent weeks.

LSU began the sixth inning down, 3-0, but the Tigers have plugged through a pair of run to bring the score to 3-2. Every run will count in this series, which features two of the best Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale pitching staffs in college baseball.

As it stands, Florida holds a 4-2 advantage in the top of the seventh.

NHL trade deadline: Brian Boyle to Toronto as Maple Leafs gear up for playoff run

Nothing is given in the cutthroat Atlantic Division, and with a clear shot at the playoffs, the upstart Maple Leafs are gearing up to make the most of their unexpected success.

With the playoffs in mind, Toronto added veteran forward Brian Boyle to its ranks from the Lightning, the teams announced. The gritty centerman cost a second-round draft pick in 2017 and minor league forward Byron Froese, but for the first time in years the Leafs are on the right side of the buy-sell market.

Boyle, a pending unrestricted free agent, was one of the more sought-after names remaining ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.

The 32-year-old was unlikely to re-sign with the cap-strapped Lightning, who continued their sell-off after trading star goalie Ben Bishop on Sunday, so he’ll bring 22 points and ample playoff experience to a young Leafs team now seven points clear of Tampa in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

Taking a clear stance in this instance could eliminate any questions as to what discrimination the NHL does and does not take seriously, and make it crystal clear that none of it is acceptable.

If Matthews improves exponentially as McDavid did in his second year, he Wholesale Jerseys NFL could conceivably get close to the Edmonton center’s $12.5 million AAV. The same Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa could happen with Tavares if multiple teams bid for his services.

Junior college hockey player faces charges after attacking referee

A junior college hockey player is in police custody Sunday after an attack on a referee in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game.

Erie Community College defenseman Brandon Day exited the penalty box and charged the official, tackling him to the ice with 39 seconds remaining in his team’s 7-4 loss to Dakota College of Bottineau, which was played at the SUNY Broome Ice Center in Binghamton, N.Y.

Day, a freshman from West Seneca, N.Y., is facing unspecified charges, a SUNY Broome police spokesperson said late Sunday.

While the NHL has been an Olympic participant since 1998, and most players want to keep playing in the quadrennial event, team owners and officials are not keen on halting the league’s schedule for two weeks. Another “main sticking point is travel and insurance costs, which will no longer be covered by the International Olympic Committee,” the New York Times notes.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, per the Times, has said he plans on competing for Russia with or without the NHL’s blessing.

“I think everybody wants to go,” Ovechkin said. “We’re very excited about it. It’s going to be fun.”

Based on the timeline that led to the NHL finally deciding to go to the 2014 Sochi Games, it’s not too late for the league to change its mind. The agreement for Sochi was announced July 19, 2013, less than seven months before the Olympics began.

Bettman has softened his stance that a decision on 2018 had to be made by this January, saying, “We’re not the ones who are setting deadlines,” but a change of thinking among NHL brass Cheap Jerseys Paypal will be Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal necessary for the league to participate in its sixth straight Olympics.

James Dolan, Wilpons among investors eyeing new arena for Islanders

A group of investors that includes James Dolan, owner of the Rangers and Knicks, and the Wilpon family, owner of the Mets, is formulating a plan to build a new arena for the Islanders near Queens, Bloomberg News reports.

The proposal is a joint venture between the Islanders, Oak View Group and Sterling Project Development, sources told Bloomberg. Madison Square Garden Co. is an investor in Oak View Group, a private equity company run by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff. The Wilpon family controls Sterling Project Development.

Nyquist was assessed a four-minute double minor penalty, but was not ejected. Spurgeon exited briefly to receive four stitches and returned to play the rest of the game.

The 27-year-old Swede, with no prior suspensions, insisted afterward the play was unintentional.

“(It was) completely accidental. Obviously didn’t mean to do that,” Nyquist told reporters. “My stick gets caught. I’m trying to get body position on him and I’m happy he was out there again.”

Nyquist’s suspension is the NHL’s longest since Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was also given a six-game ban for high sticking at the end of last season.

Nyquist will forfeit $26,388.89 in salary per game missed. He’s the Red Wings’ third-leading scorer with 28 points in 55 games.

Sports movies rely on a lot of the same types of characters. One Cheap Jerseys Usa such standby is the opposing team’s evil coach, and Jack Reilly might be the best of all time. This Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys guy wouldn’t last one season as a pee wee coach in 2015. I mean, “it’s not worth winning if you can’t win big?” Telling these poor kids to goon it up against the other team’s star player? Reilly’s interactions with Gordon Bombay were particularly sinister, and amazing.

LSU dugout celebrates first run of College World Series game with sit-ups

LSU and Florida State are buckled in for what will hopefully become another nasty, all-time memorable game, but the early going doesn’t appear to put us on that track. The Tigers are perhaps more than angry after getting slaughtered by Oregon State on Monday night, 13-1, in a game that required a full eight LSU pitchers before the night was done.

The third baseman and outfielder is hitting .259/.393/.515 with 16 home runs, 16 doubles, and a National League-leading 53 walks so far in 2017, in just his third full season, after winning Rookie of the Year in 2015 then MVP in 2016.

The Cubs lost to the Washington Nationals, 8-4, on Wednesday and fell to 39-39 on the season, after winning 200 games over the last two seasons, including the club’s first World Series championship in 108 years last fall. Chicago remains one game back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.

It’s nigh impossible for a coach to see where a ball hits the deep left field fence, so perhaps not too much blame should come down on Casey. Even so, that play probably cost the Beavers a run, if not two.

Games 1 and 2 of the finals were everything we wanted out of the Florida-LSU matchup.
Florida and LSU matched up very well for the CWS final round, not least because both clubs sport extremely good pitching. The Tigers held a slight advantage in the discipline Cheap NFL Jerseys of hitting, but the Gators could score in spurts, which they did to take the tournament in a two-game sweep.

Game 1, then, promised an unpredictable, classic bout Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys between SEC heavyweights, and damn did these guys deliver. For instance, second base became something of a touchstone for how this series was to unfold, what with strange and phantom calls happening from the tilt’s first inning.

Andrew Luck sees ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Andrew Luck says he is starting to see the progress he has wanted to see since being put on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

While the Colts quarterback has not thrown a football yet, he said he is getting stronger and knows he is getting closer to getting back onto the field following offseason surgery on a torn labrum.

Golson was carted off the field Sunday with an apparent hamstring injury.

Conner, who was a third-round pick from Pitt and has the NFL’s best-selling rookie jersey, is an inspiration to many after overcoming a cancer diagnosis while in college. Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were heard praising Conner’s toughness during practice.

His injury comes after rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, a second-round pick from USC, injured an ankle on Friday and could miss “a number of days.” Defensive back Cam Sutton, a third-round pick from Tennessee, left Saturday’s practice with what Tomlin called a “lower-body injury” Cheap Jerseys And Hats that the coach said does not “appear to be significant.”

“Such is life this time of year,” Tomlin said of the injuries. “We’ll do our Cheap Jerseys Basketball very best to work hard to get better, but at the same time, do things that will allow us to keep as many guys as healthy as we can keep them so they can log the snaps necessary to improve. But we also understand some of these negative things are part of this process.”

Dockery said every year the number of calls has increased in large part due to the outreach they do with people like Irvin, plus their work with other groups like the NFL Legends, the NFL Players Association, the Off The Field Players’ Wives Association and others. Recently, NFL Life Line conducted a training with every NFL team chaplain.

The project has made changes over the years. One development Hollier heralded is an online self-evaluation system that helps anyone in the NFL family assess where they are emotionally and mentally. Based on their answers to simple questions, they can connect with a counselor right there on the screen.

Derek Carr returns to better version of Raiders thanks to culture he helped create

The Oakland Raiders addressed their most pressing personnel issue this offseason and got Derek Carr signed to a long-term contract extension.

“I don’t want to get into things that happened in my past, certainly medical history and so forth, I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business. There’s people that do worry about that. My wife, my parents, my sisters, people that love me and care about me, but I do the best I can do to come out and be prepared to play mentally and physically and give the game everything I can.”
Brady was never diagnosed with a concussion last season, or at any point in his 17 seasons as a professional quarterback. And while he doesn’t want to confirm whether he had a concussion, likely because an admission would get the Patriots in trouble, he does acknowledge the dangers of the sport.

0 – Since Brady became their starting quarterback, the Patriots have never had a losing season and have won 14 division titles.

199 – Brady was selected by the New England Patriots with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of 2000 NFL Draft, he has gone on to play with the Patriots for his whole professional career.

4th – Brady has recorded the fourth-most completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns of any QB in the NFL.

27 – There have been only six instances of a quarterback throwing Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys 10 or more touchdown passes in a season at age 40 or older in NFL history; Brady has averaged 27 touchdowns per season during his career.

6 – There are six instances in NFL history of a quarterback Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys age 40 or older throwing four or more touchdown passes in a regular season game — three times by Brett Favre, twice by Warren Moon and once by George Blanda. Brady did so twice in 12 regular-season games last year.

Broncos LB Shane Ray to miss 6 to 8 weeks with wrist injury

Shane Ray is out for six to eight weeks after suffering a torn ligament in his wrist during a drill Thursday with the Broncos.

Shane, at practice yesterday, tore a ligament in his left wrist just taking on a block, head coach Vance Joseph said at Broncos practice Friday. His wrist got caught, he flipped away and tore a ligament. He worked through it yesterday, he worked through it today. We had X-rays and he needs surgery. It’s going to be six to eight weeks. He should go in tomorrow morning in the a.m. and he should be out tomorrow by lunch, probably.

I think any time someone doesn’t perform to what you want to do you’re concerned about it, coach Doug Marrone said, via ESPN.com. He’s not the only one that’s out there. There’s some good things.

We’re going to look at it. We’re going to look at those plays. If there’s any struggle or things we don’t like, then obviously we’re going to be smart enough to throw that crap out.

Bortles has thrown 16-plus interceptions in each of his first three seasons. His turnover propensity was overlooked in 2015 because he also threw for 4,428 Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys yards and 35 touchdowns. But he crashed back down to earth last season by throwing just 23 touchdowns.

The Jaguars have stayed true to Bortles throughout the offseason, but Chad Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys Henne better keep his arm warm in case Bortles can’t get his turnover problem sorted out.

Patriots have baby goats at training camp in honor of Tom Brady’s 40th birthday

Thursday marks Tom Brady’s 40th birthday.

Terrell Suggs came back from a torn Achilles and still made plays at his advanced age, putting up eight sacks and three forced fumbles. He’s now recovering from a torn bicep, but the 34-year-old is expected to be ready for the season. Brandon Williams is one of the best nose tackles in the league and got rewarded with a huge five-year, $52.25 million extension that includes $33.75 million in guaranteed money.

Safety Eric Weddle came over from the San Diego Chargers and continued playing at a high level, even at the ripe age of 32. Linebacker C.J. Mosley got his fifth-year option picked up after yet another strong season. From front to back, this Ravens defense is stocked with top-tier talent, just like it is most seasons.

But the Ravens weren’t content riding with the same band. They were surprisingly aggressive upgrading this unit in the offseason, handing out big-money contracts and spending lots of draft picks on defense. Tony Jefferson (four years, $34 million) should bring stability to a safety position that’s been in flux ever since Ed Reed left town and Matt Elam busted as a 2013 first-round pick. Cornerback Cheap Football Jerseys From China Brandon Carr (four years, $23 million) will give the team a solid No. 2 starter next to Jimmy Smith, while Cheap Epl Jerseys Lardarius Webb is always a welcome veteran presence in the secondary.

Bears reporter finds creative way around team’s strict social media policy

The Bears have a strict social media policy in place for beat writers trying to cover training camp. There are a few rules, but the most important for the aspect of this story is that photographers are not allowed to shoot any video or photos during team drills.

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley followed those rules, but he also wants to keep his followers informed. So he’s found a creative workaround to show Bears fans what’s going on while also adhering to the team’s guidelines.

Instead of recording plays with his phone, he draws them on paper.

Last season was at least an improvement on 2015, when the Ravens scuffled to a Cheap DUKe Basketball Jerseys 5-11 record. However, the team still wasn’t good enough to get back into the playoffs, as it was eliminated from contention by a heartbreaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16. Baltimore ultimately finished 8-8, plagued once again by an anemic offense.

The Ravens were No. 21 in points scored and No. 17 in yards gained, despite the presence of big-play threats like Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman. Baltimore’s running game was also stagnant, ranking No. 28 in rushing yards. If the Ravens hope to re-establish themselves as AFC contenders again, they need considerable improvement on this side of the ball.

The good news is that Flacco started all 16 games in his comeback from a torn ACL. He also set a career high with 4,317 passing yards, a misleading stat. Flacco made a staggering 672 pass attempts, while averaging just 6.4 yards per throw. It was all dink-and-dunk, all day, with the occasional bombs to Wallace. Flacco also threw just 20 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and put up an 83.5 QB Rating Cheap Discount Jerseys in a generally uninspiring year.