Blues fire coach Ken Hitchcock months before he was set to retire


Ken Hitchcock’s farewell tour is ending early.

The veteran St. Louis Blues coach was set to retire after this season, but general manager Doug Armstrong fired him Wednesday morning. Former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo, added Cheap Dodgers Jerseys to Hitchcock’s staff last summer as the coach-in-waiting, will take over immediately.

The Blues fell, 5-3, at home to Winnipeg on Tuesday, their fifth loss in six games. At 24-21-5, St. Louis is fourth in the Central Division but currently sits in the second Western Conference wild-card position.

Hitchcock, 65, served as head coach of the Stars, Flyers and Blue Jackets before taking over in St. Louis in 2011. His 781 career regular-season wins trail only Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville and Al Arbour in NHL history.

Yeo, 43, went 173-132-44 as Minnesota’s coach from 2011-16; he was fired last February. His first game in charge in St. Louis will be Thursday against the Maple Leafs.

The real issue is Russell. A polarizing player in the analytics vs. eye test debate, Russell has bled shot-attempts and shots against from the blue line.

Chiarelli cited the Penguins and Blackhawks as teams with comparable Cheap Echl Jerseys cap structures and, for good reason. Next to McDavid and Draisaitl, the next-highest cap duos come from Chicago (Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, $21M) and Pittsburgh (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, $18.2M).

Bill Polian says Chad Kelly is the most talented quarterback on the Denver Broncos roster


Former Indianapolis Colts Team President and General Manager, Bill Polian, said on NFL Live today that the most talented quarterback on the Denver Broncos isn’t Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian, but rookie seventh-round pick, Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly.

Maybe not this year, as Polian alluded to when he said Kelly had a lot of growing up to do, but down the road he believes Kelly will do some things and surprise some people in Denver.

Having said that, I still expect that Bridgewater is going to start Training Camp on the Physically Unable to Peform List, and I expect him to start the regular season on that list as well. As we’ve been over numerous times, the language of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement seems to indicate that if Bridgewater is on the PUP List when the regular season starts, he will be forced to miss the first six games of the season. That would cause his contract to toll, or roll over so that he would still be under contract to the Vikings for the 2018 season.

The downside of that is that, when he’s on the PUP List, all he can do is agility/conditioning drills and individual work. He wouldn’t be able to work with the rest of the team in any capacity per NFL rules. But, with Sam Bradford going into the last year of his contract and now with the potential to have Bridgewater under team control for 2018, that seems to be the prudent route for the Vikings to go.

If he doesn’t start out on the PUP List, however. . .well, it’s going to make Cheap NFL Jerseys USA for quite the competition at the quarterback spot in Training Camp and the preseason. It’s going to confuse the heck out of me and a lot of other fans, too, but that certainly won’t be the first Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys time that’s happened.

Russell Westbrook out-assists entire Raptors team for 34th triple-double as Thunder roll


Russell Westbrook was a walking highlight reel Thursday against the Raptors and didn’t even need a full game to stuff the stat sheet for his 34th triple-double of the season.

The MVP candidate had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in just three quarters of work as the Thunder won their fourth consecutive game with a 123-102 victory over the Raptors. Westbrook, who inched closer to the NBA’s single-season record for triple-doubles, sat out the entire fourth quarter of the rout but still recorded one more assist than the entire Raptors squad combined.

The Thunder never trailed in the game, which saw Westbrook secure his triple-double with a 10th rebound with just under four minutes to play in the third.

“That exhibition of basketball was unacceptable. I want to apologize to our fans, everybody, for the way we played tonight,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters after the game. Toronto sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, 6 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland.

To make matters worse, Griffin was reportedly working on a potential Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys trade for Jimmy Butler shortly before the Cavs announced he would no longer serve as the team’s GM.

Griffin was elbow deep today, as late as an hour ago, working to put together a monster deal to get Jimmy Butler from Chicago.

The Cavs missed out on hiring Chauncey Billups as Griffin’s replacement, reportedly handing him what was viewed as a below-market contract for the GM position. Cavs assistant GM Koby Altman has been in charge since Griffin’s departure.

James is 32 years old and on the “back nine” of his career (unless he’s a cyborg and will play forever, which is possible). He understands the complexities of the salary cap and the restrictions the Cavs face, but he also had a GM in Griffin who worked around those restrictions and helped build a Cheap Giants Jerseys roster around James, which the four-time MVP clearly appreciated.

Derek Carr gets $25 million a year, immediately trolls Russell Wilson


No one’s going to let Russell Wilson forget that pass. What pass? This pass.

Ok, so we’re not letting him forget either, but we aren’t getting paid $125 million over the next five years either. We’ll let Derek Carr have that one.

He can have it, but he can also have a little fun too, and he had a little fun with Russell Wilson in his press conference Friday with the Raiders bringing up a pass. What pass? That pass.

Ok Derek. You made us laugh. Now you better go and back it up and he’ll certainly get the chance as Tom Brady is still in New England and the Raiders hope to be a Super Bowl contender very soon.

Denver selected Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell with the No. 13 pick, but he didn’t have a chance to get too comfy in that Nuggets hat. Denver traded Mitchell to the Jazz in exchange for Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick (Tyler Lydon).

With three first-round picks, the Blazers packaged two of them Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses in a deal to move up in the draft. Portland sent the 15th and 20th picks (Justin Jackson and Harry Giles, respectively) to Sacramento for the rights to the No. 10 overall pick (Zach Collins).

Prescott and Elliott enjoy themselves on the field, and it shows. Elliott gave us some of the most entertaining celebration dances last season, including a memorable jump into a giant Cheap Jerseys Baseball Salvation Army bucket:

Their rapport is obvious off the field, too. Last year, they entertained us with an epic prank war that started with Elliott shooting straw wrappers at Prescott during an interview. But then Prescott got his revenge by filling Elliott’s locker with M&M’s. Zeke also roasted his quarterback about his shoe choices, though Dak finally won Elliott’s respect for wearing a pair of Yeezy’s.

May 26, 1959: When the Pirates’ Harvey Haddix was perfect for 12 innings, then lost


When discussing impressive baseball things that will never happen again, Harvey Haddix’s pitching performance on May 26, 1959, isn’t usually among the first things that come to mind. But it should be.

Fifty-eight years ago today, the Pirates’ lefty was perfect for 12 innings against the Braves, the defending National League champs, whose lineup included Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron. Think about that. A perfect game for 12 innings. Thirty-six up, thirty six down.

Equally noteworthy: The reason Haddix was still pitching in the 12th inning is because the Braves’ Lew Burdette had held the Pirates scoreless for 12 innings. A pitchers’ duel in the truest sense.

The Braves’ first base runner came in the top of the 13th, when Felix Mantilla reached on a error by Pirates third baseman Dan Hoak. Mathews then sacrificed Mantilla to second. Haddix then intentionally walked Aaron to set up a double play. A good strategy, of course, but baseball is often cruel. And cruel it was.

A Chicago fixture, Harrelson served as the White Sox general manager during the 1986 season before returning to broadcasting.

Known for his open on-air rooting for the White Sox, Harrelson’s signature call is reserved for home runs: You can put it on the board … yes!

Harrelson had some power during his playing days, hitting 35 homers for the Red Sox in 1968 — no small feat in the Year of the Pitcher — on the way to a third-place finish Basketball Jerseys For Sale in MVP voting. In all, he spent parts of nine seasons in the majors before retiring Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys in 1971 at age 29.

Ryan Braun makes quick return to disabled list


Ryan Braun’s return to the Brewers’ lineup did not last long.

The star outfielder returned from the 10-day disabled list May 21 against the Cubs, and found himself back on the shelf Friday afternoon.

The take: There are a few things to unpack here. Colorado has been riding a trio of very young pitchers — Kyle Freeland, 24, and Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez, both 22. Potential internal reinforcements are possible: Jon Gray (stress fracture in left foot) is expected back by mid-June and at some point so too might be a determined Chad Bettis (cancer treatment), the team’s winningest starter in 2016. The Rockies are entering a critical month. Despite getting off to the best start in Basketball Jerseys Custom franchise history, the Rockies (33-22, a half-game back of the Dodgers in the NL West entering play Thursday) have a history of putting the swoon in June.

A veteran addition could steady them all in a pennant race, but there won’t be a pennant race if Colorado plays to past form this month. If the Rockies are still hanging around by mid-July, then they definitely have the prospects to make a significant deal (Baseball America ranked their farm system the 10th in the majors entering the 2017 season). The last thing: This is a franchise that is much more used to being sellers than buyers at the deadline. On balance, third-year GM Jeff Bridich has pushed the right buttons (see: Bud Black, Greg Holland). He may need to push one more big one to get the Rockies into the Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys postseason for only the fourth time in Coors Field’s 25 seasons.

the Cubs just aren’t very good and the World Series hangover is real.


Harper’s a guy who openly campaigned against PEDs. He plays with fire and he wants to win. He cares about image. So what? He’s chiseled out of stone, and cares so much about his body, that when it was time to do his photo shoot for the ESPN Body Issue, his diet was stricter than a Catholic school rule book.

And why? Not for himself or for the ladies. He did it for baseball.

Enough with the grumps who dislike Harper because he looks like a jerk, or because he doesn’t leg out every single ground ball. He’s a passionate guy who feels exorbitant amounts of pressure to live up to both the hype and to usher in a new generation of baseball fans. Some of that is self-imposed, but a lot more of it comes from dudes yelling at kids to get off their lawn.

After the Cubs won the World Series last fall, many thought a dynasty was possible. But right now, the Cubs just aren’t very good and the World Series hangover is real.

The Dodgers (31-20) are 11 games over .500 thanks to players like Bellinger, who became the fastest rookie in team history to hit 10 home runs reaching the mark in 31 games. As well as the Dodgers are playing, they’re still behind the Rockies, who lead the NL West and have the NL’s Baseball Jerseys Wholesale best record at 33-19 after Sunday’s 8-4 victory over the Cardinals.

What complicated matters, the flip came shortly after Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar called Braves reliever Jason Motte a homophobic slur, which was beyond stupid in its own right. But still, talk about a lack of awareness.

I am a bat flip advocate. Hit a walk-off moonshot in the 11th inning Cheap Authentic Jerseys vs. a division rival? Flip that lumber into orbit. Hit an upper-decker that will send your team to the playoffs? Oh man, make sure that thing never comes back to Earth.

Yankees owner wants Alex Rodriguez to have expanded role


Alex Rodriguez is already serving as a special adviser to the Yankees, but owner Hal Steinbrenner wouldn’t mind seeing more of A-Rod around the team.

Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias, told the Sun Sentinel Rivero’s claim was filed Friday, and will be followed by Macias’ claim on Monday. The families had already raised more than $40,000 each through GoFundMe.com pages to cover funeral expenses.

“The Rivero and Macias families are deeply scarred by the loss of their sons,” Royer stated Friday. “We remain open to a settlement and are hopeful a prompt resolution can be achieved to spare these families, and that of Jose Fernandez too, from any additional suffering.”

The attorney representing Fernandez’s family, Ralph Fernandez, told the Sun Sentinel a settlement is “highly unlikely” because it’s not known if Fernandez was the one Baseball Jerseys Cheap actually driving the boat when it crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard found the boat, “Kaught Looking,” around 3 a.m. overturned on the rocky quay.

Fernandez made just over $6.5 million over four years and was a two-time All-Star. The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year was on the brink of a huge payday with his contract expiring following the 2016 season. He could have received up to $30 million per season. His estate is valued between $2 million and $3 million.

Derek Jeter reportedly ‘beside himself angry’ over joint Alex Rodriguez interview


Even though it’s been awhile since Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have played together on the Yankees, things aren’t smooth sailing between the pair.

Jeter and Rodriguez appeared together during a joint Cheap Baseball Jerseys China CNBC interview with Bob Pisani to discuss their charities on May 2. However, the questioning turned to their personal relationship, and the tension was palpable.

Although the Steelers’ front office didn’t necessarily believe him, Roethlisberger caused quite a stir when he revealed earlier this year he was mulling retirement.

I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, Roethlisberger said in January. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.

Still, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert remained confident that Pittsburgh’s trio of Killer Bs would stay intact for at least one more season. Now that wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell are locked up with new contracts, the team’s priority will shift to under center. The Steelers have already secured Landry Jones after re-signing the backup to a two-year deal on March 9.

Roethlisberger, who turned 35 on March 2, has two years remaining on his five-year contract worth $99 million.

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