MLB trade rumor grades: Sonny Gray to the Astros?


‘Tis the season for trade deadline rumors. They’re flying around like June bugs, they are, and you keep swatting at them, but they keep coming. You need to figure out which ones are just June bugs and which ones are secretly chocolate June bugs that are covered in foil, edible, and delicious. We’re here to Cheap Authentic Jerseys help you by grading …

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Whatever, forget the introduction. We’re here to grade trade rumors. This one is about Sonny Gray and the Houston Astros. Jon Morosi says things are heating up. Which, whoa, maybe I’ll turn off this MLB Network broadcast and switch to Cinemax for the updates.

The Home Run Derby participants were announced on Monday night, with four players from each league slated for the July 10 power display. The American Leaguers are Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge — the major league leader in home runs — as well as Sanchez, Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

Morrison is hitting .256/.366/.579 this season with 24 home runs, tied with Moustakas for third in the AL, behind only Judge and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer. Sano has 20 home runs.

Springer declined an invitation to the Derby, as did his Astros teammate Carlos Correa, the AL All-Star starting shortstop with 17 home runs under his belt.

On Tuesday, Morrison expressed disappointment by not getting selected for the Home Run Derby. But he seemed resigned to his fate.

The next home run Cody Bellinger hits will give him as many home runs as any Giants hitter has hit in a season since Barry Bonds left. Corey Seager will be an MVP candidate Cheap College Basketball Jerseys for the next 10 years, and Justin Turner is somehow getting even better at age 32.

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby hits Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly where it really hurts


What do Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green have in common? Video evidence shows them both taking a cheap shot at another man’s Cheap Dog Jerseys cojones.

If you didn’t take Spanish, that’s the delicate area between a man’s legs.

It’s cool, though. After striking O’Reilly, Crosby scored an insane highlight-reel goal later in the period. He now leads the NHL with 41 goals and is second in points only to the Oilers’ Connor McDavid (82) with 81 points.

But a year later, Crosby and the Penguins were right back in the Cup Final, again pitted against the Red Wings. In the rematch, it was Crosby and Co. who got the better of Detroit, taking the series 4-3. Crosby produced the bulk of his playoff scoring prior to the Detroit series, with 28 points in 17 games. He finished the Cup Final with a goal and two assists going up against Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

Crosby has scored plenty of highlight-reel goals during his career, but this one against the Canadiens was especially special. After skating into a crowd of four Montreal players, Crosby muscled his way into a pocket of open ice and, while falling down, swatted the puck past David Aebischer (the top play in the video below).

Crosby’s foil since he was selected first in the 2005 NHL Draft has been Alex Ovechkin. Taken with the first pick by the Capitals a year earlier, Crosby and Ovechkin debuted the same year following the 2005 lockout. The two superstars have always been compared to each other, marketed next to each Cheap Elite Jerseys other, and each matchup — in the NHL or internationally — the narrative is always Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

Brandon Manning, Oilers’ public enemy No. 1, manhandled by Patrick Maroon


Brandon Manning returned to the scene of the crime Thursday with a price on his head.

The Flyers defenseman, playing in Edmonton for the first time since taking the fall for derailing Connor McDavid’s rookie season, was reminded early and often he’s not well-liked by Oilers faithful with a round of boos each time he took a shift. McDavid’s teammates sure didn’t forget, either, and took a few Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys runs at Manning for good measure in a 6-3 win.

Kris underwent an MRI in February that revealed a herniated disc in his neck, general manager Jim Rutherford said, via the team’s website. Our neurosurgeons examined him and recommended conservative treatment in an attempt to correct the condition without surgery.

Kris had been making progress and was hopeful of returning for the playoffs until about a week ago, when the progress plateaued. He underwent another MRI, and, at that point it was determined that surgery was needed.

Letang, who hasn’t played since Feb. 21, has five goals and 29 assists for 34 points in 41 games this season.

The Penguins are on a three-game winning streak and sit five points behind the rival Capitals in the second spot in the Metropolitan Division.

In the NHL, production speaks the loudest at the negotiating table. Draisaitl is coming off a career year, establishing new highs in goals (29), assists (48) and points (77). He’s likely entering his prime, so Edmonton is buying perhaps the best years of his career, and has locked him up through his age 29 season. And given the chemistry Draisaitl has established with McDavid, keeping the Robin to Cheap College Basketball Jerseys Edmonton’s Batman was not an if but a when.

Claude Giroux, Flyers look to put ‘bad season’ in rearview mirror


The month prior to the start of training camp finds Flyers captain Claude Giroux taking part in regular on-ice workouts with other local NHL players in his hometown of Ottawa, putting last season’s disappointment, and offseason trade rumors, behind him.

After reaching the playoffs in Dave Hakstol’s first season as coach in 2015-16, the Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys Flyers took a step back a year ago, missing a postseason berth by seven points.

Shattenkirk, 28, has recorded four assists and averaged 20:03 of ice time through six games since being traded to Washington from St. Louis last month.

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is putting together a goal-scoring campaign the NHL hasn’t seen in more than three decades.

With two goals in the Sharks’ 4-1 win Saturday over the Coyotes, Burns raised his season total to 27, putting him on pace to finish the season with 37. No defenseman has done that since Paul Coffey scored 48 goals with the Oilers in the 1985?86 season.

In this era of historically low scoring, Burns’ numbers would be impressive for even the top forwards in the NHL, let alone a 6-6, 230-pound defenseman who logs 24 minutes of ice time a night and spends a majority of his offensive zone time almost 60 feet away from the goal.

Here’s a breakdown of Burns’ season and career from a statistical perspective: After Team USA completed the group stage 0-3, not advancing to the next round, well, Kessel wasn’t going to sit idly Cheap College Jerseys by without letting his feelings be known.

O.J. Simpson is questioned by parole board member wearing a Chiefs tie


O.J. Simpson was granted parole at a hearing stemming from a kidnapping and armed robbery conviction in 2008 took place on Thursday in Nevada. However, before the decision, one thing stuck out that made everybody forget about the hearing taking place, even for a moment.

As he told the Kansas City Star, Endel wore the tie for his friends watching at home, and not Simpson.

It was one of those little things I figured someone might spot from Kansas City, he said. But I didn’t realize it was going to blow up that much. It’s crazy now.

He’s not a big disciplinarian or big on chain of command, a team source said, via Paylor, so people did what they wanted.

It was clear the Chiefs hadn’t planned to make a GM change, or they probably wouldn’t have let Chris Ballard leave in January. Ballard, who had been the Chiefs’ director of football operations, was hired as the Indianapolis Colts’ new general manager.

Dorsey’s firing looks even stranger when you look at the moves he made this offseason. In March, he made Eric Berry the highest-paid safety in the league. Dorsey followed that up in April by trading two first-round picks to move up in the draft to select Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ quarterback of the future.

Kansas City also unexpectedly released receiver Jeremy Maclin in June. The receiver, who Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys has a good relationship with Reid, was angry that he found out about his release via a voicemail from Dorsey.

Right before the team announced that Dorsey was out, it gave Reid a new extension.

The Chiefs are the reigning AFC West champions and are expected to compete Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys again in 2017. They just have to hope Veach signing puts an end to this rocky offseason.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano: Still no timetable for Andrew Luck


Andrew Luck’s injury timetable remains a mystery.

While speaking with reporters just a few days ahead of Indianapolis’ preseason opener against the Lions on Saturday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano revealed the team still doesn’t know when the veteran quarterback will return.

I don’t think any team tanks, I really don’t, Goodell said, via ESPN. I think teams, depending on where you are, go through transitions. They are looking to sort of say, ‘We need to build more talent here, we’ll do it through the draft. Let’s let some of our veteran players go and develop some of our younger players.’

That’s always been part of football. That’s always been part of sports. … Every team does that differently.

The Jets, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, are rumored to be sacrificing their season this year in an effort to jumpstart their rebuild and land a high draft pick in 2018. However, general manager Mike Maccagnan defended his team’s approach, saying his organization is no different from others around the league.

I don’t think we’re different than any team in the NFL, he said. Every team goes into training camp trying to make the playoffs. We’re no different in that sense.

It seems like the only tanking Goodell should be concerned with are the league’s ratings.

Bell’s contract doesn’t just affect one player. The open market valuation of his services will stand as the template for other free agent contracts and hometown extensions for the near future. Cardinals running back David Johnson, who sprang for more than 2,100 yards from scrimmage last season, is on track Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Needless to say, he’s watching his Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys colleague’s situation closely.

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.

2017 NFL training camp: When every team starts and which players to watch


After a long offseason, football is back. Or at least football practices are back. Five teams have already welcomed their rookies to training camp, and soon the rest of the league will join them.

First-year head coaches like Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan will finally get their first cracks at incorporating their philosophies. You’ll also get to see rookie quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky compete for starting gigs.

Each team will begin training camp by the end of the month. Here’s when every team starts, and which players you should keep an eye on before preseason action kicks off:

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, a lauded author and Harvard professor, was one of the first modern voices to articulate the fallacy of respectability in her 1993 book Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920.

In it, Higginbotham addressed the politics of respectability in black Baptist communities — namely, how black women contested the notion and demanded equal civil, voting, employment, and educational rights.

[Higginbotham] argues that the embrace of the standards of white middle-class respectability by Black women and, indeed, their attempts to impose these standards on less affluent members of their own communities represents not colonization, but a strategic initiative, Margaret M.R. Kellow, a history professor at the University of Western Ontario, said reviewing this book.

By creating institutions of this kind, Kellow continued, referencing Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal groups like the Women’s Convention and the National Baptist Convention, they laid the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China foundation for resistance to and rejection of white domination.

Odell Beckham Jr. flew to Texas to visit a sick child in the hospital days before training camp


The few days before training camp begins are the last opportunity NFL players have to relax before the grind of the new season begins. Odell Beckham Jr. spent one of those days visiting a sick child in a Texas hospital.

Jayro Ponce is a 9-year-old boy fighting a rare form of cancer, and Beckham is his favorite player. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Beckham went to visit Ponce in the hospital after hearing about his battle.

Lewis then allegedly took the pillow he was sleeping on and hit her with it. The pillow I was on, I hit her with it, he said. He also added that he had thrown the pillow at her.

I didn’t hit her. I just hit her with a pillow, he added. My whole goal was to get out of the house.

According to the police report, she suffered a scratch on her nose and hand. She also said that Lewis had pushed her to the ground by her throat, and stepped on her at one point.

The report also detailed how law enforcement had previously been called to the residence for a domestic incident in 2015.

Both officers who testified in the case said that the apartment was Cheap Authentic Jerseys not in disarray, and that the woman did not request medical treatment. She testified in court, saying that Lewis hit her hard enough to qualify as assault, per MLive.com.

Officer Mark Pulford testified that Nothing stood out that an altercation Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike had occurred, and a jury of six decided in favor of Lewis.

Lions need to rise to Matthew Stafford’s level in 2017


Through 13 weeks, Matthew Stafford played the best football of his career to lead the Lions to the top of the NFC North. Then, a dislocated finger derailed Detroit’s championship aspirations and Stafford’s MVP campaign.

Stafford did his best to guide an offense that could win late-season shootouts, but was clearly hindered by his injury. Here are his numbers before and after suffering that dislocation.

Now he’ll have to prove his pre-injury 2016 was no outlier. Stafford has been a good quarterback throughout his career. Last fall, he spent three months flirting with greatness. However, the season ended the way each winter has in Detroit since 1991 — without a postseason victory.

The four locker rooms in Ford Center are more lavish than most visiting locker rooms in NFL stadiums. Which brings us back to why Jones made the connection to amateur sports.

Youth football is important to Jones, who played at the high school level in Little Rock, Ark. It was at that level where he learned a valuable life lesson.

I had the honor of playing in the high school all-star game, and I went as a linebacker and a running back, Jones said. When I got to the all-star game I stayed at linebacker, but (my) position on offense was a lineman. So they were just beating the hell out of me. I quit and went home.

My father came in from traveling and he said, ‘Son, if you lay in this bed, you’ll be a quitter the rest of your life.’ He said, ‘Do you like football?’ And I said, ‘Of course I do.’ And he Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys said, ‘If I were you and they moved me to be the water boy, I believe I’d drown them. I wish Cheap NFL Jerseys China you would get up, re-think your decision and go on.’