Oscars 2017: ‘Gary from Chicago’ gets offered tickets to Bulls game


If you watched Sunday night’s Oscars then you were introduced to “Gary from Chicago.”

If you didn’t watch it, then here’s a brief background on our friend Gary: He was part of a large tour bus group who got a moment to shine during the Oscars. They got to mingle with celebrities, taking selfies and shaking hands.

Gary was the star of the group, and become somewhat of a social media sensation. Little is known of Gary, but we do know he’s from Chicago. So, taking advantage of the moment, the Chicago Bulls decided to offer him tickets to a game.

We also know Gary has a pink iPhone case, which he gave to Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali to take a photo. The Chicago Bears offered up to replace his iPhone case, which isn’t quite as nice as tickets, but it’s the thought that counts.

“You left Toronto. You’re on the Nets. Be happy there,” Pierce said. “Just be happy. Don’t take shots at Toronto now that you’re gone. Understand you’re a role player.”

If you’ve heard him discuss these kinds of topics before, you know Jackson isn’t one to mince words. He went right at Carroll.

“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking?” Jackson said. “If anybody passes you the ball, you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner, shoot 3s and be Wholesale MLB Jerseys happy. You shouldn’t even have an input. You’re not good … He’s not good enough to have an opinion.”

If you stack up the numbers of Carroll, Jackson and Pierce, of course Carroll comes up short. Still, he performed well enough with the Hawks to earn a four-year deal from the Raptors Wholesale Cheap Jerseys back in 2015, and he has stretched out his career after entering the league as a late first-round pick (No. 27 in the 2009 NBA Draft). He can say whatever he wants about his current or former teams.

Just know Jackson and Pierce might have a strong rebuttal.

Watch: Tom Brady tackles sumo wrestler during Asia tour


If his historic Super Bowl comeback is any indication, Tom Brady is a fighter.

During his TB12 Asia tour promoting for Under Armour, the Patriots quarterback took his fight to the ring while visiting a gym of sumo wrestlers in Toyko.

After an unsuccessful attempt to move the wrestler more than a few inches, Brady then faced off against someone closer to his size — his son, Jack.

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A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who report to camp, or join the club’s roster, or receive medical clearance to practice during the three-day acclimation period are required to complete as much of the acclimation period as remains. Players who report to camp, or join the club’s roster, or receive medical clearance to practice after the three-day acclimation period has ended may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.

Blossomgame would have been a top-40 pick had he come out last year, but instead slips to the Spurs here at No. 59. Not a bad landing spot for him. If he can get with Chip Engelland and learn to shoot, he’ll have a chance as a rotation player.

He’s a big, athletic dude with long arms that can Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys kind of Cheap Jerseys Borntrade shoot it. He needs a lot of work, but there’s an outline of a player here.

Pope Francis: NFL values promote a ‘culture of encounter’


Pope Francis hosted a delegation of Pro Football Hall of Fame members and officials Wednesday at the Vatican, saying the NFL’s values promote a “culture of encounter” that is needed in the world.

Among the Hall of Fame members on the visit were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who will be inducted at Canton this August, former Steelers great Franco Harris and legendary 49ers cornerback Ronnie Lott.

“Just to have an opportunity to shake his hand, to really feel his presence in person was one of the most memorable moments of my life,” Curtis Martin said, in a Hall of Fame tweet.

“I saw the same thing when you had to go through what you endured,” Johnson Cheap Jerseys AUStralia said during the NBA Awards Show. He said when he went to the hospital to visit Sager, he left “fired up.”

“I know we’ve tried to encouage you and all you’ve done is encourage us,” Johnson said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added in a video tribute: “I think of Monty and I think of Craig Sager and I can’t think of two better examples of courage.”

Upon accepting the award, Williams said, “When this situation came about, all I could think of was taking care of my kids and I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have the support of my NBA family.”

Howard was one of the few bright spots for the Bears last season. The fifth-round draft pick finished the season second in the league with 1,313 rushing yards, and he added six touchdowns. No Cheap Jerseys Basketball matter whether Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky ends up starting at quarterback, the Bears need Howard to keep up that level of production.

The biggest factor for Howard going into 2017 is the departure of running backs coach Stan Drayton, who left the Bears to join Tom Herman’s staff at the University of Texas.

NL Central-leading Brewers get Ryan Braun, Jonathan Villar back from DL


The Brewers activated Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar from the disabled list Tuesday.

OF Ryan Braun and 2B Jonathan Villar reinstated from the 10-day DL. INF/OF Nick Franklin designated for assignment. 40-man roster is at 39.

Braun has been out since May 25 due to a calf strain. He has played just 30 games this season.

Villar had been struggling even before hitting the shelf (back). The speedy infielder, who nabbed 62 bases last year, currently holds a woeful .213/.283/.342 slash line with six home runs and 14 stolen bases.

This pick goes to the Jazz, who will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 overall pick back to Denver. It’s a somewhat steep price to pay, but it makes sense for the Jazz to do it for Mitchell given some of the uncertainty in their backcourt. He’ll immediately increase their athleticism levels, and he’s also a high-character, high-level kid to add to that locker room.

In a vacuum, I had Adebayo at No. 22 on my board. But this is a perfect fit schematically for what Miami likes to do, and it makes a ton of sense for the Heat to select the Kentucky product here. He moves exceedingly well on the perimeter due to his quickness/athleticism. He’ll be able to blitz pick-and-rolls defensively, and hopefully add some skill offensively. The key for him will be rebounding, as he’d Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses occasionally get beaten on the defensive glass this year.

The Kings can really use some size and shooting skill on the wing, and Jackson is a great fit, especially when you consider they moved back to take a perfect player for them and gained assets to do it. De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Jackson is a great triumvirate to build around on the Cheap Jerseys Basketball perimeter, with star power as well as role players.

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.

NBA playoffs 2017: Cavs vs. Warriors III features unprecedented levels of success


The Warriors didn’t top their NBA regular-season record of 73 wins from last season. The Cavs didn’t even capture the No. 1 seed in their own conference this year. But it has been clear all season long Cleveland and Golden State are the top two teams in the league and they’ve shown why in the postseason.

For the first time in NBA history, two teams will play for the Larry O’Brien trophy in three consecutive seasons. The championship series will feature 11 players who have been named NBA All-Stars as well as three players who have won seven of the past eight MVP awards (four-time MVP LeBron James, two-time MVP Stephen Curry, 2013-14 MVP Kevin Durant).

One thing Curry doesn’t regret, though, is how he played Kyrie Irving on the critical 3-pointer that sealed the deal and gave Cleveland its first major pro sports championship since 1964.

“You could tell that’s a shot he’s worked on,” Curry told ESPN. “I was right there. Tried not to foul. I stayed in front and contested. He just made an amazing shot. You have to give him credit. There’s nothing I’d do differently on that play.”

Whether you blame Curry’s subpar performance on health, the Cavs’ defense, poor Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks play or a combination of all three, it’s clear he’s shaken off the NBA Finals slump in this year’s playoffs. He’s averaging 28.6 points, 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range. Most importantly, the Warriors are 12-0 heading into Game 1 on Thursday night against the Cavs and look as good as they have all season.

Curry has a shot at redemption. Based on what we’ve seen Cheap Jerseys Baseball this postseason, it’s clear he’s focused on not throwing that opportunity out of bounds.

Tony Parker hoping for one more contract with Spurs


The Spurs may finally be forced to undergo a changing of the guard, but Tony Parker will not give up on his basketball career.

Despite suffering a quad injury that will likely keep him out until January, Parker, 35, hopes to not only play again, but sign a new contract with the Spurs.

Taking a look at the game-winning play, it wasn’t an overly complex design by Stevens, but the Celtics caused enough confusion to leave Bradley unguarded for a clean 3-pointer. Here’s how it went down live.

From start to finish, every player on the floor serves a purpose. Al Horford screens for Smart on the sideline inbounds pass. The Celtics keep the lane clear and have shooting available at every position. Jonas Jerebko isn’t involved in the action on the left side, but his shooting ability keeps Kyrie Irving stuck in the corner. Notice Bradley, the man who eventually hits the game-winner, doesn’t start with the posture of someone about to steal a playoff game on his opponent’s home floor, perhaps lulling J.R. Smith into a false sense of security.

The Celtics entered Game 3 as 16.5-point underdogs on the road without Isaiah Thomas after losing by 44 points in the previous game. Just like we all drew it up, right?

“We didn’t know what we had to do. We escaped the country and went to Singapore, then we came to Romania.”

It was there where Kanter was detained at an airport in Bucharest. He Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks was told his Turkish passport had been canceled and he wasn’t allowed in the country. He believes his passport was canceled because of his outspoken comments toward Turkey’s President Erdogan.

Kanter on calling Erdogan “Hitler of our century.” Knows it Cheap Jerseys Authentic was “really strong statement” but cites those killed/murdered/raped by regime.

Saints LT Terron Armstead has torn labrum, could miss most of 2017 season


The New Orleans Saints offensive line woes deepened Friday with a report that Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead will have surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had the initial report and cited an unidentified source who indicates the expected timetable for Armstead’s return is 4-6 months. If accurate, that means he could miss anywhere from seven to 14 games.

Manager Joe Maddon was asked by Congressman Lou Barletta to address young Republicans at a luncheon, according to CSN Chicago.

“And then maybe something else will be in the making after that,” Maddon said Monday. “But for right now, the one thing I got in my back pocket is Louie.”

Maddon has been close friends with Barletta since they were children in Hazelton, Penn. Chances are, Barletta was able to secure a fun tour for Maddon and any other Cubs after the luncheon.

The Cubs’ last visit to the White House marked one of the final public events for President Barack Obama and his administration. In January, President Donald Trump took office and Cheap Jerseys And Jordans has only hosted the Patriots after their Super Bowl win.

In an era when the league is baffled and concerned by declining TV ratings, the Cowboys were a lifesaver in 2016. People tuned in to watch the team’s dynamic rookies Cheap Jerseys Authentic play, consistently giving the Cowboys the best television ratings in the league.

Defensive weaknesses would end up being Dallas’ downfall in the playoffs. The Cowboys’ pass defense was ranked 26th in the league last season, and it was lit up by Aaron Rodgers with 355 yards and two touchdowns in the divisional round. The secondary became a bigger need after Dallas lost Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr in free agency.

No one has had an answer for James lately.


James has largely been superhuman throughout his career, but even he has limits. James is 32 years old and has played more than 41,000 regular-season minutes and nearly 9,000 playoff minutes. He appeared to be visibly exhausted at times when he came to the bench, especially in the third quarter of Game 2. Averaging a triple-double and guarding one of the best scorers of all time can do that.

He dismissed any stamina issues when speaking to media members Wednesday, but James’ numbers from the second half of Game 2 show he may have to save something for the reserve tank.

That just didn’t happen nearly enough. But the Celtics are not alone. No one has had an answer for James lately.

“He’s been so special for us,” teammate Kevin Love said. “We know what he brings to this game as a whole, brings to this league, our organization. Every night he brings it for us, sets the tone, and it’s no different. There are so many different milestones and accolades that have come his way, and me being here for, this is my third year now, having seen him accomplish so much is truly special.”

These are heady times for James. He is in that rare career space in which he still has his peak athleticism while also reaching the heights of his mental ability. He can read a defense in an instant, and has the spring in his legs to react quickly. And against every defender he has faced, he has been able to create a mismatch — able to outthink as well as outperform.

“I have always been so impressed with his mental understanding Cheap International Soccer Jerseys of the game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s always picking the matchup that he wants. It’s hard to believe, but he’s better than when I got into the league and I didn’t think he could get any better than that.”

Thunder’s Enes Kanter on daily death threats, not speaking to family and detainment


Enes Kanter made headlines this weekend when he sent a video from his Twitter account with the caption, “I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!!.” Kanter has since returned home to the United States after what he called Monday during a conference call, “one of the craziest experiences I’ve had.”

The Thunder player detailed his struggles to “CBS This Morning” Monday by saying his struggles began when he was in Indonesia.

“I was sleeping around 2:30 or something and my manager knocked on my door. He said the Secret Service and the Indonesian army were looking for me because the Turkish government told them I was a dangerous man.

All-Star Kyrie Irving has been contacting some of his former Team USA Cheap Jerseys In Toronto teammates and letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade, especially if he feels the Cavs’ run could end quickly with James able to opt out after next season.

Through back channels, Chicago would be one of the places that Irving would be interested to play.

Clearly the asking price for Irving would be too rich for what the Bulls have, and a third team would also have to be brought into that mix.
Butler is going into the third year of a five-year, $92.3 million max extension he signed in 2015. He’s set to earn $17.5 million in 2017-18. He has a player option for the 2019-2020 season.

“That gets everybody into it, and including our Cheap Jerseys In USA crowd, and we feed off that,” Love said. “We have always played well here, and we use that to our advantage.”

That was part of the remarkable shooting night. Kyrie Irving hit seven 3-pointers. J.R. Smith hit five, and LeBron James hit three. Those four starters shot a combined 21 of 37 — or 56.8 percent — on their 3-point attempts.