Ezekiel Elliott’s problems look familiar to Cowboys teammate Darren McFadden


No Dallas Cowboys player can better relate to the damage being done to Ezekiel Elliott by off-field circumstance than Darren McFadden.

And nobody on the roster will be more individually affected on the field if Elliott is suspended.

Several days into training camp, the Cowboys were still awaiting word from the NFL as to whether Elliott will be punished for 2016 claims of domestic violence made by an ex-girlfriend. McFadden would move back into the starting lineup should Elliott be forced to sit.

It also would create an interesting juxtaposition between two players whose football careers are intertwined more than having the Cowboys’ iconic star on their helmets and both being the No. 4 overall picks in their respective draft classes.

Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez didn’t last long in his start against the Astros. Velasquez gave up four runs off six hits, including a pair of home runs as the Astros cruised to a 13-4 victory. Velasquez is now just 2-6 on the season with a 5.49 ERA.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is a top MVP candidate in the National League thanks to a .311 batting average with 22 home runs and 86 RBIs, but the four-time Gold Glove winner was again showing off his defensive skills during Monday’s loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Brewers (53-48) at Nationals (59-38) 7:05 p.m. ET — A pair of first-place teams will meet at Nationals Park, but while the Nats have a comfortable lead in the NL East, the Brew Crew have a precarious perch atop the NL Central. The Brewers, who have lost seven of eight, are just half a game up on the Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys will have Zach Davies (11-4, 4.76 ERA) on the mound. Davies, who has not lost a road Sports Cheap Jerseys start this season, will be opposed by Washington’s Edwin Jackson (1-0, 4.50).

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers was chased after 4 2/3 innings in the loss to the Orioles.


The Cubs aren’t looking for back-end-of-the-rotation help. They have those options. If they’re going to trade for another starter, it’s going to be for a guy who takes the mound in the postseason. We mentioned the Sonny Gray rumors, and on Friday the club was connected to Texas right-hander Yu Darvish. Darvish, who has a career average of 11.0 Ks per nine innings and a 3.45 ERA this season, would be a huge rotation addition as a short-term rental (he’s a free agent after the season).

If the Cubs decide to target pitchers with years of control remaining — remember, both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents after the season — it makes sense they’d be very interested in a couple AL East pitchers. Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer was once a Cubs farmhand; he was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Chicago in the Mark DeRosa deal, then shipped from the Cubs to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal. If the Blue Jays decide to restructure, Marcus Stroman could be available for the right price, too.

The guy who held this role, Miguel Montero, forced his way out of that clubhouse (albeit unintentionally) with his comments about Jake Arrieta’s inability to hold runners on base. The Cubs called up rookie Victor Caratini to replace Montero, but he’s hit just .188 in his first taste of the majors. Starter Willson Contreras has shouldered the lion’s share of the playing time, starting 10 of the 11 games since Montero’s comments.

Orioles closer Zach Britton set an American League record by converting his 55th consecutive save opportunity. Britton, who has six saves this season, struck out two with a walk in his lone inning of work to close out a 9-7 win over the Astros.

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers was chased after 4 2/3 innings in the loss Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys to the Orioles. McCullers allowed six runs off nine hits and struck out just three batters to two walks.

Twins infielder Miguel Sano went 0 for 4 and got the Golden Sombrero Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys with four strikeouts in a 9-6 loss to the Tigers.

He was traded to Phoenix in June


In terms of basketball, Rose is still solid as an attacker with the ball in his hands. He finished in the top 20 among all players in terms of possessions in the pick-and-roll (7.5 per game) and scored at a rate of 0.90 points per possession in such situations, not far behind the likes of Jimmy Butler (0.91), Goran Dragic (0.93) and C.J. McCollum (0.94). Rose also averaged 10.1 points per game in the paint, tied with Russell Westbrook for the third-best mark among NBA guards behind DeMar DeRozan (10.3) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (13.1).

He’s not 2010-11 Derrick Rose — and he never will be again — but he did enjoy a bit of a resurgence last season with the Knicks in the scoring (18.0 points per game, highest since 2011-12) and efficiency (47.1 field-goal percentage, highest since 2009-10 and 47.7 effective field-goal percentage, highest since 2011-12) departments. Running Rose out with the second unit as a playmaker could benefit the Cavs’ “Big Three” down the road, allowing them to get precious rest (particularly James, who led the league in minutes at 32 years old).

“Gene Shue is a clown whose only ambition is to caddie for (owner) Harold Katz,” Barkley said. “I was good enough to lead us to the championship of the division two years ago, before they made all the changes … I have no respect for Gene Shue. He’s just a robot. He doesn’t do his job. He’s just a caddie, that’s what he’s good for.”

After a blowout loss at Golden State with nine games left in the 1991-92 misery, one player was telling Bob Ford of the Inquirer that Barkley “plays for himself,” a notion Barkley would shrug off by saying, “I don’t have to defend myself against anybody. I don’t have time to play games with these Plain Cheap Jerseys guys. If somebody’s got to be to blame, I’ll take the … blame.”

He was traded to Phoenix in June. He had gotten what he wanted. He’d whined his way Rugby Cheap Jerseys out of town.

As he tries to trade Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson must regret missed opportunity


Truth is, Phil Jackson always knew he’d wind up at this point. Think back to Jackson’s first months on the job with the Knicks, in 2014, when Carmelo Anthony was scheduled to hit free agency. Jackson asked Anthony to forgo his immediate free agency and instead opt in for the final year of his contract. That would allow the Knicks more salary-cap wiggle room in 2015, but Jackson’s real motivation was to size up whether the Knicks should carry on with Anthony as the featured player.

Anthony did opt out and, despite flirtations with several teams, re-signed in New York for five years and $124 million. But even at the time, some within the organization felt that Jackson would have been happier had Anthony agreed to sign elsewhere, that he was uncomfortable with starting his tenure running the team with such a big commitment to Anthony.

But football finance expert Dr. Rob Wilson has a solution for PSG if they really want Neymar.

“What you tend to find is when clubs buy a player — for large amounts or small — they will stagger these payments over a course of a contract,” Wilson said, via BBC Sport.

“Let’s assume PSG pay £200 million for Neymar and he signs a 10-year contract — they will pay £20 million per year to Barcelona. Of course, the selling club has to agree to that length of time.

“You expect there to be a decent upfront payment though. When Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United for £80m in 2009, the English club demanded the fee was paid in full before it was allowed to happen.

“Regarding Neymar, I think you’ll probably see a substantial initial payment — let’s say £100 million — and a couple of payments afterwards to make the balance.”

So, now that it’s established there is a way for both players to move, it boils Order Cheap Jerseys down to whether or not the two players really want the switch, and if the teams they currently play for NFL Jerseys 2014 are willing to pull the trigger.

LeBron James helps Cavaliers set 3-point record in win over Hawks


LeBron James and the Cavaliers find new ways to win every time they play.

Friday, the defending champs beat the Hawks 135-130 in a thrilling contest between two future playoff teams. The Cavs made 25 3-pointers, setting an NBA record for most in a regular-season game.

It’s the second time Cleveland has hit 25 3-pointers in a game, the first time came in the postseason, also against the Hawks.

James led the way with a monster game, scoring 38 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists. Kyrie Irving also went off. The crafty point guard added 43 points, nine assists and four steals.

Atlanta was in a deep hole entering the fourth quarter but stormed back by outscoring Cleveland 42-29 in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to upend the Cavs.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Hawks with 36 points off the bench. This is the first game this season that featured three 35-plus point scorers.

Damian Lillard scored 33 points with five rebounds in a 112-103 win over the Magic. The Trail Blazers point guard rebounded from two brutal shooting efforts before the All-Star break. It was his first 30-point game since the end of January.

The Pistons put nearly everyone in their starting lineup on the trading block this week, including shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the former lottery pick stayed in Detroit and helped the Pistons beat the Hornets 114-108 in overtime by pouring in 33 points.

Pelicans’ plan for the future: DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis had monster games while losing 129-99 to the Rockets, but no one else on the team did anything. Davis led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds, and Cousins added 27 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Newly acquired Omri Casspi was the only other player in double-figures with 14 points, but he is out 4-6 weeks Cheap Jerseys In Bulk with Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping a broken thumb.

AFC North 2017 predictions: Ravens, Bengals can’t let Steelers run away


The AFC North is not the NFL’s best division. But it’s not the worst, either, and it remains one of the most competitive. The Steelers and Ravens figure to reinforce that sentiment in 2017.

The Bengals hope to crash their rivals’ playoff-hopeful party and bounce back from a six-win season after four prior years of double-digit wins. The Browns, of course, just hope to win more than one game.

The AFC North has not seen a repeat champion since 2012, when Baltimore won its second consecutive division title and rode the momentum all the way to a Super Bowl victory. Your move, Pittsburgh.

While there is no one in that position with “NBA 2K18,” the soundtrack offers a wide variety of current-day hits and blasts from the past that goes 50 songs deep.

Among the artists featured are Kendrick Lamar, Future, Drake, Pitbull, OutKast, Naughty by Nature, Def Leppard, Nas and even Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard, who raps under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. He actually has two songs in the game, with one of them hidden away to be unlocked through the game’s MyPlayer career mode.

A playlist has been put together on Spotify which features 48 of the 50 songs.

As we’ve noted before, we’re not buying what the Texans are selling in regard to their starting quarterback. Tom Savage is not the player who can lead Houston deeper into the playoffs, so Deshaun Watson’s development as a rookie will be key throughout 2017.

For a defense that fields the NFL’s best three-man attack in a Cheap Jerseys Online single front seven — J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus — the addition of rookie inside linebacker Cheap Kids Football Jerseys Zach Cunningham for depth should help in run support.

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.

Kevin Durant eyes NBA front office or ownership role after playing days


Kevin Durant isn’t going to hang up his basketball shoes anytime soon, but he is already making serious plans for when his playing days are finished.

Durant told reporters Thursday he dreams of being an NBA general manager, or even team owner. To that end, he says he’s been avidly following basketball news the past Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys few days about trade rumors and the NBA trade deadline.

“Today I have to announce Ben Simmons is not playing this season,” Colangelo told reporters . “The scan indicated there’s not full healing.”

The former LSU star and native of Australia suffered the injury during the 76ers’ final training camp scrimmage. He underwent surgery in early October to repair what is termed an acute Jones fracture in his fifth metatarsal bone on his right foot.

John Barchard of WIP Sports Radio reported Thursday that the CT scan showed there is still a fracture, but it was unclear whether it was the original injury or a new fracture. According to the Philadelphia News, which cited unidentified sources, this week’s doctor’s visit “revealed an inside portion of the bone wasn’t fully mended together.”

The 76ers have a cursed history of injuries with young players, with Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel, like Simmons now, having missed at least 82 games before making their professional debuts Cheap Essendon Jerseys and Jahlil Okafor missing extended time too early in his career.

Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Jerry Krause head 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame induction class


Former NBA star Tracy McGrady, Kansas coach Bill Self, late Bulls GM Jerry Krause, former ABA star George McGinnis and former UConn women’s star Rebecca Lobo are among the 2017 inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Harlem Globetrotters owner and chairman Mannie Jackson, Black Fives Era star Zack Clayton, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw and Texas high school coach Robert Hughes are also part of this year’s class.

The announcement was made Saturday outside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., site of the 2017 Final Four.

“The Rockets are a great franchise. They have a great team. They’ve got great coaches, great basketball players, great staff. Whoever is coming in, it’s not like they’re going to have to rebuild it. I’m trying to convince some people about trying to buy this team. It’s one of the best franchises right now. It’s really the right time.”

Houston has already made some significant moves this offseason in preparation for a bright future, signing James Harden to the largest contract extension in NBA history and trading for Chris Paul. The team also locked up general manager Daryl Morey for another four years with an extension of his own.

Mutombo, who also had stints with the Nuggets, Hawks, 76ers, Nets and Knicks during his 18-year NBA career, still has a home in Houston but will need to come up with a couple billion New Vikings Jerseys Cheap dollars if he has any hope of becoming the Rockets’ next owner. The franchise is reportedly Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys valued at roughly $1.65 billion after Alexander paid $85 million for the team in 1993.

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.