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  13. Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said recently that he considers himself the best receiver in the NFL and he believes that Cleveland has the right pieces in place to help him prove that point. Landry said Thursday that offensive coordinator Todd Haley is going to give him the opportunity to show he’s a “complete receiver all-around” rather than just a slot receiver. There’s an unspoken implication that he didn’t get those chances while with the Dolphins and Landry was more explicit in a comparison between the quarterback situations with the two teams. “The quarterback play is so important Logan Paulsen Jersey , which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod [Taylor] and [Baker Mayfield] and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here, it makes me that much more excited,” Landry said, via Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com. “It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that.” Landry said that he thought Ryan Tannehill was playing well enough in 2016 to take “us to a championship” before injuring his knee Tre Madden Jersey , but gushed about getting together with Taylor this offseason ahead of the offseason program. “Again, I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it,” Landry said. “I would say that the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.” Given all of that, it’s little surprise that Landry thinks the Browns offense can be “one of the best” in the league this season. If that’s the case Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , it will mark the first time in a long time that preseason optimism has matched up to in-season reality in Cleveland. Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers is believed to be on the roster bubble today. He didn’t help his cause last night. Gathers was arrested last night in Frisco, Texas, for marijuana possession, according to Mike Fisher of 247 Sports. A former college basketball player Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , Gathers has the natural athleticism to be a very good NFL tight end, but so far he hasn’t put it all together on the field. The Cowboys took him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft, and he still hasn’t played in a regular-season game. Although marijuana possession isn’t a particularly big deal, it remains a violation of Texas law and could get him in hot water with the league’s substance-abuse policy. And it might just be the last straw for the Cowboys Montee Ball Jersey , who are weighing whether he’s worth continuing to invest in. Adidas Filip Forsberg Jersey
  14. The Buffalo Sabres finally won something on the heels of a season in which they endured mostly losing. A franchise which became the NHL’s first to finish 31st in the standings following this year’s addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights came away a winner in the draft lottery held in Toronto on Saturday night. After center Ryan O’Reilly acknowledged two weeks ago that a losing culture crept into the Sabres’ locker room Bryan Bulaga Jersey , perhaps landing the No. 1 pick could provide motivation, general manager Jason Botterill told The Associated Press by phone. ”We talked about change, and everyone assumes that’s like bringing in new players or bringing in new coaches, but it’s also changing things , how you go about your training,” said Botterill, who took over in May after GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired. ”Hopefully this gets them that much more excited,” he added. ”We’re bringing in a No. 1 overall talent to this group. And my guess it’s going to give our coaches a jump. And it’s certainly going to give our players a little jump.” The Sabres will pick first for the third time in team history, and first since selecting Pierre Turgeon at No. 1 in 1987. Buffalo also lands the top pick after losing the lottery each of the previous two times the team finished last and settled for the No. 2 selections in both 2014 and `15. ”I certainly know the disappointment from those couple of years, but what people have to understand is we brought in excellent players in those years,” Botterill said Howie Long Jersey , referring to Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. ”But there always is that excitement and that attitude, the No. 1. And I’m very happy for our group.” The Carolina Hurricanes made the biggest jump in the draft order by moving from the 11th spot to 2nd. Montreal also shook up the draft order by moving up one spot and will select third. The Hurricanes and Canadiens moved ahead of Ottawa and Arizona. The Senators dropped from the second slot to having the fourth pick, and Arizona dropped from third to fifth. The Sabres finished 25-45-12 and ranked last in numerous offensive categories. They extended their franchise-worst playoff drought to a seventh straight season and went 11-25-5 at home to match the fewest victories in team history. Buffalo became just the eighth last-place finishing team to retain the first pick by winning the lottery since it was introduced by the NHL in 1995. This year’s draft will be held at Dallas on June 22-23. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is regarded as the top-rated prospect and is listed first among European skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov is the top-ranked North American prospect after playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League. The top-rated U.S.-born prospect is Boston University forward Brady Tkachuk, the son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk. Botterill said it was premature to say who the Sabres would consider selecting, though Hurricanes president Don Waddell guessed it will likely be Dahlin. That’s fine for Waddell, who was more concerned about the Hurricanes moving back in the order. ”When it got to be No. 11 and our name didn’t come up there, it was like: `Wow, do you believe just what happened?”’ Waddell said. ”At 11, I think everybody’s comfortable that they’re going to get a good player but probably not a player that was going to jump on your team right now.” The Hurricanes are in a state of flux under new team owner Tom Dundon. Carolina is searching for a general manager after Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position last season. Last week, coach Bill Peters announced his resignation and was then hired by the Calgary Flames on Monday. Carolina’s move up mirrored the draft lottery results from a year ago when Philadelphia made the largest jump in the lottery’s history by going from the 13th slot to picking second. Dahlin has the chance of becoming just the second Swedish-born player to be taken first after the Quebec Nordiques chose Mats Sundin with the No. 1 pick in 1989. Scouting bureau director Dan Marr regards Dahlin as ”the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect.” He has represented Sweden at the past two World Junior Hockey tournaments Arik Armstead Jersey , including a silver medal finish at this year’s tournament held at Buffalo. And Dahlin also had an assist in two games at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. The next step for the prospects will be attending the pre-draft combine in Buffalo from May 27 to June 2. The lottery settled one more selection with Philadelphia landing the 14th pick to complete a trade in which the Flyers sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis in June. The Blues had the option to retain this year’s first-round pick but only if it landed among the top 10 spots. The remaining 16 draft positions will be determined based on playoff results. — AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this story from Washington. — As Randy Moss entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, he made a societal statement without saying any words. Moss wore a tie with 13 names on it. Those names were: Greg Gunn, a 58-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by white police officer Aaron Cody Smith, who is currently awaiting a murder trial. Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by a white police officer, Timothy Loehmann, while holding an airsoft gun. Loehmann was fired but not criminally charged. Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old unarmed black man who was shot by an Asian-American police officer, Peter Liang. Liang was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct and sentenced to five years of probation. Paul O’Neal, an 18-year-old unarmed black man who was shot in the back as he fled a car he had stolen. Multiple officers shot at him but none were charged or publicly identified. Eric Garner, a 43-year-old unarmed black man who was choked to death by white police officer Daniel Pantaleo during an arrest. Pantaleo was not charged. Freddie Gray Vinny Curry Jersey , a 25-year-old black man who died of injuries suffered while he was in the back of a police van. Caesar Goodson, the black officer who was driving the van, was charged with second-degree murder but found not guilty. Five other officers, three white and two black, were charged with lesser crimes but none were convicted. Walter Scott, an unarmed 50-year-old black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer after a traffic stop. The officer, Michael Slager, pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who committed suicide in a jail cell three days after being arrested during a stop for a minor traffic offense. The white officer who arrested her, Brian Encina, was indicted for perjury for making false statements about the circumstances of the arrest. The perjury charge was later dropped as part of a deal in which he agreed never to work in law enforcement again. Akiel Denkins Logan Thomas Jersey , a 24-year-old black man who was shot and killed in a struggle with white police officer D.C. Twiddy. Twiddy was not charged. Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was shot by two white police officers who said he was reaching for the gun in his pocket. The officers were not charged. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson was not charged. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black boy who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed race Hispanic man who followed Martin around his neighborhood and called the police, reporting Martin as suspicious. Zimmerman was charged but acquitted under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. Brendon Glenn, a 29-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by black police officer Clifford Proctor. Proctor resigned from the police department but was not charged. “You ask me about my tie,” Moss said on NFL Network after the enshrinement ceremony. “We all know what’s going on. You see the names on my tie. Being able to use a big platform like the Hall of Fame, what I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone.” New York Jets Customized Jerseys
  15. Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he’s undecided about Stan Van Gundy’s future with the franchise. ”I wouldn’t make a decision without Stan Richard Sherman Jersey ,” Gores said at halftime of Monday night’s 108-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors. ”He’s been our partner for four years.” Gores said changes need to be made because the team isn’t winning enough, adding none will happen until he speaks with Van Gundy. The two are expected to meet next week. ”I think he deserves the conversation,” Gore said. ”He’s been good for us.” The Pistons are 151-176 under Van Gundy as their coach and president of basketball operations. His 2016 team was swept in the first round of the playoffs. Detroit (38-43) will finish the season Wednesday night at Chicago, failing to make earn a spot in the postseason for the third time in Van Gundy’s four years. Injuries were a big problem. Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson were only in the lineup together for four games. ”We probably need a few more games with them playing on the same team if we’re going to be good,” Van Gundy said. ”Still have to own the 38 wins right now. You can’t run from that.” Gores isn’t necessarily against allowing Van Gundy to lead both the front office and the bench. ”I see value in the front office and the court being connected Dean Lowry Jersey ,” he said. The Pistons made a major move trying to shake up their lackluster franchise by sending players and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Griffin. The trade didn’t pan out this season, and the 29-year-old forward will have to produce a lot to live up to the $171 million, five-year deal he signed with the Clippers last summer. Griffin has been out with an injured right ankle, following a recent pattern in his career in which he struggled to stay healthy. Gores defended the deal, saying the franchise now has a superstar. He also said Van Gundy didn’t make the move without input from him. ”There’s not a big move that Stan made without me,” Gores said. — PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Running back Donnel Pumphrey was among the players released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Pumphrey was a fourth-round pick in 2017 after becoming the all-time NCAA rushing leader at San Diego State. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury and missed the first three preseason games this year because of injuries. Pumphrey could return on the practice squad if he clears waivers. The Eagles also acquired safety Deiondre’ Hall from the Bears for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019. Hall is suspended for the first game and won’t count against the 53-man roster. Quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Joe Callahan A.J. Derby Jersey , and veteran defensive end Steven Means also were released. Safety Chris Maragos was placed on the physically unable to perform list, and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan on reserve/non-football injury list. The list of players released also includes: receivers Kamar Aiken, Markus Wheaton, Rashard Davis, Darius Prince, Bryce Treggs Dontae Johnson Jersey , Greg Ward and Tim Wilson; running backs Matt Jones and Josh Adams; tight ends Anthony Denham, Billy Brown and Gannon Sinclair; cornerbacks DJ Killings, De’Vante Bausby and Chandon Sullivan; linebackers Jaboree Williams, Kyle Wilson and Asantay Brown; defensive linemen Elijah Qualls, Joe Ostman, Danny Ezechukwu Garry Gilliam Jersey , Aziz Shittu and Winston Craig; offensive linemen Toby Weathersby, Aaron Evans, Jon Toth, Darrell Greene and Taylor Hart; and safeties Ironhead Gallon and Jeremy Reaves. Minnesota Vikings Customized Jerseys
  16. Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been removed from their game against Minnesota after he was struck on the right arm by a line drive in the second inning. Carrasco hopped off the mound and went down to his knees on the infield grass after he was hit by Joe Mauer’s leadoff liner. Manager Terry Francona and a team trainer visited Carrasco Kwon Alexander Jersey , who remained on his knees for several moments. Carrasco then walked to the dugout with the trainer and was replaced by Oliver Perez. Minnesota scored four runs in the first off Carrasco, who entered Saturday’s game with an 8-4 record. It looked as if Carrasco was struck on the elbow, but the team announced he was taken to a hospital for examination of a forearm contusion. Carrasco was hit in the face by a line drive in 2015, but made his next turn in the rotation. The right-hander broke his right hand after being hit by a line drive late in the 2016 season and missed the playoffs. — Jed Lowrie didn’t need a home run this time. A single up the middle was plenty. Lowrie drove in the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning for a second straight game, and the Oakland Athletics rallied from six runs down to beat Detroit 9-7 on Tuesday night, handing the Tigers their seventh straight loss. A day after his ninth-inning homer gave the A’s a victory at Detroit on Monday, Lowrie singled home Matt Joyce to break a 7-all tie. ”I’m trying to Brandon Mebane Jersey , bottom line, get the guy over – by hitting a groundball to the right side,” Lowrie said. ”He left a two-seamer over the middle of the plate and I was able to drive it back up the middle.” It was Lowrie’s fourth hit of the night. Joyce had doubled off Shane Greene (2-5) to lead off the ninth. Lowrie also came in to score an insurance run on a single by pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler. Detroit led 6-0 after three innings. Chad Pinder and Lowrie hit consecutive homers in the fifth for the A’s, who extended their record streak to 27 straight road games with a home run. Ryan Buchter (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for Oakland, and Blake Treinen finished for his 19th save in 21 chances. The Tigers scored four runs in the first. Nicholas Castellanos hit an RBI double, and Niko Goodrum drove in two runs with a double of his own. James McCann’s RBI single made it 4-0. Dixon Machado added a two-run triple in the third for Detroit. Oakland starter Frankie Montas allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings. Blaine Hardy was breezing along for the Tigers until he gave up three unearned runs in the fourth. First baseman John Hicks mishandled a throw for an error with two outs. Mark Canha followed with an RBI double, and Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run double to make it 6-3. ”That’s a play that I should make every time Jerry Hughes Jersey , but I didn’t come up with the ball,” Hicks said. ”I didn’t say anything to Hardy at the time – I just wanted to let him pitch – but I’m going to apologize, because I stuck him with three runs that he didn’t deserve.” Hicks rebounded a bit with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, but Hardy didn’t retire a batter in the fifth. Pinder hit a two-run homer, and Lowrie followed with a solo shot to make it 7-6. Hardy was taken out after a walk to Khris Davis, and Buck Farmer came on in relief and shut the A’s out for two innings. Oakland finally tied it in the seventh. With rain coming down hard at times, Detroit reliever Louis Coleman had all sorts of problems. He got only one out and allowed a single and two walks. Alex Wilson took his place with the bases loaded and allowed a run-scoring grounder by Matt Olson. Hicks struck out with the bases loaded to end the eighth. STRONG IN RELIEF After Montas went only three innings Geronimo Allison Jersey , the A’s were able to get back in the game with the help of relievers Chris Hatcher and Emilio Pagan. They held Detroit to only one run over the next four innings. ”Some guys really came up big, especially Pagan and Hatcher with the two innings (each),” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. DEJA VU Greene took the loss for a second straight game. ”My frustration level is maxed out right now, but as long as the sun is shining when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll be OK,” Greene said. ”My confidence is there, even though I’m really frustrated.” TRAINER’S ROOM Tigers: LHP Daniel Stumpf Mitchell Schwartz Jersey , on the disabled list with ulnar nerve irritation, made a rehab appearance Monday night with Triple-A Toledo. He threw 1 2/3 hitless innings against Indianapolis. UP NEXT Oakland LHP Sean Manaea (7-6) takes the mound Wednesday night against Detroit RHP Mike Fiers (5-4). Manaea is 2-0 this month with a 2.81 ERA. — Los Angeles Chargers Elite Jerseys
  17. MILWAUKEE — Jorge Polanco is expected to make his season debut Monday night when the Minnesota Twins open a two-game interleague series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Polanco will be reinstated Monday from his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs after going 6-for-13 in four games with Triple-A Rochester. He batted .256 with 13 home runs Ray Lewis Jersey , 30 doubles in 133 games last year and was especially strong in the second half, slashing .293/.359/.511 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs. That performance moved him into the No. 3 spot in the Twins’ lineup, but manager Paul Molitor said he probably won’t bat that high right away upon his return. “We know what he did last year when he had a chance to move up into a pretty important role,” Molitor told reporters Sunday in Chicago. “I don’t know we’ll jump him up there that fast. For us to see him is going to be different than hearing about him and reading about him and texting him and all those kinds of things. “We’ll see how it is. To be honest, coming up here and playing, even though he’s doing really well, it’s going to be a little different than what he’s been doing.” Right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-6) starts for Minnesota. He posted a 2.45 ERA through his first four June starts but saw that number grow to 3.35 after allowing five runs in seven innings to the Chicago White Sox his last time out. Gibson struck out seven in the game and walked just one but gave up a season-high 11 hits. “I went back and looked at some of the hits I gave up Danny Etling Jersey ,” Gibson said. “I don’t know if I just picked the wrong pitch at the wrong time or what. I executed quite a few pitches there, and they found holes.” The Twins dropped a three-game weekend series to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and have lost eight of their last 10 overall. Milwaukee struggled during the weekend, too, dropping the last two of a four-game series at Cincinnati. The Brewers managed just five total runs in those losses while allowing 20, including a grand slam in each one. “Two runs, three runs … You’re going to need more to win most games,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Despite that showing O. J. Simpson Jersey , the Brewers will return home still leading the National League Central by a half-game over the Cubs, who will be idle Monday. Brent Suter (8-5) gets the nod in the series opener. He’ll be looking to get back on track after his three-game winning streak was snapped last week by the Kansas City Royals. Suter overcame a somewhat slow start to the season and has turned into a solid starter in the last two months. He’s 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA in his last eight starts. Before his outing against Kansas City, he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in his previous seven games. Part of Suter’s success can be attributed to his pace, which is among the game’s fastest. That makes it difficult for hitters to settle in between pitches and, Suter admits, there can be a slight advantage to working quickly. “I don’t want to quick-pitch people; I don’t do that,” he said. “But I want to keep the tempo up and let my fielders get back in and hit as quickly as possible. That’s how I operate. If that gets them uncomfortable Kenyan Drake Jersey , that’s fine, but I’m just in attack mode and up-tempo.” Suter is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in two career starts against the Twins, both of which came at Target Field. He held them to a run and five hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings on May 18. The Raiders are asking left tackle Donald Penn to take a pay cut, which is interesting because he’s not particularly highly paid, by starting left tackle standards. Penn’s cap hit this season is $8.38 million, which puts him 16th among left tackles. That means he’s right in the middle of the league’s starting left tackles. Of course, it’s possible that part of the reason the Raiders want Penn to take a pay cut is that they don’t see him as a starter. He’s currently on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from foot surgery Jerry Hughes Jersey , and the Raiders may be ready to move on and make rookie first-round draft pick Kolton Miller their starting left tackle. The Raiders would still owe Penn $3 million, the portion of his base salary that is guaranteed, if they release him. So Penn may be in no mood to renegotiate his contract, knowing that if he refuses, he still gets at least $3 million this year. It’s easy to see why Penn would feel that a league-average salary for the job he does isn’t too much to ask for. Adidas Frans Nielsen Jersey
  18. For the Oklahoma City Thunder Mackensie Alexander Jersey , clinching night was reminiscent of their season. Really bad start. Really good finish. Paul George scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook got his 25th triple-double of the season and the Thunder ran wild in the fourth quarter on the way to wrapping up a Western Conference playoff berth with a 115-93 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night. ”Half the league gets a chance to play in the postseason,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ”You don’t want to take things for granted. They should feel good about creating an opportunity to play after the regular season’s over, but the thing I said to them after the game was we want to continue to play well, we want to continue to build, we want to continue to get better.” That’s what Oklahoma City did all season. They started 8-12, are 39-22 since and got road wins over Houston and Miami in a three-day span to clinch the berth. ”We’re headed in the right direction,” said George, who walked off a winner in Miami for the third time in 21 appearances. ”This is what we wanted. We wanted to come out of this road trip 2-0 and we did that.” Westbrook finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists for the Thunder, who missed their first 10 shots and were down by 18 in the opening minutes before outscoring the Heat 39-12 in the fourth. It was the third-worst scoring margin for any quarter in Heat history, and the worst ever in a game at Miami. The Heat were called for 10 fouls in the fourth against three for the Thunder, and Oklahoma City shot 15 free throws in the final quarter – one more than Miami shot in the entire game. ”We had a lot of good things going Gareon Conley Jersey , and then I think it was a combination of them marching to the free-throw line and us not executing on the other end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Jerami Grant scored 17 points and Carmelo Anthony added 11 for Oklahoma City, which made 14 3-pointers. Anthony will be playing in postseason games for the first time since 2013, after four consecutive futile seasons with the Knicks. ”Feels good to be back in the postseason and the mindset of not looking forward to another vacation,” Anthony said. Josh Richardson scored 18 points and Hassan Whiteside added 16 for the Heat, who fell one spot to No. 7 in the East for now. Miami’s playoff seed won’t be decided until the season finales Wednesday. Justise Winslow and Tyler Johnson each scored 12 for Miami, and James Johnson added 11. ”We haven’t done things the easy way,” Heat guard Wayne Ellington said. ”I guess we like the challenge.” TIP-INS Thunder: Westbrook needs 16 rebounds in the Thunder finale Wednesday to average a triple-double for the second straight season. He’s also the second player with 2,000 points and 800 assists in back-to-back years. The other is Oscar Robertson, who did it five times. … Alex Abrines was held out of the second half with concussion symptoms. Heat: Miami outscored Oklahoma City 58-32 in the paint. … The Heat shot 5 for 22 from 3-point range. … James Johnson got poked in the eye and Richardson banged a knee late, but both suggested after the game that they’ll be fine. QUOTABLE ”We know we can beat anybody when we’re playing our best,” Westbrook said postgame. WADE HONORED Heat guard Dwyane Wade was presented with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for March, recognizing his response to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Charles Woodson Jersey , Florida. Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union donated $200,000 toward getting students to the ”March for Our Lives” event in Washington last month. ”I came back to this city at a time when I was needed, when my voice was needed,” Wade said. TITLE WINNERS Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sat midcourt with Heat CEO Nick Arison, his former manager with the Blue Devils. Coach K was one of three accomplished college coaches at the game; Rick Pitino was also there, near Donovan – who played guard on Providence’s 1987 Final Four team (coached by Pitino), and a two-time NCAA title winner at Florida before going to Oklahoma City. UP NEXT Thunder: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Heat: Host Toronto on Wednesday. — The New York Knicks are preaching patience but looking for progress. Jeff Hornacek got caught in the middle. The Knicks fired their coach early Thursday, shortly after finishing a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek. ”We looked out and we have a plan for what this team should look like over the next three years or so,” Knicks President Steve Mills said. ”We just thought this was an opportunity where we thought it was the right time to make a change.” Mills and general manager Scott Perry said they didn’t see enough improvement on the court and enough communication and accountability off it. They informed Hornacek of their decision at the airport after flying home from a season-ending victory in Cleveland. ”We know the roster is not complete, we understand our roster as well as anybody,” Perry said at a news conference at the team’s training facility. ”But again, just in terms of consistency and then a trend I would say toward consistency, Steve and I thought we fell a little bit short in that area.” Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was fired. Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract. He became the first coaching change after the NBA regular season finished Tyrell Williams Jersey , with Frank Vogel in Orlando following soon afterward. The ouster sends the Knicks in search of their 11th coach since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season. Mills said he and Perry were evaluating Hornacek and the Knicks this season on 10-game intervals and saw progress in some areas but not in others. They met with Hornacek a couple of weeks ago to discuss where things stood, so Mills said he didn’t think the decision was a complete shock to the coach. ”Jeff is a positive person and I think he was hopeful that there would be another opportunity, but he’s a pro,” Mills said. ”He’s a good man and he took it well.” Mills continued to say the Knicks are rebuilding, with Perry saying there would be no quick fixes. Still, they apparently expected more this season, which started well but quickly fell apart after injuries to Tim Hardaway Jr. and later the season-ending loss of All-Star Kristaps Porzingis. ”I can’t wrap my thoughts about what management thinks,” Hardaway said. ”All I know is that Jeff was great to the guys, and he was a player’s coach.” Perry said the Knicks were looking for a skilled communicator and effective leader who connects well with today’s players and has a strong defensive mindset. He said there is no timetable to find that person. Hornacek was hired in 2016 by Phil Jackson and lasted just one more season after Jackson and the team parted ways last summer. ”Jeff is a good guy,” forward Michael Beasley said after Wednesday’s victory. ”He played the hand he was dealt. It’s difficult to do anything because all you’re thinking about is not to mess up.” The Knicks have won only one postseason series since 2002 and didn’t get close to competing in one under Hornacek, running their streak to five straight 50-loss debacles. Hornacek, previously a head coach for three years in Phoenix, was surprised when he became Jackson’s choice Gabe Jackson Jersey , since they had little relationship other than facing off in the NBA Finals when Hornacek played for Utah and Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls. Jackson said Hornacek would be allowed to run whatever offense he wanted and not be required to implement the triangle Jackson used as a coach. But he shifted gears during Hornacek’s first season, and the team returned to the triangle with poor results. Hornacek opened up the offense after Jackson’s departure, and the Knicks started 16-13. But they tailed off toward the middle of the season and then collapsed after Porzingis tore a knee ligament on Feb. 6. Hornacek tried to preach patience late in the season as the losses piled up with a young roster that defended dismally. He said he was prepared for the chaos that comes with the Knicks job and he experienced plenty – from Jackson’s feud with Carmelo Anthony, who was eventually traded in September, to his own clash during this season with Joakim Noah, who then remained on the roster but never returned to the team. With Anthony, Noah and Derrick Rose all gone, the Knicks lacked the veteran roster this season they had when Hornacek was hired with playoff expectations. Hornacek is 161-216 and has never reached the postseason as an NBA coach. 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  21. The Seattle Mariners signed general manager Jerry Dipoto to a multiyear contract extension on Friday Frank Gore Jersey , a reward for the club being on track to end the longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports in the U.S. The agreement comes with the Mariners 24 games above .500, and striving to make the postseason for the first time since 2001. ”We’re obviously happy with the work he’s done so far and look forward to the next several years as well,” team president and CEO Kevin Mather said. ”We are having some success on the field, but when I said the work he has done so far, I’m referring to day one. We hired him Sept. 28, 2015 and he hasn’t stopped since the day he got here.” Since the start of the 2016 season, Dipoto’s first full year, the Mariners have the eighth-best record in the majors at 220-192. Seattle’s 56-32 start through 88 games is tied for the second-best mark in franchise history. Only the 2001 team that tied the major league mark for most wins in a season with 116 victories surpassed the start of the 2018 Mariners. ”This is a no-brainer for me Rex Burkhead Jersey ,” Dipoto said. ”I told you all when I got here that this was a dream job for me. It’s a great market in a city that is starved to win, with an opportunity to be creative.” While there are still issues in the farm system, Dipoto has succeeded in making the major league product better. He has turned over a roster that had gotten old and added key younger pieces like Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura and Dee Gordon, who are major contributors in Seattle’s start to this season. Dipoto also has locked up key parts of Seattle’s core for the next several seasons, either through club control through arbitration or long-term extensions. Seattle’s current starting rotation is under contract through the 2019 season and the only everyday player without club control beyond this season is designated hitter Nelson Cruz. When Dipoto took over in 2015, the Mariners were looking for stability after a tough finish to Jack Zduriencik’s tenure with the club. Dipoto himself was trying to rebuild his own career after a less than amicable departure from the Los Angeles Angels amid conflict with manager Mike Scioscia. Dipoto made numerous moves in his first year with Seattle, starting the roster churn that added more youth to the club. Seattle won 86 games in 2016 before backsliding to 78-84 last year amid numerous injuries to the pitching staff. Seattle was thought to be a fringe playoff contender this year but is in the thick of the hunt nearing the All-Star break. ”My time here – the 2 1/2 years – has Dontae Johnson Jersey , I think, gone just as well as I hoped it could go, provided we finish strong,” Dipoto said. ”It takes a village to build a baseball organization, and we’ve got a pretty good village. This is a new day to move forward. The Mariners are playing very well. I’m thrilled for this group, but I’m more thrilled that this group has an opportunity to continue to do what they’re doing.” With Dipoto locked up, the focus turns to manager Scott Servais, whose contract is up at the end of the 2018 season. ”Scott has been my partner for far longer than we’ve been here Cameron Erving Jersey ,” Dipoto said. ”Whether it be dreaming about what we wanted to create as a franchise, whether it be in player development and what we are doing in scouting, or now culminating with how to build a major league roster and how to guide it, I don’t envision a time where I’m doing my job without him doing his job.” — Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, perhaps the greatest player in Chargers history, has criticized the team’s move, saying he’ll always be a San Diego Charger, and never a Los Angeles Charger. Fouts has also left his longtime job calling Chargers preseason games Lee Smith Jersey , but not because he criticized the team’s move north. Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers will welcome Fouts back in 2019 if his schedule permits him to return to the booth in the preseason. The Chargers are going with Spero Dedes and LaDainian Tomlinson as their preseason TV announcers this year, but the team says it would have gladly had Fouts join Dedes and Tomlinson in a three-man booth if Fouts’ schedule had allowed it. What remains to be seen is whether Fouts wants to return to the Chargers’ booth. He’s made no secret of the fact that he thinks the move to Los Angeles was a mistake, and he has said the Chargers’ failure to sell out the undersized StubHub Center makes the whole league look bad. Fouts may not want to remain associated with the Chargers now that they’re in Los Angeles. Seattle Seahawks Customized Jerseys
  22. TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ will take the mound against Luis Severino on Saturday in a repeat of the Opening Day matchup won by the New York Yankees. With the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers looking Nick Boyle Jersey , Happ is considered a prime candidate to be dealt and the Yankees would be one of the interested teams, according to speculation. The possibility of Severino (13-2, 1.98 ERA) and Happ (10-4, 4.03) soon becoming teammates adds another intriguing dimension to their matchup in the second game of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays started the series with a 6-2 victory Friday night with Justin Smoak capping a five-run second inning with a three-run homer. The Yankees (56-29) are 7-4 against the Blue Jays (41-46) in the season series so far, including a 4-3 record at the Rogers Centre as they complete their third and final series of the season there this weekend. The win Friday ended the Blue Jays’ four-game losing streak against the Yankees. Severino is an obvious choice for the All-Star Game to be played at Washington’s Nationals Park on July 17. Happ is one of the few Blue Jays with a legitimate chance to go to the game. Severino will be a leading candidate to win the American League Cy Young Award if he continues his current pace. He leads the majors in wins and is second in ERA. The 24-year-old enters Saturday with a scoreless streak of 13 2/3 innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 15 straight starts, the longest such streak by a Yankees pitcher since Ron Guidry had a 15-game streak April 8-June 22, 1978. The only longer streak by a Yankee is 20 set by Russ Ford during the 1910 and 1911 seasons. “I always feel great when Sevy’s on the mound,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The record in a lot of ways speaks for itself. The ability to get deep into games. He’s been really good against the elite competition, it seems like, as well. “He’s putting himself in that conversation as one of the best in the game. There’s no doubt about it.” Severino is 2-3 with a 4.12 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) against the Blue Jays and 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in two starts against them this season. In five career starts at the Rogers Centre DeAndre Washington Jersey , he is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA. Happ had his worst start of the season Sunday when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He did not allow a run until the fifth when Nicholas Castellanos did most of the damage with a grand slam. “I felt like I was a pitch away from getting out of it,” Happ said after the game. “Again, I look at the hard-hit balls and there was two or three today. I didn’t feel like I was in the middle of the zone getting hurt today, but it is what it is. It’s not a pretty outing.” His only start against the Yankees this season was a loss on Opening Day, March 29, when he allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings as Severino picked up the win. In 17 career starts against the Yankees, he is 8-3 with a 3.53 ERA. The Yankees have lost five of their past seven road games and are 23-16 in away games this season. They are 7-8 when visiting American League East cities this season. The Blue Jays are 13-20 against AL East teams. They are 4-3 on their homestand and are 23-22 at home for the season. HOUSTON — Houston Astros veteran catcher Brian McCann pledged on Friday that he will return before the regular season concludes despite undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee earlier in the week. McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return. McCann had dealt with recurring knee pain since last year. After posting a 108 OPS in his first campaign with the Astros in 2017, McCann was down to a 73 OPS this season, slashing .206/.283/.323 with five home runs and 17 RBIs over 50 games. McCann has played in 1,657 games since making his debut on June 10 Daniel Sorensen Jersey , 2005, catching 12,733 innings with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and Astros during the regular season. “He’s got a little bit of mileage on him when it comes to catching games,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, a former catcher. “His knees have held up fine and he can play through a lot of pain. I think that’s what I appreciate the most in learning and knowing how much pain he played through. He tried, and he did a lot of things to post for our pitching staff. I think that’s one of the reasons he’s one of the most respected guys in there is what he’s willing to do to contribute. “As his play declined, his comfort declined and what it took for him to play every day, we needed to get it taken care of.” Right-hander Charlie Morton (10-2 Lavonte David Jersey , 2.55 ERA) will get the start for the Astros on Saturday. Morton has faced the White Sox once previously, working seven shutout innings while allowing four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a 3-0 victory with the Pirates on June 16, 2015. Morton is 24-9 with a 3.18 ERA and 296 strikeouts over 249 innings with the Astros. In his past two starts, Morton has dominated in a win against Toronto and a loss to Tampa. In a 7-0 win against the Blue Jays he struck out 13 in seven innings. The Rays touched him up for two runs, but that was enough for a 3-2 Tampa Bay win. Morton struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. Right-hander James Shields (3-9, 4.12 ERA) will start for the White Sox (30-58) on Saturday. He is 1-4 with a 5.17 ERA on the road this season and 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA over seven career starts against the Astros. In his only start against Houston this season, Shields gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss in a 10-0 defeat on April 20. In 76 games (75 starts) against the American League West, Shields is 26-26 with a 3.83 ERA. With right-hander Reynaldo Lopez working just 4 2/3 innings, the Chicago bullpen was forced to shoulder a heavy load again on Friday. Right-hander Chris Volstad, and lefties Luis Avilan and Hector Santiago combined to allow eight runs on seven hits and one walk over 3 1/3 innings in Chicago’s 11-4 loss Riley Dixon Jersey , marking the 10th consecutive game the White Sox bullpen has surrendered a run. Chicago relievers have pitched 303 2/3 innings this season, eighth-most in the American League. “Obviously, (Lopez) didn’t give us the outing we were looking for,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Worked through quite a bit of traffic, some deep counts, pitch count ran up there a bit. Had to give it to the relief corps again, which is strained.” Womens Mark Walton Jersey
  23. The New England Patriots bolstered their pass rush and backfield depth with the free agent signings of defensive end Adrian Clayborn and running back Jeremy Hill on Saturday. The Patriots also announced the signing of veteran offensive tackle Matt Tobin. Clayborn Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey , 29, played the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and is coming off a career-high 9陆-sack season in 2017. The seven-year veteran has 30 sacks over 81 games with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. New England had 42 sacks in 2017, tied for seventh-most in the NFL. Hill, 25 JK Scott Jersey , is entering his fifth NFL season after spending his first four with the Cincinnati Bengals. A former second-round draft pick out of LSU, Hill played in only seven games in 2017 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Over his first three seasons, Hill had 2,757 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in 47 games. Hill joins a Patriots backfield that includes James White Jason Verrett Jersey , Mike Gillislee and the recently re-signed Rex Burkhead, who was Hill's teammate for three seasons in Cincinnati. New England lost last season's leading rusher Dion Lewis to Tennessee in free agency. Tobin, 27, spent last year with the Seattle Seahawks after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Iowa standout entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013. The addition of Tobin adds depth to a Patriots offensive line that lost long-time starting left tackle Nate Solder to the New York Giants in free agency. One of two people charged with misdemeanors for unfurling a banner protesting the Dakota Access pipeline from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Thirty-four-year-old Karl Zimmermann Mayo Ronnie Lott Jersey , of Minneapolis, entered the plea for creating a public nuisance Monday in Hennepin County District Court. Misdemeanor counts of trespassing and burglary were dismissed. The Star Tribune says he’ll serve a year of probation and perform 30 hours of community service. The other person who climbed to the rafters to unleash the banner, 28-year-old Sen Holiday, is currently on trial after she pleaded not guilty to the same misdemeanors. The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the $3.8 billion pipeline. Fans seated below the banner were evacuated. — This story has been corrected to show that Sen Holiday is a woman Robbie Gould Jersey , not a man. Adidas Brent Burns Jersey
  24. New York Giants defensive end Josh Mauro has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers. Mauro is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Mauro was released by the Arizona Cardinals on March 16 and signed with the Giants on Monday. Mauro is being reunited with defensive coordinator James Bettcher with the Giants. He played his first four seasons for the Cardinals LaAdrian Waddle Jersey , the past three under Bettcher. Undrafted coming out of Stanford, Mauro played in 47 games with 26 starts for the Cardinals. He had 92 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He started seven of the 13 games last season. — The first time Christian Kirk returned a punt in college, he took it back for a touchdown. He almost did it again on his first touch in the NFL. "I was thinking to myself 'It's happening again,'" the speedy Arizona rookie said. Not quite. He slipped making a move, against the punter (a former college teammate) no less, but the 38-yard return set up a touchdown drive in the first-team offense's only series of the game, and the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 in their preseason opener on Saturday night. Rookie Josh Rosen completed 6 of 13 passes for 41 yards in his Arizona debut, playing the whole first half after the opening series. "There's a lot of things he's going to be able to learn and grow from off this first game Andre Tippett Jersey , watching the tape," Cardinals first-year coach Steve Wilks said. "We expect him to get better, along with myself and everybody else." Geno Smith, battling Cardale Jones for the backup job behind the Chargers' Philip Rivers, completed 14 of 23 passes for 218 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown throw to Geremy Davis . He was intercepted once. With Rivers sitting this one out, Jones started and played nearly the entire first half, completing 6 of 12 passes for 50 yards. "At some point, I want to know what we have in Cardale Jones," coach Anthony Lynn said. "He came into this league and he's never really been given a legitimate opportunity Josh Hill Jersey , in my opinion. I want to give him that opportunity." Kirk, Arizona's second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M, took the Chargers' early punt and broke free . He might have taken it all the way had he not slipped trying to make a move against Los Angeles punter Drew Kaser, Kirk's teammate at Texas A&M. Kirk probably could have run right past Kaser. "I gave him the benefit of the doubt, thought he could run a little bit," Kirk joked. "He thought I was going to keep running, too. It's definitely disappointing, obviously, when you think you had an opportunity to get in the end zone, especially on my first touch." Arizona's David Johnson reeled off a pair of 14-yard runs on the first two plays Damon Harrison Jersey , his only carries of the night, and rookie Chase Edmonds scored on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Edmonds was hit behind the line of scrimmage but used a second effort to barely stretch the ball over the goal line. Sam Bradford, making his debut as Arizona's starting quarterback, directed the scoring drive in his Cardinals debut but mostly handed the ball off. He completed his only pass for 6 yards. Arizona's second touchdown came in the third quarter when Jeremy Cash returned a fumble 12 yards for a score. Later in the quarter, Cash was carted off the field with a knee injury. Charles Kanoff, an undrafted rookie out of Princeton, threw a 14-yard TD pass to Bryce Williams for the go-ahead score with 10:06 to play. The game ended when Chargers QB Nic Shimonek was tackled at the Arizona 2-yard line. Arizona was 0 for 11 on third-down conversions. ROSEN'S DEBUT Rosen didn't get much help from his offensive line or his receivers, having to dodge the rush to get a pass off. He had two passes dropped. Daniel Munyer, the backup center now that rookie Mason Cole is a starter, had trouble with shotgun formation snaps Willie Snead IV Jersey , repeatedly rolling the ball to the quarterback. Cole took over when A.Q. Shipley went down with a torn ACL in training camp. "I think I did some good things and some bad things," Rosen said. OKUNG'S PROTEST Los Angeles left tackle Russell Okung raised his right first during the national anthem. Okung stood behind the rest of the players, who had lined up on the sideline. He was the only player on either side to protest visibly. Okung is a member of the executive committee of the NFL players' union. SLOPPY CHARGERS Los Angeles turned the ball over four times, three times on fumbles and once on an interception. The Chargers also were penalized 15 times for 155 yards. Arizona had one turnover and 11 penalties for 110 yards. "You could tell it was definitely preseason week one," Lynn said. "It was too sloppy." UP NEXT Chargers: are home against the Seattle Seahawks next Saturday night. Cardinals: play at New Orleans on Friday night. Womens Justin Reid Jersey
  25. Anthony Davis sat on the court Andrew Adams Jersey , a scowl on his face and his biceps flexed on each side of his head. The Pelicans All-Star had just converted a layup as he fell to the court after a hard foul. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of a franchise player determined to lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with a dominant performance in the clutch. ”In a close-out game and then the magnitude of the situation, this is probably the best game he’s played since I’ve been here,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”He just was not going to let us lose.” Davis scored 33 of his franchise playoff-record 47 points in the second half – including 12 points in the final five minutes – and New Orleans completed a first-round playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers with a 131-123 victory on Saturday night. ”It was fun,” Davis said. ”It was an amazing feeling for me to go out and sweep these guys and play the way that I played.” And when Davis wasn’t devastating the Blazers, Jrue Holiday was giving Portland fits with explosive drives or pull-up jumpers. Holiday capped his 41-point night with an 18-footer that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds left. Rajon Rondo had 16 assists, and Davis also had 11 rebounds and three blocks for New Orleans, which is moving on to the second round of the playoffs for only the second time since the NBA returned to the city 16 seasons ago. Rondo has said he came to New Orleans to play with what he viewed as the best ”Big Three” in the NBA – Davis, Holiday and DeMarcus Cousins. Misfortune struck Cousins in late January, when he was lost for the season to a left Achilles tear. Davis and Holiday had to raise their games Adrian Clayborn Jersey , and have come through beyond expectations. Portland never gave up, trimming a 15-point second-half deficit to a single point on Al-Farouq Aminu’s layup with 5:08 to go, but Davis responded with 12 points over the final 4:56, staring with a layup as he was fouled and a 3-pointer. Holiday scored six points during the final 2:52, starting with his 3-pointer. The pair combined for all but one of New Orleans’ points during that pivotal stretch. ”You put the ball in these two guys’ hands and they delivered for us,” Rondo said. ”I couldn’t ask for a better duo right now, especially at the time of the game where we needed to get the ball in the hole.” C.J. McCollum scored 38 for the Trail Blazers, who responded to a blowout loss in Game 3 by keeping Game 4 close until the final minute. Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. The sweep represented a quick Alex Mack Jersey , unceremonious and somewhat surprising end to a season that saw the Blazers climb to third in the Western Conference on the strength of a recent 13-game winning streak. But Portland seemed to cool off shortly before the regular season ended, and never regained peak form. ”It’s not how we envisioned it happening for us, especially getting home court,” Lillard said. ”We just weren’t playing our best basketball like we had been during that stretch of 13 games. And then we come in here against a team that probably played their best stretch of basketball when they had to.” TIP-INS Trail Blazers: Played without 6-foot-9 forward Maurice Harkless. Coach Terry Stotts said Harkless, who’d started Game 3 when Turner was out, had a recurrence of knee soreness that had hampered him late this season. Stotts said that while Harkless was in too much pain to play, his knee did not appear to have structural damage. … Became the first No. 3 seed to lose in the first round since Denver lost to Golden State in the 2013 playoffs. … The Blazers fell to 6-7 in first round playoff series in which they had home-court advantage. … McCollum was Portland’s leading scorer during the series, averaging 25.3. Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and 11 rebounds. … Moore finished with 14 points. … Captured the first playoff sweep in the franchise’s 16-year history … Committed 14 turnovers, with Holiday committing seven. TALKING TOUGH Leading up to Game 4 Malik McDowell Jersey , Lillard spoke of the need for the Blazers to ramp up their intensity and physicality. From the tip, it looked as though they’d done so. In stark contrast to Game 3, when New Orleans led by 18 in the first quarter, this game was tight and testy. Anthony and Ed Davis received double technical fouls after bumping one another following one of Anthony Davis’ dunks – and that was just the beginning. McCollum was called for a flagrant foul when he stormed into the lane behind E’Twaun Moore and grabbed the Pelicans guard by the shoulders to thwart a driving layup attempt. Moore then shoved McCollum and was assessed a technical foul. And in the final seconds of the half, double technical were assessed to Rondo and Portland center Zach Collins after Rondo lowered his forehead into Collins’ chest and Collins shoved back. ”I live for those moments,” a grinning Rondo said. ”I was trying to stay smart as far as not getting thrown out. … We knew what kind of game it was, especially when Dame came out with the comments he made.” LILLARD’S LAMENT Lillard, who never scored more than 20 in the series and was held below that three times, said he would have loved to shoot more Janoris Jenkins Jersey , but the Pelicans’ commitment to defend him early in possessions with multiple players made it difficult. ”They came in with a great defensive game plan, threw something at us tha The Tennessee Titans will have a long wait between picks in the NFL draft. After trading up to acquire Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans in the first round and Boston College outside linebacker Harold Landry in the second round, the Titans won't make another selection until Saturday's fifth round. The Titans didn't get a third-round pick Friday because they sent it to the Oakland Raiders in a trade that enabled them to add Landry. They sent their fourth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens in the Evans deal, which also netted them an additional sixth-round selection. They took Landry with the 41st overall selection and aren't scheduled to pick again until No. 162. They also have two sixth-rounders. The Titans could use some more depth at safety and in the receiving corps. Authentic Womens Isaiah Oliver Jersey
  26. With Giants quarterback Eli Manning facing a fraud trial in New Jersey Superior Court O. J. Howard Jersey , he apparently doesn’t have a problem in the Court of Roger Goodell. Yet. The NFL had declined comment regarding whether the latest development in the memorabilia fraud case against Manning and the Giants pulls the situation within the Personal Conduct Policy or has sparked an investigation under the policy. A Thursday ruling from the presiding judge determined that Manning will be the only defendant who faces a claim of common-law fraud before a jury. The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy specifically prohibits “[c]rimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering, or racketeering.” (Emphasis added.) More generally, the policy forbids “[c]onduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL personnel.” Eli Manning is one of the most liked and respected players in the NFL. I like and respect him. But if a jury finds that he perpetrated a fraud regarding game-used helmets that weren’t actually game-used, those two portions of the Personal Conduct Policy can’t be ignored. The league may, if Eli eventually is found to have committed fraud under New Jersey civil laws Dan Marino Jersey , contend that there’s a difference between civil and criminal fraud. However, fraud is fraud. Under New Jersey civil law, fraud happens when聽someone lies about an important factual matter (“this helmet I’m selling was game used”), when the person knows or believes he’s lying (“this helmet I’m selling was never actually game used”), when the person wants someone else to rely on the lie (“I hope they accept this helmet as game used even though it isn’t”), when someone else relies on it (“I’ve pulled it off“), 聽and when the person who relies on it experiences a loss of money or other tangible harm.聽Under federal law, fraud becomes a crime when the means to perpetrate it are the mail (mail fraud) or electronic communications (wire fraud). In this case, the question of whether a New Jersey civil fraud becomes federal criminal wire fraud may hinge on that one specific email sent by Eli Manning requesting “2 helmets that can pass as game used.” Technical defenses could include an argument that the email message never actually crossed state lines. Even if the sender and recipient are located in the same state, it’s hard to imagine every email ever sent not crossing state lines as it moves from sender to server to another server to recipient. And even if Eli Manning is never charged with wire fraud Al Davis Jersey , Ezekiel Elliott was never charged with a crime, either. Which underscores one of the major problems that the NFL created for itself when establishing an in-house operation that investigates, prosecutes, and convicts under a vague, shadowy, confusing process that seems to be guided more by P.R. than by notions of fairness and justice. While the NFL’s “no comment” doesn’t mean the NFL isn’t investigating the situation, the NFL typically isn’t bashful about acknowledging when a Personal Conduct Policy investigation has been launched. In this case, “no comment” could instead mean something like, “Oh crap we’ve created a monster that could force us into taking action against someone we don’t really want to take action against.” Marcel Hirscher completed a perfect World Cup weekend by winning a slalom Sunday to extend the six-time defending overall champion’s lead in the standings. Retaining his first-run lead, just as he did in Saturday’s giant slalom James White Jersey , Hirscher was 0.13 seconds faster than his Austria teammate Michael Matt on a tricky soft racing surface on a warm day. ”This was a really, really hard race,” said Hirscher, who was losing time through the series of gates to the finish. Henrik Kristoffersen trailed Hirscher by 0.16 to complete the same podium places as a slalom Thursday at Zagreb, Croatia. Hirscher’s third win in four days was also a fourth straight in traditional slalom this season and 52nd of a stellar career. The winning streak has survived a series of mistakes in the second runs. ”The clock is always for me on the right side. Especially today I thought, `Huh? Really?”’ said Hirscher. Kristoffersen, who won the Adelboden slalom the past two years, now has nine podium finishes without a win in a season increasingly dominated by his big rival. The Norwegian is runner-up to Hirscher in the three season-long standings that they compete in. ”It’s starting to be harder and harder to answer questions now,” acknowledged the 24-year-old Kristoffersen, who said he could not explain why he trailed by 0.71 after the first run. Waiting in the finish area Drew Bledsoe Jersey , Kristoffersen and Matt shared expressions of weary acceptance that Hirscher had hung on for victory yet again before applauding him. Hirscher spread his arms out wide to soak up applause from a vibrant Swiss crowd at a storied course where the Austrian star has now won seven times in his World Cup reign. Still, the 28-year-old Hirscher lacks an Olympic title heading to the Pyeonchang Games in South Korea next month when he should start favorite in slalom and giant slalom. At the 2014 Sochi Olympic slalom, Hirscher took silver and Kristoffersen bronze behind Mario Matt, the now-retired elder brother of Michael. Swiss fans have gone a full decade since seeing a home winner at Adelboden. Touted prospect Loic Meillard was the best Swiss racer Sunday, finishing 1.56 back in eighth. The World Cup circuit moves on to nearby Wengen for a three-race meeting including the historic Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday. Authentic Womens Robert Golden Jersey
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Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw helped Milwaukee’s offense break through against the Chicago Cubs, and Chase Anderson did the rest. Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to capitalize on a heads-up rundown escape by Cain and a pair of two-run doubles by Shaw, and the Brewers two-hit the Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to take back first place in the NL Central. Shaw had already put Chicago up 2-0 when Cain used his head and legs to escape a sticky spot in the third inning. With Christian Yelich at second Marcus Sherels Jersey , Cain hit a ball up the middle that was fielded by second baseman Javier Baez. Yelich got hung up between second and third but stayed alive through three throws before sprinting back to second base. Cain, meanwhile, rounded first hard and fooled the Cubs into thinking he was committing to second. If both Yelich and Cain had touched second base, Cain could have been tagged out, and so pitcher Tyler Chatwood chased Yelich back to second, thinking Cain was about to end up there. But Cain stopped a few feet short of second and ran back to first, where no Chicago players were around to field a throw from Chatwood. Yelich returned safely to second Jared Cook Jersey , and both players scored moments later on Shaw’s double to right. Cain said he practiced the play when he was with the Kansas City Royals. ”I actually want to credit that play to Rusty Kuntz,” Cain said of the former first-base coach for the Royals. ”It never actually happened, but for it to happen tonight was huge. It was a nice play.” Cain said Yelich had to keep hustling or the play would not have worked. Cain said he peeked back and saw that Anthony Rizzo was not covering first base. ”That baserunning play by Cain was flat-out brilliant,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”I’ve never seen anything like that. I had no idea what he was planning on doing but it was amazing. That’s seeing the field and understanding what’s happening.” The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Shaw’s shot that evaded diving first baseman Rizzo and rolled into the right-field corner. Milwaukee ended a seven-game skid to Chicago. Anderson (5-5) threw a Brewers’ season-high 107 pitches. Chicago’s only hit against him was an infield chopper by Willson Contreras in the second. Anderson retired his final 17 hitters. ”We just could not mount an attack,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ”Anderson has been difficult against us in the past and he was again tonight. There was not a whole lot going on. Two doubles beat us.” Anderson had lost his three previous decisions against the Cubs as the Brewers had been shut out in each game. Taylor Williams and Jacob Barnes finished up for Milwaukee with an inning each. ”My command was kind of spotty,” Anderson said. ”I had a good fastball early. As I kept going the curveball came into play and the cutter a little bit. The changeup was good. I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes.” Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-5), who entered the game leading the major leagues in walks Takkarist McKinley Jersey , showed better control while allowing four runs (three earned) and walking two batters in five innings. ”My last outing wasn’t pretty, but I felt like I worked on some stuff and took it into this outing,” Chatwood said. TRAINERS ROOM Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, and Maddon was encouraged by what he saw. ”Outstanding. He threw really well,” Maddon said. ”Easy gas. Great location. Good spin on his breaking ball. Very impressed.” Darvish was put on the disabled list May 23 with right triceps tendinitis. Maddon said if there’s a chance for Darvish to return before the All-Star break, ”I’m into it. Whatever the doctors think.” Brewers: RHP Matt Albers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury and RHP Jorge Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Albers allowed five runs and three hits in the 11th inning Monday night and took the loss in Milwaukee’s 7-2 defeat. ”He got to the point it was affecting him out there on the field and it’s just time to take a break,” Counsell said. UP NEXT Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (2-1 Garrett Grayson Jersey , 3.56 ERA) will make his fourth start since replacing Darvish in the rotation. Montgomery is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his three starts, including a victory over Pittsburgh last week. Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin has emerged as the team’s ace this season (5-1, 3.58 ERA). The Brewers are 11-3 In his starts and opponents are batting .231 against him. — Womens Albert Wilson Jersey
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