Monthly Archives: August 2017

CFL’s Blue Bombers and Alouettes engaged in an epic punt off due to unique rule

There are plenty of differences in the CFL compared to the NFL, but most of them are easy enough to understand. But every now and then you might see something from the league that makes you scratch your head. Take Thursday night, for example.

The Blue Bombers and Alouettes were tied at 23 with less than 10 seconds left in regulation. A kickoff was set up, which in the NFL would mean a player would return it for as much as he could before being tackled, bringing out the offense to take a knee and send it into overtime. Not the CFL.

Shad Khan told 1010 XL radio before Thursday’s preseason game with the Panthers that he would “absolutely” be OK with signing Kaepernick if Tom Coughlin and Co. recommended it.

Owners of other NFL teams have balked at the mere possibility, so Khan’s stance does at least provide a potential opening for Kaepernick to return to the NFL, but that’s a long way from the move becoming reality.

While neither Blake Bortles nor Chad Henne has distinguished himself through Week 3 of the preseason, bringing in Kaepernick to learn the system from scratch at this point probably wouldn’t do much to clarify the situation — at least in the short term.

But as long as the door isn’t closed, speculation about the QB winding up in Jacksonville likely will continue to bubble.seahawks_102

Ben McLemore agrees to 2-year, $10.7 million deal with Grizzlies, per report

Elite Mens Jake DeBrusk Jersey Ben McLemore has agreed to sign a deal for two years, $10.7 million with the Memphis Grizzlies according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. McLemore has played all four years in the league with the Sacramento Kings. In the 2016-2017 season, McLemore averaged 8.1 points in just over 19 minutes per game. After his time in Sacramento, the Kings did not offer McLemore a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent this year.

Ball posted his first-ever triple double, putting up 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Los Angeles’ loss to Boston on Saturday night. He did not post a triple double in his lone season with the UCLA Bruins.

The 6’6 point guard put the cap on his night by going coast-to-coast for a one-handed tomahawk that solidified his stat-stuffing game.

Ball’s night was full of highlights, diming his teammates on countless occasions. His selflessness was contagious, as his running mates consistently made the extra pass to find the best available shot.

Lonzo’s father LaVar Ball called it. The outspoken dad said his son hit rock bottom with his poor performance in his Summer League debut and would rebound with a great Game 2. With his first triple double underneath his belt, Ball’s done just that.
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In the first month of Hayes’ employment, he noticed a trend in how security staff treated black guests. On Aug. 26, 2016, Drake and Future, who are both black, asked to bypass metal detectors before performing at Philips Arena. Both were denied, according to the suit.

The following week, AC/DC performed a concert at the arena. Two white performers, Axl Rose and Brian Wilson, asked to bypass metal detectors. Their requests were approved, according to the suit.

Perhaps this won’t change Giannis’ affectations for the Greek national team in 2019 and beyond.

Limited Womens Alfred Blue Jersey If you think the Bucks and NBA aren’t acting in good faith, approach the appropriate officials at FIBA to request a quiet investigation. Don’t hang your brightest Greek star out to dry, not when he has been so accommodating and committed to date.

Perhaps this won’t change Giannis’ affectations for the Greek national team in 2019 and beyond. Perhaps it will.

This has been presented as a model for how the Cavaliers ought to deal with Kyrie. But there is one problem, of course.

Kobe demanded a trade because he felt the Lakers were not equipped as a team to compete at the highest levels. (They weren’t.) L.A. had a clear path to settling Kobe’s qualms: get better. They did. The Lakers identified a path to pleasing Kobe and defusing his trade demand, and executed it.

Kyrie has reportedly requested a trade not because the Cavaliers can’t win — three straight NBA Finals with a title in there says otherwise — but because Irving wants to be an alpha dog on his own franchise. Irving is reportedly requesting a trade because he has tired under LeBron James’ tutelage, or because the Cavs are too dysfunctional for his tastes. The reasons his camp have floated vary depending on the weather.

I grew up in Capitol Heights, Maryland in Prince George’s County. It’s a small neighborhood about a five minute ride away from the border Southeast Washington, D.C.
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It wasn’t the worst place to live, but it wasn’t easy. The community is changing now with gentrification becoming more commonplace, but in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, it was struggling.

My family moved me away when I was 12 years old, right after a drug deal went bad at the playground in the school I used to go to. Someone was shot and killed at the local basketball court.

Kyrie Irving went days without talking to teammates last postseason, per report

If you’re listing out potential Kyrie Irving trade suitors, it might be time to take the Phoenix Suns off the list. On Thursday on the BBall Breakdown Podcast, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said that Irving once went days without talking to teammates during practice last postseason.

Limited Kids Didi Gregorius Jersey One of those teammates was James Jones, who was hired as the vice president of basketball operations this summer by Phoenix. According to McMenamin, there’s a good chance that type of experience with Irving would sour Jones on any potential Suns trade for him.

Phoenix, of course, hired James Jones this offseason. He’s been inside that locker room. He’s seen Kyrie Irving — I think I reported this on SportsCenter this week — he saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year — in between the first round when they beat Indiana and the second round when they played Toronto — go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice. On that stage.

I think people should do their own research, man. Then, hopefully, they’ll either back my belief or throw it in the water, but I think it’s interesting for people to find out on their own. I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system said was real and turned out to be completely fake. I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts and what I believe.
It got so bad that even science teachers have had a hard time explaining to their students the Earth is round. That’s all thanks to Irving.

So what happens to a flat Earth truther on a day as important as a total solar eclipse? It seems impossible they could continue to defend it, right?
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Nope. Flat Earth truthers — and presumably Irving unless he’s trolling — have an answer for that, too. They actually think a total solar eclipse proves their ridiculous theory.

Colts vs. Cowboys 2017: Time, TV channel, and how to watch online

The Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts are both coming off losses in Week 1 of the preseason, and both teams face questions at a major skill position heading into the regular season. They’ll face each other on Saturday evening at AT&T Stadium.

This is one of the national games on a busy Saturday slate. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET, and it will be televised on NFL Network and streaming online at Watch NFL Network.

The Colts have been vague about Andrew Luck’s status all August, and we still don’t know when he’ll be ready to play. Luck underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder in the offseason and has yet to participate in training camp. When pressed on the subject, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that Luck will be ready “around the start of the season,” but the team isn’t sure if he’ll play in Week 1.

Goodell did praise the good work other players like Brandon Marshall and Doug Baldwin are doing in their communities. But Kaepernick, who remains unsigned amid speculation that he’s being blackballed over last season’s anthem protest, was noticeably absent from Goodell’s comments.

Kaepernick met with the Seahawks this offseason, but no deal materialized. The Ravens have a glaring need at quarterback with Joe Flacco out with a back injury and a not-very-good backup in Ryan Mallett. Baltimore opted to sign Thad Lewis instead.

Kaepernick has said that he will not continue his protest this season if he does land with a team, but that hasn’t calmed Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s concerns about the quarterback.

Goodell wasn’t the only person asked about anthem protests this week. Browns coach Hue Jackson said he realizes players have a right to protest, but that doesn’t mean he’s on board with it.redskins_089_81cb5b239962465b-180x180

Hockey hair: The NHL’s best beards, mullets and more

Hockey is known for a great many things, but nothing says hockey like some good hair.

There’s the flowing mullet, the old school mustache and, of course, the playoff beard.
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The San Jose Sharks feature two of the most amazing beards you’ll ever see. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns are the inspiration for this list for taking playoff beards to an eye-popping level as they battle for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

But they’re not the only ones who embody the spirit of hockey hair. So without further ado, here is the best hair in hockey in all its shapes, colors, forms and glory.

Ovechkin, speaking to reporters for the first time since Monday’s announcement, said the league’s official stance on the matter has not and will not affect his decision to play for Russia next February, as he has since his first Games as a 20-year-old in 2006. He’s repeated the same defiant message over and over for months.
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Yeah, I didn’t change my mind and I won’t, the Capitals star said following Tuesday morning’s skate at Air Canada Centre, via the Washington Post.

Because it’s my country. I think everybody wants to play there. It’s the biggest opportunity in your life to play in the Olympic Games. So, I don’t know, somebody [is] going to tell me ‘don’t go,’ I don’t care, I just go.

The NHL’s decision brought on strongly worded statements from a number of players and other aggrieved parties in the last 24 hours.

MLB trade rumor grade: Seth Lugo to the Cubs?

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There are people in this world who get excited about how many revolutions a curveball makes on its way to home plate. You’re right to eye these people with suspicion and keep them out of your home, but they exist. And one of the pitchers who excites them the most is Seth Lugo, the Mets right-hander whose curveball spins more than the average pitcher’s.

The Cubs might be interested in this spin wizard.

Having Darvish and Kershaw in the postseason is no guarantee, just like Kershaw and Greinke joining forces wasn’t. However, Greinke and Kershaw didn’t have Seager and Bellinger backing them up. They didn’t have Wood as the third starter, Rich Hill as the fourth starter, or a bullpen with as many reliable pieces in it. The Dodgers shouldn’t have to give every possible relief inning to Jansen in the postseason this year.

Authentic Anton Stralman Jersey They’ll will be fine in the regular season, even if they don’t trade for Darvish. They might also be fine in the postseason even without adding an arm of his caliber to a rotation that could use another horse in it. There is an opportunity here to improve the Dodgers’ chances in October, though, a chance to put less of the burden on Kershaw, and a chance to take advantage of this swell of productive youth in the lineup. They could have more chances in the future, too, but this is baseball: No one knows if they’ll ever have another as good as this one.

The Dodgers, who famously waited and waited until they finally won a World Series in 1955 against the rival Yankees, who haven’t been to or won the World Series since 1988 despite repeated playoff appearances since, know this as well as anyone. Whether they take advantage of the situation they put themselves in with their past patience is another matter entirely.

Disney is launching its own streaming platform, and MLB games will be a part of it

Today, Disney announced that it will be crafting a streaming platform of its own to house all of its movies, Pixar films, and planned exclusive content, launching in 2019.

The downside of this announcement is that the company is pulling all of its movies off Netflix at the end of 2018. That leaves you only 17 months to watch Moana as many times as you possibly can before it’s gone.

The good news, or at least one of the most interesting developments from the announcement, is that the streaming platform will also include content from multiple leagues and sporting events — including baseball.

Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday that the initial prognosis for Kershaw has him missing four to six weeks, but until he has further tests, that is just an estimate.

Game Kids Donald Trump Jersey The injury is especially concerning for the Dodgers, since Kershaw missed 10 weeks in 2016 with a herniated disc in his back. The Dodgers entered Sunday with the best record in baseball and a 10?-game lead in the National League West, so they have plenty of room to take whatever precautions are necessary to make sure Kershaw is healthy down the stretch and for the playoffs.

This is really the only blip in an remarkable season for Kershaw, who is 15-2 with a major league-best 2.04 ERA, with 168 strikeouts and 24 walks in 141? innings. Kershaw was heating up of late, too. Counting the two scoreless innings on Sunday, Kershaw allowed three total runs in his last 38 innings.

Game Kids Arizona Cardinals Jersey The Dodgers’ rotation has been a strength outside of Kershaw as well, posting a 3.75 ERA in 78 starts. Entering Sunday, the only entire-staff starting ERAs better than the non-Kershaw Dodgers were the Arizona Diamondbacks (3.52) and Washington Nationals (3.59).

Jay Cutler to make Dolphins debut against Ravens

Quarterback Jay Cutler will make his Dolphins debut Thursday against the Ravens, likely as the starter in the team’s second preseason game, Miami coach Adam Gase confirmed Tuesday.

“I think right now it appears Jay’s gonna go,” Gase said when asked about Cutler, who signed last week after starter Ryan Tannehill suffered a torn left ACL.

Cutler threw for 1,059 yards and four touchdowns with five interceptions for the Bears in 2016 before a shoulder injury ended his season.

He had one of his best seasons with Gase as the Bears offensive coordinator, throwing for 3,659 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2015.

The Boarding Pass invites fans to attend 10 games (eight regular season; two preseason) in varying seat locations for the 2017 season.

You could find yourselves right down by the sidelines with the beautiful people. Or up in the nosebleeds with the blue-collar, die-hards. Billed as the first “all-mobile, full season pass subscription,” the plan costs $725. There’s also a payment plan where fans place a $145 down payment, then pay four monthly payments of $145 apiece.

Here’s how it works: using the Jets mobile app, Boarding Pass holders find out their seat locations two hours before game time. They have no control over where they sit. The surprise is part of the appeal.

As season ticket holders, Boarding Pass holders are also eligible for the Jets Rewards program that allows fans to have dinner with Jets legends like Joe Namath or fly on the team charter.

Todd Marinovich used to evoke the worst QB memories for Raider Nation, but he should be thankful for Russell busting out at an unprecedented level as the No. 1 overall pick in 2007. He went 7-18, sacked 70 times during his career in Oakland with a 65.2 rating. He never looked the part of a franchise passer.dolphins_082

Bryce Harper reacts after suffering an apparent injury in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park

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Instead, the Astros stayed relatively quiet, only managing to acquire Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays. Liriano will likely head to the bullpen. He is a solid addition, but Houston needed another strong arm alongside Dallas Keuchel. They didn’t get it.

Yankees — The inevitable trade sending Sonny Gray to the Bronx finally happened Monday. Gray, while no longer considered an ace, is a great piece in New York’s rotation. The Yankees didn’t have to give up any of their major prospects in the trade, either.
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Exhibiting some sympathy amid unpleasant times should be ordinary, but Cleveland closer Cody Allen attributed the team’s sustained concern for Francona to the man himself. The manager has worked hard to develop a relationship with each of his players throughout his five seasons with the group, he said.

One of the first things that you understand about Tito when you first meet him is that he truly cares about everyone in here, Allen said. He’s going to absolutely listen to what you have to say.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after suffering an apparent injury in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. Michael Owens/USA TODAY Sports
Harper, 24, is a five-time All-Star and a candidate for National League Most Valuable Player this season. He is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, and there has been speculation that he could fetch a contract in excess of $400 million on the open market.

If Harper’s scare focuses attention on the bases as a safety hazard, it could have the same impact that Buster Posey’s 2011 injury had had on home plate collisions. Posey suffered a broken leg after being bowled over by Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, and MLB subsequently enacted new rules to help advance catcher safety.