Cubs eye upcoming All-Star Game for Wrigley Field

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Wrigley Field is a candidate to host the All-Star Game in either 2020, 2021 or 2022, and should the Cubs be chosen, it would mark the first time since 1990 the team will have hosted the event, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Long story short, via the Houston Chronicle, the fan tweeted the Astros should use Bregman as trade bait, Bregman DM’d the young man his displeasure, and then the fan predictably posted a screenshot of the conversation.

The sad thing in this situation is that Bregman may have single-handedly made himself into trade bait. The Astros have a history of not dealing with players’ missteps on Twitter and have cut ties with the likes of Jarred Cosart possibly because of it.

Now there was more to the Cosart situation than that, but either way, he tweeted something stupid and was traded a few months later. Bregman could find himself in the same spot especially considering the emergence of Marwin Gonzalez this season as well as Colin Moran and J.D. Davis waiting in the wings at third base in the minors.

Maybe this one blows over, but the Astros have clearly told Bregman to be quiet for now.

Kyle Rudolph Authentic Jersey The Wizards are stuck looking for low-cost vets who could potentially step in as role players. Scott fits that mold. He’s over a year removed from being an interesting stretch-4 type in Atlanta, and that’s a role Washington could use.

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NBA playoffs 2017: Rockets beat Thunder despite Russell Westbrook’s big night

Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to record a 50-point triple-double in the playoffs. But it came in a losing effort.

Tuesday’s game was televised on TNT and the Bulls have now won 21 straight games on the network.

The Nuggets were the first eight seed to beat a one when they upset the SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 playoffs. The Knicks then knocked off the Heat in 1999 and became the first eight seed to reach the NBA Finals, losing to the Spurs in five games. Those first-round series were best-of-five. The Warriors in 2007 became the first No. 8 seed to beat the top seed in a seven-game series when they outlasted the Mavericks in six games.

The Grizzlies beat the top-seeded Spurs in six games in 2011 and the 76ers also had a 4-2 series win in 2012 to upset the No. 1 Bulls.

The Celtics are the first No. 1 seed to lose the first two games of an opening-round playoff series since the Suns in 1993. The Suns actually won three straight to eliminate the Lakers in five games, so all hope is not yet lost for the Celtics.

In the six minutes Westbrook was off the floor, the Rockets outscored the Thunder 27-9. Westbrook was visibly gassed in the fourth quarter, going just 2 of 11 from the floor. Westbrook was still able to hustle to a couple of rebounds in the final minute to keep the Thunder close, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Thunder alive.

“I just don’t settle for being not as great as I can be. It’s not going to result in a stat line like this every night. When my mind is fresh and in the moment, sometimes certain things like this happen, so I don’t know.

“I can’t even really appreciate it. I’ll let you guys write your words about it and go from there. Only thing that matters is a win, and that’s what I’m here for.”
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The Lakers won four of seven NBA championships in that that eight-year stretch

Lowdown: James finished 16-9 in the conference finals with the Heat and has led the Cavaliers to an 8-2 record over the past two seasons. This does not include the conference final trips he led Cleveland to in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Outside of the eight-year run from 1982-89, Los Angeles also made the conference finals in 1979-80 and 1990-91. Of the two teams, Los Angeles’ loss to Houston in the 1985-86 conference finals is the lone difference.
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Lowdown: Again, very similar. The Lakers won four of seven NBA championships in that that eight-year stretch. Magic Johnson also led Los Angeles to a championship in 1979-80 and a NBA Finals appearance against the Bulls in 1989-90. James’ only other NBA Finals appearance outside of the current run was in 2006-07. In the current six-year run, he’s won three NBA championships.
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Game 3: Celtics at Bulls, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN (Bulls lead series, 2-0) — No. 8 seeds just aren’t supposed to beat No. 1 seeds in the NBA Playoffs; it’s happened only four times since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984. But the Bulls sweep of the Celtics in Boston Garden puts them in control in this series. Prediction website FiveThirtyEight.com gives the Celtics only an 18 percent chance of winning the series. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who flew to Washington State Wednesday in the wake of his sister’s death last weekend, is expected to be in the lineup for Game 3.

Horford has been lights-out, though, when the Celtics get him the ball near the rim. In this series, he has taken 14 shots at the rim, and made all of them. There have not been many touches for Horford that close, however. He had 10 shots at the rim in the first two games — both Celtics wins at home — but only four in the two games in Washington.

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Steve Kerr returns to Warriors practice, not yet ready for full return

Steve Kerr returned to Warriors practice Saturday as he continued to ramp up his activity in hopes of a return to the bench.

Kerr has not coached the Warriors since Round 1 of the playoffs this season due to recurring back trouble. Mike Brown has been filling in as head coach while Kerr rests.

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On the other hand, there were two non-calls in Boston’s favor late in the game, both involving Horford, according to the league’s report.

Horford should have been called for an illegal screen against Bradley Beal with 41.2 seconds left, and he also committed a defensive three-second violation with 33 seconds left that was not called.

The Celtics, meanwhile, wish the NBA would just keep its discoveries of referees’ errors to itself. Per ESPN.com, coach Brad Stevens and his players have said they prefer the league not issue the Last Two Minute Report. It ultimately means nothing, after all.

Game 7 of this Eastern Conference semifinal is set for Monday night in Boston (8 p.m. ET, TNT), the winner of which gets the Cavaliers in the conference finals. Hopefully, Tuesday’s Last Two Minute Report won’t reveal any officiating mistakes that impacted the result.

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The Celtics could also use a slasher, someone who can get to the basket and fight off defenders. Kansas’ Josh Jackson or Duke’s Jayson Tatum seem like the best options to fill that need.

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Wilson wasn’t 100 percent from the get-go last season

Now why is that being pushed back? Was it being pushed back, actually? Maybe it wasn’t even. But I was told there wasn’t going to be an answer here for a little while, that there was more information. There have been more meetings between either Zeke’s people and the league, or the NFLPA and the league, or whoever. It’s just been an ongoing issue that has had no conclusion. And so, if you’re drafting today, it’s hard to say, ‘Well, nothing’s going to happen there.’

Nothing may well happen there, but something could happen there. We just don’t know right now. It’s just sort of out there.

Malik Jackson Game Jersey While the show on which Schefter made his comments was focused on the fantasy implications, any discipline Elliott might face certainly would have a very real impact on the Cowboys offense. It’s apparent from how carefully Schefter couched his comments, though, that it’s still unclear, even among the most plugged-in NFL insiders, whether Elliott will, in fact, be punished.

… there’s a way back to elite play. Wilson wasn’t 100 percent from the get-go last season, injuring his ankle in Week 1 against the Dolphins. That affected his mobility early, and then knee and pectoral injuries piled on at midseason. He still played and started all 16 games for a fifth straight season and had a career high in passing yards. But he also had his most interceptions (11), lowest passer rating (92.6) and fewest rushing yards by far (only 259 yards on 72 attempts). He wasn’t much of a dual threat, more like a sitting ‘Hawk in the face of consistent pocket pressure.

Authentic Kids Cortez Kennedy Jersey In addition to the limited running production, Wilson couldn’t extend plays as usual to get the ball downfield, as his adjusted yards per attempt (7.6) were a career low and a big drop-off from 2015 (9.0). He had to throw a lot more with less support from the run and was a lot less efficient with both his arm and legs.

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Mets minor leaguer attacked by homeless man with tire iron

Mets minor league pitcher Logan Taylor is recovering from a concussion after being attacked by a homeless man over the weekend.

Salt Lake City police told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a man later identified as Joshua Cruz hit Taylor in the back of the head with a tire iron Saturday after demanding the pitcher’s wallet. Cruz also was carrying a sock filled with rocks at the time of the attack.

Boeheim believes the offense the Knicks have been running is the main reason for Anthony’s perceived struggles. Former Knicks team president Phil Jackson implemented his famous triangle offense, and Boeheim thinks it was a mistake.

“The triangle is the worst offense ever, unless you have Michael [Jordan] or Kobe [Bryant],” Boeheim said, via ESPN.com.

Anthony and trade rumors have been synonymous with one another for a couple seasons now. This offseason is no different, with the Rockets and Cavaliers reportedly interested in the aging small forward’s services.

“He likes New York,” Boeheim said. “He wants to play in New York.”

While that may be true, Anthony also likes to win, which is something the Knicks won’t be doing any time soon.

With a no-trade clause in his contract, Anthony ultimately gets final say over any proposed move. He has shown no signs of wanting to leave New York, but that could change this offseason with his chance at an NBA championship dwindling.
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Griffin just signed a monster $173 million contract

Known as a knock-down shooter, Kennard is also an able slasher and passer. Though Kennard is not the quickest guard, and he sometimes struggles on defense, his versatility should make him a valued asset in the NBA.

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The stunning thing here is that Jordan, not Griffin, is the bigger star in terms of current accolades. Griffin just signed a monster $173 million contract, but the results haven’t been great in recent years. He has exchanged dunks for 3s, which is probably smart for his durability. Griffin has missed the last two All-Star games due to injury and his only All-NBA appearance in the last three seasons was at third-team level. He’s not the box-office hit he used to be; his dunk rate has been sliced to a third of what it was in 2011-12.

There were some recent whispers that the Clippers would move Jordan in an effort to upgrade the roster with smaller pieces, but such a move would probably kick them off this list. This was one of the best big threes in the league with Paul around, but it’s possible that it will be a big zero if Griffin’s health betrays him again and Jordan is moved.

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Chan was just one of those type of guys that has his mind set up before he sees whoever’s there

There’s no doubt ESPN went full Tim Tebow with the Ball family for its 2017 NBA Draft coverage. Despite being the No. 2 pick behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo was the most visible, most discussed draft pick — by far.

That brings us back to Parker who, one way or the other, figures to be the fulcrum on which the Bucks’ ability to boost their future talent pool rests. Parker, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was averaging a career-high 20.1 points last season and shooting 36.5 percent on 3-pointers, but for the second time in his three-year NBA career, suffered a torn ACL.

That was Feb. 8, and Parker’s injury was confirmed the following day. That was just two weeks ahead of the league’s trading deadline, which was significant because league sources told Sporting News the Bucks were considering including Parker in potential trades at the deadline.

His name definitely came up, and it was obvious they’d have a steep price, but they were willing to talk about him, one league executive said.
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Chan was just one of those type of guys that has his mind set up before he sees whoever’s there, Kerley said. I’m assuming this is my time. I’m going to play or I get to maximize my play. It was the exact opposite.

I can’t speak highly of a guy who never really let me have an opportunity to prove (myself). And then the fact that he would always bring in guys that were my same height or same size after guys went down or whatever happened, it brought me to believe that maybe he just doesn’t really like me.
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Kerley said Gailey’s snub provided motivation for him to work even harder.

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NBA Draft 2017: Celtics GM Danny Ainge sounds off on Josh Jackson

The Celtics are thrilled to have Jayson Tatum on their roster, but team GM and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge was also excited to get some things off his chest at his presser after the NBA draft Thursday night.

He was quick to speak of his disdain for the way former Kansas forward Josh Jackson treated the Celtics prior to the draft as he cancelled a workout when Ainge, Boston head coach Brad Stevens and Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren who got up early to fly out just to see him play.

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Although the federal indictment revealed few details about the alleged ring, The Post reported that it did charge Boddie and others with possessing and distributing 1,000 grams or more of heroin and making financial transactions affecting interstate commerce, which transactions involved the proceeds of specified unlawful activity between January 2014 and May 2017.
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Boddie was estranged from Vick for most of the four-time Pro Bowler’s 13-season NFL career but typically is credited with introducing his son to football. Vick went on to star at Virginia Tech before moving on to the NFL, where he last played in 2015 for the Steelers.
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It’s that versatility, Collins told reporters Monday, via Fox Sports. You look at Paul and he’s a great defender and can shoot the 3. His post-up game is there. He makes plays and can push the ball. You could see in the playoff games he was really close to triple-doubles most of the games. It’s crazy for a guy like him who I would call a quiet killer.

You’re going to see it at the end of the game on the stat sheet. Just being as versatile as possible, using all his gifts.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee 2017 finals: How to use all the words to talk NBA Finals

It’s unfortunate the finals of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee fall on the same night as Game 1 of any NBA Finals, much less the much-anticipated Cavs vs. Warriors III series.
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If you missed any of the Spelling Bee words in Thursday’s knockout round leading up to the championship round tonight (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) but still want to get revved up for Game 1 of the NBA Finals (9 p.m., ABC), they are all used below in a preview of Cavs-Warriors. You’re welcome.

The Warriors need Klay Thompson’s shot to take its midseason form to feel better about beating the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The sphygmogram will be off the charts for Game 1 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

Fans in the Bay Area and its purlieu can’t wait for the one of the most anticipated rematches in playoff history. Don’t let Mike Brown’s alopecia fool you: He’s ready for revenge, too.
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The much-anticipated third part of a trilogy between Cleveland and Golden State begins when Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off June 1. The Cavaliers still have the Big Three in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The Warriors added Kevin Durant to their star-studded core that features Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Does it get any bigger than that in any other sport? We asked the same question a few years ago before the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and got the first Cavs-Warriors installment in return.

The trade market for Paul George has changed significantly since last season’s trade deadline, now that he has reportedly informed the Pacers he will enter free agency in 2018 with his sights set on the Lakers. Los Angeles is looking to acquire George this summer rather than waiting until July 2018, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Can the Lakers now land Paul George by offering Thursday’s No. 27 and 28 picks and either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson? They’re trying.

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