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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The Falcons ran a crossing route with Jones and Sanu lined up in stacked twins on the left side.

Packers defensive back Micah Hyde said before Octobers 33-32 loss in Atlanta, youve got to prayfor a way to defend Jones.

While the Packers held Jones in check with three catches for 29 yards, it was Mohamed Sanu who torched them with nine receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Because the Falcons have so much talent at the skill positions, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan does a great job of finding mismatches. Sanus 11-yard touchdown that was the game-winner against the Packers came as a result of such a mismatch.

The Falcons ran a crossing route with Jones and Sanu lined up in stacked twins on the left side. Sanu was the off receiver and ran under Jones, who released outside and took defensive backs Micah Hyde and LaDarius Gunter with him. That left Sanu manned up against Packers linebacker Jake Ryan, who had no chance of staying with the 6-2 receiver.

He’d be 25-9 all time in the postseason, with five rings and playoff records on top of playoff records. My guess is that few people outside of Massachusetts are looking forward to that prospect.

He would reach the winner’s circle for the first time and even his postseason record at 4-4. Don’t count him out.

All four quarterbacks are standouts, and as the rule of American football law mandates: When you have a great quarterback, you win.

Pat Imig doesn’t have any Super Bowl rings. You can reach him on Twitter @patrickimig or by email: [email protected]

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Mavs owner Mark Cuban excited to see Nerlens Noel practicing with team

The Mavericks were one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, combining a group of aging players with up-and-comers not quite ready to start every day.

One bright note for the team was the midseason acquisition of center Nerlens Noel, who came over from the 76ers via trade. Now a restricted free agent, owner Mark Cuban wants to bring him back to Dallas.

Minnesota also selected Kris Dunn with the No. 5 overall pick in last year’s draft. The 6-4 former Providence star was expected to supplant Rubio at some point last season, but he struggled to adapt, while Rubio played well.

Rose would provide the Timberwolves with more of a scoring threat at the point guard position, but he is a huge injury risk at this stage in his career.

Last season, his lone year in New York, Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game. But he played in just 64 games, and has not been healthy for a full season since 2010-2011 when he played 81 games with the Bulls.

Rose suffered a season-ending meniscus injury this year that required surgery.

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Rumors will likely continue to swirl for the next couple months before players actually sign on the dotted line, but Minnesota would likely have to trade Rubio before signing Rose.

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Warriors’ Travis Schlenk to be named new Hawks GM, report says

Many more changes are in line for the Hawks this season than dealing with star Paul Millsap’s impeding free agency.

The organization has verbally agreed with Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk to become the new team GM, reported Wednesday, citing sources.

The deal is expected to be announced Thursday.

The move comes after Wes Wilcox was reassigned from general manager to special adviser to ownership and coach Mike Budenholzer was forced to relinquish the president of basketball operations title.

Previously, Atlanta expressed interest in former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups and Wizards senior vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard to take over as general manager for next season.

Schlenk is currently in his fifth season with the Warriors as the team heads to the NBA finals for the third year in a row.

Elite Mens Domata Peko Jersey Ivan Rabb, PF, California. It’s rare that a player damages his draft stock by going back to school to work on his game. But Rabb likely did just that. He is an excellent rebounder and a solid interior scorer, which is pretty much what he was last year. He could go in the teens, but he probably would have been a lottery pick last year.

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Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU. Ojeleye was the anchor for SMU’s surprising success, averaging 18.9 points and shooting 42.4 percent from the 3-point line. He is 6-7 and played power forward in college, but at that size, he will have to show he can transition to the 3 in the NBA.

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Manning has served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past seven years

In early 2013, Olsen and his wife Kara founded the HEARTest Yard Fund after a routine examination of their unborn son, T.J., revealed the infant had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a congenital defect marked by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta. The HEARTest Yard Fund is a family service program administered in conjunction with Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Since it’s inception, the fund has distributed nearly $1.25 million to support families’ of babies affected by congenital heart disease.

Olsen is one of the Panthers’ best receivers. A four-time team captain and three-time Pro Bowler, Olsen ranks in the top 10 all-time among NFL tight ends in receptions (622) and receiving yards (7,365) and is approaching the top 10 in receiving touchdowns (52).

Fitzgerald’s foundation, The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, has provided grants of more than $1 million to promote reading and technology access for students K-12 and to support efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors. Fitzgerald has also teamed with national and international charities to serve as a volunteer to promote vision care for children, to fit people around the world with hearing aids and to visit countries in Africa to promote economic development.

Since being drafted by the Cardinals third overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, Fitzgerald leads the NFL in receptions (1,125) and receiving yards (14,389) and has 104 career touchdowns.

A father of three daughters, Manning has served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past seven years, helping raise over $25 million. Manning also spearheads Tackle Kids’ Cancer, an initiative with Hackensack University Medical Center. Prior to kicking off an extensive media campaign to raise awareness of this cause, Manning spent time with patients and doctors at the hospital’s pediatric cancer center, learning more about the greatest needs in cancer research.avalanche_186

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Pete Carroll: Richard Sherman played with unreported knee injury

Pete Carroll said Richard Sherman has some regrets about this season. But the Seahawks coach also provided an interesting revelation about the Pro Bowl cornerback.

Carroll said Monday that Sherman played the second half of the season with an MCL injury that was never included in the Seahawks’ official injury reports. Not reporting the injury would be a violation of the NFL’s policies.

Mickey Mantle Mens Jersey Honestly, I didn’t realize we hadn’t revealed it, Carroll told reporters Monday. I don’t even remember what game it was, it was somewhere in the middle… I don’t know.

I’m feeling like I screwed that up with not telling you that because that happened, but he was OK.

According to The Post, the proposal regarding recreational use of marijuana is running parallel to an NFLPA committee’s separate study of marijuana use as a form of pain management and whether it should be permitted under the NFL’s drug policy.

Yet a complicating factor is that, coming out of November’s elections, seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana and more than two dozen others have approved the use of medical marijuana.

Kids Marcedes Lewis Jersey The NFLPA committee studying marijuana as a pain-management tool, which actually is a subcommittee of its traumatic brain injury committee, will be looking at the issue through the spring, The Post reported.

Unfortunately for Lions faithful, the drought is expected to continue after Saturday nights game in Seattle.

The Seahawks are not only a better team on paper. They enjoy a distinct home-field advantage with a 7-1 record this season and nine consecutive playoff wins at CenturyLink Field, which is the third-longest streak in NFL history. The stadium is so loud that seismologists are installing portable sensors to monitor ground vibrations a la the 2011 Beast Quakeas part of earthquake preparedness testing.

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Drafted right after Ken Griffey Jr. in 1987, Mark Merchant never played a day in the majors

Authentic Kids Christine Michael Sr Jersey Mark Merchant doesn’t like to talk about his professional baseball career. As he sees it, doing so eventually means defending himself against comparisons with a Hall of Fame player.

Joel Ward Authentic Jersey Yeah, I can. It was a couple weeks ago. Our crew broadcasted the Seattle-Atlanta playoff game and somewhere in that week after, [Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] and I caught up as we often do after a game that I broadcast of his and just told him how impressed I was and at that time I know that he was interviewing for a lot of jobs and we just started a conversation and at some point I indicated to him that, Hey, you know Kyle three or four years ago I had conversations with the Denver Broncos about getting into management. In the recent months I’ve had a couple situations that arose with perspective owners and I’ve sat down with them and kind of shared my philosophies. I think I’ve always managed to, [Pittsburgh Steelers head coach] Mike Tomlin, who coached me, used to say be where you’re at. So, my focus was being the best broadcaster I could be, but there was a side of me that said, You know, some day.

[Denver Broncos general manager] John Elway is one of my good friends and I watched him. I was living in Denver when he went through that process. He was kind enough to invite me into the building for offseason meetings and such. That’s kind of been out there and I always said, I even said to my bosses at FOX if the right situation arose that it would be something that I would have to consider. Like I said, Kyle and I were in a conversation, he seemed to get excited, at that point he turned it over to Jed and [49ers chief strategy offices and executive vice president of football operations] Paraag [Marathe] and the rest moved fairly quickly.

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49ers interested in Jimmy Garoppolo? Kyle Shanahan is a fan

Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan could be going from Super Bowl opponents to leading the 49ers together next season.

The Patriots are looking to get a first-round pick and more for Tom Brady’s understudy and are hoping quarterback-needy teams lineup for a bidding war over the 25-year-old Garoppolo this offseason.

Tynes was one of at least three Buccaneers players to contract a MRSA infection in 2013. Former Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks was another, and the Bucs reached a $3 million settlement with Nicks in 2014 to end his lawsuit. Terms of Tynes’ financial settlement with the Bucs were not disclosed.

White and Mitchell join cornerback Malcolm Mitchell and former receiver Deion Branch as unexpected Super Bowl heroes for the Patriots.

White, a third-year player from Wisconsin, set a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 29 yards on six carries and scored twice on the ground, including the game-winner in overtime.

Goodell said San Diego’s stadium issue wasn’t new and has been a problem over the last 15 years.

“Everyone recognized a new stadium was needed,” he said.

Try very hard to remember this for the next six years, though (or five or four, depending on whether he lasts his entire initial contract, in light of who did the hiring):

As hideous as that was in the brightest spotlight of his coordinator career, the mismanagement of that 25-point lead won’t define Shanahan’s head-coaching career. It doesn’t define his coordinator career, for that matter.

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Colin Kaepernick reportedly will opt out of 49ers contract to become free agent

It appears Colin Kaepernick has played his last game for the 49ers.

ESPN reported Friday that the 29-year-old quarterback will opt out of his contract to test free agency. He can’t make it official until the March 2-7 opt-out period.
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The news certainly comes as no surprise. Kaepernick had openly asked for a trade after being benched in 2015. He and the 49ers had revised his existing contract last October, allowing either side to terminate the deal for the remaining year in 2017. He is scheduled to make $14.5 million in base salary next year.

Game Kids Lamarr Houston Jersey Ultimately we have to be prepared to win a game and we’re not going to get prepared on the bus ride over to the stadium on Sunday, Brady said Wednesday. Our families get here (Thursday), so (Wednesday) is an important night to get rest, preparation, anything we need to do to try to put in the bank.

We know the challenge that’s ahead of us and it’s only going to get more hectic and we get closer to the game.

Brady said he won’t let outside distractions get in the way, even as he gets asked on a daily basis about a potential encounter with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of the Deflategate scandal that cost Brady the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.

I’m just focused on football, Brady told reporters Wednesday, repeating his answers when asked Monday and Tuesday.

It’s part of the routine this week, just as Brady’s grown accustomed during his previous six Super Bowl preparations.

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MLB trade rumors 2017: Five impact players who could be dealt in June

A handful of big names could wind up getting dealt before the annual non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July, but those big names probably aren’t going anywhere soon.

Gerrit Cole, for example, could potentially be available but the Pirates aren’t going to deal him while they’re still within shouting distance of the NL Central lead. White Sox closer David Roberston is likely to be dealt, but he’s been so good this season that the Southsiders can afford to wait and let the price for him rise as he records saves and strikeouts and contending teams suffer injuries to the back end of the bullpen. Same thing with A’s ace Sonny Gray, who’s still proving he’s back to his ace form after a rocky 2016.

But you’ll see a couple of important pieces — guys who can make big impacts on the playoff picture, even if they’re not big names — move long before July arrives.

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Boston’s offense provided him with three separate four-run leads, the last a 10-6 advantage. Sale left the game after a three-up, three-down fifth inning. He struck out nine batters on the night, including four in a row over the first and second innings.

Chicago scored three runs off him in the second after Boston had taken a 4-0 lead. Five consecutive White Sox batters reached on four singles and a walk.

After the Red Sox went ahead 7-3, the White Sox added another run in the third on Tim Anderson’s RBI single. Todd Frazier’s two-run home run in the fourth cut Boston’s lead to 7-6.

Sale’s most efficient inning was his last — a 1-2-3 inning against the bottom of Chicago’s batting order. By that point, he had been backed by a pair of home runs from Deven Marrero, Mookie Betts’ solo shot in the second and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s four RBIs.

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