Joe Thomas attempts to name every Browns QB he’s protected

Joe Thomas is a future Hall of Fame offensive lineman, but he’s spent his entire 10 seasons protecting quarterbacks for the Browns. As you probably know, the Browns have had a terrible track record of Browns quarterbacks, and it can be difficult to remember all of them.

According to Burkholder, Ware will get a second opinion on the injury but is anticipated to need season-ending surgery.

Ware suffered the injury in the Chiefs’ preseason loss to the Seahawks on Friday when he went down after a short gain on a reception from quarterback Alex Smith. The team initially believed it to be a PCL injury, and had its fear confirmed after Ware had an MRI on Saturday.

In Ware’s extended absence, Kareem Hunt will be the featured running back in Kansas City.

The league allowed players to design their own footwear for Week 13 last year and the custom shoes were later auctioned to benefit the various charities they promoted.

According to the report, the NFL will also permit various colored cleats, shoelaces and wristbands during Weeks 5-7 this season to commemorate its “Crucial Catch” campaign.

A memo sent to coaches and equipment managers that was obtained by ESPN earlier this month stated the league intends to relax its footwear rules and let players wear more personalized cleats during pregame warmups this season. In an effort to allow players to be more expressive, the league will allow any color or design on their cleats as long as it doesn’t include commercialized or trademarked logos.

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NBA Free Agency 2017: Cristiano Felicio signs four-year, $32 million deal to return to Bulls

The Bulls re-signed big man Cristiano Felicio, inking him to a four-year deal worth $32 million, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The extension was one of the first moves after the clock struck 12:00 a.m. to start 2017-18 free agency.
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Mens Al Jefferson Jersey Once the original deal was off, the 34-year-old Nene originally wasn’t interested in losing that extra money and reconsidered his options on the open market. However, he ultimately came back to Houston, re-signing with them at a three-year rate which was about the same as his four-year one, just without the extra year.

Nene is a perfect fit for the Rockets, providing them a reliable, veteran backup center who’s one of the league’s best finishers around the rim. In last year’s playoffs, Nene just about single-handedly won Game 4 for Houston in the first round against Oklahoma City, going 12-of-12 from the field with 28 points and 10 rebounds. When Nene suffered a season-ending thigh injury in Game 4 against the Spurs, it was a huge blow for Houston, who saw Clint Capela struggle in his absence.

Houston may have surpassed San Antonio with the addition of Chris Paul, although only time and a possible playoff rematch can really say that for sure. Regardless, Nene is a quality addition.

Fox and Ball are both incredible athletes. Fox is a speed demon who loves to drive to the basket and get his teammates involved early. On the other hand, Ball is an excellent passer who can impact a game by simply passing the ball to the open player.

For now, though, basketball fans, you’ll have to wait a little while longer to see Ball and Fox square off on the hardwood.

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Hassan Whiteside will not rest until he learns why there was a dead parrot in his yard.

The schedulemakers eliminated the dreaded 4-in-5 and reduced each team’s number of back-to-backs. Will it improve player health? Tim Reynolds explains how the schedulemakers use metrics to sort it all out.
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And finally: over the weekend, the Mystics and Fever had to sit through a delay due to a leak in the arena. So they had a dance-off. This is how all basketball delays must be handled henceforth.

Jackson and the Knicks, however, abruptly parted ways this summer, giving Knicks fans optimism that the bridge could be rebuilt. New Knicks president Steve Mills said he had a good texting relationship with Porzingis, and New York’s hiring of Scott Perry as GM has refocused the team on establishing a hardworking culture around a young, athletic core.
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The Knicks will likely move Anthony this summer. It’s more a matter of when and where, and much less an if. When he’s traded, the keys will be handed to Porzingis, who averaged 18 points, 7.2 rebounds, and two blocks per game as a sophomore last season.

That’s a smart strategy in the best interest of the franchise, but it may also alienate James and push him even further out the door. Their team won’t be as good this season as they were the previous two years with more experienced talent.

The team has not only won 128 games over two seasons, including a franchise-best 67 wins in 2015-16, but also been no worse than seventh in offensive or defensive rating both years. That’s very good, and having LaMarcus Aldridge play second banana is a big part of that, even with the subtle mention of fit at the end.

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Richard Jefferson joked about how much Deron Williams disliked Cleveland

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The Road Trippin’ podcast with Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s unusually and legitimately candid, which is an increasingly difficult thing to get from professional athletes these days. It helps that the two are orating from platforms they’ve chosen, but they also choose to be honest.

Seth hit the puppet man with a screen while Steph got a layup, and later, Steph made a bounce pass to himself by bonking the puppet man in the head.

Of course, Steph had to hit them with a halfcourt shot (which counted as five points), as he is wont to do. You have to give props (pun intended) to the hosts for trying their damnedest to try and stop Steph and Seth Curry, but even the grandest of inflatable plans fall apart eventually.

In the fourth quarter, they swapped out the puppet and hands with a rotating basket, and the Currys still managed get through that gimmick with Seth getting his hero moments.

We don’t know which team won, but the Currys got the game tied at 53 a piece, and they probably stopped the game there. The true winners, however, are the geniuses that thought of that inflatable puppet, because now we need that for All-Star weekend.

Authentic Rico Gathers Jersey Smith wasn’t great last year — the Pistons cut him and got better, and then he got signed by the Rockets, where he was alright. But he absolutely showed up to help the Rockets take down the Clippers in the playoffs. In Game 6, he was instrumental in an enormous comeback, scoring 19 points (14 in the fourth quarter) as the Rockets came back from a huge deficit to force a Game 7. He even hit 4 threes on seven attempts, rare for a notoriously bad shooter.

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Leonard Fournette thinks the NFL is ‘easy.’ He’s probably right.

The transition to the NFL is supposed to be a little bumpy, even for the best players coming out of college. Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette disagrees.

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said after Jacksonville’s 31-24 preseason win over New England. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”

Fournette didn’t start, but the Jags had him in by the second drive of the game. He carried the ball on the first four plays of the drive, including an 8-yard gain on fourth-and-1. Two drives later, he scored his first NFL touchdown:

Then he was asked if it’d matter to him if Raiders fans wearing his jersey sit or stand for the anthem.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that where I’ve got to scan and read both sides, that’d be pretty difficult. But for the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

If you don’t know what the hell he’s talking about, we don’t either, and that’s pretty much the point.

When Jack Del Rio was asked about Lynch after the game Saturday night, the Raiders coach said he didn’t know that the running back would sit but was told after the game that it was nothing new.

Lynch spoke supportively of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016, but it seems Lynch’s decision not to stand predates Kaepernick’s, even if he wasn’t consistent about standing or sitting.

Maybe one day he’ll explain his decision-making process, but it wasn’t Thursday. He was forthcoming for other questions, though, even if he was his usual brief self for one.redskins_006_fd4af6c0f4f988b7-180x180

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MLB trade rumor: Justin Verlander unlikely to be traded

Authentic Kids Malcolm Smith Jersey Justin Verlander isn’t likely to go anywhere this trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman. The exact words used by Heyman’s sources were that it would take a miracle to trade him, but the real answer is probably that it would take the Tigers eating a heckuva lot more money than they’re currently willing to.

Those aren’t points that suggest that another team shouldn’t want him, or that the 4.50 ERA is the truest measure of his current ability. It’s just all a rich tapestry of reasons why other teams are right to be skeptical. If his name were Bert Stalpo, the allure wouldn’t quite be there. But he’s Justin Verlander, MVP and ALDS legend. That’s still worth something. Everyone has seen the ceiling. The last time was 12 months ago, when he should have won the Cy Young.

I’m not going to write about every team and every trade because I’m not that sick. Five. You’ll get five winners and five losers.

The Yankees were much more active than their hated rivals at the trade deadline, bolstering their bullpen with the additions of David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, their starting staff with Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, and their offense with Todd Frazier.
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But despite all of the new firepower, the Yankees are just 3-6 so far in the month of August. New York is 32-20 at home this season compared to just 28-33 on the road.

Friday night’s total is set at 9.5 runs at the sportsbooks. The UNDER is 12-6 in the last 18 games between Boston and New York.

Boston enters this series with a 4 1/2 game lead over the Yankees atop the AL East. The Yankees are the top wild card team at the moment, but seven teams in that race are separated by fewer than five wins. The series continues over the weekend with projected pitching matchups of Drew Pomeranz vs. Luis Severino on Saturday and Jordan Montgomery vs. Chris Sale on Saturday.

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Yankees have their largest AL wild card lead since June

The Yankees have had their ups and downs in 2017, but they seem to be back on the upswing late in the season. After successfully sweeping the Mets in a four-game series. the Yanks find themselves with a 3 1/2 game lead on the first AL wild card spot, the largest such lead that they (or any) team has possessed since mid-June.

Given how tumultuous the AL wild card picture is, with the Angels holding the second wild card while four other teams sit within 1 1/2 games back of them (and the Rays, Orioles, and Blue Jays all continuing to lurk three games behind), a 3 1/2 game lead for the first wild card is comparatively huge. That puts them four games ahead of the Royals, 4 1/2 ahead of the Twins, five up on the Mariners and Rangers, and 6 1/2 ahead of the Rays, O’s, and Jays.

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Those were created three years ago when Bud Selig suggested that Hank Aaron was the true Home Run King. I agreed with him. Kind of. This is a similar situation.

Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds worked out like super hard and were constantly drinking protein shakes, give or take. Unless they were both ‘roided to the gills. Either Adam Shaheen Jerseys
way. And Giancarlo Stanton will have played in one of the highest home run eras of all time, with a suspect baseball that just might be different.

There are other parts to this story, though.

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or 3 percent of distance that the changed balls might offer. They’re all tremendous in their own right, and if Stanton hits 62, my stars, give him all the credit he deserves. That would be an amazing accomplishment.

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Darvish to the Yankees sounds more enticing than it is.

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There are times you take a walk, and this is not one of them. Also homeboy is carrying a pink baseball bat. Did nobody think this would be a spoiler alert for what was coming?

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The one major issue here is that Darvish goes against the strategy the Yankees have employed of late, both in the offseason and so far during trade deadline season. They’re adding to 2017 without sacrificing much in the future — even the deal with the White Sox that brought them a rental like Todd Frazier also came with a long-term piece like Tommy Kahnle, which made giving up a number of prospects palatable. Darvish is dominant, and easily the top pitcher on the block, but he’s a rental and he won’t come cheap.

Verlander might not be the ace he looked like for much of last season when he just missed winning a Cy Young award, but he could still end up being enough of a difference maker that the Brewers benefit by adding him — especially if they grab onto him more like now-ish rather than waiting for the deadline a little less than two weeks (and multiple Verlander starts) from now.

There’s also the dream that he can more closely resemble the starter he was a year ago with a change of scenery and the switch to a team that isn’t perpetually underperforming and disappointing, but you want me to play armchair sports psychologist about as much as I do, so let’s move on.

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Basketball Hall of Famer John Kundla, first-ever Lakers coach, dead at 101

John Kundla, the first coach in Lakers history, died Sunday at the age of 101.

His son, Tom, confirmed his father’s death, saying the elder Kundla died at an assisted living facility in Northeast Minneapolis.

“On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I’d like to express our sadness at the passing of John Kundla,” Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “John played an important role in the history of the Lakers organization.

“Not only was he a Hall of Fame coach, he was our first head coach and led the organization to five NBA championships. In addition to his numerous contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, John was a wonderful man and will be remembered fondly. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Kundla family.”

Kundla, who celebrated his 101st birthday on July 3, led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA titles from 1949-1954 and his Lakers team was the first in NBA history to three-peat, winning consecutive championships from 1952-54.

Irving’s request presents a particular challenge to 2K Sports. While the manufacture of physical copies has yet to begin, the company has designed the cover art, completed marketing materials and even finished aspects such as the loading screens. A trade would need to occur very soon for changes to be enacted in time for the release, but there’s no indication a deal is imminent.

It’s rare that a cover star’s place in the league changes dramatically while the game is being promoted or shortly after the player appears on a cover. Video game publishers intentionally select players considered to be stable, reliable and obviously valued by their organizations. They’ll shy away from anyone who’s a risk in their personal life, is a free agent or has been involved in trade rumors. The Irving news came as a surprise to everyone.

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what’s left to accomplish this preseason before your season-opener in Chicago?

They made the ill-fated decision to acquire Tensi in a trade from the Chargers. He looked great in San Diego, but the bigger sample size in Denver produced a 10-21-1 record while rating 59.0 with 45 interceptions and 35 sacks. This also is a reminder that what Tim Tebow did, including a game-winning touchdown in the playoffs, was pretty good.

With all due disrespect to 1979 flameout Jeff Komlo, Harrington was the more frustrating disappointment, looking like can’t-miss as the No. 3 overall pick in 2002. The so-called efficiency he was supposed to bring from Oregon never came to fruition, as sticking with him over 18 wins in 55 starts was a big reason for the dismal aughts in Detroit. He never looked the part of a franchise QB.
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J.T. Thomas Game Jersey Ryan: Our experience together really helps in that respect. There’s just a level of understanding that comes with playing with someone for so long and having those in-game reps that are so valuable. He understands my body language; I understand his really, really well. I know where he’s going to be. I know what he’s seeing, how he sees things.

So I think if there’s one guy on this team that you can adjust to pretty quickly it’s probably Julio for me. But we’re all excited for him and when he’s able to get back there he’ll be ready to go. He looks good now, too. He’s done a great job for us up until this point.

Finally, what’s left to accomplish this preseason before your season-opener in Chicago?

Ryan: I’ve been proud of the way that we’ve worked. I think that the effort’s there, but our execution has to come along. When we get the opportunity to game plan and be more specific about the opponents and tighten up our call sheet going into a game, I expect our execution to really ramp up. I’m looking for the execution to be better as we move forward.

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