Month: May 2017

Caleb Brantley in the clear after assault charge dismissed

The assault charge facing Browns rookie Caleb Brantley following an altercation with a woman in Florida last month has been dismissed, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Authentic Mens Alex Lewis Jersey The Browns released a statement on behalf of Brantley.

I’m grateful for today’s ruling, Brantley’s statement read. I won’t take the opportunity the Browns have given me for granted and now I can shift all my focus to working hard to make this football team while also showing my teammates, coaches, the organization and this community the type of person I really am.

So he tells me thank you so much, and that God put me in his life for a reason, Boston said, via Eric D. Williams of ESPN. And in my mind I’m saying, you’re here for a reason, too. So in my mind I’m saying should I ask him, ‘L.A. or Buffalo.’ And before I could ask him, my man told me, ‘Thank you so much. There aren’t too many people like you in this world, God’s children. My name’s Mike Daniels, but people call me L.A.’
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It was Daniels’ nickname that made Boston’s path forward clear. Boston saw the chance encounter as a sign that God was directing him to the Chargers.

At the end of the day, God told me to come here, Boston said. And I’m a man of faith, so I couldn’t go against his word.

Boston had 53 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions with the Panthers last season before being cut to save some cap space. He signed a one-year deal with the Chargers and will compete with Dwight Lowery for the starting free safety role.

The Braves probably aren’t going to be a winning team this season

The Braves probably aren’t going to be a winning team this season, but that shouldn’t take attention away from what Freeman has done and is doing. (For the record, he was my preseason pick to win the NL MVP. See proof here and here.)

If all goes according to plan, winning will return to Atlanta soon enough. That could coincide with Freeman’s absolute peak, which, given his numbers last season and so far this season, could be quite the impressive showing. Attention will surely come then. But Freeman also deserves a lot now.

Authentic Youth Warren Moon Jersey Not that there aren’t or won’t be others deserving of MVP talk. Bryce Harper, for one, is already making a big statement with the bat. There will be others as the weather warms. Maybe Arenado or Votto. Maybe reigning MVP Kris Bryant. Maybe someone else. It’s early. I get it.
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The skid: Haven’t been to the World Series since 1988

Need to know: It’s not that the Dodgers have lacked October opportunities. They’ve made the postseason 10 times since that stunning 1988 title (hi, Kirk Gibson!), including each of the past four seasons (and they should make it five in a row in 2017). No, their story has more been about a struggle to win during the playoffs. In those 10 trips, they’ve won just four of 14 series, with an anemic overall record of 23-37. As a team, L.A. has a combined 4.43 ERA in the postseason, and has batted just .244 with a .693 OPS at the plate. Yikes.

Both Browns and Patriots blew it with lack of Jimmy Garoppolo trade on draft day

I always laugh when grades are issued immediately following NFL Drafts. The reality is draft selections can’t be truly evaluated until two or three years down the road.

Many draft analysts have given Cleveland an “A” for last week’s draft selections. Sorry, I’m not buying into the Browns hype.

Yes, the Browns added some likely starters and potentially strong contributors in their three first-rounders, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku. But what about the franchise quarterback the team has lacked for decades? It’s a stretch to believe DeShone Kizer, who the Browns picked No. 52 overall, will be an elite passer.

Some thought Davis would last on the board a little longer, but Tennessee, which desperately needed a complete No. 1 receiver for Marcus Mariota, didn’t waste time and picked him with its higher of two first-round picks. The Titans ranked 25th in passing yards last season, with tight end Delanie Walker and wide receiver Rishard Matthews tying for a team-high 65 receptions. Although that duo combined for 16 touchdowns, neither hit 1,000 receiving yards.

So there’s a big production void for Davis as the league’s No. 3 rushing team tries to open up more with Mariota and become a little more balanced. Breaking 1,000 yards with eight or so scores would be similar to Allen’s rookie numbers, but Davis would likely need to do much more to trump Watson and the top backs. If healthy, he can’t be ruled out from doing so.
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Bird is not the only New Yorker who has forgotten how to hit.

Game Womens Loui Eriksson Jersey Greg Bird was a world-beater this spring, blasting eight home runs and hitting .451 in 23 games for the Yankees. That hasn’t translated into the regular season. Bird is batting .107 with only four extra-base hits (one homer) in 18 games. Yikes.

Bird is not the only New Yorker who has forgotten how to hit. Over in Queens, Curtis Granderson ended the month with a .128 batting average and .395 OPS, with 21 strikeouts and only five walks. Teammate Jose Reyes hasn’t been much better, managing just a .174 average.

Rockies lefty Tyler Anderson has MLB’s worst ERA (among qualified pitchers), with an ugly 7.71 mark after he posted a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts last year as a rookie. And it’s not just a Coors Field thing, either; four of his six starts have been on the road and seven of the nine homers he’s allowed have been away from Denver. Only Jered Weaver has given up more home runs (10).

The Mets, meanwhile, had an opportunity to return to the World Series last year and really capture the city’s heart. Those damned, cursed Mets were about to break through. It was a blue-collar team for a blue-collar city. No more A-Rod and his love interests, no more talk of the $200 million-plus payroll on sports radio, no more obnoxious fans commenting 27! on online articles. Just a team of lunchpail guys scrapping and clawing and swagging their way to the top in Gotham.

Game Womens Tony Gonzalez Jersey Instead, the Mets lost the NL wild-card game vs. the Giants and went spiraling into another offseason of uncertainty. The front office answered some of the questions. The no-brainer re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes seemed more of a Hey, look, we’re trying! move than a legitimate roster upgrade that would keep the fans happy. Remember, it wasn’t until the Nats pursued Cespedes that discussions with the Mets really started to pick up steam.

Vin Scully, voice still golden, talks yesterday and tomorrow on night Dodgers honor him

It was story time again Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. Vin Scully was in the park.

He wasn’t sitting in the booth named in his honor, but rather at a table inside the stadium, regaling reporters with tales from his 67-year career as the voice of the Dodgers. He was back because the Dodgers were about to induct him into the franchise’s Ring of Honor.
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In his Hall of Fame style, he shared his memories of the Dodgers legends he’s joining in that ring. To him, those aren’t just uniform numbers he sees; they’re his Boys of Spring, Summer and Fall, expanding on the title of author Roger Kahn’s classic book about the 1950s Dodgers. He had a front-row seat to their greatness.

Gossage: Bull—! … That’s postseason. He never did it … Very seldom in the (bleeping) regular season.

Gossage continued, Don’t compare me to Mo or what they do today. They’re one-inning guys. I take exception to that. Don’t even (bleeping) put me … closer wasn’t even a coined phrase.

Gossage also shared his disdain for the way he says pitchers are babied today with pitch counts and specific roles.

And don’t even get him started on how today’s general managers rely on sabremetrics.

And they won their rotisserie leagues at (bleeping) Harvard and all these (bleeping) Ivy League schools, and that’s all it is, Gossage said. And they think they’re (bleeping) general managers!
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It’s not the first time Gossage has ranted about the state of today’s game. As long as there are reporters with copy to file and down time in spring training, it probably won’t be the last.

Scully harbors no such fantasy.

Bryce Harper inks record one-year contract extension with Nationals

It was eerily similar to the previous night, when another potential future ace of the White Sox took the mound at BB&T Ballpark and pitched six strong innings for the Knights. In that one, bespectacled right-hander Carson Fulmer gave up just one run on five hits and struck out three — including rehabbing big-leaguer Jackie Bradley Jr. — on 93 pitches.

Cameron Fleming Limited Jersey And that was really familiar, too. In the Knights’ previous game, yet another potential future ace of the White Sox toed the rubber, this time on the road in Norfolk. Reynaldo Lopez, another right-hander, threw 94 pitches, allowing two runs and striking out four — down from 10 punch outs his previous start — in six solid innings.

Youth Marcus Martin Jersey The Nationals and Bryce Harper have come to terms on a one-year extension of the right fielder’s contract, under which he will make $21.65 million in 2018.

The extension marks the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player in MLB history, according to baseball reporter Jon Heyman.

The deal also includes a $1 million bonus if Harper is named NL MVP next season.

Harper deal is largest 1-yr deal fir arb eligible player in history. On top of the $21.65M he gets $1M if he’s MVP.

That $1 million bonus is certainly attainable for Harper. He was the unanimous NL MVP in 2015, and with a .372/.496/.717 slash line, 10 home runs and 29 RBIs so far this season for the surging Nationals, he’s the favorite to win the 2017 award, listed at 7-to-5 odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Giants’ Brandon Marshall intends to retire in two years

The clock is officially ticking for Brandon Marshall.

The Giants wide receiver on Saturday revealed he intends to play just two more years before retiring from football.

“It’s two years,” Marshall said at the Health and Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium, via NJ.com. “I just decided that last week. Two years, get my Super Bowl, have a little bit more fun, and then change the world in the mental health space.”

Still, Charles holds no ill will against the Chiefs, despite signing with division rival Denver on Tuesday.

“I won’t be against Kansas City,” he said. “That sounds crazy, man. I would never be against Kansas City, because at the end of the day, they gave me my chance here. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to show them what I can do. Right here was my first opportunity, my first dream to play in the NFL and everything started here. I wish I could have finished out, but God had a different plan for me, and I’m just excited for the next chapter.”

“I definitely think we have a team that’s going to be in position to win a Super Bowl,” Marshall said. “It’s extremely hard to win a Super Bowl. I’ve been in the league for 12 seasons now on some really good football teams, some really great organizations, and I haven’t been to the playoffs. That tells you how hard it is to make the Super Bowl. So I don’t throw that around lightly.”

Marshall, 33, had his best season in 2015 during his first year with the Jets, with 109 catches for 1,502 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions. He then logged 59 catches, the lowest since his rookie season, for 788 yards and three scores last season. Still, the 11-year veteran’s 168 receptions were 63 more than any other Jets receiver over that span.

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NFL Draft 2017: No arrests made, Philadelphia police say

How important is it for Alberto to come across as charismatic and competent on camera when discussing NFL rules like Dean and you were, and is he capable of that?

Pereira: It’s huge. I think it remains to be seen a little bit (on Riveron). I mean, I haven’t seen a lot of Al in a public environment where he’s speaking to group or media. But you have to think that the league knows it’s very important.

I hope the league does with him a little bit like what they did with me, which was to give him some media training. I remember them putting me in an office with some media people from a media training group from Dallas and simulating interviews and stuff like that. It was very worthwhile.

Game Mens Randall Cunningham Jersey A police spokesman told the Inquirer that in addition to zero arrests, there wasn’t even a single citation issued over the weekend in relation to the draft. According to the report, last year’s draft in Chicago resulted in 17 arrests for protesting various issues and blocking traffic.

Mens Javon Hargrave Jersey The only apparent disruption in Philadelphia came from former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, who trolled Eagles fans by announcing Dallas’ second-round selection on behalf of the five-time world champions to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

Malik McDowell is ready to wreck havoc in the NFL with the Seahawks

Update: The Seahawks grabbed McDowell with the 35th pick.

Malik McDowell is a very interesting prospect if for no other reason than — and this happens sometimes when you’re breaking down a guy’s film — it was apparent a game or two into watching his tape that he was playing out of position at Michigan State. Which isn’t an excuse, it just … is. You don’t normally put a guy who is 6’6, almost 300 pounds and with arms that are almost 35 inches long inside.

It would be a waste, because it’s hard for a guy that size to stay low, it’s hard for him to hold up against double teams inside where everything happens faster, it’s hard for him get those long ass arms into full extension on guards who are much closer to the line of scrimmage than, say, offensive tackles.

And of course, there are the players themselves who have called each other out on the podium.
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Jimmy Butler blasted Celtics’ guard Marcus Smart, questioning his toughness, while Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley publicly took shots at each other after the Rockets eliminated the Thunder on Tuesday.

Authentic Kids Donte Moncrief Jersey Thomas dropped 53 points during a playoff game in The Garden. He’s not a Boston Celtics point guard anymore; he’s a legend now.

In his 53, the most points scored in the playoffs since 2003, he scored 20 points in the fourth quarter alone as Boston soared back to force overtime. In the extra period, he dropped nine more. With each shot he hit, it felt increasingly like we were watching something truly special. When he did all that and carried the team to a 129-119 win to go up 2-0 in a second-round playoff series, it immortalized this moment.

Tyronn Lue says the hardest part about coaching the Cavs is dealing with the media

Tyronn Lue called coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers the hardest job, by far.
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Even with a roster that has tapped its payroll to feature the best basketball player on the planet and two additional All-Stars, Lue conceded he faces issues no other coach in the league has to deal with on ESPN’s NBA Lockdown Podcast.

Many of those challenges, he said, come from learning to ignore the outside noise. Lue said he understands now that reporters have jobs to do: They have to write a story or sell a book. He gets it.

But it’s just, I don’t like it when they make stuff up, he said. If I didn’t do a good job or I didn’t do something [correctly], then I understand that. That’s your job. You got to write it. But when you make stuff up, that’s the part that I don’t get that kind of makes me mad.
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Lue received public scrutiny for his decisions to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love at multiple points throughout the season. He also chose to sit Irving and Love during the Cavaliers’ 26-point comeback in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, a move that wasn’t received well by several news outlets, according to ESPN.

Kennard put up better numbers in the pick-and-roll than anyone in this draft as a sophomore at Duke. He’s a lights-out shooter with good size for an off-guard at 6’6. As long as he can hold his own defensively, he should have a long career.