USA Basketball received a wake up call on Thursday night.
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Team USA was handed a rare loss, falling to Mexico 78-70 in a qualifying game for next year’s FIBA World Cup.

The loss was the first in 10 games for Team USA under Van Gundy and only the second loss in 30 games for the U.S. against Mexico.

Recently, Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer wrote a piece called Let’s Stop Pretending That Pitchers Can Hit, and it’s a great read. It brings the DH debate into the current time, with an emphasis on the continuing deterioration of aggregate hitting performances of pitchers. That cannot be denied. Pitchers, relative to position players, have never been good hitters, even the best-hitting hurlers, and the gap is widening. Lindbergh is but one of a legion of analytically informed writers who have condemned the medieval practice of allowing pitchers to hit over the years. This, I think, has become orthodoxy among those whose fandom is heavily informed by analytics. To them, the professional game is undermined by having non-professional hitters take a turn at the plate in the major leagues.

The Rockets acquired Paul a year ago in an opt-in-and-trade deal with the LA Clippers.

In addition to Paul, swingman Gerald Green agreed to re-sign with the Rockets on a one-year deal for the veterans minimum of $2.4 million, a source told ESPN. Green averaged 12.1 points last season and had five games of 20-plus points off the bench last season.

The Bills’ first-round pick in 2016 has thus far failed to emerge in Chris Wagner Womens Jersey the defensive schemes of either former coach Rex Ryan or current coach Sean McDermott. Comments from both Lawson and his coaches this offseason has made it clear he is at a crossroads with the team, which has prompted Lawson to shed extra weight and take a more disciplined approach to his game. The Womens Cam Fowler Jersey problem for Lawson is the Bills stocked up on defensive ends this offseason, signing former Redskins pass-rusher Trent Murphy to a three-year, $22.5 million deal while also bringing aboard Terrence Fede and Owa Odighizuwa.