Jets expected to name starting quarterback by next Monday

The Jets’ quarterback conundrum is expected to be solved by next Monday, according to coach Todd Bowles.

Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are all competing for the starting position, but McCown is expected to earn the top spot. Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants is the last chance to make an impression.

“Odell has an ankle (injury). We’ll see how he responds to treatment,” McAdoo said during a conference call, via ESPN. “Brandon has a shoulder (injury), and again we just have to see how these two guys respond to treatment.”

When pressed on what kind of sprain Beckham has, McAdoo simply responded, “It’s an ankle.”

Beckham sustained the sprain in the second quarter, when he was hit in the leg. He jogged back to the locker room, but knelt to the floor in pain in the hallway.

As for Marshall, McAdoo seemed a little more optimistic and vaguely alluded to a recovery timetable.

“We just had him in here for a treatment session, and we’ll take it day to day,” McAdoo said.

The Bills signed Dareus to one of the most front-loaded contracts in the NFL, with up front money that even surpasses that of Ndamukong Suh’s massive contract in Miami. Since signing the contract, Dareus has notched just 5.5 sacks, has complained about his coach and has been suspended for four games by the league. With millions in dead money still on the books, the Bills need Dareus to show a great deal of improvement this year. seahawks_009

Gordon Hayward’s agent said no decision made, moments after Hayward to Celtics was reported

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Gordon Hayward is heading to the Boston Celtics. That’s now official, thanks to The Players Tribune. But there was confusion for a few hours on July 4, even though Hayward to Boston was reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes earlier in the day.

Minutes after Haynes reported was headed to the Boston Celtics, Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN that he was still processing his decision.

Gordon hasn’t made a decision yet. We are still working through it, Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Tad Brown said it can wear on you after so many decades. There are passions in his life. Cited philanthropic efforts, family.

The Rockets are poised to be a top-three team in the West next season, and they have a superstar (and MVP runner-up) locked up until 2023 after James Harden recently inked a new contract extension with the team. That could shoot the team’s evaluation up even higher than the Forbes estimation.

The last NBA team to sell was in 2015, when the Atlanta Hawks sold for $850 million. In 2014, Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for an incredible $2 billion and the Milwaukee Bucks went for $550 million, as well. After a rash of franchises being sold in 2010 and 2011, there hasn’t been nearly the demand ever since.

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We might talk about Michael Redd the same way we talk about Ray Allen if it wasn’t for the injuries.

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We might talk about Michael Redd the same way we talk about Ray Allen if it wasn’t for the injuries. The sweet-shootin’ left-hander was on the same career path for a while, only to see a twice-torn ACL and MCL end his career prematurely. But while Redd did hit more than 1,000 threes in his abruptly shortened career, the dude was gifted in so many other ways. Here he was at his peak.

That obviously turned out not to be the case. Smith’s lottery position didn’t exactly help his cause, but Adidas missed out on an opportunity to sign one of the better talents in the draft class.

It hurts them a bit more because now they’re on the outside looking in with this class. The only lottery pick they have signed is Utah’s Donovan Mitchell. Last year, they signed Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, and Kris Dunn.
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Exactly how big is this for Under Armour?

This is a straight-up coup for Under Armour. This was always a possibility, but seemed unlikely to happen back in June. Nike came on strong and signed seven draft prospects early, but didn’t manage to grab Smith, who was regarded as the sleeper endorser of this draft. There are some who believe Smith could end up being the best player in this draft class.

NFL odds 2017: Preseason Week 2 betting lines and trends roundup

The Baltimore Ravens are a perfect 5-0 straight up and against the spread over their last five preseason games after an impressive 23-3 victory over Washington last week. The Ravens will try to extend their preseason winning streak on the road against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.

Baltimore is a 3-point road underdog in Miami at sportsbooks monitored by Under head coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens have been a consistent preseason moneymaker over the last few seasons with a 10-3 SU and 11-2 ATS record since the start of the 2014 season. The Ravens are 3-0 SU and ATS as an underdog over that stretch.

With the news that Ryan Tannehill will have season-ending ACL surgery, the Dolphins will have no quarterback controversy this year as newly signed Jay Cutler is set to be the starter for as long as he stays healthy. Cutler will make his Dolphins debut in limited reps on Thursday as he tries to get acclimated to his new offense. Miami defeated the Atlanta Falcons last week 23-20 without Cutler.

Seattle signed Lacy to a one-year deal loaded with incentives, including benchmarks for reaching weight goals. Lacy’s been hitting those marks and looks in reasonable shape, so it doesn’t seem like his old weight problems have popped up again. Given his previous track record of success, it was a smart low-risk investment. The Seahawks probably won’t cut him, but doing so would only cost $2.865 million against the cap. It’s an option should Seattle face a roster crunch.

Lacy could still make the final roster, but what purpose does he even serve right now? Carson basically looks like the good version of Lacy, and who knows if the real Lacy will look like that again. It’s been a long time since 2014, the last time Lacy cleared 1,000 rushing yards. Now 27 years old, it’s entirely possible we’ve already seen his peak years.


Crosby’s linemate who assisted on the highlight-reel breakaway and added a goal for himself

It was a goal-scorers goal by an elite player, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, succinctly.

That’s a world-class type of play, Matt Murray, the winning goalie on 30 saves, marveled from his vantage point 200 feet away.

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Crosby didn’t get the chance to break down his thought process after the game. He had a date with the Tooth Fairy after losing two front teeth when he was high sticked by Evander Kane with 1:25 left in the game. Some saw it as a karmic twist for spearing Ryan O’Reilly between the legs and getting away with it. That didn’t matter.

Here’s something that does: Pittsburgh wrapped up a playoff berth for an 11th consecutive season with the win, the team’s eighth in 10 games.

It came in the absence of co-star Evgeni Malkin, who sat out his third straight game with an injury. The Penguins also lost the effective play of rookie winger Jake Guentzel to a concussion on a brutal hit by Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who was given a game misconduct for interference and ejected.

Crosby might not win his third Hart Trophy this season, but these performances remind why he probably should.

The ripple effects of the eight-year, $100 million extension Connor McDavid signed last month is already having an impact on the negotiations for Jack Eichel’s extension with Buffalo, and will also affect the future Matthews contract and the price tag for Tavares.

Pedro Martinez took the mound in a Red Sox uniform again for a special reason

Pedro Martinez was back on the mound for a special reason on Thursday night. Wearing his regular 45 on his back, Pedro pitched in the Abbot Financial Management Oldtime Baseball Game in support of charity.

That charity hits close to home for him, and many current and former Red Sox players, as the game was supporting the John Martin Fund and ALS Therapy Development Institute.

But now, the problem could be more than just a bad day on the mound and may affect the Cubs’ season hopes even further. Lester left the field with trainers before even making it through multiple innings, and now reports say he is experiencing “left lat tightness.”

The team is evaluating the injury further, but Lester has three more seasons on his current $155 million contract after this one, with a team option for 2021.

He joined the team in 2015 and posted a 3.44 ERA in 205 innings, with a much better 2.44 ERA in 202 innings the season following, when he came in second in NL Cy Young voting.

The ace has been a steady presence in the Cubs’ rotation for the most part, although like any pitcher he has had his shaky moments. Should he be sidelined for the rest of this Adam Shaheen Jerseys
season, or even worse need surgery that could derail him for longer than that, the second half of his contract begins to look a lot more unwieldy for the team.

Hopefully it’s not as serious an issue as it could be, and simply some tightness that can be attended to and won’t keep him out of the rotation for more than a game or two.

Former Dodger Steve Sax explains the backstory of that amazing Three Stooges mural

On Monday, Lakers radio play-by-play man John Ireland tweeted out an incredible mural that has been in his house since he and his family moved in years ago, depicting former Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax surrounded by The Three Stooges.

But I also don’t know that an exciting All-Star Game is necessary. It’s still a really fun event with a celebratory (if more-subdued-than-the-derby) vibe. There are no stakes, and there shouldn’t be. Which means that the game just is what it is, and maybe it can’t be and shouldn’t be anything else besides half-drunk, slightly dazed baseball.
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After all, there’s no reason you eat dessert — you don’t down ice cream because it’s good for you or because you definitely need more food. It just tastes good. It’s sweet. It marks the end of something enjoyable.

Barry Bonds Elite Jersey I disagreed with that at the time. Everyone disagrees with it now. The point isn’t to shame someone for a years-old hot take — and I would remind you that it’s very impolite to search through my old writing. The point is that six years ago, Beltre was most certainly not a first-ballot Hall of Famer. People had opinions on him, and some of them were sour.

And now he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Maybe second. Probably first, though. If you need convincing, read this Deadspin article Friday about the players who managed to slap two different Hall of Fame careers together into a single career.

The current player most likely to be not just a Hall of Famer but a Hendersonian Hall of Famer is…Adrian Beltre?

Dodgers, Rangers at an ‘impasse’ in Yu Darvish trade talks

The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET today, so if the Dodgers and Rangers are going to figure out a Yu Darvish trade, they’ll have to do it soon. As of Monday morning, the two sides are are at an impasse according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman, with Heyman adding that LA loves its prospects as the reason for said impasse.
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Chris Higgins Limited Jersey We’ve known this specific instance was a distinct possibility for these trade negotiations for a while now: It’s just how the Dodgers operate, and it’s why we graded the initial Darvish/Dodgers rumor a C+ in our series of trade rumor grades. And it’s worked for them to this point — notice all the productive youth on their roster.

However, it did feel like things could be a little different this summer, given Clayton Kershaw’s second season in a row hitting the disabled list because of a back injury and all the productive youths the Dodgers already have on their roster.

That might seem like a specious conclusion until you look at some of the more particular details of his sales, where the league claims he had the most popular batting practice jersey of any All-Star Game in the last decade – remarkable sales which only further doubled after he vanquished his competition in the Dinger Colosseum. On top of that, he had the most popular uniform jersey and the most searched term on the official MLB website was Judge-related.

Even taking the descriptor Judge-related with a grain of salt – that could just mean Yankees-related or the name Aaron or people who wear the number 99 which is unfair to Hyun-Jin Ryu – these numbers are an early look at a world where Judge jerseys are flying off the shelves and little kids in Oklahoma are rooting for him from a timezone away. Which isn’t a bad future necessarily, just one where once again a Yankees star is the toast of the league instead of someone from a smaller market.

Broncos schedule 2017: Denver forced to work hard for its return to playoffs

Denver’s trip to Philadelphia is particularly tough on a short week after a Monday night game in Kansas City. The Broncos won’t overlook the Eagles, but who could blame them if they did? The Patriots lurk in a Week 10 Sunday night matchup made for TV. The second Raiders game of the season follows a winnable home game against the Bengals.

Wentz looked like a seasoned veteran through the first month of his rookie season before playing more like a rookie the rest of the year. He finished with 3,782 passing yards with 16 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. The No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft will have to make strides this season if they are going to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

A playoff berth is possible, but the Eagles have to win at least two of those three games in their midseason homestand and then at least split with the Cowboys. A tough December might make it too difficult to get into the postseason with what will likely be an 8-8 season.

This is pretty bad for the Raiders, almost like the NFL piling on their relocation to Las Vegas with three tough road games in the final four. The early part of December is bad enough against those playoff teams, but then Oakland also needs to play on Christmas night and finish on a short week. That can knock them out of first place again.

Oakland took advantage of an improved roster and weakened schedule to finish 12-4 last season, good for an AFC wild-card berth that ended the Raiders’ 14-year playoff drought. Carr and the offense will keep driving this team into the postseason mix, even if the defense it’s desperately trying to upgrade around Khalil Mack should face similar struggles. This record should be sufficient to make the Raiders at least the No. 6 seed in the conference and give them a chance to make more playoff noise with a healthy Carr.

Angels teammates give Mike Trout messy birthday gift

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Trout celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday and his Angels teammates gave the six-time All-Star all of the ingredients for a birthday cake, except they were in the form of dumping them on Trout’s head.

Trout took the so-called gift well, at first, but appeared less than amused once everything was emptied onto his person. The rookie hazing treatment is not exactly the optimum gift for a two-time league MVP.

The Angels host the Orioles Monday night and Trout, who hopefully took a shower after receiving his birthday gift, will be in center field.
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But dad, I mean, he worked eight to ten hours a day on his job, and there were days where he felt like — we would go out in the backyard and say we want to race, and my dad was a pretty fast runner back in his day, and Tommy, Levi, Ned Jr. and myself and Sam, we used to go out on the side of the house, and we would commence to race to see who could beat Pops. It took us a while. Well, it took them a while.

Finally that one day came. I had my mind made up that he wasn’t going to beat me today, and sure enough, we took off, and I was able to finally beat my dad in a race. That was the last time he raced us.