MLB trade rumors: Rangers could still shop Yu Darvish, not Cole Hamels

Despite what one headline writer would have you believe, the Rangers are not in contention for the AL West. And after losing three straight and three of five to start the second half , they may not be in wild-card contention for long.

If the Rangers keep falling back the cries of Sell! Sell! Sell! will continue to get louder, and, according to Jon Heyman, the cries for selling Yu Darvish continue to ring out.

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Quintana is the second pitcher since 1990 to strike out 10 or more batters in consecutive starts for two different teams, while in the same season. Quintana had 10 strikeouts for the White Sox in his last start before trading uniforms and joining the cross-town rival. His 12 strikeouts also ties the most for a Cub in his debut.

He was relieved in the eigth inning by Carl Edwards Jr. and the Cubs beat the Orioles 8-0, completing the series sweep.

Game Kids Mark Gastineau Jersey The Cubs desperately needed to revamp their rotation if they wanted to rekindle any hope of contending during the second half of the season. If this gem is any indication of what Quintana will continue to do with the Cubs, he could help the north side get back on the right track.

Teodosic is a pick-and-roll maestro.

Limited T.Y. Hilton Jersey This is going to be fun. The 30-year-old point guard has long been one of the best players outside of the NBA, making the All-Euroleague team in six of the previous eight seasons and leading Serbia to a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics. Now, he’s coming over to the NBA to find out if his unique skill set can dominate in a similar fashion as it has in Europe.

Limited Brooks Orpik Jersey Teodosic is a pick-and-roll maestro. He’s one of the top-five passers in the world, possessing the creativity and ability to hit teammates from unconventional and seemingly impossible angles both in transition and in the halfcourt. Throw in the fact that he’s also a career near-40 percent 3-point shooter as well as a tremendous ball-handler, and Teodosic should step into the NBA and immediately be a starter-caliber player on offense. Sure, he’ll turn the ball over, but those will likely be overshadowed by spectacular plays.

JaMychal Green, Grizzlies — The Grizzlies are still planning to keep Green, and their payroll is such that they really can’t afford to let him go. Green is 27 and coming off a breakout year, with impressive per-36 numbers (11.8 points, 9.3 rebounds). There has been interest from the Bulls, sources said, and he is a backup plan in San Antonio depending on what happens with Simmons. There is a chance something could get worked out without an offer sheet (the Hawks and Suns will be monitoring the situation), but the Grizzlies can bide their time and see how the remainder of the market for RFAs plays out.

Bojan Bogdanovic, Wizards — The price tag is dropping quickly on Bogdanovic. He entered free agency looking for a deal worth about $50 million for three years, a source said, but that has not materialized, and it’s hard to say exactly where that money would come from. It won’t come from the Wizards, who will have luxury-tax worries assuming they match Otto Porter’s deal.

Derek Jeter group, with Michael Jordan aboard, nears $1.2B Marlins purchase, report says

Derek Jeter’s group — with Michael Jordan on board — has bid $1.2 billion for the Marlins and could be closing in on a deal for the MLB team, The New York Post reported late Monday night.

The 2014 World Series MVP, 0-3 this season before the injury, will rejoin a rotation in which his replacement, Ty Blach (6-5), is the only pitcher with a winning record and Johnny Cueto’s lackluster 4.51 ERA is the group’s best for a last-place team that is 34-56.

Tyler Ennis Womens Jersey It sucks. I put myself in this spot, Bumgarner said, referring to the dirt-bike accident in Colorado. I wish I wouldn’t have. I’ve tried to make the best of it — and still am.
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The bit of good news comes with an even bigger component: Bumgarner avoided a more serious injury that would’ve required surgery and has rebuilt his arm strength without even a small setback.

Any time you deal with something with your throwing arm, especially your shoulder, it’s pretty scary, he admitted.

The final hurdle, after work in the Arizona Rookie League and at Triple-A Fresno: He struck out eight and gave up two singles in six innings for San Jose, and afterward Bumgarner said he’ll be ready to start Saturday against the Padres in San Diego.

NBA execs on Carmelo Anthony-Phil Jackson trade drama: ‘Everyone has the Knicks over a barrel’

Ask around among NBA executives, and the consensus is that Knicks team president Phil Jackson didn’t say anything particularly surprising on Friday when he told the media that Carmelo Anthony, “would be better off somewhere else.” But ask them if they’re prepared to take Anthony on their own rosters, and the answers almost universally come back, “Well, no …”

A contract that has two years and $53 million remaining, for a guy who will be 33 next month, will do that.

“If he were willing to keep altering his style of play, you might say yes,” one general manager said. “At his best, when he was four or five years younger, you could win if you built the team to fit what he does. They had some good teams, people forget. But at this point, at his age, it is not possible unless he becomes more of a role player — a stretch-4, a second or third option. But then you’re paying $25 million per year for a role player, and how does that help you?”

McCollum: I read something that said I could get tampering. I don’t want to get fined $25,000.

Rooks: I’m with you. I mean, even though you got that $100 million. You don’t want to get fined.

McCollum: You gotta be smart about it. I don’t want Mr. (Trail Blazers owner Paul) Allen being upset at me. They asked me a question on Twitter. They said, ‘Who would you like to see?’ and I was like, ‘@YGTrece.’ Why not?

George was also sought after by the Lakers and Celtics among others before the NBA trade deadline.


Cavs’ Tyronn Lue appears to criticize Thunder for not playing Russell Westbrook enough

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was answering questions Wednesday about LeBron James’ minutes when he said something interesting.

Teams are suffering because they listen to what the media is saying about guys playing minutes, he said. When asked later what he meant, he added, Some teams should play some guys more minutes, and it would’ve been different series. So, whatever.

The fact he said series means he’s talking about a playoff series. Three NBA first-round series are finished at the moment: Cavs-Pacers, Warriors-Trail Blazers and Rockets-Thunder. The only player whose minutes were a topic of discussion was Russell Westbrook against Houston.
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Somehow, he got up and got all ball on James Harden to prevent a potential tying bucket. Time ran out and the Spurs, improbably, had a 3-2 lead in this Western Conference playoff series after a 110-107 victory Tuesday.

For one night, and in one enduring moment, one of the franchise’s greatest players was again one of its most important.

Manu, you know, reached back and gave us one of his Manu performances from past years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters, per He was a stud. Ginobili finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and that one enormous block.

Ginobili said he was feeling the adrenaline rush that comes with being in the playoffs. That was evident in the first half when he drove and dunked with his right hand. (It was very unexpected, he told reporters.)

When Kawhi Leonard went to the bench with an ankle injury, Ginobili became part of the closeout group again.

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Phil Jackson reiterates he wants Carmelo Anthony to waive no-trade clause

For someone known as the ‘Zen Master’ and for being a smart man, Phil Jackson doesn’t have a lot of tact. He’s a man who loves to fight his battles in the media, just like Knicks owner James Dolan, but he’s also someone who can’t let anything go.

Well, he wants to let someone go, but that’s not the point. Jackson can’t seem to say anything that doesn’t get taken the wrong way, but it’s hard not to take what he said Friday at the NBA Combine the wrong way.

Chris Higgins Limited Jersey We’d like him to have success,Jackson said of Carmelo Anthony, per ESPN. The opportunity is narrowing. We’d just like him to have success somewhere. We’re not going to be there. Hopefully, we’ll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion.

Frye, Jefferson and special guest Kyrie Irving were talking about Ball on Friday, more specifically the perception LaVar Ball is creating of Lonzo and his younger brothers LaMelo and LiAngelo.

NBA players hear what LaVar says and see what he does – like sell shoes for $495 when his son has yet to play a second in the NBA – and it wears on them.

When he starts going off and saying, ‘I could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one,’ and … he compared Lonzo to Uber and taxi, come on. Just relax a little bit, he said. Take a step back and realize the impact that you can make, not for the moment now, but for the future. Lonzo is going to be in the NBA regardless. But at the end of the day, he still is going into another world that you can’t control.

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Donald is doing his part, as he’s motivated by more than just the thought of a massive payday.

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It’s never being comfortable where you’re at and having that mindset that you’re starting fresh and new (each season), Donald said. You’ve got to make a name for yourself all over again.

The big questions now are whether Donald will be signing his name on a new contract before camp begins and what will happen if he doesn’t.

The 11-time world champion cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board to World Boxing Organization president Francisco Valcarcel for a thorough review of the refereeing and judging of the bout, which was staged outdoors in front of more than 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

The WBO should take action on the request so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing, Pacquiao said. I had already accepted the decision, but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter, I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.

I love boxing, and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating, he added.

Jarran Reed Jersey In a letter to Valcarcel, GAB chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra and two other officials expressed concerns about the possible errors of the referee and the three judges who officiated the subject fight.

We … request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity, the statement said.

Marshawn Lynch giving 2,000 kids free tickets to water park

As Marshawn Lynch prepares for his return to the NFL for his hometown Oakland Raiders, he keeps doing nice things for the community.

Earlier this month, Lynch’s Beast Mode apparel store advertised free haircuts to kids with good grades.

Sorry, Clippers fans. The wounds are still fresh from the Chris Paul trade and there’s a chance Blake Griffin leaves L.A. as a free agent this offseason, but there’s no denying that Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan comprise the strongest three-man unit in Clippers history.

The Lakers could assemble some incredible three-player teams from multiple decades. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, who won the 1972 NBA Finals together, all averaged more than 20 points per game in the same season. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were also given consideration, but who’s their third player? Glen Rice? Derek Fisher?

These three have won a collective five championships in San Antonio as the Spurs have won at least 50 games in every season since the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, when they won their first title. Each player has at least one NBA Finals MVP award to his name. At his peak, Parker averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game, and his three-point shot has only improved with age. Leonard is one of the best two-way players in the league and he would succeed in any era of the NBA. Duncan, a five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP and 15-time All-Star, is had one of the 10 best careers in NBA history.warriors_003-115x115

Robert Kraft says NFL must attract millennials with live streaming

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the NFL’s future will see more live streaming of games to attract millennials. And he believes that future also includes international expansion.
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Kraft told the New York Post last week that Amazon’s $50 million deal this year to live stream 10 NFL Thursday night games to its Prime Video subscription members is an important step in catering to younger NFL fans. Twitter and Yahoo have live streamed games the past couple of seasons, and Verizon will stream the Jaguars-Ravens game from London on Sept. 24.

According to the WLUK report, the criminal complaint states Green allegedly hit his 15-year-old when he became upset she would not do her chores. Green’s daughter told deputies he pushed her to the floor, into cabinets, and forcefully carried her into kitchen. The daughter said that Green punched her, and Green told deputies he slapped her upside the head.
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The complaint also notes that Green’s daughter suffered a black eye and scrapes by her eye. Green said the injuries came from accidentally hitting her glasses. After the incident, the daughter went to a neighbor’s house to call police. Green’s wife, other family members and a nanny were in the home at the time of the incident.

WLUK reports that Green was issued a $2,500 signature bond and ordered to have no contact with daughter and witnesses. He is also barred from unsupervised contact with any minors.

Green, 40, played 12 seasons in the NFL, and thrived in Green Bay as an all-purpose back. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards six times for the Packers and made four Pro Bowls. He remains the Packers’ all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards.

Green also played a couple of seasons each in Seattle and Houston, and finished his NFL career after the 2009 season with 9,205 rushing yards, 2,883 receiving yards and 74 total touchdowns.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL draft.

Bell, meanwhile, is seeing the clock tick on his prime, the way it does with all great running backs. Yes, he’s still just 25 and is entering his fifth season, but you never know when either the odometer hits zero or when your team (and the league) decides it has. Either way, your earning power and leverage hit zero then, too.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL draft. He was considered a top talent in the class but fell due to previous off-the-field issues, as well as missing the NFL Combine.

So you asked me what I would say to him? Man, I would probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug man, he added. There’s no words I could tell him.

Moss also told a story about how Green was good with rhythm, and how it set the tone for the Vikings offense in 1998:

Game Kids Brett Kern Jersey Coach Green is up here at a podium kind of like this, if any of you knew Coach Green he could play the drums, he knew rhythm very good. So he’s up here playing a beat on the podium, so we never knew why he was playing that beat. So, when he starts playing the beat, he was basically telling Randall Cunningham, Randall McDaniel, the offense, Cris Carter and them, ‘This is the rhythm that we’re going to have to play to the whole night in order for us to be successful.’

Besides manning his customary right tackle position, Strief will play a significant role in helping to prepare a rookie to start on the opposite side. Ryan Ramczyk is being thrust into that role after left tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum last Wednesday during a bag drill at veteran minicamp.

Elite Womens Dennis Maruk Jersey It’s a huge loss for us, Strief told co-host Zig Fracassi and me last Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Terron is such a talented guy. It’s going to be a tough replacement whoever gets tasked with that. Those are big shoes to fill.