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There have also been times when tossing his glove has stemmed not from joy and goofiness but from annoyance — at a ball or at a team member. There was the time that Andrus touched his head (again) during a meeting at the mound, and Beltre promptly turned around and hucked his glove right at him as Andrus hustled out of there.

Or the time when a ground ball passed him at third and rather than diving for a play that would have been impossible to make even if he could reach the ball, he just threw his glove at it and watched it bounce right by. Who among us?

Who wants a bobblehead or branded mini-bat from a funeral home anyway? They might as well be giving away the product that they know best.

What really makes it is the complete lack of somberness in the marketing for the giveaway, complete with the promise of fireworks after the game.
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While the MLB All-Star Game has been a historically evenly matched affair with the National League holding the slight all-time edge at 43-42-2, the last few decades have been tilted heavily in the American League’s favor. The AL has gone 22-6-1 in its last 29 games against the NL, shaking off a three-game winning streak by the NL from 2010 to 2012 with four straight wins.

The AL-leading Houston Astros will be represented by three of the top five bats in the starting lineup with Jose Altuve batting leadoff, George Springer batting clean-up, and Carlos Correa batting fifth. Home Run Derby winner Aaron Judge is batting third.
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Charles Barkley famously said in a Nike commercial, “I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”

He’s right. Just because he’s a basketball player doesn’t mean he should be looked up to. Kids don’t need to replicated his actions or his beliefs just because he’s good at grabbing rebounds. But that’s not always the case.

“With cocaine especially, there’s a high, and then an emotional low. So it’s like a roller coaster. You go high, and then you go low. High, low, high, low. After you do it, you feel shame. You think about all the reasons why you shouldn’t have done it. Then the cycle starts again.

“That’s the thing people don’t understand. Anybody who’s lived a complicated, drug-infused life like I’ve lived knows the cycle — with women, cheating on my wife, shit like that. Nights when I should have been asleep. Nights when I stayed up sniffing coke. Lot of those nights. When your heart is beating fast. When you should know better. When you’re just riding that roller coaster, man.”

“My daughter, Destiny, is 18. She’s beautiful and smart. And she doesn’t take any shit. When I was able to talk again, she told me straight up, ‘Dad, you need to get yourself help or I’m not going to talk to you again.'”

“I’m sober now. But it’s an everyday struggle. I have an addiction. I’ll always have an addiction. It never goes away. I mean, I want to get high right now. But I know that I can’t if I want to be here for my children.”dolphins_012

Davis says the back to the basics approach is paying dividends.

The expectation level (on the outside) is not as high as it was coming off a Super Bowl year, he said. That’s probably the reason why you see a more relaxed team. We’re just going to go out and play.
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Attitude isn’t the only thing different about the Panthers.
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One of the biggest priorities was putting Newton in position to better his play and improve a dismal 52.9 completion percentage. Newton’s blindside protection was addressed with the signing of ex-Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil (brother of Panthers center Ryan Kalil) as a free agent.

McDermott’s first-hand knowledge of the NFC South could come in handy during this stretch beginning with the defending NFC champion Falcons, who welcome the Bills to the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A bye week splits toss-up showdowns with a pair of playoff wild-cards in the Bengals and Buccaneers. Derek Carr and the Raiders put on an aerial display against the Bills in Oakland last season, so expect more of the same from one of the AFC’s top teams.

The Bills and Jets do battle in the NFL’s Color Rush gimmick for a third straight season, but that’s about as interesting as things will get to start Week 9. New York may well be gunning for the No. 1 overall draft pick by this point. Drew Brees is far less intimidating outdoors on the road than at home, another plus for the Bills. Then it’s off to the snug confines of StubHub Center in Los Angeles before a tough road test against the defending AFC West champs. Buffalo would do well to take two games during this stretch.

he dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season and now has the ankle issue to overcome.

Factoring in Tulowitzki’s age, his declining offense and defense, and his onerous contract, the Blue Jays have a difficult road ahead. In fact, Tulowitzki’s contract looks to be one of the most untenable in baseball.

His offensive numbers took a huge nosedive this season, as Tulowitzki’s .678 OPS is the worst of his everyday playing career. A career-high 52.5 percent ground ball rate is another concerning statistic, which means he’s failing to barrel up the ball and is inducing a higher rate of soft contact.

If would be one thing if Tulowitzki was still a defensive wizard at shortstop. But in 2017, it seems he’s lost a step in the field, as most of his defensive numbers slipped.
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His offensive and defensive decline could simply be linked to injuries; he dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season and now has the ankle issue to overcome.

Tyler Ervin Womens Jersey Through his two-plus seasons with the Blue Jays, Tulowitzki has been the consummate hot and cold hitter, but he’s always provided exceptional defense at a premium position. But Tulowitzki just hasn’t looked like himself in 2017.

When you’re doing that parade and you make that turn around the corner, and you see all those people, it’s crazy, he said.

And, yeah, now I understand why.

It’s very cool, watching the legends of the game pass by in the back of massive pick-up trucks, which I can only assume were heading to some brick-hauling job directly after the parade. Whitey Ford, the left-handed ace of the Yankees during Mickey Mantle’s heyday, was the first player to pass by, and he was followed by dominating Cardinals starter Bob Gibson.

Yu Darvish doesn’t want to be a bad Dodgers teammate

Yu Darvish suited up for his first game as a member of the Dodgers Wednesday when the team visited Atlanta to play the Braves, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have jitters about being the new guy.

Mens Dan Majerle Jersey Speaking through an interpreter (via ESPN), Darvish said he doesn’t want to be taken as the arrogant player who does whatever you want to do and you’re a bad teammate.
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Darvish elabroated, saying, I don’t want to be that guy.

However, it seems that Darvish’s Dodgers teammates have made him feel at home, because Darvish added the players have made him feel at home.

Darvish was traded to Los Angeles from the Rangers before the MLB trade deadline Monday in return for three prospects. He will make his Dodgers debut on the mound Friday against the Mets.

Thames is familiar with Na, having been teammates with him in the NC Dinos from 2014 to 2016. Known for his tools and projectable frame as a prospect, Na bloomed as an All-Star caliber player in 2014, during Thames’ first season with the Dinos.

I felt like he was ready three or four years ago, Thames said. He has the talent, arm strength, bat speed and foot speed.

Sporting News previously wrote about Na. He is considered to have the highest ceiling among the four players who Thames named. As of Aug. 7, Na was having a marvelous season 鈥?.376/.438/.636 (175.9 wRC+) with 18 home runs in 330 ABs. He is projected to be eligible for posting after the 2019 season, so there’s more time for him to increase his stock in the KBO.

Are the Jaguars giving up football for volleyball? No, but …

The Jacksonville Jaguars have tried to make it work as a football team. But they’re 22-74 since 2011. Maybe trying something else really is the best idea.

In reality, this is a drill receivers and defensive backs high pointing the ball after the coach bounces it toward them. It looks easier than catching real footballs thrown by Blake Bortles. I’m sure after last week’s practice they needed a break from that.

Of course, we won’t get a chance to see that matchup Thursday. Starters typically don’t last long in the preseason, and the Hall of Fame Game is no exception. In 2015, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played just one series in the season-opening exhibition. The Steelers rested the majority of their starters, including Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown. The game was, let’s say, less than thrilling.

If Dak Prescott plays, it probably won’t be for long. The Cowboys quarterback earned his starting gig last year when Tony Romo went down with injury during the preseason.

The Cardinals boast a surefire enshrinee in wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and a veteran quarterback, Carson Palmer, who could work his way onto semifinalist lists in the future. Not that either veteran will take the field. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians already said that he would not be playing any starters — or even backup quarterback Drew Stanton. That leaves quarterbacking duty to Blaine Gabbert in the first half and undrafted rookie Trevor Knight in the second half. Nothing says preseason like that.

Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions in dramatic, controversial end to classic series

The NHL has a repeat Stanley Cup champion for the first time in almost two decades.

Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 remaining in a wild, controversial Game 6 Sunday and the Penguins hung on in Nashville to become the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back. The Red Wings were the last to do so in 1997 and 1998.

Hornqvist, a one-time Predator, skated just 9:15 — second-lowest among Penguins forwards — but found himself in the right place at the right time to knock a friendly bounce off the end boards inside the near post, just past Pekka Rinne’s left arm.
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The circumstances surrounding the incident — a match penalty requires a deliberate intent to injure, as opposed to a game misconduct — could potentially help Sissons’ case.
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Maatta and Sissons were scuffling in front of the Pittsburgh net, exchanging shoves, when Maatta appears to slip, falling forward just as Sissons takes a final swipe that landed on the bridge of Maatta’s nose. The blow drew blood, but there’s reason to doubt Sissons acted with an intent to injure Maatta.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette seemed to think Sissons would escape suspension.

I watched it play out. I saw Maatta cross-check him, Colton cross-checked him back, Maatta cross-checked him again, and they were doing it somewhere in the midsection, Laviolette said after the game. On the last one, Maatta seemed to slip and his head dropped.

I don’t think there was any intention there whatsoever, so … I don’t think so, but that’s not my call.

Sissons’ absence would be a significant blow to the Predators, whose center depth was already compromised by a season-ending injury to Ryan Johansen, the team’s usual No. 1. The 23-year-old has four goals and six points since Johansen went down and is averaging 17:21 of ice time per game, third among Predators forward.

Predators’ Ryan Ellis questionable for Game 6

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis is listed as questionable for Sunday’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins in Nashville.
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Ellis suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday’s 6-0 loss at Pittsburgh and didn’t participate in Saturday’s optional practice or Sunday’s optional morning skate. However, he did skate on his own Sunday morning.
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We fully expect Ryan to play, Predators defenseman Matt Irwin said, via USA Today. As of right now, that’s the way we’re looking at it. After that, any of us are comfortable playing with anyone, no matter how it shapes up. We’ll just go from there.

Michael Chaput (Vancouver Canucks-RFA): Not a lot of point production yet at the NHL level for the 25-year-old Chaput (17 points in 126 games), but he was a solid contributor for the Calder Cup champions in Lake Erie in 2015-16. Worth a shot. Other Canucks considered: C Brandon Gaunce and D Luca Sbisa.

Marko Dano (Winnipeg Jets-$850,000): If selected, the Golden Knights would be Dano’s fourth NHL team already at the age of 22. He has upper-end offensive skill and needs an opportunity to develop. Vegas seems like a good spot to do that. Other Jets considered: D Toby Enstrom and D Ben Chiarot.

Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars-$3.85 million): Eakin is coming off a down year (3-9-12 in 60 games), but at age 26 can easily revert to being a solid two-way performer, centering the second or third line in Vegas. Other Stars considered: RW Adam Cracknell.

Charles Hudon (Montreal Canadiens-$650,000): He’s not a big guy, but Hudon has above-average offensive skills. Just 22-years-old, he had 28 goals two years ago in the AHL and 27–in only 56 games–last season. Hudon played in three games with the Canadiens and picked up a pair of assists. Other Canadiens considered: C Torrey Mitchell and D Alexei Emelin.

Nets’ Jeremy Lin out another 3-5 weeks with hamstring issue

Authentic Mens Koa Misi Jersey Jeremy Lin has suffered through a rough season with a multitude of hamstring issues, and his latest one will keep him out of action for an extended period.

The Nets announced Monday that Lin suffered a setback on his left hamstring and will miss the next 3-5 weeks.

During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery, the team said in a statement. We understand and appreciate Jeremy’s competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he returns.

Lin, who has played in just 12 games this season, is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds.

It appeared that the Hawks were ready to blow it up once they traded Kyle Korver and were taking offers for Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. It was finally time to start over — until the Hawks went on a seven-game winning streak. During that stretch, the Hawks were paced by Dennis Schroder. He averaged 20.0 points and 6.6 assists in those seven victories.
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We feel strongly about this group, Budenholzer said. The collection of guys, the way they fit and play together, we have shown an ability to play well for long stretches and against good teams. We just have to maintain that for the rest of the year and we are excited about the group.

That win streak prompted Budenholzer to tell Millsap he wasn’t on the trading block anymore.

Paul and I have a lot of conversations about basically everything, Budenholzer said. Paul has been a pro, he has been great and I think he really believes in what we are doing and we are just excited about this group. He is in a good place and I am always very open and very honest with him.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott wants to support teammates dealing with legal issues

Little talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys this offseason regards their ability on the field. It’s the litany of off-field legal trouble garnering the lion’s share of the headlines.

As training camp opened Monday for the Cowboys in Oxnard, Calif., quarterback Dak Prescott offered his support to teammates such as running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebacker Damien Wilson and cornerback Nolan Carroll, all of whom have had run-ins with the law this offseason.

“What I said, I should have never said,” Vick said. “I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Colin Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.”
Vick specifically said he’s sorry he urged Kaepernick to get a haircut, saying he doesn’t think that has any bearing on Kaepernick’s situation.“His afro has nothing to do with him being signed and I wasn’t trying to relay that message. It was more about helping him at the end of the day,” Vick said.

Whitlock, meanwhile, has been firing back at Vick’s critics, saying it’s hypocritical for African-American TV analysts with short haircuts in suits and ties like Damien Woody of ESPN to attack Vick for telling Kaepernick how to dress for success.