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2017 Home Run Derby odds: Giancarlo Stanton looks to defend title as betting favorite

With 61 home runs in last year’s Home Run Derby, Giancarlo Stanton set the all-time record for the most home runs in a single derby. Stanton will try to follow up that performance with another dominant one this Monday night in the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami, Florida.

Elite Kids Zemgus Girgensons Jersey Giancarlo Stanton is a +165 betting favorite to win the award in his home park at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Known best for both his towering home runs and his proneness to injury, Stanton has managed to stay healthy so far in 2017, translating to an impressive stat line of 60 runs, 58 RBI, and 26 home runs.

The White Sox were on the wrong end of a sweep coming out of the break, dropping three straight at home to the Seattle Mariners. Chicago is on the opposite side of the spectrum from the Dodgers overall, coming into this series in the midst of a 1-7 slump and with the worst record in the American League at 38-52.

Staff ace Jose Quintana was traded away to the Chicago Cubs for prospects, and more assets are expected to be shipped out of town before the trade deadline. Chicago is 3-9 in its last 12 games as a home underdog.

Elite Kids Jacob Josefson Jersey Tuesday night’s total is set at 8.5 runs at online sports betting sites. The UNDER is 14-6-1 in Clayton Kershaw’s last 21 road starts.

After this two-game stint in Chicago, the Dodgers return home for a favorable home stand that includes series against the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and San Francisco Giants. This series wraps up Wednesday night with a matchup between Kenta Maeda and Carlos Rodon.

Diamondbacks can’t get (or go) anywhere with brazen stadium shakedown

The Diamondbacks and Major League Baseball are not shy about the extortion scheme they’re running.

Kids Eric Weddle Jersey The team has taken Maricopa County (Ariz.) to court to get it to pay $187 million, give or take a few bucks, for expensive repairs and upgrades to Chase Field, which opened in 1998. The team is using the age-old threat of leaving Phoenix if it doesn’t get the money. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is providing the muscle.
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Who cares if their plot is weak? (The why is simple.) The chutzpah is tremendous to watch, in a the-nerve-of-these-guys-is-breathtaking way.

Borzello was directed to head down to Mesa, Ariz. and work with Willson Contreras, the organization’s then-23-year-old catcher. He had been participating in the Arizona Fall League after compiling a .324/.404/.466 slash line in 120 games in Double-A.

Once Borzello settled into his seat to watch the prospect, his plans nearly changed. In Contreras’ first at-bat, he pulled his hamstring; Epstein subsequently told Borzello he could go home. But the longtime instructor, who previously coached with the New York Yankees (1996-2006) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2007-10), said he understood the importance of learning about Contreras, along with introducing him to the mental side of the action, like scouting reports.

It was as Gibson passed my spot that I started to realize the beauty of this day. This parade of legends gave the fans who made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown the opportunity to do two things. First, it gave them a chance to reminisce, to tell stories and to revel in the memories of these players who helped tell the stories of their life as a baseball fan.

Greg Holland blew back-to-back saves then shaved his head and beard

Greg Holland arrives in Miami with the Rockies sporting a new look.

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He showed up Wednesday having shaved his head and beard.

Womens Gale Sayers Jersey Friday day games, we just play way too many day games during the week, Maddon said. We just do. I’m just being honest. Guys need their rest. When you are constantly going night (then) day, or day, day, day, and it’s hot during the summertime, it matters. It definitely matters.

It’d be wonderful if we could get to a more conventional method regarding the number of night games vs. day games. If not we’ll just have to deal with it. We did OK last year.

After a slow start to the season, the Cubs have looked more like a defending World Series champion in recent weeks. Despite two straight losses heading into Friday’s action, they still had a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL Central.

Maddon said the lack of night games is not an excuse for the team’s sluggish season, but he really would like to see the problem get fixed.

Listen, it’s no big secret. I’d be disingenuous if I told you something different. I’m not blaming anybody, Maddon said. This is not pointing finger. It’s not saying we’re not winning because of that. I just think it’s a better method to permit your players more consistent rest at home.

Jameis Winston is ready to take his place among the NFL’s best quarterbacks

Jameis Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and, understandably, that comes with high expectations. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expected a franchise quarterback who could lead the team to great things.

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Political Twitter hacks have grown more common as the service has become central to activists around the world. In June, Access Now reported on a new technique called the DoubleSwitch attack, used by attackers to take over targeted screen names with impostor accounts. But it’s still rare for those attacks to target Twitter’s verification system, much less importing verified users from across the world.

Twitter does not comment on individual accounts, and declined to break from that policy in this case. Reached by The Verge, a company representative referred us to the service’s page on account security.
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It’s still unclear who was responsible for the takeover, whether it was someone involved in Pakistani politics, a foreign state actor, or simply a troll looking to sow confusion. Reached by The Verge on Monday, the real Bussey was still unaware of the hijacking. The only person who has access to my Twitter account is my publicist, he said, and that’s not her. Asked if he ever expected to play a role in Pakistani politics, Bussey replied, not in a million years.

Brees is another player whose play could drop off a cliff really soon and leave the team without a quarterback. But he’s a player who can take the Falcons back to the Super Bowl in 2017 and he has a win under his belt.

The No. 1 pick in 2016 didn’t show much as a rookie and it certainly doesn’t feel like there’s much optimism around him. But getting a top pick in his second season isn’t a raw deal by any stretch for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh radio guy ‘under siege’ after Predators CEO calls him ‘moron,’ ‘schmuck’

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A war of words has escalated between Predators CEO and president Sean Henry and Pittsburgh media personality Dan Kingerski after Kingerski suggested that artificial crowd noise is being pumped into Bridgestone Arena during hockey games.

In the notes section of a column posted on pittsburghhockey.now after the Predators’ 4-1 home victory over the Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Kingerski wrote, I’m convinced the Bridgestone Arena is using the PA to amp crowd noise.

Being here for the next nine years has been really important to me. … I certainly think we’ll win here and, honestly, it’s an honor to wear the Oilers jersey for the next nine years, McDavid said.

Connor has been unwavering in his commitment to stay with the Oilers, said GM Peter Chiarelli, who noted that the contract’s dollar figure could’ve been higher, but McDavid wanted to leave the team financial flexibility to build around him.

McDavid, 20, signed with the Oilers in July 2015 as the first overall pick in that year’s draft on a standard three-year rookie contract that pays him $925,000.

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In two seasons, he already has 102 assists and 148 points in only 127 career games played. He just won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsey Award, signaling his rise as the league’s top player in 2016-17, when he secured the Art Ross Trophy, leading the NHL with 100 points.

That he did so as the youngest captain in league history merely adds to McDavid’s growing legend.

Predators’ Colton Sissons avoids suspension for Game 5 match penalty

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Predators center Colton Sissons won’t be suspended for Sunday’s potentially series-deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL ruled, after he received a match penalty in Game 5 for his face-high cross-check of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.
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The decision came after the league’s Department of Player Safety reviewed Sissons’ cross-check inside the final minute of Thursday night’s 6-0 win by the Penguins. The match penalty triggered an automatic review, per NHL rules.

Now the Pedators, down 3-2 in the series, will have Sissons, key given that Nashville forwards Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala are out with injuries.
Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers-$2.35 million): Raffl scored 21 goals three seasons ago, but was hurt much of last season. Can be a good, hard-working top-nine forward. Other Flyers considered: G Michal Neuvirth and RW Matt Read.

Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins-$640,000): The 25 year-old Rust is a hard-working two-time Stanley Cup winner with a penchant for scoring the big goal. In 46 career playoff games he has 13 goals. He also scored 15 goals in 58 games during the 2016-17 regular season. There are plenty of good options to choose from here, but Rust is the pick, and an affordable one, too. Other Penguins considered: G Marc-Andre Fleury, LW Carl Hagelin and D Ian Cole.

Lee Stempniak (Carolina Hurricanes-$2.5 million): Pack your bags again Lee! Sitting on 200 career goals, Stempniak has already played for ten teams, producing consistently along the way. And if he produces in Vegas, there’s a good chance he is someone’s trade deadline pick up…..again. Other ‘Canes considered: G Cam Ward, G Eddie Lack and LW Joakim Nordstrom.

Jeff Hornacek not sure Knicks have enough talent to play defense

Knicks players endured a bit of honesty Monday night when coach Jeff Hornacek pondered whether the team has enough talent after a 115-103 loss to the Magic.

I don’t think our guys aren’t trying. Maybe we’re just not capable of it. I don’t know, Hornacek said, via ESPN.com. That’s what we’re going to have to figure out. Maybe you have to play some of these other guys. We might have to mix the lineup up somehow.

Brandon Tate Authentic Jersey But now, the 7-1 Austin is officially a professional basketball player. He signed a contract with KK Crvena zvezda, a European basketball club based in Belgrade, and part of the Red Star Sports Society. Austin shared video of his signing on Facebook.

The Marfan diagnosis was supposed to be career-ending, but Austin was cleared to play in November.

Jeremy Hill Authentic Jersey Austin was selected to the Big 12’s All-Defensive team in 2014 after averaging 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.1 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game. It was the second straight year Austin, now 23, tried to leave Baylor early. He had declared for the 2013 draft, but returned to Baylor following a shoulder injury. Over his two seasons at Baylor, Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game.

This past weekend, he and his Ohio-based Northeast Bluechips youth outfit took their talents to Indiana to compete in the Speice MLK tournament. As you’d expect, Bronny put on a show displaying all the skills that has college coaches salivating six years before he’ll ever enroll on anyone’s campus.

Along with his stellar play, he also showed he possesses the same playful personality that’s made his dad a favorite among his teammates throughout his career. He played bottle flip with his teammates on the bench, something Big Bron did earlier this season during a blowout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Fastforward to the 1:39 mark to get right to the sideline shenanigans.

Cavaliers blow out Celtics to reclaim first place in East

While the Cavaliers and Celtics were deadlocked in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James downplayed the importance of their showdown in Boston as just another regular-season game.

Authentic Kids Josh Reynolds Jersey Taking nothing from them, they’ve been playing some great ball, but I’m not one to get caught up in the regular season, he said Tuesday, per ESPN.com . I’m sorry. I’ve been to six straight Finals, man. I’m the last person to ask about a regular-season game, dude. Sorry.]

Whether he was caught up in it or not, James was as intense as ever, leading his team back to first place in the East with 36 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in an emphatic 114-91 win.
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Golden State began the week at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as heavy 5-to-11 favorites to win the title. When oddsmaker Jeff Sherman got to his office Wednesday and read up on Durant’s injury, he made a slight upward adjustment to 1-to-2 odds. A few hours later, the Warriors’ price was lengthened to 5/8.

The more we looked into it, the Warriors say they are pleased with the prognosis but he’s getting re-evaluated in four weeks, so he could end up being out much longer, Sherman told Omnisport on Wednesday. So it’s sounding more and more like into the playoffs is more probable than an end-of-the- regular-season return, so we adjusted it a little further. It sounds later rather than sooner. …

With the way their weight is pressed against him, it’s hard not to fall for it.

The shimmy is actually how DeRozan shook Derrick Rose to score the game-winning jump shot against the Knicks this season.

Which, by the way, is almost identical to the game-winner Bryant hit against the Bucks in 2009.

It goes back to Bryant’s idea of being predictable. Even though defenders know DeRozan prefers to shoot over his right shoulder, they have to respect his ability to turn over his left shoulder because he’s proven he can knock them down. Doing so, however, leaves them vulnerable to him creating the slither of space he needs to get off a shot.

Limited Womens Tyler Bozak Jersey Williams is clearly an upgrade over Brewer, so it comes as no surprise the Rockets needed to include a first-round pick to make the trade happen. It’s not a huge loss for the Rockets, though, because they’re better off having Williams down the stretch the stretch of this season and all of next season than another draft pick. D’Antoni has been dealing with a 10-man rotation anyway — one which includes three players they’ve drafted since 2014 — and Williams will take over all of Brewer’s minutes moving forward.

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Look at the Wizards, they were kind of on the same wave as us. Didn’t even make the playoffs while we did. Now this year they’re the second-best team in the East. The adversity made them better. It can make us better, too. What I come from and my background made me who I am. As comfortable as I am with the good times, I’m also comfortable in adversity. Yeah, I might feel some type of way when somebody comes for me or says my name. But when it’s all said and done, it ain’t gonna rock me.

Jimmy Butler to Bulls teammate’s enthusiastic high-five: ‘Stop doing that’

Luca Sbisa Youth Jersey Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double Thursday in a win against the 76ers, but he still had some complaints about the game afterwards. Mostly, he was (jokingly) upset with his teammate Bobby Portis for an overly-enthusiastic high-five.

Limited Kids Calvin Johnson Jersey The painful celebration came after Portis hit a jumper as the third quarter finished. Hyped from scoring, the forward put all his strength into the hand celebration and Butler reacted immediately due to the stinging sensation that tingled through his fingers.

Evans and Galloway seem unlikely to be on the team for the rest of the year. Plus, the team only received one first-round pick in the deal, and it seems likely that first-round pick will come somewhere in the 12 to 16 range by the time the season ends due to how much the Pelicans just improved their standing in the league. The pick also has no upside, as the team agreed to the Pelicans’ top-three protection stipulation on it. Oh, and the Sixers have rights to swap their pick with the Kings’ pick, meaning the Kings literally have a zero percent chance at getting the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 despite deciding to hit the reset button and possessing two first-round picks.

Is one seemingly non-elite prospect and one middling first-round pick enough for a top-15 player in the NBA, especially given the team’s draft constraints at the top? It’s difficult to make the argument that it is. By any standard of a superstar trade, the Cousins deal comes up lacking, both in terms of quantity and quality of assets acquired.