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DeRozan was somewhat of a raw talent when he entered the NBA in 2009

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And the fans and press weren’t the only ones obsessively tracking what was going on either. Most of the pros were too. Even the best in the world at that WGC in Akron wanted to know what was happening over on the West Coast. Jordan Spieth tracked it and praised Steph’s success.

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At a time when the three-point shot wasn’t nearly as valued as it is now, J.J. Redick was a specialist. He still is, but his savvy approach to the game has endeared him across the league as one the best veterans to have on a roster: case-in-point — the Sixers gave him $23 million next season to hit threes and mentor their young guys.

DeRozan was somewhat of a raw talent when he entered the NBA in 2009. He was a freak athlete who used that athleticism to his advantage on both ends of the floor. Now, the Raptors’ guard is the best mid-range shooter in the NBA, one of the league’s best finishers and an All-Star starter.

The one glowing exception is Andre Drummond, who is simultaneously the Pistons’ best asset and most maddening player. Van Gundy honestly doesn’t seem to like Drummond much. We keep waiting for his name to pop into trade rumors for real. Drummond is still the type of player GMs are willing to get fired for: a big prospect who could change the nature of the league if he ever puts it all together. Van Gundy must see that, even as Drummond is a bit of a nightmare for coaches due to his inconsistency and the gaping holes in his game.

Bears claim former Buccaneers 2nd-round pick Roberto Aguayo

Kicker Roberto Aguayo had a rough week, but things started looking up today. The former Buccaneers second-round pick was claimed off the waiver wire by the Bears on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Aguayo was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday following an abysmal performance in Tampa Bay’s preseason loss to the Bengals. Aguayo missed a field goal and an extra point in the Bucs’ preseason opener.

The second-year kicker had a difficult rookie season. He converted just 71 percent of his field goal attempts, which was the worst percentage in the league. His performance led to the Buccaneers bringing in some veteran competition for Aguayo this offseason in Nick Folk.

Jaycee Horn is expected to commit to one of three teams: South Carolina, Alabama, or Tennessee. The Gamecocks are the consensus favorite on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for the No. 21 cornerback in the country. Bama’s Bama and thus can’t be counted out. Tennessee appeared out of the race but isn’t, so we’ll see where the chips fall.

Horn plays on defense, but he has hands that make it pretty clear he’s Joe’s son:

If Horn commits to South Carolina, he’ll be a key piece in what looks like a promising Will Muschamp rebuild. The Gamecocks’ 2017 class was only eighth in the SEC, but it was 21st in the country and included elite cornerback Jamyest Williams. The Cocks’ 2018 class has a headliner in four-star QB Dakereon Joyner, and it’s currently 24th nationally. They’re the favorite for elite defensive tackle Rick Sandidge, too.

The Gamecocks have a ways to go, but they’re collecting talent. Horn would be an excellent addition to their cause.redskins_103_0fcebec1621a3e75-180x180

Leon Draisaitl extension: Oilers facing cap crunch, other questions

It’s not quite the chicken and the egg, but when it comes to Leon Draisaitl, plenty of questions have persisted as to what kind of production the 21-year-old forward could produce if left in the barn without super-center Connor McDavid.

But it’s a question that probably will go unanswered for quite some time now.

On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers signed Draisaitl, a restricted free agent, to an eight-year, $68 million deal. It was a max-term extension, matching the eight-year deal Edmonton gave McDavid earlier this summer.

I was just going to relate a metaphor, and I was at the game, Siboko told Sporting News Canada. His name was already in my mind, and he scored four goals. It was just something I was playing around with the beat, and it just came together like that.

The song, and accompanying music video, were posted on YouTube Feb. 16, roughly four months after Matthews’ historic debut, a four-goal outburst against the Senators. The video has over 230,000 plays. The SoundCloud track on SVDM’s page has over 68,000 plays.

It was better to have two TV sets next to each other on this late April night, since two incredible games finished within minutes of each other.
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First off, the Capitals barely escaped elimination. Sergei Fedorov scored with five minutes left in regulation, with his team outshooting the opposition 24 to 15 and out-hitting them 46 to 30.

Elite Mens Bill Ranford Jersey As for the sixth-seeded Canes, they scored twice in final 80 seconds to wrap up a win. Jussi Jokinen ripped a one-timer and Eric Staal wristed one past Martin Brodeur within 48 seconds of each other.

I am very much Team Six Years compared to Team Three Months.

Quintana is young, and he’s been excellent far longer than he’s been mysterious. The Cubs are trusting their scouts, and that strategy paid off with a World Series last year.

On the other hand, I’m also wary of any pitcher who starts to struggle in this new, uncharted era of the low seams. While Quintana’s struggles aren’t explicitly tied to an increased home run rate (although it is the highest of his career), I’m far less comfortable with the idea that a pitcher will reclaim his success just because he had success to begin with. The walk rate is most certainly up. The efficiency is down. It could be a blip, but what if it isn’t?

Tebow, the Heisman Trophy- and national title-winning quarterback from Florida, is in the midst of the same transition. Drafted by the Broncos in 2010, Tebow didn’t play in an NFL game after 2012, and he formally left the league when he signed to play ball with the Mets in September 2016. After a brief, poor-hitting stint in the Arizona Fall League last year, Tebow started playing in-season minor league ball this year.

Authentic Kids Nikolaj Ehlers Jersey Dammit, Orioles, why are you still … anyway, even when you get to some of the stragglers in the second wild card, they usually follow a pattern of having at least two solid-to-fantastic starters, though the third one can be a little bit less intimidating.

The Astros can counter with Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, and Lance McCullers. Maybe Brad Peacock or Mike Fiers slot in somewhere. That’s not bad. That’s not panic time. Move the hands on the clock back, please.

Authentic Kids Paul Goldschmidt Jersey But it’s not as intimidating as some of the other postseason rotations, and that’s before you acknowledge that the front three have lost time to injuries this year. It might be prudent to anticipate a scenario in which one or two pitchers don’t pitch as much in October.

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.

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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 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.